DE 34 Owen Kortz
Welcome back to the dHarmic Evolution podcast with me James Kevin O’Connor, singer/songwriter and master storyteller. In today’s episode, we go all the way to Denver, Colorado to speak with another talented artist, Owen Kortz.
Owen grew up in a musical family, with a major Beatles influence. In high school, he took his first guitar lessons and easily fell deep in love with musicmaking. While learning, his mother who also wrote songs coached him, hence becoming the powerful musician and lyricist he is today. He relies on his feelings, emotions, and experiences when writing songs; Owen is also a fan of co-writing, enjoying his time with friends who also love making music.
His major influencers for his style of music include The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, and more. As to the kinds of music he likes to listen to at the the moment, he tells me that it varies, probably because of the extensive background and exposure he has been through all these years of listening, writing, and creating music.
Aside from writing and playing songs, Owen keeps himself busy by helping out music students enrolled in the Songwriting Program of the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies department at the University of Colorado-Denver. In addition, he volunteers for the Urban Peak Homeless Youth Shelter. Talk about a music man with a heart!
Check out the full interview for more of Owen’s stories.
On this episode:
You’ll learn about Owen’s style in music writing
Owen’s major influences in music
How Owen came to help with the songwriting program at the University of Colorado-Denver
Sound clips of Owen’s songs---which are awesome!
The details on Owen’s albums and other amazing stuff you don’t want to miss!
Quotes from Owen Kortz:
“It’s just a matter of starting with an object or a guitar riff.” -on how he gets inspiration for writing lyrics
“I ask myself, ‘How can I put this in such a way that will connect with my extended family - my audience, my community?’”
“I between gigs, I do a lot of writing.”
“It’s just about bringing people together around music.”
Owen Kortz Songs featured:
I Love You
Hello, Old Friend
Leave My Love with You
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Craft of Lyric Writing by Sheila Davis
Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison
Owen Kortz’s website
Facebook: Owen Kortz
Soundcloud: Owen Kortz
YouTube: Owen Kortz
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