At SongTown, we’ve been pretty protective of our songwriting community. It’s a private community of some of the best up and coming songwriters around. Marty Dodson and I started it 3 years ago to help grow aspiring writers into world-class writers.
A lot of folks in the music business asked us why we would even do this.
We’ve had collectively over 300 major artist cuts, 10 #1 songs, and still are cranking out 200 plus songs a year with major artists and producers.
We didn’t need the money, we have day jobs as pro staff writers for our respective publishing companies. We’ve been fortunate to have a resume of 100’s of major artist recordings.
For us, the bottom line is we love songwriters, songwriting, and great songs.
We love the energy that great songs bring to the world. And we were tired of seeing “gurus” popping up on the internet promising to show aspiring songwriters the way to songwriting success. Almost every one of these self-proclaimed “gurus” had zero success themselves or had a little success years ago. And the sad part is the advice and instruction they were giving out was just not applicable to today’s changing music scene. Much of it needed to be unlearned to achieve real success. Worse, they were telling aspiring writers what they “wanted to hear” to keep them coming back!
So Marty Dodson and I created a private community where we were honest with writers. If their songs sucked, we said so. AND we told them how to make them better. We gave them the tools to write good songs. As real pro songwriters, we know everything you want to do in the music business is all on your shoulders and how good your songs are. So we created a no BS zone.
I’m writing today to brag about some of our SongTown writers like Jon Decious, Ray Weaver, Mary Haller, Stevie Steeves… all have signed staff writing publishing deals! And the next crop of upcoming writers that are headed in that direction. SongTownians like Joey Ebach, Arkady, Khiana Myer, & Ryland Fisher. And the “too many others to mention here.” All you guys and gals in SongTown rock!
As long as our members are game, Marty and I are going to continue waking up each day with the goal of helping aspiring writers write great songs.
Through our Members Only Website, Weekly Lesson Videos, and online CrashCourses, we put writers in real-world situations to succeed.
Clay Mills is an 16- time hit songwriter and co-founder of SongTown.com