Month: December 2016

Finding Your Lane in The Music Industry

Heartbroken.  I am sorry to say that I did not know of the passing of B.E. Taylor in August of this year. He was a passionate and compassionate man and a true artist who found his lane.   For those uninitiated, B.E. Taylor (Bill) was one of the world’s great singers.  Soulful, rocking voice with an incredible range and timbre. He was a true artist in every sense of the word.  In 1984, he and his band, the B.E. Taylor Group toured extensively and had a song (Vitamin L) in heavy rotation on MTV (when MTV meant “Music Television”)....

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Today’s Music Lesson

My mother, Jeanean Dearman Lewis, is in her eighties.  She lives in the moment and loves life. She is on Facebook every single day. She lives about 400 miles away from Nashville, but today, my family and I were front row for her Christmas Music Recital. In fact, since at the last minute, she enlisted me as her emcee and sheet music page turner, I sat on the piano bench beside her. My mother started playing piano at about four years old.  She was so small she could not reach the pedals when she sat upon the piano bench....

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A Day Without Music (Songwriter Shelly Peiken)

All creators and songwriters face challenges.  Perhaps the most ominous of which is the lack of transparent and fair payment for their creations. The status quo is truly appalling. Hit songwriter, Shelly Peiken, took a bold step and planted her flag in the sand the best way she knows how…she wrote a song about it, recorded the song and produced the lovely video you see below. Please feel free to share this video. Shelly said, “I had a dream that I was living in a world without music. Of course, I woke up and wrote a song about it....

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Songwriter: “I’ve Got This Killer New Christmas Song”

Songwriters, listen up, I love Christmas and holiday music, I really do. The songs make me smile, laugh and sometimes cry. Christmas memories and experiences are universal and make for great material for writers and, consequently,  Christmas songs allow the listener to recall and relive memories. But the fact remains, new original Christmas songs are difficult to get covered by artists, especially newly famous artists.  You may have what you believe to be the greatest Christmas song ever (of course it is), but it’s still incredibly difficult to get it recorded. And I can tell you the main reason...

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Three Simple (And I Mean Simple) Steps

Okay, today I’d like make a humble request.  It’s a simple and easy three step request. It will take you less than a minute…maybe even just thirty seconds. Really.  Less than a minute (or thirty seconds if you’re really efficient and you can get three things done ( you overachiever, you!) Imagine for three seconds that I’m kind of like that genie in the bottle that you find on the beach…you know, you rub the lamp and I appear and grant you three wishes…Okay, it’s not like that at all. Never mind. Or you could pretend I’m Christopher Columbus...

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Chris Keaton

Chris is a Nashville-based entertainment industry executive, award winning music publisher, artist management consultant and a 2016 Inductee in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.