Musicbizcast With Kelly Castor



Musicbizcast is a weekly podcast helping artists get better at the business of music. Through stories from some of the of the most inspiring names in the industry, were collecting the tips, tricks, and lessons that can mean the difference between eeking out a living in music, and truly thriving in the MusicBiz! Hosted by Kelly Castor.


  • Episode 54: Bill Toms talks about what it takes to release a CD in 2015

    03/06/2015 Duración: 39min

    Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bill Toms joined Pittsburgh’s legendary band, The Houserockers, as lead guitarist in 1987. The band’s meteoric rise into the professional music scene enabled Bill to tour the United States and Europe repeatedly. While with Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers he opened for and played with a long and impressive list of notables, such as The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat and Stevie Ray Vaughn. During his 20 years of playing guitar, co-writing, and singing back-up vocals for the Houserockers, Toms recorded six studio albums and one live concert album. In 1995, the acclaimed CD, “American Babylon,” was recorded and produced by Bruce Springsteen. In this episode, Bill talked about the release of his latest CD, “Deep in the Shadows.”

  • Episode 53: Stacey Sherman on why success in the music biz is all about the team you build around you

    20/05/2015 Duración: 34min

    Stacey Sherman is a founder and media consultant at RSP Entertainment Marketing. Through her consultancy, Stacey promotes clients and coordinates all aspects of media, event, publicity, and image presentation. Stacey believes that everyone has a story to tell and she ensures that each clients’ story is heard.   It could be as simple as a rewrite and updated artist bio, a press release to let the media know about an upcoming CD release, or securing corporate sponsorships and planning a full-blown press tour–RSP Entertainment can handle it all. Stacey’s longstanding motto is stand out, be important, help others.  

  • Episode 52: Tasman Jude on blowing up the reggae scene all the way from Alberta Canada

    13/05/2015 Duración: 33min

    Grande Prairie, Alberta may not be the first place you expect to discover a reggae band. But it was there that Caleb Hart & Al Peterson first climbed an open mic stage together and improvised three songs. The crowd’s response could not be ignored, and while people gathered around them to ask where their music could be found, Caleb quickly made a Facebook page with the name Tasman Jude and directed people there.   Three months later they found themselves with a committed fanbase and an EP charting on iTunes. As they began to tour (now with a full band including Derek Wilder & Bethanie Earle) and word about their energetic live show spread, they released a second single “Family” which quickly began to find a home on radio stations around the world and pick up multiple songwriting awards.

  • Episode 51: Kendal Conrad on what it’s like sharing a stage with the one-and-only Keith Urban

    06/05/2015 Duración: 36min

    Kendal Conrad is a singer, actor, published writer, and award-winning songwriter. Kendal appeared on MTV and recently sang a duet onstage with Keith Urban. Kendal was featured on Keith Urban's website as one of his favorite "Raise 'Em Up" Tour moments and appeared in Keith's 2014 Video Yearbook. She is International Miss Talent and won the title with her original song "Girlstrong." She has performed at the White House, Wells Fargo Center, Sands Casino, Six Flags, Hersheypark, the Bitter End, and Musikfest, as well as the Susquehanna Bank Center for 92.5 XTU's anniversary party. Kendal has sung the National Anthem for MLB, NBA, MMA, NASCAR (televised on ESPN), and NBC’s National Dog Show. She was a finalist in the NBC 10 Talent Search and a finalist in the Colgate Country Showdown. She has opened for country artists Phil Vassar and Craig Morgan and performed personally for author Nicholas Sparks.   As an extra in in the film Silver Linings Playbook, she can be seen bumping into Bradley Cooper, and she is curre

  • Episode 50: 20 Twen on the work that went into getting a radio single in 14 states

    29/04/2015 Duración: 22min

    20 TWen is a East Detroit rap prodigy who first made a name for himself in the Michigan hip-hop scene by releasing a series of blazing mixtapes and catchy singles. Coming up, 20 Twen has collaborated with super-producers 9th Wonder, Kajmir Royale (DMX, Bow Wow, De La Soul), and Johnny Juliano (Wiz Khalifa, T-Pain, Rick Ross). In 2013, 20 Twen released what became a critically acclaimed project, “No Feelings,” receiving praise from hip-hop heavyweight and multi-platinum producer Don Cannon (Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and 50 cent, among others). There is no doubt, 20 Twen is rapidly becoming a sought-after act in today’s oversaturated hip-hop market.

