The USC Thornton School Of Music And Songwriters Hall Of Fame To Launch New Master Session Series

Inaugural Master Session to feature legendary music producer and songwriter, David Foster

LOS ANGELES (March 19, 2013) – The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the Songwriters Hall of Fame have jointly announced a new partnership, The Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions at the USC Thornton School of Music.  The inaugural Master Session will feature legendary music producer, songwriter and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, David Foster, on April 19, 2013 on the Carson Soundstage, USC Campus, at 2pm.

David Foster has composed and produced a stunning number of hits throughout the last four decades. Foster is a 16-time Grammy winner and three-time Oscar nominee and has been an integral part of the biggest and best talents in the music industry including Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Chicago, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Josh Groban, Earth Wind & Fire, N’Sync, The Corrs, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Chaka Khan, The Tubes, All 4 One, Michael Bolton, Brandy and many more. In between writing and producing, the 16-time Grammy winner and three-time Oscar nominee has been busy with the now legendary Foster & Friends franchise –concerts, DVDs, CDs and PBS Great Performances Specials. As of December 2012, David Foster had been appointed as the Chairman of Universal’s Verve Music Group. David is currently in the studio with Mary J. Blige, Bryan Adams and Stevie Wonder.

“David Foster truly has a musical Midas touch,” said Songwriters Hall of Fame President/CEO Linda Moran. “He has worn almost every hat in the business over the last four decades, each one equally and extraordinarily successful. There is no one more appropriate to be the inaugural guest of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Session at USC Thornton School of Music than SHOF inductee David Foster.”

The Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions at USC Thornton School of Music will be an ongoing series integrated into the curriculum of USC Thornton’s groundbreaking Popular Music Program. Launched in 2009, the USC Thornton Bachelor of Music in Popular Music was the first degree program of its kind within a major university.  The first class from the program will be graduating this May, 2013.  Students in the program have secured significant recording and publishing contracts, placed songs in films and television, launched successful national and international tours, won nationally televised competitions and received a Latin GRAMMY nomination. The Songwriters Hall of Fame has a long tradition of providing a forum for young songwriters to get an intimate view of the craft and processes of some of the most important songwriters of the day. Begun originally in New York City with sessions focusing on the work of such greats as the late Chairman Emeritus Hal David and current Chairman Jimmy Webb, the concept now expands to the West Coast.

USC Thornton’s Vice Dean of Contemporary Music and founding director of the Popular Music program, Chris Sampson, will be moderating the sessions which will present a wide-range of Masters.

“The SHOF Master Sessions will provide truly unique access for our students,” said Sampson.  “The series will present extraordinary creative and professional role models who will provide invaluable insights in the art, craft and profession of songwriting.  I couldn’t imagine a better person to kick-off this series than David Foster.”

Each Master will visit the Carson Soundstage on the USC campus to present an intimate class that will be part lecture, performance, masterclass and interview.  Students will have ample opportunity for Q&A and conversation with each guest.

For general inquiries, call (213) 740-3224, or e-mail [email protected].

About The USC Thornton Popular Music Program:
Founded in the fall of 2009, the Popular Music Program at the USC Thornton School of Music is a unique music degree program for the rock, pop, R&B, folk, Latin and country artist. The USC Thornton School of Music began this program to address the needs of musicians who did not fit the traditional classical and jazz offerings that are typical in most university music programs. Each class is highly selective and limited to 25 talented songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists who enroll from all regions of the United States. In bringing these students together in Los Angeles, USC’s home and a music industry capital, the program aspires to address the dynamic and changing landscape of the music profession.