A lot of you know that in addition to working on my own music, I help a lot of
other people work on their music, too.
Back in 2010 when I was leaving Music Row to homeschool my twins, I started a business called Hillbilly Culture with the help of my entrepreneur partner. It was a good thing, because very soon our little business grew from tens of people to hundreds of people coming to me for advice about their songwriting and music business struggles.
It was a good time, too. The music industry has seen a lot of changes since I was a child growing up watching my dad, Kim Williams, rise from “disabled construction worker” to Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame Member and Songwriter of the Year for writing “Three Wooden Crosses.”
Those early days in Nashville hanging out at API (Associated Music Publishing, a group that my dad joined in his early development who helped him a lot) and Sony Music family picnics stuck with me.
I wanted to help all songwriters and their families experience that encouraging, family type of environment that we enjoyed in the 80s and 90s of Nashville’s country music hey day.
That is exactly what we have done and still are doing over here at Songpreneurs.
If you’re still reading this, there’s a good chance that you might be a songwriter, even if you don’t think you are one yet.
Songwriters are interesting. They’re curious about all kinds of things, not just songs.
Sometimes songwriters feel uncomfortable in crowds, but are strangely compelled toward them at the same time.
Songwriters like to spend time alone reading or just thinking.
They’re often sensitive to things going on around them – especially tough in these turbulent news days when everything is a disaster and tragedy, it seems.
Songwriters think and sometimes speak in rhymes.
When they get an idea for a song, their eyes glaze over slightly, and they don’t hear a thing you say after that because they’re writing a song in their head.
I get it. My songwriter dad was my best friend, and I probably learned a lot of these traits from him – good and bad.
But you know what? There are more of us out here than you think.
Nashville is full of us, though we’re a little tougher to find than we used to be.
If you are starting to think you may be a songwriter, you can breathe a sigh of relief to know that you’re in the right place.
If your spouse or heaven forbid, your kid is a songwriter, then you can say a prayer of thanks to have found your tribe.
We’re a fearsome bunch if you don’t know us, but we’re friendly enough once you step forward and look us in the eye.
That’s what I’m inviting you to do.
Check out this year’s 12th annual Nashville Songwriting and Music Business Conference presented by Songpreneurs LLC held at my private events facility The 7695 on River Road in Nashville, Tennessee U.S.A.
We’ll be here and bopping around The It City from June 22 to June 25 with a set of personally tailored workshops, labs, performances and lectures that will make any songwriter proud to be a part of it.
Whether you’re an old hat looking for new tricks, or a new hat looking to learn from the masters, you will be pleasantly delighted to meet and mingle with the fantastic people attending this year’s event.
Hope to see you in Nashville in June.
Conference ticket includes one ticket to the Nashville Rounds / Story of Love concert on Saturday, Jun 25. Get more tickets to the show here >>