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GOLD STARS Report: Songs Recently Picked Up (latest update)

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Hi Everyone,

It’s been a busy Spring and we’re just catching up on our Gold Stars since the last edition in early March! As you know, at SongU.com, our members achieve success through a holistic approach that focuses on education. We work directly with the songwriters to make each song as competitive as possible before spending money on a demo. We do this by offering numerous opportunities to reach their goals, including online Song Feedback sessions, written Coaching evaluations, Private consultations/collaborations with our Music Publisher and Hit Songwriter Mentors, a member-website cowriter search feature, and more. Finally, we offer monthly Pitch opportunities with a guaranteed response from our Street pitch guests.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following members for having their songs signed or pitched for the following leads during the time period March 11th through May 26th 2021.

Pitch For Licensing Agent. .Top 40 Female Pop, Soul, Chillout-House, World Music AMURCO MUSIC LICENSING. Re-Opened for submissions! This is an UK-based licensing company with a catalogue of 70,000+ tracks, offering playlisting and syncing opportunities. They are currently interested in receiving submissions for the following types of music: Current Top 40 Pop (Female), Soul, Chillout/Chill House, and World. Here is a note to us from Joel at Amurco: “Our our deals …

    • Rohit Batra “AKHIYAAN” (Date picked up: 3/30/2021)
    • Rohit Batra “UPTOWN” (Date picked up: 3/30/2021)
    • Rohit Batra “AWAAZ” (Date picked up: 3/30/2021)
    • Costas Bigalis ” CAN’T BREAK AWAY” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Priscilla Connolly “NORTH STAR” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Priscilla Connolly “36 MINUTES” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Priscilla Connolly “BAD DAY” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Raya Ferguson “TIK TOK” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Shawn Fitzgerald “YOU WANT ME TOO BAD!” (Date picked up: 5/12/2021)
    • Beerand Flies “I DO” (Date picked up: 5/12/2021)
    • Beerand Flies “LOVE RHYME” (Date picked up: 5/12/2021)
    • Wayne Gamache “SURVIVE-(RENATA VERSION)” (Date picked up: 5/5/2021)
    • Wayne Gamache “MORE OF THE SAME” (Date picked up: 5/5/2021)
    • Pamela Gibson “INTENTIONALLY” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Pamela Gibson “FRISSON” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Michael Hahn “I’M ENTWINED WITH YOU” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Michael Hahn “REMEMBER TO FORGET” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Michael Hahn “MAKE EACH OTHER SMILE” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Charles Hayden “SHALLOW MAN (WITH MP3)” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Janet Herring “DADDY”S DANCE” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Janet Herring “FATHER” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Janet Herring “SUNSHINE IN THE RAIN” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Ronald Hill “TIME TO SHINE” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Kevin Kenney “THERE’S MUSIC BETWEEN THE NOTES” (Date picked up: 4/26/2021)
    • Kevin Kenney “WHEN THEY LEAST EXPECT IT” (Date picked up: 5/12/2021)
    • Sarah Motes ashley “SAFE” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Eric Spiegel “LOVE GO DANCE VERSION” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Eric Spiegel “ONLY I MIDTEMPO VERSION” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Barbara Wilkinson “RIDE” (Date picked up: 5/5/2021)
    • David Will “IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT” (Date picked up: 3/30/2021)
    • David Will “LOVES HAND” (Date picked up: 3/30/2021)
    • David Will “TOO OLD FOR GOODBYES” (Date picked up: 3/30/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Country. JT HARKER. Extended! Street Pitch guest, D.G., veteran music publisher, who has already generated income for SongU members, is looking for songs for Stepside Records artist JT Harker. Listening for straight down the middle country radio hits, any tempo. From the JT Harker camp “Think Dierks Bentley meets Blake Shelton vibe”. JT grew up in northern California and his musical influences are varied, from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Marvin Gaye to …

    • Kerry Ballard “NIGHTS LIKE US” (Date picked up: 4/6/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Country. AMY SCRUGGS. Extended! Still Listening. Note: Feedback from Artist’s team is that the songs we pitched are too “young” for her. Need meatier lyrics. Street Pitch guest and publisher, Bob D., who has already generated income for SongU.com members is looking for songs for artist, Amy Scruggs, being produced by hit maker, Fred Mollin. Need 3 more up-tempo songs ala Jo Dee Messina meets Brad Paisley, playful, California-Country, fun Girl-Power, ‘Just …

