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!”

GSC Member Mary Desmond Named Songwriter of the Year

Mary DesmondIreland Honors GSC Member and Songwriting Luminary
Mary Desmond, selected as
Ireland’s 2016 Songwriter of the Year!

By:  Dan Reifsnyder

GSC member and Irish music icon Mary Desmond was honored with a tribute and award night in Ireland at the Deanrock Ballroom, recently.

Artists Pat Daly, Finbarr Dennehy, Maura Dennehey, Joe Cooke, Mike Conda, Mona and musical duo “Just 2” showed up to recognize Mary’s many contributions to the music scene and perform her songs.

John Russel and Pat Daily, both involved in the Irish music field, helped put together and promote the event. Mary is prolific – having written hundreds of songs – many of which have achieved success not just in Ireland, but in England as well.

In addition, just last week, Mary was selected as Ireland’s 2016 Songwriter of the Year and yet another celebration of Mary Desmond’s songwriting achievements is pending. One of her songs, “My Phone Call to Heaven”, reached #1 on the Irish charts.

Not content to rest on her laurels, Mary has set her sights stateside to her next big dream – writing in Nashville. Many of her songs have been played through the GSC Publisher Online Pitch events and several times the songs have been taken by the publisher for further consideration.

Last year, Mary came to the US for the purpose of writing with some of Nashville’s top songwriters.  These connections and opportunities were facilitated by the Global Songwriters Connection team.  Mary made a huge impression on Nashville industry professionals with her determination to succeed and to learn the language, the phrasing and the US songwriting market.

“GSC has been a huge help to me, and Sheree has shown me such kindness,” Mary adds. GSC is proud of Mary and all her accomplishments!

Johnnie Mikel

Johnnie Mikel

Global Songwriters Member Spotlight

Johnnie Mikel, Singer/Songwriter/Artist

Newcomer Johnnie Mikel may be only 18 years old, but already he’s attracting an enviable amount of attention in music circles. With his first EP Let Love Reign just released and an opening gig for the Charlie Daniels Band to his credit, you can’t blame the teenager for feeling like he’s on top of the world, if not yet the country charts.

Growing up in his hometown of Bowling Green, KY, Johnnie was a shy, creative kid who loved music, writing, and spending time on his family’s farm just outside town. When he was 11, his family relocated to New York City so Johnnie’s sister could pursue an acting career. While there, Johnnie often accompanied her to casting calls and was frequently asked to audition, but shied away from the spotlight, preferring instead to stay behind the scenes. He started writing a personal blog in which he talked about seeing the world through what he calls “a new set of eyes.” The site attracted thousands of viewers, convincing Johnnie that he had a talent for connecting with audiences. “My blog shared stories of hope and positivity,” he says now. “It really showed me how much I valued telling stories and capturing my everyday life in words. I feel like I was training myself to write songs long before I knew it.”

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Interview with Ree Boado

Ree BaodoGSC Interview with Ree Boado

provided by reporter Dan Reifsnyder

Dan Reifsnyder: Great to meet you, Ree! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. What got you into songwriting?

Ree Boado: Well, my journey into songwriting is a little different from most songwriters I’ve known. I was always passionate about lyrics and singing, though I didn’t grow up in a very musical family and wasn’t surrounded much by musical people. Music was always calling to me though. Some of my earliest and best memories involve music. I can remember being 8 years old and sitting behind the bushes in my front yard, reading and memorizing lyrics. I occasionally wrote bits of poetry and wrote some short stories that won some contests as a kid, but I never actually thought I could write a song since I didn’t play instruments at that time. And then one day in my early 20’s, I was in the shower and several lyrics and a melody line just came to me. That turned into my first song, which I later found piano chords for, thanks to a friend. After that small victory, then learning to play piano and guitar, songs have been flowing ever since. I guess the music was in there all along, just waiting for the right time to come out!

DR: Who are some of your musical influences?
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Member Success at the June GSC PLAYS4U! Event


June 23, 2015
The Listening Room

Every quarter Global Songwriters Connection brings in an array of publishers to our GSC PLAYS4U! event. Our members’ songs are presented to the panel of publishers. We provide the publishers with food and drink catered by the Listening Room, where we hold the event. Eleven publishers attended the June event, and eight publishers requested the event playlist. Additionally, there were thirty-three publisher requests for more songs and for more information about our members! These are big opportunities for our artists and writers. At our event, we also gave away a $75 and a $100 gift card. It is our way of investing in our members and the community.

