Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MORE THAN 72,000 CHRIS YOUNG FANS CONFIRM

MORE THAN 72,000 CHRIS YOUNG FANS CONFIRM
THEIR FAVORITE COLOR IS NEON

NEON DEBUTS AT NO. 4 ON THE ALL-GENRE BILLBOARD 200 CHART

Nashville, TN (July 20, 2011)…Over the last week more than 72,000 Chris Young fans confirmed their favorite color is NEON! The Grammy nominated singer/songwriter’s just-released third album sold more than 72,000 copies in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Declared by USA Today as “one of country’s most reliable hitmakers,” Chris Young’s NEON debuts at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking the singer’s top sales chart position ever.

After learning the news of his album debut, Young shares: "I am completely blown away by the response and am so grateful for my awesome fans who give me the chance to make and share my music every day."

“Tomorrow,” makes the leap to #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and Country Aircheck. Young’s RIAA certified GOLD lead single has sold over 615,000 downloads, making it his best-selling digital track to date.

Next up for Young is an appearance on ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on July 27 where he’ll perform songs from the recently released NEON.

NEON is produced by James Stroud and features 10 songs, including 7 that are co-penned by Young.  A deluxe version of the album is available at iTunes and features two bonus tracks plus a photo gallery.

ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: Recently nominated for his first GRAMMY® Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance with his hit, “Gettin’ You Home,” Young is currently out on the road with Jason Aldean on his sold out My Kinda Party Tour.  With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young has emerged as a fan-favorite with three consecutive #1s at radio. "Tomorrow," the GOLD single from the brand new album NEON, is currently screaming up the country charts.  For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.

Clif Doyal Resigns from AirPlay Direct and the Direct Buzz


Clif Doyal Resigns from AirPlay Direct and the Direct Buzz

NASHVILLE, TN (July 20, 2011) – Music industry veteran, Clif Doyal, has recently resigned from his posts as Executive VP of AirPlay Direct and Editor of the Direct Buzz, the company’s online magazine.

Doyal had worked for the global digital music delivery service since 2009, starting as the company publicist and contributing writer before advancing to the executive management team.

Doyal continues to operate the Clif Doyal Agency, an artist and label management/consulting business, and CDA Promotions-Nashville, a full-service publicity and marketing company. He currently represents independent artist Shawna Russell (and is managing partner and co-owner of her label, Way Out West Records), new Country group, LiveWire and Oklahoma’s Summer Oil Patch Festival and related brands.  

Doyal is seeking experienced candidates for an in-house radio promotion staff and an in-house booking agent. Interested parties can contact him at CDAnashville@aol.com

About Clif Doyal:
Doyal is a 40-year music business veteran who began his musical career as a professional drummer before successfully pursuing various career paths in the music business as a booking agent, manager and publicist. In 1991, he moved his booking agency from Oklahoma City to Nashville where he represented the early careers of Toby Keith, Little Texas, Lonestar, Ricochet and other major label artists. Doyal currently represents management and publicity clients Shawna Russell, Way Out West Records, LiveWire and the Summer Oil Patch Festival. As a publicist, he has worked with David Allan Coe, Andy Fraser (formerly of 'Free'), The Roys, Thompson Square, Stella Parton and AirPlay Direct. As former Executive VP of AirPlay Direct, Doyal was responsible for strategic business development and media relations, and served as Editor and contributor to their online magazine, the Direct Buzz. 

BRENDA LEE AND JEANNIE SEELY RETURN TO HOST THE 2011 SOURCE AWARDS

BRENDA LEE AND JEANNIE SEELY RETURN TO HOST THE
2011 SOURCE AWARDS
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 IN NASHVILLE

AWARDS TO HONOR SPECIAL WOMEN FOR
THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
 

Music industry icon BRENDA LEE and long-time Grand Ole Opry star JEANNIE SEELY will once again host this year’s Ninth Annual SOURCE Awards, slated for Thursday, August 25, 2011 at the Noah Liff Opera Center in Nashville. The SOURCE Awards is an annual celebration honoring women in the music industry for their tireless work and contributions to the business. Multiple Country Music Hall of Fame inductee LEE has been involved with the awards since its inception in 2003 and received the Jo Walker-Meador Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.  SEELY joined LEE in hosting the awards in 2006.

