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Sony recording artist offers vocal skills, performance workshop

Sony recording artist offers vocal skills, performance workshop; auditions set for Sept. 14 at Lakewood


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Andrew Paul Woodworth has spent the last 22 years in Los Angeles. He is sharing his musical experience and talent with a select group in a workshop at Lakewood Center. Auditions will be held Sept. 14 to be part of the group.

Aspiring singers ages 11 to 14 have an opportunity to work with Sony recording artist Andrew Paul Woodworth this fall at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego.

Woodworth will lead an eight-week workshop on vocal skills and performance techniques for a small group of teens. Auditions for the group will be held Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. at the center.

“This will be a very special class,” Woodworth said. “We’re going to do something really cool that I don’t believe has been done before. The teens will sing songs they want to sing, songs they hear on the radio and that are a part of their world. And they’ll sing accompanied by a live band on the last day of class.”

Woodworth plans to work with the singers on an individual basis on specific techniques such as breathing, effectively using a microphone and performing a song.

“I want them to understand what the lyrics mean, especially to themselves,” he said. “I want them to understand at a deeper level the emotion of performing it. They will also sing backup to their friends’ songs. So they will learn about harmony, blending voices and presenting themselves onstage. I think they’ll be blown away by the result.”

Woodworth grew up in Lake Oswego, where his vocal talent was apparent by age 5. At age 10 he performed with the Portland Civic Theater. At age 14, actor Brian Dennehy, who happened to be in an audience to which Woodworth was performing, advised him to “take it to the next level” and introduced him first to his agent and then to a child talent agent.

Woodworth has had a lengthy career acting in motion pictures and television shows, and traveling as a musician with Maroon Five, Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles and Deep Purple. His first album, with the band Elephant Ride, was produced by bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.

“I’ve been very lucky in my career,” Woodworth said. “And now I get to teach my friends’ kids. It is really, really cool to harness that potential and see the kids light up.”

Those wishing to audition should know two songs and be prepared to sing portions of them a capella.

“Be prepared to have a good time,” Woodworth said. “I live by the adage, ‘If it’s not fun, it’s funny.’ They have to get used to the pressure, but everybody’s nervous.”

The workshop fee for those selected from the audition is $320. The workshop will be held Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 21 through Nov. 9. To sign up for the audition, visit lakewood-center.org or call 503-635-3901.

The public is invited to attend the final performance of the class on Nov. 9.




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