I WROTE A SONG. NOW WHAT?

Hello and Happy Holidays.

Have been away. Sorry about that but I am back. Here goes.

The most prominate question that seems to be in the songwriting/entertainment community is always "I have written songs, now WHAT do I do with them?

That is a very good question and doesn't have an easy answer. But I will do my best as some explinations.

Before you start this entire discussion you have to understand some basic realities.

#1. EVERYBODY IS DOING THE SAME THING.
Everybody is a writer or singer now. If you have watched any of those obnoxious auditions for American Idol or "THE Voice" you see thousands upon thousands of people, all dressed up, all standing in lines to stand in lines, all thinking or their relatives, signifiant other, friends, whatever, claiming that THEY have WHAT it takes, and that EVERYONE HAS TO LOVE THEM! The majority are total wastes of space. When is the last time you saw an opportunity for a singer dressed up like the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz, on mainstream radio? Okay, I'll grant you with Lady Ga Ga, and Katy Perry, but aside from that....

The reality is that most artists, writers, actors, etc. are not nessasarily good, not nessasarily bad, just very very average. Okay, yeah, there is some TERRIBLE ones out there.
In songwriting, you don't see those same people but they are out there none the less. There are approximately 30 million artists on the Internet, one billion songs A MONTH uploaded on the Net. By the time I finish writing this, thousands and thousands of songs, videos, slide shows will be added to YOU TUBE. Multiply that by Reverbnation, Spotify, Pandora, you name whatever the "next big thing" in Search engine groups and you get the idea.

#2. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF MONEY IN IT ANYMORE.
Once upon a time, there were people making tons of money in music. There weren't as many people involved, it took more money and effort to release a project, and people tended to rise to the top. Not as much anymore. Oh there is still a LOT of money involved, billions actually. But so much of that goes to advertisers, Internet Service providers, Google, Spotify, all those things. They are making a ton. But they are paying out almost nothing. Unless you have a HUGE collection apparatus behind you, the chances you will make anything is almost non-existant. Just accept it.

#3. FREE MUSIC.
If you have seen over and over the new ways that people are getting music, free downloads, file sharing through phones you put together and spread your music files, artists giving away music to build their fan base, everywhere you look is FREE MUSIC. You can't collect on FREE. And if you view or download continuous free music without paying, yeah, you are part of the problem. I have never downloaded a song, and only view music when I am asked to for review or certain elements. Or visit the promotional sites of artists to find out what is going on. Most of the time hit songs on the radio are things I have heard months or years before through my songwriter efforts in Nashville and around the world, on shows, showcases, etc.

So in all your thought processes in what you are doing, keep all of this in mind, because it these are some of the main reasons that in a lot of cases, there is no "NEXT."

Let's say you or someone you care about has a really great song. What do you do?

Well, in the old days, (anything past about two or three years ago), you would try to get those to, artists, record labels, etc. Anything to "get it out there." There would be intermediaries, or "gatekeepers" who intercepted any attempts to get an "end around" for songs. And you have to understand them. Those people paid tons of money to "be in the game. To build their businesses and reputations, to develop songs and artists. How many people would you promote past yourself in your own business and way you make a living? Especially if someone asking you to help them were not as good as you, didn't understand the business, and were not known or tested at all?
Can we all say, "ONE!?"

And that is the deal. Everyone out there are writing their OWN songs, with their OWN emotions. Their OWN experiences. They don't NEED or WANT yours. They have their own that they can't get anywhere.

So what do you do?

Well, the first thing is that you have to "get out of your living room."
The second is you are going to have to physically pair up with someone that can help you get the next step.
And in most cases, have to convince those people you are WORTH their time. That is never done by remote control. And while the Internet is a good tool, it is just that, a tool. Very few total careers are created on the Net. They quite often are furthered on the Net, but there is always a personal involvement in them.

Nowadays there are open mics, karaoke nights, talent shows in every large, medium and small city town and hamlet around. Just have to look through the paper, the local entertainment listings, or the Internet.

