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Vibing Against the Lag: A Conversation with Songwriter/Producer Tommy English

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From News, posted 5.06.20. Growing up in Chicago in the 80’s and 90s, songwriter/producer Tommy English took to music early. Spurred by his parents, who placed a high value on music education, English picked up piano, trumpet, drums and guitar, versing himself in musicianship and songwriting at a young age. By his late teens, he… Read more...


Alchemy & Experience: A Conversation with Singer/Songwriter Amy Rigby

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From News, posted 4.22.20. Amy Rigby has been writing songs and performing music since the late 70’s, first as the drummer of a fleeting post-punk band The Stare Kits before forming the proto-cowpunk ensemble, The Last Roundup and, later, the folk-pop trio The Shams. She launched a solo career in the mid-90’s and has gone… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Songwriter John Prine

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From News, posted 4.08.20. BMI is deeply saddened by the passing of legendary singer/songwriter John Prine, yesterday in Nashville, due to complications from COVID-19. Though primarily considered to have strong folk and Americana roots, Prine’s vivid storytelling was revered by songwriters, artists and listeners in all genres, with songs like “Sam Stone, “Speed of the… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.27.20. During a star-studded celebration of the most popular and impactful music from the past year, many BMI affiliates were singled out for their achievements at the Recording Academy’s 62nd GRAMMY Awards, held last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Among the multiple-award winners came Lizzo, who, after opening the… Read more...


BMI Celebrates its Songwriters at 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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From News, posted 6.18.19. BMI is very proud of its affiliates honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 50th Annual Induction & Award Gala, held June 13 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. BMI songwriters inducted into the prestigious institution this year included Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, and recent BMI Troubadour Award… Read more...


BMI Writers Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall & John Prine to be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 1.15.19. BMI is exceptionally proud of its affiliates being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for 2019. As announced on Saturday, January 12, the Hall will soon welcome in BMI songwriters Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall and recent BMI Troubadour Award recipient John Prine. Dedicated to honoring the contributions of the… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 12.13.18. BMI is exceptionally proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for awards by the Recording Academy at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on December 7. In the… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Americana Music Award Winners and Honorees

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From News, posted 9.13.18. The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville was the place to be last night for the Americana Music Honors & Awards Show. Again this year, BMI songwriters were at the top of the list of wins with Jason Isbell taking a notable three awards for Album of the Year for The Nashville Sound… Read more...


BMI to Honor John Prine With Troubadour Award

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From News, posted 8.17.18. BMI is pleased to announce that revered singer-songwriter John Prine will be honored with the Troubadour Award at a private dinner held at BMI’s Nashville office on Monday, September 10. The Troubadour Award celebrates songwriters who have made a lasting impact on the songwriting community. The award, given only once previously,… Read more...


When Clever is Too Clever in Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17. Before addressing what might constitute being “too clever” in lyrics, I’ll begin by defining what I mean by “clever” lyrics. For the purposes of this article I’m referring to songs with lyrics that are witty, tongue-in-cheek, humorous, or amusing. These are in contrast to those that fall into the category of… Read more...


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