Is it Crazy To Chase Your Music Career Dreams?

by Clay Mills
Sep 24, 2022

I remember announcing to all my friends one day that I was moving to Nashville, TN to follow my music career dream.

It never occurred to me that it might sound crazy to all of them. In fact it sounded so crazy that they staged a small intervention laying out very rational points.

1. I had a good job already that I should be thankful for.

2. No one in Nashville knew any of my songs or had plans to record them.

3. All my friends were there in my hometown and cared about me.

4. I had a new family of my own to support.

5. etc etc etc

I pushed on with my plans and moved to Nashville.

All of my friends meant well and every few weeks I would get a call from someone back home saying something like “you can get your old job back” or “aren’t you tired of struggling for a crazy music career dream?” After 5 years I must admit I started having a few doubts of my own. Were they right? Was I crazy??

I pushed on through several failed publishing deals, and worked night and day to support my family.

So, I tried my best to ignore the calls asking if I was ready to come back home.

I pushed on. After 7 years it happened- A major band called Diamond Rio recorded one of my songs and the song went to #1 on the Billboard Chart!

I remember it very clearly the week “Beautiful Mess” went to number one on radio.. I got 33 phone calls and messages saying…… “We always knew you were gonna make it!!!”

Write On! Live On! Clay

Clay Mills

Clay Mills

Clay Mills is a 16-time ASCAP hit songwriter, producer, and performer. He is the co-founder of SongTown and has 2 Grammy nominations for “Beautiful Mess” by Diamond Rio and “Heaven Heartache” by Trisha Yearwood. Clay is also the co-author of Mastering Melody Writing and The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Co-writing.


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