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Songwriters get a lesson in lyrics at fund raiser

Amanda Roberson

BRECKENRIDGE – Novice songwriters have a chance to learn the art of composing lyrics from the experts. The Summit Foundation brings six nationally recognized artists to town Saturday for the “The Magic Behind the Music” concert and silent auction.

The event is part of the Breckenridge Education and Music Seminars (BEAMS) program, a series of workshops to further musical education.

Those who participate likely will recognize the six songwriters from the songs they’ve written for popular musicians.

Their work spans musical styles and sounds. Greg Barnhill, for example, wrote Amy Grant’s “House of Love,” and “Walkaway Joe,” performed by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley.

Cesar Lemos wrote Jewel’s “Serve the Ego” and Ricky Martin’s “Por Arriba, Por Abajo.”

Singers Lorrie Morgan’s and Kippi Brannon’s songs are among those written by Angela Kaset, while Jim Photoglo became popular for love songs “We Were Meant To Be Lovers” and “Fool in Love With You.”

Those who aspire to write country songs can takes notes from Will Robinson, composer of Alabama’s “You’ve Got The Touch” and Reba McEntire’s “I Know How He Feels.”

June McHugh, who founded the BEAMS program along with her husband, songwriter Tom Gould, said the series of songwriting workshops will involve the public and benefit the music programs in local schools.

“It’s a way for us to give something back to the community and help foster future generations of songwriters and musicians from the Summit County community,” she said.

The event benefits the Summit Foundation, a public, nonprofit agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County and neighboring communities.

A silent auction, held before the concert, will feature country music collectibles up for grabs.

Tickets are on sale for $15 at Affordable Music in Silverthorne, the Breckenridge Resort Chamber’s activities center’s two locations (137 S. Main St. and Daniels Cabin, 309 N. Main St.), Budget Tapes in Frisco, and the Great Divide Lodge in Breckenridge’s concierge desk.

For more information about the BEAMS workshop series, call (720) 364-3853 or visit

Amanda Roberson can be reached at 970-668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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