Here are some answers to questions we get asked a lot.
Who are you guys?
Centricity Music is a record label that was founded in 2005 with a commitment to artist development. Based in Franklin TN, our mission is to enable our artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. We operate from the values of being faith-centered, relationship-focused, and support-driven.
Providing label and publishing services, Centricity is a family-owned organization, and we like it that way.
Most of us really like Mexican food.
Find out more about our crossover label Residence Music.
How do I contact you?
What does Centricity mean?
Centricity is a real word. It means the state or quality of being centered.
If you’re centered, then you have good centricity. Congratulations.
Can I send you my demo?
Sure. A couple of things to remember…
- We do try to listen to everything that comes in, but we’re not able to respond to it all. If we hear something that we feel like could be a potential fit for us, we’ll get in touch.
- We’re not able to offer critique or feedback on your music. See links below for some good resources.
You can get your music to us in 1 of 3 ways:
- Send us a link to a site where we can stream your tracks. (facebook, soundcloud, etc) If you’re serious about your music, you should have something like this set up. Send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. This method makes us smile.
- Send an MP3 to email@example.com. No more than three tracks please, and if you need to, you can send them in three separate emails. Sending an MP3 doesn’t make us smile, but it doesn’t really make us frown either. Just sort of a blank stare.
- Snailmail a CD. Mailing your CD does not say a good thing about your current involvement with technology, but we’ll take it anyway. CDs grow into large stacks on our desks. They make us grimace. Like someone is poking us with something sharp.
Our mailing address is :
attn : demo submissions
4021 Hughes Crossing
Franklin, TN 37064
How do I get signed?
Technology has given independent artists an incredible ability to create and promote their own recordings and careers, which has introduced an entirely new paradigm into the music industry landscape. Still, even during these times of dramatic change within the music biz, there seem to be a few consistent qualities among those artists who capture our attention.
We believe these qualities can be broken down into four areas, but by no means are they meant to be a comprehensive list of criteria. These categories are generalizations, and of course, there are always exceptions. They’re listed in order of importance, most to least.
- Work Ethic. We once heard Margaret Becker tell some indie artists that before she was signed, she felt like she was digging a trench with her bare hands. When she signed, the label gave her a shovel, but she still had to do the digging! That image is important because it helps artists to understand how much patience and persistence is required, and the reality that no one will ever work as hard to get their music exposed as themselves. We can’t work with people who don’t understand this.
- Songs. Fortunately, writing and recording great songs continues to play a significant role in the marketability of an artist. Through all the changes in the music biz, this seems to remain the one, consistent factor in building and sustaining a successful music career. If you are consistently writing great songs, either by yourself or with others, we’re interested.
- Qualified Uniqueness. We use the word “qualified” because simply saying we’re looking for “unique” artists isn’t totally accurate. We want artists who are unique enough to not sound like everything else out there, but also sound enough like everything else out there that it still can have mass appeal for its time. Tricky stuff. If you’re making commercial music, AND that music has an identifiable distinction to it, we’re interested.
- Talent. We’ll never sign anyone who’s not talented on some level, but we’ll probably never again be able to sign someone on talent alone. There’s simply too much noise out there, good and bad, to rely on talent only to cut through. Without a good showing in the first three categories (listed above), it’s almost impossible to gain visibility for an artist or band, regardless of the level of talent.
How do I get some feedback on my music or songs?
Andrew Osenga has been successful as an indie artist, producer, and A&R person for Sparrow Records. He is a high-character guy with a huge heart for helping independent artists.
Jeff Quimby has served in positions of A&R and Producer at Integrity Music. Jeff is experienced, talented, trustworthy, and sensitive to the sometimes difficult path for the new and developing artist.
And don’t worry, they both like Mexican food.
Who do I contact in order to get a license for some of your music?
Where do I find tracks or chord charts to one of your artist's songs?
Can I intern with Centricity?
We don’t have positions for everyone that would like to intern, but we do enjoy and appreciate having interns as part of our team. Here’s the application. Have at it.
How can I book one of your artists for a concert?
Booking and management contact information is listed on each artist’s page of this website.