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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 […]

Why CeeLo Green Loves Nikki’s Wives

     I started working with London, Ontario artist Nikki Whitehead several years ago as a young solo artist.  Since then she’s formed an alt-pop band called Nikki’s Wives, and I’ve been able to work with them and their amazing songs several times, as we worked toward putting together a solid set.      They’ve […]

Under Pressure

Hey everybody,       Here’s a blog from an artist I’ve worked with in the past, Jessica Ridley. As I mentioned in my book, there are multiple ways to get prepared to walk on stage and she found her way like this… “This is for all my high strung singers out there. 🙂  I think I […]

Your Music, Your Business

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 7 Deadly Sins

Music is emotional. It’s creative. What you write, what you perform — you do it with passion and sensitivity. You have the desire and drive to share your music with others. And the minute you decide that’s what you want to do for a career (what you need to do), that’s when your music must […]

2 More Mistakes Most Musicians Make

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 7 Deadly Sins

I’m not trying to be alliterative… just a habit, I guess… but it is true that many musicians make major mistakes. Not the “messed up the words” “played the wrong chord” “forgot who was taking the solo in this song” kinds of mistakes. The mistakes I’m talking about are foundational ones that can make your […]

How to Make a Song Better, with a Good Story

Watching Clay Mills co-write a song with some of our Bootcampers last September in front of an audience was fascinating. It made me think how great it would be if every audience member you have could witness this process — see the original ideas thrown around between writers… writing and re-writing lines… hear that melody […]

Don’t Stop Before You’re Done: Reshaping Your Songs

Songwriters use creativity to write songs. They get ideas, they start throwing those ideas down on paper, they write and rewrite until they’ve got the basic form. But what if they stopped there? Those songs need to be edited and reformed. Even in the recording studio, they continue to be edited and worked on. Songwriters […]

Don’t Play Without Knowing the Rules

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series 7 Deadly Sins

We don’t like rules. We think rules limit us and box us in. We don’t like being told what to do. But what if there were no rules when you played a game? You get three strikes in the baseball game, but the other team decides they get five strikes whenever they’re up to bat. […]

Are These 2 Places YOU are Majoring in Minors?

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series 7 Deadly Sins

Last week I wrote about my list for success: the 7 Deadly Sins of an Artist. I developed this list because I believe that by learning from others’ mistakes, you can build a foundation for your own success. This week, let’s look at the Deadly Sin of “majoring in the minors.” Not only can majoring […]

Is It a “Great Song Moment” – or More?

For those of you who have studied my Graph for putting your show together, you may recognize the term “Great Song Moment.” After you’ve played a couple of songs for your Intro Moment, then the 3rd song is that Great Song Moment. When I say “great song,” what I mean is a song that can […]