The second is that you have to show what you can do. Your existing catalogue can do that as everyone checks out each other through GOOGLE, Facebook, you know the drill.

But MAB, you say, this doesn't help me on my EXISTING SONGS. What do I DO next?

Actually, yes it does. But until someone is actually friends and interested in you as a friend and writer, it is doubtful they are seriously going to consider your existing material.
YOU WRITE YOUR WAY IN.

In my capacity as a singer/songwriter/teacher/coach, based in Nashville, part of my entire motus operiedi is constantly trying to pair up writers and artists. ALL ARTISTS are now writers, so you have to take that into consideration and adjust your thinking accordingly.

The days of some outside writer just lucking into a cut are LONG gone if they ever exhisted. I have been around the music business in one way or another for over thirty years and I have never seen it. Everyone had some personal connection, some friend, some motivating force that brought them into the party. Once they were known those opportunities increased expotentially. And it is more so now.

With all those millions and billions of songs out there bouncing around, unless someone knows you, the chances of getting heard are nearly impossible, even for the most amazing songs. You HAVE to have an artist.

ARTISTS.
Having said that, you know going in that artists, particularly those of the young variety, are some of the hardest to convince to be involved with you. Anyone that has ever been around a 16-17 year old teenage can tell you that.
But artists NEED experienced writers to help them get past the same old "been there. done that" way that they write songs.
I have been around thousands of artists, and almost none of them have that insight and instinct that fuels a Taylor Swift. That is so rare, and almost never happens without a more experiened writer helping them along.

So you want to pair up with artists.
Publishers have become artist development companies as well as developing songs, and so you are going to find most doors there closed as well. But with unsigned artists, you have more of a chance. Just got to link up with them.

                                                         STEPS TO HOOK UP WITH ARTISTS
#1. Go where they congregate.
Become part of THEIR world. Find out there likes and dislikes. If they are young meet their families. Make sure they know you are SAFE.
DON'T start a conversation with LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I HAVE. Find out what THEY HAVE. Estabilsh the relationship. Worry about all that other stuff later.

#2. Find ways to help them.
If you show up at their shows, their causes,. help them in their career, they will help you.

#3. Co-write with them.
With every artist, you will potentially meet three other artists or writers. By multiplying your chances, writing with a variety of people, your chances improve.

#4. Show your wares.
Once you have established that you are not out to rip someone off, usually you can casually start playing your existing material. If you are a performer, be out there yourself. Shw them you are willing to do what they do.

#5. Be prepared.
Always have your music well presented. If you perform it yourself, or have it recorded, make sure it sounds good. Don't have to apologize for a poor recording. If you have a master recording with missing vocal tracks, giving an artist a chance to sing to your tracks increases the chances of that song. More than a few cuts have come from artists recording someone else's song and it being heard by someone listening to the artist but liking the song instead.

UP THE LEVEL OF YOUR ODDS.

When all of this comes together it can be something like this.

A writer from Green Bay Wisconsin, makes multiple trips to Nahville. All the time while in Green Bay, she is also out in clubs and meets many artists. She uses experiences with them to tighten her focus up so that when she gets to Nashvlle she is prepared. By using her time and money well, she writes very good songs. She meets many people and constantly co-writes. In the course of her travels she meets a new singer in town and becomes best friends with that singer. She hires the singer to do her demos, writes with her, constantly supports that singer.
The singer ends up combining with a boyfriend for a duo act and wind up participating and winning a contest television show. Out of that they win a National recording contract.
The cumlative songs they had written together becomce the basis of not only material based on the act, but also gets the writer from Green Bay her own publishing deal.

The singer was Meghan Linsey. The duo act was STEEL MAGNOLIA. Their first song, KEEP ON LOVING YOU, went to number four on the country charts. They went on tour with Brad Paisley.
The writer from Wisconsin was Julie Moriva, who got a publishing deal with TAYLOR SWIFT'S company. Many of the songs she has written with the duo are involved in their career, including on their first CD. That led to other cuts by other artists.

