Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Barbara Mandrell Comes Out of Retirement To Produce New Single & Album
(Nashville, Tennessee) –March 22, 2011 –That Christy Sutherland is on the brink of major artist breakthrough has never been more evident than in the radio release this week of her newest single, “He Grew The Tree.”
The poignantly stirring ballad is a song with a special history.  It was recorded in the 80’s by country superstar, Barbara Mandrell. It was Mandrell who, in fact, encouraged her daughter-in-law Christy Sutherland to revive “He Grew The Tree” for Sutherland’s forthcoming new gospel album—Greater Still –and was even gracious enough to go in studio to co-produce the album with Christy. 
Notes Barbara: “‘He Grew The Tree’ is one of my top 5 favorite songs. I was the first artist to record it and I cannot think of anything better than having Christy record it—and asking me to produce it!  Christy’s stellar vocals and immense songwriting talent have made my job of producing a pure joy.  I could not be more proud of her new single or of her upcoming album!”
Gospel radio’s major influencers will this week get a preview of “He Grew The Tree” –in a specially bannered Christy Sutherland priority mailing that will include a personally handwritten note from Barbara Mandrell.  The impact at radio is expected to be a strong promotional set-up for the release of Sutherland’s new studio album in early summer.
The heartwarming element of ‘family ties’ to her latest single are not lost on Christy.  She notes:  “I remember listening to Barbara’s recording of ‘He Grew The Tree’ as a young girl—never dreaming that one day I would be recording the same song with Barbara producing!  We never know what God has in store.”



Sir Sean and Lady Connery Serve as Honorary Chairs for Evening of Scottish Fashion and Fun 
to Benefit Wounded Warriors Project and Paralyzed Veterans of America

New York, NY (March 22, 2011) – Hot Scots and bold-faced names take Manhattan by storm and get “Dressed to Kilt” at the ninth annual charity event, this year taking place on Tuesday April 5, 2011. Sir Sean and Lady Connery again serve as Honorary Chairmen and introduce to Dressed to Kilt their granddaughter Saskia Connery, who will make her runway debut at this year’s show.

The highly-anticipated event will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues), beginning with a cocktail reception at 7:30 p.m. followed by the runway fashion presentation at 9:00 p.m.

The theme of the 2011 show, “Country Chic,” draws its inspiration from the world of country music, particularly noting its Scottish roots and origins. Watch this year’s catwalk “rock with country chic,” as designers blur the lines between Haute and Highland, rustic and urban while incorporating modern knits, refined tweeds and classic Tartans with a stylish and western glam.

This unique show celebrates all aspects of Caledonian culture including fabric, art, music, whisky and most notably, fashion. The Dressed to Kilt presentation showcases a range of styles from traditional Highland kilts and cutting-edge looks from young Scottish talent to world-renowned designer fashions and haute couture.

This year's show features looks by celebrated designers, from world-renowned fashion houses like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, to top British talent like House of Holland and Lochcarron of Scotland. Designer labels known for their celebrity patrons also hit the catwalk, including looks from Katherine Hooker, a long-time favorite designer of soon-to-be Princess Kate Middleton, Kerry Nixon, a go-to of actress Keira Knightley, and Rachael Barrett, known to work closely with Lady Gaga. Keeping in the Country Chic theme, this show will for the first time feature looks from top award-winning U.S. based country western designers, including Montana Dreamwear, Pat Dahnke, IOTA, Prophetik and Manuel Cuevas.

Recognized as the most prestigious and highest profile Scottish fashion event in the world, this year’s Dressed to Kilt proves to be no exception with celebrity participants including Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Grant, country music sensations Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn “Big” Kenny Alphin of Big and Rich, Kellie PicklerGary Allan and country music trio Stealing Angels. They will be joined by New York's own Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump, actors Matt Bomer (White Collar), Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl) and Kyle Maclachlan, Canadian electric fiddle group Bowfire, former Victoria’s Secret model and actress Selita Ebanks, Bravo’s Bethenny Frankel of Bethenny Ever After, Broadway actor Matthew Modine, among many, many more.

