Published: Aug. 2, 2019

Wharton Center announces ‘Songwriters Sessions Retreat’

Contact(s): Bob Hoffman Wharton Center office: (517) 884-3115, Kristen Parker University Communications office: (517) 353-8942 cell: (517) 980-0709

Join recording artist Morgan James and music producer Doug Wamble in a three-day songwriting retreat at Wharton Center. The retreat will begin Friday, August 9 and runs through Sunday, August 11.

The program, which is geared for all experience levels, includes both small group and individual instruction, as well as lunch all three days and dinner on Sunday. The cost is $285; space is limited.

This brand-new program allows both beginning and established songwriters the opportunity to expand and strengthen their skills in an individualized manner through the study of song structure, lyric development and melodic ingenuity.

James and Wamble seek to tap into the tradition of American Popular Song and folk tradition to nurture the next generation of songwriters. This program will culminate in a performance of the students’ work, followed by a concert by James and Wamble.

Morgan James is a New York-based soul singer, songwriter and Broadway actress. She has three studio albums and an EP out, including “Hunter,” with her powerful rendition of Prince’s “Call My Name,” the latter reached Top 15 at Urban AC radio and #1 most-added. She has toured with viral sensation Postmodern Jukebox across the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Doug Wamble has been immersed in music his entire life. As a guitarist and composer, he has appeared on recordings and bandstands with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones and Steven Bernstein. Wamble is also a songwriter and has several albums ranging from all-acoustic vocal and guitar to a jazz record. He produced and co-wrote some songs on James’s album “Hunter.”

To register, call Wharton Center’s ticket office at 517-432-2000. More information can be found here.