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Spotlight: Emmy Award-Winning Producer Kenny Royster

All, Featured Songwriters by Dennis Field on February 08, 2013

We want to thank Emmy Award-Winning Producer Kenny Royster for being Frettie's first “Songwriter Showcase”. We hope these inspiring interviews give Songwriters the chance to see the industry from the inside.

Thank you Kenny for taking the time to answer these questions. We appreciate your support thus far.

Q: Where do you call home:
Nashville, Tennessee.

Q: Where did you grow up?
Portland, Oregon.

Q: How did you get started with Songwriting?
I got started in Songwriting by playing guitar at age 14.

Q: What album are you currently listening to?
I produce more albums than I actually listen to.

Q: When it gets tough, how do you stay inspired?
I’m constantly surrounded by the best Songwriters, Musicians and Studio Singers in the world so staying inspired is easy.

Q: As a Songwriter, what is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is not getting too far out of the box.

Q: What time of day do you prefer to write your music and where?
I can write music any time of day, but I prefer to write in my recording studio.

Q: To date, what has been your favorite memory as a Songwriter?
My favorite memory so far is writing a number one song for the band Ricochet called, "That’s Love".

Q: How do you maintain your professional growth?
Anytime I don’t feel like Songwriting, the guitar just climbs back into my lap and I’m at it again.

Q: Where do you like to start with your Songwriting?
I like to start with the Title.

Q: Who are your top three favorite Artists or Songwriters?
I would have to say Bob Seger, The Beatles and The Eagles.

Q: What advice would you tell up and coming Songwriters?
Write as much as you can, with the highest quality that you can do.

Q: Where do you find Songwriting ideas?
I go out to crowded places and listen to what people say, and write down my interpretation, even if it’s not what they said, sometimes it’ll make a great song title or a great song idea.

I’ve written and recorded songs for some of the most famous and best Songwriters in the world. They all have a different way of working. Find what works for you, but you can learn a lot from studying successful songs.

Q: Would you like to add anything else?
Yes. It is important to have three things for a hit song. A great idea, melody and lyric and when you’ve got that together, lets get together for an artist recording or demo. You can hear my music at


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