Wednesday, December 18

Enter Your Song - ISC Stocking Stuffer 
Enter your songs now for the ISC Stocking Stuffer! Entries are open for one week only from December 16-23. The entry fee is only $25, and songs can be entered in any category. All submissions entered into the Stocking Stuffer will also be entered into ISC 2013. 

This Stocking Stuffer promo allows you to submit to the contest after all normal entry has been closed and give you access to play credits and a chance at big prizes.
Once the Stocking Stuffer closes, there will be no more chances to enter ISC 2013. So, enter now

One Stocking Stuffer winner will be selected and win $1,000 courtesy of Radio Airplay and Jango, 4,000 Radio Airplay credits, promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets, and an artist spotlight on this blog and the Radio Airplay newsletter reaching over 65,000 members. All Stocking Stuffer entrants will receive 100 free spins to their Radio Airplay account.

Stocking Stuffer is your last chance so don't miss out!

Check out the blog post here for more info on the ISC 2013 contest:

How To Write A Song If You're Aiming For The Charts!

If you’ve been making music for a while by now, you probably already know how to write a song - but do the kinds of songs you’ve been writing match the aims you have for your music career?

Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK recently posted a great informative guide on the basics of writing better hits and commercially-aimed songs. Click Here to read more:

Check back often for more industry news, tips & tricks on how to make the most out of your promotion on Radio Airplay!

Wednesday, December 11

2013 Holiday Song Contest Winners! 
We want to thank each and everyone of you who submitted to our 2013 holiday contest.  Our team has listened to over 1000 holiday song submissions and has made their decisions.

The top 20 submissions have been chosen and each of these artists have been awarded 1,500 play credits and top placement in the Independent Holiday '13 station.


Top 20 Holiday Submissions

Jason Radcliffe - Christmas After All
James Collins - Christmas With You

Claudia Mikail (Songwriter) - New Year's in Manhattan
Patterson Barrett - Santa Claus Is On the Loose
Erick Macek - Shake Up Christmas (Cover)
Carmen & Camille - Christmas Kiss
Mulled - A Perfect Christmas
Jonny Blu - Holiday For Two
Marshall Artz - Peace
SPiN - Christmas Time Again
Jeff Rogers - Rockin Santa Claus
Amanda Duncan - The Cookie Song
Anna Zajac - Dear Christmas
Caroline Dare - Happiest Holiday
Nathan Sink - Merry Christmas to All Tonight
Zach & Friends - On Christmas Morning
King Teddy - Could It Be Christmas?
Lisa Asher - Rudolph and his Big Red Nose
Treetop Sisters - Nicki and the Crew
Finding Adam - It Must Be Christmas Time

We also added 160 more of the songs we thought were the top submissions to our holiday station. We've included the playlist below.

Again thank you for all of your time and hard work creating such joyful holiday tunes for the world to hear. We all had a wonderful time listening to each and every one.
Happy Holidays and New Year to all of our artists celebrating this holiday time all over the world!

Independent Holiday '13

Jason Radcliffe - Christmas After All
James Collins - Christmas With You

Claudia Mikail (Songwriter) - New Year's in Manhattan
Patterson Barrett - Santa Claus Is On the Loose
Erick Macek - Shake Up Christmas (Cover)
Carmen & Camille - Christmas Kiss
Mulled - A Perfect Christmas
Jonny Blu - Holiday For Two
Marshall Artz - Peace
SPiN - Christmas Time Again
Jeff Rogers - Rockin Santa Claus
Amanda Duncan - The Cookie Song
Anna Zajac - Dear Christmas
Caroline Dare - Happiest Holiday
Nathan Sink - Merry Christmas to All Tonight
Zach & Friends - On Christmas Morning
King Teddy - Could It Be Christmas?
Lisa Asher - Rudolph and his Big Red Nose
Treetop Sisters - Nicki and the Crew
Finding Adam - It Must Be Christmas Time

