The Artists Music Guild is strategically designed with two separate Board of Directors. The first being The Executive Board of Directors, which consists of CEO’s representing various corporations that ARE the Guild. These business leaders are responsible for the development and partnerships between the Guild and the business community that will better serve the needs of the artists. They are also the business owners capable of offering the various services to the artist. This board can only be removed by a unanimous vote of the entire Executive Board of Directors. They may also resign or retire.
The second Board is the corporate board responsible for handling the everyday business and running of the Guild’s affairs. Their purpose is to facilitate activities and functions for the various genres and to deal with artists requests. This board is a nominated and voted position by the Guild members. This board may also be removed by the Executive Board of Directors at any time.
Board of Directors
Jimmy Davis- President
Jimmy pastored for seventeen years before embarking into full time evangelism. Working occasionally as a contractor with the Franklin Graham Crusades has brought Jimmy a great deal of respect with the artistic community. His devotion to the ministry has taken him across the US, as well as the Philippines, Canada, Hong Kong, and Puerto Rico. His personal ministry involves speaking and singing engagements to various venues such as churches, camps, conferences, and crusades. He has been decorated with over twenty-five industry awards for his vocal talents as well as his songwriting.
Bobbi Hague- Executive Director
Bobbi brings her skills to the Guild in many ways. Bobbi has worked in the corporate world for many years and has amassed a huge amount of knowledge that can be of benefit to the Guild and its members. Thorough exposure to general office (clerical) environment – strong aptitude in detailed reports and functions she is able to streamline our everyday functions so that we can devote more time to our artists needs. With a vast experience in HR functions to include drug testing, background checks through credit bureaus and personal interview screening she is capable of helping our artists to avoid pitfalls and to investigate and companies or individuals seeking to engage in business with one of our members.
Katrina Cowger- Board Secretary & Event’s Coordinator
Katrina Cowger has been married to her college sweetheart for 30 years. As a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, she and her husband currently live in Hampton, Virginia. With a long history of working as church administrator, Katrina has experience in event planning, ministry organization, logistics, music, drama, graphic design and media. Currently an Event Captain with the largest off-site catering company in Hampton Roads. Katrina is responsible for providing a fabulous event time after time and gives great attention to detail to all of her services. We are sure that her services with the Guild will provide our artists a memorable event and a wonderful set of memories
Terry Webster- President of School Education and Programming
Terry Webster currently works with both public and private school systems teaching the arts to various aged children. He began teaching, arranging and performing professionally while attending the University of Alabama. Terry has been arranging for the Shades Mountain Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra, the Power and Glory Big Band and many other notable groups. He arranged and performed with the Garywood Assembly of God Easter Drama for 5 years. Terry is also an accomplished trumpet player and has performed with many noted artists over the years. The list includes such trumpet greats as Doc Severensin, Allen Vizzutti and Phil Driscoll. Terry’s purpose in the Guild is to facilitate educational programs that can assist struggling school systems. Our goal is to make available teaching and arts activities to the public and private school systems, offering teachers additional curriculum for their students. Terry will also be involved with facilitating programs for students during the Guild’s convention and awards shows.
Eric Pearson- Board Member/Education Assistant
Eric has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bowie State University and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Johns Hopkins, Whiting School of Engineering. He is a Certified Facilitator of “Extreme Leadership” under the tutelage of Steve Farber. He taught Middle School Science, coached soccer swimming, basketball and lacrosse for many years and completed a thirty-year career at Northrop Grumman as a Director of Leadership Development and Cross-Sector Program Development prior to his retirement in 2014. Eric has served on several board of Directors at NC State University, The American Society for Engineering Education, Southern Association of Colleges and Employers, Cooperative & Experimental Education Division of ASEE and assisted in the creation of the Minority Engineering Industry Advisory Board at North Carolina State while serving as a volunteer Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA for six years.
Michael Alvarez- Board Member/Fundraising Administrator
Michael Alvarez, currently the Mayor of Indian Trail, NC, brings the AMG board the unique opportunity to make stronger, more impactful connections in the local school programs. Thus, spreading the mission and care of the “My School Rocks” program. He also lends his positions as the Vice President of the Union County Charter Education Foundation and Chairperson on the Union County Early College Career Advisory Board to the efforts of reaching out through schools. As a community leader and former financial branch manager for a prestigious mortgage company, Michael is also able to focus efforts into fundraising for the AMG. Through reaching out to local/state leaders and businesses, fundraising efforts and programs can expand. Michael has an AA in Sociology and Counseling and is pursuing further education in the field of Sociology.
