I have been in the music business for many years. During my enlistment in the Air Force, I won a bunch of talent shows, songwriting contests, etc. I won best guitarist / singer of European military members, which consisted of over 800,000 members.
I have performed with Lee Ann Rhymes, Charlie Daniels, Clint Black, Deanna Carter, Dixie Chicks, Ronnie Milsap, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Reba, Little Big Town, Little Texas, Night Ranger, Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet, Van Zant, and others.
For the past 15 years I have been operating a recording studio, producing, and writing.
The music industry is a lottery! It is the exact same thing. Each Record Company receives several thousand CD's per year. For instance: When I completed my debut CD in 2002, I sent it to every record company that I could find. RCA gets about 5000 CD's per year. EMI gets 5000 CD's per year. Curb gets 5000 CD's per year.
Each company will only sign less than 10 new Artist's per year. Today, music is only a part of the whole package. The record giants need to sell records, video, posters, face shots, personality, T-shirts, etc. You need to have the entire package now. If you are an unattractive person, you will need to be "over the top awesome" in order to get a record deal.
Look at Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Travis Trit, Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Michael Jackson, Madonna, etc. When the little boys and girls quit screaming for you, you're done! The music industry is looking for 15 to 25 year old, great looking, great musicians, nowadays, and you must be over the top. So, if you want to even try this business, you better have the whole package!