Steph ‘SG’ Green is a musician from Los Angeles, California. Her influences are the classic jazz, soul, and 70s era folk rock records that her parents listened to; 1980s r&b/pop/new wave; and 1990s hip-hop.
Musical history timeline:
- Received formal classical music training as a pre-teen. The wunderkind earned first-place winner at her piano recital.
- Grew up in an entrepreneurial environment. Associate Record Technician Services, Inc. (ARTS) was founded, owned and operated by her parents. In 1978, they embarked upon a quest to supply hospitals’ demand for qualified health information management professionals. The principals were pioneers in bringing together individuals and teams of people to offer alternative staffing solutions. The company was successful throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1998, ARTS was acquired by Sourcecorp.
- Delved into her brother Michael’s eclectic record collection which included artists such as Parliament/Funkadelic, Kraftwerk, Rush, Journey, Azymuth, Hiroshima, Jeff Lorber, and Pat Metheney.
- Met legendary producer Quincy Jones at Barnsdall Art Park — a world-class art gallery in East Hollywood. Her father encouraged her to walk up to him, where he was seated atop steps, and say “hello.” She knew who Jones was because her parents played the “Body Heat” eight-track on heavy rotation.
- Paid attention to expert advice from her father’s jazz musician friends including saxophonist Eddie Harris.
- Listened to useful advice from her mother’s jazz musician friends including the Jazz Crusaders (Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, Wayne Henderson, Hubert Laws).
- Purchased analog mono and polyphonic synthesizers, drum machines, and a guitar (Aria Pro II).
- Programmed synths and drum machines including a vintage ARP Odyssey, Roland Juno 6, Roland Juno 60, Roland Jupiter-8, Roland JX-8P; Roland TR-606, Roland TR-808, Linn Drum, Oberheim DX, Oberheim DMX, Ensoniq Mirage, and Yamaha DX-7 among others.
- Prepared to move to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University. Changed her mind at the last minute.
- Accepted an invitation to a Teena Marie rehearsal/audition for keyboardists.
Pick up vital new skills.
- Performed as a keyboardist, drum machinist, and vocalist (pseudonym Alexis Armisé) at Hollywood venues such as The Troubadour and Red Onion.
- Sent shock waves through the city of Orange County when she wrote and produced Duran Duran style tracks for singer Sherri Ferrari.
- Wrote and produced tracks for up-and-coming Alaskan singer Tollak Ollestad. Tollak is now best known for his harmonica feature performance on the “Northern Exposure” television series theme — and on recordings by Natalie Cole, Christopher Cross, Gino Vannelli, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind & Fire, Dave Grusin, and Billy Idol among other artists.
- Hired a manager — Ron Robinson (Faraji Management). Introduced her to new music by artists such as Djavan and Paul Winter Consort.
Broaden your knowledge base.
- Developed sound engineering and music production skills at Winsonic Digital (Hollywood, CA) founded by Winston Johnson. https://winsonic.net/about-us/our-team/
- Intrigued an A&R from Capitol Records with a self-produced demo.
- Performed as band leader at a Capitol showcase. The performance featured up-and-coming jazz musicians Ron Affif (the nephew of guitarist Ron Anthony — who played with Frank Sinatra) and Sam Sims. Ron later signed to Pablo Records. Sam went on to work as a bassist for Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston, Maxwell, and many more musical giants.
If you can dream it, you can achieve it!
- Discovered the music of Brazilian songwriter Antônio Carlos Jobim; Japanese composer Kitaro.
- Composed masterpieces recorded by top-drawer talent such as Gerald Albright, Brian Simpson, Michael White, and Paul Jackson, Jr. Winston Johnson produced the projects.
- Captured the attention of Arsenio Hall with demo tapes.
- Auditioned for a vocal lead in a Leon Sylvers III project. She made embarrassing errors.
- Gave renditions of original songs at a live gig accompanied by percussionists from the Jamaican reggae band Inner Circle. Arsenio Hall and her friend Tania Carmenatti were the only two attendees in the audience, lol.
Turn fear into confidence.
- Pitched tracks to Phyllis Hyman’s management company.
- Considered an offer to collaborate with hip-hop group Jungle Brothers (Warner Bros. Records).
- Adjusted easily to living in Chicago, Illinois. Worked as a production coordinator at Encyclopaedia Britannica by day; as an independent songwriter, film composer, music arranger, and producer by night.
- Recorded tracks with rock guitarist Tim Hurley (Red Red Meat – Sub Pop Records). Introduced to Tim by a co-worker at Britannica. The former lawyer had just quit his job to become a full-time musician.
- Recorded Lisa Stansfield style tracks with Roman guitarist Simone de Sanctis (he/him). Simone was on a visa from Rome to work at Britannica.
- Studied Indian, Brazilian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Jamaican music. Discovered recordings by musicians such as Maria Bethania, Naná Vasconcelos, Trilok Gurtu, Kassav’, and numerous other ethnic artists. Her co-worker Fukiko Ojisu presented her with a few mixtapes of traditional Japanese music. On days off, she would catch the el-train uptown to watch live reggae performances.
