Songwriters with Nashville ties were among those showcasing their talents during ASCAP’s three-day “I Create Music” Expo, held April 28-30 in Los Angeles.
Desmond Child, Brett James, Kevin Kadish, Chris DeStefano, Audra Mae, and more were on hand for the event.
The expo closed out Saturday afternoon with The Writers Jam, featuring LaShawn Daniels (Lady Gaga’s “Telephone;” Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name”), Chris DeStefano (Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night”), Audra Mae (Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song,” Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon”) and Priscilla Renea (Pitbull & Kesha’s “Timber”) telling stories and performing some of their own songs.
Renea also delivered a master session designed to motivate aspiring songwriters, urging them to remember they are the CEO of their own business. Later, multi-platinum recording artists and songwriters Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo shared advice from their lives in music and gave the EXPO audience an impromptu performance of a few verses of “We Belong,” with Giraldo on piano.
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