Backbeat: Eight Great Female Writers, 20 Hits Delivered At ASCAP's L.A.'s Song Camp
At Woodshed Recording Studio, standing, from the left: ASCAP's VP of pop membership Sue Drew, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Debi Nova, Natalia Lafourcade, Erika Nuri, Claudia Brant, Lena, Deana Carter, ASCAP's Sr. director for the West Coast Latin Department Gabriela Gonzalez. Kneeling, from left: ASCAP's Associate director of R&S membership Brandon Kitchen, ASCAP's Director of Latin membership Karl Avanzini, Jonatha Brooke and ASCAP's Senior director R&S membership Jay Sloan.
ASCAP brought together eight women songwriters from Latin, country, pop and R&B to its first "Women Without Borders
Song Camp," which took place Oct. 17 to 21 at Woodshed Recording Studio in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Gibson and Casio, the musical powwow was hosted by Claudia Brant and featured guests Jonatha Brooke,
Deana Carter,Crystal Nicole, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Natalia Lafourcade, Debi Nova and Erika Nuri.
The composers worked together in groups of two and three, penning songs and then actually recording them in the studio. "We compiled information on who was seriously looking for songs and we put together composers in groups of two and three," said Gabriela Gonzelz, senior director for ASCAP's West Coast Latin Department. "In the end, we got great songs, in English and Spanish."
The camp yielded some 20 songs that will be sent to all publishers.
Natalia Lafourcade and Claudia Brant ponder possibilities by the keyboard.
Erika Nuri and Debi Nova write on guitar and laptop.
It's true cross-pollination between Jonatha Brooke and Lena Burke.