Students to enjoy behind-the-scenes look into the songwriting process

March 28, 2014

By Kelly O'Brien ‘15

Getting up close and personal with artists and producers in the music industry usually requires a backstage pass, but the student organization Musicians in Business is offering full access to these professionals with its upcoming event “The Singer Songwriter Sessions.”

An interactive concert series, “The Singer Songwriter Sessions” will allow students to enjoy music and speak with artists one-on-one. 

“This series of concerts offers an experience unique to any other concerts thrown at Bradley,” Musicians in Business President Lindsey Overby ‘14 said. “It’s a great way for students to learn how their favorite songs are written.”

The event will showcase songwriting of all levels from professionals to students.  The first session features Peorian producer and performer Jacob Colgan of Green Shoe Studio and Bradley students Cree Sullivan ’14 and Christian Lyon ‘15 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 in Constance Hall. 

Taking the stage for the second session is Nashville-based singer songwriter Jesse Lee at 6 p.m. Friday, April 4 in GCC 126.  Following her performance, she will take questions from the audience.

Lee has collaborated with Grammy-winning producers and songwriters who have worked with the likes of Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.  She has also opened shows for country artists such as Keith Urban and Willie Nelson.

“Jesse Lee has an amazing voice and a magnetic personality,” Overby said.  “She is sure to entertain anyone who likes music.”

Overby encourages people to attend “The Singer Songwriter Sessions” not just for entertainment but also for the event’s educational value. 

“It’s a great way for students who are interested in writing to learn how to create their own personal musical identity and develop skills to compose well crafted lyrics and music.”