Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Darius Rucker Rock With Jay Leno

RUCKER TO APPEAR ON NBC’S “THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO” AND THE 2012 AMERICAN GIVING AWARDS
 
Darius Rucker's True Believers will be released spring 2013.
Photo Credit: Jim Wright
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Award-winning county star Darius Rucker heads to the west coast this week to appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 11:35 p.m. ET.  Rucker will perform “True Believers,” the title track and lead single off Rucker’s forthcoming 2013 release.
 
On Saturday, Rucker will join Natasha Bedingfield, Colbie Caillat, host Joel McHaleGary Sinise, and more to celebrate community ‘true believers’ at the 2012 American Giving Awards, airing Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
 
Available this spring, Rucker’s third country album, True Believers, explores new creative territory for the platinum-selling star as he continues to evolve as an artist.  The album also includes collaborations with Sheryl Crow, Dave Haywood, Mallary Hope, Charles Kelly, and Hillary Scott.
 
For information, images, tour dates, music and more, please visit www.DariusRucker.com.

NO JUSTICE CONTINUES THEIR WINNING STREAK

NO JUSTICE CONTINUES THEIR WINNING STREAK OF ACCLIAMED RECORD RELEASES WITH AMERICA’S SON DECEMBER 4TH

FANS CAN ENTER TO WIN
AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR AS AMATUER MUSIC CRITICS

Nashville, TN-(December 4, 2012)-When asked “what is the best music advice you have ever been given?” Steve Rice quipped, “Don’t quit your day job.”  Taken in the literal sense, Rice would have coveted his caution from the wind and settled down into the normalcy of forty hours a week permanently engraved on a time card.  Luckily, Rice’s literal sense mapped a far greater landscape of normalcy heading one of the top ranking bands in the independent music scene whose broad style and catalog is as robust as the hordes of fans that span the country and a decade.  On December 4th AMERICA’S SON will be delivered to eager fans that will have the chance to give birth to their journalistic skills as music critics.  The band is offering an autographed electric guitar to the best fan review posted on their Facebook page.  The contest will run for one month ending on January 4th.  The winner will be notified via Facebook.  

Hatched from the Red Dirt music mecca of Stillwater, Oklahoma and adopted into the live music epicenter of Texas, No Justice has cultivated a powerful brand built on unforgettable melodies, miles of solid comprehensive songwriting, and adorned with four
acclaimed record releases with combined record sales topping over 100,000 units, two #1 hits and eight Top 10 singles on the Texas Music Chart, and a demand for live performances that keep them on the road over 200 days a year.  To succeed in chartering a career with this kind of longevity today is not fundamentally based on awards or chart action or even sales stats, though No Justice has all of that and more in spades.  The absolute key, the very core of any successful music career depends ultimately on the quality of the music and the continuity in which that music is produced.  To put it simply, you have to create a pool of music that people want to swim in and No Justice has done
just that, now five records deep.          

AMERICA’S SON is a family affair with a repeat performance from producer Dexter Green (Collective Soul) and released by Smith Music Group, longtime friends and partners who are responsible for the release of three previous records.  Newer fans that found themselves addicted to the rock infused sound of their previous 2010 release SECOND AVENUE might be caught a little off guard by this lighter fix, but long time No Justice fans will be quickly transported back to the early days and immersed in the country music sound and heartbreaking melodies that No Justice is most revered for. Brand new songs cloaked in the gains and losses of a nomadic life are wiser for the wear here and the nuances of a greater appreciation in life do not go unnoticed.  The record also features a star-studded cast both on the recordings and behind the scenes including guest vocal performances by Elizabeth Cook on “Songs On The Radio” and Rebecca Lynn Howard on the rejuvenated piano soaked “Don’t Walk Away.”  Jason Isbell, previously of the Drive By Truckers, provides brilliant slide guitar and backing vocals on the record’s first single “Never Gonna Be Enough” and Texas music fans will pleasantly
discover a couple of tunes co-written with Casey Donahew as well as Trent Willmon and Clint Ingersol.  By going back to their roots No Justice has taken a huge step forward much like the bravest of us who venture out of our comfort zones and then return home with a stronger sense of self having faced the new and unknown with audacity.  No Justice is Steve Rice (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Armando Lopez (drums), Cody Patton (lead guitar, vocals), Justin Morris (bass, vocals) and Bryce Conway (keys).  AMERICA’S SON is all of us who laugh, cry, live and love.