  • Episode 49: Riley Weston on always making time for the business side of the music

    22/04/2015 Duración: 54min

    Riley Weston is a Nashville-based writer of TV and film, actress, award-winning author, songwriter, singer, and performer.   As a singer/songwriter, Riley Riley cut her first single, If I Said Howdy to You, after self-teaching herself the guitar in only 18 months. And while working on her debut album,Surrender Laughing, Riley had the opportunity to open for her long time musical heroes, Montgomery Gentry.   As an actress, Riley starred in the indie feature, Footprints, where she played a disturbed runaway in Hollywood who dresses up as Super Girl. Footprints was declared "one of the 10 Best Films so Far this Year" by the Chairman of the NY Film Critics Circle. Riley also starred in the hit TV movie, What About Your Friends.    As a writer, Riley has written for the WB television drama, Felicity as well as starred as Story Zimmer in the show. Riley also wrote and starred in the highly-rated ABC television movie, Christmas at Water’s Edge. Riley went on to write the hit TV movie, The Nanny Express, for Hallmar

  • Episode 48: Van Wild on why not all advice in the musicbiz is created equal

    15/04/2015 Duración: 38min

    Van Wild is a southern blues-rock-pop musical project. Her debut EP, "Van Wild," is a mix of catchy love, social observation, and protest songs that are inspired by southern landscapes and folklore.   Van Wild’s single, "Cherry Tree," is currently #26 on the MediaBase Indie Label charts and can now be heard on BDS and MediaBase stations across the US. Her "Cherry Tree" music video is playing on more than 150 TV stations internationally and is on in-house closed circuit TV in American Eagle, Steve Madden, Four Seasons Hotels, Caesar’s Palace, and Macy’s.   Her follow-up single, "Hey Old Man," is already on radios internationally and will hit mainstream American radios in late Spring, 2015. In January, Van Wild was a selected as a semifinalist for the Belk Southern Artist Showcase and performed at Nashville's storied venue, 12th & Porter.  

  • Episode 47: Brent Baxter on capturing the grit and the grace of life as a lyricist in the music biz

    08/04/2015 Duración: 37min

    Brent Baxter is a Nashville-based lyricist and songwriting coach. Brent’s first cut came in early 2004 with “Monday Morning Church,” recorded by Alan Jackson. The song went on to become a top five hit, honored as one of Nashville Songwriters Association International’s ten “Songs I Wish I’d Written.” In early 2005, Brent signed his first publishing deal as staff songwriter for Major Bob Music, which yielded cuts by Lady Antebellum, Randy Travis, and Lonestar, among others. In 2009 and 2010, Brent wrote for a joint venture of Peer Music and RPM Music, which yielded cuts by Joe Nichols, Ray Stevens, Charles Billingsley, and Randy Kohrs. From 2010 through 2012, Brent was the flagship writer for Infinity Music Group, yielding cuts by Canadian star Gord Bamford, as well as comedy legend Ray Stevens, blues guitar legend Steve Cropper, Andy Griggs, Buddy Jewell, and new Curb artist, and Ruthie Collins. Brent currently writes for his own publishing company, Cowboy Chords Music, and he’s also a songwriting coach with

  • Episode 46: Andrew Apanov, founder of Dotted Music + WeSpin, gives us a new spin on music marketing

    01/04/2015 Duración: 38min

    Andrew Apanov is the founder of Dotted Music, a digital marketing agency for the music industry. Dotted Music offers branding, graphic design, inbound marketing, social media integration, website development, copywriting, targeted PR, and online management to music brands of all sizes.   Andrew also recently launched WeSpin, a video-based growth training and online community for musicians, bands, producers, and DJs. He is the former editor-in-chief of Ultimate Guitar, host of the WeSpin Recipes Podcast, and the Stand Above The Noise video series. Andrew speaks and consults internationally on issues facing the music industry, and still finds time to rock some drum & bass DJ.

