Thursday, April 21, 2011

Country Music News of the Week / Country Music News der Woche

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Steel Guitar News http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/steel-guitar-news_21.html

COREY SMITH TO RELEASE THE BROKEN RECORD ON JUNE 21, 2011
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/corey-smith-to-release-broken-record-on.html

Video Interview with Michelle Turley
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/video-interview-with-michelle-turley.html

NORTH OF THE BORDER  Bear Family Release Triple CDs From  DICK DAMRON
and GEORGE HAMILTON IV http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/north-of-border-bear-family-release.html

LADY ANTEBELLUM WRAPS FIRST TOUR TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND WITH
GLOWING REVIEWS http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/lady-antebellum-wraps-first-tour-to.html

ROYAL WADE KIMES THREW A  'CAPE' OVER CAPE GIRARDEAU
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/royal-wade-kimes-threw-cape-over-cape.html

Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/ricky-scaggs-kentucky-thunder.html

SAM MILLAR STARTED 2011 WITH A "NCM RADIO AWARD"
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/sam-millar-started-2011-with-ncm-radio.html

Video Interview with Jeremy McComb
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/video-interview-with-jeremy-mccomb.html

Bluegrass  Music Chart Toppers Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice sign
with Mountain Music Entertainment
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/bluegrass-music-chart-toppers-junior.html

Tia McGraff – Diversity http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/tia-mcgraff-diversity.html

COUNTRY & WESTERN FRIENDS KÖTZ 1982 e.V. laden am Samstag, den 30.
April 2011 http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/country-western-friends-kotz-1982-ev.html

GLEN TEMPLETON INTRODUCES HIS DEBUT SINGLE  “I Could Be The One” Set
For May 9, 2011 Release http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/glen-templeton-introduces-his-debut.html

JKMUSICWERKS ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF SIMBA JORDAN
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/jkmusicwerks-announces-signing-of-simba.html

Whiskey Myers Serving Up Potent Shot of ‘Firewater’ April 26
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/whiskey-myers-serving-up-potent-shot-of.html

2010 INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR, BURNS & POE,  KEEP TRACTION IN
2011 http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/2010-independent-artist-of-year-burns.html

JEREMY PARSONS ALIGNS WITH HERO’S PROGENY
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/jeremy-parsons-aligns-with-heros.html

SUGARLAND ADDED TO 2011 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL Kelly Clarkson and Alan
Jackson to Make Guest Appearances
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/sugarland-added-to-2011-cma-music.html

THIRD DAY BRINGS “CHILDREN OF GOD” MESSAGE TO LIFE WITH FRIENDS STEVEN
CURTIS CHAPMAN AND CASTING CROWNS’ MARK HALL WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
DURING THE 42ND ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS APRIL 20TH AT THE FABULOUS FOX
THEATRE  http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/third-day-brings-children-of-god.html

Live Interview with Ricky Skaggs
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/live-interview-with-ricky-skaggs.html

DARIUS RUCKER SCORES FIFTH #1
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/darius-rucker-scores-fifth-1.html

Country Artist and Activist Lane Brody Balances Musical Career with
Love of Animals, Environment
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/country-artist-and-activist-lane-brody.html

Alison Krauss & Union Station - Paper Airplane
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/alison-krauss-union-station-paper.html

“TEDDY GENTRY’S BEST NEW NASHVILLE” TO TAKE THE STAGE AT CRACKER
BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE®
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/teddy-gentrys-best-new-nashville-to.html

Steel Guitar News http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/steel-guitar-news_18.html

Video Interview with Heidi Newfield
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/video-interview-with-heidi-newfield.html

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and RURAL TV Host Country Music
Concert to Benefit Children's Literacy and Rural Projects in the UK
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/dolly-partons-imagination-library-and.html

Susie Luchsinger - Let Go http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/susie-luchsinger-let-go.html

OVER 1.7 MILLION VIEWERS TUNE IN TO WATCH THE JUDDS ON OWN
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/over-17-million-viewers-tune-in-to.html

Rural Rhythm Artist Mike Scott Announces the Saturday Night/Sunday
Morning 2011 Tour http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/rural-rhythm-artist-mike-scott.html

Toby Keith auf Deutschland Tour
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/toby-keith-auf-deutschland-tour.html

Jägermeister Country Music Tour with Dierks Bentley
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/jagermeister-country-music-tour-with.html

„SONGS & WHISPERS“ - Circuit http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/songs-whispers-circuit.html

Video Interview with David Allen Burns
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/interview-with-david-allen-burns.html

COLT FORD’S THIRD STUDIO ALBUM, EVERY CHANCE I GET, TO HIT STORES ON
MAY 3, 2011 http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/colt-fords-third-studio-album-every.html

TUNE IN TO SEE WYNONNA ON CMT’S SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/tune-in-to-see-wynonna-on-cmts-southern.html

LEGENDARY PEDAL STEEL GUITARIST PETE DRAKE HONORED IN MUSIC CITY
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/legendary-pedal-steel-guitarist-pete.html

Bluegrass and Roots Music Artist Mark Newton  signs with Mountain
Music Entertainment http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/bluegrass-and-roots-music-artist-mark.html

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA PLAN A  WHIRLWIND SERIES OF APPEARANCES
SURROUNDING MAY 3RD RELEASE OF TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/2011/04/blind-boys-of-alabama-plan-whirlwind.html

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Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

I�d like to acknowledge the great foreigners that come to the U.S. and visit me every year.  Countries that are extremely steel guitar conscious like England, Ireland, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia and probably many more I�m not mentioning.  