Make your vision a reality.
- Practiced daily on the acoustic pianos in the Harold Washington Library — which was walking distance from Encyclopaedia Britannica (her 9-to-5 job). She spent most lunch hours taking advantage of the resources in the library.
- Discovered recordings by jazz artists such as Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal in the Harold Washington Library.
- Studied dance music history — specifically Chicago house tracks by DJs and producers such as Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Larry ‘Mr. Fingers’ Heard, Frankie Knuckles, Ralphi Rosario, Marshall Jefferson, Jessie Saunders, and numerous other pioneers.
- Joined the ‘Great Books Discussion Group’ moderated by legendary academics Mortimer Adler and John Van Doren. Meetings were held at Encyclopaedia Britannica.
- Expanded her knowledge further by working as a publications coordinator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
A high degree of professionalism.
- Worked as an assistant to the founder of Myerson Entertainment — award-winning producer of the Indian epic, “The Mahabharata”.
- Opened up new channels of information by working as a temp marketing assistant in the entertainment industry. She successfully completed projects at Overbrook Entertainment, Virgin Records, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE), Motion Picture Editors Guild, lightray.com (Kimberly Brooks), Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Irv Schechter Talent Agency, The Firm, among others.
- Conceived and pitched the idea for a “Static Shock” video game to Michael Harkavy (WBIE).
- Met with music supervisor Pilar McCurry at Overbrook Entertainment. Pilar was impressed with the clarity of the sound. Felt the musical ideas would be great for indie films. Suggested rebranding pitched CD labels with ‘SG’ instead of Stephanie Green.
- Took meetings with Jim Vellutato at Sony Music Publishing. Jim received the demo from entertainment attorney Sandy Fox.
- Considered a Sony/ATV offer to write lyrics for keyboardist and composer Mars Lasar.
Dare to dream!
- Reached the next level when she wrote and produced demo tracks for Sony/ATV artist Denaine Jones.
- Pitched tracks to Edmonds Entertainment (formerly Yab Yum Records/Sony). Encouraged by Tracey Edmonds to “master your craft.”
Make a small investment in yourself.
- Splurged on a Roland MC-303, Roland XP-60, Roland SP-808, Korg ElecTribe EA-1, Korg ElecTribe ER-1, and a Yamaha SU700.
- Founded the ‘Experimental Soul’ record label (defunct). Kimberly Brooks (artist, founder of Huffington Post Arts, and wife of actor Albert Brooks) was an investor.
- Learned about music clearances and licensing by networking online with Deborah Mannis-Gardner of DMG Clearances. dmgclearances.com
- Worked at the Gorfaine Schwartz Agency as a 2nd assistant to Sam Schwartz (Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, John Williams). gsamusic.com
- Given access to pitch demos to Pilar McCurry at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Learned the importance of keeping current.
- Purchased Sonic Foundry ACID Pro software and began transitioning into making music with computers.
- Created the Remix Studio. (Co-Founded by Pooja Mor in 2015.)
- Signed up for MySpace and networked with Janet Jackson, Akon, Colby O’Donis, and numerous other artists and producers. myspace.com/theremixstudio
- Scouted new artists to produce including Bobby DeBarge, Jr., Zshatwa, Iman Ramadan, Cashflow Harlem, Teyana Taylor, Avriel Epps, Diggy Simmons, and Nina Sky.
- Collaborated with Elle B (Katy Perry) on Lauryn Hill style songs.
- Worked jointly with Marc Nelson (Co-Founder Boyz II Men) on songs for the consideration of Janet Jackson.
- Submitted solicited songs to Shakir Stewart (Def Jam) for the consideration of Janet Jackson.
- Remixed Drake’s “Replacement Girl” single with an acapella found on the internet; tracks for singer Jana Mashonee (nine-time Native American Music Awards/Nammys winner); and several Destiny’s Child songs using acapellas found on the internet.
- Networked online with Destiny’s Child producer D’wayne Wiggins (Tony! Toni! Toné!); Robin Antin, choreographer and founder of the Pussycat Dolls; Erykah Badu and her production team at Control Freaq Records; Harve Pierre (Bad Boy Records/Crazy Joint); the A&R team at Mary J. Blige’s Matriarch Records; Star Trak Entertainment founded by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo; and others.
- Pitched tracks to Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Records; Martin Kierszenbaum’s Cherrytree Records (Interscope imprint); Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment record label; and others.
- Linked by internet with Hidden Beach Recordings A&R Jerrold Thompson. Jerrold facilitated a meeting between SG and the songwriting duo, Write Chix — Jazmine “Jazzy” Bailey and Bobbie-Cheri Gobert.
- Entered the radars of Chris Lighty, Mona Scott-Young, Sylvia Rhone, Shanti Das, Mike Caren, Teresa LaBarbera, Kawan ‘KP’ Prather, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Antonio ‘LA’ Reid, Todd Moscowitz, Livia Tortella, Steve Rifkind, DJ Mormile, Claudine Joseph, Jerry Wonda, Dallas Martin, Joie Manda, Larry Jackson, and many other industry executives.
