Prominent Twin Cities singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith has been named Artist-In-Residence for 2012-13 at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Messersmith joins an elite crew of esteemed musicians to be tapped for the post at the contemporary music college. Past McNally Smith Artists-In-Residence have included Semisonic frontman and hit songsmith Dan Wilson and Doomtree‘s Dessa.
As part of the Artist-In-Residence program, Messersmith will lead workshops and classes for McNally Smith students on the art of crafting songs, the business side of songwriting and creating music, and the art and practice of music performance throughout the Fall and Spring academic semesters. Messersmith has been a consistant contributor (and former faculty member) of the McNally Smith Composition & Songwriting department since 2009.
McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers recently commented on Messersmith’s appointment: “Students at McNally Smith College of Music learn from some of the most exciting, cutting-edge musicians in the country through our Artist-in-Residence Program. Artists like Jeremy Messersmith shed light on promotion strategies, recording tips, performance advice, songwriting, and more. By spending personal time with artists who are fast-rising stars or at the peak of their careers, our students gain insight into what it takes to make a life in music. In addition, students also draw inspiration from working with successful artists who have built careers doing what they love.”
Messersmith, in a recent interview, commented that it’s a two-way street, as his educational endeavors at McNally Smith have provided plenty of inspiration for the yet ascending artist. “I get a bunch of [material] from exercises that I do in my songwriting classes,” he says. “In fact, I have a song coming out on a record in the next year from one of my [McNally Smith] classes.”
When Messersmith is not at McNally Smith leading workshops, he will be embarking on his 36-date Supper Club Tour this Fall. This new, innovative touring concept will have Messersmith performing in the most intimate of settings—his fans’ houses.
Messersmith, a Twin Cities resident since 1999 has released three critically acclaimed albums, including his latest, The Reluctant Graveyard, featuring hits “A Boy, A Girl and A Graveyard,” and “Dillinger Eyes.” Often compared to luminaries like Brian Wilson, Simon and Garfunkel, Elliot Smith and Jeff Buckley, Messersmith’s tender and thoughtful tunes boast a devastating combination of heart-melting melodies and gut-wrenching lyrics.