Meeting the right artist at the right time, writing the right types of songs. Having that artist represent their songs, led to meeting the right people.

You have to put yourself in PROXIMATY of the right people.

It starts with the song. But you have to have other people involved in that song. Writing songs with those people are one of the surest steps. No guarantees but better than wondering "What do I do now?"

Pitching, promoting, songs are all still happening. But the rates of getting anything without writing with others are diminishing. There is no one way to do this but there are some ways that don't work very well anymore.
Having the "random outside song" is one of those ways that are not really working that well anymore.

Be prepared.
MAB



 

20 comments

  • Jimmy B

    Jimmy B

    Marc, I am always amazed by your stamina at repeating yourself over and over on the same topics, anyone that has followed you like I have can attest to two things. 1) You often repeat yourself for the lurking new person. 2) Every single time you say the same thing over again one can pick up totally new information from your writing. I have heard you say these same things several times, yet reading this blog post I once again learned a lot of new and very useable information. I feel you have just laid out a very clear and concise road map for the new coming song writer. MEET – get out and meet as many as you can and make genuine sincere friends with them. APPEAR – Support those you care about and write with, and even your fellow writers you have not met yet, by getting out to their shows, and they will support you in return. BUZZ – Just being yourself, helping others, and being a person everyone likes to be around will get your name mentioned all over town just like our friend from Boston, Matt Casey is doing. MAKE IT HAPPEN- You sum it up clearly with the one who puts the most effort out there is the one that has the best chances of getting to the next level in the industry. The law of averages. ALL CO-WRITES – co write with as many as you can, as you grow in skill with every song and you meet more writers. PEN TO PAPER – write all you can, as good as you can, and make it viewable to others, don’t just say you are a writer, be a writer. Thank you for all that you do!!!! Jimmy

    Marc,
    I am always amazed by your stamina at repeating yourself over and over on the same topics, anyone that has followed you like I have can attest to two things.
    1) You often repeat yourself for the lurking new person.
    2) Every single time you say the same thing over again one can pick up totally new information from your writing.
    I have heard you say these same things several times, yet reading this blog post I once again learned a lot of new and very useable information.
    I feel you have just laid out a very clear and concise road map for the new coming song writer.

    MEET – get out and meet as many as you can and make genuine sincere friends with them.
    APPEAR – Support those you care about and write with, and even your fellow writers you have not met yet, by getting out to their shows, and they will support you in return.
    BUZZ – Just being yourself, helping others, and being a person everyone likes to be around will get your name mentioned all over town just like our friend from Boston, Matt Casey is doing.
    MAKE IT HAPPEN- You sum it up clearly with the one who puts the most effort out there is the one that has the best chances of getting to the next level in the industry. The law of averages.
    ALL CO-WRITES – co write with as many as you can, as you grow in skill with every song and you meet more writers.
    PEN TO PAPER – write all you can, as good as you can, and make it viewable to others, don’t just say you are a writer, be a writer.

    Thank you for all that you do!!!!
    Jimmy

  • Ember

    Ember New York

    Thank you, I needed that information. I have been writing songs for years and am finally ready to start moving I just didn't know how to go about doing this. So thank you, it really helped!!

    Thank you, I needed that information. I have been writing songs for years and am finally ready to start moving I just didn't know how to go about doing this. So thank you, it really helped!!

  • Marc-Alan Barnette

    Marc-Alan Barnette

    "Ryan" I have deleted your post. Please know this is a professional site for serious songwriters. If you have a question or would like to interact, you can do so in a professional manner. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you!

    "Ryan" I have deleted your post. Please know this is a professional site for serious songwriters. If you have a question or would like to interact, you can do so in a professional manner. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you!

