Independent Song-Plugging

Makin’ Music’s song-plugging team has consistently been the most effective song-pluggers for their clients in the business. Over the past 25 years the Makin’ Music song-pluggers have received more than 150 Top Ten records and numerous Grammy, CMA and ACM awards. Makin’ represents many “Songwriter of the Year” and “Song of the Year” winners including Mac MacAnally, Rafe Van Hoy, Kostas, Robert Byrne, Tommy Brasfield, Karen Staley, Sonny Throckmorton and many more. Makin’ Music works to plug their clients’ songs to the best possible outlet from albums to movies and television.
Radio Promotion

Makin’ Music has the best secondary radio promotion team in Nashville. Makin’ Music’s main focus is on targeted regional campaigns tailored to each specific artist. Targeted radio promotion campaigns include booking radio tours for their artists. Makin’s radio promotion team also targets Music Row and has received Music Row chart success and long chart lifetimes.

Makin’ Music has also developed a national promotion team and has recently been conducting business in Europe. Makin’s radio promotion team is not limited to country music only but also has a rock promotion team that offers both mainstream and college radio promotion.

All of Makin’s radio promotion services are tailor made for their artists at different levels to accommodate artists in all career stages and budget sizes.

Publicity and Internet Marketing

Makin’ Music Media is the full service publicity and image consulting division of Makin’ Music Inc. MMM works directly with Makin’ Music’s radio promotion services to help build a fan base for developing artists in their target region.

Makin’ Music Media’s internet marketing team focuses on the many social networks available to artists today. MMM focuses mainly on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and blogging but knows the importance of the many new social networks available and constantly research to find the best websites for their artists. MMM’s team does everything from setting up their artists’ accounts to running them, with the artist’s input, when the artists would rather focus on their music than their websites.

Record Production

Makin’ Music’s record production team works both with their imprint label, Foremost Records, and is available for hire with other labels. They are led by songwriter, producer, and arranger Chris Dodson who has worked with artists such as Kix Brooks, Merle Haggard, and Keith Whitley to name a few.

Most recently Dodson has written and produced Julie Ingram’s new album for Longshot Records. He has also recently finished producing a four master album project for Virginia Records, and single sides on Sherri Sides and Brandon Giles.

Dodson is joined by Jeff Tweel who has done creative and production work for Billy Ray Cyrus, Lee Ann Rimes, B.J. Thomas, Sam & Dave, The Grassroots, SONY and Disney.

Artist Management

Makin’ Music has successfully managed fourteen artists including obtaining 14 major label record deals. The company has become a prominent talent scout over the last twenty years, currently scouting for four major labels and two international entertainment companies.

Recent Activity
  • Signing the #1 priority new act on Arista - JYPSI as an SONY Label Group talent scout.
  • Providing and overseeing all aspects of label services for Dallas based Longshot Records including the highly successful national radio/video promotion and marketing campaign.
  • Making a major EMI production deal and priority booking deal with Monterey Peninsula Agency for Makin' Music's client Brandon Giles. The EMI record is produced by Grammy award winning major hit songwriter and producer Tom Hambridge whose credits include Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Taylor, Nora Jones, Chuck Berry, Susan Tedeschi, Boston, Delbert McClinton, and Keith Anderson, Johnny Winter and Van Zant.
  • Makin' Music's expertise in management, promotion and marketing are invaluable in assisting an artist with growth and development toward becoming a major star. Chris Dodson and the Makin' Music management team has played a major role in the development and success of major artists including Terri Clark, Ricky Skaggs, Kix Brooks, Keith Whitley, Michael Martin Murphey, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Rimes and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Catalog Sales and Acquisitions

Because of its leadership in song-plugging and extensive industry network, Makin' Music is active as a broker for the
purchase and sale of song catalogs. The company regularly works with numerous buyers with an aggregate purchasing power of over $300,000,000 and with an extensive number of prospective sellers from the music community. This is a huge business in Nashville and Makin' Music continues to be consistently involved in both sales and acquisitions, currently working on four very large catalog deals.

Music Publishing

Makin' Music publishes many hit songs including: "The Fear of Being Alone"/Reba McIntire, "Deep Down"/Pam Tillis, "Like There Ain't No Yesterday"/Blackhawk, "Whatever Comes First"/Sons of the Desert, "She Doesn't Need Me Anymore"/Peter Cetera, "Choices"/George Jones, "Give My Heart To You"/Billy Ray Cyrus, "Yo \u Still Do"/T.G. Sheppard, "Fighting With Fire"/Davis Daniel, and "Familiar Ground"/Michael White, as well as songs recorded by John Michael Montgomery, Bryan White, Martina McBride, Ty Herndon, Trace Adkins, Ricky Skaggs, Sammy Kershaw, Ricky Van Shelton, Shenandoah, Keith Whitley, Kenny Chesney, Linda Davis, ForeRunner, Ronnie Milsap, Holly Dunn, the Forester Sisters and many more.

In addition, Dodson personally owns hit copyrights including: "There's No Getting Over Me"/Ronnie Milsap, "Holdin' Her Lovin' You"/Earl Thomas Conley/Clay Walker, "Once In a Blue Moon", "Half Past Forever", "One Owner Heart" and "In Over My Heart"/TG Sheppard, "The Angel in Your Arms This Morning"/Hot/ Barbara Mandrell, "Til You're Gone"/Barbara Mandrell, "She Sure Got Away With My Heart"/John Anderson.

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