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Songwriter Steinberg to guest at USC Thornton’s Master Session

by Jenevieve Ting
Billy Steinberg is the creative genius behind iconic hits such as Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” (Photo/Bruce Hulse)
Billy Steinberg is the creative genius behind iconic hits such as Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” (Photo/Bruce Hulse)

Grammy-award winning songwriter Billy Steinberg has been tapped for the second session in the continuing series titled “Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions at the USC Thornton School of Music.”

One of the most successful hit songwriters of the past 30 years and a Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) inductee, Steinberg has written songs for Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, The Bangles and Enrique Iglesias, among others. He has co-written five separate No. 1 singles on Billboard’s “Hot 100” and was the creative genius behind iconic hits such as Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”

“Billy Steinberg’s long track record of classic Top 10 and award-winning hits is undeniable,” said SHOF President and CEO Linda Moran. “It will be an extraordinary experience for students to be given an inside glimpse of his songwriting process.”

The sessions are an ongoing series that aim to enrich the curriculum of USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program, which launched in 2009 as the first degree program of its kind within a major university. A unique music degree program for the rock, pop, R&B, folk, Latin and country artist, it aspires to address the dynamic and changing landscape of the music profession.

Students in the program have gone on to secure recording contracts, place songs in film and television, launch national and international tours, and even receive a Latin Grammy nod.

“We are so fortunate to have this partnership with the Songwriters Hall of Fame,” said Chris Sampson, USC Thornton’s vice dean of the Division of Contemporary Music and founding director of the Popular Music Program. “The SHOF Master Sessions provides an incredible enhancement to their music studies.”

The Billy Steinberg Master Session will take place at the Carson Soundstage on Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact popularmusic@thornton.usc.edu or call (213) 740-3224.

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