Writing and Creating a Legacy for Tomorrow
At LDM Publishing, we have great reverence for the legendary songwriters of yesteryear. We believe that the strong desire for a legacy catalogue today exists not just because of familiarity, but because of the artistic integrity of its creators. We aspire to write the standards of tomorrow – songs which are timeless... songs that transcend what’s popular at the moment and can be reimagined for generations to come. That’s not to say we don’t appreciate a great EDM record! We write and produce those too!
One of the world’s greatest songwriters once said, “Before a great singer, before a great arrangement, before a great recording, there is the song. It always starts with a great song.” That songwriter was Ron Miller (“For Once In My Life”). We manage his legacy catalogue and are writing and creating our own legacy catalogue as well.
What We Do
We write and license songs. We also produce and license master recordings. We manage artists, produce and direct music videos and live theatrical, and we tour shows throughout the country. We also manage the song catalogue of legendary songwriter, Ron Miller via the Ron Miller Songbook Publishing Company, LLC. Ron’s hits include, “For Once In My Life,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Yester-me, yester-you, yesterday,” “A Place in the Sun,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “I’ve Never Been To Me,” “Someday at Christmas,” “One Little Christmas Tree,” “If I Could” and many more. We are the number one source for the Ron Miller Legacy Catalogue and are building a library of reimagined masters which include Ron’s classic standards, as well as so many of his songs which have never been heard before – until now.
Lisa Dawn Miller - Managing General Partner
Lisa spent the first part of her life as a successful business executive, serving as First Vice President of Investments at Morgan Stanley. Desiring a strong background and foundation in business, Lisa shunned the limelight of the entertainment industry, becoming a very successful stockbroker, financial planner, stock portfolio/wealth management advisor and retirement planning specialist focusing on 401(k) retirement plans. With this knowledge, experience and foundation in place, Miller decided to turn her interest back to her love of the arts – as songwriter, singer, producer and director.
Lisa is the President of Hackett Miller, Inc. which produces live theatrical musical productions that tour extensively throughout the U.S. She is also the Managing General Partner of the Ron Miller Songbook Publishing Company, LLC, which manages, licenses and produces reimagined master song recordings of the Ron Miller Legacy Catalogue.
As an artist and performer, Lisa portrays “Frank’s One Love” in the hit musical she produces, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show.” Lisa stars as Frank Sinatra’s greatest love – a character based on his relationship with Ava Gardner. Broadway World writes, “The Best Show This Year!” for the show’s run at the prestigious Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts where it played to record breaking crowds. The show tours extensively throughout the U.S. to rave reviews and has earned thousands of fans across the globe. Lisa produced and directed the behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the musical production and her songs can be heard in the show on the stages of hundreds of performing arts venues across the nation.
In 2016, Lisa released two EPs entitled, “Hello You” and “My Turn Begins Today,” in which she made her pop songwriting debut. She wrote “It’s Christmas” and “My Favorite Time of Year” along with her songwriting partner, Mark Matson, which premiered in “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas” during its nationwide holiday tour. Lisa can also be heard in the film, “When Comedy Went to School” in which she performed and produced the film’s opening and closing theme songs.
As a singer and performer, New York Cabaret Scenes writes, “Lisa Dawn Miller’s show at The Metropolitan Room was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Very rarely do you get to see a singer cast a magic spell on stage and have the audience in the palm of her hand.” Jeff Rossen, Chicago Editor/Recordings Reviewer, Cabaret Scenes Magazine said of Miller’s “Fly Away” CD debut, “Take a collection of songs of exceptional quality and breadth, set them in striking arrangements and then turn the lyrics and melodies over to a singer whose voice can cut straight through the heart, and you’ve got one heck of a dazzling debut.”
Lisa’s father was legendary songwriter, Ron Miller. Some of his hit songs include “For Once in My Life,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “A Place in the Sun,” “Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “I’ve Never Been to Me,” “Someday at Christmas,” “One Little Christmas Tree,” “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time, “If I Could” and many more. His songs have sold in the hundreds of millions with recordings by some of the biggest recording artists of all time such as Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Michael Buble, LeAnn Rimes, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Bolton, and Justin Beiber. His songs continue to be featured in top-grossing films, countless television shows such as “Scandal,” and “This is Us” and major commercials including a ninety-second commercial featuring Ron’s classic, “Someday at Christmas,” which aired worldwide and featured Stevie Wonder, for Apple Computers’ holiday greeting, Chase Bank and numerous others. Ron’s songs have won multiple Grammy Awards including for “Heaven Help Us All,” the last song recorded by Ray Charles. Ron’s classic, “For Once in My Life” is one of the most recorded songs in history having been recorded by over 425 major label artists. In 2007, “For Once in My Life” won multiple Grammy Awards for the Tony Bennett/Stevie Wonder collaboration and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. Ron received the Heroes and Legends Award (posthumously) in 2007, a lifetime achievement award in songwriting.
