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The 4 Cornerstones of Songwriting Success

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 31, 2018

I believe there are four cornerstones to professional songwriting success. You can remember them by the acronym, “W.R.A.P.” They are:

1. Write

This one’s pretty obvious. We’re songwriters, aren’t we? If you’re a writer... write. If you don’t write, there’s nothing to get recorded. And it’s not enough to just write every once in a while. Write hard, write consistently. Write your very best.

2. Record

It’s not enough to have scratchy worktapes if you want someone else to cut and release your song. You have to get a good recording of your song- one that presents it in a good light. This could be a guitar/vocal, a full demo, or something in between.

3. Access

A great demo does you no good if you can’t get it into the hands of someone who can do something with it. Accessing is building relationships and otherwise gaining access to singers, publishers, labels, producers, etc. This is the relationship part of the music business.

4. Pitch

You have to ask for the cut, as simple as that. You have to give publishers, artists, etc. the opportunity to say “yes” to your song.

Note that each of these are cornerstones - you won’t have a stable, well-functioning career if you neglect one or more of them for too long. I’m not saying you should spend equal hours on each of these areas, but you should give them the proper amount of time based on your particular situation. For example, early in your songwriting journey, you need to spend most of your time just writing and becoming a better songwriter. Pitching songs that aren’t ready (at this stage) is a waste of time at best and a horrible 1st impression at worst.

WRAP is also good for helping you focus on what’s important. If an opportunity comes up, compare it to WRAP. If that activity doesn’t fall into one of those categories, it might not be a wise use of your time.

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Since moving to Nashville and signing his first publishing deal in 1978, Byron Hill’s songs have generated more than 700 recordings, and have been released on ninety-one industry certified Gold and Platinum albums and singles. They have earned ten ASCAP awards, thirty-four U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits, and have become hits in many other worldwide markets.

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God bless,


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