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The Song Revolution Podcast
The Song Revolution Podcast

The Song Revolution Podcast

The Song Revolution Podcast exists to empower you through valuable songwriting insights, inspiration, and interviews with some of the greatest songwriters, producers, arrangers, artists, and creatives in the industry and beyond. Find out more at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com

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Elle Limebear: From UK Youth Leader to GMA New Artist of The Year Nominee

9/11/2020

You will enjoy getting to know the endearing Elle Limebear, a brand new GMA Dove Award Nominee for New Artist of The Year. In this conversation, John Chisum discovers Elle's passionate heart for reaching others with hope through her music and songwriting process. They also discuss what it's been like for her to grow up as the daughter of a Christian Rock Star.

Elle grew up watching her father, Martin Smith , minister as the frontman of the groundbreaking British worship band, Delirious?. She found herself at home in front of thousands of fans at festivals or in the smaller setting of their local church.

Elle's love for Jesus naturally compels her to love, love, love people! She actively serves as a Youth Pastor and Worship Leader in Brighton, UK, while creating music that is already speaking to listeners around the world through her recordings, the self-titled EP, Elle Limebear and her new CD Lost in Wonder.

The future looks bright for Elle Limebear. Her tenderness towards God is authentic and transparent. Her sweet humility and even the surprise of all that is happening for her in music is beautiful and engaging. 

You can follow Elle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also sample her new music at Elle Limebear Music

We've loved having you as our guest today! To hear other insightful conversations with the artists you love , please subscribe to Song Revolution with John Chisum right here on AccessMore . You can also share our podcast with friends by using the convenient social media icons on this page.

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Matthew West: A Brand New... Everything!

8/28/2020
00:43:22

The 5-time Grammy nominee, Matthew West, is hitting the reset button! He has found himself in a brand new season of leadership to younger artists and producers and a flood of productivity after a self-described "desert season" that has finally come to an end.

With a whole new attitude and new young producers, Matthew has crafted a fresh sound on his new album, Brand New, co-produced with 20-something producer/keyboardist A.J. Pruis. Along with a new podcast, there's a new studio, and his brand new Story House Music record label with Provident Label Group

If you've been a Matthew West fan in the past with songs like "Hello My Name Is," "Do Something," "Grace Wins," "Mended," and his early 2020 Covid-inspired hit single,
"Take Heart," you'll love this up-close-and-personal interview with show host John Chisum.

John digs into what's most important to Matthew at this point in his long career and how he's paying it forward by encouraging and mentoring a younger generation. Matthew shares candidly about the moment he realized that his story wasn't as important, or as interesting, as the thousands of tragic stories his fans were sharing with him and how he's turning the microphone around to the crowd more than ever through his ministry called "popwe nation."

You can find a lot more information at matthewwest.com and follow Matthew on all social media platforms.

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Visit our sponsor, Nashville Christian Songwriters to discover valuable resources to empower Christian songwriters around the world.
 

Few churches have had the global impact that Bethel Redding and it's spin off ministry of Jesus Culture Music have had over the past dozen years. 

Kim Walker-Smith, one of the original Bethel worship leaders, helped launch a movement of worship and intimacy with God that has touched the nations and spearheaded ministry through the wildly popular Jesus Culture movement... and she's not slowing down.

John Chisum has a candid conversation with Kim about worship, the struggles of leadership, managing family and ministry, and the traumas of her childhood that have made her a deep-feeling worshiper. Kim shares openly about childhood abuse and trauma and the miraculous healing journey God has led her through from her book, Brave Surrender: Let God's Love Rewrite Your Story (Zondervan: 2019).

Celebrating the release of her new solo album Wild Heart, Kim says, "My last record, On My Side, was a collection of songs written from a desert season of my life. I was processing grief, anger, and pain. God met me in the desert and brought life and healing. Emerging from the desert, ushered me into a season fresh with new life. This new album is a strong declaration of freedom and who God is. On the other side of a desert season is growth, deeper connection to Jesus, and a new authority. In the desert, all my doubts and questions came to the surface. I wondered if God was truly as good and as faithful as He says. I asked if He could truly bring the freedom I longed for and the healing I needed. He met me in that place and not only proved His faithfulness, but taught me in greater measure who He is." 

If you love Bethel Worship and Jesus Culture, don't miss this powerful conversation with iconic worship leader and songwriter, Kim Walker-Smith.

This episode is a must-listen to anyone seeking an insider's look into how a hit-making Nashville producer can maintain his faith while producing top mainstream artists. When you look beyond this amazing list of production credits you will discover that Sal Oliveri is an outspoken Jesus follower who carries his humble, authentic faith into every session.

Country/Americana: Chris Stapelton, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, The Band Perry, Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Parmalee, Haley & Michaels, Ricky Skaggs, Faith Hill, Jo Dee Messina, Lee Ann Womack, Charles Kelly (Lady Antebellum), John Paul White (The Civil Wars), David Nail, Lori McKenna, Kip Moore, High Valley, Leigh Nash

Pop/Rock/Urban: P!NK, Billy Joel, Emily West (America's Got Talent 2014 #2 finalist), Brooke White (American Idol), David Cook (American Idol), Dia Frampton (The Voice), Jack Antonoff (FUN, Bleachers), Dan Wilson (Semisonic, Adele), Stan Lynch (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Daniel Powter, Lucie Silvas, B.Reith, Room for Two, Jaren Johnston of "Cadillac Black", Andy Davis, Kevin Griffin (of Better Than Ezra) David Hodges (Evanescence)

Raised in the shadows of Manhattan, Sal Oliveri developed a diverse musical background. Before long, he was performing as musical director and keyboardist at Harlem's famous "Cotton Club" and hitting the NJ/NY studio scene. Soon after, Sal relocated to Nashville where his musical efforts quickly earned him a co-written #1 single and a Grammy Nomination. Sal has earned multiple Billboard and iTunes #1's, with over 13 Million streams in 2017 alone.

John Chisum visited with Sal in his amazing Grand Central South Studio, frequented by clients such as Kathi Lee Gifford, Nicole C. Mullen, and mega country writers Allen Shamblin ("I Can't Make You Love Me") and Tom Douglas ("Love Me Anyway"), as well as many aspiring artists looking for his production help.

John and Sal Oliveri talk about the Pink/Chris Stapleton duet "Love Me Anyway" (Douglas/Shamblin) and how a writer's demo became a hit song years after the production was done. Singer-songwriters and up-and-coming artists in any genre get an inside track to Sal's musical influences and perspectives, particularly in how he coaches artists to reach their best performances.

Sal shares from his deeply biblical outlook how he believes great music happens and why, giving songwriters and artists many powerful insights into how they can "show up" as themselves instead of being an imitation of what others are doing. 

Jillian Edwards: Finding Herself In Heaven's Eyes

7/17/2020
00:40:00

"Tell me again a million times,Who I am in heaven's eyes," sings Jillian Edwards, a native of Texas now pro singer-songwriter living in Nashville with husband, Will Chapman, and daughter Willow Faye.

With songs placed on episodes of Nashville, Grey's Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, and Citibank Ads, Edwards is in her fifth year as a signed songwriter to mega- publishing company Concord Music Group.

Her 2014 album, Daydream, topped iTunes' Singer/Songwriter chart and landed at No. 6 on Billboard's New Artist chart. 

Her new album "Meadow" was executive-produced by five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, who happens to be Jillian's father-in-law. "Meadow" features newly co-written songs with other amazing songwriters; David Leonard, Jonathan Smith, Peter Groenwald, Josh Bronleewe, Tony Wood and Jessie Early.

In this episode, John Chisum and Jillian talk about the challenges of being a touring musical family (her husband, Will Chapman, is the drummer for indie rock band Colony House), whether or not the intimacy with God portrayed in her songs is a constant in her life, and how Jillian stays creative despite the demands of songwriting, touring, and building a family as a young wife and mother.

"Jillian is delightful," shares Chisum. "This episode will give any aspiring singer-songwriter a bird's-eye peek into what it's really like, even for someone as successful as Jillian and the Chapman family. I love this interview and I know it's going to be encouraging to a lot of people who hear it."

Jillian Edwards is a rarity you don't often find... a pure heart, a fresh voice, and someone who's transparent enough to share the real struggles behind making music as a career.

You can find Jillian Edwards on iTunes, Spotify, and at jillianedwards.com.

Phil Joel, bassist and vocalist with the iconic Christian band Newsboys for over a dozen years, solo artist, author, and frontman for the band Zealand has sworn off social media. 

No Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Youtube, Qzone, Weibo, Reddit, Flickr, Tumblr, Meetup or Odnoklassniki, which, by the way has 71 million active monthly users.

Joel can't be found on any of them. Zip. Nada. None

How can anyone who hopes to connect with listeners and fans as a musician possibly ignore all social media, and further, WHY would they choose to not participate in the billions of daily Tweets, memes, and posts that fuel the social frenzy of our collective cultural experience?

Well, the answers may surprise you, or, you may find yourself questioning your own obsession with likes and shares once you hear them from the totally Christ-centered and family oriented Phil Joel, a classy guy from Down Under New Zealand who says he's definitely not "anti-social media," but who has made a solid choice to trust God to be his best press agent and promoter.

Phil Joel's had the same blond dreads since he was 17 and he's not lost his youthful zeal for the Lord despite millions of miles and millions of fans. 

We talk about so many great things on this episode - - we have some laughs and go deep, as well, into his new book and Zealand's new album Liberated. I know you're going to really love this chat with my new friend from Down Under, Phil Joel.

In this episode, host John Chisum sits down with Darlene Zschech, iconic Australian songwriter of "Shout to the Lord," a song introduced in 1993 that is still sung weekly by millions of people worldwide. 

In this powerful interview, Darlene shares how "Shout to the Lord" came to her during a time of trial and why she feels she can take no credit for the song, how it passed through her, and personal stories of how God has used it in her life. 

Darlene is a dedicated wife, mum, author, songwriter, and together with her husband Mark, pastor to thousands of believers through Hope Unlimited Church, now in 11 cities internationally, with a church planting and relief organization called Hope: Global (https://hopeglobal.org/) serving thousands of people in the neediest areas of the world.

0:00 The impact of Shout to The Lord

3:01 John asks Darlene: So all these years later, what would you say to the shy young Darlene, maybe really about ministry and leadership... What would you say to her?

6:00 "I want to be invisible here while I, you know, just give glory to God. And if he allows me the privilege of having any influence, that is a great privilege. But actually my goal is that He be seen and He'd be known and His presence being counted"

10:00 Recording Way Maker

15:05 Early days of Hope Unlimited Church and how God has grown the ministry to have a lasting global impact

23:30 "If someone had told me pastoring, a church could be this much fun. I would have done it long time before."

28:42 John asks, "you've described your life as just a series of yeses. What are you saying yes to right now? And what might you be saying no to?"
 

"My entire theology is a Man, it's Jesus," says Mike Weaver, frontman of Christian music's powerhouse band Big Daddy Weave. "I'm telling you, He is with you and He's with you in the most real way." With robust faith and authenticity, Weaver shares through this warm and often funny episode about being a big guy from South Alabama who stumbled into a Christian rock band career now spanning nine albums and multiple tours. Despite a few years of loss and sorrow, their new album "When the Light Comes," produced by band member and songwriter Jeremy Redman, is an album filled with joy and life despite tragedy and even death. Highlights from this episode: * Mike's prophetic calling to write music  * Why isn't it Big Daddy "WeaveR"  * Finding hope in the midst of tragedy and sorrow  * Operation Restored Warrior and Mike's brother Jay's struggle with loss and suicide   * How do you find creativity to write in the midst of struggles?  * Mike's words for the person dreaming of being a songwriter  * The career Mike will pursue if Big Daddy Weave ever falls apart  Find out more about how you can become an amazing songwriter at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com
Mike Weaver is one of the most recognizable and loved voices in Christian music. The success of the band on Christian radio is deeply appreciated, as you will hear in the first part of a fantastic two-part interview. Discover how ministry to their listeners is front and center for this southern rocker and his dedicated teammates. Mike Weaver, his brother, and their band have suffered what seems like an overload of tragedy the last two years, yet the light of their ministry and the hope they bring through their music is burning brighter than ever. You'll not only be entertained through this episode, but moved to tears as Mike shares from his heart the ups and downs, tragedies and triumphs of the real life stories that have brought the ministry of Big Daddy Weave to mean so much to so many. NCS President, John Chisum, is joined in the studio by co-host, Tina Keil, for an intro to this very special episode. Thanks for listening and we hope you will share it on your social media to spread the love. Mike Weaver Episode Timeline: * The heart of Big Daddy Weave (4:31) * Big Daddy Weave's story of brokenness and redemption (7:38) * Mike's music influences (13:04) * The biggest challenge Mike has faced (18:39) * The process of redemption and growth (21:57) Mentioned in this episode: Don Moen Paul Baloche Paul Wilbur Operation Restored Warrior

Exciting News from John Chisum

5/6/2020
00:05:10

John Chisum shares exciting news for The Song Revolution Podcast, meant to empower you through valuable songwriting insights, inspiration, and interviews with some of the greatest songwriters, producers, arrangers, artists, and creatives in the industry and beyond. Subscribe now, and find out more at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com 

Our world has been ravaged and turned upside down by Covid-19, but you're still called to write great Christian songs, right? In this special edition of the Song Revolution with John Chisum, John and co-host, Tina Keil, explore specific ways you can utilize the upset routines more creatively and capture even more song ideas than ever before. John & Tina discuss three ways you can go deeper in your songwriting by utilizing your time effectively, prioritizing life, and tapping greater creativity despite the crisis at hand. You'll find encouragement and inspiration in this edition of the show along with love and heartfelt prayers from all of us here at Song Revolution with John Chisum.  For more information about this show and it's archived episodes featuring some of the most influential music industry artists, executives, and songwriters, visit us at https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/song-revolution-podcast/.    

How To Uplevel Your Songwriting In 2020

12/29/2019
00:34:59
Are you wanting to "up level" your songwriting in 2020? Are you a singer-songwriter ready to take your craft to a much higher level to impact even more listeners? In today's show Nashville Christian Songwriters President John Chisum and our podcast producer, Peter Hartzell, sit down in the studio to take a look back at some highlights for this show and for Nashville Christian Songwriters in 2019, as well as to give you some practical steps you can take  to make the coming year your best ever for songwriting and building your audience. Our show passed 100,000 downloads in 2019 with 140 episodes and counting, filled with information about songwriting, the music business, and wonderful interviews with interesting and influential creatives such as 10th Avenue North, Don Moen, and Chris McClarney.  Peter joined the NCS Team in early 2019. He is a worship leader, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, audio/video producer and owner of Tree House Media specializing in consulting and developing content market strategies.  Learn more about Tree House Media: www.TreeHouseMediaCo.com and connect with Peter at peter@treehousemediaco.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution with John Chisum is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is to empower you  on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine. Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com
Don Moen is one of the most beloved worship leaders, songwriters, and philanthropists of our time. Perhaps best-known for songs like God Will Make a Way, I Just Want to Be Where You Are, and Give Thanks, Don's ministry stretches to the four corners of the globe as he ceaselessly travels to Africa, Europe, Asia, and across the United States leading worshipers of all ages into a sweet sense of the presence of God through his tender vocals and gentle musicianship. As a former music business executive with Integrity Music for many years, Don has helped bring hundreds of worship recordings and resources to multiplied millions of people worldwide. He has shared the stage with other musical greats like Twila Paris, Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, and Andrea Bocelli.  Don Moen's contribution to the worshipful experience of the global church cannot be overstated. His not-for-profit charity organization Worship in Action is helping care for orphans, feed hungry children, provide disaster relief, and build schools in desperate areas around the world.  Read more at www.donmoen.com and get ready for the rich insights and wise counsel of a man who has traveled millions of miles to spread the Gospel and worship of Jesus Christ. You can also find Don on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with the wonderful things he's up to as he writes, sings, and encourages others to do the same. If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine. Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com
John Chisum enjoys a compelling conversation with Dr. Mike Harland, Director of LifeWay Worship. LifeWay is one of the world's largest Christian resource ministries offering a full range of music, Bible studies, research, events, and more. Mike has been LifeWay Worship Director for almost a decade and a half, bringing his wealth of songwriting knowledge to the publishing world, and he has stewarded his role with excellence and grace. You can follow Dr. Mike Harland on at on Twitter and on Facebook and take advantage of all the resources LifeWay has to offer: worshiplifeevent.com  -  worshiplife.com  -  lifewaysongs.com. If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine. Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com
Becky Nordquist is walking in a calling she wouldn't have asked for. An aspiring singer-songwriter, she would love to be on top of CCM charts, but for now, Becky knows she's called to use her music to encourage those who've experienced infant and child loss. Becky has experienced five miscarriages and the stillbirth of their son, Niklaus, so the grief is real for her and her new single "Before We Said Hello" is opening up a lot of ministry to many who've gone through this kind of trial in their own lives. Even if you've never experienced infant loss, this episode will encourage you as you hear how Becky is tailoring her musical gifts to the opportunities God is giving her and how you can do that, too. Find out more at www.beckynordquist.com and at www.musicforthesoul.org Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
Have you ever wondered who was behind all the music you've known and loved through the years? Well, today our guest is someone you may not have heard of but who has quietly shaped the face of Christian music for fifty years - and still going strong today. Meet Stan Moser. Stan was CEO of Star Song Media in Nashville, working with groups like Petra, Newsboys, the Gaither Vocal Band, Twila Paris, Philips, Craig, and Dean, and many others in the late 90's and early 2000's. Amazingly, when most people would retire and hit the golf course after a half-century of impacting the world with the likes of Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Shirley Caesar, and so many more, Stan will share with you today how God is inspiring him to add to that legacy through a new worship streaming service that is now uniting new and undiscovered songs with worshipers all over the world. As always, our show is sponsored by Nashville Christian Songwriters that exists to empower Christian songwriters worldwide, and you are going to want to hear how our mission has now intersected with Stan's new initiative and how we're working together to empower songwriters to not only learn more about great songwriting, but also how to be heard as songwriters. Stan Moser isn't just a great friend, but a long-time mentor as he is continuing to follow the Lord in new and powerful ways. To learn more about Worship Underground, visit: www.worshipunderground.com   Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
Few Christian Songwriters have the privilege of sharing their songs on the international stage, and Christian rock band Tenth Avenue North is privileged to continually find themselves at the top of the list. Through thoughtful and intentional songwriting, they are tackling tough topics like addiction, suicide, depression, religion, and faith - effectively unveiling the stigmas that hold people back from a full life in Christ. John Chisum enjoyed a deep and meaningful conversation with Mike Donehey and Jeff Owen - two thirds of Tenth Avenue North. They unpack the songwriting process, inspiration, and tricks for successful co-writing that will help you grow in your songwriting craft. You can follow the guys on instagram: instagram.com/mikedonehey instagram.com/jeffowen_ instagram.com/rubenjuarez_ instagram.com/tenthavenuenorth   Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.  
In this installment, John Chisum and Ross King dig deep into the nitty gritty of what it takes to write quality songs in the changing music landscape. From writing on your own, to writing "top line" with producers and musicians in the room, this show will help give you valuable perspective on what you can do right now to grow your songwriting craft. You can connect with Ross King at: www.rosskingmusic.com www.facebook.com/rosskingmusicpage www.instagram.com/rosskingmusic www.twitter.com/rosskingmusic www.youtube.com/rosskingmusic   Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.  
In this special 2 part show, John Chisum had a fantastic conversation with Centricity Music's own - Ross King - one of the most authentic and honest songwriters in Nashville. Ross has built a multi-faceted career producing, writing and performing as an independent artist, developing sync licensing content for TV and Film, writing and placing songs for other artists, and co-writing with some of the best in Nashville. Because he has such a broad catalogue of experiences, Ross carries a unique voice to speak into you, the growing songwriter, and provides valuable insight into what it really takes to settle in to a richly rewarding career as a full time songwriter. If you listen and take notes, I know you will emerge a more informed and insightful songwriter. You can connect with Ross King at: www.rosskingmusic.com www.facebook.com/rosskingmusicpage www.instagram.com/rosskingmusic www.twitter.com/rosskingmusic www.youtube.com/rosskingmusic   Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.  
In Part 2 of our conversation with world-class guitarist and artist Phil Keaggy and Nashville producer and guitarist Rex Paul Schnelle, we pick up the conversation about the new album "Illumination", find out that Phil is the master of puns, and find out what's next for Phil and Rex.  John Chisum was deeply impressed throughout this interview that these two would much rather talk about Jesus than themselves and that their combined lifetimes of making music was much less important to them than an authentic devotion to Jesus on every level.  Be sure to check out PART 1 if you missed it and share these podcasts out to your social media to help us share the love. Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.  
Phil Keaggy is known as one of the world's greatest guitarists. He's recorded over 50 albums since beginning his career in the late 1960's and he's not slowing the pace, even at 68-years old.  Recently releasing a collaboration with Nashville producer and guitarist Rex Paul Schnelle called "Illumination," the duo have recaptured the fire of early Keaggy classics and penned some new ones especially for this record.  John Chisum met with Keaggy and Schnelle to talk about life, careers, and music and the outcome was so special we had to break it up into two parts so you could enjoy the wit, humor, and devotion of these world-class musicians to the fullest. John's conversation with both Phil and Rex proved to be warm, engaging, fun, and even worshipful as they touched on topics as diverse as emoting through their guitars, losing children through miscarriage and premature birth, Phil losing a finger as a child, and writing songs out of true emotion rather than craft alone. Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
Have you ever thought or said, "I just want to get my songs out there" or "I just want to get my songs heard" or "I just know God has something bigger for me and my music"? If you have, you're not alone. Thousands of aspiring songwriters are right where you are. In this episode, veteran songwriter and publisher, John Chisum, unpacks a few of the myths about self-expression and why your songs might not be winning the audience you really want. He addresses writing with your target audience in mind and how you can capture the most intimate things you hope to express in more broadly appealing formats to grow your tribe and watch as your songs catch fire. Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
Nashville Christian Songwriters prides itself in covering the full spectrum of musical and songwriting styles, and today hard rock gets the spotlight. Random Hero has been slinging heavy rock since the early 2000's and are excited to announce the release of their new record "Tension" (out June 23, 2019). John Chisum sits down with the guys to talk through their process, and learn how these songs came about. Many heavy Christian bands find themselves straddling the line between the "sacred" and the "secular" worlds, and Random Hero has found their clear voice bringing the uplifting message of Jesus to audiences on any side of the aisle. If you want to expand your songwriting palate, this podcast is for you. Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
What is the #1 secret songwriting tool you need to become a successful songwriter?  Could it be knowing how to play the guitar or keyboard? Could it be having a stellar radio voice to sing your songs and record great cd's of your music? Could it be knowing the right people in Nashville or L.A. or New York?  Or is it something else entirely that could be the #1 thing that could really set you up to become a successful songwriter at a level much higher than you could have ever imagined for yourself? In today's show, industry veteran John Chisum, opens up to you the one thing that could make all the difference for you in receiving song coaching. The coaching industry has blown up to become over a $1,000,000,000 industry in America for good reason. Some statistics say that coaching can increase your effectiveness up to 800%!  Tune in and find out about the power of song coaching to see if you're ready for it in your own songwriting career and ministry with valuable insights about how it all can work to increase your listenership. Be sure to download John's free gift of "The Songbuilders Blueprint" HERE and book a free discovery call with John HERE, but only if you're serious about investing in yourself to go to the next level in your songwriting. Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
If you want to get your music "out there", our podcast producer and special guest Peter Hartzell (owner of Tree House Media www.treehousemediaco.com peter@treehousemediaco.com) lays out the practical steps you can take RIGHT NOW. Peter has an extensive background in marketing and music production, and his insights are key to taking the next right step in your musical journey. NCS is offering you a FREE gift called The Songbuilders Blueprint®. This a new tool that helps you see exactly what each line and section of your song should do, how they interact to build a powerful song people could love the world over. Download your copy right now at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/blueprint Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
If you're a worship leader, singer songwriter, aspiring CCM artist, or a stay-at-home songwriter who doesn't perform, John Chisum has some encouragement and practical direction for you in today's show. He dives deeper into what success can look like for you and how to take the next right step in your songwriting journey. Do you find yourself saying things like "I just want to use my gifts for God," or "I have a passion for songwriting," or "I know that I'm called to do this but I just don't know how," or the biggie question for us all - - "How do I get my songs OUT THERE?!" John draws from over 35 years of professional expertise and success to help you on your journey to becoming a successful Christian songwriter. Be sure to download his free gift of The Songbuilders Blueprint®, a new tool that helps you see exactly what each line and section of your song should do, how they interact to build a powerful song people could love the world over, at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/blueprint Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
Independent artists make their living creating music, promoting, touring, and managing their own career. Jenny and Tyler share their journey as they manage their music career and balance home life with four kids. John calls them the "quintessential independent artists", and John has seen it all. John draws from over 35 years of professional expertise and success to help you as he shares the one thing you need to know now to succeed as a songwriter. Be sure to download his free gift of The Songbuilders Blueprint®, a new tool that helps you see exactly what each line and section of your song should do, how they interact to build a powerful song people could love the world over, at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/blueprint Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.