  • clayton

    clayton pennsylvania

    hey guys, im a starting song writer,14, i tried it on and off since i was young, about after justin bieber was found or about that time. Im at it again and its something i like doing and something id like to pursue and something im told im good at but im stuck and dont know where to go at this point and really have no guide other than this site/blog.

    hey guys, im a starting song writer,14, i tried it on and off since i was young, about after justin bieber was found or about that time. Im at it again and its something i like doing and something id like to pursue and something im told im good at but im stuck and dont know where to go at this point and really have no guide other than this site/blog.

  • Brad Proulx

    Brad Proulx Edmonton AB, Canada

    https://youtu.be/-opDUdQHbWA Just recorded a live version of my Original Song “Jump And Soar” on Kauai at the oldest home on the island. Thanks for listening! “What do you live for? What would you die for? When will you find more?” Brad Proulx

    https://youtu.be/-opDUdQHbWA

    Just recorded a live version of my Original Song “Jump And Soar” on Kauai at the oldest home on the island. Thanks for listening! “What do you live for? What would you die for? When will you find more?”

    Brad Proulx

  • lulu

    lulu monroe la

    I have a song and I sing how do I get my voice and song out there?

    I have a song and I sing how do I get my voice and song out there?

  • Nia

    Nia Georgia

    will I had been writing music for an long time and I want someone to lesson to it so what do i have to do? You have asked the billion dollar question. Getting people to listen to anything is the hard part. You are going to have to get around other like minded people. How many songwriter related web sites are you involved in? How much music do you post on Facebook, Reverbnation, etc? How many songwriter nights, open mics, songwriter events in your area do you attend? You are going to have to get out of the living room, and go find people who have like minded interests. It can't be done from clicking a mouse. Visit, coffee shops, music stores, libraries. Do a google Search and find local activities for songwriters. Start there.

    will I had been writing music for an long time and I want someone to lesson to it so what do i have to do?

    You have asked the billion dollar question. Getting people to listen to anything is the hard part.
    You are going to have to get around other like minded people.

    How many songwriter related web sites are you involved in?
    How much music do you post on Facebook, Reverbnation, etc?
    How many songwriter nights, open mics, songwriter events in your area do you attend?

    You are going to have to get out of the living room, and go find people who have like minded interests. It can't be done from clicking a mouse.

    Visit, coffee shops, music stores, libraries. Do a google Search and find local activities for songwriters.

    Start there.

  • Harsh

    Harsh

    I have written my own now i need background music so what? You have half a song. What you have at this point is POETRY. You are going to have to find like minded individuals and you are going to have to get out of the living room. Go to Music stores, coffee shops, libraries, look for bulliten boards. Do a GOOGLE search for people in your area. Attend open mics, workshops, lectures on songwriting. Find musicians, artists performing in your area and approach them. Be proactive. Join songwriter-related websites: MUSIC STARTS HERE NSAI (NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL JUST PLAIN FOLKS SONGRAMP.NET Get around like minded people and you will get your start. MAB

    I have written my own now i need background music so what?

    You have half a song. What you have at this point is POETRY. You are going to have to find like minded individuals and you are going to have to get out of the living room.

    Go to Music stores, coffee shops, libraries, look for bulliten boards. Do a GOOGLE search for people in your area. Attend open mics, workshops, lectures on songwriting.
    Find musicians, artists performing in your area and approach them.

    Be proactive. Join songwriter-related websites:

    MUSIC STARTS HERE
    NSAI (NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL
    JUST PLAIN FOLKS
    SONGRAMP.NET

    Get around like minded people and you will get your start.

    MAB

  • Harsh

    Harsh India

    Hello i have written ny own song now what?

    Hello i have written ny own song now what?

