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Paul Baloche - Writing the Songs The Whole Church Sings

There is a certain blanket of wisdom that, if you seek it, comes over time. It wraps around a true and honest place where you are surrounded by good friends and family and have nothing left to prove. A place where you know who you are, you know your purpose, and you’re content to leave the details up to God. “If you do something long enough, you uncover life lessons along the way,” Paul Baloche says. “You aspire to be faithful to...

Five Myths About Songwriting Success

With April Fools Day just passed, I thought I’d address some common misconceptions about life as a songwriter that tend to either slow down our progress or discourage us unnecessarily. The more educated you become about the mostly unwritten rules of the music industry, the less often you’ll be fooled and the better prepared you’ll be to make the slow and steady progress that leads to success.

10 Rules to Live By for the Independent Artist – Part 2

You learned this principle when you were a kid, but it’s still true. Work your butt off then sit back and enjoy the benefits of your hard work. Alot of people are in love with success but very few people care about the hard work it takes to get there. Work then play. Your future will be so much brighter! Just ask. You have not because you ask not. Sometimes when you ask, the answer is no; but at least you tried. Want to play at a certain venue but don’t think you can “get it”. Contact...

Vid O’ the Week – Huckleberry Hastings

Huckleberry Hastings has been a favourite since we first heard his incredible vocals and tight songwriting*. Watch his very first vid to Huckleberry Blues here. Huckleberry Hastings found his way to our ear drums about a month ago. Courtney said it all when she said “This young Sydney singer / songwriter / rhythm guitarist’s blues infused folk sound is going to make your heart bleed people. It’s the combination of passionate lyrics...

Cher and Pat Benatar in Concert

Even though Cher released an album last year, one look at the set list and you’ll soon realize she’s not pushing the new material. The show began with a video montage covering her fashion tastes over the years, from 70s bell bottoms through the 80s barely there black leather featured on the infamous “If I Could Turn Back Time” video. From there, she put on an awkwardly paced show that included plenty of Las Vegas glitz, countless costume...

'Roar' 'Royals' 'Happy': Why So Many Hits Now Have One-Word Titles

Simply named tunes are dominating the Billboard Hot 100. "Roar." "Royals." "Timber." "Demons." "Happy." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. This year, two single-word titles have set the record for the Hot 100's top two longest stay

Untapped Potential For Your Music Online

How many places have you made your music available online? What is your favorite medium? Actually, what is the favorite medium for your fans? With so many options to engage with your fans online, it can be hard to choose where to spend your time and energy. And you need to know what your fans want. Is it online radio or custom playlists with your music? Is it simply your music for purchase via digital download? What about your music video channel?

5 Ways To Make More Sync Money From Your Music

CD Baby has paid $1.2 million in sync licensing revenue to independent artists. Are you earning as much as you can? As this story from Digital Music News reveals, artists are earning more money these days from user-generated YouTube videos than from the official music videos themselves. So perhaps not surprisingly, much of the $1.2 million we’ve paid out in sync revenue has come from monetizing music on...

The Art Of Punk Bass

When you really get down to it, punk is a particularly bass-driven genre. Whether it’s an overtly bass-driven track like Green Day’s “Long View” or The Clash’s “London Calling,” or something a which follows more of a guitar-and-bass-in-unison style like, well, The Ramones’ entire catalog, the bass serves as a crucial anchor between the rhythm and harmony, and it has an equally important role in defining the texture and substance of the band’s sound. Let’s look at a few aspects...

Songwriting Tip: Grammar Matters

Yes, I meant that both ways. I’m writing on matters of grammar and I’m also writing in case grammar matters. So for a songwriter, when does it matter? Well, I suppose that depends upon your target audience. If you’re a novelist, it always matters. That’s why book writers have editors. Today, even a great storyteller may make the usual grammatical errors, especially if he went to school in the last decade or so. But even if a person has been taught in the best English class there...

Stretching for Success

“Which do you write first, the lyrics or the music?” kim-copeland_thumbI am often asked this question and I always have to think about it because, for me, there is no single answer. I am a writer, therefore I write. Ideas appear in many different ways and I appreciate them all. For most writers, it depends on their strengths. If you are a strong musician, you will likely start with a guitar in hand or sitting at the piano and let a...

Vid O’ the Week – Mac DeMarco

’m doing this to celebrate a couple different things: 1. Canada – fuck, I’ve never been, but I need to. It just sounds like Australia except less racist, and snowier. 2. FBi picking the Canadian Mac DeMarco’s new album, Salad Days, as their Album of the Week. I’m glad it’s getting the recognition it deserves, its a cracker. I’ve had a mega crush on MacDeMarco for a while now. He’s bloody cool...

Heart In Concert In Pittsburgh, PA

There are many reasons Heart has been around for 40 years. Selling over 30 million albums and being dubbed “the female Led Zeppelin “top the list. But the Rock and Roll hall of Fame duo is not one to rest on its laurels. As if to prove their worth, the Wilson sisters packed the explosive energy of their arena show into Pittsburgh’s intimate Carnegie Music Hall and torched it for 90 minutes. They came out like a C4 explosion with a thunderous...
Red Bull Sounds Select

Nashville’s Red Bull Sound Select Night of Fun

Blank Range, Andrew Combs, and headliner Houndmouth gave Nashville fans a stellar performance for Nashville’s Red Bull Sound Select hosted at The Stone Fox. The venue was packed with fans that were waiting for the show to start. Winners of the first round of Road to Bonnaroo, Blank Range opened the show with raw energy performing songs from their latest EP, Phase II. Front-man Grant Gustafson was lively, and the dynamic...

Michael Boggs Is More Like a Lion

Sometimes the people God chooses are the ones who never planned to be chosen. Witness the story of Michael Boggs, an accomplished multi-format musician, singer and songwriter. With his debut release on Stylos Records, More Like a Lion, Boggs is turning heads with songs of conviction, exhortation and heartfelt praise. He’s toured the world, become a sought-after songwriter and leads worship for thousands, though Boggs never planned it that way.
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