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Jean Spruill
Producer/Writer/Composer
/Entertainer

Jean Spruill was born in Dooling, Georgia and later moved to Orlando, Florida. Under the direction of bandmaster James W. Wilson of Orlando, Florida she received musical training as a classical trumpeter, alternating on B flat Baritone horn. She later became a resident of New York City, where she studied Jazz to obtain an exterior education from some of the Jazz greats and R&B legends. To name a few: Arthur Sterling, John Moody, Rubin Davis, Jack McDuff, Sonny Stitts, Oliver Beaner,Tommy Turnetine, Kasah Allah, and BMI hit writer Victor Davis & Phil Vear.

Jean Spruill has played in various jazz bands and orchestras. She is one of the select few African American females who can lay claim to being owner and bandleader of a nine-piece band called “Twentieth Century Band”. Touring nationally and abroad gave her the opportunity to work as a vocalist for stage and singing jingles for television with Malcolm Dodd. In November 1992, she tapped into her many hidden talents and wrote an original score and lyrics to a hit dance revue called “Rhythm”, which was choreographed by Broadway dancer and performer, Frederick J. Booth (from Black n’ Blue).

After a two- week nine city tour of West Germany, Rhythm grossed over 8 million dollars. The following year in 1993 she was commissioned to write original lyrics and music for the dance revue, called “That’s Tapping,” performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY. The show starred world famous tap dancer Tarek Winston, dancing phenomenon of the international hit Riverdance. In 1994 she wrote original compositions for “Brother’s Keeper” performed by the Awakening Dance Company, NY. In 1996, she was music supervisor and wrote songs for the Mother's Day show called “Love” for the Tribecca Theater, NY.  In 1997, she performed one of her original characters at the Loews Victoria Five, NY. During April and May of 2001 she previewed one of her children stories "What's Up In The Attic" at Broadway's Town Hall in NYC.  In 2002, she produced an original family production called “The Magical Carousel” performed at The Olympic Theater, NY. The following year in 2003, she wrote the overture for the sensational dance revue, called, “Tapfusion”, which had sixteen successful performances at the King’s Theater in London, England. In 2005, Jean Spruill presented “The Magical Carousel” again for an Easter weekend run at the Ritz Theater, Waycross, Georgia.

Currently, she has completed an animation project for a media company in Los Angeles to be used for television. She is also writing a new show called "YENTA" which will preview in the near future. Her ultimate goals are to continue writing and producing credible material for families and young audiences worldwide_ that will stand the test of time. Jean Spruill, A.K.A. MOTHERGOOSE DOWN feels very strongly that...

                   “EVERY CHILD SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO DREAM”

 
THE TEAM

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

 


Jo
seph Rivers
Executive producer/Entrepreneur
An illustrator/artist who invest in all productions of MGD16. 
Tony Francis
Producer/Guitarist
Has worked with MGD16 production for years as company manager, setting up shows, and performing. He has also written
and produced a number of reggae albums for Caribbean artist. He also acts as laison for MGD16 Production.

ADMINISTRATION


Illaina Nobles

Chief administrator/ business liaison Miss Nobles is a Rutgers University graduate, who does editing and administrative duties. She also acts as supervising manager over stage and road  productions.

Rodney Beaton

Administrator/set building assistant and moving sets from state to state, and locally.

Darlene Lewis
Administrative financial officer with film, video credits and computer skills. She also produces a weekly celebrity showcase on cable TV. 
 

MUSIC TEAM


Victor Davis

BMI arranger/orchestrator
Mr. Davis is a R& B hit writer from Love Zager. He wrote hits for Wilson Pickett, The Manhattans, and worked as conductor for Millie Jackson and MGD16 Production. Consults on all productions.


Ruben Davis
Former gospel  and R& B guitarist is an accomplished all-around keyboardist who arranges, orchestrates, supervise vocals, and records for MGD16 Production.

 

Larry Gadson

studio & sound engineer/set assistant Consults on sound and recording.

Gregg Hill

Music producer/arranger/orchestrator
Formally with 'The Concept' Esquire Records. He is also a singer with the Delphonics and a music producer  with MGD16

 


Prince Wright

Music producer/arranger/orchestrator
 Formally with 'The Concept', Esquire Records. He attended Pace College. Currently, he is a music producer  for MGD16.


Dave Cooper  
Vocalist/writer/teacher, is an advisor on studio sessions and backup vocal parts for mgd16 production

Phillip Vear:
Attended NY City University majoring in music. A BMI writer/musician  who wrote hits for Wilson Pickett, Blue Magic, Cissy Houston along with  his long time writing partner, Victor Davis. He consults on theater projects and MGD16 productions.

 

Arthur Sterling

Is a Native born New York musician, who trained at The Metropolitan Conservatory and Hunter College. He is an accomplished pianist who has play for major artist such as Pharoh Saunders, Leon Thomas, Ruby and the Romantics, King Curtis, Dexter Gordon, and is also one of the keyboardist for MGD16 Production.
 


Damon Arenas

.music producer/writer
Produced tracks for Rocky 5, and has freelanced at Hush production. Currently, he is formulating tracks for MGD16.      
     
   

ARTISTIC TEAM


Duke Rainey Jr.
Head Illustrator/Animator He is a  graduate from Katherine Gibbs School of Digital Media with a A.A.S Degree in dfigital media and animation. He is the head concept artist at MGD16 Productions


Anthony
Washington
Creative Director
Anthony has been aDesign/ graphic/web designer for the past 25 years and a photographer for the past 30 plus years. he also has over 20 of experience in the publishing industry.

Josh
Patterson
Technical specialist/animator
Attended Pratt University for animations and graphics. Medical illustrator and animator for websites. Supervises animated films.

Carla
Grant
Costume designer
NYU (MFA) graduate is proficient in costumes in every era and ganre. She has worked for off-broadway shows, television, and film.
 

THEATRICAL TEAM


Obediah Wright
Choreographer/Director  
A Juliard graduate, Obediah is the chief choreographer  and director of all stage and TV productions within MGD16  production. He has credits as an actor and dancer within the film and television industry.


Alltrinna Grayson::
Phenomenon vocalist from Bobby Womack's hit (No Matter How High I Get), assists MGD16 Productions with vocals, acting, voice-overs, and studio sessions. She has played principal roles in Off-Broadway productions and TV credits. She starred in Tyler Perry's The Marriage Counselor.

Aisha Spruill Beaton:
Actor and former music student at HSA is
chief consultant and researcher on Hip-Hop and street edge urban music. She also edits and conducts public surveys with the youth on where the music is going. She does public relations for all productions created by MGD16.

 
 
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