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ARTISTS: Contact Aspire 2 Music LLC to license these original Country songs or to hear more songs. Read music biz articles and details about songs on our blog. Read more about our services below. Aspire 2 Music LLC: "Quality Cuts for Your Projects"
- Mar 16, 2011 8:58 PM New Song 4 Recording: "Memphis Blues" Sultry down tempo Country blues
- Feb 2, 2011 6:46 PM New Song 4 Recording: "Woke Up" Up-tempo
- Feb 2, 2011 6:44 PM New Song 4 Recording: "You Shine on Me" Power Ballad
- Feb 2, 2011 6:43 PM New Song 4 Recording: "I Broke My Own Heart"
- Feb 2, 2011 6:41 PM New Song 4 Recording: "You Don't Have To Tell Me" Uptempo
Location New Jersey, Un
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Last Login: 7/23/2011
Member Since 8/25/2006
Record Label 4 Successful Years on MySpace!
Type of Label Indie
BioCelebrating 4 Successful Years on MySpace! Ø We’ve worked with over a 100 independent Country artists, producers and artist management companies. Ø We've placed over a 100 original Country songs written by independent Country songwriters. Ø Let us help you with your independent Country projects ANNE M FREEMAN, Songwriter and President, Aspire2Music Anne is the former editor in chief of MusicDish.com, the premier online music business trade journal, www.musicdish.com, and president of The Aspiring Songwriter®. She is a music industry columnist, having written for several magazines and trade journals, including MusicDish, The Country Music Scene magazine, SongRamp, and others. Her articles have also been published on various other sites and publications, including the Indie Music Bible. MEMBERSHIPS Anne has been a member of: The Independent Music Publishers Association, New York City Chapter Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). She is a trained songwriting workshop coordinator, and led the Princeton, NJ, chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), where she taught songwriting workshops and led songwriting and music business seminars and events for more than six years. The Recording Academy (GRAMMY), Philadelphia Chapter The Songwriters Hall of Fame/National Academy of Popular Music, New York City Chapter The New Jersey Country Music Association, former columnist and board member OTHER Anne is an avid amateur photographer. See her recent African Safari photos on annefreemanimages.shutterfly.com Anne is currently working on her first mystery novel
MembersMembers of the Aspire 2 Music Country Song Pitch Page are selected independent Country songwriters, artists, agents, managers, and record labels.
InfluencesRECORDING AND LICENSING OUR MUSIC You may license our music for various uses, some of which are outlined here: CD/DVD/CASSETTE/VINYL You may obtain a license to record any song or songs offered via this site for your own project. Fees are based upon the statutory copyright rates for sound recordings as identified by the Harry Fox Agency (www.harryfox.com), which is the primary mechanical licensing agency in the United States. PERMANENT DIGITAL DOWNLOADS: You may obtain a license to record and release permanent digital downloads. Fees are based upon the statutory copyright rates for sound recordings as identified by the Harry Fox Agency (www.harryfox.com), which is the primary mechanical licensing agency in the United States. VIDEOS/GAMES: We offer licenses for videos and video game. FILM/TV/AD CAMPAIGNS: We offer licenses for your film, video or ad campaign. INTERNET SITES/PODCASTS: Send us a proposal of what you want to do and we'll consider it. TELEPHONE MUSIC ON HOLD/RINGTONES We offer compilations for music-on-hold. NOT-FOR-PROFITS: Need a song for your CBO? Send us your proposal for consideration. PUBLIC PERFORMANCES: Like our songs so much that you want to include them in your live public performances? That's great! Please let us know. SONGS FOR CHARITY Do you need a special song for a charity? We'll custom write a song just for you. Contact us for information. RECORDING ORIGINAL SONGS IS NOT ONLY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CAREER, IT IS A REQUIREMENT FOR ALL SERIOUS ARTISTS. “CREATING AN EMPATHY PATHWAY: Why Recording Original Songs is Necessary for Your Career” Introduction: Crowds enthusiastically responding to your take of the latest hit on radio or CMT. You may think, why not record my favorite artists’ songs? After all, they’ll show people, and especially industry people, that I have the range of this artist, the power of that artist, the attitude of the newest artists While all of those statements may be true, there is catch: Country fans who are listening to you are responding to the emotional investment that they already have in a hit song that you are singing and the attachment that they already feel for the original artist. Since they already love the song, unless you really botch it, they’ll probably love your version, too. Unless your version is a radical departure from the original, singing cover songs only really proves that the fans still love the song and that you did a good enough job of it for them to not turn off to you. That’s why it is critical to record and perform original songs if you are serious about developing a career as an artist. And that is also a reason why music industry professionals want to hear you sing original songs, one that they’ve never heard, either. They want to know what you sound like with no help from a hit song and an established recording artist. Frankly, what music industry professionals want to discover is if you have discovered your voice. YOUR VOICE Do you have a “voice”? Have you discovered your “core being” as an artist? Does your uniqueness shine through when you record and perform? Your recordings and performances of original songs are the platform upon which you will demonstrate to music industry professionals, venue bookers, DJs and, ultimately, fans that you have - or have not - discovered and are developing your own, unique voice as an artist, and that you are not just another one of thousands of talented “singers.” To move from a talented singer to an artist, your voice, vocalizations, performance style, and recording skills must include all of the following important elements: Style: Do you sound very different with every song that you sing? Does your style vary with