Songwriting

Woodsong Farm Songwriter’s Retreat

February 10, 2013

I’m so thrilled to be part of this extraordinary Songwriter Retreat in Georgia at the end of February. Louisa Branscomb is a powerhouse songwriter with Grammys and a multitude of other awards to her credit. I’ll be presenting on marketing & social media, offering private consultations on songwriting and marketing to attendees, and performing at a special House Concert on Saturday night along side Louisa and Johnny & Jeanette Williams.

Here’s a little more info on the event:

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Louisa Branscomb at Woodsong Farm, White, GA

Jeanette, reigning (4 time winner) Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year (SPBGMA) is a multi-winning vocalist as well as member of IBMA Recorded Event winners Daughters of Bluegrass, and has won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest in Bluegrass. Johnny, known as award winning guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, is distinguished as one of the most revered early songwriters in bluegrass to contribute new, fresh songs that capture the integrity of the founding bluegrass sound. Johnny’s name is a household word in bluegrass, considered a master traditional singer, guitar player, and songwriter. 

Louisa’s honors include over 140 songs recorded in bluegrass anda acoustic music, SPBGMA Song of the Year, 2 Grammy selections (Krauss, Denver), 2 IBMA Recorded Event of the Years, 2 nominations for the 2011 awards, longest running chart hit in bluegrass (“Steel Rails”), #36 bluegrass song 2011 (“I’ll Take Love”), and selection in the Atlanta Music Hall of Honor, three time nominee for Songwriter of the Year (SPBGMA), and member of the “Daughters of Bluegrass.” Continue reading

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‘Fa La La’ One of Top CD’s Played on Folk Radio

January 27th, 2013

falala-dj-chartsFOLKDJ-L is an electronic discussion group for DJs and other people interested in all folk-based music (bluegrass, old-time, traditional balladry, traditional international music, singer-songwriters, etc.) on the radio. With over nine hundred subscribers from all corners of the earth, they are a lively bunch with a unique perspective on folk music.

Based on playlists posted to folkdj-l, Richard Gillmann of KBCS compiles monthly top-70 album airplay lists. Nancy Beaudette’s Holiday CD “Fa La La” ranked #28 among the top 70 Cd’s played in December 2012.

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Kudos from Folk DJ Rich Warren – Host of “Midnight Special” Radio

 

MS50BannerLogoWhat do Cheryl Wheeler, Pete Seeger, Christine Lavin, Woody Guthrie, John Gorka, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton, Jean Redpath, Bob Newhart, Robin & Linda Williams, Mike Nichols & Elaine May, Odetta, Mitchell & Webb, Carrie Newcomer, Big Bill Broonzy, and Susan Werner – and now Nancy Beaudette – have in common?

They and thousands of other traditional and contemporary folk performers, avant-garde singer-songwriters comedians and satirists fill a three hour entertainment that we call The Midnight SpecialNancy and her Holiday CD “Fa La La” are among Rich’s picks this week. “It’s an honour to be on Rich’s playlist – but to be one of his favourites is truly humbling,” says Nancy. Continue reading

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Fa La La ‘Loaded With Goodies’ – Bill Copeland CD Review

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“Nancy Beaudette calls her Christmas CD Fa La La and the warm rhythm everybody associates with that refrain sums up the entire album. Beaudette has loaded this CD like a Christmas stocking with all sorts of embraceable goodies.”

“Solo acoustic number “In Our Home” has as much homey feeling as it does talent. Beaudette creates plenty of texture with just the two instruments. She caresses her vocal notes and presses her guitar notes into something that makes you feel what she felt during the holidays in her childhood home. Many listeners will likely relate to this one.” Continue reading

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“Fa La La” New Holiday CD is Released

October 29, 2012

CD100_outMoonlit Pond Records is pleased to announce the release of “Fa La La” – a holiday CD by Nancy Beaudette featuring NINE original Christmas songs!

“I dust off these old songs when December comes along”, a line from “In Our Home”, couldn’t be truer for Nancy Beaudette. She recalls singing carols with her family from a tender age, and it flourished into a lifelong passion the year she found her very own guitar under the Christmas tree.  “Fa la la” is a collection of nine original Holiday songs spanning emotions of festive joy, innocence, peace and longing.

Click here to get your copy today!

