Hit Songwriter Bios—Liz Hengber

Liz Hengber Book

Liz Hengber was one of the featured hit songwriters at the first Durango Songwriters Expo produced by Jim Attebery in 1996.

In her Saturday night concert appearance, in her late-night impromtu round in the old bar (now gone) at the Tamarron Lodge (which also included the late Wayne Perry -- who wrote the Lori Morgan hit "What Part of No," among others -- and our own Jimmy Muffin who recalls the moment here), in her song listening sessions, and in her interactions with our aspiring songwriters, she was gracious, witty, inspiring...and just plain brilliant.

Liz's performance at the concert of her Reba McEntire #1, "And Still," was perhaps the first (of many to come) room-silencing song-renderings in the ten plus year history of our event. It was remarkable.

Now Liz is paying back to the songwriting community with her important new book for songwriters, The Do's and Dont's of Music Row. If you are headed to Nashville to network and pitch your songs, you need to read this book!

The Do's and Dont's of Music Row answers the difficult questions, "How do I get in to see a publisher?," "How come my phone calls aren't being returned?," "What will it take for a company to sign me?," "How do I market myself?," and more.

Liz has had 4 number one songs with Reba and hit singles with Andy Griggs and Clay Davidson (the wonderful "Unconditional").

She has also had songs recorded by Trace Adkins, Conway Twitty, Peter Cetera, Trick Pony, Lari White, Deana Carter, Vince Gill, Lisa Brokop, Lee Greenwood, Linda Davis, Crystal Bernard, Lila McCann and Julie Roberts.

Hengber moved to Nashville in 1986 but instead of the publishing deal she sought, she landed a job waiting tables at the famous Blue Bird Cafe. As she puts it "This is where I went to School." Night after night she got an upclose and personal lesson in songwriting from some of the greatest writers in country music.

After nearly five years, her hard-knock education payed off and she was signed to Reba McEntire's company, Starstruck Entertainment. Just six months later she was celebrating her first cut, first single, and her first #1 with the Reba smash "For My Broken Heart." This initial success was soon followed with three more Reba hits, "It's Your Call, "And Still," and "Forever Love," all Billboard #1s.

Says Amazon.com: "This book should be required reading for every aspiring songwriter or college student entering the Nashville Music Business. It is the most accurate account of how the Nashville publishing community thinks and how the entire process of becoming a professional songwriter works. Liz Hengber has created the first true roadmap for any aspiring songwriter to follow and what better way to learn the 'do's & dont's' than from someone who has been there and gone on to have an incredible career. Liz truly deserves a medal for this." —Mike Sebastian, Vice President Blacktop Music Group, Inc.


"I love this book. I wish that every new songwriter who walks through the door of the Bluebird would read it and save themselves years of mistakes and wasted time. Liz was a pretty good waitress, she's a wonderful songwriter, and now she is a sage, offering the best advice from her heart. —Amy Kurland owner, The Bluebird Cafe

Reba McEntire - And Still - Sheet Music (Digital Download)

Reba McEntire - Forever Love - Sheet Music (Digital Download)

Clay Davidson - Unconditional - Music Book

Joel Whitburn's Billboard Charts

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