Mark Jackson talks about Life/Career choices as a performing songwriter, offering up several valuable gold nuggets picked up throughout his years of writing, performing and recording music. Wonderful lessons for any singer/songwriter, especially for those just starting out.
- Writing a Song
Write about what you know
Incorporate personal influences and experience
Tell a Story
- Songwriting and Performance
Writing the Song (the creative process)
Being Heard (performing your songs)
Open Mic & Busking – Learn your voice, working the mic, polishing your skills & testing your material
- Making Choices
Choosing to perform on a local level
Hitting the road for greater exposure
The benefits of playing top music towns
Defining your musical style
- What’s the Best Way for You to Perform
Solo, Duo, Trio or band
- Recognize Your Strengths
- Put yourself in front of others better than you.
- Sound like you – Make every song you play yours
- Worthy Comments & Quotes
Remember that when you are on stage you’re performing.
Look the Part – Never look like you just came out of the audience.
“You’re received at the level of your performance.”
- JUST GO DO IT!
Mark Jackson is a singer/songwriter whose music has traveled from the hills of Oklahoma to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Influenced by such greats as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson, Mark nurtures their heritage of storytelling and rural American poetry. Using a voice that enfolds the listener in depth of emotion, Mark creates a straight-talking Western/American style of music which has become his own rich, signature sound.
The Mark Jackson Band is a 5 X San Diego Music Award nominee receiving “Best Americana Album of the Year” nomination for their well-regarded 2003 debut CD, “Vigilante Road“. Additional nominations in 2004 through 2007 were received for Best Americana Band.
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