Seventeen hit songwriters and producers from all music genres will be among those who take the stage at this year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. Now in its 12th year, ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO takes place April 13 – 15 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. It is one of the largest conferences for songwriters, composers, artists and producers. Last year’s conference was the most well attended in EXPO history, attracting 3,000 participants from up-and-comers to Grammy winners.
“We are elated to have some of today’s top songwriters and producers joining us for this year’s ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ EXPO,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “Some have been creating music for a long time; others have just enjoyed the success of their first hit song. All will be excited and ready to share their personal experiences and hard-won knowledge with ASCAP EXPO attendees.” Williams, winner of three Grammys and an Oscar, will moderate the EXPO’s annual legislative panel and will provide EXPO attendees with wisdom from his 50-year songwriting career.
Songwriter-artist Aloe Blacc and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child join a list of songwriters and producers who will be on hand for this year’s EXPO. Blacc attended his first EXPO in 2010 and has cited it as a profoundly inspirational experience in the early stages of his career. Shortly after, he teamed up with Avicii for the breakout hit "Wake Me Up," which sold over 11 million units worldwide and is certified Platinum in 15 countries. Blacc also interviewed Bill Withers on the EXPO stage in 2015. Desmond Child has penned over 70 Top 40 singles throughout his career, working with the likes of Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, KISS and Cher. His credits include iconic hits of the 20th century: "Livin' On A Prayer," "Dude Looks Like A Lady" and "Livin' La Vida Loca." Child's work also includes the pop charts, with hits for Katy Perry and Selena Gomez, and last year, he celebrated his fifth decade of No. 1 hits with Zedd's "Beautiful Now."
Hit Nashville songwriter Ashley Gorley will lead an EXPO session. Gorley has penned 30 No. 1 songs, working with Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean, among other country luminaries. He is the recipient of four ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year awards and was named the 2016 Billboard Hot Country Songwriter of the Year.
Songwriter, arranger and producer Darrell Brown returns to the EXPO for his popular all-day Multi-Genre Song Feedback Sessions. Brown is a Grammy award winner who has written with Keith Urban, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and Neil Young.
Bibi Bourelly and Deputy lead the next generation of hit songwriters at the 2017 “I Create Music” EXPO. The pair teamed up for Rihanna's "B**** Better Have My Money," writing and producing the hit respectively. Bourelly also wrote for Rihanna's Anti, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Deputy served as a producer on J.Cole's 2016 record 4 Your Eyez Only, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as well. Joining them are production trio Captain Cuts, who have co-written two No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Alternative Music charts and last year won the ASCAP Pop Music Song of the Year Award for Walk The Moon's "Shut Up and Dance."
Country songwriter Matt Jenkins has earned four chart-topping hits, including the recent No. 1 singles “Setting the World on Fire,” recorded by Kenny Chesney featuring Pink, and “Song for Another Time,” recorded by Old Dominion.
The EXPO has also confirmed London-based producer Harmony Samuels (Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5) will join as a panelist, along with Ryan Leslie, a Grammy-nominated producer and musician who founded SuperPhone last year, a communication tool that allows fans to text directly with their favorite artists. Leslie has produced songs for Britney Spears, Beyoncé, New Edition, and was the architect behind Cassie's "Me&U," a No. 1 R&B single that also reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006.
The remaining panelists represent bright, young stars: Brett McLaughlin and Britten Newbill were co-writers on Daya’s 2015 single “Hide Away,” which reached No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The EXPO also welcomes songwriter/producers Matt Rad and Steve James (“In the Name of Love,” Martin Garrix feat. Bebe Rexha), Big Taste (“Company,” Justin Bieber) and Rooty ("Too Little Too Late," Jojo).
Throughout the three-day ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, participants can attend creative and business-focused panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, one-on-one sessions, networking events, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations and performances. The ASCAP EXPO provides music creators with experience, knowledge, tools, connections and a community of support and guidance.
For more information and to register for this year’s conference, visit ascap.com/expo.