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For the holidays, NSAI will be closed December 23 - January 5. The office will re-open on Monday, January 6th at 10:00 a.m. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

Your membership includes two (2) Mentoring Session credits with a pro writer per membership year.

- Each session is 45 minutes in length
- Review up to three (3) of your original songs
- Receive guidance about songwriting, the music industry, your career goals, etc. This is about you, so make it what you want it to be.
- In-person, Skype and phone options available

 



Meet Our Mentors
Read more about each of our pro songwriter mentors below to help you select the best mentor for you and your songwriting.

For questions or to schedule your session, call 800.321.6008. 
 

RC BannonRC BANNON
Three months after moving to Nashville in 1976 he got his first writers deal with Warner Bros Music. Four months after that he signed a recording contract with CBS. (Columbia). On the second anniversary of his arrival in Nashville, RC received his first No. 1 record, Ronnie Milsap's "Only One      Love In My Life.” 
  
RC's  other No. 1 records are Barbara Mandrell's "One of a Kind, Pair of Fools," and Steve Azar's "(I Don’t Have To Be) Me Til Monday." Other artists he has written hits for include Bobby Bare, Roy Head, Hank Thompson, Charlie McClain, and Louise Mandrell. His song "Loveless Motel," which he wrote and sang, can be heard in the popular movie "The Outsiders." 
 
In 1995 RC met Larry Stewart, lead singer for Restless Heart. Besides playing a lot of golf and writing a lot of songs, they wrote a Top 40 hit for Larry "Why Can't You." Later, RC found a new act in a bar outside of Houston in Katy, Texas, while searching for talent for RCA. His name was Doug Supernaw.who went on to have two #1 records.
 
From 1974 until 1985, when he decided to focus on writing and producing, RC was a recording artist for Capitol, Columbia, and RCA. In the early '80s, he was the music coordinator/producer for "Mandrell Sisters TV Show" on NBC. His other television work includes writing material for Bob Hope's Television Special and Red Skelton's Television Special. 
 
RC recently received the prestigious "2-Million Air Play" award from BMI for "(I Don’t Have To Be Me) Til Monday." Throughout his career he has received various awards, including an Academy of Country Music Award.
His love for cars and golf led him to hosting duties for two television shows ("Performance Plus" and "Tee It Up") on The Nashville Network and ESPN. RC lives in Nashville with his wife Natalie and dog Tex. He is still writing country music. READ MORE
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JAMIE FLOYD
Grammy-nominated songwriter and West Palm Beach native, Jamie Floyd, has had songs recorded by Ronnie Dunn, Ashley Monroe, Miranda Lambert, Hayden Panettiere, Kellie Picker, Lucie Silvas and Brian McKnight. Her critically acclaimed EP Sunshine & Rainbows features "The Blade," a song that was also recorded by Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert. Their version earned Floyd her first Grammy nomination. “The Blade” was also named one of "The Best Songs of 2015" by The New York Times, Billboard Magazine and NPR. Floyd recently made her national television debut, performing her version of the song as a finalist on USA Network’s new hit reality series, Real Country. Her rendition of the song was met with a standing ovation by Shania Twain! Jamie also appeared in, wrote and recorded the entire 12 song soundtrack for the major motion picture THE LAST MOVIE STAR. It is the last film ever made by Burt Reynolds and also stars Ariel Winter and Chevy Chase."Yet To Come" (co-written by Jamie) that closes the final scene of the movie, was awarded "Best Original Song In A Feature Film" by the Nashville Film Festival. Jamie is also featured in the critically acclaimed music documentary THE LAST SONGWRITER alongside Garth Brooks, Jason Isbell, Allen Shamblin, Tony Arata, Tom Douglas and Emmylou Harris. She is currently writing the original music for an upcoming Broadway musical while touring the U.S. READ MORE
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CRAIG MONDAY
Hometown: Luttrell, Tennessee 
How long have you been in Nashville? 22 years  
When it comes to One-on-One Mentoring, what genres do you focus on? Mainly Country
Greatest successes in songwriting? My “greatest successes” would definitely be the great friends I have made while living in Nashville, but if you’re asking about songs specifically, it would be having songs recorded by, Kenny Cheney, Randy Houser, Vince Gill, Diamond Rio, Amy Grant, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jamey Johnson.
What is your specialty? Probably lyrics
Anything else we should know about you as a mentor? I’ve enjoyed getting to meet all the new writers coming to town since I’ve been part of the mentor program.
Who is your hero and why? My mom, and there’s not enough space on the internet to list why. 
What is your favorite place to eat in Nashville? I’m not picky about food. I like it all.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Alive, a son, a brother, and a friend.
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BENITA HILL
Singer/songwriter Benita Hill has had her songs recorded in nearly all genres of music-country, rock, pop, jazz, gospel, Broadway and musical theater. As a recording artist, she has released seven CDs of her original music to outstanding critical reviews. She has toured as a background singer with the Allman Brothers, J.J.Cale, Conway Twitty and many others. Hers is the voice of  "Santa Baby" for the international Jaguar Automobiles television commercial. Her songs have been recorded by Isaac Hayes, Crystal Gayle, Kirk Whalum and Garth Brooks, including the two  number one hits "It's Your Song" and  "Two Pina Coladas"; and a song she co-wrote with Garth titled "Weekend" which appears on his 2016 platinum-selling album "Gunslinger" as well as his multi-platinum selling boxed set "The Ultimate Collection".
 
Benita's self-produced documentary, "The Healing Power Of A Song" has been broadcast on public television and on the Blue Highways cable television network. Her recent work includes co-writing six songs for the international movie musical "Cooking For Two" which premiered in Hong Kong and has been touring the international film festival circuit ; her newest album of original, modern torch songs called NOIR establishes her range as a modern and timeless songwriter and artist of depth, humor and insight. 
Benita is passionate about yoga and healthy eating. As a certified yoga instructor, she has taught a popular class at the YMCA; and her recipes were included in Trisha Yearwood's New York Times number-one best selling cookbook, Trisha's Table. She also enjoys meeting aspiring songwriters through her work as a mentor at the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
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