All original music by some of your favorite singer/songwriters!
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of event
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Celebrating the Songwriter
A Conversation with Wil Hodge
Interview by Patrice Scattergood
PS: So Wil, when did Songfest get started?
About five years ago I was trying to come up with a way to make money for the [Unity North] sound team. I had the idea to bring together some of the best singer/songwriters in the Atlanta area.
PS: Did you already have a background in producing live shows?
Yes, I was the sound engineer at Swallow at the Hollow in Roswell during the time they were hosting songwriters – mostly from Nashville. I produced over 600 shows over a period of 4 years.
PS: How did you get started as a musician?
I always had knack for writing songs, and I have a group of talented friends. I thought to myself that if I could learn to record others, I could showcase their talents. I bought a four-track cassette deck in the early ’90s and started making recordings. It was a learning experience. Then I opened a sound studio in Smyrna called Whippoorwill Studios. I always said that I ran into myself every time I opened the door. There would another guitar player looking for a place to play.
PS: Who would you say has mostly influenced your musical style?
Mostly ’70s artists. One of my favorites is “4 Way Street” by Crosby, Still, Nash, and Young.
PS: Who has helped you get ready for the Songfest production?
If I was not for Ryan Almario, this would not be happening. Ryan is a mentor and is lending his expertise to pulling this all together.
Also, the church community—especially Rev. Richard and Diane Glynn—have all been a big support. This church is so much a part of it. It is a team effort.
PS: You have been playing in the church band for four years now and have a long career as a musician. What advice would you give to other musicians just starting out?
Some people say that being a working musician is like living a dream. But it is not a dream: You are awake! Just play your guitar, write your songs, and then find a place to play and sing. Pretty soon you will find someone who writes like you, and then you are a duo. You find someone else and you are a band. That’s how it goes. Just do it!