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Thursday, August 27, 2009, is Guest Speaker Night at the Nashville workshop with Michael Paul and "The Power of Melody".

About Michael: Guitarist / songwriter Michael Paul returns to NSAI with another installment in the Secret of the Strings series entitled "The Power of Melody."  How many different melodies could there possibly be?  How can we learn a popular melody quickly and improvise on it?  What can we do to inspire and create our own melodies?  It’s all as easy as 1, 2, 3 and on Thursday August 27th join us as Michael shows us how.

Michael explained, "The beautiful thing about understanding the elements is that we can use them to break a piece of music down into smaller, more manageable parts.  More often than not, practicing the elements is what inspires me to pull them all together and create something new."

The Secret of the Strings series is tailor made for guitar and bass players and revolves around a

 tuning concept called perfect fourths (P4).  Michael points out that the system unifies the way we look at both of these instruments while making guitar up to three times easier to understand.  It's not required that attendees tune in P4 at this workshop although Michael will encourage everyone to try it at least once to see the natural flow of music across the neck.

Michael said, "Form meets function is the best way to explain P4.  In music we have many different melodic and harmonic forms to deal with.  Countless scales, intervals, triads, 7th chords, 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, etc...  The list seems endless.  The beauty of P4 is that anything you learn on one part of the neck, can be played exactly the same way everywhere the neck. In traditional tuning we can do this moving up and down the neck ( toward the head or body ) but not across the neck.  Moving across the neck in traditional tuning means learning everything in

triplicate, and 1/3 of this is P4."

Michael's book Secret of the Strings was a 25 year work in progress that he first published in 2005 after the release of his rock opera Flying Thru the Fish Bowl.  After graduating with a Recording Industry & Music degree from MTSU, Michael pulled the pieces of his life's work and experience together into these two colossal projects.  Since that time, the book has gone into it's third edition and is now a series of individual lessons, each accompanied by a play-along


Michael said, "I had to put the opera on the back burner long enough to get the book done as my goal was to release them at about the same time.  The whole opera was written in P4 so it can be used to supply students of the method with about forty song examples in various styles.  Since every edition of the book gets closer to my vision for it, I assume that it means I'm getting pretty close to taking the show on the road."

 Michael teaches at Shuff's Music in historic downtown Franklin and at his home studio in Brentwood, TN. The lessons are designed to fit all age groups and skill levels and Michael applies his expertise in music and the recording industry in what he calls Studio Session

Music Lessons.

Michael said, "When students are faced with the prospect of coming to class and recording what

they learned last week, they are much more likely to practice.  On top of that, they all walk away with a record of all that they have learned, and proof that when it's applied, the theory becomes music."



Tuesday, August 25, 2009, is Pitch to Publisher Night at the Nashville workshop with Eddie Tidwell from Muy Bueno Music.

About Eddie: Being a Nashville native, Eddie Tidwell grew up very aware of where songs really come from.  He was able to read newspaper articles and interviews about the writers of hit songs, not just the artists.

While at Middle Tennessee State University, Eddie secured an internship at the small music publishing company The Writer’s Group where the first songwriters he met were some of the writers he had read about;  Thom Schuyler, Paul Overstreet, and Fred Knobloch.  At The Writer’s Group, these songwriting heroes became his teachers and mentors.

After 20 years and stints at various publishing companies, Eddie is still thrilled to work everyday with songwriters, the creative backbone of the music industry.  Today he is the Vice President of Creative Services for Muy Bueno Music Group.

Muy Bueno Music Group is one of the few independent music publishers remaining in Nashville.  The company was started by George Strait and his manager Erv Woolsey just as Strait began his recording career in the early 1980s.  While publishing dozens of recordings by Strait, including ASCAP Most Performed Country Song of 2000 “Write This Down,” Muy Bueno has also established itself firmly in the Nashville music community with cuts by a broad spectrum of country artists from George Jones and Alan Jackson to up and coming new artists such as Bucky Covington and Trent Tomlinson.

Thursday, August 13, 2009, is Pro Teacher Night at the Nashville workshop with Brent Baxter- "But I'm Only a Lyricist".

About Brent: Brent Baxter grew up writing short stories in his small hometown of Batesville, Arkansas.  However, it wasn’t until his sophomore year at Arkansas State University that he first discovered songwriting.  Back home over Christmas break, a friend put a melody to a poem Brent had written, and he was hooked.

