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Publisher's Summary

Songs move people. They create visuals in our minds, and stoke fires in our hearts. They lift us up, take us down, and allow our minds to soar.

Chris Greenwood is the man behind Manafest: the globally successful rock and rap musician who’s sold millions of singles and albums world-wide.

With over 20 years experience in the industry, both as a signed artist and an independent musician, Chris shares his incredible experience as a song writer and hit-maker in this audiobook.

The modern music industry has undergone a revolution in recent years. The traditional gate-keepers have ebbed away, and now more than ever new artists can find audiences without the backing of a music label. But it’s hard going it alone, and even harder to know what it takes to achieve the level of success that will sustain you both artistically and financially for years to come. 

Chris has lived and learned through this remarkable time, forging his own path away from a record label, racking up hit after hit and continuing to reach new fans every day.

Practical, honest, and generous: This book is the ultimate guide to writing, recording, releasing, and marketing your first song to a global stage.

You have the power to write your own destiny with your songs and lyrics. Now is the time for you to take the first step. Write the message that only you can write, and cause revolutions and revelations in the hearts of your listeners.

Contents:

Introduction

1. Knowing Your Audience
2. Developing a Songwriter’s Mindset
3. Filling the Well of Inspiration
4. Understanding Song Structure
5. Finding Your Unique Voice
6. The 4 Cs of a Confident Songwriter
7. Working With a Producer
8. The Truth About Labels
9. Becoming a Music Marketing Machine

Epilogue: It’s Time to Write Your Dreams

©2021 Chris Greenwood (P)2021 Chris Greenwood

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A must listen for all new musicians

Chris does a fabulous job of really breaking down the entire songwriting process and laying it out in an easily digestible way. If you are at all interested in becoming a musician and recording your own music, this is essential.

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In good company

This book is for songwriters who may feel a little mystified about how to go about the whole process. When I read it, I already had about ten professionally produced songs on Spotify, but that was only because I had hired the author, Mr. Greenwood, to coach me one on one a few years prior.

So I knew Chris already and was familiar with some of his perspectives. Still the book was a fun and informative read, or listen, as Chris shares many anecdotes and observations that are inspiring and thought provoking.

The overall feeling you get from listening, is that Chris is in your corner. He's obviously excited about the prospect of you getting yourself (ourselves) OUT there, of making our voices heard.

You feel like you're talking to an older brother, or an uncle. You get my drift. It makes you feel like getting up, or down, and writing, and submitting!

Although it's sort of slated towards budding songwriters, I think most people who aren't huge stars already, would get something out of this book.

Enjoy!

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Loved this!

Honestly just got this because I'm interested in songwriting but have never produced an actual song, I just enjoy playing on my guitar. But this was super inspiring and I think I might actually dive into this a bit more. This is a great beginning point for an aspiring musician. Thanks for the great book!

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A practical and expert approach to songwriting!

Chris will take you on a great journey with this insightful book. It is an expert guide to the practicals of writing a song. I have always assumed that great pieces of famous music that really make in big are exclusively written by professionals. Well, it didn’t really occur to me in the past that everyone has to start somewhere. This is, in fact, my biggest takeaway from this book, Rome wasn’t built in a day, if you want to give it a try, start where you are. This expert guide gives away all the secrets and steps in the process, all you have to do is try! Im not saying my first failed attempt is going ever to be a hit, but if you always doubted you have the skills, and are full of passion for the project - this book is definitely for you!

Five stars all round!

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Even a Beginner like me can follow this book

For someone like me, who does not have experience writing songs, this book is a great guide to writing, recording, releasing, and marketing our first song to the world. From writing this song by ourselves to working with a producer, this book provides step-by-step instructions for one to follow.

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Dream comes true!!

