Why We Create Music.

Ne-Yo, Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc and More Discuss Creating Music and Collaborate on Video’s Score

April 20, 2017



ASCAP hit its 100-year milestone in 2014. For more than an entire century now, the leading US performing rights organization has made it possible for American songwriters, composers and music publishers, who create the music the world loves, to thrive alongside the businesses that use their work. The site (http://ASCAP100.com) features an interactive timeline of ASCAP's rich history and additional interviews with each of the 15 ASCAP members featured in this film.

ASCAP's commissioned short film "Why We Create Music" celebrates the organization's 100-year history by providing a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of a veritable who's-who of today's top songwriters and composers. Combining footage from more than 10 separate film shoots around the country with 15 ASCAP members, the film explores the meaning and power of music as expressed by the music creators themselves. In addition, from shoot to shoot an unprecedented collaborative musical composition was built as each participant added their own musical "voice" to the score. A companion song, "More Than The Stars," which has its own music video and features lyrics by Ne-Yo, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Dan Wilson and Claudia Brant. A preview of "More Than The Stars" can be heard in the end credits of the "Why We Create Music" film.

CREATED BY:

Already Alive
http://alreadyalive.com

COMMISSIONED BY:
ASCAP
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

The film features ASCAP songwriters and composers recognized by GRAMMYs, OSCARs, EMMYs, DOVE Awards and Pulitzer Prizes:

ALOE BLACC
Acclaimed soul singer-songwriter behind "I Need a Dollar" and Avicii's international hit "Wake Me Up"

CLAUDIA BRANT
Latin GRAMMY-winning songwriter for Song of the Year

CARTER BURWELL
OSCAR-nominated film composer renowned for scoring The Coen Brothers films

AMY GRANT
GRAMMY and DOVE Award-winning and best-selling contemporary Christian singer-songwriter ever

JOSH KEAR
Four-time GRAMMY-winning country pop songwriter, including Song of the Year, and 2013 ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year

SAVAN KOTECHA
Hit pop songwriter for Britney Spears, Usher, One Direction, and Maroon 5, as well as vocal producer on The X Factor

DAVID LANG
Pulitzer Prize-winning concert music composer and Bang on a Can co-founder

CHARLES KELLEY and DAVE HAYWOOD of LADY ANTEBELLUM
Seven-time GRAMMY-winning country pop singer-songwriters and Song and Record of the Year winners

BEAR McCREARY
EMMY-winning composer known for his work on The Walking Dead

NE-YO
Three-time GRAMMY-winning R&B singer-songwriter

STARGATE (TOR HERMANSEN & MIKKEL ERIKSEN)
GRAMMY-winning record producing and songwriting duo behind pop hits for Ne-Yo, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Rihanna and others

DAN WILSON
GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter-producer of Adele's "Someone Like You" and "Closing Time" with his band Semisonic

BILL WITHERS
Legendary and GRAMMY-winning R&B singer-songwriter of "Lean On Me," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Just The Two of Us"

ADDITIONAL MUSIC BY:

Michael Marantz
Kamau Agyeman

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Nightbird Studios, House of Rock, Nashville's Sound Image, Michael Franti & Guerrilla Management, The Fonda Theatre and all of the ASCAP members that opened up their homes to us for filming

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