San Francisco - GRAMMY U - Songwriting Workshop with Brandi Carlile


HOW TO ATTEND:  To attend the members-only GRAMMY U Songwriter MasterClass, you must submit a track for an original song that showcases your songwriting abilities (SoundCloud, BandCamp, MP3, etc.). Only ten can participate in this program.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE:The submissions are due by 9:00 am PT on November 6, 2012 to


ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  Ten (10) GRAMMY U students will be selected to attend the workshop. Selected GRAMMY U students will observe Brandi Carlile’s sound check held on 11/10/2012 at the Fox Theater, Oakland, CA. Following the sound check, attendees will participate in a 20 minute group session with Brandi, her bandmates and writing partners Tim and Phil Hanseroth, to share their thoughts on writing individually, co-writing, and their writing process.


Immediately following, students will break into three (3) groups and have the opportunity to sit with Brandi, Tim, and/or Phil to work on a more personal level with a song the student has prepared in advance to work on. This session will last about 40 minutes (total duration: one (1) hour).  Students are encouraged to bring their instruments for this portion of the event.



This American alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter has spent the better part of the last decade traversing the planet, bringing her music to an ever-growing audience. Carlile has demonstrated an uncommon gift for connecting with fans. She has toured non-stop since the release of her self-titled debut album in 2005, growing her audience in a grassroots fashion with relatively little commercial support. Along with innumerable headline dates, she shared stages with such artists as Dave Matthews Band, Ray LaMontagne, and The Avett Brothers, as well with local symphony orchestras in Spokane, Portland, Louisville, and her own beloved Seattle.


Carlile has also spent significant time in the studio, honing her songs and sound on 2007’s stunning “THE STORY” and its equally extraordinary follow-up, 2009’s “GIVE UP THE GHOST.”  Having been guided on the two acclaimed albums by super-producers T Bone Burnett and Rick Rubin, respectively, this time Carlile was determined to steer the new recordings herself. “BEAR CREEK” follows in the tradition of Carlile’s hero – and “GIVE UP THE GHOST” collaborator – Elton John, who himself named two albums after the places they were recorded, denoting what Brandi explains as “the sacred quality a studio has and the impact it makes on a record.” Having previously recorded in Vancouver and Los Angeles, Carlile was eager to work in an environment closer – both physically and in spirit – to her own rural abode.


Bear Creek, a converted turn-of-the-century barn nestled among the tall trees of Woodinville, Washington, proved to be ideal. In March 2011, she brought co-producer Trina Shoemaker, a GRAMMYAward-winning engineer and mixer, and members of her “road family” – including multi-instrumentalists/songwriters Phil and Tim Hanseroth (a.k.a. “The Twins”), cellist Josh Neumann and drummer Allison Miller, as well as her touring sound engineer and guitar tech – to Bear Creek and together they spent the next month recording. Embracing a “rough-around-the-edges sonic appeal” – directly rooted in the band’s live approach –they veered off into new musical territory, fusing classic rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, and “pure soul” to create their own distinctive sound. “BEAR CREEK” fully confirms Brandi Carlile as a truly incandescent talent, the kind of artist whose work truly defies easy categorization.



Please note this opportunityis only for GRAMMY U members and no guests will be allowed. We encourage everyone to tell their friends about this event and welcome them to join GRAMMY U in order to apply to attend, if space is still available, and enjoyall ofthe benefits of being a GRAMMY U member. To join, go to:

November 10, 2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm