ASCAP Song Camp Returns to Château Marouatte for a Sixth Year

October 17, 2016

Sometimes, inspiration hits in the middle of nowhere… other times, it needs a little hand.  That’s why ASCAP has made the incredible Château Marouatte a creative oasis for some of its top songwriters once a year. Owned by famed music industry executive Miles Copeland, founder of IRS Records, the Château is a 14th century castle in the Dordogne region of Perigord, France, that has now been host to six ASCAP Song Camps.  


From September 20 - 28, ASCAP brought a select group of songwriters together in this peaceful, majestic setting.  They broke down into small teams and met, round robin style, to write, record and produce new songs every day.  At the end of the week, each writer had a minimum of 6 professional-grade demos for consideration of the attending artists' upcoming records, or even to pitch to other artists.


This year’s ASCAP Song Camp writers spanned genres and several countries and included: Louis Baker, Andrew Cedar, Joy Crookes, DallasK, Deputy, Chris DeStefano, Morgan Evans, Rachel Furner, Alex Hope, Brett James, James TW, Noah Kahan, Stephen Kozmeniuk,  Audra Mae, Brett McLaughlin, Grace Mitchell, Poo Bear and Emily Warren.


The Château Marouatte Song Camp in 2012 produced "Somethin' Bad," a #1 country hit for Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, written by Chris DeStefano, Brett James and Priscilla Renea. The song was recently selected as the theme for NBC Sunday Night Football for the next three years. Many other songs from the camp have been cut by numerous recording artists:


  • “Show Me What You Got” (Dylan Gardner, Brett James, Matt  Radosevic, 2015), “The Way it Goes” (Dylan Gardner, Jackson Morgan, Rory Andrew, 2015) and “I Want It Like That,” (Dylan Gardner, Ashley Gorley, Scott Effman, 2015), recorded by Dylan Gardner for his upcoming Warner Bros. release

  • “Two Different Things” (Ashley Gorley, Matt Rad, 2015) and “Confessional” (Ashley Gorley, Rory Andrew, 2015) recorded by Cousin Marnie for her upcoming debut on Epic

  • "Sheri" (Giovanni James, Sharon Vaughn, Brian Kennedy, 2014) released by Giovanni James as a single earlier this year

  • "Love Song To The World" (Peter Wade, Brett James, Giovanni James, 2014) was cut by Australian artist Clairy Browne (Vanguard Records)

  • "Had a Few," "Good For You,” "A Taken Man" - confirmed for Ashley Campbell's upcoming record (Written with Mike Daly & Chris DeStefano, Autumn Rowe & Brian Kennedy, John Fortis & Sharon Vaughn, respectively in 2014)

  • "Take You High" - recorded by Kelly Clarkson on Piece by Piece (Written by MoZella / Jesse Shatkin in 2013)

  • "All Day Everyday" - recorded by Eden XO for her upcoming record (Written by Eden XO, Jesse Shatkin and MoZella, 2013)

  • "Carry Your Throne" - recorded by Jon Bellion for Definition (Written by Jon Bellion and Chris DeStefano in 2013)

  • "In My City" - recorded by Ellie Goulding on the deluxe edition of Halcyon (Written by Billboard, Ellie Goulding, Talay Riley in 2011)

  • "Step With Me" - recorded by Mika on The Origin of Love (Written by Billboard, Hillary Lindsey, Mika in 2011)

  • "Should've Gone to Bed" - first single from Plain White T's Should’ve Gone to Bed EP (Written by Julian Emery, Tom Higgenson, Hillary Lindsey in 2012)

  • "Heartbreak Heard Around the World" - Jacob Latimore’s first single (Written by Johntá Austin, Martin Johnson, Shea Taylor in 2011)


Sponsors Taylor Guitars, PRS Guitars and Sonodyne generously donated gear used throughout the retreat.