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December 13, 2007

Time: 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM

LA Chapter Holiday Event - Songwriters in the Round, #4

Join us for our very special Holiday Luncheon on the main stage at House of Blues in Hollywood...


George Thorogood

SESAC Latina Songwriter of the Year 2007
Claudia Brant

Co-Founder of MC5
Wayne Kramer

 This year we welcome George Thorogood, Claudia Brant and Wayne Kramer to our 4th annual Songwriters in the Round.  This special event brings successful songwriters to the stage - performing their hit songs, sharing stories, and perhaps telling us their "secrets of the trade." 

photos by janet landrum

Claudia Brant

Waddy Wachtel and George Thorogood

Wayne Kramer

George Thorogood


George Thorogood

Claudia Brant

Wayne Kramer


Matthew A. Hurewitz, C.P.A.
Wolinsky, Becker & Hurewitz, LLP

AIMP Panel

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House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood. Valet parking, on site $7. Call 323-848-5100 for directions.

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What do you do for an encore when you've been at the top of your profession for 30 years? If you're GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS, you probably take a deep breath and dive right back into the life you've known best for three decades. As the band crisscrosses the country and hops the Atlantic to bring the celebration of their accomplishment to a legion of die-hard fans, EMI/Capitol Records marked the occasion in their own special way with the release of George Thorogood & The Destroyers: 30 Years Of Rock. The 16-song compilation features their biggest singles, from "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", "Move It On Over" and "Bad To The Bone" to "Born To Be Bad", "Get A Haircut" and "American Made". As a testament to the rock and roll outlaw's career, the Gold-certified album remained at #1 on Billboard magazine's Blues Albums chart for over 60 weeks.

"When we first started, none of us had any idea we'd still be going strong for this long," says George. "It's truly living a dream." That dream has taken many forms since their first gig at Lane Hall on the U. of Delaware campus. In the early years, the Destroyers got the chance to open for idols such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Hound Dog Taylor. The support and encouragement they received from these veterans fueled their enthusiasm and bolstered their confidence. George and original Destroyer, drummer Jeff Simon, experimented with different musicians before tapping bassist Bill Blough to join them in 1976. The trio has played with different combinations over the years, but made a permanent addition of guitarist Jim Suhler in 2000. Currently, saxophone player Buddy Leach rounds out the unit. When the Destroyers' first album on Rounder Records yielded hit singles, the band made a quantum leap in terms of recognition and peer respect. The legendary Bill Graham approached the band on behalf of The Rolling Stones and asked them to open a series of dates for the British rockers, including a date at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The Destroyers would have been happy to accept Graham's subsequent offer to remain on the road with the Stones indefinitely save for one thing an American tour that eventually would go into the history books as the 50-50 TOUR. This ambitious bit of scheduling took the band to every state in the U.S. in a remarkable 50 days. No one has since duplicated the feat or even attempted it. As frenetic and exhilarating as the first phase of their career had been, The Destroyers ascended to an entirely new plateau when the album "Bad To The Bone" featuring George's composition of the same name became a huge artistic and commercial hit in 1982, spawning a video that became an instant favorite on the new video channel MTV and a staple on rock radio playlists that's endured to the present day. "Bad to the Bone" to this day is one of the most requested songs for movies, television and commercials, launched the band's EMI era and a series of hit albums including Maverick, Thorogood Live, Born To Be Bad, Let's Work Together, Boogie People, Collection, Haircut, The Baddest Of, Rockin' My Life Away and Anthology. In 2003, George Thorogood & The Destroyers released the album "Ride Til I Die" and in 2006 "The Hard Stuff", both on Eagle Records.

Throughout the 80s and 90s The Destroyers continued to cement their reputation as one of the hardest working and most successful live attractions in rock. They headlined numerous tours and festivals in the U.S. and abroad and teamed with artists ranging from Steve Miller, ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers Band to Little Feat and BB King, bringing their brand of rough and tumble rock and roll to the masses. With over 3000 live shows under their belts, the respect and admiration of their heroes and peers and a body of work that forms the foundation of their enduring popularity, The Destroyers look upon their success as a gift that keeps on giving, both to their fans and themselves. As the band continues to tour extensively they celebrate their career accomplishment of three decades on the road, they also look with pride on the music that has made those years so satisfying. But they want to make it clear that they're not tempted to regard "George Thorogood & The Destroyers: 30 Years Of Rock" as their ultimate statement, merely a key element of a work still in progress.

Currently, George and the band are working on their new album to be released in 2008. The album will feature a mix of covers and new material written by George. Although George fancies himself as a performer first and a songwriter, second he continues to add songs to his Del Sound catalog.

Claudia Brant is today one of the most prolific and versatile composers in the Latin Music Industry of the United States.

Her songs cover a broad range of genres, from Pop and Rock to Merengue, Norteýo, Bolero, Cumbia, Reggaeton and Salsa. All of them cut by artists such as Carlos Santana, Josh Groban, Ricky Martin, Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Lara Fabian, Alejandra Guzman, Paulina Rubio, Ednita Nazario, Diego Torres, Olga Taýon, Marta Sanchez, Luis Fonsi, Cristian Castro, Kumbia Kings, Chayanne, Luis Fonsi, La Ley, Victor Manuelle, Babado Novo, Graciela Beltran, amongst others.

Since her arrival to the United States in 1998, Claudia has worked with numerous important artists, and has built a solid 20 years career in the music business.

