Music Education

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Featured Contributors

Discover the music business insiders who have contributed to the MSH community.
Marc-Alan Barnette

Marc-Alan Barnette

Contributing Songwriter

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About Marc-Alan Barnette


Marc-Alan Barnette is an original. A self-proclaimed “square peg in a round hole,” Barnette has emerged with a unique musical sound that is in his own words, “not totally country and not totally...


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Janine Le Clair

Janine Le Clair

Contributing Music Artist

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About Janine Le Clair


Soulful Country recording artist, Janine Le Clair is a world class talent and an international award winning vocalist. A dual citizen of her native Canada and later naturalized Australia; in 2008; she...


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Deanna Walker

Deanna Walker

Contributing Songwriter

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About Deanna Walker


Deanna Walker is the founder and director of the Blair Songwriting Program at Vanderbilt University where she teaches several songwriting classes per semester (college as well as continuing ed. classes...


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Rick Barker

Rick Barker

Contributing Industry Professional

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About Rick Barker


I am a husband, father of two and am very blessed to have been able to make a career out of something I have loved for as long as I can remember “Music.” I am a Personal Manager, Marketing Consultant,...


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LOCASH

LOCASH

Contributing Music Artist

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About LOCASH


It’s an exciting time to be LOCASH these days. That might very well be one of the biggest understatements in Nashville these days. Already in their career, the duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have...


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Rich Redmond

Rich Redmond

Contributing Musician

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About Rich Redmond


Rich Redmond is a top call recording drummer/percussionist based in Nashville and Los Angeles. Rich’s versatile, dynamic, and rock solid drumming is the sound behind many of today's top talents. Rich...


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Victoria Shaw

Victoria Shaw

Contributing Songwriter

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About Victoria Shaw


Victoria Shaw. If you’ve listened to music at all during the past two decades—and honestly, who hasn’t?—chances are Victoria’s talent has touched you. The Nashville-based, New York-born triple...


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Karl Braun

Karl Braun

Contributing Industry Professional

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About Karl Braun


Mr. Braun is a partner in Hall Booth Smith's Nashville office, where he specializes in various areas of litigation and transactional work. Beginning in early 1995, Mr. Braun’s litigation practice with...


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Michael Ray

Michael Ray

Contributing Music Artist

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About Michael Ray


From Eustis, FL, on tour now - single Think A Little Less - Listen on Spotify / iTunes http://smarturl.it/mraytall


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Byron Hill

Byron Hill

Contributing Songwriter

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About Byron Hill


Nashville songwriter Byron Hill has written songs released on seventy-seven RIAA certified Gold and Platinum albums and singles, earning ten ASCAP awards, thirty-two U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits,...


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Luis Espaillat

Luis Espaillat

Contributing Musician

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About Luis Espaillat


Luis Espaillat is a multi-faceted bassist and musician whose career has spanned many genres and taken him around the world. His unique sound can be heard in all forms of media from shows on network television...


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Barbara Cloyd

Barbara Cloyd

Contributing Songwriter

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About Barbara Cloyd


Few things are more exciting to Barbara than discovering and developing new talent. Her introductions have helped land publishing deals for now/successful songwriters including Barry Dean (“Pontoon”),...


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Videos

Exclusive video interviews with top music professionals.

Knowledge Articles

Helpful guides to successfully navigate the music industry.

Speaking the Language of Music

With every industry comes a set of wording that is specific to that field; the music business is no different.

Writer's Night Checklist

Do you know where the club is?Do you know the policy for playing?Do you know when and how you are supposed to check...

Nashville Moving Guide For Musicians

When I moved to Nashville in 2009, I had never visited TN. I had never even been to the south.

How to Make a Hit Song Through Collaboration

When thinking about a hit song, whether past or present, it may be easily unnoticed as to how many elements have built up in...

Singing with Emotion

One of the best definitions I’ve ever heard of music came from one of my college classes where a student defined music as,...

7 Self Promotion Tools

Promoting your music can be tricky when there are so many other talented artists and bands out there.

Becoming a Nashville Star

There is no real secret to being a star or getting a record deal in Nashville.

The Top 5 Lyric Pitfalls

I’m in my eighteenth year of teaching BMI’s Nashville Songwriters’ Workshop.