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TONS Talk No. 1: "pop songwriter tons talk"

Meet the incredible songwriters that are joining us for our very first TONS Talk on Monday, August 28th at The Back Corner.

(Have you RSVP'ed yet? Space is super limited, might wanna get on that.)



Chicago native Tommy English began his career as the guitarist and songwriter for rock bands Powerspace and Bad City, releasing albums on Fueled By Ramen and Atlantic Records.  After touring, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as an engineer, programmer, and mixer for the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer and One OK Rock.  Tommy opened his own studio in Atwater Village (Studio America) – producing and writing for BØRNS (including the Platinum single “Electric Love”), K.Flay, Ladyhawke, Dagny, Andrew McMahon, Tigertown, New Politics, Dark Waves, Against the Current, and Robert DeLonge.

BRETT Mclaughlin

Brett McLaughlin, known professionally as Leland, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and composer. Based in Los Angeles, California, he has worked closely with a range of popular artists including Selena Gomez, Troye Sivan, Daya, Martin Garrix, Andy Grammer and Rachel Platten.  Brett was born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi and moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University.  Recent releases include “There For You” by Martin Garrix feat Troye Sivan, “Why” by Sabrina Carpenter and “Fetish” for Selena Gomez.  


j i m   j o n s i n

Jim was born in Brooklyn but raised in South Florida.  He grew up in a culture fueled in equal parts by his own inherent love of hip hop and his parents love of classic rock artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac.  In 2008 Jim co-wrote and Produced Lil Wayne’s No. 1 and 5 x Platinum single “Lollipop” which won him a Grammy that year for “Best Rap Song”.  He went on to co-write and Produce T.I.’s 5 x Platinum single “Whatever You Like” and Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em’s “Kiss Me Through The Phone” single. In 2009 he produced the Beyonce single “Sweet Dreams” (also co-written by Jim) from her “I Am…Sasha Fierce” album, before going back into the studio with Pitbull to Produce “Hotel Room Service”. He scored a hit with Wiz Khalifa’s “On My Level” and launched his own Rebel Rock label signing the young rapper B.o.B.  The single “Nothin’ On You” was a No. 1 hit and was nominated for three Grammys.  The second single “Airplanes” (featuring Hayley Williams from Paramore) was also nominated for a Grammy.  B.o.B's third single “Magic” was another platinum selling hit. Recent work currently pending release has included writing with and producing A$AP Rocky (RCA), Kiiara (Atlantic), Yelawolf (Interscope) (including mixing his entire new album), SoMo (Republic), LL Cool J, Pitbull, K’Naan, SNO and B.o.B while developing several exciting new artists through this new Oak Hallow music company.


D a v i d   " d q "   Q u i n o n e s

David "DQ" Quinones was raised in the Washington, DC suburb of Sterling, VA. His studio résumé in vocal production and arrangements is extensive. DQ has worked with the likes of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, J.R. Rotem, Ryan Tedder and Midi Mafia, to name a few. DQ's has written most notably for Beyoncé, Brandy, Pussycat Dolls and Enrique Iglesias.