Shame, guilt and condemnation – striving, resolution, pride and self-satisfaction – disillusionment, despair and anger – back to the lie of sin. Is there no way out? Is this the unbearable cycle of sin unbreakable? Norsworthy points to an unconventional and nontraditional solution: A much-needed message in a time when hidden sin runs rampant and largely unchecked within the Christian community.
Plenty of people can sing well, play well, look good and even write a catchy song. Why do so few succeed?
Among the reasons that many artists only make it “so far” is that they lack the ability to deeply connect with an audience. When an artist is connected to their songs, to their listeners and to their own story, magic can happen. Often artists feel uncomfortable on stage, or in an interview or with who they are. They can feel the need to put on a front, present a face that is inauthentic; and the audience feels short-changed.
Grant Norsworthy uses a term from his native Australia to describe authenticity, truthfulness, realness – “Fair Dinkum”. Grant shares his insights into how musicians can be more fair dinkum with their art, their audience and themselves every time they perform.
Communication is the currency of relationship. Great relationships are a prerequisite to success. Good two-way communication is a key component to growing trusting, positive relationships.
Aside from surface “networking” connections, having healthy alliances with managers, booking agents, band members, crew, the audience, friends and family can make all the difference to an artist’s opportunities, growth and contentment throughout the challenges of life in the industry and on the road. Furthermore, when art, ambition, career, money and travel collide, relationships can feel the strain and many artists can render themselves isolated.
Grant Norsworthy provides excellent coaching in the field of communication: How to relate effectively with industry bigwigs, how to receive criticism, how to keep a band together and how to treat others in a way that will inspire them to help you succeed.
Even solo artists are never truly “solo”. Every success in the music industry depends upon strong professional relationships. But which relationships does the artist need? What is the role of each? How are the right people found? What needs to be done to build and maintain those relationships? And what can be done if they turn out to be the wrong relationships?
What does a manager do? Do I need one anyway?
What does a producer do? Do I need one anyway?
What’s a studio engineer do? Do I need one anyway?
What’s a booking agent? Do I need one anyway?
What’s “A & R” all about?
What about relationships with song writers, co-writers?
Backing musicians and technicians?