ASCAP’s Second “She Is The Music” Song Camp Brings Together Top Women Latin Music Creators in Miami
By Erik Philbrook, ASCAP Editor in Chief, and Kate Cordova, Associate Director of Social Media • October 4, 2019
Natti Natasha, Maria Elisa Averbe, Sky Monroe, Gale, Elena Rose, Suzy Shinn, Shari Short and Ali Stone join forces at Marc Anthony’s studio
If the future is female, it’s going to have a great soundtrack. That’s because the ASCAP Latino “She Is The Music” Song Camp, which took place from September 30 – October 3 in Miami, FL at Marc Anthony’s studio, brought together an incredible group of acclaimed women music creators for three days of collaboration, and is sure to result in some exciting new works. This installment of the all-woman writing series was funded by The ASCAP Foundation in partnership with W Hotels Worldwide and hosted by Anthony’s MAGNUS Media.
Participants at the ASCAP Latino Song Camp included rising Latin music star Natti Natasha, Grammy-nominated songwriter, audio engineer and producer Maria Elisa Ayerbe (J.Lo, Ricky Martin, Il Divo), singer-songwriter and producer Sky Monroe, singer-songwriter and actress Gale (Farina, Sebastián Yatra, David Bisbal), artist-songwriter Elena Rose (Becky G, MYA), two-time Grammy-nominated recording engineer, songwriter and producer Suzy Shinn (Sia, Dua Lipa, Panic! At the Disco, Weezer), singer-songwriter Shari Short (Miley Cyrus, Gente de Zona) and producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ali Stone (David Guetta, Camila Cabello, Mario Bautista).
The Song Camp is one of three tentpole initiatives of She Is The Music (SITM), a global nonprofit organization working to increase opportunity and drive equality for women working in the music industry. In addition to the all-female Song Camps, SITM aims to provide a global database of women creators and industry professionals, and establish a mentorship program to develop the next generation of women in music. SITM’s cofounders are global superstar Alicia Keys, Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson, Grammy award-winning engineer Ann Mincieli and WME partner and head of East Coast Music Samantha Kirby.
On the eve of the She Is the Music Song Camp, W Miami (of W Hotels Worldwide) hosted an intimate evening with female power players and local movers and shakers in the music industry with their signature speaker series, “What She Said.” The series was created by W Hotels to empower individuality, inclusivity and honesty for women around the world.
The panel included Song Camp participants Maria Elisa Ayerbe, GALE, Suzy Shinn, Shari Short and Ali Stone, and was moderated by Pamela Bustios, Latin Charts Manager for Billboard. ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams addressed the audience as well.
The women shared many pearls of wisdom throughout the session. “Melody, lyrics, production, everything has to come together,” said Short on the panel. “It takes a team to make a song go global.” Gale said “The song has to resonate with you” and Stone offered the advice that “authenticity is really important when creating a song.”
Following the panel, guests vibed to beats by DJ Leah Chisolm, an ASCAP member and W Hotels' North America Music Director.
After three days of writing, recording and mixing at Anthony’s studio, the camp wrapped-up with a listening party where all participants shared the results of their collaborations, celebrated their creative success and some made plans to keep working together in the future.
Reflecting on her experience at the camp, Natti Natasha said, “When women collaborate with each other, we can create a universe. I am thrilled to be a part of the ASCAP Latino 'She Is The Music' Song Camp.”
The “She Is The Music” Song Camp, along with ASCAP’s other song camps, collectively spanning music genres including pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B and Latin, have a proven record of successful song creation and development. Hit songs born at ASCAP’s song camps include “Somethin’ Bad,” written by Priscilla Renea, Brett James and Chris DeStefano, which was recorded by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. The Grammy-nominated track was licensed by NBC as the theme for NBC Sunday Night Football. ASCAP song camp songs have been recorded by a who’s who of artists including Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Mika, Plain White T’s, Icona Pop and Latin artist María Parrado. Recent releases include "Yo Te Crei" by Ulices Chaidez and "Antes y Después De Ti" by T3r Elemento. Two other singles, “Tu Mundo Cambio” by Milly Quezada (The Queen of Merengue) and “Loca” by Judy Santos (female vocalist from Aventura’s hit “Obsesión”) are set for release this fall.