Guest Blog: Nashville Songwriter Andy Albert On Breaking Into The Industry

  aa Andy Albert is a country, rock, and pop writer/producer residing in Nashville. Albert has had singles with artists such as Blake Shelton (“She’s Got A Way With Words”), Granger Smith (“If the Boot Fits”), Nick Fradiani (“All On You”), and more. He has been honored with an ASCAP Award for pop/rock songwriting, as well as placing in the top 3 in the Pop category for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. He is currently signed to Downtown Publishing.

When I first moved to Nashville about five and a half years ago, I was in a band with my good friend Dan Smyers. We got to town and started making music, playing shows, traveling all around. We’d meet songwriters going out to shows, or get set up on co-writes through friends, and, after my first glimpse into it, found out I loved it. I knew it’d be where I’d like to end up once the band had run its course.

These early songwriting sessions were for my band — that group became our calling card, getting us into rooms with songwriters. About three and a half years ago, when the band dissolved and we went our separate ways, I decided to really dedicate all my time to getting into as many songwriting sessions as possible. I was working sidejobs, whatever I could to pay my rent and survive while I spent all my remaining time writing.

The dream was to ultimately sign a publishing deal, and build a team around the songs I was writing. I met with my PRO rep over at ASCAP, LeAnn Phelan, and she was super helpful, connecting me with different publishers and getting me into meetings. She emphasized that I shouldn’t take the first deal that came my way — that I should wait for a champion, someone who believed in what I... Sign In to Keep Reading

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