Who Are We and What is This All About?

We've created MBM to give you access to your mentor Dream Team, to foster community, share ideas and build relationships in this challenging and exciting industry.

Wyatt Easterling - Songwriter

I’ve enjoyed success in the music industry over the years as a performer and songwriter as well as a record label and publishing executive. My experience and success in all of these areas have given me a full understanding of what it takes to succeed in this industry.


When Atlantic Records opened their Nashville offices, I signed on as Chief of A&R.” My track record of success included signing artists Tracy Lawrence, Michael Johnson, Neal McCoy and John Michael Montgomery. I had the honor of producing Montgomery's multi-platinum debut album, Life’s A Dance, which has sold well over three million units worldwide to-date.


Following my time with Atlantic Records, I had the good fortune to partner with Miles Copeland (the Police and Sting) to form the Nashville Division of Bugle Publishing Group and Firstars Management as Director of Operations. I brought Keith Urban to Firstars Management, and worked at length with Keith in the studio recording the project that landed Keith his first major deal at Warner Brothers Records. I then brought alternative roots artist Paul Thorn into the company for management and publishing. I also produced Paul's album, "Hammer & Nail" for A&M Records, Los Angeles.  One of my biggest thrills was creating Bugle Publishing’s Printemps de Troubadours, a songwriter's retreat held twice a year at Miles Copeland’s Chateau Marouatte in France. This event saw great success with a long list of esteemed artists and writers such as Carole King, Peter Frampton, Cher, Olivia Newton John, Jon Bon Jovi, Stuart Copeland and Keith Urban to name a few. It was fun to watch the retreat become known as “The Castle” among superstar writers and artist from around the world.


After Bugle Publishing, I decided it was time to get back to the creative side of the street and signed with DreamWorks Publishing, and eventually with EMI. I'm proud to say I’ve had numerous songs recorded by major label acts.


I’m currently touring extensively with my latest release Goodbye Hello on Phoenix Rising Records.






Marlene D'Aoust

I work with singer/songwriters in the roots music genre; alt-country and/or folk. Owner and driving force behind Free Expression Management, I have over 25 years experience promoting careers in roots music through artist management, consulting, publicity & promotion and special events.


Some of the past positions that I’ve held include Listings Editor for Canadian Music Week’s Session & Tour Guide, Marketing Manager for Festival Place, Executive Director for the Alberta Recording Industry Association, and Publicist for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.


Current Free Expression clients include Lucas Chaisson, Maria Dunn, Wyatt Easterling, Alberta Music, and the Canadian Independent Music Association. (CIMA).


I have received nominations and awards from the Western Canadian Music Association, Alberta Music, and the Canadian Country Music Association for Management and Publicity. She was presented a Gold Record by Stony Plain Records for her work on Corb Lund’s Five Dollar Bill.



Jen Smith of Naked Blue

I've made a career as a songwriter, singer, guitarist & cello player. I'm co-writer, guitarist & lead vocalist in the music group Naked Blue, partner in The Wood and Stone Room Recording Studio and in the Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat


Lots of touring - shared stages with John Mayer, Joe Cocker, Foreigner, Kenny Loggins, Dan Fogelberg and recently headlining The Hamilton Live DC, World Cafe Live Philly, City Winery NYC & Nashville. 7 full length albums, lots of music in film & tv and a couple of major label album cuts.


I've had the honor of being a music panelist and/or guest educator for Salisbury University, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Free Fall Baltimore, Baltimore Office of Promotion, Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, TAXI, NERFA and St Anne's Academy in Annapolis. 


I also help my music friends with music project management and marketing.