The Durango Songwriters Expo will be showcasing young talent from Arizona and Southern California on Monday April 18th at the popular Compound Grill music venue in Phoenix. The show will close with a very special performance by 60s iconic singer/songwriter MELANIE accompanied by her son and daughter.

Nashville, TN March 25, 2011 - The Importance of Music in the Family will be the theme for this showcase featuring some of the Durango Songwriters Expo's youngest and most impressive performers. Approximately six young singer/songwriters will be featured. [Confirmed performers include Lizzie Garn (AZ), Courtney Cotter (AZ), Zoe Zelkind (CA), Jamey Geston (CA), Nicolette Hayford (TN)]

This charity event will take place at The Compound Grill Music Venue and Restaurant at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85054 (480.585.5483) from 6-10PM local time.

Following the performances by the Expo's featured up-and-comers, the show will close with a short set by MELANIE and her children, also grown professional performers.

MELANIE is most known for her memorable performance at Woodstock '69, perhaps the most famous music event in history. MELANIE and her music still thrive today. Her 1971 #1 hit "Brand New Key" is currently featured in the "Happy Baby" HP printer commercial and the hit movie Jackass 3D. MELANIE performed at the Expo in 2010 and is a recent transplant from Tennessee to the greater Phoenix community.

There is no set cover charge for the show but donations are requested and will be accepted at the door to benefit Ear Candy Charity, a local organization which exists to promote music and raise funds to acquire musical instruments for children who wish to learn to play, and to "Provide Youth Access to Music Education." For more about Ear Candy Charity visit

About The Compound Grill:

Founded by the producers of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, The Compound exists to provide the same result—participation in the areas of community, culture and charity. It's a public venue where culturally informed, like-minded souls go to witness the collaboration of live music and great food on a regular basis. Visit for more information.

About the Durango Songwriters Expo:

Since 1996 the Durango Songwriters Expo has hosted industry events in Colorado, California, Arizona, Utah and North Carolina. The semi-annual Expo, now famous among music industry executives, brings music publishers, record companies, producers, managers and others involved in the music business together for three days of networking, showcasing, and evaluating songs by aspiring songwriters. Expo alumni have written many hit songs including "Every Day" (Rascal Flats), "Lucky" (Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat) and "Beer On The Table" (Josh Thompson).


DA Jack Hayford, Executive Director


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