I’ve Got a Single, but I’m Still Not Ready to Mingle

Memorial Day this year was an exciting day. The kickoff to summer, a beautiful day to honor our fallen soldiers, and a big day for me personally. After a long trek back to Tennessee from Ohio, I had tickets to see Thompson Square play live at The Fontanel (a concert venue on Barbara Mandrell's property) in Nashville. It was my...

7 Secrets Of Successful Songwriters

I have found that creating success as a songwriter is largely about focusing on the right things. Fortunately, they are things we can all improve and get better at with a little practice. The 7 Secrets Of Successful Songwriters.... 1) They work harder than the average songwriter. When I first started writing, my publisher had songs on 100 Million records.  He still wrote at...

You Want To Take My Songwriting Job?

  One of the first things I did when I began trying to write professionally was to attend an NSAI song camp. I didn't make it in on the first cut. I was on the waiting list and was a last minute addition. I swallowed my pride and went. At the camp, one of the instructors, that I won't name here,...

7 Songwriting Books That Will Change Your Life And Career

Writing and reading lessens our isolation and prods our imagination. Music makes our souls dance, and great art leaves an impression that lasts for centuries. Over my 23 years as a professional songwriter, I’ve read just about every book on creativity I could get my hands on. Though I’m convince I will never fully understand this magical, mythical...

10 Things I Learned From Legendary Songwriter Kim Williams

By now, many of you have heard about the death of my songwriting mentor, Kim Williams. Kim was an amazing teacher and a tireless friend of songwriters. So, I wanted to pass along some of the lessons I learned from him. Consider this a tribute to the man who gave me my start and a “passing along” of some of the...