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Big Kenny Sows Seeds of Solo Success

Big Kenny Alphin is known almost as much for the causes he champions as the music he makes, as well as for spreading the gospels of “Love Everybody” and “Music with No Boundaries.” It should come as no ...
 

Beyond Country: Not Your Father's Nashville

Nashville's most lucrative and recognizable export has had a challenging 10 years. The decade that's coming to a close saw country-music sales fall — albeit a little later than the rest of the industry. But Music City's pop, rock and ...
 

How To “Belt” Out a Song (Without Blowing Out Your Larynx!)

We’ve talked about the two main vocal registers, the head (soprano/falsetto) and the chest (alto/speaking). But many voice teachers also refer to a “belt” register. Technically, anyone can ...
 

Back to Basics: Pick vs. Fingers

No matter how accomplished we might become at anything, it’s always helpful to go back to basics. I’ve been playing music for most of my life and I still learn something new every time I revisit ...
 

The Cost Of Bad Data

The new digital music economy consists of fractions of pennies, multiplied by billions of transactions, to cover mechanical, master-use and performing royalties. But without a centralized database of artist and track ...
 

How to Manage Backup Singers

 

How to Sing Backup

As a songwriter, there may be times you’ll be called upon to sing backup. You might even choose to sing backup on one of your own compositions. Perhaps you ...
 

Rhythmic Articulation Can Make or Break Your Song

Whether you’re composing, singing, or song styling, there’s a rhythmic component to every song that can make the difference between people liking it, and people going wild for it! ...
 

Why Does Analog Sound Better Than Digital?

Music was forever changed in 1983. Up to that year we had lived in a digital-audio-free world, where musicians and the music industry flourished in a state of pure analog bliss. Vast numbers of people actually ...
 

Alan Jackson: Cracker Barrel Offers a Country Boy’s Collection

Alan Jackson fans know he likes bologna on white bread now and then. What they may not know is that some of his other likes — such as his personal Hot and Barbecue blends, a signed cast-iron skillet and much ...
 

Airplay 101: Digital Servicing Myths

One of the new tricks to confuse artists is "digital distribution" or "digital servicing". This is a service where the following is supposed to happen: You pay a small fee to have your ...
 

The Story Behind “Little Drake” In Randy Houser's “Boots On” Video

Any faithful GAC or CMT music video viewer has most likely watched Randy Houser's unique video for his hit song, ...
 

13th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards

I was honored to attend and photograph the taping of the 13th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards held at the historic Acuff Theatre in Nashville, TN.
 

To Write Or To Co-Write, That Is The Question!

Any of you who have ventured into the Nashville songwriting community know that this is a co-writing town. Ninety nine percent of all Nashville songwriters co-write regularly. The advantages are obvious; more than one creative viewpoint on the subject; more than one set of songwriting skills involved in the crafting; more than one pocketbook sharing the demo costs; more than one publisher pitching the song, more than one songwriter performing the song, which expands the audience for it. There are some disadvantages...
 

“No” Rarely Means “No”

It makes me sad when people I know, especially songwriters and musicians, give up too early don’t let things happen to their full potential. In the songwriting world, this often means quitting too early in the pitching process. Many people give up when they hear the word “no,” and some of them even do so the very first time they hear it. The problem is, the word “no” from a publisher or producer
 
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