I don�t know if steel guitar is what does this to these great folks or not, but all seem to have incredible personalities with great sense of humor.  Most are making some money playing regardless of what country.  Some of these people I have become very fond of and feel as close to them as I do my great buddies here in Nashville.

Ken Byng visited me at the beginning of this week and a finer gentleman I�ve never met.  I really enjoyed David Hartley who visited a few weeks ago.  These are very representative of wonderful English steel players and it makes me want to meet everybody in Britain that ever held a bar.

Players that I�ve never met from Britain like Basil Henrique and B. J. Cole, I know them through emails and such, but I�m looking forward to shaking their hands in the future.  There are players from about every country that I want to meet.  Some of them I�ve done a lot of business with and some I�ve just heard of, but I find a lot of wonderful, diverse personalities by the looking off the shores of my country that I love.

While doing my Irish steel guitar show a few years ago, I was very happy with all the steel players that I met, most of which I had heard of and some I hadn�t heard of, but left Ireland a true believer in the great talent of players I met in the Emerald Isle.  No matter where I go or what I do, it is the greatest pleasure I could have to have these great players come by and visit with me.

It�s getting where I don�t have to go to a steel guitar convention anymore as most players seem to get by to see me at least once a year.  

I think the greatest thing about seeing all you wonderful players from the world over is knowing how much you also love steel guitar.  I don�t really know if steel guitar really started in Hawaii or not, but if it did that�s reason enough for the United States to have grabbed it and put it under our umbrella.  I could make a lot of political comments here about a leader that we have that claims he�s from Hawaii, but if I did it would all be in humor.  But I�m sure there would be some out there that wouldn�t understand my humor as it is definitely a little weird.

But overall, no matter where you are in the world there are millions of us that love steel guitar, know what it is and know how to play it.  I just want to say to every one of you, keep it up.  I believe I speak for all the steel guitarists in the United States when I say this, and yes this goes for Canada too.  The reason I mention this is because we hardly think of Canada as being a foreign country.  Canada is like another state.  It�s just a little too cold most of the time for us southern hillbillies.

Kind of strange that my first three major tours when I first moved to Nashville in the sixties were all in Canada.  Towns like Kitchner, London, Toronto, Peterborough, Guelph, Calgary, Montreal.  Then as soon as I got back to Nashville off these tours, I�d change jobs and go with another artist that went right back on the same tour.  Do I love Canada?  You bet I do!  But get the heater fixed.

I just got the pedals and knee levers on my new double ten Clinesmith guitar.  I�ll get some pictures for you for the next newsletter.  It�s an incredible guitar but requires some understanding with the pedal setup.  But then again, I require some understanding with my pedal setup myself.

Check out our monthly specials at  http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html and we�ll try to save you a lot of money.

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COREY SMITH TO RELEASE THE BROKEN RECORD ON JUNE 21, 2011

Country Artist Corey Smith; Lisa Carpenter Photography
 
COREY SMITH TO RELEASE THE BROKEN RECORD ON JUNE 21, 2011

Lead single, “Twenty-One (2011),” from forthcoming album at radio now; music video to premiere exclusively on CoreySmith.com today

Smith makes debut performance on NPR’s Mountain Stage
 
Nashville, Tenn. (Thursday, April 21, 2011) – The number twenty-one signifies a rite of passage for many, but to Average Joe’s Entertainment recording artist Corey Smith, twenty-one has taken on an entirely different meaning.  As a song originally penned over seven years ago, “Twenty-One” has gone on to be a top-seller for Smith—a troubadour who is known for sold-out shows and anthemic tunes.  The single, now available on iTunes, has since been revamped from its original form and found a new home on his upcoming album, THE BROKEN RECORD, which will hit shelves on June 21, 2011.  The music video for the single will debut exclusively today on CoreySmith.com.


Caption: "Twenty-One (2011" Music Video for Average Joe's Entertainment's Corey Smith
 

“I'll never forget the first time I played 'Twenty-One' in front of an audience,” says Smith. “It was in a small bar in my hometown of Jefferson, Georgia and the crowd was hootin' and hollerin' and carrying on as usual until I introduced this new song. By the time I got to the second verse, I could feel everyone hanging onto the words. I could hear them reacting to lines as they were being sung—some met with nostalgic sighs, others with laughter, and others with cheers. When it was over, my friends roared with approval and I looked around the room at their expressions. Some were grinning from ear to ear, others were fighting back tears, and a few were already saying, ‘Hey C-dawg! Play it again.’  I knew I had done something right.” 

