Panelists include Cee Lo Green, Seal, Bonnie McKee, Claude Kelly, Chad Hugo, & BC Jean
BMI will stage the annual Grammy-infused installment of its popular “How I Wrote That Song” panel on Saturday, February 12 from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Key Club (9039 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069) in Los Angeles. Panelists will include multiple Grammy-winning rapper/singer/songwriter/producer Cee Lo Green; multiple Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Seal; Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer Chad Hugo; Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Claude Kelly; hit songwriter Bonnie McKee; hit songwriter BC Jean; and more to be announced soon.
A panel discussion spiked with performances, BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” will be moderated by Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta. This pre–Grammy weekend event is open to members of the public, ages 18 years old and up. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day-of the panel. Tickets can be purchased at keyclub.com.
BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” participants have composed a jaw-dropping collection of contemporary smashes: Beyoncé’s “If I Were A Boy” (BC Jean); Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream,” Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me,” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” (Bonnie McKee); Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Britney Spears’ “Circus,” Fantasia’s “Bittersweet,” Chrisette Michele’s “Blame It On Me,” and Miley Cyrus’ “Party In the USA” (Claude Kelly); Goodie Mob’s “Cell Therapy,” Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” and Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You” aka “(Forget You)” (Cee Lo Green); Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Jay Z’s “Excuse Me Miss” and “I Just Wanna Love you (Give It 2 Me),” Ludacris’ “Money Maker,” and Robin Thicke’s “Wanna Love You Girl” (Chad Hugo); and “Krazy,” “Love’s Divine,” and “Kiss From a Rose” (Seal).
“How I Wrote That Song” is sponsored by TW Steel.
BMI’s layered approach to songwriter development comprises educational, creative and promotional opportunities. Events include annual must-attend panels like “How I Wrote That Song”; workshops including the Tony-winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop; myriad showcase series, and stages and slots at premier festivals including Lollapalooza, South By Southwest, the French Quarter Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the Key West Songwriters Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Sundance, Folk Alliance, MOBfest, AthFest, Florida Music Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival, Sandestin Music Festival, Atlantis Music Conference, and more.
Pictured above are (first row) Cee Lo Green; (second row) Bonnie McKee, Chad Hugo, and Seal; (third row) BC Jean and Claude Kelly.