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Made It In Music: Interviews With Artists, Songwriters, And Music Industry Pros

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Many want to "make it" in the music industry. Few successfully make it in. Even fewer stay in. The goal of this podcast is to help bring some clarity to your path towards a music career. We want to help you not only get in, but stay in. To this end, hosts Seth Mosley and X O'Connor will dig deep with luminaries of the music industry. These are people who have "made it" and today have very notable careers. Many are Grammy winners and work with prominent record labels. Some of our listeners might be on the creative side as a songwriter, artist, producer, or engineer. Others might be on the business side interested in marketing, management, A&R, or radio. The "Made It In Music Podcast" is designed to serve both sides; we are certain you will find a place in this community. How do you get a record deal, get a hit artist to cut your song, build fans, or get on tours? We tackle these questions and more. Before you know it, you will be able to say that you too have "Made It In Music!"

Latest Episodes

Love & The Outcome: Controlling Your Own Artist Career

Love & the Outcome, the CCM husband-wife duo, share their story of singing jingles and practicing in the basement, to finally becoming an influential and highly successful band.Although a spouse duo, Jodi and Chris are very different. Listen as they discuss their individual starts, as well as how Love & the Outcome formed. Jodi explained it as, “U2 meets Amy Grant”. They had to learn how to work together. Having your ego in check is important when it comes to band chemistry.“Trying to give space for the other person to bring who they are to the table”One of the ways Jodi made it?“Just say yes to everything that comes your way… Fake it till you make it.”What makes Love & the Outcome stand out? They take their destiny into their own hands. They never had to rely on others to do their work for them- they booked their own tours and shows, connected with fans, etc.“Own your career. Own your platform.”Listen as Love & the Outcome talk about what they did in their ‘in-between’ t...

38 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Love & The Outcome: Controlling Your Own Artist Career

Cris Lacy: How Record Labels Search for New Talent

Cris Lacy, Executive VP A&R at Warner Chappell, discovered her passion for music at a young age. She remembered listening to a tape of her and her grandfather singing “You Are My Sunshine” and she was correcting him on how to sing it! She has still been helping artists such as Dan + Shay, Kenny Chesney, and many more make it in music.Cris Lacy was always surrounded by music. She went to Vanderbilt, interned, worked for a publishing company, and eventually became a song plugger for twelve years. Cris reminisces on what it was like to be around writers all the time. She explains her love for when “somebody shows up with something that didn’t exist 5 or 6 hours before.”“I think it’s the most magical thing. And then...you go and try to find a home for that”.She describes the difference between roles in publishing versus A&R. She did not want to relinquish control from the songs while in publishing. Moving to A&R allowed her to keep control of the song from start to audience.What...

37 MIN2019 DEC 10
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Cris Lacy: How Record Labels Search for New Talent

Rebecca St. James: How to Re-Launch a Music Career

Rebecca St. James, Australian Christian singer-songwriter, author, and actress, shares her journey of how God has begun relaunching her musical career.From watching her first concert at 6 weeks old in the Sydney Opera House, parading her 5 year old peers around singing, “The Sound of Music”, to releasing her first worship record at age 16, Rebecca was continuously giving her all to pursue her passion of singing.However, Rebecca explains the challenges she faced from beginning her career at such a young age.“I wish I had’ve known at that point... how much self-care and balance in life is important to having something to say and something to give”One big misconception people have of the music industry is that everyone has it all figured out... But we all struggle and no one actually has it all together!Discover how Rebecca learned to “pour back into her soul” after years of exhaustion and how she practices self-care and rediscovers her identity in Christ. After a hiatus from pe...

