You might be ruining your demos by making this one mistake!

Are you ruining your demo without even knowing it?

Every day, amateur and pro songwriters spend thousands and thousands of dollars and hours demoing songs in the hopes of getting it recorded by a major artist.  Many times, the amateurs and pros will both use the same studios, hire the same musicians, and both end up with quality musical tracks.

But amateur songwriters often make a killer mistake that the pros don’t.

The pros usually hire a professional demo singer while the amateur (too often) sings his or her own demo vocal.  The pro knows to put away his pride- and the microphone- and do what’s best for the song.

The pro knows it’s a lot cooler to say “my song got cut” than it is to say “I sang on the demo.”

The pro also knows that a great vocal is worth the investment.  She doesn’t get hung up on the extra $100-$250 for a singer- because she knows that a bad or mediocre vocal can ruin a demo she’s already spent $500 to $700 on.

A great demo singer can be expensive – but not as expensive as a wasted demo.

Yes, some songwriters love great voices and are definitely good enough to sing their own demos.  But sometimes even a GREAT voice isn’t the RIGHT voice.

For example, you may have a beautiful, sweet Allison Krauss voice (lucky you).  But what if you’re demoing a Carrie Underwood power ballad or a Miranda Lambert Texas roadhouse rocker?  Well, your voice- as good as it is- isn’t the right one to sell those demos.  You’ll want to hire the right demo singer if you want your song to stand a fighting chance of getting cut.

I’m not telling you to NEVER sing your own demos.

(Unless you’re me.  If you’re me, never NEVER sing anything!)  What I want you to get from this post is a wakeup call to stop and honestly consider what is best for your song.

What about you?  Do you use demo singers, or do you usually sing them yourself?  How have those choices worked for you?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments!  Also… is there anyone you can recommend as a demo singer?

Maybe you’re considering hiring a demo singer, but you aren’t sure how the whole process works.  Maybe your demo singers have disappointed you in the past, and you want to know how to get the best performances from them in the future.  Maybe you want to become a demo singer yourself, but you’re unsure how to pursue it.  Well, if any of that sounds like you, I have a cool opportunity coming up for ya!

On Tuesday, February 28, I’m hosting a live, online videoconference with top Nashville demo singer, Matt Dame.  If you want to ask your questions and learn from one of the top singers in the game, this is your chance! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY.  Oh, and there are only a few spots available (so we can keep things personal and “face to face,” so don’t wait- check it out now!

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.

5 thoughts on “You might be ruining your demos by making this one mistake!”

  1. Good points. I just finished a country song I would love for Blake Shelton to do.
    Any advice on how to get it into his hands?

  2. This is NOT a dis to the talented session people but there’s a double edge sword thing that goes on with “Nashville demo” bands and singers, when hiring these same people. You get a great demo that sounds like many others the publishers have heard. There’s been a few times when the publisher is turned off by the song by hearing the same band and singers on demo after demo. I’ve heard them say ”I’ve heard this voice too many times” try it with another singer. So always try to get fresh sounding session musicians and singers if you can!

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