This new guest blog is from my friend Sam Mizell. A little bit of background first: Sam has earned two Dove awards, seven number one singles, and numerous ASCAP and BMI awards. His radio single, The Motions was 14 weeks at #1 AC radio for Matthew West (who co-wrote the song) and received a Grammy Award nomination. Fantastic singer, keyboard player, husband, father, and a seriously talented writer. I love what he's doing now with The Mizells Band. I was always thankful for the Montecristos on his return trip from England! Check out the video for Dandelion.
The right thing to do...
I've been a songwriter all my life...and professionally for about 15 years. When I first started someone gave me this advice: ALWAYS bring your A game. That's my secret besides being irresistibly handsome:-) ( sarcasm) I showed up and gave my A- game no matter who else was in the room.
You see, I remember about 10 years ago there was this girl named Kim. She was trying to get a Christian deal at Word Records. I was in the cattle call of writers to write a "hit" song for this new artist. I gave my absolute best to an unknown, indie, later rejected, unsigned artist.
Forward 10 years. I get this phone call that Kim was gonna cut that song on her sophomore record with The Band Perry.Yep. Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry. Did I have to pinch myself? Yes. Did I dance and scream? Yes! Did I praise God? Yes! In 2004 I gave my best.
In 2013 a little unknown (later to be world famous) group cut that song! You can buy it on the Pioneer Target Edition (hint, hint).
Never, and I mean NEVER let anything (politics, money, ego, whatever) keep you from showing up and giving 100%. That little unknown artist may just be the next Kimberly Perry!
Currently I'm touring with my wife playing all over the place. Check out our website, themizellsband.com.
Dedicating all my blogs this year to the memory of John Braheny. I still ask every songwriter or artist I coach to pick up his book before we start talking.
There is also a college scholarship in John's name, through the California Copyright Conference (John was a past president)...here's the link:http://www.theccc.org/scholarship