Jordan - LetItSnow
VERVILLE - Christmas Ain't Christmas
Alexander McKay - Winter
Rick Pickren - Christmas Time Out On The Range
Johnny Jc - Merry Christmas
The BluesBox Bayou Band - Blue Bayou Christmas
Classic Alpine - Christmas Is Drawing Near
Frank Shiner - Driving Home For Christmas
Karel King - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Barry Keenan - Christmas Lights
James Robert Webb - Born This Day
M W B - Gleaming Hope
Bruce Bergh Christmas - Jimmy's Housetop
Sara Milonovich and Daisycutter - Light the Tree Lights
Kenny Walker - It's Christmas, Carol
Lucky Widmore - Nothing like Christmas
Grant Taylor - O Holy Night
Jamie Beeman - When Sant Comes Home
The Whiskey Farm - Colorado
James and The Devil - James and the Devil + Carol of The Bells
Marri Nallos - It's Christmas Day
Bella Queen Be Be - Santa Baby
The Layaways - O Christmas Tree
jerusha - LATKE DANCE
Seanario - Last Christmas
Phredd - Merry Pirate Christmas
Kirsten Haglund - True Joy of Christmas
Brett Perkins - It Just Won't Be Christmas Now
Justine Dorsey - No One Would Be Alone On Christmas Eve
Garfield Mayor - Two-Eighteen
Dean Batstone - Christmas Time Again
The White Family - Merry Christmas Baby
Mike Stocksdale - Christmas Good Time
New Destiny Quartet - Glory To God In the Highest
Dcall - Christmas Noel
KAL - Jukebox Christmas
Kudzu Kountry - Follow The Star

