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Martin Luther King Jr., Justice, and You

Injustice anywhere

“That’s not fair,” I said to my mom. “He got more than I did.” How many times have you said it… heard it… thought it? The truth is, you were probably right. It wasn’t fair. But in this world we live in, many things are not fair. Rather than worrying about the smaller portion of […]

What Will Happen to You When Big Exposure Comes

Bootcamp showcase critiques

A friend of ours, Leanne Regalla, recently wrote a great blog on overnight success. Her “7 Lessons from the Craig Wayne Boyd School of Overnight Creative Success” is right on the money. Which of these 2 things would happen to you if you were suddenly to have that “big opportunity”? What the public perceives as […]

What are You Doing to Build Momentum?

Tom and Amy work with band at Bootcamp

In this new year, we want to help you build momentum in your career. So much of an artist’s career comes back to what you do onstage. Want more bookings? Have a great show. Want to make a bigger impact on your audience with your message? Have a great show. Want a record company or […]

It’s a Groove Thing

Haley & Michaels (one of Amy's clients) at 12th & Porter, Nashville

Get yourself prepared emotionally before you walk out onstage! If you want to communicate with your audience, the quicker you can get into a “groove,” the better your show will be. Sports players often say they had a good game because they were “in a groove,” or they had a bad game because they never […]

3 Massive Mistakes Songwriters Make

Songwriter in concert

In my recent blog, Frustrated With Your Music Career, I told you I have been connecting with old friends. (More about that in a minute…) Just to remind you what I had said in that article, I gave you four points to get more passionate about your career and less frustrated: What Is This “Vision” […]

4 Steps to a Unique Show

House

When explaining how to create a unique show, I always offer the analogy of building a house. There are 4 steps to making it happen. And for those of you who’ve worked with contractors to build a home recently, who are thinking to yourself right now, “Well, that’s pretty over simplified – 4 steps? What […]

How to Impress Your Audience

Singer showcase

There are right ways to impress your audience. Things you can do to set yourself apart, to let your audience see who you really are, and to capture & engage the people watching you so they’ll never want to miss any of your shows. But few artists know the right ways — because they’re not […]

Media: 6 Uses of this Onstage Tool

Lori Bumgarner using media

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Your 5 Onstage Tools

Our society is very visual. We see images and video everywhere we go, whether it’s waiting in a doctor’s office, walking through the airport, or standing in line to get our groceries. And it’s not unusual for media to be of varying quality. From professional videography to YouTube footage filmed on someone’s iPhone – we […]

Frustrated With Your Music Career?

Comfort zone and magic

I’ve been traveling a lot lately — meeting new people, connecting with old friends… seeing artists, industry, management, bands, producers… And on every side of the industry I hear the frustrations so many people are having with their music, their shows, and their careers! Recently, I talked to someone who has been in the industry […]

Is It Possible to Over-Prepare Your Show?

Listening through headphones

I’m not a big fan of early sound checks. Yeah, I know — sometimes it’s necessary. But whenever our band would arrive at a venue 5 hours early, set up, and do our sound check, it seemed like the day would drag on. When it was time for the show, I’d feel uninspired and tired. […]