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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...


Bobby Braddock, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV & More Honored at 2011 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.09.11 BMI celebrated the songwriters and publishers behind country music’s most-performed songs of the past year during the 59th annual BMI Country Awards. BMI staged the event in its Nashville offices, located in the heart of Music Row, where behind-the-scenes hit-makers and center stage superstars came together to toast… Read more...


Taylor Swift, Kimberly Perry, Thom Schuyler & more Honored at Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 10.17.11 Award season is officially underway in Music City. On Sunday, October 16, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) celebrated the men and women behind country music’s most popular songs at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony. BMI songwriters dominated the list of winners, who were determined… Read more...


Bobby Braddock to Enter Country Music Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 3.03.11 The Country Music Hall of Fame will welcome legendary BMI songwriter Bobby Braddock into its elite ranks as part of the small 2011 class of inductees, announced Tuesday in Nashville. Braddock’s induction points to the unparalleled depth of BMI’s repertoire, which houses the work of both genre architects and contemporary… Read more...


Lady Antebellum Leads 2010 BMI ACM Nominations

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From News, posted 3.03.10 Lady Antebellum leads the list of 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards nominees, which were announced this week in Nashville. With seven nominations, including Top Vocal Group, Album, Single, and Song of the Year, the breakout trio has solidified their status as major players. Critic favorite Miranda Lambert claimed five… 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...


Urban, Swift, Johnson & Zac Brown Band Lead BMI 2009 CMA Nominations

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From News, posted 9.10.09 Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Jamey Johnson and the Zac Brown Band lead the BMI list of nominees for the 2009 CMA Awards. With four nominations each, the four distinct artists will vie for their respective prizes alongside a slew of additional BMI contenders at the association’s annual ceremony, slated Wednesday,… Read more...