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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...


Bobby Braddock, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV & More Honored at 2011 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.09.11 BMI celebrated the songwriters and publishers behind country music’s most-performed songs of the past year during the 59th annual BMI Country Awards. BMI staged the event in its Nashville offices, located in the heart of Music Row, where behind-the-scenes hit-makers and center stage superstars came together to toast… Read more...


Hall of Famers John Hiatt, Matraca Berg & Tom Shapiro Saluted by BMI

From News, posted 12.02.08 When BMI songwriting heavyweights swept the short list of 2008 inductees into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the company realized the feat called for a special reception honoring the new Hall of Famers. Friday, October 31, inductees John Hiatt, Tom Shapiro, and Matraca Berg were joined by close friends… Read more...


Tony Martin, Mark Nesler, Tom Shapiro & Keith Urban Celebrate at BMI

From News, posted 11.18.08 BMI toasted the veteran trio of hit-makers behind BMI songwriter Keith Urban’s latest no. 1, “You Look Good in My Shirt,” Monday, November 3 in its Music Row offices. Written by BMI troubadours Tony Martin, Mark Nesler and Tom Shapiro, the single originally earned a spot on Urban’s 2002 releaseGolden… Read more...


Matraca Berg, Tom Shapiro and John Hiatt to Join Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

From News, posted 9.18.08 BMI songwriters swept the short list of 2008 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees: hit writers Matraca Berg and Tom Shapiro will enter the elite ranks in the Songwriter category, while prolific songman John Hiatt stands ready to join the Hall in the Songwriter/Artist field. The candidates will officially be… Read more...


Brooks & Dunn Top BMI’s 2007 ACM Nominee List

From News, posted 3.07.07 Brooks & Dunn emphasized their perennial honky tonkin’ dominance with an exclamation point when the 2007 Academy of Country Music Award nominees were announced Monday, March 5. The longtime BMI affiliates snagged seven nominations, with an eighth nod tacked on to Ronnie Dunn‘s list for his role… 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...


Brooks & Dunn Lead CMA Nominees List

From News, posted 8.31.06 Charismatic country twosome Brooks & Dunn leads the impressive list of BMI nominees for 40th annual Country Music Association Awards. The nominees, announced Wednesday, August 30, include two BMI inductions into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame: influential musician and producer Harold Bradley and legendary singer Sonny James. The… Read more...


54th Annual BMI Country Awards Set for Nov. 4

From News, posted 5.22.06 BMI will salute the year's most popular country songs on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at the 54th Annual BMI Country Awards, country music's oldest awards celebration. Staged at the company's Music Row offices, the black-tie, invitation-only event spotlights the 50 most performed songs of the previous year. Citations… Read more...


Vince Gill, Roger Murrah, Jerry Reed Join Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

From News, posted 10.17.05 Vince Gill, Jerry Reed and Roger Murrah are the newest additions to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. They were inducted Sunday, October 16 during annual ceremonies conducted by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. … Read more...


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