Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Donna Cunningham-"A Satisfied Me"


DONNA CUNNINGHAM

MOVING TO #1 with “A SATISFIED ME"

 (Nashville, TN-6-18-12)  Donna Cunningham, Century II Recording artist continues to close in on another #1 song.  Her new single “A Satisfied Me” will satisfy whoever hears her  great performance.   Donna’s career has been more successful than she thought it could ever be.  The reason being is her voice, stage presence, attitude, perseverance, all rolled up into a great talented beautiful woman, who continues to strive to please the music critics and her fans with new music.  

She has a fan base that continues to grow with each new song that she releases from her new project “An Exceptional Woman.”  ‘She is an exceptional woman’ that believes in her music, and the proof is in the songs that she records.  She has spanned the bridge of time with her love of country music as she moves forward with great speed up the ladder of success.

If you have not received a copy of “A Satisfied Me,” I have taken the liberty to include the song, and all you have to do is click on the download.          http://www.box.com/s/d0589919514cccc8937c

Donna is living proof that when you believe in yourself, you make believers in everyone that comes in contact with you.  You will be more than satisfied with your own personal copy of her great song.

Grafton-Raised Country Trio Celebrates CMA Music Fesitval, Major Award

Grafton-Raised Country Trio Celebrates CMA Music Fesitval, Major Award


Renegade Radio Nashville's Captain Jack, Nashville Music
Media's Elise Anderson, Taylor Made's Greg Duckworth,
New Music Weekly owner Paul Loggins, Taylor Made's Wendy
Williams, producer Dan Mitchell, and Taylor Made's Brian
Duckworth.

 
Nashville, Tenn. (June 19, 2012) - With a record-breaking attendance of 71,000 fans from all over the world, Nashville's annual CMA Music Festival has become one of the largest celebrations of its kind. June 7-10 played host to hundreds of star-studded events, including booth signings and performances by some of country music's up-and-coming - and Little General Records trio Taylor Made was no exception. In from their native West Virginia, the group met with fans, performed on Music City's famed Broadway, and interviewed with media and radio.

But the highlight of 'Fan Fair' came when Taylor Made performed at Broadway's latest edition, Honky Tonk Central. During their full-band show, which included former singles Heavy Duty Beauty, Good Love, and current single Things You Don't Grow Out Of, they were awarded New Music Weekly's Best New Country Group of 2012.

"It was a complete surprise receiving this award in the middle of our performance," said Greg Duckworth of Taylor Made. "Not only was it an honor to have won the award, but such a wonderful experience getting to share that win with friends, family and fans." 

Taylor Made recently released their latest album, Good Love, and is gearing-up for a radio tour to promote Things You Don't Grow Out Of. For more information regarding the trio, visit www.taylormadecountry.com.
 
About The Country Music Association:
The first trade association for any single genre of music, the Country Music Association was established in 1958. Created to serve as an educational and professional resource for its thousands of company and industry-professional members, CMA plays host to events like the CMA Music Festival, CMA Awards, CMA Country Christmas, and CMA Songwriter Series in an effort share with and promote country music to the world.

