And now the conclusion to parts 1 and 2. After Tim Fagan's incredible workshop, we had our final listening session of the day. It gave me the chance to get reacquainted with my old friend Jennifer Johnson and her Song Factory co-horts. Based in Nashville, the Song Factory has grown to 11 staff writers churning out the hits for a multitude Nashville acts, includinJeg the roster of Big Machine Records.
Jennifer's partner for the listening session was LA's master composer, Adam Zelkind, whose daughter Zoe will be featured in an upcoming Teenagers on the Rise article. The songs being pitched were amazing, and it was interesting to listen to the different slants between what Adam, as a music and TV placement representative, was seeking and that of Jennifer, who was looking for new cuts for her roster of artists.
The evening concluded with the second Songwriter Showcase, featuring some incredible songwriters who were as comfortable on stage performing as they were in creating their songs.
The evening began with an incredible Americana instrumental performed by Eric Tingstad. The artists that followed were just as amazing, but several of them were outstanding. I was truly impressed by Austin-based artists Karen Goh and Stephen Miller. Goh is about to release her new CD, Thank You. Expect a review here shortly.
Other songwriters that impressed me include Charity Chapman, Hannah Madison Taylor, Chi McClean (performing a song he co-wrote with Bobby Rea), Olivia Rudeen, Lawrence Tenorio, LA based Danni Rosner, and teenage sensation Nancy Faber (also an upcoming Teenagers on the Rise featured artist).