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Monday, January 17, 2022

How To Make It In Music Business - Updated 2022


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So how do you know you've become 'successful'? Well, there's an old (unfortunately relevant) joke that goes 'how do you make a million dollars in the music business? By starting with 2 million!' Lets come up with some better strategy. I strongly advise you to decide on the front end of any money/time/heart that you spend on training/writing/production/performing or anything else: What would ‘success’ look like to you for you to consider your investment in music to be worth it?

Some goals and pictures of  music success you could go for:

  • You want to sing better (write/play, whatever you want to be able to do better). 
It’s important to your heart and part of your life-balance to be good at your music. It’s not necessary that you make music as a career, or that you ever make money at it. But you love doing it, and it fulfills you to do it well. Karaoke, choir singing, jam sessions with family and friends, the occasional show, that sort of thing.
  • You want to get good enough to compete
... or participate in a talent show of some kind and not embarrass yourself, maybe even place or win. Perhaps you want to audition for a college music program or for a part in a musical or other production.
  • You want to do seriously good music on the side.
Perhaps you want to do a recording project that may never pay for itself but is a legacy for you. You want to do some special performances, to get a casual band together to do some part-time gigging. It's important for your life-balance wholeness to be able to make some very good music and do it well.
  • You have a professional reason to get better at singing (playing, writing, etc). Such as...
    • You're a side-musician that need to sing background better on live tours,
    • you're getting live show background vocal, jingle or studio session work and want to go a level up, etc.
    • You're a songwriter and need to sing and/or play better to write better melodies and perform or demo your work.
    • You're a public speaker, salesperson, teacher, coach, voice-over talent, minister, receptionist, reporter, waiter. etc. and you may need to get rid of some vocal strain or gain vocal ability that will make you a more effective communicator.
  • Or perhaps you are potentially good enough to have a main career as a recording/performing artist, and decide to devote a certain amount of time to finding out if you can get the bandwagon rolling.
    • For this, you need to understand that the odds are great you’ll never break even. It’s a gamble you must be willing to take, and like all gambles, you need to be as fully informed of your chances as possible.
    • You will need to develop a network of industry insiders… and that takes time, patience and careful persistence. Your reputation with them will be based on things like your personality, ability, and usefulness to them and others.
    • You’ll need money for training, recording at least a demo, and gigging costs (at first you will play for free). You'll either have a backer, savings you're willing to dip into, a day job or all three.
    • You’ll need to develop a circle of accountability to keep you safe - an entertainment attorney, friends/family with good business instincts, other singers/writers/insiders who have gone down the road before you. A good circle will both caution you when you’re about to step off a cliff or be scammed, and encourage you when you’re almost there but losing heart. And you'll reciprocate by doing the same for them.
    • You’ll need a strong constitution for all the ‘no’s’ you will receive.
    • You’ll need to get and stay informed about the current music business marketing and promotion strategies that are working. Here are some sources for current music business training I recommend, some free blogs and podcasts, some paid personalized career guidance:
The Business Side of Music Podcast
Indie Connect
PCG Artist Development
Rick Barker
Bree Noble (and her Female Entrepreneur Podcast)
New Roots (for new female artists)
    • And you’ll need to be satisfied if at the end of the day you can’t make your career pay, that at least you tried, and it’s important enough for you to do so.

Now that your goals are clear - Get Practical!

Too many people are depressed or defeated in their music aspirations because they don't do what it takes to be successful at it. They worry, try, hope, gripe, give up or stay in a perpetual state of failing but they don't get practical and…

1. They don’t research what it takes to be successful with their music goals.
2. They don’t assess the vocal, musical or business skills they have at this point in time.
3. They don’t get to work on acquiring those skills and assets they’re missing.

Take a Step!

I used to counsel people in women's prisons and juvenile detention centers, in a trained volunteer program with 5 steps called "Better Decisions". The funny thing is, I learned as much as my inmate students did about getting to better places in life. You and I can use these same 5 steps:

1. Know the situation ( assess where you are right now)
2. Know what you want (where you want to be)
3. Brainstorm the possibilities (and get other sources to help you do this)
4. Evaluate and decide (choose your strategies and tactics according to your life values)
5. ACT! (without this step, the others are useless) You may need to do something, face something about yourself, learn something, network with someone, make some calls, try some experiments. Wishing isn’t enough… schedule these into your calendar!

