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GSC Member Brenna Beatty Named Talent Grand Champion

Brenna Beatty

Path to Fame

17-Year-Old Singer/Songwriter Named Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition Grand Champion

 Springfield, Tennessee’s Brenna Beatty will begin a 12-month career development program with Nashville-based talent executive as well as perform at Pigeon Forge theaters.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 18, 2018) — A 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Springfield, Tennessee, was named grand champion of the Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition on Saturday (June 16) at the Smoky Mountain Opry. Brenna Beatty was selected from 12 contestants all vying for the title.

Beatty will spend the next year working with John Alexander on career development. Alexander was instrumental in the careers of Patty Loveless and platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini. Alexander, who was one of four judges for the finals, will work with Beatty, a prolific songwriter, and establish instrumental industry meetings with top executives, songwriters and more.

Approximately 450 contestants registered to compete in the Pigeon Forge Path to Fame. A three-month auditions tour visited Cincinnati, Nashville and Atlanta and produced four finalists from each city, all of whom competed in Saturday’s finals. Contestants competed for a grand prize package that includes a 12-month career mentorship with Alexander and a consultation with Ballerini.

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Frank Brown Songwriters Contest Winners Named

Frank Brown Festival LogoGSC was a proud sponsor and facilitator for the Frank Brown Songwriter Festival Song Contest!

These songs were reviewed by industry professionals for excellence and some amazing songs were submitted.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and the Honorable Mentions (songs that either had high scores, a high level of artistic merit or were considered to show exceptional promise)! Check out these talented songwriters and their songs!

 

 

 

Top Ten

  1. Diann Hammer: All I Know
  2. Bonnie Warren: Paint the Grey Away
  3. Diana Kelley: A Woman’s Heart
  4. Mark Stuart: Remote Control
  5. Anne Sterry: If I Had Loved You More
  6. David Snowden: Nothin’ You Do is Gonna Make Me Cry
  7. Chad Hamilton: Best Mistake
  8. Debbie Pascarella: The Fire I Can’t Put Out
  9. Jayne Sachs: You Key Still Works
  10. Ty Greiner: Bring on the Rain

Honorable Mentions

  • Debbie Pascarella: Tryin’ Not To Die
  • David Snowden: A Whole Lot Farther
  • Cayd Greiner: Loved For Being You 
  • Toni Wortherly: In the Hallway
  • Kristie Gondzar: Sugar Cube
  • Diann Hammer: Bottle or the Bible
  • Michael Rhodes: Good to You

For those of you who are entering song contests nationwide, you may be aware that GSC members continue to WIN or PLACE in these contests.  Our GSC team is  very proud of your recognition.

GSC is only a facilitator for this event.  The GSC staff does not take place in any of the judging.  We say that because GSC members have 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in this contest! As you can imagine we are thrilled.

2018 Member Success Stories Continued

More Cuts, Pub Deals, Artist Deals, Song Contracts and More

Our GSC members are working with everything they have inside to create success. They are working when they don’t “feel” like it. They are showing up and pitching their songs even when they are tired of being turned down. And just when some may be thinking that nothing will ever happen–BOOM! They get a cut, a call, or a contract! Please reach out to each GSC member and congratulate them on their success! It would mean so much to each of them to hear from you! We announced a few GSC member successes in January and now here are some more great reports that have come in over the past few weeks!

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2017 GSC Member Success Stories

GSC Members…Label Signings, CMT TV, Winning Nearly Every Song Contest!

With every hour spent in a GSC Career Mentoring Session, our goal is to Encourage, Equip and Empower you to create the career of your dreams. GSC is different from other songwriting communities in that we are all about one-on-one mentoring/career building and meeting your specific needs. That is how GSC feels we can best create results for you. We can mentor, teach, and give guidance, but we can’t live your dream for you and make it come true. We want your dreams to come true as much as you do! Our team believes in the fact that you have been given these gifts and talents to be used and to be shared with others.

Over time, some of you are applying the tips and tools we teach, you are following up, you are stepping out and you are DOING IT! Needless to say, we are very proud of each of you and honored to be a small part of your journey. As you are moving up, from level to level, we will continue to do everything we can to maximize and amplify your efforts. Please take a moment to review some of our recent member success stories. Hopefully, we haven’t missed anyone’s successes as there are so many of them–good problem! Thank you for reaching out to each person on Facebook, let them know you are a GSC member and CONGRATULATE THEM! YOU…are NEXT!