RANDY HOUSER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, HOW COUNTRY FEELS

RANDY HOUSER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, HOW COUNTRY FEELS, FOR RELEASE ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013
 
Randy Houser's How Country Feels will be available January 22, 2013.
Courtesy: Stoney Creek Records
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Powerhouse vocalist Randy Houser has been said to have "true musical horsepower" by Country Weekly and GAC asserts, "one listen to his soulful singing is enough to convince you that you're listening to a star."  As reported exclusively on AOL's The Boot this morning, Houser will release his third album, How Country Feels, on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. His first release on new record label Stoney Creek Records features the Top-10-and-rising and No. 1 Billboard Heatseekers smash hit "How Country Feels," and will be available everywhere music is sold.
 
The follow-up to his critically-acclaimed sophomore album They Call Me Cadillac is a 15-track disc including seven songs penned by Houser, and is named for the hit "How Country Feels," Houser's fastest-climbing which has sold over 250k singles to-date. Maintaining his label as a "true singer's singer," (Roughstock), Houser brings the same quality craftsmanship to the new album that brought him No. 2 smash hit "Boots On," poignant ballad "Anything Goes," fan-favorite crowd stomper, "Whistlin' Dixie," and made him the Most-Played New Artist on country radio in 2009 (Country Aircheck).
 
How Country Feels is produced by Derek George – the first person Houser ever met when he first moved to Nashville. “I’ve wanted to work with him since day one,” says Houser. “We just clicked… he comes from my home state of Mississippi and we share a similar creative vision that I think really shines through on this new album… can’t wait for ya’ll to hear it!”
 
How Country Feels Track Listing: 
Label: Stoney Creek Records (sister label to Jason Aldean's Broken Bow Records)
Producer: Derek George
 
1. "Runnin’ Outta Moonlight" (3:14)
2. "Growin’ Younger" (4:53) (co-written by Houser)
3. "Top Of The World" (3:17)
4. "The Singer" (4:20)
5. "Power Of A Song" (3:41) (co-written by Houser)
6. "Absolutely Nothing" (3:02)
7. "Wherever Love Goes" (with Kristy Lee Cook) (4:16)
8. "Like A Cowboy" (4:21) (co-written by Houser)
9. "How Country Feels" (3:05)
10. "Along For The Ride" (3:34) (co-written by Houser)
11. "Sunshine On the Line" (3:20) (co-written by Houser)
12. "Goodnight Kiss" (3:27) (co-written by Houser)
13. "Let's Not Let It" (3:09)
14. "Shine" (4:56)
15. "Route 3 Box 250 D" (3:52) (co-written by Houser)
 
Recently wrapping up his headlining Jagermeister Presents Tour, Houser is currently on the road performing at venues across the U.S., bringing fans over 200 dates per year. For a full list of stops, visit www.randyhouser.com.

The Band Perry Sells Out Shows in the United Kingdom

Republic Nashville Recording Artists and Family Trio
The Band Perry Sells Out Shows in the United Kingdom
 
 Nashville, TN (Dec. 4, 2012) – Republic Nashville recording artists The Band Perry recently returned from a stint in the United Kingdom where the family trio played to packed houses and sold out venues in Glasgow, Manchester and London.
 
Each night, the sibling trio introduced fans to their new single, “Better Dig Two,” which has already sold well over 250,000 downloads in the United States and has also garnered much critical acclaim.
 
