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BMI to Present Star-studded “How I Wrote That Song” Panel at 2012 Billboard Latin Conference

Posted in News on April 17, 2012

Chino & Nacho, Horacio Palencia, Gocho and Benny Camacho set to speak at the JW Marriott Marquis on April 25 in Miami, Florida

BMI has confirmed Latin music giants Chino & Nacho, Horacio Palencia, Gocho and Benny Camacho as panelists for BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” panel on Wednesday, April 25 at the JW Marriott Marquis (255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL 33131) from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

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BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” panel is an annual pre-Latin Billboard Awards & Conference event that serves as a platform to discuss the process of writing, producing and performing hit songs. The discussion also canvasses songwriting’s significance, from creating career longevity to determining today’s Latin charts. The panel has historically featured an array of music’s top-tier talent.

The conversation will be moderated by Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Latin Music.

Visit http://www.billboardevents.com/latin/ for further details.

About the panelists:

CHINO & NACHO @ChinoyNacho
Chino & Nacho are a Venezuelan Latin-urban duo with a romantic, tropical style whose debut album was released in 2008. The duo comprises Chino (born Jesús Alberto Miranda Pérez on November 15, 1984) and Nacho (born Miguel Ignacio Mendoza on August 22, 1983). Well established as Venezuela’s top homegrown urban act, Chino & Nacho signed an international recording contract with Universal Music in November 2009 and made their stateside debut with their break-out hit “Mi Niña Bonita,” which earned them the Latin Grammy for Best Urban Music Album. Over the course of the next several months, “Niña Bonita” rose to the top of the Billboard Latin Songs chart. Meanwhile, Universal released the full-length album Mi Niña Bonita (2010) on its Machete Music imprint. The album went on to spawn other international radio hits such as “Tu Angelito” and “Lo Que No Sabes Tu.” On October 18, 2011, the duo released their new studio album, Supremo, which features new single “El Poeta” as well as appearances by Jay Sean and Luis Enrique. The duo received their second BMI Latin Awards for songwriting this year.

HORACIO PALENCIA @horaciopalencia
The multi-award winning songwriter Horacio Palencia, a native of Mazatlan Sinaloa, began his career at the young age of 16. His life began to change when Banda Santa Rosa recorded two of Palencia’s songs entitled “Ardiente amor” and “Perdona.” After winning songwriting awards from SACM, Billboard and BMI, Palencia’s songs were recorded by Chavela Vargas, Banda El Recodo, Los Huracanes Del Norte, Banda Pequeños Musical, Lupillo Rivera, El Trono De México, Horoscopos de Durango and many more. Currently, Horacio Palencia is one of the most active songwriters on the Billboard charts; currently, seven of his songs—six in the Regional Mexican genre and one in tropical—are climbing. Horacio recently signed an exclusive recording deal with Universal Music/ Fonovisa. “Que Pensabas,” his debut single as a recording artist, is currently on radio rotation and his debut album, Mis Canciones, Ustedes y Yo, will be released this summer. Horacio received his seventh BMI Latin Award and earned the Song of the Year for the second time at this year’s BMI Latin Awards.

GOCHO @GOCHOMUSIC
Puerto Rican producer Jose Angel “Gocho” Torres boasts a first-class family pedigree - his grandfather owns the beloved vocal quartet Los Hispanos de Puerto Rico; his father is Rafi Torres, the legendary trombonist who has played with salsa icons like Tito Nieves and Ray Barreto; his brother, Luis Rafael Torres, is a member of the band Cultura Profética; and his aunt sings back-up for such Spanish pop luminaries as Ednita Nazario and Luis Fonsi. Although music permeated his childhood and adolescence in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the 22-year-old prodigy didn’t always plan on becoming one of the most sought-after producers in reggaeton. At 19, he funded and executive produced his very first “various artists” reggaeton album, MVP. He later went on to establish MVP Records with Raul Lopez and produce artists such as Divino and Angel y Khriz, and co-produced both the pop and reggaeton versions of Shakira’s mega-hit single “La Tortura.” Gocho received his second BMI Latin Award for songwriting this year.

BENNY CAMACHO @bennycamacho
Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, Benny Camacho began writing songs at an early age. While in school, he caught the attention of Rogelio Garcia, who recorded two songs that Benny wrote, “Sangre Corriente” and “Libre de Culpa,” which spent months at the top of the Mexican charts. After this success, Benny was called on to write songs for such artists as Sergio Vega, El Coyote, Julio Preciado, Banda Machos, and Valentin Elizalde. Soon after, La Original Banda el Limon recorded his songs “Vida Moderna” and “Derecho de Antigüedad,” which earned him a Latin Grammy nomination and a BMI Latin Award. Recently, Fidel Rueda recorded his songs “Caprichosa” and “Me Encantaria,” which earned him several Billboard Award nominations. Benny is currently preparing to release his debut album as a recording artist, Hora de Complacencias, with the lead single “Baje la Guardia.”