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The Most Important Lines of Lyric

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From The Weekly, posted 3.19.18 Of course, every line in a lyric is important, but are some more important than others? Let’s examine several lines that serve special, unique functions because of their locations within a lyric. These are lines that can propel a lyric from “good” to “wow.” Opening Lines We get only one… Read more...


The How and Why of Building Bridges in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.23.17 At a songwriting conference I attended, GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat shared some comments that her father, record producer and engineer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys) had made regarding bridges in songs. He had stated that bridges are crucial elements because they are typically the final… Read more...


Top BMI Writers, Publishers Honored at 54th Annual Country Awards; Merle Haggard Saluted as BMI Icon

From News, posted 11.04.06 BMI, the first home for country music, was also the first to honor the genre's songwriters and publishers with its own awards show in 1953. The tradition turned a healthy 54 years old this year as the BMI Country Awards were held Saturday, Nov. 4 at the performing… Read more...


Jason McCoy, Doc Walker Lead 2004 CCMA Nominations

From News, posted 9.07.04 With five nominations each, Jason McCoy (SOCAN) and Doc Walker (SOCAN) are the leading contenders for the annual Canadian Country Music Association Awards show. McCoy's mentions include Male Artist, Fans Choice Award, Best Album (Sins, Lies and Angels), Best CMT Video and Best Song ("Still"). Doc… Read more...


Shaye Smith

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.02.02 Shaye Smith believes that people who don't like country music are simply people who've never really listened to it. She used to be one of them, and then she took a job at a country radio station - the only job available in her hometown of DeWitt,… Read more...


‘I Hope You Dance’ Steps to ‘Song Of The Year’ Tune at 49th Annual BMI Count

From News, posted 11.06.01 BMI staged the 49th edition of its Country Awards last night, with ultimate honors saved for “I Hope You Dance,” songwriters Toby Keith, Marv Green and Aimee Mayo, and publishing titan Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI Citations of Achievement were presented by President & CEO Frances… Read more...


CAA & BMI Provide Soundtrack For Nashville Film Fest Party

From News, posted 6.13.01 The Nashville Independent Film Festival (NIFF) held its 32nd annual weeklong celebration of independent filmmakers June 6-10 at the Regal Green Hills Cinema 16. The 2001 NIFF showcased the best in independent film and video in the following genres: feature length, documentary, short subject,… Read more...


Shaye Smith Saluted For ‘No Arizona’ #1 Success

From News, posted 3.20.01 BMI Nashville and EMI Music Publishing co-hosted a celebration at the Bound'ry in honor of songwriter Shaye Smith, who posted her fourth #1 single, "There Is No Arizona," recently nominated for an Academy of Country Music award for Single of the Year. The song is the debut… Read more...


BMI Stands “Amazed” at 48th Annual Country Awards

From News, posted 10.03.00 Click here to see photos from the event Nashville, October 3 — Performing rights organization BMI staged the 48th edition of its Country Awards tonight, with superlative honors reserved for "Amazed," songwriters Al Anderson and Skip Ewing, songwriter/artists Read more...


NSAI Songwriters Honor Their Own

From News, posted 6.28.00 BMI songwriters Vince Gill, Steven Curtis Chapman, Tom Shapiro and the songwriting team of Marv Green, Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo were among the top winners at the Nashville Songwriters Association International's (NSAI) 33rd Annual Songwriter Achievement… Read more...


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