Songwriting & Song Production

Write a song for Christmas 2020.
Have you got the next no.1 in you?

Unlock your song is a unique opportunity to team up with music producer, James, to write and produce a record for digital release!

 Enrich and sharpen your writing process,

Grow in confidence in the recording studio*,

Experience 5-star authentic music production.

Whether you are new to writing songs, or you are looking for support and motivation to bring ideas to life, this is a fantastic way to make it happen!


This Unlock Your Song is open to just 6 participants.

You must be ready to learn, open-minded and willing to collaborate.

Be prepared to participate in group and individual songwriting tutorials.

James will help you write and produce your music in a way that makes the most out of your song within the constraints of the timeline and budget.

£450 per person per song

Or co-write with a friend and share the cost

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* if you want to co-write with a friend, please email me after payment to let me know the additional person to be added to the course.

An incredibly creative and inspiring journey.

Unlock Your Song has given me invaluable skills to develop my song writing.

James really tuned into what I wanted to express though the music and lyrics, the result went far beyond my expectations and stayed respectfully true to each element. Can’t thank you enough for bringing my song to life James Hawkins.

Miranda Mills

Song: Hold On

The whole experience was worth eleven out of ten.

I learned how to enrich my writing process and how to bring that broader pallet into sharper focus for the finished song.

The recording session was relaxed and productive. The finished song blew me away!

Stef Downham

Song: Hand on the Glass

Without doubt James Hawkins, ‘Unlock Your Song’ changed my life in many ways.

I have always been a writer, short stories and poems, but only this year I decided to turn my hand to songwriting. It had been a difficult few months as I lost a great friend to Coronavirus in April and my beloved brother, Glen, was in intensive care with Coronavirus also. I wasn’t coping and was in a state of depression. One afternoon I sat and wrote a poem about all that I was experiencing. I then saw Jim’s, Unlock Your Song course advertised and just knew this was for me. I presented my poem to Jim and we transformed it into a song.

The whole experience has uplifted me and put me on a new career path as a songwriter and at the age of 74 that is no mean feat!

Frankie Carvalho

Song: Dancing and Free

I wrote a song: words, melody, chords myself! Jim faciliated to bring out the best in me.

There was lots of room for us to explore. Jim gave us ideas in order for us to take them and run with them.

What Jim produced was very authentic, he honoured the song as it was and enhanced the positives. Overall I’d rate the song production and experience 6 out of 5!

Theresa McDermott

Song: Maze of Mirrors

This was just what I had been looking for!

For many years I’d enjoyed writing lyrics and had ideas of accompanying melodies, but my dream of producing one of my songs had remained just that.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jim to craft my song into a recording and I was really pleasd wtih the results. I’ve now released my song digitally.

Jo Downing

Song: The New World

I never thought I’d be able to bring my inner thoughts and musings to life in music.

The support, advice and guidance was incredible, making the recording and production process truly enjoyable and educational.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Unlock Your Song to anyone with an interest in music or writing.

Bryony Pemberton

Song: Lockdown Solitude

An unmissable opportunity

Make a unique record of this time

I am a professional music producer, with #1 chart success, who will guide you in the task of writing, and performing, with structured tutorials and feedback sessions.

Through the process of group and 1-1 teaching, full musical guidance and support, editing, arranging and studio production techniques, I will help you develop, organise, assemble musical ideas and unlock your songwriting potential.

I will help you to record your vocals at home or in my studio. And I’ll produce a bespoke backing track with live musicians,  mixed and ready for release.

The process is fast-paced and perfect for lockdown when you’re freed up and ready to go!

The details

Coaching and support format

I will invite you to join online zoom calls with me and your fellow participants twice a week, where I will lead you on your creative journey. You will be given tasks to complete each week as we progress.


Each coaching session will last approximately 90 minutes. Artists will meet on Wedsnesday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm (or whenever if most convenient for the group). We will start on Weds 18th Nov and aim to complete our songs in an ‘online gig’ by Christmas Eve.


With current Covid-19 restrictions in place, you are allowed to record vocals in my studio, within Covid safe guidelines. If you are not able to do that, you will need a smartphone or other smart device with a camera or voice recording app installed to make audio recordings of your vocals at home.

Backing tracks

Your backing track will be an arrangement to bring out the best in your song and vocals. It may feature instruments such as piano, guitar, drums, bass and will be professionally mixed in my studio.


For singer-songwriters, I request that you sign a standard writer-producer agreement, provided by The Musicians Union, which will set the royalties due should your song become commercially successful. You will receive this agreement by email on booking your place. Please return a signed copy in order to confirm your participation. Thank you.

The online 'live' gig!

At the end of our project, you will have an MP3+WAV file of your song recording, and a lyric video to share. I will then host a gig online, and play all the songs and videos to our live invited audience. It’ll be a fun and informal way to showcase your song. We will also post all the songs and videos on and on the JHM YouTube channel in our music hub.


£450 per person per song

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Got questions?

If you have more questions and would like to talk to me about this project, please call 07500 848565, or drop me an email on [email protected].