Brent sharpened his songwriting skills while earning both a bachelor and masters degree in business (MBA).  During that time, he was also active in his local NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association) chapter.  Following college, he joined the local songwriting community while working his day job at a telecommunications company in Little Rock, Arkansas.  In March of 2002, Brent traded his cubicle for a rented room in Nashville.  When he wasn’t waiting tables or working in the royalty/administration department of Bluewater Music, he was writing songs and meeting with publishers.

Brent’s first cut came in early 2004, as “Monday Morning Church” was recorded by Alan Jackson.  The song went on to become a top five hit.  In early 2005, Brent signed his first publishing deal, becoming a staff songwriter for Major Bob Music.  That deal yielded cuts by Randy Travis, Lonestar, and Lady Antebellum, among others.

Brent currently writes for a joint venture of Peer Music and RPM Music, and that deal has yielded cuts by Ray Stevens, Randy Kohrs, and others.  He also runs a website dedicated to teaching the craft of songwriting:


“Monday Morning Church” recorded by Alan Jackson on the Arista Records album, “What I Do,” released September 2004.  Single released October 11, 2004, and reached #5 on Billboard and #4 on Radio & Records.

“Ring On The Bar” recorded by John Pierce on RCA Records in 2005.

“Every Head Bowed” recorded by Randy Travis on the Warner Bros. album, “Around The Bend,” released summer 2008.  The album won a 2009 Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Country Album Of The Year.  The album was also nominated for Country Album Of The Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

“A Woman Scorned” recorded by Lady Antebellum as a bonus track on their Capitol Nashville album, “Lady Antebellum,” released April 2008.

“Last Night Last” recorded by Lady Antebellum as a bonus track on their Capitol Nashville album, “Lady Antebellum,” released April 2008.

“Tough” recorded in 2008 by Lonestar for their upcoming album.

“Right Reverend Roadhog McGraw” recorded by Ray Stevens on his Clyde Records album, “One For The Road,” released Summer 2009.

“Sunday Clothes” recorded by Grammy-winning bluegrass artist, Randy Kohrs, on his upcoming Rural Rhythms Records album.

“Right Reverend Roadhog McGraw” recorded by Ray Stevens on his Clyde Records album, “A Funny Thing Happened In Church Today,” to be released in Christian bookstores Summer 2009.

“Always Better” recorded by Canadian country artist, Kal Hourd, on his upcoming E1 Entertainment album, Summer 2009.

“Pink” recorded by Canadian country artist, Kal Hourd, on his upcoming E1 Entertainment album, Summer 2009.


Thursday, August 6, 2009, is Critique Night at the Nashville workshop with Greg Gallo from Greg Gallo Creative Services.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009, is Christian Critique Night at the Nashville workshop with Michael Puryear.

About Michael: Michael Puryear has 25 years in the Music Industry, both as Music Publisher and Songwriter.  As a Music Publisher during this time he has worked with such diverse writers as Marcus Hummon (God Bless the Broken Road/Ready to Run/Only Love), Steven Curtis Chapman (Sparrow Records), Ginny Owens (Rocketown Records), Archie Jordan (Almost Like a Song/What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life), Chapin Hartford (Meet in the Middle), John Tirro (So Much for Pretending), Greg Nelson (People Need the Lord), Dick and Mel Tunney (Let There Be Praise/How Excellent is Thy Name), Scott Krippayne (Word Records/Spring Hill Records), Kyle Matthews (We Fall Down/If You Want Me To), Brian White (The Promise/If You’re Goin’ Thru Hell) Billy Smiley (Whiteheart), Michael Anderson (Maybe It Was Memphis) and Dwight Liles (We Are an Offering/Proclaim the Glory of the Lord).  Michael has had his own songs recorded by Ginny Owens, Diamond Rio, The Martins, Larnelle Harris, Point of Grace, Glen Campbell, Gaither Vocal Band, Avalon, Brian Littrell, Ricky Skaggs, Truth, Jim Ed Brown, Billy Jo Spears, Gold City Quartet, Jim Nabors (Gomer) Michael Peterson, Jessy Dixon, The Singing Americans, Aaron Tippen, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Clay Crosse, John Conlee,  and Dallas Holm among others.  He received a Dove Award as a songwriter for “If We Only Had the Heart” by Bruce Carroll.  Michael’s own Final Four Music list cuts by The Oak Ridge Boys, Donnie McClurkin, Michael W. Smith, Jessica Simpson, MN8, Vince Gill, Michael English, Bob Carlisle, Aaron-Geoffrey, Babbie Mason, Mark Lowry, Grover Levy, Ce Ce Winans, Alvin Slaughter, Take 6 and Rachel Lampa among many more. He celebrated ASCAP’s Christian Publisher of the Year in 2001 as VP, BMG Gospel Division:  Worked with Universal Music Publishing in a Joint Venture to establish their 1st Christian Music Division:  As a consultant to Integrity Music as well as Opryland Music Group for veteran Jerry Bradley.

