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Country Music: What’s New—and What’s Next

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From The Weekly, posted 11.06.18. Music in all genres is constantly evolving, and that is certainly evident on today’s country music charts. Hits by artists such as Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, and Thomas Rhett bear little resemblance to those by country music legends who paved the way, such as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton,… 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 new… Read more...


BMI and Justin Moore Celebrate the Writers of ‘You Look Like I Need A Drink’

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From News, posted 2.22.17. BMI team members, along with artist Justin Moore, celebrated BMI songwriters Natalie Hemby and Rodney Clawson, as well as Matt Dragsteam, who together penned the #1 song, “You Look Like I Need A Drink.” The track is the 6th number one for Moore as an artist, and the 6th and 23rd… Read more...


BMI Celebrates the Writers of Chris Lane’s “Fix” with #1 Party

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From News, posted 10.13.16. BMI Nashvillecs lobby held friends, family and fans of BMI artist Chris Lane and the writers of his hit song “Fix” for a #1 party celebration on October 10. Written by BMI writers Sarah Buxton and Jesse Erasure with Abe Stoklasa, the single from his second album Girl Problems marks the… Read more...


Jason Aldean and BMI Celebrate the Songwriters of His 3 #1 Hits

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From News, posted 8.12.15. Nashville’s City Winery venue was filled with music industry executives, family and friends of the songwriters responsible for BMI affiliate Jason Aldean’s incredible run of consecutive #1 hits. BMI songwriters Rodney Clawson, Tyler Hubbard and Brain Kelly, along with Chris Tompkins, penned the smash “Burnin’ It Down,” white chart toppers “Just… Read more...


Finding Great Song Titles and Fresh Angles

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.15. Your title and concept are the foundations upon which your entire lyric will be built. The strongest lyrics deliver listeners to the title, and the title is the logical conclusion of the lines that precede it. If you build on a weak foundation you’ll be facing an uphill battle to capture… Read more...


10 Questions With Florida Georgia Line

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.25.13. Country’s hottest duo share their songwriting process and what they look for when it comes to choosing songs to cut Read more...


10 Questions With Chris Young

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.23.13. The country singer-songwriter talks about his new album and shares the advice that got him where he is today Read more...


Blake Shelton

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.01.08. When the girl he liked passed him over for another guy, 16-year-old Blake Shelton did something he’d never done before: He set his heartbreak to music. “I grabbed my guitar and wrote a song called ‘That Girl Made a Fool Out of Me’,” he recalls with a chuckle. “Even then I… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Monty Criswell, Wade Kirby & Rodney Clawson Celebrate ‘I Saw God Today’

From News, posted 6.09.08. BMI songwriters Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby celebrated their first no. 1 hit Wednesday, June 4 amidst friends and family in the organization’s Music Row lobby. The pair wrote George Strait’s “I Saw God Today” with friend and fellow BMI hit-maker Rodney Clawson, whose résumé includes no. 1 hits “Why” by… Read more...


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