Edens Edge Joins the Patagonia Music Collective


Edens Edge Joins the Patagonia Music Collective
By Bob Doerschuk
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
It’s no secret that Country artists are ideal ambassadors for companies that want to impact a specific buyer demographic. But more brands than ever are becoming aware that the appeal of Country transcends its perceived fan base and speaks to a wider consumer profile.
Consider Patagonia, purveyor of outdoor apparel and gear. Its focus on mountain climbing, fly fishing, surfing, trail running and similar activities goes hand-in-hand with its advocacy on environmental preservation and improvement. And its latest campaign to mobilize the public behind these concerns is the Patagonia Music Collective, which enlists musical artists to sell exclusive downloads and donate the proceeds to an environmental cause of their choice.
“It’s our goal as an agency to do positive social work in the marketing and brand spaces,” said Geoff Stanfield, Founder, GIST Lab, which created the program for Patagonia. “We thought that if there could be a great partnership between the music community and a brand that does great social work, that brand would be Patagonia.”
Launched in March 2011, the Collective has released three digital albums featuring music licensed for one year to Patagonia by jazz artist Esperanza Spalding, avant-jazz innovators Medeski, Martin & Wood, folk-rock icons David Crosby and Graham Nash and some outstanding Country artists too. The most recent compilation, Volume 3, became available on iTunes in February.
“My colleague Megan Sykes was aware that Patagonia was launching a music program,” said Laura Hutfless, a music sponsorship agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). “She proactively reached out and learned that the program was dedicated to environmental fundraising and they were looking for talented artists, established or emerging, who were either eco-friendly or had a connection to an environmental cause. We identified Edens Edge as an ideal fit because of their passion for promoting environmental awareness.”
Edens Edge — Hannah Blaylock, Dean Berner and Cherrill Green — released an exclusive live version of “Amen“ via the Patagonia Music Collective. It's earning were donated to Urban Farming, whose aim is to create an abundance of food for people in need through planting seeds as well as knowledge in communities around the globe.
Other involved Country artists include Ryan Bingham and Sugarland, who support the Surfrider Foundation, the Civil Wars, who also supported Urban Farming, and Zac Brown Band, who gave to the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition. Patagonia is also giving an additional $5,000 to each charity designated by artists involved in the campaign.
“It’s not just jam bands and granola,” Stanfield summed up. “These issues are everybody’s. We felt it important that we have Country Music and its fans represented because they have environmental concerns just as much as the next guy.”
On the Web: www.EdensEdge.com; www.Patagonia.com
On Twitter: @EdensEdge
Cherrill Green, Hannah Blaylock and Dean Berner of Edens Edge support Patagonia's green campaign.
Photo Credit: Justin Nolan Key/courtesy of Big Machine Records