How To Become A Successful Songwriter With John Chisum

7/14/2019
00:40:16
Are you an aspiring singer-songwriter wondering how to get heard by the right people in Nashville? Do you have a testimony and wondering how to become a successful songwriter online or through songwriting contests? Are you struggling with technique and wondering where the best songwriting classes are and online songwriter training can be found? Look no further because Christian music songwriting veteran John Chisum has filled this episode with key insights on how to write a christian song like never before and what it takes to become a Nashville songwriter. John draws from over 35 years of professional expertise and success to help you as he shares the one thing you need to know now to succeed as a songwriter. Be sure to download his free gift of The Songbuilders Blueprint®, a new tool that helps you see exactly what each line and section of your song should do, how they interact to build a powerful song people could love the world over, at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/blueprint Check out all the fine resources we offer at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
This is a FUN one, Y'all! Gordon Mote is a legendary session player around Nashville, known for his work with Rascal Flats, Faith Hill, George Strait, Dolly Parton, and... well... the list is endless. Gordon is also a wildly successful artist and songwriter in his own right. We let this one go a bit longer than usual because we just felt like there was too much gold to cut. Join us on Gordon's back porch in Franklin, Tennessee, for an engaging conversation with a living legend. One of the best ways for you to keep the creativity flowing is to become an NCS member. For the cost of a couple fast food meals, you can take your songwriting to the next level. It's really a no-brainer, right? HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now, you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
Are you afraid of being rejected? Be honest with yourself - do you want other people to approve of you? We all want love and affirmation from our peers, and creatives are even more sensitive to that. Today, John Chisum sets the stage to help you overcome your fear of rejection, and boost your confidence as a songwriter, so that you can share your gift more freely and with fewer limitations. One of the best ways for you to keep the creativity flowing is to become an NCS member. For the cost of a couple fast food meals, you can take your songwriting to the next level. It's really a no-brainer, right? HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now, you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
Is it possible to keep your testimony fresh after telling it night after night on tour in different cities - in front of different crowds - before thousands of people? Listen in now as founder/lead singer of Seventh Day Slumber, Joseph Rojas, shares his testimony of deliverance from a $400 a day cocaine habit - through the prayers of his Mom - and how that testimony stays fresh after two decades of ministry through this iconic Christian band. Closer To Chaos, the much anticipated new studio recording released May 31 on RockFest Records?the groundbreaking label founded by Seventh Day Slumber frontman Rojas last year?Closer To Chaos finds the group returning to their melodic rock roots with a collection of 10 brand new songs. Produced by Seventh Day Slumber's Jeremy Holderfield, with three selections co-produced and co-written by Disciple's Josiah Prince, Closer To Chaos tackles a range of issues, including emotional trauma, self-worth and sobriety, among other topics. It became obvious in our conversation that this difficult yet beautiful story of redemption had a lot of twists and turns, in retrospect, but that it's a story that is still being written as Joe's teenage son, Blaise, is now part of the band and helping live out his Dad's legacy in rock and roll evangelism that's reaching even younger generations. One of the best ways for you to keep the creativity flowing is to become an NCS member. For the cost of a couple fast food meals, you can take your songwriting to the next level. It's really a no-brainer, right? HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now, you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
Have you ever wondered if there was just one step between you and the kind of impact you want with your songs? Do you get frustrated with all the noise out there promising you things they can't deliver - - all the hype and clamoring about their version of success if you do it their way? Or do you ever pray and ask God, "What's the one thing I need most to fulfill this call I feel You've placed on me?!" In today's show, veteran songwriter and publisher, John Chisum, shares with you eight things you can do right now to get you on your way to songwriting success. Inspired by a recent Facebook post from award-winning Nashville producer, Sal Oliveri (Kathy Lee Gifford/Pink), John breaks down the hype and gives you a fresh perspective on how you can, and must, fulfill the call God has placed on your life to tell your stories, share your testimony, and be heard for the songwriter you are born to be. One of the best ways for you to keep the creativity flowing is to become an NCS member. For the cost of a couple fast food meals, you can take your songwriting to the next level. It's really a no-brainer, right? HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now, you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
David Leonard has a pure heart to worship Jesus through unbridled poetry and song. He admits that he rarely writes alone, and brings along a cast of songwriting superstars to help craft a "NEW" sound of worship. His career with "Jackson Waters", "All Sons and Daughters", and "NEEDTOBREATHE", has helped David clarify his voice of authentic worship that elevates both the Church, and the seeker. His new solo project aims to make Jesus famous, and connect the hearts of men with the heart of the Father. Enjoy this conversation with David Leonard, and share in his successes and hurdles, as he journeys toward the "new sound". One of the best ways for you to keep the creativity flowing is to become an NCS member. For the cost of a couple fast food meals, you can take your songwriting to the next level. It's really a no-brainer, right? HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now, you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
It's really easy to get stuck in the cycles that drain your creativity. When your creativity tank is empty, how do you fill it? In this amazing songwriting masterclass, John Chisum gives 3 practical tools on how to get your creativity flowing again. One of the best ways for you to keep the creativity flowing is to become an NCS member. For the cost of a couple fast food meals, you can take your songwriting to the next level. It's really a no-brainer, right? HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now, you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
In a world that increasingly streams music rather than purchasing albums, 20,000 sales in week 1 is more than impressive. It's clearly a testament to the depth and quality of the songs and worship coming out of the "Thrive Worship" community at Bayside Church in California. Lincoln Brewster lends his expertise as oversight for the group, and the maturity shines through this collection of songs. Enjoy a raw and un-plugged conversation with the core songwriters and leadership behind Thrive Worship. You can learn more and get their new album here: http://thriveworship.band One of the best ways for you to ensure you never deal with the Writers Block myth ever again is to become an NCS member. For the cost of a couple fast food meals, you can take your songwriting to the next level. It's really a no-brainer, right? HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine.
Writers Block is not a real thing. It's a cruel myth. It has crippled quality writers for centuries, and the sad part is that it never had to. Because it doesn't exist... well... it may exist in your mind. But, YOU can conquer it's cruelty once and for all! One of the best ways for you to ensure you never deal with the Writers Block myth ever again is to become an NCS member. For the cost of a couple fast food meals, you can take your songwriting to the next level. It's really a no-brainer, right? HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we would love for you to help us spread the word! The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your morning commute, workout, or daily routine. We are so excited to have "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast episode! Word Worship serves worship leaders by bringing the best in current worship music, helping cut through the noise to discover the songs that will help bring the church into a deeper expression of love and praise to God. You can check out all of their resources and sign up for some free resources over at wordworship.com.
Every now and then a very unique voice comes along that cannot be ignored. Such is the voice of aspiring songwriter and artist, Shalom Mukamuri, an international transplant from Zimbabwe with a heart for Jesus and the talent to match it. Shalom's distinctive vocals and fresh song approaches are already capturing the attention of the Nashville music community. A unique blend of his African heritage and global pop, Shalom's desire for racial reconciliation, his hunger to lead others in worship, and our need for personal wholeness as believers are unmistakable themes flowing from this millennial artist. In this episode, John Chisum explores Shalom's call to global music and his struggle to develop world-class songs that can break through the crowded marketplace. If you're an aspiring songwriter, artist, or singer-songwriter, you're going to love hearing the real time process Shalom is involved in as he seeks to fulfill his calling. CONNECT WITH SHALOM: http://shalommukamuri.com/   The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast episode! Word Worship serves worship leaders by bringing the best in current worship music, helping cut through the noise to discover the songs that will help bring the church into a deeper expression of love and praise to God. You can check out all of their resources and sign up for some free resources over at wordworship.com.   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we??d love for you to help us spread the word!
Do you believe God wants to use you in fresh ways today, no matter your age? Is there a dream in your heart to fulfill that you doubt even God could bring to pass? If so, you'll find a lot of encouragement in this episode with returning music makers, Jed & Claire Seneca. Jed is a published country songwriter married to an amazing vocalist, Claire. They burst onto the music scene 25 years ago as a husband/wife duo and caught a lot of attention, back ?then?. But what about now? After decades away planting churches around the country and raising a family, can they revive their dreams of impacting the world with their songs again? This is a must-listen episode for all aspiring Christian songwriters, regardless of your age, as Jed & Claire share their experience and hope that God is up to something new in their lives and music. jedandclaire.com   The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast episode! Word Worship serves worship leaders by bringing the best in current worship music, helping cut through the noise to discover the songs that will help bring the church into a deeper expression of love and praise to God. You can check out all of their resources and sign up for some free resources over at wordworship.com.   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we??d love for you to help us spread the word!
What does it look like to write vertical "Jesus Focused" worship songs? John Larson is the worship director for Church Of The Highlands in Alabama, and is excited to share a glimpse of their journey writing the songs for their new Highlands Worship project "Jesus You Alone" [GET IT HERE] You can learn more about Highlands Worship and the Church of The Highlands at their website: http://churchofthehighlands.com   The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast episode! Word Worship serves worship leaders by bringing the best in current worship music, helping cut through the noise to discover the songs that will help bring the church into a deeper expression of love and praise to God. You can check out all of their resources and sign up for some free resources over at wordworship.com.   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we??d love for you to help us spread the word!
If you are a singer-songwriter, go behind the scenes for a peek into the professional Christian music industry with Jonathan Mason of Word Worship. Jonathan is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and has a deep passion for music and ministry. As the Director of Word Worship, he oversees the artistry and publishing of songwriters such as Sarah Reeves, Big Daddy Weave, Francesca Battistelli, Meredith Andrews, Benji and Jenna Cowart, and many more you'll hear about in this interview. Jonathan is authentic, passionate about God and the songwriters he serves, and his heart is to resource the church worldwide. Word Worship serves worship leaders by bringing the best in current worship music, helping cut through the noise to discover the songs that will help bring the church into a deeper expression of love and praise to God. You can check out all of their resources and sign up for some free resources over at wordworship.com. The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast! We can't wait to bring you more heavy hitting episodes with other amazing artists on their roster. To learn more about "Word Worship", check out http://wordworship.com   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/ If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we??d love for you to help us spread the word!
Francesca Battistelli gives us a peek under the hood of her songwriting process, share her heart for Worship, and answers the question "How do you balance everything?"   You can connect with her on: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/francescabattistelli Instagram https://www.instagram.com/francescamusic/ or Website https://francescamusic.com   The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast! We can't wait to bring you more heavy hitting episodes with other amazing artists on their roster. To learn more about "Word Worship", check out http://wordworship.com   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"When I look back, it's been very, very clear to me that God has been an ever-present help in time of need," says internationally acclaimed independent singer-songwriter, Solveig Leithaug. A witness to God's provision as a single mother of three while struggling to fulfill her call to Christian music, she admits she is one of those artists for whom "the songs just never stopped coming."   Solveig's long career has touched the world through her pristine vocals and masterful guitar skills, appearing in 20 countries, winning a Dove Award, continuing to record, and appearing on Gaither Homecoming videos. As one of Norway's top recording artists (now based in the US), Solveig offers a purity of heart and voice that is rare in today's music world.     Releasing her 19th recording "Riverside: Hymns and Spiritual Songs," Solveig continues a legacy of Christian worship passed down from her musical parents. Originally begun as part of a Lenten Hymn Series she arranged each day for her Facebook fans, the project caught in her home church and soon many people were sharing out the beautiful hymn arrangements and requesting she record them.   Produced by Steve Hindalong (The Choir) and featuring powerful musicians like Stuart Duncan (mandolin/fiddle), Matt Slocum (Cello), Hannah Sorrells (violin), Odessa Settles (vocals), and Solveig's daughter, Kari Julianna Leithaug (vocals), Riverside: Hymns & Spiritual Songs is another treasure to add to your collection of Solveig's masterful work.   The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast! We can't wait to bring you more heavy hitting episodes with other amazing artists on their roster. To learn more about "Word Worship", check out http://wordworship.com   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
Being on staff at Elevation Church seems like a dream job, and though there were many positive elements, fear and anxiety found a foothold. London Gatch shares her journey of overcoming anxiety, and finding her voice as an independent artist. The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast! We can't wait to bring you more heavy hitting episodes with other amazing artists on their roster. To learn more about "Word Worship", check out http://wordworship.com   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
Are we going back to old hymns and throwing out the modern worship song-book? LifeWay Worship's Creative Director Craig Adams helps us understand the new trend in modern worship music. Bridging the gap between the old and new seems to be a new trend. What's that all about? Find out in this engaging and insightful episode. The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast! We can't wait to bring you more heavy hitting episodes with other amazing artists on their roster. To learn more about "Word Worship", check out http://wordworship.com   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
Let's be honest. You want your music to reach the ends of the earth and bless people all over the world. Have you ever found yourself wondering how to get your songs in front of more of the "right people"? Well, in this second installment of a two part talk, we go through some practical action steps you can take to effectively build a lasting audience for your music. Our guest is Peter Hartzell, owner of Tree House Media in Nashville, Tennessee. Peter specializes in creative content marketing strategies that really work. He offers some powerful insights gleaned from his many years in music, advertising, and marketing. If you are trying to figure out how to build and sustain a lasting audience for your music, these next two episodes are for you. You can connect with Peter and Tree House Media at www.TreeHouseMediaCo.com The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast! We can't wait to bring you more heavy hitting episodes with other amazing artists on their roster. To learn more about "Word Worship", check out http://wordworship.com   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
Everyone wants their music to reach as many people as possible, but knowing how to actually get your music out to the ends of the earth can feel impossible. In this special two parter, we dive in to some practical tips on how to effectively build a lasting audience for your music. Our guest is Peter Hartzell, owner of Tree House Media in Nashville, Tennessee. Peter specializes in creative content marketing strategies that really work. He offers some powerful insights gleaned from his many years in music, advertising, and marketing. If you are trying to figure out how to build and sustain a lasting audience for your music, these next two episodes are for you. You can connect with Peter and Tree House Media at www.TreeHouseMediaCo.com The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast! We can't wait to bring you more heavy hitting episodes with other amazing artists on their roster. To learn more about "Word Worship", check out http://wordworship.com   HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Now you can join a powerful community of dedicated Christian songwriters by becoming an exclusive Nashville Christian Songwriters Member! Tap into your greatest creativity with monthly masterclasses, articles, videos, deep discounts, and so much more - just click here to grab your seat at the table: https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership/   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
Meredith Andrews has been in full time music and ministry for over a decade, and has learned that the accolades and exposure have meant very little compared to the joy of growing closer to Jesus by living a lifestyle of surrender. Meredith's new LIVE worship album "Faith and Wonder" is a beautiful journal entry and testimony of the goodness of God. Though her accolades and accomplishments are impressive, what's even more amazing is her heart to serve Jesus and love selflesly. [Listen to "Faith and WONDER" wherever you get your music, and learn more about Meredith at https://meredithandrews.com] The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are so excited to welcome "Word Worship" as a sponsor of this podcast! Meredith is associated with "Word Worship", and we can't wait to bring you more heavy hitting episodes with other amazing artists on their roster. To learn more about "Word Worship", check out http://wordworship.com   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
Dave Pittman is a masterful song crafter with a world-class singing voice that may have never been realized. When Dave was young, he was bullied because of his battle with Tourette Syndrome. It got so bad that at age 10, he attempted to end his own life. Now, Dave is a beacon of light and hope for anyone who hears his powerful voice and testimony. As an American Idol contestant, Dave is no stranger to the spotlight, and today we champion all the wonderful things Dave has to share. His new album is available now. Learn more at www.davepittmanlive.com The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. Tap into massive resources, increase your inspiration and creativity, and be part of a thriving community of dedicated Christian songwriters by joining NCS Membership today! Share your songs, experience live and interactive monthly masterclasses, read powerful songwriting articles, watch videos, and get discounts on events and other resources as part of your NCS Membership benefits! Click here to read more and join today! www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/membership We are exploring exciting new partner sponsorships that will provide even more growth opportunities for you as you journey with us. As early adopters, you are sitting in prime position to reap the greatest benefit for your time and investment, so don't wait to get involved! How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word! MUSIC CREDITS: DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE (Featuring Seth & Nirva) by Tyrus Morgan, Chad Mattson and James Tealy admin by Right Angle Music (ASCAP) Centricity Publishing (ASCAP) (admin@CapitolCMGPublishing.com) Centricity Songs (BMI) (adminCapitolCMGPublishing.com)   FALL TO PIECES Dave Pittman, David Ray eTIPP (SESAC) Six Eighteen Music (ASCAP)   I'D RATHER HAVE JESUS (Public Domain)   HOPE'S SONG David Ray SIx Eighteen Music (ASCAP)
In this very special episode, John sat down with our new podcast producer, Peter Hartzell (www.treehousemediaco.com) to talk about the #1 thing YOU should be doing to reach a larger audience with your songs. Peter is an entrepreneur and master content marketer, with high-visibility clients in both the corporate and private sectors. He is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter, and creative that carries an equally strong handle on how things work in the business world. If you chose to apply the principles laid out in todays podcast, you will be setting off on the right track to getting your songs in front of more people than ever before. We recorded this episode as a special Facebook Live update, and are excited to make some big announcements. The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to helping you grow as a songwriter and worshiper, so to take it to the 'next level', we will now be releasing our podcast on Mondays. Our goal is that this podcast is something for you to look forward to on your Mondays morning commute, workout, or new-week routine. We are exploring exciting new partner sponsorships that will provide even more growth opportunities for you as you journey with us. As early adopters, you are sitting in prime position to reap the greatest benefit for your time and investment, so don't wait to get involved!   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"Get outside of your comfort zone to create."   The Song Revolution Podcast is dedicated to bringing you the most interesting people that we can find. People that you haven't heard from ever before, or haven't' realized have had such a significant influence on the Christian Music industry worldwide. This week John Chisum sits down with a legend in the industry. Darrell Harris co-founded Starsong Records in 1976. During the 70s and 80s, he signed and developed incredible artists including Petra, Newsboys, and The Gaither Vocal Band. During his time in the industry, he had the opportunity to work with artists including the Imperialists, Nicole Nordeman, Twilah Paris, Kim Hill, and Phillips Craig and Dean.   "While the music isn't as simple of an equation today as it was, it's a much more open playing field."   Since leaving the music industry in 1996, Darrell has been actively involved in the academic study of worship. He is the Dean of the Chaplain for Robert E. Weber Institute of Worship Studies. Darrell has such a rich and varied background and contributes such a unique perspective to the contemporary worship conversation. In this episode, he contributes amazing insights into the concept of creativity, spirituality, and contemporary worship. Listen in and be blessed. "The only way these songs have any meaning at all is because the Lord was knitting them all together"   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
  "It's God that orders our steps. If you want to enjoy success, don't chase after the market, chase after God." - Greg Nelson   This week on The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum had the honor of sitting with award-winning Christian Music Producer, Greg Nelson. Greg has produced recordings for artists such as Sandi Patty, Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Twila Paris, Michael Crawford, and Richard Smallwood. He has received 20 Dove Awards and over 30 nominations, 7 Grammy Awards, 13 Grammy nominations, along with a host of other awards and recognitions. He has written hundreds of songs and also co-written successful neo-classical works that have toured internationally. Although he has achieved such incredible success in his music career, Greg is one of the most humble and authentic men you could ever meet. His interview reveals the depths of his heart, and his genuine desire to pursue the calling that God has placed on his life no matter the circumstance.   "I'm not the best. I'm not the worst. I don't keep score, I just write, and God uses it." - Greg Nelson   This article is full of priceless advice for the songwriter to take to heart. Greg discusses the importance of pursuing your life's message. When you are clear on the mission the God has given for your life, and you pursue it with all of your heart, it is God who brings the increase. Success is found when we focus on chasing after the passion God has given us, instead of trying to fit what we're doing inside the framework of what is currently trending on the charts.   Greg shares his journey to songwriting success, and what it was like to make a shift in his focus when inspirational music became less popular. Instead of hanging onto a genre that was fading or pursuing a popular genre that was outside of his giftings, Greg dove into the neo-classical works. He continued pursuing the genres that made his heart sing, and God used that passion to create long-lasting success.   Listen in to hear more about Greg's story, timeless wisdom for aspiring songwriters, the best way to achieve success in songwriting, and how Greg has maintained a sense of humility in the face of incredible success.   "Writing for the market goes by the wayside. Instead, write what the Lord has placed on your heart." - Greg Nelson   If you would like to know more about Greg and his story, check out his book, Runaway Horse.   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Greg Nelson- 1:24 The Secret to Success - 10:32 Greg's Songwriting Story - 23:45 Greg's Oratorios - 31:12 The Importance of Writing from Scripture - 37:39 Greg's TedX Talk - 47:57 The Wide World of Song Possibility - 53:42 Wrap Up - 1:01:12 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"Listen to that voice inside you. Follow that calling, especially if it doesn't make sense. Pay attention to that voice, and find a way to honor it." - Dan Keen   This week on The Song Revolution Podcast, Dan Keen talks about the journey to pursuing your passion, and the milestones achieved along the way. Dan is a Belmont University educator in Nashville, Tennessee. Belmont is one of the most popular music business schools in the country. Dan served as an adjunct professor for 16 years, before being hired full-time. Music has been Dan's focus for the majority of his life, and his experience in the music industry is broad and diverse. He held a 15-year tenure as an executive with ASCAP and worked with incredible artists including Paramore, Chris Young, Rivers Rutherford, Nickel Creek, Mercy Me, and Rachel Thibodeau. He has also served with the Bluegrass Association and has experience writing jingles for major brands. He is hilarious and authentic and has incredible insight to offer to songwriters and musicians.     "There is no failure, as long as you learn something." - Dan Keen   In this episode, Dan shares his journey through different realms of music and incredible opportunities with the music industry that finally led to his job at Belmont. He shares that when he was hired at Belmont, he realized that it was the passion and purpose he had been pursuing all along.  Many times your calling in life doesn't make sense until later, and we might not even realize what it is until we're right in the midst of it. There's a continual process of following the path before us, even if we can only see the next step.   Keen shares so much great advice for aspiring songwriters, musicians, and really anyone who is hoping to break into the music industry. He shares the best way to find success is to ask yourself two questions. What are the needs of the creative people and how can you bridge that gap? Instead of boxing yourself in with a particular role in the industry, look to solve a problem, meet a need, and find out how that will impact the world around you.   The other advice Keen shares is, "if you want to catch a fish, you have to think like a fish." Identify the people you are trying to reach with your music, and then find out where they hang out. Give those people what they need, and meet them in their environment.   "The inspiration comes from God, but there's also work involved. You have to learn the craft. It's like any other artform. Learn how to craft your music so people can receive your message." - Dan Keen Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Dan Keen - 1:38 Dan's Story - 6:27 Dan's Current Work at Belmont University - 27:54 For the Love of Bluegrass - 31:26 Work with Nickel Creek, Ricky Skaggs, and Other Groups - 37:12 The Evolution of the Music Industry - 43:25 Focus for Songwriters - 51:23 Information About Belmont - 57:39 Wrap Up - 1:03:12 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Episode 100 - Taking Worship to the World with Don Moen

