Just in time for Mother's Day 2014, Danstar Productions
has released Karen Soroca's new solo tune, "No Other Like
Your Mother". Karen wrote and performed this lovely,
classically-influenced song in memory of all mothers and especially her own
mother, Ruth Soroca, who passed away in 2013.
Danstar Productions is now on
means our fans can now listen to our songs in entirety...and comment as well.
Danstar Productions is proud to announce its affiliation
with two new film licensing partners, Vital
Music and Audiosparx! We
look forward to a long and beneficial association with these dynamic music
(Editor's Note: Patrick Arn, Founder of Vital Music and
Gotham Records, passed away in the Fall of 2013. We offer our condolences
to the family.)
August 24, 2012
For immediate release:
Music publisher Danstar Productions (http://danstarproductions.net),
is pleased to announce the launch of a strategic licensing agreement with
Wise Women Workshop (http://www.wisewomenworkshop.com).
The workshop, which offers free financial seminars for women of all ages, will
now feature ongoing use of the song and CD single “Wise Woman” as part
of its program. We are very excited about this new relationship. Women
helping other women – yes!
“Wise Woman” is a bluesy, rocking tune was written by the songwriting
team of Soroca & Allocca (Karen Soroca and
Janet Marie) and performed by Teresa James. To hear a clip, just follow
For further information, please e-mail Executive Producer Janet Marie at
“I loved every minute of this concert
and will hold this experience close to my heart for years to come,” said Karen
Soroca, seen singing to the left of Bob Weir above. (L. to Rt. Bob Ziegler,
Karen Soroca, Bob Weir, Eric Freeman, Seth Arnopole)
May 12, 2011 For Immediate
KAREN SOROCA ROCKS OUT WITH
GRATEFUL DEAD ROCK LEGEND BOB WEIR AND THE MARIN SYMPHONY
On Saturday evening, May 7,
2011, Karen Soroca had the incredible experience of singing with
Grateful Dead rock icon Bob Weir, his rock group RatDog,
Quartet San Francisco and the Marin Symphony in a concert that took
place at the Marin Center’s Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael,
California. She had been asked by the manager of the Marin Symphony to hand
pick 12 back-up singers for this historic event entitled First Fusion.
They performed Grateful
Dead songs, which were orchestrated and arranged for the first time by
noted composer-arranger Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti of Stanford
University and Bob Weir, to a sold out house. The enthusiastic
audience sang and danced to such Dead favorites as “West
L.A. Fade Away”, “Birdsong”, “Playing in the Band”, “Uncle John’s Band”
Straw”. “At times, it was as much of a show looking into the audience as
it was on stage!” said Karen.
For the three encores, Bob
Weir really allowed the singers to shine by bringing them center stage.
First they sang, “One More Saturday Night”, then “Ripple”. For
the third encore, Bob Weir stood in the middle of the 12 singers,
conducting them as they sang an a cappella version of “Attics of My Life”.
The once noisy crowd went completely silent, listening intently. Quoted critic
Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal, “the a cappella
song was heart stopping.” Quoted Blair Jackson from her review on
www.dead.net, “The capper to the evening was breathtaking: a gorgeous a
cappella version of “Attics of My Life”, with Bob leading and conducting
the singers. The crowd was completely pin-drop silent for the entire
song, as the angelic harmonies filled the room. That was as close to a
religious experience as I’ve had at a show in a long time.”
The proceeds of this concert
will benefit the Marin Symphony and the Marin Symphony programs, including MSO
Youth Orchestra and Symphony@School.
information about Karen Soroca, e-mail
by Paul Liberatore
mostly hidden behind Weir, but here’s a YouTube video of “Attics”
Karen Soroca interviewed on New York Talk Radio January 2010.
RADIO INTERVIEW Wednesday, Jan 6th, 2010 and
January 11th, too!
Hi. If you missed Karen Soroca’s interview
by Joy Rose on
http://nytalkradio.net, which featured airplay of two songs by Karen Soroca
and Janet Marie (“Soroca & Allocca”), you can still hear it hear on the podcast
Make sure you are
in “Don’t Tell Me to Shut Up” Episode 24. It’s at 7 minutes into the show.
