Announcing 25th Anniversary of New York Songwriting Circle - BMI Artists John Oates and Tina Shafer Featured

HyPR Media is pleased to announce the 25th Anniversary of the iconic New York Songwriters Circle, curated and hosted by highly sought-after vocal coach and multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Tina Shafer. Deemed as "one of the best showcases in New York for discovering talent" by Billboard Magazine, the NYSC is famous for its long history of discovering and cultivating young talent. Household names such as Vanessa Carlton, Norah Jones, LAna del Rey, and Gavin DeGraw, Ian Axel (Great Big World) all got their start on the NY Songwriters Circle, which has been held monthly at the legendary NYC music venue, The Bitter End.

The NYSC will hold its special 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, November 17, 2016, with two showcases that evening: one at 7:30 and the other at 10:00 PM. The event will include a live performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, John Oates, Grammy Award winner and Broadway star of Kinky Boots, Billy Porter, among performances by other esteemed singer-songwriters.

The New York Songwriters Circle was originally conceived by the late Ken Gorka, owner of the historic Bitter End club in NYC's West Village. With Shafer's knack for epic songwriting and networking, she took over hosting and directing in 1991. Shafer has been responsible for keeping The Songwriters Circle stacked with talented singer-songwriters, many of whom have become some of the best known artists of the last three decades.

The most recognizable artists include Grammy Winner Norah Jones, Lisa Loeb, Vanessa Carlton, Gavin DeGraw, LAna del Rey, Ian Axel, multi-award winner Steven Dorff, Judy Collins, Phoebe Snow, Rob Mathes, Peter Zizzo, Albert Hammond, The Story, Grammy Winner Jesse Harris, Siedah Garrett (Michael Jackson), Gary Burr, BMI Song Of The Year Winner Hugh Prestwood, Marcus Hummon, Kevin Bents, Big and Rich, and John Schmitt, to name a few! Shafer later incorporated the famous "Young Performer's Night" in the series to feature some of the best up-and-coming young talent in the country.

Shafer will host as well as perform for both showcases. The 25th Anniversary event is sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada and Taylor guitars as well as Sharon and Bill Jacobs, longtime fans of Shafer and the NYSC.

Artists performing for the Nov. 17th event as of date are as follows:

7:30 PM lineup Tina Shafer, Jenny Bruce, Rob Mathes, Julie Gold, Everett Bradley, Ari Zizzo, John Oates

10:00 PM lineup Eric Bazilian, Gary Burr, Peter Zizzo, Kevin Bents, Tina Shafer, Jane Kelley Williams, Hugh Prestwood, John Oates, Billy Porter

About Tina Shafer

Signed to publishing magnate Warner Chapell in 1989, Tina Shafer has established a songwriting career which would go on to include "Love Is On The Way" from Celine Dion's multi-platinum selling Let's talk about Love - also featured in the 100 million dollar grossing movie The First Wives Club starring Bette Midler. Additionally, Shafer has lent her songwriting skills to "Flower in the Rain" by Sheena Easton and "The Way That You Love Me" written with Albert Hammond for the popular daytime soap opera "Days Of Our Lives" and has co-written with the legendary Phoebe Snow. Shafer's most recent album, The Good Ones, was released in 2013. Also known as a highly demanded vocal coach, Shafer's student roster has included Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton, Ari Zizzo (son), Jamie Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano), Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship) Interscope, Donald Cumming (The Virgins), Friday Night Boys (Atlantic), Charlotte Sometimes (Geffen Records/The Voice), Jesse Harris (Grammy Award winner,) LAna del Rey (Interscope), Abigail Breslin (Academy Award nominated; Little Miss Sunshine), Cassidy Reiff, and Gabrielle Day Lewis.

About The Bitter End

Established in 1961, The Bitter End is the oldest rock and roll club in New York City. The classic red brick stage backdrop and intimate vibe make this historic venue almost as iconic as its headliners. For over 50 years, their audiences have been blown away by legendary artists that have graced their stage, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, Woody Allen, Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Billy Crystal, Tommy James, Norah Jones, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, and thousands more.


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