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The Voice

Posted March 22, 2010 by in A&R

In 2001 I had been serving as president for one of the older, more established labels in the industry for a couple of years. In January of that year, its owner made the decision to close it down without notice to me, the staff or the roster. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one [...]

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From Petra to Kanye

Posted March 18, 2010 by in A&R

I grew up listening to Christian music back in the days of Audio A’s “Bloom”, DC Talk’s “Jesus Freak”, and Newsboys “Take Me To Your Leader”. These were the days that you begged your mom to drive you to the nearest Lifeway or Family Christian Bookstore so you could spend hours at the listening station [...]

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Touring: So you just came out of the studio with a new project you’re really excited about. You spent months writing and recording, the packaging is complete and your first shipment of 1,000 CD’s just arrived at your door. I know for most artists this is a huge moment in your career. You spent good [...]

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Standing Out in the Crowd

Posted February 18, 2010 by in A&R

Have a Memorable and Unique Band Name This will be the hardest, but most important decision you’ll ever make as a band. Your name is the first perception of who you are as an artist. People will pass judgement on you long before they hear a single note based on your name. It’s the one [...]

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What we want and what we need

Posted February 10, 2010 by in A&R

I suppose it goes without saying that the question we get asked the most, at least in the A&R department, is “how do I get signed?”, or “what are you guys looking for?”. As the music biz continues to change, the answer to this question seems to change right along with it. However, in an [...]

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When your job is to listen to music for a living, or even if you’re the occasional background listener, you’ll be sure to hear: some bad, a ton of average, some good, and occasionally, you’ll hear a song that really excites or inspires you. I’m so blessed, not only to be inspired by songs I [...]

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THE MUSIC: Seems like now more than ever there are more and more ways to get excited about an artist : good voice, cool vibe, great web presence, innovator of new technology partnered with some type of online gimmick, great live performance, great merch … and the list goes on. As important as some of [...]

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Feeling a thought

Posted January 11, 2010 by in A&R

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” – E.Y. Harburg Thank you Emily Ford for sending me this quote. I love it. Edgar (Yip) Harburg was one of the original great American lyricist, and he understood something about songs that I hope the [...]

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In order to celebrate the launch of a brand new year we have asked our staff to reflect on 2009 a little prior to tackling 2010. So we asked them to answer a few simple questions: 5 Favorite Songs of 2009 4 Favorite Albums of 2009 3 Favorite Movies of 2009 2 Favorite TV Shows [...]

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Guy Zabka's Favorite of 2009

Posted January 7, 2010 by in A&R

In order to celebrate the launch of a brand new year we have asked our staff to reflect on 2009 a little prior to tackling 2010. So we asked them to answer a few simple questions: 5 Favorite Songs of 2009 4 Favorite Albums of 2009 3 Favorite Movies of 2009 2 Favorite TV Shows [...]

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