Through Friends of Scotland (www.friendsofscotland.org), a non-profit organization founded by Sir Sean Connery and dedicated to advancing contemporary Scottish interests in the United States, proceeds from Dressed to Kilt will benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides assistance to injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, specifically.

In addition to this year’s fashion show, Friends of Scotland will once again open a pop-up shop to share with the public some of Scotland’s finest textiles and designs. The shop, directly adjacent to the Whitney Museum at 939 Madison Ave, will be open from Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, April 10.

The pop-up shop, in partnership with Isabella Garrucho Fine Art, will also play host to the first “Dressed to Kilt Fine Art Show,” which will run from Friday, March 18 to Friday, April 8. Featuring works from famed photographers Terry O’Neill and Roberto Dutesco, the pop-up shop will be outfitted in iconic images, including original stills from O’Neill of Sir Sean Connery on the set of “James Bond”, and are available for sale both in-store and online at http://www.dressedtokiltartshow.com. Proceeds from the sale of the art will further support the fundraising efforts of Friends of Scotland and its various charities.

The 2011 Dressed to Kilt show is proudly supported by title sponsor The Glenlivet® and presented together with the Scottish Textiles industry.  
For tickets and more information on Dressed to Kilt, visit www.dressedtokilt.com.


“Fishin’ In Daddy’s Pond” earns more spins in Mississippi

(Nashville, TN – 03/22/2011) On March 8, 2011, country music artist KC Johns officially released her sophomore album Carousel Ride and she has wasted no time bringing the album and its lead single “Fishin’ In Daddy’s Pond” to radio stations around the Mississippi and western Tennessee areas. 
The day of the album’s release Johns made the trek south of her hometown Hernando, MS and visited several stations in Cleveland, Batesville, Winona and Grenada, MS and this past week made stops in Tupelo, MS hand delivering copies of her album to program directors as well as performing some of the new music including the lead single “Fishin’ In Daddy’s Pond” and the upcoming single “Carousel Ride” live on their morning shows.
Johns says on her station stop experiences so far, “This has been an amazing opportunity to promote my single and get to know the radio DJ's that are playing my music. Everyone has been so nice to me and I have loved every moment.”
This morning KC Johns continues to visit with stations in Jackson, TN promoting the new album and current single “Fishin’ In Daddy’s Pond” and next week she visits Memphis, TN based radio followed by stops in Arkansas on April 5th.
“Fishin’ In Daddy’s Pond” has been added to six more stations in the Mississippi area, and is receiving the heaviest spins from Southaven, MS based 95.3 The Rebel, one of Johns earliest radio supporters.
For more information on KC Johns, and to hear samples of music from her new album Carousel Ride please visit her on the web at http://www.kcjohns.net
With Scott Spencer of Miss98 in Tupelo, MS

KC Johns with Bill Hughes from The Wizard in Tupelo, MS

with Jim Gregory at WKXY in Cleveland, MS

GoldStar TV – Alles Schlager

GoldStar TV – Alles Schlager (nur auf Sky) zeigt im Mai die Top-Stars der deutschsprachigen Schlager- und Volksmusik live auf der Bühne.

Im „GoldStar TV Spezial: Die großen Drei der Volksmusik“ (19.5., 20:00 Uhr ) gibt sich in einer Pay TV-Premiere ein ganz besonderes musikalisches Triumvirat die Ehre: Mit Norbert Rier (Kastelruther Spatzen), Markus Wolfahrt (Die Klostertaler) und Gottfried Würcher (Nockalm Quintett) stehen die Frontmänner der erfolgreichsten volkstümlichen Musikgruppen zusammen auf der Bühne. Im Rahmen des Klostertaler Abschieds-Open Airs in Klösterle am Arlberg zelebrierte das Trio einen Abend mit ihren größten gemeinsamen Hits sowie neuen Titeln, u.a. aus der Feder von Altmeister Udo Jürgens.