Here is a brief overview of the songs:

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Blue Plate Special – Live Performance

BluePlateThe WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance radio show held at noon, Monday through Saturday, at the Knoxville Visitor Center on the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive. It’s free and open to an audience of all ages! Hosted by Red Hickey, the WDVX Blue Plate Special is broadcast and webcast around the world.  Nancy Beaudette made her debut at the famous “Blue Plate Special” on October 2nd, 2012.

The WDVX Blue Plate Special program was created in 1997, the same year WDVX started broadcasting as a community public radio station from a 14-foot camper studio in Norris, TN. The noontime show included themed broadcasts and occasional live performances from visiting artists. In late summer of 2005, WDVX brought back Knoxville’s rich tradition of mid-day live radio shows by producing the Blue Plate Special in front of a live studio audience from its new home in the Knoxville Visitor Center, located at 301 South Gay Street. The WDVX Blue Plate Special is now a signature event in downtown Knoxville and was recognized as the 2006 Knoxville Area Museum/Attraction of the Year.

From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it’s all part of the real, live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special.

See video performance here:

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Nancy Showcases At Bluebird’s 30th Celebration!

June 14, 2012

Nancy-at-bluebird-June2012The Bluebird Café turned 30 last week, and an extended celebration ensued with special daily performances from some of music’s biggest artists and songwriters. Beginning Monday, June 4, 2012, numerous homecoming shows, special concerts, guest appearances and events took place at the Cafe, including performances by Kathy MatteaCrystal GayleVince Gilland numerous hit writers.

Nancy Beaudette was featured in the Sunday Writer’s Night showwhich highlighted ‘Bluebird Favorites’including Liz Hengber and Mark Irwin with special guest Tony Arata(writer of Garth Brooks hit “The Dance”).

The Bluebird Café was originally opened in June of 1982 by Amy Kurland as a restaurant in a small strip center in the Nashville suburb of Green Hills. On a fateful night in 1987, a new artist named Garth Brooksperformed at The Bluebird and an executive from Capitol Records happened to be in the audience. The executive took Garth into the kitchen and asked him to come by the label the next day to offer him a deal. Years later, Garth says, “The Bluebird is the beginning and the mecca, the end.” In 2004 Dreamworks Records’ executive Scott Borchetta saw 15-year-old Taylor Swift perform for the first time and invited her to be a part of his new venture – a label to be called Big Machine Label Group.

Over 65,000 people now visit The Bluebird Café annually. It has changed little in appearance, character and purpose over the last 30 years. The small stage still offers the opportunity for budding singers and songwriters to be heard. The Bluebird Café is guaranteed to always provide musical “moments,” and in most cases, only 100 lucky listeners will be in the room to let the rest of the world know what it missed.

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Nashville Hit Writers Connect with Nancy Beaudette

October 08, 2011

Kerry_Lynn_NancyMoonlit Pond Records announces a new collaboration between Canadian songwriter, recording artist Nancy Beaudette, and hit writers Kerry Chater and Lynn Gillespie Chater of Nashville, TN. Great artists have been singing Chater Songs for almost four decades. George Strait, Lee Greenwood, Anne Murray, Alabama, Reba McEntire, Jennifer Warnes, George Benson . . . hey, even Jamie Foxx, known more for his brilliant acting abilities, gifted the world with his performance of “You Look So Good In Love” on the nationally televised special honoring Country Music legend George Strait.

Nancy says, “It’s such an honour to work with these amazing writers, and they make me feel at home. That’s important when we’re trying to write personal songs”. After spending an afternoon in a co-writing session, “Ride On” was born, a song about a daughter’s relationship to her Father. It’s not the last time we’ll be hearing about these collaborators!

Look for “Ride On” on Nancy’s next CD, expected in early 2013.

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Nancy Beaudette Songwriting Semi-Finalist

Nov 2010 Acoustic Roundtable Song Contest – Semi Finalist!

AR_trophyimage“Musicians from all over the World submitted entries. Of the 1,300+ submissions, 182 songs have been selected to move on to the next stage of judging. There were so many fabulous songs and interesting artist profiles, many of which we intend to feature right here on the AR home page in the very near future.”

Nancy’s song “Good Time For A Change” advanced to the next round.

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Mountain Stage New Song Finalist 2nd Year In A Row!

August 20, 2010

Mountain Stage logoFor the second year in a row, Nancy Beaudette has made the cut in the Regional Finals of this prestigious song contest. The mission at NewSong Music is twofold:

  • To build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across all genres of music and levels of skill.
  • To identify the truly exceptional artists within this community, and to work closely with them to develop their careers and introduce their music to a broader, international audience.

 Best of luck to all the contestants!

 

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