RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN SONGWRITERS

6 STEPS TO SONGWRITING SUCCESS

Innovative, practical, and inspiring, Six Steps to Songwriting Success presents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs. Author Jason Blume, a songwriter with the rare distinction of having had songs on the Country, Pop, and R&B charts simultaneously, has packed this book with such key aids as the three-step lyric writing technique used by the pros; lyric, melody, and demo checklists; and tools for self-evaluation–plus many other exercises that work. Blume’s warm, humorous style features motivational anecdotes and entertaining stories of how hit songs came to be written and recorded.

GOD SONGS by PAUL BALOCHE

YOU’LL DISCOVER:
* How worship songs are born
* How to develop a song after inspiration comes
* 30 proven principles that make a song memorable
* 16 shared qualities of great worship songs
* 12 keys to unlock writer’s block

YOU’LL LEARN HOW TO:
* Gain the listener’s attention quickly
* Recognize tones, chords and rhythms that help
   us feel the message
* Find fresh ways of expressing worship
* Choose just the right words
* Make your song its best before releasing it
* Get your songs heard and used
* Minister most effectively with your music

EVERY HALLELUJAH by SUE SMITH

ART & CRAFT OF CHRISTIAN SONGWRITING

Born from eight years of teaching songwriting for the Academy of Gospel Music Arts, Robert Sterling's The Craft of Christian Songwriting deftly tackles the much-overlooked subject of craft in the Christian songwriter's creative process. The book challenges its readers to aspire to the highest level of excellence, providing chapter after chapter of practical insights into the Christian songwriting experience. All the way from "Getting Started" to "Building a Demo," The Craft of Christian Songwriting shows beginning writers how to make their next song their "best song ever," all from the unique perspective of the Christian songwriter. Practical and realistic, The Craft of Christian Songwriting is a smart read for anyone with aspirations of becoming a Christian songwriter. 

ANALYZE MY SONG

Analyze My Song.com is a website that exists to take you and your songwriting to a new level of excellence. Analyze My Song is made up of a group of songwriting professionals, who together have, multiple #1 songs, hundreds of songs recorded and multiple GMA Awards.This group of writers helps you become a better songwriter through song reviews.  

There are two types of reviews you can choose from:

The first is a brief analysis:  this will let you know whether your song is commercially viable/ready to go, whether it needs to be rewritten, or whether it’s not a good idea and you should chalk it up to a practice song and write your next one.  You’ll also get a few sentences of comments about the song. That one costs $8.

The second option is a thorough analysis that gives you a detailed breakdown of the song is 10 categories including Title, Lyrical & Musical Hooks, Concept, Verse/Chorus, Bridge breakdown, Marketability and more.  So in each section you’ll get a few sentences analyzing that area in detail. This review costs $45. 

A song review is a great way to grow as a songwriter, and is a must before creating a demo or recording of a song!