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Learn how to create more honest, compelling songwriting.
Song Camp 101 with Mercy Bell – Learn how to create more honest, compelling songwriting. Journaling your feelings and writing lyrics that grab an audience are very different processes. To write compelling lyrics, you have to combine them. To write a catchy song, you have to put compelling lyrics to a melody that the audience can’t get out of their head. I’ll offer prompts that help you be more honest in your writing, provide samples of my favorite songwriters, tips to make your writing stand out to an audience, and how to put them all together.
Co-Creative Sessions is a free and accessible online series geared to enrich, educate and connect creatives through a series of workshops and training sessions. New Bedford is the home of artists, creatives, change makers, designers, entrepreneurs and community enthusiasts and the Co-Creative Session embraces the pulse that makes New Bedford so unique while expanding our knowledge and connections!
With great thanks, this program is funded and supported by the Mass Cultural Council, New Bedford Economic Development Council and NB Creative.
Mercy Bell is a Nashville based folk songwriter. She has independently released 3 albums: “All Good Cowboys”, “Mercy Bell”, and “Golden Child”. She’s been featured on NPR, in Paste Magazine, American Songwriter, Rolling Stone Country, the Nashville Scene, and Austin Chronicle. She’s been an official showcase artist at Americanafest, SXSW, Nashville Pride, and Mission Creek Music Festival.
She is currently co-writing a rock opera about the underground gay sexual revolution in 1950s/60s Chicago called “Leather” with writer and creator Scott Bradley. It’s based on the book “Leatherman” by Tracy Baim and Owen Keehnen and is in development at About Face Theatre in Chicago.
Mercy is queer and Filipino-American. She grew up in San Diego, California and New Bedford, Massachusetts. She studied history at UMass Dartmouth. After college she moved to New York City to pursue music (and pursue herself). In 2012, after a jaunt in Arkansas, she made it to Nashville where she currently lives with three spectacular cats: Gonzo, Toast, and Wiley.