October 11, 2011

ASCAP "Women Without Borders" Song Camp Connects Latin, Pop, Urban and Country Songwriters for Five Days of Creative Collaboration

New York, NY, October 11, 2011: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is pleased to announce "Women Without Borders," its first all-female Song Camp taking place October 17-21 at the magnificent Woodshed Recording Studios in Malibu, CA. Hosted by ASCAP and Latin Grammy Award-winning songwriter Claudia Brant, the event will bring together eight hit songwriters from the worlds of Latin, Pop, Urban and Country music for five days of writing and recording. The Song Camp is funded in part by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, and is sponsored by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Gibson, Casio and D'Anbino Vineyards & Cellars.

The participating songwriters are Claudia Brant, Jonatha Brooke, Deana Carter, Crystal Nicole, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Natalia Lafourcade, Debi Nova and Erika Nuri. In addition to successful solo careers, this talented group of women has had cuts by artists such as Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Fantasia, Chris Brown, Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul and others.

Song Camp was established in 2008 by ASCAP's Latin Department to provide an opportunity for songwriters to connect and collaborate in a relaxed and friendly setting with the goal of creating great songs and getting cuts. Previous Song Camps have taken place in Miami, Monterrey, Mexico City, Nashville, Los Angeles and The Dominican Republic.

About the songwriters:

Claudia Brant

Claudia Brant

Claudia Brant is one of the most prolific and versatile songwriters in the music industry. Her songs cover a wide range of genres, including pop, rock, merengue, norte?o, bolero, cumbia, reggaeton, R&B, hip-hop and salsa, in both Spanish and English languages. Her songs have been recorded by Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Ricky Martin, Michael Bublé, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Camila, Lara Fabian, Kenny G, Alejandra Guzmán, Reik, Germán Montero, K Paz de la Sierra, Allison Iraheta, Sergio Dalma, Noel, Thalia, Paulina Rubio, Debi Nova, Alejandro Fernández, Playa Limbo, Haash, Babado Novo, KLB, Ednita Nazario, Diego Torres, Olga Tañón, Marta Sánchez, Cristian Castro, Kumbia Kings, Chayanne, Luis Fonsi, La Ley and Victor Manuelle, among others.




Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since her early days in Boston with her band The Story, releasing two albums on Elektra Records, Grace in Gravity and The Angel in the House. In 1995 she released her first of two solo albums on MCA/Universal, Plumb, followed by Ten Cent Wings in 1997. After starting her own label, Bad Dog Records, in 1999 she has released six albums. On her latest album, The Works, she beautifully combined previously unheard, unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics with her own music and arrangements. Brooke has also written songs for three Disney movies, has had songs included in many TV shows, and wrote the theme song for Joss Whedon's series, Dollhouse.





Deana Carter

Deana Carter

Deana Carter - Nashville native Deana Carter burst onto the music scene in 1996 with Did I Shave My Legs for This? The album produced five Top 10 country hits, including "Strawberry Wine," which earned CMA, ACM, CMT, Billboard, R&R and Grammy nominations, and the CMA "Single of the Year" award. A prolific songwriter and arranger, Carter has written the majority of songs and/or produced each of her albums: Did I Shave My Legs For This? (1996), Everything's Gonna Be Alright (1998), Father Christmas (2001), I'm Just a Girl (2003), The Story of My Life (2005) and The Chain (2007). Carter now lives in Los Angeles and spends her time writing and producing for both the Pop/Rock and Country markets and travels to Nashville frequently to continue writing for various projects.





Crystal Nicole

Crystal Nicole

Crystal Nicole - Over the past few years Crystal Nicole has been one of the most consistent songwriters in the business, penning #1 hits for Rihanna ("Only Girl (in the World)"), Mariah Carey ("Touch My Body") and Natasha Bedingfield ("Angel"), and scoring placements with Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, David Guetta, Jennifer Hudson, Monica and countless others. After working behind the scenes writing songs for the biggest names in music, the Atlanta native inked a deal with Blackground/Interscope and stepped into the spotlight with the fall 2011 release of her debut single, "Pinch Me." She is currently on a promotional tour and is looking forward to releasing a solo project in 2012.





