The 30A Songwriters Festival

Scenic Highway 30A will become a site for song and fun Jan. 15-17.

The 30A Songwriters Festival will celebrate its seventh year of bringing world-class songwriters to connect with audiences in South Walton.
This event is co-produced by Russell Carter Artist Management and the Cultural Arts Alli-ance of Walton County. Festival proceeds will benefit the CAA and help it with its mission to support the arts in Walton County.
Whether you’re a newbie or a pro to the festival, we have a few suggestions on how to prepare for this event.

by Lucy LeBlanc

I’ve been asked several times about my experiences in Nashville. So, from the prospective of a fledgling songwriter, who lives 2500 miles from Nashville, and who tries to make the trek a couple of times a year, here’s what I discovered.

Barbara Cloyd

When you come to Nashville, if you want to make connections in the music industry, don’t go around handing out CDs of your music to anyone who will take one. It will make you look like an amateur and you won’t be taken seriously. There are many, many singers and writers and people in the music business are too busy to listen to something from a total stranger. It won’t be easy to get heard, but it will be a little less difficult if you use the right approach.

Asking for criticism is a strange concept.

Seeking out criticism of your songs can feel like asking someone to trample on your dreams. Like, “Hey there, here’s something I put my entire heart and soul into. I’d love for you to tear it apart for me!”

… said no one ever.

For someone who’s never shown their work to anyone before, the thought of opening up to the opinions of others can be terrifying. Even worse — what if no one likes what you write?

Belinda Huang

Songwriting is such a tricky and elusive art to pursue and sharpen. It's an individual process, and there's no right or wrong way to write. Oftentimes, songwriters will find a process or writing style that works for them and stick to it. However, I've found over the years that my songwriting will start to plateau if I'm not actively seeking to improve and hone some of the skills behind them. With that in mind, here are some challenges and tips that you can try to help avoid stagnation in your songwriting sessions.

Leon Russell

As a songwriter, Leon's songs have hit the charts across all genres and have been covered by a diverse range of artists. Ray Charles recorded 'A Song For You', B.B. King had a hit with 'Hummingbird', The Carpenters with 'Superstar' and Joe Cocker with 'Delta Lady'.

The Carpenter's cover of "Superstar", written by Leon and Bonnie Bramlett, went to #2 on the pop music charts. George Benson won the "Record of the Year" Grammy in 1976 for his cover of Leon's song, "This Masquerade", and it became the first song in music history to hit #1 on the jazz, pop and R&b charts.

Chris Gantry

If what comes off your pen came out of your head then all's you got is a head trip on paper,

Six Things To Do When Your Song Is Finished

Six Things To Do When Your Song Is Finished

While having a finished song is its own victory, there’s more work to do if you’re hoping to keep your records straight, stay organized and possibly generate income with your song.

Posted in Songwriter 101 on February 27, 2012 by Cliff Goldmacher

Mark Cawley

I’m always looking for new creative solutions to common songwriting problems for my clients. Sometimes this takes me pretty far outside my own experience and beyond songwriting resources to explore how other creative types deal with their particular road blocks.

One of my go-tos over the years has been Twyla Tharp, the famous American dancer and choreographer. Her book “The Creative Habit” is full of some useful info that easily translates for songwriters and artists.

Lose Track Of Time

 Bronson Herrmuth

If you are serious about writing songs you need to get this book “Opening The Closed Door” by Bronson Herrmuth.