I’m a songwriter with more than 50 million album sales. I’ve had singles on Billboard’s Pop, Country, and R&B charts, and my songs have been recorded by artists including Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, the Oak Ridge Boys, and many more. My songs have been heard in top TV shows and movies, and as a songwriting expert, I have been interviewed by the New York Times, Rolling Stone magazine, and on CNN, the BBC, and NPR.
But my passion is teaching songwriting, and I have taught at the world’s most prestigious institutions. As a songwriting instructor—I study successful songs in various genres. By identifying the tools that cause some melodies to stick in listeners’ brains—and the techniques that cause some lyrics to resonate with millions—we can incorporate these proven methods into our own work ... with our own, unique spin.
Success doesn’t happen by luck or coincidence. There are no magic answers or quick roads to songwriting success; steer clear of anyone promising them. But, with hard work, practice, and perseverance, I’ve seen my students write #1 singles, sign staff-writing deals, publish their songs, win contests and festivals, have their songs recorded, and become hits.
Success is not easy – but it is possible.
There’s nothing in the world like hearing our songs on the radio and in TV shows and films. I hope my books, instructional recordings, workshops, articles on my "Songwriting Tips" pages, and critique service will help you to achieve your songwriting goals.
There are no rules in songwriting
but there are tools
that can help you achieve your goals