SOCAN is mourning the passing of our member Brad Daymond, best known for co-writing the hits “Broken Bones” and “You’re a Superstar” as a member of JUNO Award-winning dance trio Love Inc., and also known in the music industry for his work with boy-band ‘N Sync at the height of their popularity. Daymond, originally from Barrie, Ontario, passed away August 3, 2018, at age 48, from complications due to cardiac arrest.

Daymond worked alongside DJ Chris Sheppard and singer Simone Denny in Love Inc., who earned two JUNO Awards, both for Best Dance Recording, in 1999 for “Broken Bones” and in 2001 for “Into the Night.” The group topped the charts with a handful of dance singles that garnered heavy rotation on MuchMusic, and achieved an unexpected second wave of popularity in Europe years later. “You’re a Superstar,” a co-write with Sheppard and Vince Degiorgio – who co-wrote extensively with Daymond for Love Inc. – has become an enduring favourite to this day in the U.K., resonating deeply with people there.

After Love Inc. disbanded, Daymond formed a production duo with Alex Greggs, Riprock ‘n’ Alex G – for which Degiorgio served as the A&R representative – and rode a wave of teen pop to great success. Together, the duo produced remixes for the likes of Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Jessica Simpson, and Christina Aguilera, that often appeared on their singles. Some remixes of ‘N Sync’s early singles were noticed by the group, and Daymond was hired to co-write two songs for their second album No Strings Attached in 2000. He also co-created three songs for their third album, Celebrity, in 2001. Daymond continued to write, on projects including Schizophrenic, ‘N Sync member JC Chasez’s debut album. He also served as a judge on the television singing competition Popstars 2.

“It didn’t matter what the project, Brad was always my first pick for working on everything from Republica to ‘N Sync,” says Degiorgio, a longtime music publisher who founded, owns and operates Cymba Music Publishing, and now serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Canadian Music Publishers Association. “He was incredibly generous in the studio. When you wrote with him, you really did write with him. He had talent to burn, and half the time we were laughing in the studio. Whenever we wrote, he just wanted to win the day, and on most days, we did. For me, ‘Superstar’ was only a part of Brad’s story; as a writer, he composed hooks and melodies like a meteor, and made it easy for his co-writers. He was that good. Whether in my capacity as a songwriter, or an A&R guy when he teamed up with his partner Alex Greggs, I could always trust him to get what I wanted.”

SOCAN extends its deepest condolences to Daymond’s family and friends, both inside and outside of the music industry.

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Pretty Woman: The Musical, with original, new music written by SOCAN members and longtime musical partners Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, debuts on Broadway on Aug. 16, 2018.

Based on the 1990 movie about a star-crossed meeting between a prostitute and a disillusioned businessman, the stage musical (which has been in well-reviewed previews since July 20) features a book co-written by the film’s director, the late Garry Marshall, and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. It’s directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, and Pretty Woman producer Paula Wagner is teaming up with Atlantic Records to release an original Broadway cast album, which will be produced by Adams and Vallance. (Tickets are available here.)

Just before opening night, Jim Vallance shared some thoughts with us about the songwriting process:

“The opening number for Pretty Woman: The Musical is titled, ‘Welcome to Hollywood.’  Perhaps it should have been titled, ‘Welcome to Broadway,’ because Broadway is where Bryan Adams and I have spent most of the past three years, and where we’ve been warmly received as newcomers and outsiders.

“This is our first Broadway show. Twenty-plus songs. Countless hours spent writing, rehearsing, performing, and re-writing. (Did I mention re-writing?) Truth be told, we’ve composed nearly 40 songs to get 20 for the show. Our amazing director, Jerry Mitchell, sent us back to the drawing board again, and again, and again.  Not because we didn’t deliver exactly what he requested each time, but because the story kept changing, the goal-posts kept moving.

“For example … For the opening of Act Two, we were originally asked to write a Hawaiian song, complete with ukuleles and luau dancers. A few months later the Hawaiian theme was out, and we were tasked with writing a rock song for a polo match in The Hamptons (no ukuleles, no luau). Further changes called for a lyric about money-and-greed… until the money-and-greed lyric was out, and we were back to the polo match again. Get the picture?

“Three years of intense work, on a steep learning curve. It’s been a journey, a challenge, an exhausting but incredible experience. Our official opening is August 16, but we’ve been performing previews to sold-out audiences for several weeks already.  Standing ovations every night. Is it a hit show?  We won’t know for sure until the New York theatre critics submit their verdicts the morning of August 17.  Fingers crossed.

“To paraphrase Neil Young, long may we run.”

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Award-winning music creator and SOCAN member Emilie LeBel was selected as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s new Affiliate Composer on Aug. 8, 2018.

The Affiliate Composer two-year residency is one of the most significant and prestigious opportunities for an emerging composer in Canada. It provides a chance to compose at least two works for one of the country’s finest orchestras, allows the composer to gain insights into the complexities of programming at the highest artistic level, and catapults them to national, and even international, prominence.

In the role of TSO Affiliate Composer, LeBel will be fully integrated into all areas of the organization, with access to its inner workings, and will also participate in educational work with young audiences as part of the orchestra’s community-engagement programs. She’ll work closely with TSO Interim Artistic Director Sir Andrew Davis, Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, and the artistic staff. LeBel succeeds Jordan Pal, who held the Affiliate Composer position from September 2015 to August 2018.

Described as having a “deft compositional hand, unwilling to hurry ideas,” and a style that’s “impressively subtle and sensuous,” LeBel specializes in concert-music composition focusing on textural landscapes, resonance, and variances in colour. Her compositions have been performed and/or recorded across North and South America, Europe, and the U.K. Her honours include the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, Canadian Music Centre Toronto Emerging Composer Award, and the Canadian Federation of University Women Elizabeth Massey Award. LeBel has completed a Doctorate in Composition at the University of Toronto, a BFA and MA in Music at York University, and an Honours Diploma in Audio Engineering at The Harris Institute for the Arts.

“Emilie is one of the most exciting young talents in the world of contemporary composition. Her music reflects her intelligence and audaciousness,” says Sir Andrew Davis. “Emilie brings to us her exceptional energy and versatility. Already known as an engaging communicator, and respected for her passionate advocacy work, she’ll be a brilliant ambassador for the TSO. I’m thrilled to welcome Emilie to the TSO’s artistic team.”

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