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Archives for February 2010

Music Business Radio Interview

I recently did a radio interview with a friend of mine who’s a music marketing expert. David Hooper has a radio show called Music Business Radio. It is a syndicated, weekly, one-hour specialty program spotlighting the inside workings of the music business. Tom JacksonTom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist’s live show […]

Can You Handle the Truth?

I just got off the phone with an artist manager in New York. I had listened to one of their artist’s albums and was very impressed. It was everything a good record should be. Then I popped in the DVD of his live show, and I heard those same songs with the same great guitar […]

American Idol: Top 24 Finally

This week’s American Idol was really full of drama! In fact, picking the top 24 finalists played more like a dramatic series than a vocal competition. They really know how to keep a person on the edge of their seat as they talk to the artists, letting them know whether they’re in or out. (Makes […]

The Group Dynamic on American Idol

Being in a band or group of any kind requires teamwork. No question about it. That was very evident as I watched American Idol contestants divide up and perform in group competitions. It was rough! Many of them weren’t used to the give and take singing in a group calls for. Typically someone will name […]

Backstage at Bootcamp

Last weekend’s Onstage Success Bootcamp was a success! This 2-day sold out event was held at S.I.R. in Nashville, one of the area’s premiere rehearsal/showcase venues. Artists came from all over the U.S., Canada, and even South Africa. Attendees included Tré Armstrong (judge from Canada’s So You Think You Can Dance), Maddy Rodriguez (15-year-old disBAND […]

There Really is a New Music Industry!

I just spent time in Los Angeles at the New Music Seminar. It started the night after the Grammys with the “After Grammy Jammy” party at The Roxy; then a sold-out, intensive 1-day conference at the Henry Fonda Theater. Having lived in LA, it was a trip down memory lane for me! Some background: the […]

Jason Crabb Wins Grammy Award

Kudos to Jason Crabb on winning this year’s Grammy for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album! Jason’s self-titled solo album was released last June and debuted at #1 on SoundScan’s Christian/Gospel Christian Retail chart. The former lead singer for The Crabb Family, Jason was recently named one of the “Top 10 Artists To Watch in 2010” by […]

Jars of Clay Receives 8th Grammy Nomination

Congratulations to multi-platinum, Grammy and Dove Award winning Jars of Clay on getting their eighth career Grammy nomination! This year’s nomination was for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (“The Long Fall Back to Earth”). This is the band’s 10th album, and it debuted at No. 1 on SoundScan last April. Tom Jackson, having worked with Jars […]

American Idol: Do You Have a Story?

As I sat down to take some notes on the latest episodes of American Idol, I realized the audition stage of the series is not so much about a vocal competition. It’s more of a drama, a bad comedy, or even at times a little like science fiction. (Some of the people auditioning must be […]

Francesca Battistelli – Grammy Nomination Feature Article

Francesca Battistelli, was recently featured on grammy.com as a result of her Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance (“Free To Be Me”) (see full article here). Both Tom Jackson and Amy Wolter, who have worked with Francesca on her live show, send their congratulations and best wishes as her career continues its upward climb! Tom […]