Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Spotlight Piano Writers on Jan. 21 in Nashville


         NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 2014) -- "Tunesmithing" will spotlight five songwriters during a special "piano night" from 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 21 (Wednesday) at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. (near Music Row). 

          Attendees will enjoy original songs by some of Nashville's most successful piano writers, including Valerie Connelly ("Fearless"/musical), Jimmy Borja ("If The Feeling Is Gone"/Philippine hit song), Warren Evans ("Refractions"/instrumental CD), Melissa Javors ("Wild Horses"/Peter, Paul and Mary), and Debbie Mathis Watts ("The Ryman Diaries"/popular historical musical).


           Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books. The monthly show was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels. 

           For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'Tunesmithing for the Holidays' to Feature Two-Dozen Songwriters on Dec. 17


          NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 2014) -- Two-dozen area songwriters will take the stage for a special "Tunesmithing for the Holidays" show from 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 17 (Wednesday) at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. (near Music Row). 

          Attendees will enjoy original holiday songs penned by some of Nashville's most successful tunesmiths, including Terry Bell, A.J. Bigler, Jimmy Borja, Kecia Burcham, Ed Branding, Sally Burgess, Butterfly, Kelley Cline, Wil Comstock, Valerie Connelly, Gordon Ellis, Carlos Enrique, Warren Evans, Frank Fileccia, Suzahn Fiering, Dar Frantz, Cindy Greene, Kari Hilpert, Jay Hoppus, David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin, Dean Madonia, Debbie Pascarella, Candy Paull, J.Karen Thomas, and Chuck Whiting.



          Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 

          "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books. The monthly show was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels. 

          For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Monday, November 3, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Spotlight Five Songwriting Acts on Nov. 19 in Nashville


            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 2014) -- The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will spotlight five professional songwriting acts from 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 19 (Wednesday) at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. (near Music Row).

Lisa Aschmann
          Taking the stage for 25-minute performances will be Lisa Aschmann (cuts by Art Garfunkel, Diamond Rio and others), Terry Bell, Kelley Cline, Sam Cooper, and Jason Kabler. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

         Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & PromotionsMusic City Arts Update, Striking Moon Music, and Shine Time Records and Books.

Terry Bell

                
          "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels.


          For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Kelley Cline
Sam Cooper


Joshua Nelson

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Casey Kelly to Headline 'Tunesmithing' in Nashville on Oct. 15


     NASHVILLE -- The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will spotlight five professional songwriting acts from 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 15 (Wednesday) at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. (near Music Row). 

     Taking the stage for 25-minute performances will be Scott Barrier, Leslie Ellis, Casey Kelley ("The Cowboy Rides Away"/George Strait), Sarah Spencer, and CJ Watson & Asteria Lux. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Casey Kelly
 

     Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books



     "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels. For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Celebrate Americana Music Festival on Sept. 16



     NASHVILLE -- The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will celebrate the Americana Music Festival by spotlighting five professional Americana performing songwriters from 7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 16 (Tuesday) at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. (near Music Row).
Chris Beall

     Taking the stage for 25-minute performances will be Amy Allen (Top-15 singles “Someday Is Today” and “Josie Rae”), Chris Beall (the new album “The Gin Mill Hymns”), Mary Beth Cross (the new album “Beyond Good and Evil”), Suzahn Fiering (presented the “Honored Friend Award” by Paul McCartney), and Brian Ashley Jones (new CD “Out of the City”).
Amy Allen

     Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound.

     "It's going to be a terrific show featuring some of the nation's most accomplished Americana singer-songwriters," said Chuck Whiting, founder of 'Tunesmithing'. All of the performers have performed extensively, with substantial radio airplay. The show will be a great way to help kick off the Americana Music Festival."

     "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books. "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels.

     For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Mary Beth Cross

Suzahn Fiering

Brian Ashley Jones

Friday, August 1, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Spotlight Film/TV Music Composers on Aug. 20


     NASHVILLE -- The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will celebrate the writing of music and songs for film and television during a special presentation from 7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 20 (Wednesday) at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at its new home, the Aloft Nashville Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. (near Music Row). 

     Taking the stage for the "Professional Songwriters Segment" at 7 p.m. will be a dozen area composers and songwriters who are working to place original music and songs in movies and TV shows. They will be AJ Bigler, Ed Branding, Katie Brooks, Valerie Connelly, Carlos Enrique, Warren Evans, Holly Hiese, Christy Hunniford, Javier Lynch, Max Niederle, Doug Sisemore, and Chuck Whiting.

     Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books. "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels. 

     Future shows include a special Americana "Tunesmithing" to celebrate the Americana Music Festival (Sept. 16). For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Songwriters and Other Artists Can Learn Career/Publicity Ropes at 'Reaching Your Dream' Workshop


            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 2014) -- Artists of all kinds can receive invaluable insights on the professional steps needed to achieve success by attending the "Reaching Your Dream" workshop from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 26 (Saturday) at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike in West Nashville.

