Workshop Details

Sweetwater Soul Sessions take place over the course of two weekends in treatment facilities serving those with addiction, abuse, and other challenges. While the program can be customized to the center, the building blocks of our program include:  

 

Weekend 1: Songwriting

During part one of the weekend workshop, participants learn about the components that go into writing a song. Participants are encouraged to share their favorite artists and use their music as examples.

We dive into elements like rhythm, melody, lyrics, and the hook. This is both educational and provides the basis for their own storytelling. The next stage in the creative process includes journal writing, group sharing, and collaborating—opportunities to reflect and share.

Weekend 2: Recording

Once their song has been written, structured, and sketched out, a producer is brought in to professionally record their songs.

Participants go into a fully loaded recording studio to learn the basics of the recording and mixing process and the equipment needed to make that happen. They will then get to hear, for the first time, their songs fully produced being played back to them.

 
Workshop participant sitting with Alana to review her writing and develop her song. 

Workshop participant sitting with Alana to review her writing and develop her song. 

Workshop participant (identity protected) recording with professional instruction and support from Marlon. 

Workshop participant (identity protected) recording with professional instruction and support from Marlon.