1/18/2019
01:09:12
"Many years ago the Lord spoke to me and he said, 'Just be yourself.' When God opens the door and puts me on the platform I do a lot better if I walk in my own anointing and who God made me to be. I can't be as hip and cool as others, but they can't be me." - Don Moen   This week on the Song Revolution Podcast, we celebrate our 100th episode with singer-songwriter, Don Moen. Don has written over 100 worship songs and led worship services on every continent but Antartica. Don has also received a Dove Award for his work on the musical "God With Us" and has received multiple Dove Award nominations for his songs, CDs and choral resources. In addition to his writing and recording, Don has had the opportunity to sing with Chris Tomlin, Twila Paris, Darlene Zschech, Andrea Bocelli, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, and others. Don Moen is truly an inspiration in his heart for worship, his incredible talent, and his mission statement to be an architect who designs products and events that help people experience God's presence in new and fresh ways.   "Worship is a common denominator. It crosses generations, cultures, denominations... what connects with people is the heart of worship. It brings down barriers." - Don Moen   Don has been in ministry for over three decades and has literally journeyed around the world to create worship experiences for the nations. In this episode, he shares stories of some of his travels, including a worship service his team was able to do in Katar. John Chisum and Don talk about the future of the worship industry, and the new sound that will rise from worship songwriters in the coming years. Don gives some timeless wisdom and techniques for honing the craft of songwriting. Don truly is an inspiration and is full of wisdom for aspiring songwriters and worshippers.   "I believe the new sound is going to be the sound of the psalms, the sound of authenticity, the sound of suffering, the sound of crying out even in the midst of our pain, rather than a sugar-coated glossiness." - John Chisum   This past year, Don released a book, full of inspirational wisdom, and stories of his travel. You can find the book here.   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction: Celebrating Our 100th Episode // Don Moen - 1:32 Don's Journeys Around the World - 12:56 The Power of Just Being Yourself - 19:24 Creating a Song Revolution - 35:24 Worship, Suffering, and Faithfulness - 38:13 The Practice of Crafting a Song - 48:35 Don's Resources - 1:00:37 Wrap Up - 1:07:16 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Indie Artist and Hit Songwriter Christa Wells

1/12/2019
00:59:40
Christa Wells is an American singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee, with over 15 years experience in the music industry.As an indie artist, Christa has released five albums, developing a signature alternative-pop sound that is fresh, soulful, and enduring. Her latest project,Velveteen (April 2018) chronicles her own journey through suffering, singing relentless hope across the wide spaces of loss.In 2013 she also teamed up with fellow singer-songwriter Nicole Witt to create a folk-inspired collection of worship music under band name More Than Rubies.An award-winning songwriter, Christa has also collaborated with other Nashville artists to write hit songs such as "Held" (Natalie Grant), "Need You Now" + "God Help Me" (Plumb), and "Red Sea Road" (Ellie Holcomb.Christa is passionate about encouraging + mentoring fellow artists. In addition to devoting regular time to one-on-one songwriting coaching, she also serves one week each summer on staff with Masterpiece Ministries, an arts camp for high school students. Along with Nicole Witt, she co-founded a creative support community called Artist And, which hosts periodic songwriting and creative/spiritual retreats. How to get involved Follow Christa on Social and find more info at http://www.christawellsmusic.com Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Andrew Ripp on Addiction, Authenticity, and Artistry

1/4/2019
00:50:18
"Throughout our process we've learned what it feels like when friends carry the weight with you. And the only way to get there is to be vulnerable and let other people into your struggle. If they don't know, they can't lift it."   This week on The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum talks about authenticity with singer-songwriter Andrew Ripp. Andrew recently released The Heart, the first half of a new album, The Heart & The Soul. His music is full of strong hooks, and is written in a very lyric forward manner. While he is an extremely talented artist, this interview is full of wisdom about family, forgiveness, vulnerability, and being more than a conqueror!   "If I want God's dream over my life rather than mine, I have to be willing to let go of everything I know. Learning how to rest and quiet the noise has done wonders in my life. We have to learn how to get quiet."   Andrew feels passionately about the importance of vulnerability. He and John talk about Andrew's journey to overcome alcoholism, and how he triumphed over this addiction and gained greater strength and perspective. His thoughts regarding the strength found in the midst of surrender are challenging and truly inspiring. There are times when we surrender is necessary to make space for something new. Andrew's surrender led the way to freedom, and new opportunity. Listen in to hear more about Andrew's life, lessons he has learned as a husband and artist, and how he and his wife abruptly entered the realm of parenthood just a couple of months ago!   "WIth themes in songs, I don't really think about it while I'm writing them. Sometimes songwriters try to write the song, instead of waiting for the song to reveal itself. The best songs come when they unfold, and you just get out of the way."   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Guest Name - 1:26 Andrew's Story - 6:02 Marriage, Family, and Forgiveness. - 12:17 The Freedom of Surrender - 29:23 Andrew's Journey to Find Freedom From Alcoholism - 33:12 Andrew's new EP The Heart - 41:22 Wrap Up - 48:13 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
Tim Timmons' life has always been one of adventure, but for the first time, the singer/songwriter feels awake enough to actually live it. After nearly two decades of ministry and a lifetime as a believer, Timmons is no stranger to the tenets of the Christian faith. Now he finds himself moving beyond believer to follower, awake and alive to the nearness of Jesus. His sophomore album, Awake Our Souls(Reunion Records), is a portrait of Timmons' own awakening and an invitation for every listener to discover the abundant life beyond belief."We talk about all these things I've known about my whole life?like freedom in Jesus and overwhelming joy?but I've never known it until now, and it's just this awakening in my soul," the singer shares. "The goal of this record is to invite people into a new reality of the Kingdom of God that is around us all the time. Here are ten songs?ten prayers?that help me practically live in the availability and the truth of God's Kingdom," he says. "It's a huge concept?the Kingdom of God... We have power, but who lives as though the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of us? Jesus is saying, 'You can do anything I did.'"In this episode, John Chisum yuks it up with the very affable Timmons and talks about Timmons' recent spiritual awakening from professional Christian to authentic believer and how it's affected his entire life, ministry, family, songwriting, and world outlook. Armed with a new contentment in his soul, Timmons' songs have taken on a whole new depth that is nothing short of incendiary to passive, cultural Christianity.For all the latest information on Tim Timmons, including music, and touring, go towww.TimTimmonsMusic.com,  and check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
New Integrity Music artist Alisa Turner is no stranger to tragedy. She lost her worship leader Dad to a sudden heart attack when she was a 20-year old aspiring Nashville singer-songwriter, was bedridden for six years with Lymes Disease, and lost her infant son, London, 71 minutes after he was born. Yet, her heart looms large with love for God, worship, and others, and her laughter and smiles are truly infectious. In this deeply personal episode, John Chisum and Alisa dig into how she has managed to stay not only positive, but outright effervescent in the face of such losses and offer to the world an endless sense of hope despite the pain. Her worship is deep and the solid biblical foundations of her life support the profound and powerful messages in her songs. The Integrity Music Press Release says of Turner, "Worship artist Alisa Turner sings with passion and vulnerability. Her songs capture something almost mystical, yet deeply rooted in the hard stuff of the "now and not yet" grit of the everyday. It's the lilt and innocence in her voice and the heartbreaking, but hopeful truth of her story. That story is inextricably woven throughout her self-titled EP (Integrity Music) in a tapestry of grief, suffering, hope and redemption for which there is only one appropriate response: unfettered, unfiltered worship." An independent artist for over a decade, Alisa's debut self-titled album produced by Michael Farren is available now as pre-sale and for downloads August 25th. In this episode, John and Alisa enjoy a candid, warm, and often funny conversation as they talk about: Hot chocolate on hot days (she's obviously a "choco-holic") Co-writing with high level songwriters like Word Music writer Tony Wood (29 #1 songs and counting), James Galbraith, Jessica Campbell, and Michael Farren How authentic ministry comes from tremendous tragedy and loss and how to craft songs even in the sorrow What it's like to be "discovered" as an independent artist and find herself signed to Integrity Music Insights into her songwriting process, melody writing, and co-writing (and why she always takes food to cowrites!) How she thinks about writing melodies to words on the page Why she's excited about gearing up for her radio concert tour with Greg Sykes And more... For more information on Alisa Turner,visit www.alisaturner.com, or connect with her via Twitter @alisaturner, Instagram @alisaturnermusic and Facebook. Turner's music is also available at iTunes, Apple Music,  Google Play and Spotify. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
By all accounts, Tony Wood is the epitome of successful Christian songwriting. Take five minutes now to read the following list of artists who've recorded his songs and then ask yourself if Tony Wood might not have something very valuable to say to you about how to craft songs that span genres, styles, and even generations.With over 700 songs recorded in the Christian music marketplace, Tony Wood songs have been recorded by Point Of Grace, Michael W. Smith, SELAH, 4-Him, Sandi Patty, Natalie Grant, Avalon, Ginny Owens, Mark Schultz, Brian Littrell (of the Backstreet Boys), Matt Redman, KUTLESS, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris August, Mark Hall (of Casting Crowns), Group 1 Crew, Big Daddy Weave, Pocket Full of Rocks, FFH, Mandisa, Chris Sligh, Mark Harris, Francesca Battistelli, Colton Dixon, Nicole C. Mullen, Larnelle Harris, All Star United, Building 429, Jason Crabb, Joy Williams, Hawk Nelson, Jaci Valesquez, 33 Miles, Steve Green, PASSION, Gaither Vocal Band, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Royal Tailor, About A Mile, Petra, 7eventh Time Down, Kari Jobe, Anthony Evans, Wayne Watson, Meredith Andrews, Kim Hill, the Museum, Oak Ridge Boys, Don Moen, Rush Of Fools, Kathy Troccoli, Lincoln Brewster, OBB, Moriah Peters, Matt Wertz, Mike Donehey (of Tenth Avenue North), 1 Girl Nation, Aaron*Jeoffrey, Sidewalk Prophets, Guy Penrod, Booth Brothers, Cindy Morgan, Mark Lowry, Geoff Moore, Greg Long, Ricky Skaggs, Travis Cottrell, Kerrie Roberts, Clay Crosse, Scott Krippayne, Talley Trio, Bob Carlisle, Nichol Sponberg, Bill Gaither, Babbie Mason, Christy Nockels, Ian Eskelin, Steve Camp, Jonny Diaz, Russ Taff, Gold City, Ray Boltz, Jill Phillips, Paul Baloche, Aaron Shust, Leeland Mooring, Rob Mathes, Wayne Haun, Michael English, BarlowGirl, Sheila Walsh, Warren Barfield, Joseph Habedank, I AM THEY, Amber Nelon Thompson, Ronnie Freeman, TaRanda Greene, Brian Free and Assurance, NEWSONG, Susan Ashton, Veritas, Jim Brady Trio, Jody McBrayer, Matthew West, Tim Rushlow, Jessica Simpson, All Things New, Todd Agnew, Ronan Tynan, Legacy Five, Janet Paschall, Nelons, OBB, Kim Boyce, Gary Chapman, the Martins, Charles Billingsley, Russ Lee, Michael O'Brien, GLAD, First Call, Imperials, Karen Peck & New River, TRUTH, Alisa Turner and even more...If you're not impressed with that list, you're listening to the wrong podcast.In this episode, John Chisum has a fun and very valuable conversation with Tony about his humble beginnings and the leap of faith that brought him to Nashville with no connections, no guarantees, and only the faith that God had called him to become a Christian songwriter. Tony shares candidly about the long journey through trials and setbacks that required a lot of tenacity and faith for him to "make it" years after he settled here with his first song being recorded, as well as his uncertainty that the "next song will ever come."You can read more about Tony Wood on his website at tonywoodonline.com and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @tonywood_exit71.For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information! How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
Best known as co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the British worship band Delirious? with Martin Smith, Stu Garrard helped shape the modern worship movement. Famous for culture-shifting songs like Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble and I Could Sing of Your Love Forever, Garrard helped to capture and define worship for an entire generation as Delirious? traveled the world leading millions in worship and even opening for Bon Jovi. In this episode, John Chisum visits with Stu G around his new release called "The Beatitudes Project," a full-length record featuring songs Stu co-wrote with industry-leading artists Amy Grant, Audrey Assad, Michael W. Smith, All Sons and Daughters, Joel Houston, and many more. The album is accompanied by a book, Words from the Hill (An Invitation to the Unexpected) released in April by NavPress, and a documentary film, View from the Hill, now in production. In this episode, John and Stu discussed not only The Beatitudes Project, but great moments in Stu's career, what it's like to co-write with amazing artists, and offered songwriting advice to aspiring writers. About Stugiology Music: Stugiology Music is a record label formed by Stu Garrard, who is perhaps best-known as the guitarist / songwriter for the RIAA Certified Gold-selling, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning British band Delirious?. He is also a founding member of One Sonic Society (although no longer with the band) and recorded and released his first solo project in 2013, Of Burdens, Birds, and Stars. When not touring with Michael W. Smith or adding his sonic paint to Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Meredith Andrews, All Sons & Daughters, Amy Grant and many others' recordings, Garrard is writing, recording, speaking, leading worship and working with JHS on a custom line of guitar pedals. He lives in Nashville with his wife Karen. For all the latest Stu Garrard news and tour information, go to www.stugworld.com. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Over the past decade, Aaron Shust has earned a reputation as one of Christian music's most compelling songwriters and a vocalist of considerable depth and passion. He was named both New Artist and Songwriter of the Year at the 2007 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and the impact of his song, "My Savior My God" was recognized with the Song of the Year honor. He has continued to build on that early promise to become one of the community's most creative and trusted voices. Shust is well known for such hits as "My Hope is in You," which spent 14 weeks at No. 1, "No One Higher," which hit the summit on the Inspirational chart and "Ever Be," which made its way to No. 3 on the NCA chart. "O Come O Come Emmanuel" has become a perennial holiday favorite, earning acclaim as the most played song each December for 10 years in a row. In this episode, John Chisum connects with the authentic Shust on family, songs, touring, and how to keep life real in the midst of success as a Contemporary Christian Artist and popular worship leader. You can connect with Aaron at aaronshust.com and on Twitter and Instagram @aaronshust. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Trevor Graves is an aspiring songwriter hoping to be heard in Nashville. His acoustic songs and sound are a blend of classic CCM with fresh influences a la John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum highlights Trevor's songs and sincere call to write for Jesus.As a client of Nashville Christian Songwriters' coaching program, Mastering the Art & Craft of Christian Songwriting, Trevor shares about his journey into commercial songwriting and the development of three songs during the show, which he also performs. Listeners will immediately recognize his talent and the quality of his work.Songwriters looking for inspiration and many nuggets about the craft of songwriting won't be disappointed in this episode as they follow the development of a very talented and developing songwriter, Trevor Graves.   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
The Song Revolution Podcast EP 91 Writing Good Good Father and Finding Inspiration with Pat Barrett   "Surround yourself with people that challenge you, and pray for you, and can see more clearly, and help you know the direction you should take in your music."   In this episode of the Song Revolution Podcast, John sits down with Pat Barrett. Pat is the lead vocalist of the band Housefires, and co-writer of the song, "Good Good Father." He is the debut artist on Chris Tomlin's Label, Boyer & Bow, and released a self-titled solo album on July 20th of this year.   "I found such energy and hope realizing that I can contribute. I get the opportunity to contribute to the conversation of how we talk about God, and why this message even matters and that it can change our lives, and the way we love each other."   John and Pat discuss the backstory of the award-winning song, "Good Good Father." The song has won multiple awards, including "Song of the Year" at the GMA Dove Awards. Chris Tomlin and Pat also co-wrote a children's book of the same name, which has currently sold almost 200,000 copies.   Pat has years of experience writing, singing, and leading in the worship community. John and Pat discuss worship music, and give unique perspective to the transformational value that can be found in worship. While the primary purpose of worship is to bring us into the presence of God, introspective worship can help us take a look at our own hearts. As we allow ourselves to become closer to the heart of God, it will affect all areas of our lives.     "In my songwriting process, I've tried to be sensitive and awake to the things that inspire me... I try to follow that feeling, and not force myself to put a song in a certain framework or mold... Become a disciple of the things that move you."   Pat and John give helpful tips and techniques to assist songwriters in all genres. Becoming more aware of our surroundings, and the things that move us, can lead to our creation of music that will inspire the same feeling in others.     If you haven't already, check out Pat Barrett's EP on iTunes!   https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pat-barrett-ep/1392775335 Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Pat Barrett - 1:28 Story Behind "Good Good Father"- 5:45 Current Work and Community- 13:12 Pat's Motivations for Writing - 24:40 Pat's Songwriting Process- 29:48 Advice to Songwriters - 36:32 Wrap Up - 39:12 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"When we are writing songs that connect people to God, part of that process is pushing fear out of the way"   In episode 90, John sits down with Worship Leader and Songwriter, Chris McClarney. Chris grew up in the church as the son of a Youth Pastor and met Jesus at a very young age. When he was 14, he began leading worship for a small group, which led to full-time ministry in local churches and inner-city ministries across Nashville.   "My personal style of leading worship is seeking moments, as opposed to just playing songs really well"   Chris' powerful worship anthem "Your Love Never Fails" has become one of the most popular songs in America's churches as reported in the Top 25 of CCLI and a #1 song on the Billboard Christian Chart. Chris then partnered with Jesus Culture Music and recorded his debut live album "Everything and Nothing Less." This powerful live album featured songs recorded live at the 2015 Jesus Culture Sacramento Conference.   "I write a lot of bad songs, but every now and then, I write a song that people like"   Since that time, Chris has released more music and just released his new album titled "Breakthrough." He currently serves as Worship Pastor at Church of the City in Franklin, TN while touring with Jesus Culture and others to lead the world in Worship through powerful songs and intentional moments.   Find out more about Chris and download his new album at https://chrismcclarneymusic.com/   NCS Boot Camp is an Online 8-Week Personal Mentoring Program for Christian Songwriters Designed to lead you step by step to the most powerful expressions of songwriting you've ever experienced, glorifying God fully by utilizing the gifts He's placed in you, and overcoming the fears and procrastination that have held you back for far too long to get your songs out there!   Begins Nov 12! Apply Now - https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/bootcamp/   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Chris McClarney - 2:12 Hearing Ten Thousand People Sing Your Songs - 6:45 Chris' Start as a Worship Leader - 8:50 How Chris Stays Grounded - 13:38 The Weight of the Call - 20:46 Spontaneity in Worship - 23:32 Removing the Barriers of Comparison - 26:50 The Vision behind the New Record "Breakthrough" - 31:10 Chris' Songwriting Process - 36:55 Learning From Your Mistakes and Train Wrecks - 43:45 Wrap Up - 48:02 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Getting Real with Jason Gray: NCS Archives

11/2/2018
01:13:20
From the outside, it may look like Jason Gray has the perfect life. Now in his 10th year as a commercial Christian recording artist with a string of successful collaborations with some of the biggest names in Christian music, number one hit radio songs, touring with the likes of Natalie Grant, Lauren Daigle, and many more, it'd be easy for the casual onlooker to assume that Jason has it all together. But it doesn't take more than a minute with him to realize that life has been anything but rosy for Jason, despite the popularity of his music and all the commercial success he has gained.   In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum gets quickly to the deeper side of Jason Gray. In their thoughtful and transparent discussion, Jason shares candidly about how his broken, abusive home growing up, his speech impediment, his own divorce, and one of the darkest moments in his life in which he could have ended it all has influenced the transparency and depth of his writing. Jason performed three songs during this episode, Death Without a Funeral, With Every Act of Love, and Without Running Away... each a powerfully crafted and emotionally impacting song that reveals the deep well of his heart and the masterful level of wordsmithing and tune crafting Jason has come to be known for in his ministry.   Among the many awesome moments of this discussion, Jason talks about: How the "gift" of his speech impediment has shaped his songs How he creates "points of entry" for his listeners to go deeper in the Gospel Why our brokenness is the very place God meets us and how he captures those places in his songwriting The balance between too much/too little transparency in songwriting and how his mentor, Walter Wangerin, taught him how to "give" to his audience instead of "taking" from them through over-sharing How to redeem your pain properly and how God used him to pray for couples in distress despite his own divorce and pain Three song categories and how to write for each, including the kind that are "unhewn stones" not to be touched by craft and made as a simple offering to God Insightful thoughts on his own song processes and why he chooses to be "invisible" inside his songs How "taking tools off the table" leads to creativity beyond our normal capacities How writers such as Frederick Buechner and N.T. Wright have influenced his lyrics How God spoke to him through an agnostic folk singer named Paul Simon and how God is able to make himself heard with or without our permission What the future may be for his songwriting and ministry   Anyone cynical about contemporary Christian music has yet to discover Jason Gray. This podcast will stir your creativity, challenge your preconceived notions about who God can or cannot use, and will dare you to face your own brokenness and need for Jesus, whether you write songs or just love listening to them.   You can connect with Jason Gray at jasongraymusic.com and follow him on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram. How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Linda Doane on Music, Faith, and Stage Four Cancer

