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#MeetTheJudges: Erik Philbrook, Vice President and Creative Director of ASCAP

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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ASCAP’s VP and Creative Director

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Erik Philbrook serves as ASCAP’s VP and Creative Director. In addition to writing editorial, producing video and managing content for ASCAP’s various media channels, he has interviewed and written about many of today’s leading songwriters and composers from across the musical spectrum, from legendary icons to today’s emerging artists. He has helped lead ASCAP’s advocacy efforts in protecting songwriter rights in the digital age. And he has played an essential role in the success of high-profile ASCAP events such as the Sundance ASCAP Music Café and the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, where he has interviewed on stage many top music creators, including Tom Petty, John Mayer, Bon Jovi, ELO’s Jeff Lynne, Ingrid Michaelson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Steve Lillywhite and many others. In addition, Philbrook is a songwriter and musician himself, having recorded three acclaimed albums with his band NYC-based band The Brilliant Mistakes.

#MeetTheJudges: Elysa Marden of Arts Brookfield

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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2016 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition

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Elysa Marden is a curator and producer based in NYC. She is currently the Co-Director of Art Brookfield, a national public arts program that produces, commissions, and presents music, dance, film, visual art and spoken word year-round and free to the public. She has had the pleasure of working with NewSong Music to present NewSong artists in Brookfield spaces in NYC and Denver for 8 years.

 

#MeetTheJudges: Meera Dugal (Lincoln Center)

Friday, December 9th, 2016

MEERA DUGAL

2016 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition

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Meera Dugal is the Programming Manager for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. The Atrium is home to over 100 free, extremely eclectic performances a year that are curated with the aim to reflect the diversity present in New York City. Originally from Charleston, Meera has a Bachelor of Arts from New York University’s Gallatin School where she studied ethnomusicology. Before coming to Lincoln Center, Meera worked with globalFEST, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, The Jazz Gallery, and Iraqi-American musician Amir ElSaffar. She is the manager for the New York-based traditional Moroccan Gnawa sextet Innov Gnawa and a member of Women of Color in the Arts.

 

Three Questions with Jomo Edwards (of Jomo & The Possum Posse)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Three Questions with Jomo Edwards (of Jomo & The Possum Posse)

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Jomo Edwards is a roots-loving, Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is perhaps best known for his viral video series, “Guy On A Buffalo,” in which he wrote and overdubbed a new soundtrack for the film, Buffalo Rider. The irreverent wit and sardonic sense of humor apparent in the video series is just as pronounced in his songwriting.

Edwards often performs with his band, Possum Posse. The band’s latest record, Local Motive skews heavily toward roots rock & roll and old-school country. With song titles like “Farts Ain’t Funny” and “The Real Housewives of the West of Us,” you can bet that this songwriter has his own, singularly entertaining take on the classic genres.

We took the time to ask Edwards about his songwriting inspiration, career news and his hopes for the NewSong competition.

What is your songwriting process like, and where do you find inspiration?

I do my best work when given a deadline or assignment. I don’t usually spend weeks or months writing a song. I usually write my best songs in one sitting. Then, I begin playing them on an instrument, and don’t look back at the words I’ve written down, which usually allows me to develop more organic-sounding lyrics.

A few years ago, I also started attending a songwriting circle where an assignment was given each week. I was immediately hooked, and I have ended up writing a large number of songs from that group.

What does it mean to you to be a NewSong finalist, and what do you hope to gain from the experience?

For me, it means I’m not 100 percent crazy. I really believe in what I’m doing as a songwriter, but sometimes it can feel like there’s nobody else out there who understands and/or appreciates it.

What music news do you have to share with fans?

Earlier this year, my band, The Possum Posse, released a self-produced album called Local Motive. I’m pretty proud of it, and I think it captures the energy of our live shows. We’ve been playing most of the songs on that album live for a couple of years, so they organically developed their own arrangements. When we got into the studio, we were able to just play them the way we’d done many times before, and we were able to track most of the songs live.

To learn more about Jomo Edwards, visit thepossumposse.com and follow his band Jomo & The Possum Posse on Facebook.

Three Questions With Wilder Adkins

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Three Questions With Wilder Adkins

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Wilder Adkins, a Birmingham, Alabama-based folk musician, discovered that he was a NewSong finalist at a friend’s house in Cambridge, England. “I had just played a show at a 900-year-old church when I heard,” says Adkins. “So, suffice to say, it was a great bit of news to cap off a great evening.”

Adkin’s songwriting is steeped in earthy poetry and is imbued with a theosophical spirit. Thematically, his songs frequently touch upon faith, doubt and the natural world. He counts poets Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver among his influences, as well as Neil Young and Van Morrison. His aptly titled latest album, Hope and Sorrow, is a characteristic marrying of poetry and musicality.

