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...

So You Want To Be A Songwriter You want to be a songwriter, but you're struggling to transform your jumbled thoughts into a cohesive lyrical story. Before you toss your dreams of being a song lyric writer aside, take a deep breath and don't give up. There's no guaranteed method for how to write a song and rarely does a songwriter achieve success on their first attempt. Even professional songwriters have trouble writing song lyrics from time to time. Here are some secrets to better songwriting to help you learn how to write a song that not only tells a story...

Great Rock and Roll Songwriters Every aspiring songwriter has a list of the greatest songwriters of all-time that they look to for inspiration. The best songwriters in rock and roll history have achieved this recognition through an extensive catalog of songs, either performed by themselves or other rock and roll legends, that often stretch over decades. If you're looking for motivation in your singer songwriter career, you can start by listening to the music of these top songwriters. John Lennon and Paul McCartney – While the duo certainly wrote their own hits, they're arguably most famous for their collaborations of...