10/26/2018
00:38:05
"That desire to write was always in me. That desire to sing was always in me, but I just thought it was for myself." On this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, Linda Doane lends her testimony and her insight to John Chisum, detailing her battle with cancer and the release of Powerful, her brand-new album in partnership with Inspiration Worship. Although music was always a part of Linda's private life, she never shared her talents and her voice until after her second diagnosis with stage four Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2014. It was then that she and her husband Tom looked at each other and decided to take a leap of faith and pursue Linda's true calling in music. "That was a lesson actually I had to learn after recording Whose. I felt like it was God pouring right through me and I felt like when he gave me that song, He said if I am the answer to the questions in Whose, then this is your go time. Go." As Linda tried to navigate her diagnosis and treatment, juggling doctor's appointments alongside her daughter's illness and a death in the family, she leaned on God and on one word alone- "Faith." Through it all, her heart for God and desire to keep living and making great music propelled her forward, towards healing and a fruitful partnership with Ian Eskelin, who became Linda's friend, champion, and producer for Powerful. Linda's strength, creativity, and deep love for Jesus shine through every word she speaks in this interview, and she takes time to encourage and inspire anyone listening and harboring an unfulfilled dream. "Early on, Ian said, 'content is king.' And I would encourage people to continue writing, continue getting feedback, and just if the desire is truly there, keep moving forward." As John and Linda unpack her journey through healing and music, she also talks honestly about the ins and outs of creating music as an independent artist. She discusses how good rejection can feel, refusing to compromise on core values, and using your unique talents to the glory of God. Hearing Linda Doane speak about her journey through sickness to success in Christ will inspire and uplift you.   Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Linda Doane - 0:38 Linda's Passion for Music - 2:33 Ian Eskelin and Whose - 4:38 Faith and the "Diag-no-sis"- 10:39 Inspiration Worship- 16:19 Advice for the Talented and Lost- 26:25 Growing as an Independent Artist- 29:22 Closing Thoughts- 34:55 Outro- 37:17   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com Visit Linda and her work at www.inspirationworship.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"It's incredible to be able to take what God has entrusted to us, and impart that to the Body... this is about us coming together and lifting up the name of Jesus. We're here to empower generations." This week on the Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum and BJ Pridham discuss worship, songwriting, and staying humble while playing music in front of hundreds of thousands of people. BJ is the worship pastor at Planetshakers, Church, a dynamic church based in Melbourne, Australia. The Planetshakers travel globally, playing worship sets for churches and conferences. "We're out there doing life with people. We really want to empower people to experience all they can with God, and to live a life full of Kingdom benefit. This is about transforming people's lives, and therefore transforming nations." Throughout this interview, BJ's love for the Lord is so evident.  He gives excellent advice to aspiring songwriters about remaining humble, keeping your life in order, and listening for God's voice to guide the songwriting process. BJ encourages aspiring songwriters to be daring and bold in the songwriting process. Many people can feel like "there is nothing new under the sun," and struggle to come up with original concepts. However, BJ shares that your moment of encounter could be a catalyst for another person's breakthrough. This episode is sure to inspire and motivate you in your songwriting ventures! "You just don't know where you'll be when God speaks. I think my head is full of great ideas, but that's not necessarily what I'm looking for. I want God to speak something, and I want to capture that in my songwriting."   Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Guest Name - 2:11 How BJ Joined the Planetshakers - 6:22 Favorite Songs - 9:32 Travel with Planetshakers - 11:52 How the Mission of the Planetshakers Impacts Their Ministry  - 15:50 Writing in the Group - 20:02 Performance and Ego - 24:55 BJ's Songwriting Process - 30:32 Upcoming Plans for Planetshakers - 37:12 Advice for Aspiring Songwriters - 39:30 Wrap Up - 41:44   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"When God puts something together, it doesn't have to look like anything you've ever seen or sound like anything you've ever heard, there's an anointing and power to it."" This week on The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum and Jackie Patillo talk about the gospel music industry, and the past, present, and future of gospel music. Jackie Patillo is the Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association. She has a rich history in the music industry, working as the Vice President of Star Song Communications, as well as working for Benson Music Group, Integrity, and Verity. She has had the opportunity to help develop and give guidance to the music career of many artists including Phillips, Craig & Dean, Joe Pace and The Colorado Mass Choir, Israel and New Breed, Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Byron Cage, Kurt Carr, Dave Hollister.   "There is nothing like being able to put words in the mouth of the Church to extol our King, there's nothing more powerful than that." The term "Gospel Music" can at times lend itself to certain connotations about genre and style. However, in this podcast we talk about the wide range of gospel music, and the reach of gospel music across a wide variety of genres. Part of Jackie's role at GMA is running the Dove Awards that are hosted each year in Nashville. Jackie provides a sneak peek behind the work done behind the scenes for this Awards ceremony, as well as other events that occur throughout the year. "Gospel music is not defined by its style, but by its message." The Gospel Music Association has created new opportunities for young Christian creatives to find connection and career development. They have a program devoted to Christian Executives under 30, and also a community to support band wives. If you aren't already a part of GMA, you should be! Visit their website to learn more, and join a community that will support your aspirations as a songwriter. "I consider our artists modern day Christian soldiers... They're heeding the call, they're using their talents and giftings, and they're making sacrifice to spread the gospel through music." Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Jackie Patillo - 0:56 Jackie's Journey in the CCM Industry - 3:12 Jackie's work with GMA & The Dove Awards - 10:15 Work at Lipscomb University - 20:50 The Past, Present, and Future of GMA - 24:50 The Mission of GMA - 35:12 Opportunities for Young Christian Creatives - 37:32 Wrap Up - 41:22   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"Songs are more assembled than written... Pro songwriters understand the craft of songwriting and they use every tool they have to assemble a good song." Last weekend, Nashville Christian Songwriters hosted the 4th Songwriting Intensive Weekend. Forty aspiring songwriters came together with professional level song coaches and speakers from the Contemporary Christian Music industry to learn, write together, get invaluable critiques, and develop a strong songwriting community. Songwriters left empowered with next steps for their songwriting endeavors. We are sure to sell out for the next intensive, so stay connected to NCS and The Song Revolution Podcast so you can register early and secure your spot. "Great writers spend more time looking for great ideas than they do actually writing the song... Great ideas rarely come from sitting down at your laptop or at an instrument and waiting for them to happen. " This week on The Song Revolution Podcast, John shares one of his dynamic teachings from the Intensive Weekend. Pro-songwriters crank out hit after hit, have you ever wondered how? John gives insight into the importance of assembling your song, instead of simply writing out of emotion. He breaks down the different components of a hit song, giving advice and actionable tips for each. Listen in and take one of your songs from good to great today! "Pro-songwriters know that great ideas often begin with a tiny seed, a phrase, an inkling of something that should be written." Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction - 2:08 Intensive Recap - 5:02 The First Secret to Building a Good Song - 12:36 Where Do Great Song Ideas Come From? - 19:12 Finding and Developing Your "Hook" - 30:00 Focused and Dynamic Lyric Writing - 37:22 Melodic Development - 42:40 Wrap Up - 53:34   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"One thing I always feared is what if this is the last song I ever write, or what if this is the last good idea I ever have, and that's a lie from the enemy. You're always going to write another song, and that's how you should approach co-writes and rewrites and new versions of songs." This week on The Song Revolution Podcast, John sat down with professional songwriter and worship leader, Krissy Nordhoff. Krissy is a writer for Integrity Music, a 3 time Dove Award Nominee, and writer of the dynamic worship song, Your Great Name. She has written songs for several artists including Natalie Grant, Mandisa, Aaron Shust, Darlene Zschech, Lauren Daigle, Anthony Evans, and Meredith Andrews. Krissy also has a mentorship program for women called Brave Worship. In the episode, Krissy shares about this program being birthed from her own desire to have a mentor to help her navigate the music industry and her personal life. "There are several different purposes for songs. Sometimes we just see we want our songs to reach the whole entire world, but that might not be what the Lord has in mind. It might be a song to bless Him, or a song to bless you personally, or something you want to give as a gift." - - - - - - - - - [SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT] Are you a worship songwriter ready to go deeper in your calling and learn how to write worship songs the world would love to sing from the co-writer of the hit worship song, Your Great Name? NCS is now partnering with Integrity Music songwriter Krissy Nordhoff to offer you a 20% discount for a limited time only on her new Worship Songwriter Mentorship Course! You will learn: How to write worship songs for you and your congregation How to maximize your unique Worship Songwriting Personality How to co-write with confidence Ways to nurture and develop a true heart of worship Your own ways to shape powerful worship songs The art of giving and receiving helpful songwriting feedback The joy of connecting into a great community of worship songwriters Krissy Nordhoff's heart for God and for mentoring worshiping songwriters is captured in this incredible course and songwriting community, a heart that will be yours as you join her in the Worship Songwriting Mentorship Program. This offer ends at midnight on October 10th, so use THIS LINK today to get started writing your best worship songs ever! Check out this week's podcast where John Chisum talks with Krissy about her songwriting journey, her deep desire to mentor younger women in worship and worship songwriting, and learn the story of the massively popular song Your Great Name. "Our songs may be fighting battles that we never lay our eyes on until we get into heaven. Or we may have a song that trickles out and reaches a heart that we never knew and changes a life. We can never underestimate the power of song." Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Krissy Nordhoff - 0:36 Krissy's Story - 3:40 The Progression of "Your Great Name" - 11:02 Writing, Re-Writing and Revisions - 15:03 The Song that Changed Krissy's Life - 19:45 Writer's Personality Test - 24:48 Mentoring and Songwriting - 32:30 Advice to Beginning Songwriters - 37:38 Maintaining Humility in the Midst of Success - 41:04 Worship Writer Mentorship - 45:52 The Rest of the Story: Your Great Name - 53:55 Wrap Up - 30:00   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"This whole thing is not about instant gratification. You have to work and learn your craft." This week on The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum spent time with Lowell Alexander. While you may not recognize the name, you would definitely recognize his work. Lowell has had over 600 songs published, and has worked with some of the best. His songs have been recorded by some of the top artists in the industry, including Point of Grace, Selah, Amy Grant, Art Garfunkle, Sandy Patti, Bill Gaither, Natalie Grant, Ellie Holcomb, and the list goes on!   "Read, read, read! If you're going to write beautiful words, you have to be filled with beautiful words!" Unlike most individuals in the music industry, the career actually found him. Lowell began as a teacher at a private Christian school, and was discovered by Rich Mullins at the age of 22. You'll want to listen to this episode to hear more about how Lowell went from school teacher to staff writer, stepped away from music for a season, and then jumped back in. He has achieved great success in his craft, and has some incredible insight and wisdom to share with listeners. "There's a difference between surface lyrics and simple lyrics. There's a lot of surface stuff that goes on out there, something that is simple and profound, that sums up the gospel, is so powerful " Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Lowell Alexander - 0:39 Lowell's Start as a Songwriter - 4:11 Highlights of Lowell's Songwriting Career - 16:43 Taking a Break from the Business - 27:43 Returning to Music - 34:15 The Importance of Reading as a Songwriter - 38:32 Lowell's Current Work: The Miracle in Bedford Falls - 51:11 Two Songs Lowell Can't Sing - 57:11 Advice to the Aspiring Songwriter - 1:00:30 Wrap Up - 1:12:08   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"We have to treat our songs not as something holy, but just as a song... 'Ain't nothin holy but the Lord.' If we cling to what we wrote so tightly that it can only ever be that, if someone doesn't like that, it won't get cut. If my goal is to bear fruit and to affect the kingdom when an artist cuts it, who am I to say no?" This week on The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum sits down with Kenna Turner West on the famous Music Row in Nashville, TN. As an incredibly accomplished, award-winning songwriter, it's safe to say that Kenna is the Queen of Southern Gospel Songwriting! Kenna has written 34 #1 Hit Songs for major artists including The Talley Trio, The Martins, Legacy 5, Brian Free and Assurance, and the Hoppers. She has performed alongside Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, CeCe Winans, Charles Billingsley, The Cathedrals, The Talleys, and so many others. "I've stirred the gift and fanned the flame as much as I can, so now when I feel the Lord nudging me to write, it's better than it was 20 years ago." While Kenna's musical accomplishments are incredibly impressive, her heart for Jesus and desire for others to understand Him more fully through her music is, perhaps, the most remarkable thing about her. This passion is so evident in this episode, and Kenna does such a wonderful job of helping listeners recognize how songwriting can be a ministry, and how best to hone your craft to have a platform to spread the Good News to the world. "There's a thousand ways to learn songwriting, and it would be crazy not to take advantage of those ways, to take the gifting that we have, and take the passion that we have, and make it better." Kenna also discusses the art of songwriting, the importance of honing your craft, and recognizing the need to be pliable when it comes to your songs. She encourages listeners to stop seeing your song as 'holy,' be brave enough to move the words of your songs around, to create something that will be marketable. Her expert perspective as a seasoned commercial writer is eye-opening, and will be sure to challenge you in the best way. Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Kenna Turner West - 1:25 Kenna's Rich Legacy in Music - 5:06 Kenna's Music Background - 11:02 Tips for Pitching Songs - 19:45 The Importance of Learning Your Craft - 22:12 The Best Part of the Song Process - 31:20 Kenna's Songwriting Process - 34:37 Advice for the Songwriter - 52:50 How to Connect with Kenna - 57:34 Wrap Up - 59:36 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"The mistake I see young writers making sometimes... is they focus most of their energy on what they can do, instead of focusing their energy on being who they should be. If you'll be who God wants you to be, He'll take care of the doing what you should do." In this episode, John Chisum interviews the inimitable Dr. Mike Harland, Director of LifeWay Worship. LifeWay has reach into millions of believers and is one of the world's largest Christian resource ministries offering a full range of music, Bible studies, research, events, and much more. "I think we undervalue the process of writing songs, the impact that has on you the writer... The process of sitting down with pen and paper and pouring your heart out in song shapes you." Mike Harland has been at the helm of LifeWay Worship for twelve years and brings an amazing amount of information and depth about songs, songwriting, and the publishing industry in this powerful show. "Get in that space in your head, where you learn all about the craft and then 'forget it' to be able to do what you do. Let the Lord anoint it and enable it." Catch up with Mike Harland on Twitter at @mikeharlandLW, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mike.harland.37 and check out all the great resources LifeWay offers at Worshiplifeevent.com, Worshiplife.com, Lifewaysongs.com.   Some topics we talk about in this episode: How to write from the overflow of your devotion to God How to follow God's leading into your destiny and be who YOU are as a Christian songwriter Why character matters more than ability How frustration shuts you down creatively Remembering that intimacy with God is our real "platform" What LifeWay Worship is doing this year you should know about Why no one would be "served well" if publishers threw their doors open to receive unsolicited material and how you can really be heard as an unpublished writer Why you can't hide a GREAT song (and how "I Can Only Imagine" was born) How great songs will always "find their way" to the forefront How songs are "good," "great," or "commercial" What makes a song unique and the distance between great songs and commercial songs What motivates publishers to publish YOUR songs Why we don't need another Lauren Daigle Fanny Crosby, Xiao Min, and the idea of God "dropping songs" on people Mike's tips on song process and why we undervalue the process of writing songs and its effects on us as songwriters   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"There are definitely challenges and struggles that come with being on the road, I think people forget about the challenge that comes along with it. If you do feel called to it, you have to learn how to balance time with your community, and time on the road." In this unique episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum sits down with Drakeford. Drakeford is a husband and wife folk/pop singer-songwriter duo based in Chattanooga, TN. They share the story of how they met doing street ministry and ended up married and living in the mountains of Chattanooga, TN. Drakeford and Lucy-Jayne give an update of their current work and play us some songs from the new record. "If you don't jump out there, play open mics, show people songs, get in the car and drive to play at a church gig... if you don't dare to step up there and do it, you will never know what sort of potential God's put in you and your songs, and in the opportunities He's presented." Drakeford and Lucy-Jayne share the ups and downs they experience in their life of touring as indie artists. They have the opportunity to embark on amazing adventures, including singing with a church choir in old cathedrals in Wales. However, in the midst of "living the dream," they discuss the challenges of operating outside of a label, missing out on important family life events, and finding a balance of community life, and travel. Drakeford, Lucy-Jayne, and John give practical advice to musicians who feel that their passion is to pursue a life of touring. "I think growth is really where God wants us to be. It's never perfection." If you haven't had the opportunity yet,  check out Drakeford's new album! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-venture/1378762158 If you would like to financially support Drakeford, send them a message at- https://www.drakefordmusic.com/contact Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Drakeford - 0:39 **Stronger -  1:56 Drakeford's Story - 7:50 **Chattanooga - 11:53 Drakeford's Current Work - 18:48 **Creation to Salvation - 25:49 "The Venture" - 30:22 Sharing the Gospel with Secular Audiences - 37:20 **Forever Amen - 40:20 Life as "Musicianaries" - 46:50 Advice to Songwriters - 53:00 **Ready Or Not -  54:50 Wrap Up - 1:00:00 **Drakeford's songs - old, new, and Song Revolution Podcast exclusive! How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"The process of discovering a song, is that it comes together. It may just be a thought, or an idea, or a line. As you move forward, though, it will unfold before you." In this episode of the Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum sits down with one of Nashville's most influential songwriters and artists, Cindy Morgan. Cindy is a two time Grammy nominee, and the recipient of 12 Dove Awards. She has written 21 #1 hits and co-written with a multitude of notable artists including Amy Grant, India.Arie, Rascal Flatts, Natalie Grant, Michael W. Smith, Point of Grace, Mandisa, Francesca Battistelli, and so many others. She presents a beautiful and unique sound, and is an example of owning individuality in every component of the craft. Cindy gives insight into how she found her voice, and recognized her strength as a singer songwriter, and abandoned the "need" to write the genre she felt would sell the best. "When you've been carrying the story with you your whole life, it comes out easy, because you know it. A lot of times we run away from what we know, we try to write what will sell." Cindy is currently working on an album called Bad Creek, set to begin recording in August. She draws inspiration from the rich musical legacy of her family, and her childhood in the backwoods of Kentucky. This album will be a tribute to this heritage, and this episode of Song Revolution Podcast features a song we can look forward to hearing on the album! In addition to this album, Cindy is also writing an EP based on love songs of the Old Testament. She and John discuss the flawed nature of the characters of the Old Testament, but the passion for God that can be found in the midst of their failures. "The goal in songwriting is to find pure, fresh eyes for something that is familiar." If you would like to hear more of Cindy's music and stay up to date with her current projects, you can visit www.cindymorganmusic.com Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Cindy Morgan - 2:10 Cindy's Start with Music - 11:26 Cindy's Current Work - 14:50 Track Writing, Top Line Writing, and Writing Organically - 17:20 Notable Work With Artists - 24:30 Musical Roots - 26:50 Bad Creek: Album and Documentary - 29:20 ** Preacher Woman - 35:20 Cindy's Songwriting Process - 40:20 Writing Love Songs from the Old Testament - 47:40 ** West of Nod - 48:40 Connecting with Cindy Morgan - 1:01:23 Advice for Songwriters - 1:03:05 Wrap Up - 1:05:00      ** Listen to some of Cindy's music! How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Finding Inspiration In the Everyday with Pat Barrett

8/17/2018
00:41:09
"Surround yourself with people that challenge you, and pray for you, and can see more clearly, and help you know the direction you should take in your music." In this episode of the Song Revolution Podcast, John sits down with Pat Barrett. Pat is the lead vocalist of the band Housefires, and co-writer of the song, "Good Good Father." He is the debut artist on Chris Tomlin's Label, Boyer & Bow, and released a self-titled solo album on July 20th of this year. "I found such energy and hope realizing that I can contribute. I get the opportunity to contribute to the conversation of how we talk about God, and why this message even matters and that it can change our lives, and the way we love each other." John and Pat discuss the backstory of the award-winning song, "Good Good Father." The song has won multiple awards, including "Song of the Year" at the GMA Dove Awards. Chris Tomlin and Pat also co-wrote a children's book of the same name, which has currently sold almost 200,000 copies. Pat has years of experience writing, singing, and leading in the worship community. John and Pat discuss worship music, and give unique perspective to the transformational value that can be found in worship. While the primary purpose of worship is to bring us into the presence of God, introspective worship can help us take a look at our own hearts. As we allow ourselves to become closer to the heart of God, it will affect all areas of our lives.   "In my songwriting process, I've tried to be sensitive and awake to the things that inspire me... I try to follow that feeling, and not force myself to put a song in a certain framework or mold... Become a disciple of the things that move you." Pat and John give helpful tips and techniques to assist songwriters in all genres. Becoming more aware of our surroundings, and the things that move us, can lead to our creation of music that will inspire the same feeling in others.   If you haven't already, check out Pat Barrett's EP on iTunes!   https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pat-barrett-ep/1392775335 Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Pat Barrett - 1:28 Story Behind "Good Good Father"- 5:45 Current Work and Community- 13:12 Pat's Motivations for Writing - 24:40 Pat's Songwriting Process- 29:48 Advice to Songwriters - 36:32 Wrap Up - 39:12 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"My biggest thing, since I was a kid, has been authenticity. I think you can write a song that means something to just you, and that, most of the time, will end up relating to most people. They might not have lived that story, but they can relate it to something in their own life. " In this episode, John sits down with Grammy-nominated artist, Rhett Walker. Rhett is a down-to-earth family man, who grew up as a preacher's kid in South Carolina. While he was raised in church, Rhett shares about his personal journey of recognizing the need to find Jesus for himself. With experience as a worship leader, songwriter, and touring artist, Rhett has a well-rounded experience in music. "So many times with music... we spend a lot of time adding things, and not sharing the space that a song actually needs... It's important to be authentic in how we play the songs." Rhett formed the Rhett Walker Band in 2011, after moving to Nashville to pursue his passion for music. In 2012 his song, "When Mercy Found Me," was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Throughout this episode, Rhett gives practical and profound advice in regards to songwriting and musicianship. The underlying message is authenticity, being true to who you are, and letting that resonate in the music that you create. "Don't just try to write pretty words... Don't say something cliche just because it sounds cool... It might be just one song out of a hundred that has success, but that one out of a hundred will be the most 'you' song, that only you could write." Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // Rhett Walker - 0:39 Rhett's Early Influences- 3:36 Rhett's Start with Music- 7:53 "When Mercy Found Me"- 15:28 Upcoming Music Release- 22:12 Rhett's Songwriting Process- 26:30 Rhett's Music Team- 31:00 Advice for Aspiring Songwriters- 36:40 How to Connect with Rhett- 39:02 Wrap Up - 40:14 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"There's a difference between a dream and a fantasy. A dream is something you're willing to take some steps towards... you just cannot help but go hard after it." In episode 76, John tackles the burning question on the mind of nearly every songwriter who desires to reach a larger audience in the music realm. John gives a brief background of his own journey with songwriting, publishing, and career with Integrity music. "Do something to further your craft. Anything, Even a small thing is better than living in a fantasy world waiting for someone to come and do this for you... If this is a true passion in your life, you'll be willing to do something about it." John discusses the tools we have to spread our message that are right in our hand. So many times we overcomplicate the idea of sharing our music. When we do our part to get our music out there, opportunities are created for others to hear our message and for others, including publishers, to take note. John also shares meaningful statistics that cut down the notion that we have to wait for a publisher, in order to be successful in the music industry. "You have, in the palm of you hand, the most overlooked publishing mechanism in the world... We need to lose the excuses of needing the right people... build up your craft so that they'll be chasing you... it's an old mindset to think that someone is going to 'discover' you. " John shares three fundamental keys for songwriting success, as given by Ralph Murphy from ASCAP. These simple keys, that are easily implemented will increase the quality and power of your songs. Creating phenomenal songs, and utilizing the power you hold right in your hand, will help secure your platform in the music community. Some topics we talk about in this episode: Introduction // John Chisum - 1:35 The Nagging Question- Am I Good Enough to Be a Songwriter?- 12:30 A Short History of John's Publishing Career- 17:40 Utilizing Technology to Share Your Craft- 20:20 Starting Where You Are- 37:01 Three Principles to Songwriting Success- 47:29 Wrap Up - 55:45 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"Let the excellence of your work be your protest"   In episode 75, John sits down with veteran songwriter, author, and Bible scholar, Michael Card. Michael has recorded over 37 albums, authored over 27 books, hosted a radio program, and written for a wide range of magazines. While he has penned such favorites as "El Shaddai", "Love Crucified Arose", and "Immanuel," He never imagined writing over 19 #1 hits. The popularity of his work seemed a stark contrast to his goal in life, to simply and quietly teach the Bible.   "God uses suffering to save the world - that is what makes Christianity unique"   Michael is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he earned his bachelor's and Master's degrees in biblical studies. Michael has also received honorary PhD's in music and Christian education from Whitfield Seminary and Philadelphia Biblical University.   Although music provided him the opportunity to share insight gained through extensive research, writing songs alone limited what he felt called to share. Card would frequently agonize over having to condense the vast depth and richness of scripture into a three-minute song. And so he fell, quite naturally, into the field of book writing where he has garnered numerous awards.   "God's presence is more important than His provision"   We hope that this episode inspires you to constantly weave theology throughout your songwriting. Over the years, Michael has continuously pointed people back to Jesus and the Bible with his deep lyrics and meaningful thoughts. We are called, not just to be songwriters, but to share the gospel with all nations, not just with our songs, but with our lives.   "Music is water that you was people's feet with"   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Michael Card - 0:40 How Michael Got His Start - 3:30 Being a Songwriter and Academic Scholar - 8:55 Let the Excellence of Your Work Be Your Protest - 11:30 How to Translate Your Pain without Causing More - 18:58 The Difference Between Complaining and Lamenting - 25:02 Understanding Psalm 73 - 28:45 A Deeper Look at the Presence of God - 32:20 The Pauline Revelation - 39:42 How Do We Separate Spirit, Soul, and Body? - 45:21 Great Songwriters are Readers - 50:00 Michael's New Book - "Hesed" - 57:16 Engaging Imagination with Your Words - 59:30 What's Going in Michael's World Now - 1:13:32 Wrap Up and Takeaways - 1:18:20   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"This isn't about what I want to say or what I think, the song has to be about what people want to hear"   In Episode 74, John Chisum sits down with veteran songwriter, Sue C. Smith. Sue has written 15 #1 songs, including "Mourning Into Dancing" (The Bowlings) in March 2017, and "I Choose Christ" (Karen Peck and New River) in July 2017.  In 2017 she was named Absolutely Gospel Music Songwriter of the Year. She is deeply involved in writing music for the church and for church choirs, having written over 80 musicals which are presented in churches around the world.   "As a songwriter, you have to have the courage to persist with an idea until you find the person that God wants you to write it with"   Sue is a five-time Dove award winning songwriter who has had cuts by Avalon, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Crabb Family, Sandi Patty, Guy Penrod, Travis Cottrell, Mark Harris, Larnelle Harris, Steve Green, Janet Paschal, Pure NRG, Triumphant Quartet, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Brian Free and Assurance, The Hoppers, and many others. Sue shares her insight into the process of songwriting and gives practical tips that will help you become the songwriter you were always meant to be.   "If we're going to worship God for all of eternity, we're going to be writing new songs to sing, so there will be new things to say and new ways to say it"   She and her husband John founded The Write About Jesus Workshop in 2000 and have hosted it each year since then. The workshop has been the launch pad for the songwriting of dozens of fresh voices in Christian music. Write About jesus is also actively engaged in encouraging and training songwriters around the world, and Sue has made visits to Myanmar, India and Uganda in that effort.   To find out more about Sue, visit www.suecsmithsongwriter.com and www.writeaboutjesus.com   Also, here's a link to the Youtube Video that John mentions in the episode of a song written at the "Write About Jesus" Conference by two 12 year old boys - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojdzjsF37FI   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Sue C. Smith - 2:10 Sue's Journey Into Songwriting - 10:08 15 Number One Songs and 93 Musicals - 18:22 The Challenge of Writing a "New" Idea - 22:24 The Vulnerability and Benefits of Co-Writing - 25:02 Bettering Your Craft As a Songwriter - 32:15 Utilizing the Power of Language in Your Songwriting - 43:15 How Sue Approaches the Process of Songwring - 51:22 Wrap Up - 61:15 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
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"Allow time for a discovery period at the beginning of a co-write"   You rarely see a song these days with just one writer. Especially in Christian music and the world of corporate worship. In Episode 72, John goes in depth into the process of co-writing, what it looks like in Nashville, and how you can use it to write better songs.   "Don't go into a writing room empty-handed. Walk in with at least 6-10 ideas of what you hope to write"   There are several things that are important to know before going into a writing room with others. You have to realize that, just like relationships, there are going to be writers that you just "click" with, and others that you don't. It's more of a process of becoming self-aware to realize what type of writer you are, and the group dynamics of the co-write.   "Take turns sharing ideas and starting on the one that feels most agreeable"   If you've been struggling to write songs on your own, we strongly urge you to start co-writing. Community is a part of our DNA here at NCS and we know that in order to write better songs, we need each other for feedback and collaboration. How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"Write what you know. Be as honest as you can and use your experience. Don't try to be someone else."   In episode 71, John Chisum sits down to chat all things artistry and songwriting with Josh Wilson. This Texas-native started playing piano at nine years old, then took up guitar and drums when he was 10.  From there, he never looked back. During his high school years, he continued to hone his musicianship, and eventually he fell in love with songwriting at Nashville's Belmont University. A self-described introvert with an aversion to the spotlight, Wilson never dreamed he'd be the one behind the mic, but God had other plans.   "There's so much to be thankful for. Even in the middle of hard times"   Wilson signed his latest record deal with Black River Christian in 2017, and in 2018, released his first single, "Dream Small," with the new label.  As a multi-instrumentalist and live-looping enthusiast, he's been known to play and record as many as 20 instruments on stage at any given time.   "You have a voice and experience that no one else does, so you write from there and be honest"   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Josh Wilson - 0:38 How Josh Got His Start in Music - 4:28 Applying University Training in the Music Biz - 6:35 Touring with World-Renowned Artists Straight Out of College - 9:25 Don't Give Up After One Bad Night - 13:15 NCS Bootcamp Opportunity - 17:20 Life Beyond Music for Josh - 19:14 Josh's New Single "Dream Small" - 26:32 A Message to Aspiring Songwriters - 34:21 Wrap Up - 38:39   Check out Josh's new single "Dream Small" available wherever you get your music!   You can watch the Dream Small interview with Josh's wife, Becca here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEONyNaLf8M   Also, head over to www.joshwilsonmusic.com to stay connected to all that Josh is doing and to connect with him on social media. How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"When we are writing songs that connect people to God, part of that process is pushing fear out of the way"   In episode 70, John sits down with Worship Leader and Songwriter, Chris McClarney. Chris grew up in the church as the son of a Youth Pastor and met Jesus at a very young age. When he was 14, he began leading worship for a small group, which led to full-time ministry in local churches and inner-city ministries across Nashville.   "My personal style of leading worship is seeking moments, as opposed to just playing songs really well"   Chris' powerful worship anthem "Your Love Never Fails" has become one of the most popular songs in America's churches as reported in the Top 25 of CCLI and a #1 song on the Billboard Christian Chart. Chris then partnered with Jesus Culture Music and recorded his debut live album "Everything and Nothing Less." This powerful live album featured songs recorded live at the 2015 Jesus Culture Sacramento Conference.   "I write a lot of bad songs, but every now and then, I write a song that people like"   Since that time, Chris has released more music and just released his new album titled "Breakthrough." He currently serves as Worship Pastor at Church of the City in Franklin, TN while touring with Jesus Culture and others to lead the world in Worship through powerful songs and intentional moments.   Find out more about Chris and download his new album at https://chrismcclarneymusic.com/   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Chris McClarney - 2:12 Hearing Ten Thousand People Sing Your Songs - 6:45 Chris' Start as a Worship Leader - 8:50 How Chris Stays Grounded - 13:38 The Weight of the Call - 20:46 Spontaneity in Worship - 23:32 Removing the Barriers of Comparison - 26:50 The Vision behind the New Record "Breakthrough" - 31:10 Chris' Songwriting Process - 36:55 Learning From Your Mistakes and Train Wrecks - 43:45 Wrap Up - 48:02 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"Write from your heart because we all have a story that we can tell"   In episode 69, John Chisum sits down with songwriter, worship leader, actor, and composer, Jesse Pruett. Jesse is currently on staff as Worship Arts Pastor in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and when he's not there, he's rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the Film and TV industry through acting, film scoring, and writing songs for Film and Television.   The amazing part about this episode is Jesse's passion for God and the local church. It's evident that, above all of the success he's had so far, his heart is intensely set on leading people to Jesus as well as his family and relationships.   "My heart right now is really in worship, in ministry, and just leading people to Jesus. So, when I go do films and things like that, I'm already preparing my heart for ministry and for God to speak"   As songwriters, it's easy for us to get fixated on success. We want to write the best songs that we can and we're constantly striving to perfect our craft and dig deeper into the gift that we've been given. While it is our role to steward the gift, our "success" is not up to us.   Jesse talks about the doors that God has opened in his career and it's been more of a matter of him being obedient to take those opportunities and do them as unto the Lord. Jesse's success is not something he could have formulated on his own, and by the end of this episode you will see Jesse's heart for ministry is his driving force.   "Write from your heart because we all have a story that we can tell"   We hope that Jesse's story inspires you to become the songwriter that you were meant to be. Be sure to go back into the Song Revolution Podcast archives and listen to all of the amazing episodes that we have to offer.   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Jesse Pruett - 0:40 Jesse's Major Acting Roles - 7:20 Film Scoring and Music in Film - 11:05 Writing for Film and Television - 16:00 Staying Plugged into the Local Church and Writing Songs for the World - 21:35 Jesse's New Worship Record "Journey" - 25:28 What Motivates Jesse to Keep Writing and Stay Creative - 29:45 Jesse's Songwriting Process - 33:00 Family Life and Background - 38:16 Wrap Up - 40:42   It's not too late to register for the NCS Weekend Intensive coming up this month! Reserve your spot today, book your trip to Nashville, and become the songwriter that you were born to be! https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/product/ncs-weekend-intensive-june-21-23/   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Writing Hit Hooks Part 5 - Simplicity with John Chisum

