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 Anderson University to Host Songwriting Workshop

With Kyle Matthews

Anderson University invites the community to attend a songwriting workshop featuring Dove Award Winning Songwriter Kyle Matthews on Friday, October 1 from 3:00-6:00 pm in the Daniel Recital Hall of AU’s Rainey Fine Arts Center. At the event, Matthews will present “Songwriting 101, or Everything I Wish I’d Known Before Moving to Nashville and Making a Fool of Myself.”

In almost two decades of writing and performing his songs, Kyle Matthews has emerged as one of Christian music's most prolific songwriters. Of his over 60 cuts by major artists of disparate genres, he has penned such well known songs as "If You Want Me To," recorded by Ginny Owens, "Everything and Nothing," recorded by Vince Gill, "One and the Same," recorded by Cece Winans, and "God Forbid," recorded by Point of Grace, and "Been Thru the Water," recorded by Kyle.

His song "We Fall Down," recorded most notably on a multi-platinum release by Donnie McClurkin, won numerous music industry awards, including the Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Song of the Year, the Stellar award for Song of the Year, and ASCAP's 2002 Christian Song of the Year. His songs have been broadcast and performed in concerts around the world and have appeared on television shows such as the Oprah Winfrey show, as well as the BET and WB networks, among others.

Kyle's itinerant, ecumenical ministry includes almost as many speaking engagements as concerts, because those opportunities allow him to blend his songs and storytelling with preaching and teaching. His music company, "See for Yourself Music," produces recordings, print music, and devotional materials that model Christian "edu-tainment" more than "entertainment." He has served as a teaching resource for the Staley Foundation, the Gospel Music Academy, and the Samuel Project, a grant-funded mentoring program for students considering church-related vocations. Kyle also welcomes opportunities to teach creativity seminars, creative writing and music in non-religious settings.

Kyle lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Susan and children Emily and Christopher, where he ministers to a local congregation, contributes to worship, coordinates mission opportunities, and travels many weekends to perform and speak.

General admission for the songwriting workshop at AU is $30.00. A fee of $50.00 includes general admission, a book, and an individual song review. Anderson University students receive discounted rates.

To register for the event or for more information contact Dr. Richard Williamson, Chair of the AU Music Department, at rwilliamson@andersonuniversity.edu.

 Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 21) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of 68 “Up and Coming” schools to watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report. It is the #1 “Up and Coming” school in the South according to that publication.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.

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