The Creative Convergence Podcast #14 – Bethany Barton

Bethany Barton is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Her 2015 book  I’m Trying To Love Spiders (Viking/Penguin) garnered numerous awards and starred reviews,  including the 2016 Children’s Choice Award 3rd/4th Grade Book of The Year. Her 2017 book  Give Bees A Chance (Viking/Penguin) was a 2017 SCIBA Award finalist, was listed in Scripps  National Spelling Bee “Great Words, Great Works,” and was featured in the New York Times.  Her books have been translated into 3 languages. Her newest book, I’m Trying to Love Math, was released in July of 2019. 

As well as illustrating her own stories, Barton has illustrated for other authors, including Todd  Hasak-Lowy’s middle grade novel 33 Minutes (Simon & Schuster.) She often spends several  weeks of the year touring; doing school visits, speaking to authors and educators, and sharing  her stories and creativity with young readers at schools and libraries across the globe. 

As a member of the motion picture union IATSE Local 44, Bethany Barton also has a busy  career in the art, prop, and set decoration departments for film & TV. Notable projects include  ABC Network’s The Muppets, The Middle, and `black-ish, as well as movies like Bumblebee,  and hundreds of commercials. She is also an accomplished miniatures fabricator, and general  maker-of-things.  

Bethany is represented by a dashing fellow named Stephen Barr at Writers House in NYC. 

When Bethany and her husband, Production Designer Michael Barton, aren’t working on films  or commercials together, they’re busy laughing, eating guacamole, and enjoying the heck out of  their son Leo.  

Mission. In her books, Bethany is passionate about helping kids (and grown-ups too) face their  fears using superpowers like facts and humor.  

“When you learn more about something that scares you, you take away a lot of the mystery  about that thing— and with it, a lot of the fear. Once you learn why the “scary thing” has to look,  act, or be a certain way… you may even find yourself appreciating it! 

Then, take it a step further: if you can learn to laugh at the thing that scares you, you take away  all of it’s power.”  

Empathy, truth, and connection is a large part of everything Bethany makes. Her creations are  an attempt to “say what everyone is thinking” – and in doing so, help break down barriers…  allowing people of every age to find commonalities; to connect; to identify with each other.  

“I’m personally inspired by the things that all people have in common… by the thoughts and  emotions we all share. When we draw attention to those things, we start to feel a kinship and a  connection with other people. Like we’re all on the same team. It disarms us, helps us to break  down our usual defense mechanisms and lets us enjoy just being a person with other people. It’s my biggest compliment when someone says, “I’ve totally felt that way!” or “I’ve had that  exact same thought!” That’s what I’m trying to do. To celebrate that we’re all the same in a lot of  silly ways.”  

You can follow more of Bethany’s adventures via Twitter, Instagram, and even her oft-forgotten  Facebook page.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #13 – Terence Yoshiaki

Terence Y. Graves is a founding partner of Transcenders Music Group based in Los Angeles, California. Transcenders have produced and composed music for numerous television and film projects over the past eighteen years, and are currently creating original score for CBS’ Madam Secretary, ABC’s Blackish and Mixed-ish franchises.

Terence studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison earning degrees in Psychology and Communication Arts with an emphasis on Radio, Television and Film.

After graduating from UW-Madison, Terence moved to Los Angeles to start a career in the entertainment industry with experience working on numerous films and music videos as a camera assistant. After his time in the film industry, he landed at Virgin Records as a National Radio Promotion Manager, working with artists ranging from Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz to Ben Harper and more. During this time, Terence helped establish the band for hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas and served as their touring drummer and collaborator, earning a Grammy nomination for co-writing their breakout hit, “Let’s Get It Started”.

Terence currently lives in Los Angeles, California where he enjoys spending time with his family and raising his teenage son Kofi.  

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #12 – Whitney Peyton

Whitney Peyton is a hip hop artist hailing from Philadelphia, PA. 

With a firecracker personality and performance style, Peyton has toured nationally with the likes of Three 6 Mafia, Rittz, Lil Debbie, Dizzy Wright, and more as well as headlining many of her own show dates. 

Her latest album “ALPHA” was her 3rd official studio album and also her 3rd album to chart on Billboard.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #11 – Jason “Slim” Gambill

Jason “Slim” Gambill Is a multi-genre guitarist, producer, composer, arranger, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist for the multi-platinum Capitol Nashville recording artist Lady A, who has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, racked up 7 Grammys and countless ACM, CMA, and People’s Choice Awards, and had 10 #1 songs. Slim has been there for all of it, not only as a touring side musician, but as a session player on every single Paul Worley-produced album, and has appeared as a songwriter on 4 of their songs. In addition, Slim performed in the house band for NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” Toured with Tyler Hilton, Josh Kelley, played sessions for some of the biggest names in music, and over the course of his career has found himself on stage with John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, Maroon 5, Rob Thomas, Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), Aloe Blacc, Jake Owen, Frankie Ballard, Canaan Smith, Devin Dawson, Ben Rector, Darius Rucker, Vanessa Carlton, Macy Gray, Peter Frampton, Kenny Chesney, And countless others. Slim Gambill’s debut contemporary instrumental album, entitled “Fake Jazz & Theme Songs,” is available everywhere digitally and in LP and CD form, and his new album, “LCD,” is slated for release in late August of 2020!

