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Writing Camp Behind New Idol CDSep 22 2004

Toronto – Canada’s most recent Canadian Idol, Kalan Porter has access to a wealth of musical material for his debut CD thanks to a unique writing summit featuring composers from around the world.

Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) sponsored a week long writing camp at Phase One a Toronto recording facility, earlier this summer. “This was an intensive week featuring some 40 songwriters from Canada, U. S., Sweden, Denmark and the U. K.,” explains CMPA Executive Director Peter James. “The results were amazing with more than 100 songs written. The CD will feature 12 to 14 songs with the majority written by Canadian writers. At least nine of the songs on the new CD were a direct result of the success of the writing camp.”

Songwriter sessions at the camp included three writers per session beginning at 9 AM and running all day. Writers had an opportunity to work with various styles from different countries.

“The energy and enthusiasm was contagious,” explains James. “All the participants agreed that it was an unforgettable experience and many writers appreciated working with such experienced writer/musicians as Randy Bachman. Recording engineers were on hand to record demonstration recordings of the songs as they were created.”

Kalan Porter will begin recording the songs at the end of September and the album is expected to be released in mid-November by BMG Canada Inc .

“CMPA was pleased to sponsor this event to provide more opportunities for Canadian songwriters,” James concludes. “This was a creative, talented, productive group that has made a huge contribution to what is expected to be a very successful CD.

The CMPA is the voice for music publishing in Canada. Its mission is to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, domestic and international promotion and the support of creative forums.