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Country Music News International May 18. 2013


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Interview with Shannon Selig

Interview with Shannon Selig

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Shannon Selig: I grew up listening to storytelling country music, the kind that taught you good values and life lessons. I try to emulate the values that I was raised on. Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. My great grandmother used to say that and I feel it best describes me as a person. My music is the direct reflection of that, positive messages with soaring melodies and a relatable story line.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Shannon Selig:  This past year has been a roller coaster. I’ve learned a lot about myself personally and musically and I have grown from all my experiences. Some of the biggest highlights were moving to Nashville and now releasing this album. Both of these events have challenged me in different ways. I’ve learned who I am as a musician, person and a businesswoman. They have been the hardest moments in my life, but also the greatest.



Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Shannon Selig:  “Perfectly Imperfect” is due out April 16th. I am so honored to have a chance to show myself as an artist on this incredible 11-song release. I wrote half of the songs and hand picked the others from a batch of dozens. I have very high hopes for the success of this album.



Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Shannon Selig:  “Perfectly Imperfect” is one of the title tracks on the album, but it holds a much deeper meaning. I am extremely imperfect, but I am perfectly imperfect and I love that about myself. I think it best represents this whole experience and life itself. Nothing should be perfect and everyone should be happy being exactly how they are, perfectly imperfect.



Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Shannon Selig:  I wrote or co-wrote half the songs on the album. Publishing companies pitched the rest and I listened to tons of songs before finding and selecting the ones that best represented me.



Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Shannon Selig:  The songs on my album all have one thing in common, a positive message. From talking about being happy with who you are, to falling in love, to not settling, every song teaches the listener something. Most importantly I hope people learn to accept themselves and love the person God created them to be.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Shannon Selig:  Blossom in the Dust is a very special song because of the message it holds. The story is about a young girl who grew up in a broken home and had to be placed with another family. However, the moral of the story is despite it all she becomes a blossom in the dust. No matter what troubles come our way, we can overcome them and have the ability to rise above and blossom.



Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Shannon Selig:  Zero to Sixty will be the second single off the album. We hope to release it this summer sometime in July. It is the perfect up-tempo summer release. Makes you want to roll down the windows and enjoy the sun with that someone special.



Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Shannon Selig:  I love recording anything with a strong emotion. I always try to put all my heart into every song whether it is a ballad or a fun pop tune about driving in the car. It’s my job to make the listener connect and feel every word. When I can do that, I love my job.



Lamitschka:  You did a duet with Jeff Skorik. How did that happen to come about?

Shannon Selig:  I did a duet with Jeff Skorik. I co-wrote the song with one of my best friends Nicky Rood and it was an extremely emotional process because it was about a relationship that I was/am still going through. After we completed the song, I listened back and knew that it had to be on my album. Jeff came in and knocked it out the park. This song tugs at the heartstrings lyrically and captivates melodically. I knew it would help bring the album full circle.



Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Shannon Selig:  I don’t know that I can choose just one. They are all so different. Blossom in the Dust was the first song I fell in love with when I heard the demo. I couldn’t help but smile when it came on. Zero to Sixty is one of those songs that make me dance around the kitchen (terribly I might add) and sing along at the top of my lungs.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Shannon Selig:  I chose all the songs on the record and had input on all the musicians, engineers, etc. I think it is important to retain control and stay true to who you are.



Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Shannon Selig:  I have a few. My music and overall image has translated well with fans. I am extremely down to earth and an everyday girl. My songs tell stories and the fans can relate. The cutest story is a 3-year-old girl standing in front of the stage at my show with her mouth open, not moving a muscle. The powers of music never cease to amaze me.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Shannon Selig:  Billy Gilman had a huge influence on my life musically. At 11 years old he had a hit single on country radio promoting the power of one voice to change the world. He is a positive role model in my life from a values standpoint and musically he has one oft he most powerful and passionate voices I’ve ever heard.


Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Shannon Selig: I think music is constantly growing and adapting. Obviously the business side of things is rapidly changing but I have high hopes for the music industry. People will be forced to adapt and get creative, which can only mean good things.

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Shannon Selig:  I don’t take time off. I get a few days here or there and I usually use it to play guitar or write. When I am lucky enough to get up to Nova Scotia, Canada where my dad’s family is. I love going tot he lake, walking barefoot through the fields and just being alone in the outdoors.

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

Shannon Selig:  I hope to be participating, that all depends on the fans. They can find all of the information by visiting www.facebook.com/shannonselig

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Shannon Selig:  I’d like to tell them to always be themselves and embrace being Perfectly Imperfect. I hope they enjoy my album and I hope to see them on a European tour soon.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )









DARIUS RUCKER’S TRUE BELIEVERS IN STORES TUESDAY, MAY 21

DARIUS RUCKER’S TRUE BELIEVERS IN STORES TUESDAY, MAY 21
Darius Rucker's True Believers in stores Tuesday, May 21.
 
