TAXI Members Get Biggest Deal After Membership Runs Out



Taxi Members Get Big Deal
Adam Watts and Andy Dodd's success through TAXI isn't a typical story. They got their biggest deal after their membership ran out.

The two joined TAXI in 2001 and submitted a song called "You Make Me Feel." At first they didn't hear anything back, and after a while, their TAXI membership ran out. They got so busy with production and other things, that they thought they'd renew their membership at another time.

In the mean time, TAXI had sent their song to a production/management company that was looking for a young, male Pop artist they were developing — Jesse McCartney.

Later that year, Jesse McCartney's managers called Watts and Dodd saying that they had heard their song on a CD they received from TAXI and that they wanted Jesse to cut the song. Although Jesse decided not to record "You Make Me Feel," he did end up putting his vocals on two tracks Watts and Dodd wrote and produced: "Take Your Sweet Time" and "Beautiful Soul."



"Beautiful Soul" got played on Radio Disney, and Jesse's management got the song to an executive at Disney music. Soon after, Jesse was signed to Hollywood Records. "Beautiful Soul" became his first single, and Watts and Dodd signed publishing deals with Disney Music Publishing.

"This song has changed our lives and it would not have happened if TAXI didn't send Jesse our music," Watts said.

"Beautiful Soul" went to #3 on Radio and Records CHR Pop Chart, #5 On Billboard's Top 40 Chart, #19 On Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart, it's a Platinum Digital Single Download, it's on the Gold-selling A Cinderella Story Motion Picture Soundtrack, the Gold-selling That's So Raven TV Soundtrack, and the video was nominated for Best Pop Video at a 2005 MTV Video Music Awards.

"We are absolutely floored by the success of 'Beautiful Soul.' Jesse's album has sold over a million copies and the song reached the top 5 on Billboards Pop chart, has been a hit in Australia, Taiwan, and New Zealand, and it's still going. We really feel so blessed and humbled by the whole thing. We are very aware of how easily it could have NOT happened. There are so many factors involved in a song becoming a hit and only a certain part of it has to do with the song itself. Everyone on the business end really did a great job getting things going at radio," Watts said.



"Adam and Andy are two incredibly modest guys. I know they like to credit everybody else in the chain, but a hit always begins with a hit song — and that came from the two of them," remarked TAXI CEO Michael Laskow. "I'm just proud that TAXI was an integral part of the chain of success for these two very deserving guys."

For now, both Watts and Dodd are keeping busy. Watts has an album out in the Christian market called The Noise Inside. He's working on another album and playing with his band. Watts and Dodd also just produced a song for Christian artist Jeremy Camp that will be on The Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack.

Watts and Dodd also signed publishing deals with Disney Music Publishing (also as a result of the TAXI hook up), which is keeping them busy writing and producing work for the Disney Channel, as well as Hollywood Records. They had a few songs on Aly and AJ's album Into the Rush. They also wrote the theme song for the cartoon W.I.T.C.H., as well as other tunes for various TV shows and movies.

If that wasn't enough, Watts and Dodd are also writing some songs to pitch for Jesse's next record now that they have an open door with him and his producers.

"We feel blessed to be so busy doing what we love," Watts said.











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