            The career and publicity training workshop will be led by country/blues/pop artist Amy Allen and award-winning publicist/educator/composer/author Chuck Whiting. Attendees will learn how to write and distribute press releases; develop a one-of-a-kind hook; believe in their talents; plan creative events; develop stage presence; form a team of experts; develop, manufacture, market and sell original products; obtain copyrights; and build Internet exposure.

Amy Allen
            Allen and Whiting will lead artists through the career-building and publicity process step by step with hands-on instructions, examples and feedback. Artist Q&A spotlights (case studies) will feature insights from Nashville filmmaker/visual artist Robyn Morshead, singer/songwriter/musician Sean O'Shea, and author/speaker/edu-tainer/edu-preneur Debbie Watts.

            Attendees will participate in an artist vision-sharing event called "Arts on the Row" from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. The first 15 professionals to sign up for the workshop will enjoy a complimentary tour and demonstrations at a local media operation on July 25 (Friday). They also will have the opportunity to receive complimentary writing and editing critiques during a brainstorming lunch on July 27 (Sunday).

            Tuition for the "Reaching Your Dream" workshop is $95 (registration by July 20) and $120 (registration after July 20). Participation in the "Arts on the Row" artist vision-sharing event, media tour, and critiques/Q&A sessions are included with registration. Meals are not included. Discounts are available for couples, company-sponsored groups, and non-profit organizations. Artist scholarships are available.

            For more information or to register for the "Reaching Your Dream" workshop, call (615) 423-9857 or (888) 80-SHINE, send an email inquiry to Arts@WhitingPublicity.com, or visit www.ReachingYourDream.net.

            "I hear many fellow artists say how overwhelmed they are with the multi-tasking involved in the career-building process," said Allen, who has collaborated with Whiting on product development, performances and publicity for her "Someday Is Today" CD project. "Overcoming self-doubt to believe in yourself can be a huge struggle. And many artists don't realize how important it is to establish a professional self-image. It's very important to develop a one-of-a-kind persona, top-notch marketing tools, and a great team. We also need to protect our intellectual property rights in a fast-changing digital world. Achieving success is a combination of heart and business."

            Allen recently landed two Top-15 country hits from her latest album, “Someday Is Today”. Amy has performed at venues ranging from the White House to the Ryman Auditorium, opening for stars such as John Conlee, Patty Loveless, and Brooks & Dunn. She has overcome a major health-related challenge to become successful in the arts. Learn more about Amy Allen at www.TheAmyAllen.com.

            A former newspaper reporter, Whiting founded Whiting Publicity and Promotions in Music City in 1993 to provide exposure for artists and the organizations that support them. He is the author/co-writer of the book/song “The Littlest Star”, editor of Music City Arts Update, and host of the songwriters show “Tunesmithing”. He teaches communication courses at Middle Tennessee State University and Motlow State Community College. Learn more about Chuck Whiting at www.WhitingPublicity.com.

Chuck Whiting
            "Our goal will be for each musician, author, actor or visual artist to have a career-changing hook, game plan, or press release in hand by the end of the weekend," said Whiting, who is completing a new CD of instrumentals and vocal tunes for release in 2014. "We will be available to provide feedback during a follow-up brainstorming lunch on Sunday."

            For more information about the "Reaching Your Dream" workshop, visit www.ReachingYourDream.net.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Return on July 16 to Aloft Nashville West End


     NASHVILLE - The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will spotlight seven professional songwriters from 7-9:30 p.m. July 16 (Wednesday) at its new home, WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. (near Music Row).

     Taking the stage for the "Professional Songwriters Segment" at 7 p.m. will be AJ Bigler (Producer/Se Live' Music), Gordon Ellis ("Memory Machine"/international airplay), Lisa Hannah & Paul Nielsen (Lisa: "Brand New Sun" CD; Paul: song cut by Little River Band), Sean & Laurie O'Shea (Laurie: former Disney World cast member; Sean: interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America"), and Debbie Pascarella ("Wish I Was Kissing My H.S. Boyfriend"/VH1 Song of the Year Contest Winner in the country category).
Sean and Laurie O'Shea

     Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books.

     "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels. Future shows include a spotlight on film and TV music (Aug. 20) and a special Americana "Tunesmithing" to celebrate the Americana Music Festival (Sept. 16).

     For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Friday, May 2, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Spotlight Five Songwriting Acts on May 20



          The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will spotlight five professional songwriting acts from 7:30-10 p.m. May 20 (Tuesday) at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. (at West End and 18th). 

          Taking the stage for the "Professional Songwriters Segment" at 7:30 p.m. will be Everette Brown (songs recorded by The Blackwood Brothers), East Side Story (a cafĂ©-Bohemian band from East Nashville), Linda McRae ("Rough Edges and Ragged Hearts"/nominated for Album of the Year at 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards), Angel Pontier (songs recorded by artists at Word, Horizon and New Haven Records), and Drobac & Shaw (country-pop songwriting trio).