40 MIN2019 DEC 3
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Rebecca St. James: How to Re-Launch a Music Career

Leo Birenberg: Composing for Big Budget Films

Leo Birenberg is a film score composer based out of Santa Monica. He has worked on movies/shows like Kung Fu Panda, Cobra Kai, and Tigtone on adult swim. Leo goes into his upbringing, his projects he’s worked on, and what he has learned from the industry.Leo studied music theory and composition at New York University and University of Southern California. Leo spent a lot of his time creating short films with his friends in college and he started his first film score for his college roommate’s class project.“A lot of success in the composing industry was because of therelationships made in college.”Leo tells about working with Christophe Beck, Canadian composer, and the opportunity to work on major pictures like the Hangover movies, the Muppet movies, and Disney’s Frozen. While Leo was learning valuable skills from with with Christophe, he also kept helping his friends from college with their web series and short films.Leo gives his insight on what it takes to be a composer, the...

50 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Leo Birenberg: Composing for Big Budget Films

Brandon Harrington: Making the Music Dream a Reality

Brandon Harrington is the host of “Surviving the Music Industry” podcast. Always wanting to play gigs, Brandon learned exactly what it took to “survive” the music industry.“I love the dream…but I will actually do it.”Brandon started up his own podcast in 2015. He wanted to do something that Nashville didn’t have. He also wanted to help people and found out that he could help people in this way.He tells about his story and what he did in order to find his way into the music industry. He goes into his upbringing, networking, and how to get yourself out there.“The most important thing to do is make friends, not connections.”Brandon goes into detail with how he realized what he wanted to do. He jumped straight into a Christian band playing gigs, traveled to the Philippines for missionary work, and got into music from there.Learn how Brandon found his way into the industry and how he became who he is today. Brandon tells what actions to take in order to get yourself into the mu...

41 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Brandon Harrington: Making the Music Dream a Reality

Missi Gallimore: Finding the Perfect Songs for a Record

At her start, Missi Gallimore had little knowledge of how the music industry worked. Today, she is the reason behind some of our favorite songs. She discovered, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, “Live Like You Were Dying” and many more hits. Listen as this music business genius shares her journey of how she made it in music.Even though she loved music, Missi had zero knowledge at all of the music industry- her start happened by chance. She began working for Billy Sherril by someone sending him her resume and he invited her over to listen to his song of Charlie Rich. She told him she didn’t like it… he hired her right away!Missi now works in A&R with clients, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. She also owns several publishing companies, and is a co-founder of Get It Done Entertainment.How did she find great songs? Hard work, listening to a ton of songs a week, and cultivating relationships with publishers.She also describes the challenges of her job. Getting artists a record deal seem to be m...

43 MIN2019 OCT 22
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Missi Gallimore: Finding the Perfect Songs for a Record

Meredith Andrews: Balancing Life as An Artist and Worship Leader

Meredith Andrews is a worship leader and an artist from North Carolina. Growing up singing in a small church, she tells us her journey to the music industry.She tells us about balancing her personal life with performing and what steps she was able to take in order to do that.“Being really intentional of what I say yes to.”Meredith talks about her connections with music and what makes her come alive. Through her experiences she has learned that music is the way people connect to things.“Music is the vehicle.”Overcoming your fears in the music industry is a big challenge and Meredith talks about what helped her with pushing through the noise. Meredith goes on to talk about her relationship with God and how she doesn’t want people to see her, but beyond her.On Meredith’s journey from a performing artist to a worship leader there were lots highs and lows, but the one thing that remained constant was her faith in God.“I was starting to redefine success in my eyes.”Find Meredith's...

45 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Meredith Andrews: Balancing Life as An Artist and Worship Leader

Clay Hunnicutt: How to Get the Attention of a Record Label

Clay Hunnicutt, who ran Nashville’s WSIX, helped launch The Bull in Atlanta, and is now President of Big Loud Records, takes us through his journey of how he made it in music.Interning at a radio station in Chattanooga sparked Clay’s love for the music business. Ever since, he has been non-stop using his creativity and taking every opportunity thrown his way to get to where he is now.“It’s about taking risks… I call it stepping off the edge”He moved to Cleveland and turned a radio station 10th in the market into 1st. He then moved to Nashville to run WSIX, Nashville’s #1 for New Country hosted by iHeart Radio. Later, he went to Atlanta to help launch The Bull, another #1 for New Country.“It’s about the creation process- I get bored after 2-3 years. Once you’ve done things, you need to do something different – you need to create and have more energy”Big Loud records is only four years old and has already had major success and signed several major artists. He currently wor...

