Online Workshop Vocal Focus with Melissa Harding


Melissa Harding is a classically trained vocalist with a background in musical theatre with an expertise in various vocal styles. She was on a world tour with rock band Sixx:A.M. for many years, as well as serving as vocal coach to lead singer James Michael. She did backing vocals for the bands two 2016 albums “Prayers for the Damned” and “Prayers for the Blessed” and continues her work as a session singer/vocalist performing and recording regularly. She is an active songwriter, currently creating the book/score for her first original musical, and she recently premiered her first one woman Cabaret in LA. http://

Join Melissa Harding for a virtual class and discussion about all things related to voice and life as a singer!

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The Isolationist's Guide, Kenny Schick Workshop


The Isolationist’s Guide To Recording Vocals and Guitar In The Safety And Comfort Of Your Own Home

Thursday April 23 - 3:00pm (PT) - 4:30pm $ Pay What you Can

This workshop is designed to help you get a better grasp on recording your vocals and guitar with enough quality so that you can send them to a studio or producer who can then put them to music and provide you with a radio ready version of your new songs. I have worked in this fashion with songwriters in different states and countries with great success, and I look forward to helping you learn or improve your techniques so you can generate great sounding tracks. We’ll talk about the sound of your space, equipment you can use at various price points, and the techniques that pertain to capturing good sounds.

When it’s time to record a radio ready version of that new song, many songwriters and musicians are used to going to a studio to cut their tracks. That’s certainly how I started back in the 80’s, but for me, I loved recording, and I knew I’d have to find a way to set up my own way to do it whenever the spirit moved me. To that end, I was a super early adopter of the concept of the home recording studio. Basement 3 Productions was originally formed around the idea of a mobile recording studio and grew to be a combination of my own small studio at home, a mobile rig, and pretty soon began incorporating file sharing so I could work with people anywhere in the world, never having to actually be in the same room.

Forward to 2020, and along comes COVID-19 - now this concept is not only convenient—it is necessary. It’s also an important time to make music to help people through these hard times, and it’s also a time where many are stuck at home and have some time to focus on writing new songs. Members Only Join or Renew Here: Purchase Your Spot Here: Sign Up - email

Online Screening with Mark Cawley


Mark Cawley is a hit songwriter who coaches other writers around the globe through his one-on-one, online service His songs have been on more than 16 million records with cuts ranging from Tina Turner to Wynonna Judd to The Spice Girls. His book, Song Journey, was released in April 2019 and went to #1 in 6 categories on Amazon.Mark is a judge for the UK Songwriting Contest, Nashville Rising Star, Belmont University’s Commercial Music program, and West Coast Songwriter events. He’s also a contributing author to USA Songwriting and Songwriter Magazine, a sponsor for the Australian Songwriting Association, and a mentor for The Songwriting Academy UK. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Mark now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pitch: Country, Americana

SUBMIT YOUR SONG to Only 15 Spots Available WCS Members only, one song only, attach your MP3/song file and paste your lyric into the body of your email. In subject line put: Mark Cawley Screening Please do not send links as we have to upload the songs. Deadline to submit is no later than April 24th. RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR JOIN HERE:

San Jose Songwriters Competition

Art Boutiki, 44 Race Street, San Jose

First Wednesday of the month except January. Location: ArtBoutiki 44 Race St., San Jose SIGN-UP: 6:30 pm. Start time: 7 pm. Be sure to invite your friends. Audience encouraged and please grab something to eat to help support the venue. Please make sure that you membership is current. Non-members are ineligible to win (but can perform, time permitting) Managers TK Tran and John Ribovich