Alan Jackson Takes It from the Top


Alan Jackson Takes It from the Top
By Deborah Evans Price


Alan Jackson.
Photo Credit: Russ Harrington
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Since his debut single in 1989, Alan Jackson has become one of the most dependable hitmakers in the Country format. Consistency has been a cornerstone in his personal and professional life, but in the past two years the soft-spoken Georgia native has faced major changes — one of his own choosing and another that no one ever wants to confront.
After weathering the devastating news in late 2010 that his wife, Denise, had cancer, Jackson is pleased to report that she’s healthy and life has returned to normal. He’s back at work and excited about his new album, Thirty Miles West, his first since his departure from Sony Music Nashville’s Arista roster.
Jackson’s new home is EMI Records Nashville, which released Thirty Miles West jointly with ACR, Alan’s Country Records. “They are the hottest label in town. Mike Dungan and I go back to the beginning,” said Jackson, referring to the former Capitol Records Nashville chief and now Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Nashville. “He was with Arista when I first started. It was like a little family. Everybody seemed happy and was loving their job and passionate about the music. We just had a really good feeling.”
While shopping for a new label, Jackson felt that Dungan had replicated that atmosphere at Capitol Nashville. “He was in charge, but he wasn’t like a stuffy executive,” Jackson said. “Everybody loves him and the staff seems happy. It seemed like a comfortable place, a warm environment, and everybody is excited about the music. It felt like an early Arista. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.”
Of course, since Jackson joined that roster, Dungan has moved over to UMG Nashville. Not to worry, though: “I feel like we’ll all end up on the same family tree eventually,” Jackson said, with a sly smile.
Signing with EMI has also reunited Jackson with Cindy Mabe, Senior VP, Marketing, Capitol Records Nashville. Mabe, who had previously worked with him at Sony, has high expectations for Thirty Miles West. “We have an incredible roster of artists, some of the most unique, pure artistic people in the genre. But we didn’t have what Alan represents. Alan has always been about the music and at times has connected with this country like no other musician has. He has been the voice of the little man, has spoken about a movement of changing times in our format, has stood up for his heroes along the way and has kept us laughing, loving and remembering.”
The new album mixes the heart-searing ballads and lively up-tempos that have populated Jackson’s career. He wrote six of its 13 tracks by himself, with Shawn Camp, Guy Clark, Terry McBride and Chris Stapleton among the others who landed songs on the project.
“I still write pretty much the same type of things that I’ve always written about, the things you go through, having daughters, watching them grow up — things that have changed in your life like that,” he said. “There’s always something you can write about.”
His daughters — Mattie, Alexandra and Dani — inspired the new upbeat tune “Her Life’s a Song.” “They’ve got their iPods and they’ll be blasting through the speakers out by the swimming pool. One minute it will be some old Country thing; they might even play one of my songs every now and then,” he said, with a smile. “And next it will be some rap thing and then some pop thing. They just listen to all that stuff. That’s pretty much the way a lot of the young people are.
“It’s no different than us coming along,” he reflected. “We listened to Southern rock, pop, Country and all different things too — jazz, R&B. ‘Her Life’s a Song’ is just me writing about what I see in them and their music.”
Jackson’s own musical history includes 13 studio albums, three greatest-hits collections, two holiday albums and a multi-Platinum gospel album, Precious Memories, released in 2006 and recently reissued. His combined sales are nearly 60 million albums worldwide, which have included 60 Top 40 tunes on the Country chart. Among those, 51 have hit the Top 10, 48 have climbed to the Top 5 and 35 went all the way to the summit. He has earned 16 CMA Awards and been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Even with all he has achieved, Jackson maintains his place in the front ranks of contemporary Country headliners. His recent single, “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” resonated with radio and fans. Written by Jackson’s nephew Adam Wright and Jay Knowles, the poignant ballad whetted appetites for fans anxious to hear the new album. Other standout tracks include the beautiful love song “Everything but the Wings” (written by Jackson) and the Southern anthem “Dixie Highway” (Jackson), which inspired the album’s title as Jackson grew up 30 miles west of the Dixie Highway in Newnan, Ga.
“I started writing about growing up in the South, and of course Zac (Brown Band) and I did ‘As She’s Walking Away’ (Zac Brown and Wyatt Durrette III),” Jackson noted. “And he said he’d do another one with me. So I called him, sent him that song, he came in and sang on it. It has, like, eight verses and a bunch of picking in there. Of course, you couldn’t put it out that long as a single. We’d have to get it down to four minutes or something, which is not a problem.”
The most personal song on the album, “When I Saw You Leaving,” stemmed from his wife’s bout with cancer. “We were down in Florida and we found out on our anniversary,” he said of the staggering phone call that came on their 31st wedding anniversary, Dec. 15, 2010. “She’s been going back for scans and all that stuff. Everything is clear and looking good. That chemotherapy is pretty rough on you, but she’s doing good now. Vanderbilt (University Medical Center) did a good job.”
The recording session for “When I Saw You Leaving” was tough. “It was the hardest thing we’ve ever recorded in the studio, because the pickers knew what it was about,” Jackson said. “The first time or two we ran through it, I couldn’t hardly sing the second half, and then they’d get tore up and I couldn’t sing listening to them. Everybody was just wrung out by the time we got through with it.”
Jackson recorded Thirty Miles West at Castle Recording Studios with Keith Stegall again at the helm. Aside from Like Red on a Rose, which Alison Krauss produced in 2006, all of Jackson’s albums have had Stegall at the helm. “This is the longest relationship I ever had with an artist, and it’s been a wonderful one,” said Stegall, whose credits also include George Jones, Randy Travis, Zac Brown Band and many other artists. “We’ve shared a lot of good times together. It’s very comfortable and still so gratifying.”
Was there any extra pressure with this being Jackson’s first EMI album? “No, not really,” Stegall replied. “There’s always a little bit of pressure and concern with what you’re doing, but this was just turning the page into another chapter, continuing to do what we do. It felt natural and we both felt good about everything. It wasn’t like we were contemplating whether it would work or not work. It was, ‘Let’s go back and do what we always do because it’s worked before.’ The past is truly the key to the present.”
“We signed Alan because he still has music to be heard that connects in exactly the same way it always had,” Mabe added. “In fact, we are seeing a whole new generation discover and connect with him because he is as real as it gets. That’s the ultimate music translator. Alan can continue to both write and find the songs that will set their own standard of quality and change and grow this format.”
Jackson is grateful for the past, confident in the present and always looking toward the future. Retirement is not an option. “I don’t play enough on the road to really wear me out,” he said. “The road does get old sometimes, but as far as making the albums, that’s always fun. That’s not a job. Writing songs, finding them, going in there and singing, making a record, that’s always the best part.”
On the Web: www.AlanJackson.com
On Twitter: @OfficialJackson

