Working with thousands of teams on musical-based team building activities, we have found two things to be true. One, our world has many hidden rock stars among us. Two, music truly is a universal language.
Meet Padraic Gilligan— by day, Padraic serves as the Managing Partner of SoolNua and is the former Past-President of SITE. By night, Padraic is a professional songwriting rock star. Meet Jessica Wells— by day, Jessica is the Senior Director of Event Marketing at Vizient. By night, Jessica jams out to Disney songs with her three-year old daughter and just so happens to have the voice of an angel. Padraic and Jessica were both the recipients of our ‘Win A Lesson With A Rock Star’campaign. Padraic received the guitar lesson with Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist and our US General Manager Angus Clark, while Jessica Wells won the vocal lesson with the GMID Anthem vocalist and our Content and Production Manager Shelley Harland-Wright.
“Music has always been a part of what I have done,” Padraic mentioned. “I have always wanted to find someone along the way that can show me some of the things that I should have learned a while back.” Our team was happy to grant Padraic’s wish. During the lesson, Angus learned that Padraic is a professional songwriter who has appeared as a finalist on a national reality TV program. Padraic then introduced Angus to a song he has been writing for his cousin’s wedding. The two of them worked on amplifying the chords and strategies for perfecting rhythm. Together they bonded over their love of music (and the meetings industry).
Like Angus and Padraic, Jessica Wells and Shelley Harland-Wright, who has worked with stars like Elvis Costello, connected from 10,504 miles away via Skype. At the beginning of the interview, Shelley and Jessica found they shared a love of singing, had children around the same age and will both be attending IMEX America. Jessica mentioned she loves singing all types of songs from musicals to Disney songs but has never received formal training. “There isn’t a Disney song that isn’t fun to belt out, especially with my three year old princess,” Jessica said. Shelley worked with Jessica on improving her range by teaching her techniques to improve her sound.
The ‘Win A Lesson With A Rock Star’ campaign was built around the concept that everyone wants to be a rock star and it was really cool to find some hidden in our industry. Don’t forget to follow our SongDivision Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the next campaign and watch our shortened versions of the lessons below:
Watch our two minute peeks at the lessons below.
Watch a clip of the vocal lesson between Shelley Harland-Wright and Jessica Wells, here:
Watch a clip of the guitar lesson between Angus Clark and Padraic Gilligan, here: