motivational music

Try by Pink

OK, it's time for another guilty pleasure song....


Some people love pop music.  Some people think it is all cheesy and elementary.  I am somewhere in the middle but I definitely think simple pop songs have their place in the world.  As a matter of fact, sometimes it is the simple pop songs that speak the most truth into our lives.  Sometimes it is that simple song with simple words that you need to hear right at a certain moment.  This is one of those songs for me.  Sometimes we just need to hear Pink tell us to "get up and try."

Where there is desire, there is going to be a flame.  Where there is a flame someone's bound to get burned.  But just because it burns doesn't mean you're going to die.  You gotta get up and try and try and try.

Pink is a wise woman.

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You Get What You Give by New Radicals

Not many bands break up before their album is released.  Apparently New Radicals couldn't keep it together long enough to enjoy long term success, but at least they gave the world an uplifting jam before they said "Adieu" to the music world.


This song is such a jam.  It uses a very simple chord progression, but what a catchy chorus.  And the words are great.  Sometimes it is the simplest songs that tell us exactly what we need to hear.  Just sing this one to yourself when you don't think you have anything left to give.  I promise it will help.

Don't give up, you've got a reason to live.

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The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes

Are you a fighter?  We all have one inside of us.  Sometimes it just takes the right song to bring it out.


When I decided to start a company that does motivational music, I started researching other bands and artists that make that type of music.  Enter the Gym Class Heroes.  I was really surprised, but it turns out this band and Travie McCoy, in particular, has a lot of songs with the underlying message of overcoming the odds and reaching your potential.  I am like a lot of other people out there.  I just knew the one or two hits they had on the radio.  Who knew they had all this uplifting stuff to share with the world?  That is the kind of band that I want to hang out with.  I hope this lifts you up and reminds you of the fighter you have inside you.

Give 'em hell!

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What Is Your Soul Motivation? EP Is Going to iTunes!


Soul Motivation Records is going to iTunes!  Our very first release, Chris Swan's "What Is Your Soul Motivation?" EP will be available to download straight from iTunes July 18th, 2017.  So if you only get your music from iTunes and you weren't sure how to get Soul Motivation Records on your iPhone or iPod, worry no longer!  We got you covered!

"What Is Your Soul Motivation?" is Chris Swan's first album of new material in 14 years!  It offers a message of overcoming negativity and finding your purpose in life.  Six bangin' tracks that will encourage and inspire you to follow your dreams! 

See you on iTunes July 18th, 2017!

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Feels So Good by Chuck Mangione

Some of my favorite songs are instrumentals.  A song does not need words to move us.  And today's Song That Helps is a great example of that! 


The title says it all.  Feels So Good just feels so good!  Happy.  Funky.  And beautiful.  There is a reason this song is a classic that still holds up.  It has such a great melody that you will be singing for the rest of the day.  You're welcome.

So hit play then sit back, close your eyes and picture your perfect day.  Feels so good doesn't it?

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Brave by Sara Bareilles

Ok I might get some flack from the dudes on this one, but sometimes we gotta come out and talk about our guilty pleasure songs.  And here is one of mine.


This song has such a great message.  Simple but really great.  Don't be scared.  Don't be ashamed.  Go out and be you.  The world needs you!  Plus, you can't help but smile when you watch the video.  And I'm going to say it.  Guys, you officially can like this song too.  You can still be cool and like Sara Bareilles.  I promise.

So let this lady inspire you.  Then go out and be brave today.

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What's Next? - June 2017

So what's coming up next from
Soul Motivation Records?

1.  Soul Wear

What's Next? June 2017

We have lots of new designs coming for our inspiring fashion line we lovingly call Soul Wear.  We are in the process of designing a hat that will be available later this year.  For now, be sure to check out our first two t-shirts on our Soul Wear page! 

2.  Music Videos

We are currently in pre-production for the music video to the song "Soul Motivation" from the "What Is Your Soul Motivation?" EP!  Can't wait for you guys to see it.  You're going to have to be patient though.  Soul Motivation, our first music video, will be coming out later this year.  Stay tuned!

3.  Glossy Soul

We are just getting started releasing music.  Next up, will be a release from Glossy Soul.  This is an instrumental project we call "hip-hop piano jazz."  Dope, groovy, inspiring tunes to set the atmosphere for working hard and conquering the world!  More info coming soon...

These are exciting times around here so keep your eyes and ears peeled!  And be sure to sign up for our email list so we can keep you up to date on all the haps here at Soul Motivation Records!  You can even get a free song of your choice by clicking below!

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We are LIVE!

I am super excited to announce the official launch of
Soul Motivation Records!


We are open for business and have lots of great motivational products and services to offer!  First and foremost, is my brand new EP entitled "What Is Your Soul Motivation?"  This album is my first album of new songs in 14 years!  I am so proud of this music and can't wait for you to check it out.  You can get your copy now by clicking HERE!

We also have 2 brand new t-shirt designs available in our Soul Wear department!  They are super cool so be sure to check them out by clicking HERE!

Finally, our Creative Services division is up and running.  We will write your very own, original song that matches your brand and vision.  For more info on this very unique service, click HERE!

I am very excited to launch this company and I can't wait to see how together we will change the world one song at a time!

Take a look around and enjoy!

Chris Swan
Founder and CEO

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Watch Chris Swan on Indie Music Plus LIVE!

Indie Music Plus

If you missed the Indie Music Plus Live broadcast on May 30th 2017, it's not too late to check it out and check out the first single from "What Is Your Soul Motivation?" EP!