Smith began testing the waters for a career as a musician shortly after penning “Twenty-One” in 2003 when he began touring night clubs and college bars while maintaining his job as a high school Social Studies teacher.  Eventually, Smith could not deny the demands for more live performances—the crowds were just too convincing—so he made the decision to leave the classroom in order to expand upon his audience with a shift in careers from traditional education to touring musician.  Since then, Smith has certainly made quite a name for himself through 750 performances, 850,000 digital tracks sold, and over 150,000 albums sold

When recalling his road to THE BROKEN RECORD, Smith shares, “This record epitomizes where I am, both personally and professionally.  For new fans, it will be a comprehensive introduction while long time fans will discover it is my most revealing self-portrait, underscoring the familiar alongside the unexpected.”

THE BROKEN RECORD was co-produced by Rick Beato (NeedToBreathe) and Smith, himself, who also penned each of the tracks on the release.   

THE BROKEN RECORD Track-by-Track in Listing Order:
1. “If I Could Do It Again”
2. “Carolina”
3. “I Love Everyone”
4. “No Way (Out with a Smile)”
5. “Heart Attack”
6. “Broken Record”
7. “Maybe Next Year”
8. “Backroad”
9. “New Day”
10. “Sugar Daddy”
11. “Twenty-One”
12. “Something to Lose”
13. “Down to Earth”
14. “Silly”

Corey Smith Upcoming Tour Dates:
4/26 Greensboro, NC -  Spartapalooza at UNC-Greensboro - on the EUC West Lawn
4/27 Silas, AL-  War Bama Club
4/28 Houston, TX - Firehouse Saloon
4/29 Lubbock , TX - Pavilion at the Lonestar Amphitheater
4/30 Blanchard, OK - Private Function
5/1 Augusta, GA - A Day In The Country
5/20 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
5/21 Dunn, NC - The Pasture Party - The Regency
5/29 Simpsonville, SC - Freedom Weekend Aloft Presented by Greenville Hospital System at Heritage Park Amphitheater
6/3 Richmond, VA - Brown's Island
6/4 Danville, VA - Danville Harvest Jubilee Concert
6/11 Nashville, TN - CMA Fest
6/16 Akron, OH - Musica
6/17 Chicago, IL - Joe's
6/18 Martin/Grand Rapids, MI - WBCT Michigan Birthday Bash
7/1 Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
7/2 Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
7/3 North Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
 
Fans can tune-in on Friday, April 22 to NPR’s Mountain Stage to see a live performance of “Twenty-One” (2011) along with other crowd favorites including “Maybe Next Year,” “If I Could Do It Again,” and more from THE BROKEN RECORD (airtimes vary by station, a complete list of which can be found here).

Stay tuned to www.coreysmith.com for additional information and appearances.

Neue Single Erinnert SILLY feat. Jan Josef Liefers

Neue Single Erinnert SILLY feat. Jan Josef Liefers
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Silly
Neue Single Erinnert SILLY feat. Jan Josef Liefers
Geschafft! Wette wird eingelöst.

Bei "Wetten Dass...?" am 12.2.2011 aus Halle an der Saale hatten es Anna Loos und Jan Josef Liefers Thomas Gottschalk versprochen: Beide würden gemeinsam einen Song einspielen, der dann in der letzten regulären Show von Thomas Gottschalk Premiere feiern würde.

Das Ganze beruht auf einer privaten Wette, die sie vor zehn Jahren abgeschlossen hatten: Anna Loos und Jan Josef Liefers im Duett würde es nur dann geben, wenn einer von Beiden einen Top 10 Hit schafft. Und wer zuerst mit seiner Band in den Top 10 der deutschen Charts landen würde, dürfe entscheiden, was eingespielt wird. Und gewonnen hat:  Anna Loos mit ihrer Band Silly.

Mit ihrem Platin-Album "Alles Rot" zeigten Silly im letzten Jahr eindrucksvoll, dass sie trotz ihrer langen Pause weder aus den Herzen noch aus den Köpfen der Menschen verschwunden waren.

