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The Indie Bible/
Ultimate Bundle
15th Edition 2014
by David Wimble

America's 15 Best Indie Record Stores

CEV Supports Independent Record Stores

Indie Revelations
by Alex Cosper
free e-book

Musicians Cooler Podcast:
Trading insights on technology, internet sites, marketing ideas, and everything else regarding running your band, getting more gigs, and building a fan base. In a nutshell, it's music, marketing, and mentoring. It's where musicians trade advice.

Do you write songs? You'll find great songwriter info at Addicted to Songwriting, with includes interviews, links and articles on songwriting.

Books to
Look For

Cyber PR for Musicians
by Ariel Hyatt


by Greg Kot

Perfecting Sound Forever
by Greg Milner

Appetite for Self-Destruction
by Steve Knopper

Rocking Your
Music Business
by Simon Cann

This Business of Music
10th ed.
by M. William Krasilovsky

This Business of Concert Promotion and Touring
by Ray Waddell, Rich Barnet and Jake Berry

This Business of Global Music Marketing
by Ted Lathrop

How to Be Your Own Booking Agent
by Jeri Goldstein

Million Dollar Mistakes
by Moses Avalon

I Don't Need a Record Deal
by Daylle Deanna Schwartz

Artist Development
by Eugene Foley

Spotlighting Great Female Oriented Music Wherever It May Be Found
Alternative, Mainstream, Indie and Self-Released

Sam Phillips


Push Any Button


Cutting Edge Voices Artist Interviews

Push Any Button CEV talks to Sam Phillips

Phillips began her musical career as a vocalist in the early 1980s, singing background parts for Christian artists such as Mark Heard, Randy Stonehill, and others. After a short time, Phillips was signed to a solo contract with Myrrh Records (under her given name) where she went on to record four Christian pop albums: Beyond Saturday Night, Dancing With Danger, Black & White In A Grey World, and, The Turning, which teamed her with producer and future husband T-Bone Burnett. Throughout the Myrrh period, Phillips wrote more and more of her own songs and several were Top 10 singles on Christian radio. 

Sam returned with a new album Don’t Do Anything in 2008. In October 2009 Sam launched Long Play, an exclusively web-based membership site which promised subscribers 5 digital EPs and 1 full-length digital album over the course of about one year. A physical “best of” compilation of Long Play songs, titled Solid State, was released in June 2011.

Click here to read the interview with Sam Phillips

Other Artist Interviews on Cutting Edge Voices

Dr. Kenneth Love

Cutting Edge Advice

Welcome to a brand new feature here on Cutting Edge Voices and also welcome a new contributing writer to these pages as well. Dr. Kenneth Love will be joining us on a regular basis to share his wisdom about the music industry with anyone who is looking to give their own music careers a shot in the arm. Practical advice from years of experience in the music business is what this new column will offer you and we here at Cutting Edge Voices hope that it will benefit you and that you will stop back on a regular basis to catch the latest edition of Kenneth's column. To read the current article in the MuBiz With Dr. Kenneth Love column called "Today’s False Ideologies of Both Major & Indie Artists" please follow this link.

Other articles in the MuBiz with Dr. Kenneth Love Series

Ace in the Hole/Fallback Day Jobs
How to Promote CDs at Gigs You Never Play
Setting up In House Retail Sales
Music Testimonials: Another High-Value, Pre-Seller


Michael Foster, editor

CEV Blog

CEV Blog April 2013

Last night I had the distinct pleasure of attending a concert given by Mary Fahl who was formerly the powerful lead vocalist of the band October Project who released two major label albums one in 1993 called October Project and one in 1995 called Falling Farther In before disbanding in 1996 after their contract with Epic Records expired. When my wife and I first came to Bucks County Pennsylvania back in 1996 there were two bands that we were introduced to that have held a special place in our hearts ever since and they were Dead Can Dance and October Project.  

It was ironic in a way because as my wife and I were at the beginning of our journey together these bands had both released their last official albums before they were to disband and go their separate ways. My wife and I have just completed moving back to Bucks County Pennsylvania so it was a wonderful welcome home for us to be able to hear several of the October Project songs that had touched our hearts all those years ago performed live by Mary Fahl whose voice had originally brought them to life.

