ASCAP’s “I Create Music Expo” To Highlight Nashville Songwriters

ASCAP’s 12th annual “I Create Music” EXPO will feature several Nashville-based songwriters and producers, including Desmond Child, Ashley Gorley, Darrell Brown and Matt Jenkins. This year’s conference takes place April 13-15 at the Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

Gorley, who has penned 30 No. 1 songs and is the recipient of four ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year Awards, will lead an EXPO session at the 2017 conference.

Brown returns to the EXPO for his popular multi-genre song feedback sessions. Brown has written with Keith Urban, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and Neil Young.

Child will be in conversation with R&B star Aloe Blacc in one of the conference’s marquee events. Child has penned over 70 Top 40 singles throughout his career, working with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, KISS and Cher. His credits include some of the most iconic hits of the 20th century: “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” Last year, he celebrated his fifth decade of No. 1 hits with Zedd’s “Beautiful Now.”

Jenkins will serve as a panelist this year. Jenkins has earned four chart-topping hits, including the recent No. 1 singles “Setting the World on Fire,” recorded by Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk, and “Song for Another Time,” recorded by Old Dominion.


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