Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter 5 winner Kate Brady recounts her first ASCAP Expo experience

[caption id="attachment_163007" align="alignnone" width="768"] Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter 5 winner Kate Brady[/caption] It was 20 degrees and snowing in Denver as I made my way to the airport. I refused to bundle up in my usual winter layers. Rather, I boycotted the snow in the near sights of heading back to sunny Los Angeles, where just a month before, I’d played at the Troubadour for the final round of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 5 competition. I had performed with four other talented singer-songwriters in front of a packed house, which also included the competition’s judge, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, Ariel Rechtshaid. After each competitor performed two original songs, Ariel made his decision on the winner and I was fortunate enough to have earned his selection. As one of the winning prizes, Guitar Center flew me out to Los Angeles for the ASCAP “I Create Music Expo” where I had the opportunity to network with some of the top writers and executives in the industry. I didn’t realize how nervous I was for the Expo until getting in line for registration. Maybe it was the sudden realization that I had been thrown into this more or less on my own in a league entirely…

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