“He got lucky. That will never happen again.” After celebrating my first number one song, “Beautiful Mess,” a friend of mine told me that a big successful songwriter spoke these words about me. I can’t blame him, he had been writing big songs for years and he’d seen a lot of young writers come and go. He understood that while it’s not easy to write a hit, it’s even more rare to write another one. If you don’t believe that, there are lots of examples of one hit wonders to back up his theory!
Here is a veteran songwriter Kurt Fortmeyer who was kind enough to sit with me and explain how songwriting really works in Nashville.
His story is of packing his things and coming to Nashville to write songs. Kurt has an earthy down home goodness to his soul.
Songwriter Colton Jones asks Music Row veteran Bobby Rymer, for some tips to help songwriters who want to make it their career.
This discussion is a wealth of information for the songwriter who wants to make it here in Nashville.
Barbara Cloyd is one of Nashville's treasures who runs the Bluebird Cafe.
Here is a lady who knows her business and is nice enough to pass on her experience.
Listen to this video and learn some tips and tricks to be professional when onstage.
I recently hosted one of my monthly BMI Nashville Songwriter Workshops where each of the fifty attendees had an opportunity to pitch one song to a successful publisher. As is typically the case at these workshops, with few exceptions, every song played was perfectly crafted. The writers have mastered the use of current song structures; the lyrics made sense and were well written; rhymes were where my ear expected them to be; and the melodies worked well with the chords—avoiding any dissonance. Yet the publisher took copies of only five songs—ten percent of those that were pitched.
Over the last decade of working with some of music’s top producers, recording artists, and songwriters, I started noticing similar personality traits and habits of these highly creative people. These professionals possessed a certain mindset that allowed them to perform at a high level and do it effortlessly. Their personal habits funneled their energy into a kind of creative vortex. I’ve listed 7 of these habits here. There are more, but these are the 7 that almost all of these pros had mastered.
Do you want to see how to get your band noticed? Our old friend Jim Huish did it with "The Cup Song" and a few guns. This video went viral on the Internet. Jim has over 3 million views of this song. Many have gone to see his band website http://www.AmbersDrive.com . His singing is pitch perfect as well as his handling of his guns. This is how to get noticed.
Here is Jason Howard at the Pavilion Coffee House playing a song about communication or the lack of communication with your spouse.
It is a jazzy piece he played for us at the Pavilion Coffee House. It was the highlight song of his set in my opinion.Jason is a really good guitar player and his vocals are strong and powerful.You will enjoy this song. It is titled:
"How Would I Know?"
Voted as one of the top three singer/songwriters in Nashville 4 years running in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Nashville Scene "Best Of Nashville" readers poll, Doc Holladay has become one of the most in-demand talents around, while also managing to work as a full time Optometrist.
Nashville Ear awards the Best of the Best honor to the songwriter that we feel stood out with exceptional songwriting and performances. Please join us in congratulating this years award winner Chris Gantry.