6 episodes

VERSED: THE ASCAP PODCAST illuminates the heart and soul of music - the songwriters and composers whose work makes us sing, dance and want to change the world. Regularly featuring the greatest music creators from a diversity of genres who share the stories behind writing their hits and best-loved work - and the gems of wisdom they gained in the process - as well as industry experts who discuss the important issues that affect the lives and livelihoods of all music creators, VERSED offers insight into the hearts and minds of music professionals like never before. If music is your life, and you want to experience what it’s like inside ASCAP’s music creator community, then VERSED is required - yet fascinating - listening.

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VERSED: THE ASCAP PODCAST illuminates the heart and soul of music - the songwriters and composers whose work makes us sing, dance and want to change the world. Regularly featuring the greatest music creators from a diversity of genres who share the stories behind writing their hits and best-loved work - and the gems of wisdom they gained in the process - as well as industry experts who discuss the important issues that affect the lives and livelihoods of all music creators, VERSED offers insight into the hearts and minds of music professionals like never before. If music is your life, and you want to experience what it’s like inside ASCAP’s music creator community, then VERSED is required - yet fascinating - listening.

    Episode 5 - Anaïs Mitchell

    Episode 5 - Anaïs Mitchell

    Anaïs Mitchell is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter with an ever-growing font of solo and collaborative projects. Her best-known triumph: Hadestown, an avant-garde "folk opera" that underwent a 12-year transformation into a Tony-winning, widely acclaimed Broadway musical. On January 24, just days before Mitchell finds out if she can add a Grammy to her mantle, Mitchell releases her first album with Bonny Light Horseman - a group of indie-folk heroes reinterpreting timeless traditional songs. ASCAP’s Sarah Finegold spoke with Anaïs at ASCAP HQ about living in the world of Hadestown, songwriting craft, tattoos and more. Then Bryan Calhoun, author of Music Business Toolbox, shares some valuable advice for music creators for 2020.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 4 - Carly Pearce

    Episode 4 - Carly Pearce

    Born and bred in Kentucky, Carly Pearce was destined for a life in Country music. After her debut single “Every Little Thing” reached #1 and put her in the rare company of only three women in the last decade to have accomplished that feat, Pearce is now in the vanguard of top women in country music. We spoke with her on the eve of the 2019 ASCAP Country Awards in Nashville, where she celebrated the success of her single "Hide the Wine" onstage, alongside collaborators Ashley Gorley and Hillary Lindsey. Pearce talked to ASCAP’s Beth Brinker about her long journey to “overnight” singer-songwriter success, her career challenges and triumphs, how she stays mentally and physically fit and her highly anticipated new album coming out this Valentine's Day. Beth also offers “Sound Advice” on how and why you should join ASCAP as both a writer and a publisher.

    • 49 min
    Episode 3 - Nicholas Britell

    Episode 3 - Nicholas Britell

    Nicholas Britell is the Academy Award-nominated composer whose music has graced such films as If Beale Street Could Talk and Best Picture Oscar winners Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave as well as Vice, The Big Short and others. He just won an Emmy for his theme to HBO’s critically-acclaimed series Succession and his music can be heard in the new Netflix film The King. He opens up about his educational and professional development, working with some of today’s most provocative film directors such as Barry Jenkins, Adam McKay and Steve McQueen, and what success means - and sounds like - to him. Also, ASCAP SVP of Membership Nicole George-Middleton discusses ASCAP’s support for women in music and offers “Sound Advice” on the importance of working out songwriting splits early in the creative process with your co-writers.

    • 46 min
    Episode 2 - (Bonus Episode) Paul Williams on Recovery and Wellness

    Episode 2 - (Bonus Episode) Paul Williams on Recovery and Wellness

    In addition to being a legendary songwriter, Paul Williams is uniquely qualified to speak about how essential health and wellness is to one’s music career. Sober for nearly 30 years, Paul is passionate about recovery and works tirelessly to destigmatize alcoholism and addiction. His work in recovery was chronicled in the acclaimed documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive. He is a certified Drug Rehabilitation Counselor. And he co-wrote a best-selling book with Tracey Jackson called Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. As ASCAP launches a new member wellness program, ASCAP TuneUp, designed to help nurture the mind, body and spirit of today’s music creator, Paul shares how recovery and attention to wellness has helped him thrive, and how others can find a healthy balance in their own lives.
     

    • 7 min
    Episode 1 - Paul Williams

    Episode 1 - Paul Williams

    In our debut episode we talk with Paul Williams, the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning, Hall of Fame songwriter and President of ASCAP. Paul talks about unexpected opportunities and shares the inspiring story of Phantom of the Paradise, a commercial film flop that evolved into one of the most influential works of his career, and amazingly netted him an Album of the Year Grammy with Daft Punk 40 years later.
    PLUS: From the ASCAP archives, Captain Marvel and Fortnite composer Pinar Toprak talks!

    • 44 min
    VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast - COMING SOON

    VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast - COMING SOON

    VERSED: THE ASCAP PODCAST illuminates the heart, soul and power of music with the songwriters and composers whose work makes us feel, sing, dance and want to change the world. Regularly featuring the greatest music creators from a diversity of genres who share the unvarnished truth about their creative life and the wisdom they've earned along the way, VERSED offers insight into the hearts and minds of music creators like never before.

    • 1 min

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