Die Auszeichnung mit dem BZ Kulturpreis, die ECHO-Nominierung in der Kategorie "Beste Band" und ein denkbar knapper hervorragender 2. Platz beim letzten Bundesvision Song Contest bestätigen, dass Silly wieder zu einer festen Größe in der deutschen Kulturlandschaft geworden sind. Und den beiden erfolgreichen Single-Auskopplungen "Ich sag nicht ja" und "Alles Rot" folgt nun, ca. ein Jahr nach Album-Veröffentlichung, die dritte Single "Erinnert" feat. Jan Josef Liefers. Denn für dieses Stück haben sich Anna, Uwe, Ritchie und Jäcki als Duett entschieden:

"Als wir vor über fünf Jahren in unserer neuen Besetzung zum ersten Mal aufeinander getroffen sind, war dies ein magischer Moment: Wir haben uns an uns "Erinnert". Und damit war sie auf einmal da, die Kraft und die Liebe, die es gebraucht hat, um Silly weiter zu führen. Vielleicht liegt auch hier der Grund, warum uns allen der Song "Erinnert" am Ende für ein Duett zwischen Jan Josef und uns so passend schien."

Diese gemeinsame Single erscheint nun am 29.04. und wird in der nächsten "Wetten, dass..?"- Sendung vom 30.04. als TV-Weltpremiere von Silly feat. Jan Josef Liefers präsentiert.

Zusätzlich wurde noch ein grandioses Video zum Track gedreht, welches erstmalig in voller Länge bald auf der offiziellen Homepage der Band (www.silly.de) zu sehen sein wird.

Die Duett-Single "Erinnert" erscheint exklusiv auf der Doppel CD: SILLY "Alles Rot Erinnert euch an Live". Auf dem dazugehörigen Live-Album befinden sich die Highlights aus den Live-Konzerten in Magdeburg und Hamburg von der ausverkauften "ALLES ROT- Tour" im letzten Herbst / Winter.
 

Zum ersten Mal wird die königliche Hochzeit auch digital veröffentlicht

Zum ersten Mal wird die königliche Hochzeit auch digital veröffentlicht
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Zum ersten Mal wird die königliche Hochzeit auch digital veröffentlicht
Wenn im nächsten Monat Prinz William und Catherine Middleton heiraten, wird die königliche Hochzeitszeremonie zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte live mitgeschnitten und sofort im Anschluss digital veröffentlicht. Bereits wenige Stunden nach Ende des Gottesdienstes wird das britische Traditionslabel Decca Records die gesamte Trauung auf den wichtigsten Download- und Streaming-Plattfomen der ganzen Welt zur Verfügung stellen.

Das offizielle Album zur Feier am 29. April in Westminster Abbey wird am 6. Mai in den Plattenläden von Großbritannien und der übrigen Welt stehen. Bislang haben folgende Musiker bestätigt, dass sie an der Zeremonie mitwirken: der Choir of Westminster Abbey, der Chapel Royal Choir, das London Chamber Orchestra und ein Fanfare Team der Royal Air Force. Die Chöre werden geleitet von James O’Donnell und das London Chamber Orchestra spielt unter Leitung seines Chefdirigenten und musikalischen Leiters Christopher Warren-Green.

Decca Records ist Teil von Universal Music, dem weltweit führenden Schallplattenkonzern, bei dem 1981 auch die Aufnahme zur Hochzeit von Charles und Diana, dem Prinzen und der Prinzessin von Wales, erschienen ist sowie 1997 zum Trauergottesdienst für Diana, Prinzessin von Wales. Das einmalige neue Album setzt diese historische Linie fort, und als Dokument zu einem weiteren Meilenstein in der Geschichte der königlichen Familie wird es seinen Weg in die Häuser von Millionen von Menschen in der ganzen Welt finden.

Das physische Produkt wird neben einem speziellen Booklet mit vollständigen Ablauf des Gottesdienstes, den Lesungen, Gelöbnissen, Hymnen und Segenssprüchen, auch die gesamte Musik zu diesem Ereignis enthalten, das in der ganzen Welt für Aufsehen sorgt und vermutlich von mehr Menschen in aller Welt am Fernseher verfolgt werden wird als jemald zuvor. Um alle Altersgruppen gerecht zu werden, steht das Album in folgenden Formaten zur Verfügung: digitaler Download, CD, LP und Musikkassette.

Verantwortlich für die Aufnahme zeichnet eine der weltweit führenden Klassikproduzentinnen, Anna Barry, die in über 25 Jahren mehr als 500 bemerkenswerte Aufnahmen produziert hat, von Musik von Andrew Lloyd Webber bis zu Opernmitschnitten aus dem Mariinsky-Theater unter Valery Gergiev und mit Musikerlegenden wie José Carreras und Zubin Mehta.

