HardingThe songs of were recorded by Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and many more, resulting in multiple #1 hits and over a billion streams on Spotify to date. Now he’s launching an opportunity for other songwriters – his new “Write Like a Rockstar” contest, which begins July 22, 2022. This will give other adoptees a chance to write their own song with him (which will be recorded by Harding in Nashville), of which they will be co-owners and which they can add to their portfolio
“Party like a rockstar may be a memoir, but it could just as easily be classed as a self-help book for those of us struggling to be ourselves. JT Harding is the epitome of the American rock-n-roll dream and a true testament that anything is possible if you are brave enough to dream it.”
―Shane McAnallythree-time Grammy-winning songwriter and NBC star Songland
“I’ve loved JT’s stories since the first time I heard them at The Listening Room in Nashville. . . It’s an American story of unconditional parental love, big dreams, hard work, and joy. . . . I couldn’t put it down. I proudly recommend this book to readers of all ages.”
―Dana Perino, New York Times bestselling author of Everything Will Be Fine: Life Lessons for Young woman (From a former young lady)
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — — “Everywhere I go, people ask me: how do you write songs? How can I become a songwriter?” says chart-topping country music songwriter J.T. Harding, which has over a billion streams on Spotify to its name. In his recently published book, Party Like a Rockstar: The Crazy, Fortuitous, Unlucky, and Harmonious Life of a Songwriter (Twelve/Hatchet, February 22, 2022)readers get answers only a storyteller like him can give, as well as an inside view of creating hit songs, working with the artists who sing them, the ups and downs of the songwriting process, and what what the grind really is.
But readers also get so much more. This book is first and foremost a fun, fast-paced, and entertaining memoir detailing Harding’s hard-earned journey to musical success, which took him from Detroit to LA to Nashville. It all started, he says, “when I was brought into the world by a young couple. A man and a woman who loved me so much decided to give me…”.
In addition to pulling back the curtain on potential songwriters and detailing compelling stories behind the inspiration for his most popular songs, Harding offers music lovers and fans a look back at the people and experiences that personally inspired him. :
- His crazy upbringing as a long-haired, wild-headed and styled ‘creative’ in a sports-obsessed family
- What it was like to grow up embraced – and accepted – and the difference it made as he tried to navigate his way through an unforgiving industry
- Learn that a Hollywood fame was actually her biological father and the surreal experience of getting to know her biological parents as an adult
- His run-ins and work with some of the greatest artists and bands of all time
- And the devastation of losing one of his brothers to suicide at a young age
“Talking about my brother’s suicide was never easy,” admits Harding. “Maybe I felt like people would judge me somehow. Since my book came out, I’ve found that talking about it has the opposite effect: it brings me closer to people. Everyone has been through something in their life. The more I share my story, the more others share theirs with me.”
Harding’s book has already reached No. 1 as Amazon’s newest release in the songwriting genre. It was also recently featured in the Bluebird Café series at this year’s Sundance Utah Festival. And during the months of September National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and National Adoption Month in November, he will travel the country, perform his songs and make dedications in honor of his family – his biological and adoptive parents – and more particularly his brother who died by suicide.
Country music expert and TV host Ty Bentli notes, “The stories behind JT’s songs are some of my favorites in music, but I didn’t know his real story until now. It’s surreal. His life is Forrest Gump meets Surroundings.”
Adds an award-winning music journalist Gary Graf“As a songwriter, JT Harding knows how to tell a story. Party like a rockstar is Harding’s genuine, all-consuming passion for music (and entertainment), a plus-size personality that has propelled him to become a top collaborator responsible for so much success that we find ourselves humming along at random moments. The man behind these is just as interesting as the songs themselves, and you can’t put this book down without wanting to party like a rock star yourself.”
How does a guy who grew up with an inordinate passion for rock-n-roll end up writing giant country hits? How does a guy who had no connection to the music world achieve his dream of being on the radio? Your attitude to your situation helps a lot. According to Harding, “Being adopted gave me an incredibly optimistic outlook on life. Every time life throws me a curveball, disappointment, or roadblock, I’m reminded that I was adopted by the Hardings (the greatest parents ever), and that the universe has been supporting me since day one.”
Harding hopes that whatever he offers of himself and his experiences in Party like a rockstar will not only encourage dreamers around the world to keep grinding, but will inspire other songwriters. “More than ever, people of all ages all over the world seem to be interested in having their own hit song. My book not only gives the low down on working towards that goal, but it’s also my story of perseverance and never give up and how you have to stick with a dream for a long, long time if you ever hope to see it come true.”
Party Like a Rockstar: The Crazy, Fortuitous, Unlucky, and Harmonious Life of a Songwriter is available wherever books are sold. Learn more about www.twelvebooks.com. Follow JT on social media @jtxrockstar on Twitter, ICT Tac, instagramand @jtxmusic on Facebook. For more information and the “Write Like a Rockstar” contest, go to www.writelikearockstar.com.
J. T. HARDING was born and raised in south strait. While other kids were on the baseball field, JT was in his basement, skipping MTV videos and trying to write his own songs. He started several bands in high school, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. JT made his first demo reel with a cash prize he won by winning the VH1 game show Rock & Roll Peril! Since then, he has written several chart-topping hits, including “Smile” with Uncle Kracker, “Somewhere in My car” with Keith Urban“Somewhere with You” and “Bar at the end of the world” for Kenny Chesney, at Dierks Bentley “Different for girls”, by Jake Owen “Alone with you” and by Blake Shelton number one song “Sangria”.
His Memoirs/Practical Book, Party like a rockstarcame out in February 2022 and quickly reached number one on Amazon in the songwriting category. He lives in Nashville and continues to churn out the hits in the light of his vintage KISS pinball machine.
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