The Band Perry's highly-anticipated sophomore album is slated for release in April 2013. They will pause from recording to perform a special tribute with Dierks Bentley honoring the late Country music icon, Johnny Cash, during the Grammy Nominations Concert LIVE on CBS Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:00 PM, ET/9:00 PM, CT.
 
“We’re The Band Perry and we play Country Music!”
 
 
 
 
The Band Perry sells out at O2 abc in Glasgow.  The marquee says it all!
 
The Band Perry performs to a sell-out crowd in London!
Rocking the house in Manchester, The Band Perry sells out another

COUNTRY STAR CRAIG CAMPBELL’S OUTTA MY HEAD FIVE-SONG EP AVAILABLE TODAY

COUNTRY STAR CRAIG CAMPBELL’S
OUTTA MY HEAD FIVE-SONG EP AVAILABLE TODAY


Tweet: Yeah! Yeah! @CraigCampbellTV’s Outta My Head 5 Song EP out TODAY @iTunesMusic!!! #OuttaMyHead

Nashville, TN...(December 4, 2012)...Just in time for the holidays, Craig Campbell releases a collection of five brand new songs from his upcoming sophomore album.  The Outta My Head Five-Song EP is available for fans to purchase now HERE.  The sneak peek EP not only features his latest smash “Outta My Head” but also four other tracks penned by some of Nashville’s elite songwriters including two co-written by Campbell.

Official Outta My Head EP Track Listing:
  1. “Outta My Head” (Brandon Kinney, Michael Carter, Cole Swindell)
  2. “My Baby’s Daddy (Brandon Kinney, Cole Swindell)
  3. “That’s Why God Made A Front Porch” (Craig Campbell, Lee Thomas Miller)
  4. “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” (Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip)
  5. “When She Grows Up” (Craig Campbell, Alex Dooley, Arlos Smith)

“Outta My Head” is a high-octane up-tempo track with an evocative lyric that describes the struggle of lost love. Produced by Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) and Matt Rovey and written by Brandon Kinney, Michael Carter, and Cole Swindell, the mesmerizing track showcases Campbell’s rich, warm baritone and expansive range.  The mind-bending music video, directed by Mason Dixon and highlighted in a 30-minute Behind The Video special on GAC, can be seen HERE.

ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL: After moving from his hometown of Lyons, Georgia to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his country music dreams, American Country Awards nominee Craig Campbell quickly picked up work as a keyboardist in Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd’s bands and was later discovered playing a regular gig at legendary Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage. The singer-songwriter has earned well-deserved praise from the country’s toughest critics for his self-titled debut album, which released in April of 2011. Campbell’s autobiographical lead single, “Family Man” was a top 15 hit followed by “Fish” which has sold a quarter of a million downloads. His current smash “Outta My Head” is the lead single from his sophomore album, set to release on the Bigger Picture label early next year. To learn more about Craig, visit www.craigcampbell.tv and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.

Lisa Matassa SOMEBODY'S BABY Available Today

Lisa Matassa's New EP, SOMEBODY'S BABY, Resonating With Radio & Fans

 Available Today At Amazon, iTunes & CDBaby

"The disc knocked me out." - 650 AM WSM's Bill Cody
Nashville, TN (December 4, 2012) -- Lisa Matassa's new EP, SOMEBODY'S BABY, is proving its depth as it resonates at radio and with fans.  The disc is available today at AmazoniTunes and CDBaby.
  
lisa matassa CB EP coverWith a voice that FAME writer Mark S. Tucker calls "big, brassy, clear and confident" that "takes no prisoners, no guff," Lisa's EP "rocks the block, fills up the neighborhood and starts heading for the outlands to make converts to the cause."  Tucker adds, "Lisa Matassa can count herself a lead member of the pack of arena country anthemic rockers."
  
