My First Article for Songwriting Magazine!

Mella Barnes' first article in Songwriting Magazine

It’s here! My first article for Songwriting Magazine. This is a lo-res version, but you can get the full version here: This article is based on my experiences with session singing and also from my new book. I am excited to work with Songwriting Magazine again in the future![...]


My New Music Video for My Song Find Me

  This is a video about my fosters and pets! I had so much fun making this video and remembering each of them. I can’t wait to get back into fostering once I have my studio established. Find Me is a song from my album Zebra Stone. I wrote it from the perspective of my own dogs. Here are the lyrics: Find Me I don't know how long you've been gone now and I don't know when[...]


Yay! My New Book is Here and Ready!

An ebook on music communication: Plus Free Worksheets!

My new book is finally out! It actually out several days ago, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to update this. Here is the link to check it out: You can also buy it directly on my website here! So, this means several things! 1). I will be regularly updating this blog to expand on the terms listed in the book, and 2). I have free copies of the[...]


My Critter Catcher – How I Got Every Insect Out of My Studio

Critter Catcher Review

Before I start this, I need to say I am not being paid by this company to endorse this (although I should, because I’m all about this thing). I got a Critter Catcher and am so excited about it! Bugs in a studio are a big problem for me, for several reasons. One, they can be super loud and if I’m using a sensitive mic you can totally hear buzzing or wings flapping in the background[...]


Searching for a Home for Our Studio

We’ve been in Nashville for a couple of weeks now and the search for the perfect spot continues. We've been searching for home for quite some time now and it's becoming frustrating. There are so many factors to consider. On one hand, we need a space that is far away from neighbors (at least enough distance that recording sessions won’t bother them). I need space for my dogs and any fos[...]


A Terrible Start in a Wonderful Town – My First Day in Nashville

Mella's first day in Nashville was pretty terrible.

I have now been in Nashville a whole week, and I’m absolutely in love with this beautiful place. We've felt so happy, excited, and welcomed here and we love it. But I want to talk about my first day here because it was pretty awful. Some time has passed now to where I can find the humor in it, so I thought now would be a good time to talk about it. Let's start with my dog. My dad came[...]


My New Book is About to Be Released!

New book coming soon by Mella Barnes

I have a new book! I’m really excited, but also really nervous, because it is about to come out shortly. It’s only 35 pages but I put a lot of time and effort into it so it’s “my baby” and I’m just nervous to release it to the world. In short, it’s a book about how to communicate with studio musicians. It's called Way Less Cowbell: How to Communicate Your Musical Idea[...]