Just Book It!

We get a few inquiries each day from new artists looking for an artist manager. Most have some kind of music recording they have dedicated money and time to but when I visit their website something major is absent. They either totally neglected to include a tour calendar or their tour calendar is blank. Four words pop into mind – YOU ARE NOT READY! The #1 thing someone pursuing an artist career should do is book dates to perform live. That is THE starting point period.

What are you waiting for? Just Book It!



Who Do You Value?

Twenty five years in the music industry have given me the opportunity to work in various roles including music marketing, sales, audio engineer, musician and artist manager. One thing I’ve noticed is the value artists put on their producer versus the others involved in building their career.  Producers are involved in the creative process giving them a kindred spirit with the artist. Most artists don’t blink an eye at paying a producer as they place value on the producer and I agree they should. Ironically, once the producer finishes a project, the producer moves onto the next paying client. Artists sometimes fail to recognize recorded music does nothing until the others in the process move the music from the studio to the consumer. Sales teams, marketers, publicists, artist managers and booking agents work day in and day out on artists’ behalf. Unfortunately, those roles are often taken for granted. When I hear artists complain about paying others involved in the process of growing their career and audience, it is obvious they don’t place value of the other pieces of the music puzzle. Have you ever seen a puzzle with missing pieces? I would argue it’s not a puzzle.

Who do you value?  Who works on your behalf daily to move your career forward? Have you told them how much you value them?



My Top 3 Records of 2014!

As 2014 draws to a close, I took a look at the music that hugely impacted my life this year. Those records that moved from casual streaming on Spotify to a permanent spot in my iTunes library. While I enjoy many different genres and I especially like discovering new artists, very few albums move into heavy rotation on my top album playlist. This year there were three records that stood out amongst the plethora of music that traveled through my ear canals to the sensory points of my brain. These records moved me in incredible ways stirring emotion and giving me brief escapes from the daily grind of life.


1) for King & Country  – Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong

This record logged in more listens from me than any other record this year. Its nice to see an artist create a musical journey from start to finish and for King & Country did exactly that. I love they way they include spoken word and digital black moments to knit the songs together as it draws me in for an even deeper listen. Defying the singles driven listening we have become so accustomed to, this record proves that creating an entire album experience is still possible. I am truly inspired both lyrically and musically by brothers Joel & Luke.


2) Coldplay – Ghost Stories

When Coldplay released Ghost Stories, many listeners immediately dismissed the record complaining that it was dark and depressive. I honestly don’t think those people gave it a true listen. While its obvious many of the lyrics were penned from Chris Martin’s broken marriage experience, the record also contains some emotionally inspiring moments. The anthem “Sky Full of Stars” has become the ringtone I assigned to my beautiful wife as it creates such a swell of joy in my heart. Ghost Stories is my “go to” music for daily bike rides. For some reason, it encourages me to push hard on those cold mornings while helping me forget about my freezing fingers & toes.


3) Ryan Corn – Ryan Corn

I work with a lot of music as an artist manager and music marketer. Nothing I have personally worked with in my 25 years in the music industry has stirred my soul like the music that Ryan Corn creates. I’m so grateful that we have the opportunity to work with him daily and we are thrilled that his first major label release is finally available to the public. Ryan’s lyrics encourage, uplift and challenge me to celebrate the Wonderful Things in life! I also happen to have inside information that there is a trunk full of additional music in cue for 2015.






Ryan Corn Releases Debut Record

Every now and then as an artist manager, I have the opportunity to discover something great. While it’s quite rare to find true artistry amidst a host of gimmicks, wannabes and one hit wonders, I am encouraged that artisans still exist. A few years back, I stumbled across one such artist who was stowed away creating music in a Cape Girardeau, MO basement. An extremely talented yet humble young man. A songwriting genius with a knack for writing musical hooks & lyrics that rise above the norm. His self-produced demos sounded like masters ready to compete with anything at radio. Thankfully, Ryan Corn signed with Artist Garden Entertainment and our journey began. Shortly after, Mike Curb, owner of Curb Records, recognized the same Artisan in Ryan resulting in the fastest record label deal offer in the history of our company.

Ryan’s Curb Records debut record releases today. His single “Wonderful Things” can be heard on mainstream radio stations across the country including Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Milwaukee, St Louis, Jersey Shore, Columbia SC, Charleston SC, Mobile AL,  Boise ID, Knoxville TN, Hammond LA, Eugene, OR  and Portland ME. “Wonderful Things” is racking up 40K+ listens a week on Spotify, he was recently featured as American Songwriter’s Daily Discovery and Ryan was featured in Google Play’s Antenna Program for the month of November. Apparently our little secret is getting out!

Click the cover/link below to hear it for yourself. I think you are going to like Ryan Corn!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the President of Artist Garden Entertainment, an artist management and marketing company that manages this artist. Regardless of that fact, I only recommend music that I personally believe is exceptional and would be enjoyed by my readers. I am not compensated directly, other than normal management commissions for recommending this record through this blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Ryan Corn Releases Debut Single

Artist management is similar to mining for diamonds. Genuine artists are not easy to find in a world where music can be so easily manufactured. Cubic Zirconia may look like the real thing until you examine it closely and see that it is missing character on the inside. When we first discovered Ryan Corn a few years back, we knew instantly that he was a rare find and that he belonged on the Artist Garden Entertainment roster. Today the world will get a taste of this truly remarkable artist as Curb Records releases his debut single “Wonderful Things”  Ryan Corn’s self-produced record just shipped to radio and is available today on iTunes. Do yourself a favor, click the cover below and listen to this song!