6/9/2018
00:46:03
"This whole art endeavor that we're involved with as songwriters is an amazing combination of your whole life. Bring all that you are to your songs"   In episode 68, John wraps up a 5 part series on "Writing Hit Hooks" with one of the most important, yet difficult to master keys to songwriting. Simplicity is found in every great song or hook. John shares multiple examples of famous songs that have some of the simplest and memorable hooks of all time. Often times, as songwriters we tend to overcomplicate our thoughts and try to fit 20 ideas into one song. John's insight on simplicity in this episode with transform the way you think about writing songs and, if you apply them, will take you from being a good songwriter to becoming a great one.   "A great idea + a great hook + a great melody = a GREAT song"   This entire series will equip you with everything you need to write great hooks in your songs. At the core of songwriting, a great idea is the essence of what makes a song great. It's nearly impossible to write great hooks without first having a great idea. Add in a great melody and you have all of the ingredients necessary to having a great song.   "If you're struggling with hooks, you probably haven't spent enough time developing the idea first"   As Christian songwriters, our goal is to effectively communicate the truth of God's word in our songs. If we learn how to master the art of simplicity, our songs will connect in a much greater way. It's not a matter of watering down your content or not being deep, rather it's about learning to communicate a deep idea in the most effective way to the greatest number of people.   "The greatest songs share one thing - Simplicity" Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // John Chisum - 1:26 Writing HIt Hooks Part 5: Simplicity - 7:25 The Myth about Tips, Tricks, and Hacks - 9:28 Equation for Songwriting Success - 12:15 Capturing Better Ideas and Becoming a Better Lyricist - 19:50 Recapping Parts 1-4 - 25:12 The Key to Simplicity - 33:45 Examples of Simplicity in Modern Christian Music - 37:00 Becoming an Editor - 40:30 Wrap Up - 43:58   It's not too late to register for the NCS Weekend Intensive coming up this month! Reserve your spot today, book your trip to Nashville, and become the songwriter that you were born to be! https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/product/ncs-weekend-intensive-june-21-23/   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"We are an online platform that connects creators with investors as a way of helping them raise money..."   In episode 67, John chats with Antony Bruno from Royalty Exchange. If there are two main areas that can be difficult for songwriters to navigate and understand, it's royalties and finances. How do you make money as a songwriter? How do you keep everything organized so that you're actually getting paid for the songs you write? Antony has a long history in the music business and gives some insight into what Royalty Exchange does to help songwriters, and what you can do to insure you get paid for the songs you create during your career.   "If the stock market crashes, the revenue created by royalties is not affected by that"   Here's a brief overview from their website:   Artists turn to Royalty Exchange to raise money and take control of their financial future. We connect them with private investors through the world's first online marketplace for buying and selling royalties. Creators love us because we give them a powerful new way to fund their career. Investors love us because we help them generate income that's hard to beat. And our commitment to transparency and honesty ensures value for all."   "You can make more money in different ways with song royalties now than you could in the past"   If you'd like to learn more and potentially work with Royalty Exchange, visit their website for more information - www.royaltyexchange.com   "As a creator, you need to allow yourself the ability to say NO. Having your finances in order allows you to say NO to things"   Also be sure to check out John's article below about his experience with Royalty Exchange in the early days of NCS.   "There's a misconception that a lot of the motivation to leverage or sell royalties is out of some kind of desperation" Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction // Antony Bruno of Royalty Exchange - 0:33 Antony Bruno's background in the Music Industry - 3:15 What is Royalty Exchange? - 10:28 John's Experience with Royalty Exchange - 12:15 The Role of Investors in Royalty Exchange - 15:10 Royalty Exchange's Position in the Music Business - 23:02 Common Misconceptions around Leveraging or Selling Royalties - 27:06 Financial Freedom and Creativity - 30:35 What You Need to Work With Royalty Exchange - 35:15 Breaking Down the Process - 39:12 Wrap Up - 43:15   Read more about John's experience with Royalty Exchange in this detailed article that he wrote for them titled, "Lessons From A Songwriter: Emotional Attachment vs. Financial Opportunity"   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"Most often, the Holy Spirit gives inspiration that you can then take and, with the other gifts, talents, and tools that you have, craft it in a way the entire world can embrace"   In episode 66, John dives back into writing hit hooks. This is the 4th episode in this series and today, we're talking about "Universality".   "The quality of your song will never exceed the quality of your hook"   What does it mean to be "universal"? When you're writing a hook, it's important to keep the listener in mind. The idea of universality in songwriting is simply identifying key areas that are universally felt, known, or believed in order to connect with people on a deeper and more common level.   Think about your favorite song. There is a good chance that it's tied to a memory, and emotion, or something you were going through at that time in your life. Our goal as christian songwriters should always be to reveal truth in a new and fresh way - BUT we have to remember to be universally minded, or our songs won't connect.   "That greatest hooks capture something that universally felt, known, or believed"   NCS offers this podcast as a free resource, as well as many other videos, trainings, emails, and articles that you can take advantage of today.   If you're ready to invest in your songwriting to take it to the next level, we also offer our flagship 8 week bootcamp and NCS Membership to equip you even more.   "The people that break out choose not to rewrite the same phrases again and again"   Don't forget to register now and reserve your spot at our NCS Weekend Intensive coming in June 2018. You can get all of the information and join some of the best in Nashville as you learn valuable tips and insights to become the songwriter you were meant to be   https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/product/ncs-weekend-intensive-june-21-23/ Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction - 1:18 Upcoming Podcast Guests and Interviews - 5:10 What's Missing in a Songwriter's Life - 11:05 The Importance of a Quality Hook - 14:40 Recap on Emotion in Writing Hooks - 15:45 Universality - What it Means - 18:00 Writing Things that are NEW - 23:02 Feelings Can Be Universal - 30:15 Reasons Songs Don't Translate - 37:22 Using Alliteration in Your Hooks - 39:15 Benefits of NCS Bootcamp and Membership - 42:10 Wrap Up - 46:00 How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
"It's the Lord that does the work. You are only responsible for being a child of God"   In episode 65, John sits down with Christian Artist and Songwriter, Dara Maclean. Dara's debut album You Got My Attention is earning her the attention of many. Growing up in a ministry focused family, leading worship was something that was almost inevitable for Dara. "I grew up singing, dancing and acting, and it's been in the church world. Music has always equaled ministry to me. Ministering to the broken, unloved and discouraged and ultimately showing people God's better way is what's in my heart. It's how I'm wired."   "The Lord just arrested my heart for rescue"   From songwriting to singing on stage in front of thousands, Dara has found her identity in something much deeper than just being a performer. In this episode, she shares her heart for ministry, writing, and how she's found her identity as a child of God, even in the midst of the storm.   "You need to stop praying away storms. You need to learn how to find peace in the middle of the storm"   Connect with Dara on instagram and be sure to keep an eye for a new project soon!   "In my heart I play the cello... never touched it in my life"   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction - 1:18 What's new with Dara Maclean - 3:40 Dara's Songwriting Story - 5:40 Missions and Partners - 8:38 Finding Identity as an Artist - 13:55 Finding Peace in the Storm - 19:15 Dara's Songwriting Process - 22:45 Wrap Up - 27:05   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Writing Hit Hooks Part 3 - Emotion with John Chisum

5/11/2018
00:30:08
"Music reaches beyond the thinking of the mind and goes straight into the heart and soul level"   In this week's episode, we're continuing our series on "Writing HIt Hooks." Today, we're talking all about emotion. What does a specific song make you feel? If you're like me, as soon as you hear a song you immediately go back to a memory or a time when you felt something similar. Songs have the power to speak deeply to us. We are emotional beings and the power of song goes much deeper than just a catchy beat or a smooth sound. Learning how to evoke emotion in your songwriting is the only way to write those hit hooks you've been trying to write.   "What kind of atmosphere am I creating for people as I present this song?"   Become a student of the songs you love. Start to identify the thoughts and feelings that a certain evokes in you. Once you identify these, work to replicate those in your songwriting. Nothing will connect someone to your song more deeply than emotion.   "Songwriting is about asking better questions"   There is so much going on at NCS and we want YOU to be a part! Don't miss our NCS Weekend Intensive coming up this Summer in Nashville. This is a time where we go deep and share valuable insights from masters of the craft, as well as a very intimate environment for you learn what you need to take your songwriting to the next level. Spots are filling up fast! Don't miss out on this amazing weekend.   "Without a GREAT idea, you'll never have a GREAT song"   Some topics we talk about in this episode:   Introduction - 1:20 NCS Weekend Intensive - 4:30 5 Tips for Writing Hit Hooks - 8:45 The Importance of Emotion and Feeling in Songs - 11:45 Examples of Song Emotion - 16:45 Using Emotion to Hook the Listener - 22:22 Wrap Up - 27:05   How to get involved Join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook and continue the discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/ Check out all of the resources for you to become the songwriter you were meant to be at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Audrey Assad - From the NCS Archives

5/4/2018
00:46:59
This week, we went back into the archives to share a past episode with you. Here's the thing... Each of these episodes have SO MUCH GOLD in them that it's hard to digest it all in one listen. So, today we're jumping back to our conversation with the amazing Audrey Assad.  Audrey Assad is, by her own admission, a very opinionated person. Of Middle Eastern descent, yet raised in a small cult-like expression of the Plymouth Brethren denomination in New Jersey, she was not allowed to sing or read Scriptures in front of males and suffered tremendous personal repression as a child. Ironically, the very things she endured became the fuel of her deeply layered artistry that blends ancient-future influences into her uniquely beautiful music. Her debut album The House You're Building (2010) was named Christian Album of the Year on Amazon.com and the Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year on iTunes and she has worked and toured with other great CCM artists such as Chris Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Jars of Clay. In this episode, John Chisum and Audrey discuss the role of pain in art, literary influences in lyric writing, how the historic Christian traditions of beauty and literature are sometimes lost on the evangelical church, as well as: How she came to Nashville with the help of Mike Donehy, lead singer of the band Tenth Avenue North Being who you are as a singer-songwriter and how to use "discovery tools" like Spotify to build your own following What it means to walk away from the "established" Christian music industry over artistic control and financial accountability Writing religious music for the people who would never buy it or want to listen to "Christian" music The role of catharsis and lament in art and how pain shapes our worship Her "non-Christian" band called Levv and her foray into EDM Contextualizing pain and how to redeem it in songwriting... "You can't heal from a wound that you don't know is there..." Why she always writes the songs that she needs first in order to "preach the Gospel to herself" every day The literary influences in her writing such as Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Rohr, Merton, John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Madeleine L'Engle, and Mother Teresa Her musical influences from 70's folk/rock music, despite the strictures of the Plymouth Brethren beliefs How to resource yourself through reading, imagination, and creativity to avoid rehashing Christian music from a decade ago Approaching hooks with simplicity How she wrote the song Restless from her first album, still one of her most popular songs Setting poems to music Her favorite exercises to add creativity and uniqueness to your music and to break out of ruts by intentional disruption You can check out Audrey and her music at audreyassad.com, on Instagram @audreyassad, Twitter @audreyassad, and her EDM band Levv at Levvmusic.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LEVVmusic/ For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
Not only has she been nominated for five Grammy® Awards, one Emmy®, and won three Doves, but singer, songwriter, recording artist, author, and actress Bonnie Keen is one of the most-loved talents in Nashville. One-third of the classic CCM trio First Call with Marty McCall and Melody Tunney, Bonnie began her Christian music career when her neighbor, Mike Blanton, asked her to sing backing vocals for a young artist she'd never heard of named Amy Grant. It was on those first tours with Amy that Bonnie's own heart for expressing her devotion to Christ was discovered, starting her down the path of becoming one of CCM's leading vocalists and performers, including fourteen studio recordings with First Call alone.   Bonnie has performed on stages throughout the world including The Grammy Awards, Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, and on tours with First Call, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, and BeBe and CeCe Winans to name but a few. She performs with the Nashville Shakespeare Theatre and travels with Windborne Music's "Tribute to the Music of Michael Jackson" performing most recently with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Theatrical highlights include the roles of Stephanie "To Kill A Mockingbird, The Witch "Into The Woods" Grace in "Cinderella" with the Nashville Symphony, Petie Quince (The Nashville Shakespeare Festival), Tiny "Comedy of Errors", Maud/Pinky in "Pride's Crossing" (Lipscomb University), Mama Legend "Scarecrows" (Playhouse Nashville), Mrs. Whitehead in "Man and Superman" and Gingy in "Love, Loss and What I Wore".   She has recorded three solo projects and authored three books with Harvest House Publishers. Her story graced the covers of Today's Christian Woman and Virtue magazine. Bonnie's vocals can be heard on commercials for Pepsi, Dodge Trucks, Fritos, Wrigleys Gum and Coke, work with Garth Brooks, Steve Winwood, Barry Manilow and Michael Crawford. Bonnie is currently touring her two-woman musical co-written and performed with Nan Gurley called Women Who Dared to Believe. When she's not on the road she performs with an Eagles revival band called The Eaglemaniacs and with Tim Akers and The Smoking Section, an R&B revival band in the Nashville area comprised of some of Nashville's finest musicians and singers.   In this conversation with John Chisum, Bonnie reveals her deep heart for truth, for a return to the real Gospel, and some of her writing inspirations. She shares some "Keen insights" on songwriting and encourages younger generations to find their own voice and make their contribution to Gospel music and the Kingdom of God as only they can. Anyone wanting more insight into this amazing artist will find it here, as well as aspiring songwriters seeking direction and keys for powerful productivity.   You can connect with Bonnie at bonniekeen.com.   For more information, connect with us at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.
Why do some songs leave you flat while others stick in your head forever? What are the key ingredients in a song's basic theme and "hook" that make it stay with you days, even years, after you've heard it for the first time?   In Part 2 of the Writing Hit Hooks series, industry leader John Chisum shares some of the most important ways to make your song stick with listeners no matter what genre or style. If you've been struggling to connect with listeners and be recognized as the songwriter you long to be, don't miss these insightful tips for making your songs and song hooks memorable like you may never have done before.   For more information visit us at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com
When tenth-graders Chris Rohman and Mark Graalman started making music together in their parents' basement in a small Ohio town, they could not have imagined that they would one day look back after 22 years of touring to see multiple industry award nominations and wins, 24 radio hits, over 750,000 albums sold, and thousands of loyal fans who've followed their ministry from the beginning to this day.    With the solid message of the Gospel and of our identity in Christ still intact after over two decades, the band is gearing up for a 16-city tour promoting their new album, "Changed," due out later this month. Containing all new songs co-written with new lead singer, Dustin Lolli, the album marks some significant changes in approach and tone that will be both familiar and fresh to Sanctus fans.   In this episode, John Chisum sits down with Mark and Dustin to discuss not only the origins of the band's often mispronounced name, but life on the road and the challenges of integrating a new lead singer. Lolli admits there were "high highs and low lows" as he was joining the group and that they almost ended their ministry not so long ago during one of the lowest points. Bouncing back with an even stronger resolve through writing and producing "Changed" is the continuation of a ministry and message that has become known and loved as Sanctus Real.   For more information visit us at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.
Do you ever wonder how hit songs are written? You've probably heard of "formula songwriting" and maybe even learned about song form, hooks, and melody writing. But what does it take to write a truly great song?   In this episode, music industry veteran John Chisum takes you to a deeper understanding of the key equation that professional songwriters use time and time again to write songs that consistently stand out among a million others to be the songs you hear on the radio or sung in churches worldwide.   Find critical new principles to ramp up your songwriting game with this informative and inspirational episode that will change the way you look at songs forever.    For more information visit us at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com
Katie Gustafson Hill is that rare and exquisite blend of musician, singer-songwriter, and healer. Suffering an eating disorder as a child, Katie knows the long road of recovery and seeks to help others, especially women, find their true selves and greater power through her counseling practice in Nashville.    Katie comes from a strong Christian family that is quite musical. Her Dad, Gerrit Gustafson, helped co-found Integrity Music and that legacy continues in Katie as she writes and performs her own songs. Married to a prominent music publisher, Katie is no stranger to the glamor of the music business or to the emotional struggles that go with it. Her deep commitment to freeing others from perfection and what she calls "the inner critic" flows through everything she does.   In this episode, John Chisum sits down with Katie to discuss the need for more openness for all creative types to wrestle down their emotional demons and to embrace their own healing journeys. She believes that greater creativity hides behind the lies of religion. Healing came to her as she let go of the false impressions of God and the church and came to genuinely know Christ in one of her lowest periods, embracing His love for her like never before.   Offering solution based therapy and coaching, Katie uses an innovative modality called brainspotting that bypasses talk therapy in order to release trapped emotions in the brain. If you're interested in Katie's music or her counseling practice, visit her at katiegustafsoncounseling.com.   For more information about The Song Revolution Podcast and what we offer at Nashville Christian Songwriters, go to nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.  
Drakeford (Drake & Lucy-Jayne Lanier), embody the most romantic notion of today's singer-songwriter lifestyle, though they would be the first to tell you that it has its challenges and drawbacks. Newlyweds who met on the mission field, the singing duo have grown accustomed to a nomadic lifestyle of coffee shops, universities, home concerts, and occasional church gigs as they share their own unique blend of folk-influenced pop rock music.   Though the couple will perform cover tunes when necessary (and extraordinarily well), their true heartbeat is in their originals penned together and performed with simple acoustic guitar (Drake on guitar and most lead vocals) with Lucy-Jayne providing solid backing vocals and the intermittent lead. Together they harmonize in perfect rhythm, even in tough near-rap melodic and lyrical passages that remind you of Ed Sheeran or Jason Mraz.    Drakeford ministers mostly in non-church settings such as bars, universities, and coffee houses because they believe their message is larger than the four walls of the sanctuary. They are dedicated to taking Jesus to the people they meet and get to sing to, even if their listeners are unaware of their faith-based leanings.    In this interview with John Chisum during NCS Power Week 2018, Drakeford opens up their hearts to share some of the joy and hardships of the singer-songwriter lifestyle and gives insights into their own songwriting process. They also share two of their most popular songs and show all who experience them the power of their love for God, each other, and their audience.   For more information, visit us at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.
Ask Don Moen what he does, and the answer might surprise you. He won't say he's a songwriter even though he's written more than 100 songs. He won't say he's a worship leader even though he's led worship on every continent but Antarctica and recorded numerous albums.    He won't say he's a businessman or producer even though he has produced and directed hundreds of successful projects. If you ask Don Moen why God put him on this planet, he'll tell you, "To be an architect who designs products and events that help people experience God's presence in a new and fresh way." And in more than three decades of ministry, he's had lots of opportunity to fulfill that purpose. His discography reflects his passion to create resources for the church that lead people into an honest and intimate relationship with the Lord. In 2002, his peers recognized that lifelong commitment and presented him with the Ray DeVries Church Ministry Award.   Don has also received a Dove Award for his work on the musical "God With Us" and has received multiple Dove Award nominations for his songs, CDs and choral resources. In addition to his writing and recording, Don makes time to tour domestically and abroad and has performed with artists such as Chris Tomlin, Twila Paris, Sara Groves and Paul Baloche to name a few. He also has served as worship leader for past National Day of Prayer events and as a music industry spokesperson, having been featured on Fox News, NPR and in USA Today.   Don is as popular overseas as he is at home in the U.S. His travels for concerts and seminars have taken him to Ghana, South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Guatemala, Honduras, and elsewhere. Today, Don is President of Don Moen Productions in Nashville, Tennessee, where he resides with his wife Laura and five children.   In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, Don Moen has joined John Chisum as part of The NCS Song Power Week 2018 to talk about his lengthy ministry and career and how God has touched millions through his life and music.   For more information go to nashvillechristiansongwriters.com
Does God really "give" you songs? Is it possible to just "receive" your songs from God and not have to work on them anymore? What's it like to "sing in the Spirit" and write "prophetic" songs?   In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum interviews International House of Prayer (Kansas City) worship leader and songwriter, Jon Thurlow, as part of The NCS Song Power Week 2018. Jon shares honestly how difficult leading worship 24/7 can be on him and his team and the mundane aspects of staying "in the Spirit."   This episode brings many great insights for your worship songwriting and helps you gain fresh understanding of how to refine the prophetic intimations God brings to you. John shares many great tools for you to use immediately in your songwriting to make them accessible for believers of any type and persuasion.   Jon Thurlow and his wife Kinsey live in Kansas City, Missouri, where they both serve on staff at the International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC). IHOPKC is an evangelical missions organization that is committed to praying for the release of the fullness of God's power and purpose in the earth. At the core of everything that goes on at the IHOPKC missions base is the Prayer Room, a place where we never cease worshiping the Lord and interceding for our world. In September of 1999, IHOPKC launched 24/7 worship and prayer which has continued to this day. Jon first came to IHOPKC in 2004 to attend Fire in the Night, a three-month nightwatch internship. After spending three months in the Prayer Room from midnight to 6am, he joined an IHOPKC "daytime" worship team. He now serves as a primary worship leader at IHOPKC, leading a team of singers and musicians in 6 two-hour sets per week.    For more information visit nashvillechristiansongwriters.com
Ex-mainstream rocker Zach Williams knows that Jesus is the real chain breaker, but Zach himself has burst onto the airwaves as a bonafide hitmaker with over 17m Youtube views of his debut single Chain Breaker and over 11m views of the totally singable follow-up Old Church Choir and the tally for each is growing by the minute.   Williams knows the power of Christ. His own chains of addiction were broken as he surrendered to the love of Jesus. Now he has taken the passion he once had for pleasing crowds to pleasing Jesus as a devoted husband, father, worship leader, songwriter and artist. In Zach's words, "I did the whole rock star thing for so long and I felt like I was always faking it, and now I really just want to be real with people. Please don't wait another minute, make the decision today to follow Christ."   Zach's straightforward and gutsy music has already garnered him two Grammy® nominations and one win, a Billboard Music Award nomination, two Dove Awards for New Artist of the Year (2017), Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, and the K-LOVE Fan Award "Breakout Single of the Year" for Chain Breaker.   In this episode, John Chisum catches up with Zach to chat about his music and the motivations behind it. Confirming the authenticity of the man making the hits, Zach shared freely of the struggles and the victories of his life and ministry, proving that he's got a healthy perspective on the fleeting value of music business success versus the applause of man.   Zach Williams knows what he's about and he's unafraid to challenge anyone to surrender to Jesus in order to find the truest riches in life. While the accolades and awards accrue, Williams' heart-leveled lyrics and infectious melodies continue to hit home with millions of listeners worldwide and we're already anticipating what's next for someone breaking chains and making waves with hit after hit.   Be sure to check out all the great resources and services we offer at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.
Cody Carnes is a lot more than "Mr. Kari Jobe." Although he is married to one of the most popular worship artists of the day, Cody is emerging in his own power as a communicator, songwriter, and worship leader.   His new album "The Darker the Night/The Brighter the Morning" was produced with indie-pop producer Jeremy Lutito and has influences from Bon Iver, Coldplay, One Republic, and others. "I feel like there are a lot of people in the world like me that love the creative experience of seeing some of their favorite bands live and also love the spiritual experience of a worship night," Carnes says. "I want to merge those two worlds together."   Allmusic.com's Stephen Thomas Erlwine writes, "Carnes first started playing music as a child, and headed his first worship service as a teenager. Throughout his teens and early adulthood he played with a number of bands, including Hit the Ground Running and Crimson Soul. He later became part of Gateway Church, which led him to a key role in the associated band Gateway Worship. There, he met his eventual wife, Kari Jobe. The pair frequently co-wrote songs together, including "Let the Heavens Open" on her acclaimed album Majestic. Carnes and Jobe released an EP called All He Says I Am in 2014. They married that year, relocated to Nashville, and had a son in 2016. Carnes signed with Capitol CMG in February 2017, releasing "The Cross Has the Final Word" shortly afterward. By May, Newsboys reunited to record their own version of "The Cross Has the Final Word," and by the end of the summer Carnes also released the singles "Hold It All," "Til the End of Time," and "What Freedom Feels Like." His full-length solo debut, The Darker the Night/The Brighter the Morning, appeared in September 2017."    In this episode, John Chisum caught up with Cody while he was in Cincinnati on the multi-city WinterJam Tour with wife, Kari, Jobe, and many other great Christian artists. In this fun and often funny episode, Carnes reveals deep inspiration for songwriting and an even deeper commitment to Christ and His Kingdom. Listen in and gain songwriting inspiration and insights to put into your songwriting now.   For more information, visit us at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.
Music business executives have come and gone through the years, but no one has outlasted Centricity Music's John Mays, the longest-standing A&R Director in Christian music. John's career has spanned thirty years and he has been influential in the careers of artists such as Cindy Morgan, Point of Grace, Phillips, Craig & Dean, and many more. John is currently directing the musical development of successful artists such as Johnny Diaz, Jason Gray, and the award-winning Lauren Daigle. In this episode, John Chisum sits down with his long-time friend to discuss nicknames, Mexican food, work ethic, the state of the Christian music industry, and the amazing opportunities awaiting songwriters and artists in the future. Check out more information and a full artist roster at www.centricitymusic.com and follow John on Twitter at @maysjp and on Instagram at @mayscast
Music business executives have come and gone through the years, but no one has outlasted Centricity Music's John Mays, the longest-standing A&R Director in Christian music. John's career has spanned thirty years and he has been influential in the careers of artists such as Cindy Morgan, Point of Grace, Phillips, Craig & Dean, and many more. John is currently directing the musical development of successful artists such as Johnny Diaz, Jason Gray, and the award-winning Lauren Daigle. In this episode, John Chisum sits down with his long-time friend to discuss nicknames, Mexican food, work ethic, the state of the Christian music industry, and the amazing opportunities awaiting songwriters and artists in the future. Check out more information and a full artist roster at www.centricitymusic.com and follow John on Twitter at @maysjp and on Instagram at @mayscast
Jared Anderson is one of our favorite songwriters. An international worship leader for many years with New Life Fellowship (Colorado Springs) and the Desperation Band, Jared always brings a down-to-earth spiritual perspective on music, songwriting, ministry, and business.   This interview is from his day on NCS Song Power Week 2018, a week long Facebook Live event sponsored by Nashville Christian Songwriters that happened January 22-27, 2018, in which he and NCS Managing Partner, John Chisum, discussed a range of powerful songwriting topics touching on everything from song form to the ethics of "selling sunsets."    You can reach Jared Anderson through jaredanderson.com and find out more information about Nashville Christian Songwriters at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.
Buddy Greene: Virtuoso Harmonica, Gaither Sideman, and Co-Writer of "Mary, Did You Know"   Over the last 30 years, Buddy Greene has performed across America, made numerous trips abroad, and established himself as a predominantly independent recording artist. In 1991 he won the Gospel Music Association's Dove award for Best Country Album, and has received 9 other Dove award nominations. Through his long association with the Gaithers, he has become a favorite gospel performer, often appearing on the Gaither's popular Homecoming video series, and recently featured in a Best of Buddy Greene DVD retrospective.   Buddy has also made his mark as a songwriter. Besides the many self-penned songs of his own recordings, he co-wrote (along with Mark Lowry) the modern Christmas classic "Mary, Did You Know," recorded by a host of major artists, including Kathy Mattea, Kenny Rogers and Wynonna, Natalie Cole, Clay Aiken, CeeLo Green, Rascal Flatts, Mary J Blige, and Pentatonix. Other songs of Buddy's covered by major artists include "Recovering Pharisee" by Del McCoury, "Fall Down, Children" by The Whites, and "He Is", a number one for gospel artist Ashley Cleveland.   Throughout his career, Buddy has steadily advanced as a harmonica player. He has played on the recordings of many outstanding artists, including Jerry Reed, the Gaithers, Riders in the Sky, Charlie Peacock, Bela Fleck, The Ojays, Sara Groves, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Sandi Patty, and Larnelle Harris, just to name a few. After hearing Buddy's 2002 release "RUFUS", legendary folk icon Doc Watson invited Buddy to join him onstage at the prestigious MerleFest roots music festival in 2003 and subsequent years. In 2009 he joined an auspicious lineup of Nashville virtuosos to help jazz bass legend Charlie Haden celebrate his country roots in the Grammy nominated recording and video project Rambling Boy.    Other milestones in Buddy's career include performing at numerous Billy Graham crusades, especially the 1992 New York Crusade before a crowd of 250,000 in Central Park, and his performance of the "William Tell Overture" at Carnegie Hall, captured live on a Bill Gaither Homecoming video and subsequently posted on YouTube, has been viewed by millions.   In this episode, John Chisum sits down with his long-time friend to reminisce, talk about songwriting as part of Buddy's amazing career, and to share some of the songs from Buddy's newest recording "Looking Back" available now at buddygreene.com and soon at all major music outlets.   For more information check out nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.  

