ALUMNI NETWORK

At California College of Music, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our alumni. Below are some of our alumni success stories; click through to learn more and find social media profiles and contact info for each musician. If you wish to hire musicians for your event through CCM, please contact us directly at info@ccmcollege.com.

VOICE / The Jacksons

Toneia came to CCM from Memphis, Tennessee, home of such musical luminaries as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes, and Justin Timberlake. After studying in our associate degree program with CCM voice mentors Oren Waters and Philip Ingram, she landed a dream-come-true gig as backup singer for The Jackson 5. Toneia continues to reside in Southern California, where she works as a session vocalist and backup singer.

 

 

 

EMAIL: toneia@ccmcollege.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/toneia.shenaye
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/toneiashenaye

 

VOICE / Solo Artist

Dhanraj says: “Born and raised in Jodhpur, India, I came across to the music of Michael Jackson at the age of 12, at which point I knew I would go into music. Since then I’ve stumbled upon the endless treasures of rock n roll, like The Beatles, The Kinks, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Bob Dylan. It still amazes me when I think about how much of themselves they give through their music. You are what you love, and so I am a singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. I give all of myself to this music, which gives me a sense of purpose in everyday life. Strange as it may seem, you get the most by totally giving yourself away through something you love.”

 

 

 

EMAIL: dhanraj@ccmcollege.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/dhanrajmusic
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/dhanrajrkaral
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/dhanrajofficial/
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHlacqfK-YztqTscWTsxADQ
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/dhanrajofficial

 

VOICE / Session Singer

Jayme Claire has gained a strong reputation for belting gritty blues, crooning jazz, and writing soulful original pop songs. Hailing from Washington, Jayme had already performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall with her high school choir before entering the associate degree program in voice performance at California College of Music. Here at CCM she worked closely with Kevin Dorsey, B.A. (Michael Jackson’s former music director) as well as the legendary Oren Waters. Since moving to California, she has performed at the Whisky A Go Go, the House of Blues, the Shade Hotel, the Standing Room, and the Lighthouse Cafe with Ty Bailie, who is now Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour keyboardist. She has also been a featured artist on Davi Davenport’s LIVE TV and headlined Tacoma, Washington’s historic Jazz Bones venue on many occasions, including a stunning 2-1/2 hour concert for their Memorial Weekend festivities. She currently resides in Hermosa Beach, where she gigs frequently with the finest local musicians. Always presenting audiences with heart-felt vocal performances, it’s Jayme’s personal mission to inspire and encourage musicians of all ages to never give up dreaming, and to always have hope.

 

 

EMAIL: jayme@ccmcollege.com
WEBSITE: http://jaymeclairemusic.com/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/jaymeclaire
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/jaymeclaire/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/jaymeclairemusic/
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/jaymeclaire
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/jayme-claire
REVERBNATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnaH6Ji_Feo

GUITAR / Gravizappa

Stan graduated with his Associate Degree in Guitar Performance from California College of Music in 2014. Shortly thereafter, Stan served as an instructor at CCM in music technology and audio engineering. He currently performs across Los Angeles area with his group, Gravizappa, whose full-length debut album “Phantom Tones” is currently available on iTunes and Bandcamp. Stan also accepts work as an engineer-producer for new artists.

 

 

 

EMAIL: stans@ccmcollege.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/stan.chilis
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/constantin-music

 

BASS / Atomic Walrus

“After graduation, I immediately got a pro gig playing bass for a funk rock band called Atomic Walrus,” says CCM associate degree holder, Marco Bohler. “But I still concentrate most on composing my own music, and I have a solo album in the works,” adds Marco. The enthusiastic CCM alumnus believes he would not have been able to achieve his dreams if it were not for this prestigious school, based in the world’s entertainment capital, just minutes from the Hollywood music scene. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your background is, if you want to become a musician, this school has everything that will make that possible. All you need is heart and hard work,” he concludes.

 

 

 

EMAIL: marco@ccmcollege.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/b2theace
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUlOy4DGAwC5g-qJiwjystQ
REVERBNATION: https://www.reverbnation.com/marcobohler
BUZZBANDS: http://buzzbands.la/2016/12/05/premiere-atomic-walrus-wymmf/

VOICE / Solo Artist

Raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ma Nala’s family and friends affectionately call her Pheshy, which is how she was known during her time at CCM. “Ma Nala” is her clan name, and so she has chosen that name as her preferred stage name. Early on, her late father introduced her to blues, R&B, and jazz through his job as a DJ at Radio Ciskei and Algoa FM in the Eastern cape of Africa. Exposed to many different types of music, Ma Nala gravitated towards R&B and soul, which she studied extensively during her time at CCM, graduating with her Associate Degree in Voice Performance in 2014. Since returning to South Africa, she has begun working as recording artist in sessions at Tea Time Studios in Johannesburg. Her single “Tryna Find Love” was released to Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon in February of 2017, receiving strong reviews.

 

 

EMAIL: pheshy@ccmcollege.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ManalaMuzic/
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/user-565065401

 

 

 

DRUMS / The Rose Theatre

Soichiro Tanabe was lauded by drum department chair Craig Pilo as one of the best drum students ever to walk the halls of California College of Music. After completing his Certificate Program in Drum Performance in 2015, Soichiro pursued his optional practical training, which enabled him to gain work experience at Summit Studios as well as The Rose Theatre in Pasadena, CA. Once the CCM community witnessed his talents as a versatile drummer, Soichiro was quickly asked to join projects led by CCM alumni and teachers, including Stan Silich’s Gravizappa and Bobby Halvorson’s Brother, Sister.

