Aloe Blacc, Desmond Child, Ashley Gorley Announced for ASCAP 'I Create Music' Expo: Exclusive

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Ashley Gorley

The twelfth annual PRO confab hits Los Angeles April 13-15.

Aloe Blacc, Desmond Child, Ashley Gorley, Darrell Brown and ASCAP president Paul Williams are among the 17 hit songwriters and producers announced for the 12th annual  ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, which runs April 13–15 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Expo will also feature sessions with a new generation of songwriters, including: Bibi Bourelly and Deputy who teamed up for Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" (Deputy was also a producer on J.Cole's 2016 4 Your Eyez Only); the production trio Captain Cuts, whose hits include a co-write on Walk The Moon's "Shut Up and Dance;" and Country songwriter Matt Jenkins, whose wrote “Setting the World on Fire,” recorded by Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk.

“We are elated to have some of today’s top songwriters and producers joining us for this year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO,” said Williams in a statement. “Some have been creating music for a long time; others have just enjoyed the success of their first hit song. All will be excited and ready to share their personal experiences and hard-won knowledge with ASCAP EXPO attendees." Williams, a multiple-Grammy and Oscar winning songwriter, will moderate EXPO’s annual legislative panel.

Other panelists include: London-based producer Harmony Samuels (Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5); Ryan Leslie, a Grammy-nominated producer and musician who founded SuperPhone and has produced songs for Britney Spears, Beyonce and New Edition; Brett McLaughlin and Britten Newbill were co-writers on Daya’s 2015 single “Hide Away;" songwriter/producers Matt Rad and Steve James (“In the Name of Love,” Martin Garrix feat. Bebe Rexha); Big Taste (“Company,” Justin Bieber); and Rooty ("Too Little Too Late,"Jojo).

As for the veterans: Blacc attended his first Expo in 2010 and soon after worked with Avicii on their hit "Wake Me Up," which sold over 11 million units worldwide. In 2015's Expo Blacc interviewed the legendary Bill Withers; Child has written over seventy Top 40 singles, including Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer," Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like A Lady," Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" and more recently Zedd's "Beautiful Now." Nashville's Gorley has worked with Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean among others and has penned thirty No 1 songs; and Darrell Brown is a Grammy award winner who has written with Keith Urban, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and Neil Young.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has some 600,000 members and represents more than 10 million copyrighted works. It is owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

For more info on this year's Expo click here.