Could your personal story become a song?

Songwriter invites Fans to ‘Share Your Story’ on Her Forthcoming Album

Have you ever thought to yourself: “My life is like a song sometimes!”?

If so, then up-and-coming Nashville-based performing songwriter Shantell Ogden wants to hear about it. From now until Sunday, May 8, she is inviting fans to share their personal stories with her. One of those songs will then be used as the direct inspiration for a song on her next album, Stories Behind Songs, to be released later this year.

“Everyone has a personal story that could be told in a song,” Shantell says. “My friends and fans are an incredibly important part of my journey, [so now I want to] engage them in the creative process.”

And fans are digging it. Shantell already has received stories from fans as far away as Utah, New Mexico, Georgia, and Oregon, and she’s hoping more Nashvillians will step up, too.

“I’ve really been touched by the personal stories friends and strangers have shared with me,” Shantell says. “As a songwriter, I appreciate the honesty and vulnerability that goes into sharing a personal experience with someone else.”

Stories can be submitted to until May 8. Only one story will be selected. On May 13, Shantell will announce which one it is on her web site and via Twitter.



Don’t miss Shantell Ogden at 12th & Porter in Nashville at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. She will be in the round with Bill DiLuigi, Scott Jarman, and Donna DeSopo, opening for Acklen Park.

For more information about Shantell Ogden and her “Share Your Story” song-inspiration invitation, please visit

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.



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