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IndieGoGo Band Funding

Started Mar 3, 2012 0 Replies

Anyone use them before? The younger generation swears by these kinds of sites - to me it's foreign. I took the advice of two of the younger - not old enough to drink - country artists I follow and…Continue

 

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Billy Kay is an American Country Songwriter and Musician. The most downloaded in Las Vegas | #1 in S Carolina | Now taking Nashville by Storm.

Billy Kay is a homeless Veteran, currently living in a shelter in Clifton, TN. He travels America writing, recording and performing on his now-famous "Abject Poverty Tour".

He donates a share of all royalties and merchandise sales to various charities. He gets to work with top-tier musicians who often donate their skills to the cause - or work for the price of a cheeseburger! For example, his breakout hit "Ready... Set... Gone!"... 100% of the proceeds go to The Shade Tree (a battered women's shelter) for posterity.

Billy also organized 2011's "Country for a Cause" CD, which featured some of the most talented - and award winning - indie musicians on the indie country music scene.

Billy started playing the accordion at age 5. Knowing it would be impossible to "pick up women" with an accordion, he convinced his mom to let him switch to guitar at 7. And his guitar has been his constant companion for 4 decades.

He went public with his songs three years ago, and he's since been played all over the world. He was the most downloaded person in Las Vegas. People make videos of themselves dancing to his songs from Asia to Denmark!

Billy writes from the heart. "I write what I see" says Billy. "I lack the ability to make stuff up. So if I see hurt or joy in someone, I extrapolate how they got to that point."

His latest release, "When You Hold Me Tight", was recorded in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Florida. "All my favorite performers" play on it" states Billy. It was a labor of love - and a blast to record!

As long as people keep listening, I'll keep writing. And I get to tell people about those less fortunate then themselves in the process. Of all the directions my life could have taken, I consider myself blessed to be where I am.

All My Best,
Billy Kay

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Honestly Music Video Framed Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

During September, we're issuing limited edition commemorative fine art prints for Billy Kay's hit single "Honestly", featuring the artwork from Billy's CD and from the music video. The third release in this series is a stunning framed print…
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My Bizarre Business Plan!

"Hey Billy I read your business plan and I got to say "Good on you mate!"... I'm @ 64 and I have a similar plan only mine is more a bucket list of thinks I want to do with my music. "
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Honestly CD Cover White Wood Framed Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

During September, we're issuing limited edition commemorative fine art prints for Billy Kay's hit single "Honestly", featuring the artwork from Billy's CD. The second release in this series is a stunning white wood framed print. Full details at…
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Billy Kay and Scott Jordans are now friends
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Billy Kay at Riverfest Stadium in Little Rock

I snuck onto the stage of Riverfest Stadium in Little Rock. Two cops at different times came by and instead of arresting me, they stopped and listened. One took this pic - LOL!A year from now, I'd like to play this size venue.And for the record, I…
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Valet Parking in Tennessee - Aargh!

My BMW - with all my worldly possessions - is "hidden" in a forest! I'm staying at Cat and Pete's for my gig in Hohenwald tonight... and they live in a State Forest! They grandfathered in two cabins. The "road" (for lack of a better word) is clearly…
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Leaving Mississippi as Number 2

Sing along... "All my bags are packed. I'm ready to go. I'm standing here outside the door. I hate to leave..."Leaving Tupelo. In the Number TWO position of the Country Charts!I've really been winging it and making it up as I go along, but every…
Sep 2

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A great FREE way to get targeted fans - and more re-tweets

Posted on November 3, 2012 at 9:22am 0 Comments

Create a free http://paper.li/ account! It's that simple!

Paper.li is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily.

I created several - each with a different goal - and they all produce the exact results I wanted.

First, there are name brand acts we all know and follow, but they don't follow us back. So I…

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I thought “Payola” Radio was Outlawed back in the 50′s!

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 7:12am 2 Comments

We released a new single last week, and were immediately bombarded with emails telling us to submit our “great song” to various Internet radio stations. Apparently, there are over 100,000 Internet radio stations dying to play our song.

The catch? They all CHARGE to listen to the song, with no guarantee of making the radio’s rotation. Anywhere from $5 to $49 to submit a song that may never be played on the air.

My math says that would cost a songwriter between a…

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The Art of Networking

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:08pm 1 Comment

I recently posted a link on The NashvilleUniverse about a podcast I was asked to do about The Art of Networking. I hope some of you had a chance to listen because it's the most important part of your business!



What we do here when we talk to each other and support each other IS actually Networking. Taking it a step further is when you actually meet someone you've been networking with online.



Something happened last week that drives home the importance of Networking - and I… Continue

Monetizing Your Band Website: Online Custom T-shirts

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 7:31am 0 Comments

Online Custom T-shirts

One of the perks of our industry is "swag" - the free stuff companies give you in hopes you'll use or help promote them, or have your picture taken with a product (called product placement).



We recently made a cross country trip and everything except my carry-on suitcase, was branded swag used in photo ops. Hec! Even the laptop I'm writing this post with was a freebie.

I was recently hired as a consultant to teach bands how…

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At 11:06am on August 30, 2014, Brandi Nicole said…
At 7:02pm on August 25, 2014, Michael Kay said…
I do too !
At 12:50pm on May 1, 2014, Brandi Nicole said…

◑‿◑ how nice!  
thanks sweet friend for the lovely birthday wish!  ƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ
i had a wonderful day. (◍•ᴗ•◍)

At 9:25am on April 30, 2014, Michael Kay said…
Everyone please read this article about Billy. What an amazing individual to give the way he does.
At 9:26pm on April 5, 2014, Brandi Nicole said…

neato!  what a small world.  i love to record there, it is one of the best studios around  :)

At 6:37pm on April 5, 2014, Brandi Nicole said…
☻/ღ˚ •。* ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* ° ˚ • ★ *˚ .ღ 。
/▌*˛˚ღ just sprinkling a little friendship wish on your page✰* ★
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At 9:35am on April 5, 2014, Brandi Nicole said…
At 12:21pm on March 27, 2014, Michael Kay said…
Billy! Love your book and recommend this to everyone doing music! Brilliant!
At 10:24pm on March 11, 2014, Michael Kay said…
Billy contact Harry Jarvis.
At 7:58am on December 3, 2013, Michael Kay said…

You would have to unfriend them!

 
 
 

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