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About Think Music

About Us - At THINK Music, Inc., we are an exclusive representation and multi-service licensing and publishing company, aimed at providing the music supervision community with premier (and primarily one-stop) music, from indie artists, publishers, and record labels around the world. We tend to lean a bit left of center, and we love representing artists of all genres, including authentic "vintage" music. Our primary focus is synchronization licensing for Advertisements, Television, Film, & Trailers/Promos.

About Our Founder - Julie Shama Stephens has been in the music industry since 1999. She was founder and partner of Platform Music Group in 2012 and founder of Black Unicorn Music, over a decade ago. She has been in the music licensing/publishing business since 2006.

Charity - In an effort to better the world, even just a little, a portion of every license commission is donated to various charities around the country.

Branding - Our unique backgrounds and over 4 decades of combined experience with artist and producer management, major label representation, radio promo, booking, and artist development, also allow us to help advise our artists on how to best build their brands.

Publishing - At heart, we are a publishing company and participate in various songs from current and past artists.

Management - We also have a small roster of management clients including singer/songwriter Jasmine Ash, and producer/mixer/writer Joseph Holiday.

Julie Shama Stephens
< julie [at] thinkmusic DOT LA (.la) >

For the past 10+ years, Julie has been spearheading the charge into the advertising world and aiding in the national recognition of many artists who together have landed campaigns for notable companies such as Microsoft, T-Mobile, Apple, Olay, FitBit, McDonalds, Captain Morgan, Wendy’s, Maybelline, VW and more. With her extensive A&R background, Julie is also always in pursuit of the newest, undiscovered talent and catalogues.

Originally from Boston, Julie attended Berklee College of Music and ultimately acquiring her Bachelors from Emerson College. During this time, she had the opportunity to work for one of the world's largest Top 40 radio shows: John Garabedian's Open House Party. There, she met hundreds of major label recording artists and industry veterans that would later help propel her career in Los Angeles.

In 2002, Julie made the move to West Hollywood and immediately joined Mosaic Media Group (Green Day, Alanis Morisette, Goo Goo Dolls, etc) working under the day-to-day Manager for The Goo Goo Dolls. This gave her the experience which allowed her to attain a position at the prestigious Hollywood Records/Disney in the Promotion Department for the following 3 years working with artists such as Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, Phil Collins, and more. Shortly after leaving Hollywood Records, Julie began managing artists and developing what would soon become her own management and licensing company, along with a brief transition to Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in the International Music Department where she worked most notably on a tour for Beyoncé.

By 2006 Julie had grown her company to what is now Think Music Inc (formerly Black Unicorn Music), incorporating licensing/publishing, management, and artist development. Over the past 13 years, Julie has signed over 150 artists, generating millions upon millions of dollars for her artists, including the former OneRepublic member/sync-artist Tim Myers, (whom she also managed for 3 years), KONGOS, MISSIO, Desi Valentine, Jasmine Ash, Whitney Myer, Zachary Kibbee, and The Bones of J.R. Jones to name a few.

Julie currently resides in the beautiful Hollywood Hills with her husband Nick, and daughter Sagan.

Shannon Quisenberry
<shannon[at] thinkmusic DOT LA (.la)>

Shannon Quisenberry was introduced to the music industry while attending The University of Texas in Austin. Through a collegiate program, she began assisting the producers for the acclaimed live television program Austin City Limits. After two seasons working on episodes with some of the most acclaimed artists on the planet (Wilco, Etta James, Pixies, Elvis Costello, The Shins, The Flaming Lips, to name a few), she decided being behind the scenes in the music industry is where she belonged.

After moving to NYC in 2005, she quickly found herself knocking on the door of Brick Wall Management, who brought her in to support their busy management team.  She worked their large roster of artists and producers that included Citizen Cope, Marc Broussard, The Clarks, and producer Marshall Altman. It wasn't long before she was working as the day-to-day manager for Grammy-nominated Ari Hest, The Spring Standards, and the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company. Through Brick Wall's philanthropic outlets, Shannon worked closely with notable non-profit organizations, most notably The Kristen Ann Carr Fund, Artist Against Hunger and Poverty, and Musicians on Call. The latter she still works closely with as a member of the Los Angeles Chapters' Advisory Board.

Shannon soon found herself restless in NYC, and after a brief stint booking the Tribeca music venue, Canal Room, she again packed up her belongings and made the move across the country to Los Angeles. There she landed on the management team for Ingrid Michaelson‬ at Secret Road Music Services. While at Secret Road, Shannon's draw to the licensing side of the industry grew stronger, which led her to join Platform Music Group in 2015.  Now, Director of Creative Licensing & Artist Relations at Think Music, Shannon is an integral part of helping artists land placements, from hit TV shows to nationwide Ads and everything in between.