Sarah Gengel & The Dan Kirouac Band - Christmas Together
Original Dave - I Love Christmas Too
Sonny Grosso - The Christmas Song
Mezzo Mestizo - I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
Just Parker - December Love
Darlene Bailey - The Gift I Have In You
Karling Abbeygate - Silent Night
Glen Foster Group - The Spirit of Christmas
Nick Lopez - Christmas In San Francisco
Dave Hawkins - Angel and the Folksinger
This is it - Christmas Time
Michael  Brandmeier - YOUR CHRISTMAS SCENE (Duet w/Esther O' Connor)
Niko Tsakalakos - The First Snow
The Bergamot - Winter Anthem
John Hardie - Ev'ry Day is Christmas with You
Win The Day - Toyland
The Trainwrecks - Burn It Down
Glen Foster Group - The Spirit of Christmas
Babyfat - The Man's Birthday (a Christmas Song)
The Lispy Little Kissers - Don't Forget The Mistletoe
David Kocijan - Silent night
Olu - Carol of The Bells
Mirrored Shower - Christmas Present
Taggart - Wishmas
Ross Douglas - santa samba
Karen Petrocella - Santa Guy
Matt Vollmar and The Great Romance - Sing Along (A Christmas Song)
Cold Beer & Broads - Get Me Home By Christmas Eve
Signing Einstein - Wipe The Pages Clear
Michael Aaron - Greatest Gift- Lyle Divinsky
June Bisantz - Santa Baby
Mark Goldstein - At Christmas Time
Joseph Thomas Pugh - Christmas Bells
Warren Cole - Give me a reason
Chuck Eaton - Take this Christmas
Ben Reel - This Christmas Time
Ev Jones - 12 Days
Eight to the Bar - Christmas in Jail
Cherie Burton - The Christmas Song
Bradford Mayfield - The One
Anna Zajac - Dear Christmas
Homeless Balloon - Angles We Have Known
Yolanda Rabun - I'm Coming Home for the Holidays
Yvette Medina - That's Why We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Pete RG - Always Christmas
Larry Costa - I'll Be Home For Christmas
Bub Zulu - Santa bring my baby back to me
Brent Burns - All Wrapped Up In Christmas
Mary Fletcher - That's What I Want For Christmas
Kurt Liberatore - Carol of the Bells
Evie Archer - On Christmas Day
Sara Milonovich and Daisycutter - Light the Tree Lights
Sevenview - Christmas Comes Every Day
Jesse Brown - Silent Night Blue
Buck69 - Merry Christmas Baby
Chad Seay - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Peggy Skomal - Greensleeves
Megan Zurkey - The Greatest Gift
Fort Million - A Jingle Jangle Christmas
Iridesense - Christmas In My Heart
Tymes Band - Must Be Christmas Time Again
Larry Ashby - Angels we have heard on high
Lee DeWyze - XMas Jamboree
Mary Jo Holuba - The Christmas Song
Rich Chambers - Santa's Rockin' Band
Elle Maze - Wish You Were Here
Sheena Doorn - Celebrate the Season
Becky Barksdale - Let It Snow
Rose Ranger - Angel For Christmas
Darlington - Tinsel Tree
The Larch - Images of Christmas
Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising - Spending Every Christmas With You
Jana - Christmas Time Is Here
Chris Van Cott - Candy Canes
Dennis Bryan - Christmastime is Here
CrusaderBeach - This Is The Life (Jingle Bell Version)
Andrew Marcus - Christmas Time is Here
Angela fontana - Estrellita de navidad
Cold Beer & Broads - Get Me Home By Christmas Eve
Zack Ghaly - Christmas List
Susan Ketron - What Child Is This
Al Staehely - Heart Of Texas (The Texas Christmas Song)
Finding Adam - It Must Be Christmas Time
The Delivery Boys - You're All I Want For Christmas
Mike Bryant - The Snowman
John Mueller - O Little Town of Bethlehem
Matt Conable - Holidays
Tracy Forte - My Gift To You
Rob Dye Band - (When I Hear) Our Christmas Song
Jim Stephens - Winter Blues
Jeff Stottlar - Honky Tonk Christmas
Les Callard - Merry Christmas and Goodbye (Single) [feat. Max Greenwood]
Spike Ivory - Under The Mistletoe
Steven Hardy - I'm Still Waiting for Christmas
Eamonn McCrystal - Blue Christmas
Christine Rose - On Christmas Day
June Bisantz - Santa Baby
Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart - Shepherds & Angels
Anny Celsi - Christmas in the Pines
John P. Flynn - Happy Christmas Time
The Upset Victory - Slay Bells
Sentinel - Merry Little Christmas
Orbit Monkey - Coming Home For Christmas
J.K. Hodge - Waltz of the Flowers
Matt Smutko - Another Christmas
John Stuthard - Drummer Boy (Play My Drum)
Mary Allen - Dream and Believe
Ashley Daneman - Silent Night (what I wouldn't give for a...)
Mel Kubik - This Christmas Day
PICUS MAXIMUS - Hallelujah
The Jive Aces - Christmas Is Where You Are
Roberta Arcoleo Boyle - Silent Night (Brahms Lullaby intro)
Sam Sims - All I Ever Really Need for Christmas (Blue World)
Shauni Williams - A Christmas Tune
SoulJahm - Christmas (C'mon)
Stephen Foster & Howler - Christmas Time Is Here
Susan Madson - Santa Can You Bring Peace On Earth featuring Micheal Salinas
TSwang - Silver Bells Remix (feat) Deliverance
Terry Grinde - Could It Only Feel Like Christmas, Everyday (w/ Rachelle Fiskey)
The Slouch In The Couch Childrens Corner Band - Santa's Workshop
The Turnback - I've Been Good This Year (A Song For X-mas)

Top things to do (and not do) for an Industry Showcase

For gigging artists and bands, booking a great show can do wonders for your music career and fan base, but as an artist it's up to you to make the most out of it!

Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK recently posted a great top 10 list of things you can keep in mind and do to make the best of not just an Industry Showcase, but any show or gig you're playing. 

Click Here to read more: 

Check back often for more industry news, tips & tricks on how to make the most out of your promotion on Radio Airplay!

Wednesday, December 4

Submit Your Songs To Music Resources - FREE can help submit your music to college and internet radio as well as music magazines, blogs and podcasts worldwide. 

They can connect you with licensing opportunities for TV, film and video games. 

Create a free website to upload your songs, photos, videos and sell your music. Gain access to over 25,000 industry contacts, including music managers, supervisors, A&R reps, bookings agents and more!  Give your music career the jump-start that it deserves.  

Get started today - Sign Up For FREE at:

How To Make Money With Music: Gigging
For gigging artists and bands, it can be hard enough getting gigs and bringing people down to see you, and even harder to try and make money (and not lose money!) from your shows.

Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK recently posted a great guide with a few tips on actually making money at your shows and gigs. 

Click Here to read more:


Check back often for more industry news, tips & tricks on how to make the most out of your promotion on Radio Airplay!

Tuesday, December 3

Have a Virtual Concert! 
An online concert is a great new way for artists to perform to all their fans at once, and a unique medium for musicians to earn some money. Learn more in this article posted by our friends at CD Baby! 

Friday, November 29

Enter Your Song in this Contest Today

Do you have great songs related to any sort of social cause? 

If so, you can enter into the special promotion: "Pick Your Cause" for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in conjunction with Radio Airplay and run from November 18 - December 4, 2013, and you can enter via the "ISC Online" entry platform. Click here to enter:

By entering the promotion, your songs will also be entered into ISC's 2013 competition with a chance to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a $25,000 cash Grand Prize!

ISC 2013 judges include top industry executives and recording artists Tom Waits, Nas, Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, Garbage, Florida Georgia Line, and many more. For a complete list, go to

Pick Your Cause

Enter the Pick Your Cause promotion, and your song will not only be automatically entered into ISC 2013 competition, but you will also have your song for any social cause included on the radio station "Sounds Of Social Cause" station ( along with major artists like Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more. Just for entering you will also receive 100 free play credits (for each song entered) to your Radio Airplay account. 

One Grand Prize winner from the promotion will receive 4000 Radio Airplay credits ($100 value), promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, an artist spotlight feature in the Radio Airplay blog and newsletter reaching over 65K members, and top placement in rotation on Sounds Of Social Cause

Nine runners up receive 500 Radio Airplay credits each, promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, and top rotation in on the Sounds Of Social Cause station. Winners will be announced at the end of February, 2014. If you have an existing Radio Airplay account, you will receive an additional 100 free plays to your account for each entry into the Pick Your Cause promotion.

To enter the promotion simply go to:

Artist Spotlight - Conrad Shiner

This melody-driven debut album from songwriter-singer Conrad Shiner takes listeners on a folk-pop ride through timeless terrain—love lost and found, dreams abandoned and begun—whose rock-and-roll engine powers effortless transitions from words spoken close and tender to laments crowed loud and raw. The Lost Decade is, at heart, American Roots Rock. It’s the story of becoming one’s own man.

Conrad Shiner is a regular guy—who’s aware that most folks don’t spend ten years writing songs at night and working in an office by day. And that tension—between the bare desire to make meaning and the nauseating suspicion that you’re an absurd narcissist—is the brave, delicate devil that makes this album simultaneously unsettling and familiar.

From the opening line of “Present Day,” in which, borrowing a line spoken by the drifter Jake in Carson McCullers’s novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Shiner sings, “I got the Gospel in me, and I need to tell someone,” this regular guy goes out on a limb and dangles his heart off the end. Drawn in by his clean melodies, poppy undercurrents, and roots rock drive, you can’t help but take him up on his dare: go ahead and let yourself be shamelessly wistful, too.

External Links

Jango -
Website -
Press Kit -
Itunes -
CDBaby -
Amazon -
Google Play -

Describe your sound in one ramble on sentence

The nice thing about my sound is that it doesn’t take a ramble-on to describe – it’s Rock and Roll – but given the implicit permission to elaborate, my sound is emotional, sung-from-the-gut Rock and Roll that you might hear being belted out from a dive bar on a back street in a strange, unfamiliar town on a warm night where it feels like anything is possible.

What inspires you to make music?

There really isn’t a specific inspiration. My desire to make music feels more like simply a part of who I am. It’s very present aspect of my everyday thoughts, like an impulse, or the feeling of being hungry – it’s just innate. At any given moment, there is a song in my head, unfinished, playing over and over with slight changes each time through until perhaps one day it sounds “right”. Creating the music from there feels more like an act of exorcism – like I’ll go crazy if I can’t get the idea out of my head and onto a sheet of paper or a pocket recorder. That said, there are of course moments of inspiration, but they’re mostly related to the bigger picture of my life at this point. I’m a relatively new father with another child on the way. Getting to know my daughter and look at the world through her eyes has been an incredible experience that is exactly like all

of the stereotypical, trite things you hear parents say. So of course this new experience has caused a decent amount of new self-reflection on life, mortality, and finding meaning in it all, which is luckily fertile ground for songwriting.