A graduate of Leadership Music 2002, GMA member, NARAS member, Michael has been a featured speaker/panelist for Nashville Songwriter’s Assn., Taxi, Austin Songwriter’s Group, Centricity Artist/Writer Seminar and Gospel Music’s Seminar in the Rockies (24 consecutive years) and GMA week. Michael has 3 sons, Dylan, Jordan and Brennan; a beautiful wife, Jan, and dogs Stoney (German Shepherd) and Sasha (Alaskan Malamute).  Bootsie the cat runs the household.


Thursday, July 30, 2009, is Guest Speaker Night at the Nashville workshop with Billy Montana.

About Billy: Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Billy Montana’s talent for tapping into powerful emotions in the songs that he writes has led to a string of hits and awards for some of country music’s biggest stars.  Montana’s "Number 1" credits include Garth Brooks’ record-breaking single, “More Than A Memory”, Sara Evans’ smash “Suds in the Bucket”, and the Grammy-nominated “Bring On the Rain”, recorded by Jo Dee Messina.

Once an agriculture major at Cornell University who dreamed of owning and operating an apple farm in upstate New York, Montana elected to sow seeds of a different sort in the songs he writes and records. A diverse group of artists have recorded Montana's songs, including Garth Brooks, Sara Evans, Jo Dee Messina, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Sister Hazel, BlackHawk, Kenny Rogers, Lee Ann Womack, and Pat Green.

As a recording artist, Montana's album No Yesterday was recognized by USA Today, which characterized him as "a wonderful songwriter." Country Weekly described his music as "a common man's wisdom voiced in an uncommon manner." Montana draws heavily from his rural background for inspiration, resulting in music that is refreshingly eloquent, simple and honest. “You can’t just wait for inspiration…my job is to say things that have been said a million times in a way that they’ve never been said before,” says Montana.

Montana also wrote "Friends for Life" for the animated MGM movie release of the Mark Twain classic Tom Sawyer. Montana’s own records have achieved special distinctions including the single "A Clean Mind and Dirty Hands," which was awarded “Song of the Year” in 1996 by Farm Journal as the song best depicting genuine farm life.

After graduating from Cornell University, Montana supported his wife and three kids by working on a vegetable farm. Although life wasn’t easy, he didn’t give up his dream of songwriting. “When you’re sitting up there on top of the tractor knockin’ down corn stalks, your mind wanders…I got a lot of great song ideas out there on that farm!” says Montana. After seven years of farm work, Montana finally landed a deal with Warner Brothers Publishing, which “opened the doors to Nashville” for him. Montana moved his family to Nashville in 1988 to pursue the songwriting dream full-time.

Montana caught the attention of five-time Grammy winner and renowned producer Brent Maher and Moraine Music and was signed to a songwriting deal in 1994. In 2000, several years after the song was actually written, Montana finally got his big break when Jo Dee Messina cut his song “Bring On The Rain”. The song started out with very little chart success. When the song was re-released on September 10, 2001, the timing couldn’t have been better. After the events of September 11, 2001, the song immediately jumped onto the charts. “I think 9/11 made everyone in the mass media become more sensitive to what was actually being played on the airwaves…the first time I heard it on the radio was a few days after the tragedy. I was pulling into my driveway under our big American flag and I just broke down…it was so powerful,” says Montana.