Make a Plan!

You can't plan for every contingency, as the pandemic era has proven, but without a morphable plan, success is a pipedream - not a real one with legs and not just wings. I strongly advise long term and short term planning:
Create a 5 year plan, where do you want to be and what do you want to have accomplished by then?
Work back... what do you have to in year 1, 2, 3, 4 to reach your goals in year 5?
Work back further... what do you have to do in each month to work towards your 1 year goal?
Work back further still... what do you need to do for the next 4 weeks? for the next week? for the next 7 days? Today???
Create a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly agenda. Know that it will be a plan on rollerskates; revise as necessary but keep moving towards your goals.

Do your due diligence

,,, on anyone you’re thinking about working with. Never sign anything without running it by a good entertainment attorney. 

If you're thinking of working with me, here's how I can benefit you:
  • I will kindly but honestly assess your commercial potential for the music business (though I never say 'absolutely never' because a lot depends on your persistence in developing your craft and learning the biz, along with some luck)
  • I will make you the best singer you can be, helping you discover your uniqueness, conquer any vocal problems you have, max your ability and protect your voice.
  • I am also a studio producer and/or vocal producer with other production teams, and offer the best of those services, too. Or you can check out my training course Singing In The Studio.
  • You can use me as a wall to bounce off potential music business strategies your considering, but I do not promise any networking. That is up to you.

Don't Stop:

Don't ever stop dreaming, but do put legs under your wings. Don't waste any more time; do something proactive and get to work towards your chosen music goals, today!  

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Monday, January 10, 2022

Interview With Salem Jones - Empress of Rock

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One Soul Thrust – aka 1ST – is a pure rock band based in western Canada. The lead singer/ songwriter/force to be reckoned with is SALEM JONES. She has one of the best female voices in rock – period... so good that Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes recorded a rare duet with her. She's also a warrior in the purest sense of the word. Listen to the interview as I ask Salem about her real life as Empress of Rock.

Points of Discussion:

  • How & why Salem came to choose the rock genre for her life and her work. 
  • Working with the band and her partner Jag
  • She explains how 'This band’s work is elemental. It comes from the bones; it goes back to the bones. With fire & pay-dirt…And the kind of endurance that only That Which is Real can ever have.'
  • She tells me about connecting and working with her renown producer Alessandro Del Veccio
  • We talk about doing her duet with Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, and I play a clip of the song 'Go Home and Melt'.
  • She tells me about Paul Rogers of Bad Company asking her to join him on stage.
  • We discuss the making of her 4th (new) album 'Slaves to the Sky, Masters to the Mess', which was released first on vinyl.
  • I ask her about what it means to be a life-long rocker, and a woman warrior living an excellent life.

More about Salem Jones

Salem Jones’s voice combines the clarity of Ann Wilson and the sass of Alice Cooper, with the vocal range and power of any rocker you wish to name. She has honed her voice carefully with years of study under several teachers, including I’m very honored to say, me. Salem writes some of the most intelligent and creative lyrics I’ve ever come across. They come from a deeply intuitive, creative and passionate combination of mind/heart/spirit.

Salem has also mastered the art of stage performance, weaving a spell-casting triumvirate of musical, lyrical and visual threads together. Every move she makes is an intentional balance between control and holding nothing back.Her story is, like she is, unique. Salem made history being the 2nd female singer in the world to record a duet with Glenn Hughes on the song ‘Go Home & Melt. Veteran Italian producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, who has engineered and mastered hundreds of world-class Billboard chart-topping albums including collaborations from the most sought after rock groups in the world, has produced all One Soul Thrust CDs.

Links:

  • Website (Patreon Page): http://www.onesoulthrust.com
  • Spotify https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1E4sMbC8Qcd6Lm
  • Reverb Nation https://www.reverbnation.com/onesoulthrust
  • Twitter https://twitter.com/onesoulthrust
  • Secret Rock Society (SRS) https://www.facebook.com/groups/OneSoulThrust
Video from new album single 'Black Frank'...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Interview With Wendy Parr - Artist Development Maverick


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Wendy Parr is one of the most well-respected and successful artist development coaches out there. It was so good to get to know her thinking and her approach to helping creative people succeed not only artistically and financially but also personally. She joined me from LA and I think you'll enjoy getting some inside tips she very generously shares in this winding conversation.

