Writing Your First Song

  Even those who have written thousands of songs could benefit from reviewing the basics of what a beginning writer does when writing their first song. Every now and then, someone joins SongTown who is just trying to learn how to write that first song - to turn their own feelings and experiences into music that other people can connect...

The Creative River Series: What’s Stopping You?

  I remember sitting in a Mexican restaurant in, a couple years ago with the late songwriter Tim Johnson. We were preparing to play a benefit that evening for a local high school. “What’s stopping you?” Tim asked. You see, I’d just told him that I’d always dreamed of playing the stage at the legendary Ryman Auditorium. So many of my musical...

Why Have A Songwriting Mentor?

  Songwriting mentors can help you avoid huge mistakes... I am a huge believer in finding a songwriting mentor.  My songwriting mentors helped me avoid so many mistakes and they cut years off the learning curve I would have experienced if I had to figure out everything on my own.  Little statements from my mentors still stand out in my mind and...

The Darius Rucker Effect: How 2 Hours Can Change A Songwriter’s Life

ASCAP #1 Songwriter Party for Clay Mills & Darius Rucker   I remember 6 years ago driving with my publisher Kurt Denny from Tennessee to Kentucky, where I was about to climb on the Hootie and the Blowfish tour bus. Kurt had arranged my first major artist co-write with rocker Darius Rucker. I was quiet the entire drive-- I get that way...

Vlog: Creating Your Home Recording Studio On An Affordable Budget

  Multi #1 songwriter Clay Mills takes you behind the scenes, documentary style, of his home studio set up. Clay has made it his mission to put together a studio that he can use on records where the quality will sound professional while spending the least amount of money. Join him on this must see video!   Clay Mills is a 16-time ASCAP hit...

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