What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?

It may sound cheesy, but just the fact that the possibilities are endless. The standard that I hold for myself is that I only consider a song good if some part of it, some moment can give me chills. I figure that if I can’t move myself with my music, if I can’t connect with it in an honest way, then it would be impossible to expect that it would be able to move someone else. The tough part is, that’s a tough standard – it’s like trying to make yourself laugh with your own joke. It’s possible, but you lose the element of surprise a bit. The reason that the standard is crucial is that if it’s a good song, you may end up playing it a thousand times or more between the studio and performing and rehearsing. On that thousandth time, it’s certainly forgivable if the magic isn’t there from the first time, and it may become easy to doubt if the song is good at all the more you tire of it. However, if you know for sure that when it was fresh that the spark was definitely there, then that’s something you can rely on to tell yourself “yes, this is something that is good – it’s only my perspective that has changed a bit”. Works for me, anyway. So this is a long way of saying that I’m excited by the chance that any given day might be the day I come up with the next thing that can give me chills, that I want to hear over and over as I hone something new.

Nothing is as exciting as a new idea that you know is good, and all of the possibilities that it brings.

What aspect of making music gets you the most discouraged?

The toughest part for me is taking a composition once the basic gist is done – say, lyrics, structure, melody etc – and thinking about how to transform that into an actual recording. In my mind, I hear lots of things that sound great, but there are a lot of moving parts, and I don’t have the technical proficiency to play it all myself nor the studio chops to produce it all. For The Lost Decade, I was lucky enough to get to work with some very talented experienced people in bringing my vision to life. But now, I feel like I’m getting overrun with more ideas than finished products, which is a good problem to have, but it can feel a tad overwhelming in the bigger picture when contemplating the how/what/when of the next album.To combat this, I have continued to focus on the quality of the song itself, and not some idea of whatever the finished product will be. If something sounds good completely stripped down, then it’s probably got a chance to be something good. It’s when a song doesn’t sound great on its own but works a bit better only when it’s got all the window dressing that I get suspicious. There’s really only so much you can ask one song to do.

Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

Last Goodbye, by Jeff Buckley. When he sings “kiss me out of desire, babe, not consolation” it feels like the closest thing to perfection even possible in a song. The man had the voice of an angel. Even writing this now makes my heart beat a little faster.

What's one of your all-time favorite recordings?

Hearts and Bones, by Paul Simon. It’s the title track to a commercial failure of an album that thankfully has not gotten lost to time and has gained some critical respect over the years, and it is one of the best rendered love stories ever committed to song. Listen to the words, the way he sings, the acoustic guitar tempered with a gentle rhythm that rises to a crescendo with “you take two bodies and you twirl them into one / their hearts and their bones / and they won’t come undone”. Simply amazing.

Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.

I’ll start with the two I just mentioned. Though I can’t claim any vocal abilities that are even in the same universe as Jeff Buckley, what I have tried to emulate from him is his soulfulness, his ability to coat every word he sings with raw emotion. I don’t have a great range, vocally, and I have trouble keeping my pitch on track, but what I’ve always relied on is the ability to feel what I am singing. You can’t lean on that crutch at the complete expense of singing in key, but without the right emotion behind the notes, technical  perfection alone falls completely flat. Once in awhile there is a human that seems able to do it all, like Buckley could. Most of the time, though, the rest of us play to our strengths, give it our all, and hope it’s good enough.

And of course Paul Simon is hands down the greatest songwriter of all time. Apologies to all the Dylan and Beatles fans and whoever else may be up in arms, but in my mind it’s not even close. I can’t add anything about the man that probably hasn’t already been said better by someone else. But I can say that his much has meant more to me, personally, than anything else I have ever heard. Listening to Paul Simon as a child taught me to love music, made me understand how music could be something one could love. I don’t feel equipped with the words to even describe what that means.