Our talking points include:

  • Wendy shares how her journey and experience led to her work with artists.
  • I ask her about her website phrases 'there's nothing to be self-conscious about when you're being genuine' and 'success comes when you're in over your head. Dive Deep.'
  • She tells us about her 'Artist's Circle', and the incredible successes that have come from those villages she builds. We also discuss her other programs for artists, including 'The Ride'.
  • We talk about Creatives in general - characteristics, needs.
  • We discuss the responsibilities of influencers.
  • We talk about the importance of having the right team, for both support and accountability.

More about Wendy Parr:

Wendy Parr is an award-winning songwriter, vocal coach, vocal producer, speaker, educator, and much more. Her 20+ very busy years in the music industry have given her the skills and influence to be hailed by many as ‘the artist’s secret weapon’.

She is known for fostering a culture of confidence and creativity within individuals and collective environments. As a holistic artist coach, Wendy is a skilled guide who helps people navigate an industry that's constantly changing. Artists’ under her guidance learn to operate from a healthy sense of self with integrity and authenticity. Creatives that Wendy has worked with include Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, Melanie Martinez, Lynn Gunn of PVRIS, Marc E. Bassy, and many more. In 2014 Wendy founded The Artist's Circle; which is an open and interactive event designed to help creators dig in and bring out their innate creativity.
Let us know what you think of this episode, and as always, please let me know if you have questions or suggestions for this podcast. 

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Interview with Songwriting Legend Dave Loggins



A very special interview

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Dave Loggins is a rather reclusive genius. I've kept in touch with my friend through the years, but have always respected his privacy, so I can't tell you how thrilled I was that he wanted to chat with me about songwriting for my podcast! 

It would take far too much space to list the artists who’ve cut Dave Loggins songs. Known as the bridge buster by fellow writers, he’s mostly referred to by Nashville’s music row as just ‘Loggins’. Some of my fondest career highs have been singing background vocals on his demos through the years. Many of those songs were cut by other major artists and became huge chart-toppers, but I’ll tell you a secret: If you hear Loggins sing the demo he produced, you really don’t want to hear any other version, no matter how big a hit it was. 

CMA songwriter of the year, inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame,  #1 smash hit artist himself, CMA Duo Award winner with Anne Murray, nominated multiple times for Grammy Awards and acknowledged by John Lennon - those are some of the career accolades he’s received. But the story of his life is woven through with threads of musical, lyrical and vocal influence on others, including yours truly. So grab a warm cup of your favorite,  sit back and relax as you listen to these amazing stories.
  • Find Dave Loggins songs on iTunes, Spotify and everywhere else you listen to and purchase music. 
  • His son Kyle built a website for him here: https://davelogginsmusic-com.webs.com.
  • Here's a partial list of people who've cut his songs: http://nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/Site/inductee?entry_id=2461
And here are full versions of some of the songs mentioned in the interview. If you love something, do go buy it!

Got A Good Fire Goin


Pieces of April


Please Come To Boston


She and I


Maggie's Dream


40 Hour Week


The Masters Theme 'Augusta' (with Dave's vocal)


She Is His Only Need

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Friday, November 26, 2021

My Voice's Gratitude List - updated 2021

It's really a LOT longer ... 

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As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I am reminded of a thousand blessings that keep me in a state of gratitude. In keeping with All Things Vocal, here's a sampling of what's on my voice's gratitude list:

  • Knowing that vocal damage can completely heal 

I know this from personal experience, after losing an octave and a half from an endotracheal tube down my throat for an extended time in the hospital. As a vocal coach, that experience has helped me help others. I have seen vocal polyps, nodules, and vocal cord paralysis disappear with corrective vocal re-training. Surgery can almost always be avoided if the damage is stopped in time.

  • Not having grown up with auto tune

I had to learn precision technique and control the hard way... and now it helps me teach you!

  • Conversations with other curious, caring vocal coaches

I have had fantastic conversations, in person and online with coaches including Jeffrey Allen, Jeannie Deva, Jamie Vendera, Lisa Popeil, Joana Cazden, Richard Fink IV, Mark Thress, and many others.  Mr. Allen granted me permission to use his hook-shaped voice path in my teaching, and Joana Cazden suggested improvements to my vocal health document. I love sharing information as a member of NATS  (National Association of Teachers of Singing),  trading lessons and ideas in classical and contemporary voice with singers and teachers such as my dear friend Mark Thress! I'm grateful when a teacher or other voice expert comments on a post in this blog. We may not see things exactly the same way, but these conversations have all given me insight and made me a better and more effective teacher.

