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Open Letter to Scott Borchetta - Big Machine Label Group

Updated on September 22, 2017
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart - there is no other way.

In Search of a Job:

I am hereby requesting a position in the country music industry via an open letter. I feel a need to reach out to one of my favorite record label owners in hopes that he will take the time to hear me out.

When one feels a burning desire for something that they believe in they should go above and beyond to achieve that goal. Fear should not be an option. Courage should override all emotions.

When one believes in themselves, others will believe in them. When one is confident in themselves, their confidence will shine through.

Failure only happens when one fails to give it their best shot.

Big Machine Record Label Store
Big Machine Record Label Store | Source

Open Letter to Scott:

First off, I do not have dreams of becoming a country music artist. Trust me, no one wants to hear me sing. But, I do have visions of promoting country music artists.

I chose you as my mentor on my next adventure because I respect your drive and determination.

You started from scratch and created a record label which contains some of the most influential musical acts in Nashville.

In 2005, you also had a dream and you went forth, hence, Big Machine Record Label. Your record company now consists of five labels. That alone is very impressive.

When I was in Nashville, your merchandise store was my second most visited place (just after Honky Tonk Central.) You and your wife nailed the motto, "Music Has Value." The value that music contains is underrated, there is much more that could be done to introduce music to the youth of today, heck even the elders too. The organization is for a worthy cause.

About me...I was born and bred on Long Island and have lived in Orlando for 32 years. I am a yankee with an attitude, but not the southern twang. I am 53 years old. I have two daughters and two granddaughters who are fans of Taylor Swift, so listening to Big Machine Radio on iHeart Music is the norm among for my girls.

Big Machine Record Label Store
Big Machine Record Label Store | Source

I now consider this time in my life as my transition to shine. Country music is the love of my life. Country music is my passion. From morning to evening, I am listening, absorbing, feeling and appreciating the sounds of yesterday and today. From Hank Williams, Jr to Brantley Gilbert, the music transports me into a euphoric state.

25 years ago, country music entered my life. Thanks to Tim McGraw. Between Tim and Taylor, I am practically already part of the BML family. I feel it's now my time to give back to an industry that has given me so much. I am ready for my next challenge, I ain't getting no younger.

My friends and family are familiar with my passion for country music and Nashville. I could talk about the legends and the present day artists for hours upon hours. Country music is a genre that many artists of today have mimicked and are now crossing over to be a part of. Country music is huge! I would love to be a part of making it enormous! I just need that one person to believe in me.

I am a writer. Blogs, articles, self-published books are my forte. I do have a tendency to rant, but I write from the heart and the heart never lies. I have been told that I am persistent, pushy, dedicated, driven, motivated, feisty, witty, memorable and at times annoying. Hey, I am just being honest since this is basically my resume.

My daily signage ... Music Has Value and Stay Humble and Kind
My daily signage ... Music Has Value and Stay Humble and Kind | Source

What could I do for Big Machine Label Group? Communications liaison is just one of my many talents. I am a people person, my communication skills have no age barrier. I am a motivator by nature. I have motivated many people over the years for various reasons. I am fluent with social media and enjoy meeting fellow country music fans from around the globe. I am also an avid blogger who has successfully introduced country music to the non-believers. Yeehaw!

I desire to help promote, which I also refer to as pimping, but in a legal manner. I have pimped out many artists, friends and family members. Pimping is beneficial to a business. No fedora required.

I would like to help find the next best country act, I would like to help make someone's dream come true. But, I am extremely finicky, yet very diligent in a kind manner.

I would also like to go back a bit to recapture where country music originated. Country music has changed so much over the years and while change is very good and most people learn to adapt, some opt out.

I would like to bring back some of the songs from way back when, with country acts from today. Each day I listen to country artists on YouTube and Instagram, some have so much potential, yet some don't, but they have a dream which is admirable. The right song needs a great hook and lines that capture your emotions or else it's a sinker.

Would I relocate? Heck yeah!

Back in the day I emailed my resume to a merchandising company. The next day I was hired because they were so impressed that I took the step that others never did. I hope I impress you just as much with my open letter to request a position within your world. That's how memories are made by taking the step that others wouldn't consider.

Thank you for your time,

Linda Bilyeu

AKA "Sunshine"

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One of my rules is, if Jesus or Taylor (Swift) calls, I take the call.

-Scott Borchetta

(I would take that call too!)

© 2016 Linda Bilyeu


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      Dianna Mendez 20 months ago

      These days students applying to college have to be creative and are admitted based upon their ability to promote creatively. Your method follows this new process and I'm sure it will get their attention in Nashville. McGraw's song is so touching!

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      Shauna L Bowling 20 months ago from Central Florida

      Linda, have you sent this open letter to Scott Borchetta in addition to posting it online? I hope he gives you a call. Lord knows, it's your time to shine. You've given so much of your life for others - and you still will as a promoter - now it's time to have fun doing it!

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      Daisy Mariposa 20 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Scott Borchetta,

      It would be a huge mistake on your part if you did not hire Linda "Sunshine" Bilyeu.

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      Nithya Venkat 20 months ago from Dubai

      The world of country music will be richer with you and your efforts to promote country music. You deserve a chance. I hope Scott Borchetta sees this and gives you a call. I totally agree with Nancy Redmond.

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      Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nancy......DITTO! We agree 100%. (And despite her Rock Star status, she remains our Humble Sunshine.) Nice to meet you and read your comment! Paula

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      Nancy Redmond 20 months ago

      I have never known another human being with such compassion, love, focus, drive, fierceness, and tenacity. Linda accomplishes her goals, whether she meets the resistance of "mountains" (literally and figuratively) or not. If there were ever a time I "needed" someone to help me do the unimaginable, I would call on Linda!

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      Nell Rose 20 months ago from England

      If anyone deserves a chance its Linda, I hope they take notice and give you that chance, I think its time for our Linda to Shine!

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      Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Scott Borchetta......What a thrill for me to take this opportunity to extol the talents and drive of Linda Bilyeu, one huge ray of "Sunshine!"

      It has been my good fortune to get to know Linda and cultivate a kindred spirit bond, over the last 5 years.

      One meeting, one conversation with this female powerhouse will convince you she's the "Real Deal," authentic and tenacious!

      Mr. Borchetta, Please take Linda's letter to heart. Give her the opportunity she desires. She's a guaranteed promise to deliver!

      Yours Truly, Paula from Upstate New York~~August 18,2016

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      Maria Jordan 20 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You are a country music magnet, dear Linda.

      Hoping Scott Borchetta is listening...

      There is nothing Linda cannot do when she sets her mind to it. I'd hire her in a heartbeat.

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      Stokermm 20 months ago from Gainesville, FL

      I had the pleasure of visiting Nashville for the first time with Linda and let me tell you, she was home. Country music is in Linda's blood!! We went into the big machine store multiple times and Linda was beaming with excitement each time. She chatted up the workers and knew more than they did about the label. :) Linda is a natural advocate and she would do wonderful things for your label, Scott!!

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      mckbirdbks 20 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Scott Borchetta: Linda Bilyeu has more tenacity than any ten other people. She is a gold record, and ready to shine.

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      Carissa 20 months ago

      I would hire you! Good article.