“This has become a labor of love for these special women,” said KAY SMITH, chairman and founder of the SOURCE Awards. “Many of the women we have honored were integral in their own careers, and in some cases are also personal friends. Brenda and Jeannie have claimed ownership of the podium, and we couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful.  Their natural wit and charm adds intimacy, humor, and warmth to the event and always without fail sets the tone for an unparalleled evening of recognition.”

This year’s 2011 SOURCE Awards Honorees are Roberta Edging (Eddy Arnold Enterprises), Millie Kirkham (WSM Radio, Tree Music Publishing, Legendary Background Vocalist), Barbara Orbison (Barbara Orbison Productions, Roy Orbison Music, Pretty Woman Perfume), Evelyn Shriver (Evelyn Shriver Public Relations, Asylum Records, Bandit Records), Janice Erickson Wendell (Noble Dury, Erickson Advertising) plus a posthumous recognition for Georgia Twitty Chellman (Gospel Jubilee, Music City Hotline, Veeson Travel, Tennessee T-Cake).

Reservations are $75.00 per person.  Mail check to SOURCE, Attn:  Betty Sanders, Box 331126, Nashville, TN 37203-7510. Note that seating is limited and reservations are required by July 28.

For Sponsorships, contact Margie Hunt at mhuntmusicservices@comcast.net.

Founded in 1991, SOURCE is a nonprofit organization supporting women executives and professionals who work in all facets of the Nashville music industry. In 2003, the annual SOURCE Awards were established to pay respect and honor the women who helped to develop and build upon the foundation of the music industry in Nashville. SOURCE also pays tribute to women who presently make major contributions with their work in the industry.

Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice Release New Album


Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice Release New Album
"The Heart of a Song"
The upcoming Summer 2011 Rebel Records release will feature
the guest vocals of Rhonda Vincent and songwriting of Tom T. and Dixie Hall
 
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 19, 2011) -Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice  and Rebel Records announced their latest Rebel Records album titled "The Heart of a Song" will be available late Summer 2011. The new project will feature the guest vocals of Rhonda Vincent on the duet number "The Sound of Your Name".  The album will also feature the songwriting talents of Tom T. and Dixie Hall.  The new release comes on the heels of the chart topping success of their last album "Heartaches and Dreams"   which produced a number #1 song in "Train Without a Track" and remained the top album on the Bluegrass Unlimited Charts for the over four months, charting the last ten months.
 
"We are very proud of this new album. It is the best work we have done to date." said Junior Sisk. "We feel it has just the right amount of traditional and new music and just like "Heartaches and Dreams" will feature the great songwriting of Tom T. and Dixie Hall. We were also excited to record with Rhonda Vincent. She has an incredible voice and we blended together very well. I hope everyone will enjoy our efforts with "The Heart of a Song". We look forward to a stellar year for the band the rest of 2011 and for many years to come."
 
Tom T. and Dixie Hall contribute new material to Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice's "The Heart of Song" with "The Grave Robber". The song is an interesting tale with a twist at the end that leaves chills on the back of your neck.
 
"We are very excited to be working Junior and the band for this new release" said Mark Freeman of Rebel Records. "We look forward to his records and really enjoy his music. It fits well with the traditions of Rebel Records"
 
Sisk has lived most of his life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia an area he still calls home. Growing up he learned to play the music that surrounded him in the mountains. He has had an incredible career in bluegrass music and has been nominated many times for Songwriter and Male Vocalist of the Year through IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) and the SPBGMA.  In 2011 the band was nominated in 8 categories at the SPBGMA awards and expects nominations from IBMA for this year's awards in September. With this success they can expect many more years of nominations and accolades.
 
The band continues to tour in 2011 with nearly 100 dates planned or in the works through the end of the year.  The 2011 tour dates will take them across most of the United States and portions of Canada and a cruise to the Caribbean in October.  They will start performing songs from the new CD on their stage shows soon.