The Grammy-nominated "Bring on the Rain", recorded by Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw, was both a country and AC hit. Jo Dee Messina says, “It’s one of my favorite songs…with hope hidden under layers of trouble…these guys [Montana and Darling] put their guts on a piece of paper and it just hit home for so many people."

Montana scored another hit when he and Jenai wrote Sara Evans’ smash “Suds in the Bucket”, the most performed song by a female artist in 2005. “We were looking to write an up-tempo story song…with country language…I felt like that title sort of fell out of the sky,” says Montana.

Most recently, Montana showcased his writing skills in Garth Brooks’

[NSAI's Nashville Workshop meets each Thursday at the NSAI Office at 1710 Roy Acuff Place (in the Music Mill at the corner of Roy Acuff & 18th Ave. South) from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.]

Thursday, July 23, 2009, is Pitch to Publisher Night at the Nashville workshop with Bobby Rymer from Montage Music Group.

About Bobby: Bobby Rymer is Head of Publishing for Montage Music Group. Before joining Montage, Rymer most recently helmed his own publishing company, Rymer Music Group. Prior to that, he was VP/GM of the Nashville office of Almo/Irving/Rondor, where he had the privilege of working with a staff of eight employees and 22 writers, including Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Anthony Smith, Annie Roboff, Marty Stuart, Craig Wiseman, and others. Before joining the publishing world, Rymer worked in A&R at Capitol Records/Nashville.

He is a member of ACM, CMA, NARAS as well as a volunteer with St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Music, Class of 2002.


Thursday, July 16, 2009, is Guest Speaker Night at the Nashville workshop with Melissa Ellen and "Style and Delivery for Singing Songwriters".

This workshop is geared toward songwriters who perform their songs live and are not necessarily 'singers'. It's for those who may even hire demo singers, but still want to perform their own material with confidence.

About Melissa: With more than 18 years of experience as a teacher, singer and performer, Melissa taught at Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta for over 13 years, with many celebrity clients such as Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20, Usher and TLC, just to name a few.  She has now brought her vast experience to Nashville.  As a performer, Melissa has shared the stage with major recording artists, such as Toni Braxton, Caron Wheeler, India Arie, and Geoff McBride. Since arriving in Nashville in 2007, she has performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra Celebration Chorus, the Settles Connection, and Melinda Doolittle, and is now coaching country music star, Joe Nichols.

As a vocal coach, along with addressing standard fundamental singing techniques like breath support, range, tone quality, projection, proper practice techniques, and vocal health and maintenance, Melissa has the experience to assist her students and songwriter clients with style development, performance and delivery.  She helps her students overcome obstacles that hinder them from realizing their full potential.

Melissa has vast knowledge of and continued involvement in the music business.  Melissa was one of only six delegates chosen to represent the Recording Academy as a music industry panelist at the first ever Grammy Conference in Beijing, China, 2004. She is a proud voting member of the Grammys, NARAS*, as well as SHOF*/ NAPM*, NFAA*. Her writer affiliation is ASCAP*.  She has received awards for her teaching and songwriting and co-managed a booking agency -- all of which allow her to educate her students regarding the general ‘how to’ of making a living in the music industry.

Thursday, July 9, 2009, is Critique Night at the Nashville workshop with Dan Hodges of Dan Hodges Music.

About Dan: Born in the Washington, D.C area and raised in Nashville, Dan Hodges has built a creditable reputation as a music industry professional over the past 15 years. After receiving his degree in music business, at Middle Tennessee State University, he immediately began his career as manager of BMG Music Publishing’s catalog and tape room. After showing a diligence to “get the job done” and competence in many areas, including his exceptional ability to cast songs for various artists, Dan was ultimately promoted to Professional Manager. Having flourished in that position, in 1997 Dan completed a successful five-year stint at BMG.

Always looking for opportunities that allow him to grow professionally, Dan set out to increase his contacts and experience by accepting a position as Creative Director for legendary R&B producer/publisher Rick Hall’s company, Fame Music Publishing.

In 1999, following a successful run at Fame, Dan was hired by Hall of Fame Songwriter and veteran publisher Roger Murrah, becoming Creative Director of Murrah Music Corporation. Dan’s tenure with Murrah was briefly interrupted, while he took some time to help form Create Real Music, an independent publishing company which he eventually left. With encouragement from Murrah, Dan returned. As part of his new alliance with Murrah Music, he formed his own publishing company, Large Opportunity Music, along with an independent song plugging service, through which he represented a number of additional clients.  In January of 2005, Dan dissolved his independent songplugging service and went to work full-time at Murrah Music Corporation and held the position of Vice President, Creative until April 2008.