The enhanced disc, comprised of seven songs and a bonus music video, was produced by Tony Bruno (Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias) and recorded in Nashville and New York.  The Long Island songstress contributed three tracks: "Wouldn't You Like to Know," "Girl with a Rock 'n Roll Heart" and "Learning as You Grow."  Other writers include Bryan Adams, Kelly Archer, Dolly Parton and Don Rollins.

Billboard.com's Chuck Dauphin notes that Lisa's "vivacious spirit" comes across on SOMEBODY'S BABY.  "Whether it be the up-tempo sheen of the title cut or the warmth exuded on ballads like 'Heaven' and the stirring 'Learning As You Grow,' she is a star on the rise."

Matassa's first single from the disc, the title track, is moving steadily up the Billboard/BDS Indicator Chart ( #49 ) and is a Top 10 hit in Europe.  Her "Somebody's Baby" video has already garnered nearly 2 MILLION YouTube views.  The visually-enticing piece, directed by hotshot Traci Goudie (Hunter Hayes, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin), is included on the enhanced EP.  Fans will also find another special bonus: Matassa has included the audio track for her favorite holiday number, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)."  The Christmas Song video was last year's #1 Holiday Video on CMT.  It will air again on the network this month, as well as on GAC and TCN.  Radio can catch the holiday spirit via PlayMPE and can access the full album at AIRPLAY DIRECT.

For all the latest LISA news, fans can go to www.lisamatassa.com.

Garth Brooks, Trisha Lend A Hand To Habitat For Humanity


In association with the 29th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, country singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have traveled to Haiti to aid the efforts of non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity! According to CountryWeekly, this is the second time they have provided their support in Haiti. The mission for this trip and this project is to restore 100 homes in Leogane, Haiti, an area that has been suffering since the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The Band Perry's New Video Premieres on CMT and CMT.com




CMT and CMT.com will host the 24-hour exclusive world premiere of The Band Perry's new video, "Better Dig Two," on Tuesday (Dec. 4) at 6 a.m. ET with subsequent re-airs every hour during music hours and every hour on CMT Pure. Director Declan Whitebloom shot the video in a wooded area just outside of Nashville. The sibling trio's performance serves as a narrative highlighting intense layers of love between a bride and groom.
The video premiere will be promoted across all of CMT's digital platforms, includingCMT.com, CMT Pure, CMT Mobile and to more than 3.5 million social media fans. "Better Dig Two" is the debut single from the group's second album, scheduled for release in early 2013.

Kramer Cancels Show After Hospital Stay




Jana Kramer cut short a concert Friday night in Florida due to a fever and had to be hospitalized. She also missed a show Sunday night as part of the Alan Jackson tour.
After going fishing during the day on Friday with her boyfriend, singer Brantley Gilbert, she tweeted, " My how the day has changed. I am now sick with 101 fever and getting ready for this show is a challenge."
Kramer had to cut short her set tweeting that she "had no voice! Ill make it up to y'all I promise! Thanks for helping me thru this bug!"
The singer of Why Ya Wanna then ended up in the hospital. On Satruday, Kramer tweeted, "I'm okay. I'm on morphine and lots of liquid and other stuff. #dehydration #flu #etc ! Thanks for the love!"
Kramer left the hospital Sunday morning, which was also Kramer's birthday.

Luke Bryan Football Concert




The Orange Bowl has announced that Dr Pepper is bringing platinum recording country music star Luke Bryan to headline the Bud Light Championship Game Day Fan Zone presented by Allstate on January 7th, 2013 .
Bryan’s performance outside Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., will cap off a day of fun activities for fans leading up to the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game. Bryan, a Dr Pepper-sponsored artist who recently picked up his first American Music Award as “Favorite Male Country Artist,” has had quite the year celebrating three back-to-back double Platinum singles, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “I Don't Want This Night To End” and “Drunk On You,” all from his Platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines.

