Song 8 – Sleepwalking to You

Sleepwalking to You” is the sensual, jazzy little number 8 on my album, Will. This song attempts to portray that eerie and remarkably real sense of being with someone while you dream about them.

Some dreams are hard to even remember at all, but then others are so vivid in their impressions that they’re uncanny. When you wake up, it feels like you really spent time with someone. In some cases, they might not even be alive (as we know it) anymore, or they may be far away, but you feel them in your dreams as if you’re unmistakably together in those timeless, placeless moments.

That’s why dreams are so fascinating; they seem to lift the veil of the physical and allow us to scratch the surface of the spiritual.

Thanks for listening to “”Sleepwalking to You.”

Sleepwalking to You

Climbing in through my dreams
You won’t let me forget you
Slinking right in between
My soft bed sheets and my muse
Lured and I succumb
Now it feels like I’m

(chorus)
Sleepwalking to you
Slippin’ out under the moon
Drowsily I harken
You call me through the darkness and I’m
Sleepwalking to you

Stalking me in my mind,
you echo like déjà vu
Glowing red neon signs speak
Pulling me back to you
Stretching through the shadows
You pull me through the willows

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
Drifting through the veil
Our spirits leave no trail
When our fingers touch
I never felt so much, so much

(repeat chorus)

Songwriter Angela Predhomme
©2015 Come Shine Music, SESAC

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Song 7 – Forgive Me for Not Forgiving You

Nelumno_nucifera flowerThis song is intense. It’s emotional, passionate, and intimate. In fact, it’s been a little surprising to me that “Forgive Me for Not Forgiving You” is one of the songs that people single out and comment on from my new release, Will.

Maybe people are drawn to the song’s rawness and sincerity. Maybe people wonder, “OMG, what did somebody DO that she can’t forgive?” Rather than go with the “poor me, I was wronged” angle, I’d like to share my outlook on this darker side of people. After all, we’ve all been treated unfairly in one way or another at some point, right? Some people in this world just don’t feel much empathy toward others.

Forgiveness is tricky. It’s the reason given by some stay in emotionally or physically abusive situations. It’s been the spiritual quality cited for “turning the other cheek” and accepting unacceptable behavior from people who know better. In these cases, I think it’s obvious that people have to save themselves and get away from a person who keeps hurting them. Forgiveness IS good, but from a very safe distance.

My take on it is this: I’m reluctant to forgive people who knowingly hurt others. I feel that poor treatment of others should never be tolerated or excused. However, I always keep in mind that their actions define THEM, not me. If someone chooses to behave in a lower way, then that’s a reflection of who they are. People’s characters are defined by the choices they make and they way they treat others. This is what I try to keep in mind with the meanies out there.

Thanks for listening to “Forgive Me for Not Forgiving You

Forgive Me for Not Forgiving You

Forgive me
for not forgiving you
It’s plain to see
You know what you do (yes you do)

I’m trying to heal
I don’t need point blank
I can’t bear the feel
Of your poison fangs

The slate’s not clean
And it’s broke in two
Forgive me
For not forgiving you

(Repeat last verse)

Songwriter Angela Predhomme
©2015 Come Shine Music, SESAC

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Song 6 – Vinyl Voodoo (feat. John E. Lawrence)

One of the coolest things about recording is getting to work with some really phenomenal musicians. This track, “Vinyl Voodoo,” features guitarist John E. Lawrence, who has a long and varied track record of impressive credits. For this song, I was going for a bluesy but a little exotic or African flavor to go with the voodoo idea in the lyrics.

Jim Predhomme, my brother, did a nice job with the drums and added percussion. I have to admit, it’s kind of fun to record things like claves and shakers! Overall, the song turned out to be something I’d describe as “like Carlos Santana goes to Haiti.” I like it. I think it’s cool.

About the lyrics, this is a venture into a little colorful storytelling, which isn’t generally my lyrical tendency, but I try to mix it up. The lyrics also pay tribute to some of the great music that’s come out of New Orleans. It combines the mysterious voodoo culture with a little music history. For example, there are 3 names mentioned in the lyrics: Dr. John is a well-known blues and jazz musician from the Big Easy. Snooks Eaglin is a hypnotizing blues guitarist singer-songwriter, who has since passed, but created some great work. Also hailing from New Orleans is the iconic songwriter Allen Toussaint.

