Songspeak - Conversations on the Art and Craft of Songwriting - Tom Hambridge and Robert Ellis Oral.
Tennessee MTSU Recording Industry professor Hal Newman, and occasional guest hosts, interview ASCAP songwriters.
Topics include the process of writing songs, how one becomes a songwriter, tips for being a successful songwriter in the music industry. Songwriters also perform a few of their songs. The programs are recorded in front of MTSU students enrolled in Recording Industry courses. A question and answer session follows each discussion.
Tom Hambridge- ASCAP Most Performed Country Songs 2007.
Every Time I Hear Your Name - Keith Anderson
Tom wrote five songs on Lynyrd Skynyrd's CD "Vicious Cycle" and has a song on Skynyrd's Platinum selling "THYRTY" Greatest Hit's collection on MCA, and one song on their "Lyve" CD. Tom co-wrote two songs on Keith Anderson's Arista CD, including his latest single "Everytime I Hear Your Name," and three songs on the new Van Zant Sony release including their new single, "Things I Miss The Most." Tom has written four songs on the new Delbert McClinton CD "Cost Of Living" (which won a Grammy in 2006) including the first single "One Of The Fortunate Few". He has two songs on Jeffrey Steele?s "Outlaw" CD as well as four songs on his new CD "Helldorado," a song on Buddy Guy's newest release, two songs on Susan Tedeschi's new live CD and a song on the new Shemekia Copeland disc. As if that wasn't enough, Tom penned and played drums on three songs on blues legend Jimmy Thackery's new release on Telarc and wrote and played on Lee Roy Parnell's forthcoming release on Universal.
Robert Ellis Orrall
What If It's You- Reba McEntire
From Here To Eternity- Michael Peterson
By The Book - Michael Peterson
Next To You, Next To Me- Shenandoah
Boom It Was Over- Robert Ellis Orrall
Over the course of his career, Robert Ellis Orrall has penned #1 Country Hits for Michael Peterson (From Here To Eternity), Clay Walker (What’s It To You) and Shenandoah (Next To You, Next To Me). He has enjoyed having more than 125 of his songs recorded by artists such as Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio, Collin Raye and Ricky Skaggs.
Orrall returned to songwriting, penning singles for other country artists, including Reba McEntire ("What If It's You") and Michael Peterson ("By the Book"). Currently, Orrall has switched his focus to indie rock on his own Infinity Cat Recordings label, although he occasionally writes country music singles as well.