Inspired by his experiences collaborating with Danish singer-songwriter Poul Krebs, Troy Campbell founded The House of Songs in 2009 as a one-year project to bring Danish artists to Austin. In 2016, Campbell's efforts earned him the Folk Alliance International Spirit of Folk Award. He has also won an Emmy, a Telly and several Pollie awards, plus multiple film festival awards, for his live-action and animated productions as co-owner of Collection Agency Films.
Campbell started out as a musician. An album by his 1990s band, Loose Diamonds, made the New York Times' annual top 10 list; a track from his last release, `Long in the Sun,` was a USA Today top-10 pick. In Denmark, his recordings with Krebs achieved platinum- and gold-disc status.
Artistic Director / House Manager
Born and raised across the Midwestern United States, Graham Weber has been a proud resident of Austin, Texas since 2004. He has released five studio albums and two live albums, toured North America and Europe as a headliner, and has supported many of his songwriting heroes including Guy Clark, Slaid Cleaves, Todd Snider, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Alejandro Escovado and many more. In addition to performing as a solo troubadour, he is a member of critically-acclaimed Americana Rock & Roll band, Western Youth.
Weber began working with The House of Songs as a guest co-writer. He now organizes and facilitates Songwriter Summit Camps, hosts and produces live events and brings artists from around the world together to collaborate in both Austin and Northwest Arkansas. Weber considers his work with The House of Songs among the most rewarding of his nearly 20-year career in the music business.
Jamie Lou Connolly
Ozarks House Manager / Public Relations
As both a songwriter and live performer, Jamie Lou Connolly has firmly established herself in the Arkansas music scene. She has become known for her empowered yet relatable lyrics and wine-soaked vocal style. She has received multiple awards during her career, most recently winning the 2018 Arkansas Times Showcase as the front with her band Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo. The Arkansas Times describes the band as “crescendo-ing, expansive rock with a frontwoman who summons a lilting Judy Garland to full-on Joplin-esque wild child within the same song."
Jamie Lou first became acquainted with The House of Songs when The Hullabaloo was invited to Crystal Bridges through the House in 2018. Since then, the relationship has blossomed into an ongoing collaboration between the two. Jamie currently Manages the Ozark House and Public Relations for the company.
Director of Operations
Dillon Schindler works with the House of Songs as the director of operations. A graduate of the University of Texas, with a bachelor's degree in music business, Dillon has experience as an entrepreneur and operational manager. Not only has Dillon worked in family-owned businesses, but has also managed and maintained a number of personal endeavors,
His ties with The House of Songs run deep, having worked closely with Troy Campbell for more than three years. In that time, Dillon has handled detailed operational matters both large and small as the House has continued to grow, all while maintaining a key alignment with the House's founding vision. and in service of organizational mission;
Dillon also has experience working with non-profits as a volunteer with campus and community groups. He currently lives and works in Houston, TX.
Director of Growth
Ami Thakkar Raval is a lawyer by trade, a freelance writer by trial, a podcaster by passion and a DJ when asked. After graduating as a Longhorn, she started off her career as an Analyst at Enron. While applying to graduate schools, Ami worked on movie sets in Texas and moved to India to work in radio and media. A few years later, she graduated with a J.D. from DePaul University School of Law in Chicago.
Ami began her law career in New York City and after three years, she found herself back in India where she began freelance writing for Vogue India and Conde Nast Traveler. She was also introduced to the start-up world and became the VP of Customer Service for a fashion organization called Exclusively.in. Ami and her husband then moved to Dubai where she worked as VP of Marketing for the transportation network company Careem and continued her freelance writing with magazines such as OK! and Hello Middle East.
The couple moved back to the US in 2014 and landed in Dallas, where Ami focused on raising her two girls while working with D Magazine and the Shraman Museum, a non-profit focused on building the first South Asian museum in the U.S.
Last year, she launched her own podcast called AmiTuckeredOut, interviewing South Asian trailblazers around the world.
Ami joins The House of Songs as Director of Growth and looks forward to building bridges in the Ozarks, Austin and beyond.