Should I Get A Song Plugger or Booking Agent? If you're like most songwriters, you have probably dreamed of the day you have a team of people helping you promote your songs and who also have your back. Which route do you take? Do you hire a publicist, work with a booking agent, or an independent song plugger? In this ever-changing music industry, you may be having a hard time deciding which person is worth adding to your team. As you develop your natural born talents and start building your own personal song catalog, it is natural to want to find more ways...

Networking and Collaboration Tips for Songwriters Most of us would agree that songwriting can be a pretty solitary activity, but sometimes, two pens (or computers or guitars) can be better than one. Think back to the incredible partnerships of Lennon and McCartney, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Ashford & Simpson and George and Ira Gershwin, whose bodies of work have left an indelible mark on music. There can be some definite upsides to co-writing and collaborating. One, pairing up with another writer can make your songs better. You can play off each other's strengths and come up with ideas or lines or melodies...

Tools Every Songwriter Should Have & Use Of course, the best tool for songwriting is between your ears, but there are some tools that can help you get your song ideas out of your head and into the world and help make your creations even better. Sometimes a song seems to come to you almost ready to share, and other times you find yourself working harder than you feel like you should to make it happen. Songwriting tools can help the songwriting process, and keep you from sinking into a writer's slump. Here are some of the top tools for songwriting, most...

Inspire the Future Songwriters of the World Teaching children a new skill can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. When you teach children how to do something for the first time, you get to experience it through their eyes. Teaching children how to write songs takes that experience to another level as you watch them find their creative sides and grow as artists and as human beings. A child who wants to be a songwriter is willing, to be honest, and face his or her true emotions. Why should you teach children to write songs? Music is a big part of...

Dolly Parton - True Legend Dolly Parton needs no introduction. She doesn’t even need a last name. In addition to being a prolific songwriter, trailblazing singer, author, actress, producer and, philanthropist, she is an inspiration to songwriters everywhere, regardless of genre. Here, we happily pay tribute to this iconic living legend. Humble Beginnings to Wide-Ranging Success Dolly Rebecca Parton was born into a poor but musical family in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. To say she comes from a large family is an understatement. She was one of twelve children, six boys and, six girls. According to her own website, her uncle, Bill Owens, helped...

Say It In A Love Song There are few guarantees in life . . . but one of them is that everyone needs a love song. There are people falling in love everyday – for the first time, the tenth time, one hundred and tenth time…and they all need love songs! This is good news for us songwriters and it’s a good idea to have a few love songs in your catalog. Since February is the month of love (you know, with Valentine’s Day and all), it’s the perfect time to perfect your love song songwriting. So light some candles, pour some...

Six Ways to Unblock Your Songwriters' Block The dreaded blank piece of paper. It stares at you. Haunting you. Mocking you. It can invoke a feeling of sheer terror in you, it’s opponent, the singer-songwriter. Whether it’s a fresh sheet of college-ruled in your trusty journal or that obnoxious flashing cursor floating in a sea of white on your computer screen, a blank page can make you want to pull your hair out and drive you to drink. But before you do anything drastic, try one of these six tricks for unblocking your songwriters’ block. 1. Turn It Up As simple as it...

Learn to Critique Your Own Songs Songwriting Tips Have you ever asked yourself why you write songs? Maybe it’s because you feel like you have something to say or important to share? For most writers, the idea of having their song heard by an audience (the bigger usually the better), is what keeps them going, keeps them striving to perfect their craft. When you come up with the right combination of words and music, you have the chance to make a connection with the listener. It’s a great way to feel like you’re not alone in the world. That's one reason it’s important...

Our Favorite R&B Songwriters of 2018 2018 had a strong showing in the R&B (rhythm and blues) genre. Talented songwriters and performers teamed up to create some truly memorable, soulful hits. Let’s look at the year’s hottest songs and give credit where it’s due to the best R&B songwriters of 2018! Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane 2018 saw the debut of English artist Ella Mai. Although only 24 years old, her maturity shines through her soulful voice, especially on her single “Boo’d Up.” Though hardly the only standout track she released this year (“Trip” was released in September and has...

Everything You Need to Write Great Blues Music Ah, yes, the blues. There's nothing quite like it. No other music genre is made up of so many different styles, but still maintains such a distinct sound and feel. Even the best songwriters might have a hard time putting a finger on what makes up the blues but they know it when you hear it. “It just sounds like the blues, man.” And although blues music is mostly based on feel, there are a few steps you can take to craft songs like the top blues songwriters. So if you want your...

