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Thursday, April 19
 

11:30am PDT

Country Song Feedback

Engage in honest talk and receive valuable advice from chart-topping country singer/songwriters and music publishers in this song feedback session, during which a limited number of songs pre-submitted by registrants will be given constructive criticism in front of an audience.


Panelists
avatar for Whitney Daane

Whitney Daane

 Whitney Daane began her music publishing career in 1996 at Maverick Music.  In 2000 she launched her own company, Mighty Isis Music, representing writers in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York and began consulting for London-based Kobalt Music Publishing in 2001. With over one... Read More →
avatar for Chris DeStefano

Chris DeStefano

 Chris DeStefano is a singer/songwriter and record producer working in Los Angeles and Nashville. Published by EMI, his recent writing and/or production credits include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer, and Eli Young Band among many others.  He's recently... Read More →
avatar for JT Harding

JT Harding

 Born an orphan, JT Harding gravitated towards music for as long as he can remember. Endless hours of singing along to the radio and watching MTV convinced him to put together a band and start writing songs. After grinding through the regular rock band regimen of rehearsals and high... Read More →
avatar for Mike Molinar

Mike Molinar

Over the past thirteen years, Mike Molinar played a major role in the growth and success of several of Nashville’s leading independent music publishers. As the Creative Director for Cal IV Entertainment from 2000 to 2007, Molinar played a vital role in the placement of copyrights... Read More →

Moderator

Thursday April 19, 2012 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

11:30am PDT

The Gospel Truth

Gospel music has extended its rich history into a massive presence in modern music. This panel of gospel messengers will offer their thoughts on the creative, financial and spiritual aspects of forging a career in gospel music. If you’re curious about how to build a sustainable career fusing faith and music, this is the panel for you!


Panelists
avatar for Warryn Campbell

Warryn Campbell

 Warryn 'Baby Dubb' Campbell is a music visionary, executive and leading producer of R&B, gospel and hip-hop music. Campbell's mastery to create chart-topping hits across a multitude of genres has made him critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific record producers of our time... Read More →
avatar for Andraé Crouch

Andraé Crouch

 Andraé Crouch is an award-winning gospel musician, recording artist, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Called the “the father of the modern gospel,” he was a key figure in the Christian Music movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and expanded gospel music to include elements of... Read More →
avatar for James Fortune

James Fortune

Songwriter, Artist - "You Survived," "I Trust You"

Moderator

Thursday April 19, 2012 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Silver Lake 3rd Floor

3:30pm PDT

Master Session with Peter Frampton

Grammy-winning guitarist Peter Frampton first came to fame through a mid-60's stint in British psych-rock group The Herd. Frampton then co-founded Humble Pie, all the while building a reputation as a first-call session guitarist for George Harrison, Harry Nilsson and others. In 1971, Frampton launched a solo career that would spawn the classic live set Frampton Comes Alive! The album spawned the hits "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Show Me the Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do," stayed on the Billboard charts for nearly two years, and instantly became one of the most beloved live albums of all time. His 2007 album Fingerprints won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Frampton’s most recent album was 2010’s Thank You Mr Churchill. He just completed celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive! by performing the best-selling live album around the world in its entirety along with other highlights from his career. Frampton will share stories and wisdom gleaned from his 45-plus year long career.


Panelists
avatar for Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

 Grammy-winner Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes... Read More →
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Nic Harcourt

Regarded as the ultimate 'tastemaker' in music, Nic Harcourt is the former host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and the syndicated show Sounds Eclectic. After 10 years as KCRW Music Director, Nic stepped down in 2008 to pursue other opportunities. Still a DJ at KCRW, Nic currently... Read More →

Moderator
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Nic Harcourt

Regarded as the ultimate 'tastemaker' in music, Nic Harcourt is the former host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and the syndicated show Sounds Eclectic. After 10 years as KCRW Music Director, Nic stepped down in 2008 to pursue other opportunities. Still a DJ at KCRW, Nic currently... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2012 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor

3:30pm PDT

Words of Wisdom: Lyrics in Songwriting

Even the catchiest hook won’t connect unless it’s paired with a great lyric. You can expect more than a few clever turns-of-phrase and bon mots from this panel, in which some of the best songwriters working today talk about what goes into a top-shelf lyric and how lyric writing fits into the songwriting process. Whether you’re looking to fine-tune your lyrical craft or you’re just curious about how words and music can interact, these master wordsmiths will show you how it’s done.


