Month: January 2017

Success in The Music Business Starts Here

Defining success in your music career can mean different things to different people. Like Sly Stone said in Thank You FalettinMe Be Mice Elf Agin, “Different Strokes for Different Folks”.  I’ve thought and read a lot about it, but I really love Chris Brogan‘s(1) take on success. Unsuccessful: Lives in Mom’s Basement Successful: Doesn’t Live in Mom’s Basement Here’s my take: If you’re ever going to be a success at anything in the music industry you have to do something.  Make a move. Take one step. Take some sort of action in the direction you want to go. It’s...

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Tora: Key (Cards) to Success for Artists and Songwriters

Tora Fisher is a success story. She is an amazing artist with a compelling narrative.   We worked together when she released her first full length album Spilling Over and we promoted it to AAA Radio. Triple A is a radio format which tends to be left of center and great starting point for emerging singer songwriters. When they embrace an artist, they claim said artist as their own. One of the best decisions we made was to attend the AAA Radio Convention in Boulder CO and in brainstorming for making the trip a success we came upon a brilliant...

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Face The Music and Dance – Paul Vasterling

The Nashville Ballet has been one of my passions for over ten years.  I have happily contributed time, talent and financial support to this world class company and have received much more in return. As a long time board member and member of the Executive Committee, I have had the pleasure of working directly with Artistic Director and CEO, Paul Vasterling. Ladies and gentleman, Paul Vasterling is a force of nature.  To say the least, his creativity, positive energy and vision for Nashville Ballet have transformed the company. He has created and choreographed numerous original works which have brought...

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Industry Networking – It’s Who You Know

In 1992, I joined The Recording Academy as a Voting Member.  It was (and still is) one of the memberships I treasure most because it’s not easy to become a Voting Member. For the past six years, I have also been a sponsor of the Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy and my sponsorship dollars directly fund professional development programming for the Chapter. I am honored and pleased to be a sponsor and let me explain my reasoning. The music and entertainment industry is difficult enough to break in to and nearly impossible without a network…a way to meet...

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Kiss’ Bill Aucoin – My Mentor

Defining moments.  We all have them. One of mine was meeting artist management guru and music industry icon, Bill Aucoin. He become my management mentor and model. I met Bill in 1998 in Miami.  My artist, Mike Younger had been invited to play at a songwriter’s showcase hosted by Desmond Child.  When Mike was performing at soundcheck, Bill, who was there with his client, Cindy Bullens, came over and introduced himself.  It took me a moment, but when I realized who he was, it hit me like a bolt of lightning. Kiss.  Billy Idol.  Billy Squire.  They were all...

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Chicago + Phil Ramone + Velvet Elvis = ?

I watched the CNN Films production, “Chicago-Now More Than Ever” this week and really enjoyed it.  I was an early Chicago fan…loved them since their first albums and have seen them live several times. As good as the show was, the thing that has stayed with me was a credit at the end to the legendary record producer and engineer, Phil Ramone. Phil was an icon in the entertainment business and his influence still runs deep. His passion for the art and artistry of music was evident in everything he did. I recall an article about him years before...

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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.