SESAC Latina at Monitor Latino Convention 2009
Held this past August in Industry Hills, CA, the 3rd annual Monitor Latino Convention drew thousands of attendees from all over the United States, Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. As part of the opening night's Monitor Latino Awards ceremony, Claudia Brant, the 3-time winner of SESAC Latina's Songwriter of the Year Award (from 2007 through 2009), received three new awards in recognition of her outstanding achievements during the past year. As a #1 record-breaker on the Billboard charts, she received "Songwriter of the Year" honors for the hit "No Me Doy Por Vencido" (co-written and performed by superstar Luis Fonsi) and "Publisher of the Year" honors for Nana Maluca Music, her own publishing company. During the ceremony, Claudia was surprised onstage by J. J. Cheng (Associate VP of SESAC Latina) and Trevor Gale (VP of Writer/Publisher Relations for SESAC), who bestowed upon her the SESAC #1 Award for her hit song "Aqui Estoy Yo" (performed by Luis Fonsi, Aleks Syntek, Noel Schajris, and David Bisbal), that remained at the top of the Billboard charts for several weeks during the first half of 2009.
That very same evening, SESAC Latina hosted a 3-hour long acoustic showcase ("Bohemia") featuring SESAC affiliates and special guests. The event drew a crowd of nearly 400 artists, songwriters, and entertainment executives, who sang along with the performers in an intimate setting. J.J. Cheng and Celeste Zendejas (Associate Director of SESAC Latina) made the opening remarks, and welcomed Carlos Bardelli and Hanny Saenz (the evening's MCs) to the stage.
Among the affiliates who performed were: Cesar Daniel Serrano (#1 with his song "Es Cosa de El" performed by Graciela Beltran), Jorge Herrera (one-half of Los Angeles-based norteno group Los Hermanos Herrera), Erika Ender (#1 in Mexico and the United States pop charts with "Cinco Minutos" performed by Gloria Trevi), Moi (who delighted the crowd with his Spanish-language version of "Superman"), German Montero (Regional Mexican banda superstar), Jeronimo Sada (Monterrey, Mexico-based songwriter with Top 10 hits performed by Palomo and El Chapo de Sinaloa), and Gardenia (Los Angeles-based alt-rock duo from Colombia and El Salvador).