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BMI Celebrates Million-Air Award With Songwriter John McFee

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From News, posted 10.25.16 BMI songwriter and member of the Doobie Brothers John McFee stopped by BMI’s Nashville office to celebrate one million radio spins of his song “Any Way the Wind Blows,” recorded by Southern Pacific. Released on the band’s 1989 album County Line, the song hit number 4 on the Billboard Hot… Read more...


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...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Folk Music Legend Oscar Brand

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From News, posted 10.04.16 BMI is saddened by the passing of BMI songwriter, and folk music legend Oscar Brand, who passed away Friday at the age of 96. Brand is most famously remembered for his New York public radio show Folk Festival, which set the Guinness World Record in 2006 as the longest-running radio… Read more...


Michaela Anne Finds Her Home in Country

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.21.16 Michaela Anne looks and sounds precisely like a character from “Urban Cowboy”—seemingly having borrowed the tiny frame, unruly curls and body-con western wardrobe of the film’s underdog hero, Sissy. That’s Michaela Anne’s favorite movie—she’s watched it more times than she can count—and she shares with it a heart for the… Read more...


BMI Luminaries Nile Rodgers and Chip Taylor to be Inducted in Songwriters Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 3.04.16 BMI congratulates its affiliates Nile Rodgers, Chip Taylor, Seymour Stein and Nick Jonas, who are being celebrated at this year’s induction ceremony for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame serves as the bridge between music’s past and present, honoring the contributions… Read more...


BMI Writers Receive Multiple GRAMMY Nominations

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From News, posted 12.15.15 2015 proved to be another explosive year for BMI songwriters. In advance of the 58th Annual GRAMMY awards, BMI is very proud to congratulate all of our many affiliates who have earned impressive nominations for their musical contributions across a wide range of genres, including Taylor Swift and Maroon 5… Read more...


What to Look For in a Demo Singer

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.15 Running a Nashville recording studio for almost twenty years, I’ve seen - and heard - an incredible number of vocalists. When it comes to demo singers specifically, I’ve found that the best ones have a very specific and highly developed skill set that allows them to deliver beautiful, compelling renditions… Read more...


10 Questions: Phil Madeira

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.25.12 Nashville multi-instrumentalist Phil Madeira has been seen and heard alongside Emmylou Harris, playing guitar, accordion and singing as one of her Red Dirt Boys; prior, he spent a decade with Americana hero Buddy Miller. He hasn’t been such a slouch in the writing room, either, with songs cut by the… Read more...


Remembering Barbara Orbison: 1951-2011

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From News, posted 12.07.11 Barbara Orbison, the widow of rock-and-roll architect Roy Orbison, died at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center on December 6, 2011, on the 23rd anniversary of her husband’s death. Orbison lost a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 60 years old. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Orbison… Read more...


Charlie Louvin Dies

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From News, posted 1.26.11 Charlie Louvin passed away early Wednesday morning at his home in Wartrace, Tennessee. He was 83 years old. With his brother Ira, he began his career as one half of the Louvin Brothers. The legendary duo’s harmonies were as complex as they were haunting, delivering many of hillbilly country’s most… Read more...


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