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Songwriters Podcast Radio Program 2019

Posted by Jessica Brandon on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 @05:04 PM

Songwriters Podcast Radio Program


Click here to listen to the latest edition of the Songwriters Radio Program featuring: David Wilcox, Priscilla Renae, latest Grammy winner - Lucy Kalantari, Ships Have Sailed, Michael McDaniel, Darrell Scott, Ari Gold, Breaking Southwest, etc.

In its landmark year, the USA Songwriting Competition is currently accepting entries. To enter the 24th Annual USA Songwriting Competition online, Click Here>>

 
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USA Songwriting Competition Winner Lucy Kalantari Wins a Grammy

Posted by Jessica Brandon on Sun, Feb 10, 2019 @08:23 PM

USA Songwriting Competition Winner Lucy Kalantari Wins a Grammy


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USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention winner (2017 Competition) and finalist (2018 Competition) Lucy Kalantari of New York, NY won a Grammy Award earlier tonight for Best Children’s Album. Her album All The Sounds by Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats included her 5 year old son Darius Kalantari, who played the cello on the album.

Before she made an acceptance speech, she handed the Grammy trophy to her 5 year old son, she told him "Don't drop it". She went on to say "Thank you to the Recording Academy, thank you to the voters. I have been making music all my life. I have to honor all the sounds in my heart and in my head. This is beautiful. This is such an honor to be on the ballot with all these nominees".

She went on to say “This album was written and recorded by a Latina woman. It was produced by a woman.” She also gave a shout out to her mom in Dominican Republic and appeared overwhelmed by her win.

She beat out other nominees in her category such as Tim Kubart (Grammy award winner in 2016), Falu, The Pop Ups and Frank & Deane.

Lucy Kalantari is an award winning children’s artist based in Brooklyn, New York, making jazz age inspired music for families. Since the Fall 2017 Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats has been featured on Sprout House, the musically-infused programming block on Universal Kids. Her songs are on steady rotation on SiriusXM Kids Place Live and other family radio programs around the country.

ABOUT USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION
USA Songwriting Competition has a long history of having winners getting recording and publishing contracts, have their songs placed on the charts as well as having their songs placed on film and television, and winning Grammy Awards.

Meghan Trainor (USA Songwriting Competition finalist) won Best New Artist in the 2016 Grammy Awards, making her the only winner in the top categories (Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, etc) of the Grammy Awards. Meghan Trainor hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, and debuting #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts. She has a total of 9 songs that have hit the Billboard Hot 100 charts as an artist.

Christopher Tinn (USA Songwriting Competition First Prize winner, Instrumental category in 2014, Finalist in 2010) won two Grammy Awards for his classical crossover album Calling All Dawns in 2011.

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (USA Songwriting Competition 2011 First Prize winner, Children’s music category) have earned two Grammy Awards for their recordings “cELLAbration: a Tribute to Ella Jenkins” in 2004 and for “Bon Appétit!” in 2005. Their CDs “Postcards” and “Banjo Talkin’” were both Grammy Awards nominated in the Best Traditional Folk Album category. They have received a total of 12 Grammy nominations so far.

2013 winner American Authors were signed to Island Records, and hit #1 on the Billboard Charts and went Double Platinum.

The 2017 top winner Pricilla Renea had her song “Love So Soft” recorded by Kelly Clarkson, it hit #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Her songs have recorded by other big name artists such as Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Madonna, Selena Gomez and Chris Brown. Several of her songs have hit the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.

USA Songwriting Competition is sponsored by: D’Addario Strings, Godin Guitars, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Audio-Technica, FL Software, Sonoma Wireworks, Berklee College of Music, DiscMakers, CDBaby, StoryBlocks, School of Rock, Final Mix Software and more.


In its landmark 24th year, the USA Songwriting Competition is currently accepting entries. To enter the 24th Annual USA Songwriting Competition online, Click Here>>

 
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5 Things You Can Do To Make Your New Year More Musically Successful

Posted by Jessica Brandon on Mon, Jan 02, 2017 @08:00 AM

5 Things You Can Do To Make Your New Year More Musically Successful
by Karen Randle
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As you begin the year, we wish you great music making, prosperity and autonomy…and hope you have your best year yet.

Today, I’ll list five things that will specifically help you meet your songwriting and music making goals for 2017.

1)      Pick your biggest wins. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with songwriting and music making ideas you want to implement. Instead of attempting everything from your book or tape of ideas, melodic lines, lyric ideas, becoming overwhelmed and paralyzed and completing nothing, pick one or two ideas that will give you the biggest wins.  Give yourself a deadline to complete them. Then pick two more. For example, if you run into a songwriting block today to a completing a break up song, try it again in 2 days time, this will give you a new perspective and might give you a bigger win in 2 days time when your mind is fresh. Make your single focus to get to finish that verse or pre-chorus or melodic line that didn’t work earlier in place in the next week. Then move on to your next big idea.

 

2)      Rewrite your song. People often wonder what hit songwriters like Desmond Child do to write iconic hit songs. The answer is simply that words matter and he’s very good at picking and combining words that catches the audience’s ear. He wrote “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)” as a sole writer, the song became a minor hit for Bonnie Tyler in the middle of 1986. Desmond said “I was sore at the record company for not pushing that song”. "I'm going to prove that that song's a hit! So we wrote it again".

Although Desmond was dissatisfied with its success in the US and UK, he did not give up, he rewrote the song and it became one the biggest and most iconic hit song in rock history. Thus, “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)” became “You Give Love a Bad Name” with co-writers Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. This song also was on VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs".

Here is a very important lesson you can learn from Desmond Child: Don't give up, regroup and rewrite your song.

 

3)      Test and Try writing in a different genre.  Let’s say you love Country music but hate writing in the Rock or Hip-Hop genre. It doesn’t mean you should thump your nose at Rock and Hip-Hop styles.

Heard of hick-hop? Country rap is a subgenre of popular music blending country music with hip hop-style rapping, also known as hick-hop or rural rap. Country rap began to form as a genre when Bubba Sparxxx and producer Shannon "Fat Shan" Houchins created Sparxxx's 2001 debut album Dark Days, Bright Nights as an independent release which was later re-released on Interscope Records. The trend continued in 2005 when country artists Big & Rich introduced Cowboy Troy to the country world via 2005's Loco Motive released on Warner Brothers, which reached #2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and the rest is history.

 

4)      Experiment by performing yourself as a music artist. Meghan Trainor was signed by a music publisher in Nashville as a songwriter. She experimented and gave it a try as a recording artist. The rest as we say is history, Meghan’s debut single “All About That Bass” became one of the biggest hit single by a debut artist, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, selling over 15 million copies worldwide, #1 on 58 different countries, her debut album debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album charts and she went on to win a Grammy award for Best New Artist.

 

5)      Collaboration with other songwriters.  If you look at the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, chances of a song written by more than one songwriter or even multi-way collaboration between songwriters and producers. The #1 song of the year 2016 “Love Yourself” was written by Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Benjamin Levin. The #2 song of the year 2016 is a multi-way collaboration “Sorry” written by Justin Bieber, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Sonny Moore and Michael Tucker.

 

 

Information on the 22nd Annual USA Songwriting Competition, go to: http://www.songwriting.net/enter


 
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