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Tom Jackson here. Hope all is well! Last week, some of you may have seen that one of the artists I’ve worked with debuted at #1 on Billboard. As I reflected on it, I realized that 3 artists I’ve worked with have topped the Billboard charts this year. That number doesn’t include artists I’ve worked […]

7 Webinars That Will Rock Your Image!

Lori Bumgarner (paNASH Style) with Tom, Amy, and Lang on our Bootcamp industry panel

What in the world is image consulting anyway, and why should you care? Our friend, Lori Bumgarner (paNASH), is leading 7 webinars over the next few weeks, and we think you should check them out — because you really should care. Lori’s first webinar on April 20 is free (did we say FREE?) — yes, free! Lori […]

5 Do’s to Optimize Your Success

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If you are a songwriter, you know… there are basic rules to follow when writing for radio. The normal structure goes intro/ verse/ chorus/ verse/ chorus/ bridge/ chorus. It’s important to have it the right length (about 3 1/2 minutes long), and be sure and get to the chorus within the first minute (sooner, if possible). And so […]

Songwriter with Style and Passion: Seth Glier

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To call singer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Glier a prolific songwriter would be an understatement!  Consistently honing his craft, this young gifted artist has just released his 4th album, If I Could Change One Thing (MPress), and the songwriting that made it possible was extensive and passionate.  “This album is one I am most proud of to date,” says Glier. “Making […]

Tips and Tricks on How to Become a Better Performer

Rick Barker gives artist feedback at Tom Jackson Bootcamp

Imagine you could talk to any person in the music industry about your career. Anyone! Who would you choose? An artist who’s been successful? A great songwriter you’d like to learn from? Maybe you’d like to hear from a great manager and someone who knows how to propel an artist’s career forward — someone like my friend Rick […]

Caravan of Thieves: Beauty & Danger of Love on KISS KISS

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Gypsy folk troubadours Caravan of Thieves just released their new album, KISS KISS, and have started their spring tour across the US, sharing their passion for all things creative, colorful, and visionary! When Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni of Caravan of Thieves first met, there was an instant spark, an intimate connection and passion for life and […]

3 Parts of Communication: Are You Using them All?

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As an artist, you know your songs are all different. They have different themes, different rhythms, different tones. They really don’t sound the same at all! I’m guessing they probably have different lyrics, too. Some of them are about a love you lost. Some of them are about something that makes you happy. Some of […]

Practical Steps to Take Before Your Rehearsals

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If you want to build a house, what’s the first step to getting it done? “Lay the foundation!” Ehhhhnnnn… (the best spelling I can come up with for a buzzer sound)  — wrong answer. I ask this question every time I teach my Live Music Method class. And inevitably the artists in the crowd get […]

3 Keys to Being a Great Singer AND Having a Great Show

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Being a great singer doesn’t always equal having a great show. For that matter, having great songs doesn’t necessarily equal a great show either. Being a great singer with great songs? Well, that helps… but it still doesn’t equal a great show! Let me explain why, by telling you about a recent concert review. I […]

5 Good Reasons to Plan Your Show

5 Good Reasons to Plan Your Show

I’ve talked about vision and planning for the live show so much that some of you don’t even pay any attention to it anymore.  “Besides,” most of you are thinking, “I don’t want to plan — I want to be spontaneous.” Creative people often fight the idea of planning. But let’s look at what I’m […]