POP Awards and ASCAP Expo

It was an exciting week for music last week here in Hollywood! Wednesday April 18th was the ASCAP Pop Awards at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel where the writers and performers of the last year’s top Pop songs were honored. I had the opportunity to work the event as an escort for the red carpet. Basically this meant that I would walk the red carpet with attendees and let the press know who was coming up.

 

My first trip down the red carpet was with Grammy Award Winning songwriter and performer Dan Wilson. Some of you might recognize him from his days as a member of the band Semisonic – and for writing their hit song, “Closing Time.” Most recently he won Grammys for co-writing and producing the song “Someone Like You” with/for Adele. Here is a link of his acoustic version of the song! I did get a little video of him singing it at the award ceremony but not a long enough clip to post myself.

 

In the forefront of this picture is Peter Frampton being interviewed, with Dan Wilson just behind him. Not two seconds after I took this photo Jane Fonda made her way down the carpet and I was standing between three insanely talented and successful individuals. I loved that moment 🙂

Here is the beautiful Katy Perry walking the red carpet! Her song “Firework” was honored that night.

The Expo itself was filled with great panel discussions on songwriting, music as a business, marketing, touring and more. Some of the highlights for me was getting to hear Carly Simon speak (she received the lifetime achievement awards at the Pop Awards), bumping in to Eric Bazillion and watching The Smeezingtons (Bruno Mars, Phillip Lawrence and Ari Levine) entertain the crowd of songwriters and artists. Here is a small clip of those shenanigans 🙂

 

But my FAVORITE part as always is hearing from the songwriters behind the hits – people whose names or faces you might not recognize but whose work is the soundtrack of your life. People like Sam Hollander (Train’s “Marry Me”, Toby Gad (Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”), Brian Kennady (Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All”), JT Harding (Kenny Chesney’s “Somewhere With You”), Chris DiStefano (Jana Kramer’s “Why You Wanna”) and so many more.
As usual, it was an inspiring and insightful three days and I am so glad to have been a part of it! Thank you so much to ASCAP for always providing their members with excellent resources for furthering our careers!

 

(Read up on what ASCAP is doing to help secure copyright and intellectual property laws for creators and songwriters like myself!)

This is a photo of me and my good friend Tiffany Gilman on the red carpet last Wednesday. Such a fun event! Thanks to Bobbi Marcus PR for having me!

This last photo is me with two awesome songwriters and friends of mine, Jill Krachmer and Elyse Haren. We realized it had been exactly one year since we met and became friends (at last year’s Expo) so we cheesed up the photo a bit. But hey, it was a big deal for me meeting fabulous women who would become a few of my best friends in my new home!

I hope you enjoyed this little taste of Expo week in Hollywood – I’ll be checking in again soon!

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