New Orleans holds a special meaning for me. I can’t talk about it without mentioning my best friend from childhood, Traci. When we were in 9th grade, it broke both of our hearts when Traci’s family moved away to Louisiana, but I did get the chance to visit her after and experience New Orleans. It’s a captivating, one-of-a kind place, and I’m happy to have been able to see it!

Thanks for listening to Vinyl Voodoo.”

Vinyl Voodoo

(V1)
He likes the warm sound of vinyl, but his words are so cold
Got a thing for the music that’s old
The blues, his religion, and albums, his charms
He summons that guitar
And now I can’t do anything about it
I fight but I’m under his spell

(Chorus)
He spins that vinyl voodoo on me
He’s like a voodoo emcee (yeah)
He makes that needle talk
And all my senses spin and fall
I can’t resist those blues
His vinyl is voodoo

(V2)
His place smells of incense, and plants climb up the walls
In a frame, Dr. John’s down the hall
His cat is as black as a bayou new moon
I swear she feels my moods
And now I can’t do anything about it
I fight but I’m under his spell

(Repeat Chorus)

(Bridge)
Reclined on his couch
I melt to Toussaint
Then Snooks Eaglin comes on
And I’m gone

(Repeat Chorus)

Songwriter Angela Predhomme
©2015 Come Shine Music, SESAC

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Song 5 – Extra Day

Tuesday 9.5Don’t you wish you had more time? Wouldn’t it be great to have an extra day of the week when you could do whatever you want, spend it with whomever you choose, and not have to worry about anything else? I had this idea, and I thought it’d make a dandy little song. So, voila, here’s Extra Day, song #5 from my new album, Will.

It’d be great it if had been that easy to write this song! It went through several revisions, and it actually used to have a totally different chorus. After friends suggested to me that the whole song could be only about the extra day and nothing else, the song evolved into this final version, which I’m really happy with.

Probably the most fun part of recording this was a chance to work again with Scott Christopher, who’s playing the guitar on this track. Sure, I could have played it, but since he was my guitar teacher for years, and I love his clean, precise style, I knew that he’d do a very nice job. After all, Scott taught me how to play this kind of technique. A graduate of the prestigious Musicians Institute in LA, Scott  knows his stuff, and I can’t deny that he made a significant difference in my life path. When I was in lessons, he showed me the basics of chord structure in musical compositions, and then I was off and running. I already had a piano background, so it all made sense. Scott coached me on how to approach venue owners and book gigs. He offered to produce my music, and treated me like he really believed in me. Without his influence, my life with regards to music would probably be very different today. So thanks, Scott!

I hope you all enjoy this fun, sweet little song, “Extra Day”:

Extra Day

(Verse)
I want to make a new day
Between Tuesday and Wednesday
And bounce right out of the week
The clock would strike twelve, at last,
And we’d steal away so fast
A day for just you and me
Just like our own private island
‘Cause I need hours with you to extend

(Chorus)
I want an extra day for you
I’d love to side step time, just us
We could slip off nice and smooth
24 hours with my sweet crush
A new day for you

(Verse 2)
Feeling bright as a daisy
We’d show up on Wednesday
Without missing a beat
My heart would be fully fed
My thirst for you newly quenched
Our sweet secret to keep
I want to take you and withdraw
I want to pause the whole world because…

(bridge)
Our time is never enough
Let’s cross the date line and just run off
I need more you, but life just takes more me
Let’s jump into this opening

(repeat chorus)

Songwriter Angela Predhomme
©2015 Come Shine Music, SESAC

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Song 4 – Living in a Love Song

Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs. And what’s wrong with that? Love is the very fabric of our existence. It makes life worth living. It’s not uncommon to hear about people who accumulate wealth and enjoy great success in their field, but without love, their lives feel empty. Love is everything.

The fourth song on my new release is called “Living in a Love Song,” and yes, it’s a love song. I’ve been married for a long time now, and we have two amazing daughters. I’ve written a lot of love songs to date. But the weird thing is, I kept feeling like it’s so hard to truly capture the depth of a marriage and a life together in a 3-minute song. How can you put into words the way you feel about the person who’s been there for you through the good times and bad, through births, deaths, joy, pain and struggle, and who’s been there to share your life with you? Writing a love song that even begins to do this idea justice is a task I can only attempt to fulfill. It difficult to put into words the level of deep respect that results from a living rich life together.