Panelists
avatar for Julie Frost

Julie Frost

Julie Frost is a singer, songwriter, guitar player and music producer. She has worked with today’s leading artists and has collaborated with some of the industry’s top songwriters and producers. She recently won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Masterpiece... Read More →
avatar for Siedah Garrett

Siedah Garrett

 Siedah Garrett is an R&B singer and an award-winning songwriter. She has earned Academy Awards and nominations for “Love You, I Do” – sung by Jennifer Hudson in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls, – and this year for “Real In Rio” from the 2011 blockbuster animated feature... Read More →
avatar for Brett James

Brett James

From Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts, to Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, and Leona Lewis, Brett James has had more than 300 of his songs recorded by some of the biggest artists in the world over the past decade. His songs... Read More →
avatar for Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb

 Raised by an ex-Marine Southern Baptist minister father, and a mother who insisted he master the piano by age 12, Jimmy Webb was working the publishing houses of Hollywood at age 16 and was a self-proclaimed 'professional songwriter' at age 17. Mentored by Johnny Rivers and Lou... Read More →

Moderator
avatar for Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb

 Raised by an ex-Marine Southern Baptist minister father, and a mother who insisted he master the piano by age 12, Jimmy Webb was working the publishing houses of Hollywood at age 16 and was a self-proclaimed 'professional songwriter' at age 17. Mentored by Johnny Rivers and Lou... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2012 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom 1 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

5:30pm PDT

No Secrets: Master Session with Carly Simon

The storied music career of 2012 ASCAP Founders Award honoree Carly Simon began in earnest with her solo debut in 1971, which yielded the top-ten hit “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” and earned her the Best New Artist Grammy. Over the next few years her star would rise on the strength of huge singles like “Anticipation,” “Legend in Your Own Time” and especially “You’re So Vain,” which hit #1 on the U.S. pop charts and catapulted Simon to superstardom. Simon’s unflinching, sophisticated songs continued to connect with listeners throughout the 70's – her singles "The Right Thing to Do" and “You Belong to Me” became huge critical and commercial successes. In the 80’s, Simon began a string of contributions to film and TV soundtracks. Her song “Let the River Run” from Working Girl earned her a Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe. And while Simon has never stopped recording new albums and contributing songs to visual media, she’s also branched out into opera (Romulus Hunt), acted in film and TV and written a series of children’s books. In this unique session, Carly Simon will open a window into her songwriting process. In addition to an in-depth conversation on her creative journey, some early demos of her songs will be played and discussed, offering a rare glimpse of the creative evolution of one of the most inspired songwriters of our time.


Panelists
avatar for Carly Simon

Carly Simon

 Carly Simon has an unparalleled career that spans four decades of openhearted storytelling both in song and print. Joining the ranks of the singer-songwriters of the early 1970’s, Simon changed the public’s conception of pop music from teeny-bop to honest, sensitive and intelligent... Read More →

Moderator
avatar for Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

EVP, Membership - ASCAP

Thursday April 19, 2012 5:30pm - 6:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)
 
Friday, April 20
 

9:45am PDT

The Songs That Built Me: Master Session with Allen Shamblin

In 1989, a former real estate appraiser named Allen Shamblin became an overnight songwriting sensation when Randy Travis took his song “He Walked on Water” to the top of the charts. In the two-plus decades since, superstars like Bonnie Raitt, Mark Wills, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert have connected with country fans over and over again with songs written by Shamblin’s golden pen – most notably Lambert’s recording of “The House That Built Me,” which won Song of the Year at the CMA, ACM and ASCAP Country Music Awards, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song. Shamblin hit it big through innate talent, hard work and incredible perseverance. It’s an amazing story, and he’ll tell it in detail during this intimate master session.


