Jennifer Batten: A Fierce Woman and Her Guitar 

  Jennifer Batten and me Jennifer Batten has played guitar for two of the biggest and most discriminating artists of all-time: Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. In addition, she has carved out a successful solo career with a one-woman show. I was lucky enough to be front and center in Austin at the MeowCon conference where she was speaking about her career. In a candid interview with Beth… Read more

​‘Perspiration not Inspiration’ Ben Hayslip talks Songwriting 

  Ben Hayslip and me Ben Hayslip found his way from Evans, Georgia to the top of the country music charts. And, we were lucky enough to hear his story at the most recent Nashville Berklee Jam at The Rutledge in downtown Nashville, hosted by Eric Normand. Ben attributes his success in the music business to three things: refusing to fail, working hard at it every day and… Read more

Radio Insights With Cullen Kehoe... 

Me, Joe and Cullen with his furry sidekick On a recent radio station visit to Knoxville I had the chance to meet Cullen Kehoe, Programmer/Production DirectorAmericana Nights, WFIV 105.3 FM. For those of you who may not know, My i105 a AAA station with stellar Americana programming too. When I started to find out more about all of the industry experience Cullen has (as an artist, a songwriter, you name… Read more

5 Reasons People Won't Help You in the Music Business... 

This edition of the blog may stir the pot a bit, and this is only my opinion, but I think some of these realities need to be shared- especially with newcomers to the industry. So, here are five reasons that I've found that people won't help you in the music business...1-Competition- the competition is fierce in the music industry, and companies, who are run by people, have… Read more

It's time for my close up... 

After all these years, I finally have a video intro that talks about my music- from the front porch to the studio. Thanks to the awesome work of Noelle Rodriguez, I have a video EPK! Jessi even makes a guest appearance…and she can work a scene. :)   What do you think?  

Hello Radio: DIY Promotion in 7 Steps 

For the first time I'm promoting a record of mine to radio. And, I'm learning a lot about how promotion at radio works. So, here are a few tips for you artists who are about to embark on the same journey!Just as a background, radio promoters essentially work to sell your record (and you as an artist) to radio stations and programmers. The cost of these services vary widely, but in the Americana… Read more

"Just the Lonely" Named Top 10 Song! 

There are days as a singer-songwriter that I just pinch myself because something really great happens, and today was one of those days! One of the songs from my new album, Just the Lonely, was named a top 10 song-of-the week by Alternate Root magazine.Here's a little bit of the review from Danny McCloskey:"The emptiness bounces off the walls as Shantell Ogden opens her song and her heart on “Just the Lonely”.Read the full review and view the other tunes through this link.

Say Hello to Better at Goodbye! 

On December 17, Better at Goodbye, my third album was released...and I couldn't be happier!Special thanks to these music journalists/publications for their very kind reviews of Better at Goodbye:Maverick Magazine, UK- "Musically gentle and intimately spun, Better at Goodbye is the stunning third release from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden, and it's filled with emotively-sewn… Read more

Digital EP - Just The Lonely Now Available! 

It's digital EP release day here in Nashville!  You can get three songs from the new record beginning today on iTunes by clicking here. The new album is in the oven, so to speak, and will be coming out on Dec. 17. Please consider this the appetizer for a record that I hope you will love as much as I do!  

The Magical Keys of Gary Prim... 

Gary and me talking music at Edgehill Cafe With credits like Keith Whitley, Charlie Pride, Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Alan Jackson to his name, Gary Prim is one of the top keyboard players in Nashville. What also makes Gary interesting though, is that in addition he has had pop cuts with artists like Patty LaBelle and Deon Warwick as a songwriter, and he composed music for a… Read more