God Gave Me This Song... Now What?

1/19/2018
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So God has given you a song. You just sat down one day and it started flowing out, or, maybe you were driving in your car when suddenly this melody came to you, and, before you knew it, you had pulled out your cell phone and started recording a melody that you've never heard before and you are still trying to put lyrics to it.   Or perhaps you've been writing poetry since 5th grade and you have about 4,000 poems in seventeen notebooks and you wonder why God gave them to you. Is there a true call to write songs on my life or not, you ask. It's hard to believe God would give you so many songs and have no plans to expose them to anyone else on the planet. But does that mean that your songs are destined for contemporary Christian radio?    In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, veteran music industry professional John Chisum explores the truth behind the continuum of songwriting from devotional to commercial and helps listeners find where they might be on it. All points on the continuum are valid and good, but the function of songs vary from end to end.   Some important resource links Chisum shares in this episode are:   Three Ideas for Inspiring Creativity in Worship   Do Songs Really Matter That Much in the End?   ExperienceImmerse.com   Five Ways to Write Songs People Will Love - Worship Musician Magazine   The Myth of Inspiration  - Gear Tech Recording Magazine   Be sure to check out all the great resources we offer at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.
Jon Thurlow is the living example of Psalm 45:1, "My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."    Jon and his wife Kinsey live in Kansas City, Missouri, where they both serve on staff at the International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC). IHOPKC is an evangelical missions organization that is committed to praying for the release of the fullness of God's power and purpose in the earth. At the core of everything that goes on at the IHOPKC missions base is the Prayer Room, a place where we never cease worshiping the Lord and interceding for our world.    Jon says, 'In late 2005 I had been at IHOPKC for over a year, but was still struggling to write songs. Music and melodic ideas would sometimes come together, but the lyrics would never come! One night the Lord spoke clearly to my heart and said, "I want you to let go of any music or movies that don't push your heart towards Me."   In September of 1999, IHOPKC launched 24/7 worship and prayer which has continued to this day. Jon first came to IHOPKC in 2004 to attend Fire in the Night, a three-month NightWatch internship. After spending three months in the Prayer Room from midnight to 6am, he joined an IHOPKC "daytime" worship team. He now serves as a primary worship leader at IHOPKC, leading a team of singers and musicians in 6 two-hour sets per week.    In this episode, John Chisum and Thurlow talk all things worship, songwriting, and his new recording Different Story, Thurlow's first Nashville-based recording produced by the legendary Brown Bannister (Amy Grant) and multi-talented Ben Shive (Laura Hackett Park, Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman, JJ Heller, Andrew Peterson.)    For all the latest information on Jon Thurlow, go to http://www.jonthurlow.com/, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or visit the official Different Story page at forerunnermusic.com/differentstory.   Don't miss our FREE video course called "Five Keys to Successful Christian Songwriting " available at https://nashvillechristiansongwriters.com/freecourse!   For more information, visit us at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.
Trevor Graves is an aspiring songwriter hoping to be heard in Nashville. His acoustic songs and sound are a blend of classic CCM with fresh influences a la John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum highlights Trevor's songs and sincere call to write for Jesus.   As a client of Nashville Christian Songwriters' coaching program, Mastering the Art & Craft of Christian Songwriting, Trevor shares about his journey into commercial songwriting and the development of three songs during the show, which he also performs. Listeners will immediately recognize his talent and the quality of his work.    Songwriters looking for inspiration and many nuggets about the craft of songwriting won't be disappointed in this episode as they follow the development of a very talented and developing songwriter, Trevor Graves.

David Baroni on "Flowing in the Spirit" in Songwriting

12/29/2017
00:53:05
David Baroni is one of those rare gifts to the Body of Christ as a songwriter, worship leader, and teacher. One of his early CCM hits "Soldiers of the Light" (Andrus, Blackwood, and Company) helped blaze the trail of pop Christian music. With over 200 songs on CCLI (and counting), his impact on the field of worship is perhaps crowned with the modern hymn "O Mighty Cross" (Baroni/Chisum), as well as dozens of songs recorded by Integrity Music and his own Kingdomsongs Music. In this episode, David and John Chisum sit down at the keyboard to talk about "flowing in the Spirit" as a songwriter and even demonstrate an impromptu co-write during the show. David's encouraging heart and insights will refresh and inspire you in your own songwriting to new levels of trust and "flowing." You can reach David at david@davidbaroni.com and follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.
If Brandon Heath could offer a word of advice about how to navigate a well-lived life, he would sum it up in three words: faith, hope and love. These tenants of the Christian faith have provided an unshakable foundation for his own journey with Jesus through the years, and they continue to be the three virtues he claims in times of both joy and struggle. For Heath, it's simply "instruction for a good life." This trifecta of wisdom converges on his sixth studio project, Faith Hope Love Repeat (Provident Label Group), an album that fuses his signature pop sensibilities with his storytelling gifts. A Nashville native, Heath quickly won the hearts of listeners when he released his major label debut in 2006. With four No.1 singles to his credit, including the RIAA Platinum-certified "Give Me Your Eyes," the singer has garnered five GRAMMY® nominations, an American Music Award nod and an Emmy Award. In addition, he's earned eight Dove Awards, including two consecutive Male Vocalist honors (2009, 2010) and a win for Song of the Year ("Give Me Your Eyes"). He's also been recognized as a top lyricist in his field with numerous songwriting accolades, including being named BMI's 2014 Songwriter of the Year. Despite all the success and accolades for his music, Brandan is down-to-earth, grounded, and authentic. He and his wife are expecting their first child soon and this new season influenced much of the content on Heath's 2017 release, Faith Hope Love Repeat. John Chisum unpacks a little of the reality of the music business, songwriting, and life in this episode with CCM Artist, Brandan Heath. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
Few songwriters cultivate more fertile creative soil when crafting a new album than Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Juggling dual vocations as both pastors and recording artists for more than two decades, Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean have created an impressive body of work inspired by what God is doing in their lives and their respective churches.  Transparency, passion and integrity have long been the foundation for Phillips, Craig, and Dean's music and ministry.  For more than two decades, the trio has churned out some of Christian music's most enduring hits, including "Revelation Song," which recently earned RIAA Gold Single status, signifying downloads of more than 500,000.  This is only the seventh time in the history of Christian music that a single has reached gold status. The song spent 17 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian AC chart and also topped the National Christian Audience chart, AC Indicator chart and Soft AC charts.  On this episode, John Chisum sits down with PCD's Dan Dean to recall the group's beginnings in 1991at Star Song Records and to walk through highlights of the group's fantastic 25-year run. Dan shares some great stories, his songwriting process, and some valuable songwriting advice to aspiring writers.  For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf 
Ahhhh, the sounds of Christmas.... the ubiquitous Salvation Army Santa outside of Walmarts and Best Buys with that annoying little bell clanging till you give him a buck just to make him stop, but he never does... The bustle of shoppers and imaginary tinkling of Silver Bells, the very real laughter and shooshing of ice skaters in Rockefeller Center... The carols and classic songs in all the movies we binge watch leading up to the big day to help us get in the Christmas spirit...  Halloween is barely over before the malls and shopping centers and music on hold cranks up the endless loop of Winter Wonderland, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and Frosty the Snowman, and, depending on your particular childhood memories of this holiday and how it played out in your house, this is either really awesome or a slow merciless death akin to Chinese water torture that FINALLY stops dripping on Christmas Day.  But does the world really need ANOTHER Christmas song?  Aren't there enough already?  Certainly no one needs another BAD song about Christmas, but what if, just maybe.... YOU wound up penning a Silent Night or O Come, All Ye Faithful, or Tender Tennessee Christmas that actually became part of the sacred canon of Christmas tunes? This week, John Chisum encourages you to believe in a Christmas miracle one more time and step up to write the songs only you can write. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
In 12th Century Benedictine tradition, the Church was viewed as a warm and hospitable place always open, and desirous, of wanderers and weary travelers. In fact, one monk would always be posted as the lookout, scanning the horizon for those in need of shelter called the "porter." Whenever a road-worn traveler found his way to the monastery, the porter made sure that all the monks were alerted to greet the guest, wash his feet, feed clothe them, and pronounce that "Christ is surely among us." With this ancient vow of hospitality in mind, Isaac Wardell has formed The Porter's Gate as a new movement in worship music, conversation, and community that seeks to return the high value of hospitality to us again. The fruit of this movement is The Porter Gate's Worship Project: Volume 1/Work Songs featuring Audrey Assad, Josh Garrels, Liz Vice, Urban Doxology, and Aaron Keyes. Earthy, sober, raw, and organic are words that describe the songs on this stripped down, live project, a completely intentional move to show that authentic worship doesn't have to be over-produced in order to reach the heart. Wardell, director of worship arts at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, understands very well the need for unity in a racially and politically divided church and country. The violent Unite the Right white supremacists rally garnering international news happened very close to Trinity and hit home for Wardell and the church. It's time, he says, to be an agent of change, to change the way the church engages the community. To reimagine a movement of redeeming love that seeks to welcome those outside its doors. "Of all our particular practices, liturgies and beliefs, the thing that marks us the most is our welcome, our hospitality," Wardell says. "By becoming the porter at the gate, the Church identifying itself by its welcome/hospitality, it is a renunciation of power..." he says of the organization's mission. "We give up the power to control the narrative and embrace the community and what it brings to the Church." (Quoted from The Welcome of Worship The Porter's Gate Re-Imagines Music That Celebrates the Work of the People by Melissa Riddle Chalos) If you're someone critical of the "modern worship movement," you'll find Wardell and The Porter's Gate's music quite down-to-earth and refreshing. It's almost like you're sitting in the sanctuary at Trinity singing along with Wardell, Assad, Garrels, and the others as they bring worship back to the people. You can connect with Isaac Wardell and read more about The Porter's Gate at https:// www.portersgateworship.com/music-vol1. For more information on Nashville Christian Songwriters and our mission to empower Christian songwriters worldwide, visit us at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com.

Recording Home Demos with John Chisum and Bryant Urich

11/24/2017
01:00:25
We've had so much response on Facebook posts about how to record your songs at home that we decided to record a special podcast to address that topic. In this episode, John Chisum joins NCS/Song Revolution Podcast producer, songwriter, and all-around great guy, Bryant Urich, to dig into all things demo. Bryant is more than a podcast genius. He is an accomplished songwriter and music producer in his own right, joining forces with some of Nashville's brightest and best to establish his own brand of music for film/television and the modern music marketplace. In this episode you'll learn: The difference between a "work tape" and a full-blown "demo" What you can expect to invest in done-for-you demos by Nashville musicians How John learned to edit on two-inch magnetic tape back in the Dark Ages of music recording Exactly what gear you need (including apps) to get started in your home recording What Nashville publishers and artists expect to hear on demos How different genres require different levels of expertise and investment to be heard And much more! For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
Dave Clark is the real deal. He's one of those down-to-earth and unassuming characters who would NEVER talk about himself or his accomplishments, but who has nonetheless impacted the world with his songs and career in the Christian music industry for over three decades. Dave's very real accomplishments include: Creative Director for Lillenas Publishing, a Kansas City-based Christian music company. Songwriting credits for songs recorded by artists including Rascal Flatts, Larnelle Harris, Sandi Patty, Steve Green, 4HIM, Al Denson, Point of Grace, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Glen Campbell, Donny Osmond, CeCe Winans, Michael Crawford, The Martins, and many others. Producer of numerous records including two Grammy-nominated projects for J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet and producer of the "Get the Truth" recording for the American Bible Society. One of three songwriters commissioned to set the concepts of Henry Blackaby's "Experiencing God" to music for an artist recording on Starsong Records. Author of Worship Where You're Planted and Living in the Power of My Weakness from Beacon Hill Press. Author of more than 50 Christmas and Easter musicals performed each year in churches across the country. Co-writer of the Christmas song "Strange Way to Save the World," which has been recorded by dozens of artists including Michael Crawford and Rascal Flatts. Awarded ASCAP's Living Legacy Award in 2009 in honor of 25 #1 songs on the Christian Music Charts. Has enjoyed at least one #1 song in four consecutive decades. Dove Award winner In this warm and candid interview, John Chisum brings you one of Christian music's most humble servants and best storytellers, Dave Clark. Grab an iced tea, sit back, and enjoy this humble, yet very influential, songwriter and publisher. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook!
Tim Timmons' life has always been one of adventure, but for the first time, the singer/songwriter feels awake enough to actually live it. After nearly two decades of ministry and a lifetime as a believer, Timmons is no stranger to the tenets of the Christian faith. Now he finds himself moving beyond believer to follower, awake and alive to the nearness of Jesus. His sophomore album, Awake Our Souls(Reunion Records), is a portrait of Timmons' own awakening and an invitation for every listener to discover the abundant life beyond belief. "We talk about all these things I've known about my whole life?like freedom in Jesus and overwhelming joy?but I've never known it until now, and it's just this awakening in my soul," the singer shares. "The goal of this record is to invite people into a new reality of the Kingdom of God that is around us all the time. Here are ten songs?ten prayers?that help me practically live in the availability and the truth of God's Kingdom," he says. "It's a huge concept?the Kingdom of God... We have power, but who lives as though the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of us? Jesus is saying, 'You can do anything I did.'" In this episode, John Chisum yuks it up with the very affable Timmons and talks about Timmons' recent spiritual awakening from professional Christian to authentic believer and how it's affected his entire life, ministry, family, songwriting, and world outlook. Armed with a new contentment in his soul, Timmons' songs have taken on a whole new depth that is nothing short of incendiary to passive, cultural Christianity. For all the latest information on Tim Timmons, including music, and touring, go to www.TimTimmonsMusic.com,  and check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Over the past decade, Aaron Shust has earned a reputation as one of Christian music's most compelling songwriters and a vocalist of considerable depth and passion. He was named both New Artist and Songwriter of the Year at the 2007 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and the impact of his song, "My Savior My God" was recognized with the Song of the Year honor. He has continued to build on that early promise to become one of the community's most creative and trusted voices. Shust is well known for such hits as "My Hope is in You," which spent 14 weeks at No. 1, "No One Higher," which hit the summit on the Inspirational chart and "Ever Be," which made its way to No. 3 on the NCA chart. "O Come O Come Emmanuel" has become a perennial holiday favorite, earning acclaim as the most played song each December for 10 years in a row. In this episode, John Chisum connects with the authentic Shust on family, songs, touring, and how to keep life real in the midst of success as a Contemporary Christian Artist and popular worship leader. You can connect with Aaron at aaronshust.com and on Twitter and Instagram @aaronshust. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!

