Jerry Silverstein

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Kudos to a co-writer:

 

I want to congratulate Katrina Lenk who I met when she participated in the Dramatico Publishing songwriting circle that I ran both in New York and LA. She and I got to write one day after an LA session at ASCAP on Sunset Boulevard. Katrina currently is starring on Broadway in the smash hit "The Band's Visit" opposite Tony Shalub. The show got rave reviews and Ben Brantley said a star is born when talking about Katrina and referred to her as a "goddess" while blogging during the TONY's. She's previously had roles on Broadway in "Indecent" and "Once."

Katrina just won the TONY award for Best Actress in a Musical. I am so happy for her. She is so deserving of all the acclaim that she's received and she paid her dues on both coasts to arrive at this place in her career.

If you didn't see it live, be sure to watch Katrina's performance on the TONY's, She and her co-star Tony Shalub and the cast were wonderful, and Tony Shalub also won a TONY for his performance. 

Recent writing sessions:d

Recently I met Stephanie Manns, a wonderful writer from Scotland, on the Q train. Stephanie has recently played at City Winery and the Rockwood Music Hall. We have had two writing sessions and are finishing up our second song. You can hear Stephanie's work on her website Stephaniemanns.com. 

I have recently reconnected with Shelly Riff and we are writing a song about suicide titled "I've Been On That Bridge"

NSAI news:

This has been a banner year for the Long Island NSAI chapter that I host with Sandy and Steve and the national chapter of NSAI has begun some new initiatives including the Top 40 Challenge and the Ole Chapter's Challenge which have stirred interest and boosted attendance. We are excited that New York City is going to have a Bluebird Cafe Songwriter's Series in the new Opry City Center that opened recently in Times Square.Thanks also to Victoria Shaw for another great Skype session last November.

Victoria will be playing at the new Bluebird stage at the Opry City Center on July 20th with two other friends, Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. These are three of my favorite songwriters and the chance to see them together in New York City should not be missed.

Older news:

During my visit last April to Nashville, Sean Trainor and I got to actually be in the same room after several Skype sessions and wrote and demoed our latest song "We Need The Wood." in his studio (listen above) It was a fun session and in one morning we wrote what we both think is a great song.

The rest of the trip to Nashville was very productive. I got to attend Tin Pan South as well as going to meetings at NSAI, co-writing and reconnecting with friends. This was an exciting week which this year that included connecting with Shane Adams, the co-write with Sean and another with Bill Maier, lunch with Jenny Ray and a chance to connect with our NSAI mentor Victoria Shaw. Elaine joined me this year after having a great visit last year while I was at the Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman workshop. The only down side was that I ran out of time and wasn't able to get to see a number of friends.

Last year I played for the first time with the Bushwick Book Club in an outdoor concert in DUMBO under the arch of the Manhattan Bridge. This is a group of songwriters and artists who read a book and get together to perform original songs, dance and even film inspired by the book. The songs that we performed were based upon Jonathan Larsen's Fortress Of Solitude. My first songs with the Book Club was "The Best Kept Secret In The City" and talked about the unintended consequences of gentrification on a poor Brooklyn neighborhood in the 60's and 70's.

Below you can also hear two tracks written for a television project in Israel. The producer, Ashira Morgenstern, has created a great blog and is she is now working on an upcoming book about the project. Once the book is published, the television show based upon the book is scheduled to follow.