Gary Allan Premieres New Video "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" On USA Today




Gary Allan offers a story of hope in the video for his new single, Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain). And the country singer hopes to use the video, premiering exclusively at USA TODAY, to encourage fans to donate to the Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Allan was supposed to play Atlantic City the weekend the hurricane hit. "Obviously, that got canceled," he says. "Two weeks later, we shot the video, and it all seemed to make sense."
Allan wrote Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain) with Matt Warren and Hillary Lindsey, who sings harmony on the track and is part of Allan's band in the video. "She's one of the most creative people I've ever been around," Allan says.

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BENEFIT SHOW AT THE COMMODORE GRILLE

BENEFIT FOR TAMMY MULLENDORE AT THE COMMODORE GRILLE--@ Holiday Inn Select--2613 West End Ave.,Nashville, Tennessee 37203,  

Thur. Dec. 6, 6-11 PM


One thing I LOVE about Nashville's music community is we try to help each other with unabashed affection. This event is to help out Tammy, the wife of assistant manager Todd Mullendore of The Commodore Grille, who is yet another good person struggling with cancer. This night will be an all-star affair with some of the greatest songwriting performers in Music City USA going at it from the stage plus a silent auction. Here's a confirmed list of performers I'll be joining: Ralph Murphy, Chris Wallen, Jerry Foster, Bernie Nelson, Brian White, Rich Fagan, Tommy Barnes, Stan Webb, Joel Shewmake, Phil Barton, Bruce Wallace, J.W. Combs, Donnie Winters, Marc Alan Barnette, Bill Whyte, Rick Stewart, Lisa Aschman, Pam Belford, Michelle Little, Barbara Cloyd, Alan Haynes, Judy Rodman, Gerald Smith and more! Let's all spread the love and help and their hour of need in the holiday season.
There will be a silent auction with great items.  My friend, Rick Stewart, and I will be in the 7 PM set.  Would certainly love to see as many people as possible out to support Todd and his wife.

No cover charge!  Please spread the word.

Musically yours,
Sam Cooper

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE PLATINUM FOR OVER 1 MILLION SINGLES

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE “CRUISES” TO THE TOP AT COUNTRY RADIO & GOES PLATINUM FOR OVER 1 MILLION SINGLES SOLD
 
Debut Album, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, Available Tomorrow (12/4)

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Nashville, TN (December 3, 2012) – Hot new duo Florida Georgia Line has more than enough holiday cheer to wrap up the year. The newcomers have topped the Country radio charts – earning their first U.S. #1 – with their debut single “Cruise,” which has been certified PLATINUM by the RIAA for selling over 1 million copies. Tomorrow (12/4), they will release their aptly-titled debut album, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, on Republic Nashville.
 
“We’ve been completely amazed by what ‘Cruise’ has done. To have our debut single sell over a million and be #1 on the week our debut album is out. … we are so thankful. We can’t wait to meet all of you out on the road,” said FGL’s Tyler Hubbard of Monroe, Georgia.
 
FGL’s Brian Kelley from Ormond Beach, Florida agreed, "I remember jokingly telling Tyler when we were recording that ‘Cruise’ was going to sell a million copies and I can’t believe it’s actually a reality. We’ve been working so hard to give our fans something they can bob their heads along to and a way for them to get to know us a little more. We think this album accomplishes that and has something for everyone.”
 
Fans and Superstars – Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Jennifer Nettle’s (Sugarland) and Dierks Bentley – alike have been buzzing about the duo. With their infectious lyrics and buoyant melody, “Cruise,” has consistently remained in the Top 5 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart and the Top 10 on the iTunes All Genre Singles Chart.
 
Producer Joey Moi (Jake Owen, Nickelback) showcases FGL’s fresh and exciting sound, which is drawn from an eclectic mix of influences ranging from country to hip-hop, on the 11-track project. The duo penned six of the songs on the standard release as well as the two bonus tracks on the Target exclusive.
 
