Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy Presents: “From Pineapple to Platinum: Confessions of a Hit Songwriter” with Jill Colucci

March 1 at Temple Beth Sholom

Colucci, a multi-platinum award-winning songwriter, will speak about the songwriting process and her triumph over loss and the manifestation of her new path in life. 

“Jill has the guts to come straight out about her inner feelings. ‘No One Else on Earth’ gave me the sass I was looking for

and became one of my all-time favorite songs in the universe.”

–Wynonna Judd


(Sarasota-Manatee) Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) presents Jill Colucci, a multi-platinum, award-winning songwriter and singer, in “From Pineapple to Platinum,” Thursday, March 1, 3-4:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $15 general admission; free to RCLLA members. To register, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.rclla.org. Pre-registration suggested. No event refunds. Tickets are transferrable.

Jill Colucci is a multi-platinum award-winning songwriter who made her mark as a songwriter with such hit songs as “No One Else on Earth” performed by Wynonna Judd and “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” and “Anymore” performed by Travis Tritt.  Other artists who record her songs include Lacy J. Dalton, Michelle Wright, Richard Carpenter, Kennedy Rose, Larry Stewart, Mark Beeson, Andy Childs and Akina Nakamori. In all, her songs have sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Although Colucci has enjoyed much commercial success, she has also experienced great loss in her life. In this RCLLA lecture, Colucci will share how these experiences shaped and colored her music. “Heal My Heart,” her latest CD, reflects the depth and healing that music brings to all our lives. For more information about Jill Colucci, visit www.jillcolucci.com.

“Jill will speak about her personal triumph over loss and the healing power of art and music,” says Janna Overstreet, executive director of RCLLA. “Hers is a compelling story that’s sure to touch hearts. This is definitely something you will not want to miss.”


About Ringling Lifelong Learning Academy

As private, not-for-profits, both the Lifelong Learning Academy and Pierian Spring Academy served the Sarasota-Manatee region for almost 20 years growing lifelong learning program offerings in number and variety as the demand for services grew. Now they have combined forces with Ringling College of Art and Design to become Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy, offering educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. Courses cover a wide range of stimulating topics and are taught by scholars, retired faculty members, and professional practitioners. Courses are taught in an engaging, collaborative manner where learning results in the development of civic awareness, ongoing learning communities of peers, and intellectual and cultural connections to our communities. Visit www.rclla.org.


About Ringling College of Art and Design

For 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 11 disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, first-year program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers. www.ringling.edu.