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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...


Like Father, Like Son: A Conversation With Hit Songwriters Steve and Andrew Dorff

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16 Songwriting, like any art form, is shaped by both nature and nurture. Hit songwriter and composer Steve Dorff – who has been honored with more than 40 BMI Awards, 11 Billboard #1 songs, and multiple GRAMMY and Emmy nominations – could have viewed his adolescent son Andrew’s interest in writing… Read more...


Labor of Love: A Conversation With GRAMMY-Winning Hitmaker Linda Perry And Her Wife, Sara Gilbert

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.13.15 Two decades ago, Linda Perry’s voice permeated the airwaves with 4 Non Blondes’ massive hit, “What’s Going On?” But penning one of Gen X’s anthems was just the tip of the iceberg for Perry, who went on to compose and produce hits for Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful”), Gwen Stefani (“What You… Read more...


D’Mile Produces Tracks for GRAMMY-nominated Album

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From News, posted 2.10.15 Singer-songwriter-producer Dernst Emile II, aka D’Mile, expressed his musical talents early. At the age of six, he ably performed pieces from the book, Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises. From there, he mastered the acoustic, bass and electric guitars and drums. His classical training (instilled by his father, Dernst… Read more...


Writing and Placing Songs Internationally

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.28.14 With so many artists and producers writing or co-writing their own material, there seem to be fewer opportunities than ever for writers and music publishers to pitch and place songs. It’s become increasingly important to think outside the box when writing and promoting material—and that includes looking beyond our own… Read more...


10 Things You Need to Know About Placing Music on TV and in Films

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From Songwriter 101, posted 4.25.14 You want every chance to generate income from your music, and while mechanical royalties (for sales of tangible product and digital downloads) have diminished, there are more opportunities than ever to have your music heard on television and in movies. In addition to the financial benefit, for songwriters who are… Read more...


Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds Honored During BMI’s 66th Annual NAB Dinner in Las Vegas

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From News, posted 4.09.14 Last night, music legend Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was honored at the 66th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas. Few creative forces have impacted the contemporary pop/urban genres as much as the 10-time GRAMMY winner.Babyface’s incredible achievements include 11 solo albums, more than 125… Read more...


Parish-Hollander Team Sing for BMI

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From News, posted 12.10.13 Husband and wife songwriting duo Dana Parish and Andy Hollander recently visited Broadcast Music, Inc.’s New York office to meet and sing for BMI’s staff. Parish and Hollander landed two songs on Celine Dion’s new album, Loved Me Back To Life — “Thankful” and “Always Be Your Girl.” load_slides_from("Parish-Hollander Team Sing… Read more...


BMI Songwriter Andrew Hollander Contributes to Celine Dion’s Highly Anticipated New Album

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From News, posted 11.05.13 BMI songwriter, film composer and producer Andrew Hollander waited two years for two very special songs he co-wrote with his wife Dana Parish to see the light of day. But that’s only because that’s how long it took Celine Dion to finalize the details on her latest album, Loved Me… Read more...