  • Marc-Alan Barnette

    Marc-Alan Barnette

    Harsh, I think I have answered your question. You are going to have to first, get around other songwriters, either in person (the most preferred) or online, through web sites that songwriters gather. I have listed a few above but again here you go: NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International.) Based in Nashville, they have hundreds of chapter workshops worldwide. What part of the country do you live in? You would go to their web site, and find a chapter workshop near you. They have meetings once a month. GLOBAL SONGWRITING NETWORK JUST PLAIN FOLKS SONGRAMP.NET BMW SONGWRITER 101 MUSIC STARTS HERE All of these have web sites and a GOOGLE search should take you to any of them. LOOK IN YOUR LOCAL AREA. Most areas have open mic nights, talent nights, shows where people go to perform live and often original music. You need to GET OUT OF YOUR LIVING ROOM and go meet some people face to face. If you are not willing to do that, the rest of the world is. MUSIC STORES. Usually have bullitien boards and you can find like minded people. Leave a notice that you are looking for songwriters to intereact with. CRAIGS LIST OR FACEBOOK. Start your own group on a social networking site. Or type in "SONGWRITERS" and see where it takes you. COFFEE HOUSES, OR COLLEGE AREAS. Again ,most have bullitien boards. LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, etc. Check in your local area for live entertainment. PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUE SERVICES. (I do this as well for $35 per song. Find out what you have in your songwriting. What "level" you are at. If you have only written one or a few songs, you might not be as far along as you think you are. MAKE A TRIP TO A MUSIC CENTER. Visiting Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, can show you some places where songwriters congregate. But you need to do some study before you go. Visiting many of these other sites first will help you. What is "NEXT" is up to you. But you first need to get around people who share the same hobby. If you ask other people questions, help them do things, they will help you. So what else do you need to know? I have written extensively on the blogs, my videos, and other music related publications. REad them here on this web site and see where it takes you. For more personal attention and back and forth, email me at MBarne4908@aol.com MAB

    Harsh, I think I have answered your question. You are going to have to first, get around other songwriters, either in person (the most preferred) or online, through web sites that songwriters gather. I have listed a few above but again here you go:

    NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International.) Based in Nashville, they have hundreds of chapter workshops worldwide. What part of the country do you live in? You would go to their web site, and find a chapter workshop near you. They have meetings once a month.

    GLOBAL SONGWRITING NETWORK

    JUST PLAIN FOLKS

    SONGRAMP.NET

    BMW SONGWRITER 101

    MUSIC STARTS HERE
    All of these have web sites and a GOOGLE search should take you to any of them.

    LOOK IN YOUR LOCAL AREA.
    Most areas have open mic nights, talent nights, shows where people go to perform live and often original music.
    You need to GET OUT OF YOUR LIVING ROOM and go meet some people face to face. If you are not willing to do that, the rest of the world is.

    MUSIC STORES.
    Usually have bullitien boards and you can find like minded people. Leave a notice that you are looking for songwriters to intereact with.

    CRAIGS LIST OR FACEBOOK.
    Start your own group on a social networking site. Or type in "SONGWRITERS" and see where it takes you.

    COFFEE HOUSES, OR COLLEGE AREAS.
    Again ,most have bullitien boards.

    LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, etc.
    Check in your local area for live entertainment.

    PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUE SERVICES. (I do this as well for $35 per song. Find out what you have in your songwriting. What "level" you are at. If you have only written one or a few songs, you might not be as far along as you think you are.

    MAKE A TRIP TO A MUSIC CENTER.
    Visiting Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, can show you some places where songwriters congregate. But you need to do some study before you go. Visiting many of these other sites first will help you.

    What is "NEXT" is up to you. But you first need to get around people who share the same hobby. If you ask other people questions, help them do things, they will help you.

    So what else do you need to know? I have written extensively on the blogs, my videos, and other music related publications. REad them here on this web site and see where it takes you.

    For more personal attention and back and forth, email me at MBarne4908@aol.com

    MAB

  • ERNEST

    ERNEST NIGERIA

    I am a song writer and a singer too, i have been writing songs for 13 years but do not know how to go about selling some of them, please can you help me? i need to sell many of the song i have in my library. thank you so much for your articles. i can be reached here ernestodili60@gmail.com. would be expecting a feedback. Thanks. Ernest, sorry, I am just seeing this. There is no SELLING of songs. Songwriters are paid in two ways, sale of physical product, CD's, legal downloads, etc. and PERFORMANCES, which are when songs are performed on terrestrial radio, on multiple streams that PAY money. Very little today pays money. The vast majority of the general public do NOT PAY for music. So no one can collect on FREE. There is no publisher, producer, or record label that is going to PAY you for your songs. No money is ever collected unless someone PAYS for the music. So you have to find ways to GET PEOPLE TO PAY YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. That means you either have to be an artist, and build a fan base, or find an artist who has fan base. There is NO SELLING of songs. That is a myth. Good luck and continue to learn the craft and business. MAB

