Video: Phil Barton on life in Nashville

Wednesday, 20 Apr 2016

Phil Barton is an Australian songwriter living in Nashville, Tennessee who went from writing children’s songs to having a #1 song on the Billboard country chart.

He made the move to the US more than 10 years ago after being inspired by writers at an APRA AMCOS workshop in Tamworth, and hasn’t looked back since. Phil has written with country music stars such as Lee Brice, Sara Evans and David Nail and Australian writers like Jai Waetford, Busby Marou and The McClymonts.

Over the course of his career, he has had over 800 songs recorded and his music has appeared in films including the Oscar nominated Sicario, and television shows like Nashville.

The APRA AMCOS Ambassador was recently back home to accept the inaugural Overseas Recognition Award at the 2016 APRA Music Awards, and we sat down for a chat to find out what life is like for an Australian songwriter in Nashville.

Check out the video now to get Phil's advice on getting a US visa and gigs in Nashville, and find out what happens when Steven Tyler rocks up at your show!


If you’re an APRA AMCOS member considering the move to Nashville, get in touch with our representative on the ground, Mark

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