eTown’s Handmade Songs Series is a songwriting program for high school students to exhibit and expand their creativity, and to learn about music production in a professional setting. Each year, twenty students are selected from audio submissions to perform at eTown Hall. Of those twenty, five finalists receive the opportunity to record their original composition in the eTown studio!
Our 2016/17 concert will feature Boulder County-based songwriters selected in a pre-screening process to compete live for the chance to record with industry professionals in eTown’s state-of-the-art recording studio. Through the Handmade Songs series, eTown is able to teach these young artists the steps between inspiration and final product at a highly professional level.
Join us for a night of great music and friendly competition!
Show Start: 7:00pm
Show End: 9:00pm
- All genres and styles of music were welcome
- All songs had to be original compositions
- All songs had to include vocals and lyrics
- Each student submitted an mp3 recording of your song
- Each student submitted lyrics
- 20 Finalists were selected from audio submissions
- Competition was held at eTown Hall – April 6th
- Judges included singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov
The Finalists Receive:
- An opportunity to record their original song in eTown’s state-of-the-art recording studio!
- Collaboration with a professional producer and production crew
- Mentorship on navigating the music industry
- A polished version of their song in eTown’s Handmade Songs CD Volume 4
- A video of their recording process
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If you have any questions about eTown’s Handmade Songs Series
please e-mail: handmadesongs@eTown.org
Handmade Songs 2016!
2016 Finalists (Top L-R) – Harper Corum-Var, Caitlin & Sidney Powell (Facing West), Chloe Southern, Harper Powell & Dafna Margalit
2015 Handmade Songs Series
In it’s third year, the 2015 Handmade Songs Series initiated an audition process for local students, and invited over 25 high school songwriters to perform their original songs in front of an audience. A panel of judges, including local music industry leaders, selected the top six songs. Those artists were paired with professional record producers to realize the full potential of each song.
The 2015 finalists were given an inside look at the recording process and complete access to some of the best and brightest in Colorado’s music scene. They had unlimited time in the studio, access to outside musicians to enhance their songs, and untold hours of time with their producers in the process of recording, editing and mixing. The results are spectacular, and the process was transformative for all of the students.
Below is the recap video from the 2015 program that follows our finalists from the qualifying event on stage at eTown Hall, and through their creative processes in the studio.
Stream eTown’s Handmade Songs, Vol. 3:
To purchase Handmade Songs albums in iTunes CLICK HERE
To purchase a hard copy of Handmade Songs Vol. 1, 2 or 3 CLICK HERE
Covex (Brendan Bell) – “City of Angels”
Liam Spichiger – “Soldier of Love”
Tanner Shioshita – “Through and Through”
Coleman Dickson – “It’ll Be Alright”
Anna Scholfield – “Enough”
Ocean Pleasant – “Age Of My Soul”
2014 Handmade Songs Series
Elise Legendre – “Calling”
LizzaTheAlien (Nina Moldawsky) – “Trying”
Empire (Steve D’Epangier) – “Past, Present & Future”
Bear Moran – “Thalassophobia”
Avi Kolbrener – “Lost In Time”
2013 Handmade Songs Series