Claude Kelly: A Picture Is Worth A Million Digital Downloads

Doors slammed in your face. People wont listen to your songs. Friends & Family laugh at your dreams of being an artist, songwriter, producer. You’ve heard the word “No!” more times than you think you can take…


Take a look at the picture above…

It was taken in 2007, I believe. This group of 11 hungry hopeful artists were attending a BMI dinner called “Writer’s On The Rise”. None of us had much going on yet. We were gifted a notebook, a Tiffany pen and the opportunity to meet fellow New York City BMI writers who were chasing the same dreams of success in music.

Take a CLOSER LOOK at that picture now.

I’m the dork (6th from left) in the back with the awkward smile, and insecurities.

7 years later, I’ve written with my idols Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, shared hits with some of my favorite singers and traveled the world in the name of music.

The woman in the front with the pink suspenders and dark brown hair is Lady Gaga. Yup, THE mother of the Monsters.

No need to break down her success story, it’s well publicized. But what a difference a few years makes, huh?

The beautiful black lady in the front with the blue jeans and black top is Frankie Storm… writer of songs such as Please Don’t Stop The Music by Rihanna and Do You Remember by Jay Sean, as well as songs for Britney, Enrique Iglesias, Demi Lovato, & Jordin Sparks.

This is not humble-brag or a “ha-ha-in-your-face!” thing. It’s to show you that hard work and perseverance WILL take you further than you even dreamed you could go.


Keep pushing, artists. Keep pushing. It’s your job to create…. and it is also your job to not quit.



Previously: Claude Kelly on insecurity in musicians.

Claude Kelly is a 5 time Grammy nominated songwriter responsible for countless hits from artists such as Bruno Mars, J-Lo, Akon, Britney Spears, Musiq Soulchild, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha and many more. You can read his full discography on his website and my favourite song of his, “I Hate Love”, is below.

Source: Claude Kelly’s Tumblr

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