    I am a song writer and a singer too, i have been writing songs for 13 years but do not know how to go about selling some of them, please can you help me? i need to sell many of the song i have in my library.
    thank you so much for your articles. i can be reached here ernestodili60@gmail.com.
    would be expecting a feedback.
    Thanks.

    Ernest, sorry, I am just seeing this. There is no SELLING of songs. Songwriters are paid in two ways, sale of physical product, CD's, legal downloads, etc. and PERFORMANCES, which are when songs are performed on terrestrial radio, on multiple streams that PAY money. Very little today pays money. The vast majority of the general public do NOT PAY for music. So no one can collect on FREE.

    There is no publisher, producer, or record label that is going to PAY you for your songs. No money is ever collected unless someone PAYS for the music. So you have to find ways to GET PEOPLE TO PAY YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. That means you either have to be an artist, and build a fan base, or find an artist who has fan base.

    There is NO SELLING of songs. That is a myth.

    Good luck and continue to learn the craft and business.
    MAB

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth North Carolina

    I understand what you want us to do but how would we find music that go with our song like is there a certain website to do that??

    I understand what you want us to do but how would we find music that go with our song like is there a certain website to do that??

  • Marc-Alan Barnette

    Marc-Alan Barnette

    Elizabeth there are HUNDREDS of web sites. A "GOOGLE" search on "SONGWRITING" is a good start. Some of the ones I personally am involved in" Songramp.net Songwriting sites on FACEBOOK. Music Starts Here Songwriter 101 (A BMI site) Just Plain Folks These all are sites that have other writers, artists and like minded individuals. You might check out all of them, and each one will lead you to others. For me, the main thing to do is get involved with a REAL group of people in your area. NSAI, Nashville Songwriters Association International is a Nashville based organization that has chapter workshops all over the US and in many countries. Find a local chapter workshop close to you and go visit. Also learn about local writers nights, open mics, open stages ,talent nights. They are everywhere. Once you find one person or a group of people, they will lead you to more. Good luck, MAB

    Elizabeth there are HUNDREDS of web sites. A "GOOGLE" search on "SONGWRITING" is a good start.

    Some of the ones I personally am involved in"
    Songramp.net
    Songwriting sites on FACEBOOK.
    Music Starts Here
    Songwriter 101 (A BMI site)
    Just Plain Folks

    These all are sites that have other writers, artists and like minded individuals. You might check out all of them, and each one will lead you to others.
    For me, the main thing to do is get involved with a REAL group of people in your area.
    NSAI, Nashville Songwriters Association International is a Nashville based organization that has chapter workshops all over the US and in many countries. Find a local chapter workshop close to you and go visit.
    Also learn about local writers nights, open mics, open stages ,talent nights. They are everywhere.

    Once you find one person or a group of people, they will lead you to more.

    Good luck,
    MAB

  • Harold

    Harold Toledo, Ohio

    Man! This was a GREAT discussion! Thanks to all who participated!

    Man! This was a GREAT discussion! Thanks to all who participated!

