About the Instructors

 Tricia Walker

 Miles Fulwider

 Barry Bays

 Charly Abraham

 Victoria Jackson

 Greg Seneff

Travis Calvin

Rhonda Boyd

 

Tricia Walker

A native of Mississippi, Tricia Walker earned a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and a Master’s degree from Mississippi College before moving to Nashville in 1980 to pursue a music career. As a staff writer, Ms. Walker wrote for Word Music and PolyGram music, where she had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, Kathy Troccoli and Allison Krauss, who won a GRAMMY™ for her version of the song, “Looking In The Eyes Of Love,” co-written by Ms. Walker. She worked as a vocalist and instrumentalist with award-winning artists Shania Twain and Paul Overstreet, along with Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith. Ms. Walker served as Creative Director for Crossfield Music Publishing where she developed a staff of five writers and produced company demos and masters. She was the founder of the Bluebird Café’s legendary Women in the Round, a writer’s show featuring award-winning singer/songwriters Ashley Cleveland, Karen Staley, Pam Tillis and Ms. Walker. As proprietor of Big Front Porch Productions, Ms. Walker has produced eight of her own CD projects and continues to perform her one-woman show, “The Heart of Dixie,” throughout the region. She returned to Mississippi in August of 2006 and now serves as the Director of the Delta Music Institute.

More information about Tricia Walker may be found at www.bigfrontporch.com.

 

Miles Fulwider

Audio engineer and music producer Miles Fulwider holds a Master’s Degree in Music – Music Technology from the Steinhardt School at New York University, including the completion of the Stephen F. Temmer Tonmesiter studies sequence in the Master of Music Technology Program at NYU.  Miles has produced and engineered for many GRAMMY and Emmy Award winning artists.  His credits include:  Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Chick Corea, Joe Locke, dUg Pinnick (King’s X), the Bihlman Brothers, Rob Mathes, Joe Bonadio, Lawrence Brownlee, Damien Sneed, The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, and several film scores including scores for the American documentary film maker Ken Burns.  He is also a professional musician, having toured extensively in the United States and Europe.  He joined the Delta Music Institute as an instructor of music industry studies in 2013.  For more information about Miles and his music, visit www.milesfulwider.com and www.beyondthemusicmedia.com.

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Barry Bays

Barry Bays, DSU Guitar and Bass Instructor and Director of the DSU Blues Band, has performed and recorded with some of the top musicians in the world, including Jimbo Mathus, Johnny Neel, multi-GRAMMY nominee Dorothy Moore (Misty Blue, Handy Award nominee Willie King, St. Louis Blues artist Big George Brock, Terry “Big T.” Williams, Blind Mississippi Morris, Albert King Award winner Daniel "Rev. Slick" Ballinger, Kristian Dambrino (Miss Mississippi 2005), Boston’s Blues Poet/saxophonist Dick Lourie, John Horton & Mississippi Slim, and the Bluff City Backsliders. Guitar Player Magazine featured a lengthy interview with Barry and Swede bassist Jonas Hellborg detailing their personal and musical relationships with the late keyboard/guitar virtuoso Shawn Lane. Barry also appeared in the special double issue of Living Blues Magazine entitled “Mississippi Blues Today!”

For more information on Barry Bays visit his website at http://www.barrybays.com.

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Charly Abraham

Charles (Charly) Abraham is a Mississippi Delta native. He spent the first eighteen years of his life in Leland, Mississippi, soaking up the culture and the music of the region. He spent the next eleven years at the University of Mississippi, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Music Theory. While at Ole Miss, Charly served as director of the university’s pop music song and dance group, taught music theory and music appreciation, and was a university recruiter.  He moved to Los Angeles, where he studied film scoring at UCLA, and provided original compositions and orchestrations for several television shows. During his nine years in L.A., he also worked as a bartender, a bodyguard, a limousine driver, and a private investigator.  Upon his return to Mississippi, Charly settled in Jackson, where he became part owner and general manager of Hal & Mal’s Restaurant, one of Mississippi’s most well known entertainment venues and restaurant, with four active music stages. In addition to his role as general manager, he also worked as a festival promoter, talent buyer, event planner, and producer of Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, the state’s largest single day event.  He has spent his entire adult life as a music arranger, with many professional performers as clients. He is currently the staff arranger and orchestrator for two of the states largest churches, and composes for several high school show choirs. He also owns and operates Choirtunes, a music publishing service specializing in choral and vocal works.  He is now revisiting his Delta roots as a member of the Delta State University faculty, teaching music industry studies at the Delta Music Institute.

