Pop. Classical. Rap. Blues. Hip-Hop. Musical Theatre. Rock. So much of the music industry is divided by “labels,” but here in Southern Vermont we embrace them all—and more often than not—create hybrids.
Meet some of our Southern Vermont creatives.
Read more in this year’s issue of
Manchester Life Magazine
Adam Guettel is the two-time TONY® Award-winning composer and lyricist of The Light in the Piazza, which also garnered him a GRAMMY® Award nomination. He wrote the music and lyrics for Floyd Collins, which won the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and the Obie Award for Best Music. The grandson of Richard Rodgers and the son of Mary Rodgers, Adam is a third- generation Broadway composer.
BENJAMIN J. ARRINDELL
Benjamin J. Arrindell is a GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer who has lent his signature sound to such diverse talents as Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, The Village People, Mary J. Blige, En Vogue, Kool & the Gang, The Temptations, Gerald Levert, and Yolanda Adams, among others. He is the in house engineer at Old Mill Road Recording in East Arlington, Vermont.
Iain Pirie has guided the careers of some of the most important names in music, first with RCA Records UK; then for 17 years at 19 Entertainment (ultimately as executive vice president); and most recently as founder of Tritone. After initial work for Spice Girls and Pop Idol, he subsequently managed the audition process and the entire music part of the American Idol franchise from Seasons 1 through 13, overseeing the creative of the most successful artists to have launched their careers from the show, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia, and Adam Lambert.
Benjamin Lerner, the great grandson of Irving Berlin (composer of such standards as God Bless America and White Christmas), is a classically trained pianist, with a passion for rap and hip-hop. Benjamin is currently working on his debut album, featuring his all-original piano-raps, which focus on his journey through opiate addiction and sobriety.