Jonathan Cain of Journey on Writing Timeless Songs

10/28/2017
00:31:54
The piano intro of Journey's mega-hit Don't Stop Believin', written and performed by Jonathan Cain, stands as one of the most iconic musical motifs in all of rock 'n roll history. Cain's own journey through over 40 years of music to date is epic, too, having written monster hits like "Faithfully," "Who's Crying Now," "Open Arms," and with "Don't Stop Believin'" being iTunes #1 rock catalog tune of all time. And, if that's not enough success for one guy, Cain was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and is still packing out arenas around the world with this classic rock band. And yet, there's a deeply spiritual side to Cain's life. As he explains in this podcast, he received "prophetic words" from a pastor when he was only ten-years old that music would be his life, words echoed through the prayers of his own father, the one who uttered the words "Don't stop believin'" destined to be one of the most recognized and loved songs on the planet, and most recently by well-known prophetic voices in the country of Ghana speaking blessing and truth over his life. Cain has been guided and blessed through these words, for sure, though life as a rock superstar hasn't always been easy. John Chisum recently caught up with Cain via Skype to capture some of the moving stories and prophetic undertones of Cain's current journey into Christian music, including his new Christmas release, Unsung Noel. Cain spoke candidly about the "outpourings" of songs God has given him and of his fresh emphasis on writing for the Lord. He's also developing more of his worship leading ministry as part of his dynamic marriage to Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Church in Apopka, Florida. The journey of Journey's Jonathan Cain is far from over and word has it that the best is yet to come. You can follow Jonathan here  http://jonathancainmusic.com/, Addiction Sound, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Ginny Owens became a household name as the Gospel Music Association's 2000 New Artist of the Year. Growing in notoriety as both a singer and a songwriter, winning 3 Dove awards and multiple ASCAP Awards along the way, Owens has sold over a million records over the course of her career. A top performer on the Christian radio charts with hits like "If You Want Me To," "Free" and "I Wanna Be Moved" among others, Owens has released no less than 11 full albums and 3 EPs, and her music has also impacted mainstream audiences at Lilith Fair, the Sundance Film Festival and the White House. In this episode, John Chisum has a chance to dig into the real life inspirations and struggles of this singer-songwriter who just happens to have been completely blind from three-years old. Despite this lifelong challenge, Ginny Owens has managed to capture a loyal audience with her soulful, yet-pop-oriented vocal style and songwriting and shows no signs of slowing down. In this warm and often funny episode, John & Ginny cover everything from touring and songwriting to Ginny's cooking with the Instapot® and Ginny shares valuable songwriting insights for every aspiring Christian songwriter. Connect with her at ginnyowensmusic.com, on Twitter @GinnyOwens, and on Instagram @blindchickphotog. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Jared Anderson did not always see himself writing worship music.The career of one of the most distinct voices in modern worship - with songs like "Glorified," "Amazed," and "Rescue" widely sung in churches around the world - almost never happened. In fact, Jared considered distancing himself from worship music entirely, but always felt a pull to write something for the church. "God revealed to me, and it was a slow process, that worship isn't just a genre of music," he explains. "Worship songs are prayers. We're reciting the word of God back to him, and pretty soon we're not just reciting it or singing it, we're living it." In this episode, John Chisum uncovers the spiritual and musical motivations of Anderson, one of the seminal songwriters and worship leaders of Colorado Spring's New Life Fellowship, alongside key influencers Glenn Packiam, Jon Egan, the Desperation Band, and others. Jared talks candidly about his classical piano background and all the hidden hours in the practice rooms at Oral Roberts University, contrasting them with his transition into a very public ministry with New Life and beyond. The first worship song he ever wrote, Rescue, launched his career and has led to more than a decade of worldwide impact in writing and ministry. What he describes as "something going on behind my back" as he continued to write songs like Amazed and Great I Am mushroomed into not only greater notoriety and accolades, but into greater conflict as Jared wrestled with his own inner motivations and sudden success. At times both funny and raw, Jared's transparency and humility are evident throughout this interview and songwriters will find his insights on songwriting invaluable. You can connect with Jared at jaredanderson.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jaredandersonmusic, on Twitter and Instagram @jaredanderson. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
By all accounts, Tony Wood is the epitome of successful Christian songwriting. Take five minutes now to read the following list of artists who've recorded his songs and then ask yourself if Tony Wood might not have something very valuable to say to you about how to craft songs that span genres, styles, and even generations. With over 700 songs recorded in the Christian music marketplace, Tony Wood songs have been recorded by Point Of Grace, Michael W. Smith, SELAH, 4-Him, Sandi Patty, Natalie Grant, Avalon, Ginny Owens, Mark Schultz, Brian Littrell (of the Backstreet Boys), Matt Redman, KUTLESS, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris August, Mark Hall (of Casting Crowns), Group 1 Crew, Big Daddy Weave, Pocket Full of Rocks, FFH, Mandisa, Chris Sligh, Mark Harris, Francesca Battistelli, Colton Dixon, Nicole C. Mullen, Larnelle Harris, All Star United, Building 429, Jason Crabb, Joy Williams, Hawk Nelson, Jaci Valesquez, 33 Miles, Steve Green, PASSION, Gaither Vocal Band, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Royal Tailor, About A Mile, Petra, 7eventh Time Down, Kari Jobe, Anthony Evans, Wayne Watson, Meredith Andrews, Kim Hill, the Museum, Oak Ridge Boys, Don Moen, Rush Of Fools, Kathy Troccoli, Lincoln Brewster, OBB, Moriah Peters, Matt Wertz, Mike Donehey (of Tenth Avenue North), 1 Girl Nation, Aaron*Jeoffrey, Sidewalk Prophets, Guy Penrod, Booth Brothers, Cindy Morgan, Mark Lowry, Geoff Moore, Greg Long, Ricky Skaggs, Travis Cottrell, Kerrie Roberts, Clay Crosse, Scott Krippayne, Talley Trio, Bob Carlisle, Nichol Sponberg, Bill Gaither, Babbie Mason, Christy Nockels, Ian Eskelin, Steve Camp, Jonny Diaz, Russ Taff, Gold City, Ray Boltz, Jill Phillips, Paul Baloche, Aaron Shust, Leeland Mooring, Rob Mathes, Wayne Haun, Michael English, BarlowGirl, Sheila Walsh, Warren Barfield, Joseph Habedank, I AM THEY, Amber Nelon Thompson, Ronnie Freeman, TaRanda Greene, Brian Free and Assurance, NEWSONG, Susan Ashton, Veritas, Jim Brady Trio, Jody McBrayer, Matthew West, Tim Rushlow, Jessica Simpson, All Things New, Todd Agnew, Ronan Tynan, Legacy Five, Janet Paschall, Nelons, OBB, Kim Boyce, Gary Chapman, the Martins, Charles Billingsley, Russ Lee, Michael O'Brien, GLAD, First Call, Imperials, Karen Peck & New River, TRUTH, Alisa Turner and even more... If you're not impressed with that list, you're listening to the wrong podcast. In this episode, John Chisum has a fun and very valuable conversation with Tony about his humble beginnings and the leap of faith that brought him to Nashville with no connections, no guarantees, and only the faith that God had called him to become a Christian songwriter. Tony shares candidly about the long journey through trials and setbacks that required a lot of tenacity and faith for him to "make it" years after he settled here with his first song being recorded, as well as his uncertainty that the "next song will ever come." You can read more about Tony Wood on his website at tonywoodonline.com and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @tonywood_exit71. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Many aspiring songwriters wonder why their songs aren't having the impact they desire. Is this you? After all, you've felt the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to write down your thoughts, feelings, and passionate worship for God. Maybe you've felt driven to share a part of your story that is difficult, but you feel the need to help others through what you've been through, so you're risking the vulnerability to put it in a song. But... *cricket cricket*... no one seems to care. What now? The truth is that there are thousands of Christian writers wanting to write about their passion for God and share their stories. How do you manage to stand out above the noise and have anyone pay attention? Here's another truth: The effectiveness and impact of your song is directly tied to the quality of your original idea, no matter what the subject matter, and the hook/title that becomes your "North Star" that guides you through the process of actually crafting the song from beginning to end. In this final in a four-part series, learn how to power up your songs immediately by increasing the quality of your ideas and following your "North Star hook" as John shares: Understanding the difference between the "essence" of an idea and an actual hook Why spending more time on your ideas pays rich dividends The importance of identifying the best hook to run with (the "North Star hook" concept) Examples of great North Star hooks others have crafted into hit songs Finding great ideas for songs and hooks Exactly how to let the North Star hook guide you through the process of writing the song The power of Word Clusters and how to use them Use the principles in this episode to craft your own North Star hooks and sail safely into port with your next powerhouse song. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
So, how does one go from being laid off and barely scraping by to a new high-quality EP release? In this episode, NCS songwriter, Terrance McCoy gets real about sleeping on a blow-up mattress in a house he was painting to becoming a brand new music artist releasing his first EP on September 29th. A graduate of the NCS "boot camp" program called "Mastering the Art & Craft of Christian Songwriting," Terrance shares the good, the bad, and the worst as he struggled to grow in his songwriting and lay everything he had on the line to become the songwriter he knew he was called to be. And, somewhere in the process as he became willing to admit that he didn't know everything there was to know about crafting great songs, Terrance discovered an even greater calling... his own call to Christian music artistry that has resulted in this new EP entitled "Transparency." A fitting debut title for Terrance, "Transparency" embodies his own struggles for purity, faith, and the authenticity required to make the true Gospel of Jesus Christ known to a dying world. Dedicating his music to the homeless and broken, Terrance McCoy's music has a raw, earthy quality with direct and powerful messages designed to connect with even the most hardened heart. We hope you enjoy this episode and the samplings of Terrance's great new songs. You can connect with him at terrancemccoymusic.com or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Songs used in this podcast are from Terrance McCoy's debut EP "Transparency" available September 29 on iTunes. The ebook "Seven Proven Strategies to Write Better Songs Now and Stand Out in a Crowded Songwriting Marketplace" is available at nashvillechristiansongwriters.com. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Many aspiring songwriters wonder why their songs aren't having the impact they desire. Is this you? After all, you've felt the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to write down your thoughts, feelings, and passionate worship for God. Why isn't anyone listening and how can you step up to really fulfill your call to write impactful songs for Jesus? In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, veteran worship songwriter and teacher, John Chisum, opens up the topic of originality, pointing you to one of the most essential elements a successful songwriter has, the ability to tap into a higher level of originality and creativity in their writing. Learn how to increase listenership and song impact as John shares: Why you should "zig" when everyone else is "zagging" How cloning other successful artists and songwriters is the "kiss of death" How to celebrate your uniqueness and use it to build a successful songwriting career What Einstein and Steve Jobs had to say about creativity and how it can help you discover deeper creativity in your life and songwriting Where to find deeper creativity in your life and tap into it for better songwriting Discover new freshness in your songwriting The power of ruthlessly self-editing your lyrics How to scope your lyrics and power them up through originality Growing as a songwriter by investing in originality first And more! This is the third in a four-part podcast series. The final episode will cover: Letting Your "North Star" Hook Guide You Through the Songwriting Process For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Unless you're familiar with the Reformed University Fellowship and Indelible Grace Music, you may have missed the incredible gift that is Sandra McCracken. The quintessential independent artist, Sandra hasn't gone the way of being signed to a record company, but has released twelve recordings to date and has garnered a loyal following the world over for her folk-driven music rooted in Gospel hymnody. She's also had songs recorded by All Sons & Daughters, Caedmon's Call, Audrey Assad, and used on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. In this informal, but profound conversation, John Chisum delves into the spiritual, theological, and musical motivations behind Sandra's soulful, organic sound and many valuable insights into her life, ministry, and songwriting process, including: Discovering deeper worship in the dorm rooms at Belmont University Her resistance to "commercializing" the Gospel in music distribution Her part in starting a national university movement called the Reformed University Fellowship that has spawned a record company that promotes depth of theology in music called Indelible Grace Music The importance of music being shaped by a Biblical worldview The sacredness of all of life and how this influences her songs and songwriting Why sacred music was never intended to be held within the four walls of a church The wealth of hymns lost on the world that must be revitalized through current melody writing The challenge of "me-ism" in contemporary worship songs that are self-centric and how to go deeper in exalting God in music Finding "sabbath" as a songwriter and how to tap into a deeper well of words, theology, and the Holy Spirit Not settling for "transactional relationships," but transcending the culture to become an important songwriter Why technology shortchanges our ability to be filled up and nourished by God, thus affecting our creativity and relationships Who she's reading now and the authors she returns to time and time again for inspiration and great song ideas Her new CD/DVD called "Steadfast" recorded at Art House (Nashville) with the film version produced by Zach Prichard and featuring Gospel vocalist Liz Vice, as well as Leslie Jordan and David Leonard (All Sons & Daughters) Why songs are new each time you play them, no matter how familiar they may be How God can use suffering to increase our courage as artists and songwriters How "disruption" contributes to creativity and how you can use it to boost yours The "emotional leads" that put her in the songwriting zone and why historical hymns continue to speak to her heart Writing out of "emphasis" and the needs in specific communities, especially in an era desperate for social justice How to be the "unfiltered version" of yourself as a songwriter to discover your true voice and songwriting style And more... Sandra's "Steadfast" press release says of her, "Sandra McCracken's prolific contributions as a songwriter, modern-day hymn writer and record producer has brought grace and clarity to her soulful, folk-gospel sound.Whether in a theater or in a chapel, she is a dynamic performer who blurs the lines of what church music sounds like, captivating and inviting audiences to sing along.While many of her songs like "We Will Feast In The House Of Zion"and "Thy Mercy My God"have settled into regular rotation in Christian worship services internationally, she has also had songs recorded by All Sons & Daughters, ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Audrey Assad, BiFrost Arts, Caedmon's Call and others. She is further a founding member of Indelible Grace Music and Rain For Roots (children's music) and has been a guest writer for Art House America, She Reads Truth,The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, RELEVANT Magazine and more." Forall the latest information on Sandra McCracken, including her touring, free chord charts and more, go to www.SandraMcCracken.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Many aspiring songwriters wonder why their songs aren't having the impact they desire. Is this you? After all, you've felt the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to write down your thoughts, feelings, and passionate worship for God, but it just seems like no one's paying attention and you're left wondering how to step up your songwriting to capture the ears of a broader audience. Here's what you need to know: The effectiveness and impact of your song is directly correlated with the quality of your original idea and your ability to craft it into a compelling hook that sticks in the minds of listeners and worshipers. In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, veteran worship songwriter and teacher, John Chisum, lays out important ways to increase the quality of your song ideas and how to develop those ideas into the most compelling hooks possible. This is how professional songwriters create lasting songs and even songs that become classics. Learn how to increase the quality of your ideas and craft compelling hooks as John shares: How to dramatically increase your song power by deciding what you want to write about before you write Discover the "essence" of your idea through the power of song journaling Learn the four key elements to crafting powerful hooks Why songwriting is like target practice Keys to brainstorming hooks from your song ideas and how to refine them Why there's room for only one idea in a song And more! This is the second in a four-part podcast series. Upcoming episodes will cover:                   Part 3 - Originality and How to Cultivate It Easily Into Your Songwriting                   Part 4 - Letting Your "North Star" Hook Guide You Through the Songwriting Process   For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
What do you give someone who's placed songs that have sold on over 80 million records worldwide, including Barbara Streisand, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Rich Mullins, and countless others? You give him a lot of respect. Randy Cox was one of the first major Christian music publishers swept up in what was to become Contemporary Christian Music. Working alongside industry greats such as Bill Gaither, Bob McKenzie, Joe Huffman, Donna Hilley, and many other behind-the-scenes executives who helped shape what we now know as CCM and even modern worship, Randy Cox has made an indelible mark on Christian music. Listening to Randy talk about hearing "Father's Eyes" (Chapman) for the first time, realizing how special it was, and pitching it to Brown Bannister for then unknown Amy Grant is remarkable, as well as signing a young upstart named Michael W. Smith. Co-author of a new book called "Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth: Spiritual Conversations Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of Rich Mullins," Randy reminisces about working with Rich and the power of his musical ideas, motifs, and personal quirkiness. Randy believes Mullins is the greatest poet of our time and represents eleven unknown Mullins' songs presently unrecorded. Randy Cox is one of the most remarkable music publishers in the history of Christian music and his legacy continues to grow as he mentors and coaches songwriters through his own company. He offers valuable songwriting insights that every serious songwriter can utilize in their songwriting immediately to move beyond "surface" writing to more thoughtful songs that effect deep change in the hearts of listeners. You can connect with Randy on Facebook, or drop him an email at Randy.SongConsultant@gmail.com. The new Rich Mullins book is available from Amazon.com at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Winds-Heaven-Stuff-Earth-Conversations/dp/1683970403/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1503012258&sr=8-4&keywords=Rich+Mullins+book For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Many aspiring songwriters wonder why their songs aren't having the impact they desire. Is this you? After all, you've felt the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to write down your thoughts, feelings, and passionate worship for God. Maybe you've felt driven to share a part of your story that is difficult, but you feel the need to help others through what you've been through, so you're risking the vulnerability to put it in a song. But... *cricket cricket*... no one seems to care. What now? The truth is that there are thousands of Christian writers wanting to write about their passion for God and share their stories. How do you manage to stand out above the noise and have anyone pay attention? Here's another truth: The effectiveness and impact of your song is directly correlated with the quality of your original idea, no matter what the subject matter. In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, veteran worship songwriter and teacher, John Chisum, lays out important ways to increase the quality of your song ideas from which a higher quality song can be written. Chisum believes that most songwriters would be better served to spend more time on their ideas than the actual writing of them, given the writer has the right set of skills with which to capture those ideas. Learn how to power up your songs immediately by increasing the quality of your ideas as John shares: Why a song is only as strong as its one central idea Why elevating your song idea is the ONLY way to grab the attention of publishers, artists, and record companies How to be heard by increasing the power of your song ideas before you write them Why pro songwriters get all the lucky breaks What would make publishers, producers, and artists jump out of their seats to work with you The importance of "song idea radar" and why you need it Why better ideas equals better hooks and better hooks equals better songs The secret sauce of hit songs and how you can use it in your songwriting Why Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" was the breakout hit of 2014 How to dramatically increase the power of your titles with the simple device of alliteration And more... This is the first in a four-part podcast series. Upcoming episodes will cover: Part 2 - Writing from the "Essence" of Ideas and How to Craft Compelling Hooks from Them Part 3 - Originality and How to Cultivate It Easily Into Your SongwritingPart 4 - Letting Your "North Star" Hook Guide You Through the Songwriting Process For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
New Integrity Music artist Alisa Turner is no stranger to tragedy. She lost her worship leader Dad to a sudden heart attack when she was a 20-year old aspiring Nashville singer-songwriter, was bedridden for six years with Lymes Disease, and lost her infant son, London, 71 minutes after he was born. Yet, her heart looms large with love for God, worship, and others, and her laughter and smiles are truly infectious. In this deeply personal episode, John Chisum and Alisa dig into how she has managed to stay not only positive, but outright effervescent in the face of such losses and offer to the world an endless sense of hope despite the pain. Her worship is deep and the solid biblical foundations of her life support the profound and powerful messages in her songs. The Integrity Music Press Release says of Turner, "Worship artist Alisa Turner sings with passion and vulnerability. Her songs capture something almost mystical, yet deeply rooted in the hard stuff of the "now and not yet" grit of the everyday. It's the lilt and innocence in her voice and the heartbreaking, but hopeful truth of her story. That story is inextricably woven throughout her self-titled EP (Integrity Music) in a tapestry of grief, suffering, hope and redemption for which there is only one appropriate response: unfettered, unfiltered worship." An independent artist for over a decade, Alisa's debut self-titled album produced by Michael Farren is available now as pre-sale and for downloads August 25th. In this episode, John and Alisa enjoy a candid, warm, and often funny conversation as they talk about: Hot chocolate on hot days (she's obviously a "choco-holic") Co-writing with high level songwriters like Word Music writer Tony Wood (29 #1 songs and counting), James Galbraith, Jessica Campbell, and Michael Farren How authentic ministry comes from tremendous tragedy and loss and how to craft songs even in the sorrow What it's like to be "discovered" as an independent artist and find herself signed to Integrity Music Insights into her songwriting process, melody writing, and co-writing (and why she always takes food to cowrites!) How she thinks about writing melodies to words on the page Why she's excited about gearing up for her radio concert tour with Greg Sykes And more... For more information on Alisa Turner,visit www.alisaturner.com, or connect with her via Twitter @alisaturner, Instagram @alisaturnermusic and Facebook. Turner's music is also available at iTunes, Apple Music,  Google Play and Spotify. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!