Today's Top 5 Broadway Musical Composers When we think of where the best songwriters in showbiz are, we look to Broadway. That iconic stage has been home to the work of luminaries such as Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Richard Rogers. While the talents of these songwriters should never be in doubt, it's also valuable to look at who's making a name for themselves on the big stage today. Here are the top 5 Broadway composers whose work is currently playing. Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) With Hamilton (2015), Lin-Manuel Miranda perfectly embodied the concept of a singer-songwriter taking two seemingly disparate elements and...

Country Music Songwriters Country music has a timeless appeal. No matter how much technology improves the production process, there will always be room for a songwriter with a simple story to tell and an acoustic guitar to tell it. Now, that's not to say all modern country music sounds like that. Take a look at what the hottest songwriters in the country are releasing. Jameson Rodgers This self-proclaimed good ol' boy from Mississippi is also a nominee for this year's rising singer/songwriter award by the Association of Independent Music Publishers. Coming hot off his latest self-titled EP, Rodgers is making a name for...

The 10 Best Heavy Metal Songwriters Heavy metal often gets a bad rap. While it's certainly the black sheep of most mainstream music genres, writing a metal song involves more than just down-tuned guitars and unintelligible grunting. The best songwriters know that a truly great heavy metal tune can be as catchy as any pop song, or as somber as the most soulful ballad - all while being heavy, of course. Don't believe us? Here are ten of the best songwriters who have made their careers writing heavy metal songs. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) Mustaine pioneered the thrash metal movement of the '80s in the...

2018 Honorees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame The Songwriters Hall of Fame is known for highlighting some of the best songwriters in the music business. Unlike the Grammy Awards, which focus on the artists and performers, the Songwriters Hall of Fame gives due credit to the skilled composers and lyric writers working behind the scenes. Even if you don't personally connect with their music, these artists’ songs can provide you with the inspiration you need to help you write a soulful ballad or a chart-topping mega-hit. The induction took place on June 14th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York...

Today's Best Rap & Hip-Hop Songwriters A Look At A Few Of The Greatest Songwriters In Hip-Hop Music Since rap and hip-hop music hit the Billboard charts in the 1980s with “Rappers Delight”, there has been a long list of talented rappers who have left their mark on the recording industry. Many of were influenced by the pioneers and legends of early rap, including Ice Cube, Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., who helped bring rap songs into the mainstream during the 1990s. Here's a closer look at a few of the greatest songwriters in hip-hop music who have achieved Billboard success: Eminem After bursting onto...

The History of Songwriting & Composing While music has brought joy to people's lives for hundreds of years, the role of songwriter and music composer has transitioned greatly over time as music genres evolved. Writing music today is undoubtedly a different experience than it was a hundred years ago. Let's take a trip back in time through the history of music to learn more about the process of songwriting throughout the years and discover some of the notable music composers in each era. Middle Ages Although the majority of the music composed during the Middle Ages has been destroyed over the years, we...

Should I Enter a Songwriting Contest? Songwriting contests and competitions can be a fun, relatively painless way of getting feedback on your song. At Music City SongStar, if you place in the top 25, you can earn cash (always a good thing) and prizes. If you place in the top 4, you get a chance to play in our Awards show. For every semi-finalist finisher and above, you can use the graphic we send you to push out on your socials. It’s another credit to your name to put in your parenthesis. It can also keep you motivated, keep you focused...

Meet Today's POP Songwriters Although you will likely recognize their songs, you may not know the names or faces of many of the best songwriters in pop music today. While some artists write and perform their own music, often times there is a different songwriter behind the scenes penning the hits and passing them along to a superstar to record. It's often the case that the term famous songwriters is a bit of an oxymoron but we want to give these pop songwriters the credit they deserve. Here are some of the top songwriters in the world of modern pop music and...

How to Sell A Song As all songwriters know, it's not enough to just write a great song. You must know how to sell a song too. Learning how to market your music to music publishing companies can take your career to the next level.  You'll need to team up with recording artists and gain exposure to make your song a success. It's important to note that rarely does a songwriter actually sell a song but instead they sell the rights to the songs. So how does an aspiring lyric writer make the leap to an established songwriter? While there's no guaranteed...

MIDEM is the leading international marketplace for the global music community. Some of us at Foxhedge Music had the amazing opportunity to go to Cannes, France to attend the international music business conference, MIDEM. There were 4,800 attendees and over 80 countries represented. Since Music City SongStar is open to songwriters around the world, we wanted to get the word out to other songwriters about our songwriting contest and establish connections for our global songwriters and musicians. One of the artists at Foxhedge Music, tours extensively in China, so we were there to facilitate meetings between himself, concert promoters, music publishers and record...