FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In addition to launching the non-profit Believe Music Heals to bring healing through music to those who need it most, Essence is an award winning singer-songwriter. She has released 6 CDs on both independent and major labels. When she is not in the studio recording, or on the road touring, she is a voice coach and leads powerful workshops called Finding Your Voice for artists and business professionals. She has taught students ranging from absolute beginners to accomplished professional musicians, to lawyers wanting to improve their public speaking skills and presence in the courtroom and many more. Read More »
Creative / Music Producer
Danny Uzilevsky has been playing guitar, bass and singing in popular bands since the early nineties. He’s shared the stage with legends such as Link Wray, Dick Dale, Taj Mahal, Bill Kirchen, Leo Nocentelli and many more. As a studio musician, Danny can easily go from guitar to banjo, bass to claves, or exploring new ways to make interesting sounds. Additionally as a canny stylist and musical chameleon, he turned his inventive nature toward production in 2000 and became the owner of Allegiant Records Music Recording Studio in San Anselmo, Ca. He has since produced a wide variety of albums and honed his skills as an engineer.
Creative / Music Producer
David Simon-Baker is a California based producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter and musician. David has been behind the glass for nearly 20 years now. Some notable artists he is known for recently having made records with are Los Lobos, Jack Johnson, Trigger Hippy, Midnight North, Shinyribs, Jackie Greene, The Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Greg Loiacono and ALO. For complete list of his producer credits & discography, visit his website DSB Music Production.
Creative Consultant / Business Strategist
Craig Morton, a California native, is a record producer, songwriter and has been a creative consultant on many diverse musical projects. He produced a series of jazz records for Quincy Jones’ Qwest/WB record label. Among the notable artists he’s worked with are James Carter, Charnett Moffett, Sonny Simmons, Billy Higgins, Reggie Workman and Cindy Blackman Santana. Though his love and knowledge of jazz is undeniable, his musical interests are quite eclectic, and he can currently be found working in the Country and Americana genres. In addition to his interest in music, Craig has experience as a business owner and finds joy in solitude spending time in nature.
Publicity and Marketing
Karin Conn has 20+ years of professional experience publicizing, marketing, and promoting nonprofits, events, bands, theatre, products, and services throughout the Bay Area and nationally.
A fitness enthusiast, Conn stays active through boot camp, dancing, hiking and swimming. Happily married and a proud mom of 16 goldfish.
Grant Writing and Fundraising
Victoria Vertner has been an attorney at law for ten years. She has practiced primarily criminal defense as well as some family law and dependency law. She has also been associate counsel for a corporation. She recently transitioned to representing plaintiffs who have personal injury cases. Victoria got her J.D. from Santa Clara University. She can also speak Italian and Spanish which she learned while living in Italy and Spain. Victoria has a passion for music and enjoys writing poetry, singing, and playing guitar. Victoria’s mother died of breast cancer when she was 14. Victoria knows numerous people who are cancer survivors and has personally witnessed the soothing and healing power of music. Victoria is excited to be a part of Believe Music Heals and will be focusing primarily on grant writing, grant submissions and fundraising.
Meet Our Fiscal Sponsor
Established in 2003, MarinLink serves as an incubator and fiscal sponsor for community-based projects inspired by social entrepreneurs to generate positive change in the Arts, Community, Education, Environment and Health. To learn more, visit the Marin Link website.
MarinLink, Inc., a 501[c] 3 organization is the project’s fiscal sponsor. EIN # 20-0879422.
Believe Music Heals
All donations are tax deductible