Dream Your Way to Songwriting Success with John Chisum

8/5/2017
00:29:57
How much do you believe in your dream of becoming a successful songwriter? Have you been shut down in this dream because of discouragement, a lack of knowledge, a lack of definition around your goals for your songwriting? What does success for you really look like and how can you empower your songwriting dreams? In this episode, John Chisum looks at the roles faith and perseverance have in making your dreams of successful songwriting come true, as well as the "bulletproof mindset" you have to maintain every day if you're going to achieve what you believe is a calling from God on your life to write great songs. Be encouraged and empowered as John talks about: Why seeing yourself as a songwriter releases creativity How to enlarge your vision and stretch the boundaries of your faith to become more successful Ways to become a student of great songwriting and why you MUST do that to reach your goals The correlation between sports training and songwriting How to take possession of your goals and dreams instead of leaving your fate in other's control Effective ways to keep fear and discouragement out of your mind Why we bring all we are to our songs and how to bring your BEST self to the writing endeavor One valuable exercise you can do every day to sharpen your mental commitment to your songwriting success and experience powerful growth quickly And more! For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Best known as co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the British worship band Delirious? with Martin Smith, Stu Garrard helped shape the modern worship movement. Famous for culture-shifting songs like Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble and I Could Sing of Your Love Forever, Garrard helped to capture and define worship for an entire generation as Delirious? traveled the world leading millions in worship and even opening for Bon Jovi. In this episode, John Chisum visits with Stu G around his new release called "The Beatitudes Project," a full-length record featuring songs Stu co-wrote with industry-leading artists Amy Grant, Audrey Assad, Michael W. Smith, All Sons and Daughters, Joel Houston, and many more. The album is accompanied by a book, Words from the Hill (An Invitation to the Unexpected) released in April by NavPress, and a documentary film, View from the Hill, now in production. In this episode, John and Stu discussed not only The Beatitudes Project, but great moments in Stu's career, what it's like to co-write with amazing artists, and offered songwriting advice to aspiring writers. About Stugiology Music: Stugiology Music is a record label formed by Stu Garrard, who is perhaps best-known as the guitarist / songwriter for the RIAA Certified Gold-selling, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning British band Delirious?. He is also a founding member of One Sonic Society (although no longer with the band) and recorded and released his first solo project in 2013, Of Burdens, Birds, and Stars. When not touring with Michael W. Smith or adding his sonic paint to Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Meredith Andrews, All Sons & Daughters, Amy Grant and many others' recordings, Garrard is writing, recording, speaking, leading worship and working with JHS on a custom line of guitar pedals. He lives in Nashville with his wife Karen. For all the latest Stu Garrard news and tour information, go to www.stugworld.com. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Being an artist of any type-- painters, sculptors, authors, dancers-- requires the ability to see beyond what exists to a different realm, to use imagination, creativity, and hard work to give birth to something that didn't exist before. Be it a poem or book that transforms readers, a dance that moves an audience to tears, or a song that evokes deep worship from a congregation, each existed in the imagination first before it was experienced. It's the same for songwriters. Songwriters are dreamers, too. They have to be. It requires imagination, faith, and a lot of time and work to "birth" songs. It begins with the desire to communicate and then works its way out by learning the songwriting tools to use, and then finally great songs can be born. In this episode, John Chisum helps you unlock hidden creativity and tap into your imagination like never before, simply by recognizing common pitfalls writers experience and how to avoid them. He also covers five ways you can empower your songwriting dreams immediately. John shares his own brand of humor, experience, and expertise, as well as: Why the first time music moved you is so important, even years later The importance of reclaiming your personal power in life and songwriting How a song brought him out of a panic attack at 2 a.m. How intentionality can get your songwriting back on track Five keys you can use now to empower your songwriting dreams How to use "pattern interrupts" to get out of your mental paralysis Why returning to your inspirational "first love" is one of the most empowering things you can do to break out of a writing slump And much more... For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
What does live music production have to do with how you write your songs? According to the most successful live music producer in the business for over 25 years and counting, Tom Jackson, the two are completely intertwined. He believes that your ability to think about how songs create "moments" in live shows will dramatically increase your chances of having your songs recorded and used by popular artists. He's worked with Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendez, Jordan Sparks, Jaci Velasquez, Francesca Battistelli, LeCrae, The Band Perry, Jason Crabb, Casting Crowns, Newsong, and many more. Connecting your songs to artists and audiences is your first priority as an independent songwriter. In his work with such artists as Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendez, Jackson understands the power of songs and how they can be used to create powerful live performances. In this episode, John Chisum sits down with Tom and addresses topics such as: The power of persistence in songwriting and performing for optimum success The secrets of longevity in music How "planned spontaneity" is key to live shows and songwriting The philosophy for creating "moments" in your songs for live performances Tom's four-fold method for working with artists to bring out their best performance and how you can use it, too Why a vision for your show, service, and song is vital to success The unspoken negative signals you're constantly sending to your audience and how to change them Where the best ideas for performance and songs come from Tools for singers and songwriters to interact with your audience effectively Using dynamics to create anticipation in your songs and performance Bringing your personality to your songs and performance through themes and characters Why a song is like a "mini-movie" How to give your audience permission to think and be present with you in your songs And so much more... Connect with Tom Jackson on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/onstagesuccess/ and check out his book Tom Jackson's Live Music Method on Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Jacksons-Live-Music-Method/dp/1936417685/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500007558&sr=8-1&keywords=tom+jackson+live+music+method. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information!
Let's face it... inspiration is the key to success. Without it, songwriters find themselves caught in an endless loop of low productivity and life dissatisfaction. So how do the pros do it? How do successful artists and songwriters keep themselves up enough to write, perform, and be creative all the time? In this episode, John Chisum shares key insights you need to keep yourself inspired to get amazing songs written and to even kick off a whole new season of creativity that can affect everything in your life in a very positive way. John shares: Why having a creative vision is key to songwriting success The difference between extrinsic and internal motivators and how to use them for quicker results Ways to get real again and return to your first love How to discover your creative process and use it to build your song catalog Why everything in your environment affects your creativity and thus your song output - - colors, temperature, emotions, unsettled business The importance of resourcing yourself daily for maximum creative output And more! For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
Jennifer McGill was an international Disney star at age 11. As part of the cast of The All New Mickey Mouse Club for seven seasons with cast members such as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and Brittany Spears, Jennifer was groomed for the same pop stardom. But when her life track didn't go as planned, Jennifer went through fifteen years of searching that brought her to a breaking point. What happened next was nothing short of miraculous, bringing about changes for Jennifer and her career that would lead her into whole new realms of life, ministry, and warring for the souls of young girls through her show Bravehearted Girls. In this powerful episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, Jennifer McGill shares: What it was like to be chosen for the New Mickey Mouse Club and to stay on the show for seven seasons Her journey from being a child star to surviving the trials of adulthood and finding her own identity after the show Overcoming the comparison to former Mousketeers and discovering what "IT" is for her at this time in her life and career How excellence has set her free to be who she is as a singer, songwriter, and artist The mistakes that disconnected her from God and imprisoned her real expressions of love, music, or creativity and how she broke out by rededicating her life to Christ Why the fight is worth it and why you MUST fight your way out of your desperation What she learned in New York City and how God moved her on into new seasons of perspective as she let go of her own passions and will to succeed Why you're crazy to give up at 40... Her ministry for tweens to teach them to fight fear through the show Freedom Fighters and how to develop prayer in their lives Why "the power of us" is so important to her life and ministry as she's overcome childhood bullying and now wants to share freedom from it with young girls How we wrote the title song to her new full-length album "Unbreakable" releasing June 16th, 2017 What a "track guy" is in a co-writing session and how to write pop songs without one Things she's learned as a new co-writer in Nashville and how to do it well The secret of "letting go of control" in order to write great songs Why it's not always about "who you know" that enlivens your spirit and inspires your songs How to connect with Jennifer and her ministry And much more! You can connect with Jennifer on Facebook at Jennifer McGill Bohannon and at her official website www.JenniferMcGill.com, on Instagram @theJenniferMcGill, and on Twitter @theJennMcGill.  For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! Be sure to join NCS MEMBERSHIP today at www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com  for the finest songwriter resources, coaching, inspiration and information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
If you're like most aspiring Christian songwriters, you're #1 challenge is "getting heard" and "getting your songs out there." But what if you just can't seem to get that "lucky break" and bump into Michael W. Smith at Cracker Barrel in your hometown or win some big contest to co-write with Lauren Daigle? Is your songwriting success lying solely in the hands of fate like a chance meeting with a prominent artist, or, is there Someone else on whom your success really depends? In this episode, Christian music industry veteran, John Chisum, pulls back the curtain on some common misperceptions about the reality of "the good ol' boy" Nashville industry and offers wisdom and biblical insight on real songwriting success. John's insights included in this podcast: Why the answer to the title question is both "Yes" and "No" What success really is for Christian songwriters in God's eyes Why true success isn't a game of "Leap Frog" The importance of avoiding The American Idol Syndrome The great example of "America's Hymn Writer," Fanny J. Crosby (she wrote over 9,000 songs) How God uses those who choose to become "skilled craftsman" Ways to claim your songwriting destiny Why you ALREADY have access to industry leaders Tools for fulfilling your passionate call to write great Christian songs And more! You can contact John Chisum at john@nashvillechristiansongwriters.com or follow him on Instagram @nashvillechristiansongwriters and on Twitter @NCSsongwriters. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
Have you ever wondered how to protect the copyright of your songs? Where do you begin to understand what it means to actually "publish" songs and how to work with music companies or to be your own publisher? What should you expect if you assign publishing to a music company? Is it enough to mail your songs to yourself anymore or is that just an old wives' tale? In this fun and informative episode, John visits with Susan Fontaine Godwin, Founder/Chief Vision Officer for Christian Copyright Solutions, a company established to provide licensing solutions for the Christian community, including songwriters, artists, and churches. If you are currently writing and releasing your songs on YouTube, Soundcloud, or any social media, this episode will help you learn how to protect your songs and sound recording copyrights. In-between all the laughter and fun, John and Susan discuss many helpful guidelines to demystify the copyright process, including: Registering your copyrights and what a "tangible method of expression" is Affiliating with a PRO (Performing Rights Organization) and why/when you should do this How CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International) works and how to get started registering your songs for church usage (important for worship songwriters) The eight types of intellectual properties that can be copyrighted What's happening with digital streaming licenses and royalties Avoiding infringement of your copyrights What to look for in publishing deals Becoming a good steward of your creative works Educating yourself on the business side of songwriting How CCS is making a difference for independent artists and songwriters And much more! You can contact Susan Fontaine Godwin at @christiancopyrightsolutions.com, follow her on Twitter at @doingmusicright, and on Instagram at @christiancopyrightsolutions. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf

Real Success in Songwriting with John Chisum

6/9/2017
00:37:52
The world of songs, songwriting, and music publishing has changed. As in book publishing, television, movies, and all forms of art, entertainment, and intellectual properties, technology has forever altered the way our music is delivered, who creates it, who owns it, who controls it, and how fans are attracted to it. The good news is also the bad news: Anyone can write a song today, no matter how good or bad, record it on their home computer, and have it uploaded on YouTube in about a half hour.   The result is a sea of mediocre to very bad songs that no one cares about. How can you rise above it and actually stand out to really be heard? Is getting your song on someone's record or on the radio really the ultimate validation for your call to write songs? In this episode, John Chisum unpacks the myths about real success in songwriting, releasing you to fulfill yours with greater vision, clarity, and ultimate success in God's and your eyes. This episode is a must for all worship leaders writing for their church, singer-songwriters hoping to build a bigger platform, those aspiring to be professional songwriters, and for anyone wrestling with an inner passion to write songs with no idea how to do it or fulfill their calling. In this episode, John discusses: His own journey in songwriting from obscurity to having over 400 songs published What it feels like to have fulfilled a real call to impact the nations How to define "success" for yourself and for your songs Getting real about where you are and what it takes to get where you really want to be The myths of chasing "the music biz" instead of authentic stewardship How to get rid of envy in your life and what the Bible really says about your gifts Keeping your eyes on the prize while keeping up with the daily grind Why it's all the little things in your life that add up to the one BIG thing you're dreaming of Practical advice for building your song catalog and why writing tons of songs isn't necessarily the right strategy How to begin to "think like a professional songwriter" and avoid the trap of narcissism The importance of resourcing yourself and staying in a creative flow every day And much more... John Chisum is Managing Partner of Nashville Christian Songwriters, a coaching and resource company that exists "to empower Christian songwriters worldwide" and the sponsor of this podcast. You can reach John at john@nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and follow him on Instagram @nashvillechristiansongwriters and on Twitter as @revchiz or @NCSongwriters1. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf  
Audrey Assad is, by her own admission, a very opinionated person. Of Middle Eastern descent, yet raised in a small cult-like expression of the Plymouth Brethren denomination in New Jersey, she was not allowed to sing or read Scriptures in front of males and suffered tremendous personal repression as a child. Ironically, the very things she endured became the fuel of her deeply layered artistry that blends ancient-future influences into her uniquely beautiful music. Her debut album The House You're Building (2010) was named Christian Album of the Year on Amazon.com and the Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year on iTunes and she has worked and toured with other great CCM artists such as Chris Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Jars of Clay. In this episode, John Chisum and Audrey discuss the role of pain in art, literary influences in lyric writing, how the historic Christian traditions of beauty and literature are sometimes lost on the evangelical church, as well as: How she came to Nashville with the help of Mike Donehy, lead singer of the band Tenth Avenue North Being who you are as a singer-songwriter and how to use "discovery tools" like Spotify to build your own following What it means to walk away from the "established" Christian music industry over artistic control and financial accountability Writing religious music for the people who would never buy it or want to listen to "Christian" music The role of catharsis and lament in art and how pain shapes our worship Her "non-Christian" band called Levv and her foray into EDM Contextualizing pain and how to redeem it in songwriting... "You can't heal from a wound that you don't know is there..." Why she always writes the songs that she needs first in order to "preach the Gospel to herself" every day The literary influences in her writing such as Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Rohr, Merton, John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Madeleine L'Engle, and Mother Teresa Her musical influences from 70's folk/rock music, despite the strictures of the Plymouth Brethren beliefs How to resource yourself through reading, imagination, and creativity to avoid rehashing Christian music from a decade ago Approaching hooks with simplicity How she wrote the song Restless from her first album, still one of her most popular songs Setting poems to music Her favorite exercises to add creativity and uniqueness to your music and to break out of ruts by intentional disruption You can check out Audrey and her music at audreyassad.com, on Instagram @audreyassad, Twitter @audreyassad, and her EDM band Levv at Levvmusic.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LEVVmusic/ For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf

Eliminating "Writer's Block" Forever with John Chisum

5/26/2017
00:57:52
Along with not having your songs heard and "getting them out there," if you're like most aspiring songwriters, your next greatest challenge is probably what we call "writer's block." But what is writer's block and why do you have it? What causes it and what can cure it? Is there any way to avoid it and discover an endless flow of creativity to fuel your songwriting? If you've listened to these podcasts, you've already heard John Chisum doesn't believe in writer's block, despite the millions who seemingly suffer from it and commonly complain of it. In this insightful episode, John talks about the causes of decreased work flow and how to reframe the concept of writer's block to eliminate its power over you and your songwriting forever. What you'll learn from this podcast: Why you bring all you are to your songs The importance of constantly feeding your creativity and how to do it Drinking from distant wells... digging new ones The iTunes Sweep Exercise and how to find fresh ideas How to release yourself from the past with all of its limiting beliefs and behaviors Developing detachment from your songs and the results you seek What to do when writing isn't fun anymore Why perfectionism kills creativity (and is the flip side of fear) Using natural and virtual disruptions to blast through blocks Knowing when to walk away from a song (at least for a while) Eliminating the idea of being blocked forever and reclaiming your creative power And more... For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
What's it like to be young 20-somethings in hot pursuit of a Nashville record deal? What does it mean to hang out with some of the best new talent in the city and have open doors with top music producers and publishers? Find out on this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast with up-and-coming duo Drake and Lucy-Jayne Lanier (Drakeford) as they talk candidly about doors that may, or may not, be opening for them in the music industry and how they're building a music career one coffee shop at a time. Along with performing three originals on the show, John Chisum interviews this beautiful and talented young couple to give you insight on: What people don't want to hear when you're singing on the street Writing songs true to yourself How fast-paced lyrics capture attention and hold it Living out the faith of a full-time music life The spiritual power of music Life without a booking agent Their unique process in hopes of communicating in fresh, relevant ways Why authenticity is key to their ministry and songwriting How evangelism and relationships are key to knowing Jesus and communicating His love in this culture Communicating with "non-Christian" audiences in bars, schools, universities, and other venues What it means to build a music ministry from scratch How to know when to drop a song from your set Competing on the commercial side of things and the process required to grow from amateurs to professionals The value of co-writing, mentorship, and receiving critique to improve your perspective and reach more people with your music Connect with Drakeford on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/drakeford.john.1 and on Instagram at @drakeford_music, on Twitter at @Drakeford_ , on Spotify here and on their website at drakefordmusic.com. Songs included in this podcast are "Stronger Than One,"Never Leave or Forsake Us," "Chattanooga," and "Ruins" Words and Music by Drakeford & Lucy-Jayne Lanier. © Copyright by Drake and Lucy-Jayne Lanier. All Rights Reserved. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
How do you find your "mission" as a songwriter? Isn't it just about writing songs that praise Jesus or talk about the cross or the Bible? While it includes those things, John Chisum, Managing Partner of Nashville Christian Songwriters and prolific songwriter himself,  believes it goes much deeper than that and that God has greater plans to impact lives through you than you could ever imagine. In this episode, John brings you three key insights for finding your true songwriting mission using examples from well-known Contemporary Christian Music artists such as Natalie Grant, Amy Grant, and Steve Green. While these artists have had enduring music success, each of them have invested in their true calling by doing much more than music alone. John helps you unlock your true mission as a songwriter by discussing: Honing in on the central themes of your life and using them to guide your songs Writing courageously to connect with listeners Why "waiting for a lucky break" is a lie What it means to start building a platform for your songs and ministry The false standard of commercial Christian music Seeing songwriting as ministry first, business second Why being heard before you're ready is the "kiss of death" Why "commercial" isn't a dirty word How to stop the insanity in your songwriting The art of receiving critique and the death of ego and pride Great songwriting resources A very special debut of "Most Holy God," a new uptempo worship song from one of John's songwriting clients, Chantel Waltz And much more! For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
In this episode, John Chisum interviews the inimitable Dr. Mike Harland, Director of LifeWay Worship. LifeWay has reach into millions of believers and is one of the world's largest Christian resource ministries offering a full range of music, Bible studies, research, events, and much more. Mike Harland has been at the helm of LifeWay Worship for twelve years and brings an amazing amount of information and depth about songs, songwriting, and the publishing industry in this powerful show. You'll gain much songwriting inspiration and information as Mike and John discuss: How to write from the overflow of your devotion to God How to follow God's leading into your destiny and be who YOU are as a Christian songwriter Why character matters more than ability How frustration shuts you down creatively Remembering that intimacy with God is our real "platform" What LifeWay Worship is doing this year you should know about Why no one would be "served well" if publishers threw their doors open to receive unsolicited material and how you can really be heard as an unpublished writer Why you can't hide a GREAT song (and how "I Can Only Imagine" was born) How great songs will always "find their way" to the forefront How songs are "good," "great," or "commercial" What makes a song unique and the distance between great songs and commercial songs What motivates publishers to publish YOUR songs Why we don't need another Lauren Daigle Fanny Crosby, Xiao Min, and the idea of God "dropping songs" on people Mike's tips on song process and why we undervalue the process of writing songs and its effects on us as songwriters And much more... Catch up with Mike Harland on Twitter at @mikeharlandLW, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mike.harland.37 and check out all the great resources LifeWay offers at Worshiplifeevent.com, Worshiplife.com, Lifewaysongs.com. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf

Unlocking Your Hidden Creativity with John Chisum

4/28/2017
00:31:16
How many times have you wanted to write a song, only to come up empty? Do you ever get tired of playing the same chords over and over and writing the same hackneyed phrases again and again? Do you wonder how professional songwriters seem to come up with fresh, powerful ways of saying things and keep turning out hits when you're stuck in a rut? In this episode, veteran Christian songwriter and publisher, John Chisum, shares from his heart five keys to unlocking your hidden creativity to get back on track and writing like never before. Listen to find out: How to beat writer's block for good What real creativity is and how you can develop it in your life and writing The power of resourcing yourself every day Where to look for fresh song ideas and hooks How to mine your story and the stories of others for great songs How to "redeem your pain" instead of just "share" it How to tap hidden veins of fresh creativity in your life As a special bonus, download John's post Telling Our Stories Redemptively here. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends and leave us a nice review. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf

Getting Real with Jason Gray

4/22/2017
01:09:56
From the outside, it may look like Jason Gray has the perfect life. Now in his 10th year as a commercial Christian recording artist with a string of successful collaborations with some of the biggest names in Christian music, number one hit radio songs, touring with the likes of Natalie Grant, Lauren Daigle, and many more, it'd be easy for the casual onlooker to assume that Jason has it all together. But it doesn't take more than a minute with him to realize that life has been anything but rosy for Jason, despite the popularity of his music and all the commercial success he has gained. In this episode of The Song Revolution Podcast, John Chisum gets quickly to the deeper side of Jason Gray. In their thoughtful and transparent discussion, Jason shares candidly about how his broken, abusive home growing up, his speech impediment, his own divorce, and one of the darkest moments in his life in which he could have ended it all has influenced the transparency and depth of his writing. Jason performed three songs during this episode, Death Without a Funeral, With Every Act of Love, and Without Running Away... each a powerfully crafted and emotionally impacting song that reveals the deep well of his heart and the masterful level of wordsmithing and tune crafting Jason has come to be known for in his ministry. Among the many awesome moments of this discussion, Jason talks about: How the "gift" of his speech impediment has shaped his songs How he creates "points of entry" for his listeners to go deeper in the Gospel Why our brokenness is the very place God meets us and how he captures those places in his songwriting The balance between too much/too little transparency in songwriting and how his mentor, Walter Wangerin, taught him how to "give" to his audience instead of "taking" from them through over-sharing How to redeem your pain properly and how God used him to pray for couples in distress despite his own divorce and pain Three song categories and how to write for each, including the kind that are "unhewn stones" not to be touched by craft and made as a simple offering to God Insightful thoughts on his own song processes and why he chooses to be "invisible" inside his songs How "taking tools off the table" leads to creativity beyond our normal capacities How writers such as Frederick Buechner and N.T. Wright have influenced his lyrics How God spoke to him through an agnostic folk singer named Paul Simon and how God is able to make himself heard with or without our permission What the future may be for his songwriting and ministry   Anyone cynical about contemporary Christian music has yet to discover Jason Gray. This podcast will stir your creativity, challenge your preconceived notions about who God can or cannot use, and will dare you to face your own brokenness and need for Jesus, whether you write songs or just love listening to them. You can connect with Jason Gray at jasongraymusic.com and follow him on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
Are you stuck in your songwriting? Have you suddenly realized that weeks, maybe months, have gone by since you even finished a song, much less felt happy about it? Does the phrase "writer's block" instill fear in your heart? What would it look like if you had a way to turn it all around to find yourself writing more productively than ever before? In this show, John Chisum gives you three strategies he's used in his own writing to stay current with musical trends, to keep creativity at its fullest, and to stay inspired and never have writer's block. In this episode, you'll learn: How to increase your song output immediately Keys to kicking up your creativity every day How to spot creativity "Vampires" and shut them down The #1 sin of artists and how to avoid it The importance of falling in love with music again Why surrender isn't passivity How to never write on empty again For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook!  
Do you wonder how songs really get on records and the radio? Do you wonder what it's like to co-write or to have your songs heard by successful artists and how the song process works? Want some amazing insights into what it takes to really be heard by top music industry publishers? Chad Segura is VP of Publishing for Centricity Music in Franklin, Tennessee, and is one of the music industry's most loved and respected figures, working with writers such as Seth Moseley, Benji Cowart, Jason Gray, and the roster of Centricity Music artists. In this episode, John Chisum sits down with Chad to talk about how song publishing happens, Chad's musical influences, his journey to become a 20-year champion for songwriters, and the challenges of learning how to decipher the Southern dialect for a guy from the Northwest. This fun and informative discussion also covers: Creation, stewardship, and monetization of songs Identifying talent and developing songs Co-writing and collaboration Radio singles versus album cuts Film, TV, Apple Music, and exploiting songs fully Chad's philosophy of songwriting Encouragement that there's no shortage of opportunity for songwriters For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf

Discovering Your Songwriting Voice with John Chisum

3/31/2017
00:32:21
How do you manage to stand out in a sea of songs? How do you rise above the tide and make a mark with your songs? In this episode, John Chisum pulls back the curtain on how you can do what famous songwriters and singers have done for years by discovering your unique songwriting "voice." Just like famous authors Hemingway, Twain, Plath, Lewis, and many more have found and developed a unique voice in their prose, songwriters just like you can develop powerful nuance in your songwriting to help you reach the kind of success you desire. You'll learn three valuable ways to do that: Remembering that writers write and write and write Writers seek to be unique Real songwriters study the mechanics and take risks As a special bonus in this episode, John reveals his own Song Continuum he uses with his songwriter clients and offers it to you HERE as a free gift to use in your songwriting. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
Jordy Searcy was on The Voice, Season 7, and was able to experience the limelight of a massive audience until he was bounced off in the battle rounds. But what's life like after major exposure like that? What was it like to be up close and personal with stars like Pharrell Williams? What did he learn from the show that is helping him now as an aspiring singer-songwriter? In this show, John Chisum sat down with Jordy early one morning before he left for a weekend of shows in Chicagoland and heard wisdom beyond his years, a couple of amazing songs, and witnessed a little of the stellar guitar playing and vocals that will be sure to carve out a unique place for this motivated young artist. For more information on Jordy Searcy, connect with him at http://jordysearcy.co/ and follow him on Twitter at @jordytSearcy and on Instagram at @jordysearcy For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf

What's Your Songwriting Story? with John Chisum

3/30/2017
00:32:24
We all bring all we are to the songwriting process. If we're depressed, we write sad songs. If we're still processing a lot of pain, we bring all that pain to the process of songwriting and it's expressed in the song itself one way or the other. Our stories are vital to becoming successful as we learn to use them in our writing instead of being driven by them and recognizing that God is present everywhere in our stories for His glory. In this episode, John Chisum shares his own songwriting story and how God "tricked" him into coming to Nashville with only $40 and no place to live, only to wind up with a thirty-year career in Christian music songwriting and publishing. He helps you see God's hand in your story and gives you three powerful tools to use in writing your best and using your story to empower and help others in theirs. For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf
Music business executives have come and gone through the years, but no one has outlasted Centricity Music's John Mays, the longest-standing A&R Director in Christian music. John's career has spanned thirty years and he has been influential in the careers of artists such as Cindy Morgan, Point of Grace, Phillips, Craig & Dean, and many more. John is currently directing the musical development of successful artists such as Johnny Diaz, Jason Gray, and the award-winning Lauren Daigle. In this episode, John Chisum sits down with his long-time friend to discuss nicknames, Mexican food, work ethic, the state of the Christian music industry, and the amazing opportunities awaiting songwriters and artists in the future. Check out more information and a full artist roster at www.centricitymusic.com and follow John on Twitter at @maysjp and on Instagram at @mayscast

Getting Your Songs Out There with John Chisum

3/27/2017
00:29:26
A lot of people say they "hate Christian radio" because it's formulaic, predictable, and represents only a small portion of the Christian life. In this episode, John Chisum enlists you in a new movement to change the status quo, but not by criticizing and cursing the existing radio formats. Isn't it time for Christian songwriters to start loving instead of hating? Isn't it time to walk in love and do what we can to get our songs out through other means instead of criticizing anyone or anything that already exists promoting the Gospel in whatever way they are? What if there's a change a'coming that you could be part of that could impact the world like nothing we've ever seen? The very first thing that has to happen to be heard is to be READY to be heard. Are you ready? Come on and join the Song Revolution! For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf

Join the Song Revolution

3/27/2017
00:24:40
Welcome to The Song Revolution Podcast where a new Christian music movement has begun! Led by prolific songwriter, publisher and long-time industry veteran, John Chisum, we're here to empower you to write your best songs yet with inspiring insights, fresh motivation, and great interviews with amazing songwriters, artists, producers, industry leaders, and all-around creative types. Come on and join the revolution! For more information visit www.nashvillechristiansongwriters.com and join the Successful Christian Songwriters Group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/SuccessfulChristianSongwriters/?fref=nf