Our Team


Ross Copperman


Ross Copperman is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer, and co-host of the podcast "So Tell Me About Your Father." Copperman grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, where he attended Glenvar High School. Ross has written several #1 songs including Keith Urban's "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” and has produced for several artists including Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, and Darius Rucker.


F. Reid Shippen

Vice President

F. Reid Shippen is a multiple Grammy Award-winning mixer, producer, and engineer, who has worked with a wide range of artists including Ingrid Michaelson, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, India.Arie, and Little Big Town. He is also an entrepreneur, consultant and business owner with interests including real estate, media & PR, publishing, and manufacturing.


Alena Moran

Secretary & Treasurer

Alena Moran is an independent producer/engineer manager based out of Nashville, TN. She currently serves on the community outreach committee for Nashville’s Society of Leaders in Development, and is a co-founder of the charity event Haircuts for Humans.


Rachel Malone

Executive Director

Rachel Malone is a professional educator and trainer in Lee County, Florida. She has a background in instruction, curriculum, professional development, and project management in both K-12 and post-secondary institutions. She has worked at school districts throughout Florida and Texas.

About Us

Inspired by a meeting with former students on a field trip in Nashville, Ross & Reid realized that many high schools have been stripped of the means to inspire students to explore their musical creativity. Since they had both benefited greatly from mentors, they decided to send that elevator back down to the next generation of aspiring songwriters and musicians.

So, SongFarm was formed.

SongFarm is an organization that connects successful songwriters with their former high school mentors, and with companies who believe in sparking creativity at a young age. We partner with companies whose products are powerful, innovative and easy to use, and help create a songwriting/production space in the high school of the sponsor songwriter.

In partnership with ACM Lifting Lives, SongFarm launched its inaugural recording studio at Glenvar High School in Roanoke, VA. The creative space was modeled after Ross’ writing room in Nashville, where he has created hundreds of hit records.