42 MIN2019 SEP 24
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Clay Hunnicutt: How to Get the Attention of a Record Label

Jason Jones & Joshua Wurzelbacher: Looking Professional and Telling Visual Stories

What exactly is a creative director? What do they do? What are they looking for?In this podcast, we interview two successful creative directors, Josh Wurzelbacher and Jason Jones, who share their insights on how they got to where they are now, their roles, and helpful advice.Josh Wurzelbacher worked at Capitol for three years, and is now creative director for Centricity. Jason Jones co-founded a marketing website which lead him to a creative marketing position at Capitol, and later to where he is now, director of marketing and creative services at Integrity Music.What exactly is a creative director?Jason and Josh describe it as being“The third leg on the stool… partner with A&R and marketing to make sure there is a compelling visual story that coincides with the sonic story they’re trying to create.”It’s all about songs and sound in the music industry. Creative directors have to be the “advocates for visual language”.Biggest difference in creative now:We live in a single base...

50 MIN2019 SEP 9
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Jason Jones & Joshua Wurzelbacher: Looking Professional and Telling Visual Stories

Emily Ann Roberts: The Truth About The Voice & Success

Emily Ann Roberts is a country artist who was runner up on season 9 of The Voice. She tells about how being on Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice has taught her valuable experiences and where to go from here. She goes on to talk about what all she had to do in order to get where she is today.“Everything starts now.”From singing in churches, talent shows, a Mexican restaurant, and making a YouTube channel, Emily kept pursuing her dream and got connected with a casting director which started the change in her life.Emily Ann Roberts tells her story about the steps she took to get her music out there and facing her challenge of being a woman in country music.“Focus on my craft, and if it’s great it doesn’t matter if you are a male or a female. It should just be great.”How do YOU make it?Emily dives into:How she started playingMaking connectionsThe value of experiences“Figure out what makes you different…there is only one you.”Find the video mentioned in this episode here:Carrie...

45 MIN2019 AUG 27
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Emily Ann Roberts: The Truth About The Voice & Success

Latest Episodes

Love & The Outcome: Controlling Your Own Artist Career

Love & the Outcome, the CCM husband-wife duo, share their story of singing jingles and practicing in the basement, to finally becoming an influential and highly successful band.Although a spouse duo, Jodi and Chris are very different. Listen as they discuss their individual starts, as well as how Love & the Outcome formed. Jodi explained it as, “U2 meets Amy Grant”. They had to learn how to work together. Having your ego in check is important when it comes to band chemistry.“Trying to give space for the other person to bring who they are to the table”One of the ways Jodi made it?“Just say yes to everything that comes your way… Fake it till you make it.”What makes Love & the Outcome stand out? They take their destiny into their own hands. They never had to rely on others to do their work for them- they booked their own tours and shows, connected with fans, etc.“Own your career. Own your platform.”Listen as Love & the Outcome talk about what they did in their ‘in-between’ t...

38 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
Love & The Outcome: Controlling Your Own Artist Career

Cris Lacy: How Record Labels Search for New Talent

Cris Lacy, Executive VP A&R at Warner Chappell, discovered her passion for music at a young age. She remembered listening to a tape of her and her grandfather singing “You Are My Sunshine” and she was correcting him on how to sing it! She has still been helping artists such as Dan + Shay, Kenny Chesney, and many more make it in music.Cris Lacy was always surrounded by music. She went to Vanderbilt, interned, worked for a publishing company, and eventually became a song plugger for twelve years. Cris reminisces on what it was like to be around writers all the time. She explains her love for when “somebody shows up with something that didn’t exist 5 or 6 hours before.”“I think it’s the most magical thing. And then...you go and try to find a home for that”.She describes the difference between roles in publishing versus A&R. She did not want to relinquish control from the songs while in publishing. Moving to A&R allowed her to keep control of the song from start to audience.What...

