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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, not… Read more...


How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18. When it was suggested I write about songs that are fun to sing, the jukebox in my brain instantly thought of “The Name Game” (recorded by Shirley Ellis, written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston). Anyone of a certain age remembers plugging his or her name into the formula,… Read more...


Kenny Chesney Receives BMI President’s Award at the 2016 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.02.16. Keith Urban, Eric Church and Dean Dillon pay tribute to the songwriting legend Ross Copperman, Sony/ATV among honorees Congressman Doug Collins receives BMI Champion Award Read more...


BMI Writers Nominated for 71% of the 2013 ACM Awards

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From News, posted 2.26.13. Nominations for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards overwhelmingly show BMI writers at the top once again. The nominations include country music’s best established and emerging talent. Leading with seven nominations is BMI songwriter Eric Church, Hunter Hayes with six, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift each with five, Luke Bryan, Little… Read more...


BMI Country Music Leaders Poised to Sweep 2012 CMA Awards

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From News, posted 9.07.12. Majority of Nominations Go to BMI Songwriters as Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Top Roll Call of Year’s Best Read more...


Kenny Chesney Leads List of 2012 ACM Awards Nominees

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From News, posted 1.30.12. BMI songwriters and artists overwhelmingly dominate the list of 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards nominees, announced Thursday, January 26. BMI has historically represented the majority of country music’s leaders – from Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Porter Wagoner, to Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard – and a review… 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 one… Read more...


Kris Kristofferson, Taylor Swift, Bobby Pinson, and More Honored at 2009 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.11.09. The 57th Annual BMI Country Awards celebrated the genre’s top hit-makers tonight in Nashville. In addition to toasting the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed country songs from the BMI repertoire, the ceremony honored Kris Kristofferson as a BMI Icon; named Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” Song of the… Read more...


Hank Williams, Jr., Taylor Swift, Casey Beathard, Sony/ATV Earn Top BMI Country Honors

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From News, posted 11.11.08. The 56th Annual BMI Country Awards celebrated the genre’s elite Tuesday, November 11 at BMI’s Music Row offices in Nashville. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville Jody Williams, the black-tie ceremony toasted the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed… Read more...


2008 BMI Country Awards - Award-Winning Songs

From News, posted 11.11.08. ALL AMERICAN GIRL Carrie Underwood Carrie Okie Music Carrie Underwood Arista Nashville ALL MY FRIENDS SAY Luke Bryan Jeff Stevens House of Full Circle Music Murrah Music Corporation Planet Peanut Music Luke Bryan Capitol Nashville Read more...


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