Mark Simos & Scarlet Keys
- Old Time
Mark Simos, associate professor in songwriting at Berklee College of Music, is a renowned songwriter, composer and tunesmith, teacher and writer. Over four-plus decades, Mark’s songs and “tunes from imaginary countries” have stretched musical boundaries with innovative melodies and harmonies and intricately crafted lyrics, bringing a contemporary sensibility to “neo-traditionalist” forms.
Over one hundred and fifty of Mark’s compositions have been recorded by artists, including Americana supergroup Alison Krauss and Union Station, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, and Laurie Lewis. He’s co-written with artist/writers such as Lisa Aschmann, Australian rock icon Jimmy Barnes, Catie Curtis, and the Infamous Stringdusters’ Andy Hall. He’s featured on many recordings as a fiddler and guitar accompanist, and has recorded an acclaimed song-cycle album, Crazy Faith, and four albums of original and traditional fiddle music.
At Berklee, Mark creates innovative curriculum in 360° songwriting, collaboration and co-writing, guitar techniques for songwriters, and tunewriting, and leads Berklee’s American Old-Time Ensemble. He also continues to perform and teach at workshops, camps, festivals, and retreats worldwide.
Scarlet Keys has been a full-time professor of songwriting at Berklee College of Music since 2003, teaching songwriting, lyric writing, performance, and upper-division songwriting courses. Some of her students include Charlie Puth, Betty Who, Charlie Worsham, Liz Longley, and Jesse Ruben, to name a few.
Scarlet is a former staff songwriter for Warner/Chappell Music, and has released two albums as a solo artist and toured and performed with her original band.
Scarlet has had her songs recorded by other artists spanning the genres of Americana, jazz, country, pop, and folk, both in the United Stated and in Sweden. She has had a gold record, a number 1 song in Britain, and songs placed in film, television, and national commercials. Most recently, she had a song on the Consenses CD along with James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Jimmy Buffett and was a part of the Consenses project created by Sally Taylor.
Scarlet has worked and written with Chris Stapleton, Charlie Puth, Melissa Ferrick, Blue Miller of India.Arie, Denny Hemingson of Tim McGraw, hit writer Negin Djafari, Monty Powell, and others, and she has shared the stage with Carly Simon, Sally Taylor, Monty Powell, and Kami Lyle.