37 MIN2019 DEC 10
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Cris Lacy: How Record Labels Search for New Talent

Rebecca St. James: How to Re-Launch a Music Career

Rebecca St. James, Australian Christian singer-songwriter, author, and actress, shares her journey of how God has begun relaunching her musical career.From watching her first concert at 6 weeks old in the Sydney Opera House, parading her 5 year old peers around singing, “The Sound of Music”, to releasing her first worship record at age 16, Rebecca was continuously giving her all to pursue her passion of singing.However, Rebecca explains the challenges she faced from beginning her career at such a young age.“I wish I had’ve known at that point... how much self-care and balance in life is important to having something to say and something to give”One big misconception people have of the music industry is that everyone has it all figured out... But we all struggle and no one actually has it all together!Discover how Rebecca learned to “pour back into her soul” after years of exhaustion and how she practices self-care and rediscovers her identity in Christ. After a hiatus from pe...

40 MIN2019 DEC 3
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Rebecca St. James: How to Re-Launch a Music Career

Leo Birenberg: Composing for Big Budget Films

Leo Birenberg is a film score composer based out of Santa Monica. He has worked on movies/shows like Kung Fu Panda, Cobra Kai, and Tigtone on adult swim. Leo goes into his upbringing, his projects he’s worked on, and what he has learned from the industry.Leo studied music theory and composition at New York University and University of Southern California. Leo spent a lot of his time creating short films with his friends in college and he started his first film score for his college roommate’s class project.“A lot of success in the composing industry was because of therelationships made in college.”Leo tells about working with Christophe Beck, Canadian composer, and the opportunity to work on major pictures like the Hangover movies, the Muppet movies, and Disney’s Frozen. While Leo was learning valuable skills from with with Christophe, he also kept helping his friends from college with their web series and short films.Leo gives his insight on what it takes to be a composer, the...

50 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Leo Birenberg: Composing for Big Budget Films

Brandon Harrington: Making the Music Dream a Reality

Brandon Harrington is the host of “Surviving the Music Industry” podcast. Always wanting to play gigs, Brandon learned exactly what it took to “survive” the music industry.“I love the dream…but I will actually do it.”Brandon started up his own podcast in 2015. He wanted to do something that Nashville didn’t have. He also wanted to help people and found out that he could help people in this way.He tells about his story and what he did in order to find his way into the music industry. He goes into his upbringing, networking, and how to get yourself out there.“The most important thing to do is make friends, not connections.”Brandon goes into detail with how he realized what he wanted to do. He jumped straight into a Christian band playing gigs, traveled to the Philippines for missionary work, and got into music from there.Learn how Brandon found his way into the industry and how he became who he is today. Brandon tells what actions to take in order to get yourself into the mu...

41 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Brandon Harrington: Making the Music Dream a Reality

Missi Gallimore: Finding the Perfect Songs for a Record

At her start, Missi Gallimore had little knowledge of how the music industry worked. Today, she is the reason behind some of our favorite songs. She discovered, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, “Live Like You Were Dying” and many more hits. Listen as this music business genius shares her journey of how she made it in music.Even though she loved music, Missi had zero knowledge at all of the music industry- her start happened by chance. She began working for Billy Sherril by someone sending him her resume and he invited her over to listen to his song of Charlie Rich. She told him she didn’t like it… he hired her right away!Missi now works in A&R with clients, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. She also owns several publishing companies, and is a co-founder of Get It Done Entertainment.How did she find great songs? Hard work, listening to a ton of songs a week, and cultivating relationships with publishers.She also describes the challenges of her job. Getting artists a record deal seem to be m...