Dan Hodges Music opened its doors on April 15, 2008.  Operating from just off the round-a-bout on world famous Music Row, DHM will build music careers and catalogs in conjunction with its clients through the development of their songs and networking of their writers.

Dan has successfully placed songs on albums generating over 8 million units in sales throughout his career.  Among those songs are the hits “Where Would You Be” by Martina McBride and “I’m A Survivor” by Reba McEntire, which became the theme song for her hit television show, Reba. He was also responsible for pairing artist Rachel Proctor with songwriter Chris Tompkins for cowriting, resulting in Rachel’s hit single and video “Me and Emily.”  Dan’s Large Opportunity Music is also enjoying recent success with Billy Currington’s 3 week #1 and ASCAP 2008 Song of the Year “Good Directions” and songs recorded by Lila McCann, Blaine Larsen, Kenny Rogers, Clay Walker, The Isaacs, Carmen Rasmusen, Andy Griggs, Buddy Jewell, Jill King, Little Texas, Dianna Corcoran (Sony, Australia), Jill Johnson (Lionheart Records, Sweden), Pinmonkey and Donna Ferra (Canada, upcoming single, “The Red Dress”), as well as two songs on Martina McBride’s “Waking Up Laughing”, her newest album release.   

As a result of Dan’s efforts, other songs have been recorded by George Jones, Buddy Jewell, Colin Raye, Jeff Bates, Dean Brody, Blake Wise, Lauren Lucas, Tracy Lawrence, Ricky Van Shelton, Doug Stone, John Anderson, South 65, Keith Harling, Chad Brock, Shannon Brown, and Mark Chesnutt.

In addition to his success at placing songs, Dan has proven that he has an exceptional skill in discovering talented songwriters before they happen.  Among those Dan has discovered and signed to their first publishing deals are Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins (cowriters who penned ASCAP 2007 Song of the Year “Before He Cheats” for Carrie Underwood), Victoria Banks (sole writer of the Sara Evans smash “Saints and Angels”) and most recently, Rachel Thibodeau (the writer of the 3 week #1 and ASCAP 2008 Song of the Year “Good Directions” for Billy Currington as well as 2 songs for Martina McBride).

Dan, his wife Susan, and their children, Josie, Lillian and Galen reside in the Nashville area.

[NSAI's Nashville Workshop meets each Thursday at the NSAI Office at 1710 Roy Acuff Place (in the Music Mill at the corner of Roy Acuff & 18th Ave. South) from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.]

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, is Christian Pitch to Publisher Night at the Nashville workshop with Rick Shelton from Daywind Publishing.

[Bring your song on CD or cassette, two lyric sheets and your membership card. For complete details on how to prepare your song for submission click here.

About Rick: Rick Shelton currently serves the Southern Gospel music industry and the church print market as Director of Publishing for Daywind Music Group. He developed a keen sense of anticipating audience response as an artist, music minister, Christian television producer, and music director at Salem Communication’s Solid Gospel Radio Network. This distinctive background prepared him to serve as Director of Publishing at Centergy Music until he accepted his present position.  He has secured more than 1200 recordings for Daywind’s staff of exceptional writers, which includes Marty Funderburk, Dianne Wilkinson, Gerald Crabb, John Darin Rowsey, Justin Rivers and Ronny Hinson. Rick resides in Nashville.

[NSAI's Nashville Workshop meets each Thursday at the NSAI Office at 1710 Roy Acuff Place (in the Music Mill at the corner of Roy Acuff & 18th Ave. South) from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.]

Thursday, July 2, 2009, is Pro Teacher Night at the Nashville workshop with Brian White and "Song Analysis".

