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Three Songs that Influenced Me

Recently I was asked by Richard at Zetland FM in the UK to introduce three songs that influenced me as a singer/songwriter for his show. It was really hard to pick just three!

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Opening for Sawyer Brown!

In November I was incredibly honored to open for Sawyer Brown in my home state of Utah! It was an amazing night and so many friends and family members where there to support me as well as hear a…

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Featured in "Write Away" Magazine in the UK


A Tale of Two Lyrics 

Songwriting is a choose your own adventure process that exposes how we feel and what we think about the world. Even though there are millions of songs, there are only two primary types…

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Michael Noble: Hard Work Never Goes Out of Style

Michael Noble Backstage at the Opry


Michael Noble is a hit songwriter, session guitar player and member of the Grand Ole Opry band. His story is a fascinating and weaves in names like Roy Orbison, Kenny Rogers…

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The Other Side of #TimesUp

Today women are marching and shouting it from the rooftops: Times Up.

First of all, I want to be clear that I fully support and cheer for women like Katie Arminger and the Song Suffragettes (who released a…

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Style Matters: Elevate Your Look

 Amanda Sears Putting Together Looks for a Photo Shoot


In 2014, I played my first ever CMA fest as an artist in Nashville on the same stages as artists like American Young and Nelson (yes, the band…

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Dear Mary, I Heard You...

It's always refreshing to hear the truth about the music business from someone you admire as an artist. And Mary Gauthier is one of those rare artists who is as honest about her career as she is in her songwriting…

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Radio Promotion for Indie Artists: Be Uncommon

Radio and Audience Growth Farmer D. Grant Smith
Recently I had the opportunity to discuss radio promotions with D. Grant Smith. He's a radio host, promotions expert and he specializes in helping musicians and creative businesses build audience tribes he…Read more

AmericanaFest Round-Up for Artists

Berklee Americana Showcase at The Family Wash with my Band
Michael Boris, Me, Bill D, and Nick Arbuckle

Nashville is now officially in recovery mode from the 17th Annual AmericanaFest extravaganza. The event brings thousands of fans and artists to…Read more

VIP Album Preview Hosted by WSM's Charlie Mattos

Shantell Ogden with Charlie Mattos, WSM at VIP Album Preview Event
Nashville-based artist Shantell Ogden held a VIP Album Preview event to celebrate her fifth studio album The Road That Drives Me at 3rd and Lindsley this week. Attendees… Read more

Shantell Ogden Partners with Lime Tree Music PR

Luke Roberts and Shantell Ogden on site at Buckle and Boots Festival
Award-wining artist/songwriter Shantell Ogden signed an agreement today with Luke Roberts and Lime Tree Music PR to promote her upcoming release The Road That Drives Me to media…Read more

How To Choose the Best Team to Record With

Me with Vocal Producer Judy Rodman

How exciting- you're getting ready to record new music!!!

Recording on any level means you need to make some decisions about where you'll record, how you'll record and who you'll record with. All these…Read more

From a Tuba to the Opry: Meet Larry Paxton (Part 1)

Multi-instrumentalist and arranger Larry Paxton talks about his musical beginnings, being a "tuba dropout", gigging and how he got started in the studio. Paxton (pictured above with me) now plays bass in the Grand Ole Opry house band in Nashville…

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Backstage with Eddie Bayers: Part 2


A 40 year veteran in the music industry in Nashville, Eddie Bayers is Nashville royalty. Beyond playing in the Grand Ole Opry as the house drummer, Bayers has played on hundreds of hit records (300 Gold and…Read more

Joining the SESAC Family!

Me with ET Brown at SESAC

Today I'm thrilled to announce that I have become a SESAC artist and songwriter! For those of you not in the music biz, SESAC is a performing rights organization that collects royalties for writers…Read more

The Truth about 'Releasing a Single'

We see it everywhere in the music biz: [Insert Artist Name here] has a new single! But, what does that really mean?

Well, to break it down, there are SINGLES, Singles and singles...

The SINGLE- Major Label Release or theRead more

Hard Work and Heart: Randall Foster


Meeting with Randall on Music Row

Surrounded by stacks of music in a busy Nashville office, Randall Foster is a music industry insider, creative mastermind and community builder.
For Foster, success has come one step at a time, and currently…Read more