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Getting Your First Big Yes In Songwriting

Posted by Jessica Brandon on Tue, Apr 03, 2012 @12:15 PM

Getting Your First Big Yes In Songwriting

By Molly-Ann Leikin

 Molly-Ann Leikin, Songwriting Co-writer, Song Marketing Consultant

This morning, as I took my walk up the hill behind my house, I realized that if I stacked all the no’s I’ve been told from day one, they would block the Alps.


On the other hand, the yeses would barely make it past my ankle.


Nonetheless, I am enjoying a great career in the music business.


Over the years, I’ve probably heard more no’s than most songwriters, because I wasn’t a groupie, I wore a bra, didn’t do drugs, and I wasn’t anybody’s daughter.


But after seven years of “you can’t be serious,” a publisher at Warner Brothers asked me to write a song for somebody, and I was back with it the next day at 7:24 a.m. Waiting on WB's front step, which is totally out of character for drive-around-the-block-once-then-split me, I was cool when WB guy rolled in at eleven. He didn’t use my song that time, but he appreciated my passion. After 398.2 days of this, he signed me a staffwriter.


Yes, I am talented. But everybody's talented. I just wanted it more.


Do you?


© 2012 Molly-Ann Leikin

Molly-Ann Leikin is an Emmy nominee. The author of “How to Write A Hit Song” and “How to Be A Hit Songwriter”, she has written themes and songs for over five dozen TV shows and movies, including “Violet” that won an Oscar. Through co-writing and song marketing consultations, four of Molly’s clients have Grammy nominations, another won an Emmy, and so far, with Molly’s help, over 6000 of her other lyricist and composer protégées have placed their work in TV shows, movies, on CD’s and in commercials. Molly would be happy to discuss a co-write or consultation with you: 800-851-6588

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Neon Hitch Speaks on Songwriting/Collaboration

Posted by Jessica Brandon on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 @12:46 PM

Neon Hitch, singer songwriter talks about her experience as a songwriter in collaboration with hit makers: 

USA Songwriting Competition caught up with Warner Brothers Recording Artist Neon Hitch at the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach, Florida. She is a British singer and songwriter. She talked about songwriting and collaborations with hit makers such as Bruno Mars, Gym Class Heroes, 3OH!3 and Mike Posner. She had 2 songs that hit the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.

She was signed to Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem's label, The Beats, before it closed down. She was later discovered on MySpace by Benny Blanco who flew her to New York to work with him. Their work together earned her a music publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with Warner Brothers Records. 

The Winter Music Conference is a weeklong electronic music conference, held every March since the mid-1980s in Miami Beach, Florida. 

The WMC is recognized for serving over 62,000 attendees from 70 countries in Miami Beach to get involved in the WMC week. Over 4,000 industry delegates attended, Record label representatives, publishers, and A&R attend the conference.

USA Songwriting Competition's event director Eddie Phoon (pictured below with Neon Hitch) spoke as a panelist at WMC Demo Listening Workshops and South Beach Sessions, which included legendary music producer Henry Stone. 


Singer Songwriter Neon Hitch With Event Director Eddie Phoon, at WMC (Winter Music Conference) in Miami Beach

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