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The Ah-Hah Moment of Proof

Sometimes you know something is true; but having it proven to be true is encouraging. I just had one of those encouraging, “ah-hah” proofs! And it came from two weeks of craziness.

Here’s what two weeks of running around North America looks like:

First stop – Phoenix – where I worked with music leaders for churches, did a mini-workshop with a band, and talked to about 300 artists who were eager to learn and improve.

Next stop – Vancouver, BC. I love Canada, and Vancouver is a great town; but I didn’t get to see much of it this time. I was working at the BC Country Music Association and did a mini-workshop, putting a band and a female singer/songwriter (a great guitarist!) onstage. Again, I was impressed with the artists’ willingness to learn and with their talent.

Stop number 3 – Toronto. I got on a plane early in the morning (I HATE getting up early!), stepped off the plane and was whisked away to work on a different kind of tour. As you may know, I work with some charities, and this particular tour is a World Vision Canada tour called Girls Night Out, which has five speakers and comedians doing an evening show. I watched their presentations and made the changes I could in the short amount of time we had. We worked late because the first of their 150-date tour was the next night.

The next two days I worked with a 15-year-old hip hop/pop artist who has quite a future ahead of her! She was getting ready for a 20-minute opening set for a major hip hop artist.

Then I spent some time with a hard rock/heavy metal band who is going on tour next week.

After coming home to Nashville for one night in my own bed, I went out to stop number 4 – Virginia Beach, Virginia. There I worked with US Army bands who go out and play for our troops around the world. To be honest, I was surprised at how good the players were in the bands. Some of them were world-class players!

I landed at home exhausted but really inspired. Here’s why: I already knew my Live Music Method applied to all onstage performers, because I’ve worked with numerous genres, musicians, speakers, and comedians over the years. But with this unusual two-week run for me, it was really an “ah-hah” moment. With everything crammed into a short time, in some ways it was the ultimate test; to see if I could pull out of every artist the moments – the possibility to capture and engage their audiences, regardless of age, style, or experience.

To top it off, during breakfast my last morning at the Army School of Music I turned the TV on – and there on the screen was the biggest selling artist in the world (who I’ve worked with) doing the Good Morning America show. I saw it in action!

I love being able to help artists grow, become more confident, and make their shows unique and special. It’s why I developed my Live Music Method over the years.

It was great to see once again that the Method applies – whether it’s a singer/songwriter, a band, or a speaker – whether they are famous, an indie band, or brand new to the music business. And that feels good!

Tom Jackson

Tom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging and memorable, teaching them to exceed their audiences' expectations and to create fans for life. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Le Crae, Home Free, The Tenors, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli, Jars of Clay, & many more. Tom also teaches at colleges, conferences and events worldwide.

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  1. Rock on Tom!!!

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