Grammy-winning hip-hop icon Rev Run; RZA, the Grammy-winning founder of Wu-Tang Clan; Good Charlotte co-founders Joel and Benji Madden; multiple Grammy nominee/producer/artist and official voice of South Florida DJ Khaled; and Grammy-winning songwriter/producer RedOne are confirmed panelists for BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” 2012, slated for Saturday, February 11, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Key Club (9039 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069). More panelists will be announced soon.
BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” panel discussion is an annual pre-Grammy weekend event that celebrates Grammy winners and nominees, and also serves as a platform for panelists to discuss the process of writing, producing and performing hit songs. The panel has historically featured an array of music’s top-tier talent. Previous “How I Wrote That Song” participants have included will.i.am, T-Pain, NAS, Colbie Caillat, Common, T-Pain, Keri Hilson, Zac Brown, Seal, Cee Lo Green, super producers Chad Hugo (N.E.R.D., The Neptunes) and Sebastian Krys, hit-penning gurus Kara DioGuardi, Bonnie McKee, Claude Kelly and BC Jean, and more.
The conversation will be moderated by Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations.
BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” is open to members of the public, ages 15 years old and up. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day-of the panel. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.keyclub.com/.
About the panelists:
Rev Run is one of the most iconic figures in music. The front man of seminal hip-hop group Run-D.M.C., Rev has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and is widely credited for ushering rap music into mainstream culture. An inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Run-D.M.C. was named the greatest hip-hop artist of all-time by both MTV and VH1. Run remains a dynamic figure in entertainment today. His hit MTV show, Run’s House, aired for six seasons and became one of the most widely viewed shows on cable television. Recently, Run has become a highly sought-after deejay and public speaker. Run’s daily inspirational words of wisdom are followed by nearly 3,000,000 people on Twitter and have established him as a thought leader in the world of social media.
DJ Khaled is the deejay for one of Miami’s most notable radio stations, 99 Jamz. Paired up with K-Foxx, DJ Khaled currently has the #1 rated radio show in South Florida. Over a decade on the radio has inspired Khaled to develop his own sound of music. The versatile deejay has produced tracks for artists such as Daddy, Pitbull, Young Jeezy, and his Terror Squad brother Fat Joe. In February 2008, Khaled launched his new label, We The Best Music, under Def Jam Records. Later that year, Khaled was appointed President of Def Jam South. Under his watch, we have seen albums released from Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Ace Hood and Triple C’s. Khaled is currently signed to Young Money Cash Money as an artist.
Multiple Grammy-winning RedOne has become one of the most successful and sought after producers and songwriters in the world. He has earned more than 35 international hit singles in the past three years, including 18 No. 1s. RedOne won a Grammy in 2010 for “Poker Face” with Lady Gaga off of The Fame album, which RedOne produced. He also co-wrote seven of the album’s tracks, including five back-to-back hit singles. RedOne garnered Grammy gold again in 2011 for his production on Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster. He’s up for yet another Grammy this year for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which features several tracks he also produced. Named BMI Songwriter of the Year in 2010, RedOne was also Billboard’s Producer of Year and #1 Songwriter. In addition to Gaga, RedOne has collaborated with Enrique Iglesias (“I Like It,” featuring Pitbull, and “Dirty Dancer”), Usher (“More”), Midnight Red (“One Club at a Time”), Pitbull (“Rain Over Me,” featuring Marc Anthony) and Jennifer Lopez, with whom RedOne crafted the career-surging single “On the Floor” and led as Executive Producer on her album Love? redoneprod.com
The founder of the Wu-Tang Clan is recognized worldwide as a multi-faceted talent for his skills as a producer, director, author rapper, and actor. As a producer, RZA is responsible for many momentous records such as Wu-Tang Clan’s debut Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, which is considered to be one of the most influential albums of the past three decades. Since that time he has crafted countless classics for artists ranging from Bjork and the Black Keys, to Kanye West and Jay-Z. In addition, as a composer, he also has scored many films, including Quentin Tarantino’s classic Kill Bill. An author as well, in his 2005 New York Times bestseller, The Wu-Tang Manual, RZA provided the barest glimpse of how that mythology worked. His second New York Times bestseller, The Tao of Wu, was released in the fall of 2009 to great critical acclaim. Recently, RZA has taken his knowledge and love for the mediums of sound and fashion and partnered with street fashion giant WeSC on his Chambers by RZA premium headphones. twitter.com/#!/rza
Joel and Benji Madden
Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden and Benji Madden have always had grand ambitions. Back in the mid ’90s, when most upstart bands were drawing inspiration from the indie scene, the twin brothers were already aiming toward classic-rock-scale success. Formed in 1996, when the Madden twins were just 16 years old, Good Charlotte immediately set out to fuse youthful pop energy to the mainstream rock they loved. Based in Waldorf, Maryland, the Maddens, along with a couple of high school chums, quickly made a name for themselves playing clubs in nearby Washington, D.C. Epic Records took notice, and the group was awarded a lucrative multi-album deal. Released in 2000, Good Charlotte’s self-titled debut album made minor waves; it was their 2002 disc, The Young and the Hopeless, which catapulted the group to stardom and multi-platinum sales. Good Charlotte has since pushed the envelope with 2004’s The Chronicles of Life and Death and 2007’s Good Morning Revival. Newly signed to Capitol Records, the group released their latest album, Cardiology, in 2011. They have sold over nine million albums worldwide and achieved countless No. 1 hits. Joel and Benji Madden have also written songs for such artists as Matisyahu, Sean Kingston, Kreayshawn and All Time Low. goodcharlotte.com