Dave Quirk

Dave Quirk, OR – Dave has diligently and relentlessly been investing in himself and his songwriting gifts and talents with the goal of writing his personal best songs.  He has attended several GSC FOCUS events, taken advantage of our GSC POP Events and our career mentoring services.  Dave is a songwriter on the rise and we are thrilled that his efforts are starting to bring him some recognition!  And, this how “it” happens.  Dave co-write a song “One Less Regret” with GSC member Carrie Cunningham and it is her first single on her album! Read more about this album in the next success story about Carrie! Thank you for congratulating your fellow GSC member Dave Quirk on his facebook page. All of you know firsthand just how hard you have to work to create success.

 

 

GSC Member Label Signings, Top Ten Artists to Watch, CMT TV STARS!

Our GSC members are absolutely EVERYWHERE and RISING!  It takes years to achieve success in this industry, but they are working it one step at a time.

Carrie CunninghamCarrie Cunningham, CA – Carrie is a stunningly gorgeous songstress by night and a smart, hard-working business woman by day.  GSC congratulates Carrie as her album made the TOP TEN LIST for Women in Country.  Carrie has attended GSC FOCUS Events and we have supported and encouraged her efforts as an artist for many years.  It has been a JOY for us to see her overcome the life challenges that we all face and to see her succeed.  WELL-DESERVED SUCCESS!  You can congratulate Carrie and learn more about her and her album on her facebook page or read the article here. Even better, buy her album!  Let’s support our up and coming GSC talent!

 

 

Lance CarpenterLance Carpenter, TN – Not only did Lance Carpenter sign a record deal with Show Dog Nashville Records (Toby Keith’s label), he also recently released a single with Krystal Keith titled, “Anyone Else” and as if that wasn’t enough, Lance was named by Huffington Post as one of the top 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2018! Some of you have written with Lance at our GSC FOCUS events and created a relationship with him. Reach out and congratulate him on his facebook page.  Man, wish we would have gotten his autograph while we still could! Here he goes, folks…

 

 

 

Jessica MackJessica Mack, TN – Jessica Mack become a TV star on CMT!  You may have remembered reading her interview as a GSC Featured Member.  If you have been on our GSC POP Events, you’ve heard the lovely and amazing voice of Jessica Mack for the past two years as she faithfully, faithfully pitched her music.  Several of you were wise enough to hire her to sing a few demo’s for you and now…. she is a featured up and coming Nashville Star on the CMT original show that is replacing the show Nashville. Congratulate her on her facebook page and be sure to tell her that you are a GSC member. Learn more about the show here and become a fan! This is just the beginning for Jessica Mack.

 

 

John Cirillo John Cirillo, TN – John Cirillo signs Nashville Publisher catalog rep deal!  John has been hard at work on the craft of songwriting for many, many years now in Nashville.  John has remained true to his talents and stayed working with his head up while there were times that his heart was down.  We are so thrilled to announce that John has signed a catalog representation deal with one of Nashville top publishers!  As a writer, it is so great to have a home for your music and a great working relationship with someone you can trust to represent your catalog.  If you are a new artist in town and looking for a writer who has been down the road before you for years…look up John and get to writing!  Read on further under the Song Contest section for even more incredible news about John and give John a shout out on his facebook page.

 

 

Believe it or not…over the Christmas Holidays there was ONE MORE of our artist/writer members who was signed to an artist development deal and a publishing deal.  We can’t talk about it until the official press release publishes but here’s a hint–read through your old newsletters as she was recently a GSC Featured member.  Stay tuned for more on this rising star!  In the meantime, keep READING!!

 GSC MEMBERS ARE WINNING SONG CONTESTS!

Did you know that recently GSC received calls from two different song contests asking about GSC and what we do as our GSC members songs were overall THE winning songs in their contents??  Their judges noticed the QUALITY of the GSC member songs were simply better songs!  So, thank you to those of you who sent in your branded lyric or listed GSC as your member affiliation. We really appreciate it. Also, thanks to those of you who have signed up for mentoring sessions to have Sheree or Bruce Michael Miller review your songs. Now kick back and get ready to meet some WINNERS!

