BMI's "See It Hear First" podcast has become an important tool for exposing new BMI songwriters and artists to key industry professionals and fans alike. Since its release in May 2005, more than one million listeners from around the world have tuned in to discover new music from a broad range of genres and regions.
In addition to hearing great music from an array of vital new songwriters and artists, podcast listeners can also vote for their favorite artist to help them win a CD duplication package from Disc Makers, the leading CD manufacturer for the independent musician. Winners get 1,000 discs, a prize with a promotional value of more than $10,000.
All editions of the BMI podcast are available at bmi.com/podcast, as well as from iTunes at bmi.com/itunes and Yahoo's podcast directory at podcasts.yahoo.com, or you can listen on the go with mobile podcasting services like Pod2Mob. The first in the music industry to be listed in Apple's podcast directory, "See It Hear First" is currently rated five out of five stars at Yahoo! and has won the "5 Star Award" from PodSpider, one of the world's largest podcast databases.
Orlando's Between the Trees combine universal tales of adolescence, young adulthood and all the gray space between with catchy, pop melodies. Most of the five members have yet to turn 20 years-old, so identifying with their young fans comes naturally. Their debut album, The Story and the Song, hit shelves Sept. 15, formally introducing a band that exudes sanguine confidence. Hear Between the Trees first on "Words."
The Explorer's Club entice audiences with sweet pop concoctions that recall the complex harmonies and arrangements of The Beach Boys and Zombies to sinful perfection. The six members' worshipping of Brian and Carl Wilson adopts a serious tone when the listener realizes these young musicians' lyrical skills, four-part harmonies and eccentrically brilliant arrangements serve as their timeless prayers. Dive in on "Forever."
Twenty-six -year-old Cary Ann Hearst takes ghosts, angels and dreams from her native South and channels them into cogent, poetic lyrics. Hearst's musky voice plays nicely with her choice of country and punk-tinged instrumentation, resulting in moody, raucous treats. The singer-songwriter's study of the sounds of icons like Hank Williams and Bob Dylan transmits deftly through her compositions. Savor Cary Ann Hearst on "Dust and Hearst."
Rollicking lyrics propel singer-songwriter Corey Smith's feel-good tunes. Smith's grass-roots gigs and acoustic charm have fostered a growing fan base that's surged outside sold-out shows in his native Georgia into much of the southeast coast. His soulful voice shares stories of brazen youth, carefree college days and characters in which his listeners easily recognize themselves. Hear this up-and-comer first on "If I Could Do It Again."