The lyrics written during the workshop will be set to music and performed by the professional musicians at the 9th Annual Songs from the Heart concert Saturday, Sept. 26, at Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, Turner Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. All proceeds benefit the VICC Caring Hearts Fund, which provides financial support for cancer patients undergoing active treatment.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m., with a reception immediately after the event. Free parking is available in the West Garage directly across from the Blair School of Music main entrance on Children’s Way.
VICC social worker and Songs from the Heart organizer Cindy Tinker said the concerts are entertaining events that elicit laughter as well as tears.
Seating for the songwriting workshop is limited and participants need to reserve a slot in advance. For more details, visit www.vuconnect.com/sfth2015 or call 615-322-7459.
Cancer affects many families, and patients and their relatives often struggle with an effective way to describe their feelings about the illness and its aftermath. Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and Gilda’s Club Nashville give these individuals and their health care providers an opportunity to express themselves in song through the annual Songs from the Heart event.
Patients, family members and health care workers who care for cancer patients are encouraged to write their own song lyrics during a two-night workshop Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Gilda’s Club Nashville, 1707 Division Street. Workshop leader and professional singer/songwriters Stephen Salyers, Alissa Moreno, Morgan Myles and Jesse Lee will guide participants through the songwriting process, even if they have no musical background.
Salyers has worked as a session vocalist, songwriter and entertainer, opening for acts like The Doobie Brothers, Little Big Town and Wynonna Judd.
Moreno is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who has written songs for television shows including “Army Wives,” “Laguna Beach,” and “Hope and Faith.”
Myles is a multi-faceted artist who has opened for singer Reba McEntire and performed during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Lee is a singer/songwriter who has released hit singles “It’s a Girl Thing” and “Like My Mother Does” and has written for singer Kelsea Ballerini.