Our attending publishers were:
⦁ Jillene Renee of Ann WIlson Publishing
⦁ Ann Wilson of Ann Wilson Publishing
⦁ Eddie Tidwell of Muy Bueno
⦁ Dallas Gregory of Song Rocket Music
⦁ Sam Cooper of Jericat Group
⦁ Woody Bomar of Green Hills
⦁ Melanie Howard of Harlan Howards Songs
⦁ Queenie Mullinix of Washington Street Publishing
⦁ Stevie Island of DoWrite
⦁ Ariana Deluga of Bluewater Music
⦁ Steve Bloch of Steve Bloch Music

Our featured songwriters were:
⦁ Jay Brehmer from Wisconsin
⦁ Alayna Carroll from Tennessee
⦁ Steve Dorian from Tennessee
⦁ Mary Haller from Massachusetts
⦁ Clayton Jones from Tennessee (pop genre)
⦁ Thalia Kalodimos from Illinois
⦁ Karen Kiley of Illinois
⦁ Allen Kreihbiel from Colorado
⦁ JT Lewis (Jordan Trajano) from Tennessee
⦁ Jenny Slate Lee from Tennessee (Christian genre)
⦁ Trish Matthews from Tennessee
⦁ David Michael from California
⦁ Nancy Moser from Kentucky
⦁ Clayton Watson from Tennessee.



Ruben Estevez Gets Bucky Covington Single

Ruben Estevez

GSC Member, Ruben Estevez, gets Bucky Covington’s NEW SINGLE,
“I Feel Ya”

GSC has been very honored to represent Ruben Estevez to the music industry for the past nearly three years.  Most recently Ruben was a GSC FEATURED writer at our quarterly GSC PLAYS4U! Event at The Listening Room.  We have played Ruben’s song, “I Feel Ya,” three times for publishers!  We are thrilled to know that we were on the right track with this song as it is now Bucky Covington’s single! Click here  (link to interview)  to learn more about this amazing writer and his journey to a major cut!  Provided by:  GSC Reporter Daniel Reifsnyder.  

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2014 Member Success Update

GSC 2014 Results Report

Our goal was to increase your visibility, opportunities, connections, income, influence, talents and faith in yourself.

Our GSC team trusts you will be as pleased as we are with the results we were able to facilitate for our valued members. Thank you for including us on your journey. We never take your membership for granted.

24 POP Events (Publisher Online Pitch Events)

  • 720 songs played DIRECT to publishers.
  • 97 in-person member/publisher meetings as a direct result of this GSC monthly online event. This number does not include 2nd and 3rd meetings and current ongoing publisher relationships! Yes! Several of our members have an ongoing working relationship with different publishers.
  • 29 Pro Co-writes that were set up for GSC members after the publisher heard their songs the second time.

4 GSC FOCUS Events

  • Resulted in 2 publishing deals.
  • 5 ongoing member/publisher relationships.
  • 4 songs from these events are currently being pitched to artists by the publishers that attended the events.

4 GSC PLAYS4U! Events – We play the “best songs” of the quarter, selected from POP Events, Song Evaluations, and Mentoring Sessions to a room full of publishers.

  • 80 songs were played.
  • 6 members had appointments with publishers.
  • 38 songs were requested by the publishers.
  • 1 booking contract.

Member highlights from 2014!

Feel Free to reach out to the members below and ask them personally about their experience with Global Songwriters Connection!

Publishing Deals!

Doug Folkins, CANADA – signs publishing deal with Lynn Gann Music Enterprises while attending a GSC Focus Event. This deal is the result of a culmination of Doug’s efforts through the years and his usage of our services.

Danni Ri, ALABAMA – signs publishing deal with Dallas Gregory of Song Rocket Music. Dallas heard Danni Ri at our GSC Focus event and calls GSC on Monday and wants to sign her.


Jay Brehmer, WI – First CUT – Through GSC Opportunity Knocks Pitch Opportunity, and he received a SECOND cut through this same opportunity.

Sarah Spencer, TN – Gets a CUT – Through GSC Opportunity Knocks Pitch Opportunity

James Kocian, WI – CUTS in Major Nationwide Christian Project


97 in person/member Publisher Meetings!

