Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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Steve Holy and Mark Cooke to host a Double Fan Club Party At this year’s CMA Music Festival

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Chevrolet Revs Up Riverfront Stage with Free Entertainment Featuring Many of Country Music’s Hottest Acts

NASHVILLE – CMA and Chevrolet – the Official Ride of Country Music – continue their six year relationship to provide the ultimate fan experience during the 2011 CMA Music Festival, building on an existing platform that combines the power of the automotive brand with the reach and popularity of Country Music with increased activation during 2011 CMA Music Festival, June 9-12.

“Chevy has always been a valued partner with CMA and we are thrilled that they are increasing their participation in this year’s Festival,” said Sheri Warnke, CMA Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. “When we can bring together partner resources to create added value for our events, we are enhancing the experience for all of our stakeholders.”

The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, a music lover’s dream, will feature free daily concerts with many of Country Music’s hottest acts on the banks of the Cumberland River. Chevrolet is also a sponsor of the Global Artist Showcase, which features aspiring and established Country artists from around the world; The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade, with an expanded route through the city; and The Sixth Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party, which jump starts all the Festival events and activities in downtown Nashville.

“Chevrolet will be a significant part of the 2011 CMA Music Festival,” Warnke said. “One of the great aspects of this partnership is the evolutionary nature of our relationship. We have a very open line of communication with Chevy so that we can take full advantage of new opportunities as they arise, while we are supportive of each other’s goals and objectives.”

“Chevrolet has long been associated with music. In fact, Chevrolet has been mentioned in over 1,000 songs,” said Phil Caruso, manager of national promotions for Chevrolet. “Partnering with CMA provides us with the unique opportunity to bring country music enthusiasts a fan experience like never before.”

As part of the continuous relationship between CMA and Chevrolet, a private Industry Test Drive will occur a week prior to the festival with proceeds benefitting the CMA Foundation. For each test drive taken, Chevrolet will donate $25 to the CMA Foundation, which benefits music education through CMA’s Keep the Music Playing campaign.

On Monday, June 6, beginning at 6:30 PM/CT at The Stage on Broadway, Chevrolet will present the CMA Global Artist Party. Featuring the hottest Country artists from outside of the U.S., the CMA Global Artist Party will include Kaylee Bell (New Zealand), Dean Brody (Canada), Chad Brownlee (Canada), Diana Corcoran (Australia), Luke Dickens (Australia), Tommy Emmanuel (Australia), McAlister Kemp (Australia), O’Shea (Australia), Raintown (United Kingdom), and Marlee Scott (Canada). Attendees of the CMA Global Artist Party will be able to check out the all new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which will be parked outside of the club.

“The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade” will begin at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 8, and will feature artists and celebrities riding down Broadway in a variety of Chevrolet vehicles including Corvettes and Silverados. The parade will start at 10th Avenue and end up at Chevrolet Riverfront Park.

With Bill Anderson and The Oak Ridge Boys as the Grand Marshals, other artists participating include Deborah Allen, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Sherrie Austin, Bo Bice, Bomshel, Ash Bowers, Crystal Bowersox, Lee Brice, Carter’s Chord, Dailey & Vincent, Sarah Darling, Billy Dean, Dirt Drifters, Eli Young Band, Tyler Farr, Ashley Gearing, Andy Griggs, The Harters, Walker Hayes, Her & Kings County, Ty Herndon, JT Hodges, Steve Holy, Buddy Jewell, Jason Jones, LoCash Cowboys, Lunabelles, Miss Willie Brown, The Roys, Daryle Singletary, Stealing Angels, Josh Thompson, Tiffany, Rhonda Vincent, and Mark Wills.

Other participants include the America’s Pride Camaro; world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales; Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee; the new 2012 Camaro convertible; the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge vehicle; the CMT Marching Band and their mobile mascot; the GAC tour bus; the Geico Gecko; Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee; over 200 Harley Davidson motorcycles from the Harley Davidson HOG Rock, Rhythm and Blues Tour; the debut of the Keep the Music Playing All Stars Marching Band; Music City Drum & Bugle Corps; the Nashville Fire Department; the Nashville Predators Dancers and mascot, Gnash; Nashville Sounds mascot Ozzie; Operation Troop Aid; the Big Machine Rascal Flatts Camaro built by West Coast Customs; Tennessee Titans mascot, T-RAC; and the United States Coast Guard.

Following the parade, The Sixth Annual CMA Music Festival Chevrolet Block Party will take place at its new location this year, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, with performers that can only be seen at the Block Party. Free and open to the public, the concert begins at 1:00 PM the lineup includes: Eli Young Band, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson, Uncle Kracker, and more.

The party begins in earnest on Thursday, June 9, when Gary Allan kicks off the Festival at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage at 10:00 AM. The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage will feature great performances by some of Country Music’s hottest acts. And the shows are free!

Fans in attendance will have an opportunity to tweet and win meet-and-greets with some of the artists performing on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage as well as VIP seating. Be sure to follow @Chevrolet on Twitter for the latest updates from the festival.

Acts that are slated to perform at this perennial hotspot include Bill Anderson, Frankie Ballard, The Bellamy Brothers, Crystal Bowersox, Jason Michael Carroll, Roy Clark, Terri Clark, Bucky Covington, Billy Ray Cyrus, Brett Eldredge, Emerson Drive, Colt Ford, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brother, Steve Holy, Jack Ingram, Josh Kelley, Sammy Kershaw, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, Randy Montana, Craig Morgan, David Lee Murphy, David Nail, Troy Olsen, James Otto, Jake Owen, Randy Rogers Band, Sawyer Brown, Corey Smith, Steel Magnolia, Sunny Sweeney, Mel Tillis, Phil Vassar, James Wesley, Chuck Wicks, and Darryl Worley.

In addition to the hot acts performing on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, fans will get an opportunity to check out some of Chevrolet’s most popular vehicles on display at Riverfront Park including the Camaro convertible, the Cruze and Cruze Eco, Equinox, Silverado 2500 HD, and Traverse.

The Chevrolet Booth, located in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall, will give fans an opportunity to use a state-of-the-art, 360 degree camera to record a time-splice video of themselves and post it to their social networking sites. In addition, you can check out the prototype of the all new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Artists meeting fans in the Chevrolet Booth include Katie Armiger, Steve Azar, Crystal Bowersox, Jason Michael Carroll, Brett Eldredge, Colt Ford, Walker Hayes, Ty Herndon, Steve Holy, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, LoCash Cowboys, Randy Montana, David Nail, Troy Olsen, Julie Roberts, Ashton Shepherd, Corey Smith, Steel Magnolia, James Wesley, Mark Wills, and Darryl Worley.

The Chevrolet Stage in the Sports Zone is the place to be to catch intimate performances from up-and-coming artists as well as cooking and hunting demonstrations. The Celebrity Outdoor Challenge will give the audience members a chance to show their skills in casting and archery contests. Scheduled to appear are Paul Bogart, the Bone Collectors, Cracker Boy, Russell Dickerson, Austin Dillon, FLW stars Jimmy Houston and Larry Nixon, Sonia Leigh, Daniel Lee Martin, Payton Rae, a hunting and fishing clinic with Bob Redfern, Julie Roberts, and Skyler.

Fans will also have an opportunity to test drive a Chevrolet vehicle. Located on Fourth Avenue between Broadway and Demonbreun Street, the Ride and Drive will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM/CT). Attendees will be able to test drive a brand new Chevrolet vehicle of their choice including the Volt electric vehicle with extended range, Camaro and Camaro convertible, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, Silverado 1500 and HD, Tahoe, and Traverse.

Need a lift? Chevy will provide a free ride with the “Catch A Chevy” program. Ten Cruzes will be available every day during the Festival between 9:00 AM/CT and 7:00 PM/CT to make sure that fans get from venue to venue in style and comfort. Attendees can “Catch A Chevy” by simply flagging down one of these specially wrapped vehicles.

