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Testimonials

Jackie Marshall

Brisbane, QLD

I Heart Songwriting Club keeps me in touch with and focused on developing my songwriting skill set. Weekly accountability to the group keeps me on my toes and has assisted my practice of staying grounded in my creative self throughout the day no matter what shows up to challenge me.

Helen Shanahan

Perth, WA

I Heart Songwriting Club has given me a much needed kick to practise my craft more frequently. I would always feel so much pressure to write a good song, but this process encourages you to let go and just write what comes to you without overthinking. It has taken a lot of the stress away. It has made me feel more comfortable to share a song regardless of whether it is fully formed or ‘perfect’- it’s just great to keep writing without worrying too much about the outcome. The feedback from other writers makes you feel part of a community, and that everyone goes through similar struggles when trying to write a song. I can’t recommend it enough if you want to get back in touch with your songwriting.

Edward Buckridge

Brisbane, QLD

I Heart Songwriting Club has transformed my approach to songwriting - I used to write slowly, and in complete isolation until a song was developed enough to share. Now, I can use each weekly task to quickly sketch out an idea, get some feedback and decide whether these ideas are worth putting more time into, and worth bringing to band rehearsals. The good songs jump out at you (and for the so-so ones, it's a smaller investment in time, and often still a worthwhile experiment). I've also made great contacts for support acts and collaborations, and made some good friends!"

Tanya Ransom

Broome, WA

Since joining I Heart Songwriting Club I’ve written countless more songs than I had in the previous 10 years of songwriting (Hello APRA royalties!). It encourages practise and with that practise it has brought more strength and diversity to my lyrical content. It’s also a beautiful way of connecting and sharing with other writers that I wouldn’t have otherwise met.

Mama Kin & Tommy Spender (Mama Kin Spender)

Margaret River, WA I Melbourne, VIC

Mama Kin & Tommy Spender shared a two terms in I Heart Songwriting Club together in 2016. From this they made their "Golden Magnetic" album, an album comprising of 80% of songs written as part of I Heart Songwriting Club. This album has toured to USA, Canada, Australia and Ireland... so far... the international tour continues. 

Emma Dean

Brisbane, QLD

Joining I Heart Songwriting Club was just what I needed during a period of classic ‘writer’s block’. I loved the discipline of being set a task each week, with various musical and thematic challenges, and being held accountable to create something. It didn’t have to be perfect, or even good, but it had to be something - a musical offering, an idea, even a spark of an idea. I am currently performing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and many of the songs in my show, ‘Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest For Love’ were written as part of my weekly songwriting tasks! When I begin writing my next show, I’m going to rejoin the club. Not only is it a fantastic tool for songwriters, but it’s also a beautiful and supportive community. Francesca has created something truly special.

Sam Buckingham

Byron Bay, NSW

Writing with I Heart Songwriting Club has become one of the most important parts of my creative practice. It pushes me to set aside dedicated weekly time to developing my craft, and the feedback and community support makes the process so much less isolating. Sharing my songs and hearing my groups submissions each week inspires me to expand my creativity and express myself more fully through song. The personal and career implications for this are huge - I feel like I’m finally beginning to reach my true potential as an artist.

Helen Perris

Sydney, NSW

Before I joined I Heart Songwriting Club, I had a lot of self doubt about my songwriting and it took me a long time to write and a long time between songs. Being accountable to the club to write weekly, even when I'm feeling low or anxious, has had a huge positive impact on my mental health. Regular creating of art coupled with the supportive community in the club has fed my soul and the bonus is I have written almost 200 songs in the club.

George Begbie

Berlin, Germany/Hobart, Tas

I Heart Songwriting Club has helped me experiment and try out new ideas in my songwriting, especially when I felt my output was getting a little samey or stale. I’ve released music recently that is way different from my previous work, which has been exciting and very satisfying! I have also gone through periods where I was convinced my writing wasn’t “good enough”, the lyrics not “clever enough”, and so on. Being able to share our music constructively in the club was immensely helpful, so that we were able to find positives and new ideas or directions to take that we may not have otherwise thought about. It also got me thinking more about how people listen to my music and what they take away from it.

Laudy

Kingaroy, QLD

We wanted to share the journey of this beautiful and tenacious woman, Laudy, who reignited her songwriting practice and joined I Heart Songwriting Club after 8 years away from music. After a year of showing up weekly to her songwriting practice she released her first single "Lioness" and reached no. 3 on the triple j Unearthed charts a few weeks later.

Mishell Jones

Brisbane, QLD

Writing my first ever song happened in I Heart Songwriting Club. I wasn’t sure if I could do it or not, but the support and encouragement I got from my group has given me the momentum I needed to keep on writing - I’ll never stop!

Audra Santa

Toronto, Canada

I Heart Songwriting Club has helped me develop a sense of musical momentum. Being an artist can be quite isolating at times, but the accountability of the IHSC community keeps me moving forward.

BIG SKY GIRLS

Regional Qld Songwriting Program

We are in our second year of the BIG SKY GIRLS creative mentoring program and it made total sense to use the I Heart Songwriting Club platform this year to address challenges in creative connection in our last year. Our BIG SKY GIRLS are all based in regional and remote areas but this platform allows us all to connect creatively each week! We are only 5 weeks in but over 60 songs have been written already! It’s such a well designed platform that makes songwriting connections between artists easy as a click. Not to mention the fact it is highly affordable for programs such as ours on a tight budget and working with regional and remote emerging artists! We love it!!