Thanks so much to you and Aaron for the awesome Banjo track!

Hey Bill!! I just want to say thanks so much to you and Aaron for the awesome Banjo track, it sounds great the mix, exactly what I was after.

I think this will be my third order now with Nashville Trax and I’m sure there will be many more to come in the future. You guys are fantastic!! Thanks again!! Kind regards, Louise D’Arby (Australia)

Need Banjo? Click Here!

Play It Again Demos client, Bobby Layton, Signs Publishing Deal

Just before his death in December, Bobby Layton’s good friend and sometimes co-writer,  Mark Gray, writer of #1 hits by Alabama (Close Enough To Perfect For Me) and most of Exile’s hits, heard a demo produced @ Play It Again Demos for Bobby Layton and said,”That’s the best demo you’ve ever had done, Bobby, this producer, Bill Watson, is the guy you need to stick with.” Here’s Bobby yesterday, signing a contract on the second song produced by Play It Again Demos for him, That Ain’t Country Music, to Listen Again Music, (BMI).


The Swansons band from Los Angeles… going country in Nashville?

The popular Los Angeles area based band, The Swansons, have been secretly working on their first country album with Nashville area music producer, Bill Watson, of Nashville Trax.

How will their original tunes sound with fiddles, banjos and steel guitar?

Pick up their album expected to be released by the fall of 2017 and find out! (rumor has it the tracks rock!!!!) or Country? er…country rock???? hmmm….anyway, meet The Swansons:

Banjo Track Excites Producer Client!

“Hey Bill!!

I just want to say thanks so much to you and Aaron for the awesome Banjo track, it sounds great the mix, exactly what I was after.  I think this will be my third order now with Nashville Trax and I’m sure there will be many more to come in the future.  You guys are fantastic!!

Thanks again!!”

Kind regards,

Louise Darcy


Louise hails from Australia. Instead of her coming to Nashville, we provide her with professionally produced banjo tracks online that drop seamlessly into her mix, usually within 1-3 days, sometimes just a few hours!

Need a banjo part? Here you go:

Need drums. bass. piano, organ, synth, sax, harmonica, mandolin, fiddle or something else? Inquire here:

Posing With The Usual Suspects


Nashville Trax producer Bill Watson, apprehends two of our usual suspects: ten times Music Row guitarist of the year, Brent Mason, and fiddlist Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton, Terri Clark, Martina McBride, The Voice).

Both A-list players were fully armed at the time, Brent with a Les Paul featuring the ability to switch the humbucker pickups to TheUsualSuspectssplit coil, Jenee with her trusty fiddle.

Unfortunately both slipped through his hands and are once again on the loose. If spotted please call local law enforcement.

How Much Money Did Jake Owen’s “What We Ain’t Got” Pay In Songwriter Royalties?


Hit country song royalties are paid by the performing rights organization (BMI, ASCAP or SESAC) chosen by the songwriter/music publisher and can be compiled from many possible sources.

Artist: Jake Owen

Song: What We Ain’t Got

Songwriters: Travis Meadows/Travis Goff

Released: August 11, 2014

369,000 copies sold through May 2015.

Highest Chart Position: Billboard Country Airplay Chart: #18

Billboard Hot 100 peaked at #89 mid February 2015

Past 12 Months Royalty Stream, June 2015 to June 2016

Distributed via BMI derived from:

AM/FM Radio Airplay, You Tube, Sirius XM, I Tunes, Rhapsody

AM/FM airplay: ($72,537)  All other sources: ($9,374)

Total Royalties, one year period: $81,911

Best Quarter: $71,269 1st Quarter 2015

Royalties dropped to $1,544 for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Royalties posted here reflect only the songwriter share. The music publisher received identical amounts.

Music Promotion: Get Your Songs Heard!

Your music is recorded and ready to market but you’re not sure how to best do that?

You know what to do but marketing your music is taking all your time?

Try Song Rocket!

Song Rocket is a small group of professionals who noticed the dichotomy between what should be happening for songwriters trying to promote their music, and the reality.

Song Rocket founding member Tim Spinks puts it this way,” From about the year 2,000 on, as the Internet and communication markets expanded,  new Internet sites entered the song selling game, cable television expanded its offerings and more…in short the need for original song material increased exponentially, yet overwhelmed with decisions and choices, many songwriters were feeling frustration.

At the same time life became “busier”. People, including or perhaps especially those in the music business, became tethered to their cell phones and addicted to Facebook. They don’t have time to capitalize on the opportunities and weren’t even sure which were worth pursuing.

We launched Song Rocket to solve that problem.For a small monthly fee a songwriter can relax and rest assured their song copyrights are being exploited. And if they spring for Premium membership they’ll be exploited to the fullest.”

