Song Summit has a proud history of bringing internationally celebrated songwriters and industry professionals to Australian shores. And 2012 will be no different! Read on for a quick meet and greet with three of our international speakers, songstress Imogen Heap, legendary guitarist Steve ‘The Colonel’ Cropper & music publisher guru Peter Coquillard.
Fresh from the UK, Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and songwriter Imogen Heap will be one of the headliners at Song Summit 2012. As well as being an accomplished solo artist (Imogen has produced three solo albums, the latest of which is 2009′s Ellipse) she is also known as half of the musical duo Frou Frou.
She has worked with luminaries Brian Eno and Jeff Beck in her quest to find her own personal sound, which incorporates elements of rock, dance and electronic, as well as a focus on ambient sounds (such as the sounds of food cooking in a frying pan) to give her music “width and space”.
Her work has also appeared in film – Imogen’s song “Hide and Seek” was featured in The Last Kiss (starring Zach Braff) while she has also featured in the movies Just Like Heaven, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Garden State and the TV series Criminal Minds, CSI Miami and Six Feet Under.
Legendary guitarist Steve ‘The Colonel’ Cropper needs little introduction. Best known as guitarist for Booker T and the M.G’s, he also achieved screen immortality as a member of the original Blues Brothers Band.
In addition, Steve has co-written classics such as “Knock On Wood” with Eddie Floyd, “In the Midnight Hour” with Wilson Pickett and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” with Otis Redding. He has also backed and produced artists such as Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor.
Steve’s influence on the industry has been widely recognised – while Rolling Stone magazine listed him at 36th on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Britain’s Mojo magazine has declared him “the greatest living guitar player” and in 2010, Steve was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Peter Coquillard has seen twenty years in the US music industry working mostly as a music publisher. During this he worked across many publishing houses, including Windswept Pacific, LA Reids, HITCO and now Nettwerk One Music Publishing.
Over the years Peter has represented the likes of Britney Spears, Madonna, J Lo, Celine Dion, Beyonce, Usher, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks, Pussycat Dolls, Cobra Starship and Leona Lewis.
Since 2005 he has travelled regularly to Asia where he has been instrumental in placing songs and developing collaborations in various territories. He is also the co-founder of the Bali Songwriting Summit, an annual songwriting retreat for top level artists and songswriters from around the world.