Connie Ross Karl- Board Member/Partnership Coordinator
Connie’s vast experience in business includes working as an hotel/casino executive for a boutique vacation-ownership company headquartered in Phoenix and for the largest sole proprietor hotelier in the world, working in the center of the Las Vegas Strip for the sixth largest hotel in the world; as the first director of advertising and marketing for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway; and opening the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Las Vegas-style gaming. She headed Premiere Media, with prestigious clients such as the Bavarian Government, to open and market the first licensed Hofbrauhaus, Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas; The Greens of Las Vegas; and ILX Resorts, among many others. She was an award-winning co-host of Backstage Live nationally syndicated radio and television program and was named an Outstanding Woman in Tourism and Nevada Role Model for her professional accomplishments and community service. Business woman and community leader Connie Ross-Karl is Founding Director for the South Region of Ms. Senior USA/Universe Pageant families and Founding Ms. Senior World Ambassador. As Ms. South Carolina Senior America 2007, she was first runner-up to Ms. Senior America at the National Pageant. She is also South Carolina Senior America State Administrator and has judged a variety of pageants in different age groups. She is a certified SC Miss America judge. This rich history of business and partnering skills will help the Guild to build stronger foundations into the community.
Dave Foster- Board Member & Sound/Lighting Specialist
Dave Foster is the owner and operator of Applied Sound in Charleston, South Carolina. Dave is one of only a few certified sound engineers to handle venues involving more than 500 thousand people at one time. Dave’s expertise is sought out by some of the top groups and venues. Dave offers our artists and performers the very best in sound and lighting while teaching them the tricks of the trade to enhance their stage presence.
Donna Brock Strong- Board Member & Membership Director
Donna has almost two decades of experience as an Administrative Assistant; previously owned/operated a radio promotion company for eight years, representing Gospel Music Artists; is the current Secretary/Treasurer for the Ohio Gospel Music Association; is the current Marketing Coordinator for TOP Flight Christian Teen & Drama; and is the manager for “Hearts of Faith”, a Southern Gospel Duet with her sister.
Brenda Messaros- Board Member & Co-Membership Director
Brenda grew up in the Dayton, Ohio area and has been married for 23 years. She and her husband, Steve, have an 18 year old daughter, Tiffany, whom Brenda home schooled from kindergarten through graduation. Brenda sang with her parents and sister for 19 years. She has spent the last 16 years traveling and singing with her sister, Donna, in the multi award winning duo, Hearts of Faith. Brenda also sings with her church’s worship team when she isn’t traveling. Brenda has a wonderful personality which makes her the perfect fit to deal with our members and encouraging new members to find their inner most potential.
Troy Tyson- Board Member & IT Specialist
Troy comes to the AMG board with an extensive Information Technology (IT) background that spans more than 20 years. His background includes such titles as Webmaster, Trainer, Senior Software Developer, Consultant, and Solutions Architect. His strengths are in the Client-Server and Database technologies especially in the Retail Industry. He currently lives in South Carolina with his lovely wife and 5 children.
Terry Clark- Board Member & Event Sound Manager
Terry has been involved with the music industry for many years. An electrician by trade his desire was to work with sound for various organizations. Terry has worked with several organizations providing sound and engineering throughout the country. He has been with the Guild since our inception and has recently been added to our board. Terry is very knowledgeable for live shows and will be an asset to the Guild and its many members who seek sound advice.
Nate Fortner- Board Member & Editor At Large for The AMG Express Magazine
Nate Fortner is an author and performer. He is currently working on a book entitled, “The Devil Rides Piggy Back.” Nate comes to the Guild with the heart and drive to head up our brand new AMG Express Magazine which will feature many of the Guild’s artists as well as various sponsors. Nate currently has his own company called “Whosoever Press” which provides artists with publication and distribution on a worldwide level.
John Painter- Board Member & Legal Advisor ~ Artist Advocate
Attorney John H. Painter has been practicing law in North Carolina since 1981. He has been involved in various aspects of the Guild since 2011 when the Guild opened its doors. John brings to the table a very level headed approach to representing artists against attack and abuse. John has joined the board of directors in an attempt to help the artists and to giving them a fair voice against anyone who should try to take advantage of them in an otherwise very predatory industry. His continued purpose is to deal with any other individuals or organizations that attempt to lift or use AMG formatting or intellectual property without permission.
Sourou Jones- Administrative Grant Writer
Sourou Jones is a full time school teacher in the state of Mississippi. His passion is being with his wife and three beautiful young sons. Sourou’s strength’s are his passion for excellence and doing the right things for the right people. Sourou has been involved for some time with the Mississippi Music Foundation and helping to facilitate continued exposure to artists throughout the Mississippi region. One of Sourou’s other passions is writing and procuring grants for non-profits. With his and the Guild’s passion to help as many kids and artists as possible we can see nothing but a very positive and happy relationship happening.
Dee Dee Sharp- Historian & Lifetime Achievement Award Director
Dee Dee Sharp lives up to her name. She is sharp in every aspect of the word. With a career that has spanned beautifully over the past 50 years, she comes to the Guild with a wealth of performance knowledge and connections. Dee Dee started her career at a very young age. Still in school she met her best friend, Chubby Checker and the two have made musical history. Her hit song “Mash Potato Time” was followed up by “Gravy” which earned her gold status as a recording artist. The song “Gravy” was also used in the soundtrack from “Sister Act.” Dee Dee was honored with a “Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Guild and serves as a wonderful and gracious ambassador to all of the artists that will hold that title under her watch. With her knowledge and history we are sure that Dee Dee will help the Guild to honor those who are truly deserving.
