• Songwriters: Inspiration For Those Days Of Doubt

      Songwriters... When you have those days of songwriting doubt and wonder why you are chasing your dream....   I wasn't exactly young that day I realized I wanted to be a full-time songwriter. I knew no professional songwriters. Also, I was in...

  • Songwriters! Wake Up Your Dreams

    Following your dreams... When I was 19 years old, I decided to leave my small Alabama hometown and strike out on a journey to the Big Apple: New York City. It took a combination of naivety and hard-headedness, I suppose. After all, I didn’t know...

  • Creating A Killer Home Recording Studio – On An Affordable Budget

    Throughout my pro songwriting career I have made it my mission to put together a home recording studio that accomplishes 3 things.   1. Sonically, it has to be master record quality. 2. Creative workflow that won't bust my groove! 3. Must be affordable!   Co-writing in rooms with so many great producers and track guys...

  • 9 Things Skilled Songwriters Do Differently

      Throughout my 20 years as a professional songwriter, I’ve noticed there isn't always a large difference in talent level among creative people. Why then, do some songwriters seem to have an over abundance of fans buying their music while others struggle to sell the first song? The answer...

  • Songwriters: Job #1 As A Writer Means Doing Your Job!

    Last week in a mentoring session I was offering tips to help a young writer understand a songwriter's Job #1. One of the demos had an extremely long guitar solo after the first chorus. I suggested that: #1- Guitar solos typically are after the 2nd chorus and not the first. #2- The solo...

  • 9 Ways Pro Songwriters Beat Writer’s Block

      One of the top questions I get asked as a pro songwriter is "how do I beat writer's block. The worst part of the whole writing experience for many writers is just getting started. It's those times when we sit down to write and nothing comes out that is...