Hi all, I hope to get your feedback to see if you agree with Taxi's recent review of the song I co-wrote and published, called 'Stay For Life':http://www.taximusic.com/stream/166889/ ... 3Unbeknown
to Taxi, this song was released 12 months ago on an album by platinum-selling artist Andy Abraham. You can buy this song right now in most record shops or on iTunes. Those from the UK will know Andy Abraham was the runner up in The X-Factor (the original of the franchise also known as American Idol etc. around the world), represented the UK on his own at the Eurovision Song Contest in front of hundreds of millions of TV viewers last year, and was signed to Simon Cowell's SonyBMG for 3 albums, which all went either gold or platinum.Without knowing the song has already been commercially released, or that he is a platinum-selling and much loved singer, or that MSN Music reviewed this song as 'the strongest song on the album' when they reviewed the record, Taxi reviewed the track as follows.I would first take this opportunity to clarify that I am not quibbling the suitability of the 'style' for this listing, which may have contributed slightly to it being rejected, but I am quibbling over the other points which seemed to make up the majority of the rejection comments, and I feel therefore the reviewer makes it clear that these were the 'main' reasons for the rejection:S090408SS: SINGER-SONGWRITER SONGS a la Matt Nathanson, Howie Day, Sara Bareilles, etc., are needed by an established Music Publisher in L.A. who has secured TONS of Film/TV placements for many TAXI members. All tempos will be considered. Solid performances are necessary and recordings need to be Broadcast Quality (excellent home recordings should be just fine). Male or female vocals are just fine. They offer a non-exclusive, 50/50 split deal - you keep your original copyrights. Please submit one to three songs online or per CD. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI and must be received no later than Wednesday, April 8, 2009. TAXI #S090408SSReview:yes this is a pop ballad... but is aligned more with a retro vibe and sound. As well there are some pitch issue in the vocal performance that must be addressed and therefore this song does not quite fit for this listing.Style:not in keeping with the artists mentioned in this listing (i.e. Matt Nathanson, Howie Day, Sara Bareilles)Overall Comments:The main focus here is on 2 issues. First, updating the overall feel of the track. Trying to enhance the quality of the instrumentation used to feel less synthetic and project more soul and professionalism would help a lot. [This was commercially released on an album].As well, the vocals must be spot on to get a forward for TV/Film as there cannot be any off notes. There are some issues with your pitch throughout the tune which is something you must rectify to obtain forwards for listings like this one that deal with TV/Film. good luck.Sound Quality:track feels quite small and synthetic. probably need to address the sounds you are using.The main reason(s) you were or were not forwarded for this listing is:the style is off and the vocal needs attention with pitch issues.What concerns me greatly is that Taxi are saying that a song that is good enough for a commercial album release by an artist who has sold hundreds of thousands of records, is not good enough for forward to one of their Film/TV libraries.Do you agree with their review, that this commercial release by a great singer has "tuning issues", "off notes", "issues with pitch throughout the tune", and that the instrumentation is "synthetic" and does not "project ... professionalism"?