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Songwriter Lance Carpenter

Songwriter Lance Carpenter

I met songwriter Lance Carpenter (@LanceCarpenter) because he had volunteered to kick off NSAI coordinator training. He ended up spending his morning with the group talking about how he went from FEMA employee to Billboard Charting songwriter.

My biggest take away from the morning?  What a nice guy!

And, he’s so inspiring for anyone out there who wants to make songwriting a career.


His Story?


Carpenter’s journey began by attending his local Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI) chapter meeting. He readily admits he thought a chorus was called a reprise because it repeated several times in a song, which is basically what a chorus does, so made sense!

In the meetings he learned about song structure, what a chorus really was and kept at it. He attended NSAI’s annual SongCamps and put the time in on writing, getting feedback, showing up for publisher pitch nights and meeting as many songwriters as possible.

Even though Lance moved to Nashville more than four years ago, he kept his day-job working for FEMA until last year. He’s been pursuing his dream of becoming a a Nashville songwriter full-time ever since.

You can tell just from listening to him talk that Lance’s work ethic is AMAZING! Word around town is that he has a laser focus: works at his craft everyday, with a focus on fulfilling his dream.

I was most impressed with his sense of giving back to other songwriters. His sincerity is an admirable quality that just makes you root for him.


His Strongest Message?


‘You never know the impact you have on someone – fact is – you may never know. You [as a coordinator] could be helping someone fulfill their dreams, so be honest – but encouraging. You could be someone’s biggest influence.’

It’s great to see good people win big, and Lance’s hard work is paying off.


How “Love Me Like You Mean It” Happened


He recently signed with Parallel Music Publishing. And, he’s got a song on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart at #60 with “Love Me Like You Mean It” co-written with friends Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Kerr and Forest Glenn Whitehead. [Update – this song went to #1 on the Billboard Country Chart in June 2015]

Lance sang the “girl song” for the group, explaining it came out of a “hang out” night for friends. They had no intention on writing, just eating pizza and hanging out, but, as Robert Frost says, “way leads onto way”- they ended up with a song!

The up-tempo anthem basically says, look – be in or walk! You’ve got to like the simplicity of the statement. In the chorus, the message is delivered in a variety of ways, emphasizing the idea.


Kelsea Ballerini “Love Me Like You Mean It”




If you’re gonna hold me, hold me like I’m leavin’.
If you’re gonna kiss me, kiss me like you need it.
Baby, if you’re not your best, get to leavin’.
If you’re gonna love me, love me like you mean it.
If you’re gonna talk the talk, you better walk it.
If you wanna keep  me, keep me like you lost it.
If you’re gonna say it, make me believe it.
If you’re gonna love me, boy, love me like you mean it.


Lance Carpenter “This Is Our Home”



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