  • Great voices and music creators

Without the inspiration of incredibly talented singers, writers and musicians, my voice would be just a collection of various noises. My singing and speaking are influenced by decades of other voices from multiple genres and eras of music. 

  • My vocal coach, Gerald Arthur 

When I moved to Nashville, I found that Gerald was the coach for the top studio session singers I worked with. I got in to see him, and he fit me into one of his 8:30am 1/2 hour spots, which helped get singers ready for their 10am recording sessions. The first thing he told me was to stop 'guarding'. Many of you have received that instruction from me; well that's where it came from. Gerald not only helped me get my damaged voice back and then some, he also taught me how to teach. He showed me that the voice is a deep part of the psyche and that a vocal coach often becomes part-counselor or life coach. I can't imagine teaching someone without loving and caring about them. Gerald gave me that blueprint. His passing left a big hole in the vocal coaching universe.

  • The gift of insight and intuition.

I'm just not that smart. But I know that if we are open, useful wisdom is somehow channeled to all of us from the ultimate source of all wisdom. I'm so grateful to God for taking all I've done in my career, adding other illumination and creating in me the ability to teach voice. I had no idea how fulfilling it would be for me to help nurture other voices and be the wind at someone else's back. Now it blows my mind.

  • Every vocal student I've ever had 

...especially the ones with toughest, peskiest problems. Your patience and your dedication to your training have led to breakthroughs and of course, to solutions for the next student who comes in with that issue. I love you for trusting me with your precious voices, and being willing to go down the rabbit trails we explored until we found your answers!

  •  My husband John and our son Peter 

John makes everyone I work with feel welcome, sometimes stopping by the webcam to say hello! He also helps me to remember to power down at the end of the day and gives me a great reason to. He is my most important critic, sounding board and encourager. He also joined me to create and perform our surprise last album "Here We Are". There aren't enough words for what that album means to us both!
Our son Peter is our most precious legacy. As a photographer, craftsman, digital designer and musician is a creator in his own right, and helps me with all things technical. I can't imagine life without either of them.

  • Listeners

A good voice is said to have a 'gift'. But If no one is there, how can a gift be given? Every once in awhile I still perform in front of listening audiences. I sometimes regale my family and friends with a song or two to get their reaction.  Thank goodness people not only have voices but also ears! I'm so grateful for everyone who has ever come to one of my shows or presentations and I love to take my turn listening to your performances, too! 

  • Friendship, trust, inspiration, and support

My first question about how to sing something came from my fellow session singer/co-writer Carol Chase. She really sparked the idea in me to become a vocal coach. After a few years of teaching, I began creating my first Power, Path & Performance course at the request of producer/friend Dick McVey, who suggested that I record some vocal exercises for people. That was over 20 years ago. People like this have driven me to do things I'd never have otherwise done. Thank you! 

  • Pineapple juice

I had no idea when I poured a little can of pineapple juice into that 13 oz glass of water that it would go on to be my best recommendation for dry or irritated throats! I rarely leave home to sing without it. Oh... and coffee. Without my morning joe, my voice would still be staring at the alphabet rather than stringing it together into sentences:)

  • The transpose button

A big thank you goes up to whoever invented the transpose button on my keyboard! That way my students and I can sing in for instance the key of B, while I play it in my fingers' much preferred Bb or C! 😀

  • YOU

I am very grateful for you, dear reader and supporter of 'All Things Vocal'. You are the reason I do this. If you have a suggestion for this blog or podcast to make it of more value to you please let me know. Your comments and reviews are incredibly important and I am so very grateful to those of you who take the time.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving... 
And once more, thanks for being a part of this All Things Vocal village! 

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Monday, November 8, 2021

Gift Suggestions for Singers, Songwriters, Speakers and Musicians UPDATED 2021

...whatever it is, wrap it with love

Do you have singers, speakers and/or musicians on your gift list? Here are some suggestions, updated for 2021:

$25 or less...

