How can you fault a guy with mainstream marketability who’s also a talented session guitar player, songwriter, and the owner of one of Nashville’s best voices? Johnny Loftus – All Music
If you’ve listened to country music in the past 20+ years it’s likely you’ve heard the unmistakable buttery soft voice of Vince Gill.
Vince Gill has been one of favorite artists for as long as I can remember. When one of his songs comes on the radio I will usually reach for the knob to turn up the volume.
His collection of hit singles and excellent album cuts cross the entire spectrum of human emotion:
Hopeless Romanticism – When Love Finds You, Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodnight, Feels Like Love
Relationship Issues – Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away, A Little More Love, I Still Believe in You
Family and Death – Go Rest High on that Mountain
Love and Loss – Tryin’ To Get Over You
Fun and Forgiveness – One More Last Chance
The amazing thing about Vince’s success is his ability to perform multiple tasks at an extremely high level.
Vince Gill is one of the best at:
2| Playing Guitar
3| Writing Songs
The combinations of his talents lead to some of the best songs in country music history.
It takes successful multitasking to become a successful artist. And if you’re a business owner, marketer, or manager you are an artist. The decisions you make, the people you work with, the skills you use to drive your business to success are what make you and artist.
Let’s take a closer look at Vince Gill, his ability to multitask and how it can make you a great business leader…
Multitasking and Artistry
Vince Gill had a vision for his life. He knew he loved music and he knew what it would take to have success in the country music industry. He honed his skills as a singer, guitar player, and eventually a songwriter. It was a combination of these skills that lead to his emergence as a country music superstar in the ‘90s.
He started out early as a session guitarist and background vocalist for album work and backing band work for touring artists including Ricky Skaggs and Rodney Crowell.
Gill eventually joined the Pure Prairie League in the late ‘70s for an album and sang on the group’s biggest hit Let Me Love You Tonight.
His success and talent eventually led him to solo success. He released three albums from 1984 to 1988 that featured a few successful singles, but it wasn’t until the dawn of the ‘90s and the 1989 album When I Call Your Name that Gill found star success.
And ‘91’s I Still Believe In You catapulted Gill into superstar status when the album went multiplatinum with five hit singles.
Gill had found his niche in the music industry.
His blend of smooth, easy listening vocals together with crafty melodies and meaningful lyrics were a successful formula that lead to multiple classic hits that will last generations.
Without his ability to multitask, Gill likely wouldn’t have been able to reach the longevity he has had as an artist.
Many artists are successful at singing, songwriting, and playing and some even have a brief shot at superstardom. However, the star seems to fade on those who are great at one thing.
The truly successful artists, the ones that have the uncanny ability to work at multiple tasks to broaden their expertise are the ones that find ways to succeed and inspire awe among people for a lifetime.
Vince Gill is one of those special artists that has the self want to succeed and continually improve in his craft. Music is his art and he seems to do whatever it takes to expand his understanding of the things that make great music.
And to top it all off, Vince Gill was a great host of the CMAs for many years. His charm and wit made him a great host for the millions of country music fans that watched the awards each year.
Even with all of his talent and ability, Vince Gill seems to be one of the most genuine people in the world. He remains humble even with all of his accomplishment. He often sings background vocals for up and coming artists. He credits the great artists that came before him and sang on his first records as his reason for continuing to sing background vocals.
Vince Gill is an artist. His ability to multitask and continually improve at his art make him great. And I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of great songs from Vince Gill.
In today’s world of uncertainty and insecurity, it’s important for everyone to have multiple skills in the workplace.
If you work for a boss, make sure you have an understanding of what her expectations are of the job you’re performing…then go beyond those expectations. Figure out the social nature of your boss and learn the things that make her excited about the work you’re doing.
Look for tasks that are lacking at your company and fill the need without being asked by anybody. Make sure to get your expected tasks finished, but once those are done as best as they can be move on to multitasking. Want to learn. Want to continuously improve.
If you’re expanding your own company you’re going to have to push past your expectations.
As a business leader, you already understand the importance of multitasking. Now, the key is going to have to be understanding the art of cutting back on the tasks that have no chance of paying off. Ever. Cut back on tasks (even if you have a lot invested in them) if there are signs of no hope. Move on to tasks that show more promise and become an expert.
Just as Vince Gill worked for many years without real success, it may take you some time to find the formula that takes you to superstardom of the business world.
Multitasking pays off and Vince Gill is living proof.
Vince Gill is a great success story.
It’s a testament to the art of multitasking and continuous improvement that he and other artists were able to achieve long-term success.
Multitasking is a necessity for success. It’s important to continually focus on the skills that will allow you to achieve your visions for success. You’ll need to leave a few things beyond even if you’ve invested a lot of time in them, but it’ll be worth it as it’ll free up time for you to focus on the things that are paying off as well as leaving time for the things you can learn that will add to your success.
Vince Gill is a talented singer, guitar player, and songwriter.
It’s almost unheard of in music. Other artists may not have that exact combination, but if they’re successful they likely have their own combination of multitasking skills that make them great.
What is something you could learn today that will add to your success tomorrow?
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As I was writing this I was reminded of George Strait and how he is typically known for being a great country singer. He doesn’t write many of the songs he records (he released a single he co-wrote in 2009 – his first in nearly 30 years), but he is a talented singer, actor, and he has an uncanny ability to pick hit singles.
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