Genres:Easy Listening, Country - Contemporary/Pop, Electronic - Pop, Jazz - JazzPop/Light Jazz, Pop - Electronic, RnB - Modern/Urban Contemporary, RnB - Classic/Soul
California composer Elizabeth C. Axford, M.A. (Liz) is an award-winning songwriter and pianist with over 30 years in the music industry. She has had over 2500 usages of her recorded tracks in films, TV shows, videos, commercials, bumpers, promos, and new media projects.
Her music can be heard in the films The Chosen One, starring Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi, and Holland Taylor, Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings, and The Sacred Bee. Her tracks have been used during multiple episodes of 525+ TV programs, syndicated reruns, and movies shown on TV on 38 networks, including The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Call with Carson Daly, Saturday Night Live, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Entertainment Tonight, TMZ, Project Runway, The Voice, and many others. Her music can be heard on artists' CDs, corporate websites, video games, apps, ringtones, greeting cards, gift bags and collections, and in musical theatre productions. Many of her tracks are included on digital compilations available at iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.
Liz is an active member of many professional music organizations including NSAI, ASCAP, NARAS (voting member), CMA (voting member), NAMM, TI:ME, MTNA, and MTAC. She has attended The Grammys at The Staples Center in LA since 2000 as well as numerous music industry events in LA, Nashville, and Miami since 1989. During her 20-year tenure as NSAI Regional Workshop Coordinator in Miami, FL and San Diego, CA she was responsible for over 300 monthly workshops, songwriter showcases, and special events. She has received service awards from NSAI, as well as numerous songwriting awards and four ASCAPLUS Awards.
Liz has an M.A. in Music from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Music from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. During her 28 years of teaching studio piano and voice, she has organized numerous recitals and has performed in venues in seven different states. Her Piano Press Studio received the “Best of Del Mar” award five years in a row for 2008-2012. She currently facilitates ARTS/340, "Exploration of Western Classical Music" for the University of Phoenix online.
For her ASCAP publishing company, Piano Press www.pianopress.com Liz has done hundreds of arrangements for piano and keyboards as well as composed original piano pieces, instrumentals, and songs. She is the author of two critically acclaimed music reference books, Traditional World Music Influences in Contemporary Solo Piano Literature and Song Sheets to Software - A Guide to Print Music, Software, Instructional Media, and Web Sites for Musicians (w/CD-ROM) published by Scarecrow Press, Inc. Her first music industry job after graduating college in 1982 was with the Mark Foster Music Company in Urbana-Champaign, IL.