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.
Larry Langston- First Vice President
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.
Terry Webster- President of Public School Education and Programming
Terry Webster works in the public school system teaching the arts to various aged children. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and began arranging and performing through various churches and arenas. He arranged and performed for the Garywood Assembly of God Easter Drama for 5 years. From 2001-2005, Terry was an accomplished horn player and arranger. Terry has performed with many noted artists over the years. The list includes such trumpet greats such as Doc Severensin, Allen Vizzutti and Phil Driscoll. Terry’s purpose in the Guild is to facilitate educational programs that can be implemented into the public school systems. Our goal is to make available teaching and arts activities to the struggling public school systems and to offer teachers additional curriculum to their students. Terry will also be involved with facilitating programs for students during the Guild’s convention and awards shows.
Jenifer Sako- Board Secretary
Jen Sako brings 14-years of meeting and events experience to the Artists Music Guild family. In her task as Board secretary, Jen possesses a conscientious commitment to the AMG membership and its needs. “I serve my customers by being their partner, consultant, problem solver, guru or whoever they need to be successful,” Jen says. “I look forward to doing the same for the Guild.” Jen, as owner of Events By Sako, plans meetings, conferences, training, events, festivals, concerts, fundraisers and group travel. She also consults with businesses on customer and employee retention using hospitality strategies. Her career includes work with Wet’n Wild family waterparks, Gray Line Worldwide Sightseeing Association, Starwood Hotels and Dolce Conference Centers, where she was a member of the prestigious President’s Circle and nominated for three years for Sales Manager of the Year. Jen has been recognized throughout her career as a top producer and has been certified by top industry trainers. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and son.
Dave Foster- Board Member
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.
Steve Hurst- Board Member
As director of the Steve Hurst School of Music, Steve only wants to help others enhance their ministry for Jesus Christ. Steve designed programs for voice, piano, songwriting, Praise & Worship (Church Music), sound and group training for organized groups. His curriculum is designed to enhance the individual style and ministry calling of each student. The Steve Hurst School is a place where ministries are born. Beginning in 1992, he has been completely dependent on God’s guidance and leadership. Each year the Steve Hurst School has experienced the blessings of the Lord as scores of students are trained in classes, workshops, private lessons and performance training. Steve now comes to the Guild to offer a school and curriculum to the Guild artists.
Dan Coy- Board Member
Dan Coy has been in the music field since age 15 when he started recruiting students on the road for the academy he attended. Dan’s main focus and strengths have been to build networks involving youth or student ministries and developing these students into successful musicians for ministry. He has successfully helped to develop many musicians into lucrative music careers. He currently leads weekly worship services for hundreds @ Parkway House of Prayer while networking business owners to help support student ministries.
Tommy Brandt- Board Member
Tommy Brandt is a gifted Singer/Songwriter from Sebring, Florida who has spent the last ten years traveling the country spreading his down home message of Faith, Hope, and Love through music, testimony and stories about his life. In that time he has won 29 major Music Awards, has had 14 #1 songs. He has shared the stage with country artists such as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Porter Wagner and Roy Clark. Tommy has worked along side Christian artists Guy Penrod, Jason Crabb, Point of Grace, Chonda Pierce and Josh Turner. He has been the guest speaker on several Television Networks and still is one of the most humble, helpful and ministry driven artists out there. Tommy’s involvement with the Guild is vital as he helps us to understand the needs of our artists and gives valuable insight to the board on how me might better meet those needs.
Dr. Clacy Williams-Board Member
Dr. Williams comes to the board with years of experience in the performance and business community. A charter member of the legendary Gospel Harmony Boys, Clacy has been in the industry since the 1960′s. Clacy brings to our board a sense of professionalism and business knowledge that will help our artists to propel themselves forward without having to worry about making huge industry mistakes.
Troy Burns-Board Member
Troy started his career with the legendary group, “The Inspirations” A group in which he is still a member of today. He also sings with the Troy Burns Family traveling the country. Troy brings years of experience and dedication to our board. Being an artists himself allows us to communicate with our members and to understand their goals as performers.
Russell and Dr. Sandy Hosey-Artistic Directors
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!
