The legendary Johnny Mercer, master of the American song and award-winning composer of "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Accentuate the Positive" and "Moon River," was dedicated throughout his career to the development of young songwriters and singers. This year marks the centennial of his birth, with many events planned to celebrate his legacy.
This intensive weeklong songwriting program will be led by master teachers Craig Carnelia, Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist of the Broadway musical "Sweet Smell of Success"; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist and creator and star of the Broadway musical "In The Heights"; and Lari White, three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter. It will include master classes and workshops, a master teacher cabaret and a student songwriter showcase. The week will culminate with the "Johnny Mercer Celebration Concert," featuring two special guest stars -- award-winning actress, singer and recording artist Liz Callaway and vocalist Capathia Jenkins -- along with performances by the Johnny Mercer program's master teachers and songwriters. Last year's program featured emerging songwriters from across the country in the fields of pop, music theatre, hip-hop, folk, Latin and country. To qualify, writers must be between the ages of 18 to 30. For writing teams, at least one member must meet this criterion. Through the generosity of The Johnny Mercer Foundation, there is no fee for this workshop for the writers and writing teams selected, and a stipend will be offered to cover a portion of travel and boarding expenses.