- Seized an opportunity to connect online with The Clutch. The songwriting collective included Candice Nelson, Ezekiel Lewis, J. Que Smith, Balewa Muhammad, and Keri Hilson.
- Worked as an advertising coordinator for the Desert Sun in Palm Springs. Assisted with coordinating ads for clients such as McCallum Theatre and Tiffany & Co. Composed a commercial jingle for the newspaper.
- Founded Stephanie Green Public Relations (SGPR). Co-Founded by Pooja Mor in 2015. Expanded to include high-fashion.
- SGPR was initially tailored to the needs of the City of Beverly Hills. Provided social media coverage of the 2013 mayor election for candidates Honorable Lili Bosse and Honorable John Mirisch. Additional achievements include: Advertising on social media the grand opening of the impeccable Sirtaj Hotel sirtajhotel.com in Beverly Hills; digitally marketing Efrem Harkham’s luxury brands — Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, Luxe City Center, Luxe Sunset Hotel, and Elan Hotel; and providing digital marketing services to the five-star quality L’Ermitage. SGPR provided all marketing services to the City of Beverly Hills pro-bono in an effort to gain digital public relations experience — specifically working with luxury brands.
Your biography says a lot about you.
- Connected online with Warner Music France executives.
- Practiced her French skills by writing daily music news for singer Shy’m (Warner Music France). She studied the language in her junior and senior years of high school.
- Held in high regard by Whitney Houston after presenting her with tracks for the consideration of the film, “Sparkle”.
- Praised by a representative from one of Madonna’s official fan clubs. Referred to as a “badass.”
- Pitched tracks to rapper Sibley Scoles and her producer DJ Marc Kinchen; and to Jada Pinkett Smith’s heavy metal band, Wicked Wisdom.
- Promoted Will Smith’s ‘Boom Boom Room’ recording studio on social media.
- Developed and maintained a promotional social media page for Overbrook Entertainment. twitter.com/overbrookpr
Invest in your future.
- Completed the online course, “Academic Writing & Critical Thinking” offered by Duke University.
- Turbocharged when she gained the attention of Janet Jackson’s producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
- Networked with Cyril Kamar’s E.47 Records in Paris, France.
- Researched and wrote daily music news for The Source Magazine. thesource.com/author/s-green
- Co-Founded Digital Music Corporation with Pooja Mor. digitalmusiccorporation.com
- Felt validated when she earned the attention of Prince — an artist she was totally obsessed with as a teenager.
Take the first step toward a more rewarding life.
- Co-Founded Still Shots Menswear with Pooja Mor. stillshotsmenswear.com
- Completed the online course, “Management of Fashion & Luxury Companies” offered by SDA Bocconi School of Management. Graded with an A.
- Chatted online with David Gilmour and Polly Samson. Pitched ideas for the consideration of Pink Floyd.
- Put together a conceptual Still Shots t-shirt ad campaign featuring rock ‘n’ roll legends David Gilmour and Roger Waters.
- Studied journalism. Enrolled in “English for Journalists” — an online university-level course offered by UC Berkeley.
Rare combination of talents.
- Filed for unemployment compensation when her hours working as a social media marketing specialist at a resort were reduced from 40 to 10 per week — due to budget cuts. She gave two weeks notice and resigned.
- Transitioned into a retail clerk job at a local health food store. Got fired for spending too much time consulting an elderly customer during a pandemic. Started collecting unemployment benefits. Again.
- Welcomed new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The year-long stay-at-home order gave her a whole new perspective. The mind-opening experience was “a time to grow and change.”
- Drafted two screenplays: “iRelationship” (pitched to Higher Ground Productions / The Obamas); and “Love In Stereo” introducing Pooja Mor (also pitched to Higher Ground).
- Tested new DAWs (digital audio workstations). Embraced change and upgraded from ACID Pro to Mixcraft 9 Pro Studio. The first real improvement in her production software since 2000.
- Fine-tuned her music production skills.
- Produced dozens of remakes for promotional use only.
- Unleashed her creativity and produced cover versions of jazz standards. Promotional Use Only.
- Pitched jazz album concepts to legendary producer Quincy Jones.
Become the success you were meant to be.
- Meticulously crafted a concept soundtrack album for the “Love In Stereo” television series.
- Produced a concept album for Bobby DeBarge, Jr.
- Turned her free time into learning time.
- Broadened her knowledge of FL Studio software.
- Discovered UJAM virtual instrument and effects plug-ins.
- The most exciting breakthrough in over 20 years was subscribing to Reason+. The DAW has redefined The Remix Studio.
SG is currently writing and producing new music in Desert Hot Springs, California. She also works as a grassroots volunteer for When We All Vote, founded by former First Lady Michelle Obama.
- Bio Coming Soon! Preview: Pooja has a dazzling intellect; she is technologically advanced (earned an engineering degree); currently works as a supermodel represented by Anima Creatives, Elite, and other international agencies; witty. In the meantime, please follow her blog: iampoojamor.com.