During the bustle of New York’s Grammy Weekend, music enthusiasts gathered at the famed Apollo Theater. BMI held their annual “How I Wrote That Song” panel, featuring: Faith Evans, Mark Batson, RedOne, and Tory Lanez.
The debut hit from each of the panelists’ musical catalog was played, amongst their other successes. This list includes, “Used To Love Me” by Faith Evans, “Bad Romance” by RedOne, “Say It” by Tory Lanez, and “Charlene” by Mark Batson. The panelists candidly recanted the inspiration or happenstance scenario that contributed to the writing of their song.
Faith Evans recalls her musical start as a “church girl” who had a passion for music and discovered her sound on her own. Her big break came from driving Sean Combs to the studio one day, when someone else mentioned she had a singing talent. RedOne’s success came from taking a chance on an unsigned artist, Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga. Tory Lanez, had built a massive following using social media, by the time he was signed to Interscope. Mark Batson grew up musically inclined with a father who was an Opera singer. Mark was listening to classical music in the projects, in stark contrast to the type of music that blared in the tenement hallways.
The panel was inspirational to those aspiring to success in the music industry. Whether your dream is to become a world renowned music writer, singer, or producer; the panelists had words of advice for you.
“Develop strategies to build your brand, take all of your tools and be in control of your image to build a bold look.” – Tory Lanez
“This is the greatest opportunity in years for artists to be heard. Without marketing, you would be singing to three people. Today, you have a golden opportunity to be in control. Use this power for good. Dream big, think of your brand as a corporation and build a conglomerate” –Mark Batson
In terms of whether or not an artist should pursue the Independent route, here is what Faith Evans and RedOne had to say:
“Independent artists are thriving, I’ve been independent for my last four albums. The blessing https://www.cialissansordonnancefr24.com/cialis-pas-cher/ was having an already established fan base. But today, things are more accessible.” –Faith Evans
“Social media has changed things and there is no longer one gatekeeper. Focus on building independently and have the labels beg to work with you.” – RedOne
The panelist agreed that in order to write a successful song, don’t limit yourself to one genre. Allow your musical influence to come from personal experiences. Open your eyes to the shift of music, R&B is back!
Written by: Tabitha C. Williams