Additional details on Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice are available at www.juniorsiskandramblerschoice.com or www.mountainmusicentertainment.com
 

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Taylor Swift - Sparks Fly (CD Single Review)

Taylor Swift - Sparks Fly (CD Single Review)



Label - Big Machine
Time - 4:21
Writer - Taylor Swift
Producers - Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift
Rating (Out of 10) : 7/10

Sparks Fly’ is the fourth single to be released by the effervescent Miss Swift from her 2010 album SPEAK NOW. It impacted on country radio on Monday July 18th, 2011. It was rumoured but never confirmed that it was written about Jake Owen who Taylor opened for in 2006. It became a firm favourite with her army of fans at her live shows, when she showcased it back in 2008. The lyrics were tweaked for the album cut. This number has become the opener on the Speak Now world tour.
Swift’s heart also receives a tweak like an involuntary muscle when falling for a new beau, as opposites attract with its good girl meets bad boy perspective. The chemistry is potent, although she knows that caution would be a wise option she’s hooked and ready to fall like a house of cards – “You're the kind of reckless that should send me runnin' “ – but there’s a note of fear – “Just close enough to touch, Close enough to hope you couldn't see, What I was thinking of “

With wild abandonment and urgency her guard has lowered, in the chorus she sings relentlessly: “Drop everything now/ Meet me in the pouring rain / Kiss me on the sidewalk, take away the pain / Cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile

There’s a cocktail of emotions in the song lines when captivated (“Get me with those green eyes, baby”) and then mildly troubled (“Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around”)

The tempo is mostly upbeat on this flirtatious country-pop work out with crunchy guitar prominent throughout but piano audible during its softer subtle shades.

In May Swift took home 3 Billboard Music Awards for the all-genre Top 200 Albums Artist, Top Country Artist, and her now-Triple-Platinum Speak Now album was voted Top Country Album. Taylor has career record sales now in excess of 20 million albums and 33 million song downloads and regular trades places with Lady Gaga as the top-selling digital artist.

On 12th June Taylor sparkled in a gold mini-dress and with her band closed out the 2011 CMA Festival at LP Field in Nashville. As the final notes rang out the fireworks exploded overhead.

This single should see the superstar rocket up the country charts and create a “firework show” all of her own.



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The Grand Ole OPRY Boys…

The Grand Ole OPRY Boys…
by Joseph S. Bonsall
Joseph S. Bonsall - The Oak Ridge Boys On July 8th, upon the legendary stage of THE Grand Ole Opry, in between Y’all Come Back Saloon and Elvira, history was made. The oldest living Opry star, Little Jimmy Dickens, strode onto the stage dressed as William Lee Golden and surprised us all by announcing that The Oak Ridge Boys were to become the newest members of the prestigious sisterhood and brotherhood that IS the Grand Ole Opry! That night is now etched in music and Oaks’ history. The official induction will take place August 6th on the same stage.
We should have known something was afoot when so many friends showed up for just a quick Friday night Opry appearance. But, as usual, we were really pounding out a huge schedule, which included a ton of studio time. We were a bit tired and totally caught off guard when Dickens appeared behind us dressed in a full fake beard, cowboy hat, and dark shades.
"I have always wanted to be a little bitty Oak Ridge Boy. You don't know this, but on August 6th, I will become the newest member of the Oak Ridge Boys and you all will become the next members of the Grand Ole Opry," he announced.
As Duane Allen would say, “HOLY MOLEY!”
What an emotional night. We came offstage to confront a ton of cameras and press from newspapers and TV stations, all the while trying to process this astounding honor. The WOW factor was overwhelming, because we did NOT see this coming! It was a total surprise.
So then…it is now a week later and, as the accolades and congratulations continue to pour in from literally around the world, I have had some time to ponder and, indeed, process the honor. For seven straight days now we have received tons of Tweets and Facebook posts. Our inboxes have been chock full of texts and emails regarding the Opry, which is a testimony in and of itself to the power of this great tradition in country music.
Many friends and peers have expressed surprise that we weren’t members sooner. Many thought we WERE members, and others have lamented the “what took so long?” approach. My thoughts are that the time frame does not matter. The end result is that, out of the clear unsuspecting blue, we went to bed last week as the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry.
THIS is what matters!
In my humble opinion, or as my granddaughter might say, IMHO, there may be several reasons why the time is now and was not THEN for The Oak Ridge Boys. It is my observation that the Opry was very different in the late 70’s and early 80’s, when The Oak Ridge Boys were topping the charts and selling out coliseums. Many of the older stars back then did not seem to embrace the newer acts as much as today.
The Grand Ole Opry is bigger than it has ever been right now, and I believe that the cutting edge leadership of Colin Reed, Dave Kloeppel, Steve Buchanan, Pete Fisher, and their associates, including Gina Keltner, has everything to do with it. Maintain the tradition of the great older acts and bring in a healthy mix of the young stars, the likes of which are lifting country music to newer heights with every passing moment.
Bring Trace and Carrie and Brad and Dierks and Blake and Josh into the fold and, along with Little Jimmy Dickens, Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Jeannie Seely, and such, the Opry becomes a winning situation, making people of all ages very happy that they bought a ticket. The Opry has also expanded to Tuesdays and Fridays and has added special events, like Classic Country nights and a Bluegrass series, so Saturday night scheduling conflicts cease to be as much of an issue.
Still, as years went by and The Oak Ridge Boys continued to pound away at our blessed career, I had thought our time to join the Opry might have sadly passed us by. I always figured that, although I felt their love and respect, we had gotten lost in the passing time warps and eras—that the Opry membership boat had sailed away.
That is why tears were shed last Friday. That is why the outpouring of love and support to the Opry and to the Boys. I am not sure what the “it’s about time” thing really means, because I had no high expectations here.
I have been thrilled to know Pete Fisher as a good friend and a fellow Twitter buddy, and we have always been happy to sing a few songs upon the hallowed stage when asked. In so doing, we have ALWAYS felt a small part of the magic that IS the Grand Ole Opry. But it is different now. We can now call ourselves OPRY stars…official MEMBERS!
It is indeed one of the highest honors that might exist for a singer of songs and, to a man, we are proud and humbled. It is seriously like a bunch of friends have been asking us over for dinner for years and this time they said, “Hey BOYS pack a bag… you are moving in now… THIS is HOME!”
Home at last…to the Grand Ole Opry Boys.