HOT SUMMERTIME

"HOT SUMMERTIME" 
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The beautiful and talented Angela Hesse continues to make an impact at country radio with her debut self-penned single "Hot Summertime." The single shipped to radio in early June and is already a hit with the listeners.

KOVE Country in Lander, WY boasts, "the Angela Hesse single, 'Hot Summertime,' is the best song you've sent me this year!"
96.3 WGOG-FM Operations manager Wayne Morton, stated "Angela Hesse's "Hot Summertime" has garnered the interest of our listeners here in the two Carolinas and northeast Georgia and wishes to request a telephone interview ASAP."

Filming was just completed in Nashville for the official "Hot Summertime" music video. The video was produced by HMG Nashville and directed by a great new talent, Brian Harstine. Look for the video to be released in July.

Not only has Angela Hesse brought summertime to the radio, she recently made a sizzling appearance at BB Kings® in Nashville during the annual Power Source Music Showcase during the CMA Music Festival™.
She will also be embarking on her first radio tour in August.

The debut album, Bittersweet, will also be released in July.  
  
Angela is sure to steal your heart.  


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Tommy Steele Teams With Harley-Davidson

Tommy Steele Teams With Harley-Davidson To Rev Up Promotion of New Single With Unique Cross-Marketing Effort

  
 Visits Powerhouse Stations & Bike Events With "My Side of the Street"

Radio Promotion Team Goes For Adds This Week

Nashville, TN (June 19, 2012) -- Tommy Steele is traveling throughout his home state of Michigan to promote his thought-provoking new single, "My Side of the Street," with visits to powerhouse radio stations and Harley-Davidson® dealerships events. The single, on Triple Creek Records, was delivered to programmers via CDX and Play MPE; Tommy's radio promotion team goes for adds this week.     

Tommy Steele HOT ROD H-D
Pictured at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson in Muskegon, Michigan are Kyle Heller (Sales Manager), Tommy Steele and Clyde Whitehouse (General Manager)


Tommy has already completed the first two days of the promotional swing, appearing on air at 107 MUS The Moose (Grand Rapids)to announce his upcoming headline performance at the Steel Horse Station Concert Series (www.hotrodhd.com) July 20 - 22. Known regionally as "Muskegon Bike Time," the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson event brings over 100,000 fans and 35,000 motorcycles to the area. Other recent stops included an on-air interview at 92.1 Big Country WQTX (Lansing) and Win 98.5 WNWN (Battle Creek). Both appearances were in conjunction with events for Perry's Harley-Davidson dealerships. 


Steele's "My Side of the Street" video is gaining popularity on THE COUNTRY NETWORK (TCN) where it claimed "Breaking Out" status last week. Fans can also catch the video on Tommy's website (tommysteeleband.com). Produced by BELL-JARBOE Films, the clip brings a new and intriguing interpretation of cultural and social divides to the song. "My Side of the Street" is the first of the new music that Tommy recorded in Nashville with respected veteran singer/songwriter and producer Dave Gibson (Gibson Miller Band). 

The mood-infused track was written by hitmakers Travis Meadows and Jack Williams.  Music Row's Robert K. Oermann comments on the single: "Rugged and loaded with blue-collar attitude. Tommy sings with extraordinary conviction and finesse. The track throbs with suppressed energy and the song is an instant, everyman classic." Steele's previous hit "Watching Love Grow" brought him to national attention in Fall of 2009. "Forever 17" followed in May 2010, while"What Kind Of Man" issued in the Fall of that year and remained active through August 2011. While on hiatus from recording, the compelling entertainer has remained busy with a touring schedule that included shows opening for Big & Rich at the Silverdome in Pontiac and CMA Music Festival performances in Nashville last year.


