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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.


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.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Play Me

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.07.2015 | Media
Shelly Peiken

I've been thinking about the innovation of interactive streaming--how versatile, convenient and instantly gratifying it is. Interactive, however, means that before I take off for a drive to the mall or a run on the beach I have a decision to make: what do I want to listen to?

You Just Kinda Wasted My Precious Time: Dylan's Cold Apperance on Letterman a Let-Down

Lauren Daley | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

If my dad or mom calls me after 11 p.m., my first thought is not emergency, but that one of them just found either Bob Dylan or Neil Young on TV. We Daleys are a proud Dylan-and-Young-loving people.

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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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.