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NSAI will close at 1pm CST Wednesday, November 22nd and reopen on Monday, November 27th.

Weekly Nashville Workshops

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 5:45pm

ELLEN BRITTON is a veteran musician with decades of performing, writing, recording, and teaching experience. The daughter of well-known Philadelphia area folksinger George Britton, Ellen grew up with a guitar in her hands, and as a teenager played the club and college circuit as half of blues/folk duo the Britton Sisters. A move to Nashville in 1991 led to staff songwriter gigs, frequent shows at the world-famous Bluebird Café, touring with Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Lari White, Maura O’Connell, Tanya Tucker, and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The Today Show. Delighting audiences with her soulful singing, romping guitar playing, and winning humor, Ellen has brought her original songs and love of performing to venues across the country, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Swallow at the Hollow in Atlanta, as well as a benefit concert with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. She is also part of female vocal foursome Queen of Hearts, whose butt-kicking harmonies and hilarious wit have been charming crowds since 1999, from the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City to regular sold out shows at the Bluebird Café. Her work as a guitar teacher to prominent and aspiring artists and songwriters in Music City has been spotlighted on the ABC Family Channel. Students include recording artists Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town (“Pontoon”), Jamie Lynn Spears (“Zoey 101”/Nickelodeon), Mickey Guyton (“Better Than You Left Me”), Maggie Rose ("I Ain't Your Mama"), Jimmy Wayne (“Do You Believe Me Now?”), JD Souther ("Her Town Too"; ABC's Nashville), and Pam Tillis (“Spilled Perfume”); hit songwriters Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying”/Tim McGraw), Barry Dean (“Pontoon”/Little Big Town), Tom Douglas (“House That Built Me”/Miranda Lambert), Brandy Clark ("Mama's Broken Heart"/Miranda Lambert), Jennifer Hanson (“Leave the Pieces”/Wreckers), Jenn Schott (“Two Lanes to Freedom”/Tim McGraw), Tyler Hayes ("Bring It on Home"/Little Big Town), Dennis Matkosky (“You’ll Think of Me”/Keith Urban), and Music Row pros Jim Catino (Sony Music), Laura Stroud (Sony Music), as well as finalists on The Voice and American Idol. "I wouldn't be where I'm at on guitar right now if it wasn't for Ellen. She is absolutely phenomenal! She taught me everything I know, and everything I do know about anything has stemmed from what she taught me". - Jimmy Wayne, Big Machine recording artist “She knocked me right out -- big pure voice, classic songs, and a really sharp guitar player, too. She had a beautiful batch of songs, real grown up standards, which spoke to the depth of her musicianship. What a lot of songwriters just don’t know is that to get there, you have to get really good on your instrument…” - Frank Goodman, Ellen will be teaching her "HOW NOT TO SUCK (When Performing Your Songs)" at this workshop. We'll cover everything you need to know to present your song confidently at a writers night, open mic, or anywhere else you want to share your music: using a mic, plugging in your guitar, accompanying yourself, dealing with nerves, preparing, and lots more. No performing experience necessary! The workshop will be held at NSAI's Headquarters located at 1710 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN 37203.