ABOUT TOMMY STEELE
With a distinctive and immediately identifiable sound, Steele's music is a blend of influences that brings together the edgy musicianship and rocked-out passion of early Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the raw, sparse, lyrical sense of Springsteen. Active in several bands before going solo in 2006, Steele was used to playing more than 200 dates a year. The November 2009 release of his first CD, THE LONG HAUL, generated features in Country Weekly, Music Row and Magazine of Country Music and fanned an already-burning fire in his heart. He's shared the stage with megastars like Leann Rimes, Gretchen Wilson and Dwight Yoakam and entertained at venues ranging from intimate nightclubs to large festivals.

McGRAW SERVES UP “BILLIONS”

McGRAW SERVES UP “BILLIONS” …

Sound Impressions Top 97 Billion Mark In Amazing Career Track With Radio & Retail

New Single “Right Back Atcha Babe” Continues Blockbuster 2012
 

Tim McGraw - "Emotional Traffic"(Nashville, Tennessee) –June 19, 2012 –Tim McGraw’s strong career history of connectivity with country radio continues on an amazing course of record breaking stats with the announcement today from Curb Records that his debut single Better Than I Used To Be from McGraw’s latest studio album Emotional Traffic has just been certified gold by RIAA.

Gold certification of the latest single follows McGraw’s most recent previous gold tracking earlier this year with Felt Good On My Lips, which topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts for three weeks and set a new industry record. With a cumulative of 69 weeks at #1 over the course of 32 chart topping single releases, Felt Good On My Lips found McGraw garnering the record as the artist with the most weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart since the chart was established on the Nielsen BDS system in January of 1990.

Latest numbers reflecting spins of Better Than I Used to Be elevate McGraw’s cumulative industry stats to yet another new milestone of eye popping dimensions.

Billboard:      13.8 million spins reaching an audience of 97.8 billion
MediaBase:   10.2 million spins

The January 2012 release of Emotional Traffic served as a fresh reminder of the undiminished strength of McGraw’s brand with an ever increasing fan base—a fact reflected from tracking on his 1994 breakout with initial #1 single Don’t Take The Girl—to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems 2010 proclamation of  Tim McGraw as “Artist of the Decade” (2000-2010).

On the heels of RIAA certification of the latest McGraw single, Curb is releasing a follow-up single offering from Emotional Traffic.  The new release, Right Back Atcha Babe will be the focus of a major promotional campaign by the label targeted to keep McGraw’s radio presence red hot on summertime programming lists.

With a remarkable career dynasty approaching three dozen #1 singles and 45 million units of music sold, 2012 is proving to be a blockbuster year for McGraw. Emotional Traffic became McGraw’s 13th consecutive album package to be elevated to the top of the charts in its first week of release. Better Than I Used To Be continues the now three decade long history of #1 singles on Billboard charts—34 and counting. 

McGraw has to date won multiple Grammy® Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 CMA Awards, 10 American Music Awards, a trio of People’s Choice Awards and numerous other industry awards and accolades to varied to mention.

Destined to be one of biggest concert tour events of 2012, fans across the nation are aggressively snapping up tickets for the Brothers Of The Sun Tour that headlines McGraw and fellow superstar Kenny Chesney over 19 major market venues. Still ahead on the road, concerts in Nashville (6/23), Charlotte (6/24), Pittsburgh (6/30), Cincinnati (7/01), Chicago (7/07), Minneapolis (7/08), Anaheim (7/14), Oakland (7/15), Denver (7/21); Indianapolis, (7/28), Cleveland (7/29), New Orleans (8/03), Houston (8/04), East Rutherford, NJ (8/11), Landover, MD (8/12), Detroit (8/18), Foxborough, MA (8/24 & 25).

