Last night at the SGA Pro-Shop, we had a visit from legendary musician, John Poppo. John came with a young artist, Chelsea Chris, that he is producing and managing. He is a well known songwriter himself, but is also known for his producing, engineering, mixing, arranging and artist management skills. He has worked with Michael and Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, Madonna and hundreds of other top artists.
John’s insights were valuable to all of our SGA members. The questions went on well past our time limit and John was nice enough to stay very late and answer all questions. The room was packed, and we were interested to meet Chelsea and hear just how John is helping build her career.
So many young people think if you meet someone important and you get a deal, life is good. Chelsea Chris is beautiful and very talented, and loving what she does. She is also building a career that will last a lifetime. She has learned to play piano and write out her own lead sheets.
She sits in at the Sugar Bar on a regular basis, and is thrilled to work with their great band and, of course, having Valerie Simpson sing backup for you is a quite something to tell you grandchildren about in years to come. We laughed a lot and, of course, we talked about the Grammy show and its importance to the music and recording worlds.
John is a trustee at NARAS and has been active for years. We thank him for that also. Everyone wants him to come back soon.