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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


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 […]

Uncut Stones Impacts with Moments

Uncut Stones

A Christian progressive rock band, Uncut Stones isn’t always sure how they’ll be received in a secular setting. But with Tom Jackson’s inspiration, they’ve made recent impact through the “moments” they are creating. Two years ago, Dan & Melanie Browning began working on their original music, writing songs with a band. Although the duo had […]

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 […]

Emerging Artist Colin Huntley

Colin Huntley

Singer/songwriter Colin Huntley has accomplished a great deal in music and film, even though he’s just a senior in high school at The Austin School for Performing and Visual Arts! Based in Austin, this young guitarist/vocalist has seen emerging opportunities as he works to use his talents, develop his playing & singing abilities, and perfect […]

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 […]

If You Ask, They Will Answer


Garvin Clements is an artist from Belfast Ireland. He plays in a band called Decomposing in Paris. He asked us a question. Why should you care? Glad you asked! You see, Garvin and his band have been following Tom, his advice, and our website for 3 years. They’ve watched Tom’s DVDs, read his book, and […]

One In a Million: Charles Walker Band

Charles Walker Band

Their fusion of sounds — funk, pop, R&B, Motown — into a unique, soulful feel, makes the Charles Walker Band one in a million! Though compared to an array of musicians (Prince, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, James Brown), their music retains deep gospel influences and positive lyrical messages. Charles Walker, on sax and keys, was […]

The 1 Thing a CD Can Never Contain

Solo singer full of emotion

Performing artists still have it… that 1 thing. Something a CD can’t contain. It can’t be duplicated, digitized, or downloaded. And you can only get it if you’re in the same room. The Booming Concert Industry Catching up on my reading on a recent long flight, I grabbed an article that caught my eye in […]

AJ Jansen: Creative Drive in a Winning Package

AJ Jansen

Talented. Edgy. Driven. Singer/songwriter AJ Jansen, whose style and voice have been compared to Jewel, Shania Twain, & Stevie Nicks, grew up in New England, being influenced by music at an early age. She began performing at age 6 and writing songs at age 10. At 18, she performed to an audience of 500… then […]