Amy Macdonald triumphiert mit neuem Album und löst die Toten Hosen an der Chartspitze ab

Amy Macdonald triumphiert mit neuem Album und löst die Toten Hosen an der Chartspitze ab
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Amy Macdonald erobert mit "Life In A Beautiful Light" Platz 1 der deutschen Albumcharts
Mit ihrem dritten Album "Life In A Beautiful Light" gelingt Amy Macdonald in den Charts spielerisch der Durchmarsch! Die Schottin übernimmt in dieser Woche die Tabellenführung und trotzt eindrucksvoll dem Fußball-Fieber in den Media Control Charts. Die deutschen Fans dürfen sich zudem auf zwei Live-Shows freuen, wenn die Sängerin und Songwriterin für die Festival-Saison ins Land kommt.

Vor wenigen Tagen erhielt Amy Macdonald für ihr Debütalbum "This Is The Life" eine ganz besondere Auszeichnung: Für über eine Million verkaufte Einheiten in Deutschland überreichte ihr Universal Music fünffach Platin! Am 08. Juni veröffentlichte die zweifache ECHO-Preisträgerin ihr brandneues Werk "Life In A Beautiful Light". Nach einem spannenden Duell stößt Amy Macdonald die Toten Hosen in dieser Woche vom Chart-Thron. Es ist ein Kantersieg, bei dem Amy zwar dem Fußballfieber in den Charts trotzt, dennoch ist sie ein Fan von unser DFB-Mannschaft, wie sie während ihres Besuchs beim Sat.1 Frühstücksfernsehen erzählte. Hier geht es zum Clip.

Den Erfolg wird die Sängerin und Songwriterin mit ihren deutschen Fans in wenigen Wochen live feiern. Bereits zum zweiten Mal in Folge gelingt Amy Macdonald der Chartenrtry direkt auf der Spitzenposition. Zuvor stieg ihr zweites Album "A Curious Thing" direkt auf Platz 1 ein. Über Twitter schickte Amy direkt einen Gruß: "Deuschland, ich liebe euch. Danke, dass ihr mein Album in den Charts auf Nr. 1 gebracht habt!!!"

Bei zwei Festivals wird Amy Macdonald in den nächsten Wochen ihre neuen Songs und größten Hits live präsentieren. "Life In A Beautiful Light", das gemeinsam mit dem langjährigen Weggefährten Pete Wilkinson und dem legendären Toningenieur Bob Clearmountain (David Bowie, Aimee Mann, The Corrs, Robbie Williams uva.) entstanden ist, steht für ein neues Kapitel und eine Amy Macdonald, die einmal mehr unterstreicht, das sie zu den faszinierendsten und talentiertesten Solo-Künstlerinnen Großbritanniens gehört.

AMY MACDONALD live:
30.06.2012 Fulda, Domplatz
04.08.2012 Wiblingen, Kolsterhof

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LADY ANTEBELLUM SELLS OUT TWO NIGHTS IN SYDNEY

 
 
LADY ANTEBELLUM SELLS OUT TWO NIGHTS IN SYDNEY AND
FINAL LEG OF OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR IN AUSTRALIA

OWN THE NIGHT TOUR Sells Over 900,000 Tickets to Date


Nashville, TN – June 18, 2012 – Friday afternoon, GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum officially sold out their Australian OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR dates in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney where they added and sold out a second night at the Opry House due to demand.  The group has now sold over 900,000 tickets to the global tour with upcoming dates scheduled in the US, Europe and Australia.

This weekend, Lady A continued to delight Canadians with the connection they are making back to the last row of fans in the massive venues.  Stops on the Eastern Canadian run included Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

“The group is now on its first headlining arena tour and you have to play to the back seats…those who were there certainly ate it up. The fans cheered, sang and swayed with their cell phones on.”   – The Montreal Gazette

“The Grammy-winning, Nashville-based Lady Antebellum took it even higher with a surprisingly terrific performance…they demonstrated an ability to connect with every fan in the crowd.”  – Ottawa Citizen

“And on their Own The Night world tour they didn’t seem to own the world. Instead they had to be satisfied with owning part of the 16,000 fans belting out each and every country crossover hit for 80 minutes.”  – Toronto Sun

Before heading overseas, the tour continues this week in the US with stops scheduled in Birmingham, AL (6/21), Atlanta, GA (6/22), Greenville, SC (6/23) and Indianapolis, IN (6/24). For a full list of tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Lee Brice Helps the “Today” Show

