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Using Chords and Modulations as Musical Hooks in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.24.20 The chords we choose to accompany our melodies not only contribute to the flavor of our songs, they can provide some of those magical musical moments that make our songs hooky, exceptional, and unforgettable. To keep our listeners’ attention we need to include hooks, elements that are catchy and memorable,… Read more...


When it Comes to Song Titles, Don’t Hit the Nail Too Squarely on the Head

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From The Weekly, posted 6.03.20 Most of the writers who attend my songwriting workshops already know how to write perfectly crafted songs. My job is to help them write the kinds of songs that a music publisher, record label executive, record producer, or recording artist will feel compelled to choose over the competition. One of… Read more...


5 Tips for Making Your Lyrics Stand Out

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.20 At my songwriting workshops I stress the importance of including lyric and melodic elements in our songs that will compel listeners and decision-makers to choose our material over the tough competition. Let’s look at some ways to write lyrics that command attention. 1. Find a Fresh Angle It’s unlikely that… Read more...


Eli Young Band Celebrates Fourth Career Top-Charter “Love Ain’t” at Number One Bash

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From News, posted 7.19.19 Multi-Platinum hitmakers Eli Young Band celebrated their fourth career No. 1, “Love Ain’t,” with a No. 1 bash at The Sutler in Nashville, TN, on July 15, hosted by ASCAP and BMI. Packing out the rustic saloon, friends, family, and key industry members joined songwriters Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and… Read more...


How to Use the “List Technique” in Your Song

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From The Weekly, posted 2.19.19 What do the songs in the list below have in common? “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (traditional) “Achy Breaky Heart” (recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus, written by Don Von Tress) Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith” (written by Sting) Carrie Underwood’s “ Read more...


Kane Brown Celebrates First No. 1 Hit “What Ifs” with BMI, ASCAP and SESAC

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From News, posted 2.26.18 Music Row, friends and family packed the BMI lobby Tuesday night to celebrate RCA/Zone 4 artist and BMI songwriter Kane Brown’s chart-topper “What Ifs” with co-writers Matt McGinn (SESAC) and Jordan Schmidt (ASCAP) and featured vocalist, Lauren Alaina (BMI). The smash hit marked Brown and McGinn’s first respective number ones… Read more...


Do Your Songs Sound Like Today’s Hits…or Tomorrow’s?

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From The Weekly, posted 2.26.18 At lunch recently, a songwriter asked me, “What’s the biggest mistake songwriters make?” I told him that I often hear songs in my workshops that are perfectly crafted; songs that check off all the boxes—they have rhymes in the expected places, the lyrics make sense, the melodies work well, they… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Thomas Rhett’s No. 1s “Craving You” and “Unforgettable”

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From News, posted 2.16.18 ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett commemorated his eighth and ninth career No. 1 hits yesterday as he gathered with friends and family to celebrate his latest chart-toppers. The party, hosted by BMI and ASCAP, was held at Von Elrod’s in Nashville and honored the platinum-selling “Craving You”… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2017 NaSHOF Inductees and NSAI Award Winners

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From News, posted 10.25.17 October 23 was a big night for BMI writers at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductions and NSAI Awards ceremony. Legendary BMI songwriters Jim McBride, Tim Nichols and Dwayne Blackwell were inducted into the prestigious NaSHOF, while country superstar Luke Bryan won NSAI’s Artist/Songwriter of the Year. In addition… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its ACM Nominees

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From News, posted 2.16.17 On April 2, in Las Vegas, the Academy of Country Music will air its 52nd awards ceremony on CBS, and BMI writers are situated to win big again this year! Leading the pack of BMI ACM nominees for 2017 are: Keith Urban with seven nods, Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris… Read more...


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