After working in the music industry for about 5 years, I have made some general observations about singer-songwriters. Below are a few things I’ve found many of them to have in common.
- Feeling (rightly) they are all unique. A lot of them genuinely believe they have something to offer the world that no one else has, and in a way that only they can. 👍
- Desiring to be heard. There is a deep-seated need for their message to reach the masses they think they represent or for the world to care about what their lyrics are saying about a particular topic. For example, Megan Landry, a Canadian singer-songwriter, whose experience with being bullied while growing up influenced her to start writing songs about the topic as a way to speak. One of her anti-bullying songs, “Stronger,” won her an award back in 2012.
- They crave love and approval / Needing success and fame in order to feel complete. For various reasons, a lot of artists tend to look for approval from other people. They want to be recognized and told that they are good at making music. Many singer-songwriters tend to feel less of a person if their music doesn’t lead to having their name up in lights – winning music awards and accolades, appearing on popular shows, etc. – and making a ton of money in the process.
- Having a strong desire to keep writing songs. For some singer-songwriters, they feel it’s their life’s duty to keep creating music, no matter what. They are hooked on doing it religiously, it becomes their second nature. It becomes a sort of therapy for many and they couldn’t imagine themselves not doing it. The only thing is, it’s difficult for many of them to create as much and as freely as they want to due to high costs and other barriers within the music business. The recently launched unlimited demo recordings feature of my company, Tunedly, was actually designed for singer-songwriters in this category and many of them have been taking advantage, something we’re happy about.
- It’s simply therapy. And the best reason for last; writing songs is simply a cathartic experience for some people. A way to clean their mental pipes by letting it all out in the lyrics and music they compose. Any other benefit (money, fame, etc.) is simply a bonus. This reason for writing songs is the one I can relate to the most because it’s how I view my own artistic hobbies, especially dancing.
So, what do you think? Would you pursue a career as a singer-songwriter? If you’re thinking about it, or have dabbled somewhat, I invite you to join the Tunedly community, where you can get access to valuable songwriting tips, advice, and opportunities. I would love to hear your comments!
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