“Through Kye Fleming’s mentoring, my songwriting skills have improved tremendously. Her honest feedback is given with genuine love and care for the song as well as the songwriter. I've been blessed to know her and learn from one of the top songwriters in this business who continues to teach me to enjoy the journey and write from the heart."
-- Donna Aylor, San Angelo, Texas
“There is no substitute for passion. When someone … does something out of the pure love of it, it's going to be great. Then when you factor in the monster hit songs (she’s) written, you have the combination of zeal and expertise. What a rare and priceless combination.”-- Dan Keen (Assistant Vice-President ASCAP)
Join hit-making songwriter Kye Fleming for a weekend workshop that may change how you look at your craft. Kye has won more than 45 songwriting awards including Billboard Song of the Year (twice), BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year (twice) and BMI Country Songwriter of the Year (three times). She was a 2005 NSAI Hall of Fame nominee.
You’ll be able to spend one-on-one time with one of the most-awarded songwriters in country music although this workshop cuts across many musical genres.
Grammy-nominated Kye says: “You have listened to songs all your life, so you know what moves and inspires you. Perhaps you have now discovered your desire to express yourself through words; more specifically, lyrics. The desire, the anticipation, and the joy of letting it happen is a never-ending adventure.” Take the next step of that journey with Kye.
“Every time I finish a lyric, I ask myself, ‘How’d that happen?’,” Kye says. “But you’ll see that you ‘intuitively’ know where to go. Who wrote all those lyrics before someone wrote a How to Write a Lyric book? This is a ‘Why Not Just Have Fun and Maybe Screw Up and Write a Good Lyric’ workshop. There’s no wrong way, so enjoy the ride.”
Bring a couple of original songs or lyrics-in-progress to the workshop as well as a few songs that you wish you had written. Kye will choose a few and together the group will examine lyrical content, structure and commercial viability (if applicable) from the writer’s perspective, a listener’s perspective, and a publisher’s perspective. Participants will begin to identify and strengthen their intuitive understanding of the “nuts and bolts” that hold the “heart and soul” of a lyric together. As Kye says, “You were born ready.”
She’s been twice named Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriter of the Year, collected 10 BMI Millionaire Awards and has CMA, ACM, Dove and Grammy nominations. As a music publisher, she has eight ASCAP and BMI-awarded songs including The Way You Love Me, recorded by Faith Hill and the 2002 ASCAP Song of the Year.
Kye’s songs have been recorded by Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, The Judds, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Kennedy-Rose, Janis Ian, jazz artist Dianne Schuur and flutist James Galway. She has written numerous Number One hits for Barbara Mandrell (Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, In Times Like These, Crackers, Years, Wish You Were Here) and Mandrell’s duet with George Jones, I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool. Other hits include Smokey Mountain Rain and I Wouldn't Have Missed it for the World (Ronnie Milsap); Give Me Wings (Michael Johnson), There You Are (Willie Nelson), Burton Award-winner Nobody (Sylvia), Going Nowhere (Wyonna Judd), Missing You and Roll On Mississippi (Charlie Pride); and Kansas City Lights and All Roads Lead to You (Steve Wariner).
Fee: $365 includes accommodations, five meals, instruction and consultation.
Optional retreat: Stay Monday and Tuesday after the workshop to work on your own project; $175 includes six meals; two-person limit.