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Mary Gauthier: The Foundling

In Best Practices, Best Practices, Favorite Song, Hear this, Industry News, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, People that Rock, Performance, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 12, 2012 at 1:03 am

Just now coming down from the musical high that The International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis delivered, we bring you a conference highlight – Mary Gauthier (pronounced GOH-shay).  Let’s start with a quick wiki bio to open you up to who Mary is; at least briefly in black and white…

Gauthier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Given up at birth by a mother she never knew, Gauthier was adopted by an Italian Catholic couple in Thibodaux, Louisiana. At age 15, she ran away from home, and spent the next several years in drug rehabilitation, halfway houses, and living with friends; she spent her 18th birthday in a jail cell. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s That Time Again: CRS 2012

In Best Practices, Country Radio Seminar, Industry News, Music Advocate, Music Business, nashville, Networking, Radio, See this, Try this, You HAVE to on February 21, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Hey there readers in and around Nashville… get out and experience CRS (Country Radio Seminar) 2012.

See and be seen. Go to showcases. Hand out business cards. Be yourself. Learn the business.

To learn more about CRS read these related posts… Read the rest of this entry »

2011 Summer NAMM Kicks Off… GO!

In Industry News, Marketing, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Networking, Performance, Record Label, Road Musician, Studio, Studio Musician, Trends, Try this, You HAVE to on July 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

Are you thinking about setting up a home studio and learning recording technology? Are you seeking to improve your guitar tone or vocal miking skills? Perhaps you’re interested in checking out some of the newest musical product innovations that the industry has to offer. If so, you better not be missing out on 2011 Summer NAMM in Nashville! Read the rest of this entry »

Singer-Songwriters Growing Younger By The Year

In Best Practices, Co-writing, creativity, Hear this, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, nashville, Networking, NSAI, People that Rock, Songwriting, Trends, You HAVE to on July 18, 2011 at 7:20 am

Turn on the radio, tune into your favorite music video channel on TV, or watch the latest viral sensations on YouTube and you will find stars in the making getting younger and younger. Has it always been this way?  Are we now so saturated with media and the internet that we are simply more aware or is it a trend in the making? Read the rest of this entry »

How Is A Gumball Like A Song? (Part 2)

In Best Practices, Internet, Money, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, publishing, Songwriting, Trends, Try this, You HAVE to on April 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

By: Amanda Williams

This story (Read part 1) may sound far fetched, but it is an illustration of the epidemic facing the music business, the wide spread practice of illegal downloading. Just like the Smithfield family in the story, songwriters and independent musicians rely on the few cents they make from selling their recorded music as downloads online. With the internet, it is easier than ever to distribute music Read the rest of this entry »

Empathy Is The Secret To Networking (ENCORE posting)

In Best Practices, Mission Statement, Music Advocate, Music Business, nashville, Networking, Try this, You HAVE to on July 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm

What would life be like in these shoes?

An interviewer was once giving a lecture on the art of the the Q&A. He shared question strategies, tips and techniques he had carefully collected over the years. The overarching advice he offered to the intently listening crowd was empathy. That’s it – that’s all it takes to be a good interviewer. Interviewers are there to be the brush that asks the questions resulting in a beautiful self-portrait. The moment you take off your shoes and try theirs on for size, you will know what questions to ask that will take the discussion straight to the heart of the matter. Read the rest of this entry »

Creative Improv Workshop: Beating the Fear of Failure

In Best Practices, Co-writing, expression, Music Advocate, nashville, Networking, People that Rock, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Stage Fright, Try this, You HAVE to on April 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Is this what stage fright does to you?

“A little bit of stage fright, then I’m ready,” Faith Hill.  The key word in this quote is little.  The excitement of getting on stage before a crowd causes the performer to focus, treat the entertaining position with respect and rise to the occasion.  Fear of being in front of a crowd is common; when it becomes debilitating is when it turns into a problem.  Most professional performers would agree that a small amount of stage fright never goes away. Read the rest of this entry »

CRS After Hours

In Best Practices, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, nashville, Networking, People that Rock, Try this, You HAVE to on February 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

The 2010 Country Radio Seminar is off and running.  Last night, after a day of interviews, showcases, and industry discussions, the attendees of the seminar made their way to CRS After Hours at The Bridge.  After hours, The Bridge becomes more than a 4th floor glass structure connecting the hotel and public parking garage.  It is in this bar/lounge that industry veterans, hopefuls and wannabes stand on their musical clouds of wishful thinking and dream of what life would be life if we could all have a full time career in the music business that featured longevity, integrity, and some really good music; and yes – money! Read the rest of this entry »

HELP… I Didn’t Sign Up For All Of This

In Best Practices, Internet, Know This, Music Advocate, Music Business, nashville, Networking, You HAVE to on February 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

“I thought singers were supposed to sing?  No one told me I had to manage a website, create marketing videos, design business cards, and write press releases to be a singer!”  Sound familiar?  People grow up singing in talent shows and churches where someone else made the bulletin or designed the promotional fliers.  There were teams of people that handled the details so you could jump on the stage and do your thing!  You get really good at performing, everyone builds you up, and then you move to Nashville and realize you have to be a one man band to survive in this town. Read the rest of this entry »

Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum’s Christmas May Come In January

In Industry News, Know This, Life Around Me, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Road Musician, Studio Musician, You HAVE to on December 16, 2009 at 5:00 am

“You better watch out… might even cry… you’re gonna pout… I’m telling you why… Music City Center is coming to town.”  That is the song being heard at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.  The proposed Music City Center is in the works to be voted into existence or off the books January 19th of 2010.

“The controversial new $585 million convention center for Nashville, the largest capital project in Tennessee history seems to have the assured support of the Metro Council.  Though the recent unveiling of the project’s long-awaited finance package lacks financing for a hotel, a component viewed almost universally as crucial to the facility’s long-term success, lobbyists and Council members on both sides of the issue all seem pretty confident that the Council, the ultimate arbiter on the question, will approve the so-called Music City Center come the 19th’s critical final vote.”  (The City Paper, December 13, 2009)

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