DSA Monthly Meetings


Education • Networking • Encouragement • Advocacy

Learning Opportunity presented by the Dallas Songwriters

* Monthly Workshops which feature guest speakers from all fields of the music industry.

• Critique sessions that give honest, creative, and helpful advice on improving writing style and technique.

Motivating and Uplifting Songwriters through Education

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Guest Speaker is Bruce Channel on Thursday Sept 6, Song Critiques follow

The Dallas Songwriters Association will hold it's next monthly meeting on Sept 6th at Half Price Books on Northwest Hwy, Dallas, Tx from 6:30 - 9:30. 

Bruce Channel recorded the song, HEY! BABY. In 1961. Six months later he watched in awe as this recording soared to number one in the pop charts and stayed there for three weeks.
     Thus began a long and fascinating touring and recording career in the U.S. and England. Later, hits on Goin’ Back To Louisiana, Mr. Bus Driver, and Keep On, kept Bruce at the forefront of the pop scene for many years. At the height of his popularity in England, he headlined a show featuring a relatively unknown recording group, THE BEATLES! After more than a decade of touring and recording, Bruce grew tired of the road and the music business. He returned to Ft. Worth to settle down with his wife Christine, whom he had met in England, and left the music scene for a while.
     In 1978, Bruce moved to Nashville and began writing songs for Nashville recording artists. Since then his successes as a writer include number one records for T.G. Shepherd on Party Time, Janie Fricke on Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby, John Conlee As Long As I’m Rockin’ With You, Anne Murray’s re-make of Hey! Baby, and Mel McDaniel’s smash, Stand Up. Bruce has also had cuts by Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and Tom Jones. He co-wrote the country hit You‘re The Best, with Kieran Kane who recorded it, and Gonna Have A Party, recorded by Alabama.

     Bruce received an award from BMI for two million radio performances of Hey! Baby. His original record of Hey! Baby is featured in the hit movie, Dirty Dancing, and on the international sound track album, listed in BILLBOARD’s Pop Album for over three months with sales of over twelve + million units.

Thanks to Harry Hewlett we will be Skyping Bruce in from Nashville. 


Location: Half Price Books/Northwest Highway in Dallas
6:00 pm: Doors Open/Networking and visiting
7:00 pm: Program followed by song critiques for members only
Pay online for critique. 
Each song is enter into the Song of The Year and Songwriter of the Year Competition which is awarded at our December Awards Banquet. 

Down the Line:
Oct 4 - Issac Jamal - Creating a music video
Nov 1 - Annual Membership Meeting and Elections/ 
Barbara McMillen on performance contracts
Dec 8 - DSA Christmas Party and Awards Banquet.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015


JUST A REMINDER THAT WE ARE MOVING OUR WEBSITE. YOU CAN FIND UPDATED INFO AT:  https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-meeting-and-song-critique/

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Long time member of the local folk community and friend of Uncle Calvins, Bill Nash will speak at the July 14th DSA meeting on alternative tunings for the guitar using multiple capos. Because of health issues and his unwillingness to give up what he loves doing, Bill has developed ways of playing guitar that require less finger mobility. Come see how you can adapt Bill's discoveries to your songwriting.

Thursday, June 4, 2015


BARBARA MCMILLEN, Associate Professor of Songwriting at Collin College, will talk on THE BRIDGE: WHAT IS IT AND WHEN DO I NEED ONE?

• What is a bridge section of a song

• What song forms include a bridge

• How does the bridge fit into the story

• Where does the melody go in a bridge

• What about chord changes and key changes

ABOUT BARBARA MCMILLEN : Barbara is Associate Professor of Songwriting at Collin College and Founding President Emeritus of the Dallas Songwriters Association. She also serves as editor of Songwriters Notes. She has produced a number of songwriting conferences and lectured at many others and offers private consultations and online classes. 
She currently works with memory loss residents as a music therapist part time and professional performer of educational programs for libraries and book clubs.  
She is co-owner of the Texas Music Group an umbrella company for record labels, publishing, production and music consulting companies. She is a voting member of the Producers Wing of National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences which awards the Grammy. More at barbaramcmillen.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2015



For more than three decades, the professional performance of Ray L. Baker on the piano, alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones have been entertaining and motivating to all listening ears. Ray’s heart’s desire is to touch people’s lives through music. Ray studied music and Business Administration at Wichita State University. While in college Ray formed and played with many different groups and begin writing music.
For two decades, Ray L Baker has been assisting songwriters, singers and instrumentalist began their music careers by producing professional "Demo", "Album Projects" and Accompaniment Tracks.
 Ray - Pam Publishing was established as a quest for new artists especially singers and instrumentalists who need original material for an album project. These compositions are in the music genre of Jazz, (swing, bebop, Latin Jazz, Funk jazz, R&B and Pop music styles. The vocal compositions are primarily Christian themes, ranging from Evangelism to Worship as well as love songs. Ray-Pam Publishing has an extensive repertoire of songs to be placed with the right vocalist or instrumentalist who has an unique and individual style, thus creating a personal musical signature.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


As the songwriter behind some of Country Music’s biggest hits of the last decade, Jim Collins is pure and simply a hitmaker. A two time Grammy nominated songwriter who has written songs that have launched careers for new artists and created peak moments for some of Country Music’s biggest superstars.
Jim’s current streak of singles is a great example of this consistency, quality and diversity. Jim ‘s  most recent hits include the multi week #1 smashes “Big Green Tractor” (Jason Aldean) “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” (Kenny Chesney) “ and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by (Thompson Square) which was iTunes “2011 Country Song Of The Year” and Country  Aircheck’s #1 Country Song Of The Year.  Jim was also nominated for a Grammy for “Best Country Song” with “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”.
Chart success is nothing new for Jim, a native of Nacogdoches, Texas.  Among his numerous #1 songs is the co-written smash, “The Good Stuff” which was a seven-week number one for Kenny Chesney and was named Billboard Song of the Year, ASCAP Song of the Year and Single of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
Jim’s next number one song was courtesy of his fellow Texas native and Country Music legend, George Strait, who took “It Just Comes Natural” to the top of the charts for four weeks in 2006.
That same year, Jim was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song with “I Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You Today” performed by Gretchen Wilson.
Other hit singles written by Jim include “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” (Kenny Chesney), “Then They Do” (Trace Adkins), “Hands of A Workin’ Man (Ty Herndon), “Love Workin’ On You” (John Michael Montgomery) and the multi-week #1 “Yes” performed by Chad Brock.  This is in addition to the top 40 singles, “That Song In My Head” (julianne Hough), “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” (Jason Michael Carrol), “God Must Really Love Me” (Craig Morgan), “In My Next Life” (Terri Clark), “They Call It Fallin’ For A Reason” (Trisha Yearwood), “While You’re Still Young” (Montgomery Gentry), “Wanna Make You Love Me” (Andy Gibson), “Hauled Off And Kissed Me” (Steve Holy) and “Pound Sign” by Texas artist (Kevin Fowler).
Jim has had over 150 of his songs recorded by such Country Music superstars as Carrie Underwood, Reba McIntire, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Rodney Atkins,  Lee Brice, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Joe Nichols, LeAnn Rimes, Ashley Monroe, Darryl Worley, Kenny Rogers, Lonestar, Dwight Yoakum, Don Williams, Ronnie Milsap, Easton Corbin, Dustin Lynch, Chuck Wicks and many others.