 

 

EMAIL: soichiro@ccmcollege.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/soichiro.tanabe
REVERBNATION: https://www.reverbnation.com/soichirotanabe

 

KEYBOARDS / Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent

I currently live in Los Angeles, California. I was scouted by a record company while attending a music school. I then played as a studio musician in several studios soon becoming active as a composer. I am also Director of Music and responsible for the music department at an African American gospel church located in Los Angeles. I have performed with many professional musicians such as Snoop Dog, and 50 cent.

 

 

WEBSITE: http://masaash.wixsite.com/masaash
EMAIL: masa@ccmcollege.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/masa.ash.7
REVERBNATION: https://www.reverbnation.com/MasaAsh/

 

 

 

VOICE / Solo Artist

Stan received a full scholarship to enter the voice program at California College of Music. To date, his cover of “Rolling Stone” by The Weeknd has more than 280,000 views on YouTube. Stan can be found performing around the Los Angeles area music scene, working on original material, and collaborating frequently with EDM producer Jonah McLean under the moniker DUX.

 

 

 

WEBSITE: http://www.stancarrizosa.com/
EMAIL: stanc@ccmcollege.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/stancarrizosa
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/stancarrizosamusic
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/localartist2010
SOUNDCLOUD: http://www.soundcloud.com/stancarrizosa

 

 

 

 

DRUMS / Sound Engineer

Daniel Lacroix is a multi-instrumentalist producer originally from Mexico City. After completing his associate degree at California College of Music, Daniel attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he got involved in live sound extensively. Daniel has done live sound for acts including: James Blake, Steven Wilson, Alejandro Sanz, Guthrie Goven, Antonio Sanchez, Victor Wooten, Jeff Goldblum, Fred Armisen, and has been a regular live sound engineer at popular venues including The Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood and The Rockwood in Los Feliz.

Daniel is cofounder of Silver Gun Records, an independent record label based in Silver Lake, for which he has produced artists from all over the world, including Nadia Chechet and Grammy nominee Mayssa Karaa. He also designed sound for Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman’s honorary doctorate show that sold out the Boston Symphony Hall. Daniel has produced several tracks for Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop, and he is currently recording his second studio album at NRG Studios with his solo project, Lacroix.

 

 

 

EMAIL: danielgonzalez@ccmcollege.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657360075
SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Q8wTs7qqw7veaNxPSYoRh

VOICE / Bill Whelan

10/10/1992 is a singer-songwriter of zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture.  In Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, United States (Boston), Nagasaki, Brazil, Tokyo, childhood and adolescents spend in America (Greenwich), Myanmar, Kenya, and Switzerland.  In 2011, opened the concert of Eastern Japan earthquake reconstruction assistance in Kenya seeking professional singers in the wake.  In the United States, Los Angeles at the California College of music Michael • studied vocalization to Oren Water served as a background chorus of Jackson.  2013, Billboard’s RB charts for several weeks, recorded the first Motown group “Troop” member Jon Jon and played in a Duet.

United friendly match in all Japan Women’s year, held in San Diego and long beach, Valley to sing the national anthem. 1/2014, Quincy • Jones, John • enrolled at the Berkeley School of music, has produced many renowned musicians, such as Mayer. Currently, contemporary lighting • enrolled in the production department. Selected concerts on campus leading to appearances two years straight as the first Japanese men.  Also while on campus together top singers in the world of the first Japanese Vocal Department awards are chosen. To the music genres such as pop, jazz, Enka, utilizing language skills developed in a global environment, flexibility, and variety of experiences.  In the Church known for its expressive power and sensitivity, ranging from the base tenor sing songs. So far, national a cappella champions, woman of the world and Grammy Award winner Zac Brown Band and the solo singing.

By the year 2015, participated in the recordings of Grammy Award winner Bill Whelan.  Later that year, Arlington Friends of Drama at a community theater in Boston, took part in the musical ‘ A Chorus Line ‘ as Roy. In addition, Boston as “River song brother” pup.com.  The event attracted 130 children in the 8/2015.  He was stage director Boston Japan Festival attract visitors of 60000 people starting in 2016. Recently, to domestic and foreign artists as an English translation of the lyrics and top liner also provides musical has done.

 

 

 

WEBSITE: https://www.taigakunii.com
EMAIL: tagia@ccmcollege.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taiga.kunii/
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/tkunii

 

 

 

VOICE / Solo Artist

One of Riki’s most impressive feats during his time at CCM was learning to play guitar left-handed simply because he prefers the distinctive look of lefties like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. After completing his Certificate Program in Voice Performance at CCM, Riki returned to his home country of Indonesia, where he quickly found success combining American pop-rock with traditional Indonesian gamelan music. In April 2017, Riki performed with the Yogyakarta Symphony Orchestra in the “Gamelan Rules: Rock Gamelan Orchestra” concert of his own design, conducted by respected Indonesian maestro Guntur Nur Puspito.

 

 

EMAIL: riki@ccmcollege.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/riki.putratama
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/andhika-riki-putratama

 

 

 

 

VOICE / Solo Artist

Originally hailing from Yerevan, Armenia, Martha received her Associate Degree in Voice Performance from California College of Music in 2015. While at CCM, Martha recorded a cover video of Rihanna’s “Man Down” with production help from fellow CCM alumnus Stan Silich. To date, the video has racked up more than 60,000 views! Martha is currently performing as a vocalist and pursuing her own original songwriting.

 

 

EMAIL: martha@ccmcollege.com