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Mel is an accomplished media entertainment executive with over twenty five years experience in multimedia sales, management, production and distribution for both large scale companies as well as start up environments.
A strong hands-on professional, he has developed and activated marketing programs for many fortune 500 brands including Microsoft, Mercedes, L’Oreal, Hennessy, Citi, and Kraft while at companies like CBS Interactive Music, Clear Channel Interactive, National Lampoon, Tribune and iHeart Radio.
An early adopter of cross-platform and branded integrations, Mel has also executive produced programs for broadcast television and streaming web including South Side Johnny Live (NYE Special), ‘Cool Notes’ Jazz, Segway Music Countdown, and iHeart Radio’s Jingle Ball.
“The Dark Side of the Moon cover intrigued me when I bought it in April 1973. I was 19 at the time and Pink Floyd was becoming a mainstream success with a growing fan base, myself included. The mind-blowing music coupled with lyrics exploring themes of alienation, loss, and materialism struck a personal note which echoes within me to this day.” MA
Gene’s experience brings an eclectic musical and production background to AWE. He trained as a classical musician and singer at the Manhattan School of Music, sang baritone with the New York City Opera, and later became a producer, composer and arranger for Atlantic Records.
Beginning in 1985, Gene owned and operated several production houses catering to major advertising and corporate clients. His musical training and experience has provided him with a finely tuned ear and great directorial expertise, which is reflected in his craftsmanship. Gene has a recognized style featuring strong creativity, high energy, and an emphasis on intricate production techniques.
With over three decades in the competitive, continually evolving world of digital media, Marc has held executive positions at such prominent media companies as Nexstar Media Group Match.com, AOL, Yahoo!, Broadcast.com and Belo Broadcasting. Marc’s ability to anticipate trends and innovate has enabled him to develop and transform businesses through the power of digital and traditional broadcast video
Diana is a senior writer at Music daily! She is from Vera Cruz Mexico and she graduated in May 2020 from North Central College with a double Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications & Organizational Communications and will be attending Northeastern Illinois University for my Master’s starting this Fall!
Diana’s favorite album is Happiness Begins by the Jonas Brothers. By the way… her favorite group is the Jonas Brothers as well!
“It was the Jonas Brothers’ first album in 10 years and it marked their reunion! Plus, every song is very meaningful as it brings back memories from my childhood and with loved ones.”
Marisol is a freshman at UC Berkeley studying chemistry. She loves all things makeup, science, and music, and is so excited to be part of the Music Daily team
Marisol’s favorite album is Double Dare by Waterparks.
“This was the first album I listened to by Waterparks, who have been my favorite band for around 5 years! The mix of alternative rock and pop throughout the album is what drew me to the band. Overall, I just get so much nostalgia when listening to it and it brings back a lot of good memories.”
Juan is the video production writer for Music Daily and also contributes articles for our site! Juan attends Miami Dade College and has been writing creatively for 6 Years.
His favorite album is “In Sickness & In Flames” by The Front Bottoms.
Julia graduated from the University of Massachusetts in May of 2021 with a degree in communication.i
She loves to write, create, outdoors, music, and animals.
Julia became a corporate trainer at Boston Direct after graduation and built her own team She coached, motivated and pushed them to succeed and reach their goals.
“I currently write for Music Daily about music news, new songs, and album releases. My favorite artists include Billie Eilish, One Direction, Olivia Rodrigo and the Weeknd.”
“My favorite album is Whack World by Tierra Whack because of how versatile and different it was. I strive to make music that sounds like nothing that is out right now and be extremely creative with it.”
Dominique is a Junior Writer at Music Daily. She is a Senior at University of Delaware with a major in English and a minor in Legal Studies! Dominique loves writing creatively, playing video games, and will be attending law school next year.
Some of Dominique’s favorite artists include Justin Bieber, Juice Wrld, The 1975, Bleachers and her favorite album is A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – the 1975.
“I chose An Inquiry Into Online Relationships because I’ve been a long-time fan of The 1975 and it’s an album that got me through my first experience with grief and hardship. I always come back to it when I need comfort and I think that’s something incredibly special for any album.”
