Painting With Words!

On Tuesday I had the chance to attend a Jason Blume songwriting workshop class in Nashville.  It was a fantastic experience!  This months theme was “Song Rodeo”.  During the “Song Rodeo” Jason would pick a name out of a hat and if he picked you, he would play your song for the whole group while giving it an honest critique.  The whole purpose was to not get knocked off the “Song Bull”.  Although I did not have a song played, I learned a lot from watching and listening to him critique other people’s songs.  I think I probably took the most notes out of everyone in the class, but there was just so much to absorb that I didn’t want to forget a single tiny detail.

At the end of this particular class there was a publisher pitch.  I didn’t expect him to be interested in my song because I’m a newer songwriter.  Although he did not take my song, he did tell me that I had a good start and to keep working hard on it.  He was very encouraging and offered a lot of wisdom about the business of songwriting.

After the class, I went and talked to Jason about how to improve in songwriting.  Basically, he told me that I need to paint word pictures and make people see what I see.  So that’s what I have been working on this week.  I’ve been really working on the song that I pitched and I have now found that my ending could go two ways. I don’t know where I’m going to go with it yet, but hopefully I can figure it out soon so I can keep working to make it  solid.

If you would have asked me if painting a picture through words in a song was easy, I would have probably said, “Yes.”  And if you would have asked me if I effectively paint a picture through my songs I would have said, “Yeah, I guess.” Boy was I wrong.  I got Jason Blume’s “Writing Hit Lyrics” CD and I have been learning so much.  I am still on exercise 1 because I am trying to apply it to my other songs. If you are a songwriter I suggest you get his CD’s!

I know the more I write, painting with words will just become something that I do, but right now I am finding flaws in my songs, all over the place.  It is a little frustrating but I’ll get over it.  The only way to get better at something is by doing it.

Have you ever had something that you thought you were decent at only to have your foundation shaken so you had to rebuild your whole entire craft using a new tool?  How did you work through that?  I would love to hear your stories!

Thats all for now! I have to go figure out where my song is going.

Have a great Easter week,

Hailey Zeph. 3:17 xoxo

Heart Attack

Hey everyone,
Here is my version of Demi Lovato’s new song “Heart Attack”. I would love to hear what you think! Thanks for watching.

Hailey Zeph. 3:17 xoxo

Kiss Me

Here it is my twist on “Kiss Me/ 私にキスする” by Sixpence. Let me know what you think everyone!

Hailey xoxo Zeph 3:17

True Love

‎1 year ago today I heard my song True Love for the first time! It has been an amazing year! I can’t wait to see how God will use my song to touch other lives.
Thank you UCB Media and Andrew Patton for your support!

This is True Love

victoriaI got this message today from a girl in the UK! She heard my song this morning on UCB. So awesome to hear from people. I am so humbled and proud at the same time! Thank you Jesus, may this song touch may more people!

“He shows love, True Love”

Hailey xoxo

Christmas This Year

Hey guys, This is my acoustic cover of Christmas This Year by Toby Mac! Thank you for checking out this video, I hope you like it! Let me know what you think.

This Thanksgiving

Hey everyone,

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far.  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving full of family and friends. I just wanted to post a small list of thing I am thankful for…

1. Jesus Christ saving me

2. Family

3. Music

4. The chance to live life in a meaningful way

5. Food (we all know that I love it :) )

What are you thankful for? I am going to encourage you not to stop giving thanks for your many blessings after this week. Continue thanking God every day.

Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the LORD for he is good, his love endures forever.

Have a great day and make it count!

Hailey xoxo

Today is one of those days

I’m so confused and upset. I don’t know what to do! I keep trying my best and I choose one song to find out that it’s not what I should have chosen. I feel like I have chosen the right song now but I have 3 days to make it perfect and I worked all day on the other song. I feel like this is my opportunity to shine, but I just feel alone I feel like God’s not there or he would have given me the song earlier. I know I’ll get the song down but I’m so stressed. I know nothing worth having comes easy but I wish I could have more time to spend on this song. I just want to go in there and rock the stage. I just need some reassurance and I just feel like I have wasted all of this time trying to work on something that I’m not even going to go with. I just hope tomorrows practice goes better and that I can make myself come through the lyrics while letting Him come through the lyrics also. The good thing is that I have performed the new song many times, but I just need to make my style come through it.

Please be in prayer that the Lord will calm my nervs so I wont be a stress head, and that i will be able to do my best on Monday and that God will come through in the midst of my voice.

Hailey xoxo

10,000 reasons

Here is my new YouTube video “10,000 reasons” by Matt Redman. Let me know what you think!!!
Hailey xoxo