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How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18 When it was suggested I write about songs that are fun to sing, the jukebox in my brain instantly thought of “The Name Game” (recorded by Shirley Ellis, written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston). Anyone of a certain age remembers plugging his or her name into the… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Caitlyn Smith

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From News, posted 7.06.17 Raised in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Caitlyn Smith grew up singing in the church and at county fairs. She wrote her first songs at the age of eight, and convinced her parents she was meant to be an artist, eventually landing in Nashville. She’s composed songs for Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks,… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Caitlyn Smith

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From News, posted 3.02.17 Raised in small town Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Caitlyn Smith grew up singing in the church and at county fairs. She wrote her first songs at the age of eight, and convinced her parents she was meant to be an artist, eventually landing in Nashville. Now, in a time when everything… 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...


How I Wrote That Song Spotlight: Panelist Natalie Hemby

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From News, posted 1.29.15 Natalie Hemby (@nataliehemby) is a driving force among songwriters, revered as one of the top female scribes in the industry. Hemby signed her first publishing deal in 1997 and has since written songs recorded by artists Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Rosi Golan, Toby Keith, Little… Read more...


BMI Writer Caitlyn Smith Entertains Tennessee Broadcasters

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From News, posted 9.02.14 BMI artist and songwriter Caitlyn Smith was the featured entertainment at the opening reception of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters Annual Conference held August 12th in Murfreesboro, TN. Smith’s songs have been recorded by a number of country music’s biggest stars such as: Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Dolly… Read more...


Stevie Nicks and Top Songwriters Honored at 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.14.14 Broadcast Music, Inc. was proud to honor the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed pop songs at the 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on May 13, 2014. Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks received the BMI Icon Award in recognition… Read more...


Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds Honored During BMI’s 66th Annual NAB Dinner in Las Vegas

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From News, posted 4.09.14 Last night, music legend Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was honored at the 66th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas. Few creative forces have impacted the contemporary pop/urban genres as much as the 10-time GRAMMY winner.Babyface’s incredible achievements include 11 solo albums, more than 125… Read more...


The Top 5 Demo Pitfalls—and Their Remedies

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From Songwriter 101, posted 1.24.14 Back in the days of Tin Pan Alley, songwriters performed their songs live for prospective buyers. In today’s world, songwriters are responsible not only for creating songs, but for producing “demos”—recordings that demonstrate their songs’ potential. Similarly, aspiring recording artists need to produce demos that convey the full potential of… Read more...


BMI Artist Highlights Gathering of Business Leaders in Seattle

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From News, posted 12.13.13 BMI singer-songwriter Graham Colton was the featured entertainment at the World President Organization (WPO)—Pacific Northwest Chapter’s Annual Holiday Luncheon held recently (12/10/13) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Colton, a native of Oklahoma City, performed a number of songs from his new album, Lonely Ones. He and his band… Read more...


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