Country Music Outside the USA

As the CEO of an artist development company and a publishing catalog it is my job to stay up on the latest trends in the music industry.

One of the places I go to stay up to date is BMI’s Music World.

The July 28th article Writing and Placing Songs Internationally is a “must read” for any singer or songwriter.

The whole article is great, but I paid special attention to the section Country Music Outside the USA,  because I am in Nashville and I work with so many country artists.

Did you know that people in Australia love American country music?

Here’s what the article says…

Few of these fans have ever heard a song by Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, or the other artists who regularly top the U.S. Billboard country music charts. But all of the aforementioned artists [Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson] are on the current Australian country music album chart.

Another great part of this article is from the section titled Lyric Considerations for the International Market says…

When writing songs intended for artists outside the U.S., and when pitching existing catalog songs, it’s important to avoid lyrics that are applicable only to America. According to songwriter/publisher Bob Dellaposta (more than 2,500 songs recorded all over the world), “Lyrically, keep the subject matter universal… having a good time with friends, falling in love, falling out of love. Writing about our American soldiers or writing patriotic songs about the red white and blue isn’t going to fly.

This is so true!

A great example of this is my client Tiah Guillot, a country artist from Australia. She came to Nashville and we paired her with seasoned songwriter Joe Sins. Together they crafted Already Gone. Here’s what Joe has to say about the song…

“Already Gone” is a story that is told in every town in every corner of the world. It is happening to two young lovers at this very moment. Probably in your own neighborhood.  It may have happened to you. That is why Tiah insisted it be brought to life.

Listen to the song and watch the video and you’ll see what I mean. The only clue that this is an Australian artist is that they are driving on the “wrong” side of the road in the video.

If you are interested in writing with professional songwriters to create amazing songs like this then submit your demo to me, I’d love to hear it.

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…

Submit your demo »

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!

The Key West Songwriter’s Festival

30167_1459559367568_1190925567_31333902_3076402_n[1]The 2010 Key West Songwriters Festival just wrapped up last week in Key West, Florida, and I was lucky enough to attend it this year. What an incredible environment for soaking up some songwriting knowledge, and a few rays! Randy Houser kicked off the festival with a bang, performing a string of hits with his high octane band. Each night consisted of amazing rounds with amazing writers such as Dave Pahanish, Chuck Cannon, Shawn Mullins, Dave Berg, Liz Rose, Frank Rogers, Jamey Johnson, Bobby Pinson, Tom Douglas, Bob DiPiero, and Luke Laird. If you aren’t familiar with these names, do yourself a huge favor and look each and every one of them up. They make up a good portion of the Nashville hit makers, and they are an insanely talented group of writers. Just being in Key West for four days and taking in all the songs was good enough, but the accessibility of the people was also very cool. It wasn’t difficult at all to have a great conversation on the beach with any of the previously mentioned writers. Not to mention the large percentage of Nashville publishers that attended the festival.

While checking out a writers round one night, I spotted a previous client of Artist Development Network, the one and only, Jesse Lee. She took the stage and rocked the house! We are very proud of her and her accomplishments! A little hard work and a little dedication, combined with the services you could find at Artist Development Network, could take you to the next level, just like Jesse! But if you’re just looking for a great vacation in a great location, with an added bonus of catching a couple dozen hit Nashville songwriters doing their thing and having a good time, then I believe the 2011 Key West Songwriters Festival is for you!