In addition to all of the excitement on the Riverfront and downtown, Chevrolet plans to make some lucky fans’ LP Field experience even better with an opportunity to win a ticket upgrade to the Nightly Concerts with the “Best Seats in the House” promotion. Throughout the Festival, fans can text CHEVY to 66937 for a chance to win.

CMA Music Festival is an unparalleled celebration of America’s music. In 2010, the event drew a record-setting 65,000 fans from all 50 states and 26 nations. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

Four day tickets, which include all of the Nightly Concerts and the Fan Fair® Exhibit Hall, are still available as well, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at or 1-(800)-745-3000. They can also purchase them through or 1-(800)-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of seating at LP Field for the Nightly Concerts, and range from $115 to $325 plus handling fees.

Steve Holy and Mark Cooke to host a Double Fan Club Party At this year’s CMA Music Festival

Steve Holy and Mark Cooke to host a Double Fan Club Party
At this year’s CMA Music Festival
CMA Music Festival attendees and fan club members are invited for a fun-filled afternoon

NASHVILLE, TN (May 31, 2011) – Country artists Steve Holy and Mark Cooke are together hosting a Double Fan Club Party for CMA Music Festival attendees and fan club members on Friday, June 10 from 4-6 pm at Cotton Valley Records.  Sponsored by Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ and Nati Cakes, CMA Music Festival attendees can expect a fun-filled afternoon complete with free acoustic performances by the two hosts.  Fan club members will enjoy select favorites from Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ and a chance to meet and mingle with Steve Holy and Mark Cooke.  Non fan club members will also have a chance to join on-site.
Who:                   Country music favorites Steve Holy and Mark Cooke
What:                   Double Fan Club Party sponsored by Jim & Nicks BBQ and Nati Cakes
When:                  Friday, June 10 from 4:00-6:00 pm
Where:                 Cotton Valley Records (CVR)
                            713 18th Ave. South
                             Nashville, TN 37203
Fans interested in attending should R.S.V.P by emailing  Press opportunities are available; contact Kristin Palmer for more information.
About Steve Holy
Curb recording artist Steve Holy has enjoyed incredible success since the release of his debut album Blue Moon in October 2000 which featured the hit number 1 single "Good Morning Beautiful," now labeled number 10 in Billboard Magazine’s Top Country Songs of the Decade 1999-2009. With two albums and several hit singles under his belt, Steve has recently signed a management deal with CVR Management driven by veteran Nashville producers J. Gary Smith and John Smith. Steve is currently in the studio with producer Lee Miller (Miller produced Steve's last smash single "Brand New Girlfriend") working on the finishing touches of his next release.  His current single, “Love Don’t Run,” is climbing the country charts.
About Mark Cooke
Born and raised in East Texas, Mark Cooke is an accomplished singer/songwriter who is no stranger to country music. He has always been a lover of music from a very young child to chasing the dream today in Music City, U.S.A. Mark recently has been signed to Cotton Valley Records and Management run by Music Row veteran producers J. Gary Smith and John Smith. Together they are currently recording his CVR debut album due out this year.  His current single, “I Love It,” is going for radio adds now.



Emmylou Harris.

Despite all the counter attractions in town, Emmylou Harris drew a large crowd to the beautifully appointed Grand Canal Theatre for her concert on Saturday night last. She had a completely new lineup in her Red Dirt Band, and was obviously enjoying her herself on stage as entertained her devoted fans for over 2 hours. She included a lot of her current material as well as some old favourites and as far as her fans were concerned she could do no wrong and received a well deserved standing ovation at the end of the show.

Dolly Parton.