Sasha Aaron – publisher meeting with Liz Morin, results in pro co-writing opportunity

Clayton Jones – publisher meeting with Devon DeVries of Big Yellow Dog

Laureen Smith – 3 in-person publisher meetings!

Ruben Estevez – publisher meeting Big Yellow Dog

Julie-Ann Morris – wins an in-person publisher meeting with Dallas Gregory.

Claire Ulanoff – publisher meeting with Matt Lindsey

Jayne Sachs – publisher meeting with Matt Lindsey

Justin Murray, OK – publisher meeting with Dallas Gregory

Scott Brantley, GA –  publisher meeting with Jimmy Metts of Starstruck publishing after being heard through a GSC POP Event.

Kelley King, WY – publisher meeting with Bobby Rymer of Writer’s Den Music after the publisher heard him at a GSC POP Event.

Gene Ezell, TN – Gets his song picked up at a GSC POP Event. A week later the publisher from Centricity Music asks for an in person meeting and now he has a growing and working relationship with this publisher.

James Kocian, WI – Gets heard through our GSC POP Events and has had THREE (and counting) in person publisher meetings. One meeting with Sony Music and one with Daywind music and a request for two more meetings.

Lynn Wilbanks – publisher meeting with Matt Lindsey

Other Successes

  • 8 Members received financial support through GSC and Music Cares to overcome extreme life challenging/medical situations. I am so thankful that Music Cares had never turned down anyone I have ever recommended. GSC is here to help you in any way that we can and or get you connected with someone who can. Please contribute to Music Cares if your finances allow.
  • 24 Members got their FIRST CUTS through GSC Pitch Opportunities.
  • 7 Members had their song placed on the popular show “Nashville”
  • 6 Members were invited for private auditions for national talent shows such as The Voice, America’s Got Talent and American Idol
  • 9 Artist/Writers were interviewed for their own article written on the Beaver Dam USA website
  • 3 Private Showcases


All of this success was created by members that are taking advantage of our GSC services. Thank you for a GREAT year and for SHARING Global Songwriters Connection with your friends.

Songwriter Success with Publisher Jimmy Metts

Jimmy MettsGSC Publisher Online Pitch Events allow you the opportunity to pitch your songs directly to a publisher. Many of our members are having real results, including in person publisher meetings.

We congratulate the following GSC Members who had their songs taken by Jimmy Metts of Starstruck Publishing! GSC member Scott Brantley was even asked for an in person publishing appointment! GSC will be facilitating that meeting for Scott very soon.

  • Scott Brantley, GA
  • Doug Folkins, BC
  • Kelley King, WY
  • Brad Yunek, ID

Check our events calendar for the next Publisher Online Pitch event.

Songwriter Success with Publisher Stephen Duncan

Stephen DuncanGSC Publisher Online Pitch Events allow you the opportunity to pitch your songs directly to a publisher. Many of our members are having real results, including in person publisher meetings. Kelley King recently drove up from Florida for his in person publisher meeting. James Kocian also drove in to Nashville for two in person publisher meetings and was asked for another publisher meeting from our February 20th Christian POP Event with Stephen Duncan!

Our GSC Team congratulates the following GSC members who had their songs taken by Centricity Music Group publisher, Stephen Duncan! Thanks for showing up, playing your songs, and letting these publishers know that you are in the game.

  • Gene Ezell, TN
  • James Kocian, WI
  • Willie Lowe, OR
  • Justin Murray, OK

Check our events calendar for the next Publisher Online Pitch event.

GSC Helps James Kocian Get Song on Hold

James KocianCongratulations to GSC Member James Kocian from Wisconsin who recently had one of his songs put on hold for a major music project through Global Songwriters. We are crossing our fingers for you James! When the song plugger had been pitching songs for the project and not getting the response James needed, he called on GSC to see if we could help.  Good news is that our GSC members are not just a number and we know the types of songs you write. This was a very specific and narrow pitch and a few writers were selected to submit.  James was among them.  He submitted a song, got their attention and it was immediately put on hold. The song is scheduled to sign a single song contract with the publisher.

You may recall that GSC invited James and Erskin Anavitarte to perform at the Dove Awards in 2013. James was first heard through a GSC Publisher Online Pitch Event and as a result, will soon be scheduling publisher meetings. James will also be one of the featured writers at our February 11 GSC PLAYS4U! event at The Listening Room in Nashville. You can connect and learn more about your fellow GSC member James Kocian on his Facebook page.