Nikki Hornsby

Nikki Hornsby

Title: Songwriter, Artist, Producer, Arranger
Genres: Folk, Americana, Country, Rock, and Blues
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: Unlimited
Bio: Nikki Hornsby has obtained USA radio offline & online airplay for original music since 1980s but her professional career in… read more

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song: Still Here (featuring Bryan Harkness)
artist: Tim Sharp

genre: Country - Rock
stats: playlists: 5 | song plays: 96
artist comments: I can't thank Nikki enough for the kind words and the positive comments. A person comes to the point of putting their work and efforts in public and waits to see if it's accepted or rejected. It is a builds a great pride to find it praised and endorsed. Thank you Nikki for letting me know that what I do has credibility. My sincere thanks, Tim
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?

What is an appropriate title for this song?
I'm Still Here

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Clint Black

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Concepts - General

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Lovable - Engaging

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics

Quality of the Hook

Quality of the Verses

Quality of the Chorus

Quality of the Breaks

Quality of Instrumentation

Quality of Arrangement

Quality of the Melody

Quality of the Chord Progression

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics

Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection

Quality of the Lead Performances

Quality of the Meter

Quality of Piano

Quality of Keyboards

Quality of Guitar

Quality of Bass

Quality of Percussion

Quality of Strings

Quality of Intro/Opening Line

Quality of the Vocal Pitch

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance

Quality of the Backup Vocals

Quality of Vocal

Quality of Recording (Techniques)

Quality of Mix

Originality of Song

Overall Rating

Quality of the Title

General Comments

Great Texas Swing number.
Remember if you release single this would be a good one first. Then follow with ballad if you are doing a full CD.
Nothing worse on putting a CD together with #4 or #5 quality in with a few #1 quality tunes as many inexperienced writers or searching for fame singer musicians maybe do. That's only giving others investments not a good name in the business which is a longer respected ride to do it the right way for all involved. Only my opinion as I've seen producers careers ruined or studio engineers or arrangers etc. Hired quality like a good suite and you will wear it longer. So doing poor work released ends up in the goodwill pile.)
I normally don't give career advice without $250 one to one but you guys have quality work so far presented verse those wanting to learn. Maybe you already know this approach but maybe not:
IF you are marketing the song for a record labeled artist then you get to the table through their lawyer through your lawyer to negotiate even percentages of rights with the record label's go to publisher etc. Remember as a songwriter (lyrics & music) It's a piece of a pie you will get into the door first. Then from their like an old associate named Jeff did after I told his group what to do in 80s succeeded...It's is where you can write for their go to publisher like a few songwriters in the past like Jeff did until quite a few hits that got him his own publishing company as a go to for a lot of groups.
When a solo major recording artist believes in you if you are not known as a go to writer they may also help your singer into his own career. It's all good but not investing in the events and the organizations to meet and greet within the professional organizations is important too.
Or you can do the Independent route which can give you direct profits into your own bank nets with ALL the responsibilities that go with it which many today choose to do when they have the initiative, knowledge, and stick to it bug.

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Artist's Submitted Question:

Nikki, I wanted to send you something different than the last one. This would be more upbeat and faster tempo. I'm very interested in your take on the commercial viability of this song and any particulars you might have for improving it.
Thank you, Tim

Pro's Answer/Comments:

Hey Tim, I can't see how to improve this song production. What I can tell you is all I hear is that it needs only marketing to the consumer for sales. Also it would not hurt to get a good video production to go with it especially for the online sales which is ONLY where most are selling any recordings these days. Check out the most viewed videos of country and then call the film producer on their rates etc. Oh a per-released build up by your record it requires always. Oh the label for a new recording artist requires a lot of shows to gain the word of mouth sales & marketing on site which should not be any problem either. Just timing & investment and excellent PROVEN road management. There is more but you'll have to pay me $265 as I've given you much more free consultation that my ol' accountant would be extremely mad at me as they were when I helped a few without fees collected through the years.

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I just can't help trying to support emotionally and even critically anyone with a God given talent. I would tell anyone these songwriters DO have that talent. Only maybe they only need more capital invested dollars. Don't know but do know: This is where the rubber meets the road in the business of the recording industry.
I also have met many wannabees who never did make it even when their poor family members invested lots of money they didn't have (unless it was billions to start with) and they had negatives. They met folks that swim around in this business taking it all $ before the artist got out of local talent contests or state charts of their recording. There are some too that went blindly to major labels everywhere in the USA and got a broken heart. They leave discouraged to never make it to the Major national charts always regretting for one reason or another. I did none of those things but succeeded more than many and not as much as some too. So I am here to do a review.
Ok, this song in my opinion (like so many songs from these guys) only needs good management (aka proven path blazers of shoppers) OR their own fortitude to make $ if that's the main goal. Choices by each of us in music are made for whatever reasons. So we do what we do when we do it. Remembering for me, we all know, music is an inherited protected by federal laws a piece of intellectual property and even after the writers have left this life their music can be marketed and profited from like good land aka real estate.
I am honored to have heard this and one more of you guys collaboration hearing talent driven work.
The song building you are constructing has a good foundation and I hope you continue so the money can move in and take residence for all of your life. Keep going. All will be good.
Finally, again let me thank you for letting me review "Still Here" a great two step up tempo song with a positive messaged as a true Texas original Swing.
I hope you (as a musician I say this) you start to list ALL the musicians on any and all productions. Pleased give credits where credit is due down to studios engineers that you already do. This gives those wanting to following your path the ability to do so. THAT is something finally the NARAS (Grammys) has started since I've done that since 1990s. Ha! Not that they heard me as I was silent lady like about things until I got older;-) Glad I am for all the talented songwriting contributors that have come to as I as a pro reviewer have heard like this song too.
The people involved with the arts today in my opinion ARE responsible for building excellent products. It is in our profession for our music recording industry that we are responsible for history to hear that we all do our best. Then it goes to the consumer that really needs music. As I've always said for years: Music is a healing emotional tool. Today the world needs a lot of good songs & music and always will. God bless you guys in Texas from a Virginia raised lady. Have a great week & keep writing!