$26 - $65

  • Singing In The Studio course (the ultimate professional level course for any singer who will be recording vocals.) If ordered thru Dec 31, 2021 you get a 50% rebate!
  • Vocal Production Workshop (for engineers/producers who want to get the best vocals possible out of their singers) This too...if ordered thru Dec 31, 2021 you get a 50% rebate!
  • HearFones  I have these back in stock!! (Domestic shipping only)
  • 1/2 hour vocal lesson with me in-person, online or phone (I'll provide gift certificate)
  • Posture trainer - a hunched back is terrible for health and for the voice! This looks like a great little product that gently prods you when you slouch.
  • Microphome foam microphone cleaner All of us should have a bottle of this.
  • A limited subscription to Netflix or boxed set of a TV series (for idle hours on the tour bus)
  • A music "fake book" or sheet music
  • Stands - music stand, mic stand, guitar stand
  • iPad stand holder
  • Tickets to a live concert event
  • mini-trampoline for core and wellness physical workouts all voices need.
  • A thumb drive for music tracks and vocal exercises
  • Mp3 speakers (some of the cheap ones sound fine and work with not only iPhones but also Android phones, tablets, laptops, etc.)
  • iPhone adapter (for newer iPhones that don't have a phone jack)

$65 - $250

  • One or two hours of vocal lessons with me in office or online (I'll provide gift certificate)
  • My full UPDATED 6-disc Power, Path and Performance vocal training course - plus bonus 30 minute vocal lesson if ordered thru Dec 31, 2021 (email me for gift certificate). Please specify if you want the course on disc, or prefer the files on thumb drive.
  • A JBL Bluetooth Speaker
  • A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) such as ProTools, Studio One, Logic, Reaper.

  • A course by Bree Noble in music business such as "Profitable House Concerts" (she has several more)
  • Music marketing/promotion training by Rick Barker
  • backup hard drive for recording projects
  • A Cajon, Djembe or frame drum 
  • A new smartphone and/or data package
  • Membership(s) in NSAI (for songwriters), AFM (Musician's Union) or SAG/AFTRA (singer/actor union)
  • Photoshop Elements (An affordable version to create web banners, flyers, edit photos, all kinds of photo uses)
  • Masterwriter software 
  • Gym membership and/or personal trainer (for health, looks AND vocal stamina!)
  • Acting or dance lessons... Google classes and prices in your area, get recommendations.
  • Live performance coaching
  • A microphone - spend some time finding out what is needed. Will it be for stage performance or recording? For a speaker, say a lavalier mic system (this is what I have)? A podcast? There are cheap and more expensive mics for all these applications, do some digging around. An economical time-tested stage or rehearsal workhorse is the Shure SM58 or Sennheiser 835.
  • Mp3 player or speaker (and if you're dealing with the newer iPhone, you'll need wireless)
  • A small mixing board
  • A quality pair of headphones  
  • turntable (LP vinyl player - and hey, discriminating ears love vinyl!) 
  • An instrument case with wheels, or lightweight gig bag
  • Digital recorder 
  • Surprise your performer at a show with flowers!

$250 and up...

  • Funding for my vocal production and/or bgvs (contact me if you'd like to discuss)
  • A series of vocal lessons with me (I'll be happy to provide a gift certificate) 
  • Lessons on an instrument.
  • Mixing board
  • A camera, GoPro or camcorder
  • The Shure SM7B cardiod dynamic vocal microphone (I am now recording bgvs and my podcast on this). 
  • An audio interface - simple, or complex like the Apollo (mine is the Twin - the PC version) which comes with console and plugins.
  • A web or Facebook designer
  • DragonSpeak - Voice Recognition Software  (for songwriters and speech writers)
  • In-ear monitors
  • Stage clothes and/or bling
  • Wireless mic system
  • A photo session
  • CD graphics design
  • A music marketing seminar or bootcamp
  • Funding for video shoot
  • An instrument.. guitar, keyboard, mandolin, violin, etc
  • New road cases
  • Home studio recording gear
  • A live PA system
Gifts of Your time/expertise -
  • Host an outdoor socially distanced karaoke party or guitar pull!
  • Write song charts for your loved one.
  • Set them up on a social network they are new to.
  • Teach them to use some software you know they need.
  • Videotape them for TikTok, Instagram, Youtube Live or Facebook Live.
  • Do or better yet, teach them how to do some video or audio editing, such as with Audacity (free software).
  • Type up and organize their worktapes and lyrics, or convert them digitally and save.
  • Write a song in honor of them them (priceless!)
  • Commit to a number of hours of computer work... updating databases, uploading videos and pictures, social network friending, researching, etc. 
  • If you have a home studio, record a song demo or worktape on them.
  • Carve out special time to listen and critique their song, performance, speech.
  • Give them a day of complete voice rest! Do the talking for them.
  • Babysit or dog sit while they perform, record or attend someone else's show.
  • Attend their online show and invite friends!
  • Recommend their music or show on your social network sites