    • Shawn Fitzgerald “YOUR LOVE MAKES ME BELIEVE” (Date picked up: 4/12/2021)
    • Brenda Kornblum “GLASS SLIPPERS” (Date picked up: 3/18/2021)
    • Michael Taylor “LOSE YOURSELF_MIX0520” (Date picked up: 4/12/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Christian, Gospel. JASON CRABB. Extended! Still looking. Street Pitch guest, D.G., veteran music publisher, who has already generated income for SongU members, is looking for songs for the insanely talented, Grammy award winning Christian artist on Red Street Records, Jason Crabb. Jason has earned 21 GMA Dove Awards including Male Vocalist and Artist Of The Year. Jason’s roots are in Southern Gospel but he can sing virtually any genre of Christian music. Song submissions …

    • Wes Bullock “YOU ARE THE LIGHT” (Date picked up: 4/19/2021)
    • James Kelso “MOVER OF MOUNTAINS “ (Date picked up: 5/3/2021)
    • Steve Koch “REFRESH ME LORD” (Date picked up: 4/6/2021)
    • Steve Koch “LET IT RUN” (Date picked up: 4/6/2021)
    • Avrim Topel “LOVE’S CONTAGIOUS” (Date picked up: 4/6/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Country. MaRYNN TAYLOR. Extended! Still looking. Street Pitch guest, D.G., veteran music publisher, who has already generated income for SongU members, is looking for songs for Black River Entertainment artist MaRynn Taylor. Listening for 90’s style, young female country songs. No drinking, cheating, nothing vindictive. Early Trisha Yearwood meets Stevie Nix and the Dixie Chicks is the lane you’ll want to be in with your song pitches. You can listen to MaRynn …

    • John Cirillo “STARS AROUND THE MOON” (Date picked up: 4/19/2021)

Pitch For Music Supervisor. Electronic, Pop, EDM. UPBEAT DANCE MUSIC FOR TV SHOW. Pitch guest, N.P., is seeking Contemporary dance music for club scenes. Upbeat, flirty and fun “girls night out”…you get the picture. Groove oriented Electro-Pop/EDM/House with bright Pop production. Male or Female vocals. Clean lyrics only. Fees range from $2k-$5k. Reference tracks: Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa “One Kiss”, Shane Codd “Get Out My Head”
Songwriters, important: SONGS SUBMITTED HAVE TO BE CLEARED …

    • Noel Cohen “CLOSE UP” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)
    • Mark Newman “SMILING – MASTER” (Date picked up: 3/19/2021)

Pitch For Song Plugger. Country. GEORGE STRAIT. Street Pitch guest, J.N., veteran independent songplugger who has generated income for SongU members is looking for songs for Universal artist George Strait. Seeking radio single material for new album in the works. Listen to “God and Country Music” as an example of direction. PITCH FOLLOW-UP: If this guest expresses interest in your song they will pitch it with the understanding that you will be asked to sign a single song agreement …

    • Templeton Thompson “THE WINDOW” (Date picked up: 3/21/2021)

Pitch For Licensing Agent. .New Ongoing! Music Publisher and SongU Mentor, Bob Dellaposta, is working with a mechanical licensing company who is looking for male and female vocal songs in ANY genre or language that have the instrumental track available for indie artists to license on a non-exclusive basis. The licensing fees range from $6.95 to upwards of $200.00 or more. If your song is licensed Bob will send you 50% of his share of the mechanical license fee. You …

    • Adam Clouse “CABANA” (Date picked up: 5/5/2021)
    • Brad Mckinney “I’LL GET OVER YOU” (Date picked up: 4/18/2021)
    • Brad Mckinney “I’M ON IT” (Date picked up: 4/18/2021)
    • Eve Suchy “BABY IT’S YOU” (Date picked up: 3/21/2021)
    • Cari lynn York “LOVING THIS LOVE (FINAL MIX) “ (Date picked up: 4/26/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Country. KENNY CHESNEY. Extended! Artist team still actively listening for songs. Keep pitching. This active-search process can take a long time. Then suddenly the team will tell you when they have found and recorded all they want. Street Pitch guest, D.G., veteran music publisher, who has already generated income for SongU members, is looking for songs for Warner Music artist Kenny Chesney. Kenny is scheduled to go into the studio in April. The direction …

