New York - GRAMMY U Master Class With Jared Evan

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By: Rachel Insalaco / GRAMMY U NY Representative

On February 22nd, New York GRAMMY U members were given the exclusive opportunity to attend a MasterClass at Gibson Showroom led by artist, songwriter, and producer Jared Evan.

Originally signed to Zone 4/Interscope Records, Evan cut ties with the label in 2011 to pursue his creative vision independently. He was incredibly outgoing and personable, sharing aspects of his life, his career, and his writing style. His openness and vulnerability immediately made students more comfortable!

The first part of the MasterClass involved Jared listening to and critiquing songs by five lucky GRAMMY U students: Zoe Berg, Tyrie McKinnie, Molly Chapman, Karina Barroso, and Alexandra Tamashunas. Jared’s critiques of these songs were knowledgeable and specific; by directly addressing aspects of melody, lyricism, or rhythm, Jared gave students concrete steps to take in order to enhance their songwriting skills.

After the song critiques, students asked Jared questions about his career journey, his writing style, and his advice for songwriters trying to break into the industry. He stressed the importance of taking time to develop as an artist and a person before seeking a record deal. On this point, he advised students to write music for themselves and not others, saying, “Write music that you’d want to listen to.” Additionally, Evan emphasized the importance of good character, telling students, “Talent gets you through the door; character keeps you in the room.”

After the event, Evan took a group photo with GRAMMY U students and hung around for a little bit to answer more questions and chat with students. Students left the event not only with more songwriting skills, but with more insight in general about making it in the music industry!

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