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Caroline Spence: Married To The Mystery

“Is there a greater mystery than the way people relate to one another?”

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Daily Discovery: Matthew Francis Andersen, “Honeyhole”

ARTIST: Matthew Francis Andersen
 SONG: "Honeyhole"   HOMETOWN: Oak Park, Illinois   CURRENT LOCATION: Public Library   AMBITIONS: Just wanna be happy earning my living.   TURN-OFFS: Reality television, most things heard on the radio, poor parenting, polarizing politics
, and booming blues singers.   TURN-ONS: Poetry, my wife, distant outboard motors, faint wood smoke, bourbon, vintage acoustic...

Music Business Miracle: From Lyric Contest Victory to Billboard No. 1

Having a single on national radio as a writer or an artist, much less being able to claim a No. 1 song on the Billboard country charts, is an incredibly difficult feat, even for someone who’s established in the...

Caroline Spence Looks Back on Her Lyric Contest Grand Prize Co-Write

Caroline Spence 2013 Grand Prize Winner Co-write with Lee Brice Looking back, I’d say winning the 2013 Lyric Contest was one of the first major validations in my career. I’d been in Nashville for a few years at that point, quietly writing...

Matt Hoggatt Reflects On His Jimmy Buffett Experience

It all started with an email from American Songwriter magazine about winning the song-lyric contest, which led to an email from Jimmy Buffett who read the magazine, which quickly transformed my life for the next two years from that...

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