Carolyn Dawn Johnson

Carolyn Dawn Johnson

Carolyn Dawn Johnson moved to Nashville in 1995 to develop her skills and reputation as a songwriter and landed a publishing deal that delivered cuts by artists like Jo Dee Messina, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, SheDaisy, Kathy Mattea and others. Her first # 1 as a songwriter came in 1999 with Chely Wright's "Single White Female." She was named Music Row magazine's Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year in 2000, and toured with Martina McBride for a year, singing backgrounds and playing guitar and eventually signed a recording contract with powerhouse Arista/Nashville. Her first album, Room With A View, bowed in 2001 and launched her first hits as an artist including "Georgia," "I Don't Want You To Go" and the top 5 smash "Complicated." Critical acclaim and the approval of her peers poured in, and Johnson was honored as the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist in 2002. The American Music Awards hailed her as Favorite New Country Artist the following year. She also received a Juno award for Best Country Artist in her home country and to date has won 16 Canadian Country Music Awards. High profile tours with Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban kept her in the public eye, winning her fans across the country. Johnson has recorded three other albums: 2004's Dress Rehearsal, 2006's Love & Negotiation and 2010's Love Rules. Most recently, she has secured cuts on new major label albums by Sunny Sweeney and Jana Kramer.



Natalia Lafourcade

Natalia Lafourcade

Natalia Lafourcade - At the age of 14, Mexican native Natalia Lafourcade won a scholarship to attend a five week program for musical training at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Just three years later she signed with Sony, and her eponymous first solo CD, Natalia Lafourcade, was released in 2002. The first single off it was "Busca un Problema" ("Looking for Trouble"). Next came the albums Casa (House) her recording with her group La Forquetina, which went to #1 in Mexico and won the Latin Grammy for Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Las 4 Estaciones del Amor (The Four Seasons of Love) in 2008. Hu Hu Hu, her fifth studio album, also became a huge hit in 2009. Most recently, she took part in the film El Cielo en tu Mirada (Heaven in Your Eyes). She also produced Carla Morrison's album, which garnered Lafourcade a Grammy nomination. She is currently working on her new album.



Debi Nova

Debi Nova

Debi Nova - Already a star in her native Costa Rica, Debi Nova is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has amassed an impressive body of achievements, including six Grammy-nominated projects, a #1 single, collaborations with the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, Ricky Martin, RBD, Mark Ronson and Franco De Vita and touring the world. Her current album Luna Nueva (New Moon) is an electrifying combination of irresistible Latin rhythms and potent pop smarts that showcases this vivacious artist's considerable musical gifts, as well as her rich Latin heritage. Nova has appeared on several television shows performing her latest hit single. Her first single, "One Rhythm," reached #1 on the Latin American and U.S. Dance charts. She toured Latin America with Ricky Martin and is featured in one of his videos. She also received MTV's Chiuku Agent of Change Award for her work to end violence against women as part of the United Nations' UNiTE campaign.



Erika Nuri

Erika Nuri

Erika Nuri - As a founding member of The Writing Camp (TWC), the Hollywood-based songwriting, production, publishing and music supervision collective, Nuri's finger rests firmly on the pulse of what drives the modern music business. She defies genres and borders to collaborate on an impressive roster of captivating hit songs. Her recent success includes the #2 UK single, "Champion," by Chipmunk (feat. Chris Brown), a track also featured on the deluxe version of Brown's The F.A.M.E; "Why Not Me" and "Dirty Dancer" (with Usher) from Enrique Iglesias' seventh #1 Latin album, Euphoria; and "Without A Fight," recorded by Janelle Monáe, a highlight on the soundtrack to Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls. Nuri, along with The Writing Camp's Evan Bogart and David "DQ" Quiñones, is an executive producer on the Bravo television series and songwriting competition, Platinum Hit, which debuted in summer 2011.