Diann HammerDiann Hammer, MD – Diann Hammer entered songs she had been co-writing with GSC Members into the 34th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest sponsored by her local and regional Songwriter’s Association of Washington and guess what?  She and her co-writers had a TON of great success!

 

 

 

 

 

Mike RhodesMike Rhodes, CO – Diann Hammer co-wrote “Bottle Or The Bible” with Victoria Banks and Mike Rhodes at our last GSC FOCUS event. The song took the first place Gold award for the Gospel/Christian/Inspirational category.  Michael is a performing, singer/songwriter/artist in the Denver, CO area. The best is yet to come for Michael Rhodes.  Check out his amazing talents at on his facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Clayton JonesClayton Jones, TN – Terms And Conditions” co-written by Diann and Mitch Hammer with Clayton Jones placed as  a Finalist in the Open Category.  Clayton Jones is an amazing artist, creator, performer, and most of all, person.  Clayton is an artist of artists, a vocalist of vocalist!  You will hear the production work and voice of Clayton Jones nearly every week on our POP Events.  This is one great artist you want to know! Check him out on facebook.

 

 

 

 

Mitch HammerMitch Hammer, MD – “Let You Go” co-written by Diann and Mitch Hammer along with Victoria Banks, received Honorable Mention in the Adult Contemporary category.  Both Diann and Mitch have attended our GSC FOCUS events and have been working diligently at their craft for the past 3 years.  We are so excited for all of their success and their co-writing connections.

 

 

 

 

Tedd SwormstedtTedd Swormstedt, OH – Tedd’s songs are not only winning contests, but he just received his first official Nashville single song contract offer the first of this year!  You all know that we count and celebrate every contract as they represent a working relationship with a top industry professional and those are NOT easy to come by!  In addition, Tedd’s song  “Blood” received the Gold Award in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest!  This is a solo written and a powerful song.

 

 

 

 

John CirilloJohn Cirillo, TN – John won first place for Best Country Song “If You Drink” in the USA Songwriting Competition Award!  John is the kind of guy who always wants to be sure that his co-writers are always recognized right there with him, so kudo’s to GSC member and field reporter, Daniel Reifsynder, and former GSC member, Sarah Spencer, for helping him pen an award-winning song!

 

 

 

 

(If we missed your success story – please email sheree@globalsongwriters.com and put MY SUCCESS in the subject matter to be recognized in our next newsletter.)

GSC Members win USA Song Contest

USA Song ContestCongratulations to GSC members John Cirillo and Daniel Reifsnyder, GSC reporter, and artist/writer Sarah Spencer whose co-write ”If You Drink” won FIRST PLACE in the Country category of the USA Songwriting Contest.

John entered the song into the contest so only he is recognized as the winner on the Songwriting.net website. He has been a member of GSC for 5 years and has worked diligently as a songwriter for many years. John is known in our Nashville community for bringing writers together, making connections, including others and for his disciplined work ethic. In addition, he regularly supports GSC and volunteers for most of our events when he is in town. Below is the link where you can check out the actual Contest Results. In the meantime, reach out to John Cirillo on our GSC Facebook page or on his personal page and congratulate him, as well as Daniel and Sarah!

See the Winners on Songwriting.net

 

Article: Patience and Perseverance 101

Jim Parkerby Jim Parker

Patience and Perseverance 101

I was asked to write about how patience and perseverance paid off as a songwriter to achieve my first #1, “Better with Time”, with a young performing songwriter, Billy Droze. As all overnight success stories begin, mine began in 1961. Don’t worry, I’ll fast forward through most of the 56 years I’ve been honing my craft. There are many twists, turns, cliffs and curves in my intriguing adventure of a lifetime so please take the time to read the full story. It’s about Patience and Perseverance.

1963: In my home town of Amarillo, TX. my first group, The Illusions, got a record deal with Dot Records and had moderate regional success with two of my songs. I had written a few songs and was surprised how easy it was to get a record deal. Beginner’s luck!

1966: The Illusions changed their name and moved to LA where we signed with Lee Hazelwood’s label, LHI. Our album, “Everything But The Kitchen Cinq”, had regional success on the East Cost. I thought we were on our way to the “Big Time”. Wrong once again! We broke up and I joined two more bands, Armageddon and Them (post Van Morrison) from 1968-1971 and struck out two more times. I was the writer and or co-writer of a large majority of the songs. I started thinking it wasn’t as easy as I thought and I was questioning my songwriting talents.