the style of the song? Or, is there a common “you-ness,” a stylistic thread that you weave through every song that makes it yours and that is recognizable from song to song, regardless of topic, tempo, or attitude? Are you confident that with every song you chose to sing, listeners would be able to immediately identify that song as a “(Your Name)” song? If not, then you have not arrived upon your own, unique style. A common and normal developmental process for young singers (in terms of singing, not biological age) is to mimic other great artists’ styles, so that they end up sounding a little bit like one singer on an up-tempo, another on a ballad, and yet another on a mid-tempo pop tune. In order to be considered seriously as a recording artist, you must move past the mimicking stage into crafting your own unique style. Recording and performing original songs will help you to arrive at your own style because you will not be so strongly influenced, be it consciously or unconsciously, by the original recording artist of a cover song. Original songs are the blank canvass upon which you can work out your own sound, style, and approach to singing and performing songs. Delivery: Are you confident in your delivery, or do you shine in ballads but fall short when singing mid-tempo or up-tempo songs? Have you learned to master the recording studio environment? Delivering different types of songs consistently in both the recording environment and performance state are critically important to becoming an artist. We all enjoying doing things that we’re good at, and as an artist, doing what you’re good is not only enjoyable but also necessary for success. However, you can’t record an entire album of “country-lite” pop songs or emotionally draining ballads. And, an audience will tire of hearing the same old thing, be it live or recorded. As with style, recording and performing a variety of original songs will show you clearly what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at because you won’t be unduly influenced by what you’re “hearing” in your mind: the original artist’s voice, inflection, style and emoting. With original songs, you will be faced with your own voice, reducing other voices in how you hear yourself sing. Discover what you’re real strengths are, foster those strengths, but work to strengthen your weaknesses. Personality: Are you developing a body of work that establishes your personality as an artist or are your song choices all over the place? If I were to listen to all of the songs you have recorded and tried to create your personality from the lyrics, melodies, arrangements and attitudes of those songs, would I come up with a distinct personality or a mild case of schizophrenia? If you think about why so many of the recording artists from the ‘50s – early ‘70s made and continue to make such a strong impression on us, one standout reason is their artistic personality is intimately integrated into everything they did, recorded, presented, performed, said, looked, and acted. That is your goal, too: integrating your personality, life-style, worldview, emotions, and beliefs with your song choices, vocalizations, song arrangements, stage presentation, etc. It’s a lot of work, focus, decision-making, and attention to detail. Recording and performing lots of original songs will help you to tune in to yourself, to “tune your ear” to hear what adds to your artistic personality and what songs detract from your artistic personality, without the background interference of your favorite artists songs. You want to record and perform your songs in order to establish your artistic personality. EMPATHY PATHWAY Are you able to create an “empathy pathway” with your voice and song choices that connects with listeners and encourage them to open themselves up to you emotionally, permitting you to take them on an emotional journey with your songs? Think of some of the masters of Country Music. They create what I call “empathy pathways” with their audiences that foster lifelong devotion from their fans because the artists and their songs are believable to their audiences, and their audiences hear the artists’ lives in their songs. Don’t think that fans are hearing their own lives in an artist’s songs. They’re not. What happens, if the artist is effective, is the audience feels an emotional connection with the artist, which permits the fans to believe what is being sung by the artist to be true and that the songs represent a real experience in the artist’s life. Once the fans believe what an artist sings, the fans can then relate to what the artist saying the songs, and say to themselves, “I know just how you feel because I’ve felt that way, too.” And that is what is meant by empathy. Empathy is your goal as an artist. Without empathy between you and your fans, you are just another talented singer. How do you develop an empathy pathway? By doing all of the things I’ve discussed above, and by creating your own, unique bond with fans. And, you guessed it! You do that by recording and performing original songs. Anne Freeman, President Aspire 2 Music LLC
Sounds LikeOur focus is on creating memorable melodies with insightful lyrics, songs that conform to professional songwriting standards without being completely formulaic. Don't settle for filler cuts to complete your album. Make sure that each song can stand on its own merits. It's YOUR project - make sure that YOU shine.
Copyright Notice: All songs and content are copyrighted by Anne Freeman, Aspire 2 Music, and/or the songwriters and publishers represented on this song pitch site.
WE KNOW YOU ARE BUSY
Trying to complete that CD project, but can't find or write the right song? Need something for that scene on your video? As an indie artist, label owner or filmmaker, you have to do EVERYTHING! We understand that sometimes you simply run out of time, inspiration or ambition. Let us help you finish that project.
The Aspire2Music myspace pitch page for independent artists and labels hosts country, country/pop, contemporary country, and Christian/country songs available for recording and licensing.
WHAT WE ARE NOT Aspire 2 Music is not an artist management company, radio promotion company or record label.
New songs are posted regularly. Details of the current and new song postings can be read on our blog.