TRACKLISTING:
  1. Cruise (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice, Jesse Rice)
  2. Round Here (Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Thomas Rhett)
  3. Get Your Shine On (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins)
  4. Here’s To The Good Times (Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Lynn Hutton)
  5. It’z Just What We Do (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Rodney Clawson)
  6. Stay (Joey Moi, John Fred Young, Chris Robertson, Jon Lawhon, Ben Wells)
  7. Hell Raisin’ Heat Of The Summer (Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Craig Wiseman)
  8. Tell Me How You Like It (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Chris Tompkins)
  9. Tip it Back (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Rodney Clawson)
  10. Dayum, Baby (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Rodney Clawson, David Lee Murphy) 
  11. Party People (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, J.T. Harding) 
  12. What Are You Drinkin’ About (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Craig Wiseman) *Target Exclusive 
  13. Country In My Soul (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Jennifer Zuffinetti) *Target Exclusive
 
FGL has sold-out multiple headlining shows and is opening for Jake Owen on the “CMT On Tour,” giving fans a preview of the new music in recent months. In January 2013, they’ve been selected to open on Luke Bryan’s “Dirt Road Diaries Tour."
 
For tour dates and more, visit FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.
 
ABOUT REPUBLIC NASHVILLE: In May 2009 Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic, announced the formation of its new label partnership – Republic Nashville. BMLG Executive Vice President Jimmy Harnen also serves as President of the label. The imprint is headquartered on Music Row and utilizes the combined resources of Big Machine and Universal Republic Records. The two companies first joined forces in 2007 to propel Country Superstar Taylor Swift. Republic Nashville's artist roster includes Grammy-winning, Grammy-nominated, Quadruple-Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Platinum-selling breakout act Eli Young Band; newcomers Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates and RaeLynn.
 

Pete Kennedy Wraps Up His International Tour With Impressive Company

Pete Kennedy Wraps Up His International Tour With Impressive Company
 (Nashville, TN) Irish Singer/Songwriter Pete Kennedy brought his international tour to a close earlier this month after a 3-month stint opening for incredible pop icon/composer Neil Sedaka and Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics. It was the experience of a lifetime for Kennedy, who played 27 shows to an audience of nearly 36,000 people across the UK between October and December. Kennedy also was invited to join national and regional radio stations, RTE (Ireland) BBC (UK), along with a number of local stations in the UK.
 
“Pete Kennedy was truly a crowd pleasing warm up act and a delight to have on tour,” Sedaka says of his experience with this burgeoning country artist.
 
After spending several busy months in Nashville this year filming his debut music video and performing at the fan-filled CMA Fest, the opportunity to tour closer to home was a welcome one for Pete. With the holidays fast approaching, he’ll use his newfound downtime to rejuvenate for what is sure to be an eventful new year.
 
“This tour has been amazing and I am so grateful to have been a part of it,” said Pete. I am taking away many new fans that I would not have been able to reach if not for the Sedaka/Stylisitics tour.”
 
Pete Kennedy is the walking, talking, singing embodiment of how the world sees the people of Ireland—repeatedly bouncing back from tragedy and finding inspiration in music. After a lifetime of working solely to support his family, Pete was finally able to pursue his love of music in 2008. Foraging his path by playing local pubs in Germany and the UK, Pete began to make a name for himself in the world of country music. His entrepreneurial style resulted in the formation of his own label, KEMC Records and his first EP. From there, he caught the eye of CMR Nashville’s Lee Williams, who brought Pete to Nashville to play his first show at Cadillac Ranch as a representative of Ireland for the International Artist Showcase prior to the 2011 CMA Awards. He has since released his first album, The Nashville Sessions Volume 1, which has received critical acclaim and was named UK Album of the Year at the 2012 British Country Music Awards. The music video for his British Country Music Award nominated single, “I Am The One,” can be viewed here.
 
 
To stay updated on this talented singer-songwriter, check out www.petekennedy.net.

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