1972: I became insecure when we had so little to brag about and frustrated with the whole band scene. I decided to move to Northern California where it was more solo performing songwriter friendly, folk clubs and listening rooms. When I saw John Prine with an acoustic guitar singing “Daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County down by the green river where Paradise lays” and “Sam Stone” I knew I was home. I discovered some things about me when I focused on making a living as solo, performing, Songwriter. 1.) I didn’t like living in poverty like I was with multiple member bands and all of the multiple personalities you have to deal with on a daily basis. (I’m better at dealing with my own multiple personalities) 2.) I was happy and challenged to figure out all of the parts of my songs. Not just the chords, harmony parts, parts of the lyrics and small lead parts. 3.) I was terribly green but relied on my own skills and talents to succeed or fail and not because my band member was in jail, cussed the manager, fought on the break or missed the audition or gigs. Sound familiar?

1973: I got a break opening for a Rock ‘n Roll group out of Texas called “Baby” who was working the Midwest opening for REO, Aerosmith, Black Oak, Exile and many more. We were playing for thousands of people and I was writing with one of the members that led to a Rock n Roll cut on a nationally distributed album. The song is called “LA Lady” on “Where Did All The Money Go” but no awards.

1975: The baby tour was over so I moved to Nashville where songwriting is King and my ultimate challenge and dream! I was working at the Country Music Association for the late, great Jo Walker Meador as the mail room guy when my barber introduced me to John Anderson. Immediate chemistry was evident so we wrote and fished for several years building out catalogue and songwriting chops. We also worked together at Danny’s Market making hotdogs and change. It has changed names since then but it’s still there. We had our first Top 20 in 1978 while there called “I’ve Got A Feelin”, co-written with the great Michael Garvin. We topped that with our first Top 10 at #8 with the classic “Chicken Truck” in 1981 co-written with the late Monroe Fields. I’ve had many album cuts by John  since then when it paid to have an album cut.

1979 – 1984: I received my Real Estate license just in case my career went south because I had family now. It was a good match. I began showing musical folks houses and one of my first transactions was a big one. It bought a zero lot line house in Percy Priest and an 83 Volvo. I’m still selling to keep myself in strings and beautiful instruments. In 1980 I went on the road with “Dave and Sugar” playing all over the country and at the famous Billy Bob’s twice. It was pinnacle of a country performers dream at the time. Dave decided to go Sugarless around that time and reorganized the band so I went south with my Real Estate license to Madison, Alabama.

1985: Songwriting had to take a back seat to survival after relocation and starting my own business, “Parker Realty Group”. It consumed me and I didn’t write for a miserable two years. That’s when I knew I had this terminal genetic disorder call creativity. I found myself with tears in my eyes standing in front of my beautiful wife telling her I had to restart my songwriting career. She tried to soften the blow of potential failure by saying; “If it doesn’t happen the way you want it to don’t be disappointed”. I was confident and said. “I know how to do it. I’ve done it before and I can do it again”.

I started songwriter open mics and a Network Workshop I facilitated for over 18 years. During that time I passed the baton to friends to run the open mics and workshop while I moved into Pro Songwriters in the round at various restaurants every Thursday for years building my network of pros from Muscle Shoals, Nashville, Canada and LA. Some invited me to co-write and that continues today.

2001: I was playing the Bluebird where Steve Maples, COO of The Von Braun Center Huntsville, invited me to bring “Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series” to the VBC City facilities after my performance. It’s a 300 seat theater fully equipped for my show. It’s been successful venture for 13 years and allowed me to sit with hundreds of #1 Hit Writers, Hall of Famers and Grammy winners. Life is so good!

Sit was 2001 when Billy Droze was only 14 when his sister, Linda and fellow Realtor, ask me if I’d be interested in writing with him. She was driving him to Nashville on the weekends and she was aware of my work. I passed up the opportunity then but fast forward to 2011.

