Featured Speakers & Mentors
Guitarist, Composer, and Producer
An accomplished A-list guitarist, Tariqh is currently focused on production, composition and artist development. He recently worked as Musical Director for Rock Superstars Weezer and Josh Groban and completed highly successful tours with Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder (including a performance at the Silver Jubilee concert for the Queen of England) and super producer David Foster (appearing in his DVD “Hit Man Returns”).
Tariqh has also worked with such distinguished artists as: pop artists Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and the Backstreet Boys; country singers LeAnn Rimes and Lee Ann Womack; jazz icons George Duke, Tom Scott, and Bobby Watson; and classical artist Josh Groban. He has also appeared with a host of greats including Babyface, Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, Luther Vandross, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole, Huey Lewis and the News, Nick Lachey, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and many others.
Conductor, Pianist, Songwriter, Arranger, and Composer
Mary Kay Altizer is currently the Department Chair of the Performing Arts at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA. She developed and teaches the digital recording and production program, conducts the orchestra, and oversees the piano department. Mary Kay has performed in many musical arenas from symphony pianist to studio work and is a writer, arranger, and composer. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, a Professional Certification in Digital Recording and Production from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University. This past year, Mary Kay was awarded the Excellence in Education Award for Innovation by the Graduate School of Education at Azusa Pacific University.
Songwriter and Producer
2018 Daytime Emmy Winner for best original song and 2015 Daytime Emmy Nominee, Eve Nelson brings rock ‘n roll and heart and soul to every project. She's a music incubator. Like an actor taking on a role, she jumps in and embraces the personality of the project -- body, mind and spirit. Eve’s musical presence and versatility can be heard throughout her body of work. One music creative confessed that Eve is her “secret weapon.”
Classically trained, Eve was awarded the very first ASCAP Scholarship from Berklee College of Music (graduating with honors in 2 years). Eve continues to give back to the music community by mentoring young alumni and hosting workshops entitled WOMEN IN TUNE.
Eve is an innovator with that rare combination of producer/composer who can capture
the essence and emotion of pop, R&B, hip-hop, dance, classical and the heart-wrenching
Vocalist & Songwriter
Holly Palmer has recorded, toured and collaborated with David Bowie, Dr. Dre, and Michael Buble and released 5 critical acclaimed albums of her own. Invited by Bowie to sing on his album Hours, Holly was featured on the opening track “Thursday's Child.” She spent the next eighteen months touring the world with Bowie, as well as appearing on three of his albums.
Next Holly toured with Cee-lo Green, Seal, Idina Menzel and has contributed vocals and written on many film scores and commercials. Holly’s new project "A Family Album" is a jubilant set of songs written over Skype and recorded in London and Los Angeles with producer Pete Glenister. Each song is a snapshot of her family and the unexpected joys and challenges she and her husband have experienced raising their son Maceo who has cerebral palsy. The album features “Family” which is the end title song in the new Paul Rudd/Steve Coogan film “Ideal Home.” The "A Family Album" was released on January 11th of this year and earned a glowing five-star review from The Mail on Sunday in the UK. For more info, visit hollypalmer.com.
Songwriter and Producer
Shelly Peiken is a multi-platinum Grammy nominated songwriter who is best known for her #1 hits "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby". She earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Bitch" recorded by Meredith Brooks. She’s had hundreds of songs placed on albums, and in TV and film.
Shelly's book Confessions of a Serial Songwriter chronicles her journey from a young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to writing hits of her own. It’s about growing up, the creative process, the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the divas the egos and the back stabbers, but also the lovely people she's found along the way. It’s about the challenge of getting older and staying relevant in a rapidly changing and youth driven world.
She is well known in the music industry as mentor, panelist, consultant and guest speaker and a fierce advocate of creators' rights as a founding member of SONA (Songwriters Of North America).