Click here for the rest of the blog



CEV's Upcoming, New and Notable Releases

Love and Gravity
by Mary Fahl

Avril Lavigne
by Avril Lavigne

Closer to the Truth
by Cher

Warp and Weft
by Laura Veirs

by Vienna Teng

The Worse Things Get
by Neko Case

Cedar + Gold
by Tristan Prettyman

by Ellie Goulding

New Horizons
by Flyleaf

Cutting Edge Video Links

Having spent years absorbing music videos during MTV and Vh-1's heyday I thought this might be a nice feature to include on CEV. I wanted to share with my readers the videos that I have ran across out on the web that will give you a more visual appreciation for some of the artists that I feature here on Cutting Edge Voices. Enjoy!!

Pyromaniac by Oh Land



Crying For No Reason - Katy B


Other Videos to Check Out

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and I will share it with the rest of the
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CEV Music News Links from Around the Web

Posted December 26, 2013

The Music Industry Is Dying? Great
Music industry eyes House changes
Billboard Readers' Survey Results, Part 3: The Most Important Issue Facing the Music Biz In 2014
WATCH: Kate Nash Releases New Music Video for “I Hate You This Christmas”
New Oz Music: Top 25 Australian tracks of 2013
Etheridge added to Times Square New Year's Eve lineup
2014 Album Releases: 20 Rock Albums To Look Forward To

Posted December 24, 2013

RIP Winamp, 1997-2013: Marking the End of the Beginning of Digital Music

Posted December 23, 2013

Why One Label (i.e. 'Discursive Project') Pays People To Download Music
Five Lessons the Music Business Can Learn from Amazon: Guest Post

Posted December 22, 2013

Amazon Not Stocking New Beyonce CD Following iTunes Exclusive
Target Not Selling Beyonce’s New Album
New Music to Know: Little Daylight Brings Intimacy to Dance-Pop
Beyoncé’s New Album Gets Snubbed by Target Due to Earlier iTunes Release

Posted December 20, 2013

'The Voice's' Caroline Glaser Releases New EP

Posted December 18, 2013

Billboard Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Music Business Event of 2013
Billboard Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Most Influential Music Artist of 2013
New Releases: The 50 Best Albums of 2013
The Future of the Music Business: Farewell to Free

Posted December 17, 2013

Music Makeover
Five Music Takeaways from 2013
Beyonce 'Crashes iTunes' As Eager Fans Rush To Buy Album Following Surprise Release

Posted December 15, 2013

49 Female Music Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Advice (Part 2)

Posted December 14, 2013

NEW MUSIC ALERT: Priscilla Ahn Releases New Single “Diana”
Pink Just Wants to Be a 'Crazy Ass Grandma' With Blue Highlights
Aussie Female Musicians Say It’s Harder For Women In The Music Industry
Madonna ranks No. 1 as music's top earning woman: Forbes
Is a Live Music Boom Enough to Save the Music Industry?
“My morning coffee is part of my job” Amanda Palmer
Twerk alert: The most sexist music videos of 2013
Surprise! Beyoncé drops new album as iTunes exclusive to beat piracy

Posted December 10, 2013

Heart cancels SeaWorld show amid 'Blackfish' controversy
Nina Kraviz - Mr. Jones Latest single/EP

Posted December 9, 2013

How Spotify's Business Works and Pays Artists

Posted July 7, 2013

5 Music Business Tips From Female Entrepreneurs
Streaming: What Netflix Can Teach The Music Industry

Posted May 12, 2013

Refreshed Paramore off and running (again)
This is a Man's World: Female Artists on the Music Business

Posted March 1, 2013

Music industry fears rise of NBN

Jodi Doidge

Cutting Edge Voices Album Spotlight



Shikhee D'iordna of Android Lust


Daylle Deanna Schwartz

Daylle Deanna Schwartz's Newsletter: News & Resources

Having read her book I Don't Need a Record Deal has made me appreciate the common sense advice that Daylle seemed to radiate throughout its pages and with her permission I thought it might be a nice ongoing feature here on Cutting Edge Voices to reprint her newsletter for those who have not discovered it as of yet. Daylle's advice comes from first hand knowledge of the music business and that is what makes it so valuable. If you are a working musician and would like hints and tips about how to move your career forward to the next level then pick up a copy of her book and be sure to catch her newsletter right here or sign up via e-mail with Daylle to have it delivered straight to your in box when it comes out.

Issue number 36 August 2010
For past newsletters click here.