43 MIN2019 OCT 22
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Missi Gallimore: Finding the Perfect Songs for a Record

Meredith Andrews: Balancing Life as An Artist and Worship Leader

Meredith Andrews is a worship leader and an artist from North Carolina. Growing up singing in a small church, she tells us her journey to the music industry.She tells us about balancing her personal life with performing and what steps she was able to take in order to do that.“Being really intentional of what I say yes to.”Meredith talks about her connections with music and what makes her come alive. Through her experiences she has learned that music is the way people connect to things.“Music is the vehicle.”Overcoming your fears in the music industry is a big challenge and Meredith talks about what helped her with pushing through the noise. Meredith goes on to talk about her relationship with God and how she doesn’t want people to see her, but beyond her.On Meredith’s journey from a performing artist to a worship leader there were lots highs and lows, but the one thing that remained constant was her faith in God.“I was starting to redefine success in my eyes.”Find Meredith's...

45 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Meredith Andrews: Balancing Life as An Artist and Worship Leader

Clay Hunnicutt: How to Get the Attention of a Record Label

Clay Hunnicutt, who ran Nashville’s WSIX, helped launch The Bull in Atlanta, and is now President of Big Loud Records, takes us through his journey of how he made it in music.Interning at a radio station in Chattanooga sparked Clay’s love for the music business. Ever since, he has been non-stop using his creativity and taking every opportunity thrown his way to get to where he is now.“It’s about taking risks… I call it stepping off the edge”He moved to Cleveland and turned a radio station 10th in the market into 1st. He then moved to Nashville to run WSIX, Nashville’s #1 for New Country hosted by iHeart Radio. Later, he went to Atlanta to help launch The Bull, another #1 for New Country.“It’s about the creation process- I get bored after 2-3 years. Once you’ve done things, you need to do something different – you need to create and have more energy”Big Loud records is only four years old and has already had major success and signed several major artists. He currently wor...

42 MIN2019 SEP 24
Comments
Clay Hunnicutt: How to Get the Attention of a Record Label

Jason Jones & Joshua Wurzelbacher: Looking Professional and Telling Visual Stories

What exactly is a creative director? What do they do? What are they looking for?In this podcast, we interview two successful creative directors, Josh Wurzelbacher and Jason Jones, who share their insights on how they got to where they are now, their roles, and helpful advice.Josh Wurzelbacher worked at Capitol for three years, and is now creative director for Centricity. Jason Jones co-founded a marketing website which lead him to a creative marketing position at Capitol, and later to where he is now, director of marketing and creative services at Integrity Music.What exactly is a creative director?Jason and Josh describe it as being“The third leg on the stool… partner with A&R and marketing to make sure there is a compelling visual story that coincides with the sonic story they’re trying to create.”It’s all about songs and sound in the music industry. Creative directors have to be the “advocates for visual language”.Biggest difference in creative now:We live in a single base...

50 MIN2019 SEP 9
Comments
Jason Jones & Joshua Wurzelbacher: Looking Professional and Telling Visual Stories

Emily Ann Roberts: The Truth About The Voice & Success

Emily Ann Roberts is a country artist who was runner up on season 9 of The Voice. She tells about how being on Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice has taught her valuable experiences and where to go from here. She goes on to talk about what all she had to do in order to get where she is today.“Everything starts now.”From singing in churches, talent shows, a Mexican restaurant, and making a YouTube channel, Emily kept pursuing her dream and got connected with a casting director which started the change in her life.Emily Ann Roberts tells her story about the steps she took to get her music out there and facing her challenge of being a woman in country music.“Focus on my craft, and if it’s great it doesn’t matter if you are a male or a female. It should just be great.”How do YOU make it?Emily dives into:How she started playingMaking connectionsThe value of experiences“Figure out what makes you different…there is only one you.”Find the video mentioned in this episode here:Carrie...

45 MIN2019 AUG 27
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Emily Ann Roberts: The Truth About The Voice & Success

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