Congrats To The “Play For Publisher” Winners!

Play For Pub

Congratulations to our “Play For Publisher” Top Ten songs and songwriters!

First of all, thank you to each of you who took a chance, took positive action, and submitted one or more songs to the “Play For Publisher” event with Chris Oglesby of BMG Chrysalis.  Ya’ll are just plain awesome.

Out of 160 songs, it took a while to whittle it down to just 10.  There were a lot of worthy songs sent in, and I felt bad about leaving so many out.  So just because your song wasn’t chosen this time doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good song.

You know, the only song I EVER had recommended to the NSAI Pitch-To-Publisher Luncheon was “Monday Morning Church.”


That’s right.  The song that would go on to be a top 5 country hit was passed on- it didn’t even get played for the publishers.

Welcome to Nashville.  So while I listened to each and every song and did my best to pick the ones that have the best chance of catching Chris’ ear… I could be wrong.  That’s just the way the music biz works.  So if your song wasn’t selected, it doesn’t mean you should give up on it.

Okay, here are the Top Ten (in no particular order):

“Hard To Forget” by Jason Hamor

“I Got Something” by Shane Grove

“River Queen” by Kim Kondrashoff

“Anyway” by Mikalyn Hay

“Vinyl Afternoon” by Joe Slyzelia (and Donna King)

“Are You Awake” by David Hill

“Where Will I Be” by Susan Giacona

“Heartbroken Song” by Isaac Slutzky

“Stinger” by Jerry Glidewell

“Country Music Makes Me Thirsty” by Andrew Cavanagh

Congratulations!  Chris and I look forward to hanging out with you on October 13.  (I’ve already emailed the winners the instructions about the online meeting.  If you didn’t get the email, please let me know!)

Lastly, if you’re the writer of one of the Top Ten and would like everyone to be able to hear your song, feel free to leave a link in the comments!

If you want to become a songwriting pro (in how you think, write songs or do business), then a great place to start is RIGHT HERE.  I want to help you on your songwriting journey.  I’ve been in the music business for years, and I’m here to help you get the cuts – and avoid the bruises.  CLICK HERE TO START HERE.

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.


19 thoughts on “Congrats To The “Play For Publisher” Winners!”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.