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Thursday, April 28 • 5:30pm - 6:45pm
This Is Country Music: Writing for the Country Market (Plus Song Feedback)

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What do country music experts listen for in a new song, and how do they work with songwriters to get it? Find out in this informative session, where our panel of publishers and pro songwriters will discuss what’s unique about writing and pitching songs in the country music market, and share some tips about how to break into it. Our panelists will also evaluate a limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, in front of a live audience.

Moderators
avatar for Whitney Daane

Whitney Daane

Founder, DAANEgerous Entertainment
Founder - DAANEgerous Entertainment Whitney Daane began her music publishing career in 1996 at Maverick Music working for legendary music publisher Lionel Conway. With over one hundred cuts and ten #1 singles under her belt, she has pitched songs recorded by the Back Street Boys, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Jake Owen, LeAnn Rimes, Jodee Messina, Phil Vassar, Wynonna, Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Lonestar, Shawn... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Bonnie Baker

Bonnie Baker

"Invisible," "Lone Ranger," "East Of Eden," "My Sister", Songwriter
Songwriter - "Invisible," "Lone Ranger," "East Of Eden," "My Sister" Bonnie Baker moved to Nashville in 1992 and joined ASCAP in 1993. She signed first publishing deal in 1997 and has been at BMG, Universal, Warner Chappell and recently has moved to Big Deal Music based in LA. She has three ASCAP awards, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Country Solo Performance category and has five platinum album awards. She has had cuts by a... Read More →
avatar for Nate Lowery

Nate Lowery

GM & VP, Creative, Cornman Music
GM & VP, Creative - Cornman Music Nate Lowery grew up in Florence, AL watching the songwriting business firsthand as his father, songwriter Donny Lowery, scored big with songs like “Old Flames” (Alabama) and “Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right” (Restless Heart). After moving to Nashville he began his career at Windswept Publishing, in the time honored tradition of working in the Tape Copy Room. From there he was... Read More →
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Dave Pacula

Creative Director, Black River Entertainment
Creative Director - Black River Entertainment | | Originally from Long Island, Dave Pacula moved to Nashville in 1997 to attend Vanderbilt University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, he accepted a position at a Nashville law firm specializing in entertainment and copyright law. Going back to school in 2004, Dave earned an Audio Technology Diploma with Honors from SAE Institute of Technology... Read More →
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Forest Glen Whitehead

"Love Me Like You Mean It," "Peter Pan," "Lights Of My Hometown", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Love Me Like You Mean It," "Peter Pan," "Lights Of My Hometown" At 25 years of age, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist are a few of the accolades found on the resume of Black River Publishing’s Forest Glen Whitehead. | | Forest was influenced by a wide variety of music growing up in Blanchard, Louisiana enjoying Garth Brooks country to Eminem hip-hop, Alison Krauss bluegrass to Aerosmith... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

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