The 2018 Curtain Call Award was presented to vocalist, songwriter, film and television composer and esteemed alumnus Brett McLaughlin (’09) on Monday night in Massey Concert Hall.
In just eight years, McLaughlin has compiled a long list of accomplishments including composing songs for pop artists Daya, Troye Sivan, Selena Gomez, Andy Grammer, Hillary Duff and Capital Cities. He has won the ASCAP Pop Songwriting Award, the National Music Publishers Association Award and was included in Billboard’s 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016. In addition to songwriting credits, McLaughlin has expanded his reach into the film industry having scored the upcoming feature film “Sierra Burgess is a Loser.” He recently released his debut single “Mattress” under the name Leland.
The annual Curtain Call Award was created in 1995 to honor a School of Music alumni for achievement in the field of commercial music. Recent recipients have included Akil Thompson, Brandon Fraley, Geoff Koch and Danny Wells.