JemCon 2017 : Special Guests
Every year JemCon is excited to host special guests and special guest speakers!
We are excited to share with you the special guests for JemCon 2017!
Keith Tucker is a veteran animation and comics art professional.
Keith has worked as a storyboard artist for studios including Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, and Marvel. Having worked on a host of Emmy-winning shows such as Pinky & the Brain, Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, X-Men and Spiderman to name just a few, Keith has also kept busy working in the comics and movie worlds.
As a storyboard director for the Jem and the Holograms™ animated series in the 80s, Keith exclusively drew storyboards for the following song sequences:
Learn more about Keith at his website: tuckertoons.com.
Jamie Weisberg (nee Murphy) began her professional singing career at the age of 7 when she sang and starred in her first commercial for Lipton Chicken Noodle soup. It was a complete fluke, as she was only supposed to sing the demo, but after that, things surprisingly took off. Jamie sang and starred in another commercial for Lay’s Potato Chips, but after realizing that the on-camera business wasn’t for her, Jamie decided to stay behind the scenes as a voiceover and vocal artist. Jamie sang on over 400 television and radio commercials, movie soundtracks, animated television specials, Playskool children’s albums, and sang with superstars such as Yoko Ono, Roberta Flack, Livingston Taylor, Michael Bacon, Janis Ian, Ron Dante, and her all-time favorite, Duran Duran, just to name a few. Among many of the commercials that Jamie starred in, such as My Little Pony, Hallmark, Toys R Us, Kids R Us, Burger King, and more Hasbro toys than you can fathom, Jamie also had the honor of singing the part of Laura Holloway in the Jem animated episode “Alone Again.” This was a very special project, and Jamie was extremely proud to be a part of it.
After Jamie graduated from college with a major in Music, she went on to work in advertising and continue her singing and songwriting endeavors with projects of her own. She came out with a 3-song CD in 1998 called “What You’re Waiting For”, and then formed her pop-rock band, Area 44, where she came out with the album “Fragment” with her then co-artist, Humberto Reboredo. Jamie decided to take Area 44 to a new level, and had Rob Kudyba, Dave Smith and Mark Manczuk join her to perform gigs throughout NYC and the tristate area. After a couple of years the band broke up, and Jamie went on to experiment with new sounds, working with Stacy O’Dell and Tom Morrissey (of Killcode). Jamie also sang with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall with Peter, Paul & Mary, as well as at the Met along with the American Ballet Company, and with an all-female acappella band, The Sirens, for several years, performing all around NYC and recording an album.
Although the Area 44 album “Fragment” was released in 2005, and made its way to Rhapsody, iTunes and Spotify (among others), Jamie was extremely excited when two of the album’s songs (“Don’t You See It” and “Sweetest Glow”) made it into the soundtrack of the 2012 feature film “Delivering The Goods”, starring Thomas Ian Nicolas (American Pie movies), Dominic Fumusa , and Andrea Martin. You can also listen to some of Jamie’s other tunes on SoundCloud.
In addition to Jamie’s musical career, Jamie also has a successful fulltime job as Associate and Director of Human Resources with an architectural firm, as well as being a 500-hour registered yoga teacher. She currently lives, and loves her life in NYC, and uses her voiceover and singing talents whenever she gets the chance.
Grammy-nominated vocalist, cabaret artist, composer, arranger, inspirational speaker, and voice-over actor, Désirée Goyette, is best known for her work on the Garfield and Peanuts animated shows. In addition to providing the voice of Danse on the classic animated series Jem and the Holograms, she enjoyed a two-year stint as co-host with Rich Little on an internationally syndicated TV series and has appeared on numerous television specials, and talk-shows. Other memorable voice-over roles include Barbie, Betty Boop, Petunia Pig, Garfield’s nemesis Nermal, and numerous voices for Disney, Fisher-Price, V-Tech, and Leapfrog toys.
She is thrilled to return to the heart of JemCon!