Thursday August 15
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
SMSWF Workshops are held at:
405 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Ever wonder why some songs get taken by publishers & song pluggers and other songs don’t? Have you ever heard this comment “It’s a good song, it’s just not a GREAT song”?
As someone who is currently pitching outside writer’s songs to Industry Professionals through the SongTuner’s “Pitch to Pro Pipeline” and “Pitch My Song” services, I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. It has certainly changed my life as a songwriter and how I approach the craft.
So how do you take a good song to the next level and make it great?
This workshop will break down your songs into 4 areas:
Hook ~ Lyric ~ Melody ~ Idea
What works ~ what doesn’t?
Learn what the common factors are of songs that get taken by the Song Pluggers & Publishers! I will also be using past hit songs and songs that are currently on the radio to demonstrate these principles!
Time allowing, I will listen to your songs and let you know if your songs are ready. If not, I will show you where your song may be weak how to
Learn how to go from good to great and make your song a hit before you pitch it!!
“Good songs collect dust – GREAT songs collect royalties!”
Sandy Ramos Bio
After three years of knocking on countless publishers’ doors, going to weekly workshops & performing at various Writers’ Nights around town, Sandy landed a Staff Writing Deal at Wrensong Publishing. She had her first major success as a songwriter, A Billboard Top 5 record, “Don’t Waste It On The Blues” by country artist Gene Watson the next year. She remained an exclusive writer at Wrensong for the next 10 years and landed five major label cuts with Lee Greenwood – including the Top 10 Single, “We’ve Got it Made.” Another single “I Brake for Brunettes” by Rhett Akins, was a #1 Dance Club hit as well as reaching#15 on the Billboard charts. Sandy has had her songs recorded by Faith Hill, Neal McCoy, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Wild Rose & The Whites. Her biggest cut to date – “Let ‘er Rip” was on the Dixie Chicks “Wide Open Spaces” CD which has sold over 19 million copies!
The Dixie chicks cut allowed Sandy to take a hiatus from the music industry in 2000 to focus her attention on her two children who were in middle school and high school. When she returned to songwriting, Sheree Spoltore convinced her to be a judge for the NSAI song contest, then evaluate songs & mentor new writers for NSAI. After a few years of critiquing songs and loving it, she decided to start her own Songwriting Evaluation Service – The SongTuner – in 2011. After getting so many requests from her clients to find a way to get their songs to someone who could get them recorded, The SongTuner has evolved and now includes a “Pitch My Song” and “Pitch to Pro Pipeline” service.
Sandy lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband Gregg that she uprooted from Arizona 30 years ago . She still continues to write with many young artists and up and coming songwriters.