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The Passion Behind the Voice: Getting to Know Celia Babini

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From The Weekly, posted 4.09.19 Hailing from New York City, up-and-coming singer/songwriter Celia Babini is a name to watch. A student at the renowned Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School, Babini had been recording original songs and posting them on Soundcloud, eventually releasing her first EP, Lola, in 2017.  Currently a contestant on NBC’s The Voice,… Read more...


Ruston Kelly: A Supernova is Born

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.21.19 When Ruston Kelly’s debut full-length, Dying Star, came out on Rounder Records in September, he was immediately pegged as an artist to watch, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Townes Van Zandt. Lauded for his vulnerable, fearless songwriting – and a masterful melodic sensibility, no doubt shaped… Read more...


A Match Made in Heaven: Meet Michael and Tanya Trotter of The War and Treaty

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From News, posted 10.22.18 If you’ve seen Michael and Tanya Trotter — better known as The War and Treaty —live in concert, you’ve witnessed the magical chemistry of this rising duo. The Trotters have found a welcoming home in the Americana community, known for embracing multiple musical genres and for having a particular fondness… Read more...


BMI to Honor John Prine With Troubadour Award

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From News, posted 8.17.18 BMI is pleased to announce that revered singer-songwriter John Prine will be honored with the Troubadour Award at a private dinner held at BMI’s Nashville office on Monday, September 10. The Troubadour Award celebrates songwriters who have made a lasting impact on the songwriting community. The award, given only once… Read more...


Talking With: Devin Dawson

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18 Devin Dawson’s debut album Dark Horse comes out January 19, and he couldn’t be more excited for you to hear it. The Orangevale, California native moved to Nashville in 2012 and has immersed himself in the songwriting community since. No stranger to the life of a musician — Dawson previously… Read more...


BMI Proudly Celebrates the Life of Jerry Reed

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From News, posted 10.23.17 The life and musicianship of BMI songwriter Jerry Reed was celebrated with a posthumous induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Nashville on Saturday. The singer, songwriter and guitarist, who passed away in 2008, is still a renowned figure in country music for both… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Music Legend Glen Campbell

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From News, posted 8.08.17 BMI is saddened by the loss of one of our most legendary affiliates, Glen Campbell, who passed away this morning at the age of 81. With 21 Top 40 hits showcasing his distinctive tenor voice, Campbell sold more than 45 million records during his six decade-long career. His recordings of… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Songwriting Legend Curly Putman

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From News, posted 11.03.16 BMI is saddened at the passing of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and multiple BMI award-winner Curly Putman, who died Sunday at the age of 85. Putman’s vast catalog of songs undeniably helped shape country music history and include, among others, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Green, Green Grass of Home.” He… 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...


5 Tips for a Happy Marriage of Music & Lyrics

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.17.16 Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to join together this music with this lyric in holy matrimony … As it relates to songwriting, the marriage of words and music is referred to as prosody. When prosody is effectively employed, a song’s music and lyrics present a united front that… Read more...


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