    • Jonny Born “IT’S STILL ABOUT THE SONG” (Date picked up: 5/26/2021)
    • John Cirillo “IF YOU DRINK” (Date picked up: 5/5/2021)
    • Ray Govero “BUMP IN THE NIGHT.” (Date picked up: 3/15/2021)
    • Ray Govero “TROUBLE WITH CURVES” (Date picked up: 4/1/2021)
    • James Hoppe “SEEING EACH OTHER” (Date picked up: 4/27/2021)
    • Ben Krahne “THE PARROT “ (Date picked up: 4/1/2021)
    • Andrew Trotter “ROUGH DRAFT” (Date picked up: 4/1/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Country, Alternative. REVERIE LANE. Street Pitch guest and publisher, Bob D., who has already generated income for SongU.com members is looking for songs for Dreamlined Entertainment artist Reverie Lane. Nouveau-Traditional Country Female Duo looking for raw, honest, edgy, fresh lyrics; All tempos; Send us hits! Reference “Good At It” https://www.amazon.com/Good-at-It/dp/B07X8W46NW . Pitch follow-up info: If this guest expresses interest in your song, before pitching …

    • Jonny Born “IT’S STILL ABOUT THE SONG” (Date picked up: 4/18/2021)
    • Hollie Brogunier “A LITTLE BIT O’HONEY GOES A LONG WAY” (Date picked up: 3/18/2021)
    • Rick Lane “BRING IT ON” (Date picked up: 3/20/2021)
    • Bill Ohanlon “GIRL IN THE PICTURE” (Date picked up: 4/18/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Country. WALKER COUNTY. Street Pitch guest and publisher, Bob D., who has already generated income for SongU.com members is looking for songs for Warner Brothers artist Walker County. Two sisters, Ivy Dene and Sophie Dawn have big range and great harmonies. Submit NON-CLICHE, UP-TEMPO, HITS ala Dixie Chicks meets Miranda Lambert meets Avett Brothers. Pitch follow-up info: If this guest expresses interest in your song, before pitching it, they will ask for …

    • Jonny Born “IT’S STILL ABOUT THE SONG” (Date picked up: 4/12/2021)
    • John Cirillo “LOST AMEN- FEMALE” (Date picked up: 4/12/2021)

Pitch For Licensing Agent. Indie. SONGS FOR FAMILY MOVIE. Pitch guest, N.P., is seeking indie pop, indie rock, indie folk for an upcoming film. Songs should have strong energy /presence and family-friendly, positive lyrics. Themes: love, caring, togetherness, new beginnings, or about life in general. Mid or uptempo, NO BALLADS, please. Male or female vocal.
Songwriters, important:

SONGS SUBMITTED HAVE TO BE CLEARED FOR SYNC LICENSING as per the following guidelines …

    • John Cirillo “RISE AND SHINE” (Date picked up: 5/6/2021)
    • Sarah Motes ashley “YOU NEVER KNOW FEAT. REILY VERHOEVEN” (Date picked up: 5/6/2021)

Pitch For Licensing Agent. Americana, Country, Alternative. Cool Country For Service Station Ad Campaign. Street Pitch guest, N.P., is seeking Americana/Alt-Country songs with a little energy and a cool vibe. References: Sturgill Simpson – Mercury In Retrograde, Kathleen Edwards Back To Me Male or Female vocals. No top 40 Country, please.
Songwriters, important:

SONGS SUBMITTED HAVE TO BE CLEARED FOR SYNC LICENSING as per the following guidelines (no exceptions):
– You must own both …