ADVISORS and COMMITTEE LEADERS ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE AMG BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chubby Checker- Mentor and Public School Spokesman
Music icon Chubby Checker has become a fixture in the Guild’s conventions and awards shows. Chubby helps each year by bringing his special form of mentoring and showmanship to the public school students who are participating in the Guild’s mentoring program. Each year the Guild brings in approximately 300 public school kids for a day of education and mentoring with some of the largest named celebrities in the business. Chubby helps to head up this program and can usually be found making his way into the classrooms before the event.
Richard Kiser- Board Advisor and Former President
With over 65 major awards in gospel music including Instrumentalist of the Decade, Richard is considered by many as one of the most premiere musicians of our time. Richard hales from Salem Va., and currently tours all over the US and Europe. He has released nine CDs and DVDs and has performed with many top country and gospel artists across the country. Richard also has lent his talents in the studios backing some of the most successful artists in the industry. His venues range from concert halls, churches, dinner theaters and various special events. He takes great pride speaking in public schools bringing a positive message to teens about internet dangers and saying no to drugs. His tour schedule and guitar expertise has awarded him endorsements with top vendors throughout the music industry such as McPherson guitars, Gretsch guitars, and D’Addario strings.
Russell and Dr. Sandy Hosey- Artistic Advisors
Russell and Sandy Hosey’s faces may seem familiar to you who were fans of the Jim and Tammy Faye era. The Hosey’s were hosts of the PTL Camp meetings as well as being a part of the PTL musical family. They currently serve as professional chaplains for International Fellowship of Chaplains and are still active all over the world through the chaplaincy program as well as volunteers with the Charlotte’s USO. Both Sandy and Russell come with a very colorful history in the entertainment and music industry. This makes it certain that the Guild chose the right individuals to head up this division of our company!
Dinah Gretsch-Board Adviser
Dinah is the chief financial officer of The Gretsch Company. Dinah has been a prominent figure in the musical-instrument industry for more than thirty years. But she is much more than a key Gretsch Company officer, she is also a parent and grandparent, with an abiding love for children and a keen interest in their development. Given her connection to music, Dinah is particularly concerned with providing children the opportunity to benefit from music education. Accordingly, she created the Mrs. G’s Music Foundation. The Foundation’s initial goal is to promote music education in schools located within the greater Savannah area. The Guild is very happy to have her on our board of directors.
Larry Langston- Board Advisor
Larry Langston is the Co-Host and Executive Producer of “Real Conversations,” a TV show covering relevant topics affecting people today and informing them of the humanitarian outreaches of Kids Against Hunger. He has served as an ordained minister, church and marketplace consultant, and president of a network of ministries and mission outreaches. His service has extended throughout the United States, the Caribbean Islands, Latin America, Africa, India, and Asia. Currently, he serves as International Director of Development for Kids Against Hunger and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. In 2009, KAH provided fifty million meals to recipients in forty-two nations. He has a passion for caring for the poorest of the poor. He was the founding president of Liberty Center; an emergency shelter providing shelter, case study, and job development for over 2,000 persons since 1993. Larry also established a network of sixty – five feeding & mentoring centers in Mindanao, Philippines.
Guild Legal Team & Consultants
Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC are the official attorneys for the Artists Music Guild. They are committed to helping the Guild to educate artists in all aspects of the law so that they may always be ahead of the game.
Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin is the official counsel for all of the Guild’s Board of Directors. With a history of being one of the finest and most effective legal firms in the country it is decorated with a vast history of knowledge and experience. The firm can be trusted to handle anything large or small. Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC is here to protect everything that is “The Guild.”
Norman Gillis is an attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. His practice focuses on entertainment law, including music publishing, transactional documents relating to recording, songwriting, management, business entity formation and continuation, trademark/servicemark, literary publications, production agreements, work-for-hire agreements, licensing, facilities and equipment use agreements, investor agreements, artist loan-out agreements and related litigation.
Norman’s representative clients include Big & Rich, Big Country Records, Bomshel, Bonnie Bramlett, Bekka Bramlett, Brooks & Dunn, Exile, Muzik Mafia, OmniSound Studio, John Schneider, Sure Fire Music, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Tuniverse Entertainment. Over his twenty years on Music Row, Norman has also provided legal services to Blue Hat Records/Charlie Daniels Band, Tim McGraw, Creative Artists Agency and the Bill Monroe Estate.
Nicolette Fontaine works as an associate/law clerk in entertainment law/music industry contracts with Norman Gillis and Associates in Nashville and a publicist/media relations manager in music. She is a graduate from Nova Southeastern University School of Law in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; She worked for the Legal & Business Affairs Department at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing in Los Angeles in 2003. Nicolette is currently the PR/Online Marketing Rep. for a music business networking & educational organization.
She is an active member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences/Grammy Chapters, the International Entertainment Buyers Association, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, the American Bar Association, FL Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Sections and the FL Film Recording & Entertainment Council.