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Would You Want Free Publicity Like This?

I recently was sent a live show review from one of my artists that blew me away. The band is called Nikki’s Wives and based near Toronto.  I’ve talked about them before but this review was one I just HAD to show you, because of its focus on the live performance. The band had played […]

Full Circle Interview

In 2016, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Full Circle Music.   I would like to share the interview with you, so you’ll need to carve out a little time, get a cup of coffee (or tea….or?…) and sit back to listen to this 48 minute interview/teaching session.     Full Circle Music […]

The Super Bowl, Lady Gaga and YOU

Up until late in the 3rd quarter, the most exciting thing about Super Bowl 2017, would have been the halftime show…but the Patriots came from behind and won in overtime…the first overtime in Super Bowl history! Yes, Lady Gaga put on an entertaining show, and by the looks of my Facebook feed that night, an […]

Five Things You Need to Do to Put Together a Killer Live Show

I love doing interviews with music industry people who are trying to help musicians improve their live show.  Here’s the #1 blog on EMusician’s website that I hope will help you, too!!  It was written from an interview I did with Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan.   Randy Chertkow & Jason Feehan are musicians, authors, […]

Owning It!

We’ve all had people in our lives probably, telling us to ‘own up’ to something or other.  Or to ‘own’ something – meaning, ‘make it yours!’ Grab on to it and TAKE it. I’m often telling artists while rehearsing that they need to really own it. After we make changes and map out a song […]

Wondering Why You Wander

Ever see artists on stage, constantly moving, pacing back and forth across the stage?  Me too…A LOT! Makes me nervous to watch them because they never seem to ‘land’ anywhere.  It can be frenetic and unnerving.  And if the stage floor is eye level, it’s even worse to watch, since the artist’s feet and legs […]

There Must Be Some Misunderstanding

     I HATE being misunderstood.  Things I say that didn’t come out right, or something I did being taken the wrong way…maddening!  Makes you just want to buy a TV ad and shout to the world, ‘NO! That’s not what I meant by that!’ or ‘That’s NOT what I do!’      It’s somewhat […]

Wow! There are Giants in the Land!

I just had an incredible month! Sometimes my job is a combination of rewarding, fun, great music, great people, relationship building, and work! While a lot of my work is helping independent artists (which I love a lot) and teaching (I just finished seven workshops teaching to thousands of musicians over the last six weeks.), […]

Tom Jackson Here

Tom Jackson here. Hope all is well! Last week, some of you may have seen that one of the artists I’ve worked with debuted at #1 on Billboard. As I reflected on it, I realized that 3 artists I’ve worked with have topped the Billboard charts this year. That number doesn’t include artists I’ve worked […]

5 Do’s to Optimize Your Success

If you are a songwriter, you know… there are basic rules to follow when writing for radio. The normal structure goes intro/ verse/ chorus/ verse/ chorus/ bridge/ chorus. It’s important to have it the right length (about 3 1/2 minutes long), and be sure and get to the chorus within the first minute (sooner, if possible). And so […]