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.
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.
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.
Jack Stone- Board Member & Membership Director
Jack Stone grew up in West Texas as a preacher’s kid. At the age of 28, he began pastoring along with his wife, Deb, and their 3 children. He began his singing career in 1994. As a strong vocalist, he has been given many opportunities and willingly walks through those doors. This has led him to make several appearances on Primetime Christian Broadcasting programs including Trinity Broadcasting. His goal with the AMG is to help artists understand what the Guild is all about and to help mentor artists in a way that brings them to a higher understanding of their craft. Jack has six recorded projects under his belt and has writers credits on varying projects.
Cindy Hughlett- Board Member & Assistant Membership Coordinator
Emissary Artist for International Cooperating Ministries and MCM Recording Artist, the daughter of the preacher of a little country church, influenced by Amy Carmichael as a little girl, God stirred a desire in her early childhood to become a missionary. Cindy is a writer, a musician, a vocalist and with the heart towards missions therefore she considers herself a musician-ary, with a style that is somewhat country, somewhat traditional, somewhat sophisticated but thru and thru all Christian. A messenger with a message wrapped in a melody and a lyric. Cindy sits on the board as a voice for the artists.
Jonathan Goodwin- Board Member & Media Specialist
Jonathan began playing Piano at the young age of 4. Within a decade he had already became an accomplished musician mastering Piano, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Violin, Mandolin, Banjo, Dobro, and Harmonica to name a few. He has been a guest Musician and/or Vocalist and shared the stage with many Award Winning Artists in almost every genre of music. Jonathan has had full-time involvement with Christian Music for over 15 years and is currently serving as the President and CEO of C&C Music Group – Management & Associates. His reputation as a gifted entrepreneur has made him a sought-after speaker, and consultant for numerous ministries and organizations.
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.
Corey Brooks- Board Member & Head of Artist’s Development Outreach
Corey is a Dove Award Nominee who is now the co-owner of Merit Music Group who operates Verb Records and Hollow Clay Publishing divisions aided by business partner T.K. King. Corey’s addition to our board will allow us to deal with artists on a more personal level to assess their real performance and career needs. On the side Brooks is a youth leader at his home church in West Virginia.
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.