Archives for Mentors

ROOTS is excited to introduce our newest voice and piano mentor, Emmoe Doniz. Emmoe Doniz (voice • piano) finally comes home to Nashville to join the ROOTS team as its newest mentor. Emmoe began singing at age 13, leading worship at 16, and after joining the band D. Clea, discovered a passion for teaching music.… Read More »

ROOTS is excited to introduce our newest drum mentor, Dennis Palmer. Dennis Palmer (drums) has been drumming for 25 years and has played professionally for a number of groups including: Sweetwater Rose, Susan Benjey, Harlow and the Wager, Soular 7, The Solomon’s Porch Band, Rachel Harlow, Megan Santi, Lauren Maze and Tom & Co. He… Read More »

The staff at ROOTS is pleased to welcome its newest mentor, Julia Fisher. She first heard about ROOTS from mentor Joe Tounge. Once she heard all the good things he had to say about ROOTS, she had to check it out. We’re glad she did. Welcome to the team, Julia. Julia Fisher (violin) grew up in Chippewa… Read More »

The staff at ROOTS is pleased to welcome its newest mentor, Jaclyn French. She first heard about ROOTS from friends she went to school with who are mentors here now! Welcome to the team, Jaclyn. Jaclyn French (voice • guitar • songwriting) is known for innovating, building, and inspiring worship teams. She’s been playing, singing, teaching and leading worship for around 10… Read More »

The staff at ROOTS is pleased to welcome its newest mentor, Nathan Sepulveda. He’ll be providing piano, guitar and bass and says there’s no job he’d rather have than teaching! Welcome, Nathan. Nathan Sepulveda (piano • guitar • bass) is a composer, arranger, guitarist and pianist, and a teacher currently pursuing a Master’s in Commercial Composition and Arranging… Read More »

The staff at ROOTS is pleased to welcome its newest mentor, Ryan Toll. This active performer will be providing private guitar lessons. Welcome, Ryan! Ryan Toll (guitar) brings a passion for learning and a love for music to the ROOTS team. A talented guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, Ryan combines his experiences of being a performer and band… Read More »

ROOTS welcomes its newest guitar mentor, Andrew Lipow! Andrew Lipow (guitar) is an accomplished studio guitarist, having recorded and performed with musicians including Ralph Peterson, Kate Taylor, Arlen Roth, Carly Simon, Andy Gonzalez, Don Braden, Mark Pender, Felicia Collins, Albert Rivera and the Curtis Brothers. He has been commissioned to write and perform pieces for film,… Read More »

ROOTS welcomes its newest voice mentor, Leah Taylor! Leah Taylor (voice • piano) is a professional vocalist who has experience singing with the Nashville Symphony choir, Sandi Patti, Steve Green, Michael W. Smith, Women of Faith Worship Team and many more. Taylor has played piano since she was 4, taught piano for 12 years, and won… Read More »

By Roger Jaeger, Singer/Songwriter & ROOTS Mentor As I type this, it’s a Monday afternoon. I’m sitting in a home studio in Brentwood, Tennessee, watching the back of my producer’s head as he mixes a song from the album we’ve worked on together for the last month and a half. Why am I doing this?… Read More »

ROOTS Academy welcomes Joe Tounge, our newest drum mentor and proud Bostonian! Joe Tounge (drums) studied classical percussion at Gordon College in Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (and a minor in math). He currently works as a drummer and writer for a licensed music therapist and plays drums as part… Read More »

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