Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter 5 winner Kate Brady It was 20 degrees and snowing in Denver as I made my way to the airport. I refused to bundle up in my usual winter layers. Rather, I boycotted the snow in the near sights of heading back to sunny Los Angeles, where just a month before, I’d played at the Troubadour for the final round of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 5 competition. I had performed with four other talented singer-songwriters in front of a packed house, which also included the competition’s judge, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, Ariel Rechtshaid. After each competitor performed two original songs, Ariel made his decision on the winner and I was fortunate enough to have earned his selection. As one of the winning prizes, Guitar Center flew me out to Los Angeles for the ASCAP “I Create Music Expo” where I had the opportunity to network with some of the top writers and executives in the industry. I didn’t realize how nervous I was for the Expo until getting in line for registration. Maybe it was the sudden realization that I had been thrown into this more or less on my own in a league entirely distant from my normal Boulder, Colorado easy-living flow. But within less than a minute, the anxiety subsided as I met new friend after new friend, all of us here for our common love of music. I began my panels with producer Greg Kurstin’s master session. In addition to explaining his road to success, which has lead to working with Kelly Clarkson, Sia, Adele and many others in creating hit songs, the most valuable lesson he shared was the importance of chord phrasing. Kurstin discussed how different inversions and note omissions within a chord can... Sign In to Keep Reading
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