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I’m nothing special- and that’s good news for you!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on August 15, 2018

I’m nothing special.

There’s no big obvious reason for the moderate success I’ve had in the music business. I’m not a musical child prodigy. I wasn’t born into a music biz family. I don’t come from money or connections. I’m not even from Tennessee.

I’m just the son of two school teachers. I grew up in Batesville, Arkansas- by no means a musical hotbed. I don’t have natural musical talent. (I sing like a horse and haven’t picked up a guitar in years.)

I was never handed the songwriting golden ticket.

In spite of all that, I’ve been able to earn some success in the music business. I’ve had a top 5 hit in the US, a #1 Single Of The Year in Canada, 3 publishing deals, and cuts by artists including Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Randy Travis, and Joe Nichols.

That’s not Hall of Fame success, but’s it more than a lot who try their hand at songwriting. But I’m nothing special. And that’s good news for you. Why?

Because you’re probably nothing special, too.

Odds are that, like me, you weren’t a child prodigy who is amazing at everything. You probably weren’t born with music industry connections, either.

So if I can have some success, why not you?

God gives each of us certain talents. Mine is a knack for words. I’ve always loved playing with language. I didn’t choose that gift- it was given to me.

But what I could control was how hard I worked, how I didn’t give up, and how I took bold action.

Those aren’t natural talents. Those are choices. Choices YOU can make, too.

Are you ready to make choices that give you a better chance at success? Are you ready to make a choice to get off the bench and get in the game?

If you're ready to take bold action, I have a great opportunity for you.

On September 25, I'm hosting Songwriting Pro's quarterly "Play For A Publisher" event with hit music publisher, John Ozier of Ole Music in Nashville, TN. John has worked with several #1 hit songwriters, and he's landed many, many songs with major artists. This is YOUR opportunity to connect face-to-face with a hit music publisher and have him hear YOUR song! And since it's an online event, it doesn't matter where in the world you live.


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God bless,


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