Chicago Chapter at Lake FX CreativeCon


Apr 21 2017 - 12:00pm CDT

The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter is thrilled to partner with The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) on the 3rd annual Lake FX CreativeCon presented by Google, April 21 & 22, 2017 – the Midwest’s largest FREE convening of artists and creative entrepreneurs.  The Chicago Chapter will host a panel, Impactful Songwriting, on Friday, April 21.

When: Friday, 4/21 at Noon

Where: Chicago Cultural Center – 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL

The Recording Academy ® Chicago Chapter presents Impactful Songwriting

A great song delivers a poignant message. A great song can carry a different meaning for different listeners. A great song can live forever! Powerful songwriting shapes music creator careers as much as their listeners' ears. Listen to the stories of Chicago's prolific musicians across genres and generations explain their creative songwriting processes, and impact on the music industry.

Moderated by Susan Voelz - Susan Voelz is a rock violin pioneer and original member of Poi dog Pondering.  She has also toured and recorded with punk poet Alejandro Escovedo, British rock legend Ronnie Lane and John Mellencamp. She is a songwriter, composer, arranger and author.  Her most recent record, "Beautiful Life: Songs of Prince Re-imagined," was released on Octave 8 Records.


Mick Jenkins - Mick Jenkins is an American hip-hop recording artist raised on the south side of Chicago. Mick is currently fresh off the release of his debut studio debut album "THC (The Healing Component)". 

Brigid Murphy - Panelist: Brigid Murphy – Shortcut to the Soul/Totally True Tales™ is a writing technique created by Brigid to help individuals unlock their creative voice through autobiographical writing.  Brigid has been teaching this process for over 15 years to individuals, groups and at Universities.

Jim Peterik - Jim Peterik is a GRAMMY®-winning singer, performer, songwriter -- including co-writer of Eye Of The Tiger, along with 18 other Top 10 Hits.

Malik Yusef - Six-time GRAMMY winning artist, poet, songwriter and producer Malik Yusef directs organizational and campaign strategies that utilize arts and culture to reach communities and move them to action. He brings his unparalleled relationships across music, fashion, film, television, poetry, and fine arts, and organizes his peers to contribute their talents to culturally progressive agendas.

This event is free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

To learn more about LakeFX CreativeCon presented by Google, and to see a full listing of programming at the expo, click here. 


Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago  Illinois
United States

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