Songwriting Seeds Grow Slowly

Ruthie Collins EP

Brent Baxter is a hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ruthie Collins, Ray Stevens, and more. He’s written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 in Canada… so far.

Songwriting seeds can (and usually do) take years to bear fruit.  Here’s a case in point.

My cowriting buddy, Ruthie Collins, started her first radio tour as a solo artist late last year (2014) on Curb Records / Sidewalk Records, and her debut EP is now available on iTunes.  I’m blessed to have a song on there called, “Vintage.”

Ruthie and I met back in 2008 while she was in a duo called Wild Honey and was just coming off Season One of CMT’s “Can You Duet.”  Sheree Spoltore introduced us one day at NSAI, and we started cowriting.

You can do the math.  First cowrite in 2008 to first release in 2014 is a long time.  But that’s the thing about the music biz- things can take a long time to develop.  (Heck, I had a Randy Travis cut that took 2 years from cut to release!)

You have to be patient.

Ruthie and I wrote a lot of songs before we wrote “Vintage” (with Jessica Roadcap).  But those songs and days weren’t wasted- we were building our trust and friendship.  This is not a rich-quick business.  It’s more of a probably-not-ever-rich business, honestly.  So my advice is this:

Write songs you enjoy with people you enjoy.  Because it’s those people you’ll stick with long enough for some seeds to bear fruit.

You can check out Ruthie at:

You can get the EP on iTunes <HERE.>

God Bless,



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2 thoughts on “Songwriting Seeds Grow Slowly”

  1. This info is definitely so spot on Brent! Thanks for pushing it to me. I can’t wait to hear more on this combination of you both! I love the career and spiritual paths I see unfolding here Brent. -A many thanks again for sharing.

  2. Ok I listened. Ruthie’s sound is awesome! The unpredictibility is definitely what I dig! The vocal purity is a reminder of truth. That vintage soul carries the weight of knowledge from past to present, that most of us can’t even begin to think of carrying! She makes it all hers.

    It just makes me want an old pickup to drive through town it, with the biggest, baddest, new fuel-injected engine available. -Unbelieveable.

    Thanks again for sharing!

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