New Arrangements of Beautiful Ballads

We’d like to draw your attention to all the great ballads that have recently been arranged and are available to download at musicnotes.com. A current top 10 hit in the UK singles chart is the paean to New York City, Empire State Of Mind (Part II) by Alicia Keys. This ode to the Big Apple was preceded by a version of the song entitled Empire State of Mind by Jay Z, released late last year. Alicia’s version compliments Jay Z’s hip hop ballad with its soulful, piano-led harmonies. You can purchase the sheet music for both versions arranged for piano, voice and guitar. Visit our selection of sheet music by
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Corinne Bailey Rae Sheet Music from her album “The Sea”

Corinne Bailey Rae, soul-jazz singer and infamous Loiner (a person who hails from Leeds!) has returned after a two-year hiatus with her new album “The Sea,” the follow-up to her 2006 eponymous debut album. Bailey Rae found success both in the UK and in the USA with the feel good hit “Put Your Records On,” which, for many, became the pop anthem of 2006, and the languid ballad “Like A Star.” Her self-titled album “Corinne Bailey Rae” went straight to number one in the UK album charts and sold over a million copies in the US. After a whirlwind year of touring and achieving phenomenal success, including 4 Grammy Award
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Innovations in Songwriting Lead to Web 2.0 and Beyond

In our continued efforts to support songwriters everywhere, we’ve been able to connect with some really interesting people. This time, our efforts crossed paths with a songwriter, producer and savvy Web 2.0 professional named Dean Whitbread. In this article we’ll share with you a little bit about Dean’s background, and talk about an area where he is blazing trails in songwriting – for podcasts. Dean comes from a musical background steeped in the sounds of jazz – his father was a jazz trumpet player in the hip late 1950s London circuit. Dean had early formal musical training but didn’t enjoy the classical music he was learning. Switching from private lessons
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