FIFTEEN YEARS OF BEING QUIET: ASCAP'S VENERABLE SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE MARKS A MILESTONE AT L.A.'S HOTEL CAFE

Desmond Child, Rick Nowels, Vonda Shepard, Billy Steinberg,
Judith Owen, Jill Sobule and Dan Bern Among the Artists to Appear

Los Angeles, CA, October 25, 2006: Quiet On The Set, ASCAP's popular and long-running singer/songwriter showcase, celebrates its 15th anniversary with "15 Years Of Being Quiet," a three-night residency at L.A.'s Hotel Cafe ( 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd), November 6 (7:30 p.m.), November 20 and December 4 (8:00 p.m.). The shows are free and open to the public (21+).

Quiet On The Set debuted at L.A. club Largo in July 1991 and has presented almost 400 acts over the years, among them: John Mayer (at a SXSW 2000 show right before getting signed); Kristen Hall (Sugarland); Steinberg & Kelly; Rufus Wainwright; Patty Griffin; Jonatha Brooke; Lori McKenna; Martin Sexton; Desmond Child; Ben Harper; Judith Owen; Colin Hay; Patty Larkin; Rick Nowels; Bonnie Hayes; Deana Carter; Catie Curtis; Hillary Lindsey and scores of other songwriters and songwriter/artists, many of them early in their career paths.

"In the early days, when we were doing a showcase almost every month in L.A.," says ASCAP exec Brendan Okrent, who began the show and has produced it since inception, "those nights at Largo provided the community with not only a place to see the best in songwriting talent, but a familial gathering place for songwriters and the industry."

Quiet On The Set was arguably the premiere songwriter showcase in its formative years at a time when ASCAP also co-sponsored the National Academy of Songwriters’ Acoustic Underground and Billy Block's Western Beat. ASCAP expanded Quiet On The Set to New York, as well as national showcase venues South By Southwest, CMJ and the Folk Alliance Conference.

The artist lineup for "15 Years Of Being Quiet" is listed below. For more details, including schedule updates, please visit ASCAP's website (www.ascap.com) or Hotel Cafe's website (www.hotelcafe.com).

Monday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.

Dan Bern – Journeyman singer/songwriter/storyteller who appeared on the second Quiet On The Set in 1991 and many times over the years. His latest and sixth album, Breathe, again reunites him with big-league producer Chuck Plotkin. www.danbern.com

Jessie Baylin – No stranger to the Hotel Café devotees, Jessie is a standout among the new generation of emerging singer/songwriters. Her self-released live disc, The Barefoot EP, has just been completed and is an appetizer to what promises to be a stunning future. www.myspace.com/jessiebaylin

Paul Freeman – Now known as just Freeman, is a Welsh-born singer/songwriter who now resides in Santa Monica, CA and has just been signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records. Following in the footsteps of his idols, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney, Freeman strives to create songs that are real. His engaging performances combine a great comedic charm with his musical talents. Having just finished a month-long residency at The Mint, he is now preparing for his Arista debut. www.myspace.com/freemanofficial

Larry John McNally – LJM is well known in many circles as a songwriter's songwriter. His moody, guitar-driven, lyrical, songs have been covered by artists from Don Henley to Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes, the Staple Singers and Aaron Neville. McNally’s own recordings are coveted treasures among his fans. He writes songs filled with passion, coming of age, angst, wonder, city lights, and more. www.larryjohnmcnally.com

Daniel Mackenzie – An Emmy nominee and recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award for lyric writing, Dan is a singer/songwriter who can artfully balance his many musical voices – be they soulful, sweet, reflective or irreverent . www.myspace.com/danmackenzie

Phil Roy – A veteran of many past Quiet On The Set shows, Phil is a singer/songwriter with enormous emotional depth. "Issues + Options is one of (2003’s) most satisfying albums by an American singer/songwriter,“ wrote the New York Times’ Stephen Holden. www.philroy.com

Monday, November 20, 8:00 p.m.