Puren Genuss verspricht auch das „GoldStar TV Spezial: Nicole live – Mitten ins Herz (unplugged)“ (26.5., 20:00 Uhr). Begleitet von Akustikgitarre, Bass und diversen Rhythmusinstrumenten präsentiert die Saarländerin ihre größten Hits, darunter „Flieg nicht zu hoch, mein kleiner Freund“, „Papillon“, „Mit Dir vielleicht“ und der Grand Prix-Evergreen „Ein bisschen Frieden“. Der mitreißende Konzertmitschnitt aus Hamburg ist als Senderpremiere erstmals auf GoldStar TV zu sehen.

Interview with Glen Templeton

Interview with Glen Templeton

CL: I’m Christian Lamitschka and today I present you Glen Templeton. Glen, welcome to the show.

GT: Thank you very much for having me, Christian.

CL: Glen, you are well known here in the US, but maybe some of the European Fans don’t know you, so can you please introduce yourself and the music you are playing to someone who never heard nor seen you before?

GT: Yea, I’m Glen Templeton and I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is in the southeast part of the US. I was raised in an ordinary working class family; my mother worked in the coal-mines and my dad was a traveling musician. He kind of instilled the love of country music in me with a song he recorded in the early 70s or 80s called “California”. He had a little bit success with it. Our music is a style of music that comes from the roots, how I was brought up in that working class environment. It also has a little bit of edge to it. Today’s country music radio here in the US; just blends in those lines of that music. It has a lot of heart and soul in it. We had such a good time making this record and we have good time listening to it. With this new single we are getting ready to release I can be the one, a guy who has certain amount imperfection, like all of us boys do… but still has at the end of the day confidence to say I can be the one. There is a couple of songs I had written, kind of related to my past. First song “Country Boys For Life” is a song that’s pretty much tell us about a guy and his buddy riding in the car for the first time. The freedom and the feel that you get out of, the first set of keys you own. I think this record is a record that everybody can relate to. It takes you to different places in your life; it takes you places, it takes you back to that time. Every song has something to it that will take you “…I remember when I first that… so we’re really excited about getting this thing out, hitting the radios out there.

CL: Glen, that we can get a better idea about who you are, can you show us your personality more?

GT: You mean a big smile.

CL; Well, I like girls… so…

GT: Well, well… me too…. (laughing), we have that in common!

CL: But give us an idea about your social work and what brought you to country music. Where your parents supportive? By the time they know you were in the business, which is very scary sometimes.

GT: Absolutely! You know, my parents have always been supportive. I always had this urge to get out and meet people or reach other people and my social life is kind of an ordinary life. I lead the same life as an ordinary common man in the world. I lead the same kind of life style. My family has always been supportive with anything that I do. I was raised by my grandmother all my life, so I was raised in old-fashioned with an old-fashioned view on everything. I was brought up on good country cooking. Here in town I’ve got met a lot of great people who opened some doors to a different kind of a professional lifestyle. They really taught me a lot of being an artist. You know it was never what I was looking for, I wanted sing songs, go out and play live; meet people and have an open relationship with everybody.

CL: By the way, how do you look musically and what is your favorite stars, like, would you like to be like this guy or that guy…

GT: Some of my influences where the real great who study great songs; great songwriter. Some of the people like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Conway Twiddy.

CL: Sound like you’re more the old-school guy.

GT: Yea, you know I was raised that traditional style family. I was brought up on good country music. As time went on, I became a teenager and listened to a lot of Hip Hop also. There was somewhat of an influence. For the most part, my heart has strictly been in country music.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )

Ashley Gearing Releases Emotionally-Charged New Single, “Five More Minutes”

Ashley Gearing Releases Emotionally-Charged New Single, “Five More Minutes”

Arrives at Country radio this week
(Nashville, Tenn. – March 21, 2011)  Curb Records recording artist Ashley Gearing has released her sophomore single to Country radio, a stirring and emotionally-charged new ballad titled “Five More Minutes.”

