January 14, 2013

Romeo Santos to Receive Songwriter of the Year Award

Award Ceremony to Take Place on March 19th in Los Angeles

Santos Romeo

New York, NY, January 11 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will host its 21st annual Latin Music Awards on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The highlight of this year's invitation-only dinner and awards ceremony will be the presentation of the Songwriter of the Year Award to singer-songwriter Romeo Santos.

Romeo's fascination with the art of the popular song commenced when he discovered the likes of Camilo Sesto, Manuel Alejandro, Juan Gabriel, Omar Alfanno and - of course - Juan Luis Guerra. While most 13-year-old boys were out chasing girls and shooting hoops, Romeo opted to stay home and pen his first songs. When talking about music, people usually focus on the artist, but Romeo always wanted to know who wrote the song. His blossoming love affair with songwriting was only the beginning of a journey he had barely envisioned. As fate would have it, Romeo soon joined Henry, Lenny and Mikey to form Aventura, immediately showcasing his amazing songwriting skills with a string of hits - including the international smash "Obsesion," "El perdedor," "Por un Segundo," "Su veneno," "Dile al amor" and "El malo," to name only a few.

By late 2002 Romeo's megahit, "Obsesion," performed by Aventura, had traveled the world - Latin America, Asia and Europe, including Israel, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland and Russia.

Romeo wears multiple hats - he's a producer, composer and vocalist, but most importantly, a master wordsmith, whose colorful palette of metaphors paints vivid portraits of love, passion, anger and jealousy. He possesses a profound ability to tap into the human psyche, captivating a tough, young audience, even when turning to serious themes such as domestic violence. His unquestionable creative flow has made him an icon in the music industry, with multiple awards separate and apart from the myriad of honors bestowed upon Aventura for nearly a decade. Almost every year since 2005, Romeo has won awards in one or more categories at both the Billboard and ASCAP Latin Music Awards.

Romeo recently embarked on the journey to become a solo artist with the release of his debut album, Formula, in 2011. On the album, the artist chose an eclectic mix of Bachata, R&B and ballads - up tempo and fusion to delight his fans - with all of the Bachata tracks written and produced by Romeo himself. March 19th will mark a new accomplishment in the life of this music creator.

During the awards ceremony, ASCAP will recognize the Publisher of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year and Latin Song of the Year. Awards will also be presented in the following categories: Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican, Urban, and Television.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 450,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com

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