Verses is the story of four eccentric singer/songwriters battling the ridiculous demands of "normal" life to pursue their rockstar dreams in spite of overwhelming odds.
Verses is a scripted comedic drama focused on four real singer/songwriters. It finds the sweet spot between ‘Girls’ and ‘Nashville,’ blending the power of scripted television with the allure of real touring musicians. From an episodic perspective it becomes a launch pad for new music and established cameos, uniquely combining two forms of media.
Verses follows the self-discovery journey of central character The Tin Man (stage moniker of attorney-by-day Marshall Richards) and a strong supporting cast of talented singer/songwriters (Noah Guthrie, Jean Kelley, Eliot Bronson, and Billy Hume) with varying levels of musical success. The show reveals their individual quests to pursue music in spite of overwhelming odds, discover who they are as people and artists, and share their voice with the world.
This journey takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, a city whose musical legacy is best known for rap and hip/hop. Despite this stigma, Verses highlights the side of Atlanta inhabited by burgeoning singer/songwriters. A world pioneered by artists like Shawn Mullins, the Indigo Girls, John Mayer, Sugarland, and many others.
At least one original song by a cast member or special guest star will be featured in each episode through story-driven music video vignettes. Each character is an actual singer/songwriter who will maintain an active music career under their character/real name and release new music in synch with the series.
Marshall Seese, Jr. - Creator/Writer/Actor/musician
Marshall’s 12 year involvement in the entertainment industry has included the facets of law, entrepreneurship, writing, music, and acting. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Marshall practiced entertainment and intellectual property law in Atlanta, GA prior to founding MOWGLI, an entertainment-technology company focused on the intersection of music and gaming. As a pioneer in creative business, Marshall’s experience includes raising over $4,000,000 of investment capital, speaking at TEDx, and releasing award-winning music.
Natalia Livingston - Acting Coach
Natalia is an Emmy Award Winning Actress, Television Producer, and Founder/Owner of Actor Boutique. A contract player on ABC’s General Hospital, she starred in over 900 episodes. She also starred in over 50 episodes of NBC’s Days of Our Lives, several motion pictures, and national commercials. Natalia, along with a great team, was recently nominated for her second Emmy in a new category – Outstanding New Approach in a Drama Series. Natalia resides in Atlanta and Los Angeles, where she has expanded her professional portfolio to include producing for major television networks.
NOAH GUTHRIE - ACTOR/MUSICIAN
Americana/Soul artist Noah Guthrie found fame covering chart-topping hits as well as through his pivotal role as Roderick Meeks on the hit TV show, “Glee.” He received national attention with his blues-filled version of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” which, to date, has received over 25 million views on YouTube. It's clear to see, however, that his skills are better put to use creating original music. In addition to Noah's recurring role on Glee, he has also performed on NBC's “Today Show” and “Tonight Show” as well as two performances on ABC's “Dancing With The Stars.”
Eliot Bronson - Actor/Musician
Award-winning singer/songwriter Eliot Bronson’s latest self-titled album was tracked entirely analog in Nashville by acclaimed producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Rival Sons, Jason Isbell, Nikki Lane). It’s a vibey, ten-song album with an uncluttered production aesthetic that highlights Bronson’s songwriting and his achingly beautiful vocals. A darling of music critics nation-wide, Eliot’s fanbase continues to grow rapidly.
JEAN KELLEY - Actor/Musician
A soulful pop singer/songwriter and highly emotive artist with a resonant voice and diverse cross-genre musical influences, Jean Kelley broke onto the music scene as a breath of fresh air on season 7 of NBC's The Voice. Following The Voice, Jean was able to rally her fans and raise over $40,000 to fund the production of her debut EP. Jean Kelley takes influence from her past experiences to pave a new, unique sound for herself while looking to inspire hope and determination with her powerful lyrics. Her empowering single, "Stacking Stones,” has already garnered significant buzz.
Billy Hume - Actor/Record Producer
Billy Hume is a Grammy-nominated, Gold and Platinum awarded record producer, mixer, composer and musician with more than 30 years of music experience. He was worked in a wide variety of genres including Rock, Hip-Hop, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz and Heavy Metal. Billy was pivotal in the rise of the southern rap sound and worked with Lil Jon, Ludacris, Nelly, Ying Yang Twins and many others. Billy’s expansion into other genres has included working with Colt Ford, Rehab, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more.
Anisa Nyell Johnson - Producer/Actor
Anisa Nyell Johnson is an up and coming figure in the world of commercial/film and TV/print/video who began her career in Philadelphia PA. She danced professionally on tour for various recording artists before entering other aspects of the entertainment industry. She has also produced and starred in a numerous independent films and series.