Paige Powell hosts 2 open mics each month in the D.C. area, sponsored by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW), where sh is a Board Member Emeritus. Because of her long-time service as a Board Member in SAW, she was selected to be a judge in the Open category for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Paige has a real passion for songwriting, having written more than 170 songs, recording more than 60 of them, generating 2 CDs and 20+ singles released on iTunes and CDBaby.com.
Two of her songs, "Blackeyed Peas" and “Give Me A Beach” won honorable mentions from the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. She continues to study songwriting, participating in many of SAW's workshops and seminars, which has included a 2-day workshop with Pat Pattison, lyric-writing teacher from the Berkley School of Music.
Because her father played classical music albums all the time, Paige grew up with Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninoff. She started piano lessons at the age of 8, playing classical pieces until she fell in love with the guitar at the age of 13. Paige played her original songs in college, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Tulsa. Later, she played cover songs in clubs in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Colorado. The last 2 years she lived in Oklahoma, she was a member of the Tulsa Songwriters Association, and attended several songwriting seminars including one sponsored by ASCAP.
After relocating to the Washington, D.C. area, Paige played her songs at open mics and coffeehouses, and also played at churches and benefit concerts. After becoming successful as a graphic artist, which enabled her to set her own hours, Paige dedicated more time to songwriting and recording.
Paige writes a wide variety of songs which keep her fans entertained. She has several songs you can sing along with. Occasionally, she likes to use jazz chords which lends them to the “jazz songs” market. Her lyrics tend to be more specific than vague: her song lyrics are about something. Most of her songs have been performance and open-mic tested, as well as critiqued by her fellow songwriters. Paige also writes instrumental pieces with strong melodies (see WolfeandPowell.com).
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