Jefferey Cornett Music and more
Jefferey Cornett is a songwriter, composer, producer and performer WITH more than thirty five years of experience in music, entertainment and studio.
Discovered by country legend Eddie Arnold in the early 1980's when playing in Louisville, KY. Arnold sent his road manager, Gabe Tucker to the stage to extend an invitation to meet and start the conversation. Tucker had also worked closely with Elvis and Col. Tom Parker. Arnold and Tucker along with personal manager and former CMA leader, Gerald Purcell, that night becoming his personal manager.
Jefferey worked with Purcell, who had managed Arnold for more than 35years. He produced TV shows for Perry Como, Red Skelton and others before opening his own personal management company, Gerard W. Purcell Associates, where his roster of clients included Al Hirt, Hugo Montenegro, author Dr. Maya Angelou, songwriter Gale Garnett and poet Rod McKuen. He is credited with discovering comedian Jay Leno.
Jefferey worked as a soloist, as part of a duo and as a producer/musician for many rising performers and traditional artists, along with performances on cruises and casino dates.
After that Jefferey began spending some time at StudioB. During the time he also continued to play clubs and larger venues as a singer songwriter as well as with other acts, mega church music programs as well as coaching others.
While in college, where he studied both voice and journalism, Jefferey performed during the summers (more than 2,500 performances) at Hunt Enterprises' Worlds of Fun, when he met and was influenced by Rick Nelson, The Captain and Tennille, Roy Clark, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart (The Monkees), Three Dog Night, Ray Stevens, The Four Tops and Jon Luc Ponty, leading to his decision to pursue a career in the music business. His first tour with ARP synthesizers included more than 450 concert dates across the U.S. Since that time, Jefferey has continued to keep music front and center playing, composing and working in the studio.
When his eldest daughter was born eight weeks premature with a heart condition, eventually corrected on her first birthday with open heart surgery, Jefferey left the New York-Nashville scene to return to family support in the Kansas City and area and open a recording and teaching studio leading eventually leading to a long road back beginning in 2009 to where it all started.
A consummate keyboard player, songwriter, composer, vocalist, and guitar lover, Jefferey is currently working three new upcoming solo releases and on a music series for stress reduction / healing as well as playing limited club dates, venues, sessions and songwriting collaboration.
He is a proud member of BMI, with publishing represented by 88Twelve Music Publishing.
Comedy, Television & Film
Musical theater roles included Tevye, Fiddler On The Roof, Jud, Oklahoma, Pharoah, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, theme parks, including a featured singing role at 16 years old in Hearst-Argyles' New Performers.
Along with composing for industrial films, jingles and working with artists Jefferey reconnected with another childhood talent, comedy and
ventriloquism which led to tours and work with major brands and fast food giant, Wendy's, which led to a three year stint with KCMBC-TV/Hearst-Argile Broadcasting's JellyBeans as host and co-producer.
In addition to continue earning accolades for the series he dedicated and shared his talent with national charitable organized winning awards for that work with the American Cancer Society, MDA, UCP, Parent's Without Partners and Special Olympics.
Originally from Kansas City, Jefferey works at his studio and home in Chicago, when not working on projects in LA, New York and Nashville, with Lisa Barron, internationally recognized, award winning journalist, foreign correspondent and currently writer-producer for Decades and Start-TV .
Working with Jefferey Cornett
Compositions are an ongoing work product and are available for licensing or purchase, including recording only, recording and score for church, schools, theaters, theme parks or score only. Compositions are considered primarily for instrumentation from solo instrument, mainly piano, to small ensemble to band and/or orchestral versions.
Songwriting and collaboration for specific projects are also offered and are built around vocal/piano or vocal/guitar fore initial demos thru larger instrumentation.
BMI writers are preferred to work on collaborations and songwriting but available for virtually anyone needing collaboration.
I know my way around the studio, how to get the kind of sound, performance and nuances that set us apart.
Yes, we have our ideas, processes and practices we bring to each session, but most important is knowing how to critically listen to everything above and beyond the music or project at hand. Finding the magic more often than not occurs from artistic conversation based on the moment.
Available primarily for keyboard and vocal session work, with limited guitar capabilities. Also voice over options for commercials, podcasts, audio books and video production.
Available for performances primarily in Chicago and Nashville, but anywhere worldwide with the right space, event and budget, we can provide a wide range of musical performance from under 400 seats to 2,500 seats as a solo acoustic piano and/or guitar, solo artist (w/vocals) w/acoustic piano or guitar, as music director/accompanist, solo full keyboard and guitar set up with or without vocals, duo or trio. Most performances require us to be self contained with sound and minimum lighting. Comfortable with virtually any backline set up, our performance set up is quick, painless and easy for virtually any spaces.
Experienced in developing talent for performance, patents, events and recordings. Primarily working with singers helping to package, work and rehearse, and help find or create suitable material. Proven, major market PR experience bring a uniquely trustworthy, qualified professional to a critically important area for artists.
Weekly limited online lessons are available on a monthly basis, with a three month minimum for voice, interpretation and keyboard.
Chicago only weekly and on call private lessons, primarily for singers that focuses on the total singer, interpretation, healthy habits and finding the right material, including helping with arrangements and/or original compositions.
With a great deal of solo and group performances and recordings combined with more than twenty years of working with major consumer product brands, institutions, advertising agencies, radio and television platforms as well as commercial, country, jazz and pop projects, Jefferey is available as a hired-gun producer by the day, week or limited number of projects in Chicago, Nashville or New York.
We have a great sense of packaging music, performance and marketing and the experience to back it up.
A proven mentor with singers of all ages who can also play, write and produce is a valuable commodity for virtually any project.
We're also experience in producing podcasts, radio shows and live events from local store promotions to NASCAR, Fiesta Bowl and the like.
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