Alex Lee – Writer/Editor, Way to Listen page Allison Elder – Writer/Radio Personality/Editor, The Moment page C.S. Higdon – Writer/Radio Personality Candi R. Sellers – Writer/Assistant Editor Janie Franz – Writer Claudia Melatini – Writer
Alex Palmer – Writer Dale Mettam – Writer Tre Gibbs – Writer Troy Gronseth – Writer Fayeruz Barbari – Writer Adam Denno – Writer/Photos
David Lawrence Radio Host of the Top Ten Pairing Countdown
New media expert, David Lawrence, anchors and is the executive producer for the award-winning network music show “The Net Music Countdown,” which is syndicated on over 70 radio stations. He has been on radio for nearly 30 years as a top rated radio personality on stations like WMAL and is a founding member and was executive producer of the legendary radio comedy ensemble, the “American Comedy Network.”
While the Emmy-award winning and Clio-nominated Lawrence is deeply rooted in the music industry, he is also heard nightly as the wacky, highly opinionated host of the “David Lawrence Show” and weekend “Online Tonight,” which are both nationaly syndicated radio talk shows, revolving around pop culture and the high-tech lifestyle.
Lawrence makes regular appearances as an industry commentator on TechTV, CNN, FOX, CBS, MS-NBC, to name a few.
Jonathan Mitchell – Resident Sommelier, Writer and Host
Wine Director/Sommelier/Restaurant Hospitality Guru Jonathan Mitchell has been in the food and wine business for over 30 years. He has fine-tuned wine lists for The Palm, Morton’s of Chicago (in Boston, Burbank, and Beverly Hills), Pacific Dining Car, Locanda del Lago, Hotel Angeleno, and the much-heralded Ocean Prime opening in the Fall in the heart of Beverly Hills.
He has traveled the world, from California’s wine country to France, Italy, China, and even to Japan , where he was the sole American judge at the Japan Wine Challenge, hosted by Steven Spurrier. Annually he judges the Central Coast Wine Competition in Paso Robles, hosted by Bob Foster.
Jonathan is regularly featured on Tom Leykis’s The Tasting Room, and is a regular participant with Anthony Dias Blue’s Tasting Panel Magazine and Somm Journal. He has also been featured in Chalk Hill’s Guide to Sommeliers in America, Variety Magazine, FOX 11 News, Channel 2 News, the syndicated radio shows “The Lighten Up Lounge”, “What’s Cookin”, and is the palate editor for the website Wine and Music, where he writes the column, “Sommelier Says”.
He also runs wine seminars and tastings for private parties and major corporations. His wine lists are comprised of many of the greatest wines from all around the world, encompassing all price points and styles.
In his current role as Wine Director for Ocean Prime, Jonathan combines an easygoing, relaxed style with great passion as he helps guests find that perfect wine to complete their dining experience! His mission is to help demystify wine for his guests, emphasizing that they should trust their own palate. The only thing they NEED to know about wine is if they like it or not. His credo is, “YOU know what you like, so that makes YOU the expert!” That attitude has won Jonathan fans citywide.
He keeps up on current wine trends, and has a roundtable of his own, meeting monthly with LA’s top sommeliers and wine professionals for a casual but educational double-blind tasting.
Carol Duboc – Founder – Editor / Radio Host of Music Matters
The concept of Wine and Music was concieved after a music tour and trip to the Napa Valley wineries. After writing and arranging hit songs for such artists as Patti LaBelle, Chante Moore, Stephanie Mills, The Fine Young Cannibals and Tom Jones to name a few, Carol Duboc stepped out as a solo artist releasing three contemporary jazz albums “”With All That I Am”” (2001), “”Duboc”” (2003) and “”All of You”” (2005) which earned her critical acclaim as one of the top new jazz singers and composers on the music scene today. Shortly following the release of her second solo CD entitled “”Duboc””, Carol landed the role of Pumpkin in MGM’s movie “”Be Cool”” which was in theaters in March of 2005 and stars John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Danny Devito.
As a composer and arranger, Carol has assembled an impressive list of credits; she wrote “”This Word is All”” on Patti Labelle ‘s “”Gems”” CD which went Gold, and wrote and did the vocal arrangements on “”Precious””, the title cut on Chante Moore’s Gold CD. Carol also penned the hit single “”Never Do You Wrong”” for Stephanie Mills, and songs on Jade ‘s “Jade To The Max” CD, which attained Platinum status to name a few. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Carol moved to Los Angeles, California to attend U.S.C.’s school of music to study music composition, vocal performance and music engineering. While in school at U.S.C., her natural soulful vocal style and songwriting talents attracted the attention of R&B producer Teddy Riley. She quickly began working as a singer, writer and arranger for some of the top artists and producers in the industry including George Duke, Maurice White, The Fine Young Cannibals and more.
For more info visit: www.carolduboc.com