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Verse Music Group is a leading independent entertainment company with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Since forming in 2010 they have acquired 25,000 copyrights through the acquisition of iconic catalogues and brands such as Salsoul Records, West End Records as well as music and hit songs by Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Neil Young, Nina Simone, Tupac, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Avril Lavigne, Commodores, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington. [1]

The work of Verse Music Group founders Curt Frasca and Sabelle Breer has appeared on more than 150 million albums sold worldwide by artists including Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Prince, Ryan Cabrera and Seal.

Catalogs

Salsoul Records

Salsoul Records was a pioneering dance / funk R&B label founded in 1974. Salsoul Records invented the remix and was the first label to release 12" remix singles to the public. [2] Artists such as Instant Funk, Loleatta Holloway, Carol Williams, Double Exposure, First Choice, Joe Bataan, The Salsoul Orchestra (led by Vincent Montana Jr), Inner Life, Skyy, and Charo were at one time part of their roster. Salsoul Records catalog continues to be one of the most sampled in music history with hits such as Spiller "Groovejet", Black Box "Ride On Time", Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch "Good Vibrations", Duck Sauce "You're Nasty", Mariah Carey "O.O.C.", Cassidy feat Swizz Beatz's "Get 'Em" 2Pac "Got My Mind Made Up" and many, many more. [3]

West End Records

West End Records is known as one of the most prominent labels in dance music’s history. It was co-founded by Mel Cheren and Ed Kushins in 1976. The label went on to define the sound of New York City in the heyday of disco. That sound eventually filtered to dance floors and clubs across the country and around the world. [4] West End released hits like Taana Gardner's "Heartbeat", Loose Joints"Is It All Over My Face" Barbara Mason’s "Another Man" and The NYC Peech Boys' "Don't Make Me Wait" creating a frenzy on dance floors. These titles, along with many others in the West End Records catalog, went on to become some of the most sampled songs in music history. Artist that have and still continue to sample are Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez, Notorious B.I.G, Ja Rule, Ini Kamoze, DMX to name but a few. [5]

Little Golden Records

Next to Disneyland Records, Little Golden Records has been recognized as the major, premium children’s record label and the first of its kind to combine the rich talents of both story & melody. The Little Golden Records catalog is full of vintage, timeless gems. Artists such as Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and other major stars from film, radio and television lent their talents to entertain and educate children. The collection spans several niche categories outside of the mainstream realm of children's music, including holidays, Bible, educational and much, much more. The characters, values, artwork and quality of the music heard in the Little Golden Records library upholds a timeless innocence & remain a beloved catalog that resonates with parents worldwide. [6] It is revered as a wholesome, family brand. For the first time in over a decade, the complete catalog will be available worldwide for the first time. Releases will include re-releases of the classic records. New releases include several compilation albums and new versions of the classic tracks that will include the top celebrities of today to bring a fresh and modern feel to these classic recordings. [7]

Bethlehem Records

Bethlehem Records was a major jazz label in the 1950's formed by Gus Wildi with an impressive roster of artists including singers Nina Simone, Carmen MacRae, Chris Conner, Mel Torme, Bob Dorough, Helen Carr and Frances Faye to name a few; and musicians including: Dexter Gordon, Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, Stan Levey, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington and many others. [8] The label distinguished itself by giving artists creative control of their projects and presented albums of rather cutting edge graphic design. Its legacy is a lengthy discography that freshly and ambitiously captured and preserved an era of truly amazing music including West Coast Cool Jazz, East Coast Bop, and Vocalists. For many of the artists, their first or greatest recorded work happened at Bethlehem. By trusting its staff and artists to make their own creative decisions, to experiment, and thus to flourish, Bethlehem actively helped create and not just document a whole and diverse era of Jazz music. [9]

W&R Music Publishing

W&R/Notation includes the likes of many well-known artists. Highlights include Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me," "Because You Love Me," Jennifer Lopez's "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "Waiting for Tonight," Akon's "Never Took The Time," Anastacia's "Paid My Dues" and "Why'd You Lie To Me," Avril Lavigne's "Tomorrow," Kelly Osbourne's "Shut Up," and more. Additional artists include Diana King, Kristine Blond, Coco Lee, David Bisbol, Dana Dawson, BoA, and more. [10]

Linda Laurie

Linda Laurie jump-started her career at an early age. While attending Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, she recorded several demo records including “Sunglasses” with Linda Yellin. She is best known for her novelty record “Ambrose (Part 5),” which peaked at #52 on the Billboard chart when Linda was only 18! The song’s notoriety earned Linda a spot on the famous 1959 game show “To Tell the Truth.” Little did Linda know that these were just paint drops to a soon to be colorful musical canvas. During the early 60's Linda continued as a recording artist with a number of recordings for various labels including “Stay With Me”, “Chico”, “Lucky”, “Prince Charming”, and “Stay-At-Home Sue” in response to Dion’s “Runaround Sue.” Linda revisited Ambrose with her 1962 release “The Return of Ambrose”. During the 70's Linda moved to the West Coast where she continued to write hits including Helen Reddy’s “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)” and the theme song for the classic TV series and recent Will Ferrell movie “Land of the Lost”. Since the 90's many artists such as Puff Daddy, Mariah Carey, and Shyne have sampled Linda's music creating global hits including Puffy's "All About The Benjamin's" and Mariah Carey's "Miss You." [11]

