Guitar Center Sessions: Lifehouse


American Songwriter has the exclusive behind the scenes video with Lifehouse in conjunction with their Guitar Center Sessions performance, which premieres on June 5 on DirectTV’s Audience Network (Channel 239). In the video below, Lifehouse discusses their evolution as songwriters. Lifehouse skyrocketed to fame in 2001 when they released their first single Hanging by a Moment, […]

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Don Was On Judging Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter Contest


Don Was is a busy man. He was in the house band at last month’s Americana Music Festival, backing Loretta Lynn (“something you dream about”) and other legends and newcomers, then headed off to the Monterey Jazz Festival. He’s also begun working on the Grammy Foundation’s 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year event, which honors […]

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Tess Henley Wins Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 3 National Artist Discovery Program

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Some people automatically visualize artists like James Taylor or Taylor Swift when they hear the term “singer-songwriter,” somebody with an acoustic guitar who can command an audience’s attention with original music. But the winner of this year’s 3rd annual “Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter Artist Discovery Program competition is not primarily a guitarist, but a keyboardist/vocalist whose […]

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Tess Henley Wins Guitar Center’s 3rd Annual Singer-Songwriter Program

Congratulations to Tess Henley, the winner of Guitar Center’s Third Annual Singer-Songwriter Program. The soulful, piano-playing prodigy from Kent, Washington has been working on her music since the age of three, and received top honors in the International Song Competition in 2011. Henley beat out 10,000 other entrants with her performance of the song “Going […]

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Enter Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 3 Program And Record With Legendary Producer Don Was

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From the press release: Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter program kicks off its third installment today, searching for the next great, undiscovered songwriter. With nearly 30,000 submissions received in the first two years of the artist discovery program, thousands of aspiring singer-songwriters across the country will once again have the chance to catch their first big break and […]

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Watch The Olms Perform “She Said No” Live


Check out this video of The Olms performing their dark country tune “She Said No” for their “At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt” podcast. The duo, comprised of singer-songwriters Pete Yorn and J.D. King, released their self-titled debut earlier this year, which hit #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The Olms are the first act signed […]

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Review: Eric Clapton’s Epic Crossroads Guitar Festival

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Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Allman Brothers Band, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Vince Gill and more swap guitar licks for a good cause What do you get when you hand 30 or so guitarists a slew of beautiful guitars and put them on stage in front of thousands of guitar geek fans? In lesser hands you […]

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Ryan Bingham Unplugs For Guitar Center On “Too Deep To Fill”

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Here’s one of our favorite artists, Ryan Bingham, performing a sparse and gritty version of Tommorowland’s ” Too Deep To Fill” as part of the Guitar Center’s awesome “At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt” podcast series. Listen to the full session, recorded from inside the West L.A. Guitar Center Platinum Room here, and check out […]

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Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 2 Competition Crowns Winner


And the winner is: Jeff Campbell. The Philly native was chosen Saturday night at Hollywood’s Hotel Café out of a field of ten finalists as the winner of the annual Guitar Center Songwriting Contest, co-sponsored by American Songwriter magazine. Chosen by Grammy-award winning songwriter John Shanks, Campbell not only wins the distinction of being this […]

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Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Collection


The tones and sounds Eric Clapton has coaxed out of his guitars are legendary: from his heavy blues-based riffs in the ’60s power trio Cream to the weeping moans and wails of unrequited love on the 1970 classic Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. And let’s not forget some fantastic acoustic fingerpicking over the years, […]

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Video Premiere: Meiko, “Stuck On You” (Live)


Here’s a cool video of L.A artist Meiko performing “Stuck on You” for an At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt podcast. Some fun facts about Meiko: before she broke out, she worked as as a waitress at L.A.’s famed songwriter’s venue Hotel Café, and she was able to license every song on her 2008 debut […]

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Guitar Center Launches National Search For The Next Great Undiscovered Singer-Songwriter

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From the press release: Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 2 Search Offers Career-Launching Prize Package Including Studio Time with Grammy Award-Winning Producer John Shanks and a Performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guitar Center – the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments – announces the return of Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered […]

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