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Dec 3, 2008

Pere a 'Top 50 Guiding Light'

by Rick Koster

If you find yourself on the same Music Industry Insider list as the likes of Lil Wayne, Jack Johnson, AC/DC, Trent Reznor and the Eagles, you can be forgiven for considering yourself big time.

So it is with Mystic songwriter Bill Pere, named along with those artists in the December issue of Music Connection magazine as one of the “Top 50 Innovators, Groundbreakers, Iconoclasts and Guiding Lights” in the business. Pere's work as founder and executive director of the Local United Network to Combat Hunger, an outfit that has raised almost $1 million for social services, earned him a spot on the list.

The magazine also cites Pere's work in organizing a benefit concert featuring young musicians performing with the original Harry Chapin Band earlier this year at the Shubert Theater in New Haven. The event raised almost $20,000 for the hungry and homeless.

In a statement, Pere says, “I'm always glad when mainstream industry publications take note because it is the work of LUNCH that is spotlighted. I've always believed there is a power for social change inherent in music and songwriting that anyone can tap for the greater good, and artists have only to harness it and focus it to make an impact.”

Pere, a former Connecticut state troubadour, has released independent CDs and worked as a sound engineer and songwriting coach.

Music Connection, in print since 1977, is a monthly publication targeting industry professionals and fans. It can be found in most book and magazine stores.

-RICK KOSTER

Originally printed in The Day, December 3, 2008

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