About Brian: Born and raised in Cincinnati,Ohio, Brian picked up the guitar in his teens and played in a Christian pop/rock band in college. Majoring in electronic communications, he graduated planning on a career in radio broadcasting, but a part-time job as a youth pastor in a small town outside of Cincinnati soon became the focus of his life. Brian spent 10 years in youth and music ministry, writing songs as a sideline before showing his songs to anyone in the music industry. He found immediate sucess, and by the late 80's had established himself as a premier songwriter with the Benson Music Group, now know as Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing. He has written for such artist as Avalon,4 Him, Point of Grace, Brian Littrell,Selah, The Crabb Family,All Star United, Greg Long,Larnelle Harris, Jaci Velasquez, Cliff Richard and many others. His writing has earned him eleven number 1 songs as well as 2 Dove Awards, one for Inspirational Song of the Year in 1994 for "Holding Out Hope to You", recorded by Michael English and the other for Southern Gospel Song of the Year in 2004 for 'The Promise" recorded by the Martins. Delighted with the success that other artist were having with his songs, Brian nonetheless felt a call to do more, which led to the formation of Brian White and Justice. After recording 5 albums and spending 14 years on the road in full time touring and ministry he came off the road to spend more time writing and ministering on a local level. He currently is a staff writer for Universal/Brentwood Benson Music Publishing in Nashville. In recent days he has expanded his writing into the country market and has found success there as well with songs being recorded by country super star Trace Adkins as well as Terri Clark, Neal McCoy, Earl Scruggs, Blackhawk and the multi-week 1 Smash, "Watching You" for Rodney Atkins which was named SESAC Country Song of the Year at the recent Awards Dinner. The song continues to be a fan favorite and a radio smash as it earned the title of "Most Played Country Song of 2007" as well as just being nominated for SONG OF THE YEAR honors at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards, held in Las Vegas on May 18th. Add to that yet another Dove Award Nomination for 2008 Country Song of the Year for "James White", a song recorded by country legend Earl Scruggs, and you have a man whose songs cross the lines that so many tend to draw. Brian is a man of passion and it shows thru in everything he does. Brian makes his home in Hermitage,Tn. 

[NSAI's Nashville Workshop meets each Thursday at the NSAI Office at 1710 Roy Acuff Place (in the Music Mill at the corner of Roy Acuff & 18th Ave. South) from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.]


Thursday, June 25, 2009
, is Pro Teacher Night at the Nashville workshop with Jason Blume and "Cuts In Different Genres.

About Jason: Jason Blume is one of the few writers to ever have songs on the Country, Pop, and R & B charts – all at the same time. His songs are on albums and videos that have sold more than 50 million copies -- with two cuts by Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, recordings by Jesse McCartney, a #1 R & B video by J’Son, five cuts by country star Collin Raye, and recordings by artists including the Gipsy Kings, John Berry, Steve Azar, and the Oak Ridge Boys. His top five single, “Change My Mind” received a BMI Million-Air Award for more than one million airplays.


On television, his songs have been heard on shows including “Scrubs,” “Friday Night Lights,” the “Miss America Pageant,” “The Guiding Light,” "Dangerous Minds," "Fame," “Entertainment Tonight," Emmy-Award winning "Whatever Happened to Childhood," and Emmy-nominated, "Down For the Count." His film credits include Disney's "First Kid," Jamie Kennedy’s “Kickin It Old Skool,” Disney’s “Kim Possible,” “Barbie of Swan Lake,” and Jesse McCartney Live.


Jason is the author of, “6 Steps to Songwriting Success: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs,” “Inside Songwriting,” and “This Business of Songwriting” – three of the best-selling songwriting books of all time—all published by Billboard Books. He also produced the acclaimed instructional CD series, “Writing Hit Melodies with Jason Blume” and “Writing Hit Lyrics with Jason Blume” and teaches songwriting and artist development workshops for BMI and NSAI throughout the U.S. and internationally. Blume is one of the nation’s most respected songwriting teachers. His presentations are dynamic, entertaining, and inspirational as well as educational.


Additional information can be found at

[NSAI's Nashville Workshop meets each Thursday at the NSAI Office at 1710 Roy Acuff Place (in the Music Mill at the corner of Roy Acuff & 18th Ave. South) from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.]

Thursday, June 18, 2009, is Pitch to Publisher Night at the Nashville workshop with Daniel Lee from Ten Ten Music.

[Bring your song on CD or cassette, two lyric sheets and your membership card. For complete details on how to prepare your song for submission click here.

