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From Musical Theater to Miranda Lambert's Opening Act: Courtney Cole's Country Music Journey with #NoFilter

Brittany Hodak | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Courtney Cole's first time singing in front of an audience was almost her last. The wide-eyed eleven-year-old spent weeks preparing to sing in front of her Louisiana church for the first time.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: F-F-F-Fifty?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I often say (and you've probably heard me say it), that when I started out in this business of writing songs I was twenty. Everyone else was twenty. Now I'm fifty-something and everyone else is five. I'm exaggerating about the five, but you know what I mean.

The Meaning of Life: Be of Service to Others

Larry Dvoskin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Larry Dvoskin

Here is a wonderful, heartwarming story of how a friend and I helped to be of service to someone who died long ago, to get his music out from beyond the grave and thus fulfill a piece of our own destinies.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: (Not So) Gently Down the Stream

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.30.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

If you've been in the songwriting business for more that a few years, you've undoubtedly seen your royalty statements fizzle so I'm sure this statement will make you crazy: Spotify is worth more than the entire U.S. music industry.

Instinct Music

Stephen Bardo | Posted 04.16.2015 | Arts
Stephen Bardo

As I've started to explore more outside of urban radio and hip hop blogs for inspiring and interesting music, I've been pulled in what feels like a thousand different directions. Dozens of musical genres float in and out of my musical landscape on a daily basis.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Songland

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Songland will be giving the average American aspiring songwriter a chance to pitch their song to top artists and producers in hopes that it will become an international smash.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: How to Find That Magic Line... or Not

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I've learned from experience, the best way to recharge my brain is to turn it off -- for a half hour at least. When I wake, my synapses will be fresh. The word or the line that eluded me before, will reveal itself voluntarily. And I will feel like a fool for not having seen it sooner.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Broadway

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I took my 17-year-old daughter to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, over spring break. Before we went to New York, and in anticipation of the show, I'm happy to say she "pre-acclimated" herself with Ms. King's music and all of its non-Auto-Tuned perfect imperfection.

Singer/Songwriter Drew Gasparini on Bathroom Inspiration, The Travails of Wikipedia and the Reason He Does It All

Erika Finn | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Erika Finn

I waited for Drew Gasparini at a table in the back of a to-go deli on a Wednesday night in the middle of bustling Times Square; so bustling that we changed our meeting location a few times before deciding on the empty, though lackluster, locale for our interview.

When Flying High No Longer Scares Us

Tajci Cameron | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

I meet with Stowe at the house she and Peter had built together. She still lives on the same gorgeous property south of Nashville, but in a guest house now that she moved into after their amicable divorce.

Budding Musician Featured on The Voice but Stars in His Own Life

Ise Lyfe | Posted 05.10.2015 | Entertainment
Ise Lyfe

Dylan represents the unselected who elect themselves -- the people who are stopped, but unstopped. He's the promise of originality in the face of predetermined sounds and ideas.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: To All the Guitar Players I've Loved Before

Shelly Peiken | Posted 05.02.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

There was fantasy -- which brings on songs of longing, desire, passion. Although I am happily married and I am not looking for a tryst of any kind (any more), there's nothing wrong with fantasy. In fact, where creativity is concerned, there's everything right about it. 

Artist Development: A Key to Unlocking Your Purpose in Life

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

What makes an "artist" an artist is actually in their point of view, their intention, their approach and in the way they live their lives. In this light, becoming an artist isn't a destination; it's a way of traveling.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Decisions Decisions... What Song Changed Your Mind?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.21.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Thank you Joni. Thank you Neil. Thank you Carpenters. Thank you Carly Simon. Thank you Santo and Johnny. Thanks to Music Supervisors who get it right. Thank you to everyone who wrote a song that changed my life or changed my mind.

Ten Years, Two Bands, One Girl: Getting Old and Growing Up With Rock 'n' Roll

Maggie Hollander | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Maggie Hollander

I listen to the albums which first brought us together and there's certainly nostalgia and a deep love for sure, but it also gets old quickly, as though I've heard them just one too many times and the delight is slightly dampened because of it.

Confession of a Serial Songwriter: Why a Passion on the Side Is a Must

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Things happen mysteriously when we're not trying so hard to make them happen. Rain falls. Hits go up charts. Babies are born. Podcast get syndicated. Why does it feel like water boils so much faster when we're not tapping our foot and holding a tea bag.

One Girl

Shelly Peiken | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I hope I encouraged one girl to find the joy in putting even painful words on paper. I hope I sang something that will help one girl look in the mirror tomorrow and like herself a little more.

Real Music, Real Country, And What's Important to Mo Pitney

Johnny Nevin | Posted 03.20.2015 | Entertainment
Johnny Nevin

Mo Pitney knows a couple of really important things about being Country, real Country. One of them is that he knows who he is, and that's always going to be important, because it's the only way anyone can keep becoming the person they really want to be.

All About That... Grammy

Shelly Peiken | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

The Grammys are upon us. As I ponder the nominees in the category of "Song of the Year" on my Recording Academy voting ballot I'm happy to report that all five compositions were written by no more than three songwriters. Why does this make me smile? 

TopTune Is L.A.'s Most Fun Live Music Game Show

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.14.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Los Angeles is a city rich with live music, but there has been no live music event that pays tribute to the songwriting talent in this city quite like TopTune, part talent showcase, part songwriting competition, part improv comedy - a "Circus of musical alchemy" and a rollicking good time.

Mini-Pad Girl

Shelly Peiken | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Now I'm not recommending that you affix a feminine hygiene product to your iPad when you're on your way to meet a prospective collaborator. This was something that happened quite inadvertently.

Multi-Platinum Winning Songwriter and Poet IN-Q Talks Poetry and How to Break Into the Music Industry

Quora | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

It's easy to build on an idea if it sparks me. That being said, sometimes it's harder to find the spark than it is to fan the flames, so I am very aware of making sure I take every opportunity that comes my way.

A Confessions of a Serial Songwriter Merry Bliss-Mas

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future, records will be flying off the shelves again. Well, probably not. But who could have predicted CDs? Or iTunes? Or Lady Gaga? It's hard to tell what will come about next.

And the Winner Is...

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.02.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Reality singing competitions are great opportunities for songwriters. After all, whoever wins is going to need an album's worth of material. But I h...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Slumdog Millionairess

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel
Shelly Peiken

I went to India to clear my head, to give my songs a different point of view. But the Universe has a way of saying "Ha" all the time. Back in the safety of my Laurel Canyon nest, I couldn't write a word for weeks. In fact, a pop song was the last thing on my mind.