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Archives for December 2012

Christmas is Everywhere – So Write a Song!

Everyone is busy during the holidays. But, immediately after, especially that week between Christmas and New Year’s, there’s a lull in activity. This is the perfect time to write about Christmas! Christmas songs are the best, because if you write one good one, it can be cut over and over. It’s a challenge to write […]

Les Misérables Star Hugh Jackman Cares

No doubt you’ve heard about actor Hugh Jackman’s starring role in the new movie to be released Christmas Day, Les Misérables. You may even have heard about his latest honor, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Or maybe you heard about his 2012 Special Tony Award […]

Haunted Hearts Makeover Part 4 of 4 Video

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Haunted Hearts Music Makeover

Your artist development onstage is what Tom calls “moving in” – part 4 of his Live Music Method. Part of that means to let your personality shine through onstage! In this video, Tom relates a story he heard at Berklee College of Music, about a band who played good songs and played well. But their […]

Tom Jackson to Join Faculty at New Praise & Worship Institute

The time has come for Nashville and Christian music to have a school that will give in-depth relevant training to future Worship Pastors and Christian artists. The National Praise and Worship Institute (NPWI) at Trevecca Nazarene University will meet that need and open its doors this summer with its first class. I’ve reviewed this unique […]

Haunted Hearts Music Makeover Part 3 of 4 Video

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Haunted Hearts Music Makeover

When you take control of the song, your audience waits with anticipation. It might mean “hanging on the 1” (the root chord) before the 1st verse, it could mean leaving space between the chorus and 2nd verse… but whatever it is, it establishes you as the one with authority. In this video section of Tom’s […]

Building Bridges

When I communicate about building bridges, it is usually about songwriting. But, I want to head in a different direction. In the music business, every second, minute and hour in your head can be about building a bridge. For in the music business, it’s all about the relationships you make and maintain. It can be […]

Haunted Hearts Music Makeover Part 2 of 4 Video

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Haunted Hearts Music Makeover

Want to be appealing to your audience? It begins with confidence, which leads to authority, and then to that all important charisma you need to be a success onstage! It can be learned and planned as you rehearse your show, even in something as simple as the intro to a song. Watch Tom help Haunted Hearts […]

Rolling Stone: JB and the Moonshine Band One of Best Country Albums 2012

JB and the Moonshine Band’s album Beer for Breakfast was recently listed in Rolling Stone as being one of the top country albums in 2012. They join the top of the list with artists Kellie Pickler, Jamey Johnson, Lionel Richie, and Easton Corbin. The magazine says “These East Texas country rockers are like a thousand […]

What Are You in This For?

I’ve met them. I’ve worked with them. And I’ve seen them disappear. I’m talking about the singers (they don’t yet deserve the title ‘artist’) who have some talent, and pretty much only want one thing: fame. They appear to have things going for them… management, a stylist, professional photos, an A-list hired band, great songs […]

Developing Themes & Characters: Characters

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Developing Themes & Characters

Part of what a Live Music Producer does is visual. If you’ve watched one of my Live Music Makeover DVDs, seen us work with an artist onstage at a workshop, or looked at Backstage videos to see a 1-on-1 rehearsal clip, then you’ve no doubt noticed the visual changes we suggest. But if you’ve only […]