[NSAI's Nashville Workshop meets each Thursday at the NSAI Office at 1710 Roy Acuff Place (in the Music Mill at the corner of Roy Acuff & 18th Ave. South) from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.]

Thursday, June 11, 2009
, is Guest Speaker Night at the Nashville workshop with singer/songwriters Lynn Gillespie Chater and Kerry Chater..

About Lynn: Lynn Gillespie Chater began her love of songwriting when, at the age of ten, her parents gave her a guitar.  Mixing that gift with singing in church choirs and school choral groups soon brought her to crafting songs of her own, and also brought her to Nashville.

In 1987, Lynn got her first songwriting break when Highway 101 recorded, "I Can't Love You Baby" on their successful Paint The Town CD.  Restless Heart followed that with their recording of "Hometown Boy" on their Matters Of The Heart CD.

In the late '80's, Lynn married Kerry Chater, hit writer of the Grammy winning song, "I.O.U." and the two started writing together.  Twenty-three years later, their years of collaboration produced songs recorded by dozens of artists including the triple platinum selling Mindy McCready (Ten Thousand Angels CD), Anne Murray, Lorrie Morgan, Paul Brandt, Jessica Andrews, Eddy Raven, Highway 101, Donna Ulisse and Restless Heart in the United States, and include international artists in more than a dozen foreign countries.

Recently, Lynn and Kerry Chater started their own music publishing company, Chater Songs, and had Jessica Andrew's first single, "You Go First (Do You Wanna Kiss)" on her debut DreamWorks Records CD.  That song was picked to advertise the #1 Universal Pictures comedy, "Forces Of Nature" starring Ben Afleck and Sandra Bullock.  Donna Ulisse followed that with the song, "She Goes Sailing," on her debut Bluegrass CD.

From 2007 to 2008, the Chaters spent a year writing two Christian Musicals:  a new take on the Christmas story called, "Mes-si-ah," and a modernized version of the Passion story titled, "The Seven Days Of Christ."  Both musicals were performed in Nashville.

Lynn has been a member of NSAI since 1982, and is the longest serving member of the Legislative Committee, participating on that committee continuously since 1986, and Chairing it in 1992.  For the past 21 years, Lynn has been traveling to Washington D.C. to lobby for copyright protection, and has been active in six pieces of legislation passed into law by Congress to aid songwriters.

Lynn has served on the Steering Committee of the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA), the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the Legislative Committee of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and is a member of GMA, CMA, and NMPA.  Lynn and her husband, Kerry, live in Brentwood, TN.

About Kerry: Canadian born Kerry Chater’s childhood is filled with memories of hours spent at the piano, both studying and playing for fun.  In those years, he was given extensive private education in music composition, theory and choral arranging, and his love for music was born.

Chater began his professional musical career in 1967 when he helped form the rock band, “Gary Puckett and The Union Gap,” and for the next four years, was that group’s bass player, back-up singer and arranger.  He also wrote for the group, and many of his songs can be heard on their albums.

In 1970, Chater left the band to pursue a career in songwriting.  By 1975, Chater was ready to continue his music education and, for the next five years, was one of a small group of students accepted for study of musical theater by Lehman Engel, then considered to be the dean of American Musical Theater.

Even as his studies continued, Chater pressed on with his songwriting and, in 1978, teamed up with legendary Country songwriters Rory Bourke and Charlie Black to write, “I Know A Heartache When I See One.”  The Jennifer Warnes’ recording of that song climbed well into both the Pop and Country charts on it’s way to becoming the first of five BMI Million Broadcast Performance songs penned by Chater.

In 1983, Chater collaborated with singer/songwriter Dickey Lee to write, “You’re The First Time I’ve Thought About Leaving” which became a #1 single for Reba McEntire, and then, in 1984, Chater received a Grammy Nomination for Lee Greenwood’s #1 recording of the song, “I.O.U.” which Chater co-wrote with Austin Roberts.  “I.O.U.” has since gone on to be honored with BMI’s Two Million Broadcast Performances Award.

George Strait jumped on the Chater ‘Song Wagon’ when he recorded, “You Look So Good In Love” and that song became a #1 Country hit.  Jamie Foxx recently sang his rendition of “You Look So Good In Love” for the nationally televised All Star Salute To George Strait, to celebrate George being named Artist of the Decade by the ACM.  In 1989, Alabama, also named Artist of the Decade, took Chater’s song, “If I Had You” to #1 status, giving Chater his fifth time at that cherished chart position.

