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By: Ashley E. Norton

The guest blog series continues with one from singer/songwriter Ashley E.

By: Shannon Magrane

As promised last week, today begins a series of guest bloggers.  First up is a piece that was written a little ways back yet still provides a helpful message.  It's by singer/songwriter Shannon Magrane, the guest from way back on Episode 3 of “Now Hear This Entertainment.”  She was a top 12 finisher on “American Idol” in 2012.

Hi Magrane Train!!

By: Bruce Wawrzyniak

Have a rockin 4th of JulyIt’s Independence Day and the 186th day of 2016.  That means we’ve just passed the halfway point of the year.

It’s a day off for many, as families and friends gather for 4th of July parties.  Many businesses are closed in recognition of the national holiday.

By: Bruce Wawrzyniak

Dale Carnegie quoteJohn F. Kennedy once said, “We can’t know where we’re going unless we know where we’ve been.”  There’s an application for that in the music industry too.

By: Bruce Wawrzyniak

SingerWhen you’re out singing somewhere and you talk in between songs, it’s not scripted, right?  Whatever you decide to talk about just comes naturally at that point, right?  So, that same comfort zone should be where you stay throughout your whole performance.

By: Bruce Wawrzyniak

Email newsletter imageIf I started off this week’s blog by saying that there is a lot to do when you’re an independent artist, I’d have to change the byline to Captain Obvious.  We all know that it’s true.  There are a lot of hats to wear.  In all likelihood, you, the indie artist, wish you could say, “The heck with everything else, I just want to perform.”

By: Bruce Wawrzyniak

Web analytics graphicI was logged in recently looking at the data for one of my clients and the sales of that artist’s CDs.  I will save the Spotify opinion for another blog some other day, but am always pleased to at least be able to see such a vast array of distribution that those releases are getting purchases or streams from.

By: Bruce Wawrzyniak

Wrong lyrics memeWouldn’t it be funny if Britney Spears was performing the song, “Oops I Did It Again” and she messed up the words?  No, actually, it wouldn’t be.  Ironic, sure, but it wouldn’t be a moment to just be laughed off.

By: Bruce Wawrzyniak

Billboard Music Awards 2016Last night was the Billboard Music Awards.  This is only May and already that was at least the fourth such major event, having been preceded by the People’s Choice Awards (January), the Grammys (February), and the iHeart Radio Music Awards (April).  (What happened, March?)  Still this year there will also be the MTV Video Music Awards, the GMA Dove Awards, the CMAs, and th

By: Bruce Wawrzyniak

AuditionEven though the school year is ending, there are so many performance opportunities everywhere, all year round, that an argument can be made that there’s no real “audition season.”  One need look no further than the reality competition shows like “The Voice” to realize that auditions are happening in a variety of locations for a variety of reasons.  There are even online auditions nowadays.  And here in west central

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