TRIO PRODUCTIONS, INC
Music Publishing * Demo Production * Songwriter Development * Songplugging
Located in the heart of Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee
Satellite office ~ Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
“Music provides an incredible opportunity to touch lives. Great lyrics, wonderful melodies and captivating grooves are keys to healing. When one becomes clear about this underlying purpose of music, it’s amazing how opportunities to serve this end increase. As a writer, it’s your job to heal people with your songs.”
Established in 1995, the mission of Trio Productions, Inc. is to clarify for songwriters what the market is looking for and place the best of a writer’s creations in the hands of decision makers. Our years of experience and understanding of the ever-changing market is a great advantage for songwriters we work with. We welcome inquiries and questions but DO NOT accept unsolicited material. PLEASE contact us for permission to submit:
Founder and President, Robyn Taylor-Drake’s origins are Alberta, Canada; her first musical interests, piano and voice, expanded to guitar and songwriting. At age five she began studying classical piano, extending to voice, theory, and harmony and when she was fourteen, she was in a singing duo with her best friend. By high school graduation at 18, she’d met the requirements for teaching certificates (Canadian) with both the Western Board and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
She went South to university, married and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Around this time she was Introduced to the Appalachian Dulcimer by (former) father-in-law, bluegrass musician, Tut Taylor. Fascinated by the elegant simplicity of this almost extinct instrument, Robyn generated and revived interest in the archaic instrument at bluegrass festivals and craft fairs. She recorded ‘Tennessee Dulcimer Works & Friends’, with musical partner Cam Williams and executive producer, Charles DeBray. “Friends” included Pat Flynn, Bela Fleck, Buddy Spicher, Mark Howard, Mark Shatz, Mac Gayden, Kathy Chiavola, and the late John Hartford and Roy Husky, Jr. The album garnered positive reviews.
Her first marriage ended in divorce and music was put on hold in order to raise her four children and explore other interests and opportunities. She operated a successful interior design company, studied holistic healing modalities, including Reiki, Homeopathy, Hypnosis and NLP, and if you have a conversation with her, you’ll quickly appreciate that time spent in these areas continues to influence her life and business.
‘Music effortlessly opens up hearts and minds. It changes the world by degrees, so your responsibility is to write songs that help people feel their feelings, thereby allowing tiny degrees of spontaneous healing to occur. Great songs are magical.’
In 1994 she was offered a position at a publishing company as a songplugger and suddenly found herself immersed in the strange world of music publishing. In 1998 she began a ‘coaching’ program to educate songwriters about the craft of writing and the business aspects of this complicated industry.
Supporting writers with proper tools provides them a means to develop and prepare for publishing deals or future song plugging relationships. She teaches writers to recognize what works and why; what doesn’t work and why; how to know what to change (in a song) to improve it. When the student ‘gets it right’, she pitches the songs when and where appropriate. The benefits to the writer includes: insider information, understanding of forming trends, a place to ask the questions you’re reluctant to ask, and someone truly vested in your success, with potential representation of your material.
‘I have the tools and experience to help songwriters rise to the next level of excellence. Songwriting is time consuming; my time is more effectively used by sharing my knowledge of songwriting & publishing with writers who are thirsty for support and guidance. Coaching is satisfying because I give valuable insight and teach the ‘why’ along side the ‘how’. If even a handful of the writers I have coached go on to write hit songs, I’ll be well satisfied.’
In 1996, she married Johnny Drake, son of legendary steel guitar player, Pete Drake, thus the hyphenated last name. She’s a member of various organizations, including the Independent Pluggers Association (IPA), CMA, ASCAP, BMI, & SESAC.
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Trio Productions Inc / Songscape Music, LLC