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ASCAP Adds 32 Top Panelists To “I Create Music” Expo

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comASCAP’s songwriter and artists conference “I Create Music” has added 32 additional panelists – including some big names – to their 2017 edition in LA April 13-15.


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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.

Click here for more information on the ASCAP EXPO and to register for this year’s conference.

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