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“Amazed” Songwriter Aimee Mayo Shares Her Unexpected Journey to Hitmaker

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.19.21 Aimee Mayo’s life story sounds like a movie plot. She endured a volatile childhood growing up in Gadsden, Alabama, changing schools 11 times before fourth grade. Her father shot himself when she was 8 years old; he survived, and after Mayo’s parents divorced, her mother married an abusive man. She… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of GRAMMY-Winning Songwriter Jamie O’Hara

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From News, posted 1.08.21 BMI is saddened by the news that singer-songwriter Jamie O’Hara passed away yesterday. Highly decorated for the GRAMMY-winning megahit “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” which was recorded by The Judds in 1986, O’Hara was also the scribe behind Ronnie McDowell’s smashes “Wandering Eyes” and “Older Women.” Early… Read more...


BMI Brings Music to Hospitality Minnesota’s Fall Conference

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From News, posted 11.16.20 BMI helped Hospitality Minnesota wrap of the first day of its Fall Conference recently (11/10) with a virtual performance by one of its awarding-winning country songwriters. BMI songwriter Jason White entertained the group of Hospitality Minnesota executives along with RV park, resort and campground owners from across the North Star… Read more...


BMI Hitmaker Closes out Virtual Conference for Media Finance Execs

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From News, posted 9.02.20 As has become tradition, BMI provided one of its award-winning songwriters to perform at the closing luncheon of the annual Media Finance Focus conference presented recently (8/27) by the Media Financial Management Association. As a result of the pandemic, this year’s conference was held virtually over July and August, and… Read more...


Daniel Tashian on Inspiration, Curiosity & Collaborating With Songwriting Legend Burt Bacharach

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From The Weekly, posted 7.28.20 Daniel Tashian was already on a roll. An accomplished songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist, Tashian — the son of Barry and Holly Tashian, the celebrated bluegrass duo — started making music early on, landing a deal with Elektra Records at the age of 19. He formed the Nashville-based band The Silver Seas… Read more...


BMI Songwriter James Slater Returns to Kansas Association of Broadcasters Convention

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From News, posted 10.30.19 Back by popular request for his second Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) Convention, BMI songwriter James Slater took the crowd thru a musical ride with a compelling performance of his hits, as well as some new music. His set included the GRAMMY-nominated “In My Daughters Eyes” (Martina McBride), “Open Season… Read more...


BMI Doubles Down with Eric Church for Celebration Of No. 1 Songs “Round Here Buzz” & “Some Of It”

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From News, posted 9.26.19 Taking note from his critically-acclaimed Double Down tour, Eric Church chose to “double down” with BMI on September 24 at an aircraft hangar on the outskirts of Nashville for a No. 1 celebration recognizing both of his most recent chart-toppers. This time around, it was “Some Of It,” written by… Read more...


Lolla Indie Spotlight: Ruston Kelly

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From News, posted 7.08.19 This Nashville-based singer/songwriter is known for his delicately sculpted sound that captures chaos, heartbreak and redemption. A South Carolina native, he relocated to Music City at age 17 and landed a publishing deal with BMG Nashville in 2013. Since then, he has written for Tim McGraw and Josh Abbott Band,… 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...


BMI Brings a Taste of Nashville to Hotel Association Gathering in Richmond

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From News, posted 6.17.19 Awarding winning BMI songwriter and Nashville artist Jason White brought his unique blend of country, pop and blues to the summer meeting of the International Society of Hotel Associations held recently (6/11) at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. White, an accomplished independent artist himself, performed some of his original material… Read more...


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