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Q&A with Christi Given: What Does It Mean to Sign a Record Deal?

PI ladies, many of you may have read about how PI blogger Christi just signed to a Christian record label! Here she answers some of your burning questions about the industry and how to hone your craft as a musician!

[Image Credit: Brian Hawkins]

PI: How did you sign with a record label?

CG: I was approached by the CEO of Transform Music Group, Matt, who found my music on a website for musicians called Reverb Nation. From there, we discussed, over a long period of time, the label’s ministry goals, my goals and dreams, and so forth.

PI: What made you choose to sign?

CG: It was perfect timing because I just finished school and I have waited my entire life to do this. I felt the opportunity knocked on my door and I believe in the company as well as the team of people I am working with. I am so grateful and fortunate to be able to work with a Christian label.

PI: What advice would you give to an aspiring recording artist?

CG: I would say work hard, be persistent in your craft and honing your skills, practice, collaborate with different artists, get your songs out there and be positive! Always make sure you have positive, uplifting people around you who believe in you and your dreams. It will take a team of people to help advance your mission and you want to make sure you do not allow negative ideas or influences to hinder your gift!

PI: Where can Project Inspired readers ask you questions?

CG: Right here in the comments for this article! And you can “like” Christi Given on Facebook, where you also can send me a message!

PI: Any other tips or advice for readers who want to begin a music career or even contact other musicians?

CG: Yes, I would recommend doing shows or singing with other artists. In addition, visit websites like Reverbnation.com and the ASCAP website to read up on songwriters and musicians. Read books on the music business and start social networking if you are serious about being in the industry.

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to do it because you love it, not because you want money or fame. Those are those wrong reasons to want to be on stage. People who genuinely love the arts and being inspired are the most amazing musicians of all. And did I mention to pray?! Ask God for His perfect will for your life! You may love music, but maybe you have a gift in nursing or design…ask Him and He will guide your path!! 

PI readers, feel free to tweet to or message Christi at her website or comment below to ask additional questions or to just say hi!

Image: flickr.com | Christi Given

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7 Comments

  1. texasgirl

    Posted by texasgirl on October 29, 2012 at 17:25

    I know this is entirely off topic, but Christi is gorgeous!!!!!!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by godsgurl13 on October 28, 2012 at 15:42

    Do you have an album coming out?

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Annie on October 28, 2012 at 12:44

    I love your voice! You are so inspirational- you had a dream to become a musician, and you followed that dream! And it worked! So excited for you!

  4. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on October 27, 2012 at 16:51

    I’ve been writing poetry for a while, and I’d like to write song lyrics too. How do you transfer poetry into song lyrics, and do you have any tips for me?

  5. Paris

    Posted by Paris on October 26, 2012 at 23:39

    You have a wonderful voice and I am always praying for you! I love you,Christina!

  6. unicorns4567

    Posted by unicorns4567 on October 26, 2012 at 12:40

    cool article!

  7. Dancer16

    Posted by Dancer16 on October 26, 2012 at 09:27

    You have a beautiful voice! I’m so excited for you!!!!