  • Episode 45: Avion Blackstone on staying abundantly, ridiculously happy in the music biz

    25/03/2015 Duración: 36min

    Avion Blackstone is an Austin-based singer, songwriter, poet, and pianist that lays big pop sound in between layers of meaningful lyrics. Obsessed with symbolism, Avion writes music as metaphors for life, gender, sex, and urgent world events. Her sound has been compared to Lady Gaga, and her songs are refreshing and deep with meaning while the quality of her music is equivalent to that of top tier stars. She credits her perfectionism--her fans, called #Aviants, credit her raw talent. Bio excerpted in part from Rockbandom.

  • Episode 44: EJ Lee wants us to be legally smart about being creative in the music business

    18/03/2015 Duración: 26min

    Originally from Detroit, MI, EJ Lee is the founding attorney of EJLee Law Practice, LLC located in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Lee is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI. She obtained her J.D. with an emphasis in Intellectual Property-Copyright & Trademarks. While in law school, Ms. Lee served as President of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society. Ms. Lee is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP), Georgia Music Partners, and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA). While her legal practice primarily focuses on music law, she also services fashion designers and book authors. She prides herself on treating each client with care, consideration, and aims to fully empower them to be both creative and legally savvy while navigating the Entertainment industry.

  • Episode 43: Garrett Goodwin on trying out for Carrie Underwood at 19 years old

    11/03/2015 Duración: 26min

    Garrett Goodwin began his career playing in the backdrop of worship movements across the country, including Zoegirl, Jeff Deyo of Sonicflood, Lindell Cooley, and two-time Dove Award winner By The Tree. He has since transitioned fluidly through the musical world. Most recently, Garrett has spent the last seven years as the drummer for Carrie Underwood. He's also performed live with Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith; on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, The People's Choice Awards, Billboard Awards, among others. Garrett resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where you'll find him co-leading KMLMNYC, a nonprofit organization with the mission of sending bags filled with educational material to children in need. Throughout his career, Garrett has played for over 1 million people...for each tour he's been on, and was named #1 up and coming drummer in Modern Drummer Magazine in 2013. All of this, and he's just getting started.

  • Episode 41: Hayden Richau on using social media as your primary performance platform

    25/02/2015 Duración: 30min

    Hayden Richau began his music career in church, where he directed and led a full orchestra and choir in addition to singing main vocals for 2 years. He then took to YouTube and other social media platforms where his popularity skyrocketed. Hayden now has over 13,000 Twitter followers, a 1,000-subscriber strong Instagram following, and a YouTube account with almost 1,000 subscribers.   Recently, Hayden went quiet on social media to focus on the release his first single, Sparrows Song, now available on all major music platforms. In addition to Hayden’s music achievements, he finds time to volunteer in nursing homes, work in other countries volunteering his time to help improve the lives of others, traveling the country spreading words of love and encouragement, and creating connections with business leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada in both the music and fashion industries.