NEW SONG POSTING NOTICES
To receive a notice of new postings, simply subscribe to our blog and you will receive a notice of a new blog posting on your myspace homepage. Check your new blog postings for our notice. For sneak preview announcements of new song postings, register for the Aspire2Music Pitch Notices by sending us your e-mail. E-mails pitch notices will be sent prior to the blog posting.
Our posting announcements include the following kinds of information:..
Song Title: I'm Gettin' Out
Writers: ©Barbara Harley/Kim Jakubicki/Al Lind
Tempo: Rock groove
Mood: Attitude, angry
Song Story: Getting out of bad relationships before it's too late
Best For: Female Country Artist
Available For: This song is available for recording. This master recording is available for licensing.
Note that song lyrics are included on our MySpace Player so that you can read the lyrics while listening to the songs.
LOOKING FOR A PREVIOUS POSTING?
Click on the "View All Blog Entries" to read previous song postings. If you find the song you're looking for, e-mail us and we'll post it in our private, online listening room for you.
DON'T HEAR WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?
E-mail us or post a comment on our site and tell us what you need. We'll make arrangements for you to hear additional cuts in our private, online listening room. If we don't have what you're looking for, consider us to write a song for your project.
SIMPLE SONG LICENSING PROCESS
Aspire2Music and its affiliate publishing companies make the licensing experience easy so that you return again for quality cuts for your projects. Ask us for our new artist information packet.
ASPIRE 2 MUSIC LICENSING Q&A
Q: I've heard a song I really like on your site. What kind of license do I have to obtain to record that song?
A: You would obtain a mechanical license. Mechanical licenses are required under U.S. Copyright Law if you want to record/distribute a song that you do not own. Mechanical licenses are issued to record songs for CDs, cassettes, and vinyl as well as for permanent digital downloads (DPDs). Mechanical licenses are not required for you to perform a song live, only to reproduce a song.
A mechanical license is issued by the publisher(s) of a song, in this case by Aspire 2 Music LLC. Note that reputable replicators and online music sites will require you to have these licenses for songs that you haven't written before they duplicate your recording or offer it online.
If you are interested to recording one of our songs (we hope you are!), you simply have to request a mechanical license for that song. You can e-mail us or leaving a comment on this myspace page. We'll get the details from you and take it from there.
Q: But, I'm on a VERY tight budget for my project. Will it cost me a lot to license one of your songs?
A: NO! Mechanical licenses are VERY INEXPENSIVE! In fact, the U.S. Copyright office sets the mechanical license rates under the copyright laws. The current mechanical license rate for songs under five minutes is only $0.091 per song per unit. That translates to $45.50 to license one of our songs for a 500-unit project. So you see, you can afford to license one of our songs for your project.
Q: Does the mechanical license include the right to use the musical tracks of the demo recording of a song I'm interested in?
A: No, it does not. A mechanical license gives you the right to record the song, but it does not give you the right to use the songwriters' demo tracks for your own recording. The songwriters had to pay professional musicians to record their demos in a recording studio, so the musical tracks do not come for free. Most artists record their own tracks in a studio once they obtain the license for a song. However, some songwriters will negotiate a fee for artists to use their demo musical tracks, so ask us if you're interested in that service.
Q: I'm planning on my CD being successful. What if I need to order more CDs? Do I have to obtain another mechanical license?
A: Yes. The U.S. Copyright Office requires that you apply for another mechanical license for the next run of CDs, for example, and for each additional use for which you want to license our song, such as adding cassettes. As mentioned above, the mechanical license is based upon units manufactured.
Q: Can an additional mechanical license for subsequent production runs be denied to me for that song for any reason?
A: No, as long as you apply, you may obtain the license. However, the U.S. Copyright Office does permit the publisher/songwriter to prohibit the use of a song for illicit or illegal activities and for adult-oriented entertainment, for example. Aspire 2 Music and its affiliated publishers also prohibit the use of their songs in that matter and will not issue a license for those uses.
Q: OK, I'm interested. How do I start?
A: If you are an artist or independent producer, manager or label, simply e-mail us or leave a comment here on our Country Song Pitch site with your request for details. We're looking forward to hearing our song on your project.
E-mail us or leave a comment.
We are looking for quality songs to pitch. Have some? Drop us a line.
LOOKING FOR A RECORD PRODUCER?
Before you dive in to recording your project, you should give careful consideration to choosing a record producer. If you are looking to record Country songs, you should find a producer who specializes in the Country market. Aspire 2 Music LLC regularly refers artists to the following producers, based in Nashville. They produce both artist projects and songwriter demos. They will provide you with a detailed outline of ALL of the costs for recording your project. They will explain the recording process if you are new to the business. And, they’re real nice people! Check out:
KIM COPELAND PRODUCTIONS
PADEN PLACE MUSIC
ASPIRE 2 MUSIC LLC IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:
FRIENDS OF ASPIRE 2 MUSIC LLC
The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), NYC Chapter
The Nasvhille Songwriters Association International(NSAI)
The following organizations provide information and/or services for independent Country artists and songwriters:
FRIENDS OF ASPIRE 2 MUSIC LLC