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Finding Your Voice in the Studio With Jonatha Brooke

December 14-17, 2023 • Ocean Way Studio, Nashville, TN

Limited to 12 Performing Songwriter Creative Workshop alums

This workshop has been filled.

Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like to be added to the cancellation list.

Preparing to go into a recording studio can be as daunting as it is exciting. It involves everything from arranging and editing your song, choosing your equipment, and collaborating with an engineer, to dealing with the psychological aspects of getting your performance down.

During Jonatha Brooke’s studio workshop, you’ll spend three days with a very small group of only 12 Performing Songwriter workshop alums at Nashville’s renowned Ocean Way Studio on Music Row, helping you not only get ready to record your songs, but also to find your unique sound.

A Few Things You’ll Work On With Jonatha:

  • Finding the right microphone for your voice
  • Working with vocal proximity for different effects
  • Getting the best sound out of your guitar or accompaniment
  • Headphone technique
  • Tackling the psychological aspects of getting your best performance
  • Learning to communicate with the engineer and band to make the most of your song
  • Sweetening the recording with simple arrangements, background vocals, and studio effects
  • Recording one of your songs, arranged by Jonatha, that you’ll be able to take with you

In addition to three days of fun in the studio, you’ll enjoy an opening night dinner together on Thursday Dec. 14 at Lydia’s, and a closing dinner together in the studio. And with Jonatha, you never know what kind of spontaneous fun and musical magic might bubble up…

So grab one of the limited spots and join Jonatha and friends in the big creative sandbox of the studio!

If you have any questions, please email Lydia Hutchinson


LIMIT: 12 Workshop Alumni

COST: $1,895 per student. This includes three days of workshops (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), a Thursday evening gathering and dinner with Jonatha at Lydia’s house to kick things off and meet each other, lunch each afternoon in the studio, and a closing dinner and listening party in the studio Saturday night.

TEACHERS: In addition to Jonatha Brooke, there will be guest musicians who will join us in the studio to add to your recording.

LODGING: Scarritt Bennett is walking distance from Ocean Way Studio and has rooms available on the campus on a first-come, first-served basis. They are now being booked through an outside online service, and you can look into that here where the rooms are listed at the top of the ‘Music Row’ link: Urban Nashville Rentals. If you’d rather stay at a hotel, these are a few that are close to Ocean Way: Embassy Suites, Best Western Music Row, Hilton Home2 Suites, and Hampton Inn.

REFUND POLICY: YOUR DEPOSIT OF $695 will secure one of the 15 spots, and $395 of that is non-refundable. You’ll be invoiced for the remaining $1200 on Oct. 1, 2023 that will be due no later than Oct. 15 to keep your spot and not lose $395 of your deposit. If you are fully paid and cancel by Nov. 1, 2023 you’ll be refunded $1,500. After Nov. 1 there is no guaranteed refund unless we fill the spot (we will have a cancellation list). If the spot is filled by Dec. 1, then you’ll still receive your $1,500 refund. If you cancel after Dec. 1 there are no refunds.


Please E-Mail Lydia if you’d like to be added to the cancellation list.