In Conversation With Paul Brandt

The Claim2Fame Podcast is a resource for artists

Every episode features successful artists and industry experts sharing compelling stories and valuable knowledge about the music industry hosted by CMA, ACM and CCMA Award Winning Broadcaster Cliff Dumas.

Cliff talks to Paul Brandt about his musical journey and his most important tips for young artists


Paul BrandtPaul is the most awarded male Canadian Country Music artist in history. Since his million-selling debut album “Calm Before The Storm”, Paul has become one of Canada’s most successful singer songwriters.

Paul Brandt launched his career by entering the Youth Talent Showdown at the Calgary Stampede. Paul credits these contests as events that altered the course of his life. Label executives began to take notice, and by the age of 21, Paul had been signed to a seven-album deal with Warner/Reprise Records Nashville, alongside label-mates Faith Hill, Randy Travis, and more.

By 1996, Paul had become the first Canadian male country artist to reach the Billboard Top Ten in the US since Hank Snow in 1974, and a string of number one hits and gold and platinum albums have followed.

Along with his wife Liz and their two children Joseph and Lily, Paul is committed using his music as a platform to create a positive impact on the lives of people in communities around the world through the charitable Build It Forward Foundation he has established. Paul and his family are also active with a number of international organizations close to their hearts.

Discussed On This Episode

  1. Changes in the Music Industry
  2. Song writing inspiration
  3. Advice for artists beginning their career.

In Conversation with Iconic Media Producer Spencer Proffer

The Claim2Fame Podcast is a resource for artists

Every episode features successful artists and industry experts sharing compelling stories and valuable knowledge about the music industry hosted by CMA, ACM and CCMA Award Winning Broadcaster Cliff Dumas.

Cliff talks with Iconic Media Producer Spencer Proffer about working with Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and projects that have earned, Grammy, Academy and Clive Davis.


Spencer ProfferSpencer Proffer is considered a leader in entertainment, pioneering media integrations before it was fashionable. For example, he produced the Tina Turner Acid Queen album in conjunction with The Who’s movie Tommy, this allowed Tina to become one of the first successful R&B artists to jump genres with a rock album.

Long before music and visual marriages became as prevalent as they are today (not counting, of course, music videos, Broadway, etc.), he developed an early computer-animated laser show that played countrywide in planetariums that was centered around “Children Of The Sun,” a song he co-wrote and produced with pop-rocker Billy Thorpe.
Proffer continued amassing an impressive list of musical credits all while still in his 20s. He went on to serve as a producer or executive or co-executive producer on many films and TV movies such as Gods And Monsters, Shake Rattle & Roll, Robbie Robertson: Going Home and a dozen other titles. He introduced the world to Quiet Riot, and supervised and produced music for over 100 productions, many of which earned Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe Awards.

We are proud to have Spencer on our Advisory Board.

Discussed on this episode

I Hope You Dance, The Power Of Song

Why You Should Release a Lyric Video for Your Next Single

By Cliff Dumas
CMA, ACM & CCMA Winning Broadcaster

Today’s technology allows artist to produce music videos at a fraction of the cost of even a few years ago. Everything from simple solo acoustic performances to full productions can now be done using an iPhone and simple software. A recent episode of the hit TV show Modern Family was shot completely on an iPhone 6! You can produce and release your own music, build a following and learn to monetize that audience.

Consider producing a lyric video, here’s why, according to Mike Baldo senior account manager of video services at The Orchard.


A version of this article originally appeared on The Daily Rind.

film reel purchased from shutterstockAs YouTube carves out a larger space in the music community, the way music videos are being made and consumed is changing. With millions of artists and creators collaborating constantly, stunning music videos have been made that sometimes challenge typical production conventions. Along with YouTube’s Music Key, there are now multiple forms a music video can take. This combined with a lower barrier to entry has given rise to excellent alternatives you can consider when deciding how to publish your music on an evolving video streaming platform.

Building off of YouTube Art Tracks

With the launch of YouTube Music Key, you’ve probably started to see an influx of Art Tracks in the system (here’s one if you haven’t seen them yet). These simple videos are a great way to get your full catalogue out to viewers and improve your chances for discovery. They expand your presence and give viewers more of your content to listen to. But you can do better.

Though a great addition to YouTube’s massive collection, Art Track videos provide a more passive viewing experience. Because the only visual is a static image, typical viewers press play, then move onto something else as they listen to the video in the background. This is still good because you’ve got them listening, but it cuts down on engagement and your potential to draw the viewer closer.
A creative, yet simple lyric video could give you that extra hook to keep the viewer around your video longer. These typically incorporate animated text synched with audio to guide the viewer through each song. There are some amazing, intricate lyric videos out there, but that doesn’t mean you have to necessarily go that far with yours. A clean and punchy lyric video with nothing but colorful moving text could be all you need to get your fans following along. This sets your video aside from other Art Tracks and gives you more of a unique viewing experience for your fans.

Alternatives to the MTV-style music video

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For better or worse, the days of tuning into awesome, cinematic music videos on MTV have been swallowed whole by reality TV marathons (RIP). These music videos still exist in part on YouTube and VEVO, but they’re being consumed and advertised against differently than in the old days, making the ROI of a huge video production more questionable. This is both good and bad news depending on how you look at it.

Producing and shooting a classic MTV-style music video costs tens of thousands of dollars. When MTV was the only way to watch music videos, this was a painful but necessary struggle. Though these types of videos are still being made, they’re no longer the unshakable standard. Since YouTube broke down the barriers of entry for publishing videos to the world, indie artists and major labels alike have found better ways to create videos for their music.

By embracing a more open community of viewers and creators, many artists have turned to lyric videos as a fast and cost-effective alternative to full video production. Because lyric videos don’t necessarily require a live shoot, location, scheduling, and casting can be removed from the process. With less of a logistical headache, these videos are often faster to create and publish, which is huge if tight deadlines are imminent.

Though a great animator could still run up your production costs, you at least have options and some room to work with. By keeping your ideas simple, a good animator can get you an excellent lyric video relatively quickly and for much cheaper than a traditional music video shoot. Make no mistake though, lyric videos aren’t just a cheap hack for indie artists on a budget. Huge pop acts like One Direction and Ariana Grande have used lyric videos to premiere Top 40 singles, generating millions of views.

If you have the budget to hire a crew and shoot an amazing music video, by all means do it. These are clearly the heavy-hitters of the music video world, but not always in the best way. Conversely, not having that budget doesn’t mean you’re limited to just Art Tracks. If you can create something in the middle with a clever, catchy lyric video, you’ve set yourself apart.

Mike Baldo is the Senior Account Manager of Video Services at The Orchard a pioneering music, video and film distribution company and top-ranked Multi Channel Network operating in more than 25 global markets.