John Scher, co-CEO, Metropolitan Talent, is one of the most highly respected veterans in live entertainment. Metropolitan Talent has emerged as a multi-faceted industry leader encompassing artist management, the independent record label Hybrid Recordings, and the concert division, Metropolitan Talent Presents. Throughout the years, John Scher and Metropolitan created, produced or co-produced many critically acclaimed national tours concert events for home video, pay-per-view and broadcast television. In 2007 alone, Metropolitan Talent Presents produced over 350 events with total attendance over half a million and in December 2008, produced Liza's at The Palace, a Broadway theatrical event, which earned Scher and Metropolitan a 2009 Tony Award.
Fresh from recording his third album, WARchild, Sudanese hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal will share his first-hand experience of being a child soldier for a rebel army in Sudan and how he imparts messages of social justice in music. He will discuss his heroic navigation of the injustices in Darfur and how he has learned to rap for freedom.