Die Produzentin wurde für ihre Arbeit bereits mit diversen Grammys ausgezeichnet und sagte über die Aufnahme zur königlichen Hochzeit: »Das ist für mich eine große Ehre und enorme Verantwortung. Diese Hochzeit bedeutet so viel für Millionen von Menschen in der ganzen Welt – darum müssen wir jeden Ton und jedes Detail bestmöglich einfangen und Minuten nach Ende der Zeremonie die fertige Aufnahme zur Verfügung stellen.«

Dickon Stainer, Präsident von Decca Records: »Als erstes offizielles Album zu einer königlichen Hochzeit wird diese Veröffentlichung in die weltweiten Digital-Charts gelangen. Für eine neue Generation wird hier ein Stück Geschichte dokumentiert.«

David Joseph, Chairman und CEO von Universal Music UK: »Das offizielle Album zur königlichen Hochzeit ist die perfekte Ergänzung zu den persönlichen Erinnerungen jedes Zuschauers an dieses Ereignis. Dank Digital-Technik können wir es der ganzen Welt fast zeitgleich zugänglich machen – so schnell haben wir noch nie ein Album von diesem Umfang veröffentlicht.«

42ND ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS CELEBRATED AT ATLANTA’S FABULOUS FOX THEATRE PULLS IN MAJOR STAR POWER AT SOLD OUT SHOW


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42ND ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS CELEBRATED AT ATLANTA’S FABULOUS FOX THEATRE PULLS IN MAJOR STAR POWER AT SOLD OUT SHOW

SHOW TO BE TELEVISED SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH ON GMC AT 7:00PM ET
 
Powerful Performances and Unique Collaborations By Top Artists Highlighted the Diversity and Showmanship of the Genres Popularity 
 
Fans Help to Name Francesca Battistelli ARTIST OF THE YEAR and
Chris August NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
 
GMC’s UPLIFT SOMEONE Award Goes To Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman
and Their Ministry SHOW HOPE
 
***Clips Available Upon Request
 
ATLANTA, GA -- (April 20, 2011) -- The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out tonight at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia celebrating Gospel and Christian music’s biggest event. The 42nd Annual GMA Doves Awards hosted by TV host and comedienne Sherri Shepherd will be televised on GMC, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment ( www.watchgmctv.com), on Sunday, April 24  at 7 p.m. PT.  Click here for a complete list of winners.  This is the first year that GMC presented their UPLIFT SOMEONE award, which recognizes individuals who better the world and inspire others to do the same.
 
The Dove Awards in the overall categories went to:
Artist of the Year:                            Francesca Battistelli
Female Vocalist of the Year:              Francesca Battistelli
Male Vocalist of the Year:                 Chris August
Group of the Year:                           NEEDTOBREATHE
New Artist of the Year:                    Chris August
Song of the Year:                           “Sometimes I Cry”; Jason Crabb (artist), Gerald
                                                                 Crabb, Christian Taylor Music (BMI)
Songwriter of the Year:                    Gerald Crabb
Producer of the Year:                       Ian Eskelin
 
Incoming GMA Chairman of the Board Mitchell Solerek said, “What an amazing night of music
and honor.  Tonight’s performances were all a testament to why we are all here.  On behalf of
membership of the GMA, we are proud to present this year’s Dove winners and congratulate
each of them and the nominees on their achievements. We would also like to thank the city of
Atlanta and the ACVB for all their efforts in making this year’s Dove Awards an unprecedented
success.”

“GMA Dove Awards represent Gospel and Christian music’s biggest night of the year and
tonight’s performances were extraordinary,” said Charley Humbard, President, GMC.
“Honoring some of the industry’s most celebrated names in our home town of Atlanta and
broadcasting this inspiring event to a nationwide audience reinforces GMC’s commitment to
bringing the best in uplifting music and entertainment to our viewers,” he continued.
 
Multi-award winners tonight are Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Jason Crabb and Point of Grace pulling down 3 Doves a piece; making them the top award winners for the evening. 
 
This is the second year in a row for Francesca Battistelli to take home Female Vocalist of the
 Year honors and the first year to be crowned Artist of the Year. She also won Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.
 
First-time nominee and multi-award winner for Male, New Artist and Pop/Contemporary Album
of the Year Chris August had quite a night.
 
The night was full of special collaborations.  Chris Tomlin and the Passion Artists ignited the
evening with a Praise and Worship sing-a-long of “Our God”, Third Day’s single “Children of
God,” represented hope as Third Day was joined by Mark Hall of Casting Crowns and Steven
Curtis Chapman to honor Chapman and his wife Mary Beth’s ministry, SHOW HOPE with the
GMC UPLIFT SOMEONE award.  Kenny Rogers and Point of Grace finished with a standing
ovation. Other show highlights included all of the Female Vocalist of the Year nominees
performing a tribute to the legendary Sandi Patty, the Dove Award’s most honored female
singer to date.
 
Kirk Franklin raised the roof in his inimitable way his high energy closing that rounded out an
evening of performances that ranged from country to hip-hop to contemporary gospel, rock
and pop all representing the uplifting message of Gospel and Christian music. All-in-all, the
evening played host to many outstanding performances by Jason Crabb and MIKESCHAIR,
Natalie Grant and LeCrae, Committed and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Mary Mary, Kenny
Rogers with Point of Grace and many more.
 
