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The Power of Making a Record

November 12, 2019

There’s been a question in the air for a while now about whether the record is really dying out – if you need one at all anymore?  But regardless of whether that thinking is coming from declining record sales or from artists releasing more singles into the marketplace, the fact is you still need one. … Continue

CCVM Best New Song Scholarship & Winner List

November 6, 2019

  OMG, I’m so blown away at the talent on the Best New Song scholarship! Major praise to the incredible voices, songs and performances. You ALL have blown our minds. Wow! We made our selections mostly based on artistry/craft and who could use the program the most, as well as the efforts to gain likes … Continue

Writing Songs That Will Get You Discovered

November 5, 2019

  Yeah right. If everyone had their finger on writing songs that will get you discovered, everyone would be a songwriting rock star. However, there is a lot that you can do to tip the scales in your favor, and I’m going to do my best to lay it out for you not from theory, … Continue

Songwriter’s Block: How to Jump Start Your Creativity

October 29, 2019

Creativity is like a river. Generally, it flows naturally bending and winding with the shore. But every now and then out of nowhere our creativity comes to an abrupt halt…it stops, and we are clueless as to why. Today’s article is a real-life story of how you can get off track without realizing it – … Continue

5 Ways to Rise Up in the Music Industry

October 22, 2019

Now that artist’s careers are not reliant upon getting a record deal, the market is saturated ~ perhaps over saturated. And if you frequent Spotify playlists like I do, then you know that there is no shortage of incredibly talented new artists. However, when it comes to breaking through to the big time in the … Continue

8 Tips For Writing Kickass Songs

October 15, 2019

I was just in the office of one of the biggest players in the music business and we were having this conversation about what it takes to breakthrough as an artist or writing songs. And the truth is, no matter who I speak to in the business, the answer is the same. There are lots … Continue

Songwriting Shop Talk: Impress Your Fans in 15 Seconds

October 8, 2019

People ask me all of the time, “what’s the most important thing in knocking down those doors or making your career rock? There are so many things to focus on, what’s most important? Is it social media? A strong live show? A great brand? A great album? Do you need an album? Well, ya kind … Continue

Building a Brand that Matches Your Music

October 1, 2019

Your brand is your music at first glance. You want it to look like your music sounds. Music is not age-specific but branding is. Fans could care less how old you are, but they do care how good your music is. And when your brand is the first thing they see, it needs to match … Continue

How to Recover From a Failed Album or Recording

September 24, 2019

Just reading that headline makes my head hurt. I know, I’ve been there many times before. And most likely so have you. It’s par for the course in making records. But learning from experience and an objective perspective can save you from making other unknown mistakes and gain clarity for your next project. No one sets … Continue

10 Steps to Vocal Freedom

September 17, 2019

Most singers who come to work with me land in 1 of 3 categories. Group 1 has basic problems making their voice sound good. They are either struggling with a pinched tight nasal sound or are singing from their throats and can’t stop. They often have a lot of tension in their jaw, tongue and neck … Continue

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