Stanfield Major - Lyricist & Marketing

Stanfield Major was born in Normal, Illinois, on February 21st 1953, and raised in nearby Eureka.

He began writing lyrics at the tender age of 14 during the tumultuous musical years of the late 1960’s.

While living in Eureka Stanfield collaborated with several people including Randy Harnish, Chris Ince, and Norm Littlejohn. None of those early collaborations survive.

In 1971 Stanfield connected with Rich Teegarden. For the next two years they wrote a number of songs together. "I'm Back Where I Belong" was their first collaboration. Only a few songs from this period survive in recordings.

In 1973, during an extended visit to San Francisco, California, Stanfield wrote a couple of lyrics for the revue “Roll Over Alice” with music by Reuben Burke. The revue was staged around the Bay area for a number of years.

In 1978 Stanfield reconnected with Rich Teegarden in order to make his first sustained assault on the music business. Most of the recordings of Major/Teegarden songs come from this period.

In 1980, following his move to Santa Barbara, California, Stanfield joined the Santa Barbara Songwriter’s Guild. It was through this organization that he met Steven Williams, his next major collaborator. During this time they were also taking songwriting classes with Jack Segal (Scarlet Ribbons, When Sunny Gets Blue) and Alan O’Day (Undercover Angel, Angie Baby, Rock & Roll Heaven). Stanfield collaborated with Alan O’Day on a couple of songs.

In 1984 Stanfield moved to Nashville. Despite living in the songwriting capital of the world he didn't accomplish much. In 1989, for personal reasons, he moved to Kingman, AZ.

In early 1998 Stanfield, inspired by Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind album, began a lyric writing spurt unlike anything he'd experienced since the late 1970s and early 1980s. By the end of the year he'd written seventeen lyrics. While this was happening he began an online search for music writers. The songs with John Bizzack and David Medlicott are the fruits of this search.

 In late 1998 he joined the Las Vegas Songwriter’s Association. For the next three years he often made a 200 mile commute to participate in the LVSA weekly songwriting workshop.

In March 2001 he attended the Southern Utah Songwriting School in St. George and was privileged to meet and learn from Steve Seskin (Grown Men Don’t Cry, Don’t Laugh At Me, No Doubt About It) and Beth Neilson Chapman (Walk My Way, This Kiss, Happy Girl). The lyric for “All She Ever Wanted” was born when Steve Seskin challenged a class to write a song using that title.

In early September of 2007 he placed an ad seeking local musicians in the local Dollar Saver and Gilbert Sanchez responded.  They began collaborating and soon after the group 7th And Beale was born.  Their CD Crossroads And Highways was released in 2008.

In April of 2010 Stanfield stumbled across the collaboration website Kompoz.com. He spent the next year or so working intensively with a number of musicians from around the world.

From 2007 to the present Stanfield has continued to write songs with Gilbert Sanchez. 

Gilbert Sanchez - Music Writer & Band Leader

Gilbert Sanchez was born and raised in San Juan Capistrano, California, where he went to San Clemente high school and graduated in 1967 He started playing guitar around the age of twelve, began learning bass at age fifteen, and added piano to the list when he was sixteen. From an early age Gilbert enjoyed a wide variety of music. He listened to Mexican, cowboy, country and western, early rock and roll, and doo-wop music. Later he tuned into the British Invasion, Motown, R&B, Blues, and Top 40. He also liked swing, old pop standards, and folk music. When he was about sixteen he began playing in bands and has been in and out of different bands, playing a variety of styles of music, his whole life. He has constantly sought to learn more songs and get together with anyone who can teach him something new. His influences and listening favorites include, but aren’t limited to, Louis Prima, Ernest Tubb, the Beatles, Jimmie Rodgers, Brenda Lee, Bee Gees, Johnny Olen, Patsy Cline, Hank Snow, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Stan Getz, and the Rolling Stones.

Katherine Stewart - Female Vocalist

Katherine Stewart was born in Reno, Nevada, and raised in Nevada and Oklahoma. She’s been playing and singing for as long as she can remember but hasn’t played much lately. Katherine’s family was a big musical influence during her early years. She remembers, “ the Sunday afternoons I spent at my grandparent’s house, eating beer battered deep fried catfish, home made ice cream, and singing and playing with all of my mothers family.” She’s been running her own karaoke business for the last seven years. She enjoys old and new country, especially bands like Little Big Town, that do a lot of harmony and play many of the instruments that she grew up listening to and playing when she was a child.

Tim Clark - Recording Engineer

Tim Clark was born in Middletown, Ohio, on September 17th 1958, and raised in Cave Creek, Arizona. He started playing the guitar around 12 or 13 years old. His first music influences were playing Bluegrass and Country Western music with his close friends around Cave Creek. In 1986 he bought his first computer, a Commodore VIC-20, to control his Auto Orchestra, a one man band ensemble, and discovered a better way to make a living... working in the computer field. By 2006 he was burned out in the computer field and, since he already owned land in northern Arizona, he decided to move there. Hoping to get some time to pick up his music again, and out of the sheer fear of nothing to do out in the desert, he bought his first digital recorder a Roland 2000CD. In the same year that he moved to Dolan Springs he met Gilbert Sanchez. They've been playing local gigs together and recording ever since.

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