To date, over twenty of Chater’s songs have produced significant chart activity, and he has songs on over fifteen platinum and multi-platinum CDs and twenty-five gold CDs.  Chater has received sixteen BMI Performance Awards, and CMA’s #1 Award for “You Look So Good In Love.”

In 1987, encouraged by his love of Country music, Chater moved to Nashville where he met and married his wife and writing partner, Lynn Gillespie.  Together, they write and publish their own works, which include Country and Christian music.

Chater is a graduate of Nashville’s prestigious Leadership Music Program and resides with his wife in Brentwood, TN.


Thursday, June 4, 2009, is Critique Night at the Nashville workshop with Bob Dellaposta and Bruce Miller.

About Bob: Bob Dellaposta was the Co-founded Silver Spring Music Publishing (BMI) and On The Row Music Publishing (ASCAP) in 1989. Currently the President and Owner of My 3 Kids Music Publishing (BMI) founded in 1994 with world wide success and Muy Bambinos Music(ASCAP).

Bob is a professional songwriter member, Adopt A Shop Pro for NSAI and workshop moderator with the organization for the past 15 years. He is also the current president of The Nashville Publisher's Network. Bob has over 1300 songs recorded all over the world. Gold Record in Denmark (Ann Taylor) Platinum Record in Greece (Hi-5). #1 Jazz Album on I-Tunes Canada (Sophie Milman) cuts by Clinton Gregory, Western Flyer, Emerson Drive (12 Gauge), Becky Hobbs and Bobby Vinton to name a few. He has songs placed in television and movies including Touchstone's FELICITY, New Line Cinemas HIGHROLLER-THE STU UNGAR STORY, ABC's ALL MY CHILDREN ,A&E SONS OF HOLLYWOOD and The BBC's Singing With The Enemy.

Bob’s musical background includes touring nationally with MEDUSA as a trumpet player, writer and arranger in the early 70’s-Writer, horn player and arranger for the nationally known swing band BadaBing BadaBoom, from 1995 to 2003. He has a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University, Pennsylvania and has 17 years teaching experience in public and private schools as Marching and Concert Band Director, Musical Director, Voice Coach, Choral Director, and general class room instructor and currently teaches Intro and Advanced Music Publishing.

About Bruce: With the recent release of his critically acclaimed debut CD ‘Already Somebody’, Bruce Michael Miller adds "artist" to his credits as a studio and touring guitarist and vocalist. He has performed with such notables as Paul McCartney, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Laura Branigan, The Standells, John Densmore, and many others and has been part of many original bands and projects. In January, 2004 he won the Terri Clark Nashville Song Search with his crossover song “Ain’t Going Crazy”. Also recently he had a song recorded by country singer Steve Holy on Curb records. Bruce’s songs have been featured in motion pictures, performed internationally by other artists, and he has scored movie soundtracks.


As a singer/songwriter, he has performed at many top venues including the Bluebird Cafe, the Exit/In, the Sweetwater, the Golden Bear, the Roxy, as well as many others.  In February, 2004 he hosted the “Songwriter Sessions” for NPR with fellow songwriters Kathy Hussey and Wood Newton.  Originally from Ohio, Bruce currently resides in Nashville with his wife, poet Patricia Alice Albrecht, and fiddle prodigy son Forest. He continues to perform, write and produce music and is currently lead guitarist with Delicious Blues Stew, a Cajun, Zydeko, and Louisiana Blues Band. He is currently working on his new CD “All Work and No Play”.




Tuesday, June 2, 2009, is Guest Speaker Night at the Nashville Christian workshop with James Elliott.

About James: James Isaac Elliott is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Songwriting in the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University. Also an award-winning songwriter, Elliott’s compositions have appeared on more than 10 million records by such artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Schultz, Russ Lee, The Talleys, The Florida Boys, Newsong, Shenandoah, and The Oak Ridge Boys.  His collaborations with Steven Curtis Chapman include “Believe Me Now,” “The Change,” “Hold On To Jesus,” “My Redeemer Is Faithful and True,” and the Dove-award winning “His Eyes.”

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