2011-2017: Billy Droze personally called me to co-write and we have been writing ever since. He’s been in the music business for 16 years and is 30 years old. We wrote “Better With Time” in less than two hours because he was mixing his last song for his current album “To Whom It May Concern”. Billy’s co-producer, Ronnie Bowman a Bluegrass Legend, heard “Better With Time”, tweaked it and it was added to the project the next day! Another song Billy and I wrote, “Home In Hell”, was bumped as the single. It’s another first for me. I’ve never bumped myself in favor of myself for a single. As of this writing we’ve been on the Bluegrass Today charts 4 weeks at #1 with a current video being viewed on several sites to include YouTube. Google it!

“Chicken Truck” was #8 in 1981. My math tells me it took 36 years since I’ve had a significant chart position. I’ve always had my goal set for a #1 from the time John and I came so close. I finally made it with a Bluegrass cut! Who could have predicted this old rocker, country writer, folk singer would find the diamond in Bluegrass. Although, 53 years of believing in yourself, taking chances, honing your craft, consistent live solo performances and jumping off cliffs can eventually teach you to fly like and eagle.  

 

 

2017 GSC Member Successes

GSC Congratulates Our Member Successes!

Mitch and Diann Hammer sign their FIRST song contract!

Over the past several months many, many of our GSC members have been offered single song contracts on their songs through our GSC services such as FOCUS and Publisher Online Pitch (POP) Events.  There are too many of you to mention at this time which is a GREAT problem! However, I will mention one of you as it is your FIRST song contract which is always exciting!

Congratulations to Mitch and Diann Hammer on signing their very first single song contract. What an exciting experience and we believe it is the first of many.  Their song will be promoted and pitched by a music industry professional located in Nashville.  A single song contract is often a songwriter’s first introduction to the actual business of music. 

At this time, over 60 of our GSC members have signed single song contracts in 2017.


In the month of December we will be giving you a full report of all opportunities, meetings and signings!

In the meantime, we also want to recognize the members below who are not just thinking about their dreams and goals but working diligently towards their goals and are living their dreams.


GSC POP Events – Member Songs taken in September 2017!

Publisher Woody Bomar of Green Hills Music took the following songs at our September 21 POP Event.

  1. Pat Aureli, ME
  2. Mary Desmond, Ireland
  3. Patrick Dodge, NY
  4. April Fraiser, AL
  5. Allie Louise, MI
  6. Daniel Reifsynder, TN
  7. Brad Yunek, ID

Publisher Shane Barrett of Shane Barrett Music took the following songs at our September 28 POP Event.

  1. Daniel Dennis, TN
  2. Ryland Fisher, TN (2 songs)
  3. Diann Hammer, MD
  4. Allie Louise, MI
  5. Vickie Maldonado, NY
  6. Daniel Reifsynder, TN
  7. Bonnie Warren, PA

GSC FOCUS Event – Congrats to Members Hand Selected for October!

3 days of writing with hit songwriters and meeting with publishers who are looking to SIGN WRITERS!

  • Mary Desmond, Ireland
  • Donna DeSopo, TN
  • Mary Haller, MD
  • Bobby Kropp, TN
  • Pam Lack, TN
  • Kevin Rowe, IL

My GSC Story featuring Brett Mandel

Global Songwriters Connection is a career mentoring and talent building organization whose desire is to build authentic, artistic and sustainable careers in the music business. This process takes time and we are so honored to share some of our members GSC stories in this section called “MY GSC STORY!” This week features Brett Mandel.

       To talk about my GSC journey, I actually have to backtrack. Years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing the power of Sheree during her NSAI days. I remember being outside of the offices before a Thursday night meeting. Sheree came out to the porch, and in such a positive, heartfelt way encouraged and welcomed attendees like I had never seen before. It was easy to see that this was a special person, who cared about others, and had her heart in the right place. Her passion was and is infectious. I eventually heard about GSC, but hesitated to join due to the financial aspect. It was one of the best investments I have ever made in my life, and the best as far as my career goes. This is my GSC story.

