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Archives for October 2009

Getting Started: 3 Questions Every Artist Must Answer

This is the first blog I am writing for OnStage Success with the crew from Tom Jackson Productions. Tom has asked me to be a part of his artist development team, and I’m excited to start helping all of you as you travel down the career road of music. First of all, I am grateful […]

Great Reviews for Sidewalk Prophets

A big shout out to Sidewalk Prophets on the great reviews they’ve been getting on their new album, These Simple Truths! The most recent review of the recording from Crosswalk.com’s Matt Conner says that “the album’s first single, ‘These Simple Truths’…should immediately become a radio hit with its heartfelt sentiment and lyrics.” He also gives […]

All Gigs Are Not Created Equal

It’s true. All gigs are not created equal! Sometimes you’re on a huge stage, sometimes it’s an intimate coffee shop. So how do you apply Tom’s Live Music Methods to both places? Amy WolterAs a trained Live Music Producer for Tom Jackson Productions, Amy Wolter brings her years onstage as a lead singer & keyboardist […]

What It Takes to Become a Master Performer

My daughter was asking me about a bag of potato chips that was sitting on the table. “Dad, where did you get these? It’s in French – what does it say?” I told her I’d gotten them in Montreal, and that she should know what the label said because she’s taken two semesters of French […]

I Agree with Seth Godin

I just finished working with a band I have never worked with before. One of the guys in the band (big surprise!!) is afraid to take risks in rehearsal. This re-e-e-a-a-ally slows down the creative process and the ability to create moments! Taking risks is absolutely necessary to consistently create moments, both in rehearsal and […]

Exceed Their Expectations

Everyone wants more gigs. How do you make that happen? There is a slow, but very lasting way to do it. The strategy is to exceed your audience’s expectations. Two things will happen every time you exceed their expectations: Tom JacksonTom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist’s live show into a magical […]

Make an Emotional Connection Instead of a Pitch

You’ve heard me talk again and again about the importance of making an emotional connection with your audience. Well, my friend Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby and Host Baby, recently posted an interesting article about another way to make that connection. Derek heard about a band that decided to make sure everyone in their […]

Chris Sligh Named One of Most Successful ‘Idol’ Contestants

Congratulations to Chris Sligh and his continued success in the music business! Since Tom Jackson worked with Chris last year in preparation for the NewSong Christmas tour, Chris’ record sales have continued to climb. Last week Chris was listed in Rodney Ho‘s (Access Atlanta/American Idol Buzz) Top 25 Most Successful American Idol Contestants, based on […]