MIRIAM SPRANGER „ZWISCHEN DEN ZEILEN`“

MIRIAM SPRANGER „ZWISCHEN DEN ZEILEN`“

VÖ 2010


Ok, das Album ist mittlerweile schon etwas älter und lag auch schon ne ganze Weile bei mir.
Endlich habe ich es geschafft darüber etwas zu schreiben

Miriam Spranger dürfte vielen eher als Sängerin der Chemnitzer Band „Bandana – Sound of Johnny Cash“ bekannt sein.
Doch sie ist auch Solo unterwegs, und das recht erfolgreich, wie das dritte Album der jungen Chemnitzerin beweist.

Miriam Spranger – Songschreiberin mit zarter klarer Stimme, welcher man genüsslich lauschen kann. Irgendwie ähnelt das Stimmbild dem der Österreichischen Sängerin Christina Stürmer… sehr angenehm zu hören.

16 Titel – Wow, sowas erfreut einen immer. Noch dazu in Deutsch. Ok, das trifft nicht den Geschmack von jedem, aber wer auf gute deutsche handgemachte Musik im Country-Schlager Style steht, der sollte auf jeden Fall in dieses Album rein hören!

Ehrliche Titel, die Erfahrungen und das Leben beschreiben… eben richtig Handgemachte Musik einer jungen Sängerin.

Zu Beginn des Albums geht es recht flott zur Sache mit Gitarre und einem sanften Schlagzeug. Je mehr sich das Album dem Ende neigt, desto ruhiger werden die Töne und findet mit einer schönen Ballade seinen Schluss.

Viel mehr kann und will ich eigentlich nicht schreiben.

Einfach reinhören, kaufen und dieser feinen Stimme lauschen!


Informationen über die Miriam Spranger gibt es auf Ihrer Homepage http://www.miriamspranger.de . Zu beziehen ist das das Album u.a. bei iTunes und Amazon oder über den Shop auf der Homepage.