 Or...get creative. Give to a charity in your loved one's name, buy them a star, make a memory spending some time together in a group Zoom or Skype meeting, or volunteering to help safely deliver food or other goods to doorsteps of those in need!

Now: What do YOU want for Christmas? You can leave a hint here in the comments and then send a link to the post:) I intend to update this list every year... so bookmark this post and check back whenever it's gift-giving time for you again!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Interview With Texas Legend Radney Foster

Radney has 'reinvent' on his daily to-do list

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I am so happy to have Radney Foster on today's episode! I met Radney when he and I were artists signed to MTM Records. I had the honor of working with him as vocal coach when he lost his voice a few years ago. The story of how, instead of giving up, he used his temporarily forced silence to plow new creative ground is truly a wild adventure... join us!

Our talking points include:

  • How our vocal lessons helped Radney recover his lost voice.
  • How Grammy producer Brown Banister gave Radney 'permission' to make the move from Texas to Nashville. 
  • How roadblocks in his life changed his trajectory.
  • What 'artistic success' is. Radney says, "It's about the work". The insecurity of the business of the arts. What you do about that.
  • Funny story about how country artist T.G. Sheppard got his start.
  • Radney's sons and the way their music is evolving, and how they and Radney learned from each other.
  • The fascinating creation process for the short stories and songs of Radney's multimedia project 'For You To See The Stars'.
  • Radney's journey into acting. The stunt he pulled that got him the part in Kristian Bush's musical 'Troubadour'.
  • The scare of really losing your voice. The importance of believing it can come back, and doing the work required. The importance of having a village around you, including a small inner circle of accountability and support. The value of having 'no' people in your life.
  • Radney's work with young artists, including Kasey Musgraves and MCA artists 'the Randy Rogers Band', who Randy is now producing again.
  • The impossibility of stopping the creative process, but how important it is to listen to wisdom and change the way you work as you go. 
  • The screenplay he is writing with his amazingly creative wife Cyndi, which has now been optioned for filming.
  • His upcoming promotion activities and performances for the 30 year anniversary of 'Del Rio 1959'.

More About Radney Foster:        

  • Radney was born and raised in Texas. He started singing and writing early, and as a young touring musician with long hours on the road between tour stops, he became an avid reader of books by authors such as John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. His reading would influence and inform his writing to come.
  • He was signed as part of the hit-making duo ‘Foster & Loyd’, and then as solo artist. In 2015, Radney developed a severe case of pneumonia and laryngitis and was put on 6 weeks of vocal constraint. This roadblock to his singing channeled his creative juices into writing a short story, which became the genesis of his latest endeavor ‘For You To See The Stars’. This is a two-part project: a book of short stories and a CD of songs that correlate to the stories, though both book and CD can also be enjoyed separately.
  • So far, Radney has written 8 #1 singles and scores of other songs recorded by artists including Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys. He has also become a successful studio producer and mentor of new artists.
  • Radney has successfully delved into a new creative art – acting. He was cast in the starring role of a musical theater production co-written by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and playwright Janece Shaffer called 'Troubadour’ and appears in the feature film 'Beauty Mark'.
  • During the 15 months he was off the road during COVID, he worked on several more different creative projects – cowriting a screenplay with his wife Cyndi and writing and recording a bachelor pad/lounge record with his sons.
  • Coming up: 2022 will be the 30th anniversary of “Del Rio, TX 1959,” Radney’s solo debut. He’ll be doing an anniversary tour with surprises in store.
Radney's Website: www.RadneyFoster.com
Be sure to check out his book and CD 'For You To See The Stars'  

Need me? 

Contact me for lessons and studio work at my website. I'd love to help you!

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