Panelists
avatar for Allen Shamblin

Allen Shamblin

 Allen Shamblin was born in Tennessee and grew up in Huffman, Texas, about 30 miles outside of Houston. In August of 1987, Allen moved to Nashville, with 14 completed songs.  His vivid detail and honest, earthy lyrics quickly caught the ear of the Nashville music establishment... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2012 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:45am PDT

The One and Only: Master Session with Greg Wells

From Kid Cudi to Katy Perry, Timbaland to Taylor Swift, the Deftones to the Count Basie Orchestra, there are few points on the music spectrum that haven’t been investigated by Grammy-nominated writer/producer Greg Wells. The one thing that informs all of Wells’s work, no matter the genre, is his musical imagination. Listen to his colorful production on Mika’s Life in Cartoon Motion, or the authentic soul ballad “One and Only” he and Adele co-wrote for her Grammy-winning 21, and you’ll hear the stamp of a studio wizard, as well-trained as he is creative. In addition to performing some of his best-known songs and fielding questions from the audience, Wells will talk about how he has been able to successfully balance artistry with commercialism throughout his diverse career.


Panelists
avatar for Greg Wells

Greg Wells

 Greg Wells is a multiple Grammy nominated musician, record producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. Wells has produced and written with Adele, The All American Rejects, Katy Perry, Weezer, Pink, Theophilus London, Rufus Wainwright, OneRepublic, Mika, Otep, Deftones, Aerosmith... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:45am PDT

Music Magic: The Making of a Hit

Every hit song requires a killer hook, a great vocal performance and a memorable lyric. But there’s also a dash of magic that turns a good song into a smash. The respected urban writer/producers on this panel know what it takes to craft a chart-topping hit from scratch. They’ll share the stories and secrets behind their best-loved songs, and inspire you to create your own hits.


Panelists
avatar for Marcos

Marcos "Kosine" Palacios (Da Internz)

 Chicago’s production duo Da Internz (Ernest 'Tuo' Clark and Marcos Palacios) have produced for many of hip-hop/R&B's heavy hitters such as John Legend, Mims, Greyson Chance, Rihanna and Big Sean. Their songs include: Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake,” Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber’s... Read More →
avatar for Ernest

Ernest "Tuo" Clark (Da Internz)

 Chicago’s production duo Da Internz (Ernest 'Tuo' Clark and Marcos 'Kosine' Palacios) have produced for many of hip-hop/R&B's heavy hitters such as John Legend, Mims, Greyson Chance, Rihanna and Big Sean. Their songs include Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake,” Sean Kingston & Justin... Read More →
avatar for S1 (Symbolyc One)

S1 (Symbolyc One)

 S1, aka Symbolyc One, (born Larry D. Griffin Jr.), grew up in Waco, TX, infatuated with old tunes that played on his parents’ turntable. This led him to learn the alto sax and piano through out his teen years and in church, and eventually led him to venture into the art of production... Read More →
avatar for Shea Taylor

Shea Taylor

 Known for injecting energy into records, Robert “Shea” Taylor has engineered some of the nation’s greatest hits. Hailing from the Garden State, he began planting the seeds for his career at an early age. Bulldozing onto the scene, Shea used the recording studio as his playground... Read More →
avatar for Malik Yusef

Malik Yusef

 Spoken word artist Malik Yusef was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began performing spoken word in open mic venues in the late 1980s, and had his first big break in 1997 when Ted Witcher, director of the film, Love Jones, recognized his poetry and hired him to coach the film's lead... Read More →

Moderator

Friday April 20, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor

11:45am PDT

The Art of Collaboration

Writing with other music creators can yield artistic and financial fruits. In this panel, hit country writers discuss the process of collaboration. They’ll talk about how to balance writing alone versus writing with others, and delve into the psychology and people skills involved. Our panelists will also weigh in on working with recording artists, and what it takes to transition from writing for yourself to writing with - and for - others.


