Revered for her breakthrough electronic music and entrepreneurial talent, the Brookyn-based, Berklee-educated Erin Barra brings fresh ideas to the music industry. She’s pushed the boundaries of open-source music distribution with her own recordings and, as the creator and instructor of the Beats by Girlz music technology initiative, she also encourages upcoming generations of women to further their passion for music production and DJing. Barra is one of Ableton’s leading product specialists and works as a New York–based writer, producer, and music tech consultant. She is an associate professor in Berklee's Songwriting Department.
Indie hip-hop musician K.Flay, born Kristine Flaherty, has released several mix tapes and EPs. Previously trapped on the roster of a major label that wouldn’t commit to an album, Flay unhooked herself from the label and began writing songs for what would become the most cohesive, truest representation of herself, her debut album, Life as a Dog. She crowd-funded the album in six days. She’s toured with artists such as Passion Pit, Icona Pop, 3Oh!3 and Theophilus London, playing Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Governor's Ball.
Bonnie Hayes is a prominent songwriter, recording artist, performing artist, bandleader, and protools engineer, recorder, and arranger. She wrote two songs—"Have a Heart" and "Love Letter"—on Bonnie Raitt's Grammy-winning Nick of Time. She has also written songs for Cher, Bette Midler, David Crosby, Roberty Cray, Adam Ant, Booker T. and the MGs, and many others. She produced the Grammy-nominated Gospel Hummingbirds album Steppin' Out. Hayes is chair of Berklee's Songwriting Department.
From her Hall of Fame worthy beginnings in the '60s doo-wop scene to her revolutionary solo ventures into the art-rock and new-wave genres in the '80s, Nona Hendryx has been an artist who has unquestionably earned the title as music's "Queen of Transformation." Hendryx found her start in the group Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, who were known for fresh and tight harmonies and were inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in 1999. After signing to Atlantic Records, the group lost a member, but the remaining members reinvented themselves into the iconic funk-rock group, Labelle. In the '70s, Hendryx's empowering and socially conscious songwriting highlighted LaBelle's recordings, earning the group three gold albums and a No. 1 platinum hit with the single "Lady Marmalade." Her solo work includes eight studio albums, collaborations with Prince, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Bono, Keith Richards and more, resulting in several Top 10 hits and a Grammy nomination. In the '90s, Hendryx began writing music for theater and film and producing other artists, including the Bush Tetras and Toshi Reagon.
Andrea “Ani” Johnson, is an international lecturer and consultant in music licensing, marketing, and strategic management. She recently spoke on CNN's The Lead, at MIDEM, Inholland University, and on Berklee's Valencia, Spain campus. Her article, “What’s Up with MXSup’s,” was published in the MEIEA Journal. Johnson worked with Chris Blackwell at Island Records and Palm Pictures/Rykodisc and licensed more than 30 albums for artists including Elton John, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Fleetwood Mac. Her work with Gloria Estefan included restructuring financial systems and managing royalties and licenses for her Sony Music work. Johnson owns MonoMyth Media, a music supervision company, assisting artists in placing their music in Boston-produced films. Johnson is an associate professor in Berklee's Music Business/Management Department.
Susan Rogers is an American scientist and teacher who worked as a sound engineer for several musical artists such as David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, and most famously, alongside Prince, on albums such as Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times. Rogers studied neuroscience at McGill University with noted neurscientist, author, and musician Daniel Levitin. Rogers is an associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department at Berklee.
Chrissy Tignor-Fisher is a producer, songwriter, recording engineer, and vocalist with a synth-pop style fused with EDM and hip-hop influences. Her credits include Alex Clare, Gary Go, Bastille, and Notting Hill Music. Her music has been used on Discovery Channel and the BBC, and she currently produces, writes, and remixes under the pseudonym Data Child. Tignor-Fisher is an associate professor in Berklee's Contemporary Writing and Production Department.
Leanne Ungar has engineered seven albums for Leonard Cohen and worked with the avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson on Big Science, Mister Heartbreak, and the concert film Home of the Brave. Ungar’s client list has included Fishbone, Holly Cole, Guster, the Temptations, Vonda Shepard, Carlene Carter, Paul Winter Consort, and others. Since the outset of her career in the early 1970s, she has worked in both New York and Los Angeles, and had a hand in the creation of many historic recordings, including those by James Brown, the Brecker Brothers, Manhattan Transfer, Cat Stevens, Loudon Wainwright III, and Janis Ian. Her credits also include film and TV scores, and live recordings. Ungar is an associate professor in Berklee's Music Production and Engineering Department.