Creating “Moments” in Your Songs with Live Music Producer, Tom Jackson (Taylor Swift, LeCrae, Phillips, Craig, and Dean, Francesca Battistelli, and more)

July 15, 2017

What does live music production have to do with how you write your songs? According to the most successful live music producer in the business for over 25 years and counting, Tom Jackson, the two are completely intertwined. He believes that your ability to think about how songs create “moments” in live shows will dramatically increase your chances of having your songs recorded and used by popular artists.

He’s worked with Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendez, Jordan Sparks, Jaci Velasquez, Francesca Battistelli, LeCrae, The Band Perry, Jason Crabb, Casting Crowns, Newsong, and many more.

Connecting your songs to artists and audiences is your first priority as an independent songwriter. In his work with such artists as Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendez, Jackson understands the power of songs and how they can be used to create powerful live performances.

In this episode, John Chisum sits down with Tom and addresses topics such as:

  • The power of persistence in songwriting and performing for optimum success
  • The secrets of longevity in music
  • How “planned spontaneity” is key to live shows and songwriting
  • The philosophy for creating “moments” in your songs for live performances
  • Tom’s four-fold method for working with artists to bring out their best performance and how you can use it, too
  • Why a vision for your show, service, and song is vital to success
  • The unspoken negative signals you’re constantly sending to your audience and how to change them
  • Where the best ideas for performance and songs come from
  • Tools for singers and songwriters to interact with your audience effectively
  • Using dynamics to create anticipation in your songs and performance
  • Bringing your personality to your songs and performance through themes and characters
  • Why a song is like a “mini-movie”
  • How to give your audience permission to think and be present with you in your songs
  • And so much more…

Connect with Tom Jackson on Facebook at and check out his book Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method on at

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John Chisum

John Chisum is a pioneer in the Christian music business, serving alongside people such as Bill & Gloria Gaither, Twila Paris, Paul Baloche, Don Moen, and many more. As President of Nashville Christian Songwriters, John seeks to empower Christian songwriters worldwide to discover and fulfill their call to write.

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