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Thursday, April 13 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
My First Hit Song

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There’s nothing like your first hit song. At long last, all those years of hard work, honing your craft and building your network, finally translates into a charting song. But far from being an endpoint, that first hit is just the beginning of your journey as a professional songwriter. In this informative panel you’ll hear from an eclectic group of hitmakers about how they got their first taste of songwriting success - and what they did to ensure it wasn’t their last.

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Maura Duval

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, ASCAP

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"Party" (Chris Brown), "My Song" (Ty Dolla $ign), "Brand New" (Wiz Khalifa), Producer/Songwriter
Ishmael Sadique Montague known professionally as ISM, is an American record producer and songwriter from Raleigh, NC. In 2016 Instead of attending university where he applied and was accepted, ISM booked a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, California. where he began working with his manager and music label executives at Atlantic Records. Within a year of working, he got his first major album placement with Ty Dolla $ign’s “My Song... Read More →
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Brett McLaughlin

Singer, Songwriter
Singer, Songwriter - "Hideaway," "Youth," "Vowels" | | Brett McLaughlin, known professionally as Leland, is a multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Based in Los Angeles, Brett has written such songs as “Hide Away” for Daya, “Youth” for Troye Sivan, and “Vowels” for Capital Cities. Other artists Brett has worked with include Selena Gomez, Andy Grammer, Rachel Platten, and Hilary Duff... Read More →
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Britten Newbill

Songwriter - "Hide Away," "Sit Still Look Pretty" | | Los Angeles based Britten Newbill's songwriting career launched with a co-write/cut for John Legend's massive 3rd album, Evolver. He's found a knack for connecting with great artists early, since then he's been heavily involved with co-writes for JOHNNYSWIM starting with their very first EP through their most recent album, Georica Pond (6 cuts), released October 2016. Britten's Nashville... Read More →
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Singer, Songwriter, "In The Name of Love," "Too Little Too Late," "Work Bitch," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
Singer, Songwriter - "In The Name of Love," "Too Little Too Late," "Work Bitch," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" | With a powerhouse voice and a whole lot of soul, Ireland-born and Los Angeles-based Rooty found the missing link between gritty nineties R&B a la Lauryn Hill and seventies songwriter storytelling reminiscent of Carole King. The musical journey of artist, songwriter, and performer Ruth-Anne Cunningham has been marked by... Read More →

Thursday April 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Hollywood Ballroom A-B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

Attendees (180)