Dolly Parton’s new album Better Day now has a June 28 release date. Her much-anticipated album of all-new studio material will be released on her own Dolly Records distributed through Warner Music Nashville. To coincide with the album’s release, DOLLY will launch a world tour bringing her throughout America and then onto the U.K. and Europe in August and September, then Australia in November in support of the new album. Better Day is the follow-up to DOLLY’s critically acclaimed and successful 2008 Backwoods Barbie album. Featuring 12 original DOLLY compositions, Better Day marks the fourth release on the independent label. On the live front, the Better Day world tour launches on July 17 in Knoxville in her home state of Tennessee and will be highlighted by two shows (July 22 and 23) at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. After finishing in the U.S. on August 3, the tour moves overseas starting August 20 and will feature a pair of shows (September 7 and 8) at the O2 Arena in London, the venue where DOLLY recorded and filmed Live From London (Dolly Records), her widely praised 2009 two-disc DVD/CD set that included songs from Backwoods Barbie alongside her many classic hits. Her Irish show will take place at the O2 Dublin, on Sept. 14.


The Countdown is now on for the eagerly awaited Country-Fest 4 which will take place at the Clan Ree Complex , Letterkenny in  Co.Donegal on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July.   Following the huge success of last year's event the Clan Ree was the only venue for this show now regarded as Europes kingpin Country music Extravaganza. This year's Country-Fest will feature over 80 International, National and local Country Music Acts covering all tastes from old to new with the  main focus on homegrown talent following the massive reaction they got last year. Event promoter James Mc Garrity said” The Clan Ree complex is a fantastic venue and the feedback from last year has been exceptional with all the facilities on hand to cater for the thousands of attendees , this year we have focused more on the Irish acts although we still have 6 well known American singers who will keep the American Country Fans very happy.”   Tickets for the Country-Fest 4 are currently selling very well and over the next few weeks that will continue as we approach the final run in to the event with Letterkenny Tourist Office confirming now that all hotels are fully booked for the weekend and fans are now booking into other Donegal towns with over 1000 UK country fans already booked in to attend.  Some of the big names appearing at the fest include Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell, Nathan Carter, Philomena Begley, Mick Flavin and from America Joni Harms, Leona William,Charlie Allen,Georgette Jones and Clinton Gregory to name a few with some great emerging talent on the scene like Derek Ryan , Lisa Mc Hugh and Gerry Guthrie and with the sprinkle of Legends like Brian Coll, Brendan Quinn and Hugo Duncan makes this a musical feast for all Country Tastes. Tickets for the Country-Fest  which are very keeny priced at €35 per day or €60 per weekend are now on sale from the Clan Ree Hotel Letterkenny, Ticketmaster nationwide and full line-up info is available on

There are two new stars on the Music City Walk of Fame in Downtown Nashville. Bill Anderson and Keith Urban drew a huge crowd of onlookers recently to accept their place in Country Music history. For Urban, he showed his gratitude by locking lips with the pavement and then with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman.  Getting his star took decades of hard work. Urban first arrived in Nashville in 1989 and got turned down repeatedly before finally finding his niche on Music Row.  Urban thanked the town that has embraced him and helped him through the years. "So it will be 20 years next year since I moved here, and I've had the absolute lowest lows of my life and the complete highest of highest of highs, all have happened in Nashville," said Urban. Another familiar face who has clearly earned his star on the Walk of Fame is is country legend "Whispering Bill" Anderson. For 50 years he's performed, written and remained relevant in a constantly changing industry. "I am thrilled to be a part of it after all these years, the one thing is that about the music business is that it is constantly changing so to say that you know where it's going to go, nobody knows that. The public will tell us where they want to go and we will follow," said Anderson. There are now a total of 50 artists on the Music City Walk of Fame.

The Big news from Music City is that Opry Mills is reopening in the spring 2012! One of Tennessee's top tourist attractions, the shopping mecca has been closed since the Nashville floods of 2010 but are now ready to come back stronger than ever. Visitors will be able to shop OFF 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, J. Crew Factory, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach Factory
Store, Calvin Klein, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Chico's, The LEGO Store and more. The 20-theatre cinema and IMAX are coming back as are Dave & Buster's, Rainforest Cafe and Aquarium Restaurant. Nashville and visitors alike will welcome back the Opry Mills Shopping Mall.

