Creative Team

Mark CabanissMARK CABANISS (Book) is a music publisher, writer, producer, broadcaster and speaker. He is head of the Alfred Sacred Music Group (a division of Alfred Music Publishing) creating printed and digital music, recordings and DVDs.

As an ASCAP composer and arranger, Mark's published compositions have been performed nationally and abroad, and include musicals, cantatas, and instrumental works. In addition to Miracle in Bedford Falls, his other musicals include The Homework Machine (co-written with Tony-nominated composer Keith Herrmann) and The Stardust Supper Club (featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael) (co-written with Alan Bailey).

Mark is a multiple recipient of ASCAP's Popular Music Award and is a Dove Award and Angel Award-winning producer. He is a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy) 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). Mark was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Mars Hill University and serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. 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 Bob Barker and Andy Griffith, Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones, legendary entertainer Steve Allen, Broadway/pop songwriter Rupert Holmes, 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 bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education and Communications from Mars Hill University and The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Mark resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lowell Alexander LOWELL ALEXANDER (Music and Lyrics).  In the last 20 years Lowell Alexander has served as staff songwriter for Sony ATV Tree publishing, EMI and Acuff Rose music publishing. He has had over 400 songs published. These songs have appeared in secular and liturgical print, animated film, on the live stage and television as well as on dozens of recordings by artists which include Art Garfunkel, Amy Grant, Glen Campbell, Point Of Grace, The London Philharmonic, Sandi Patty, Donny Osmond, Steve Green, Selah and 4-Him.

He has had 10 number one songs and over 40 radio singles in his 20 years as a professional. Lowell has served both as an ASCAP representative and an independent speaker, teaching in universities and at seminars nationwide the art and intricacies of the commercial music field.

Lowell is a long-time voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy) and a member of The American Society Of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


CHRIS MILLER
(Arranger) is a graduate of Elon University and Musical Theatre Writing at New York University.  With Nathan Tysen, he has written a musical based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick which had readings at Lincoln Center Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Mercury Musical Developments in London, a workshop with TheatreMasters in Aspen, Colorado, a workshop production at Barrington Stage Company in 2007 & a well-received full production at BSC in Summer 2008.  

Miller & Tysen’s song cycle Fugitive Songs was nominated for a Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Revue) after its March 2008 run at the 45th Street Theatre (Off Broadway).  His songs have been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Don’t Tell Mama, The Triad and The Knitting Factory. 

Chris is a musical director for the Lovewell Institute of Creative Arts, creating new musicals with teenagers, and a founding member of the Lovewell Theatre Project, which produced the musical The Book of Phil at the Theatre Building in Chicago in 2002 and at the Epiphany Theatre Company in NYC in 2003.  Currently, he is collaborating with Tysen on a new commission for Lincoln Center Theatre, a co-commission from Playwright Horizons/TheatreWorks, Palo Alto with playwright Craig Wright, & an original musical.  AWARDS: 2003 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grant, 2003 Frederick Lowe Foundation Grant, and 2004 Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award  2006 Richard Rodgers Award, 2007 Kitty Carlisle Hart Musical Theatre Award from the Vineyard Theatre, ASCAP PLUS Awards 2005-07, One of the Dramatists Guild Magazine’s (The Dramatist, July/August Issue) “50 To Watch” in 2007.