Columbia State To Host Songwriter's Workshop

Photo Caption: More than 50 of Silver’s original songs have been recorded by artists such as Reba McEntire, Marie Osmond, Don Williams, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Charlie Daniels. Her number one song, “Forty Hour Week,” recorded by Alabama, earned her a Grammy nomination. Her album “Celebration of County” features Faith Hill, Randy Travis and Brenda Lee.

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Feb. 7, 2013) - - - Serious high school songwriters are invited to join college artists in the commercial entertainment program at Columbia State Community College’s Williamson County campus for a workshop on successful songwriting technique and business strategy.

The workshop will take place in the studio at 104 Claude Yates Drive in Franklin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. The workshop is free to Columbia State students and any serious high school songwriters.

The workshop will incorporate topics such as the anatomy of a hit song, an opportunity to get suggestions to songs being penned by participants, a discussion of the legal aspects of songwriting and copyrighting, and a collaborative songwriting event. Participants should come prepared to perform one of the songs on which they are working.

Leading the workshop are a trio of talented and award winning writers who represent a variety of genres and a who’s who list of people who have recorded their work or with whom they have sung.

Lisa Silver is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and well-known vocalist in Nashville music circles. She has earned 20 gold and platinum albums for contributions to thousands of recordings by artists including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Randy Travis and Vince Gill. You will recognize her voice from commercials for Nestle’s Crunch, McDonald’s, United Airlines and Kellogg’s. Her original theme song and her voice gave life to the cartoon “Baby Looney Tunes.”

Silver’s current interests have led her to liturgical arranging. Her compositions are now standard arrangements throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Joining Silver is Beckie Foster. While a pre-law student at Pepperdine University, Foster received word that her first attempt to write a song was picked up by Sonny James. She finished college but returned to Nashville, becoming a regular on locally produced programs such as “The Marty Robbins Show,” “That Nashville Music,” “The Porter Waggoner Show” and “The Grand Ole Opry.” She has backed groups as diverse as Brooks and Dunn and James Brown.

In 1982, Frank penned “You Don’t Know Love” for country artist Janie Fricke, which won both country and pop awards, landing at number two on the Billboard Top 100. Her chart-topping singles include Steve Wariner’s number one single “The Weekend” and Peter Cetera’s “No Explanation” (the ending tune on the movie Pretty Woman), Patti Austin’s jazz hit “In My Dream” and Tammy Wynette’s “Your Love.”

Foster has earned 12 BMI awards, including 5 BMI million airplay awards and has had over 30 of her original works recorded. She is on the board of the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, and following her pre-law beginnings, was an active lobbyist in Washington for copyright protections in the Songwriter’s Tax Equity Act, enacted by Congress in June 2006.

Bill LaBounty rounds out the workshop leaders. LaBounty was signed at age 19 with his rock band to RCA Records. His solo career with Twentieth Century Fox Records was followed by three albums for Warner Bros. Records, spawning his hit with James Taylor, “Never Gonna Look Back,” along with “Livin’ It Up” and “This Night Won’t Last Forever.” LaBounty’s songs have been recorded by a wide array of pop and country artists including Patti LaBelle, Jimmy Buffett, The Judds, Steve Wariner, The Temptations, Brooks and Dunn, Steve Goodman and Phoebe Snow, Peter Cetera and Tim McGraw.

His array of hits include Robbie Dupree’s “Hot Rod Hearts,” Michael Johnson’s “This Night Won’t Last Forever,” Steve Wariner’s number one record, “Lynda” and “I got Dreams,” “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” (a Grammy-winning record by Alison Kraus and Shenandoah), Tanya Tucker and Delbert McClinton’s “Tell Me About It,” “Tequila Talkin’” by Lonestar, the number one Shenandoah single “I Want To Be Loved Like That” and Brooks and Dunn’s “Rock My World (Little Country Girl).”

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