The Dove Awards represent a wide-array of musical styles ranging from Adult Contemporary,
Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Inspirational, Pop, Rap/Hip-Hop, Rock, Spanish Language, Urban
and Worship categories.
 
First time host Sherri Shepherd was a standout having the audience in the palm of her hand and clearly enjoyed the musical performances.  This is the first time a non-musical act has hosted the awards show. 
 
Pre-show Highlights:  Rock Recorded Song of the Year was awarded to the rock band RED
who was not able to attend this year’s show, but accepted via cell phone.  Backstage generated a lot of excitement mixing Tim Tebow with Greg Jennings and Ruben Studdard with Michelle Williams.  Sandi Patty, who was honored in a tribute with all of the nominees for Female Vocalist of the Year, lit up the room with Natalie Grant and Mary Mary. 
 
Follow us on TWITTER @gmctv #doveawards and Facebook.com/gmctv
 
About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. The GMA community consists of members including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Dove Week and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit  www.gospelmusic.org or contact the GMA directly at 615.277.1376.
 
About GMC:
GMC ( www.watchgmctv.com) is America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. In 2010, The Parents Television Council™ awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC was the only television network to receive the highly coveted honor last year.
 
GMC can be seen in nearly 48 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.
 

Ryan Jordan Hits Radio With Debut Single

Ryan Jordan Hits Radio With Debut Single

- Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.   -  Coast Records is is pleased to announce the launch of recording artist Ryan Jordan's official website www.RyanJordanOnline.com to audiences and fans.  Working with the best in the biz, Jordan gears up for his first mainstream radio release of his iTunes hit, "For A Little While" ! with Veteran radio promoter Paul Loggins. 


Enthusiasm is contagious, this is why singer/songwriter Ryan Jordan can't help but attract the attention of listeners worldwide. Singing in church at the age of 6, Ryan surpassed his early choir roots and has moved on to writing and producing Top40 popular music.  Jordan has secured worldwide distribution/license deal and is looking forward to a fall tour.

Get your free download of "For A Little While" on www.RyanJordanOnline.com

PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY CELEBRATES NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, WITH 7 CLIENTS EARNING A TOTAL OF 32 NOMINATIONS!

PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY CELEBRATES NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, WITH 7 CLIENTS EARNING A TOTAL OF 32 NOMINATIONS!

Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas,Snoop Dogg, Mercy Me, Will.I.Am, La Roux, and Ke$ha announced as finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, airing live May 22 8-11pm EST
This week, Billboard announced the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, and Paradigm Talent Agency has something to celebrate with 7 clients earning a total of 32 nominations! Among the nominated Paradigm artists is newcomer Bruno Mars, who leads with eleven nominations including ‘Top New Artist’,‘Top Male Artist’, ‘Top Pop Song’ – Just the Way You Are, and ‘Top Hot 100 Song’ – Just the Way You Are. Also earning an impressive six nominations is Ke$ha, who will vie for honors including 'Top New Artist', 'Top Female Artist', and 'Top Pop Album' - Animal. Pop group the Black Eyed Peas, has been honored with four nominations including the categories 'Top Duo/Group', and 'Top Pop Album' for The End, and BEP member Will.I.Am has also personally earned three nominations for the song "OMG" by Usher feat. Will.I.Am. Mercy Me and Snoop Dogg are also nominated for three separate categories, and English duo, La Roux, has earned two nominations including 'Top Dance Song' for Bulletproof.

The winners will be announced on “The 2011 Billboard Music Awards” telecast, airing live SUNDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The awards show will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in partnership with Chevrolet, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). This is the first year that ABC will broadcast the event.

NORTH OF THE BORDER Bear Family Release Triple CDs From DICK DAMRON and GEORGE HAMILTON IV

NORTH OF THE BORDER
Bear Family Release Triple CDs From
DICK DAMRON and GEORGE HAMILTON IV



DICK DAMRON   More Than Countryfied (Early Recordings 1959-1976)
Bear Family BCD 16390 CH