My latest song to honor the loyalty, kindness and devotion of my husband, Chris, is “Living in a Love Song.” Everyone in a long-term relationship knows that it requires substantial effort and commitment, and Chris has been there for me when no one else has. I can always depend on him. What we’ve been through over the years is beyond words, but when it comes down to it, it’s like I’m living a love song.

Living in a Love Song

First it was her or me
Yes, I won. Guess I’m lucky
Playlists you made for us
Made me sigh and blush
Songs are only moments
But we go on and on

(Chorus)
It’s like we’re
Living in a love song on hit radio
Dancing through life in a top 40 show
Feeling every line as it’s ringing so true
Living in a love song with you

Back when things were shaky
Like the worst soap on TV
I had to turn right off
Every breakup song
But now that poor heartwrenching
Feels miles and miles from me
Because we’re

(Bridge)
Still, the best of songs just can’t capture this
monumental state of bliss

(Repeat Chorus 2x)

Songwriter Angela Predhomme
©2015 Come Shine Music, SESAC

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Song 3 – Let Her Go

Going over the songs in the studio before recording

Going over the songs in the studio before recording

The third song on my new album, Will, is called “Let Her Go.” This is a song about acceptance and unconditional love. One of the hardest things in life, I’ve found, is being OK with both others and ourselves. We all tend to be critical, and think things like, “Well, I wish that person would be more how I want them to be. They should act in a way I would act, and say and do things I approve of instead of that way they are.” About ourselves, unless we have a fabulous self-esteem, we tend to be very critical, too. I’m definitely my own worst critic. Everybody knows we “artistic” types often have extra sensitive, emotional natures, and that can be hard to live with, even for us.

So, this song, “Let Her Go,” is a musical venture into looking these challenges directly in the eye, questioning them, and suggesting to myself and others to let go of that unattainable ideal of our perceived perfection. After all, “perfection” is a word of judgment. Maybe what we see as flaws are just differences, and aren’t a bad thing at all. Life would be boring if we were all the same, right? Maybe our ways or ideas of “good” aren’t necessarily better. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. Now I just need to remember this the next time somebody really bugs me!

With the music for “Let Her Go,” I was going for a classic, old school R & B feel. When we went into the studio, what these musicians did just blew me away! They nailed it. Around the electric piano part I played, they pulled off a nice laid back groove you can sit back and sink into. Ted Brannon’s bass part here is my favorite on the whole album. He’s giving the song life and energy from the low end. John E. Lawrence’s rhythm guitar is always dead on in the pocket that Jim Predhomme (my brother) is holding down on the drums, and Johnny’s guitar solos are expressive and elegant, executed with the skill he’s well known for.

Thanks for listening to “Let Her Go.”

Let Her Go

You stay with me
And roll with all my ups and downs now
We sway roughly
But don’t fall overboard
You say it’s me
Uprising like a stormy sea
That easygoing girl you need is not here

Let her go
That girl’s not real, just illusion
Let her go
She’s nothing more than a sham
I’ll explode this fantasy that you want me to be
Just take me, the real me, for who I am

It tortures me
This passion that I overflow with
So forcefully
Raw energy pours out
You love me, but still I wish that I could be
Lighthearted and way more carefree
I need … to…

Let her go
That girl’s not real, just illusion
Let her go
She’s nothing more than a sham
I’ll explode this fantasy that I wish I could be
And love me, the real me, for who I am

It’s like I’m looking at a Vogue magazine
Can’t be perfection ‘cause that’s way too extreme

Let her go
That girl’s not real, just illusion
Let her go
She’s nothing more than a sham
I’ll explode this fantasy I don’t need me to be
And love me, the real me, for who I am

Songwriter: Angela Predhomme
© Copyright 2015 Come Shine Music, SESAC

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Song 2 – Natural

Iargo Springs in Oscoda, MichiganPhoto by Chris Farina

Oscoda, MI. Photo by Chris Farina

Song 2, “Natural,” on my new release, Will, is one of my favorite songs to perform live. I love playing this acoustic rhythm part, and the song just has a really nice laid back groove. It just feels good all around.

My inspiration for writing this was that feeling you get with someone when you just know it’s right. It’s natural. You’re meant to be together. It just flows, and easily comes back together, even after some bumps in the road. We all know those that we feel like are soul mates, and life is better with them. “Natural” is a love song, and it’s about the kind of relationship where there’s a deep understanding that goes beyond words. It’s natural. It’s laid back. Like the music, it just feels good all around.

