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Restless to Rock: Marti Frederiksen Keeps Working & Writing

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From News, posted 4.29.20 Since even before getting started in music in the mid-80’s, Los Angeles native Marti Frederiksen has been driven by a love of making music and an innate restlessness. Specializing in straight-ahead rock, Frederiksen cut his teeth playing drums in bands, finding his creative voice and realizing an inner knack for… Read more...


BMI Brings Live Music to New England Brew Summit

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From News, posted 3.05.20 BMI partnered with the Maine Brewers Guild to provide the musical entertainment at the 2020 New England Brew Summit, held recently (2/28) in Portland, Maine. BMI singer/songwriter Bre Kennedy was the featured performer at the Summit afterparty, which took place at Oxbow Blending & Bottling. The Nashville-based indie artist, who… Read more...


Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19 At my BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops, I screen and critique songs from each attendee. When I find songs that I believe are competitive with those being written by today’s top hitmakers, I forward them to ten music publishers who have agreed to listen. After the last BMI Workshop, I forwarded… Read more...


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...


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