Céleigh Chapman
<celeigh[at] thinkmusic DOT LA (.la)>

With over 10 years of experience in music licensing, Céleigh Chapman has contributed to the careers of artists such as Adele, Daft Punk, Beyoncé, Foster The People, Rita Ora, Brandi Carlile, John Legend, and many more. Holding creative positions at Sony Music’s Columbia Records, Downtown Records, and as an independent licensing consultant, Céleigh has developed and executed bespoke licensing strategies for artists and new releases across all media.

During her time at Columbia Records, she also worked closely with A&R recruiting prospective artists and managing relationships across joint venture properties and partners, including multichannel platform artists and soundtracks with Nickelodeon, Fox TV (GLEE, X Factor, America’s Got Talent), YouTube, and Sony Pictures.

An accomplished artist in her own regard, Céleigh’s voice and songwriting have been featured by Sony Pictures, Electronic Arts, Lionsgate, Fox, and various independent films. She was also recognized by the Hollywood Music and Media awards with a nomination for Best Original Song in a Film with BAFTA recipient / Grammy nominated composer Austin Wintory for the song "I'm Lucky" (featured in the Sony Pictures’ film "A Little Help” and soundtrack release on Columbia Records).

As an alumnus of USC’s Thornton School of Music, Céleigh volunteers as a guest lecturer whenever possible as she is passionate about education and the balance between music licensing and creative artistry.

Will Kiker
<will[at] thinkmusic DOT LA (.la)>

In 2013, Will began as a day-to-day manager at Liberal Arts, where he handled the indie development clients as well as Everclear, and ultimately began signing acts and co-managing. In 2016, Will left Liberal Arts and launched his own management company, Kindred, where he maintains a small roster of indie artists. In 2017, the world of music licensing and publishing piqued his interest. With a perfect combination of his love of music, artist development and film/TV, he joined forces with long time friend and collaborator Julie Shama Stephens and Think Music Inc.

Growing up in the small town of Weatherford, TX, Will Kiker developed an obsession with music at a young age, even before he was allowed to listen to secular music. Then Nirvana happened and, as a teenager, he began to voraciously consume and study every genre from metal to disco. However, realizing he had no talent as a musician himself, he decided to attend the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in Radio/Television/Film.

Soon after moving to Los Angeles in early 2004, Will began working with legendary actor manager, John Crosby, assisting with clients such as Shia LaBeouf, Rene Russo, and John Hurt. Though he loved management, he decided to broaden his experience and accepted a job assisting film/TV producer Gavin Polone (Gilmore Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm). His love of music kept pulling at him, though, so in 2007 he decided to leave the film industry and dive fully into music.

For the next several years, Will worked his way up at a music startup company, interviewing bands, running a national A&R scout network, reporting discoveries to major label clients, and developing management clients.

Tarik Bradford
(Think Music - Creative Pitching Partner)

Tarik Bradford is a Los Angeles native and graduate of California State University, Los Angeles. He began his career in the Urban promotions department at Noo Trybe/Virgin Records, working with several of Virgin’s acclaimed artists including Janet Jackson, Gang Starr, The Geto Boys and Luther Vandross.

Once Noo Trybe folded, Tarik made a career transition into the world of licensing with a start at Warner Music Group handling clearances for TV, Soundtracks and master rights samples. After several years, he began working in a more creative capacity securing placements for artists under the WMG roster. Tarik was honored to work with a variety of developing artists who would later become household names, some of which included The Black Keys, Muse, and T.I. He also had the opportunity to secure placements for legacy artists such as Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, The Doors and Frank Sinatra.

After 8 years Tarik left Warner Music Group for the opportunity to head the creative licensing department at Universal Music Enterprises. Over the next two years, Tarik was crucial in securing placements and branding opportunities for the likes of Lady Gaga, Wale, and Florence & The Machine as well as being instrumental in the Motown 50 Campaign helping to promote, brand and land placements for many of the the classic recordings.

Tarik next moved on to be Senior Director of Film & TV placements at EMI Music Publishing where he helmed the film and trailer department and secured placements for artists such as Kanye West, M83, Drake and Sia. Since then, he has consulted for BMG Chrysalis Music Publishing, Downtown Records, Bridgeport Publishing, Westbound Records, Stampede Publishing & Management working with a variety of artists including Macy Gray, Snoop Dogg, Far East Movement, Parliament Funkadelic and The Ohio Players.

Contact Think Music

Licensing Our Artists

Please email licensing@thinkmusic.la with the details of your request. (Artist, Song, Media, Term, etc.)

Artist Submissions

Please email all submissions to submissions@thinkmusic.la with the subject: SUBMISSIONS / artist's name

  • A download or streaming link to music
  • Website/spotify/facebook links
  • Bio, press, touring, one sheet information
  • If you own your masters and/or publishing (if you are signed, please list with whom)
  • The date your music was/is to be released on an album or single.

Please know that we receive a large volume of submissions and cannot respond to every email!

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