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Three Ps = A Great Live Show

In watching and working with artists over the years, I’ve learned a lot – and unlearned what I thought I knew.  I think most people would assume it’s talent that leads to success.  And they would be partly right. In some cases, talent alone can get you ‘discovered’, signed, famous…but if that’s ALL there is, […]

How to Create a “Moment” in Your Live Show

You’ve often heard me talk about creating “moments” in your live show!  Creating “moments” is key to having a successful live show and a successful career.  Many of you have asked: “How do I create “moments” in my live show?” or “How do I find the “moments” in my songs?”  I have to admit, it’s […]

Transitions: Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog!

In a rehearsal, transitions tend to get pushed to the back of the schedule; and in most cases, rightfully so.  But, it doesn’t mean they’re not important. Have you ever heard the saying about “the tail wagging the dog?”Sometimes transitions have a tendency to do that when putting a show together. I can’t tell you […]

Finding Your Magic Onstage

Before I was a Live Music Producer, I worked in a recording studio for six years.  Every kind of artist came into the studio.  Each of them was unique and intent on making a great, original record.  But, I noticed that conceptually, (and paradoxically), all great records were the same.  They had great songs, great […]

Onstage Challenges for Singer/Songwriters

Singer/songwriters have their own set of challenges when it comes to their live show. They are usually stuck behind a microphone and an instrument, and if they’re not in a duo, they have no one to interact with onstage. If you’re a singer/songwriter, you know what I’m talking about. Despite these challenges, there are performance techniques […]

Choosing the Right Cover Tunes

We receive lots of questions about doing cover tunes.  Since many of you have them in your set, either entirely or a few, let’s talk about this! We got an email from Barry, who spelled out his dilemma; “I am in a constant battle with my band-mates over the subject of cover songs.  As a primarily original […]

Can’t Download This! The Live Connection…

 Performing artists still have it…that one thing. Something a CD can’t contain, it can’t be duplicated, digitized or downloaded, and you can only get it if you’re in the same room. It’s that personal connection with your fans. The Booming Concert Industry A couple years back, while on a long flight, I read an article […]

You and Your Music Should Be Unique!

You are an original. Admit it, you are! There is no one like you, and you want people to know that. As an artist it is key to your long lasting success to be able to communicate that. Your recordings, show, website – everything needs to reflect that. So how do you do it from onstage?

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 […]

To Mess or Not to Mess

     I’ve had the opportunity to work with some military bands over the last decade and these are always fun sessions for me…I feel privileged and honored to hang with quality musicians who are willing to serve our country. Amy WolterAs a trained Live Music Producer for Tom Jackson Productions, Amy Wolter brings her […]