Ironically, the song, “Natural,” did not come together naturally. I had the verse, but originally I had a totally different chorus melody, and it sounded like two different songs stuck together. That’s because it was. I was trying to make it work, but it was just weird. The way I write is like this: I get ideas for melodies, and then I record little rough versions of them. Sometimes I just put them together to compose the music of a complete song. But the original musical “feels” of the verse and chorus of my first idea were too different, so I totally scrapped the first chorus melody. I was back to square 1 (or square 2, since I had the verse).

Next, the very first melody idea that came to me as a continuation of the verse was the chorus melody that’s in the song now. It’s simple, but it’s… yes… natural! Even if it wasn’t my first try. But that’s OK. Writing is all about revising until you get it the best it can be. Just like relationships. You keep working on it. And the result is a union of souls that feels fulfilling and right, and it’s something you can be proud of. Love is a good thing. And a quality relationship is worth the effort and “revision,” just like this song.

Thanks for listening to “Natural.”

Natural
(verse)
Coming out of the rain
The bright horizon full frame
I slip right out of this skin
That was tattered and thin
To let you love me again

Without you, I survived
But good times felt so contrived
Now on some sweet wave of grace
You rode back my way
So I can love you again

(prechorus)
You and me, yeah we got it down
You see…

(chorus)
‘Cause it’s a 
Natural state
I love the 
Natural way we
Fall into place here
Together, naturally

(verse 2)
Fitting just like two spoons
Or voices in perfect tune
You and I are just right
Like a band so tight
We feel each other’s moves

(repeat prechorus and chorus)

(bridge)
You’re my right arm and I
Need you like butterflies need wings to be beautiful

(instrumental)
(repeat prechorus and chorus)

Songwriter: Angela Predhomme
© Copyright 2015 Come Shine Music, SESAC

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Song 1 – Friday Morning Sunrise

sunrise or sunset?One of my favorite songs of all time is “Imagine” by John Lennon. Its poignant message transcends the boundaries of politics, religion and all manmade devices that divide us. It’s deeply spiritual, as Lennon asks us to open our minds and think differently than the status quo that’s persisted for millennia.

And that’s great and all, but sometimes, well, a good song is just plain feel-good fun. Don’t you think? Keeping to the Beatles theme, songs like “Good Day Sunshine” served to balance out the more intense songs in the repertoire of this iconic band.

The first song on my new release is “Friday Morning Sunrise,” and it provides this same type of balance. It’s happy. It’s upbeat and positive. It’s fun, catchy, and undeniably optimistic. It opens my album, Will, like a friendly, cheerful “hello!” It just feels good.

I was inspired to write “Friday Morning Sunrise” by a specific event early last year. I had just found out that a song I had written (“So Easy”) would be used for a major ad campaign in eastern Europe (click here for ING video). Although I had this exciting news, my life looked no different, and no giant piles of money were in my hands. But I knew that my song would be heard by thousands, or maybe even a million people, and that was right around the corner. I felt like a sunrise on a Friday morning. Good days were just ahead. No matter what anybody (haters) said about my music, I felt successful.

Thanks for enjoying my song, “Friday Morning Sunrise“! The skillfully executed backing tracks are by guitarist/producer Cheyenne Medders.

Friday Morning Sunrise

It’s a bold new day
It all snaps in place
And I’ll pop this world wide open for me
It’s crazy
No matter what they say
I’m gonna make my way
Gonna bend my fate up, carrying me
They’ll see

I’ve logged some miles and covered ground
Paid my dues and now I. . . feel like a

(Chorus)
Friday morning sunrise
The good days just ahead
I feel this warm light shining from me
And I’ll make everything brightest yet

(Verse 2)
Got some rough plans made
But it’s come what may
Gonna jump on board to whatever hits me
We’ll see
Gonna hold my light
Through any haters’ spite
And I’ll stack this deck up purposefully
To a tee
I’ve got some skills and know-how down
And I’m wide open now and I. .  feel like a

(Repeat chorus)

(Bridge)
Nothing’s stopping me from rising
Higher, higher, higher
Come with me
Be free, completely

(Repeat chorus)

Songwriter: Angela Predhomme
© Copyright 2015 Come Shine Music, SESAC

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New music out!

