Free Demo Giveaway from Beaird Music Group!

We’re giving away one $625 Demo to one lucky songwriter!

Here’s your chance to win a FREE Premier Demo package from Beaird Music Group!

The Premier Demo includes:
1. One 30-minute tracking spot on a session with a 6-piece band  (Vocalists are available if needed, but not included)
2. Up to 3 hours of additional studio time for vocals and/or mixing
3. An opportunity to pitch the song to a publisher at one of our Evening With a Publisher events.
   

Here are the steps required to register:

1. “Like” our Facebook page at: facebook.com/beairdmusicgroupinc

2. Share the Facebook post for the June 2017 giveaway.

3. Comment on the Facebook post.

4. Sign up for studio email updates at contact@beairdmusicgroup.com.  In the Subject Line, type the June 2017 Secret Word from the bottom of our Home Page beairdmusicgroup.com.  In the body of the email, include your name and contact info.

Both published and unpublished writers are welcome to register! 

We have scheduled a live drawing to announce the winner at 4:00 pm Central Time on June 30, 2017!

Register now!

Posted on May 22, 2017 .

Updating Old Recordings for the Current Country Market

Times change and so does music. So to stay commercially viable in today’s music market, it’s good for songwriters to adapt. This means that song demos that were recorded 10 or more years ago may need to be re-recorded to be pitched to today’s artists. It doesn’t mean those earlier recordings aren’t still great, but … times change and so does music.

Here at Beaird Music Group, a publisher recently asked us to re-record a pop/rock song titled Easy to Tame that was originally recordedback in the 1986.  Here are some of the steps we took to create a new recording that could be pitched today in Nashville.

Click the link below to hear the before and after transformation - the ‘after’ portion starts at 1:24.

1. Change the groove
The original recording had a full-time feel where the back beat falls on beats 2 and 4 of each measure. We changed it to a half-time feel where the back beat falls on beat 3 of each measure. Eight of the Top 10 songs on the current Billboard Hot Country Songs chart have a half-time feel.

2. Add an electronic drum loop.
Not all songs require a drum loop, but many hits these days use loops and programmed drums. We added a percussive loop to Easy to Tame and it added a lot to the overall feel. My friend and renowned guitarist, Kenny Greenberg is a producer of Josh Turner’s recent #1 album, “Deep South”. Kenny says that a drum loop was used in about 10-20% of the music on that album. Some producers utilize programming much more. It’s all about what each individual song needs.

3. Take out all unnecessary musical interludes.
The original recording of Easy to Tame had a 4-bar musical interlude in between each Verse and Chorus. It’s important today to get right to the Chorus, so we took those 4 bars out. We also shortened the instrumental section form 18 bars to 8.

4. Simplify.
In the original recording, there were some cool chords like 5 over 4 chords and 1 over 5 chords. If you don’t understand that last statement, that’s okay - let’s just say that I felt that this song would sound best if we simplified some of the “fancier” chords. In the verses, we changed some split bars to full bars. We also changed the Intro slightly so that the second half was a duplicate of the first half.  We would have shortened the turnaround (the musical interlude after Chorus 1), but there was a vocal there so we kept it the full 8 bars).

5. Choose the best key.
The original recording was in the key of C. The first section is a verse, but it sounded like a chorus to me.  So I changed the key to G and had the vocalist sing the verses down an octave and the choruses up an octave so that the chorus melody would go higher than the verse. This makes the chorus sound more like a chorus.  Changing the key was a game changer.

6. Don’t fade.
Instead of fading on the 3rd chorus as the original recording did, we completed the Chorus and created an Outro at the end that is similar to the Intro.  This gives the song three full choruses which is extremely common these days.

7. Use a vocalist who fits the new recording.
Singing your own demos works great if you sound like one of the artists currently on the radio. If not, it’s best to hire a professional singer that fits the current recording of your song. We hired Adam Cunningham to sing Easy to Tame and he nailed it!

 

Posted on May 8, 2017 .

2nd Best-Selling Country Album of 2016!


We are so honored to have recorded Joey + Rory's Hymns album, which was the 2nd best-selling country album of 2016!  It has reached Gold Record status.

Here a list of the top Country Albums according to Billboard magazine.

Top 10 Best-Selling Country Albums of 2016

  1. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  2. Joey + Rory –  Hymns
  3. Blake Shelton – If I’m Honest
  4. Carrie Underwood –Storyteller 
  5. Sam Hunt – Montevallo
  6. Luke Bryan - Kill the Lights
  7. Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up
  8. Keith Urban – Ripcord
  9. Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood
  10. Blake Shelton - Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits
Posted on May 5, 2017 .

Give the gift of music this Christmas!

 

Looking for the perfect gift for the songwriter or artist in your life? Give them a premier Nashville recording from Beaird Music Group!

Order now through December 21, 2016 to have an email announcing your gift sent directly to you or that special musical person.

Gifts can be purchased in increments of $50 or for the full purchase price of one our recording packages. Here's a list of the prices: 

www.beairdmusicgroup.com/prices/

Please email Aaron at aaron@beairdmusicgroup.com to order your gift or get additional information.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season!

Beaird Music Group, Inc.

 

Posted on December 8, 2016 .

December Mentoring Session Winners!

Songwriters!

We have completed the drawing!

The winners for the free songwriter mentoring sessions in December are:

Connie Davis Rouse

&

Dan Scully

Congratulations!

Please contact us at 615-279-8030 to set up your mentoring session!

 

Songwriters, sign up to win one of 2 free Mentoring Sessions in January!

