November 25, 2013

Country Music Songwriter Walt Aldridge to Write and Record with Public School Students in St. Louis

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Walt Aldridge

New York, NY, November 25, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and America SCORES are pleased to announce that country music songwriter Walt Aldridge will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire elementary and middle school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Aldridge will co-write a song with America SCORES students at the winning school of the St. Louis Poetry SLAM! contest on December 4th and 5th, 2013. Aldridge and the students will then record the song at ex’treme Institute by Nelly at Vatterott College (800 N. 3rd Street, St. Louis, MO 63102) on December 6th, 2013. The finished song will be included on a special compilation album made up of songs created from this year's six ASCAP Songwriter Residencies. ASCAP produces and distributes this collection to each of the America SCORES schools involved with the program, as well as to music industry influencers.

Commenting on the program, Aldridge said: "I'm so honored to get to participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. Working with young, imaginative spirits always reminds me of just how simple and beautiful music can be. And opening up their minds to the endless possibilities in life makes them that much better prepared to become tomorrow's difference makers."

A songwriter, singer, musician, engineer and producer, Walt Aldridge has exercised his musical skills in Muscle Shoals and Nashville for more than 30 years. During that time, he has written more than 50 top 40 songs, 7 reaching the #1 spot. Billboard twice named Aldridge one of the Top Ten Country Songwriters of the year based on the strength of his chart activity. His song “No Getting Over Me” was named one of ASCAP’s most performed country songs. “Holding Her and Loving You” was named Song of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters’ Association International. His work spans a wide spectrum of music, including artists as diverse as Lou Reed, Peter Cetera and Blessid Union of Souls, while traditional country acts – from Conway Twitty to Reba McEntire – have also found success with Aldridge’s songs. He produced and co-wrote “I Loved Her First,” a #1 hit for Lofton Creek Records act Heartland. Aldridge currently divides his time between writing for the Muscle Shoals and Nashville music markets, performing about 50 shows a year and teaching recording technology classes at the University of North Alabama.

This year’s ASCAP Songwriter Residencies in other cities feature Grammy and Emmy-winning producer, musician and recording artist Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder) in San Fransisco, CA; blockbuster film-scoring composer Heitor Pereira (Despicable Me, It’s Complicated) in Los Angeles, CA; five time Grammy-winning rapper and producer Malik Yusef (Kanye West, Common) in Chicago, IL; and Jazz songwriter-performer Sachal Vasandani (Mack Avenue Records) with Grammy-nominated producer Darhyl “DJ” Camper (John Legend, Jay Z) in NYC. Established in 2006, the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES has brought more than 40 songwriters to 14 cities across the country. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development, funds the program. For more information, please click here.

About America SCORES
Founded in 1994, America SCORES is a national youth development non-profit that serves urban youth in under-resourced public schools in 14 cities across the nation. America SCORES provides a high quality after-school program that integrates poetry, soccer and service-learning. Using teamwork as a unifying value, America SCORES’ mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. America SCORES innovative and holistic approach to youth development encourages creative expression among youth while improving their health, academic achievement and civic engagement. Participants show significantly improved physical fitness, higher school attendance rates, and increased self confidence after just one season in the program. www.AmericaSCORES.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
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 470,000 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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Sue Devine
ASCAP
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Holly O’Donnell
Executive Director
America SCORES
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