How To Get My Songs To Christian Artists

At some point in their music marketing journey, most songwriters who write for the Christian market ask the question posed in the title.

How do you get your songs to Christian artists?

Obviously the Christian market is huge, almost as big as pop, yet it seems the doors are less open for new Christian artists than in any other genre.

The top two reasons for that are:

  1. Most Christian artists aren’t launched from a songwriting-oriented community the way, say, a country music artist is launched in Nashville. Christian artists are often launched from a church (Hillsong, Bethel, etc.) or signed as a band and tend to write their own songs more than in other genres.
  2.  Ironically, even though Christians ate not supposed to sue each other in court, as the apostle Paul makes very clear in 1st Corinthians, verse 6, the fear of a lawsuit is certainly a big factor in what seems to be a closed door policy at many Christian labels. Lyrics tend to focus around often used Christian phrases, sometimes straight from the Bible. Many record companies and artists fear that if your lyric you submit is similar to one an artist writes years, even years later, it could spark a lawsuit.

In spite of those points, make no mistake, Christian artists and record labels do want hit songs, they just rarely will accept song submissions directly from songwriters. They generally turn to the catalogs of Christian music publishers, but even they tend to be restrictive toward unpublished songwriters, they use staff writers or turn to pre=screened songs from songpluggers.

That makes finding a path to get your potential hit songs to a specific Christian artist, or any Christian artist time consuming and difficult.

If you are feeling frustrated by trying to market your Christian songs it may be time to try a professional song plugging service.  For a monthly fee ranging from about $60 per month up to about $500 per month, plugger will market your work to their contacts.

It makes sense to pay a small fee that buys you a fresher and broader contact list as well as the credibility of professional representation. Best of all, it removes the frustration and burden of attempting to market your own songs.


Have you tried Song Rocket? Song Rocket is a song plugging service that can get your songs to Christian artists, Christian labels, Christian music publishers and other Christian song markets at a reasonable month;y cost! They also offer a far more comprehensive marketing program that will attempt to place your songs in song libraries, on radio, independent films and more. Give Song Rocket a look today!


Female Singers for Hire @ Nashville Trax

Female singers for hire can be found at Nashville Trax Vocals Online!

The singer IS the song! We have some of the very best available who not only will deliver your song authentically but also charge reasonable rates you can afford. Click here for samples, photos and rates.

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How Do I Get My Songs Published?

The questions, “How Do I Get My Songs Published?” and “How Can I Get My Songs Heard?” are echoed sooner or later by nearly every songwriter serious about marketing their work.

The short answer? Song Rocket

As opportunities exponentially increase for song placement each year, ironically it’s getting more difficult to get the decision makers listen to new music.

At one time the major label record companies, television networks and movie companies were the only games in town. Now there are numerous venues: cable TV shows, song libraries, Pandora, You Tube and many other places in need of music.

But that splintering of the music money pie leaves the various users of music with less money and less incentive to listen to new music from unpublished and unsigned songwriters.

The larger question: in this age of specialization why would a songwriter spend time marketing their work? Use that time to write songs and leave song plugging and marketing to the professionals.

Take a look at Song Rocket. If you clicked on this article odds are very good it’s exactly what you need.




Now Tracking: Better Than A Hallelujah

I hope to help make YOUR project sound GREAT soon!

I hope to help make YOUR project sound GREAT soon!

Working on a limited release demo CD project mixing original songs with cover tunes. First up? A cover of Amy Grant’s Better Than A Hallelujah.

The songwriting craft evident in Hallelujah blows me away. The lyric is simple yet powerful. The melody just soars. Love it!

There’s no sense in copying Amy’s version, that’s pretty much a definitive performance so rather than attempt to emulate greatness, I want to do something different with it.

One thought was to make it much bigger sounding, over the top alt pop rock with distorted guitars, a full choir, big rock drums, etc.

But I decided while interesting to produce, going huge would lose the best quality this tune has going for it: simple understated beauty. So it will remain at about the same dynamic just a little more dense with a slightly bluesy lead vocal, some Hall & Oates style bgv’s (background vocals) and some unusual instrumentation. Exactly what, I’ll leave as a surprise for now and post an mp3 when the CD is finished.

In my research before charting I found an Amy Grant interview about the song I think you’d find interesting for a lot of reasons.

I also found the The Official Amy Grant Video of Better Than A Hallelujah Not too great of a discovery, Columbus’ place in history remains secure, it comes up 1st in Google, lol.

Beautiful the mess we are.



Camille Rae’s latest single, But I Want You, on CMT!

Congratulations to singer Camille Rae on her latest single, But I Want You, being added to CMT!


The CMT video version

Camille singing on our client’s songs:

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