Linda McRae
          Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 

          "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books. "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels. 

          For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Monday, April 7, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Feature Six Songwriters in Nashville on April 15


     The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will spotlight six professional songwriters from 8-10:30 p.m. April 15 (Tuesday) at The Row Kitchen & Pub, 110 Lyle Ave. (near Music Row). 

     Taking the stage for the "Professional Songwriters Segment" at 8 p.m. will be Kyle Samuel Brooks (award-winning drummer and percussionist), Chris 'Freight Train' Floyd (Americana harmonica player who recorded the CD "Freight Train Deluxe"), the Americana/folk/pop duo David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin (recently released the Welsh-themed CD "Homeward"), Joshua Melton (finalist in the 2014 "Puckett's Rising Star" songwriting competition), and Debbie Pascarella ("Wish I Was Kissing My H.S. Boyfriend"/Placed first in the country category in the VHI Song of the Year Contest). 

     Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books. 

     "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels. 

     For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Photo: 'Tunesmithing' Performers Celebrate After The Show On March 18


One of the greatest things about "Tunesmithing" is the camaraderie and mentoring that occurs when a mix of professionals and emerging songwriters takes the stage. Celebrating after the show on March 18 are (from left) TaylorX, Dan Reifsnyder, Jonathan Cigary, Joel Atkins, Mason Doughtie, Karolyn Marie Roberts, Chloe', and show organizer Chuck Whiting. Are you interested in performing at "Tunesmithing"? If so, please write us at info@Tunesmithing.com or Arts@WhitingPublicity.com.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Feature Joel Atkins, Dean Madonia and Taylor X on March 18


     The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will spotlight eight professional and emerging songwriters from 8-10:30 p.m. March 18 (Tuesday) at The Row Kitchen & Pub, 110 Lyle Ave. (near Music Row). 

     Taking the stage for the "Professional Songwriters Segment" at 8 p.m. will be Joel Atkins (co-wrote the new song/book "WhaleOsaur" with Emmy Award winner Ed Tossing); Dean Madonia (Top-40 song "I Called Her Tennessee" by Curb Records' Tim Dugger); and Taylor X (PCG Nashville artist who recently released the single "Red Flag").
Joel Atkins

     The "Emerging Songwriters Segment" at 9:30 p.m. will feature Global Songwriters Connection members Chloe', Jonathan Cigary, Mason Doughtie, Dan Reifsnyder, and Karolyn Marie Roberts

     Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 

    "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & PromotionsMusic City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books. "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels. 

    For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Feature Pam Belford, Mike O'Quinn and Tay Barton on Feb. 18


          NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2014) -- The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will spotlight eight professional and emerging songwriters from 8-10:30 p.m. Feb. 18 (Tuesday) at The Row Kitchen & Pub, 110 Lyle Ave. (near Music Row).

          Taking the stage for the "Professional Songwriters Segment" at 8 p.m. will be Tay Barton (finalist/Disney's "Next Big Thing"); hit singer-songwriter Pam Belford (wrote "If I Know Me" by George Strait); and singer-songwriter Mike O'Quinn (touring pianist/singer/songwriter who has accompanied the Allman Brothers Band, Poco and Restless Heart).
Pam Belford
  

          The "Emerging Songwriters Segment" at 9:30 p.m. will feature Global Songwriters Connection members Kyle Brooks, Danika Holmes, Rachel Hutcheson, Chad Parker and Alex Saad

          Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 

          "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books. "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels.
Tay Barton
          For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.


Mike O'Quinn

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

'Tunesmithing' to Feature Claudia Nygaard, Les Kerr and A.C. Helms on Jan. 21


     NASHVILLE -- The monthly "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase will spotlight eight professional and emerging songwriters from 8-10:30 p.m. Jan. 21 (Tuesday) at The Row Kitchen & Pub, 110 Lyle Ave. (near Music Row).
Claudia Nygaard

     Taking the stage for the "Professional Songwriters Segment" at 8 p.m. will be country/contemporary Christian singer-songwriter A.C. Helms (noted Nashville recording session vocalist); hillbilly blues/Caribbean/Rock 'n' Roll singer-songwriter/author Les Kerr ("The Americana Boogie" and "The Tennessee Book"); and hit Americana/Roots/folk singer-songwriter/storyteller Claudia Nygaard ("Let The Storm Roll In"/climbed to number one on the Cashbox Roots Music Country Chart).

Les Kerr
     The "Emerging Songwriters Segment" at 9:30 p.m. will feature Global Songwriters Connection members Erskin Anavitarte, Gary Chapman, Melissa Miller, Debbie Pascarella and Sarah Spencer.Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Publicists Chuck Whiting and Scott Johnson will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Records and Books.

     "Tunesmithing" was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for tunesmiths at all levels. For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

A.C. Helms