01 - Ein Buch
02 - Ich mag dich (nicht)
03 - Wenn ich nur wüsste
04 - Interpretationssache
05 - Hast du gedacht
06 - Wir und du und ich
07 - Frag nicht warum
08 - Die besten Therapeuten
09 - Der kleine Muskelkater
10 - Eigentlich
11 - Zerrissen
12 - Na Mensch
13 - Versteckt
14 - Freiheit
15 - Zweifel (Piano Version)
16 - Das Allerbeste

Für Liebhaber deutscher Musik ein Muss!


Susi Schulze

NATHAN STANLEY: SUMMER BLAZES HOT WITH #1

 
NATHAN ONSTAGE WITH A MUSICAL LEGEND--HIS GRANDPA--DR. RALPH.
 
NATHAN STANLEY:  SUMMER BLAZES HOT WITH #1 CHARTING, MAJOR NEW VIDEO, LIVE PERFORMANCES
 
AUGUST PERFORMANCE AT 'DUKES OF HAZZARD REUNION' PROMISES TO BE MUSICAL HIGHTLIGHT
 
Nashville, Tennessee –July 19, 2011 – Summer 2011 has been all about record breaking heat across America—a memorable time for one of the country/bluegrass industry’s hottest young artists –Nathan Stanley--to be doing a little ‘record breaking’ of his own.
 
Stanley’s latest radio single, Folsom Prison Blues, has just topped at the number #1 spot on the Power Source Country Charts Top 75—bringing the original 1955 Sun release of the Johnny Cash penned hit to re-connect with a new generation of listeners.  The fact that the delivery system to bring a classic country song to a re-visit at the top of the charts  happens to be an artists who is the musical heir to the Stanley family legend is a sweet victory to 18 year old Nathan Stanley.   His love of the “traditional” is exceeded only by his appreciation of his legacy as the grandson of industy pioneer, Dr. Ralph Stanley.
 
Nathan noted on the #1 of Folsom Prison Blues:
 
“A lot of young people don’t even know these older artists—normally they don’t get exposed to the giants because that’s not what Nashville is pushing right now. It's not considered the cool thing.  By hearing me—someone my age doing this kind of music—I think it will be discovered by a new generation of listeners.  Country music is great! It started with pioneers like Jimmie Rogers and the Carter Family—then Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers. All down the line I’m in love with the history and the older generation artists who founded everything we  have today and I want to share that love of their music with other people.  I want other folks to hear my music and want to learn more about the great tradition of artists who came before me.”
 
Last week marked the release of Nathan’s performance/concept video of yet another great country classic—Long Black Veil.  Nathan’s 2011 update of the 1959 classic hit for Lefty Frizzell written by legendary country tunesmiths Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin is more compelling proof of the young artist’s belief that “hits are ageless.” 
 
Filmed in historic Watertown, Tennessee with additional footage shot in nearby Lebanon, the mournful tale of Long Black Veil, from prison to grave, captures a score of famous faces—including Dr. Ralph & Jimmi Stanley, Ralph Stanley II,  The Clinch Mountain Boys, Laura Dodd, and a cameo appearance by Gene Higgins, President of the Christian Country Music Association. The video is being promoted by Aristo Media in Nashville in conjunction with HMG Music. 
 
In the midst of a new generation of fans embracing his music, Nathan Stanley is a young man on the go.  In addition to his own concert dates, Nathan is a centerpiece of the energetic tour schedule Dr. Ralph maintains into his eighth decade of making music. Still based in Virginia, Nathan makes frequent business trips to Nashville where he oversees the operation of his own newly formed label, Stanley Generation Records.  In addition to his own music the label hosts a growing stable of artists including Ralph Stanley II and emerging new artist, Laura Dodd.
 
 

 
High on the list of things “to do” this summer is Nathan’s August 13-14th performance at the much anticipated Dukes Of Hazzard Homecoming being held ‘Back In The Blue Ridge’ of Sperryville, Virginia.  Ben Jones –‘Cooter’ on the original TV series and founder of Cooter’s Place is hosting the original cast and an expected overflow crowed of fans for the two day event which Nathan will decidedly  help keep ‘traditional’ on the music side.  Nathan can count ‘Cooter’ among his fans in Hazzard County,  Ben Jones notes on the website for the Dukes of Hazzard Homecoming: "It is really gratifying for me to hear a young performer who has a respect for the great artists of ‘real country.’  Nathan is the real deal.  He has paid his dues, learned his craft and found his niche.”  
 
