This June I'll be a mentor at the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project at Northwestern University. This is the program from which Paul & Pasek emerged (Umm, La La Land, City of Stars), and for which Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) & Stephen Bray (The Color Purple) mentored before me. My heart is extra full as Mr. Mercer's songs are the ones my father sang to me before bedtime ("Moonriver"), on long trips in the car ("Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive") and in fun ("You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby—but baby look at you now!") This one's for you Daddy!
Here's where I've been:
The 60th GRAMMY Awards where......
Confessions of a Serial Songwriter was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album > > > > >
When you're advocating for songwriters' rights, sometimes a song sings louder than words:
Berklee School of Music in LA It's All In The Song
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
The E-Spot Lounge
The Bitter End NYC
Webinar with Songtown
Suicide Girls Radio with Nicole Powers "invites the most unique and beautiful women to join their sorority of bad ass bombshells and geek goddesses." They said that, not me. But I'm glad to have been included.
WriteGirl 2016 in the company of some excellent mentors including Lisa Loeb, Jill Sobule, Louise Goffin, Kay Hanley, Holly Palmer, Michelle Lewis, Eleni Mandel, Courtney Harrell, Erika Nuri Taylor, Janice Robinson, Lori Geltman, Nina Woodford-Wells encouraging teenage girls to pick up a pen and empower themselves!
Feb 2016: Cal Poly Third Songwriting Summit
Enjoyed the back and forth with students at the NYU Songwriters Forum
West Coast Songwriters Conference in San Fransisco, with George Merrill, Brent Bourgeois and Glen Phillips.
Inside the Music Business...A Conversation with Kevin Goins
Thank you to Vance and Tracey Marino for hosting Suzan Koç and I at the NSAI Songwriters meeting. We hope you enjoyed our Laverne and Shelly style feedback as much as we enjoyed ourSELVES!
TAXI ROAD RALLY...
Huntington Beach High School MMET Program
Hear what I had to say to Rachel, Heather & Allie on the Mulberry Lane Radio Show...
Judging OC Hit Factory Song Contest
Rich Esra's class at the Musician's Institute
Sunset Music Festival Las Vegas with Frankie Pine, Rick Barker, Aaron Benward, Jonathan Watkins, Suzan Koc, Clay Mills, Travis Howard and Marty Dodson
And in August, I'll be joining the faculty of The Song School in Lyons, Colorado, where songwriters from around the country join together for an in-depth, hands-on exploration of songwriting, (and yoga and campfires)!
Fun times at the Hunnypot at LA's MINT
The BlueBird Nashville
I was a guest on the Fab Fourum! It was amazing!