Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson

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R & B - Contemporary | Virginia beach, Virginia, United States
Total Song Plays: 987   
Member Since: 2006
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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OasisEntertainment posted over 30 days ago to Gary Wilson

My name is Bob Levoy, and I am a U.S. Navy Veteran and music and concert reviewer. I have written over 3500 reviews since the 1980s for my blog Oasis Entertainment and for independent record labels, PR firms, festivals, venues and bands. I write reviews for all genres, except for hip hop, which is not my cup of tea.

In addition to all the independent labels and artists that I have been writing reviews for, I am currently an Author on Staff at Virtuosity Worldwide Arts & Entertainment Magazine, a subsidiary of Virtuosity Worldwide LLC. I write music reviews and do concert and festival interviews and reviews for their magazine.

I will still write reviews for my independent artists and labels in addition to the work I will be doing for Virtuosity Worldwide.

I would also be interested in reviewing your bands music and reviewing your live performance if you are ever in my area. I do not ask for pay for my reviews, I only ask for either a signed Vinyl or CD and an X-large t-shirt that I wear to promote the bands.

You can contact me at one of the links below. Plus, I would love the opportunity to get my vinyl signed the bands.

Bob Levoy
Owner of Oasis Entertainment Blog
Writer for Virtuosity Worldwide Arts & Entertainment Magazine
204 Rainbow Drive
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659

Gary Wilson posted over 30 days ago to Cortez Farris

Thank you!! I just received a notification that you selected my song "That's What's Up" to pitch for an upcoming film. I don't know what comes next but just selection is validation and a reward in itself.

Gary Wilson posted over 30 days ago to B Rob Productions

I'm not trying to get too personal, I just wanted to know if it is worth it. I noticed you signed a bunch of music to MTV licensing and I know it all depends on which shows, how long the piece plays and so forth, but is any real money being made through these deals. Myself and a bunch of friends have been pushing music through broadjam for years with no success. I was just wondering is it worth the submission fees that we've been spending for nearly 10 years? some me a message if you can and give me some heads up.

B Rob Productions posted over 30 days ago

You asked a valid question and one that I know many BJ artists (myself included) have asked from time to time. Please note that I'm speaking from personal experience so someone else may give you different response. That being said, the answer is "Yes", but it also depends on who and what you are submitting your music to in the first place. I like many BJ artist put a lot of work and money in to submissions in hopes of getting a placement. What I did that really made a difference for me was be selective in what I actually submitted my music took me a bit to "learn" and "manage" my desire to submit to everything, but being selective is really about looking at the opportunity. The first time I had success with this approach turned out to be my first placement with a spoken word documentary through the Univ of Wisconsin. My technique: Read the opportunity, review your library, then read the opportunity again--submit only your best work and what you think is the right fit. I used the same approach with other opportunities (both on and off the BJ site). The results landed me the MTV license deal as well as other publishing opportunities.

The reality of music licensing is that sometimes what you think is the perfect song is not what the publisher wants...that's the variable that you honestly can't control.

I've been with BJ since 2005 and I can tell you that my license deals through MTV and others publishers have certainly paid for my membership over the years and then some...I've take a few domestic trips an bought some cool studio gear thanks to royalty checks. The patience really comes with waiting for the placement and the lag time of a PRO quarterly distribution.

You're absolutely right about the amounts paid...lots of variables to deal with (time of day, # of plays, duration, etc). A good combination of those things will help immensely when the PRO calculates your quarterly payment.

I can definitely understand the feeling of pushing your music without some type of success. I did it for a couple years too...and I still go through droughts where I submit and nothing happens. You've obviously got some staying power and your music is well put-together sonically (nice vocal work as well). I would tell you to be as selective as you can (find your niche) and even submit instrumental versions of your music. FYI: Most of my music that has been placed falls into the background instrumental category (playing under someone's dialogue)'s still being used and that's what is important.

There are lots of very talented artists out here, a fewer number of publishers/music supervisors and a limited number of placement opportunities--so it's really competitive to get you music placed.
I'd recommend looking at multiple opportunities...that allowed me to break out from MTV and get my music on "Keeping up with the Kardashians" recently.

Hope that helps a bit...again, one man's opinion. I can tell you that I would not have achieved the modest level of success I've garnered without Broadjam.

-B Rob

Gary Wilson posted over 30 days ago

Thanks Rob, I really appreciate your response and advice. Very informative!.

Rwayno posted over 30 days ago to Gary Wilson

That's a hit!

Gary Wilson posted over 30 days ago

Thanks Reg!

Rwayno posted over 30 days ago to Rwayno

We have just formed a writing and performance group of seasoned musicians that go under the name PRWWAY. The power of positive is on the rise!

Gary Wilson posted over 30 days ago

I know there will be nothing but hits from PRWWAY

Gary Wilson posted over 30 days ago to Gary Wilson

Thanks Roy for adding my song "Man Up!" to your playlist

DigiRon posted over 30 days ago to Gary Wilson

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Gary Wilson posted over 30 days ago to Gary Wilson

"That's what's up" I'm looking for a young (18-26 yrs. old) R&B singer to do the lead vocals on this song. It's is intened to be an R&B duet with a slight old school feel but done by young people. y'all tell me what you think, and let me know if you have somebody in mind. Thanks

Gary Wilson posted over 30 days ago to Roy Elkins

Hi Roy, just wanted to say thanks for the platform. I took a young man into the studio a couple years ago who I knew had talent but lacked confidence. We place the song "Man Up" here on broadjam and the reviews we received gave him the confirmation in his talents that he needed. Today, he and his group "4 Shore" are in contention on Simon Cowell's new show "The X-Factor". This week they move in to be mentored by Paula Abdul. And you can say "you heard him first right here on Broadjam singing "Man Up!" (LOL)

Roy Elkins posted over 30 days ago

Gary....Congrats to you and your colleague. Best of luck to him on the show. Man Up is a great song and now in my playlist....Thanks for being a member, Roy

Gary Wilson posted over 30 days ago to Gary Wilson

I just want to say congratulations to Jesse Nunn who sings lead vocals on my song "Man UP!". He and his group "4 Shore" are still in contention on Simon Cowell's new show "The X- Factor, this week they move in to be mentored by Paula Abdul. And you can say you heard him first, right here on Broadjam

DiD Records posted over 30 days ago

All the best to them. They got what it takes!

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