DAN KIMPEL


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Acknowledged as one of the American media's foremost authorities on popular music and songwriters, Dan Kimpel contributes to a dizzying variety of print and electronic mediums: books, interactive CD's, magazines, web sites, feature films, videos and new media. His recent interview subjects include Natalie Cole, Akon, Bobby Brown, Ne-Yo, Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Green Day, Usher, Alicia Keys, OutKast, Jason Mraz and Black Eyed Peas. Over six years, passengers on United Airlines heard Kimpel's incisive interviews with hit songwriters and recording artists worldwide on The United Entertainment Network. In addition, he has written, produced and/or voiced segments for TED, Regal Cinemas, and the presidential and vice presidential planes, Air Force One and Two. In 2008, under the auspices of DMI Music and Media Solutions, Dan began conducting interviews for Delta Airlines in-flight audio service, Delta On Air, co-hosting a show with Natalie Cole to debut her two time Grammy-Award winning album Still Unforgettable. In print, Dan contributes cover features to the west coast trade publication Music Connection magazine, plus a regular column, “Song Biz,” that includes a profile of a writer or composer in each issue. To date, Dan has conducted over 200 interviews for the magazine covering such diverse talents as Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Randy Newman, Glen Ballard, John Mayer, Jill Scott and Rufus Wainwright. Other publications that feature his writing include BMI World, ASCAP Playback, Grammy, SESAC Magazine, Film Music and American Songwriter.

Dan’s book on maximizing personal relationships, Networking Strategies For The New Music Business (ArtistPro/Thomson) is the follow up to his best-selling title, Networking in the Music Business. Over five years, he conducted a weeklong master class on networking at Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in the UK. Stateside, he lectures at colleges, universities and conferences across the U.S. and Canada, and he is currently on the faculty of Musician's Institute in Hollywood where he is the two-time MBP Teacher of the Year honoree. How They Made It: True Stories of How Music’s Biggest Stars Went From Start to Stardom, signing stories of today’s most successful recording artists, was released in 2006 by Hal Leonard. Electrify My Soul: Songwriters and the Spiritual Source followed in 2008 from Thomson/PTR and new for 2009 is It All Begins with the Music: Developing Successful Artists & Careers for the New Music Business, co-authored with legendary A&R executive, Don Grierson. Dan, a native of Lima, Ohio, and a former resident of Nashville and New York City, lives in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Cat Cohen and Kimpel go back many years as regular participants and contributors to the Los Angeles Songwriters’ Showcase back in the 80s and 90s and today at songwriter events such as Taxi.com’s Road Rally

You can find out more information about Kimpel at www.dankimpel.com and www.myspace.com/dankimpel.    

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