Over the past ten years, one of the folks I’ve listened to just about as much as anybody else is Ryan Adams. Songwriting-wise, the guy has had his high and low moments, but overall, his highs are better than almost anyone and he has a fearlessness that I love and respect. He loves every kind of music there is, and isn’t afraid to let himself be inspired by it all, isn’t afraid to reinvent himself or challenge external expectations. He’s a creative spitfire to a degree most of us couldn’t ever sustain, but that we try to capture from time to time. Where my songwriting sometimes feels like pulling teeth, his thoughts seem to come in waves from a never-ending spigot.

Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.

Right now, I have a few dozen songs I am working on, all at various stages of completion, and I am happy with my writing and excited to see where it goes. I don’t have any timelines in mind or contracts to honor, so I am trying to let the process run its course – I don’t want to force anything. Ideally, at about this time next year, I will be in a position to start work on recording my second album. In the meantime, I have a lot of writing to do, but like I said, I have more ideas than I ever have had in my life, so the process feels more like fun and less like work. I will probably try to play some shows here and there but for the most part my real-world obligations will keep me pretty close to home.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?

I like waking up in the morning and seeing emails telling me I have new listeners and fans from countries all over the world that I’ve never even been to. It’s incredibly surreal to me to think that my music has been heard by people all over the world. I have seen record sales and fans pop up from Spain, France, Sweden, Philippines, Israel, South Korea, Portugal, and a whole bunch of countries in South America and probably some other places I can’t remember, thanks to the wide reaches of Radio Airplay.I’m going to say it again – it’s surreal. To think that music that was in my head is now available for distribution and there are other human beings who live in places I have never even visited are hearing it and enjoying it and sharing it with their friends and now interviewing me about it – it just blows me away. I can’t think of any other way to describe it.

Artist Press Kit Guide 
Even in this new age of streaming radio like Jango Radio and and internet-based promotion, the Press Kit can be just as important than ever for your promotion and success - if not more so.

Because every artist represents its own “brand”, it becomes necessary to package your brand in such a way that it is attractive to fans as well as potential investors from within the music industry, while showcasing your marketability and strengths. For successful artists, having a press kit available at any time is a must!

Our friends over at MUSIC THINK TANK and Phosphene Productions recently posted an excellent guide to creating and using your artist press kit to help promote and find success with your music.

Click Here to read more:

Check back often for more industry news, tips & tricks on how to make the most out of your promotion on Radio Airplay!

How To Promote Your Music 
You've heard the same things over and over again on how to promote your music. Here is an article by our friends at Music Think Tank with some great advice and some not-so obvious tips on promoting your music that you may not have thought of already.

Monday, November 25

Looking to Target Your Holiday Songs?

While we don't have a dedicated holiday targeting system setup, we recommend that you add any of these top holiday artists to your campaign targeting list.

They are the most frequently played artists in our most popular holiday stations.
These artists are getting the most plays in those stations so by targeting them your probability of being played in that holiday stations is much higher.

Al Jarreau
Amy Grant
Andy Williams
Bing Crosby
Brenda Lee
Brian McKnight
Burl Ives
Celine Dion
Christina Aguilera
Colbie Caillat
Dean Martin
Ella Fitzgerald
Elvis Presley
Frank Sinatra
Gene Autry
Glee Cast
Henry Mancini
John Fahey
Johnny Mathis
Josh Groban
Justin Bieber
Louis Armstrong
Mariah Carey
Martina McBride
Michael Buble
Nat King Cole
Perry Como
Regis Philbin
Ringo Starr
Rosemary Clooney
Taylor Swift
Tony Bennett
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Vince Guaraldi Trio

Sunday, November 24

DIYMusician: Reason Why Your Music Wasn't Reviewed Or Blogged an album or recording new material is an exciting and time consuming process, but the work does not stop there. In today's world, it's not enough to simply record and album and put it up for distribution on CD Baby, iTunes, etc, and expect huge success. 

Marketing and receiving press coverage on a new release is extremely important and it can lead to great opportunities. This article posted by our good friends over at CD Baby explains the 7 most common reasons why the media does not choose to review or blog about certain releases

Click here to read more!