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Music TimesMusic fans can find the most comprehensive music coverage spanning across all genres on Musictimes.com. Indulge in original features, interviews, music reviews, trending stories, and more about your favorite pop, rock, country, classical, hip hop, christian, latin, and jazz artists.

Musictimes.com is the flagship music publication of Music Times, LLC, a global music digital media company headquartered in New York City.


Chief Executive Officer

Emily Wittmann

Emily WittmannEmily is a talented media marketing executive with over twenty years of broad renowned experience in the entertainment industry. Her particular expertise is in maximizing her clients’ exposure in cable, broadcast, print and online media. She has a unique knack for collaborating with talent, artists, producers and directors to develop effective imaging and strategic marketing campaigns.

She has worked as Vice President for Universal Music group, Visual Marketing for Island/Def Jam, VP Video Promotion with A&M Records, media/marketing consultant with Witt’s End Marketing & Media serving clients such as Channel One Network. Prior, Emily ran Nick Records, the music label for Nickelodeon/MTV Networks working with talent, Drake Bell and Jamie Lynn Spears in addition to animated properties that included SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer. Emily also spent time as Vice President of Marketing at Edel Entertainment and has been part of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Family Day for the last 10 years.

Her drive and passion for going beyond the expected and creating integrated strategic plans that bring together all lines of business make her a workforce in today’s marketplace.

Managing Editor

Danica Daniel

Danica DanielDanica Daniel proudly hails from Brooklyn, which she credits for cultivating her eclectic taste for music and fashion. With her finger on the pulse of the catwalk and the sidewalk, the budding young writer became known for her savvy sense of style and her ability to identify trends before they happened. At 15 years old, Danica’s talent was noticed by Teen People and she garnered a gig as a “Trendspotter” for the magazine by Time Inc.

In 2004 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, ranked by NewsPro as the top journalism program in the country, and landed a job as an Associate Editor at Right On! magazine. Danica was promoted four months later and became one of the youngest Editor-in-Chiefs in history when she was appointed the head of Black Beat & Right On! at only 22 years old.

During the next six years Danica worked diligently to redesign the internationally distributed fanzines. With the inception of punchy new layouts, fresh features and eye-catching pictorials, newsstand sales increased 50% with her debut issue. She later launched RightOnMag.com and went on to host Right On! TV where she booked buzz-worthy interviews with megastars like Beyoncé, Kerry Washington, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Chris Brown and Idris Elba.

Before landing a plum role as the Managing Editor of Music Times, Danica’s work also appeared in BMI MusicWorld, Juicy, Under 18, The Daily Orange, Dr. Jays Live! and Broadway.com. These days, she enjoys Spinning, sky-high heels and working in the city that doesn’t sleep, because she doesn’t sleep much.

Sections Editor

Ryan Book

Ryan BookRyan Book grew up in Cincinnati, which immediately became a hotbed for alternative rock as soon as he left to attend Ohio State University.

Ryan earned his degree in journalism from the Ohio State University, along with a minor in musicology. He served as arts editor for The Lantern, Ohio State's student daily during his undergrad career. Finding that this was not enough to secure him a writing job, Ryan pursued a M.S. at Columbia University in New York City. Unable to afford a ticket home, Ryan stayed in New York City and now writes for Music Times.

Ryan came upon grunge music about ten years after it was cool, and also dabbles heavily in metal and independent hip-hop. He has been the member of at least 1,400 theoretical bands, but only four have seen the light of day. He played bass in thrash metal band Rasputination, guitar in psychedelic grindcore band Unqualified Scum, and a variety of instruments in his current project, Gamelan Time Comin', an experimental group combining Mississippi blues with traditional Indonesian instruments.

Caitlin Carter

Caitlin CarterCaitlin Carter is a St. Louis-raised music lover who knew she wanted to be a writer since she was about seven years old. She used to write songs to her parents to get her out of trouble but eventually geared her talents to writing about music. She began playing guitar at age 13 and decided in high school that she wanted to be a journalist.

She attended the Missouri School of Journalism where she earned bachelors’ degrees in journalism and Spanish then continued her education at her alma mater for a master’s degree in journalism.

Previous to working as a sections editor at Music Times, she worked in many positions at Vox Magazine, an alt-weekly publication in Columbia, Mo. She started as a Music Department Editor then was the Managing Editor then the Deputy Editor.

After leaving Columbia, she moved back to St. Louis then headed to New York City to launch her career.

When she isn’t working, you can probably find her at a live show or music festival. But don’t expect her to ditch her St. Louis roots now that she has moved to the Big Apple. She’s a Cardinals and Blues fan for life.

Kyle Dowling

Kyle DowlingKyle Dowling is a writer, journalist and acoustic guitar-strumming musician living it up in New York City. "My music a weird mix of Dave Matthews / Radiohead," the singer/songwriter jokes. "If you're looking to cry at a coffee house, book Kyle Dowling!" When he is not working the crowd, performing his tracks like "Loser," "Sleep" and "Headache," Dowling spends his time working on his other passion. He has interviewed and profiled over 100 individuals in the realms of film, music and business. His work has appeared in Penthouse Magazine, Playboy Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Psychology Today, The Smoking Jacket, The Huffington Post, GuySpeed, Psychology Tomorrow Magazine, Splitsider, The Believer, and more! Kyle is currently supplying the hits two-fold as Section Editor for Music Times and the Feature Comedy Editor for MStarsNews.

Staff Writer

Carolyn Menyes

Carolyn MenyesCarolyn Menyes has been an avid music fan and writer since she was a child and was always singing along to the radio or working on a homemade magazine with her friends. When it came time to decide what to do with the rest of her life, writing about music was simply a no brainer.

Carolyn attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and graduated with a degree in Journalism in May 2013. During her time at OU, she was a highly active member of one of the top college radio stations in the country, ACRN, as an executive board member, editor, writer and DJ. During her summers in college, Carolyn completed internships at Billboard.com and her hometown newspaper, The Suburbanite.

Now, fresh out of journalism school, Carolyn is a staff writer at MStars News and looks forward to giving readers only the most important news about Justin Bieber.

When she’s not doing that, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her puppy Maya, cooking and watching entire sitcom series on Netflix. She most recently made it through all nine seasons of "Scrubs."

Social Media Manager

Morgan Swank

Morgan SwankMorgan Swank grew up in a small boring town in Georgia before hitting the road for Nashville, Tennessee in 2010 to begin university studies at Belmont University. There she majored in Music Business. While in college she worked as a freelance music journalist for The Vinyl District until the Fall of 2012 where she spent a semester in New York as a part of her degree program working for Broadway Video as Research Intern for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She also worked as the Digital Media Content Intern for Comedy Central. She graduated from Belmont a year early in the summer of 2013 and has been working hard for her money, so hard for it honey ever since.

Currently Morgan is the Social Media Manager for Music Times and its properties at Classicalite and MStars News trying to make all the tweets fun and interesting to read.

Fun Fact: She is also a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences working her way towards an EGOT one elbow rub at a time.


Maria Jean Sullivan

Maria Jean SullivanMaria Jean Sullivan received a B.A. in Journalism and English from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she wrote and edited for both The Oracle and The Little Rebellion. Her work has since been featured in myriad publications such as AOL/Patch.com, The Deli, Julian Cope's "Head Heritage" and Proliferate (Bight Knot Press). A fixture on the festival circuit, she's held editorial roles at Governors Ball, Northside and the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival. In addition to writing for Classicalite, Sullivan helps produce the C-LITE A.V. Club series. Frequently, she picks up free stuff found on the streets of Park Slope, Brooklyn and sells it at area vintage shops.

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