What do you get when you mix a Middle-East Peacemaker, with a gal who has opened for Johnny Cash and starred on both Broadway and in Hollywood... and a former Social Worker & Animal Rescuer? Sounds like a bar joke right? Actually, as Professional Development Facilitators we’re very serious about what we do.
What if all 3 were also songwriters who could melt your heart with a simple melody or lyric, while teaching your team how to better collaborate, innovate, and invent creative solutions...
You get The Song Team.... How can we help your organization tell it's story? How can we help you change your narrative?
THE PEACEMAKER - Michael Hunter Ochs
Michael’s music has been recorded in genres ranging from pop to country, gospel to South African Jazz, classical to rock. Recently, international superstar Josh Groban recorded his song, “In Her Eyes.” His songs have also been featured in many films and television shows including "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "Aquamarine," “The Simpsons,” “As The World Turns,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks film, “The Terminal", and in “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” Michael was awarded the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Association International award for Song Of The Year and The Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Song of the Year for the smash Jaci Valasquez hit (14 weeks at number 1), "On My Knees.” As a key member of a Non-profit Think Tank in the Middle East, "My Favorite Enemy" pairs songwriters, artists, and entrepreneurs from Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Norway, and The United States in a cross-cultural, ongoing effort to build bridges rather then exchange bombs. Utilizing songwriting as the tool, Michael has been an integral team-member in this team-building, peacemaking process. All members of this team are "thinkers" and "artists" in their own right. www.ochsongs.com
THE Triple Threat- Sherrie Austin
After being discovered at age 14 as Johnny Cash’s opening act, Sherrie moved to Hollywood to join the cast of the hit series ‘The Facts Of Life'. She went on to star in 'The Fresh Price of Bel Air' with Will Smith as well! Soon after that, she signed a recording contract with Arista Nashville in 97’ releasing two albums and charting several singles including ‘Lucky In Love’, ’One Solitary Tear’ and ‘Never Been Kissed’. In 2005 she received critical acclaim in the NY Times for her portrayal of Bonnie Parker in the off Broadway ‘The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde’, and followed that on Broadway joining the cast of ‘Ring Of Fire’. Since then, her songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Dolly Parton to name a few. Currently, her song "Hey Bully" by artist Morgan Frazier is climbing the charts! These days Sherrie is also active in both suicide prevention and anti-bullying movements, and 5 days a week can be found on world famous MUSIC ROW in Nashville writing songs in collaborative style. www.sherrieaustinmusic.com
THE ANIMAL RESCUER & OUR FOUNDER - Jeff Jacob
Teen Crisis Counselor, Fortune 500 Marketing Specialist, Team-Builder, Songwriter, Animal Activist...that's Jeff. In the decade he supervised regional programs in the Southeast for Borders Books, he worked with notable personalities including Gene Simmons of KISS, Bryan Adams, David Sedaris, Anderson Cooper, Harry Connick, Jr., and Loretta Lynn to name a few. This role involved implementing programming, and then training employees in operations how to execute these initiatives. His areas of expertise include employee training, organizational team-building, brand development, content creation, strategic alliances, and event programming. Jeff is a regular consultant to USA TODAY and Washington Post Best-Selling Business authors. He has recently taken on the role of Director of Operations for the largest "No-Kill" dog rescue in Florida, Big Dog Ranch Rescue.
As a Writer, Jeff served as a Staff Songwriter for The Songs of Love Foundation. His song "Until That Day Comes" was the theme song on a TV show called "Rescue Ink". In 2014 he has been commissioned to write the theme song for Red Cardinal Films release, "The Deadliest Vow." His 6th CD, "7 Days," is being used as a fund-raising tool for literacy groups and animal rescue organizations. Jeff has just started work on his first book, "All Together Now," due out Autumn 2014. He lives with his 4 dogs, splitting time between Ft. Lauderdale and Nashville.
What Clients Say
"This was truly, the best leadership meeting we have ever had! Our team is still on fire, and I can’t stop singing the song! Neither can my 5 year old daughter! I hope that The Song Team and Delta Air Lines can continue this relationship!"Holly Lahner - Delta Air Lines
Write-A-Song-Build-A-Team was among our most popular breakout sessions. This session received very high marks in our survey evaluation process. It was one of the best team-building exercises I have experienced in my nearly 40 years of planning meetings!Nancy Clensy - Director of Special Projects - Communications Department, Indiana University
“What an INCREDIBLE Team building program this was! Jeff, you managed to bring together a room full of people that are from all over the country and create one collaborative piece. You have a true gift that inspires all of us to reach beyond and see what was in front of us all along.”Kimberly Miller - Director of Sales & Marketing - Hilton Hotel Group
Sherrie Austin and Jeff Jacob gave a wonderful program for our new Admissions Specialists Team. Their message and method really resonated, and they touched our organizational clay. Hope we can work with them again soon!Ginger Priddy - Project Coordinator - DaVita