In the first half of my life, fear was the enemy. It limited what I did and who I was. As time has gone by, I have come to understand that fear can be a friend that brings about positive change and enriches my experience on this planet.
Acoustic Nation's inaugural Songwriter Sessions: Live! event recently kicked off at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN. Perfectly at home in the songwriter-haven that is Nashville, the event invited writers to submit their best tunes which were then voted on by AN readers. The top six songwriters – Kendra Bragg, Eric Coomer, Sam Hatmaker, Jenna Paone, Dani Poppitt and Chris Rogers – were selected to perform their submitted songs at Summer NAMM, and have them critiqued by hit songwriter Clay Mills and Acoustic Nation editor Laura Whitmore.
This month we’re excited to give away two tickets to the SongTown 9 Spot Coffee Shop webcast. I’ve personally attended these webcasts and they are chock full of useful, practical information for songwriters of every level. Plus you can ask your questions live. This month’s webcast brings in hit producer Jody Stevens and takes place on August 28, 2014 at 7:00pm Central Time. With your ticket you’ll get easy login information about how to join the event online.
So you've finished your latest greatest song and it's time to do a demo. Should you do a full band demo or a simple guitar/vocal? The next decision you make can be the difference in an artist recording your song or not! I'd like to step you through the thought process my co-writers and I used on the way to landing our song "Gotta Love It" on the latest Joe Nichols record.
A song containing a few as one or two chords can be just as well-crafted as a far more intricate composition. Of course, the world is full of guitarists who play a D-to-G strum pattern ad infinitum, rhyme “fire” with “desire” and declare that they’ve written a song. You goal as a songwriter is to not be that person.
Be the worst person in the room if you’re the songwriter. It’s one rule I’ve tried to follow and succeeded with to some degree. In the case of recording, if I’m the worst person in the room, then my recording is going to be all the better for it.
I have a degree in Psychology and I love to observe people. It’s fun to try to figure out what makes people tick. It’s also interesting to me to study successes and failures to better understand what causes one or the other. Here are my observations about successful songwriters.
I’m very excited to share our Songwriter Sessions: Live submission winners! Each one of these performers will share their submitted song at an event taking place at the NAMM show in Nashville, TN on the Acoustic Nation Stage.
One of our Songtown citizens asked the question "How do you decide which artist to give your song to?" So, I thought I would answer that one to the best of my ability. Sadly, in my experience, it doesn't happen too often that multiple artists are fighting over the same song. I wish that happened more. But, most often, you have one artist wanting to cut your song.