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That’s What I Think

As artists, we need to start thinking with a new model. We need a new paradigm. I just came back from half a dozen speaking engagements with about 150 CDs from various artists. Some of them are gorgeous! The amount of time, energy, and money spent on them is staggering. And though the intention is […]

Dating Your Audience

It’s crucial to understand your audience! I can show people how to do things, where to do things – but the real key to making a career of this thing called music is to know why to do things… Watch this video that I recorded at Brett Manning’s Singing Success studio to get a glimpse […]

Tell and “Show”case!

It was the hit of Indie Impact day during Gospel Music Association’s Music Week in Nashville – a showcase that was a bit out of the ordinary and which followed a brand new format! First came the “tell.” Tom JacksonTom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist’s live show into a magical experience […]

Live Music is Growing Worldwide

Everyone is talking “the economy.” So what does that mean for those of us in the live music business? Well, I just read this online at the LA-based Creators.com: “While most concert promoters believe 2009 will pose more major challenges, conventional logic has rarely meant much in this business, nationally or globally. How else to […]

CD Baby Podcast: Creating Moments Onstage

As the Top Live Music Producer, Tom works with major label artists from all over the world in order to produce stage shows that will create a memorable experience for concert goers. Knowing your songs and reproducing your record live isn’t enough to dazzle an audience. Listen in to this CD Baby podcast and hear […]

Prince and Creating Spontaneity

The former guitar player for Prince was telling me about their rehearsals. If you’ve seen any video of Prince or seen him live, he goes off on jams that appear completely spontaneous. Sometimes they’re so off the wall, you wonder where they came up with the stuff they did! I asked him, how did you get from that place to this funky thing to this Pink Floyd thing to this breakdown, to this jammin’ stuff — and it all seems so spontaneous? And he said one word…

Getting a Vision for Your Show

My new All Roads Lead to the Stage 7-DVD set is getting rave reviews from people all around the world. Here’s what some of you are saying – “these DVDS are fantastic,” “I’ve been waiting for years to get these,” and “absolutely awesome – I love it!” If you haven’t taken a look at them […]

What a Wonderful World

It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time – working on a Christmas tour with some terrific artists, including the group NewSong. You probably know their song “Christmas Shoes”. (A little trivia for you, “Christmas Shoes” reached #1 on the charts in 2000, tying as the fastest song to hit #1 in […]

Memories of Down Under

Some of you may know that I’ve spent quite a little time down under – in Australia and New Zealand – working with artists, and teaching at music festivals and conferences. I’ve even done a few of my own workshops in that part of the world. I love Australia and New Zealand! There are some […]

The Same But Different

If you know me, you know that I work with pretty much every music genre there is. I’ve worked with hard rock, hip-hop, pop, country, bluegrass, folk music – I’ve even worked with speakers, comedians and – well, you fill in the blanks! I’ve also had the privilege of working with Christian/Gospel artists and worship teams. Worship teams are pretty unique. But there are similarities between them and other groups I’ve worked with, too.