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Take Your Songwriting to the Next Level by Adding a Twist

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16 To grab our listeners’ attention we need to separate our songs from the competition, and one way to accomplish this is by including an unexpected twist—an element of surprise. This article examines various ways to incorporate twists into lyrics and melodies. Story Songs With Surprise Endings “Ol’ Red” (written by… Read more...


Current Trends in Country Music: What’s Hot & What’s Not

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.16.15 “That ain’t country!” is a comment I often hear when I play current country hits in my songwriting workshops. It’s true that today’s country hits bear little resemblance to the songs that topped the charts by Elvis, Tammy, Waylon, Willie, and Patsy. Music evolves and the styles that rule the… Read more...


12 Days of BMI Holiday Songs

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From News, posted 12.14.13 Here at Broadcast Music, Inc., we love the holiday season, because we have an excuse to play some of our favorite festive tunes by BMI songwriters - from classics like Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” to Mariah Carey’s greatest gift to the world, “All I Want For Christmas… Read more...


Sharp Dazzles at Women’s Radio Group Dinner

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From News, posted 9.25.13 BMI singer-songwriter Maia Sharp was the featured performer at the annual MIW Radio Group’s “Lipstick and Lobster” dinner held recently at the Radio Show in Orlando. Sharp, who is an established Triple A artist in her own right, has also penned songs for the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Edwin McCain… Read more...


Songwriters-in-the-Round: Chart-Toppers to Feature Top Hit-Makers at Grammy Museum in L.A. Oct. 15

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From News, posted 10.02.12 A collection of today’s top songwriters and producers will perform and share the stories behind their hit songs at Songwriters-in-the Round: Chart-Toppers, presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) at the Clive Davis Theater in the Grammy Museum on Monday, October 15. Dan Wilson (Adele, Dixie Chicks, Semisonic), Greg… Read more...


Inaugural 30A Songwriters Festival Slated for January 15-17 in Florida

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From News, posted 12.04.09 The first annual 30A Songwriters Festival will debut January 15-17 along the resort highway on the Florida panhandle between Destin and Panama City Beach. More than 50 songwriters, including Jeffrey Steele (“The Cowboy in Me” for Tim McGraw, “What Hurts the Most” for Rascal Flatts), BMI Icon John Oates (“Sara… Read more...


Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Earn Top Honors at 2009 ACM Awards

From News, posted 4.06.09 Carrie Underwood made history at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, as she became the seventh female in the organization’s history to take home the coveted entertainer of the year trophy. Underwood joins exclusive ranks featuring Shania Twain, Barbara Mandrell, the Dixie Chicks, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and… Read more...


Matraca Berg, Tom Shapiro and John Hiatt to Join Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

From News, posted 9.18.08 BMI songwriters swept the short list of 2008 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees: hit writers Matraca Berg and Tom Shapiro will enter the elite ranks in the Songwriter category, while prolific songman John Hiatt stands ready to join the Hall in the Songwriter/Artist field. The candidates will officially be… Read more...


Sharp Shines at Oregon Broadcasters Convention

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From News, posted 9.21.07 BMI singer/songwriter Maia Sharp performed at the Oregon Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention, held recently in Eugene. Sharp, an artist in her own right, also belted out songs that she penned for Bonnie Raitt, the Dixie Chicks and Trisha Yearwood. Maia is the daughter of BMI country writer Randy Sharp,… Read more...


Shakira’s Songs Are the Heart of Her Success

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.30.07 A single moniker can be a significant designation for a recording artist; think Madonna, Prince and Beyoncé. The Grammy-winning artist and songwriter, Shakira — born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll — has certainly earned a place in this hierarchy. The most popular Colombian artist in history, Shakira has sold over 50… Read more...


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