Gearing co-wrote “Five More Minutes” with Tiffany Goss and Nicole Witt, which was produced by renowned industry veteran Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sugarland).  Gearing has been working with Gallimore on her debut album for Curb Records, due out later this year.
“Ashley continues to mature every time we go into the studio together,” said Byron Gallimore.  “’Five More Minutes’ is just another step in her evolution as a country superstar and I am thrilled to be associated with her as both a performer and a songwriter.”   

The beautifully written “Five More Minutes” showcases Gearing’s soaring vocals and delivers a poignant message about the speed at which life can pass.  Gearing co-wrote the song with Goss and Witt during their first-ever writing session, when Ashley was still a high school student in Massachusetts.

"We wrote this song a little over three years ago and it still holds just as much meaning to me today as it did when we first wrote it. The message of the song is about the special moments in life that one should cherish because you can't always have five more minutes,” said Gearing. “As I’ve gotten older and have become busier with my music career and everyday life, the song has taken on an even stronger meaning. I am so excited to be able to share this song with my fans and with country radio."

“Five More Minutes” follows Gearing’s 2010 debut single, “What You Think About Us.”  The 19-year-old singer splits her time between furthering her education at Belmont University in Nashville and on the road touring to promote her music.

For more information, visit www.AshleyGearing.com.

Three upcoming shows you don't want to miss!

Three upcoming shows you don't want to miss!
Larry Cordle,Brandon Rickman,
Kevin Denny, Ben Daniels
8:00 pm
Tickets:  $5 cover
4409 White Creek's Pike
Whites Creek , TN (United States) - Map
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Keepin' it Rural - Matt Cline, Andy Griggs, Anthony Orio, Brandon Rickman
9:00 pm
2613 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (United States) - Map
(615) 327-4707
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Brandon Rickman, Kevin Denney, Ben Daniel, and Larry Cordle
6:00 pm
No Cover
209 10th Avenue South, Ste 200, Nashville, TN 37203 (United States) - Map
(615) 259-3600

Rachel Holder Sends Sugar Rush to Country Radio with Debut Single, “Chocolate”

Rachel Holder Sends Sugar Rush to Country Radio with Debut Single, “Chocolate”

Produced by industry veterans Chuck Howard and Wilbur Rimes
(Nashville, Tenn. – March 21, 2011)  All Entertainment recording artist Rachel Holder has officially released her debut single to Country radio, a lighthearted and distinctive new Pop-Country gem called “Chocolate.”

Co-produced by Nashville industry heavyweights Chuck Howard and Wilbur Rimes, “Chocolate” is a tongue-in-cheek look from a female’s perspective at the benefits of candy as opposed to those of a boyfriend.  Bomshel’s Kristy Osmunson, producer Howard and songwriter Bob Regan wrote the song, and after hearing it, Holder jumped at the chance to record it. 

“The first time I heard ‘Chocolate,’ I immediately connected to it, and I’m sure there’s a lot of other girls out there that will, too,” says the 18-year-old Holder.  “It’s different, but that’s what I like about it.  It’s catchy and it’s fun, and after all – who doesn’t like chocolate?”

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native has been recording material for the past several months with Howard, a veteran Music Row producer whose credits include projects with LeAnn Rimes, Trick Pony, Hank Williams, Jr., Bomshel and many others.  Holder’s debut album is due out later this year on Nashville-based independent label, All Entertainment.

The teen Country singer has an accomplished background in theater, having performed more than 800 Broadway-style musical shows in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. before pursuing her Country career full-time in Nashville. She released a special holiday song “Christmas Eve” to Country radio in December 2010.

For more information, visit  www.RachelHolder.com.  For photos and digital press materials, please visit www.aristopr.com.

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