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With the record industry as with nearly everything else, no one way to break in works for everybody and while there is no one formula, here are three critical steps sure to make the rise to the top easier.
Get involved locally, be it singing at churches around the city or joining a a community or church choir. Live performance is where most people get noticed in gospel.
Develop a plan and be persistent.
Target a label and/or producer whose musical style suits your
talents and try to arrange an introduction through someone they respect.
If you don't know anyone in the industry, get some tips from your local
gospel retailer or air personality on who might be able to help in your town
Invest in a trip to the Gospel Music Workshop of America or on of
Bobby Jones biannual industry retreats and introduce yourself to some
Make a demo of your best efforts
If you're a traditional gospel artist, it wouldn't be wise to submit
your demo to a label whose roster consists primarily of contemporary artist.
This is where those contacts really pay ff. If any of your material is original, have it
copy written first and don't expect to get it back.
RESEARCH ON HOW SUCH ARTIST AS SMOKIE NORFUL, YOLANDA ADAMS, KURT CARR, BEVERLY CRAWFORD & KIRK FRANKLIN BROKE IN
THE GOSPEL MUSIC INDUSTRY ROUND UP