The ASCAP Foundation honored singer/songwriter/recording artist Johnny Rodgers with the Jamie deRoy & friends award for outstanding work, dedication and craftsmanship as a songwriter. The accolade was presented during the Foundation’s 13th Annual Awards Ceremony tonight at the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York City. The invitation-only event, hosted by ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn Bergman, also honored vocalist/recording star/songwriter Judy Collins with The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award for music in the service of vital causes dedicated to a better world. The foundation also recognized a wide variety of Scholarship and Award recipients, all of whom benefit from programs of The ASCAP Foundation. Johnny Rodgers also provided a sensational performance of his new single – The Best of You In Me for the music industry leaders that attended the Awards event. Jamie deRoy bubbled about Johnny after the show “JOHNNY WAS FABULOUS. FABULOUS!!!! Everyone thinks he will be a STAR!!! A BIG STAR!!!!” Johnny’s debut CD Box of Photographs earned him instant acclaim from critics and radio stations across the country. All said, “if this collection is any indication of what’s to come, Rodgers will be across the board superstar.” Liza Minnelli discovered Johnny several years ago, bringing him on as a pianist and guest performer on her world tours and current Broadway run. Rodgers released 2 more EPs this month. The pop/rock compilation of BOUND TOGETHER features The Best of You In Me and the Christmas single Lord Let The Angels Sing, with guest artist Ben Taylor. The second EP delivers a big band swing duet with Liza titled LET’S MAKE A DATE. The new releases are available at iTunes, CDFreedom, select retail outlets and at Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. ###

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