In Pictures: ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo 2016

ASCAP Creative Director Beth Brinker (L) and songwriter Ashley Gorley attend the 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for ASCAP

ASCAP Creative Director Beth Brinker (L) and songwriter Ashley Gorley attend the 2016 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for ASCAP

Pictured (L-R): Singer-songwriter Rob Thomas, musician Desmond Child, singer Suzanne Vega, singer-songwriter Brian McKnight, songwriters Brett James and Kevin Kadish attend the 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

Pictured (L-R): Songwriters Rob Thomas, Desmond Child, Suzanne Vega, Brian McKnight, Brett James and Kevin Kadish. Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

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 JamesKevin Kadish, Chris DeStefano, Audra Mae, and more were on hand for the event.

Pictured (L-R): ASCAP Pop/Rock VP Marc Emert-Hunter, singer Pat Benatar, musician Neil Giraldo and ASCAP Membership EVP John Titta attend the 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

Pictured (L-R): Marc Emert-Hunter, VP, ASCAP Pop/Rock; musicians Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo; John Titta, Exec. VP, ASCAP Membership. Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

Pictured (L-R): Songwriter Bonnie Baker; Cornman Music GM & VP, Creative, Nate Lowery; Black River Entertainment Creative Director Dave Pacula; Songwriter Forest Glen Whitehead speak during the 'This Is Country Music' panel, part of the 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for ASCAP

Pictured (L-R): Songwriter Bonnie Baker; Cornman Music GM & VP, Creative, Nate Lowery; Black River Entertainment Creative Director Dave Pacula; Songwriter Forest Glen Whitehead speak during the ‘This Is Country Music’ panel, part of the 2016 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for ASCAP

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.

Pictured (L-R): Songwriters Brett James, Priscilla Renea and Chris DeStefano speak onstage during the ASCAP Annual Membership Meeting and ASCAP EXPO on April 28. Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

Pictured (L-R): Songwriters Brett James, Priscilla Renea and Chris DeStefano sing at the ASCAP Annual Membership Meeting and ASCAP EXPO. Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

Pictured: Singer-songwriters Charles Kelley (L) and Rob Thomas attend the 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

Pictured: Singer-songwriters Charles Kelley (L) and Rob Thomas attend the 2016 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

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