Disc One: Gonna Have A Party • Rockin' Baby • That's What I Call Livin' • Julie I Love You So • Black Maria • I Guess That's Life • Little Sandy Nothin' Else • The Same Old Thing Again • Times Like This • Pretty Moon • Hitch Hikin' • Strangers Again • Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself • Hello Heartaches • Double Trouble • Reflections Of A Fool Autumn In Her Eyes • The Cumberland • The Night The Dice Grew Cold • A Thing Called Happiness • The Hard Knocks In Life • The Canadian Pioneers • This Big Land • Blood In The Morning Sun • The Little Log Church • The Golden Spike • Canada's Golden West • The Land Of Davis Thompson • Cross Coun­try • The City Of Gold • The Ballad Of Louis Riel
Disc Two: A Whole Lot Different • Walk Out Of My World • My Heart Doesn't Sing • Sentimental Memories • Countrified • No One Knows It Better Than A Clown • Rise 'no Shine • When Our Love Was Young • The Long Green Line • Jackson Country • Going Home To The Country • Walk A Country Mile • Jimmy Justice • Somewhere There's A Mountain • Lonesome City • Mirrors Of My Mind Sweet Dreams Of Yesterday • California Girl • Sharing The Good Life • The Final Hour • Cold Grey Winds Of Autumn • One More Pretty Girl • The End
Disc Three: The Prophet • All That I Was Living For • Bittersweet Songs • Things That Might Have Been • The Cowboy And The Lady • I Re­member Love • Knowing That She's Leaven' • Eastbound Highway • Goin' Home Again • Mama Was A Christian Lady • Mother, Love And Country • Backstage Ladies • On The Road • Half A Jug Of Wine • Good Ole Fashion Memories • Soldier Of Fortune • Freedom And Time • After All • Lady-0 • One Night Stand • Waylon' T-Shirt • North Country Blues • Susan Flowers • You Can't Call It Country • Charing Cross Cowboys • Alberta Skyline • Country Wine • Just Another Old Rodeo Song • If You Need Me Lord One More Day Away

George Hamilton IV cited Dick Damron as Canada’s Willie Nelson” – a well apt description as he, in common with the Texas superstar, matches a varied longtime career with prolific songwriting output. And the songwriting credits couldn’t be any clearer as only five out of the 86 songs on this three cd set were not penned by him. Now Bear Family Records, in the first of two collections, turns the spotlight on the Bentley, Alberta born artist by presenting his earliest recordings covering the years 1959-1976.

After spending time as a rodeo rider and oil rigger, he turned to his first love music, assembled a group of musicians around him and, calling themselves The Musical Round-Up Gang, began being heard over the airwaves of radio station CKRD in Red Deer, Alberta. It was there that Dick Damron also made his debut recording. At that time rock ‘n’ roll was king and his debut single, released on the band’s own Laurel label, comprised two rockabilly originals, Gonna Have A Party and Rockin’ Baby. The single eventually caught the attention of Canada’s top notch Quality Records and two further rockabilly singles followed before the singer moved into hardcore country. At that time, wanting to match up to the recording standards set by the American  acts that he supported on their Canadian tours, he booked a custom session with Starday Studios in Nashville. The legendary Tommy Hill produced and A-team musicians (including Pete Drake, "Pig" Robbins, Jerry Shook and Junior Huskey) provided the back-up. A second Nashville session resulted in a deal with RCA-Canada, with all these tracks later appearing on a now much-sought album, The Nashville Sound of Dick Damron, released on Damron’s own Holiday label. Another of his own albums tied in with Canada’s centennial celebrations – 1867-1967: Canadiana Souvenir Celebrations, a collection of ten original themed songs with accompaniment from his own band.

Then, after a period of depression as his career seemed to be making no headway, producer Gary Buck picked Countryfied as a hit song. Although Damron refers to his recording as “acceptable but uninspired”, it was George Hamilton IV’s 1971 version that topped the Canadian charts. The recording also succeeded in putting the Damron name on the map as well opening doorways into the UK and Europe. At the same time another signature song emerged, The Long Green Line, which, like Countryfied, has endured the test of time and hardly a stage show goes by without him performing both.

After a three years hiatus, which saw the familiar Nashville country landscape develop into a “Outlaw Country” movement, he returned to the recording studios with a similar darker, harder appearance and attitude, resulting in the Toronto produced The Cowboy & The Lady album. This ten track collection provided a crucial stepping stone into the next phase of his career …. the Joe Bob Barnhill era. Although Damron had visited Nashville to pitch songs, producer Barnhill encouraged the writer to record the songs himself, uttering a sentence to the session musicians that the singer was “not as upfront and hard-driving as Waylon, and not quite as laid back as Don Williams”. It was the formula that would last Damron the rest of his career. The final tracks in this collection comprise The Cowboy And The Lady collection and the follow-up album Soldier Of Fortune – and featuring such originals as On The Road, Half A Jug Of Wine, Waylon’s T-Shirt, Country Wine, Alberta Skyline and Just Another Old Rodeo Song, all clearly proving just how well that formula worked.

The material on these three cds show the diversity of Dick Damron's music as he traveled through seventeen years of recordings while Deke Dickerson’s notes, interspersed with interview comments by the artist,  provides a truly revealing insight into the Damron career and personality. The 68 page booklet is completed with photographs and discography.



