Laureate Mentors

Laureate mentors will work closely with Academy mentees and regular faculty to guide them through the advanced stages of their professional/artistic development as they begin to enter the entertainment industry. The mentor concept is already receiving an enthusiastic reception among industry leaders. Mentors and coaches are key to the Academy’s curriculum, engaging with the student-apprentice teams to keep them advancing artistically and creating valuable content.

Each senior mentor will be a successful industry luminary and expert. Qualified academic will supplement the work of the mentors and lead mentee teams on a day-to-day basis.

The following is a small sampling of the individuals who have already expressed interest in becoming laureate mentors for The CENTER program.

Colbie Caillat – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who was one of the first artists to gain success through an Internet hit, 2007’s “Bubbly.” Named BMI songwriter of the year in 2009, Caillat has co-written and recorded songs with Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, and others.

Ken Caillat - Ken has been recording for over 40 years and currently works out of his studio located at the famous Village Studios in Los Angeles. His record company, Sleeping Giant, develops new artists and has amassed a considerable publishing library. His connections and partnerships with many successful music industry veterans will be a key component to the success of The Edge.

Ed Cherney – Grammy- and TEC-award-winning producer/engineer known for his work with a wide array of artists, among them Iggy Pop, Bob Seger, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna, Eric Clapton, Jann Arden, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones.

Biff Dawes – Award-winning engineer/producer who has recorded Bob Dylan, Chick Corea, The Eagles, Bette Midler, Tom Waits, The Who, Elvis Costello, Aerosmith, Coldplay, and Lou Reed.

Gavin Degraw – Award-winning singer-songwriter known for his songs “Chariot,” “I Don't Want to Be” (the theme song for the television drama series One Tree Hill), and the double-platinum single “Not Over You.”

Jason Mraz – Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter best known for his hit “The Remedy.”

Ron Nevison – Grammy-winning, platinum producer and engineer who started his career as an engineer on the Who’s Quadrophenia and Bad Company's debut album. As a producer, he has worked with Meat Loaf, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Jefferson Starship, Kiss, Chicago, Grand Funk Railroad, and Heart.

Nancy O’Meara – A-list artist development expert who has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Usher, and Paula Abdul, among others.

Alan Parsons - renowned engineer, musician, and record producer who has been involved with the production of several significant albums, including The Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be, as well as Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. Parsons' own group, the Alan Parsons Project, as well as his subsequent solo recordings have also been successful commercially.

Elliot Scheiner – Grammy-winning engineer/producer who has recorded the Foo Fighters, Beck, Faith Hill, Steely Dan, Toto, Ricky Martin, Sting, Bruce Hornsby, The Eagles, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, and Aerosmith. A TEC Hall of Fame inductee, Scheiner has won two Emmy Awards, the most recent for the documentary film History of the Eagles.

Al Schmitt – With a total of nineteen Grammy awards to his name, Schmitt has enjoyed a career as one of the most successful record producers in the entertainment industry. He has produced Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, among many other top artists, including Paul McCartney for 2012’s Kisses on the Bottom. Schmitt has just been awarded a star on Hollywood's famous Walk of Fame, which will be placed in 2015.