New album by Audie Blaylock & Redline

New album by Audie Blaylock & Redline
"I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky (A Bill Monroe Celebration"

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce today’s new album release, I’M GOING BACK TO OLD KENTUCKY (A Bill Monroe Celebration) by Audie Blaylock & Redline.  The wealth of talent on this album is certainly a fitting tribute to Bill Monroe - especially this year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legend’s birth.

The album includes the talents of Audie Blaylock along with Redline members:  Patrick McAvinue, Reed Jones, and Russ Carson.  Special guests on this exciting new album include:  Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Bobby Osborne, Glenn Duncan, Carl Jackson, Lou Reid, and Jason Carter.  Tracks include favorites, "Mighty Dark to Travel", "I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky", "My Little Georgia Rose," and many more!
I’M GOING BACK TO OLD KENTUCKY was recorded at Digital Underground, Engineered by Scott Vestal and Produced by Audie Blaylock.  "Audie Blaylock & his Redline band have hit a home run with their new I’M GOING BACK TO OLD KENTUCKY (A Bill Monroe Celebration) CD on Rural Rhythm Records. With special guest vocalists Lou Reid, Bobby Osborne, Carl Jackson and Del McCoury they were able to capture the true Spirt of Bill Monroe's beloved Bluegrass Music,"said Charlie Hall, Radio Host WCYO FM.  The entire album, including the first single, "Mighty Dark to Travel" is now available to radio via
Audie Blaylock & Redline are also involved in numerous other projects including the hit album, THE ALL-STAR JAM - LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN and the upcoming DVD set for release this fall.  The band will also be part of the BEAN BLOSSOM LIVE - A Bill Monroe Tribute Album being recorded in June 2011 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival.
Audie Blaylock & Redline have of course also been busy touring and offering up fun new videos for their fans.  Redliners, Patrick McAvinue and Russell Carson ride the Powderkeg roller coaster after playing a few shows at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri all the while talking about the new album. Fans will also enjoy their recent performance on Fox 7 TV show in Austin, Texas promoting their appearance at the Old Settler’s Music Festival (see video links below).


For more information on Audie Blaylock & Redline, please visit and at Facebook.

Sugarland Stands Up for Tornado Relief: Our benefit single is available on iTunes today!

Sugarland Stands Up for Tornado Relief: Our benefit single is available on iTunes today!

Sugarland Stands Up for Tornado Relief: Our benefit single is available on iTunes today!
As the nation's heart reaches out to the tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, AL and Joplin, MO, Sugarland released a live version of their anthem "Stand Up" today as a fundraiser for those whose lives have been affected by the devastating storms of this spring.
Jennifer and Kristian have decided to use music to inspire and bring relief. During their Incredible Machine Tour stop in Chicago on May 6, Sugarland invited touring partners Little Big Town on stage to join them for "Stand Up," the show's traditional encore. With all six vocalists lifting that song's motivational lyrics to new heights -- and hundreds of audience members waving "LOVE" flags in support -- the result is an unforgettable collaboration with a powerful message of hope.
"Stand Up For Tornado Relief" is available exclusively on iTunes beginning today, May 31, as both an audio track and a high-definition performance video directed by Sugarland documentarian Valarie Allyn Bienas. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross for tornado relief in Alabama, as well as to aid the more recently-affected residents of Joplin, MO.
Get your copy at, then spread the news and share the love. Pass this email on, and be a part of bringing relief to those who right now need it most. Every click, every Facebook share, every tweet helps. Thank you for your support of this most worthy cause!
- The Sugarland Team



From A College Education To An Exciting Career Choice

Nashville, TN (May 31, 2011) – The Big Machine Label Group got even bigger today as CEO/President, Scott Borchetta, announced the addition of Colleen Taylor as Administrative Assistant.