After pages of notebooks with crossed out and rewritten lyrics, after frustrating times of writer’s block, after tons of weird voice memos of me singing into my phone, and after thoroughly enjoyable evenings of song critiques with friends and wine, I present my new songs to the world!

I decided to call the album “Will” because of the depth and conviction of that word. Our will is the most powerful thing we have, it’s unique to each of us, and no one can take it away. Our will enables us to make our lives whatever we choose. We’re in the driver’s seat. And even when it seems the cards are against us, we can turn things around in time with sheer will, commitment and perseverance.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been blessed with some success from my past music. But also, I’ve had difficult times and rejection, like everybody else. I’ve had people say all sorts of hurtful things and be less than supportive. But I believe in the music I make. And where there’s a will, there’s a way. I took what I’ve learned so far about songwriting and music and gave my all to each and every one of these songs, and I’m proud of them! Along the way, I learned new skills about music production, and I started working with some top notch musicians and producers.

With no further ado, here is my new album! Thanks for listening!

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In the coming weeks, look for a post every Wednesday about each song. Next week, I’ll post about the first song on the album, “Friday Morning Sunrise.”

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Sonicbids success story

I was flattered that Sonicbids, a popular site for musicians and promoters, published the following interview with me in their “success stories” blog:

Sonicbids Blog - Expert Music Career Advice For DIY Musicians

How to Get Your Music on the Big Screen as an Indie Songwriter: Advice From Angela Predhomme

Predhomme-2012-620px-horiz Photo by Chris Farina

Could you imagine being in a movie theater watching a great film, and all of a sudden, your music comes rushing in to complement the scene? Or imagine you’re at home watching one of your favorite TV shows, and there’s your voice, your guitar, your song! Angela Predhomme, a folk singer-songwriter from Michigan, has achieved that dream. She not only knows that amazing feeling, but she also knows the feelings of rejection, mistakes, and failure that come as part of the package when you choose to pursue a path in music. Still, she’s persevered and successfully submitted her music through Sonicbids for placements on NBC, PBS, and several big-name projects. Recently, we caught up with Predhomme to find out just what it takes to get your music on the big screen.

 

Through Sonicbids, your music has been extremely successful in being placed in music libraries, which has scored you sync placements in TV shows like NBC’s The Voice and TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Can you describe the details of the licensing process from the time you hit “submit” on the Sonicbids listing to when your music airs on TV?

From Sonicbids, my music was accepted into active music libraries. The way that they work is that once you’re in, you can keep sending material. So, I uploaded a lot of songs from my catalog to music libraries, along with instrumental versions (without vocals), because instrumental music is actually used more in TV. However, they don’t notify the artist/writer when a song is placed. For the background TV show placements, I didn’t know until I got my royalty statement, but then I could see the episode title, and I could look for future airings, or find the shows online.

 

What do you think it is about your songs that attract music supervisors? What’s on your checklist to make your music screen-ready?

Good question. I definitely keep my goals in mind from the writing process through recording and production. Certain things work well in film and TV, like lyrics about feelings rather than specific visual images, because those would clash with what’s on screen. For example, if I’m singing about sitting on the porch on a lazy day in a white wicker chair, it’s going to conflict with any visual scene that is not that. But if I’m singing about being excited or reluctant, happy or angry, that can go with many types of storylines and visuals. Different markets have different purposes, and writing for country music, for example, would be very different lyrically. So keeping my purpose and target market in mind is important.

That’s on the writing end, but I also make sure that the production is good. I make sure my vocals are as close to perfect as they can be, meaning not just technically on pitch, but conveying emotion. Sometimes I sing really close to the mic to get an intimate sound. Also, I’ve made sure the instrumentation and production is high quality. After all, I’m competing with the rest of the world. It’s got to be as good as possible.

Lastly, I try to draw in the listener from the first few seconds. Music supervisors are listening to track after track, all day. They’re not going to wait or hope for it to get good before they click the next song. So what I do is I try to grab them from the very beginning, often with interesting lyrics from the first line and a melodic verse. I try to use catchy melodies from the beginning, building to a chorus, which drives it home. I don’t want them to lose interest for a second along the way.

[4 Rules for Presenting Your Songs to Music Supervisors]

Is there anything you wish you had known when you first began submitting to licensing opportunities?

