Music publishers (the best ones, anyway), do more than just pitch your songs and get you in the room with artists.
The best publishers are also interested in helping songwriters grow in the craft and business of songwriting. They’ll give you advice on your songwriting and feedback on your songs.
I’ve been blessed to receive several of these “platinum nuggets” over the years, and I thought I’d share a few with you. Hopefully, they’ll help you on YOUR songwriting journey!
“Some songwriters get so concerned with what radio will or won’t play that they knock all the cool stuff off their songs while they’re still in the writing room. Don’t worry about radio while you’re writing- write the best song you can and let ME worry about radio. If you go too far, I can always reign you in. But I can’t do much to help you if you’ve already gotten rid of all the cool stuff before I hear it.”
“What I love about this batch of songs is that there are so many places we can go with them- so many artists we can play them for!”
“This first verse tells me how you feel, but I’m floating around with nothing to hang on to. Give me a few images in that verse.”
“You’re describing the truck (the song’s idea/situation) from the outside… you need to describe it from inside the cab.” (for more on this, READ HERE.)
“Even as a country songwriter – especially as a country songwriter- you need to listen and know what’s going on in pop music. ‘Cuz that’s what’s going to be influencing this market in a year or two.”
“Don’t ever sing a demo, Brent. Like… ever.” (Kidding. That was always so obvious that it went without saying.)
“How are we doing well these days when it’s all about who’s in what camp? We’re making our own camps. We’re signing artists. We’re signing producers. We’re signing young artists and getting them record deals.”
Nuggets like these (and many others) have been so helpful to me over the years. Not only have there been nuggets of correction and challenge and insight, there have been many times a publisher just plain loved a song just when I needed the encouragement.
What about you? Have you received some platinum nuggets from a publisher? I’d love for you to share them in the comments!
Maybe you’re just looking for a publisher to listen to one of your songs. Maybe you live outside of Nashville and have never been able to play your music for a real deal publisher. Or maybe you’ve had several publisher meetings, but you’re looking to make more contacts in the music biz. Either way…
I have an opportunity for you.
In October, I’m hosting the first Songwriting Pro Play For Publisher (“P4P”) event. This is YOUR opportunity to get YOUR song heard by a successful, active music publisher. And we’re kicking off our first P4P event with a great guest: Chris Oglesby of BMG Chrysalis!
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.