Grammy-winning neo-soul artist John Legend has been added to the “How I Wrote That Song” panel discussion to be presented by BMI and the Los Angeles Times during Grammy Week. The panel, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at L.A.’s Key Club (9039 Sunset Blvd.), will feature some of BMI’s most successful songwriters discussing their craft. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster at KeyClub.com, or at the Key Club box office.
In addition to Legend, scheduled participants include BMI hit songwriters Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley), Dallas Austin, Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Sean Garrett, Kara DioGuardi, Butch Walker and Jeffrey Steele. The panel will be moderated by BMI Writer/Publisher Relations VP Catherine Brewton and Los Angeles Times chief music critic Ann Powers. Each panelist will perform one of their hit songs as well as answer questions about the business of songwriting and music.
Three-time Grammy winner John Legend, formerly known as an in-demand studio session man, stepped into the solo spotlight in 2004 as a singer, songwriter, pianist and performer in his own right with his debut album, Get Lifted. Driven in part by the hit singles “Ordinary People” and “Used To Love U,” Get Lifted was a critical and commercial triumph, earning John an astounding eight Grammy nominations—he won Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B album—and selling more than three million copies worldwide. With his new album, Once Again, he continues to craft intelligent, intuitive and sensual songs that showcase his pop/soul singer/songwriter abilities. Nominated in three Grammy categories this year (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Save Room,” Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Heaven,” and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Family Affair” [with Joss Stone and Van Hunt]), Legend will be performing at the 49th Annual Grammy ceremony with John Mayer and Corinne Bailey Rae.