Hot sun. Cold drinks. Great songs. Summer’s here and the time is right for catching the season’s vibes. ASCAP is pleased to present SPF, an online summer performance festival featuring an exciting group of some of ASCAP’s top songwriters and artists, from buzzworthy up-and-comers to some of our favorite hitmakers and TV music stars. Follow us on socials and join us every Thursday in August, right here at ascap.com/spf for a fresh batch of video performances each week. Discover great music that is sure to lift your spirits, make you smile and possibly break a sweat (in a good way). We recommend watching the playlist in order to experience that cool writers-in-the-round-vibe.
NEXT UP: On August 27, our very special EMMY Edition of SPF brings together ASCAP members Ingrid Michaelson, Siddhartha Khosla and David Dabbon, three of our 2020 primetime Emmy nominees in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category. Watch Michaelson perform “Build It Up” from Little Fires Everywhere, swoon as Khosla serenades you with “Memorized” from This Is Us, and bust a gut as Dabbon shares a rendition of “Eat Sh!t, Bob” in a video clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Enjoy!
Born in New York City and raised by her mother, a sculptor, and her father, a classical composer, Ingrid Michaelson has artistry in her DNA. Michaelson's music is released on the label she founded, Cabin 24 Records, which has sold over one million albums and 10 million singles to date including the platinum "Girls Chase Boys" and "The Way I Am." In the past three years, Michaelson made her debut on the Broadway stage as Sonya in Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, and on screen in the feature film Humor Me. In early 2019 it was announced that Michaelson will write the music and lyrics for the upcoming Broadway adaptation of the best-selling novel The Notebook. In 2020 she received her first Emmy nomination for “Best Original Music & Lyrics” for her song “Build It Up” from Hulu series Little Fires Everywhere. Beyond stage and screen, she continues to write and release her own music, most recently with Stranger Songs.www.ingridmichaelson.com
Siddhartha Khosla is a two-time Emmy-nominated film and television composer, singer/songwriter and producer of the critically acclaimed band Goldspot. Khosla received Emmy nominations in 2020 for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for his original song "Memorized" (shared with Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith) and in 2019 for "Outstanding Music Composition For a Series" for his work on NBC's Golden Globe and Emmy-winning drama series This Is Us. He has the distinction of being the first South Asian person to be nominated in the Primetime Emmy score and song categories. After playing in a hugely powerful montage to end the episode, "Memorized" skyrocketed to the #1 spot on the Billboard soundtrack song charts and #13 overall. Khosla also co-composed the hit song, "We Can Always Come Back To This" for the show, which ranked #12 overall and #1 in the Billboard Blues charts for four consecutive weeks. His original songs "Invisible Ink" and "We Can Always Come Back To This" also earned Guild of Music Supervisors Award nominations for "Best Song/Recording for Television." Khosla’s other credits include Marvel’s Runaways, Hulu's Looking for Alaska, Disney+ series’ Love, Victor, Netflix's hip-hop-themed feature Beats and more.instagram.com/siddkhoslamusic
David Dabbon is an Emmy and Grammy-nominated composer, arranger and orchestrator. He earned his Emmy nomination for composing the music to the song “Eat Sh!t, Bob!” which aired on HBO’s award-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. On Broadway, Dabbon’s work has been heard as dance arranger for the Tony-nominated musical adaptation of Beetlejuice and the celebrated musical comedy Disaster! He also provided additional orchestrations for the Broadway bio-musical Sondheim on Sondheim (Grammy nomination). Dabbon earned his master of music degree in choral conducting from Carnegie Mellon University (under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Page) and a self-defined bachelor of music degree from The Hartt School.www.daviddabbon.com
Chris DeStefano is a singer-songwriter, producer-mixer and multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville, TN. He is a 3x CMA Triple Play Award winner and has co-penned over 20 hit songs for artists like Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Chase Rice, Rascal Flatts, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young and Morgan Evans. Chris is also the President and CEO of Winsongs Music, focused on developing songwriters and artists.instagram.com/chrisdestefano
Gizzle is a Los Angeles-born artist and Grammy-nominated songwriter who got her start under the tutelage of legendary producer Teddy Riley. Gizzle has gone on to work with many multi-platinum producers, artists and writers including - but not limited to - Puff Daddy, Timbaland, Pharrell, Ozuna, DJ Snake, Nelly, T.I., Trey Songz, Kid Ink, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Ty$ and more. She is also currently garnering much interest as a solo artist with her unique sound, trance-like tone, and one-of-a-kind perspective while proving to be a force in the television and film synch world with more than 100 different licenses. instagram.com/imgizzle
Originally from Puerto Rico, in the quest to fulfill her dream of becoming a singer and professional songwriter, GALE decided to leave everything behind and move to Miami officially launching her career as an independent artist. It was more than a “big step” - it was a leap into the unknown and it proved a great decision. After years of posting cover songs on YouTube, GALE self-released, wrote and co-produced her debut album Espirales Sin Sentido (Senseless Spirals) under her own label Blue Madness Records. To pay for the production costs of making the album, she sold her 10-year-old SUV and created a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Nothing was going to keep her from pursuing her career. “You have to face your fears and make the tough decisions that are going to take you to the next step. There are costs and sacrifices in everything we do. I’ve worked hard to jumpstart my career and want people to know that nothing can stop them from pursuing their dreams and be happy.”
