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Friday, September 27 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Life Of A Professional Songwriter: A Career Path

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There are many of us in the songwriting world who have hopes of someday make a living as a professional songwriter. Our panel features three of the most successful songwriters of our time: Donna Ulisse, Jerry Salley, Irene Kelley. Each has insight on songwriting as a career path based on their knowledge and many years of experience. Whether you are a songwriter or not, hearing from these talented folks is sure to be fascinating!

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Irene Kelley

Irene Kelley left Pennsylvania for Nashville in 1984 and signed with MCA Records. Carl Jackson, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas appeared on her first album. Irene’s trademark is the heart-felt songwriting that exposed her music to millions through hits like “A Little Bluer Than That... Read More →
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David Morris

David Morris is an award-winning songwriter and winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. He has co-written two number ones and four top 10 songs. His weekly radio show, Songwriter Showcase, appears weekly on bluegrasscountry.org. Dave also reviews CDs, compiles... Read More →
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Jerry Salley

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One Of Music Row’s Greatest Veteran Tunesmiths”, Jerry has had over 500 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career. Bands that have covered Jerrys songs include The Steeldrivers, Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonsome... Read More →
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Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse is a key figure in the Bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter, being awarded 2016 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year and 2017 Song Of The Year with “I Am A Drifter”. Her 10th album “Breakin’ Easy” was released September of 2017 on Mountain... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601