Brett Mandel       I joined GSC in April of 2014, and soon had a mentoring meeting with Sheree. She immediately saw something special in me and my songs. I told her my goals, and she laid out a game plan. She made it clear we would be successful together, but it would be a journey and take some time. From that first meeting a special bond, trust, and friendship began. We began to have regular contact, I received regular guidance, and opportunities, both directly and indirectly. In addition to connecting me to industry professionals, she has connected me with writers and artists she thought were appropriate. Sheree eventually let me know she felt I would be an ideal candidate for one of her Focus events. Again, I was reluctant to spend the money, but I chose to invest in myself, my dreams, and my career. The highlight for me was the opportunity to write with Victoria Banks. I brought in a song idea I thought was extra special, and had held onto since 2007. We wrote that idea with Jayne Sachs, and to this day it is possibly the key song in my catalog. Her publisher loved the song, decided to demo it, and pitched it directly to Garth Brooks. It is and will always remain one of the biggest highlights of my life. That song has received an overwhelming industry response,continues to open doors for me, and has lead to various opportunities. I also was blessed with the opportunity to write with hit writer Steve Dean (eight number ones). Steve is now a friend and regular co-writer of mine, and we have two songs about to be pitched for major artists. Also, one of the publishers at the event was Matt Lindsey, who at the time had his own company. He will come into play later in my story.

        Later in 2014, I was so excited when I saw an online pitch opportunity came up with Devon DeVries from Big Yellow Dog. This has been my dream publisher for years. I submitted my song “Different Ways Of Dealing”. I remember that night vividly. I was in a night co-write, and could not watch the event. I received a text from Sheree saying how much Devon loved my song, and that she could get me a meeting with him. To say I was excited would be a major understatement. It took months of us both reaching out to him, but I finally got my meeting in March of 2015. He and I immediately clicked, as people and musically. He was into my music, respected me, and gave me a priceless open door to him and Big Yellow Dog. He made it clear that they are picky about who they bring into their fold, so this was a big deal. He advised me that he would be playing my music for other industry people, which he did. Later in 2015, I had a write scheduled with the amazingly talented Clayton Jones. Sheree connected me to Clayton, and he eventually became a friend and regular co-writer. Just before our write that day, Clayton called to let me know Devon contacted him to come into a last minute write. He did an amazing thing for me, and invited me into the write with Devon’s blessing. Devon instructed us to write a very specific type song for TV and film that day, which we did. He loved the song, and signed Clayton and I to a single song contract. This was a dream come true for me to sign any kind of contract with them. I would have never had these relationships and opportunities without Sheree and GSC.

     Sheree has continued to guide me since day one on not only the songwriting aspect of my career, but also how to conduct myself professionally, and make the most of opportunities. She has also always been there to support me through the doubts and desperation, encouraged me, and helped me to see the bigger picture. Some things I could not see or did not want to see then, but in time she was proven to be so right. One thing she always stressed to me is that you do not always know what is going on behind the scenes. Man, was she right about that! Let’s fast forward to January 2017. I received an unexpected message from Matt Lindsey, who is currently at Big Yellow Dog. He asked me to get in touch with him regarding an artist write. I immediately called him, and he explained that he was looking for the right writer to bring in as his writers were booked. He said what led to me was a referral from Devon. Remember, things with Devon started in 2015 during a GSC online pitch event, and I originally met Matt at the 2014 Focus event. Everything Sheree relayed to me about time, the journey, and letting relationships build was absolutely right on. That first write went well, which soon led me to a second one, and my relationship with my dream publisher continues to build thanks to GSC.

      I have taken calculated steps involving networking, business relationships, and stressing artist and pro writes. Sheree’s guidance, referrals, opportunities, knowledge, and connections have been priceless in my journey. She has gone over and beyond to be there for me, and help me to progress, both personally and professionally. By giving me her most important assets, her time and educated guidance, she has put me in the position to win. So many of my past and current co-writers, as well as industry relationships, have come directly through GSC. I now have my first single out as a songwriter, “Champagne”, by Elizabeth Lyons. I co-wrote it with Elizabeth and fellow GSC member, Troy Castellano. The song was recently featured on iTunes Hot Tracks. I almost exclusively write with rising and established artists and pro writers. If I connect my career dots, they come back time and time again to Sheree and GSC. I have not signed my deal or had my major cut yet. However, I am already leading the life of a full time pro writer, and I would not be in this position without this amazing lady and her  priceless company. The fact that I invested in GSC and Sheree invested in me has changed my life and career. I am a better writer and person for it. Sheree has showed me the importance of paying it forward. I have mentored others over the past few years, and that is a priority for me as my career progresses. I consider her and her company one of the greatest blessings in my life, and she is still right by my side as my journey continues.

