Early Media Praise for The Road that Drives Me  

"Love this record...great album in the truest sense of the word."  
Charlie Mattos, Radio Personality, WSM Nashville  
"Shantell’s voice is distinct, and she’s a blessing to have representing women in music today."  
Wine Cowboy's Country Music Blog  

"One word to describe this album best would be honesty as Ogden pours her heart out and into this album....incredibly raw, packed with emotion, conviction and, at times, vulnerability."  
Something Country (UK) 


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AmericanaFest Round-Up for Artists

Berklee Americana Showcase at The Family Wash with my Band
Michael Boris, Me, Bill D, and Nick Arbuckle

Nashville is now officially in recovery mode from the 17th Annual AmericanaFest extravaganza. The event brings thousands of fans and artists to town to celebrate Americana music in all it's fabulous forms, from country to roots, to bluegrass, folk and blues/soul. There were more than 200 live performances in 14 venues around town, and it was a great conference on many, many levels!

Between the conference…Read more

VIP Album Preview Hosted by WSM's Charlie Mattos

Shantell Ogden with Charlie Mattos, WSM at VIP Album Preview Event
Nashville-based artist Shantell Ogden held a VIP Album Preview event to celebrate her fifth studio album The Road That Drives Me at 3rd and Lindsley this week. Attendees included publishers, hit songwriters, record executives and other special guests. The event was emceed by Charlie Mattos, radio veteran and co-host of Coffee, Country and Cody on WSM, 'the most famed country music station in the world.'

Shantell kicked off the night with… Read more

Shantell Ogden Partners with Lime Tree Music PR

Luke Roberts and Shantell Ogden on site at Buckle and Boots Festival
Award-wining artist/songwriter Shantell Ogden signed an agreement today with Luke Roberts and Lime Tree Music PR to promote her upcoming release The Road That Drives Me to media and radio outlets in the U.K. and Europe.

"We saw Shantell's brilliant set at this year's Buckle & Boots Festival and spent some time with her there, and we're proud to be working with her to help grow her presence further here in the UK," said Roberts. "Having had…

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How To Prepare Your Music for Global Distribution

The CD or single is recorded and mixing has begun---and you're already starting to think about 'getting it out there'!

To help prepare you for the release, Ed Gertler, an independent music distributor, explains three important things to consider in the Q&A below.

What are ISRC Codes and why are they important?

ISRC (International Sound Recording Codes) are administered by the RIAA and with the advent of digital services, they have grown into something far more important than their original intent. Once an ISRC…

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How to Make a Budget for Your Indie Music Project

WOOOHOOO! Let's make a budget.

Ok, before you go running from the blog, let me say that budgets can be your friend. And believe me I've made friends with a lot of budgets in my time as an indie artist! There's nothing wrong with thinking about the costs of recording and releasing new music (notice I said releasing there too).

At the end of the day, not only do you want to make great music but you want to get it heard right? So then, it's good to think about the entire project---and all the costs from…Read more

Music Licensing: A Resource Round-Up

Music licensing in general is a big topic, and below are a few articles to help you learn more about the common types of licenses out there. Remember you still need take responsibility for learning licensing personally and consult a lawyer when appropriate! 

Good luck!

Overall Licensing:
Music Licensing 101: A Complete Guide for Beginners
ABCs of Songwriter Jargon: A Glossary of Songwriter Terminology
I Want to License Some Songs: The Songwriter's How to Guide

Mechanical Licensing:
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How To Choose the Best Team to Record With

Me with Vocal Producer Judy Rodman

How exciting- you're getting ready to record new music!!!

Recording on any level means you need to make some decisions about where you'll record, how you'll record and who you'll record with. All these factors will be critical in bringing your art to life and it's important to build the best team for YOU.

Do Your Homework

Take time to visit studios in your local area to meet the people, get a general vibe of the space and ask some questions. Even better, ask if you can watch a…Read more
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Introducing the New U.K. Fan Community!

Thanks to Jonathan Peter Barker (above) there is now a new U.K. and Ireland Fan Community on Facebook to follow and connect with Shantell about music, news and future tours in the region. 

"Country music is becoming popular in the UK and Ireland," said Jonathan. "Shantell is one of a few artists I want to help to become more known here in the area and building a community is a great way to do just that!"

Shantell completed a successful three week U.K. and Irish tour, playing at festivals and major music…

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From a Tuba to the Opry: Meet Larry Paxton (Part 1)

Multi-instrumentalist and arranger Larry Paxton talks about his musical beginnings, being a "tuba dropout", gigging and how he got started in the studio. Paxton (pictured above with me) now plays bass in the Grand Ole Opry house band in Nashville among other musical work.

Watch Part 1 of this exclusive video below and stay tuned for Part 2!


