Monteagle, TN (PRWEB) January 16, 2014
February 6th, 2014 marks the first day of the third annual Songwriter Retreat hosted by enhanced music publishing company Hillbilly Culture and the Songwriting and Music Business Community.
This year’s Retreat is facilitated by two Grammy awarded/nominated songwriters with teaching experience at the University level.
Steve Leslie, Adjunct Professor of Songwriting at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business in Nashville will be joining Retreat attendees to teach about song form and how to write a hit chorus. He should know, having penned Darryl Worley’s chart topping “Second Wind” and other tunes cut by artists including Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, George Strait and Rhonda Vincent.
Amanda Williams, host of the Retreat finished 2013 with one of her tunes on the Billboard #1 Album Garth Brooks box set, “Blame It All On My Roots,” and was mentioned by Garth on his live CBS Chat as one of his favorite emerging artists. As an instructor, Amanda has taught songwriting entrepreneurship at Belmont University, University of Colorado at Denver, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and regional workshops for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
“Both Steve and I really care about songwriters and enjoy helping them hone their craft and individual styles.” Williams adds, “And through the success of our SMB Community we can help them do something with those songs once they’re written.”
Her innovative online songwriting community just announced 34 paid placements in an upcoming national TV show called Gear Heads slated to debut in March 2014 on MavTV. Thanks to the SMB’s close relationship with TV show creator and Executive Producer Ray Iddings (Pass Time, Won and Done), Amanda acts as Music Supervisor for Ray’s upcoming shows and extends the opportunity to her club members as part of their membership in her educational community.
“I built this community for songwriters to be exactly what I always wanted someone to offer me as an up and comer,” says Williams. “It’s an honor to serve the writers and the songs in this way, and it’s fun to hand out royalty checks to writers who have never had anything cut or placed before.”
For more information about the February 6-9th, 2014 Songwriter Retreat or to schedule an interview with Amanda Williams, visit http://songwritingandmusicbusiness.com.