       

My GSC Story with Mitch and Diann Hammer

Global Songwriters Connection is a career mentoring and talent building organization whose desire is to build authentic, artistic and sustainable careers in the music business. This process takes time and we are so honored to share some of our members GSC stories in this section called “MY GSC STORY!” This week features Mitch and Diann Hammer.

Song Contest and Awards:

  • 2016 John Lennon Session II, “Tidal Wave” grand prize winner in country category. Currently in contention for the 2016 John Lennon Song of the Year.
  • 2016 Mid Atlantic Song Contest: “No One Knows” second place Silver Award winner in pop category; “Magic” honorable mention in pop category, and “Sunset View” honorable mention in the open category.
  • 2016 Song Door ICS: “Night Ride” and “Tidal Wave” honorable mention in the country category and “No One Knows” and “Feeling You Everywhere” honorable mention in pop category
  • 2016 Pensacola: “No One Knows” placed 4th
  • 2015 Pensacola: “Tidal Wave” placed 5th and “Magic” placed 7th
  • 2015 Frank Brown: “Magic” placed 6th; Night Ride placed 9th; “Tidal Wave” honorable mention

Our Journey

Mitch and Diann HammerOur musical journey grew out of having fun singing duets with each other at our local karaoke bars. We loved the stories that country songs told and we thought it might be fun to see if we could write a country song. Things started moving towards that direction when Mitch bought a keyboard to see if he could retool his piano skills. From there we crafted a few songs (lyrics only) but did not know the next steps. After a search on the internet we located several song associations in Nashville (NSAI and Taxi) that sounded promising as they offered song evaluations and we saw that as a starting point.

Sometime around 2012, Mitch joined both NSAI and Taxi and sent in our songs for evaluation. We receive some positive feedback and words of encouragement! So, we looked at the videos on the NSAI website, subscribed to American Songwriting Magazine (where we found and ad from William Sherry, Jr. to demo some very early versions of our songs), went on Amazon and ordered all types of books on song writing. We bounced around a bit but did not seem to be getting to where we wanted to go with our writing and William suggested we join Global Songwriters Connections.

This was the best decision for both Mitch and Diann and in December 2014 we had our first mentoring session with Sheree’. It was life changing and the real beginning towards learning the craft as songwriters. We continued to take advantage of all the many GSC services available including song evaluations, bio development, continued mentoring and the POP events. With Sheree’s guidance and advice, our songwriting continued to improve.

However, as lyricist we struggled to find someone to work with to put music to our lyrics or to cowrite with. In June 2015, Sheree’ graciously connected us with Clayton Jones who breathed life into our lyrics with his melodies and voice. The ability to work with such a gifted singer/songwriter provided us a tremendous opportunity to stretch out of our comfort zones. Since that time, we have continued to work with Clayton and have co- written several songs together (some placed in the top ten in song contests, with “No One Knows” receiving a Silver Award in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest). Having the opportunity to co-write songs from the ground floor up with Clayton is a lyricist’s dream.

By GSC invitation, Mitch and I attended our first FOCUS event in September 2016. What an amazing growth experience! Being part of GSC has connected us to some very talented members and we now co-write with several songwriters and we now make more frequent trips to Nashville. We are convinced that without the help from the entire GSC team we would still be spinning our wheels instead of living our dream to be songwriters.

Mary Haller Signs Publishing Deal

Mary Haller

Mary Haller

We can’t stop talking about Mary Haller! Mary recently signed a deal with Woody Bomar at Green Hills Music Group and just landed her first CUT as a signed writer! We couldn’t be more excited for the great things happening for this amazing lady.

In March of 2013, Sheree Spoltore played a song for Woody written by Mary entitled “A Little Sign.” And just this month it was picked up by artist Tyler Barham!

Let this story be a little sign to YOU to continue writing and keep the faith! This song was played for Woody THREE YEARS AGO and now, it’s a CUT!

Songs are played and picked up at our POP Events frequently, and perhaps you may not hear back from that publisher. However, it doesn’t mean that the publisher isn’t working the song and looking for options to place it.

You never know…you, too, may get a call back three years from now and hear, “Congrats, I just got you a CUT!”

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