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Video: "Lay It Down" (Sanctus Real) - Cover by Kurt Scobie 

Video: "Lay It Down" (Sanctus Real) - Cover by Kurt Scobie
October 9, 2014
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I have a great amount of respect for the band Sanctus Real. They got their start in Toledo, OH which is just 30 minutes from where I grew up. In a way, they were "hometown heroes". I have followed their journey over the years, and they are doing it right!

Here is my cover of their new single "Lay It Down". I am excited for their new album which will be coming out in the next few weeks!

Spotify Playlist: Summer Is Over 

Spotify Playlist: Summer Is Over 
October 6, 2014 
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Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I have created some Spotify playlists to share, featuring some songs that I like.

I hope you have been been enjoying my Spotify Playlists! It is fun to create these.

"Summer Is Over" features TWO of my favorite piano-playing singer/songwriters; Jon McLaughlin and Sara Bareilles. This playlist is mostly "goodbye" songs, including my song, "Last Call" which I wrote after I deciding to move from Nashville to Atlanta.

Please add songs that you think might fit with these. This is a Collaborative Playlist!

Cheers!


Spotify Playlist: Breathe In Breathe Out  

Spotify Playlist: Breathe In Breathe Out 
October 2, 2014 
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Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I have created some Spotify playlists to share, featuring some songs that I like.

Mat Kearney is an artist I have been following for many years now. I love his songs. "Breathe In, Breathe Out" is a Mat Kearney song that I have chosen to kick off this playlist. Followed by tracks with similar themes and style. Including a couple of my own songs, of course.

This is a Collaborative Playlist! If you think of a song that might fit, feel free to add it!

Cheers!


Focus On Your Art 

Focus On Your Art
September 30, 2014

I recently read a post by a musician talking about generating buzz for your band.

I thought the advice given was good, except there was one BIG problem. There was no mention, whatsoever, about the importance of creating great music. Here's an excerpt:

"You need to commit to doing the daily grunt work of promoting, booking, selling, designing posters and merchandise and hopefully still have time for writing and recording your music. And then put this on repeat."

This is the problem with the music industry. People are so busy trying to get famous, the art is an afterthought. "And hopefully still have time for writing and recording your music"??? Are you kidding me?!

Don't get me wrong. Promoting and booking and selling is an important piece to a successful career in music. But, what about the product you are selling? Great marketing of a poor product only makes the product fail faster.

I think what we forget sometimes is that if the product (music) is good enough it will sell itself. If you really want to cut through the noise and get people to notice you, create something that demands attention. Put in the work to make your recordings amazing. Put in hours and hours (try 10,000 maybe?) crafting your songs. 

Do I promote myself? Absolutely. Is marketing a necessity? Yes. And marketing and promotion BEGINS with writing and recording something undeniably spectacular. 


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