On July 1-3, just before the national holiday of Independence, Hearken Studios is hosting "The Connection", a Christian music conference for independent artists at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
The purpose and mission of Hearken Studios is supporting Christian artists wanting to further the kingdom of God through music by developing their music ministry or expanding a currently existing ministry. The conference features a handful of independent artists who will have their performances broadcasted and taped on television camera crew on a concert stage for future promotions on TV and the internet. TBN, who will also be attending the event will be looking for potential artists for broadcast performance opportunities. Food For the Hungry and Extreme Tours will be recruiting artists to open upcoming tours.
The Director of Hearken Studios Audrey Brooks says, “The Connection is designed to be a launch pad for Christian artists wanting to develop their music ministry into a career. Every artist is seeking something different and their goals are as diverse as their style of music."
The leaders of the music industry will gather to hold a series of workshops called “It's the Ministry, Not the Industry" that will be covering a variety of topics about music ministry handling for artists, including self-management and promotion, legal aspects, distribution, and even the spiritual aspect of being an artist and developing artist testimony.
Industry leaders confirmed for the event include:
Ross Asher, BMG Publishing
Jeremy Bachtel, Independent Promoter
Israel Barry, Israel Barry Agency
Ted Brum, Extreme Tours
David Carter, Virtuous Entertainment
Al Denson, Spring Hill recording artist
Dennis Disney, Cross Driven Records/Here2Him Music
Holly Durtschi, Fervent Records
Michelle Duffy, Light Records
Tiffany Dunn, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Steve Ford, Inpop Records
Tad Fowler, Grandma Gerber Records
Janey Gardener, TBN
Mark Goff, Vocal Coach
John Graham, The Still Small Voice
Clay Houdashell, Studio 66
Randy Humphries, Jeff Roberts & Associates
Michael Johnson, Top 5 Radio Promotions
Brian Mayes, Nashville Publicity Group
John Mays, A&R Consultant
Sam Mizell, Producer/BMG Songwriter
LeAnn Moorehead, Spirit Sound Music Group
Keith Mohr, Indieheaven.com
Josh Niemyjski, Illect Records
David Neuve, Music Biz Academy
Greg Oliver, GOA Inc.
Christopher Redner, Food For the Hungry
Rick Rooney, Maximedia Production Group
Richard Sams, Samson Sounds
Hyman Stauski, Harbor House Studios
Mike Stitts, Renaissance Group
Darren Tyler, Platform Artist Management
Kim Ulmer, Depot Music
Cindy Wilt, Word Music Publishing
For information, visit www.HearkenStudios.com.