custom songwriting

I have a lifelong passion for songwriting, and have spent my life listening to the best songwriters I can find and writing the best songs I can write. I've always loved recording and performing my material, and recently I have found a new way to share and connect with fans. 

For fifteen years now, I have been writing steadily for a variety of people and occasions. I absolutely love the process of interviewing clients, hearing about their loved ones and lives and challenges, and turning them into songs. It is an honor and a privilege. These are not generic, fill-in-the blank type songs. Each one is written just for you, your special someone, or special occasion! I strive to capture the essence of your emotion in both the lyrics and the music of the song. Some of these songs have even made it on to my recordings!

What People Are Saying...

Well, my husband was absolutely speechless and I was amazed. The song was like you have known us for a long time! I could not have imagined such an amazing, beautiful, song for J. in my wildest dreams. You are astounding.”
We got the package yesterday afternoon. We have played the CD several times and neither one of us has been able to listen without crying. Everything about it is perfect.This will be a cherished memory for us for a long time. Just precious. ”
THANK YOU doesn't even begin to express my gratitude for helping me give my husband the Christmas gift of a lifetime.”
To be honest, the first time I heard the song, I cried. I just could not believe that you were able to capture our story in such a simple, yet elegant manner. Thank you for all that you are and for putting your heart and soul into this project. I hope that you continue to touch the lives of those around you with your music”

Custom Songwriting

General Custom Songwriting

The Process 
First, I send a list of questions to get you thinking about your topic. Then, we'll have a chat on the phone so that I can gather further information and get a feel for your personality and desires, style preferences, and your overall "story". Lastly, I fire up the tea kettle or the coffee pot and work away on your song. Generally, I write and record myself on guitar, piano, and banjo. Turnaround time is generally around 2 months from our initial phone call, depending on how many songs are in the queue before yours. 

What You Get 
You will receive a professionally recorded CD with a lyric sheet. I am primarily a folk musician, so the final product will be a nice, clean, warm-sounding acoustic recording. I don't add lots of layers and slick production, so think Joni Mitchell or Emmylou Harris rather than Celine Dion or Shania Twain. That being said, I do play in a variety of styles, and I have a crowd of talented musicians standing by if I need to rock or jazz it up a bit, add drums, or even use a male lead vocal or duet. Just let me know what you're thinking in our initial consultation! 

Song Ideas 
Custom songs are great for weddings, first dances, anniversaries, birthdays, births, parents, grandparents, and to commemorate special places and people in your life.

For this kind of service, you can spend anywhere from $100 to upwards of $2500. I price my songs very affordably at $350 per song, which includes the consultation, the songwriting, and the basic recording. If you are interested in a fuller-sounding recording with my whole band (as a "First Dance" song for a wedding, for example) there will be additional charges, approached on a case-by-case basis.

Contact me now for your FREE consultation!