Collaboration is a huge part of my career, presenting amazing opportunities for growth –says Jenn Bostic.
You can learn something from every person on this planet. Sometimes that something is what not to do, but it’s learning nonetheless.
I moved to Nashville in 2008, with big plans to record an album of the dozen songs I’d written in college.
I contacted fellow Berklee College of Music alum, Charlie Hutto, who was interested in producing said album.
However, after listening to my small catalog of mediocre songs, he wisely suggested we start a season of writing together.
I learned so much through that process.
How We Did Our Songwriting
Everybody creates differently, and we all have unique strengths. Melody came easy to me, and Charlie found the perfect chords to complement those melodies. My lyric writing was quirky and abstract, and Charlie helped make it more accessible.
Co-writing can be a really encouraging process. For example, Kiss My Rainy Day Away is a song off my debut album Keep Lookin’ For Love.
It was a folky love song I started that I didn’t see the potential in. However, I played the idea for Charlie, he loved it, and helped take it to the next level. It ended up being my favorite track on the album!
There are countless musicians, singers, writers and producers who want to perfect their craft and build relationships.
Think about your circle of friends and acquaintances. Is there anyone you could try writing or performing with?
Yes, it may be awkward at first, but the more you collaborate, the more comfortable it becomes.
Upon the release of Keep Lookin’ For Love, my piano skills were less than wonderful and I knew about three chords on the guitar. I wasn’t comfortable accompanying myself, so Charlie played for me at various songwriter rounds in Nashville.
Eventually, as our career visions changed, I forced myself to face that fear and start playing for myself.
Other Collaboration Spaces
Touring is another great space for collaboration. Sharing fan bases, friends with couches, and promotional ideas can be really beneficial.
One artist is bound to be better at social media, while the other might be better with logistics. Oh, and sharing those long drives can be a game changer.
Collaboration is a huge part of my career.
People I’ve created with along the way have led me to write songs I might not have written on my own.
I’ve made some incredible friends who have introduced me to new friends, and presented amazing opportunities for growth.
But enough about me, who are you going to reach out to and start making music with?
My Reaction to This Week's Singing Competition Entry
Carla Rigolin Hassett - Another Day To Run
I love the attitude in your vocal Carla. The little moments of grit you’re adding in are what makes a vocal interesting and engaging. Your tone is beautiful and you use it well with really great dynamic variations. It’s obvious you love what you do and you’re really great at it. I’m amazed at how much energy you’re able to communicate seated on a stool. Wonderful job!
Why I chose Carla Rigolin Hassett as a Finalist
I have chosen Carla Rigolin Hassett to go forward in the VoiceCouncil competition because of her well-crafted and versatile vocal performance filled with passion.
Jenn Bostic is a singer songwriter who’s hit song “Jealous of the Angels” is making an impact worldwide. She won five Independent Country Music Association Awards, including Overall Winner, Best Female Country Artist, Best Musician, Best Songwriter and Country Music Song of the Year. Jenn’s new album “Faithful” is now available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon.