If you look at nt hit artists, the majority of the top ten have the sense to not write all of their songs, including the Usher, Brittany Spears, Rhianna, Beyonce, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and many more . There are a few (Taylor Swift, being one), but they are in the minority, that do not perform others songs. I can tell you though Taylor eventually will record another songwriter’s song. Taylor’s already starting performing them on her tour (Nicki Minaj, Usher, etc.). Even if the hit artist is a songwriter, their team has the ability and responsibility to know a great song and that always takes priority over the artist’s songwriting. The long lasting artists learn quickly that if their songwriting doesn’t rise up to the hit level, it doesn’t get on the cd.
Many indie artists are singer/songwriter artists. Few of them, in my opinion, are true songwriters. One of the main reasons there are more songwriter artists is that they don’t have any way to get to the good, much less the great songs. So, they are relegated to writing their own songs. Then they get used to writing their own songs and develop an unhealthy pride about it, when the truth is they are a far better artist than they will ever be a songwriter. The bottom line is, most of the time, they fall into wanting the money from publishing not realizing their focus on that money robs them of their true focus of performing as a hit artist that will create the necessary bond with the listener.
Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s good to have some of your songs on your cds, but it’s important to stretch yourself as an artist to sing outside of your own writing, and still make it powerful. If you are a songwriter, then really study the art. There are many awesome opportunities to coach, read and go to seminars to become the best you can be.
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