  • Episode 40: Amanda Williams, a Grammy-nominated songwriter breaks down the music biz like a shotgun

    18/02/2015 Duración: 34min

    Amanda Williams is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, performer, and music business professional. Her artistry is a blend of classic country and pop influences. She recently co-wrote "She's Tired of Boys" with Garth Brooks, which appeared as the second track on his latest platinum-selling album, "Man Against Machine." She’s a magna cum laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music, with songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Jones, Tyler Dickerson, Alecia Nugent, Jessie James Decker, and others. Through Amanda’s philanthropic work, she has performed for Ambassador Andrew Young, President Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey. In 2010, Amanda founded an enhanced music publishing company called Hillbilly Culture to provide education, mentoring, and support to aspiring songwriters of all ages. In addition to publishing, Amanda is a guest lecturer on songwriting and the music business at numerous colleges and universities, as well as online as part of her own Songpreneur School. She currently resides in Nash

  • Episode 39: John DeBey on what happens when an artist finds fans that share in their beliefs

    11/02/2015 Duración: 34min

    John DeBey is a California-based music industry executive and TV producer. John’s most recent work includes the launch of WLM (World Live Music) “Xposed,” an ongoing music video showcase airing in April, 2015 on the Time Warner Cable Network/TruTV Channel 35. The show will invite some of the greatest independent and major artists from around the world to share industry experience and showcase their talents. Prior to his work with WLM, John spent ten years in marketing, promotions, and artist development with Island Def Jam Music Group, Universal Music Group, and MBK Entertainment.  

  • Episode 38: James Willamor on creating a 3rd way for artists and musicians in North Carolina

    04/02/2015 Duración: 31min

    James Willamor is the Founder and CEO of Croquet Records. Croquet Records is a nonprofit artist incubator and independent record label with the mission of promoting and developing emerging North Carolina bands and musicians.

  • Episode 37: Rorie Kelly on why life as a musician can’t be pass/fail

    28/01/2015 Duración: 33min

    Rorie Kelly is a Long Island-based singer/songwriter whose first-time listeners often remark that they “can’t believe that voice came out of that body.” Rorie writes catchy, melodic rock songs that she plays with enough passion to break guitar strings--and go right on playing without batting an eye. She has been compared to artists ranging from Fiona Apple to Janis Joplin to Liz Phair. Rorie has opened for Alix Olsen and Jen Chapin, and was named one of Long Island’s “Top Ten Indie Artists You’ve Never Heard Of” by Pulse Magazine. She recently released her first full-length record, Wish Upon a Bottlecap. The album has hit the airwaves with a vengeance. Wish Upon a Bottlecap is getting spins on Triple-A and college radio stations across the country. Rorie can often be seen in the company of her band, Rorie Kelly and More of the Mess.

  • Episode 36: Kristeen + Nicholas of KNG Music Ministry on finding comfort in music and faith

    21/01/2015 Duración: 45min

    Kristeen Nicole Gillooly is a Florida-based singer songwriter and co-founder of KNG Music Ministry, a project focused on creating Christian music as both an art and a form of ministry. Originally from Philadelphia, Kristeen grew up with musical influences from Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and Mariah Carey. Nicholas Gonzalez is the co-founder and director of public relations for KNG Music Ministry. Nicholas also is the host of “Faith Matters,” a weekly radio show on WMAD. 

  • Episode 35: Bridgette Hammers on using music to do good things in the world

    14/01/2015 Duración: 35min

    Bridgette Hammers is a Texas-based professional vocalist, performer, songwriter, and founder of BH Music Studios. Bridgette has been hailed as the “the best National Anthem singer” by the former President of the Baseball Hall of Fame President, Dale Petroskey, and has been invited to perform at major sporting events with the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, and the Frisco RoughRiders. She also has a new single coming out soon, Find Your Voice.

  • Episode 34: Rex Haberman on leveraging a day job to fund your life in music

    07/01/2015 Duración: 36min

    Rex Haberman is a Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member War Poets. Rex’s band has infiltrated the pop-rock genre using smart hooks and compelling narratives to gracefully invite listeners to consider their social and political perspectives.   The group has garnered favorable comparisons to Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, and the Replacements. Like the aforementioned artists, War Poets draw on Americana, pop, and rock to achieve an aesthetic that’s refined but rootsy.  

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