Panelists
avatar for Dave Berg

Dave Berg

Songwriter - “Stupid Boy,” "If You’re Goin’ Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)," "10,” "Somebody” Originally from Portland, OR, Dave Berg has found success in Nashville as a diverse, multi-genre hit songwriter. Berg’s many honors include being named ASCAP's... Read More →
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

 Darrell Brown is a songwriter, arranger and producer who has written hit songs for dozens of recording artists, as well as music for film and television. He has recently co-written songs for country music stars LeAnn Rimes (“Crazy Women”) and Keith Urban (including the Grammy... Read More →
avatar for Deana Carter

Deana Carter

 Deana Carter defied conventional expectations and shot to the top of the country charts upon the release of her 1996 debut, Did I Shave My Legs For This?, melding the popular appeal of country music with folk and a retro-rock edge. The daughter of famed studio guitarist/producer... Read More →
avatar for Chris DeStefano

Chris DeStefano

 Chris DeStefano is a singer/songwriter and record producer working in Los Angeles and Nashville. Published by EMI, his recent writing and/or production credits include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer, and Eli Young Band among many others.  He's recently... Read More →
avatar for JT Harding

JT Harding

 Born an orphan, JT Harding gravitated towards music for as long as he can remember. Endless hours of singing along to the radio and watching MTV convinced him to put together a band and start writing songs. After grinding through the regular rock band regimen of rehearsals and high... Read More →

Moderator
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Songwriter, Producer - "You'll Think of Me,” "Why Don't We Just Dance," "Crazy Women," "Simple Things"     Darrell Brown is a songwriter, arranger and producer who has written hit songs for dozens of recording artists, as well as music for film and television. Recently, he has... Read More →

Friday April 20, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

2:30pm PDT

Don’t Stop the Music: Master Session with Stargate

Through ingenious combinations of pop, hip-hop and R&B, the Grammy-winning songwriting/production team Stargate, composed of Norwegians Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen, has crafted massive hits for some of today's biggest artists. Stargate is a constant fixture on the charts, responsible for a wide range of unstoppable songs including Katy Perry's "Firework,” Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” and Rihanna's "Only Girl (in the World)," “S&M” and “What’s My Name,” as well as songs for Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie and Shakira. The duo has also teamed up with Jay-Z to launch the record label StarRoc, proving that these musical impresarios know their way around the business of music as well. Both Tor and Mikkel are experienced instrumentalists, and the solid musical core they bring to every production is the key to the durability of their music. Adding to that killer beats and great melodies, Stargate works with each artist to create the perfect showcase for the artist's talents and strengths. In this special Master Session, Tor and Mikkel will share the inspiration and craft behind their biggest hits, breaking down how they take a song from a concept to the studio to the top of the charts.


Panelists
avatar for Mikkel Eriksen (Stargate)

Mikkel Eriksen (Stargate)

Through ingenious combinations of pop, hip-hop and R&B, the Grammy-winning songwriting/production team Stargate, composed of Norwegians Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen, has crafted massive hits for some of today's biggest artists. Stargate is a constant fixture on the charts, responsible... Read More →
avatar for Tor Hermansen (Stargate)

Tor Hermansen (Stargate)

Through ingenious combinations of pop, hip-hop and R&B, the Grammy-winning songwriting/production team Stargate, composed of Norwegians Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen, has crafted massive hits for some of today's biggest artists. Stargate is a constant fixture on the charts, responsible... Read More →

Moderator
avatar for Chris Anokute

Chris Anokute

 Mr. Anokute was still a teenager in 2001 when he began his career in music with an internship in the A&R Administration Department at Def Jam Recordings. Soon he was managing songwriter Alisha ‘Mjestie’ Brooks, where he brokered a co-publishing deal for her with Grammy Award... Read More →

Friday April 20, 2012 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor

2:30pm PDT

Poster Child: A Town Hall Meeting with Desmond Child (Presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Desmond Child has written massive, worldwide hits for Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Aerosmith, Bonnie Tyler, KISS, Ricky Martin, Cher, Meat Loaf and countless others. More than 30 years after landing his first major cut, Child is as in-demand as ever – and he’s only grown more versatile. But as anyone that attended one of his master classes at last year’s EXPO can attest, there is much more to what Child does than simply writing great songs. In this provocative master session, Child and his longtime friend and collaborator Darrell Brown – himself a veteran songwriter with numerous #1 pop and country hits under his belt – will discuss the personal, emotional and spiritual dimensions of songwriting in a town hall-style setting.