Gene Crain and Gayla Earlene
Gene and Gayla have been a team their whole professional careers. After they married Gene merged his steel guitar playing with Gayla’s vocals and the rest is history. They have worked with some of the industry’s most prestigious entertainers such as Roy Clark, Minnie Pearl and the late Freddie Fender. Gayla has been inducted into the International Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame and several times Female Entertainer and Vocalist of the Year. Gene and Gayla have won too many awards together to even list. With a passion for music and songwriting Gene and Gayla are a perfect match for our artistic committee because they share a passion for professionalism and mentoring of the Guild’s artists.
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.
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.
Executive Board of Directors
David L Cook is the Guild’s Executive Board President. David has been performing since the age of five with his family, The Cook Family Singers (ret 1980). With 18 number one hit songs to his credit, he remains the number one selling Christian Country artist to date. Equally well known for his writing abilities, he has helped a long list of artists achieve “hit song” status. Though David’s work in music cannot be denied, his contribution to television is equally as impressive. He has written and performed several television theme songs throughout his career helping him to amass seven Emmy Awards. It should also be noted that he has also received several other prestigious industry awards throughout the years under various pseudonyms and ghost names. David’s business background proves to be solid as he is the current CEO of The International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences and just retired as the president of the Charlotte Civic Orchestra after five years of distinguished service. David’s dedication to the teaching and mentoring of young artists has made him determined to see the Guild reach it’s potential as the last place any artist will have to come to receive the help they need in an industry they love so much.
Chris Nowels is the Guild’s Executive Vice President. Chris is the owner and CEO of IHN Productions located in Midlothian, Texas. A film veteran, Chris has worked on several mainstream projects such as the Soul Train Awards, corporate America films and conventions. IHN Productions is one of the countries most sought after companies for video and film production. Being a multi Telly and Emmy award winner allows Chris to devote time to help mentor people in his respective field of expertise. IHN Productions will be able to help artists to create video and media packages that will help promote their careers to the next levels. By working in harmony with the artists, they will be able to bring out the best in the artist and the product. The Guild is very happy to have Chris as one of our respected and devoted leaders.
Elddy Trevino is an Executive Board Member who is originally from Texas. Elddy has had over 25 years of music and recording experience. He has worked with a vast array of styles of music from Rock to Spanish. Being a musician himself, he has toured and performed with Christian artist Mary Kathryn and also with MCA recording artist, Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns. Joe King had several hits in the 80’s with his songs “Party Weekend & Buena” which were regularly featured on MTV. Now if some of you are thinking that Elddy looks a little familiar, its because you may have seen him on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” as one of it’s ten thousand dollar award winners!
Jason Howell is an Executive Board Member who works for the Microsoft Corporation. He is also a very accomplished violinist and plays for a complete volunteer orchestra. Jason’s main passion is computers and designing web pages for artists and corporations. His contribution to the Guild will be invaluable to all of the artists who are needing web design and marketing input. Jason graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Computer Science but loves all things artistic.
Philip Irish is an Executive Board Member who will be on hand to help all of our artists with any legal questions and services they may have. Philip graduated from Nova Southeastern University Law Center. Philip’s services with the Guild will help to keep costs down for artists who are in need of legal services. Philip will help in the areas of contractual law, entertainment law, licensing and career counseling. Philip is an in house attorney and will not be making appearances in court or representing artists. He works on behalf of the Guild only.
Forrest Allen Ward is an Executive Board Member who began his business in 1979. He started teaching courses to entrepreneurs and executives who wanted to accelerate in their businesses. In 1983, he expanded his services by producing evening networking group meetings for the participants to create more contacts, leads and referrals. In 2007, he created the “Living and Leading with Forrest Ward” This was an Internet interview show giving business owners a worldwide platform to express the vision of their businesses or charities in their own words while using the interview to drive more traffic to their websites and accelerate their businesses. With his newest venture, “US Success Center – A Corporate Education & Networking Organization,” Forrest will certainly be an asset for artists who are looking to take their talents and professionalism to the next level!
Guild Legal Team
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. Aaron Lay, the Guild’s official representative and lead counsel will be happy to help answer all questions artists may have regarding their careers.
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.