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Thursday, April 28 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
"We Create Music" (Presented by Billboard)

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This incredible panel of some of today’s most accomplished and respected songwriters and composers will explore the common ground over which all creative souls must travel to reach their desired destination. These experienced professionals will share some universal truths about creators that separate the good from the very great, from paying dues, making sacrifices and overcoming obstacles to achieving breakthroughs, setting career goals and building upon past successes. You’ll gain valuable insight and inspiration from each of these artists, and learn what it takes to build an enduring career in music.

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Shirley Halperin

News Director / Music Editor, Billboard / The Hollywood Reporter
News Director - Billboard | Music Editor - The Hollywood Reporter Shirley Halperin is the news editor of Billboard in addition to being the music editor of The Hollywood Reporter. She is a long-time music journalist who got her start as a writer on the New York City zine scene of the early 1990s. A decade later, she graduated to national publications such as Entertainment Weekly, where she was a senior writer, Teen People, for whom she helmed... Read More →

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"Cheerleader," "Hula Hoop," Me 4 U, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Cheerleader," "Hula Hoop," Me 4 U | | Insightful Jamaican artist Omi (Omar Samuel Pasley) is bringing his breakthrough story to the U.S., with the compelling sheen of “Cheerleader,” leading the way. The smash dance song has notched more than 90 million Spotify streams, topping iTunes in 14 territories, including Germany, Australia, Sweden and others (Top 10 in nearly 30 other markets). Released in 2012, a... Read More →
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Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum)

"Need You Now," "The Driver," "Bartender," "Just a Kiss", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Need You Now," "The Driver," "Bartender," "Just a Kiss" Stepping outside of one of the world’s most popular groups, Charles Kelley explores new territory with a raw sound that pushes his vocals into a grittier key than what listeners have been hearing from him in Lady Antebellum. "The Driver" serves as the lead single from his upcoming first-ever solo release, and was born in a ratty studio in the back of producer... Read More →
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Rob Thomas

"Push," "3AM,""Smooth," “Lonely No More”, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Push," "3AM,""Smooth," “Lonely No More” Rob Thomas is one of modern music’s most compelling and commercially successful artists. For 20 years, he has been the frontman and primary composer for Matchbox Twenty, leading the quintet to multi-platinum success over the course of four albums and a string of No. 1 hits that include “Push,” “3AM,” “Bent,” “If... Read More →
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David Vanacore

TV: Survivor, The Apprentice, Big Brother, Hell's Kitchen, Vanacore Music
Composer - TV: Survivor, The Apprentice, Big Brother, Hell's Kitchen | Founder - Vanacore Music  Over 100 million people hear his music every week as they watch their favorite programs. Dubbed by television music industry insiders as 'The King of Reality', David Vanacore is the composer behind such acclaimed series as Survivor, The Ultimate Fighter, Fast N' Loud, Ink Master, Wipeout, Catfish, Whale Wars, Somebody's Gotta Do It, and hundreds... Read More →
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Dan Wilson

"Someone Like You," "Closing Time," "Not Ready to Make Nice," "Secret Smile", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Someone Like You," "Closing Time," "Not Ready to Make Nice," "Secret Smile" | | Dan Wilson is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and visual artist. He is best known both as the lead singer of the band Semisonic and as a highly sought-after songwriting collaborator for critically acclaimed artists across a diverse range of styles.  With Semisonic he wrote the Grammy-nominated smash... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

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