GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER ADONIS SHROPSHIRE JOINS FORCES WITH ASCAP AND AMERICA SCORES ATLANTA



ADONIS DONATES HIS TIME TO TEACH INNER CITY YOUTHTHE GIFT OF WRITING SONGS



New York, NY and Atlanta, GA, October 29, 2007: As part of the national songwriting mentorship program, ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Adonis Shropshire will open the doors of his studio to thirty boys and girls from a local metro-Atlanta elementary school to teach them about the craft of songwriting.

Adonis will spend two classroom sessions and one studio session working with the students, discussing his approach to writing music, and co-writing and recording a song with them. The studio session will take place on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 between 3:00 P.M - 5:00 P.M at Dirty South Studios, 500 Bishop St, Atlanta, GA 30318. The second classroom session will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at F.L. Stanton Elementary School, 1625 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.

"I wish I had a hit songwriter to look up to when I was in grade school," states Adonis. "When I was approached to do this program, I jumped at the chance."

America SCORES is an after-school program that uses soccer and poetry to inspire literacy, healthy living and civic responsibility among urban youth. The ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES was established in 2006 to provide an engaging and inspiring way for kids to express themselves through songwriting, while teaching them to value and respect their own creative work and that of others. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.

Janine Lindsay, executive director of America SCORES Atlanta, says: "Mr. Shropshire has had tremendous success writing hit records for superstars like Usher, Ciara, and Chris Brown. America SCORES Atlanta didn't just want to enlist a hit songwriter, we wanted someone who can take his or her time and become a mentor, teaching the youth what goes on during the writing process. SCORES felt that Adonis was a perfect fit for the ASCAP Songwriter Residency creative writing program."

About Adonis Shropshire
The dictionary defines Phenom "A person of phenomenal ability." Therefore, it makes absolute sense that the name of Adonis Shropshire aka "A.D. The Phenom" is on his way to becoming the hottest songwriter in the music business. With over 50 million records sold under his belt, this extraordinary songwriter is here to stay. The twenty-nine year old three-time Grammy award-winning songwriter, producer and arranger was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

As a teenager, Adonis moved to Atlanta, Georgia to start his musical aspirations. Adonis got his start singing and writing for a local R&B group in Atlanta. When the group disbanded in 2000, Adonis decided to switch gears and focus on his songwriting. He started writing songs for other recording artists. This propelled his manager, former Rowdy Records executive Kirk Woods (The Woodland Entertainment Group), to set up a meeting with famed producer and CEO of Bad Boy Worldwide Diddy. Since Adonis had no recorded songs, Diddy put the young writer to the test. Diddy summoned Adonis to write a song on the spot. After its completion, Diddy loved the song so much he placed the song on his then current project, pop icon Jennifer Lopez's "J.LO". This was Adonis' first songwriting credit. This prompted Diddy to sign Adonis to his "Hit Men Squad." "Once Diddy saw my writing abilities, he hurried and signed me to his production and songwriting team," states Adonis.

Soon after, Adonis started to generate a buzz within the music industry. Outside of the "Hit Men Squad," Adonis began to collaborate with up coming producer Bryan Michael Cox. This ushered in other opportunities from major recording acts. Adonis was commissioned to write for a host of platinum artists, Usher's "My Boo" featuring Alicia Keys, Beyonce's "Summertime" featuring Diddy, Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, Ciara's "And I," Diddy's "I Need a Girl Part 1 and 2," Chris Brown's "Say GoodBye," and Mariah Carey's monster comeback album, The Emancipation of Mimi, which earned Adonis a Grammy Award for "Album of the Year."

There's no doubt that Adonis is on the horizon of becoming the next hot songwriter. Look for Adonis to surprise the music business in 2008. Adonis just completed work on several major acts: Chris Brown's monster sophomore album, pop icon Celine Dion, J Holiday, Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Cassie, and Mary J. Blige. In addition, Adonis is currently in the studio with his new female R&B trio Melrose. "Melrose are incredibly gifted and charismatic and have tremendous potential to break nationwide and become stars on the level of other female major recording artists. I am taking my time with the Melrose project. I want to make sure every little detail is perfect," states Adonis. By the sound of his latest projects, Adonis has elevated to a new musical plateau.

Upcoming sessions in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES program will include:

ATLANTA
• Hip-hop songwriter ALGEBRA

LOS ANGELES
• Acoustic/alternative/power-pop songwriter DAN MACKENZIE
• Hip-hop/punk songwriter and poet SAUL WILLIAMS

WASHINGTON D.C.
• Songwriter /producer CHRIS KEUP (Jason Mraz, OAR)

Previous sessions have featured Latin songwriter ROBERTO POVEDA in New York; Americana/rock songwriter JOHN FRANCIS in Washington, DC and New York; traditional children's songwriters CATHY FINK and MARCY MARXER, hip-hop songwriter LYSETTE TITI, and rock/alternative/indie songwriter VINCE SCHEUERMEN, from the band ARMY OF ME, in Washington, DC.

About America SCORES Atlanta
America SCORES Atlanta, one of 14 affiliates of the national non-profit America SCORES, was founded in 2006 with the mission of empowering students in urban elementary schools to become agents for positive change. Our creative writing program hires public school teachers to serve as writing coaches and provides at-risk youth with curriculum-guided after school programming five days per week. The curriculum contains an innovative combination of soccer, writing, creative expression, and service learning and is designed in part to combat illiteracy, an issue especially pervasive in low-income communities. With teamwork as the unifying value, our program inspires youth to be engaged students, life-long readers, and agents of change in their communities. In its inaugural year, 2006-2007, America SCORES Atlanta was able to provide after school literacy tutoring and soccer to 120 inner-city children at four elementary schools. www.AmericaSCORESAtlanta.org

About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org

About ASCAP
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 300,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 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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CONTACTS:
CooperKatz for ASCAP
Meredith Topalanchik
Tel: 212-455-8018
mtopalanchik@cooperkatz.com

For Adonis
Brian Gilmore
770-808-4243
briangilmore76@aol.com

America SCORES Atlanta
Janine Lindsay
404-246-5303
jlindsay@americascores.org