Cliff Goldmacher

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My Journey from a Political Science Degree from Stanford University to a #1 Song on the Jazz Charts

Cliff’s talk covers his progression from leaving behind a political science degree from Stanford University to writing a #1 song on the jazz charts a mere 20 years later. The journey from playing dive bars everywhere from San Francisco to Provence, to moving to Nashville and writing songs for fifteen years before having any commercial success and, finally, the move to New York and a fateful writing appointment is full of universal insights into following your dreams, perseverance, hard-won patience, creating order in a chaotic profession and finally breakthrough. Cliff also populates his talk is with live performances of his songs.


In the music business for over twenty-five years, Cliff Goldmacher is a songwriter, music producer, author and speaker.

Cliff’s songwriting collaborators include multi-platinum selling and Grammy winning artists Ke$ha, Keb’ Mo’, Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) and Lisa Loeb.

His songs have been recorded by major label artists in genres ranging from country, pop and jazz to classical crossover. His music has also been used on NPR’s “This American Life” and in national advertising campaigns. Cliff’s song, “Till You Come To Me,” went to #1 on the jazz charts.

Cliff serves on the GRAMMY board of governors for the San Francisco chapter and he has given multiple TEDx presentations on his craft.

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