    • Bill Ohanlon “WILD COUNTRY” (Date picked up: 5/20/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Country. TENILLE ARTS. Deadline approaching. They’re in the studio reviewing what they have. Will still be listening briefly for the undeniable hit that might beat what they already have. Street Pitch guest, D.G., veteran music publisher, who has already generated income for SongU members, is looking for songs for Reviver Records artist Tenille Arts. Looking for radio friendly songs, specifically up tempo, or the right mid-tempo that fits the project. Need …

    • Jonny Born “CRAVE ME” (Date picked up: 5/20/2021)
    • John Cirillo “FALL INTO YOU- FEMALE” (Date picked up: 5/20/2021)
    • John Cirillo “STARS AROUND THE MOON” (Date picked up: 5/20/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Country. JOE NICHOLS. Street Pitch guest and publisher, Bob D., who has already generated income for SongU.com members is looking for songs for the first album in three years from Quartz Hill Records and multi-platinum selling artist Joe Nichols. Looking for radio-friendly Country HITS. All tempos. His newest release this month is “Home Run” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adUpbiLy-Qs . For the latest news on Nichols visit: http://www.JoeNichols.com and follow …

    • Jonny Born “MY COUNTRY GIRL – DEMO” (Date picked up: 5/22/2021)
    • John Cirillo “LOST AMEN” (Date picked up: 5/22/2021)
    • Ray Govero “TROUBLE WITH CURVES” (Date picked up: 5/22/2021)
    • Bill Ohanlon “GHOSTED ME” (Date picked up: 5/11/2021)
    • D Toomey “SOMETHING I CAN TAKE” (Date picked up: 5/11/2021)

Pitch For Publisher. Country. Troy Cartwright. Street Pitch guest and publisher, Bob D., who has already generated income for SongU.com members is looking for songs for Warner Music Nashville artist Troy Cartwright. Looking for Country RADIO songs and VULNERABLE songs. Research artist before pitching https://www.troycartwright.com/about . This pitch will stay open on an ongoing basis until artist is no longer seeking outside songs. Pitch follow-up info: If this guest expresses …

    • Jerry Blackburn “GET TO YOU 2” (Date picked up: 5/24/2021)
    • Jonny Born ” WHISKEY KIND OF LOVE – REWRITE” (Date picked up: 5/24/2021)
    • John Cirillo “DON’T LAST LONG” (Date picked up: 5/24/2021)
    • Carin Fradin “I DIDN’T DRINK ENOUGH FOR THAT” (Date picked up: 5/24/2021)
    • Ray Govero “TROUBLE WITH CURVES” (Date picked up: 5/24/2021)
    • Stephen Peters “COME BACK SOON” (Date picked up: 5/24/2021)
    • Rita Weyls “TAILLIGHTS IN THE DARK. DEMO” (Date picked up: 5/24/2021)

Pitch For Licensing Agent. Film/TV/Media. LULLABIES FOR PSYCHO KILLER TV SERIES. Street pitch guest, N.P., needs original lullabies and public domain covers that will sound ironic/paradoxical to scary, tense, stalker scenes that lead to murder. Think sweet childlike lyrics with simple/sparse production that lull the listener into a false sense of security. Songs with slightly sinister/dark undertones or instrumentation can work as well. Ballads and midtempos. Male or female vocals. GENRES: …

    • Marilyn Oakley “SCARY VISIONS” (Date picked up: 5/20/2021)

And a round of congrats to those marked ‘Maybe’ too. Keep up the great work, everyone!

Author: Sara Light

Sara Light has been writing professionally in Nashville since 1996. Her credits include the John Michael Montgomery title track and the hit single "Home To You" which received an ASCAP airplay award in addition to being named SESAC song of the year for having garnered 2 million spins on radio. She also composed songs for the musical "Urban Cowboy, The Musical" which opened on Broadway in March 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score." Sara has always combined her love of teaching with her love of songwriting and has given countless songwriting seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 she co-founded, along with her husband Danny Arena, the online educational website www.SongU.com. Besides being one of the main administrators (and now bloggers) Sara teaches Song Feedback and Lyric Writing at SongU.com.

3 thoughts on “GOLD STARS Report: Songs Recently Picked Up (latest update)

  1. I got picked up last week by Amurco who is interested in “Britany’s Lullaby” for their catalog. This was from a pitch opportunity posted on SongU.

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