GEORGE HAMILTON IV   My North Country Home
Bear Family BCD 17146 CH

Disc One: Did She Mention My Name Early Morning Rain Steel Rail Blues (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me I'm Not Sayin' Go Go Round Ballad Of The Yarmouth.Castle The Canadian Railroad Trilogy Song For A Winter's Night Home From The Forest Long Thin Dawn I'm Not Sayin' 10 Degrees & Getting Colder Alberta Bound Christian Island (Georgian Bay) Mountains And Maryann Second Cup Of Coffee Did She Mention My Name Go Go Round 'The Canadian Railroad Trilogy Something Special To Me Canadian Pacific North Country You Wanted Me To Tell You Like it Is My Rocky Mountain Home Four Strong Winds Summer Wages
Disc Two: Urge For Going The Circle Game Both Sides Now Take My Hand For Awhile Fm Gonna Be A Country Boy Again Suzanne Sisters Of Mercy Together Alone Goin' Down The Road The Child's Song The Farmers Song Dirty Old Man Time's Run Out On You Put Your Hand in The Hand Just Bidin' My Time The Cali Snowbird The isle Of St. Jean Shake The Dust It's All Over • Countryfied • Moody 'Manitoba Morning • If You've Been Wondering • Nothing Changes But The Seasons • Love Is Still Around Williams Lake Stampede Where Would I Be Now The Circle Game Suzanne
Disc Three: Pictou County Jail My Canadian Maid Back To Down East Country Old Bill Jones • Into The Mountains Lismore Lady T. C. Carry Me My North Country Home My Nova Scotia Home Prince Edward Island Is Heaven To Me Apple Blossom Time In Annapolis Valley • Maritime Farewell Take Me Back To Old New Brunswick Ghost Of Bras D'or • Squid Jiggin' Ground At­lantic Lullaby Isle Of Newfoundland Farewell To Nova Scotia Saskatchewan The Calgary Song • Cape Breton Lullaby Fiddler's Green Where The Blue Waters Foam The Little Boats Of Newfoundland Peter Amberley Shores Of Prince Edward Island

As many country music fans will know, George Hamilton IV enjoyed a longtime association with the Canadian music scene, having recorded six albums and headlined several tv series north of the 49th Parallel. It was such an association, alongside numerous visits to the UK and groundbreaking work behind the Iron Curtain, that Billboard magazine bestowed him the title of International Ambassador of Country Music in 1974.

Although having first arrived on the scene as a “pop” idol, he quickly moved on to achieve success in country music, securely establishing his reputation with Abilene. But George IV always possessed an enquiring musical mind and, eager to seek out new songs and songwriters, became a prominent figure in the folk-country movement of the mid 1960s, recording – as he described it – “country-style but songs that had story lines, painted pictures and, most importantly, songs that said something”.  And Canada was to become a rich source for such material, with Gordon Lightfoot being the singer/songwriter that initially fired his enthusiasm. He recalls: “At that time, Nashville country music was really about booze, broads and partying, and I felt that I didn’t fit into that mould too well. When I heard this Gordon Lightfoot song [I’m Not Sayin’] on the radio, I thought to myself, this is interesting. It’s a mixture of folk and country. It’s different”.  He recorded the already well covered Early Mornin’ Rain in January 1966 but became the first artist to take a Lightfoot song into the American country music charts. Subsequently, over the years, Hamilton has recorded sixteen Lightfoot songs, more than any other artist in history, resulting in the 1970 album Lightfoot Country. (Chronologically, though, the first Canadian artist that he covered was Ray Griff, recording Something Special To Me in 1965, though not released until two years later as the flipside of Break My Mind. But, at the time, Griff was well established in Nashville circles and, to be fair, would not be considered the beginning of the singer’s Canadian folk-country sound).

Besides getting to know Gordon Lightfoot, the latter also provided the introduction to Ian Tyson, the third Canadian artist that George IV would record. Before commencing his solo recording career, Tyson was well known as one half of the folk duo Ian & Sylvia, their greatest song being Four Strong Winds. Among the other Canadian songwriters set to have songs covered by the Nashville artist included Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bruce Cockburn, Gene MacLellan (whose Snowbird became a massive international hit) and Dick Damron. And this period of Canadiana obsession wouldn’t have been complete without a song from the nation’s most famous country singer (and Hamilton’s hero), Hank Snow. The song was My Nova Scotia Home, one of the titles that appeared on his 1969 Canadian Pacific collection. This was the first of Hamilton’s Canadian-themed albums and recorded in Nashville while the second, North Country, was recorded in Toronto with Canadian musicians, including Bruce Cockburn and Lenny Breau.

When George Hamilton IV began his long-running tv series in 1972, he also signed a three years contract with RCA Canada resulting in a further three albums – Down East Country, Out West Country and Back To Down East Country. In all, he recorded 82 songs during his RCA tenure and, for first time ever, they are now released together in this three cd set. “The folk-country music gave me a different career path, and for that I will always be grateful to the people of Canada, and the singers and songwriters up there. The songs that they wrote were more identifiable for people in the country music markets outside the USA. People who never would have listened to country music have discovered it through these songs.”

The cds provide the music ….. the accompanying 68 page booklet provides the insight into the singer’s relationship with Canada, its songs and songwriters, with Deke Dickerson’s text further enhanced by interviews, many previously unpublished photographs and discography.

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