Four Indicators of a Successful Co-Write

For those of you who are relatively new to co-writing or haven’t yet co-written, it can be difficult to know what to expect when you get together with another songwriter to collaborate. As a veteran of over a thousand songwriting collaborations, I thought I’d put down a few of the indicators you should be noticing
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Six Things I Had To Do Before I Played the Grand Ole Opry

A few years back, I had a career moment when I was invited to perform a song I’d co-written on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. While, of course, I want to believe the song, “The Snow and Three Thousand Miles,” that I co-wrote with the evening’s performer, Mindy Smith, was well-written, it occurred
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A Discussion About Co-Writing Percentages

In songwriting, as in any creative endeavor, there’s a delicate balance between art and commerce.  While writing songs is, at its core, an act of artistic expression, it also marks the creation of what attorneys refer to as “intellectual property.” So, given that there is property ownership involved, the questions on the table are how
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Five Ways to Find Songwriting Collaborators

So let’s say you’re a lyricist  who has lots of great song ideas but no melodies to hang them on. Or, let’s say, you’re an experienced musician and vocalist but can’t imagine putting words to any of your melodies. Songwriting collaboration in these – and many other – instances can be the ideal solution. The
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Five Ways Songwriters Can Avoid Writer’s Block

Songwriting – like any art – requires at least a certain amount of inspiration. However, the more you write the more often inspiration isn’t as available as you’d like it to be. Occasionally, inspiration can appear to run completely dry. When you find yourself heading toward or already in that situation, there are multiple ways
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Five Qualities to Look For in a Co-Writer

Given how mysterious some parts of the songwriting process are to even the most experienced songwriters, it’s understandable that there’s no clear formula for what makes great co-writing chemistry. In my experience, it has very little to do with the amount of time you’ve known someone or even how much you respect or admire their
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Four Things to Try on Your Next Co-Write

Once you’ve begun co-writing your songs and have a few positive experiences under your belt, it might be worth injecting some new variables into the equation. This can be good for a variety of reasons including never letting yourself get too comfortable at the expense of your creativity and keeping your mind focused on the
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Seven Reasons You Should Be Co-Writing Right Now

For those of you who have never co-written a song, the concept of sharing your creative process may seem, at best, foreign and, at worst, inconceivable. As an inveterate solo songwriter before moving to Nashville, I completely understand. However, co-writing has the potential for so much upside that in most instances it’s well worth the
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Seven Tips for More Productive Songwriting Sessions

Whether you’re writing a song by yourself or collaborating, the time you set aside to create is valuable. Making the most of your songwriting session is a goal worth striving for each time you sit down to write. Below are a list of tips that will help you squeeze every ounce of effectiveness out of
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