Fly Me to the Moon Galaxywide Songwriters Workshop 2020

From June 8 through August 3, Mike Zito partnered with ten songwriters and musicians to teach the creative process. 
Music lovers and a new generation of songwriters were able to learn from songwriters from the past and from 
today’s composers. 

The 2020 Galaxywide Songwriters Workshop was funded by donations and an ASCAP grant founded by the renowned composer Bart Howard.  Howard’s humble beginnings along the Mississippi River in rural southeast Burlington, Iowa, inspired him to write “Fly Me to the Moon” (originally titled In Other Words) in 1954 circling the world, lifting spirits globally.  Frank Sinatra’s 1964 recording was played by the astronauts of Apollo 10 and played ‘on the moon’ by Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 landing.

FEATURED ARTISTS

KT SULLIVAN

Artistic director of The Mabel Mercer Foundation

Broadway star and recording artist. Bart Howard gifted his piano to KT Sullivan when he passed away in 2004. 

MIKE ZITO

2018 Rock Blues Artist of the Year

Host Mike Zito with 500+ song writing credit, recording artist, recording engineer, recording label founder, member of Royal Southern Brotherhood, performs internationally, 2020 Fender Guitar endorsement

ELIZABETH DOYLE

Singer, pianist, composer, music director

As a composer, she is an award-winning ASCAP member with musicals “Fat Tuesday,” “Alice In Analysis”, “The Virginian” and “Sleepy Hollow” produced in California and the Midwest.

PAUL THORN

Southern rock, country, Americana, and blues singer-songwriter

Thorn has toured as an opening act for Huey Lewis & the News, Sting, John Prine, Marianne Faithfull, Bonnie Raitt, Toby Keith and Jeff Beck. In 2018,  the Mississippi House of Representatives named March 27 'Paul Thorn Day' in recognition of his constant support of his home state.

ALLAN HARRIS

Jazz vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter

Described by the Miami Herald as an artist blessed with, “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King' Cole.” He has won numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” – which he won three times.

GARY NICHOLSON

Number one hit songwriter and two-time Grammy winning producer

In 2006, Nicholson was nominated to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Current songwriting credits include a song on the recent Grammy winning release by Bonnie Raitt.

DANIELLE NICOLE

Songwriter, vocalist, bass guitarist

Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot. 2019 Grammy nominee for Contemporary Blues Album.

ANDERS OSBORNE

Songwriter, guitarist, vocalist

Osborne’s compositions have been covered by diverse artists such as Brad Paisley, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang, Edwin McCain, Sam Bush, Trombone Shorty, and Aaron Neville.

BK DAVIS

Steinway International Pianist and composer

Composed the theme music for Boy Scouts of America, Indie 500, and commercial jingles. Bandmember with Johnnie Taylor, BB King, Billy Preston, and co-wrote with Little Richard and others.

EPISODE 1: Elizabeth Doyle

EPISODE 2: Paul Thorn

EPISODE 3: Danielle Nicole

EPISODE 4: BK Davis

EPISODE 5: Nick Moss

EPISODE 6: Seth Walker

EPISODE 7: Allan Harris

EPISODE 8: KT Sullivan and Anders Osborne