Holly Starr Releases New Single “God Is”

Artist Garden Entertainment is excited to announce the highly anticipated new single from Holly Starr “God Is”  releases today at all digital retailers including iTunes & Amazon MP3! The song which was co-written by Chris Stevens (Tobymac, Mandisa, Jamie Grace, Blake Shelton) and Philip Larue. Chris Stevens and Chuck Butler co-produced the song which has already been added at key Christian AC stations across the country including FISH Los Angeles, FISH Sacramento, Joy FM ST Louis, WQME Indianapolis, WMHK Columbia SC, WDJC Birmingham, WBSN New Orleans, KCVO Camdenton MO WFRN Southbend IN, WWWA Augusta ME, WCLN Fayetteville NC KADI Springfield MO and Wassau WI and WBCL Ft Wayne, IN.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the President of Artist Garden Entertainment, an artist management and marketing company that manages this artist. Regardless of that fact, I only recommend music that I personally believe is exceptional and would be enjoyed by my readers. I am not compensated directly, other than normal management commissions from actual sales, for recommending this record through this blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  



The Artistry of Commitment

Through my time as an artist manager, I have found the term commitment to be taken very lightly by many artists & musicians. I’m not sure why, but many feel like that word doesn’t apply to them. For some reason, many artists feel like they get a “free pass” allowing them to make commitments and not honor them. It’s been surprising to experience this disregard for commitment even with some Christian artists & musicians.


Websters Dictionary’ s Definition of Commitment

com·mit·ment noun \kə-ˈmit-mənt\

: a promise to do or give something

: a promise to be loyal to someone or something


God’s Definition of Commitment  (taken from the Bible)

Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:5-8 ESV)


I have personally witnessed an artist purchase merch from a vendor on credit, sell the merch and then stiff the vendor. Others have taken money from record labels to make a record and then walked away from contract obligations of supporting the record. We have had artists not pay us on commissions owed from shows and other income with total disregard. In talking with other artist managers, I have found many of them with similar experiences. One would be arrested if they walked into a retail store where they committed to purchase something and then walked out with the item without paying. Why then would they treat record labels, management companies and merch companies differently?

It appears parents & society are failing in teaching our children what commitment actually means. How a person treats a commitment is a direct reflection of their character, integrity, morality and humanity. The artist community has an incredible opportunity to show others what commitment means as it is an integral part of their artistry.

What does your Artistry of Commitment look like?



Artist Garden Entertainment Celebrates Five Years!





NASHVILLE, Tenn.—One of Christian music’s leading management and marketing agencies, Artist Garden Entertainment recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a VIP showcase featuring the company’s artist management clients. Pictured (l-r) at the event are singer/songwriter Noah Cleveland; Curb recording artist Ryan Corn; Artist Garden Entertainment’s Keith and Diana Stancil; Save The City Records/Provident Distribution recording artist Holly Starr and StompTown Revival’s Gabe Martinez.

Founded by respected industry veterans Keith and Diana Stancil in 2009 with a mission to find, develop and build talent, the Brentwood, Tennessee-based company also operates a marketing and consulting division which represents such clients as Save The City Records, Reach Records, FLAME, Beckah Shae, Tedashii, Derek Minor, Seth & Nirva, Reflection Music Group, Canon, and Victory World Church.

Achievements for Artist Garden clients include signings to major record labels; hit Christian radio singles; a GMA Dove Award nomination; main stage appearances at top Christian music festivals; and placement on one of music’s biggest annual tours, NewSong’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, among many other milestones.

“It has been a very rewarding five years,” says Keith Stancil, President/CEO, Artist Garden Entertainment. “In everything we do, we strive to remember the mission and philosophy we founded the company upon: ‘we grow music.’ The process of nurturing our clients as we help them establish a platform continues to be an honor for us each and every day.”

In addition, the company’s blog, TheMusicGardener.com, has been honored by The Nashville Scene in its “Best Of Nashville Awards.” Written by Keith Stancil, the blog offers a range of information on marketing, social networking, and navigating the new music industry and has become a go-to resource for independent artists.

Prior to launching Artist Garden Entertainment, Keith Stancil spent 20 years in sales and marketing roles at Capitol/EMI, Warner/Elektra/Atlantic and Word Entertainment, most recently serving as Vice President of General Markets/International/Digital at Word. He has worked on sales and marketing strategies for such artists as Garth Brooks, Tina Turner, R.E.M, Madonna, Metallica, Amy Grant, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tim McGraw, among numerous others.

A 15-year artist management veteran, Diana Stancil is best known for her role as manager of Platinum-selling female vocalist Jaci Velasquez. She orchestrated partnerships on behalf of Velasquez with Feed The Children, Nashville Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, as well as held an executive role with Velasquez’s label, Apostrophe Records.

For further information, visit artistgardenentertainment.com.

America’s Got Talent Visits Nashville

Okay Nashville, show us what you got! We know there is some crazy talent here in the great Music City, the city built on Artist Development, Artist Managers and Booking Agents. America’s Got Talent wants to see it. If you think you have what it takes to impress Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum and Mel B, then don’t miss the America’s Got Talent auditions on January 28!