Creative Team

Mark Cabaniss

MARK CABANISS (Book) is a music publisher, writer, producer, broadcaster, and speaker. He is President/CEO of Jubilate Music Group, a worldwide music publisher creating printed and digital music, recordings, and videos.

As an ASCAP composer and arranger, Mark’s published compositions have been performed nationally and abroad, and include choral anthems, musicals, cantatas, and instrumental pieces. In addition to Miracle in Bedford Falls, other musicals include The Homework Machine, co-written with Tony-nominated composer Keith Herrmann and premiered by the Boston Children’s Theatre and The Stardust Supper Club (featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael) co-written with Alan Bailey and given an Off-Broadway workshop production by The York Theatre Company.

Mark is the author of two books: Confessions of a Shameless Name-Dropper and Music Business Essentials: A Guide for Aspiring Professionals.
Mark is a multiple recipient of ASCAP’s Popular Music Award, the NAMM Believe in Music Award, and is a Dove Award and Angel Award-winning producer. He is a member of The Recording AcademyThe Dramatists Guild of America, and serves on the Board of Advisors for The Music Man Square, a museum and foundation in Mason City, Iowa, dedicated to furthering music education and honoring the legacy of Meredith Willson (creator of Broadway’s The Music Man). He is also the founder and manager of the official Meredith Willson website: Mark was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Mars Hill University and serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. Governor Wallace Wilkinson of Kentucky commissioned Mark as an official Kentucky Colonel. Mark is also the founder/donor of The Helen Cole Krause Music Scholarship, awarded annually to qualifying students who choose music as a college major.

Mark also serves as a correspondent for Hollywood 360, a weekly nationally-syndicated entertainment radio show based in Chicago.

Mark’s work in music business and broadcasting has led to collaborations with television icons Andy Griffith, Bob Barker, and Kathie Lee Gifford; Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones; legendary entertainer Steve Allen; composer Charles Strouse (Annie/Bye Bye Birdie); Broadway/pop songwriters Rupert Holmes and David Pomeranz; jazz pianist/composer Loonis McGlohon; gospel singer Cynthia Clawson and others.

Mark also serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education and Communications from Mars Hill University and The University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Mark resides in Nashville.

LOWELL ALEXANDER (Music and Lyrics) was born at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, not too far from MLK’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. Lowell is the son of a homemaker mother and a father who was both a professional choral director and a healthcare industry businessman.

Lowell went to high school and college in the Atlanta area, and after, he spent three years as a high school English and music teacher before signing with Meadowgreen Music as a staff songwriter and relocating to Nashville.

Lowell wrote for several major publishing companies on Music Row during his career and had over 600 songs published during that tenure.

A few of the songs Lowell wrote are fairly well known, and some of the artists he wrote for are really famous; however, many, many more of the songs he wrote are relatively unknown and were sung by recording artists who never became terribly famous and did not sell millions of records or garner a plethora of YouTube views.

Lowell agrees with Mark Twain in that he thinks golf is a good way to ruin a relaxing walk, and Lowell has for some God-unknown reason started watching a lot of pro bowling on TV recently. Besides viewing bowling tournaments, Lowell watches only re-runs of The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, and Mannix and is a connoisseur of the poetry of W.B. Yeats and the novels of Charles Dickens.

After 30 years of writing for other people, Lowell released his first and last record called A View From The Train in 2021.

Lowell is speaking of himself in the third person here because he almost never writes all the compilation bios that are found online about himself and finds them to be at best partially incorrect and at worst to be wholly incorrect, sappy, and bordering on pretentiousness that does not rightly reflect the surprisingly mundane nature of his life.

Lowell hopes you enjoy Miracle in Bedford Falls, but if you don’t, he hopes you have a good time getting out with family and friends during the holiday season anyway.

Lowell wants you to know that Lowell wrote every word of this bio. This has been Lowell ... on Lowell.....over and out.

CHRIS MILLER (Musical and Dance Arrangements/Underscores) is a graduate of Elon University and Musical Theatre Writing at New York University.  With Nathan Tysen, he created the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting (Outer Critics & Drama League nominations, Best Musical). His Off-Broadway work includes The Burnt Part Boys (Lucille Lortel Nomination, Best Musical) and Fugitive Songs (Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Revue), all of which are available for licensing, and have cast albums on iTunes and Amazon. Chris and Nathan were recently commissioned by Concord Theatricals and the Educational Theatre Association to write a show specifically for high school performers, and that musical Dreamland (or a musical riff on Shakespeare’s Midsummer set during the declassification of Area 51) debuted at the International Thespian Festival. Their current project is Revival, based on Willa Cather’s short story Eric Hermannson’s Soul (Commissioned by Playwrights Horizons & Theatreworks Silicon Valley). They have also written two circuses for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, contributed to the revue Stars of David, collaborated with the Broadway Inspirational Voices, and penned an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Boston Globe Top Ten Pick of 2008). Television work includes songs for Sesame Street (2012 Daytime Emmy Award), Elmo’s World, and The Electric Company.

Miller is currently writing  co-arrangements and co-orchestrations for the John Logan/Avett Brothers musical Swept Away; a song cycle for soprano and orchestra using the poetry of Willa Cather entitled April Twilights; and book, music, and lyrics for Ravello (Commissioned by Signature Theatre (VA) American Musical Voices Project). He is a contributing composer to Mark Campbell’s song cycle Songs From an Unmade Bed produced at the New York Theatre Workshop. In 2010 he co-composed the first New York revival of Angels in America with Michael Friedman, directed by Michael Greif at the Signature Theatre (NY).

Together Miller & Tysen are proud recipients of awards and grants from Fred Ebb, Jonathan Larson, Richard Rodgers, Samuel French, Daryl Roth, Kitty Carlisle Hart, ASCAP, and the NEA. They began their collaboration at NYU where they received their MFA’s in musical theatre writing. They are proud members of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.