BMI’s Behind the Song video series

BMI’s Behind the Song video series

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BMI Behind The Song

BMI's Behind the Song Video series offers advice, insight and knowledge of challenges and successes from top songwriters and producers. These creators discuss how they see themselves as a songwriter and/or producer; their distinct approaches to songwriting and producing; and advice on getting into the music industry.

If you are an aspiring Artist, Producer, or Song Writer or someone looking to be involved with the Music Industry, You should Definitely give these videos a listen.

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Jim Jonsin

In the episode: Jim Jonsin. A Grammy-winning producer and owner of Rebel Rock Productions, Rebel Rock Entertainment and Rebel Made Publishing, Jim Jonsin has had #1 singles with Lil Wayne ("Lollipop"), T.I. ("Whatever You Like") and Usher ("There Goes My Baby"), and Top 10 singles with Jamie Foxx ("Unpredictable"), Nelly ("Just a Dream") and Beyoncé ("Sweet Dreams"). B.o.B., the flagship artist of his Rebel Rock Entertainment, had three platinum-plus singles in 2010 ("Nothin' On You," "Airplanes" and "Magic"). Jonsin is also working with pop acts as part of his production residency with American Idol this season.

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Rodney Jerkins

In the episode: Rodney Jerkins. A wildly successful producer/songwriter/musician, Rodney Jerkins is admired both for his star-making vision and impressive career longevity. Jerkins' discography is a who's who of musical royalty: Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Madonna, Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Cher, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Jamie Foxx, Black Eyed Peas and countless others. His production contributions have garnered over 160 million in record sales worldwide.

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Jude Cole

In the episode: Jude Cole. Jude Cole is a singer/songwriter, producer and manager with over 25 years experience and success in the music industry. He runs and is a partner in Iron Works Music -- a record label, recording studio and publishing company; he also manages the band Lifehouse. He has co-written the Lifehouse songs "You and Me," "First Time" and "Halfway Gone," among others.

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Colbie Caillat

In the episode: Colbie Caillat. Colbie Caillat is one of the industry's leading singer/songwriters; a Grammy Award-winning, chart-topping SoCal hitmaker, she will release her new CD, All Of You, July 12, 2011 on Universal Republic Records. Caillat's first album, Coco, debuted at #5 and quickly became multi-platinum. Her first single, "Bubbly," caught a generation's imagination and has become one of the best-selling digital tracks of all time. Billboard named Caillat its Breakthrough Artist of the Year and, fittingly, Breakthrough broke at #1. Her embrace has stretched to include work for honorable causes including the Surfrider Foundation, Save the Music and the Humane Society, for which she has recently become a spokesperson.

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Kara DioGuardi

From BMI's Behind the Song This series offers advice, insight and knowledge of challenges and successes from top songwriters and producers. These creators discuss how they see themselves as a songwriter and/or producer; their distinct approaches to songwriting and producing; and advice on getting into the music industry.

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JR Rotem

In the episode: J.R. Rotem. Called the "Super Producer" by MTV, J.R. Rotem is co-founder of Beluga Heights, the musical home to Jason Derülo, Iyaz and Sean Kingston. He has written/produced songs for over 100 artists in the past five years, including the artists signed to Beluga. He produced/co-wrote "S.O.S." for Rihanna, "Fly" for Nicki Minaj, as well as tracks for Rick Ross, Plies and many more. He is a past BMI Pop and Urban award-winner and was named BMI Producer of the Year in 2009.


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