OGSR Song Contest Panelist Page

OGSR will continue to add Panelists into January. 
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Matt Forger

Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Matt secured a staff position at Westlake Studios, where he met and worked with producers Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Harold Faltermeyer and George Duke. Later he teamed up with producer Quincy Jones, songwriter/arranger Rod Temperton and engineer Bruce Swedien working on albums by Lena Horne, Donna Summer, James Ingram and Michael Jackson’s THRILLER. Matt also worked on THE E.T. STORYBOOK ALBUM with Quincy and Steven Spielberg, and THE THRILLER VIDEO with John Landis.

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Paul Zollo

Paul Zollo is an award-winning author-journalist, as well as a singer-songwriter, recording artist and photographer. He is the Senior Editor of American Songwriter magazine and editor of Bluerailroad.com

He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Songwriters On Songwriting (Da Capo Press), which has been called “the songwriter’s bible.” Containing more than 60 interviews with the world’s greatest songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Pete Seeger, Sammy Cahn and Paul Simon, it’s used as a textbook in college songwriting courses around the world, including USC, UCLA, Berklee, and NYU.  Zollo was awarded the John Bettis Songwriters Fellowship Award in 1992 for this book.

The New York Timesas well as The New Yorker magazine, both declared that Zollo’s 1992 interview with Bob Dylan is the best Dylan interview ever, and the only one that focuses entirely on songwriting and creativity. Famed record exec Jac Holzman said that Zollo’s interview with Leonard Cohen is “the best interview ever on the art of songwriting.”

Paul’s new book, Conversations with Tom Petty, Expanded Editioncomes out on Feb 13, 2020 (Omnibus/UK). 

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Peter S. Burke

In 1967, as National Promotion Coordinator for Sunn Musical Equipment Company, Peter helped Sunn to obtain and sign exclusive product endorsement agreements with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Who, Deep Purple and many other chart-topping acts then touring and promoting Sunn’s amps and P.A. systems.

In 1968, Peter moved to ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), eventually becoming the Society’s Acting Western Regional Director. While there, he worked with composers such as Stevie Wonder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham.

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Barry Keenan

Barry Keenan has a lifetime career as a singer/songwriter. He started recording professionally at the age of 15. By the time he turned age 19, he had his first major publishing deal in New York and has been published by such notable companies as Warner/Chappell, Universal, All Nations Music, Criterion Music, and Peer-Southern Music. He currently is published by East Of Sideways Music.

As a recording engineer, Keenan owned and operated two commercial recording studios in the Los Angeles area during the 1970s and 80s. He has worked on the recorded music of such notable recording artists as Beck, Warren Zevon, Sting, Devo, Pantera, No Doubt, The Goo Goo Dolls and The Cranberries to name only a few.

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