NJ SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND LAUNCHES A NEW EVENT
Wednesday, May 21st marks the first in a series of NJ Songwriters in the Round showcases to focus solely on female songwriters. It’s GIRLS NIGHT OUT and these girls are headed for the legendary Bitter End on Bleecker Street in NYC. The Jersey based organization is loading 5 talented female singer/songwriters, a few guitars and a bunch of fans into a bus and crossing the river for this debut event. And what better way to make a splash than in front of a TV audience. On The Beat (Time-Warner) is NY1’s entertainment program and they will be on location to capture the fun. The feature will air on-demand in all 5 boroughs in June. Performing on May 21st will be ASCAP songwriters Jaclyn Brown, Carrie Cheron, Lisa Coppola, Eryn Shewell and the show’s director, Deb Ferrara. Showtime is 7:15 and in keeping with the show’s tradition, there is no cover charge.
Tom DeSavia, Senior Vice President of Rock/Pop, ASCAP said: “ASCAP is proud to be a supporter of the NJ Songwriters Girls Night Out event. They continue to not only provide singer/songwriters an outlet to perform, but bring together these creators in a sense of true musical community.”
Now in it’s 6th year, NJ Songwriters in the Round is an original music showcase series founded by NJ songwriter/producer Deb Ferrara. The regular monthly event takes place every 3rd Tuesday at Maxwell’s in Hoboken and is sponsored by ASCAP, BMI, Rainmaker Public Relation & Artists Development and GoGirls Music. In addition to featuring the most promising up-and-coming songwriters from across the country and beyond, the organization regularly presents educational and networking events as well as charity concerts and auctions. Twice yearly, GIRLS NIGHT OUT will take the show to different locations in the tri-state area for a night of Girl Power. Deb organized NJ Songwriters in the Round because she felt there wasn’t much support for original music beyond open mic nights. The goal was to provide an outlet for serious songwriters, and to that end she fills the show’s precious slots using her discriminating ears. Said Ferrara, “New Jersey has an incredibly rich music history. The next Paul Simon or Bruce Springsteen could be on our stage and we urge the music community: fans, industry, press, and colleagues to check it out.”
Information on the May Girls Night Out artists can be found on their websites: www.myspace.com/lisacoppola, www.myspace.com/erynmusic, www.myspace.com/carriecheron and www.myspace.com/jaclynbrownsongs
Photo: Lisa Copolla