Writers

Jackson Prince (bookwriter, songwriter) grew up on sets, sound-stages, actors’ trailers, writing rooms, and editing bays, as the only child of a Hollywood screenwriter and actress. After growing his passion for theater at Beverly Hills High School, Jackson attended Duke University, where he explored passions for film and television, straight-plays and musical theater, journalism and documentary. There, Jackson began a collaborative project alongside several Blue Devils in the summer of 2018: an original musical called 1660 Vine. After graduating in 2019, Jackson wrote, produced, and directed several award-winning short films and short documentaries. 1660 Vine is Jackson's first feature film. IG: @jacksonroyprince

Emma Ashford (songwriter) is a composer, writer, and actor based in New York City. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, Emma is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre program, where she was in the inaugural class of their Musical Theatre Composition Minor. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and SAG-AFTRA. You can stream Emma’s latest single, “Pocket”, wherever you listen to music, and check out what’s new at emma-ashford.com IG: @emmmaashh

Jenna Clayborn (songwriter) is a singer and actor from Austin, Texas, currently pursuing a law degree at Tulane University. While at Duke University, she studied musical theater and classical voice, performed with an a cappella group, and was an active member of the undergraduate theater troupe, Hoof ‘n’ Horn. Jenna joined 1660 Vine to help tap into the “old souls” of the story and originated the role of Renee at Duke.

CJ Cruz (songwriter) was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up as a Navy brat, moving all around the world. His father came to the US from the Philippines, making him a second-generation immigrant. CJ studied Psychology, Theater, and Documentary Filmmaking at Duke University. He co-wrote songs for the character of Chance Two, half of the infamous @CousinsByChance duo. CJ also originated the role of Chance Two at Duke, and has stayed with the role through every iteration of 1660 Vine, including the 2022 feature film. CJ currently resides in Los Angeles.

Clayton Delp (songwriter) is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist for 1660 Vine. Clayton is originally from Fuquay-Varina, NC and is currently based in Minneapolis. In 2015, his choral composition Black and White won the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association Young Composer Showcase. In 2020, he received Duke University’s Henry Schuman Prize for Music for his composition Gun Requiem.

Jaxson Floberg (songwriter) graduated from Duke University in 2020, and is currently living in New York City. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Jaxson is a screenwriter who is passionate about sketch comedy and folk music, separately. Jaxson is currently working on his first feature film, as well as an upcoming album.

Will Francis (songwriter) hails from Napa, California. Will spent the majority of his pre-college life doing music-y things like writing his own songs or participating in musicals. After he got to Duke University, he put music aside to study screenwriting and film production. But when his friend Jackson Prince came to his door one dark and stormy night in 2018, crying and begging for Will to “save his musical,” Will knew he had to dust off his acoustic guitar and get to work. He and CJ Cruz were attached to write for a prankster duo, @CousinsByChance. Will co-wrote the music for and originated the character of Chance One. Will currently resides in Los Angeles, working on projects for stage and screen, as well as a debut EP.

Sam Jackson (songwriter) is originally from Alliance, Ohio and currently resides in New York City, NY. Sam's passion for music led them to various roles as a composer, conductor, music director, arranger, and orchestrator through their time at Duke University. Sam combined all of these traits as a multi-faceted member of the 1660 Vine creative team since Day One. Sam's other MD credits include amateur productions of Chicago, The Addams Family, Cabaret, and Newsies.

Simon White (songwriter) is a singer/songwriter from Pelham, New York, and currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Simon draws musical influences from hip-hop, R&B, soul, gospel, and pop music. Writing music for 1660 Vine and originating the character of Jupe at Duke University has turned Simon into an avid theater buff.