I've always dreamed to be a singer ... well im not but at least now I have access to the right tool and knowledge to start writing songs and realize one part of my dream ... within the help of this audiobook now I know how the writing process should go from A to Z, the audiobook goes beyond limits and explains more in-depth the music industry, this is beneficial Mr. Greenwood did a great job, well done

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A rare glimpse into the mind of a creative professional

A truly inspiring guide from someone who has walked the path. Chris learned the lessons the hard way and laid them out in this book so that you don't have to. From the attitude and mindset it takes to approach the music industry with an entrepreneurial spirit, to the technical aspects of creative production and marketing, this book really does have everything an aspiring artist needs.

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Love! Love! Love this book!

This is one of the most authentic books I have listened to in a while. I think that’s because the author is telling his story which is very interesting. I like the support and advice he gives to song writers. On a side note…I love the artists/songs he referenced throughout the book😁. I think people who want to become song writers have a golden nugget in this book.

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Great Step-by-Step Guide

This is a great tool for growing artists looking to start a career in music. The info is this audiobook is very valuable for musicians and music producers looking for advice from a successful artist.

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Beautifully written !

I am no songwriter, but I have always loved loved loved music. I have always been a little shy about singing in front of others though. However, this book has stories of the author's trials and triumphs that were truly inspiring to listen to. I know a few young adults looking to get into the industry and I would highly recommend this to them and anyone looking to take this journey,

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  • Colin from the UK
  • 02-19-22

Doesn't really say anything

looked forward to listening to this.

performance was fine, but I realised I learnt not a single thing about writing a song, let alone how to get one marketed properly.

Sorry, this book comes across as an ad for courses etc.

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  • lolainuk
  • 09-12-21

Well laid out to set you up foor success

Well laid out book, well thought and structured. Chapters are easy to follow, and understand.
Chris explains it very well, step by step, with simple yet powerful language.
Probably not all the tricks could be in this book otherwise it will be very very long, but still packed with a generous amount for that to be in a nice, efficient audiobook time.
Very much enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to anyone who want to let their inspiration down the songwriting path.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-21

Excellent

Packed with solid information.

It seems to be a complete book from writing your song to releasing it. Recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-21

Very Inspiring

The author is also the narrator of this book and he really knows his stuff! His experience and how genuine he comes across makes this book one of the best if you are interested in releasing your own music. There is valuable information and tips and his experience in the industry shows. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Kai T
  • 08-11-21

Inspirational and informative

This was a good listen. Loved the author sharing his personal experience and giving great tips on how to release your first song. Dry inspirational too. Listened to his song on you tube and felt he must know what he’s talking about.

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  • Nick S.
  • 08-07-21

Brilliant for songwriting!

As a songwriter myself I’ve found this so useful! It’s opened up a whole new load of creative and practical information! Get this audiobook songwriters!!

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  • K.
  • 08-01-21

Great book to become more confident!

This is a great book, it doesn’t just teach you about the how to, but also about having the right mindset.. something I must admit I was lacking. After listening to this book i am filled with confidence and cannot wait to get started and produce great songs!

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  • Kat
  • 07-30-21

Inspiring!

This is amazing! My brother is so talented but doesn't know where to begin in the industry. This book is perfect for him. It is clear, concise, and a pleasure to listen to. I am so grateful I found this for him. It is a must-listen for any aspiring singer/songwriter. As an author myself, I also found it helpful! This book is helpful for people in many different industries. I would highly recommend this listen!

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  • Chika Njoku
  • 07-29-21

Highly Recommended

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

The author shared a lot of information in this audiobook.

Loved every chapter of this audiobook.

Chapter 7 was my favorite. Learnt a lot .

Must listen audiobook if you want to release your own song.

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  • Richard E. Bump
  • 07-25-21

Invaluable Information!

As someone who has dabbled in music production over the years, this book is an essential guide for the aspiring singer/songwriter. Most talented people are artists who don't have a clue where to begin. This book takes you step-by-step through the entire process from creating your first song to finding your audience and song production. Even musicians who already know how to write a song will benefit from the marketing and practical promotional advice in this engaging listen. As an award-winning artist, Chris Greenwood knows what works, and doesn't, since he's been there himself. Get this for yourself or the aspiring Taylor Swift in your family!