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While You Were At Coachella: I Escaped to Bali With the People Who Write the Hits

Vivianne Lapointe | Posted 05.11.2016 | Arts
Vivianne Lapointe

The demos created during Bali's 2016 Songwriting Invitational might not all end up being singles, and some of the songs created might not see the light of day until five-ten years from now -- who knows!

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Nothing Compared 2 U

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Prince could do it all. Play everything. And he could dance to boot. In heels. The night he died there was nothing on my Facebook or Twitter feed but posts about him. We all expressed our sorrow in our own way.

The Song I Wrote for My Son

Melissa Hogan, JD | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Melissa Hogan, JD

"I don't see a way to save him." The doctor's words rang in my ears. The fluorescent lights of the doctor's office, flashed and faded in front of me, like the candles I was expected to blow out that evening on my birthday cake. This was no ordinary birthday.

Is MusicAnswers the Answer?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Photo by SDRandCo/MorgueFile A few months ago I went to Washington, D.C. to advocate for songwriters' rights. Consent decrees that were established i...

It's Your World Now: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 01.26.2016 | Entertainment
Mark Brodinsky

Sometimes there is nothing quite like art. When something created in the mind, in the heart, in the soul, suddenly, in the blink of an eye takes on even more significance. Everything can change, as Don Henley sings in his classic song, New York Minute.

Smokey Robinson's Career Really Began In The First Grade

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 01.13.2016 | OWN

At 75, he's a true music legend. Smokey Robinson's entire adult life has been devoted to songwriting and selling hit records, but the Motown icon says...

Big River -- What Novelists Can Learn From Songwriters

Garry Rodgers | Posted 12.16.2015 | Books
Garry Rodgers

Johnny Cash was a brilliant musician. Singer. Performer. And masterful songwriter. Johnny Cash condensed high concept ideas into short, resonating stories -- ripping people's hearts in four or five stanzas -- that stayed in millions of ears and memories.

How James Taylor Jump-Starts His Creative Process

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.25.2015 | OWN

Looking at the work of an artist like James Taylor, you might wonder how he kept churning out hit after hit. "Fire and Rain," "Sweet Baby James," "Car...

Alabama Shore Shows Diversity of U.S. Culture

Christine Negroni | Posted 11.16.2015 | Travel
Christine Negroni

On a recent trip to Paris, I had breakfast with Sofia Vandaele, General Manager of the newly remodeled and absolutely gorgeous Hilton Paris Opera. Sof...

Let the Songs Come To You: An Interview with Dar Williams

Omega Institute | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Omega Institute

Dar Williams is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician with 10 critically acclaimed studio albums. She has also taught at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival song school, published two novels, and led the "Give Bees a Camp."

Smile, You're On the Radio: Go Country, Tonya Campos and Mo Pitney's "Boy and a Girl Thing"

Johnny Nevin | Posted 10.22.2015 | Entertainment
Johnny Nevin

So how does a song even get on the radio anyway? How does it happen, that great moment when you're listening to the radio and you hear that song you like?

Music Legend James Taylor on Passing Namesake Taylor Swift to Claim #1 Billboard Spot

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by the incomparable singer-songwriter James Taylor for the first of a two-night conversation. Taylor's first studio album in thirteen years, Before This World features ten tracks with guest appearances by Sting and Yo-Yo Ma.

Garth Brooks Invites Up-And-Coming Artist Mitch Rossell Onstage in Dallas

Brittany Hodak | Posted 09.24.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. That was certainly the case for rising country star Mitch Rossell over the weekend, where he celebrated his birthday in much bigger fashion than he could have ever imagined.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Dear Daughter....

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.16.2015 | Parents
Shelly Peiken

When I woke up on the first morning after delivering you to college it was quiet. Really quiet. Just as I thought, nobody was in your bed. I knew you weren't at a sleepover. Or on a school trip. This was for real.

A Better Place to Be: Induct Harry Chapin into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Craig E. Sherman

Chapin's untimely death in 1981, undoubtedly robbed the world of some of the most prolific and beautiful songs that he sadly was never able to write.

Healing Through Creativity

Kat Reinhert | Posted 09.02.2015 | Divorce
Kat Reinhert

Within the creative process of writing and performing this music I found the courage to be vulnerable, and as difficult as it is to share these feelings with the complete unknown, I know it is worth letting go of the fear I have in sharing.

No Pity Party Here -- Melanie Martinez's Cry Baby Hits #1 on the Alternative Albums Chart

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Melanie Martinez released her debut album, Cry Baby, on August 14th, and it's already topping the charts. With the #1 spot on the Alternative Albums Chart and #4 on the iTunes albums chart, no tears shall be shed anytime soon!

5 Steps to Success as an Artist

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Corey Ferrugia

It was 2003 when I enrolled into the University of Arizona School of Music when I first began pursuing my career as a musician and artist. This also was a time in where the digital age was on the rise in it's earlier stages, which impacted the music industry at large on a catastrophic financial level.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Dear Bob Lefsetz--Please R.S.V.P.

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Of course our largest area of discourse will be our polar opposite views on the way in which music creators are being compensated (or not compensated) in the current digital economy...(yours being: stream away and embrace the new era; mine -- fair market value for my content, please).

The Last Three Guys You'd Ever Think Would Start a Band Didn't, They Started The Wild West Songwriters Festival

Johnny Nevin | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Johnny Nevin

Suppose just for a minute that you were a music writer, somebody who writes articles about music and musicians, and one day you found out about The Wild West Songwriters Festival.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Disney's 'Descendants' and the Journey of a Song

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Sixteen months ago as I was walking across the Wesleyan campus on a college tour with my daughter, my iPhone buzzed. I had told myself I would not be taking business calls on this trip. But this was different.

Highly Suspect's Johnny Stevens Bares All (and Gives Zero F*cks)

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Don't be mistaken -- Highly Suspect is definitely not your average "boy band." So exactly what is it about this trio that makes them so special? Well, aside from their striking good looks... just about everything.

Songwriting Icon JD Souther on the First Time He Met 'Muse' Linda Ronstadt

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The recent inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame has penned numerous hits for some of music's most celebrated acts, including The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks, and his dear friend Linda Ronstadt. A talented recording artist in his own right, he's out now with his eighth solo album, entitled Tenderness.

Collaboration

Darden Smith | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Darden Smith

When I started out as a singer/songwriter, the last thing I wanted to do was collaborate. I saw it as a sign of weakness, the inability to do it on your own. My musical heroes were all solo artists - people like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, John Prine - one man alone in the spotlight. They were like Marlboro Men with guitars.

Golf and the Music Biz with Steve Rennie

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Corey Ferrugia

Steve Rennie is a former record label executive, talent manager, concert promoter, entrepreneur, and not to mention, an incredible golfer. In a recent article, Billboard Magazine ranked Steve No. 1 on their music industry golf leaderboard.