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Songwriter U: Universal Truth in Song

From Woody Guthrie & Willie Dixon through Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan & Paul Simon to Amy Winehouse, Meghan Trainor & Beyond, the Use of Truth in Song Resounds “It’s good to start with something true,” Paul Simon said in regard to his iconic “Still Crazy After All These Years.” It was a title […]

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Gordon Kennedy, Writer of Eric Clapton Hit “Change the World,” Gives Advice for Songwriters

Gordon Kennedy has quite the resume. He is a multi-Grammy Award winning songwriter and record producer, a talented guitarist, and is widely considered to be a Nashville legend. Kennedy is most known for his hit song "Change The World,” recorded...

ASCAP Experience Q&A With Chart-Topping Songwriter, Brett James

On Tuesday evening we sat down with hit-maker Brett James before he performed for the 2nd Annual ASCAP Experience ‘In The Round at the Bluebird Café’.   James has a laundry list of No. 1 tracks, including “Blessed”...

The Story Behind The Song, “Change the World” by Eric Clapton

The Story Behind the Song: "Change the World" Written by Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims, Wayne Kirkpatrick Recorded by Eric Clapton A Q&A with Gordon Kennedy When and where did you guys write “Change the World?"     It began in Nashville’s Omni Studio A in 1991....

How Songwriters Can Find Musicians To Collaborate On Their Songs

Music has always been about collaboration. Some people have a way with words, while others have the skills to play one or more instruments. And there are still others who have a knack for putting it all...

The Story Behind the Song: Bonnie McKee, “American Girl”

After co-writing 8 #1 singles for pop sensations like Katy Perry and Taio Cruz, Bonnie McKee decided to write her own catchy pop single.  "American Girl" is a dance-pop party anthem about American girls who just want to have...

The Story Behind the Song: Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” Written by: Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin Recorded by: Kelly Clarkson Peak Chart Position: No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 Walk us through a typical Day in the life of Ali Tamposi. Ali Tamposi: I wake up,...

Behind the Song: Dustin Lynch, “Cowboys and Angels”

Written by: Dustin Lynch, Josh Leo, Tim NicholsRecorded by: Dustin LynchPeak Chart Position:No. 8 Billboard Country When and where did you write “Cowboys and Angels?” Anything in particular about the vibe or your frame of mind while writing it? Two years...

The Story Behind the Song: Phillip Phillips, “Home”

(Left to right: Phillip Phillips, Greg Holden, Drew Pearson) How Did They Write That? Phillip Phillips, “Home” Written by: Drew Pearson & Greg Holden Recorded by: Phillip Phillips Peak Chart Position: No. 7 Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 Adult Pop & Triple A What is a...

Behind the Song: Little Big Town, “Pontoon”

Written by: Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird Recorded by: Little Big Town Peak Chart Position: No. 1 Billboard Country What's a typical day like in the life of Barry Dean?  Dean: They're probably like most people -- busy, I have four...

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