Chloe March


Cutting Edge's CD Focus

Divining CEV talks to Chloe March

Chloë grew up deep in the middle of the english countryside, played a lot of piano, read a lot of books and listened to a lot of music - the sound of her mum practising the piano was the soundtrack to her life. From early on she started to improvise and write songs and record them in her brother's caravan at the bottom of the garden. Her inspiration has always been from the landscape, and from history, myths, fairytales, folklore and archetypes.

Chloë has released two albums ~ Snowdrop and Divining and has composed music for theatre productions and choreographers, the most recent being a 40min original score for the dance/theatre piece ‘realPolitik’ choreographed by Julie Hope and performed at the Michaelis Theatre, Roehampton University, May 2008

As keyboard player with 'Cousteau' in 2005 Chloë toured the U.K and Italy, appearing at venues such as Bush Halls, King Tuts, The Borderline, the amphitheatre at Recanati, Rome, Puglia, Sardinia, Tarvisio and in the video of 'Sadness' and on live tv, radio etc...

Click here to read the entire interview with Chloe March.

Coby Grant



Fanfare for Love

Available now

Artist Spotlight on Coby Grant

With influences like Carole King, The Eagles, Eric Clapton and Joni Mitchell, and a sound compared to Regina Spektor, Colbie Caillat, and Ingrid Michaelson, this Australian native has something different, something extra, something special - an uncanny ability to connect with her audience through her charming and earnest lyrics about life, love and everything in between, breezy acoustic simplicity, beautiful melodies, sweet voice and infectious grin.  

"It is a hard slog this independent thing- co ordinating my bookings, flights, tour and show logistics, as well as paying the wonderful musicians who play with me, looking after my website, myspace, facebook, twitter (oh god let them stop creating social networks!!), keep being creative and writing

new songs and then trying to be a normal person with friends and a social life and a day off every now and then.

Let me tell you it's a balancing act that sometimes goes pear shaped. I work hard and will keep working hard to get to the point where I can live solely off my original music, where I can reach a bigger audience."

After promoting her latest EP, Fanfare For Love, to sold out houses in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney, Coby is suddenly seeing an influx of international fans. This is in part due to the placement of her single, “A Song About Me,” in a multi-national Scandinavian television commercial for Coca Cola’s water brand, Bon Aqua. Coby’s success as a touring artist can be attributed to not only her undying work ethic, (the independent artist has single-handedly booked the sold-out shows mentioned above), but to her significant studio credits as well. She has worked with Grammy Award-winner Vlado Meller, early Norah Jones producer and blues guitar legend Peter Malick, and Grammy-winner Anthony J. Resta. Both Malick and Resta produced tracks for her first EP release, Coby Grant Is In Full Colour.

Visit Coby Grant's website by clicking here or on
MySpace by
clicking here.

Music Reviews Here and Around the Web

Volume 1 EP

by Amy Gerhartz 

Click here to read

Seven Rainbows

by Alice Gold

Click here to read

Year of the Wolf

by  Nerina Pallot

Click here to read.

Let It Break

by Gemma Hayes 
Click here to read

By Allen Johnston

Cutting Edge Voices Articles

A True Story Of Industry Abuse

This story was written after receiving a phone call from a distressed parent, attempting to make their child's entertainment dreams a reality. They had gone to an industry related association meeting and heard how wonderful members of this group treated new artists and their projects. This parent believed the stories of success and made sure to get the contact information from the people they thought could assist them.

For the full article click here.

By Anne Freeman

Is Your Songwriting Artist-Centric or Writer-Centric?

Put another way, for whom are you writing your songs? There are several answers to this question, and no answer is right or wrong. But, if your heart is set on hearing one of your creations sung by a voice other than the one in you head, then you owe it to yourself to answer the question posed in the title of this article, because knowing the answer may help you to move closer towards achieving your goal. 

When we first embarked on the journey that is songwriting, the creative process was new, exciting and, appropriately, self-absorbing. Creating takes energy and concentration, especially when we are first learning the craft. The professional songwriters I studied with rightly encouraged me to go wherever the Muse took me, and not to worry about song structure, audience, commercial viability, and the music business in general. Those concerns would only distract me from nurturing my budding creativity. Read any book on learning the craft of songwriting and you will find similar advice. When you are learning, your time should be spent enjoying the wonder of creating for its own sake.

For the full article click here.

