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Songwriters' Circle Showcases Local Talent At The Bitter End

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Tina Shafer's name may not sound familiar, but some of her music — along with her numerous discoveries — surely will. NY1's Neil Rosen filed this report on the New York Songwriters' Circle.

At the famed Bitter End in Greenwich Village, for more than thirteen years, Tina Shafer has run the New York Songwriters' Circle. It's a musical forum where a number of talented songwriters drop by on the first and third Monday of every month to sing some of their tunes — many of which have been made famous by others.

It's also a showcase for up-and-coming talent. Among Tina's discoveries are Avril Levine and Vanessa Carlton, who she also trained. Last week, the Circle had a special night featuring songs from movies, performed by the people who written them. On hand was Andy Marvel, who authored the familiar tune "Shy Guy," used in the film "Bad Boys."

Peter Zizzo, who has written and produced for the likes of Donna Sommer, Jennifer Lopez and Diana Ross and who also happens to be Tina's husband, performed his familiar song, "Don't Say You Love Me," which was used in the "Pokeman" movie.

Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors is another frequent songwriter circle guest. He played his notable hit "Two Princes," a song that cropped up in the film "So I Married An Axe Murderer."

Schafer and Zizzo also collaborated on the hit, "Love Is on The Way." The song was ultimately recorded by Celine Dion but debuted in the movie "The First Wives Club."

Tina is also pursuing her own solo career. She's released two albums that showcase her heartfelt words, inspiring music and her wonderful voice. After coaching and bringing fame to so many, she's now in the spotlight.

If you want to learn more about the New York Songwriters' Circle you can visit them at www.songwriters-circle.com.

You can find out more about Tina Shafer at www.tinaschafer.com.

-Neil Rosen
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