Scott “scooter” Nelson
Scott Nelson started singing and playing the drums at southern California swimming pool parties in 6th grade. After finishing school in Minnesota, he spent much of his twenties on the road performing with his rock band “Judd”, and helping pen 2 albums. The 80s & 90s he spent touring with “The Mary Jane Alm Band” signed to Warner Brothers, & then Giant Records.
He augmented his band pursuits with studio work, producing records for others & had a 17 year career as a commercial singer…singing on many national television & radio spots. He spent 20 years scoring films, & series TV shows for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, & PBS where he won an Emmy award for a Guthrie Theater show.
His other awards include: 5 Parents Choice Gold Awards (Children’s CDs), 5 MN. Music Awards (Singer & Musician), 3M Visionary Award (Producer, “Sky Blue Catfish”), The Recording Academy Decade award, New York Film Festival Honorable Mention (music video), MN. Governor’s Arts Award, & was voted into The Mid America Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
He recently accepted the position of “Associate Chair of Music & Entertainment Business”, at IPR College of Creative Arts in downtown Minneapolis.
His wife lets him have a house full of drums, a studio full of gear, & a garage full of ethnic percussion instruments.
Billy Barber was raised in a family of musicians, actors and one or two normal people. He began studying classical piano at the age of five and eventually learned to play most every instrument in the orchestra. By his early twenties he was playing piano for everyone from Bob Hope to Henry Mancini to Ethel Merman.
He has an extensive list of composing credits, including themes for CBS Face the Nation, David Lynch/Mark Frost American Chronicles for FOX, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, American Playhouse for PBS, twenty year theme for All My Children, prime time news specials for ABC and NPR’s High Performance theme with Andre Previn. He has two Emmys, seven Emmy nominations and three BMI awards.
He played keyboards and was the main writer for the Warner Bros. Record’s jazz group Flim & the BBs, earning two Grammy nominations and three albums on the top ten Billboard Jazz charts.
As a songwriter he has penned a number one record for the Oak Ridge Boys and songs for Ray Charles, among others.
He is also a dedicated filmmaker, screenwriter and camera nerd, was educated at New York Film Academy and has written and directed several music videos and short films.