Andrea Stolpe

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Division: Contemporary Music
Program: Popular Music

Expertise: Popular Music
Instrument: Songwriting
Phone: (213) 740-3224
Email: astolpe@usc.edu
Office: TMC 118
Website: www.andreastolpe.com

Biography

Andrea Stolpe is a Los Angeles-based songwriter, author, performing artist and educator. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, with songs recorded by such artists as Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Daniel Lee Martin, Jimmy Wayne, and others.

Her book, Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling, offers songwriters a practical approach to lyric writing according to each writer’s unique voice, and the ability to finish songs with greater ease and consistency.

Andrea teaches Songwriting at the University of California’s Thornton School of Music, and is the author and instructor of Berklee College of Music’s online course “Commercial Songwriting Techniques.” For the past 10 years Andrea has taught melody, harmony, and lyric writing courses for Berklee Online.

She continues to tour and promote her solo release, Breaking Even, and serve as a guest clinician nationally and abroad. Andrea enjoys working to develop writers part of SonicArt Productions, an artist development company established by her husband, recording engineer Jan Stolpe.


Professional experience

Current Professional Affiliation(s):

Staff songwriter, SonicArt Productions
Instructor of Songwriting, Berklee Music

Career Highlights:

  • “Behind the Songs,” NBC special performance with Faith Hill (2006)
  • “Breaking Even”, (2007) SonicArt Records

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • SESAC Award 1997
  • ASCAP Award 1998

Music Festivals:

  • Grammy Camp, Los Angeles, CA
  • Recording Academy of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  • Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
  • Speech Level Singing Camp, Los Angeles, CA
  • Swannanoa Gathering, Asheville, NC
  • MN Songwriter’s Association, Minneapolis, MN

Recordings:

  • Faith Hill
    Album: Fireflies, (2005) Warner Bros.
    Song: You Stay With Me
    Writer(s): Andrea Stolpe/John Kennedy
  • Julianne Hough
    Album: Julianne Hough, (2008) Mercury Nashville
    Song: I’d Just Be With You
    Writer(s): Andrea Stolpe/John Kennedy
  • Daniel Lee Martin
    Album: All That I Am, (2003) Chin Music
    Songs: The Closest Thing
    All That I Am
    Writer(s): Andrea StolpeAlbum: On My Way to You (2007) Chin Music
    Songs: Just What You Did
    That’s What God Made Rivers For
    Writer(s): Andrea Stolpe
  • Andrea Stolpe
    Album: Breaking Even, (2007) SonicArt Records
    Writer(s): Andrea Stolpe
    Jan Teddy
  • Film: School of Seduction (2007) Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • Song: Lost
    Writer(s): Andrea Stolpe/Stephen Robson

Publications:

  • Stolpe, Andrea (2007).  Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling, Berklee Press
  • The Career Songwriter, Berkleemusic.com weekly web blog

Academic degrees

  • BM, Berklee College of Music, 1998

Studied with:

  • Bob Winter
  • Pat Pattison