One of the key things that I notice about Jay-Z is his genius for collaborating with other artists and producers. I definitely understand the reasoning behind an artist wanting to focus most of their time and attention on themselves, especially if they hadn’t reach their goals. But, many times I see artists and producers become so self focused that they don’t realize working with others can actually push them to the next level. [Read more…]
Tired, worn out and ready to give up on her music career, Toni Braxton needed to breathe again. She needed a fresh start, and Babyface gave her a reason to sing.
Life has so many great things to offer like love and career success. Life can also knock you down with all types of challenges that hinder or prevent us from pursuing our passion and dreams. Both Toni Braxton and Kenny Babyface Edmonds are superstars who have delivered hits for the last 20 years. Yet this journey was not all champagne and roses, especially for Braxton with troubles beginning not long after making her professional debut. Since that time, Braxton has gone through two embarrassing bankruptcies, a tough divorce, and is currently learning to live with Lupus, a debilitating disease. Braxton was ready to give up her music career, but Babyface had other ideas and his friendship, love for music, and productions skills led to a moving concept album called Love, Marriage and Divorce.
Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine form the songwriting and productions team known as the Smeezingtons. In 2012, they took the time to share how their collaboration led to the chart topping success of Bruno Mars and other artists.
Most Music Artists With Record Deals Have To Do Everything Themselves
Many people do not realize that for most people who get a record deal, long gone are the days when record companies like Motown take the time to develop artists. Bruno Mars was 18 years old when he signed with Motown Records. “I was wet behind the ears, I didn’t know what I was doing and figured out that you really got to do it by yourself. You got to do everything. It’s not like in the movies when you get signed and all of the sudden you’re working with Timbaland and hit songs are coming your way. Plus I was trying to do something different. It was getting frustrating for me to explain the kind of music that I wanted to do. Instead, I just needed to do it.” [Read more…]