• Monty Powell Co-Founder Musician Labs

    "...There's no shortage of talented musicians and songwriters in America. I have an obligation to tell the ones who will listen - the ones who are serious enough to chase music as a career, that talent isn't enough. Not even close. Achieving real, long-term success in the music industry is literally a science. Musician Labs can help put the scientific formula for success into the hands of the most dangerous, the most willing and the most capable."

  • Monty Powell The Songwriter Keith Urban
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Monty Powell: Hitman?

Monty Powell is a Hitman. Not in the literal, dictionary sense of the word - he doesn't off people at the request of others, but he is quite deadly in other harmless, less-criminal ways. Arm him with a pen, an idea and a guitar, and there's a good chance something deadly magnificent will be the result. The proof is virtually everywhere these days. Whether you turn on the radio, flip on a TV, or go to a movie, the odds are pretty dang good you'll be hearing one of his songs. That's just what happens when the culprit has multiple number one singles under his belt and powerhouses like Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts lining up to record them. So yes, Monty Powell is a Hitman. Or perhaps better-stated, Monty Powell is a hit, man.

Here's the thing: After over two decades as the music industry equivalent of the Swiss Army Knife and a list of awards and accolades that make War And Peace seem like a quick read, it would appear that writing a hit song is as simple for Monty as it is writing a bad one, but he knows better and that's precisely what separates him from the rest of the songwriting pack: Knowing better. Knowing better than to think that writing your first hit song means you're sure to write a second. Knowing better than to believe that shortcuts are ever an option. And knowing better than to rest on creativity as if it's the key to long-term success as a songwriter.

The characteristic of knowing better isn't isolated to the music industry. To sustain success at the top of any profession, you literally need to know better than the person working next to you. Know better and know more, and that's why even with the enviable resume and all the awards that help legitimize it, Monty knows better than to simply rely on the use of a pen, an idea and a guitar to stay at the top of the songwriting ranks.

So why would anyone who's reached the peak of any profession, especially one full of people lined up for an opportunity to steal their share of the market without thinking twice about it, be excited to teach and help create a potential competitor for themselves? The answer, according to Monty, is simple:

"Unlike most things that the world consumes, we will never stop needing music, especially good music - hit music. Those who are capable of writing it legitimately should have the opportunity to learn how to do it, and I want to help because I'll always have a debt to repay to music. There's no shortage of talented musicians and songwriters in America. I have an obligation to tell the ones who will listen - the ones who are serious enough to chase music as a career, that talent isn't enough. Not even close. Achieving real, long-term success in the music industry is literally a science. Musician Labs can help put the scientific formula for success into the hands of the most dangerous, the most willing and the most capable."

Joining Monty in the Lab is his wife - renowned Jazz artist, songwriter and producer, Anna Wilson with whom he just completed co-producing a new album with. Not just any album though - one that has particular importance within the songwriting community because it celebrates one of the best to ever do it: Billy Joel. The record is titled, "Nashville State of Mind" and features the likes of Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Hunter Hayes, Eli Young Band, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Gavin DeGraw and others, all putting their own personal spins on Joel classics. The album is being released to celebrate and honor Joel's 50th anniversary as a songwriter.

Given that the duo trusted with putting together an album of this magnitude are the same two people behind Musician Labs, students who are serious enough to attend are in for a serious treat...and some serious learning.

What They’re Saying About Musician Labs:

“There are other options out there, but Monty is teaching from a level that no one else is. He has enough hits with Keith Urban alone to make a stellar career for most writers. You add in Grammy and Golden Globe nods, a SESAC Songwriter Of The Year award and a CMA Triple Play (three #1 songs in one year !), and you have a proven master of his craft.   In the guitar world, it would be like taking lessons from Hendrix.  I have seen Monty write, teach, produce, and perform live. If you want the real mountain top experience from a master teacher who can actually do what he teaches, this is it.”

