3 international guests, 12 local songwriters, 4 producers, 5 days in Roundhead Studio, and a whole lotta magic...

2016 was the first year that the Songhubs program has been held in New Zealand - and what a brilliant program it turned out to be.

Bringing together top line international songwriters with Kiwi and Australian artists, Songhubs encourages participants to explore co-writing and collaboration in an intensive environment for one week at Roundhead Studio in Auckland.

In 2016 we were lucky enough to have platinum-selling and Grammy Award winning writers Mozella, Sacha Skarbek, and Lindy Robbins traveling from the US and UK to share their expertise and songwriting talents.

MoZella co-wrote the Miley Cyrus No.1 hit song, ‘Wrecking Ball’ with Sacha Skarbek, as well as co-writing Madonna’s album, Rebel Heart. She has also collaborated with Rihanna, One Direction, Kelly Clarkson and Ellie Goulding.

Sacha Skarbek played a key role in developing James Blunt’s career and co-wrote the worldwide No.1 hit ‘You’re Beautiful’. Other collaborations include Adele, Gwen Stefani, Seal, Neneh Cherry, Lana del Rey and the Backstreet Boys.

Lindy Robbins co-wrote David Guetta’s hit single featuring Sam Smith ‘Dangerous’. Robbins has also written for Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and 5 Seconds of Summer.

And the talented New Zealand and Australian artist who were invited to come and work alongside them were Anna Coddington, Campbell, Ciaran McMeeken, Louis Baker, Maala, Matthew Young, Mel Parsons, Miu, Montaigne, Robinson, Sahara Skye, and Sarah Aarons.

They were all assisted by four outstanding New Zealand producers, Josh Fountain, Sam De Jong, M Basa, and Djeisan Suskov.

Check out Amanda Ratcliffe's wonderful photos of this amazing week in the studio!

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