By Pat Collins
Over the years, you’ve read a lot in these pages about this month’s cover artist, Bryan-Michael Cox. A seven-time SESAC Songwriter of the Year, Bryan has written and/or produced a seemingly endless stream of hits for artists including Usher, Alicia Keys, Brandy, Whitney Houston, Omarion, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Tamia, Monica, Toni Braxton and Mary J. Blige, to name just a few. While this kind of success is certainly uncommon, what’s even harder to come by is a person like Bryan. He’s that rare tastemaker who somehow manages to take his phenomenal success in stride. In so many ways he remains the same wide-eyed, exceptionally talented young man that signed with SESAC all those years ago. Bryan’s
upcoming induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor, a testament to his huge contribution to the music of Atlanta, his adopted hometown, and yet another in a long list of awards to have come his way. I know I speak for everyone here at SESAC in saying, ‘Congratulations Bryan. It’s been a pleasure working with you and watching you grow, and we know you’re just getting started.’
With the ongoing battle against illegal file-sharing and fallout from a struggling economy, these are challenging times in the music industry. As always, SESAC continues to step up and help discover new ways to promote and support our writers and music publishers. SESAC’s leadership in music industry events and issues has brought SESAC’s philosophy of worldclass services and win-win commerce to the attention of the music industry. SESAC recently participated in the World Copyright Summit for intellectual property held in Washington, D.C. The Summit provided an excellent forum to discuss worldwide opportunities and challenges in this dynamic and changing music industry.
Our recent New York Awards provide a good picture of SESAC’s successes across multiple genres. With numerous hits in the gospel and pop fields, the SESAC New York Music Awards Songwriter of the Year Greg Curtis has most recently penned chart-topping hits for R&B star Keyshia Cole and Gospel songstress Yolanda Adams, while Song of the Year winner Regie Hamm’s career elevated to new heights on the heels of his huge hit, “The Time of My Life,” for American Idol winner David Cook. On the West Coast, SESAC also recently held its annual celebration honoring its phenomenal roster of TV and Film composers with awards given to the amazing composers responsible for creating music for such shows as House, Dr. Phil, How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Two and a Half Men, Monk, Guiding Light, Maury, Entertainment Tonight, Rachael Ray, The Insider, among many others.
SESAC Latina recently held its Awards Ceremony in Miami Beach. Among the evening’s distinguished honorees were several of the most recognized names in Latin music today, including Claudia Brant, Noel Schajris, Diesel, Erika Ender, and Sebastian de Peyrecave. Songwriter Claudia Brant has enjoyed various #1 hits over the past year, including the record-breaking track “No Me Doy Por Vencido” (31 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Latin Pop Airplay Chart), as well as “Aqui Estoy Yo,” and “Yo No Se Perdonarte.” SESAC also welcomed the #1 solo artist in the Banda genre, German Montero. German’s new album Comprendeme was the #1 album on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Sales Chart its debut week already reaching gold sales status.
You can learn more about all of the above at SESAC’s newly retooled and redesigned website. In addition to all things SESAC, the new site utilizes video, podcasts and SESAC TV to educate and offer a comprehensive look at what’s happening in the ever-evolving music business. We invite you to click on www.sesac.com and dig in!