Month: July 2017

Discipline – Sticking With It Or Not

Discipline is viewed as a burden to some, but to those motivated to move their careers forward it’s a gift. In other words, quitting is easy but sticking to it requires, you guessed it, starts with a “D” and ends with an “E”. Discipline. Just like everything else in life it depends upon your point of view. As most of you know, I subscribe to Chris Brogan‘s newsletter (and borrow from it liberally). In his book The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth he shares a simple plan to build discipline from which songwriters and artists could benefit. The Plan...

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Be Bold (Part Three)

This article, “Be Bold (Part Three)” originally appeared in my weekly newsletter but I wanted to share it again here. Don’t receive my newsletter? Sign up here (the blue box on the right) and get the weekly news delivered to your inbox.   Yes, friends, it’s time to be bold. Time for a reprint of this summertime article. I hope you will enjoy the final chapter of this story.   Be Bold / Part Three – Restraint   WARNING!  This article contains material that some may deem offensive. Just to bring you up to speed, I recently witnessed J.J,...

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Taking The Day Off

Sometimes we all need a break so I’m going to take Ferris Bueller’s advice. I’m taking the day off. I’m clocking out and I’m going to just do nothing and be proud of it. Well, kind of, but not really. Here’s What I Mean They say the best never rest, but I’m not sure I believe that.  Instead, I believe the best work like the badasses they are and then stop to reflect and refuel. They take some time to reflect on where they’ve been and what they’ve accomplished.  They even celebrate those little victories along the way.  They...

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Be Bold (Part Two)

This article, “Be Bold (Part Two)” originally appeared in my weekly newsletter but I wanted to share it again here. Don’t receive my newsletter? Sign up here (the blue box on the right) and get the weekly news delivered to your inbox. Yes, friends, it’s that time again. Time for a reprint of this summertime article. I hope you will enjoy Part Two of this story. Part Two – Turn A Deaf Ear To Your Critics   WARNING!  This article contains material that some may deem offensive. So after J.J. calmly pulled up his trunks and jumped in the pool still...

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Independent’s Day on Independence Day

On this Independence Day I salute all independent artists.  I wholly support them because they face challenges at every turn. But the best of the independents like my client, award winning singer songwriter DeDe Wedekind, embrace their independence, make a plan, build a team and make it happen. Embrace Your Independence My colleague, publicist Brian Mayes personally introduced me to DeDe, but I had known about her music from my role as a Broadjam Pro Reviewer. In that role I get to review songs from independent artists and writers and a month or so before Brian introduced me to her,...

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Be Bold (Part One)

This article, “Be Bold (Part One)” originally appeared in my weekly newsletter but I wanted to share it again here. Don’t receive my newsletter? Sign up here (the blue box on the right) and get the weekly news delivered to your inbox. Be Bold Yes, friends, it’s that time again. Time for a reprint of this summertime article. I hope you will enjoy it. Part One WARNING!  This article contains material that some may deem offensive. In the summertime, one of my favorite activities is to wind down the workday at the pool. The other day, as I was sitting poolside,...

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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.

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