Lisa has also produced several music videos, including for her son, 17-year-old singer/actor, Oliver Richman – who was personally invited by the legendary Stevie Wonder to share the stage when he was just 10 years old. His performance received a standing ovation from over 7,500 people at the Nokia Theatre (now Microsoft Theater) in Los Angeles. Lisa produced Oliver’s recording and music video “For Once in My Life – The 50th Anniversary Release.” She has also written and produced numerous songs recorded by Oliver including “Today,” “You and I,” “Rise,” and “Diagramming Rap,” and has produced many reimagined covers for the Ron Miller Legacy Catalogue, also recorded by Oliver, such as “Heaven Help Us All,” “Will I Still Be Me” and “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time.”
Lisa wrote and produced the debut single “Let’s Go!” for her daughter, 12-year-old singer/actress/dancer, Ashleigh Hackett, as well as her follow up singles, “Can You Feel It,” “Slay” and “On and On and On.”
Lisa is married to comedian/actor/producer, Sandy Hackett, son of legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett. In addition to “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show,” Lisa and Sandy launched “My Buddy,” a live theatrical production about the life of Buddy Hackett, in which Sandy stars and Lisa directs. The show opened to wonderful reviews and standing ovations at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida and is on tour throughout the U.S.
Lisa is set to premiere her new show, “Growing Old-er,” in the fall of 2018. She is the show’s co-writer and lyricist. Lisa is also developing a new musical based on the life of her father entitled, “For Once in My Life.”
Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Sandy Hackett and their two beautiful children, Oliver and Ashleigh.
Sandy Hackett - Partner
At a young age Sandy Hackett was inspired by his father, legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett, to enter the world of comedy. Buddy was a powerful teacher and role model; an avid reader, studying diligently, and re-examining his comedy techniques. He taught his son by example. The younger Hackett soon learned that an evening with Buddy Hackett was an evening of comedy and entertainment at its best. Sadly, Buddy passed away on June 30, 2003 but gave his son the foundation from which he began his development, growth and versatility as a performer, producer, writer and entertainer. At age eleven, Hackett accompanied his father for a scheduled appearance on “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. ” It was there that he caught the eye of the show’s producers and made his first professional television debut with John Wayne.
Sandy graduated with a degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV for which he also served as UNLV’s Director of Entertainment. He produced “The Sahara Showcase of Talent” at the Las Vegas based Sahara Hotel & Casino for four years before it was renamed “Sandy Hackett’s Talent Showcase” and ran for another decade. Additionally, Hackett hosted and produced the show at Sahara Reno, Sahara Tahoe and the old Mint and Dunes Hotel & Casinos. During this time Sandy introduced over ten thousand acts, including many first -time appearances by Andrew “Dice” Clay, Howie Mandel, Gary Muledeer, The Unknown Comic, Tony D’Andrea, Kenny Kerr, George Wallace and many others.
For the next 40 years he led his people through the desert in search of the Promised Land, stopping at comedy clubs to learn his craft and entertain the masses. His father came to see him one night and asked him to come share the stage with him. It was a dream come true for the younger Hackett. He accepted and then got to travel and learn from the master of comedy for the next 10 years as his opening act, road manager, stage manager, navigator and best friend.
Throughout the 1990’s, Hackett successfully ran his own comedy club in Laughlin, Nevada. An accomplished agent, manager, event planner, and buyer of talent, he became the Entertainment Director for Sun City Summerlin, booking talent for over 400 shows in two years at the Starbright Theater.