Rejection is Just An Invitation to Resubmit. Always RSVP

I started writing songs when I was seventeen. This was in the 60s when life seemed like one opportunity after another, waiting to be fulfilled. I played in a band, and we did original songs, inspired by Dylan, The Beatles, etc. I wanted to record, found a studio through an ad at the back of the Village Voice. I had $600 saved from caddying that bought me twelve hours of studio time. I was off to the races.

Demo complete, I read the credits on album jackets of the bands I liked, then went to the telephone directory and got the names and addresses of their publishers. At first, I sent them tapes but the responses, when there were any, were generally highly impersonal and non-specific. So I decided I'd be better off taking them into the city, which I did, and started knocking on doors. Showing up in person got me in. Then the hard part began.

For the full article click here.

By Moses Avalon

Will Music Streaming Kill The Music Business For Good?


Will subscription services, like Spotify & Last.FM obsoletize the need or desire to own music files, thus killing the lifeline of artist and record company revenue? 

Some say not enough people will pay for music monthly (as if it were electricity) for it to be sustainable. Who’s being realistic verses who is being romantic can be hard to pinpoint if you don’t know the player’s agendas. In this three-part series internationally recognized music business expert Moses Avalon will try to bring clarity to this latest deep disruption to the music space.

For the full article click here.

Madalyn Sklar

CEV's Q & A

Madalyn Sklar started IndieMusicCoach.com in an effort to provide one-on-one consulting and coaching to indie musicians. She founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering musicians from around the country. Ten years later it has become a welcome destination for women in music through networking and events. Madalyn produces the GoGirlsMusicFest, Invasion of the GoGirls, Battle of the GoGirls and more.

Click here to read Madalyn's interview with Cutting Edge Voices.

Cutting Edge Voices CD Reviews

08-15-2010   New Review featuring Fistful of Stars by Jennifer Greer
  New Review featuring This Too in Time Shall Pass by Lindy LaFontaine
  New Review featuring Don't Do Anything by Sam Phillips
  New Reviews featuring hopeful.romantic by Renee Stahl
  New reviews featuring Flavors of Entanglement by Alanis Morissette
 New Review featuring Pillar of Stone by Joelle
  New Reviews featuring Inland Sea by Rin'
  New Review posted featuring The Dawnseeker by Sleepthief
New Review posted featuring Bother Me by Dina Gathe
  New Reviews posted featuring The Girl Who Couldn't Fly by Kate Rusby
  New Reviews posted featuring Lost and Found by Judith Owen
11-06-2005   New reviews posted featuring Black Halo by V.K. Lynne
10-26-2005   New review posted featuring Romantic Energy by Twelve Girls Band
09-27-2005   New reviews posted featuring Mai by Eri Sugai
09-23-2005   New review posted featuring The Seven Valleys by Stellamara

Sounds to
Listen For

Head or Heart
by Christina Perri


Bones of What
You Believe
by Chvches


Love & Gravity
by Mary Fahl


by Yuna


Body Music
by AlunaGeorge


Becoming EP
by Courage My Love


The Truth Is
by Melissa Ferrick


Water In A Whale
by Jillette Johnson


by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

by Paramore


If You Leave
by Daughter


Heaven In This Hell
by Orianthi


by Heart


The Truth About Love
by Pink


The Haunted Man
by Bat For Lashes


Glad Rag Doll
by Dianna Krall


This Girl
by This Girl


Nobody is OK
by This Is She


Electra Heart
by Marina and
The Diamonds


The House That
Jack Built
by Jesca Hoop


The Lion, The Beast, The Beat by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals


by Metric


In The Time of Gods
by Dar Williams


Little Broken Hearts
by Norah Jones


The World Will Follow
by Andi Starr


All Things Will Unwind
by My Brightest Diamond
Tour dates


Counting To Zero
by Collide


by Diamante


I'm Leaving EP
by Emina


Dirty Blonde EP
by Astraea


Let It Break
by Gemma Hayes


Late Bloomer
by Allie Moss


by Shannon Hurley


Volume 1 EP
by Amy Gerhartz


Little Red Boots
by Lindi Ortega


by Lelia Broussard


A Journey Into the
Sun Within
by The Travellers


My Kamikaze Heart
by Kat McGivern


by Ellie Goulding


Wounded Rhymes
by Lykke Li


After Dark
by Halie Loren


















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