Join us an evening with world-renowned, multi-platinum recording artist/producer Kevin Griffin (best known as the singer and founding member of the rock band Better Than Ezra), presenting his debut book, THE GREATEST SONG. Kevin was raised in Louisiana and lived here before Katrina; and the idea for THE GREATEST SONG came out of a conversation he had with a buddy while he was in New Orleans.

To attend, please pre-order your copies now of THE GREATEST SONG from Octavia Book at

Panos Panay, President of the Recording Academy / GRAMMY Awards has already raved that this is "the one book to read about how to remain relevant in today's music industry." Kevin Griffin is a #1 hit songwriter whose songs have been performed and recorded by artists such as Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Dierks Bently, Blondie, Train, Daughtry, Christina Perri, The Beach Boys, Meatloaf and many more. His cumulative tally of album and song sales exceed 30 million copies and have been streamed over a billion times!

It's often been said that in order to be a musician, one must also be part entrepreneur. In his new book, THE GREATEST SONG: Spark Creativity, Ignite Your Career, and Transform Your Life, Griffin's primary takeaway is to develop the mindset of staying in tune with a constantly evolving industry landscape. With Kevin's five simple techniques (creative collaboration, filling the well/knowing your industry, leaving your comfort zone, changing your attitude, and daring to be stupid) he equips songwriters with the tools not only to get, but also to keep success in the songwriting business. THE GREATEST SONG is meant to share Kevin's successful method with anyone, anywhere, who wants to continue growing and evolving in their music career.

Kevin Griffin is an award-winning songwriter that has landed multiple number ones, including Howie Day’s “Collide” and Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue,” which became the 11th most downloaded country music song of all time. His rock band Better Than Ezra has occupied spots on Billboard’s “100 Greatest Alternative Songs of All Time” and “100 Greatest Alternative Artists of All Time.” The band’s legacy encompasses: the double-platinum classic Deluxe (1995) and its instantly recognizable, number one smash single “Good,” the gold-selling Friction, Baby (1997) with “Desperately Wanting,” Closer (2001) with “Lifetime” and “Extra Ordinary,” and the epic album Before the Robots (2005). Their song “Breathless” was notably performed and recorded by Taylor Swift. Griffin is also a cofounder and partner in Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival located in Franklin, Tennessee. Now in its ninth year, the festival has attracted top headlining talent such as Justin Timberlake and the Foo Fighters. Griffin’s musical prowess spans from artistry to leadership, singing it forward as a writer-in-residence at NYU's Clive Davis School of Music.


Event date: 

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, 70115
The Greatest Song: Spark Creativity, Ignite Your Career, and Transform Your Life By Kevin Griffin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612546032
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Brown Books Publishing Group - April 25th, 2023

“I have known Kevin for a long time. In this book, he lays out easy daily practices for anyone wanting to stay competitive, successful, and inspired not only in their career but also in their life.”—Peyton Manning

“In his debut book, The Greatest Song: Spark Creativity, Ignite Your Career, and Transform Your Life, songwriter/author Kevin Griffin delivers! It gives readers a real inside look at the craft and the industry. With its unique perspective on the art of songwriting, this book is a must-read for music enthusiasts and aspiring songwriters alike.”—Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of The Recording Academy / GRAMMY Awards, Songwriter, and Producer

“An engaging read by Kevin Griffin, based on personal experience and dedicated to the notes in our lives. The Greatest Song, just like a great song, is written with interesting content and perfect cadence—telling a story of life and for life. Everyone in the music business should take the time to learn from, and enjoy, this read, before passing it on to someone you care about. My wife, Mary, and I picked it up to take our first dose of it and ended up finishing the whole prescription before putting it down. I just wish I had access to this work when I began my music career—I would have done some things much differently! Kevin explains the necessary steps to create your own successful personal and business life, using the tools of a beautifully written song to remind us that ‘it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind, it’s what you leave behind when you go’”—Randy Travis, Seven-Time GRAMMY Award-Winning Recording Artist

“I spent many years resisting collaborative songwriting, telling myself that I wrote my best songs when I wrote alone. And while that was true—I had quite a run of hits—the larger truth was that I feared co-writing. Through the years, I learned many of the lessons Kevin Griffin alludes to in his book…all the hard way! Although this book is technically fiction, the constructive ideas regarding the importance of listening and putting the song ahead of the ego can help young songwriters avoid some of the pitfalls that have taken me a career to understand. Plus, the main character, not unlike myself, proudly sports a man-purse!”—Kevin Cronin, Lead Vocalist and Songwriter of REO Speedwagon

“Man, I wish Kevin’s book was around when I was younger, might’ve gotten more life out of these frosted tips! Great lessons not just for a career in music, but success in life…from one of our generation’s finest songwriters.”—Mark McGrath, Singer and Songwriter for Sugar Ray

"This is a book for achievers. Those who want the edge to get ahead and stay there."—Sean Payton, NFL Football Coach


Event Type Terms: