Veteran Performance Coach Reveals His #1 Live Performance Tip

Buzzy Orange began entertaining live audiences way back in 1964.

Since then he’s gone on to coach some of the biggest names in Nashville.

I recently sat down with Buzzy and asked him for his best tips on how to connect with live audiences.

Here’s what Buzzy revealed in our 9-minute interview…

  • His #1 live performance tip!
  • A simplie little vocal inflection trick that always captures the attention of the audience.
  • Why most aspiring performers fail.
  • How to position your body on stage for maximum impact.
  • Why you should mispronounce words (on purpose) when you sing.

Grammy-Winning Producer Shares His Music Business Insights

Over the last 20 years I’ve seen incredible changes in the music industry.

I never dreamed it would be so cheap and easy to set up a home recording studio.

Now anyone and everyone is calling themselves a “producer” because they have a little studio in their basement.

These home studios are fine for recording demos but if you want to approach a major label you are going to need a real “radio ready” recording crafted by a real producer.

One of my favorite producers to work with is Grammy-nominated Kent Wells.

Kent has produced several country music legends like Reba McEntire, Hank Williams, Jr., Neal McCoy, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, The Grascals, Brooks N Dunn, Keith Whitley, Lee Greenwood, Travis Tritt, and many others

I recently interviewed Kent Wells and we talked about…

  • How he got started in the music biz and worked his way up to a producer
  • The importance of an artist having great songs, great recordings and a great team
  • What record labels are looking for in an artist
  • Principles that every successful artist lives by
  • Kent’s secrets for creating excellent recordings

Redneck Romeos Reveal How to Win the Hearts of Live Audiences

If you want to make a living playing music then you need a loyal fans… but you aren’t going to get them on Facebook.

The most effective way to win the hearts of adoring fans is to get out and play live shows as much as you can.

I know it sounds old-fashioned but it is true!

As part of your live performance training you need to study talented entertainers who know how to work a crowd.

An example of a talented entertainer with great stage presence is Jamie Campbell and his band The Red Neck Romeos.

They are creating quite a buzz with their lively, sold out shows and now a hot new single hitting radio air waves.

Jamie Campbell and the Redneck Romeos use this method to win new fans and sell CDs at live shows…

  1. Help the audience feel at home with popular country songs they love to sing and dance to. (In the video above they are playing Jason Aldean’s song “She’s Country” which goes over very well.)
  2. Slipping in an original song or two in each set introduces their original songs to the audience.

Here is an example of an original song we helped Jamie Campbell write and produce here in Nashville.

Don’t miss the live performance of Jamie Campbell and the Redneck Romeos Band at their live performance during CMA Fest in Nashville! They will be playing at TEQUILA COWBOY on Saturday June 7th at 4pm.

Are you ready to take your music career to the next level?

If so then do what Jamie Campbell did and…

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We will give you a professional opinion about your music and let you know what you need to do to advance in your music career.

Chart Climbing Artist Explains Why You Need Original Songs

With a hot new music video, a single that is quickly climbing the charts, a full page featured in the popular COUNTRY WEEKLY MAGAZINE, and finishing up a 6 week tour to over 136 Hastings Music stores, Tim Hadler is making quite a buzz with his traditional country sound.

For nearly 11 years, Tim has played to sold out audiences in Branson, Missouri where he’s known for his Hank Williams Tribute act.

Although he was making a living (and having a ball) playing country music, Tim knew he would need great original songs if he ever hoped to play on bigger stages.

When he decided it was time to write and record some original songs he chose the Artist Development Network in Nashville, Tennessee.

We paired him with the right songwriters, producers, and studio musicians that could help him bring his ideas to life.

You can hear some of the songs from the album we produced for Tim here…

Years of hard work and experience have prepared Tim for the road, and we are excited to be a part of his success story!

 

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Songwriting Tips from Pro Songwriter Bill Diluigi

Could you imagine if your job was to go to work every day and write songs?

This is the life Bill Diluigi is living!

His songs have been recorded all over the world and he has had songs in the BILLBOARD and AMERICANA TOP 100. His songs have been used in CW’s Heart of Dixie, VH1’s Single Ladies, CBS Sports and Access Hollywood to name a few.

I recently interviewed Bill at the Musician’s Union building in Nashville and we talked about…

  • How he got started in the music industry
  • The importance of having musical mentors
  • His recent nomination for a Covenant Award for Instrumental Song of the Year
  • A crazy story about life on the road
  • His best tips and advice for aspiring songwriters

If you want to improve your songwriting skills you do not want to miss this interview with veteran songwriter Bill Diluigi!

ADN Songwriters Get 2 Songs Included in New Family Film “A Warriors Heart”

I am excited to announce the release of the film “A WARRIOR’S HEART” that contains 2 songs written by our clients Burning Daylight and our own ADN writers. The two songs featured on the film are “Breaking Tradition” co-written by ADN writer Julie Burton and “Deep Breath” co-written by ADN writer David Harper.

Both are sung by lead singer Erin McGoff, of the all sibling Burning Daylight Band, from Washington, DC. Kent Wells, at the famous Sound Kitchen Studios in Franklin, TN, produced these songs.

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It’s a good family movie with a couple of familiar faces we all love from Twilight, Ashley Green (Alice) and Kellan Lutz ( Emmett) star in this Indie film.

