President, Melody Bay Productions, LLC
James Gutzman, producer, musician and composer is a native Minnesotan. . As a producer, Jim built his first music studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was here that he began composing seriously for a band he was beginning to develop on paper. Jim returned to Minnesota and established a professional recording studio and production company, Melody Bay Productions, LLC. In 2017, Jim and Alex Twum begin developing music for an original musical ‘Steppin Into The Street and an accompanying album “Put Some On The Plate.” In 2021, Jim collaborated with playwright Tom David Barna to write the book for a new original musical, PEOPLE R READY–The Musical. The new musical is to be produced under the auspices of Melody Bay Productions, LLC and is currently in development, to include an accompanying soundtrack. It is Jim’s ambition to make the script and music (both recorded and with sheet music) available to theatre companies, university/college theatre programs, high school theatre programs and local and community theatre companies.
Jim is a native Minnesotan. He has been involved in music all of his life, performing professionally across the country as a drummer/vocalist. His musical gifts include being an accomplished drummer, vocalist and stage performer/musician. While he enjoys performing, working in the recording studio and composing music, his greatest passion is creating original music. PEOPLE R READY-The Musical is the brainchild of Jim and was in development for over three years.