Kristine attends the University of California, Irvine majoring in Social Ecology with a minor in Literary Journalism.
She likes: anime, fashion, reading and playing bass guitar. Her hobbies include reading, art, thrifting + vintage shopping.
Kristine’s favorite album is Collide With The Sky by Pierce The Veil.
“It’s my favorite because it has stuck with me the longest (since the 7th grade… I’m a senior in college now) and I have never once gotten tired of it. It also means a lot to me, and helped me a lot emotionally as a troubled teenager :,)”
Carter is an AP Writer for Music Daily. He is going to be a Junior at University of Dayton and is majoring in Communication with a concentration in journalism and minor in English.
Mattia is our international writer! He writes about music in Europe that is a different mix to the music we listen to here! He attends the University of Turin and studies the Science of Communication
Grace is a junior writer and on-camera talent at Music Daily. She attends Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and majors in Electronic Media and Broadcasting with a minor in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology.
“Lost in the Dream by the War on Drugs is my favorite album and has been since I was 15 years old. The way they blend their heartland Americana style with a psychedelic flare instills a visceral emotional response. The way their songs build up to such a cathartic crescendo made this album an instant favorite of mine.”
Cole is a Junior Writer at Music Daily. He is a Senior at University of Cincinnati with a major in Communications.
“The first time I listened to Art Angels all the way through it was like I had never heard music made like that. Grimes’ mix of ethereal, pop, and hip hop sounds created a new lens for how I saw music. The mixing and production on the album was so meticulous, detailed, and thought out. I was just blown away at how she created a piece of art that was so multidimensional that I could listen to and feel.”
Andres is a Junior Writer at Music Daily. He is a Senior at the University of Delaware with a double major of English and Public Relations and a minor in Italian.
“Thematically, Daydream is the most emotionally crushing album I’ve heard. Upon the first track, perhaps the listener is unaware that they too are daydreaming with Mariah, many fantasies of romance and starry nights. However, by the end of the album, the visions of love are gone, and we see an isolating reality for Mariah, even if she is a superstar diva. Perhaps, these daydreams were her survival, and, if true or not, it feels like looking into her diary– personal, precious, and a moment in time.”
Teresa’s is our International Writer for Music Daily. She attends University of Southern California and studies Journalism.
Some of Teresa’s favorite artists include David Bowie, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, 5SOS, FKA Twigs, DIY Valentine, Selena, Lesley Gore, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, Nirvana. Her favorite album is Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz by Miley Cyrus.
Hailey is a Junior Writer at Music Daily. She’s a rising senior at Emerson College in Boston with an Interdisciplinary Studies: Humanities through Arts and Culture.
“My favorite album is the masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. With the emotional rollercoaster of an album, it is no wonder it is so popular. My heart is drawn to every song as the band takes you on the journey of their love and thoughts for their friend and past bandmate Syd Barrett and how we only have this life. So breath in the air and remember there is no reason to be frighted of death, we are all sometimes on the dark side of the moon.”
Josie holds a AA degree in hospitality and is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in entertainment management. She has experience in night life, theme parks, and events… perfect fit for Music Daily OnStage™!
In Josie’s free time, she likes to attend as many live events as she can; usually going to a few per month. She also enjoys going to Universal Studios and hiking on her free days. “My life goal is to work within the music industry. I specifically want to work in the production of live events such as concerts and festivals.”
“My favorite album currently is Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish. I have watched her grow from 150K followers on Instagram to her 100+ million she now has. Watching her bloom into the beatiful, successful young lady she is now has been such a crazy experience. This album is my favorite because you can really see the growth in not only her music, but in her as a person. She has always been known for her sad music and attitude. This album highlights her emotional growth to her finding true happiness in her life.”
Patrick is a junior writer at Music Daily.He likes to read, creatively write, play jazz+classical trumpet, play piano, and play Garageband!
“My favorite album right now is the UNDERTALE Soundtrack because it by far has the strongest OST from a video game ever. Also all the songs are bops.”