As a solo artist in Argentina, she recorded 3 albums: Entonces Vale La Pena (1989/Melopea Discos), Claudia Brant (1990/Warner Music) and Tu Marca en el Alma (1995/Warner Music).She also received the 1st prize at the OTI International Song Contest (Acapulco, Mexico, 1991) and the Viýa del Mar Song Contest (1994, Chile) both as a writer and artist.

In 2004 Claudia was nominated for a Latin Grammy as "Producer of the year", and received many gold and platinum record awards including Josh Groban's "Closer" which has already sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

In 2004 she also received 4 ASCAP awards, "Best Latin Artist" at the Los Angeles Music Awards and collaborated with composer Danny Elfman on the original Lyrics for the "Serenada Schizofrana" which was performed at the Carnegie Hall, NY City in March 2005. SESAC Latina Songwriter of the year, 2007, Claudia had 5 songs simultaneously on the Billboard charts.

She has worked and continues working with some of the biggest names in music both in the Anglo and Latin field: David Foster, Walter Afanasieff, Humberto Gatica, George Noriega, Mark Portmann, Jeremy Lubbock, Sebastian Krys, Armando Avila, David Frank, Lindy Robbins, Gary Burr, Wayne Rodriguez, Rudy Maya, Reyli, Cahchorro Lopez, Coti, Kike Santander, among others.

Claudia produced her first album in 10 years, "Por Capricho", together with L.A. based producer Jeeve Ducornet. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, Miami and Rio de Janeiro along with the talents of Jorge Calandrelli, Ramon Stagnaro, Tim Pierce, Torcuato Mariano and Dan Warner, among others. Mixed by Mauricio Guerrero, it includes 2 duets with guest stars Beto Cuevas from La Ley and Noel from Sin Bandera.

Claudia Recently wrote the end title "Esperanza viva" for the blockbuster movie "Ladron que roba a ladron" (Lions Gate), and many of her songs can be heard on "Cane" and "American Next Top Model" episodes.

Just returned from Nashville, Claudia is currently in her Los Angeles studio working on Josh Groban, Il Divo, Danity Kane, Luis Fonsi and Haash new projects. Several songs for new films are on their way...

Wayne Kramer is a songwriter, producer and composer whose reputation writing music for television and film risks supplanting his legend as one of rock's stellar guitarists. Rolling Stone recognizes him as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time and highlights from recent scoring work can be heard in the Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby for Sony Pictures. One of Wayne's signature solo tracks "Edge of the Switchblade" runs at its end title credits. He co-composed the score for the controversial HBO documentary Hacking Democracy, which also featured his single "Something Broken in the Promised Land" as its title track.

Wayne is currently scoring the ITVS/PBS feature length documentary The Narcotic Farm, about America's decades-long failed drug war as well as its narration and accompanying soundtrack album Lexington. In 2008 he will score Let It Blurt!, biopic of legendary gonzo writer Lester Bangs, and the indie rave thriller Hooking Up.

On television, Wayne's title theme for Fox Sports Networks' extreme sports program 5-4-3-2-1 was a bona fide hit and he now has many themes running on Fox including, Spotlight, In My Own Words and Under the Lights. At the end of 2006, Wayne composed the theme for E!'s new hit series Split Ends as well as the "Unlabeled" commercial for Jim Beam.

Wayne's songs have been featured in a wide array of shows, including MTV Jackass series, Judging Amy for 20th Century Fox TV and Chris Carter's Fox series Millenium. Additionally, his songs and cues are regularly heard in NFL, NBA and MLB Playoff events and many Food Network productions.

His songs can be heard in various feature films including Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, the Ramones Rock 'n' Roll High School, October Films' action film Detour, Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol and Pump Up the Volume starring Christian Slater.

Wayne founded the MC5, widely recognized as the prototype for punk rock and heavy metal. In 1969, they released the ridiculously controversial album Kick Out The Jams on Elektra Records, which included the hit of the same name. After leaving Elektra, they released two albums on Atlantic Records: Back In The USA, produced by Bruce Springsteen's manager Jon Landau; and the critically hailed High Time. Between world tours, Wayne wrote scores for the Caroline Films feature Gold and The Living Theatre's film production of Paradise Now.

Wayne spent the 80s in New York City, where he teamed up with the infamous Johnny Thunders for a short-lived, but headline grabbing, punk rock supergroup Gang War. Soon after, Wayne co-wrote the acclaimed R&B musical The Last Words of Dutch Schultz with Mick Farren, then he joined the revolutionary acid funk outfit Was (Not Was) with David and Don Was.

Wayne moved to Los Angeles in 1994, signed with Epitaph Records and recorded four records in as many years: The Hard Stuff (1995), followed by Dangerous Madness (1996), Citizen Wayne (1997) and a live album LLMF (1998). He also produced and co-wrote the album Full Circle with John Sinclair and produced a retrospective collection for Rhino Records entitled The Big Bang: Best of the MC5 as well as the punk compilation Wayne Kramer Presents: Beyond Cyberpunk for MusicBlitz.

Wayne launched MuscleTone Records in 2001. Its flagship release in 2002 was his own album Adult World. In 2003, he music-directed a performance for the DVD entitled Sonic Revolution: A Celebration of the MC5. A 30-minute documentary of that reunion performance was produced by MuscleTone Records in partnership with Levi's Vintage Clothing and was broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom in 2004. The hour-long edit of the concert ran as a broadcast staple for Trio Networks in the USA.

Wayne tours the world as a musician, speaker and activist. He regularly writes with, and produces, upstart rock 'n' roll bands.

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