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May 20, 2014

Time: 5:30 - 7:00

AIMP NYC Pitch Sessions - Part 2

This year’s creative sessions started off with exciting creative insight on April 21st,when two recording artists Riley Biederer and Claire Wilkinson, who are writing music for their debut albums appeared before the NY songwriting community . They and their reps presented their music and vision for collaboration.  In case you were not able to attend, you can watch a clip of the meet-up here .  If you are or become an AIMP member, you can watch the entire program here (login first).

Now, songwriters have until May 12th to submit songs to
info@atlasmusicgroup.com.  You may submit 2 songs for each artist. Each song should be submitted with the artist/title in the subject of a separate email, along with the lyrics in the body.

Top songs for each artist will be chosen and in session two these songs will be discussed by the artist in person, as well as their reps with the hopes of setting up writing seasons with the writers that best creatively match the artists.  See below for more info and music from our artists. Please get as familiar as possible with them.

Session two will take place on May 20th at The Cutting Room NYC from 5:30 - 7:00. These sessions are free and guests are welcome. We ask that you purchase food and or beverage during and/or after the event to help AIMP defray costs. We also encourage you to bring non-AIMP members in the hopes they will be inspired to become members.



The first thing you notice about Atlanta-raised singer/songwriter Riley is how self-assured she is at seventeen. Her vocal virtuosity is undeniable too. But neither trait marks her as an outlier, not among what a new book calls Alpha Girls: talented, highly motivated, and self-confident.

She’s also not the first teenager to write her first song after school on her neighbor’s laptop. But few of those compositions hook big-time collaborators and Elton John’s management company. From that first effort, she was a natural at taking something specific, like a classmate’s lack of self-confidence on the guitar (a boy, naturally), and making the creative leap to a universally relatable theme. “We all feel a little broken on the inside.” That’s a rare knack.

“I try to write about what’s real,” Riley says. “I write about love, because everybody knows what that’s like, good or bad.” She won’t apologize for her youthful lyrical frame-of-reference. “You’re learning what heartbreak is. Later you realize it gets better, but at the time you’re like ‘Oh my God, it’s my whole life.’” Riley recently found herself dumped. And like a true Alpha Girl, she made the experience work for her. She considers the song she wrote about it the best of the two hundred or so she’s written or co-written.

Riley was recently presented the 2012 Bill Lowery Horizon Award by the Friends of Georgia Music and the Georgia Senate Music Industry Committee. Governor Nathan Deal presented the award at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and she performed on live TV in the award show. Riley continues to write and record in Atlanta, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles for her forthcoming debut album.



Artist, songwriter Claire Wilkinson hails from Nashville. She began taking voice lessons at the age of seven and started songwriting at fourteen when she wrote her first song “Growing Hope” to help a nonprofit organization support local hunger relief.

At only sixteen, she has already worked with top talent such as Nathan Chapman, Pebe Sebert, Ludwig Goranssen, and Kesha and has mastered her signature sound. As a singer-songwriter, Wilkinson combines elements of 90’s indie-girl rock with a modern-alternative flare and strong musical influences from the likes of Coldplay, Regina Spektor, Little Dragon, U2 and Imogene Heap. With lots of energy there is no limit to her creativity. She manages to capture a sense of femininity and emotion with a touch of turmoil to give her sound an edgy yet relatable spiritual asset to those who hear her music. About her music, Wilkinson says, “I truly love music with everything that I am. I honestly just want to find a way to successfully share my music with people. There is something beautiful about exposing yourself to the world in your raw and honest form, and for me that’s my music.”


Riley Biederer
Recording Artist

Claire Wilkinson
Recording Artist

Samantha Cox

Jon Howard
Rocket Entertainment


Richard Stumpf
Atlas Music Publishing

Jennifer Blakeman
Atlas Music Publishing

Molly Seel
Atlas Music Publishing

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