We took the time to ask Adkins about his songwriting inspiration, career news and his hopes for the NewSong competition.

What is your songwriting process like, and where do you find inspiration?
Generally, I write about things that move me. Usually, the music comes first, but not always. Oftentimes it takes a while for a song to grow on me — even my own songs. In terms of musicians that inspire me, I love Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. It’s one of my favorite albums. Recently, I played at a folk festival in Scotland hosted by another of my songwriting heroes, Dougie MacLean.

What does it mean to you to be a NewSong finalist, and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
It can be pretty hard for folk musicians to get attention these days, so it is really wonderful to receive that kind of recognition for my work. I’d love to connect with the NewSong family of artists and hopefully make plans for future shows and collaborations.

What music news do you have to share with fans?
I put out a new album called Hope & Sorrow in 2016. I’ve also got an album of pirate music hopefully coming out soon.

To learn more about Wilder Atkins, visit wilderatkins.bandcamp.com and follow Wilder Music on Facebook and Twitter. You can also listen to his music on SoundCloud.

#InstagramTakeover with Wilder Adkins

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

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Follow 2016 NewSong Music finalist Wilder Adkins as they take over the official NewSong Music Instagram account.

 

 

Good day, my name is Wilder Adkins and I’m a #NewSongMusic finalist from Birmingham, AL doing an Instagram takeover today. Thanks for joining me. Follow along for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the life of a songwriter/janitor in the Deep South. #instagramtakeover #songwriterslife #singersongwriter #meditation #snoopy #joechristmas

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On the phone with a big-time music publisher! Part of the #WilderAdkinsTakeover today. #wilderadkins #carlyraejepsen #musicindustry #songwriter

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#WilderAdkinsTakeover If you’re ever down in Birmingham, come check out the best little music shop in the land, Bob Tedrow’s Homewood Music. These guys are great luthiers and set up all my guitars for me. #musicbham #luthier #birminghamal #wilderadkins #alabama @wildhare_radkins

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#wilderadkinstakeover Everyday I'm hustlin'. #onemoreday #holdon #wilsonphillips #wilderadkins #inspiration

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#wilderadkinstakeover Everyday I'm hustlin'. #onemoreday #holdon #wilsonphillips #wilderadkins #inspiration

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THE 2016 NEWSONG MUSIC PERFORMANCE & SONGWRITING FINALS ARE ONE WEEK AWAY!

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

 THE 2016 NEWSONG MUSIC PERFORMANCE & SONGWRITING FINALS ARE ONE WEEK AWAY!

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After hundreds of listening hours, and months of waiting, we are beyond excited to welcome the 2016 NewSong Music finalists to perform in front of a packed house and an esteemed panel of judges at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 10th!

Each of the finalists has been invited to network with both one another and music industry professionals, and to showcase their music and compete for this year’s grand prize, which includes a recording session at Echo Mountain Recording Studios, a featured performance at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Café, a grand prize return performance at Lincoln Center in 2017 and much more.

If you are in the New York area, we hope you will join us for this exciting night of music. Tickets are free for this event, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis (please arrive early). For fans not able to join us in person, we will be streaming the event via Facebook Live all night. Tune in to see who will win it all HERE!

#InstagramTakeover with J Shogren Shanghai’d (12/2)

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Follow 2016 NewSong Music finalist J Shogren Shanghai’d as they take over the official NewSong Music Instagram account.

 

Is anybody out there? Taking over NewMusic machine for the day…2 shows tonight in Laramie – stay tuned #jshogrentakeover #newsong2016 #jshogrenshanghaid #wyomusic @wyomingartscouncil Www.jshogren.com

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Centennial Ridge #jshogrentakeover #newsong2016 #jshogrenshanghaid

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Free Beer Tomorrow #jshogrentakeover #newsong2016 #jshogrenshanghaid #wyoming

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#InstagramTakeover with Ashley McMillen

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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Follow 2016 NewSong Music finalist Ashley McMillen as they take over the official NewSong Music Instagram account.