When HBO announced it was going to do a movie about the Rat Pack, longtime family friend, Joey Bishop, called and said, “Sandy, I think you’d be perfect to play me!” Hackett replied, “Uncle Joey, that’s great! Who do I call? What do I do?” Bishop said, “I don’t know! Nobody called me!” The idea of playing Bishop struck a chord with Sandy. Bishop (one of Buddy’s best friends and a man the younger Hackett grew up with) was someone Sandy had long admired. He decided to pen his own show, recreating Bishop and his famous buddies, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Hackett, together with wife, producer/director/singer/songwriter, Lisa Dawn Miller, created and produced, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show.” Broadway World writes, “The Best Show This Year!” for its run at the prestigious Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Telegram and Gazette Review writes, “As Joey Bishop, Sandy Hackett was the glue that held the show together. His hilarious stand-up routine had the crowd in stitches.” The show tours nationwide to critical acclaim and has earned thousands of fans from across the globe.
Sandy premiered his new show, “My Buddy,” a live theatrical production about the life of his father and the deep bond they shared. Directed by Miller, the show opened to wonderful reviews and standing ovations at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and is now on tour.
As an actor and comedian, Sandy has entertained audiences in hundreds of performing arts centers and in numerous film and television projects. He stills loves doing stand-up and often makes guest appearances in comedy clubs and venues throughout the U.S.
As fate would have it, Sandy got to work with the icons he would eventually create a show about when he appeared with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra in The Cannonball Run II. When asked what it was like to work with three of the greatest entertainers of all time Sandy said, “It did wonders for my resume.” It wasn’t long before he landed a feature role in “Hot Dog, the Movie” and a starring role in “Hamburger, the Motion Picture.” Joey Bishop handpicked Sandy to work with him to develop a new game show, “Joey Bishop’s Punchline.”
Although known primarily as a comedian, Sandy has worked as a dramatic actor in the films “Jack of Hearts”, “Lovers & Liars”, and “Ex-Cop.” He played District Attorney Martin Siegel in the acclaimed PBS series, “On Common Ground.” Sandy’s next film was also a drama, “The S.I.N.,” a political thriller in which he portrayed private detective Bud Chelzer. He then appeared, singing and dancing, in a new musical holiday spectacular, “Twas.” He had starring roles in “The Indie-Pendant” and “Down & Derby” with Pat Morita. He appeared in the independent sitcoms, “Papagallo” and “In-Focus” and as the head of the family in “Wise Guy Rentals,” an organized crime dramedy.
Sandy met his wife while performing on stage. He threw himself on her, bringing the show to a stop. He asked for her number. She kissed him! Now, years later, they have a beautiful family and reside in Los Angeles.
Chrissy Sutphin - Publicist
A Washington, DC area native, Chrissy Sutphin moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to indulge her curiosity for the fascinating city, and more importantly, to pursue her passion for public relations in lifestyle and entertainment.
Chrissy’s early resume includes work in the hospitality and tourism industry, along with a two-year stint in marketing and advertising for a celebrity-studded TV show surrounding DC’s nightlife.
In 2009, she joined LUCK Media & Marketing, Inc. in L.A. and soon worked her way up to Senior Account Executive. It is here where she was afforded the opportunity to begin work with the esteemed Hackett Miller Company. In addition, she worked with established and emerging artists, including the legendary pop duo Air Supply and legendary record executive Jerry Greenberg, to name a very few. She also began working with TV and film clients. Chrissy was named Vice President in 2013.
Her background in communications and journalism, combined with savvy skill set and PR edge, has granted her the behind-the-scenes access to the media and entertainment world, which consistently delivers the excitement she craves.
In 2015, Chrissy decided to start her own company, CAS Public Relations (CAS PR) to continue her passionate and personalized work for clients, including her work with the Hackett Miller Company. She has also expanded her client roster to the health, beauty and lifestyle world.
Aside from her career, Chrissy has a love for the world of food and wine, dogs, as well as traveling to new destinations. She currently resides in California’s Bay Area.
Jeanne Quinn - Art Director
Jeanne Quinn has been a professional graphic artist and award-winning web developer in the entertainment industry since 1996. An eleven-time recipient of the prestigious Electronic Media Award (EMA), Jeanne’s extensive portfolio includes designs for such artists as Brendan Bowyer of the Royal Irish Showband, Jack E. Leonard, Gordie Brown, Buddy Hackett, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha Na Na, Louie Anderson, Roy Rogers, and Emmy-Award winning Choreographer, Michael Darrin.
Jeanne has been commissioned for numerous high-profile projects up and down the Las Vegas Strip, the San Francisco theatre district, and for New York Off-Broadway productions.