Media release: SCE music students to learn from music industry expert

ON Monday 13 December 2010, music students at Stevenson College Edinburgh will be treated to a lecture from a very special guest, Boston-based singer-songwriter, Chris Trapper.

Begins a spokesperson: “Chris’ songs have been winning awards ever since his arrival on the Boston music scene in 1995.

“He is most widely-known as the front man for the nationally-acclaimed pop/rock band, ‘The Push Stars’, whose “honest, heartfelt songs with timeless melodies” were described as “the kind of music that songwriters love”, by Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty.

“With The Push Stars, Chris has written material for four studio albums and six self-produced discs.

“Several of his songs have been picked up for major motion picture soundtracks, including ‘There’s Something About Mary’ and ‘Say It Isn’t So’ and for television shows such as ‘Privileged’, ‘Pepper Dennis’, ‘ER’, and ‘Malcolm in the Middle’.

“His 2002 solo project, ‘Songs from the Drive-In’, showcased “his formidable storytelling talents”, according to the Boston Phoenix.

“In 2003, Trapper received a prestigious SOCAN award (Canadian Songwriters and Music Publishers) for his song-writing contribution to ‘Great Big Sea/Sea of No Cares’ album, Warner Music/Canada.”

Music lecturer at Stevenson, Colin Train, said: “I am delighted that Chris has agreed to visit the College again and share his incredible experiences with our music students.

“It’s so important for our musicians to interact and meet creative music industry professionals.

“Of course, this process becomes doubly rewarding when a talent like Chris is so ‘down-to-earth and keen to interact with our students.”

At the lecture, Chris will be giving an informal performance, talking about his fascinating career then opening up to a question and answer session.

If last year’s student response is anything to go by, this will be an awesome shot of inspiration to tide the students over the forthcoming festive period!

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