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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...


What Makes a Song a Hit?

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.23.19 When I worked in the A & R Department at a major record label, and later, as production coordinator for albums by hit artists, in many cases, my ears were the first barrier that had to be crossed when a song was submitted for those acts. Almost all the songs… 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...


Finding Great Song Titles and Fresh Angles

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.15 Your title and concept are the foundations upon which your entire lyric will be built. The strongest lyrics deliver listeners to the title, and the title is the logical conclusion of the lines that precede it. If you build on a weak foundation you’ll be facing an uphill battle to… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Double-Platinum Hit ‘Bottoms Up’ with Brantley Gilbert

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From News, posted 2.03.15 Music industry guests assembled at the Pour House February 2, 2015, to celebrate BMI songwriter Brantley Gilbert’s #1 hit song “Bottoms Up.” The double platinum-certified hit was penned with Brett James and Justin Weaver. “Bottoms Up” marks the fifth chart-topper for Brantley as a songwriter and third as an artist… Read more...


Lauren Alaina, From ‘American Idol’ to ‘Wildflower’

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.10.11 Lauren Alaina isn’t the first precocious teenager to set her sights on Nashville. As the 16-year-old prepares for an October 11 launch of her debut, Wildflower, she walks a path traveled by stars like Taylor Swift, Leann Rimes, Tanya Tucker, and Brenda Lee. But Alaina is the rare teen prodigy… Read more...


Tim McGraw’s ‘Southern Voice’

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From MusicWorld, posted 12.21.09 When Tim McGraw first arrived in Nashville 20 years ago, he was just one more gung-ho foot soldier in the city’s perpetually teeming ranks of country music aspirants, battling it out on nightclub stages and facing tremendous odds against ever making any headway. Yet within several years, the Louisiana-born singer-guitarist… Read more...


12th Annual Key West Songwriters’ Festival Picks and Grins May 2-6

From News, posted 4.16.07 BMI will head south with a slew of Music City’s ace songwriters in tow for the 12th annual Key West Songwriters’ Festival in Key West, Florida, May 2-6. Designed to thrust the writers behind today’s country hits into a deserved spotlight, the festival boasts intimate live performances in… Read more...


Key West Songwriters Fest a Rousing Success

From News, posted 5.22.06 The 11th annual Key West Songwriter Festival exceeded expectations and cemented its status May 3-7 as a must-attend event for Nashville songwriters. Sixty BMI songwriters and artists performed and mingled during a week's worth of intimate performances and group activities. Hit songwriter Wendell Mobley took… Read more...


Nashville’s Hit Songwriters Showcase Their Craft in NYC for CMA Week

From News, posted 11.08.05 To celebrate the 2005 CMA Awards in New York City, some of Nashville's finest BMI songwriters will be performing at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) during "Country Takes NYC," a week of activities leading up to the 39th Annual CMA Awards. The showcases will take place on November… Read more...


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