Franne Golde

Franne Golde is a world-renowned Grammy Award Winning songwriter, musician and singer. Her music has appeared on over 100 million albums worldwide. [12] The catalog includes classic hits such as 1985 Best Vocal R&B Performance Grammy winner “Nightshift” by The Commodores, “Dreaming of You” by Selena,” and “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards. “Don’t Look Any Further” has been sampled numerous times throughout the years in hits by Lauryn Hill, Tupac, TLC, Notorious B.I.G. and Snoop Dogg. Artists that have recorded Franne’s songs include Pat Benatar, Diana Ross, The Commodores, Pointer Sisters, Cher, Peter Cetera, Whitney Houston, Randy Travis and Neil Young, to name a few. [13]

Camex Music Publishing

The Camex catalog includes hits like “Sandy” from the Movie & Broadway show “Grease,” Camex Music Publishing & Camerica Records catalogs include music by such artists as Engelbert Humperdinck, Euclid Beach Band, The Left Banke, Robbie Dupree. [14]

Writers

Kevin Savigar

Kevin Savigar is an acclaimed session keyboardist, producer, songwriter and composer, and has contributed to many recordings by a wide range of artists including Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, John Mellencamp, Pat Benatar, Marilyn Manson, Willie Nelson, Randy Newman, Sinead O’Connor and Peter Frampton and many others. [15]

He has won 4 ASCAP awards for his songs along with many platinum and gold RIAA awards for sales totaling over 40 million records. Some of his songs include “Forever Young”, “Young Turks”, “Passion”, “Tonite I’m Yours”, “Every Beat Of My Heart” (Rod Stewart); “Hold On” (Jamie Walters); “Cinderella” (The Cheetah Girls); “No Mistakes” (Patty Smyth) “Not Going Down” (Jo Dee Messina), and a recent number 1 record on the Billboard Hot Country charts with “Nothing To Lose” (Josh Gracin). His songs have also been featured in many major motion pictures, national commercials and TV shows over the years.

Kevin has been recently collaborating with guitarist extraordinaire John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson), preparing tracks for the upcoming Rod Stewart project recording now.

He recently wrapped up production on 6 songs for the band Midnight Mirage, a project he has been developing, writing, and producing for the past year.

Taylor Matthews of America's Got Talent fame, has just recorded 4 new songs co-written and produced by Kevin.

Kevin is co-producing Lindsay Broughton, a young pop/country artists from Toronto, with multiple CCMA award winning producer Joel Feeney. This project is to be released on Curve Records and distributed by Sony Canada. [16]

Sabelle

Co-founder of Verse Music Group, Sabelle brings with her over twenty years of music industry experience. As a multi-award winning songwriter/producer, Sabelle has been accredited with launching the careers of some of today’s young music superstars, most notably; Avril Lavigne, Stacie Orrico, and Ryan Cabrera. With combined sales of over 60 million albums and 10 Top 40 Billboard hits, Sabelle’s catalog of songs, including the theme to Disney’s long running TV series “Zenon”, enjoys much global success. Awards include the Dove Award, Songwriter Hall of Fame Award, and ASCAP/BMI “most performed” song in 2005 and 2006. Sabelle’s work has been featured on over 50 compilations and Film/TV soundtracks. Sabelle focuses on creating career-defining material for each artist. This coupled with her hit-making ability is the reason she's one of the most sought after songwriters today. [17]

Tony Shimkin

Tony Shimkin is best known for writing chart topping songs with Madonna, Taylor Dayne, Cathy Dennis, Wild Orchid and Lisa Lisa as well as for his vast production work on multi-platnum recordings and remixes for Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Prince, Nine Inch Nails, Seal, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Elton John, Janet Jackson and Paul McCartney. Founder of Noble Music and LMNOP Music and Sound Design, Shimkin's work extends into film and TV, composing the music for notable brands such as, McDonalds, Pepsi, Mercedes, Scion, Ford, Chevy, Jaguar, Chrysler, Toyota, Olay Visa, Verizon, Panasonic, Intel, Calvin Klein and Burberry and the themes for MTV's Driven and VH1's Divas Las Vegas. Shimkin is responsible for the music branding of Showtime Networks and has produced music for major motion picture soundtracks for Lions Gate, Universal, Disney and Warner Bros for major motion pictures , including, Beverly Hills Ninja, Confidence, It could happen to you, Blank Check and Mean Girls and the new Conan documentary. Tony continues to compose, produce and develop new artists and is proud to be a member of the creative team at Verse Music Group. [18]

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