Co-writing with kids
Apropos our discussion of finding the right octane betweeen youth and experience for established talent, Commenter Jim2 highlights the money quote from the oracle Russ Breimeier about the new Michael W. Smith album:
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What happened? It probably stems from Smith’s longtime passion for investing in fresh, young talent. In addition to a couple tracks co-written with his kids, he relies on Leeland Mooring (Leeland) for writing/co-writing more than 60 percent of the album. The teenage talent showed much promise on his debut, but he’s still an unproven 18-year-old, and Smith has essentially handed him the keys to his career’s Corvette. No one at that age is capable of carrying a high-profile veteran to the satisfaction of fans.