Singer Songwriter/vocal coach Tina Shafer, started hosting and booking the New York Songwriterʼs Circle in 1991. Held at the legendary Bitter End in NYC. At first Tina called upon some of her writing friends to do shows in the round.
George David Weiss, Steven Dorff, Albert Hammond, Chuck Taylor, Siedah Garrett (Michael Jackson), Gary Burr, Hugh Prestwood, Big and Rich,Lana Del Rey, Gavin DeGraw…later she decided to incorporate young talent as well.
Tina is also a seasoned performer having opened to Suzanne Vega, sung with Phoebe Snow, John Oates, Marc Cohn, Gary Burr and Gavin DeGraw to name a few.
Love is on the Way -Celine Dion 33 million selling album “Letʼs Talk About Love” Centerpiece song for Bette Midlerʼs 100 million grossing film “The First Wives Club” Flower in The Rain – Sheen Easton and theme song for the new “Outer Limits” tv series The Way That you Love Me- written with Albert Hammond for “Days of Our Lives” Above The Band “Phoebe Snow”.
The New York Songwriters Circle has been heralded as one of the best showcases in New York for discovering talent. “Billboard Magazine”
Some of the talent that has come through the Songwriterʼs Circle over the past 18 years :
Multi -platinum selling artist: Vanessa Carlton Carlton was a voice student of Tinaʼs and Tina booked her at The Songwriterʼs Circle. She was signed directly from The Circle and went on to have a huge hit “ A thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day”.
Grammy award winning artist Norah Jones, who came through Tinaʼs Voice student, Jesse Harris.
Jesse, a regular at the Circle, went on to win a Grammy for his hit song “I Donʼt Know Why I didnʼt Come” (On Norah Joneʼs first record)
Tinaʼs Vocal students: Present and Past:
- Avril Lavigne
- Vanessa Carlton
- Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano)
- Gabe Saporta (Cobrastarship) Interscope
- Ducan Cummings (The Virgins)
- Friday Night Boys Atlantic
- Charlotte Sometimes Geffen Records
- Jesse Harris The Cutting Room Records
- Lana Del Rey Interscope
- CABB Abigail Breslin and Cassidy Reif