If your name was not selected for December, please sign up for a chance to win in January. If you have entered before, you only need to do step one again.  If you’ve never entered, please complete the entry requirements below:

To register:

1. Send an email to mentor@beairdmusicgroup.com with the subject 'Mentor Drawing'.

2. Sign up for our studio email updates.

3. Like Beaird Music Group on Facebook.

4. Tell us how you found out about us.

If your name is drawn, supply an MP3 and lyric sheet of one song in advance of the mentoring session.

The Mentoring Sessions

Larry has been researching hit songs for the last 3 years, and he uses this information to show writers how their songs compare to the hits. You can check out some of his research by viewing one (or all) of his Songwriter Minute videos.

Each Mentoring Session includes one 40-minute meeting with Larry (in person or via Skype). Two free spots will be available each month, and participants will be determined by random drawing (selected from email registration each month).

Time permitting, each winner will have a chance to do any or all of the following:

1. Have songs charted by Larry.

2. Discuss musical arrangements* for the song(s).

3. Talk about the music business in general.

4. Receive a tour of our studios (in person or via Skype)

 

Deadline to Enter

The deadline to apply for the free January mentoring sessions is December 31, 2017. The January winners’ names will be drawn on January 1, 2017.

 

You are not required to record with us to receive a free mentoring session. Current clients are welcome to apply.

Dates and times for the Mentoring Sessions will be determined after the writers have been selected each month. We will try to find a date and time that works well for both Larry and each writer.

Writers can also schedule paid mentoring sessions at the rate of $100 per 40-minute meeting.

We wish you the best with your music and look forward to seeing you!

 

Aaron Beaird

Beaird Music Group, Inc.

 

*Arranging of chords to go with voice-only recordings is available for a fee, but not included with the free mentoring session.
 

Posted on November 30, 2016 .

Our 8th Billboard #1!

We are excited that music recorded at Beaird Music Group has reached the status of #1 again on the Billboard charts!

Bradley Walker - #1 Top Music Video Sales
Bradley Walker’s “Call Me Old-Fashioned” (produced by Rory Feek and Bradley Walker) entered Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart at #9 and reached #1 on the Music Video Sales chart!

L-R Front: Aaron Carnahan, Tammy King, Bradley Walker, Rory Feek, Larry Beaird   L-R Back: Kevin (Swine) Grantt, Jim DeBlanc, Evan Hutchings, Rob Ickes, Jim (Moose) Brown

L-R Front: Aaron Carnahan, Tammy King, Bradley Walker, Rory Feek, Larry Beaird  

L-R Back: Kevin (Swine) Grantt, Jim DeBlanc, Evan Hutchings, Rob Ickes, Jim (Moose) Brown

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Other #1s

Joey+Rory - #1 Top Country Albums
Joey and Rory’s “Hymns” album debuted at #1 on March 5th, spent 4 weeks at #1, and continues to be in the Top 25 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart - so far a whopping 40 weeks! They were nominated for the CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year and the also nominated for the ACM Award for Vocal Group of the Year.

Joey+Rory - #1 Top Christian Albums
On Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart, Joey and Rory’s “Hymns” album has spent 41 weeks on the charts including 18 weeks at #1! They were nominated for 4 Dove Awards!

Joey+Rory - #1 Top Video Sales
After spending months on Billboard’s Video Sales chart, the “Hymns” album has reached Gold Status in Video Sales and topped out at #1!

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard - #1 Top Country Albums
Two music tracks for the ”Django and Jimmie” album were recorded at Beaird Music Group as demos and then upgraded to master status. The album debuted at #1!

Joey and Rory - #1 Music Video Sales
Joey and Rory’s “Country Classics” reached #1 on the Music Video Sales chart! They were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo for their performance of "If You Needed Me".

Luke Bryan - #1 Billboard 200 (all genres!)
Our "demo" (track 15) was upgraded to master by Capitol Records and released on the album. 

Luke Bryan - #1 Top Country Albums
Our “demo” also charted on the singles chart - #49 on the Hot Country Songs chart!

Posted on November 29, 2016 .

November Mentor Session Winners!

Songwriters!

We have completed the drawing!

The winners for the free songwriter mentoring sessions in November are:

Roger Vines

&

Mike Franke

Congratulations!

If your name was not selected, please sign up for a chance to win in December. If you have entered before, you only need to do step one again.  If you’ve never entered, please complete the entry requirements below:

1. Send an email to mentor@beairdmusicgroup.com with the subject 'Mentor Drawing'.

2. Sign up for our studio email updates.

3. Like Beaird Music Group on Facebook.

4. Tell us how you found out about us.

5. If your name is drawn, supply an MP3 and lyric sheet of one song in advance of the mentoring session.

The deadline to apply for the free December mentoring sessions is November 30, 2016. The December winners’ names will be drawn on December 1, 2016.

Time permitting, each winner will have a chance to do any or all of the following:

1. Have songs charted by Larry.

2. Discuss musical arrangements* for the song(s).

3. Talk about the music business in general.

4. Receive a tour of our studios (in person or via Skype)

(You are not required to record with us to receive a free mentoring session. Current clients are welcome to apply.)

Dates and times for the Mentoring Sessions will be determined after the writers have been selected each month. We will try to find a date and time that works well for both Larry and each writer.

We wish you the best with your music and look forward to seeing you!

Aaron Beaird

Beaird Music Group, Inc.

*Arranging of chords to go with voice-only recordings is available for a fee, but not included with the free mentoring session.
 

Posted on November 3, 2016 .