The Connecticut native and recent Belmont University grad is no stranger to the label, having proved herself as an intern extraordinaire in both the Royalties & Licensing as well as in the A&R Department. In Taylor’s newly-created position, she will provide day-to-day scheduling and organizational support, facilitating increased efficiency and effectiveness for Borchetta and the label group.  

“Colleen is an extremely smart & talented young lady who is a great addition to our team. The building fell in love with her while she was an intern and made sure we didn’t let her get away!” said Borchetta.

Gaining vital experience throughout her four years in Nashville, she also served as an Administrative Assistant at the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business and held the Vice President and Treasurer roles with Belmont Service Corps. These positions afforded her the opportunity to work with the GRAMMY Awards, CMT Music Awards, CRS, NSAI’s Tin Pan South and Next Big Nashville.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be working for the Big Machine Label Group. Scott Borchetta has put together a phenomenally talented team that continues to break the mold in this industry, and I am honored to be a part of it,” said Taylor.

ABOUT THE BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP: Scott Borchetta serves as President/CEO of the independent Big Machine Label Group, which includes Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President). In 2010 Big Machine was named Country Label of the Year by Country Aircheck Magazine/Powered by USA Today for the second consecutive year. Also in 2010, Big Machine’s signature artist Taylor Swift’s third album, SPEAK NOW, became the best-selling Country studio album debut of all time with over 1 million units sold in its first week. With the release, Taylor became the 4th female artist in history (across all genres) to debut with more than 1 million first-week units sold. The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and Jewel, Platinum sensations The Band Perry, established acts Justin Moore, Jack Ingram and the Eli Young Band and hot newcomers Steel Magnolia, Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, Brantley Gilbert and comedienne Melissa Peterman. In 5 years, Big Machine Records artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations.

New Album ALISSA “I AM – THAT GIRL” released June 6th!

New Album ALISSA “I AM – THAT GIRL” released June 6th!

Check out her video on You Tube!

Teenage Sensation, ALISSA CAVALLARO is 12 years old and resides in Long Island, New York. Being a professional singer was always a dream for Alissa. At age 10 she won Amateur Night at the Apollo. From there she performed half time at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks/Laker Game. She also has performed the National Anthem at Nassau Coliseum for the New York Islanders. In February Alissa headed west to California where she met Father MC who wrote and produced Alissa’s initial release “I Am-That Girl” & has arranged to release it via Famou

R&B Singer/Songwriter, And Former Death Row Recording Artist, Jewell aka Ju-L, Set To Release Book And Album Later This Year

R&B Singer/Songwriter, And Former Death Row Recording Artist, Jewell aka Ju-L, Set To Release Book And Album Later This Year
Los Angeles, CA (May 31, 2011) - Platinum selling R&B songstress Jewell, real name Jewell Caples, a regular fixture in the Los Angeles music scene, is preparing to release a brand new book, and album this fall. The former Death Row Records singer will release a full length studio album entitled, “Blood, Sweat & Tears”, in conjunction with the release of the book, through Best Hand Entertainment.

Jewell was signed to Death Row Records from 1992-1996, and one of the original members of the former Hip-Hop powerhouse label. She released a video and hit single "Woman to Woman", which reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was featured singing vocals on many of Death Row's releases including Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" and Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride". Her contributions to the legendary albums, Chronic, Doggystyle, and 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me, helped revolutionize a sound in the early 90’s, and quickly established her as one of the most distinctive voices in urban music.

Following the departure of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, the death of 2Pac, and the imprisonment of Suge Knight, Death Row suddenly lost its momentum - Yet Jewell has continued to record and perform, going on to collaborate with the likes of K-Ci & JoJo, Redman, Benzino and Snoop Dogg again.

The book, and album “Blood, Sweat & Tears”, are due later this year.

Jewell"Blood, Sweat & Tears" - Coming Soon
Best Hand Entertainment


Second single from Carousel Ride impacting radio immediately

(Nashville, TN – 05/31/2011) Country music artist KC Johns is set to release her second single “Letting Go” from her recently released sophomore album Carousel Ride this June and it will begin to impact radio immediately.

