Panelists just announced for the 2017 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO include Grammy winners, tastemaker A&R executives and multi-platinum hit-makers.
Now in its 12th year, the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO includes opportunities for songwriters and producers to network, collaborate and recieve mentorship from a diverse array of industry leaders. Throughout the three-day EXPO, ASCAP will offer panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes and one-on-one sessions to the 3,000-plus participants from across the globe.
Songwriters, producers, artists, executives, composers and authors added to the lineup include:
- Brian Kennedy: four-time GRAMMY-winner who’s collaborated with Rihanna for a decade, including on her #1 hit “Disturbia” and her most recent record ‘Anti.’
- Malik Yusef: six-time GRAMMY-winning songwriter credited on Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ and Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade.’
- Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd: writer of eight songs on Justin Bieber’s triple-platinum ‘Purpose,’ including the Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit “What Do You Mean?”
- Sam Hollander: co-writer of Fitz and the Tantrum’s smash single “HandClap,” along with 4 songs on the Grammy-nominated Panic at the Disco album, one of the top 5 selling albums of 2016. Hollander has produced for major artists such as One Direction, Katy Perry, Train, Daughtry, The Fray, Carole King and Weezer.
- Dave Bassett: writer of two of 2015’s most prominent breakout hits, Rachel Platten’s triple-platinum “Fight Song” and Elle King’s #1 Adult Top 40 hit “Ex’s and Oh’s.”
- Greg Wells: musician, producer and songwriter whose songs have appeared on more than 85 million albums sold. Wells has worked with Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Adele, Twenty One Pilots and more.
- Dave Pirner: principal songwriter for the band Soul Asylum, including their Grammy-winning hit single, “Runaway Train.”
- Eric Bazilian: founding member of The Hooters and writer of Joan Osborne’s “One Of Us.”
- Mark Hudson: producer who has worked with Cher, Ringo Starr and Aerosmith.
- Shawn Barron: Vice President of Urban A&R for Atlantic Records, discovered Drake on MySpace and signed him to his first recording contract in 2007.
- Tommy Brown: writer of seven tracks on Ariana Grande’s platinum-certified ‘Dangerous Woman.’
- Geoff Zanelli: Emmy-award winning film composer and frequent Steven Spielberg collaborator.
- THEY.: up-and-coming R&B duo that meld diverse influences like Babyface, New Edition, Taking back Sunday and Kurt Cobain. Released their debut album “Nu Religion: HYENA” in February.
- Vincent Berry: ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO alum who co-wrote Beyonce’s Grammy-nominated hit, “Sandcastles.”
Additional panelists are listed in alphabetical order:
- Jean Baptiste: songwriter for the Black Eyed Peas and Madonna.
- Lesley Barber: composer for Oscar-winning film ‘Manchester By The Sea.’
- Paul Brill: International Documentary Award-winning composer.
- Dae Dae: 300 Entertainment recording artist who scored a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Rap charts with “What U Mean.”
- DallasK: DJ and record producer who has collaborated with Tiesto and Hardwell.
- The Futuristics: songwriting and production duo who have worked with Halsey and Bruno Mars
- Fran Hall: songwriter for Britney Spears and Selena Gomez.
- Rob Hyman: co-writer of Cyndi Lauper’s #1 hit “Time After Time.”
- Ism: producer who has worked with Chief Keef and Wiz Khalifa.
- Danny Jacob: composed film scores for Shrek, Antz, Phineas and Ferb.
- Gary Leon: A&R Manager for Atlantic Records’ Urban division.
- Menace: Producer for Desiigner’s hit single, “Panda.”
- Nez & Rio: production duo who have collaborated with A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q.
- Carly Paradis – composer and pianist who has worked on television programs including BBC’s “Line of Duty,” ITV’s “Prime Suspect” and more.
- Justin Rhodes: music business professor, hip-hop producer and author of the production handbook “These Beats Ain’t Free.”
Previously announced panelists include platinum-selling recording artist Aloe Blacc, Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child, Four-time ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley, GRAMMY-winner Darrell Brown and more.