Corey Smith – redifining “Success” in the Music Business

Corey Smith

Corey Smith

Like many independent artists, Corey Smith is finding “success” his own way.  But what sets Corey apart from many independent artists, is how he and his team are finding that success.  His latest independently released album, Keeping Up with the Joneses, debuted at #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and #35 on the iTunes album chart.  It also recently ranked #26 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #7 on Heatseekers South Atlantic and #9 on the Rock Folk chart!

I recently interviewed Corey’s manager, Marty Wisnch, for the first episode of the Music Industry Innovators interview series to find out just how Corey and team are creating their remarkable “success.”  As a special surprise, there is an amazing guest on the line with Marty and I that you’ll really appreciate hearing add to the conversation [*hint* I’ve blogged about this 3rd voice on the call several times before]:

==> Check Out The Interview Here <==

Ohhh.. and if by some chance you haven’t heard of Corey Smith, you can take a listen to “Leaving An Angel” below and visit

Its finally here!

Not something you see every day!

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Its a great day to be a State of Man fan becuase the full length album “In This Place” for State of Man is available today through iTunes, Amazon and more, ahead of the physical release this Summer!

Please take a minute to have a listenthrough iTunes or Amazon and be one of the first to get a copy!  Your support is greatly appreciated.

PS~ feel free to share this post with a friend you think may enjoy the message and music of State of Man!


John Stringer

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New Indie Artists Plan for Live show CD reporting to Soundscan

Quick update on We launched a brand new “Pay Per Report” pricing plan for independent touring artists that allows them to sign up for Venue Sales Reporting (live show CD Sales reporting) to Soundscan for only $33 a year and $5 per report. Its great for artist with only a few shows lined up each month but they want to ensure they are reporting their sales.

Of course, for busier artists, we still have the monthly and annual plans (greatest overall savings).

Check it out here:

DIY Artist Resource: “How To Be Your Own Booking Agent”

How To Be Your Own Booking Agent THE Musician’s & Performing Artist’s Guide to Successful Touring.OK.. this is for artists and performers that coordinate their own tours/booking, etc.. Some of you may know I consult in the music business, but I want to share with you the great deal I made with the author of this fantastic book, “How To Be Your Own Booking Agent: THE Musician’s & Performing Artist’s Guide To Successful Touring.”

Heard of it? I’ve known about this book for some time and also knew that it is recognized as the definitive book for independent artists looking to ace DIY Touring – its even used as a text book in some universities. What I didn’t know is how accurate it is for gaining success period.

From the very start, this book helps you get clear on exactly what you want to accomplish and how to accomplish it! You won’t even know how valuable that is until you’ve done it!

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“My bookshelves are filled with probably every book ever written about the music business, and twenty books on marketing, PR, and business strategy. But, I found How To Be Your Own Booking Agent to be the most helpful book on that, “making money, making music” topic that I’ve ever seen. It’s 490 pages filled with hot tips from *hundreds* of industry veterans. Every page has quotes and snippets along the edge, so you can leave this on your dinner table and flip through it whenever you have a minute, and *still* learn something every day.”
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John Stringer
John Stringer, Inc.