Panelists
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

 Darrell Brown is a songwriter, arranger and producer who has written hit songs for dozens of recording artists, as well as music for film and television. He has recently co-written songs for country music stars LeAnn Rimes (“Crazy Women”) and Keith Urban (including the Grammy... Read More →
avatar for Desmond Child

Desmond Child

 For nearly three decades, songwriter/producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces. His accolades include Grammy awards, over 70 Top 40 singles, and songs that have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. Child's career has been highlighted... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

4:30pm PDT

Just the Way They Are: Master Session with The Smeezingtons

If you’ve listened to the radio in the last three years, you’re already well-acquainted with the music of songwriting/production team The Smeezingtons. Beginning with Flo Rida’s worldwide smash “Right Round,” the trio of Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars have written and/or produced an unrelenting stream of gigantic songs, culminating in the phenomenal success of Mars’s Doo-Wops and Hooligans album and its three Top 10 singles, one of which – the #1 hit “Just the Way You Are” – won Mars a Grammy and was the 2012 ASCAP Pop Song of the Year. But the Smeezingtons aren’t your garden-variety hitmaking squad. Their production style embraces vintage pop, reggae and soul along with cutting-edge urban and dance music, and they face the unique challenge of balancing their busy docket of projects with Mars’s burgeoning solo career. In this can’t-miss keynote panel, this Grammy-nominated production trio will reveal how they’ve found themselves at the top of the music industry with all their grace, humor and creative sensibilities intact.


Panelists
avatar for Bruno Mars (The Smeezingtons)

Bruno Mars (The Smeezingtons)

 It might seem that Bruno Mars appeared out of nowhere, co-writing, producing and performing on B.o.B's #1 'Nothin' On You,' followed by Travie McCoy's chart-climbing 'Billionaire,' but the multitalented musician is not an overnight success. Born to a musical family in Honolulu... Read More →
avatar for Philip Lawrence (The Smeezingtons)

Philip Lawrence (The Smeezingtons)

 Philip Lawrence is a singer, songwriter and performer who is quickly becoming one of the music industry's most sought after songwriters and producers. Born in a small town in Indiana, Philip moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the recording industry. After years of hard work... Read More →
avatar for Ari Levine (The Smeezingtons)

Ari Levine (The Smeezingtons)

 Ari Levine is a producer and songwriter, and one-third of the production team The Smeezingtons. The team’s hits include 'Just The Way You Are”(Bruno Mars), 'Nothin' On You' (B.o.B), 'F**k You (Forget You)' (Cee Lo Green), 'Billionaire' (Travie McCoy), and more recently “It... Read More →

Moderator
avatar for Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

EVP, Membership - ASCAP

Friday April 20, 2012 4:30pm - 5:45pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor
 
Saturday, April 21
 

11:45am PDT

Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting

ASCAP Nashville’s Ralph Murphy is both a great advocate for songwriters, composers and publishers and a successful songwriter who quite literally wrote the book (Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book) on the art of the hit. Murphy’s workshops are renowned for their insight, honesty and humor. Join Ralph to discover what makes the songs on the chart tick – and how to write one yourself.


Panelists
avatar for Ralph Murphy (ASCAP)

Ralph Murphy (ASCAP)

VP, Membership/International - ASCAPSongwriter – "He Got You," "Half the Way"Author - Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book   Ralph Murphy has been a successful songwriter for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:15pm PDT

Beyond the Heights: Master Session with Lin-Manuel Miranda

ASCAP writer/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda burst into the spotlight with his Tony and Grammy-winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated musical, In the Heights. But anyone who has heard the authentic salsa and hip hop-flavored music for that Broadway smash knows that Miranda’s talents extend far beyond the realm of musical theatre. Miranda will explain how he was able to fuse his love of urban and Latin music with an appreciation for theatre and film to become the versatile writer/composer/rapper/actor that he is today. This will be an inspiring panel for anyone seeking a music career without boundaries.


Panelists
avatar for Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda

 Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway's In the Heights. In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Lin-Manuel receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination... Read More →

Moderator

Saturday April 21, 2012 2:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor
 
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