Meet the MusicWorks Panelists - WRITERSCONNECT: A Guided Introduction to Songwriting and Production

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From left: Murray Pulver, Keri Latimer, Bobby Desjarlais

Meet Murray Pulver, Keri Latimer, and Bobby Desjarlais, who will be on Friday, September 27 for WritersConnect: A Guided Introduction to Songwriting and Production.

Murray Pulver, Producer/songwriter, formerly of Doc Walker
From L.A. to Prague, Nashville to South Africa, Murray Pulver has seen the world by plucking his six string. Sessions, tour dates, and television appearances are all in a days work for this Winnipeg musician. As guitarist for Doc Walker, Murray collected two Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) for Musician of the Year, WCMA for Entertainer of the Year, as well as numerous Canadian Country Music Awards for guitarist, songwriter, producer. While living in Nashville, Murray had the opportunity to work with Justin Niebank (Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi), Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw), and Ken Nelson (Coldplay). As a touring guitarist for Crash Test Dummies, Murray toured the world, appeared on shows such as Late Night with Conan O' Brien, and played on their 3 million album seller, A Worm's Life. If you watch a lot of TV, chances are you've heard some of Murray's TV scoring for Global, CTV, OLN, and Bravo. Murray has also produced and played on a number of JUNO-nominated recordings including the most recent works by Steve Bell, The Bros. Landreth, and Bryce Pallister.

Keri Latimer, Singer/songwriter, Nathan
Keri Latimer is a songwriter from Winnipeg, and one of the key members of the JUNO Award-winning (and losing) band Nathan. In 2013, she produced a solo album entitled Crowsfeet and Greyskull, which was recorded by a stellar cast of musicians in different studios across Canada from east to west. It was lovingly pieced together at her kitchen table, mixed in Massachusetts, released independently, and nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and Western Canadian Music Award. Keri’s songs emanate from a sensibility that crosses genres and blends disparate styles. The Globe and Mail suggested that the music has “something mysterious at the core ... as if to remind you that home is just another word for the place where you keep your darkest secrets.”

Bobby Desjarlais, Singer/songwriter, Attica Riots, The Bokononists 
Currently making his mark as a singer/songwriter, Bobby also performs with Winnipeg bands The Bokononists and Attica Riots.

About the workshop
An annual event for Culture Days, this year's WritersConnect features a 'bird's eye view' of collaboration in songwriting, with a ‘twist’. Participants will witness three seasoned songwriters working collaboratively to co-write a song. Utilizing the production talents of Murray Pulver, the songwriters will also record a fully produced demo as the song develops in real-time, providing the audience a look at the ever important world of basic demo production.

Songwriter and WritersConnect alumna Jaylene Johnson will moderate the session and provide a narration of the process. This play-by-play commentary will provide insights into the co-writing process and allow the audience to ask questions and discuss the experience. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the songwriters toward the end of the session.


Roland Deschambault, Training Coordinator
Manitoba Music
P: 204.975.5188

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