How to successfully differentiate your songs

Writing at the edge of the table

When you are writing for an artist’s new project, it can be tricky to decide between writing something familiar and something new. If you are serious about making the cut you will certainly have listened to their last two or three projects, Googled their musical preferences, what’s going on in their lives, and maybe even have gotten a feel for where they want to take their music next. But, after all of your research, how do you decide whether to make your new song just like their last single or just like the last 2 or 3 similar artists that reached the #1 spot? In this post, I share an important lesson I learned a long, long time ago that I still use today.

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10 worship writing tips

Working on our craft is an essential part of our worship

I was recently a guest blogger at John Chisum’s Nashville Christian Songwriters. In one of his early posts, John said that part of our success as songwriters is about becoming a life-long student of song. And he’s right: when I left my day job in 2003 to go pro I knew I had a lot to learn but I totally underestimated the ‘size of the onion’, which seems to grow day-by-day. The more you know, the more you realize what you don’t know. And that can be scary. So I thought you might like to see the top-10 worship writing tips which I mentioned in that blog post here.

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What’s the best investment you can make as a songwriter?

You might want to read this before buying that new bit of gear for your studio

Question: “How do you make a million dollars as a songwriter?” Answer: “Start with two million”. You’ve probably heard that one. I shudder to think how much money I have spent/invested/wasted on my journey as a songwriter. Looking back, I might have done things a little differently. Here’s my take on the best investment you can make as a songwriter.

Gold music note on the background of one hundred dollar bills