Lee Brice Helps the “Today” Show Make Hoda’s Dream Come True
Tune in Thursday, June 21

RIAA Certifies Brice’s #1 Single “A Woman Like You” Platinum
Lee BriceNashville, Tenn. (June 18, 2012) - Tune in Thursday, June 21, when country star Lee Brice returns to the “Today” show to help fulfill a dream come true for co-host, Hoda Kotb.  Brice will perform his current hit single, “Hard to Love,” which is rapidly climbing Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart
This past spring, Brice co-hosted the “Today” show with Kotb and performed his #1 hit, “A Woman Like You,” which was just certified platinum by the RIAA for 1 million digital downloads. In April 2011, Kotb selected Lee Brice’s hit single and Billboard’s Most Played Song of 2010, “Love Like Crazy,” for her “iHoda Playlist.”
Brice is currently touring throughout the United States throughout the summer. Please visit www.leebrice.com for further information and a list of upcoming tour dates.

About Lee Brice
Hard 2 Love is the highly-anticipated follow-up album to Brice’s 2010 debut release, Love Like Crazy. Love Like Crazy’s title-track was named Billboard’s 2010 Most Played Country Song. In 2011, Eli Young Band’s hit, “Crazy Girl,” co-penned by Brice, was Billboard’s Most Played Country Song of the Year and picked up the 2012 ACM for “Song of the Year.” Brice’s media blitz surrounding his album release included his late night debut on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, appearances on Fox & Friends, the Today show, CNN Show Biz Tonight, Imus in the Morning and more.

Fame Wizard® Celebrates Shy Blakeman’s Billy Bob’s Texas Win

Fame Wizard® Celebrates
Shy Blakeman’s Billy Bob’s Texas Win
SANTA BARBARA, CA – June 18, 2012 -- Shy Blakeman’s recent win of the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas Recording Contest is the latest feather in the cap of Fame Wizard®, the artist career development company that provides personalized mentoring for success-oriented musical performers.
 
Mike Harmon, CEO of Fame Wizard said “Shy’s success is a testament to how vital the Fame Wizard program is in assisting hard-working talented artists to marshal their resources to achieve greater levels of success, and all of us at Fame Wizard certainly applaud Shy for winning the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas Recording Contest."  Harmon went on to add “at Fame Wizard we come to work every day asking ourselves what can we do to help our artists succeed.”
 
Shy Blakeman can attest to that.  “My career strategist, Ghezzi, and the rest of the staff at Fame Wizard not only turned my career around instantaneously,” he says, “but also gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to keep my edge.  Their experience, education and guidance have taught me how to make my brand distinguishable from the thousands of other artists out there vying for attention.”  Shy has been with Fame Wizard for 8 months.
 
A recording artist and former professional ballerina, Ghezzi calls Blakeman “one of the most dedicated, hard-working and eager-to-learn musicians we’ve seen in a long time.  The working relationship that’s developed between him and the staff of Fame Wizard has been absolutely inspiring.” 
 
In recording his “Live at Billy Bob’s” album, Blakeman joins the elite company of only 42 other artists who have been spotlighted in this series, among them Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Billy Joe Shaver, Pat Green and Michael Martin Murphey.
 
Co-founded and launched in February 2011 by attorney, financier and futurist Rinaldo Brutoco and his musician son, Orion Brutoco, Fame Wizard is guided by a board of advisors that includes Tony Bongiovi, the award-winning record producer and sound engineer whose clients have included Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Gloria Gaynor and Carlene Carter; David Braun, legendary music industry attorney and former CEO of PolyGram Records, U. S.; David Paich, Grammy-winning songwriter and founding member of the group Toto; Tom Silverman, founder, CEO and Chairman of Tommy Boy Records and Elliott Goldman, former senior executive for BMG Music, Warner Communications, Arista Records and CBS Records.
 
Mark Jaffe, the former president of Walt Disney Records, now serves as Fame Wizard’s president.
 
Additional information is available at www.famewizard.com.

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