Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has enjoyed over a decade of commercial and critical success. Inspired by her niece, Carlile wrote the lyrics to the song "Caroline" to express how much she missed her while on the road. Carlile lives in Washington State with her wife, daughter and her many farm animals... and her niece Caroline not too far away.
Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the 70s with hits like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man" and "Barracuda." Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too - making them the first women in rock to do so. In 2012 they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2013 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They've sold over 35 million albums and continue to rock, write and perform around the world.
Nancy Mehagian is a teacher, healer and award-winning food writer. She teaches gourmet cooking classes and has been a health practitioner in Los Angeles for over thirty-five years. Nancy opened the first vegetarian restaurant on the island of Ibiza and is a frequent ehow cooking segment contributor. She is the author of three Supernatural Kids Cookbooks and is the author of the award-winning culinary memoir, Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey ("A spicy brew of recipes and adventures" says Quincy Jones). Her first Supernatural Kids Cookbook was the recipient of the 2012 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award. She is the co-author of The Oprah Effect.
Gracie Davis is a precious, personable and precocious pug who lives in Southern California with her mother, accomplished author Patti Davis. Gracie has been featured in Town & Country magazine and was the captain of a pug swim team. The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie is her first book.
Gwen Kenneally is an accomplished and innovative Hollywood caterer with her Back to the Kitchen full service catering company. She first learned to cook as a child by spending time in the kitchen with her grandmothers and great aunts and brings those traditions and heart to her signature dishes. She wrote food columns for Sun Community Newspapers and My Daily Find and is an ehow cooking segment contributor. Her Sweet and Savory Cookook is Gwen's debut recipe collection and she is collaborating with yogi Skip Jennings on upcoming release The Lotus Kitchen.
Haile Thomas is the host of Kids Can Cook and has collaborated with celebrated chef Alice Waters to create healthy menus for children at Hyatt Hotels. She sits on the Clinton Foundation's Youth Advisory Board for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, was a Food Network Kids Cook Off contestant and was a featured speaker at the 2013 Sages and Scientists Symposium. She appeared on the Rachel Ray show with Chelsea Clinton, introduced First Lady Michelle Obama at the Kids State Dinner at the White House and was a TEDxKids sensation. This collaboration with Nancy Mehagian is her first book.
Patti Davis is the author of ten books, both non-fiction and fiction, including The Long Goodbye and Till Human Voices Wake Us. Her most recent book was a collaboration with her pug Gracie -- The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie.
Skip Jennings is a motivational speaker, yogi and life coach. Author of Spirit Explosions, he owns Mind, Body, Spirit LLC and has been transforming lives for twenty-five years.
Steve Ecclesine has produced films and television shows for Warner Brothers, Sony-Columbia, Universal, Disney, Paramount, all of the major television networks, and for many independent production companies. Shortly after graduating Emerson College, he found a job as an assistant film editor for Orson Welles through a totally fluky set of circumstances.
Steve Ecclesine has produced over 700 television episodes and a dozen films. His book is used in film schools throughout the country.
Tara Fass is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a special interest in co-parenting counseling. Tara is a frequent contributor on co-parenting for Huffington Post, Modern Mom and Kids' Turn. She lives in Los Angeles and wrote this, her first book, for families healing from conflict to use as a tool to help navigate the path to peace.
Film, stage and Emmy nominated actor Thaao Penghlis played key roles on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives and starred in the Mission Impossible series revival. A self-described "citizen of the world," he makes his home in the hills of Los Angeles, California.
Journalist Steven Leigh Morris is the founding editor of the community-funded digital arts venture Stage Raw (www.stageraw.com). Morris chaired the Jury for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2012, and served on that Jury in 2011. He received the Critic of the Year prize for his print reviews by the National Entertainment Journalism Awards in 2011.