KC Johns says about “Letting Go” and why she selected it for the next single, “I wrote “Letting Go” back when I was sixteen about a girl that was going through a difficult time in a relationship and listening to it 5 years later I still think that there are so many girls, of any age, that can relate to it which will hopefully make it one of those songs that listeners connect to as soon as they hear it.”

“Letting Go” follows the success of the album’s lead single “Fishing In Daddy’s Pond,” which Johns spent the better part of the past six months promoting to media and radio and earned regional airplay with.

KC Johns will be in Nashville, TN for the 2011 CMA Fest and will be heading to Chicago, IL later this summer for the first time where she will be appearing on WGN-TV, signing autographs and performing acoustic at the RCC Western store, and performing live at Six Flags Great America.

For more information on KC Johns, please visit her on the web at:


Single Makes The Grade For iTunes/CMA Fest Download And Microsoft Demo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 31, 2011)--Matt Gary
(17 Music Entertainment), the talented Nashville-based performer who’s making the grade with country radio and country music fans alike, has three new notches to add to his belt of recognition.

In the midst of his aggressive radio tour to promote his current single, “I’m Just Sayin’,” Matt received the invitation to perform at a NASCAR race in June. The young singer whose hometown roots run deep in the heart of Kansas will sing the National Anthem a cappella at the NASCAR STP 400 at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday, June 5, 2011.  The televised performance will begin at 1PM Central. This will be Matt’s first live performance of our nation’s song and, admittedly, the entertainer’s most difficult.

“I’m thrilled by the invitation,“ Matt said. “But, it’s kind of bittersweet. There is a lot of pressure not only to do it justice, but also to ‘get it right,’ because everyone knows it!  This is not just a performance for me, it’s a performance of a lifetime—one that will be recalled by me and the millions watching!”

The trip to the Kansas Speedway will lead-in to Matt’s CMA Fest-2011 schedule in Nashville and is a reprieve from his aggressive radio promotion tour. Over the course of the last nine weeks, Matt has visited stations in 20-plus states including Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, California, Utah, Nevada, Texas and more making personal introductions to those who play his single.
Penned by Frank Myers, Gary B. Baker and Billy Montana, “I’m Just Sayin’” appears on Matt Gary’s six-pack, by the same name, which was released in November 2010. The cut was selected to appear on the official iTunes CMA Fest download sampler (2011). In recent festival years, iTunes street teams have assembled to hand out the download cards during “country music’s biggest week” offering free downloads from the country artists participating in the event.  This year, 40,000 cards will be distributed over the course of the four-day event. Matt and the other sampler artists will also be featured on a dedicated iTunes page that will highlight I’M JUST SAYIN,’ his 6-pack CD release, along with “I’m Just Sayin’.”

Another renowned digital outlet has welcomed Matt’s music; Microsoft Corporation has selected the newcomer’s current single for its upcoming demonstration promotion.  Matt’s, “I’m Just Sayin’,” is one of the ten country song selections chosen to be featured in Microsoft’s worldwide awareness campaigns geared toward Zune, smart phones and PCs.  As a featured artist, Matt’s single, “I’m Just Sayin’” and corresponding album graphics will be pre-loaded and showcased on select Microsoft demonstration devices for the consumer and potential purchaser to enjoy in stores. The Microsoft promotion will begin this summer.

To become better acquainted with Matt Gary and his music, visit

Top: "The men in plaid!" Matt Gary and WAMZ - PD and DJ Hall of Fame inductee, "Coyote Calhoun"
Bottom: Matt Gary with the folks at KJKE/Oklahoma City, OK. (L-to-R: KJKE's Crash Poteet and Becky, Matt Gary and Tony Benken Quarterback Records)

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Vince Gill Notches 21st Grammy Win Most Grammys Won By A Male Country Artist N...

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