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Thursday, April 13 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
'We Create Music' (Presented by Billboard)

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Whether you craft beats or lyrics, whether your music was intended for a rock club or a TV screen, there’s something that all music creators have in common. This panel brings together some of the most respected songwriters and composers working today to uncover the universal truths that bind them all together. They’ll reveal how they were able to set themselves apart in the music industry - the sacrifices they made, the challenges they overcame, and that creative spark that kept them going. You’ll gain valuable insight and inspiration from each of these master music makers, and learn what it takes to maintain a fulfilling career in the long term.

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Melinda Newman

Melinda Newman has covered culture and entertainment for more than 20 years for Billboard, Rolling Stone, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Variety, Christian Science Monitor, and Entrepreneur, among others. She has reported from Mali, Peru, Lebanon, Poland, and other corners of the world, but her favorite location is in the front of the pit at a Bruce Springsteen concert.

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Jeff Cardoni

Silicon Valley (HBO), Training Day (CBS), Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates (Fox), Girlboss (Netflix), Film/TV Composer - "Silicon Valley," "CSI:Miami," "Training Day"
Film/TV Composer - "Silicon Valley," "CSI:Miami," "Training Day" | | Jeff Cardoni’s talents range from intimate independent fare to full orchestral majesty. With over 40 feature film scores and several network series to his credit, one can hear his work worldwide every day. His unique ability to cross genres has made him a power- ful player in the film composing industry.Jeff originally studied classical piano, while playing percussion in... Read More →
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James Fauntleroy

Singer, Songwriter
Singer, Songwriter | | James Edward Fauntleroy II is a Grammy Award winning singer (of No ID-helmed band Cocaine80s), songwriter and member of band/production group 1500 or Nothin’ from Inglewood, California. I could tell you he co-wrote half of Chris Brown’s 2nd album Exclusive, half of Rihanna's 4th album Rated... Read More →
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Ashley Gorley

Songwriter - "Dirty Laundry," "Heartbeat," "T-Shirt," "You Should Be Here" | Ashley Gorley has written thirty #1 singles and has over 250 songs recorded by artists such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and Darius Rucker. Gorley was named ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2009, as well as Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and 2016. He was... Read More →
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Sam Hollander

Writer, Producer
Writer, Producer - "Voice In a Dream," "Sing," "HandClap" | Sam Hollander is one of the most talented and diverse writers and producers in the game. He has had multi-platinum success writing and producing for major artists such as One Direction, Katy Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, Train, Daughtry, The Fray, Carole King, Panic! At The Disco, Weezer, and Gym Class Heroes, among others, and has had his work featured in iconic films and television... Read More →
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Dave Pirner

Songwriter, Singer, Producer
Songwriter, Singer, Producer - "Say What You Will," "Made to Be Broken," and "While You Were Out" | | Dave Pirner is an American songwriter, singer, producer, and lead vocalist/frontman for alternative rock band Soul Asylum. Soul Asylum has been inspiring an incredible level of passion for their music since 1981, when the band, initially known as Loud Fast Rules, formed in Minneapolis. The band's raucous live sets and early releases on the... Read More →


Thursday April 13, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Dolby Ballroom 1-2-3 5th Floor

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