Greatest Hits. The tracklist and cover-art is below. It was about time to go back through the past ten years and collect what's resonated with fans (and myself) so that the best of the different time periods and moods of music I've put out are all in one place. Listen/pick up on Itunes, Spotify and Apple Music (and other digital retailers) as the album goes live over the next week.
I've put out quite a bit of new music lately, but on this New Music Friday, I decided to post a link to "Almighty Row", originally released in 2009. The material is dark and atmospheric, but if you like complete albums stream it or download it here.
I received a check in the mail the other day, informing me that one of my songs, "You Can Always Run Away", was used in the DVD version of The Judge, starring Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr. Not the first song of mine used for television/film, but definitely my first major picture.
If you're not familiar with "You Can Always Run Away", listen to it here.
Like grunge? Good. I like grunge, too, though what I write now has evolved past those sorts of angry feelings...for the most part. Take a second to listen to an old grunge song of mine, You Don't Have To Ask. If you like Nirvana, Pearl Jam or the Smashing Pumpkins, you'll probably like this.
New song, Unleaded 97, is available for streaming over at Soundcloud. I've added some other demos, from several years ago, over the past few months, but Unleaded 97 was written recently and recorded only yesterday. Head on over to Soundcloud and check it out.
Music Library available for bulk buyout or individual purchasing. Check out these 26 songs and let me know if your interested in bulk or individual up front prices at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Primarily acoustic, indie-folk, singer/songwriter pieces) Additional previously licensed songs also available per request.
I've been writing some more upbeat material of late, and though this may not be ultra-positive, there is still a comforting message in the chorus. Enjoy more acousti-pop with "You're Gonna Be Okay", which you can stream via Soundcloud.
I thought I would write a short and candid note to the much younger songwriters, giving some brief words of caution of what can easily be overlooked when starting out in the music industry. I have received quite a few placements as of late and would not have received these spots if it had not been for diversifying my efforts in regards to both music and the marketing of my music. Any artist or songwriter is going to write or perform whatever inspires them and I would never wish to advise someone on what to perform, as I strongly believe that someone should do what inspires them, or create what inspiration has driven them to make.
This being said, I believe that one of the biggest mistakes that young songwriters make is putting all of their efforts into one lead, whether it be an agent, a licensing house, a music supervisor, or a record label. There is certainly no shortage of opportunities to make an impression on the industry and the general public, while hopefully making some money, but if these many opportunities are not exploited, then the probabilities go way down. Certain opportunities will only come about at specific times, but I know a lot of people, including myself, who have focused all of their hope, effort, and talent on a single opportunity, then coming up dry nearly every time this was the circumstance. People have quit jobs, school, and other level-headed pursuits in order to try and fulfill dreams based on one shot in the dark, and it just isn't worth it.
While some of these failed opportunities could be scams that leave aspiring artists worse off than they were before, the truth of the matter is that most of the time it is just more intelligent to network and contact anyone possible in order to reach some level of success in the music industry. While one key contact may be too busy for your music, or just not like it, another may want to deal with you on a non-exclusive basis, or even offer you a publishing deal. But you won't know if you only focus on the one glaring licensing opportunity in front of you. In most cases, it's not the industry professionals' fault that your opportunity didn't work out. It just wasn't the opportunity for you. So keep writing, recording, and putting your music out there, and at some point, if you are as good as you think you are, then you will find some success, whether it be only modest or extremely grand.
Jason Ward is a singer/songwriter who has released several albums over the past few years, and has seen quite a few of his songs end up on television. He has written nearly 400 songs and is always working on his next release. Contact Jason at email@example.com for any questions, comments, or requests.