My first thank you has to go jointly to Rick Busby (Singer-Songwriter, ASG President) and Lee Duffy (Singer-Songwriter, ASG Executive Director). The Symposium was my first time meeting them both, and it was truly a pleasure. I watched them work tirelessly behind the scenes, as well as present on panels and perform in showcases. Their efforts were greatly appreciated! Check out the ASG website.
The focus I had going into those industry panels, songwriting and performance workshops, and mentor sessions was like a throw back to my medical school self: intensely acquiring knowledge like someone’s life depended on it! 🙂 I learned a great deal in all of the sessions, but the workshop leaders that I wanted to give a special thanks to, are Chuck Cannon and Matthew Santos.
If you are ever at a music or songwriter conference and Chuck Cannon is presenting… run, don’t walk to attend! He’s such a gifted songwriter and engaging performer, and I learned a great deal from him about songwriting as an art.
Matthew Santos, who you may know from his collaborations with Grammy-Award winning hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, is an amazing talent! I enjoyed his songwriting and performance sessions (he brought cool music tech-toys) and the song circles he participated in.
Other special mentions from the sessions I attended are: Chris Oglesby (music publisher); Marvin Dykhuis (singer-songwriter, producer and amazing guitarist); Debby Throckmorton (singer-songwriter, performance coach); Danny Wells (singer-songwriter, producer); Jim Photoglo (singer-songwriter); Sonny Throckmorton (singer-songwriter): Kimmie Rhodes (singer-songwriter); Mike Tolleson (entertainment attorney); Robert Cross (KUT/KTX Radio); Kevin Benz (CultureMapATX); John Mullins (SESAC); and Valerie Femin (Valerie Fremin Photography).
It was wonderful to be around so many positive, like-minded, creative people! I can honestly say I left the Songwriters Symposium inspired and energized. Looking forward to future ASG events!