Our First Durango!
by Lanny West and Leslie Fram
Unbelievable! We cannot thank you enough for putting Sonia Leigh on the showcase schedule for the Asheville Durango. Being our first Durango we had no idea what to expect, even after you gave me the run down. Other than knowing we would have the opportunity to meet other songwriters and have a chance to play Sonia's music for industry professionals we really had no idea what the expo was all about. My personal favorite was the networking. A rare and exciting chance to meet so many writers and make many new friends.
I was very pleased at the professionalism exhibited by you and your staff. I also noted that even with the caliber of star power in attendance the expo was ego free. The seasoned, accomplished writers sharing their secrets and giving the up and comers a chance to learn without boundaries.
Even before joining Sonia's team Leslie and I knew she was special, talented and an amazing writer/performer. To have that validated in such a way at this expo was chilling and so very powerful. The total experience has elevated our drive and motivation to be an even more important part of Sonia breaking through many new career ceilings. And the focus to help keep the train on the tracks and headed in the right direction even more profound.
As an artist manager I recommend and encourage more managers to attend a Durango. As a matter of fact, the writers/artists should make attendance by their managers mandatory. Having the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the writing process, the drive, and the passion to pour the words over paper and share them with strangers is priceless.
Because of Durango many new doors have opened to Sonia and other young singer/songwriters/performers. This was truly a magical weekend.
Thanks to you and your staff. You will see us again!