Country Music Superstar’s New Album Launches with National TV Appearances, Platinum Single for “Wagon Wheel,” 6 Million Music Video Views, One Million Facebook Fans, and More
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Friday, May 17, 2013 – Platinum-selling Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker will release his third country album, True Believers, on Tuesday, May 21. The album, produced by Frank Rogers, features the current smash hit single “Wagon Wheel” which has just been certified Platinum by the RIAA. In support of his new album, Rucker will perform on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on May 21 and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on May 22. 
 
“I could not be more proud of this album, and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it,” said Rucker, who co-wrote ten of the twelve tracks. “They have always been my ‘true believers,’ and I hope they love the new music as much as I do.” 
 
The album is aptly named, as Rucker’s fans are indeed "true believers." His official Facebook page (facebook.com/dariusrucker) recently surpassed one million fans, while the music video for “Wagon Wheel” has received more than six million views on YouTube. Directed by Jim Wright, the video features guest appearances from Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” stars Jase, Korie, Sadie, Si, and Willie Robertson. 
 
True Believers Track Listing:
“True Believers” (Darius Rucker, Josh Kear)
“Miss You” (Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers)
“Wagon Wheel” (Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor)
“Love Without You” (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally)
“Radio” (Darius Rucker, Luke Laird, Ashley Gorley)
“Lost In You” (Darius Rucker, Mark Nesler, Phillip White)
“I Will Love You Still” (Darius Rucker, Josh Kear)
“Take Me Home” (Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers, Monty Criswell)
“Shine” (Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers)
“Heartbreak Road” (Darius Rucker, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins)
“Leavin’ the Light On” (Darius Rucker, David Lee Murphy, Phil O’Donnell)
“Lie To Me” (Darius Rucker, Rodney Clawson, Bob DiPiero)
 
Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 both topped the Billboard Country Album Chart and produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” He received the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year in 2009. Last October, Rucker fulfilled a childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. 
 
Last week Rucker launched the True Believers Tour on May 9 in Estero, Fla. The tour will visit more than 20 cities across the U.S. before wrapping up in Clarkston, Mich. on June 30. Joining him on select dates will be special guests RIAA platinum-selling Rodney Atkins, top-charting country singer Justin Moore, and 2013 ACM New Female Vocalist winner Jana Kramer. 
 
Upcoming True Believers Tour dates:
May 17, 2013 | Savannah, Ga. | Savannah Civic Center*
May 18, 2013 | Alpharetta, Ga. | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park*
May 19, 2013 | Knoxville, Tenn. | Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum**
May 24, 2013 | Little Rock, Ark. | Riverfront Park**
May 30, 2013 | Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum Complex*
May 31, 2013 | Simpsonville, S.C. | Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park*
June 1, 2013 | Virginia Beach, Va. | Patriotic Festival*
June 6, 2013 | Morrison, Colo. | Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
June 9, 2013 | Grand Prairie, Texas | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie**
June 13, 2013 | N. Lawrence, Ohio | Clay's Park Amphitheater**
June 14, 2013 | Buffalo, N.Y. | Coca Cola Field+
June 15, 2013 | Baltimore, Md. | Pier Six Pavilion**
June 20, 2013 | West Long Branch, N.J. | The MAC at Monmouth University**
June 21, 2013 | Bangor, Maine | Waterfront Park**
June 22, 2013 | Gilford, N.H. | Meadowbrook-US Cellular Pavilion**
June 27, 2013 | Toledo, Ohio | Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre**
June 28, 2013 | Highland Park, Ill. | Ravinia Festival**
June 29, 2013 | Normal, Ill. | The Corn Crib**
June 30, 2013 | Clarkston, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre**
* denotes Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
** denotes Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
+ denotes Sheryl Crow, Rodney Atkins, Gloriana and Jana Kramer
 
Rucker will once again host his sold-out, fourth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert in Nashville, Tenn. on June 3 at the Wildhorse Saloon. The event, which unofficially kicks off CMA Music Festival week, benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 
 
For more information, please visit www.dariusrucker.com.

Jennifer Announces Solo Album

Jennifer Announces Solo Album with Producer Rick Rubin, Presents at Billboard Music Awards & More!
Jennifer announced today that she will release her first solo album this fall! She has enlisted the help of esteemed producer Rick Rubin on the project.
Rubin, previously co-president of Columbia Records and founder of Def Jam Records, has worked with a variety of artists such as Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Sheryl Crow, The Avett Brothers, Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks. "I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick”, said Nettles. “If you ask any musician who is on their producer ‘bucket list’, Rick would be on each and every one." Rolling Stone has more on the story  here
This past weekend, Jennifer also shared the first picture of her son, Magnus, on Mother's Day. Jennifer tweeted, "So much love and joy on my first Mother's Day! A very Happy Mother's Day to all the Mamas!" 
Pick up this week's May 27 issue of People Magazine for an additional photo! 
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This weekend, Jennifer will be in Las Vegas as a presenter at the Billboard Music Awards. Watch the show live from the MGM Grand this Sunday, May 19 at 8/7c on ABC. 

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