The Business Side of Music

The Business Side of Music is an interview show designed to help independent artists and songwriters better understand and navigate the music industry. 45-year industry veteran, Bob Bender talks to successful guests from every corner of the industry about their careers to discover the things they did right as well as the lessons they learned from any mistakes they made.


#127 - The Anatomy of the Song

So you want to be a songwriter. Well, loving music is a good start, but its not going to get you in to any doors. You have to not only know how to write that next big hit song, but what to do with it. 

Our guest on this episode is Corey Lee Barker, who is the Creative Director of MC1 Nashville Music Publishing. Talks about what it takes to get your foot in the door, make relationships with other songwriters, and staying on track by doing one thing... Persistence, persistence and persistence. Corey talks about writing the songs that the artist (or TV show or film) is looking for, along with does a Publishing Deal make sense for today’s artist.

Corey has had over 700 cuts in various genres such as Country, Christian, Pop/Rock, Reggae, Polka, Comedy, TV and film. He has received multiple Nominations/Awards for songwriter of the year by the Tennessee Songwriters Association, Inspirational Country Music Association, Josie Music Awards, Texas Country Music Association, World Songwriting Awards and the North America Country Music Association International.  He also has 10 #1 songs in the Christian Country Genre. Corey has written songs for William Shatner,  Vince Gill, Neal McCoy, Home Free, Daryle Singletary, Cledus T Judd, Rebecca Lynn Howard, TG Sheppard, Johnny Lee, Bill Anderson, Jason Jones (Warner Brothers), Lucas Hoge, Cash Creek, T Graham Brown, Claudette King and a host of others.  TV placements include HALLMARK, SMALLVILLE, THE MESSENGERS, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, BIRTH OF A LEGEND, ANIMAL PLANET, HBO, and GAC, CW Network, WB Network and NETFLIX.

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The music provided for this episode is from:

Artist: Clare Bowen

Single: Sweet William

Album: Clare Bowen (2019)

Composer: Clare Bowen



 2020-08-17  37m