Foley Entertainment, Inc. -- Rogues Music Evaluation
"153" (The Simpleton's Lament) by Nelson J. Stewart

Date: 4/15/2010 4:37:05 PM
"1" Indicates the Lowest Score
"5" Indicates The Highest Score

Recording Quality/Production: 4.5

Lead Vocals: 4.5

Musicianship: 5

Lyric Writing: 4.5

Music Composing: 5

Melodies: 5

Song Arrangement: 4

Overall Delivery: 5


Dear Nelson,

Thanks for submitting the material for the evaluation. This is one of the coolest, most unique submissions that I've received via Sonicbids in years.  I enjoyed the music professionally - and with the last name "Foley" - you can guess correctly that I loved the music on a personal level too.  The musicianship and energy are outstanding and your vocals are memorable, melodic and confident.  I was also impressed by how often you perform live, every weekend 9 or 10 months of the year. That's great!  So you clearly have the work ethic to match the talent.  I am also amazed by all of your accomplishments after reading the official Bio of The Rogues.

To give you insight to the scoring scale above, the majority of artists score in the 2.5 to 3.5 range in the various categories.  Whenever an artist sees a 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 or 3.5 as a score in a certain category (or categories) it means that's an area I feel they need to improve and develop.  When an artist sees 4, 4.5 or 5 as their score in a category, it's a validation from a professional, confirming that the songs are of the highest level and show strong potential in the ultra-competitive music industry. 

To really raise the bar, every artist should work hard to earn a 4.5 or 5 in every category.  It's a very competitive business and people averaging in the 3's (or less) will probably not get too far without a great deal of improvement and devel opment.

I don't give out 4's and 5's easily, so any of those you see, you have earned.  Well done!

One thing to keep in mind, at least for your songs designated as "Singles" (the songs geared towards winning over radio stations, record company executives and music publishers) - try to keep Intros under 10 seconds and try to reach the Chorus between the 40 and 43 second mark.  If it's 44 seconds or longer into a song and the Chorus did not kick in yet, you should edit the arrangement accordingly. For any instrumental tracks, the arrangement can have more flexibility.  Radio, Record Company and Music Publishing executives pay close attention to song arrangement, as they decide if an artist is developed enough for them to show interest.

For a free resource of helpful information, I encourage you to visit the "Press & Media" section of my Web site,  You will see links to several television interviews I've done, which are filled with advice and tips that may be of help to you.  If you only have the time to watch one of the clips, I'd say the most informative is titled: "Poughkeepsie Live - Second Appearance" - from Time Warner Cable Television in New York.

If you are trying to gain the attention of record companies, music publishers, booking agents or top managers, make sure your game plan includes radio promotion, publicity, lots of gigs, Internet marketing and CD sales, at the minimum.  Just having a great CD and live show are no longer enough in today's music business.  You have to show industry executives you have a product that has been marketed successfully on the local or regional level.

Feel free to write back and let me know your career goals and plans for the next six to 12 months.  We can begin our correspondence and a dialogue from there.  After reading the information you send back to me via e-mail, if I can provide some insight, ideas or advice, I'd be more than happy to do so.

Thank you for the music submission Nelson and continued best wishes!

Please tell everyone "Foley" says hello! :-)

I look forward to hearing from you and beginning our dialogue over the next few weeks.

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Best wishes,
Eugene Foley