Soroca & Allocca, Songwriters
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"Wise Women come together with a hit"

The song "Wise Woman," that now underscores the climax to the documentary film "Above and Beyond: One Hundred Years of Women in Aviation," which is part of the U.S. Air Force Centennial of Flight Exhibit touring the U.S., was submitted to Women's Rising recently for review by its songwriting team, Karen Soroca and Janet Marie, Danstar Productions. Read the review . . .

This exceptional track is performed by Los Angeles-based vocalist Teresa James, of [Teresa James and] The Rhythm Tramps.

"Wise Woman," takes you down a road you weren't expecting to go, realizing the voice we all share. Eclectically done with unequivocal power. James’ vocal vitality is wholly invigorating and togther they have all brought us the wisdom and guidance we need today. It's about time. (WR).

Soroca and Marie hope to establish a Wise Woman’s Foundation with a portion of the song’s proceeds to assist women who otherwise have not had the funding to pursue higher education.

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Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 @ 19:58:39 CST by womensrising -

"Songwriting team creates powerful message"

By Lori E. Porter

Sometimes it takes something simple (like reading an article in a newspaper) that can alter a life. That’s what happened to songwriting partners Karen Soroca and Janet Marie [Allocca] of Danstar Productions after reading a feature story on Rebecca Hulem (a.k.a. "The Menopause Expert") in the March 11 Acorn.

The songwriting team known as Soroca and Allocca believed that their most recent song, "Wise Woman," which they co-wrote, was a perfect fit for the lessons conveyed in Hulem’s book, "Feelin’ Hot." Hulem also teaches seminars on the topic.

The songwriters sent a copy of the song to Hulem and arranged for a meeting. Hulem listened to and fell in love with the song.

"It gave me goose bumps," she said. Subsequently, the women signed a deal.

The song will now be featured at Hulem’s seminars and in her lectures on compact discs.

"We're very excited about this strategic alliance," said Allocca. "The song is a powerful anthem for women that states, ‘You’re never too old to follow your heart.’"

The pair’s unique approach to the music publishing business contains lessons about fusing creativity with commerce.

The philosophy of Soroca and Allocca is based upon three principles.

The first one is what Soroca calls the "right livelihood." Individuals should ask themselves, "What are you here for and what are you doing?" They should follow their hearts and work where their talents and gifts are needed. By doing this, the money will follow.

The second principle is honing your craft or talent. Most people know that naturally gifted artists are rare. Talent usually must be developed through training and practice. Allocca said she spent years honing her craft––and it eventually paid dividends.

The third and final principle is thinking and looking "outside the box." Unlike many songwriters whose sole goal is a Billboard hit or major recording contract, Soroca and Allocca thought outside the box by using niche marketing.

"We look for interesting projects and unique ways for our songs to be used," said Allocca. While it would be thrilling if a popular artist performed one of their songs, Soroca and Allocca remain open to all possibilities.

That philosophy has paid off through the recent contract with Hulem but also in other business deals. "Wise Woman" was featured as the underscore song in a documentary film titled "Above and Beyond: One Hundred Years of Women in Aviation" as part of the Air Force Centennial of Flight Exhibit tour, which commenced last year at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

The professional backgrounds of Soroca and Allocca have certainly facilitated their success. Allocca has been playing piano since she was 8. She pursued her passion for music by earning a bachelor of arts degree [in Theatre Arts] from prestigious Smith College and later earned a master’s degree from Pace University.

Currently living in Calabasas, Allocca moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college. She embarked on a career in the entertainment industry.

She was a production manager, organizing music videos for The Police (Sting’s former band), Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind and Fire. Allocca went on to work as a unit manager for ABC-TV. Her credits include "American Bandstand," "General Hospital," the Olympics and "Family Feud," among others.

While working on a radio show for KIEV-AM in L.A., Allocca wrote the lyrics to the show’s theme song ("Love Patrol".) This led to an epiphany––she realized that writing lyrics was her passion. She began her new career in 1998 by teaming up with Soroca.

Soroca, who lives in San Rafael, Calif., began singing and playing music when she was little. She earned a degree in vocal music from Hofstra University and later a master’s in choreography and dance from New York University.

Soroca has sung professionally on TV specials, in commercials, in films, and in studios and on stages. She has also sung with choral groups (the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus and the Los Angles Chamber Singers).

Her voice has been featured in films such as "Scrooged," "The Addams Family," and most recently, "Spy Kids."

In addition, she’s worked as a singer on many TV shows (from soaps and morning shows to Christmas specials).

Soroca and Allocca want to share their success. They’re in the beginning stages of forming The Wise Woman Foundation. It will, they said, provide scholarships for older women wishing to return to school.

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The link to the Acorn for this article is
- The Acorn, Agoura, CA


Soroca & Allocca, Songwriters Volume 1 - catalog 1999-2007.
Instrumental versions available on request; singles for sale on their website.
Tracks available for download at Apple ITunes and all major sites via their distributor, CD Baby. Airplay received at multiple stations across the U.S. for "Wise Woman" and also "Livin' Free in the U.S. of A.", a patriotic track produced at Skywalker Sound with the Marin Children's Chorus.



Karen and Janet have been friends for over twenty years - and writing partners for the last seven. They both share a lot in common: they’re classically trained in music and dance; they hold Masters’ degrees; they live in California; and they are originally from the suburbs of New York. To add to that, they both wanted to be songwriters as teenagers!

Karen and Janet have over twenty years experience in the film and TV industry, which gives them a significant advantage in dealing with filmmakers. Karen’s credits (as on-camera singer and Musical Director) with the Caroling Company include major features such as “Scrooged” and “The Addams Family”, plus numerous television appearances on “General Hospital:, “Good Morning America” and many more. Recent credits include “Spy Kids” and “High Crimes”. Janet’s early credits include production managing music videos for Earth Wind and Fire, Rod Stewart and The Police. She worked at ABC-TV for five years on major shows such as “General Hospital” and “The Olympics”. After that, she became an independent TV and radio producer, writing and producing over 70 TV commercials, TV pilots and radio shows.

As songwriters, they love to write catchy show themes and end title credit tracks. They’ve made their mark with “Wise Woman”, their number one licensed song to date, and “The Hokey Pokey Hip-Hop” (co-published with Sony/ATV), their number one download on Apple ITunes. They’ve won ASCAP Plus Awards, placed high in the Billboard Song Contest and garnered good reviews and airplay, too. Soroca & Allocca are on a roll!