PRO TEACHER: Ellen Britton

Weekly Nashville Workshops

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 5:45pm

 A CRASH COURSE IN GROOVES:

Rhythm is the heartbeat of music, but songwriters often lack confidence, skill, and variety in their grooves. Let's fix that. It's simpler than you think! All levels welcome.
 

Bank of America Presents PRO TEACHER workshop featuring Ellen Britton, 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. Her work as a guitar teacher to prominent and aspiring artists and songwriters in Music City has included recording artists Little Big Town (“Pontoon”), Tenille Townes (“Somebody’s Daughter”), Carly Pearce ("Every Little Thing"), 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), Tyler Hayes ("Bring It on Home"/Little Big Town), Jennifer Hanson (“Leave the Pieces”/Wreckers), Jamie Lynn Spears (“I Got the Boy”/Jana Kramer), Dennis Matkosky (“You’ll Think of Me”/Keith Urban), Jenn Schott (“Two Lanes to Freedom”/Tim McGraw); and Music Row pros Jim Catino (Sony Music), Laura Stroud (Sony Music), as well as finalists on The Voice and American Idol. 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. “I am so grateful to take lessons with Ellen. I’ve learned to play so much more confidently, found lots of inspiration for songwriting, and learned to understand and chart the Nashville Number system which I use all the time. She's amazing and such a wonderful soul!!!!” - Tenille Townes, Sony recording artist “My guitar lesson with Ellen is my favorite hour of the week!” - Tim Nichols, Grammy-winning songwriter (“Live Like You Were Dying”/Tim McGraw) For bookings, private instruction (including via Skype), workshops and more…