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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 »

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YouTube Tips for Success from Olivia Mitchell

In Best Practices, D.I.Y., Facebook, Know This, Music, Social Media, Try this, Twitter, You HAVE to, YouTube on August 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

Guest Blogger: Olivia Mitchell

Hello! My name is Olivia Mitchell and I’m a country/pop singer-songwriter from North Carolina. As an independent artist in the midst of this new technological era of music, I’ve resorted to promoting my songs via numerous online social networking sites. Though Facebook and Twitter have definitely helped me solidify my fan base, YouTube is where it all started. Read the rest of this entry »

The Nashville Choir Honors the Rich Musical History of Bill & Gloria Gaither

In Ability, Best Practices, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, Music History, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on May 2, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Sunday, May 1, The Nashville Choir honored the rich musical history of Bill and Gloria Gaither.  Who better to celebrate at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center than the ASCAP named Christian Songwriters of the Century – Bill and Gloria!

The event was filled with music arranged specifically for the night played flawlessly by the orchestra.  This sold-out performance honored Bill and Gloria while simultaneously contributing to The Gospel Music Trust Fund and the non-profit activities of TNC. Read the rest of this entry »

Tin Pan South 2011

In creativity, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, nashville, NSAI, People that Rock, Performance, Recommended Music Venue, Songwriting, Tin Pan South, Try this, You HAVE to on March 9, 2011 at 5:59 am

Tin Pan South 2011

The mayor of Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean, was one of the first to officially welcome the Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival at the preview party on Tuesday, March 8 at the Rutledge (one of the 9 venues to host the festivities this year.) Read the rest of this entry »

NashVEGAS Goes To Hollywood

In Academy Awards, awards, Best Practices, Industry News, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, Ponder this, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Gwyneth singing "Coming Home" at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards

This year, Nashville songwriters were up for Best Original Song in a motion picture for their work in Country Strong. Nashville’s own Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges were nominated for their song, “Coming Home.” Kudos to being in the running, but the award went to Randy Newman for his work in Toy Story 3 (20 times nominated, 2-time winner).  The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Read the rest of this entry »

The Winners Are In (so far): Results from BMI & SESAC awards

In awards, BMI, Industry News, Music Business, nashville, People that Rock, Songwriting on November 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

Make your predictions for tonight's CMA Awards

It is a busy week for Country music’s finest!!  Knowing everyone will be off their tour buses and in town for the CMA Awards, BMI and SESAC honored away!  The BMI 2010 Country Music Awards (last night) and SESAC 2010 Nashville Music Awards (Monday night) made for a packed schedule and arms full of accolades.  Tonight’s CMA awards will the icing on the cake for many artists and writers in Music City. Read the rest of this entry »

44th Annual CMA Awards: Cast Your Vote!

In awards, Country Music Association Awards, Industry News, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on November 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

The 44th Annual CMA Awards airs live Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 8|7c on ABC-TV. Every year the hit-makers of country music come out to celebrate and revel in their achievements from the year.  Who do you think will win? Who do you think should win?

“CMA Awards winners are chosen in three rounds of voting. Votes are cast by industry professional members of the Country Music Association – meaning Awards winners are honored by their peers in the music industry.” (read more about the CMAs) Take a minute to cast your votes and predictions about the awards and watch the live show to see if your hopes and fears come true…

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Tammy Rochelle: Liberty Spoke To Me

In Best Practices, creativity, Hear this, Industry News, Music, Music Business, nashville, People that Rock, Performance, See this, Singing, Songwriting, Studio, You HAVE to on July 27, 2010 at 1:00 am

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Tammy Rochelle’s 5th project, “Liberty Spoke To Me,” is a break through album for her. “This is the first time I feel like my music was understood by the musicians in the studio.” It is difficult for an artist to put into words the music that is so intimately internal. Read the rest of this entry »

Tammy Rochelle: Freedom In Paper Lines

In Best Practices, creativity, Curiosity, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Songwriting, You HAVE to on July 26, 2010 at 6:00 am

Tammy Rochelle, "Liberty Spoke To Me"

In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dull and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused. ~ Ernest Hemingway

North Carolina native Tammy Rochelle has gone and seen and done.  Since an early age she has dreamed and believed more than the eye can see or ever imagine.  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 »

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