Nathan Stanley music is distributed by Sony Red and promoted by HMG Nashville. He is booked by Acts Nashville.
 
 

CREATIVE AND DREAMS MUSIC NETWORK ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF MISSISSIPPI’S SMALL ROOM 9


CREATIVE AND DREAMS MUSIC NETWORK ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF MISSISSIPPI’S SMALL ROOM 9
Indie/Adult Alternative Rock group to release new album later this year



(Nashville, TN – 07/19/2011) Creative and Dreams Music Network and Rose Drake is proud to announce the signing of Hattiesburg, Mississippi based Indie/Adult Alternative Rock group Small Room 9 to an exclusive publishing and recording contract.

Rose Drake, President of Creative and Dreams Music Network says on the signing of her first act within’ the rock genre, “Mississippi has been the home to many of music’s roots and great music of several different genres and we are excited to be continuing those rich traditions with our signing of the very talented indie/alternative group Small Room 9.”

Small Room 9 have formed a unique and exciting sound that is all their own that encompasses their influences from both the indie and alternative rock genres.

They have toured in the US and Canada including a headlining spot on The International Music Festival. They have also opened for several major national acts from multiple genres including Ludacris, The Wailers, Stroke 9, Shenandoah, Chingy and more.

Other accolades the group has achieved include having placement of their music on advertisements that ran on major music television network VH1, performing at a party for the cast of MTV’sThe Real World and earning a sponsorship with Budweiser.

Small Room 9 is currently working on their debut project for Creative and Dreams Music Network that is being produced by band members Glenn Sasser and Rod Mooney with Mark Black at Riverside Studios. It is scheduled for a release this summer and will feature songs selected from the vast catalog of compositions that Sasser and Mooney co-wrote.

For more information on Small Room 9, please visit them on the web at: http://www.creativeanddreamsmusicnetwork.com




LUCIE DIAMOND ANNOUNCED AS NEW JUDGE FOR THE UK SONGWRITING CONTEST

LUCIE DIAMOND ANNOUNCED AS NEW JUDGE FOR THE UK SONGWRITING CONTEST


Multi award winning singer/songwriter Lucie Diamond has joined the UKSC team and she will help to select winners of the next contest. She is also looking for new songs for her next album and will be watching out for suitable UKSC entries. Lucie first shot to fame in 2006 when she beat Dolly Parton and Faith Hill by winning Female Artist of the Year and also Country Artist of the Year at The European Country Awards. Since then she has toured the world, had great success and topped the charts in many countries. She was described by the UK's biggest selling newspaper, The Sun, as “A cross between Leanne Rimes and Joss Stone” and "The UK's number one country music export". 

Although hugely successful in the international country music scene Lucie has told us that she is now keen to move on as she expands into other styles close to her heart, but will still record in Nashville as not to completely lose her style.
 
The UK Songwriting Contest provides an opportunity for budding songwriters to have their work showcased to top music industry professionals in London and to be discovered and recorded by well known producers. With an annual prize fund of over £300,000 it is one of the world's most popular songwriting events and every year it receives thousands of entries from songwriters from all over the globe. It was launched in 2002 in association with the BRIT TRust (of BRIT Awards fame) to encourage and promote the art of songwriting and over the years The BRIT School, The BRIT Studio, Roland UK, Music Aid International and BBC Radio have all supported the event.

The UKSC team of judges includes many top industry names including producer Stuart Epps (Elton John, Robbie Williams, Led Zeppelin, Bill Wyman, Paul Weller, Oasis), BRIT Award winning producer, songwriter and musical director Simon Ellis (S Club 7, Britney Spears) and producer and arranger Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Boy Zone, Take That, Mariah Carey, Cliff Richard). UKSC winner, Natalie Chua, was spotted and signed by Simon Cowell (she went on to receive a Platinum Album Award for her work with Simon's band Angelis) and many other contest entrants have been signed to publishing and recording deals.

The UKSC is pleased to announce that singer/songwriter Lucie Diamond has joined the prestigious team of judges and we believe she will be a very valuable addition to the judging panels.
Watch out for her next album which will feature an exciting new mix of sounds! Find out more at http://facebook.com/lucie.diamond page

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