On this practical weekend course, held at Tileyard Studios, Michelle and David have distilled decades of experience and learning into a suite of essential tools, tips and techniques for songwriting to commercial brief and professional vocal preparation and delivery for studio and live performance.
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A member of family singing group, ‘The Escoffery’s’, signed to Atlantic Records USA in 1991, Michelle cut her teeth in the studio with sister Sandra Escoffery, learning to write and arrange, which led to independent success with chart topping UK girl band Truce. Michelle went on to become one of only 2 female stock writers at EMI Music Publishing at the time, alongside Cathy Dennis.
Ivor Novello Award winner for her song ‘Just A Little’ 2002 PRS Most Performed work, also chosen as part of PRS’ ‘Songs Of A Century’, a selection of the top 100 British songs from the last century. She has penned songs for Tina Turner, All Saints, Beverley Knight, Artful Dodger and worked on vocal arrangement and production for Rod Stewart song ‘Human’ and performed with Artists Stevie Wonder, George Michael and more. She has had recent hits around the world for international recording Artist Nabiha (single sat on the top of the airplay charts in Denmark for 40+ weeks) and SHINee (The last mini album was number 1 in 6 countries in 2015).
Michelle has most recently been appointed as a writer director to the PRS Board. Nigel Elderton, PRS Chairman: “She is not only an award-winning songwriter, but also a guiding influence for the next generation of music creators, which makes this appointment all the more fitting.”
David Laudat has had a successful career as a session vocalist, both as a lead singer (The Bucketheads, Hustler’s Convention, Love City Groove, Cosmos, D&G), and backing vocalist David moved into vocal coaching, appearing throughout two seasons of The X Factor as a judge’s expert, followed by shows for E4, MTV & Channel 5 among others.
Since then he has worked extensively in artist development for both private clients and record companies in a freelance capacity and continues to travel the UK, providing masterclasses at music colleges including Tileyard Education (Module Leader MA Commercial Songwriting) LIPA, ACM, Access to Music and BIMM.