BURNING DAYLIGHT

Burning Daylight is band made up of five siblings who grew up learning and playing music together. Their parents enrolled each of them in classical piano lessons at very young ages, and they branched out to various instruments and interests as grew older. The youngest sibling, Erin, is the lead singer. Casey, 18, plays the bass guitar while his older brother, James, plays piano. Carli, 23, plays rhythm guitar and sings backup vocals. The oldest, Brock, plays the drums. They are all songwriters and are influenced by a wide variety of artists, which has led to a diverse catalog of original tunes.

Scott Nicol’s New Video: “New York City’s Summer Day”

Scott is a talented singer, musician, and songwriter from Scotland and he’s making his way to the U.S with his great songs and amazing live shows!

I have had the pleasure of meeting Scott here in Nashville, and having him sing in my office, and he’s the real deal! TWIST OF LEMMON MUSIC has co-published a couple of Scott’s songs, and we are excited about sharing some of his success!

Enjoy the video!

Joe and Kristin Sins Music Video Debut

We are thrilled to share this exciting new debut music video of Joe and Kristin Sins.

It’s a sad song  called “Cheating on Each Other” written by a talented singer who worked with the Artist Development Network a few years ago and co-wrote the song with one of our talented songwriters Joe Sins.

Joe and his wife Kristen are both gifted songwriters, singers, and musicians, and we all love the video they have done to promote their duet on the song.

Congratulations to all three of them for their collaboration!

Stars vs Dreamers

Working in the music industry for over 30 years now, first as a performer/ singer-songwriter for 10 years, and then as an A&R person who evaluates both vocal and songwriting talent as president of the Artist Development Network, one thing I have observed is what separates the serious artists from those who are just dreamers.

Most of the people who come through our doors are looking for fame and fortune, these are the dreamers. They have stars in their eyes but more often they lack the necessary talent or reality of the business and how much work and sacrifice is needed to even have a chance of breaking into the music scene.  Some people think a label is going to hear them and magically make them into a star. Many profess to have the drive and commitment; that they are willing to do whatever it takes to make it. But when push comes to shove, they don’t have the stamina to stay in the game and fight their way to the top. These artists have not sufficiently prepared themselves or worked hard enough to be taken seriously when the right opportunity comes. Sadly, they miss the boat.

So what is it that separates the stars from the dreamers? After many years of working with artists of all ages, genres, ethnic backgrounds, personalities, upbringing, and from all over the world, here’s what I have learned:

The few artists I have seen become successful are those who love music so much that it’s a part of who they are and what they do every day.  It’s a labor of love that they develop, improve, study, practice, and perform regularly. These are people who have known from the time they were very young what they wanted to do, and they were already doing it in some form or another. These are the singers who vocalize, learn to play an instrument, write their own songs, critique themselves on tape and video so they can evaluate where they are and get better, and continue to perfect their talents and skills.

Here’s an example: Recently a 19-year-old artist from England stayed at my home in Nashville for seven weeks to work on developing his song writing and to record a project for our company to take pitch to the labels, so we can try to get him a deal. This young man had developed great habits, he was disciplined, he knew what he wanted, what his goals were, and he worked toward that end each day. Every morning he was like an alarm clock as he woke me with his daily vocal exercises that would last for at least 30-45 minutes at a time.  For seven weeks he never failed to warm up his voice and go through a variety of different vocal techniques he had learned from voice teachers, tapes and videos to help him strengthen his voice and learn to sing better and improve his pitch and dynamics.

Every day this young artist also picked up his guitar and practiced playing, singing, and performing for our family. He was not a bit shy about randomly breaking out into song.  He even got my 13-year-old daughter (who never sings out loud) to sing Taylor Swift songs with him as he played the guitar.  I wish I had recorded those moments! This artist clearly loved performing anywhere, anytime, for anyone. It isn’t just a hobby, it is his passion.

Another quality that I think is equally important to becoming a star is personality and attitude. There’s nothing worse than a talented artist who is full of himself and shows no humility or gratitude for the gifts God has given him. Having a bad attitude, being a negative person, and acting like you’re better than everyone else are real turn offs. Who wants to be around someone like that? I enjoyed having this artist stay at my home because he was easy to live with, a genuinely easy going, well mannered young man who listened and took my advice about things to help him improve. He wanted critique so that he could do better.  That’s a mature, serious artist.

This particular singer does not waste time sitting around waiting for things to happen or for someone else to make things happen for him… he’s proactive, busy making things happen for himself. He posts blogs on his facebook, twitter and other social sites about his trip to Nashville, his live performances, about the songs he’s written, about his co-writers and their successes,  about the studio, the musicians, the producer, people he has met, and anything that will generate a buzz around his name.  Self-promotion, that’s the ticket.  It takes time, effort, and can be a lot of work, but that’s how you build interest around yourself as an artist and performer. Your fans want to be on the journey with you to experience what you are experiencing, to appreciate who you are and the exciting things you are doing in your music career.

It’s these kinds of dedicated singers and songwriters that rise to the top while all the others keep spinning their wheels. I have no doubt that this 19-year-old artist from the UK will become a big name in the music business both here in the US and abroad, because he’s not letting anything get in his way. He takes care of his body, does not abuse it with drugs or alcohol. He carries himself with confidence like he’s already a famous artist, but not cocky or arrogant, and he continues to learn, study, practice, write, play guitar/piano, and perform, polishing and perfecting his voice and stage presence.

I thought you might like to see a video of this young man I recorded with my little camera as he sang a song he wrote while performing at the Blue Bird Café in Nashville on a Monday writer’s night on August 8th, 2011. Notice his communication with the audience, his smile, his talent as a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist. He made it fun and inviting, so everyone was comfortable. The audience loved him.  Way to go “Junior”! I know we have not seen the last of this talent!