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Victoria Jackson 

Vickie Jackson, a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems in 1986 from Delta State University and began a 20+ year career in Information Technology. She spent 13 years in Memphis, TN as a technical specialist supporting Fortune 500 clients and the Memphis area school district. In 2000, she joined a consulting firm in New Orleans, LA where she served as a technical director, project manager and a director of business development managing efforts in St. Louis, New Orleans, and Houston.  Jackson decided to follow her passion for audio recording by returning to DSU, where she earned her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in audio engineering technology and media arts. Upon graduation, she returned to Memphis and worked as a live sound engineer supporting multiple events that included performers such as CeCe Winans, Jagged Edge, and Tamela and David Mann from Meet the Browns. In fall of 2010, Jackson accepted a position at DSU as Project Coordinator for the DMI Mobile Music Lab. She completed an MBA degree program in fall 2012 with a 4.0 GPA.

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Greg Seneff 

Between graduation from Kentucky Wesleyan College with double majors in Religion/Philosophy and Communications, and before attending law school at the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, music and entertainment attorney Greg Seneff spent nine years in the music and media production industries in various capacities as a booking agent, road manager, disc jockey, concert promoter, retail music buyer, and Assistant Director of Media at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Since graduation from law school, Seneff has served as the Director of Legal Affairs at Benson Music Group, General Counsel for both the Gospel Music Association and Christian Music Trade Association, and as the Director of Business Affairs at EMI Christian Music Group. Representative clients of The Seneff Law Office have included recording artists Jars of Clay, Larry Norman, The Peasall Sisters, Across the Sky, Brother’s Keeper, IIIrd Tyme Out, Dan Peek (formerly of the super group America), Nouveaux, Ruby Amanfu, Sacred Tree, and Shaded Red. Songwriter clients have included Del Gray (of Little Texas), Karen Staley, Tricia Walker, Billy Sprague, Billy Simon, Jim Weber and others. Seneff also represents film and video production companies, independent record labels, publishers, music production companies, animators, book authors, and periodicals.

Seneff is an adjunct instructor at Delta State University and a regular speaker at music industry seminars around the country. He is the producer of MusicLawBiz™ Vol.1, an educational project for artists and songwriters. Greg and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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Travis Calvin 

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Clarksdale, Mississippi native Travis Calvin earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies degree in 2013 from Delta State University. While at DSU, he was a member of GRAMMY U, AES (Audio Engineering Society), and Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), serving as a vice-president of the leadership organization. Calvin also earned a degree from Coahoma Community College and a certification from Berklee College of Music. He began his musical career in the after school program at the Delta Blues Museum, where he quickly developed as an accomplished guitar player. In 2000, as a member of the band “Blues Prodigy,” Travis received the W.C. Handy Kids Foundation Award (now Blues Music Award) and appeared in a special broadcast of the Blues on Nick News the following year. He has accompanied and performed with multiple bands and artists, including the International Church of God and Christ Orchestra, Marvin Sapp, Rance Allen, Steve Azar, and the Nighthawks. As a member of the DMI All Stars, Travis performed for Mississippi GRAMMY night in Los Angeles during GRAMMY week. In addition to his role as a musician, Travis has served in the classroom as a music and music technology instructor through the Delta Blues Museum, Delta Arts Alliance, and the DMI Mobile Music Lab. He was awarded a unique opportunity in 2013 to meet the First Lady, Michelle Obama, during a ceremony at the White House honoring the work of the Delta Blues Museum. Calvin recently accepted a position at DSU as Project Coordinator of a Kellogg Foundation Young Men of Color grant titled, “Hip Hop to Rock: Healing with a Groove” which will be administered through the DMI.

 

 

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