What I wish I had known is that this is a global business, and the competition really is fierce. Also, I wish I had understood at the beginning that just because someone doesn’t choose my songs, it doesn’t mean they’re not good. It just means my music isn’t the best fit for their needs. That’s not just something polite to say, it’s true. If you watch any major movie, you can see how good these music supervisors are at their work. The songs in movies are usually a great fit for each individual scene, storyline, genre, and overall feel of the film.

 

Of all of the TV and film placements you’ve gotten, which has been the most rewarding and why?

One of the most rewarding experiences with a placement I got was when a song of mine was placed in an indie film, and I got to go to its premiere at the Montreal Film Festival a few years back. To hear my song playing during the end credits in a movie theater was awesome! I met and hung out with the writer/director and some of the cast members, and it was totally cool. It was a British film called A Wedding Most Strange.

It’s also been really rewarding to see my name in the end credits of a documentary produced by Ron Howard for PBS, America in Primetime, and to hear my voice in shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

 

You had the master rights for one of your songs purchased by Telepictures of Burbank, which produces EllenTMZ, and others. How did that all go down?

The song sale to Telepictures was a pretty simple and straightforward process. I saw the listing on Sonicbids, submitted a couple songs, and then they selected mine. I talked to them on the phone once to make sure I understood the contract details, and then I signed the contract and sent my song. What was really special for me about this was that this song was one of the very first songs I ever wrote. I know so much more about the craft of songwriting now! The fact that I sold the rights to the third song I ever wrote in my life is still amazing to me. Since then, nothing like…someone buying the master rights…has happened. It feels great to have my work associated with these big names in the television industry!

[How to Write a 'Licensable' Song for TV]

Since getting into the world of licensing, what’s been the most surprising thing you’ve learned so far?

The most surprising thing I’ve learned so far about licensing is that the music doesn’t have to be big-budget. I’ve done plenty of work in the studio with professional musicians, but it was a song I created in my home studio, completely by myself, that was chosen for a major ad campaign in Europe for ING Bank. That surprised me. It turns out that more and more songs these days are created low budget in people’s home studios. You don’t need to spend a ton. The song just has to be the right fit for the placement. That’s good news for so many of us!

 

What do you think is the best way to get your music in front of music supervisors?

I think that there are two ways to get your music in front of music supervisors: libraries or networking. I don’t live in LA, NY, or Nashville, so I’ve worked through the music libraries. That’s where music supervisors search for many of their needs. However, if you live in a place where you can meet face-to-face with screen production people, then that’s a great way, too. I know of someone who rose to be a music industry executive by just golfing with the right people in Nashville.When it comes down to it, though, the quality of the music has to be there. If they hear it and like it, they will keep the door open for you.

[Music Supervisor Reveals How Songs Make It Into TV and Film]

What’s the best advice you could give to fellow independent musicians looking to achieve the same kind of success that you’ve had with getting accepted into music libraries?

My advice to other independent music creators is to persevere, learn to take criticism, and don’t take anything personally. If someone evaluates your work and gives you constructive criticism, as hard as it is, try to listen and keep it in mind for your next songs. All of us have had more than our share of rejection. The music industry is not for the faint of heart. When you get rejected, go curl up in your bed and cry for a while. I do. But then when you’re ready, get back on that horse. Believe in yourself.Expect that you will succeed, and have the attitude that you’ll do whatever it takes to get there, including being flexible.

I would also advise that you have to find the right balance between art and the business of the music industry. You have to be true to yourself, yet give the industry what it wants and needs. There are certain needs for music, and if we can deliver to those needs, then our chances of success are much greater than if we just do a song and think music supervisors should like it. You can research what kinds of music are being used simply by watching TV. It’s like any business, really. You have to think of it like that. If you make any product that you think is great, but no one necessarily wants or needs it, then why would they buy it? You have to keep the needs of the market in mind.

I also think it’s important that composers and songwriters educate themselves about the music business. For example, if you don’t register your songs with a PRO like ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC, then you will not receive your rightful royalties.

A last piece of advice is to not be afraid to invest in yourself. Plan submissions to services like Sonicbids into your regular budget. My successes have come directly from submissions on the internet. Services like Sonicbids offer a direct connection to people in the music industry that you normally don’t have access to and wouldn’t know about. They help open doors for us.

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Check out Angela Predhomme’s music on iTunes, and on her website at AngelaPredhomme.com