Our four Music: Count Us In (MCUI) 2019 songwriting competition winners met earlier May at Church Street Studios in Sydney to create this year’s program song. Student songwriters Amber Farnan, Brady Cavanagh, Sawab Mlaih and Roan Nair worked under the expert guidance of with award-winning producer (and MCUI Ambassador) John Foreman OAM and our 2019 MCUI mentor Jack River. The songwriting team wrote an incredibly catchy song which will be recorded at the end of May. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it!
The Songwriting Workshop gave our songwriting competition winners an unrivalled opportunity to work with industry professionals and meet other talented young songwriters from around the country. This year’s song is a fusion of all our winners’ entries, with parts of everyone’s original song making their way into the final song. The process demanded close collaboration and gave our student songwriters a real insight into the process of writing songs as part of a team.
Amber, Brady, Sawab and Roan have shared their feedback about working with John Forman and Jack River:
“Having the opportunity to work with John Foreman was incredible, his is a very kind and talented person and supported and encouraged everyone’s ideas. He taught me a lot about the different methods of songwriting.”
“Getting to work with Jack River was amazing. She is a very talented singer/songwriter and had a lot to share with the group about the music industry. She is very a kind and friendly person and encouraged everyone’s ideas.”
“It was a life changing experience that I am constantly grateful for. Working with John was so relaxing and productive and it was just an environment where we all really connected through music, and that helped us understand how to create the song.”
“Usually meeting someone who is really talented is king of scary, but Jack River was pretty down to earth and made us feel like a family.”
Photos from the day can be viewed here.