Talent Is Not Enough

As we enter award season I think I should let all aspiring artists know that having talent is not enough, You must have the burning desire to improve, the feeling that there is nothing else you are meant to do and that you will do anything and everything to succeed.

Getting signed to a label is not the end result you want – its only the beginning. A record label will help you improve, promote and market you but you must be out there working to support their efforts as well. The more you work creates a larger audience and fan base and the more demand there will be for your recording and by the same token, the more demand for your recording, the more you will get paid for your live shows.

Great artists always believe that they can improve and work hard to be the very best they can be. Truly gifted artists know that its not what they do but who they are. If you don’t live it , don’t do it. There are always jobs elsewhere.


“Doing It On The Downbeat”

In the course of his long, star-studded career, Mr. Liebowitz took and additionally acquired a vast collection of personal photos. He has combed through thousands of photos to create a 51 page pictorial of his time in the music industry. In “Doing It On The Downbeat” Shelly pulls back the curtain behind the scenes with an amazing insider view of the industry with warmth and sincerity. This book showcases some of the biggest names in music in jazz, blues, rock and country. Additionally, Shelly has inserted some personal remarks on his time in the record industry. This book reveals a story that is woven into a heartfelt tapestry through pictures and commentary as Shelly shares insights, details and personal experiences, and insider knowledge with the greatest artists of all time in way never seen before.

It’s available here Doing It On The Downbeat

About Shelly

Shelly Liebowitz (born February 2, 1946, Brooklyn, New York) is an American record executive, promoter, producer, and manager. He is currently the CEO of SRI Label Group, a Los Angeles-based, independent record company that specializes in modern and classic jazz, blues, country and rock. In his career as a producer and promoter, he has worked with artists ranging from Sammy Davis, Jr. to John Lennon. He has licensed recordings worldwide, and works as a consultant to several major music labels. He currently resides in Southern California. Continue reading “About Shelly”