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From Prince to John Mayer: Meet Creator Roger Linn


Roger Playing his LinnStrument

Roger Linn is no ordinary creator. But, I'll get to that in a moment...

As a short background to this exclusive interview, I've always loved the song "Quittin' Time" released in 1989 by Mary Chapin Carpenter. I recently looked up the writers because I was curious. Ah, the benefits of Google!

In any case, I found and contacted one of the writers, Roger Linn, through his website and asked if I might interview him. What followed was not only the story behind a great song, but an…Read more
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Dreams are Free: Hustle is Sold Separately

Recently I was giggling with a good friend and fellow songwriter about what a typical day looks like as an indie artist. This particular day, in addition to my eight hour day job, I...
  • Reviewed and completed a music license for specific TV pitch
  • Reviewed and completed a music license for another company to represent a song of mine
  • Had a conversation with a friend about possible music for her weekly podcasts---and researched typical rates for podcast licenses
  • Followed up on a local play that is…
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5 Resolutions Singer/Songwriters Can Stick To

A few years ago I saw a bumper sticker that said "Increased Happiness by Lowered Expectations."

In my opinion, this little gem of wisdom can be applied to so many areas of life--including our independent music careers. Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't aim high and reach for the stars, but it's also positive to achieve and celebrate small wins. Let's face it, we all have limited time, energy and resources, and what we set out to do should actually be, well doable. So, in keeping with the idea that 1) goals…Read more

Should Music Be Free?

There is a question that we as artists and musicians have to face eventually: Should Music be Free?

Most people who are creators will say 'no' right off the bat, because we value our work and know that there is a cost in creating it (recording, etc.). We also see it as a skill/trade, and we don't expect others to give out their skills for free. In fact, here's a pretty funny video about what happens when you ask non-creative people to do their work for free to put this perspective into context.

  Recently, I…Read more

Shantell Ogden Honored with Songwriter of the Year and Americana Song of the Year at the 2015 IMEA Awards

At the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) awards on October 24, 2015, Nashville-based artist and songwriter Shantell Ogden won two top honors: Songwriter of the Year and Americana Song of the Year for "Ghosts in the Field." The IMEA Awards are presented annually to honor and recognize the best in independent music and entertainment, internationally.

"It is a true honor to be recognized at the IMEA awards this year!" said Shantell. "As an artist and songwriter, it means so much to know…Read more

What You Wanna Know: Top 5 Questions About Nashville

I seem to do a lot of mentoring and coaching of other artists. This isn’t because I feel like I have this all figured out in building a music career, not even close. It’s mostly because I know how hard it is, first hand. I’ve been on this road for 17 years now. And, I also know how frustrating it can be to not have any help as an indie artist when you are trying to figure out the next step.
When I get asked questions from young artists, or artists new to Nashville, I can guarantee I will be asked at least…Read more

Backstage with Eddie Bayers: Part 2


A 40 year veteran in the music industry in Nashville, Eddie Bayers is Nashville royalty. Beyond playing in the Grand Ole Opry as the house drummer, Bayers has played on hundreds of hit records (300 Gold and Platinum) since moving to Nashville in 1972 (full list here).

Recently Bayers was recognized by Berklee College of Music as an "American Master" for his generosity and deep commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young musicians, providing them opportunities to grow as artists and…Read more

Proud to Be #2!

Break out the chocolate!

I just found out "Blossom in the Dust" from my new album Ghosts in the Field hit #2 on the Americana/Country Song Chart by the Roots Music Report! It's the highest rising single I've ever had as an artist, and I'm really really excited about it!

The song is about second chances, and although I didn't write it (Joe Doyle, Jon Henderson and Mallary Hope did), it really touched my heart and I knew it was a story I needed to share.

I want to thank all the stations who supported me as well…Read more
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Morning Music: Good Day Utah TV Appearance

On Thursday, July 30, I performed on the Good Day Utah Morning Show on Fox 13!!!

The anchors Kelly Chapman and Kerri Cronk were so sweet to us---and it was so much fun to watch them behind-the-scenes! These ladies have it down to the second and even read prompters while walking from set to set in heels. What pros!

The band (Bill D and Scott Monson) and I played three tunes, "Ghosts in the Field," "Just a Little" and "Til My John Wayne Comes Along." And, as Bill always says, "No one got hurt." Great times!

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Joining the SESAC Family!

Me with ET Brown at SESAC

Today I'm thrilled to announce that I have become a SESAC artist and songwriter! For those of you not in the music biz, SESAC is a performing rights organization that collects royalties for writers and publishers, and represents our interests with lawmakers as well. My new publishing company at SESAC will be called 'Homestead Hits' to honor my rural roots and the fact I'm setting up a new home at SESAC to write what I hope will be many hits! 

“We’re very happy to welcome Shantell to…Read more