The Audio Times columnists

Tre Sheppard
After 12 years as the frontman of the critically acclaimed rock n roll band “onehundredhours,” Tre Sheppard now works as a producer, songwriter, and mix engineer from his private studio, zero:hour, based on the north coast of Northern Ireland.  Songs he has produced and co-written have been heard on radio stations around the world, including BBC Radio 1, NRK P3, and across America.  His projects have included Norwegian band “John Snow” whose single “Brighter Days,” co written and produced by Tre, had 40 million listens on US radio in one week.  As the Vice President, A&R and Artist Development, of Fersk Management, Tre has a proven record in identifying and developing new artists and works closely with record labels, song supervisors and agents in LA and across the globe.  He is signed to EMI/CMG publishing, was nominated for a Dove Award in 2011, and is well known in the UK and beyond for his unique blend of “faith, hope and rock n roll.”
 
 
Paul Atkins
Paul is an engineer, producer, composer and musician who these days spends a large portion of his working life mixing FOH sound either on tour or in-house at London venues – including the legendary 100 Club.

His studio credits include Lucky Soul, The Hope Rebellion and Nick Evans and he tours with Various Cruelties, Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & ZZ Ward mixing FOH. He’s also performed on stages around the world and on many recording sessions over the last 20 something years.

 

 
Craig Clifford
Craig Clifford of Stephenville, Texas, is a prolific songwriter who performs regularly with the Accidental Band and occasionally as a solo singer-songwriter.  He has recorded two albums with the Accidental Band and, most recently, a solo acoustic album.  Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, he grew up outside of Houston, then honed his musical skills playing in the coffeehouses in Austin, Texas, in the late sixties and early seventies.  His song writing reflects both his Louisiana heritage and Texas upbringing, as well as his musical roots in traditional folk music, early Bob Dylan, and the Texas singer-songwriter tradition.  Clifford has published six books, three as author, two as co-author, and one as co-editor.  His essays, guest columns, and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines.  Currently, he is working on Pickers and Poets, a collection of essays about what he refers to as the “ruthlessly poetic” singer-songwriters ofTexas, which he is co-editing with Craig Hillis of Austin, Texas.

Clifford is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Honors Programs at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

 

Matthew Sigmon
Matthew Sigmon is an Atlanta area based artist whose creative range includes songwriting and recording in a variety of genres as well as graphic artwork and writing.  He began making music with his wife, Julie B. Anderson, as high school sweethearts and first appeared on MTV in 1985 as part of the Illinois based rock band, The Basics, with their video Kids In The Street.  Sigmon and Anderson went on to form the band Rain People, signing with Epic/CBS and released a self-titled debut album in 1989.  Rain People received critical acclaim with the single and video Little Bit Of Time, and the album was selected as one of CD Review’s “Editor’s Choice – Year’s 25 Best” gaining international attention.

In 1990, Sigmon’s interest in ambient composition inspired the highly regarded 30-minute instrumental “Sleeping Through The Rain”, followed by additional titles in subsequent years.  In the early 90′s, studio work and performances with guitarist Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow, Don Henley) and drummer Sean O’Rourke (Sugarland) resulted in the album Touvaroon, with Sigmon’s first solo CD, One Opens Up,  being released in 2006.  In recent years, additional work as a broadcast technician (Olympics, NBA, NFL, MLB, FIBA) has allowed him to travel around the world.

With a growing focus toward exploring consciousness and awareness and challenging the limitations of conventional creative boundaries, Sigmon’s artistic exploits have become diverse finding expression in drawing, writing, music and video, and covering a spectrum that ranges from comedy to spirituality and philosophy.   Along with Anderson, he currently operates Made-Up-Media, a creative production studio specializing in audio, video and graphics services.

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