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John is a highly sought after consultant and coach for songwriters and writer-performers ranging from beginners to major label artists and music companies such as, the world’s leading independent A&R company.  He is one of the most recognized and respected people in the music industry, and, more specifically, in the songwriting community.

Braheny offers constructive song critiques and career strategies. He’s taught songwriting and music business courses and seminars throughout the U.S and Canada and along with being a total information freak, he continues to update his information via participation in industry oganizations.

John is the author of “The Craft and Business of Songwriting” (Writer's Digest Books) as well as a Singer/Songwriter, Journalist, Interviewer, Educator, Songwriting and Music Industry Consultant and Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase (LASS).

Braheny is mainly known and referred to in the music industry, and, more specifically, in the songwriting community as "the songwriter's best friend" for his efforts to create education and discovery opportunities for songwriters, to help bring public attention to songwriting as an art form and to champion songwriters' rights.

John Braheny is Past-President of the California Copyright Conference and served on the Board of Governors of The L.A. chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (which presents the Grammy Awards) and the National Academy of Songwriters (NAS). He has presented songwriting seminars for universities and songwriters organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

As Co-Founder/director (with Len Chandler) of the national non-profit service organization for songwriters (1971-'96), which BMI sponsored for 18 years, he organized the first on-going, organized weekly showcase exclusively for contemporary songwriter/performers in the Los Angeles area. During the early years of the organization they provided exposure and encouragement to an impressive list of later-to-be-successful new writers and writer/artists in all genres including Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, Janis Ian, Warren Zevon, Karla Bonoff, Stephen Bishop, Jules Shear, Wendy Waldman and one of the world's most successful contemporary songwriters, Diane Warren, for whom Braheny and Chandler critiqued over 150 songs when she was only 15. The live showcases evolved into an international membership organization whose members could submit songs on tape to industry professionals by mailing them in from anywhere in the world for the weekly Cassette Roulette and Pitch-A-Thon sessions.

As singer/songwriter John Braheny's most well known song is "December Dream," recorded by Linda Ronstadt & the Stone Poneys for their second album. An unreleased version was also done by Fred Neil in the late '60s, and was issued about 30 years later on the compilation "The Many Sides of Fred Neil". Braheny also did, for the singer/songwriter genre, a quite eclectic and eccentric solo album, Some Kind of Change, on the small Pete label in 1970 that included his own version of "December Dream."

John currently lives with his wife JoAnn in Southern California where he continues to be a consultant and teacher for aspiring and accomplished songwriters.

John and Cat go back over three decades from Cat’s group Cat Cohen and the Canary Sisters performing at LASS events in the 70s to pop music industry events through the years.  John asked Cat to write the music chapter for John’s recently revised book “The Craft and Business of Songwriting”. 

For more information visit John’s website at

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