Indie Music Plus ( isa great service for indie musicians to help promote and network.  On Tuesday May 30th, 2017, Soul Motivation Records founder and CEO Chris Swan appeared on their live broadcast to debut "Soul Motivation" from the "What Is Your Soul Motivation?" EP.  Click below to watch now!

I Love Your Smile by Shanice

Somedays it is so hard to find our smile.  I wish everyday we all woke up with a big smile on our face, but that's not how it goes somedays.


This song is still a jam.  One of the greatest sing along hooks of the 90's.  Whether cuz of sentimental reasons or just cuz it's such a happy song, this tune always makes me smile.  If you are having a tough day, take a couple minutes and let Shanice help.

Enjoy and don't forget to smile.


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Pre-Order Now Available For "What Is Your Soul Motivation?" Digital EP!!

Be the first to get your digital copy of Chris Swan's new EP "What Is Your Soul Motivation" and save 20% by pre-ordering today!

You heard us right.  You can now pre-order your digital copy of the upcoming EP by Chris Swan!  The first album of new music released by Swan in over 14 years, "What Is Your Soul Motivation?" will be released at midnight June 1st 2017!  This 6 song EP features the theme of fighting negativity and finding your purpose in life.  Including the title song as well as tracks like "Start Again" and "Dreamer," this EP will lift you up as well as help you get down!


Did we mention you will save 20% if you pre-order today?!  Don't wait another second to assure you get your copy first.  This music is guaranteed to inspire you to accomplish the things you want to in your life.  Life is way too short to waste anymore time.  Grab your copy, listen, get inspired and start changing your life!



After purchase, you will receive a coupon as well as confirmation of purchase.  At 12:00am on June 1st 2017, you will be emailed a link to download your copy of the album.  The link will be good for 24 hours.  If for some reason, you are not able to get your download within 24 hours, you can just email us your coupon and you will be emailed a new link to download your copy.  Be sure to whitelist with your email server to assure your link doesn't end up in your spam folder.

So what are you waiting for?  Pre-order your copy today!  #WIYSM

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So where did Soul Motivation Records come from?  How did it begin?

This is a cassette tape.

This is a cassette tape.

I love music.  I have been a musician my whole life.  Since my first gig at the age of 12, I was hooked.  Even when I was still in single digits, I loved recording songs off the radio onto a cassette tape (remember those?) and I would play the tape over and over and over again while I sat at the piano and picked out the chords one note at a time.  Then once I figured it out, I would go in my room and record my own version of it onto my 4-track cassette recorder (remember those?).  After doing that for a few years, I started writing my own songs.  I got so excited by the creation process! To think I could make a song that said exactly what I needed to say out of thin air.  It was amazing.  And I knew I was going to be doing this for the rest of my life!

Or so I thought.

Being an adult is hard.  Once I got out of college, I toured with my band LP Outsiders for quite a few years.  But when that finally ended, I had to figure out how to make money.  Instead of getting a "real" job, I decided I would do whatever it took to make a living as a musician.  As it turns out, that meant learning a lot of other people's songs and playing them in bars for drunk people.  Now don't get me wrong, I had fun for a few years.  But after 15 years of doing that, I started to feel empty inside.  What is the point of just playing other people's songs?  Why am I not writing and performing my own music anymore?  That is what I got into music for.  It's weird how you can get to the point of feeling trapped very quickly and that's how I felt.  Trapped.  I was tired, depressed, fat and an alcoholic.  See the only thing that made gigs fun after a while was drinking.  So alcohol became my obsession instead of music.  It didn't take long until I felt completely defeated.

Then I turned 40.

Wow!  What a wake up call 40 was!  I had lived on this earth for 40 years and had almost nothing to show for it.  I didn't want any regrets on my death bed.  I wanted to live.  I wanted to create.  I wanted to help other people who felt trapped.  What was I doing?!  It was time for a change.

And that is when Soul Motivation Records began.  I knew I wanted to make my own music again.  But I also wanted my music to mean something.  I wanted to help people, inspire people.  I wanted to be the musical Tony Robbins.  I wanted to make motivational music that was dope music with an inspiring message.  Oh man, I could do this!  I could make a living creating music again!  Once I started to believe that, there was no turning back!

Starting a company is really hard.  Starting a music company is almost impossible.  All your friends will tell you why you can't make a living with music anymore.  Everyone will tell you it's way too much work.  People won't understand when you have to stay home to write a blog post instead of going out drinking with them.  You have to be ready to go against the flow.  Everyday.  But do you want to be like everyone else?  Miserable.  Doing what they think they are suppose to do.  Drinking every night so they have something to enjoy.

What Is Your Soul Motivation?  - EP

What Is Your Soul Motivation?  - EP

Nope.  Not me.

Now I have a company that helps people everyday.  I get to spend my days making awesome music in my studio.  And on June 1 2017, I got to release my first album of new material in over 14 years!  It's called "What Is Your Soul Motivation?" and I can't wait for you to hear it!  It's all about overcoming negativity and finding your purpose in life.  I'm so excited that I get to share this music with the world.  I also get to meet people who are hurting and help them find their soul motivation.  And when you get to see people start to see all the possibilities in their life and the sparkle come back into their eyes, well, that my friends is what it is all about.  I am so proud of Soul Motivation Records and so excited for the future.  We are just getting started so come along with us for the ride as we heal the world one song at a time!  #WIYSM

Chris Swan
Founder and CEO

P.S. "What Is Your Soul Motivation?" EP is available now!  Download your copy HERE!

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