My guest on the podcast this week is songwriter and educator Andrea Stolpe, who’s written songs for Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Daniel Lee Martin, Jimmy Wayne, and others. She’s also worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing.
Andrea teaches songwriting at the University of California’s Thornton School of Music, and is the author and instructor of Berklee College of Music’s online course “Commercial Songwriting Techniques.”
Her book, Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling, offers songwriters a practical approach to lyric writing according to each writer’s unique voice, and the ability to finish songs with greater ease and consistency. She also offers songwriting retreats both online and in person.
During the interview we talked about what it means to be a staff writer, the songwriter as producer, if lyrics or music should come first, placeholder lyrics, and much more.
On the intro I’ll take a look at the social media universe in 2020 and guitar sales peaking during the pandemic.