The ASCAP Foundation Hosts Songwriting Event At Library Of Congress

Pictured (L-R): Savan Kotecha, ASCAP President Paul Williams, Priscilla Renea, Brett James, MoZella, Brian McKnight, ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta, Desmond Child, ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews, Randy Goodrum.

Pictured (L-R): Savan Kotecha, ASCAP President Paul Williams, Priscilla Renea, Brett James, MoZella, Brian McKnight, ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta, Desmond Child, ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews, Randy Goodrum.

The ASCAP Foundation and the Library of Congress jointly held the eighth annual We Write The Songs event at the Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (May 17).

As part of this event, ASCAP songwriters including Desmond Child (“Livin’ on a Prayer”); Randy Goodrum (“Bluer Than Blue”); Jennifer Higdon (“Our Beautiful Country” from Cold Mountain); Brett James (“Something in the Water”); Brian McKnight (“Back at One”); Monica (“Before You Walked Out of My Life”); MoZella (“Wrecking Ball”); and Priscilla Renea (“Somethin’ Bad”) donated manuscripts and lyric sheets to the library.

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams gave opening remarks, saying: “This evening is our way to say ‘thank you’ to our many many friends in Congress on both sides of the aisle. It’s a great honor to stand in front of you and recognize the one word we’re here to protect—copyright. Behind every composition is a story of how it came to be written. You’ll be hearing about that process tonight from the creators themselves.”

Co-writers Priscilla Renea and Brett James perform their hit "Somethin' Bad," recorded by Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert

Co-writers Priscilla Renea and Brett James perform their hit “Somethin’ Bad,” recorded by Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert

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