MEET THE BAND:VYNYL

By Tyren Woods. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This age old phrase encapsulates the story of Vynyl as the band competed for, and won Denver’s Hometown for the Holidays competition. Having made it all the way to the final three bands in years past, they knew what they needed to put…

It Takes A Team To Rock Your Dream

By Grayce Moran. If you are looking to kickstart your music career but aren’t sure where to begin, the Rock the Dream (RTD) Mentorship Program is the place for you. Take it from one of our current students, Cello, who appreciates RTD’s structured environment and believes that, “no matter how experienced an artist may be,…

Putting It All Online

By Tyren Woods. Today, a solid social media presence is just as important to artists as putting out new music. One of the first places people go to find new music is online. Green Kite’s artist, Inconsistent Me, is learning just how influential this tool can be. People gravitate towards musicians that they relate to, so by creating…

Does Working With A Multi-Platinum Producer Affect Your Music?

By Kerry Oliver. GKR artist Emric has been working with multi-platinum producer Loren Israel for six months and is ready to jump into the studio to record his new EP, which will release in the spring of 2020. The million dollar question for most any artist is “does working with a producer who has multiple Billboard hits…

Artist Mentorship For Everyone Is Here!

If you are an artist and need help navigating through the music industry, help is here. The biggest need that most struggling bands and artists have discovered is — it takes a TEAM! Rock The Dream charity has recently launched a Test Mentorship Program, which will allow 10 artists/bands one free month experience using its…

Choosing A Band Name: A Rose By Any Other Name?

By Brittany Morrison. CD Baby Podcasters Kevin Breuner and Chris Robley gave great advice on how to choose a timeless band name. For instance, choose one that fits your genre, and make sure that it will stand out. According to the two podcasters, it’s best to choose a band or artist name that is short,…

And The Winner Is…

By Dan Lee. Hundreds of people gathered around the Tempe Marketplace District Stage on a hot August afternoon for the much-anticipated Summer Variety Show. An array of talented singers, dancers, and other performers entertained this crowd while helping to benefit the Rock The Dream Charity. The featured performer, Emric, ended the show with his soulful…

99% Strategy – Releasing Your Music

By Megan Barnett. So, you have just finished the process of recording your song. It’s great and you want to share it with the world but are afraid of your sound getting lost in the void that is the music industry. Of course, there are the major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, etc.) but…

How Important Is Artist Professionalism? Extremely!

By Brittany Morrison. What is one of the worst ways to taint your music career? A lack of artist professionalism. There are things serious artists should and should not do when pursuing a successful career in the music industry. It’s not just about the music.  The music world tends to house unnecessary amounts of drama….

San Diego…A Sweet Success

By Lani Owen. San Diego, known for its sunny beaches, was the recent location for GKR’s Meet n’ Greet with Sony Music A&R Consultant Loren Israel. On June 16th, five bands and artists took this intimate opportunity to go one-on-one with this platinum award winning producer to discuss how to be noticed by established record…