Songwriting Success Was Just Around The Corner: How Could We Have Known?

  I remember sitting in my small, cramped writing studio in Nashville 10 years ago chasing this crazy dream of songwriting... One day I was co-writing with my two best friends and co-writers, Sonny LeMaire and Shane Minor. We'd been writing together for two years, mostly because we loved hanging out with each other and creating music. No one...

4 Ways To Keep Your Songs Fresh

              The longer I write songs, the more I realize the importance of keeping your songs fresh and mixing things up from time to time.  Here are some ways that I do that: 1. Booking 2-way co-writes with my regular co-writers. Then, I always look for new 3rds to add to the mix.  That way, I don't get too comfortable with...

The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout

The 9-Minute Songwriter Workout consist of three songwriting exercises designed to get you into the flow of writing without thinking. Your best ideas come from the subconscious, and you can tap into this with regular practice. Remember to do these exercises quickly, spending three minutes on each in rapid fire succession. I set the timer on my iPhone. Don’t judge or...

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 my mid thirties and had little money to support my...

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 has allowed me to try a lot of gear that...