We are thrilled to announce our panel of celebrity judges for our a cappella contest, Til It Happens To You: Sing for Survivors. Our esteemed judges bring expertise from all corners of the music industry to the review of our finalists.
Diane Warren is a Grammy-award winner, eight-time Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe winner. Her songs have been featured in more than 100 motion pictures including “How Do I Live” from the movie Con Air, “Because You Loved Me” sung by Celine Dion for the film Up Close and Personal, “Music Of My Heart” performed by *NSYNC and Gloria Estefan for the film Music Of The Heart, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” performed by Aerosmith for Armageddon and “There You’ll Be” sung by Faith Hill from Pearl Harbor.
Her original song “Til It Happens To You” performed by Lady Gaga is featured in the critically acclaimed documentary The Hunting Ground which was released in February 2015. The song has received a 2016 Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Song, a 2016 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media and a nomination for Critics’ Choice Award for Best Song. In addition, it won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Song – Documentary.
During her impressive career, Warren has written for iconic artists such as: Whitney Houston, Cher, Aerosmith, Elton John, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Brandy, *NSYNC, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand, just to name a few.
Warren continues to work with many of today’s most popular acts, including: Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Jessie J, Paloma Faith, Jennifer Hudson, Keyshia Cole and Leona Lewis, among many others.
Warren is one of the most continuously prolific and successful contemporary songwriters of our time. She is the sole owner of her publishing company Realsongs.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Foster began studying piano at age four. As the story goes, his mother was dusting the family piano, hit one of the keys, and was shocked when David correctly called out, “That’s an E!”, thus discovering he had perfect pitch. The son of a maintenance yard superintendent and a homemaker, Foster has become one of the most successful record producers in history — creating albums that have collectively sold in the hundreds of millions. In more than four decades as a musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, and recording artist, Foster has worked with superstars like Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder.
Foster has won 16 GRAMMY® Awards, including three for Producer of the Year, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and racked up three Oscar nominations for “Best Original Song.” In June 2010, he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. He has also earned a reputation as a keen spotter of new talent, playing a key role in the discovery and career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, and Michael Bublé.
Foster is a household name as a performer throughout Asia. In 2015 David became a celebrity judge on the smash hit TV show Asia’s Got Talent. Billed as the biggest TV show in the world, it is broadcast throughout Asia into 20 countries.
Cynthia Bissett Germanotta is President and Co-founder of Born This Way Foundation, which was launched alongside her daughter, Stefani (Lady Gaga), in 2012 with the passionate intent to “empower youth” and “inspire kindness and bravery.” Under her leadership, Born This Way Foundation has established connections with over 150,000 young people and partners, conducted cutting edge research and been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Family Online Safety Institute’s award for Outstanding Achievement in 2012, the National Association of School Psychologists Special Friend to Children Award for 2013, and the Anti-Defamation League’s 2015 No Place for Hate Making a Difference Award. Germanotta is a former telecommunications executive whose career in sales & management spanned twenty-five years.
A graduate of West Virginia University, Mrs. Germanotta went on to earn her Masters Degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., matriculating from both undergraduate and graduate schools with honors. Mrs. Germanotta has been an advocate for the Women’s Council on Heart Health for the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute, in addition to being on the Board of the Empowerment Initiative at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also served on the Ladies Auxiliary Committee of The Columbus Citizens Foundation – as well as receiving the CCF’s Humanitarian Award for 2015 – and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Parsons New School of Design.
Trudy Green started her career in London in the Fashion Industry but eventually moved into the Music Business. Green started her own independent Press and Promotions company called Crunch Promotions before she became Head of Press and Promotions for Fly Records, an independent record label owned by The Essex Music Group, one of the most successful independent record labels in London with artists that included T Rex, Procol Harum, The Move, Joe Cocker, Joan Armatrading and John Kongos.
Whilst in Los Angeles one summer, Trudy joined Gibson & Stromberg as a Publicity Director. Her first client was KISS. A few years later, Trudy left and formed Trudy Green Management. Her clients included singer songwriters Stephen Bishop, Al Stewart and Randy Meisner from The Eagles. Green and her partner, Howard Kaufman, have managed the careers of some of the biggest, most legendary artists in the history of the music business including Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, The Bee Gees, En Vogue, The Fugees, Jefferson Airplane, Brett Michaels, Jane’s Addiction, Joe Perry, John Gray, John Waite, Jon Anderson, Oscar De La Hoya, Perry Farrell, Sam Kinison, Slash, Steven Bishop, Steven Tyler, Whitesnake, Wilson Phillips and YES. Beach Boys, Boston, Boz Scaggs, Chicago, Chris Isaak, Fiona Apple, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, Lenny Kravitz, Macy Gray, Michael McDonald, New Edition, Poison, Steely Dan, Stevie Nicks and The Wallflowers.
