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Songwriting & Artist Advice From Hit Singer/Songwriter, Aaron Goodvin

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 28, 2019

Here's some great songwriting & artist advice from hit singer/songwriter, Aaron Goodvin.

Aaron is a rising artist on Warner Bros. Canada with several hits and awards already in his young career. He recently signed a record deal in the United States with Reviver Records. Additionally, Aaron is an accomplished songwriter, landing cuts on artists including Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell.

Aaron was a recent guest on Frettie's "Know The Row," and here's some of his advice for singers and songwriters.

As an artist, yes, there’s money in being a writer on your own songs. But you have to remember how a great, career song can also be financially beneficial no matter who writes it. For example, a career song will increase ticket prices to your shows.

As a songwriter, don’t “save” your songs for big-name artists. Just get your songs out there. As Bobby Pinson (a hit writer) once told me, “God’s gonna put your songs where they’re supposed to be.”

I think you have to be present in Nashville to win. It’s easy to be forgotten if you’re not around consistently. I try not to forget people, but I know I was forgotten by some people when I first started making trips from Canada.

New cowriters get on my radar through publishing company, management or label hook-ups and through personal contacts. My wife also works in the industry, and she’ll recommend people she thinks are cool.

People (the fans) aren’t all musicians. Most just want to go out, have a beer and sing along with your songs- even if they've never heard your songs before. Just repeating simple words over and over makes it easy to sing along- and they love that. It’s easy to forget that when you’re trying to write great songs, but it’s important to remember what the fans want. Being on the road and playing for the fans has made me a better songwriter.

There’s a tension between being a songwriter and writing the crap out of a song and being the artist and just giving the fans something they can sing.

If you'd like to hear EVERYTHING Aaron had to share, the full video replay is available in Frettie's Member Area.  It's right there along with full video replays of other events with hit songwriters, Byron Hill & Jimmy Yeary, music publisher Scot Sherrod, and more.

Also, I have a really cool event coming up. On February 5, I'm hosting a "Know The Row" event with multi-hit music publisher, Matt Lindsey. This is your chance to hang out online and ask YOUR questions to a real music publisher.  Matt has secured cuts by artists including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson and more!

This is YOUR chance to sit down face-to-face (online) with a real-deal music publisher, and I hope you won't let it slip away.

Here's the best part: this event is FREE for Frettie subscribers! So if you're already a Frettie subscriber, you'll receive an invitation to the event. If you aren't already a Frettie subscriber... what are you waiting for?


Matt Lindsey KtR

God bless,


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