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A few months back I posted a text about Leona Lewis here. Well its time for an update. Billboard states that the amazing success of the breakout album is going to keep her working this album and start working a new album in 2009. Look for Leona to hit the streets and tour in 2010.

Leona is an amazing example of working a great song very hard. 1.6 million albums in 3 and a half months. JAY JAY JAY JAY JAY JAY JAY JAY JAY JAY JAY and I saw a bumper sticker today that said: “it all starts with a great song” the story of Leona is just starting. She will be in America soon. Get ready. Until then, enjoy this tasty number from Feb 20 @ the 2008 Brit Awards:

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My friend Jay has a statement that he makes: “At the end of the day, it’s all about the songs.” Today, we had a product planning meeting for 09. It’s all about the songs. 

Think about the power of a song. If you are a pastor, it sets the atmosphere. If you are a worshipper it takes you someplace you can encounter God. If you are a music fan, it can transport you to a different place or time. We all have songs that are etched in our memory that makes us remember a time, person, place, thing, smell, experience. Songs are a few minutes of bliss or pain that become bookmarks for our history.

The reality is, everything we do in the music business is about the songs. All the gimmicks, marketing plans, strategies, tours, whatever…it comes down to songs. For worship leaders, do your songs lead people to the Lord? Are your songs connecting people to the father? If you are writing for congregational worship, are your songs singable? If you write prophetic worship, are you delivering a call to action or a word from heaven?If you write pop songs, do they have amazing hooks? It is so very important that the songs are there.

The other day we had a meeting about an artist. We had 7 songs and listened through them all. All good songs but there was not a KILLER song in the mix. A few day later one of our Artist Development guys came by with a new CD. We put it in and low and behold, the first song, from the same artist BAM! there IT WAS! THE song arrived. Radio said we have a single. Ideas started to flow. Plans could be made. People started to buzz, talk tours, managers, booking agents…We had the song that made the record.

A great example is Mat Kearney. Mat had a song. When Nothing Left To Lose hit radio and VH1 people stopped and took notice. Nothing Left To Lose was being put on movies, tv shows, radio..it was everywhere for a minute. An even bigger example is Rhianna’s Umbrella. Song of the year for sure (if not that Rehab, either one you can not miss).

What is the soundtrack for your life? Where can you use music to enhance what you do or make a bigger impact. The music “business” might be in trouble, but do not fret, music will never die. It is our job to find out how to distribute new memories in the form of songs to the masses.And it still will be all about the songs…

I was sitting with a very great guy today and he began to tell me about how love has a flow to it, and it flows down. The analogy goes like this: Think about your parents. You love them. You honor and adore them. You think they are great, amazing, and extremely special. Now think about your kids. When you talk about your kids you talk with a different passion. There is a different look in your eye. You take it to another level when you talk about how you love your kids. 

God’s love flows down. We love him back up, but there is no way that our love for him can measure his love for us, because of the downward flow of love. A truly amazing concept.

Yesterday was day 100 @ school for Isaiah. He had the 100 day hat parade. We of course attended this event and followed him back to his classroom. The teacher asked all the parents to come in the class and proceeded to explain that Isaiah had written a song about the parade and the entire class was going to sing his new composition. I WAS A VERY PROUD DAD! Isaiah walked away with his first of what I believe will be many songwriter awards, and the children sang…

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