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #10 – Jeri Slaughter and Paul Morente

Jeri Slaughter and Paul Morente are the creative team otherwise known as THE HOUSE OF SAM. Having a background in theater and dance, the duo have worked extensively around the globe in film, tv, stage, and live tour. 

Together, the pair have produced numerous tv shows, live shows, and film. They currently serve as creative producers on NBC’s 6-time Emmy winning “The Voice”, and as the Creatives behind the Latin Grammys and Premio Lo Nuestro for UNIVISION. Their “XPERIENCE” Las Vegas residency lives at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino which they created with Christina Aguilera.

They have worked as producers, creative directors and/or choreographers with the top names in the industry such as Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey and Maroon 5, as well as the Superbowl 50th Anniversary Halftime Show with Coldplay featuring Beyonce and Bruno Mars. 

Presently, Slaughter and Morente are in TV and stage show development with their production company HOUSE OF SAM amongst other new exciting ventures.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #9 – Ed Mabrey

Ed Mabrey is a 4 time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion.

He tours the country professionally as a poet, comedian, and motivational speaker. An Emmy winner, Ed has been on Seasons 3 & 5 of Verses and Flow (TV One), ABC, FOX, HBO All Def Digital, and Write About Now Poetry. He has performed for over 100 colleges and universities around the country, teaching workshops and conducting seminars. On the comedy front, Ed has opened for DL Hughley, Ian Bagg, Rob Schneider, Roy Wood Jr., Charlie Murphy, and many more. Ed is a two-time finalist in The World Series Of Comedy and has been the voice of companies ranging from the Ohio State Medical Center to Lexus.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #8 – Cary Brothers

Born and raised in Nashville, Cary bought his first guitar at age thirteen and has been writing songs ever since.

 After moving to Los Angeles and becoming a regular performer at the world-renowned Hotel Cafe, Brothers first gained international attention when his song “Blue Eyes” was featured on the Grammy-winning, Platinum-selling Garden State soundtrack.  

Four of his albums have reached #1 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart, and he has become one of the most-licensed indie singer-songwriters in television with songs featured in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, and Arrow in addition to performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Late Show

He has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and Billboard Magazine, and he has toured worldwide with artists such as Sara Bareilles, Brandi Carlile, and Imogen Heap. 

In the electronic dance music world, Brothers found global success with Tiësto on a remix of his song “Ride” as well as an original song for Tiësto’s album Kaleidoscope. 

Brothers’ third full-length record Bruises was released in 2018, featuring the single “Crush” which went Top 5 on KCRW’s influential “Morning Becomes Eclectic” show. 

In addition, Bruises was nominated for “Best Indie/Alternative Record of 2018” by the Independent Music Awards. 

Thanks to his membership in the Jack Daniels’ Tennessee Squire Association, he has a 5 x 5 foot plot of land in Lynchburg that you’re welcome to use for a very small picnic.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #7 – Vic Fuentes and Danielle Victoria

Vic Fuentes is a rock, pop-punk, emo singer/songwriter, and the lead singer/front man of a band called “Pierce The Veil.” They have a platinum-selling single called “King For A Day” and have released four studio albums that have garnished them a slew of awards including “Best Underground Alternative Band” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Danielle Victoria is a professional, internationally published model/ content creator. She has worked with brands like Disney, Gap, Ulta, MACY’S, Vans, Lucky Brand, and more! You have also seen her in music videos such as “King For A Day” by Pierce The Veil, “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber, and “Mine” by Third Eye Blind. Additionally, she a social media influencer working with brands for personal/beauty care as well as home and lifestyle.

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #6 – Aimee Lynn Barneburg

Aimee Lynn Barneburg is a creative producer raised in Los Angeles, CA, and based in Portland, OR. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow, a Film Independent Producing Fellow, an IFP Narrative Lab Fellow, and a Rotterdam Producers Lab fellow. Aimee Lynn has served as the line producer and unit production manager for independent feature films and produced numerous other projects, ranging from short films and music videos to multi-million-dollar ad campaigns for global brands such as Nike, Adidas, Facebook, Amazon, and Google. She is a story-driven producer having shot all over the U.S., South America, Europe, and Asia. She started a production company called High Pony Pictures in 2017 with writer/director and frequent collaborator, Lara Jean Gallagher. Their debut feature film project, Clementine, had its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Since then, the film has won multiple awards at festivals worldwide and was acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories for domestic distribution. Visit to learn more and find out where to watch

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The Creative Convergence Podcast #5 – CJ Emmons

Principle  Singer  on  “Dancing  with  the Stars.”  Emmons is Houston  Born and  Raised  Los  Angeles-based rock and soul singer/songwriter/producer is known for his five-octave voice. Emmons is also a well-respected, inventive, and creative producer. Emmons co-produced the  R.  Kelly performance on the  2013 B.E.T.  Awards and the  Whitney Houston  Tribute performance by  Monica at the  2012  B.E.T. Awards with  Kim  Burse  (Musical Director-Beyonce and  Jennifer  Lopez). 

Emmons is featured in the 2020 Emmy Nominated show “We’re Here” on HBO singing “This Is Me”.

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