Another major step in GALE’s career came shortly after the release. An album track, “Levántate” (Stand Up), was selected by the largest Spanish-language media company in the US as the theme song of the broadcast of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a world renowned international soccer event. GALE describes this inspiring dance track as one about fighting for your dreams regardless of the obstacles and fears we face in our path...a song which she takes to heart and describes her journey as she makes her dreams come true.
A natural-born musician and songwriter, influenced by the “boleros” and the '80s songs she constantly heard growing up and her influences from Julia Michaels, Rihanna, Nelly Furtado, Selena and Shakira, she has developed a musical style that is unique both melodically and harmonically. Her songwriting is profound, yet still casual and conversational, full of emotion, empowering and honest.
GALE wrote her first song when she was seven years old. She graduated from La Libre de Música, a music specialized school where she studied classical singing. She won a Berklee scholarship which she used for the Writing Hit Songs Online course, and has developed her songwriting ever since. As a songwriter, she has worked with artists like Anitta, Pharrell Williams, Ryan Tedder, Natti Natasha, David Bisbal, Sebastián Yatra, CNCO and Stargate among other artists and producers. She recently spoke as a panelist at the She Is The Music (the global nonprofit organization founded by Alicia Keys) event in partnership with ASCAP with the purpose to increase opportunities for women in the music industry.
GALE is currently working on her new music and writing with other artists. “I want to inspire people to be happy, love and be who they want to be no matter what people say. I can’t wait to share my new music and who I am with the world.” instagram.com/gale_oficial
Apart from writing songs for herself, Amy Wadge has been active in collaborating with new performers in Britain, most notably Ed Sheeran. The two collaborated on a number of songs, most notably the Grammy-winning Song of the Year, "Thinking Out Loud."
Amy has also written songs with Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Camilla Cabello, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, James Blunt, Noah Cyrus and Lady A. amywadge.com
Born and raised in Venice, California, ROE is a multi-talented artist and songwriter for Universal Music Publishing Group. The songstress boasts rich, mellifluous vocals and after years of working as a songwriter behind the scenes, she is ready to break out and step into her truest form. Her new music sees her blending rich, magnetic melodies reminiscent of classic R&B and the likes of Mariah Carey with bright, modern production that fits just right for the LA native. Her debut EP as a solo artist is set to come fall 2020.
ROE has written for top artists such as Mary J. Blige, Usher, Normani, Kiana Ledé, Teyana Taylor, Kash Doll and more. She has also written songs for hit TV shows Empire and Star and more recently, her collaboration with Sachi, “Sparking My Fire,” was featured in NBC’s hit reality TV competition show World of Dance. She has also lent her talents in collaborations with artists such as The Him, and most recently dance legend Tiësto, with even more big features to come. instagram.com/thatsroe
Los Angeles-based artist EZI continues to tease her forthcoming sophomore EP on “blooming,” a gorgeous new single and music video full of intimate musings that officially arrived July 24. The track comes on the heels of “not going down” which brought together celebrities, fans and friends alike for a heartwarming DIY music video where items were passed from screen to screen.
The debut artist on Steve Madden’s label 5Towns, EZI quickly emerged onto the scene as a versatile talent. Praised by the likes of Refinery29 for her “upbeat [and] powerful” sound, she’s allotted extensive editorial support while taking her talents everywhere from SXSW as Spotify’s Artist to Watch to a support slot on MAX’s 2018 tour as well as previously supporting Dennis Lloyd, Bipolar Sunshine & Marian Hill. That all goes without mentioning her appearances on Beats 1 Radio, featuring on a slew of Spotify and Apple Music playlists that have amassed 25 million+ streams, and starring as the face of Steve Madden’s Madden Girl Spring 2019 Campaign. Her music has also soundtracked an array of buzzing shows and films including Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia, CBS’s In the Dark, BBC’s Get Even, and the forthcoming major motion picture After We Collided. eziofficial.com
Following the road less traveled has built a remarkable career for Alyssa Bonagura. Since she was a child, the Nashville native singer-songwriter has pretty much lived her life on the road. She toured the nation growing up with her musical parents Baillie & the Boys’ Kathie Baillie and husband Michael Bonagura. And by the time their daughter was ready for college, her resume boasted music memories that would make most country acts green with envy.
She was three when she sang Leslie Gore’s “It’s My Party” on Ralph Emery’s Nashville Now TV show. At age 10, she recorded a duet with Kenny Rogers. By 16, she scored her first national tour opening for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. When she graduated from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in 2009, Sir Paul was there to personally present her with her degree in sound technology.
During her time in England, she wrote “I Make My Own Sunshine” and the song went on to become the official soundtrack for a popular Lowe’s commercial that Steven Tyler would later record his own version of on his debut country album We’re All Somebody From Somewhere.
At 32 years old, she has become a songwriting seamstress & producer for a number of artists, 1/2 of the country duo The Sisterhood Band on Sony Records, and has continued to record and produce her own solo records. www.alyssabonagura.com
Colombian singer-songwriter, Sebastián Yatra has quickly reached the top of the charts worldwide with countless hits, leaving an indelible mark on both the music industry and his fans. Yatra has managed to bring romantic ballads back to the top of charts, breaking records and conquering the hearts of fans around the world. He is a Grammy Nominee, six-time Latin Grammy Nominee and recipient of three ASCAP awards. instagram.com/sebastianyatra
LIIV (This Is Noise Publishing / UMPG) is a songwriter, producer, and artist; originally from Honolulu, and currently residing in NYC, attending NYU. LIIV started her career in a punk band which organically evolved into pop songwriting for both herself and other artists. instagram.com/musicbyliiv