- Bruno Pirecki

Entertainment Relations, Gibson Brands 

Monty on Songwriting & Toontrack

“Sweet Thing” by Keith Urban – 2009 SESAC Song of the Year

Golden Globe Monty Powell
CMA Triple Play Award Monty Powell
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BMI Million-Air Award Monty Powell

Monty Powell Songwriting Credits

SONG TITLE ARTIST
Pete’s Music City Alabama
I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt Amanda Norman Sell
New York City Subway Rider Anna Wilson
It’s Got Me Anna Wilson
Always The Same Anna Wilson
I Will Never Know Anna Wilson
Angels Austin’s Bridge
Times Like These Austin’s Bridge
Straight And Narrow Barbra Mandrell
Hey Love Better Than Ezra
Cowboy Band Billy Dean
Could Have Been Me Billy Ray Cyrus
Words By Heart Billy Ray Cyrus
Damn The Whiskey Brad Martin
I Am That Man Brooks&Dunn
That’s Another Song Bryan White
Radio Romance Canyon
Brand New Me Chad Brock
The Love That We Lost Chely Wright
Miss Me Baby Chris Cagle
What A Beautiful Day Chris Cagle
I Love It When She Does That Chris Cagle
Night On The Country Chris Cagle
It Takes Two Chris Cagle
Growin’ Love Chris Cagle
Just Love Me Chris Cagle
Look At What I’ve Done Chris Cagle
All I Ever Wanted Chuck Wicks
Good Time Coming On Chuck Wicks
My Kind Of Girl Collin Raye
Between A Rock And A Heartache David Slater
That Wasn’t Me Davis Daniel
SONG TITLE ARTIST
Norma Jean Riley Diamond Rio
Nowhere Bound Diamond Rio
Finished What We Started Diamond Rio
They Don’t Make Hearts Like They Used To Diamond Rio
The Ballad Of Conley & Billy Diamond Rio
Pick Me Up Diamond Rio
Calling All Hearts Diamond Rio
Down By The Riverside Diamond Rio
I Was Meant To Be With You Diamond Rio
Kentucky Mine Diamond Rio
Old Weakness Diamond Rio
Potrait Of An American Family Dusty Drake
This Is Me Missing You James House
You Don’t Act Like My Woman James Otto
Damn Right James Otto
Someone Else’s Tears James Prosser
Faces Of Love Jeanette McCurdy
With Or Without Me Jeff Wood
If A Man Ain’t Thinkin Jerry Kilgore
I'm Done Jo Dee Messina
My Last Word Kathy Mattea
Who Wouldn’t Want To Be Me Keith Urban
It’s A Love Thing Keith Urban
For You Keith Urban
Days Go By Keith Urban
Tonight I Want To Cry Keith Urban
She’s Gotta Be Keith Urban
These Are The Days Keith Urban
Shine Keith Urban
Tu Compania Keith Urban
Raise The Barn Keith Urban
Sweet Thing Keith Urban
Kiss A Girl Keith Urban
Til Summer Comes Around Keith Urban
SONG TITLE ARTIST
If I Knew Then Lady Antebellum
Stars Tonight Lady Antebellum
When You Gonna Run To Me Lee Ann Womack
One of These Days Marcus Hummon
Straight As The Crow Flies Marcus Hummon
I Do Marcus Hummon
Why Not Colorado McBride & The Ride
I’m Not Afraid Michelle Wright
Luckiest Man In The World Neil McCoy
Tender Moment Oak Ridge Boys
The Chain Just Broke Paulette Carlson
Don’t Let Go Of My Heart Phil Keaggy
Pieces Rascal Flatts
She Goes All The Way Rascal Flatts & Jamie Foxx
Love Won Ray Kennedy
Easy Goin’ Ray Kennedy
Dancy’ Dream Restless Heart
He Said, She Said Richie Havens, Anton Figg
I’m Ready When You Are Robert Ellis Orral
Fancy Things Royal Bliss
I’ll Go Down Loving You Shenandoah
Let Me Be Wrong Again Sons of the Desert
Ten Paces, Turn Around The Ministers
Perpetual Emotion The Ministers
Crying In Paradise The Ministers
To Whom It May Concern The Ministers
One Of These Days Tim McGraw
Love Lessons Track Byrd
When The Party's Over Trent Tomlinson
Courage Of Daniel Wade Kimes
Friday Night Western Flyer
Straight And Narrow Wild Rose