“God Talks To Me” is the new single from America’s Got Talent Season 10 finalist, Benton Blount. Last time, I discussed the songwriting decisions that went into the song, and today I want to share how the song got to Benton. Hopefully, there are some lessons here that will help you on YOUR journey.
We met through a mutual connection.
A cowriting buddy of mine, Skip Black, invited me in to his upcoming cowrite with Benton. Skip and I had written some songs, and I guess he thought I’d be a good fit. All I knew was that “this Benton guy” had an indie record deal, so I was up for it. Relationships create opportunity.
I kept the relationship.
Benton and I went on to write several songs together. Then his record deal ended, and he went back home. But I liked Benton, and I believed in him as an artist (CLICK HERE to read “Why Benton Blount Is Successful”). We stayed in contact, and he put some of our songs on his indie records.
I pitched the song.
When Benton told me he was looking for songs for a new project, I looked through my catalog for songs. “God Talks To Me” has always been one of my favorite songs, and I think it’s a hit waiting to happen. (I wrote the song with Jason Cox and Michael Boggs.) Normally, a pro songwriter won’t pitch a “top drawer” song to an unknown indie artist. But, like I said, I believe in Benton Blount. I emailed the song to him, along with several others.
Benton cut “God Talks To Me” a while before he ever tried out for America’s Got Talent, so that wasn’t a factor in deciding to pitch the song. I just decided to pitch the song to a good artist who was out there working hard.
I know that’s not a real exciting or glamorous story (hopefully, the most exciting part is still to come). But that’s songwriting. You make connections, you work with folks you believe in, then you hope for the best.
Benton and I met in 2009. It’s now 2015. Be patient.
Find out more about Benton Blount at www.bentonblount.com
During the process of building and maintaining my relationship with Benton and pitching “God Talks To Me,” I was taking care to think like pro songwriter. And if YOU want to become a pro, you need to think like a pro, too. In my FREE e-book, “THINK LIKE A PRO SONGWRITER,” I not only reveal several of the mindsets which separate the pro songwriter from the amateur, but also…
- How to get on a music publisher’s radar
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God Bless and Enjoy the Journey,
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.