ASCAP PLUS AWARDS
Soroca & Allocca, Songwriters, are proud
to announce that they have been the recipients of the prestigious ASCAP Plus
Awards for several years running! The awards are given by ASCAP to
writers who have demonstrable public performance and airplay of their
NEW in 2007 and 2008 - Danstar Productions, a film and TV music licensing
and publishing company, announces additional licensing representation
with Crucial Music, ReelTracks, Production Source Music, and more!
NEW IN 2006 - Danstar Productions announces that its catalog has been
selected for licensing representation by Pump Audio, a major licensor of music
for the film and television industry world-wide.
AIRPLAY! KINY broadcasts "Wise
Woman" in Juneau, Alaska! Alabama, California and Texas stations
"Thank God for a Wonderful World" premieres at Unity
Church; Soroca Honored
Acorn article : "Songwriting Team Creates Powerful
Press Release: "Strategic Alliance Announced with Rebecca
J. Hulem, "The Menopause Expert"
Review: "Wise Women Come Together with a Hit"
Soroca & Allocca record the Marin Children's Chorus at
Press Release: "Wise Woman" selected
for climax of U.S. Air Force-sponsored documentary about women in aviation
Other News: Soroca & Allocca placed 2 songs in the top 500 (4th Place) and
1 in the top 1500 (5th Place) in the 10th Annual Billboard Songwriting
The Praise Team of the Unity-in-Marin Church (Left
to right: Marie Carmichael, Carmen Coleman, Josh Holmes, Norlin Merritt,
Carolyn Gauthier, Karen Soroca and Deborah Winters)
May 23, 2004, Marin County, California. "Thank
God for a Wonderful World", an inspiring song written by Soroca &
Allocca, premieres in the first live performance of the work at the Unity-in-Marin
Church. Soroca was also asked to speak in the church ceremony which
honored creativity in its many forms. For the text of her uplifting message,
click here. Congratulations, Karen, and many
thanks to Music Director Marie Carmichael and all the members of the talented Praise Team!
Thanks to writer Lori Porter, this article
appeared on April 8, 2004 in the
Acorn, an Agoura, CA newspaper.
Songwriting team creates powerful message
Lori E. Porter
Soroca and Janet [Marie] Allocca
Sometimes it takes
something simple (like reading an article in a newspaper) that can
alter a life. That’s what happened to songwriting partners Karen
Soroca and Janet [Marie] Allocca of Danstar Productions after reading
a feature story on Rebecca Hulem (a.k.a. "The Menopause Expert") in
the March 11 Acorn.
The songwriting team known
as Soroca and Allocca believed that their most recent song, "Wise
Woman," which they co-wrote, was a perfect fit for the lessons
conveyed in Hulem’s book, "Feelin’ Hot." Hulem also teaches seminars
on the topic.
The songwriters sent a copy
of the song to Hulem and arranged for a meeting. Hulem listened to and
fell in love with the song.
"It gave me goose bumps,"
she said. Subsequently, the women signed a deal.
The song will now be
featured at Hulem’s seminars and in her lectures on compact discs.
"We're very excited about
this strategic alliance," said Allocca. "The song is a powerful anthem
for women that states, ‘You’re never too old to follow your heart.’"
The pair’s unique approach
to the music publishing business contains lessons about fusing
creativity with commerce.
The philosophy of Soroca
and Allocca is based upon three principles.
The first one is what
Soroca calls the "right livelihood." Individuals should ask
themselves, "What are you here for and what are you doing?" They
should follow their hearts and work where their talents and gifts are
needed. By doing this, the money will follow.
The second principle is
honing your craft or talent. Most people know that naturally gifted
artists are rare. Talent usually must be developed through training
and practice. Allocca said she spent years honing her craft––and it
eventually paid dividends.
The third and final
principle is thinking and looking "outside the box." Unlike many
songwriters whose sole goal is a billboard hit or major recording
contract, Soroca and Allocca thought outside the box by using niche
"We look for interesting
projects and unique ways for our songs to be used," said Allocca.