Desmond Child – A songwriter and producer with remarkable consistency and diversity, Desmond has racked up more than 60 Top 40 singles, while his songs have sold 200 million-plus albums. Hits include Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca," Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" and Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)." Desmond recently produced Meatloaf's new "Bat Out of Hell III” CD. www.desmondchild.com

Billy Steinberg & Josh Alexander – Billy Steinberg is responsible for some of pop’s most enduring hits over the past few decades including “True Colors,“ “Like A Virgin” and “I’ll Stand By You” (which appears on the new Rod Stewart album) with his collaborator Tom Kelly. With new writing partner Josh Alexander, Billy is enjoying continued success with numerous cuts including JoJo’s current hit, “Too Little Too Late.” www.billysteinberg.com

Bridget Benenate – Co-writer of Kelly Clarkson’s smash “Breakaway,” Bridget’s songs have also been recorded by many artists, including Jesse McCartney, BBMak, Natalie Grant and Jaci Velasquez. www.songwriteruniverse.com/benenate.htm

Michelle Lewis & Kay Hanley – East coast transplants Michelle (NY), hit songwriter, singer and former Giant recording artist, and Kay (Boston), the soaring siren behind the influential alt-rock band Letters to Cleo, team up in their latest incarnation as The Dilettantes. www.michellelewis.com and www.KayHanley.com

Judith Owen – A Quiet On The Set favorite since the beginning, Judith has been aptly described as “a charmer and a seducer, a rocker and a jazz chanteuse.” Wildly entertaining before even playing a note, Judith’s beautiful new release, Here, recently won her a spot on the Today Show. www.judithowen.net

Lindy Robbins, Emanuel Kiriakou & Jess Cates – Three of the most in-demand songwriters around, they’ll be performing together their recent collective hits including those by Nick Lachey (“What’s Left Of Me”) and the Backstreet Boys (“Incomplete”).

Jill Sobule – Since her 1995 breakthrough hit "I Kissed a Girl," singer/songwriter Jill Sobule has been charming fans with her smart and witty pop music. “A feisty post-punk feminist whose work brings to mind a cross between Liz Phair and Gertrude Stein.” - The New Yorker. www.jillsobule.com

Monday, December 4, 8:00 p.m.

Rick Nowels Has collaborated with a dazzling list of artists over the years. Among his many accomplishments: producing and co-writing Santana's "The Game Of Love," the New Radicals’ "You Get What You Give," Dido's "White Flag" and Jewel's "Am I Standing Still." A recipient of the U.K.'s prestigious Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, he recently produced Yusuf Islam's soon-to-be released first album in nearly 30 years. www.ricknowels.com and www.mcdanielentertainment.com

Vonda Shepard – Appeared on the very first Quiet On The Set and has been a frequent guest over the years. Vonda was the onscreen “voice” of hit TV show Ally McBeal and has sold over12 million records. An accomplished musician, her songs and artistry have earned her fans around the world. www.vondashepard.com

Darrell Brown – Co-wrote Keith Urban’s #1 crossover hits “You’ll Think Of Me” and “Raining On Sunday.” Darrell’s recent cuts include those by Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Brooks & Dunn, Radney Foster, Sarah Evans and Trace Adkins. Earlier this year, Darrell organized and directed the 100-voice choir featured on Neil Young’s Living With War CD.

Reeve Carney – Just coming off tour with Jonny Lang, this young singer/songwriter is often hailed as ”the next Jeff Buckley.” Reeve built a devoted following through a series of performances in L.A. the past year, which yielded him a spot on the Interscope Records roster. www.myspace.com/reevecarney

Quincy Coleman – Quincy has had her songs hit the screen, both big (Crash) and small (Dawson's Creek), and has gotten the stamp-of-airplay approval by the influential KCRW in Santa Monica. Her latest release is Come Closer. www.quincycoleman.com

Bill Deasy – Bill Deasy's songs have been recorded by a wide array of artists including Martina McBride, Kim Richey, Howard Jones, Bijou Phillips and used in a commercial for Good Morning America, in which he also appeared. The former Gathering Field frontman now records as a solo artist. www.billdeasy.com

Dana Parish – Her debut record, It Was Beautiful, is part confessional, part spiritual, and all heart. This New York-based singer/songwriter creates music that is transporting and meaningful…she’s a cross between Carole King and Norah Jones. www.danaparish.com

Kendall Payne – This former Capitol recording artist, Kendall’s performances never fail to win new fans. Her songs have been used in many feature films and TV shows, including the poignant, “Scratch,” featured prominently on last season’s Grey’s Anatomy. www.kendallpayne.com

About ASCAP
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 250,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 70 music rights organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com

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