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Loyola hosts symposium on songwriting

March 19, 2010

On Saturday, March 20, Loyola University New Orleans will host a songwriting symposium featuring renowned songwriting panelists John Braheny, Jim Photoglo, Barbara Cloyd and Bud Tower. The symposium is presented by the Center for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship at Loyola, as part of its Year of the Writer initiative. The event also falls in line with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s declaration of 2010 as the Year of the Song.

The symposium will begin with panelist presentations at 10:30 a.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall, on Loyola’s main campus. At an afternoon session at 2:30, Loyola students and the public will have the opportunity to perform a song or play a demo and have it critiqued by the panel. Panelists will evaluate the songs and award the best writers with prizes, including studio time to record demos, graphic design for album covers and submission to a publishing house for consideration. Sign-up for the afternoon song and demo session begins at 10:30 a.m., and performers are asked to bring six copies of their lyrics.

Braheny is a top consultant and coach for songwriters, artists and music industry entrepreneurs. His music career has included many years as a solo acoustic performer, songwriter, recording artist, commercial jingle writer/producer and film composer. He and Len Chandler founded and ran the legendary Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase and he is a past president of California Copyright Conference. His book, “The Craft and Business of Songwriting,” has sold more than 75,000 copies.

Photoglo’s music career has spanned four decades as both a songwriter and artist, bringing his unique creative voice to the R&B, pop and country arenas. His solo career took off when he was signed to the 20th Century Fox label in 1979, culminating in a pair of Pop hits: “We Were Meant To Be Lovers” in 1980 and “Fool in Love With You” in 1981. He and Russell Smith of The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Bernie Leadon of the Eagles and songwriter Vince Melamed formed the band Run C&W, taking classic soul songs of the 60s and 70s and rearranging and performing them as bluegrass songs with comedic undertones. Their antics led to recording two albums for MCA Nashville and gained them a worldwide underground following. Photoglo also has collaborated on recordings with many A-list musicians such as Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, John Anderson and Kathy Mattea.

Tower is a songwriter and singer from Nashville and New Orleans. He co-wrote Hank Williams Jr’s radio single “Red, White & Pink-slip Blues” off Williams’ "127 Rose Avenue" album and "God & Guns," the title track of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 2009 album. Tower also is the creator of rhyming dictionary site http://www.wikirhymer.com/.

Cloyd has served as a workshop moderator for the Nashville Songwriters Association and was the creator and host of the long-running Country Song Contest at Gibson Cafe which helped many writers make connections in the music industry. She has hosted popular writer’s nights at Nashville venues such as Radio Cafe, The French Quarter and The Broken Spoke. Currently, she is a board member for the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival and is a mentor for Just Plain Folks. Through workshops, classes, recorded critiques and individual sessions, she helps new writers develop their writing skills and navigate their way through the music business.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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