Is Success in the Music Biz All In Who You Know?

If you’re like most aspiring Christian songwriters, you’re #1 challenge is “getting heard” and “getting your songs out there.” But what if you just can’t seem to get that “lucky break” and bump into Michael W. Smith at Cracker Barrel in your hometown or win some big contest to co-write with Lauren Daigle?

Is your songwriting success lying solely in the hands of fate like a chance meeting with a prominent artist, or, is there Someone else on whom your success really depends?

In this episode, Christian music industry veteran, John Chisum, pulls back the curtain on some common misperceptions about the reality of “the good ol’ boy” Nashville industry and offers wisdom and biblical insight on real songwriting success.

John’s insights included in this podcast:

  • Why the answer to the title question is both “Yes” and “No”
  • What success really is for Christian songwriters in God’s eyes
  • Why true success isn’t a game of “Leap Frog”
  • The importance of avoiding The American Idol Syndrome
  • The great example of “America’s Hymn Writer,” Fanny J. Crosby (she wrote over 9,000 songs)
  • How God uses those who choose to become “skilled craftsman”
  • Ways to claim your songwriting destiny
  • Why you ALREADY have access to industry leaders
  • Tools for fulfilling your passionate call to write great Christian songs
  • And more!

You can contact John Chisum at or follow him on Instagram @nashvillechristiansongwriters and on Twitter @NCSsongwriters.

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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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