While it would be thrilling if a popular artist performed one of their
songs, Soroca and Allocca remain open to all possibilities.
That philosophy has paid
off through the recent contract with Hulem but also in other business
deals. "Wise Woman" was featured as the underscore song in a
documentary film titled "Above and Beyond: One Hundred Years of Women
in Aviation" as part of the Air Force Centennial of Flight Exhibit
tour, which commenced last year at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington
backgrounds of Soroca and Allocca have certainly facilitated their
success. Allocca has been playing piano since she was 8. She
pursued her passion for music by earning a bachelor of arts degree [in
Theatre Arts] from prestigious Smith College and later earned a
master’s degree from Pace University.
Currently living in
Calabasas, Allocca moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college.
She embarked on a career in the entertainment industry.
She was a production
manager, organizing music videos for The Police (Sting’s former band),
Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind and Fire. Allocca went on to work as a
unit manager for ABC-TV. Her credits include "American Bandstand,"
"General Hospital," the Olympics and "Family Feud," among others.
While working on a radio
show for KIEV-AM in L.A., Allocca wrote the lyrics to the show’s theme
song ("Love Patrol".) This led to an epiphany––she realized that
writing lyrics was her passion. She began her new career in 1998 by
teaming up with Soroca.
Soroca, who lives in [San
Rafael], Calif., began singing and playing music when she was little.
She earned a degree in vocal music from Hofstra University and later a
master’s in choreography and dance from New York University.
Soroca sung professionally
on TV specials, in commercials, in films, and in studios and on
stages. She has also sung with choral groups (the San Francisco
Symphony Chorus, the Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus and the Los Angles
Her voice has been featured
in films such as "Scrooged," "The Addams Family," and most recently,
In addition, she’s worked
as a singer on many TV shows (from soaps and morning shows to
Soroca and Allocca want to
share their success. They’re in the beginning stages of forming The
Wise Woman Foundation. It will, they said, provide scholarships for
older women wishing to return to school.
For more information, visit
The link to the Acorn
for this article is
congratulations - fantastic foto - great article - and how ever did you
find a partner who's name rhymes with yours??? love shel (Sheli Nan, Composer,
Author, Harpsichordist and Teacher)
Rock on and Congratulations!!! :-) DM (David Martin, Musician)
Glad to hear you're having success with some of your songs. I'm more than
happy to have contributed my little part in helping you realize this.
Hopefully for the two of you, there will be more good things to come. (Kenny
Meriedeth, 3MP Music Services)
Karen...we loved the article and are really thrilled for you. Ah, just another
overnight success. Syd Morrison and Elaine Moe
Sincere congratulations, Janet! You know what we think of "Why Don"t You Love
Me." We hope this excellent development leads to the success you both deserve.
of Malibu, CA
proud to announce that its empowering song, “WISE WOMAN”, will be
featured by Rebecca J. Hulem, R.N., “The Menopause Expert”, in
seminars and CD’s across the U.S. and Canada. This strategic alliance will
bring together songwriters Soroca & Allocca, who wrote “WISE
WOMAN”, and Rebecca J. Hulem, the dynamic force behind RJH
Communications of Agoura, CA.
SOROCA & ALLOCCA, Karen Soroca (left) and Janet Marie (right)
Hulem’s innovative books (Feelin’ Hot?), her seminars and
her CD’s (“101 Questions Most Frequently Asked about Menopause”)
all deliver an encouraging and informative message to women in midlife.
That message is often punctuated with insightful humor, and now, that
message will be underscored by the central theme of “WISE WOMAN” –
“You’re never too old to follow your heart!”
Hot? A Humorous, Informative and Truthful Look at Menopause
Rebecca J. Hulem, R.N.
LOVE this song. I LOVE it. It gave me goose bumps!”
further information about “WISE WOMAN”, and other SOROCA &
ALLOCCA songs, please refer to our website at
Janet Marie, Producer/Publisher