Green is currently putting together one of the biggest Branded Global Tours of all time that will be announced in 2015. Green has been hailed the most successful female manager of all time.
Bonnie Greenberg has been at the forefront of entertainment integrating music and motion pictures for over two decades. She is a firm believer that music should enhance and support the visual images of film.
She began her career in the entertainment industry working as an attorney and then business affairs executive at MCA Records, Inc. and Paramount Pictures. Seizing upon the opportunity to merge music and film, she decided to leave the executive desk and enter the world of production and music supervision.
Greenberg has been integrally involved with over 80 films spanning all budgets and genres — from documentaries like Bobby Fisher Against The World to mid-budget independent and studio films such as The Best Man, The Mask and Pleasantville to to major studio blockbusters including My Best Friend’s Wedding, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, What Women Want, The Santa Clause, Something’s Gotta Give, and It’s Complicated to the hit series “Desperate Housewives”.
Greenberg is a frequent lecturer on the use of music in films and is an adjunct professor at UCLA Graduate Film School where she teaches music supervision.
Catherine Hardwicke is a filmmaker whose films have helped to helped to redefine popular culture, showcase notable figures from the past, and raise light on important social issues. At the helm, Hardwicke’s passion for storytelling and attention to detail help create films rich in visual texture and narrative depth.
In 2015, Hardwicke directed the video for the Oscar nominated song by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren: “Til It Happens to You.” The video highlights the rape crisis on college campuses as exposed in the documentary “The Hunting Ground.”
She is best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga and earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office . Her book, The Twilight Director’s Notebook, was an international best seller, translated into 20 languages. Other credits include Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown, The Nativity Story, Plush, and PSA’s for the National Women’s History Museum and We the Economy.
Hardwicke has recently ventured into television, directing episodes of HELL ON WHEELS, LOW WINTER SUN and the pilot of RECKLESS. She is currently in development on her original series idea, Starchitects, at USA.
Hardwicke previously worked as a production designer on films directed by Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe, Lisa Cholodenko, and Costa Gavras. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin, and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. She frequently works as a mentor at labs for the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, and the Ghetto Film School.
LL COOL J
LL COOL J is a two-time Grammy® Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur and philanthropist who continues to display his wide range of talents with every project.
First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper.
As an actor, LL COOL J has successfully transitioned to one of the consistently highest rated shows on television. He currently stars in the CBS hit primetime drama series, “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” which will return for its seventh season in the fall of 2015. Lauded as one of the most successful show launches ever, becoming syndicated after only seven episodes, his performance on the show has garnered him a NAACP Image Award four years in a row, from 2011 – 2014, for his role of ‘Special Agent Sam Hanna.’ The show can now be seen in more than 200 countries. He previously won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Male Artist” in 2003 and hosted the show in 2007.
Over the years, LL has appeared in more than 30 films and starred opposite acclaimed actors such as Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell in Sony Pictures blockbuster S.W.A.T.; Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday; and Gabrielle Union in Focus Features’ Deliver Us from Eva.
LL can currently be seen hosting and producing the Jimmy Fallon-executive produced new show “Lip Sync Battle” on Spike TV, which premiered April 2, 2015 as Spike TV’s most-watched original program ever.
LL has hosted the GRAMMY® Awards for the past four years in a row, for which he has earned rave reviews. He will return as host of the 58th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on February 15, 2016 and has hosted and produced the GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live Special for the past seven years.
In January 2016, LL received a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievement in music.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Platinum selling recording artists (and a cappella group) Pentatonix have sold more than 2.7 million albums in the U.S. alone, won a Grammy Award, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed over 1.3 billion views on their YouTube channel with over 9.9 million subscribers and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2. Their latest release, Pentatonix debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Current Albums Chart. The first single, “Can’t Sleep Love” is rising up the charts and has over 11 million views on YouTube. The group also released an enhanced deluxe version of their platinum selling holiday album, That’s Christmas To Me, which features their recent 2016 Grammy nominated track, “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy.”
All 7 of their releases have peaked within the Top 5 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart with 6 of those releases reaching the Top 10 or higher on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Most recently, the group received 2 gold certifications for their “Daft Punk” medley and cover of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” ft. Lindsey Stirling. Their 2014 holiday album – That’s Christmas To Me – sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U. S., which was the 4th best-selling album of 2014. The group released their very first documentary (On My Way Home) which follows the quintet on their sold out 2015 North American Tour featuring behind-the-scenes footage, live performance and the making of their debut studio album, Pentatonix.