 

 

#goodmorning #world I’m #takingover @newsongmusic #instagram to #show you a #day in the #life of @ashleymcmillenmusic #2016 #NewSong #finalist #starting with #coffee in my #favorite #musiccity #mug we have a busy day ahead! #songwriter #singer #singersongwriter #Nashville #Tennessee #AshleyMcMillenTakeover

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The #morning continues with #socialmedia duties and catching up on emails in my #fancy #office with my #Weimaraner #pup assistants. #adayinthelife of #singersongwriter @ashleymcmillenmusic #newsongmusic #nashville #tennessee #musiccity #singer #songwriter #weimaraners #weim #weims #weimy #weimys #ilovemydogs @newsongmusic #ashleymcmillentakeover

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Every #singersongwriter knows what #touring to #perform does to our #cars… lots and lots of #oilchanges and maintenance. Today’s #bill exceeded my car payment because, apparently, my #battery ran out of #juice #yikes #thankyoufirestone and the amazing #mechanic who fixed my #baby #westnashville #nashville #tennessee #firestone #singer #songwriter #corolla #ilovemycorolla #toyota #itsonlytuesday #musiccity @ashleymcmillenmusic #ashleymcmillentakeover #ashleymcmillenmusic

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#afternoon #music #business #meeting includes little Brody, an #agility #champion with a very relaxed #grin #ashleymcmillentakeover #newsongmusic #nashville #tennessee #musiccity #makingplans #hillsboro #nashvilletn #2016 #shitzu #shitzumix #lhasoapso @ashleymcmillenmusic #pup #puppy #love #thebestthingsinlifearedogs

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The #adventure continues. Stuck in #traffic across from the #worldfamous #tootsies and the #Batman building in #nashville #tennessee #musiccity #broadway #downtown #newsong #ashleymcmillenmusic @ashleymcmillenmusic @tootsies_orchid_lounge #tootsiesorchidlounge @att @batman.official #singersongwriter #songwriter #music #live #crazytown full of #neon #dreams #ashleymcmillentakeover #newsongmusic #newsong

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The #adventure continues. Stuck in #traffic across from the #worldfamous #tootsies and the #Batman building in #nashville #tennessee #musiccity #broadway #downtown #newsong #ashleymcmillenmusic @ashleymcmillenmusic @tootsies_orchid_lounge #tootsiesorchidlounge @att @batman.official #singersongwriter #songwriter #music #live #crazytown full of #neon #dreams #ashleymcmillentakeover #newsongmusic #newsong

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A #lullaby for the #pups with my #breedloveguitar #ashleymcmillentakeover #ashleymcmillenmusic #weimaraners #weims #pittie #pitbull #rescue #nashville #tennessee #musiccity #singersongwriter #singer #songwriter #newsongmusic #newsong #ilovemydogs #bestfriend #love @breedloveguitar @ashleymcmillenmusic #evening #goodnight

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And for my #final #ashleymcmillentakeover post, I share with you my #prized #recordplayer and one of #Nashville ‘s most #beloved #songwriters, #kriskristofferson See you on 12/10 @lincolncenter in #newyorkcity #thankyou to #NewSongMusic for allowing me this opportunity to share my music with the #world #helpmemakeitthroughthenight #singersongwriter #thehighwaymen #goodnight from @ashleymcmillenmusic #ashleymcmillenmusic #records

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Three Questions with The Small Glories

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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THREE QUESTIONS WITH THE SMALL GLORIES

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Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft and JD Edwards, an energetic duo hailing from the Canadian prairies.  

No Depression calls Luft’s songwriting “redemptive, earthy and rooted in realism” and the Globe and Mail says she “sings like an angel named Joni or Alanis…”  Edwards is a magnetic live performer and prolific songwriter with an equally soulful voice. Together, they form a musical bond — not to mention some impressive harmonies — that caught the ears of NewSong judges.

We took time to ask Luft and Edwards about their songwriting inspiration, as well as their upcoming international shows. To learn more about the band, visit thesmallglories.com.

What music-related news do you have to share with readers?
Our debut, full-length album, Wondrous Traveler, was released in 2016. The album was just nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards: English Songwriter of the Year and New/Emerging Artist of the Year. We’ve been touring around the globe (Canada, USA, Netherlands, UK) and showcasing at fabulous music conferences such as the Americana Music Conference in Nashville. We recently played the Sisters Folk Festival, which was our second US festival and have just been offered our first major European festival at Tonder in Denmark. We are also excited to play our first Australian festival at Woodford Folk Festival.  

What is your songwriting process like, and where do you find inspiration?
We write individually and collectively, and we also co-write with other artists. Sometimes we start with lyrics; other times, we start with music or a melody line and expand from there. We write about personal experiences, while remaining aware of that fine line between the personal and the universal. (We want to write songs about things so others can relate.) We look to our families, friends and communities for inspiration, as well as our landscape and geography.  We are so often inspired by hearing other people’s stories.

What do you hope to get out of your experience as a NewSong finalist?
It seems like a wonderful way to meet other emerging acts and songwriters. So we see participating in the NewSong Music competition as a networking opportunity and an opportunity to reach a wider audience base.  

To learn more about The Small Glories, you can also listen to the band on SoundCloud, and YouTube.