NORMAL – G Putnam Music, a songwriting start-up based at Normal, will feature their song “That’s Tough” at the season three premiere of “Roswell, New Mexico” on Monday, July 26 on The CW.
Since forming their team, GPM has spent several hours in the studio, on the phone, in interviews and in meetings. After months of hard work, they finally landed their first major opportunity in the industry.
“We’re thrilled, of course, but few know the work and the costs involved. And persistence. It has been a long process, at times exciting and ultimately inspiring, ”said Gregory D. Putnam, owner of GPM.
The vocals on “That’s Tough” are sung by Zach Linley, who is originally from Mansfield but now lives in the Dallas area. Linley has his own band called Zach Linley & the Rebel Daredevils, but continues to work with GPM when he can.
GPM sent the song to a West Coast company, Music Supervisor, which Putnam learned from through training in writing synchronized music. GPM researched the company and submitted the song last November. They received a notice in March that their song “That’s Tough” had been selected to air at the opening of the season.
Putnam said they were inspired to write the song after seeing students at Heartland Community College walking between classes.
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“It seemed like everyone was complaining about something or someone, like being grounded from their shiny brand new Trans Am, then a girl on crutches struggles to navigate the lobby, and she had that huge, friendly smile as she trudged in, one crutch at a time, ”Putnam said.
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Putnam has over 20 years of songwriting experience and serves as the company’s CEO and lead songwriter. Russell Zillman and Sam Masini, recent graduates of Illinois State University, are also with the company, as is Erik Nelson, owner of Eclipse Studios in Normal, where they record. GPM also recently hired Braylynn Miller.
“GPM can register in Nashville, LA or New York,” Putnam said. “Erik, however, is a super talented sound engineer, musician, producer, and songwriter. Few people realize it since Erik was so low key, but he has a gold record, two platinum records and more. ‘a million streams on another song. “
GPM has also started working with another studio owner in Decatur, Zach Garrett, who owns Studio Z.
This week, GPM has four new songs coming out. They recently signed an exclusive rights deal for two songs with Noel Webb of Labrador Entertainment, including “Big N ‘Loud” (by the same singer as “That’s Tough”) and “My Goodbye Song”, sung by local woman Elisa Crockett. . The group will also sign their first artist, Emily Hope, who made her debut in Normal.
Putnam said its overall goal as a company is to provide jobs and opportunities for unknown talent in central Illinois. He attributes his inspiration to his 94-year-old mother, who still watches live bands every week in Peoria to this day.
“I keep saying we work a lot, and we do, but this work is fun and hard work, if you can imagine it,” Putnam said. “With great studios, engineers, musicians, producers and songwriters, we will continue to grow. Watch.”
Tune in to The CW at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 26. The song “That’s Tough” will be available on Spotify right after the show premieres. GPM will also be holding an opening ceremony for its publishing department in August.
For more information contact G Putnam Music at 309-533-3330 or visit gputnammusic.com.
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