Separating The Song From Its Production

As a songwriter I have been blessed with both a career I never dreamed possible and a chance to help thousands of talented writers at SongTown level-up up their songwriting. I especially love delving into vocal melodies and different production techniques that will make a song stand the test of time. Every January I give…

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Check Out Producer Andrew Petroff’s Home Studio!

Andrew Petroff is a multi-genre producer, songwriter, and musician. Recent work includes songs with Sheryl Crow, Phillip Larue, Devon Gilfillian, David Nail, Sierra Hull, Savannah Conley, and Charli Adams. Andrew’s work can also be heard on placements from Apple, HBO, Grey’s Anatomy, The Black List, How to Get Away With Murder, Fox Sports, Nashville, MTV,…

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Hit Producer Daniel Ross Shares His Track Building Philosophy

Daniel Ross is a Songwriter and Producer at Big Machine Music Publishing. His songs have been recorded by Morgan Wallen, Jake Owen, Chase Rice, Eli Young Band, Granger Smith, RaeLynn, Seaforth, Robert Counts, Troy Cartwright and more. Production credits for Joey Hendricks, Lauren Weintraub, Austin Burke and more. In this video Daniel shares his proven…

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Recording At Home: My Demo Process On A #1 Song I Co-wrote With Darius Rucker

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People often ask me if they have to do full-production demos to present songs to publishers or major artist? I do a fair amount of full demos, but I also have had about half of my major cuts from pitching home demos done on a very basic set-up on my mac laptop. The Home Studio…

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Your Next Song Demo: Read These 7 Tips Before You Spend Money

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I have received several emails this week asking about the best approach to recording song demos. There are many things that have changed over the last year since I first blogged about this. Here are a few questions to consider when demoing your songs. 1. Who will be listening? If you are playing your demo…

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Hit Writer Clay Mills Tours His Home Recording Studio Set-up

Hit Songwriter Clay Mills is a 16-time ASCAP awards winning songwriter/producer, penning #1 hits for Darius Rucker (“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”), Diamond Rio (“Beautiful Mess”), and Kimberley Locke (“Fall”). Along the way collecting Grammy Nominations for “Beautiful Mess” and Trisha Yearwood’s “Heaven Heartache and the Power of Love”. Clay has had over…

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Record Killer Vocals: Microphone Choices

Simon Reid is a songwriter, producer, mixing/mastering engineer, and session musician based in Nashville, TN. With over 18 years’ experience, Simon has produced remixes of multi-platinum and award-winning country artist Sara Evans, co-wrote ‘Angry Butterfly’ with Kalie Shorr and Fred Wilhelm), ‘How The Car’s Running’ with The Voice Season 9 runner-up Emily Ann Roberts and…

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Hit Songwriter and Producer – Forrest Glen Whitehead

Forest Glen Whitehead is the co-producer of Kelsea Ballerini’s GOLD-certified debut album, “The First Time”, as well as her GRAMMY-nominated follow up album “Unapologetically”. In this episode of On Songwriting, Hit Songwriter and Producer Forest Glen Whitehead talks about how he got his start in the music business after moving to Nashville and knowing basically…

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Hall of Fame Songwriter/Producer Mark Bright!

Mark Bright is penned as “one of the architects of the modern contemporary country sound”. In this episode of On Songwriting, Hall of Fame Songwriter/Producer Mark Bright talks about his journey to Nashville, the highs and lows of working in the music business and what it is like to work with superstars such as Rascal…

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The Loop/Keys/Vocal Worktape

Hit Songwriter Clay Mills is a ten-time ASCAP awards winning songwriter/producer, penning #1 hits for Darius Rucker (“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”), Diamond Rio (“Beautiful Mess”), and Kimberley Locke (“Fall”). Along the way collecting Grammy Nominations for “Beautiful Mess” and Trisha Yearwood’s “Heaven Heartache and the Power of Love”. Clay has had over…

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