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A History of CSA: The First Decade (1979-1989)

What is Song Craft ?

Why Join CSA ?

Members featured in Making Music Magazine

American Idol Articles

 Articles on songwriting techniques

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Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting

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Members have the opportunity to get their songs released on our Compilation CD's

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Great performance opportunities at our Showcases and Concert Series. For  performance opportunities and schedules, click here   

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note5.gif (5588 bytes)       A PARTIAL LIST OF CSA GUEST SPEAKERS

CSA has provided at least one program every month, without interruption, since 1979.  At times, there have been programs every week.  Hundreds of music industry professionals have been guest speakers at CSA meetings, and CSA has presented hundreds of Songwriter Showcases and major concert events. Some of our featured guest speakers over the years include:      

Pete Seeger One of the legendary figures in American folk music
Dar Williams One of today's top contemporary Indie folk artists
Gene Pitney Recording artist and songwriting legend with many top 10 hits including  :  ( "Only Love Can Break a Heart", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" , many more...)
Rupert Holmes Hit songwriter ("The Pina Colada Song"  ) and Tony-Award winning Broadway writer  ( " The Mystery of Edwin Drood"  )
George David Weiss Hit songwriter for Elvis Presley & Louis Armstrong;  Writer of "What a Wonderful World";   President  of the NY-based  Songwriters Guild of America
Julie Gold Grammy Award winning writer of "From A Distance"
Alex Forbes Co-writer of national #2 hit, "Don't Rush Me " recorded by Taylor Dayne
Sheila Davis Hit songwriter ("Who Will Answer" ), teacher, author of  "The Craft of Lyric Writing."
John Braheny Founder and Director, L.A. Songwriters Showcase; Author "The Craft and Business of Songwriting"
Bobby Weinstein Hit songwriter (Goin Out of My Head ) and Vice President of BMI
Gary Burr Hit songwriter for Juice Newton and Kenny Rogers, and named "Nashville Songwriter of the Year".
Paul Leka Publisher and Producer of Harry Chapin's "Cats In The Cradle ", and many hits
Bob Leone Director of Special Projects, National Academy of Popular Music and Songwriters Hall of Fame
Jen Chapin Independent artist, daughter of Harry Chapin, Chairperson WHY.
Steve Chapin Grammy-winning arranger, composer, and member of Harry Chapin's original band
Ann Ruckert Vice-President NARAS, producer of the Grammy Award show, and Coordinator of Pitch-A-Pro Sessions
Steve Katz Songwriter and member of Blood Sweat and Tears, and The Blues Project
Jack Hardy New York City folk legend and mentor to such stars as Suzanne Vega,  Svaughn Colvin, and David Massengill
Dick Gabriel Special Assistant to the President of AFM;  Member of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap,  performed with Elvis, the Beach Boys, and Chuck Berry.
Alan Roy Scott Multi-Hit songwriter (The Spinners), official Taxi Screener, and Founder of Music Bridges and the international Unisong Songwriting Competition.
Jeff Franzell Composer of the music for Taylor Dayne's #2 hit, "Don't Rush Me "
Fred Koller Hit Songwriter (Going Gone ) and author of How to Pitch and Promote Your Songs
David Darling Noted Cellist and member of Paul Winter Consort
Stephen Citron Noted Broadway writer, author and teacher
Herb Gart Successful producer and promoter who discovered Bill Cosby and Bette Midler
A.J.Gundell 4 time Emmy Award winner for songs and scores of TV shows like "The Guiding Light"
Karen Reynolds Founder of Writers Block Radio,  Nashville Songwriting Mentor
Alan Siegel NYC Music Attorney and author of  "Breaking In To the Music Business".
Scott Zito Hit writer for Grace Slick of Jefferson Starship
Al Anderson Writer and performer with NRBQ
Buddy Cage Steel guitarist for New Riders of the Purple Sage
Mike Laskow Head of TAXI
David Roth Nationally known indie singer-songwriter
Pat Pattison Noted Author, and Professor of Songwriting at Boston's  Berklee School of Music
Richard Dieguez New York based music attorney and originator of "The Circle" pro sessions
Michael Hopkins Grammy-Award Winning producer from Nashville who worked with Sheryl Crow
Noel Ramos Publisher of  InterMixx Magazine,  and Founder,  national  Indie Music Conference
Gilli Moon From L.A., Founder of the international SongsAlive organization
Amy Gallatin National country/bluegrass recording artist with Stillwaters
Steve Gillette Hit songwriter and songwriting coach
Marci Geller Nationally known mainstream-turned-Indie artist with several film and TV placements,  appeared on "Live with Regis"
Paul Cullen Bassist for "Bad Company"
Skye MacBroom  CEO of Skye Communications, a major PR firm
John Battaglia NYC Image Consultant and agent for Beyonce and Usher
Deb Russell Founder of Leading Edge, and Artist Career Development Coach
Vicki Blankenship President of Indiegrrl and founder of the Indiegrrl Conference
Karen Reynolds Nashville writer, producer, and host of nationally heard Writers Block Radio
Bill Pere Grammy-winner, Songwriting Coach and Author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting"
Dr. Lou DeLise Producer,  Publisher, hit writer, Philadelphia
Jordan Tishler Producer, Digital Bear Music, Boston
Janey Street nationally known writer and protege of legendary producer Clive Davis
Representatives from ASCAP, BMI SESAC, & Sound Exchange The major Performing Rights Organizations

PLUS many of Connecticut's own Successful Singer-Songwriters

Les Julian Grammy-winner, Nine national awards for his children's CD's; New Haven's #1 Folk Artist
Bill Pere Grammy-winner, National Indie Artist of the Year ,03;   Internationally published author of songwriting articles, Award-winning recording artist and songwriter with 14 CD's released;  Founder of  LUNCH;  An Official Connecticut State Troubadour.
Nancy Tucker National Indie Artist of the Year '04;  #3 hit song on Dr Demento,  "Everything Reminds Me of My Therapist";  Accomplished comedienne, performer,  inventor.
Don Donegan Founder CSA;  Numerous songpitching trips to Nashville
Tom Callinan An Official Connecticut State Troubadour; Noted soloist and member of The Morgans;   Considered  "a state treasure"
Lucinda  Cyberstation's #1 Indie artist of 2002
Sally Rogers An Official Connecticut State Troubadour and well known raconteur
Randy Anagnostis Internet marketing pioneer, and internationally distributed composer



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