  • ToPouTiSa

    ToPouTiSa Thailand

    Hiya, I'm not a song writer (I'm horrible at it) But I'm a singer. I am happy to sing your songs for you. If you are interested email me at sal.tttngplzt@gmail.com

    Hiya, I'm not a song writer (I'm horrible at it) But I'm a singer. I am happy to sing your songs for you. If you are interested email me at sal.tttngplzt@gmail.com

  • CHRISTINE

    CHRISTINE Lakewood

    Keep trying

    Keep trying

  • Marc-Alan Barnette

    Marc-Alan Barnette

    Sal, how are you. I'm sorry I haven't said anything here. I think we might have answered this somewhere. As a singer, you would be welcome to sing any of my songs that fit you. You would, of course, have to pay for any recording and if you decided to release something commercially, there are licencing fees that would need to be paid. In this day of "mostly free" music business, those are not always enforced like days of yore. The idea would be to make it as easy for artists to get songs "out there". Since most songs and artists have limited viewing or streams, a lot of the "old ways: of doing things no longer apply. As far as having you sing a "demo" on a song, thank you for the offer, but I really don't use many demo singers. I generally sing them myself on the male songs, or have written the majority with other singers who will do the recordings for themselves. That is actually the purpose of what I teach. Showing the artists I work with the finer points of songwriting, and then giving them product for their own projects, pitches, etc. If you are interested in becoming a demo singer, it would be a good idea to find a local songwriters group in your area, and offer your talents to others personally. The best way is getting to physically KNOW people first. All relationships are based upon this. If you have some songs you have recorded already, that would be your "business card" that you can put on your own social media. Many people view Facebook, YOU TUBE, and other social media sites, and relationships can be built from there. My favorite process is actually getting out there and meeting people, because the Internet can have many people that might be unsavory, or in it for the wrong reasons. Music is constantly built around relationships and there is no substitute for the face to face interaction. I wish you well. Thank you for contacting me. MAB

    Sal, how are you. I'm sorry I haven't said anything here. I think we might have answered this somewhere.

    As a singer, you would be welcome to sing any of my songs that fit you. You would, of course, have to pay for any recording and if you decided to release something commercially, there are licencing fees that would need to be paid. In this day of "mostly free" music business, those are not always enforced like days of yore. The idea would be to make it as easy for artists to get songs "out there". Since most songs and artists have limited viewing or streams, a lot of the "old ways: of doing things no longer apply.

    As far as having you sing a "demo" on a song, thank you for the offer, but I really don't use many demo singers. I generally sing them myself on the male songs, or have written the majority with other singers who will do the recordings for themselves. That is actually the purpose of what I teach. Showing the artists I work with the finer points of songwriting, and then giving them product for their own projects, pitches, etc.

    If you are interested in becoming a demo singer, it would be a good idea to find a local songwriters group in your area, and offer your talents to others personally. The best way is getting to physically KNOW people first. All relationships are based upon this.
    If you have some songs you have recorded already, that would be your "business card" that you can put on your own social media. Many people view Facebook, YOU TUBE, and other social media sites, and relationships can be built from there.
    My favorite process is actually getting out there and meeting people, because the Internet can have many people that might be unsavory, or in it for the wrong reasons.

    Music is constantly built around relationships and there is no substitute for the face to face interaction.

    I wish you well. Thank you for contacting me.
    MAB

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    Christine, I hope you do keep trying. I'm sorry for just seeing this. I think I've responded to these, possibly in other social media sites. I do several at the same time, and sometimes these comments/questions, pop up on other sites. I do try to answer everything I am contacted on. Let me know if there is any thing you need. MAB

    Christine, I hope you do keep trying. I'm sorry for just seeing this. I think I've responded to these, possibly in other social media sites. I do several at the same time, and sometimes these comments/questions, pop up on other sites. I do try to answer everything I am contacted on.

    Let me know if there is any thing you need.
    MAB

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    Christine, I hope you do keep trying. I'm sorry for just seeing this. I think I've responded to these, possibly in other social media sites. I do several at the same time, and sometimes these comments/questions, pop up on other sites. I do try to answer everything I am contacted on. Let me know if there is any thing you need. MAB

    Christine, I hope you do keep trying. I'm sorry for just seeing this. I think I've responded to these, possibly in other social media sites. I do several at the same time, and sometimes these comments/questions, pop up on other sites. I do try to answer everything I am contacted on.

    Let me know if there is any thing you need.
    MAB

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