Niki comes to us from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona where she a rising junior majoring in Graphic Design in Advertising. Niki is also involved in the school’s AMA club as the head designer for their marketing campaigns.
“In 2017, Tauren Wells dropped “Hills and Valleys” as a multi-track single and was nominated in the 2018 Grammys for the best contemporary Christian music performance song.
Unlike many other worship artists, Tauren takes a modern-contemporary pop art style in his music, while still implementing the gospel. He is a big part of modernizing Christian music in my life, which is a difficult thing to find today.
When it comes to this particular album, Tauren includes 15 songs,
and the most popular song “Known” has over 60 million streams on Spotify as of 2022.
This album makes me feel spiritually enlightened and never fails to boost my mood when I am dealing with daily anxiety and stressors of life. Tauren reminds me in his album that no matter what chapter of life I am in, whether a hill or a valley, I can always trust in God to be there for me.”
Ashley is studying Film & Production at Hofstra University and is not only a junior editor at Music Daily, she is also an aspiring animator!
She LOVES cartoons, drawing, creative writing, playing video games and want to one day make a Cartoon Feature.
Ashley’s favorite album is Stormcrow by Cain’s Offering.
“I love power metal and I feel that the range the band brings to this album is phenomenal. The usage of fast pace drums and guitars to the slow piano and choir was beautiful.”
Kaitlyn is the Coordinator of all Social Media and YouTube Channels within the Marketing Team for Music Daily. She attends Arkansas State Online University for Strategic Communications with a certificate in Social Media Management.
Gerard is a Film & Television graduate of Rider University. He loves watching Godzilla movies, collecting fluorescent minerals hopes to expand upon his skills and craft as a filmmaker; on his way to becoming a professional video editor and camera operator.
Grace does double duty at Music Daily! She heads up our Instagram team and also coordinates with our Content team on music curation.
Grace is a Public Relations major at Suffolk University in Massachusetts.
“My music taste is constantly changing I love everything from country to rap. All depends on the day!”
Elijah attends New York City College of Technology focusing on Music Technology/Emerging Media Technology looking to make a career within the music industry.
“My favorite album of all time is The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem. I create music on my free-time and go by the alias B-EZ. I have music on all platforms/DSPs and growing everyday. My life goal is to be alive and not stress the things I can’t control. Success is the ultimate goal.”
Lauren is a Senior Editor on the video production team and responsible for New Music Monday and Drops. She’s a recent graduate of James Madison University with a BA in Media Arts & Design and a minor in Music Industry.
Some of Lauren’s favorite artists include Palmyra, My Kid Brother, The Wrecks, My Chemical Romance, The Replacements, and The Raconteurs. Her favorite album is “Barriers” by Frank Iero & The Future Violents.
Dana is a TikTok creator for @musicdailynow and attends Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Public Relations with a Recording Industry concentration.
She likes: music, movies, cats, chilling but dislikes: being cold, being hot, any feelings of discomfort,
Dana’s hobbies are TikTok, reading, concerts, Passions: Niall Horan, boybands, the music industry,
Her life goal are to be the social media manager for a boyband and live in a beach house on the east coast.
“My favorite album is Take Me Home by One Direction because it’s nostalgic for me.”
Ted is an accomplished entertainment executive with experience in start-ups, major-market station management, artist development and management, business and programming development. Having direct experience in the Traditional, Digital, On-site, Social, Mobile and ‘Cross-Platform‘ media business, he has created innovative solutions for competitive and technical challenges facing customers and strategic partners. Specializing in revenue development through building and maintaining excellent relationships with clients, vendors, and staff, while ensuring seamless communication between internal and external groups and all essential vehicles of content distribution.
Susan comes to us from Valencia College in Orlando Florida where she’s currently majoring in Digital Media Video Production.
This is Susan’s second rodeo! She started her career as a professional stunt woman and voice actor at Universal Orlando Resort.
When asked about her favorite artists she said “there are too many to list. I like Alternative/Grunge, heavy metal, and good old classic rock and roll.”
Susan’s favorite Album is The Wall by Pink Floyd “because I have always battled my own wall.”