Friday, August 2, 2013

RACHEL DAMPIER NOMINATED FOR 2013 ICM FAITH, FAMILY & COUNTRY NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

RACHEL DAMPIER NOMINATED FOR 2013 ICM FAITH, FAMILY & COUNTRY NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
(Nashville, Tennessee) - August 2, 2013 
 

Vocalist and Songwriter Rachel Dampier is a top-ten nominee for New Artist of the Year by the Annual Inspirational Country Music Association.

Nominations for the annual Awards are voted nationally by members in the music business and radio industry, as well as, fans across the country. The 2013 ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Convention and Awards will take place at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee October 20-24. Some highlights of the week include the annual ICM Faith, Family and Cou racheldampier_red ntry™ Talent Show, The Power Source #1 Party, Media Appreciation Luncheon, the annual membership breakfast, seminars, incredible live music and much more. Dampier will be performing several showcases during the week, including a performance on The General Jackson Riverboat in downtown Nashville.

The Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Week is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational and Christian Country music, which is inspired by faith, family and/or country. The award show categories include "New Artist of the Year," "Entertainer of the Year," "Vocal Duo of the Year," "Vocal Group of the Year," "Mainstream Country Artist of the Year," "Mainstream Inspirational Song of the Year," "Video of the Year," "Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year," and more. In addition, the ceremony now honors youth, radio stations and personalities, movies, television networks, musicians, and videos that have had a large impact on the Inspirational and Christian country music genre.  

Past winners include Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Ken Holloway, Marty Raybon, Johnny Cash, Randy Travis, Darryl Worley, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw, Craig Morgan, George Strait, Point of Grace, The Roys, Carrie Underwood, Justin Moore, and many more.

Rachel (Saunders) Dampier is becoming known in the southeast United States for her powerhouse vocal ability, heart-gripping lyrics and tireless advocacy.
Her single, "Strong Heart" is currently #26 in the Power Source Inspirational Country Music Charts. She was raised on the Florida-Alabama line in Bonifay, Florida. Though it has only about three stoplights, Bonifay is a town famous for rodeos and home to the annual Gospel "Biggest All-Night Sing in the World." Rachel sang at that event, and often in church. While growing up in the Panhandle, other doors began to open for her to sing. Since childhood, she has written and performed music in churches, colleges and other venues throughout the world. Those venues include those in the US, Europe, Middle East and China. A few highlights of her experience include her performance on the ABC network and in a television series with Cover Girl Cosmetics Model Jennifer O'Neill. She has opened for major artists in Christian, Country and Pop music, and recently recorded a duet on her latest album with American Idol finalist Ricky Braddy. Her previous album, Vintage Gospel, garnered an Angel Award in 2008.

Rachel hopes that her music will encourage people who listen to find the resilience that she has found from God. She is currently scheduled to be on tour through November. The Resilient Tour is taking Rachel along the east coast to venues and radio stations from New York City to Florida with international dates including Asia.

"What a dream to be nominated for an Inspirational Country Music Award," says Dampier. "There are so many talented newcomers to this genre, so I feel really blessed."

Morgan Frazier Combat Worldwide

Morgan Frazier Unites with Stand for the Silent
To Combat Worldwide Bullying

Brand New Impactful Song, “Hey Bully” Launches

Nashville, Tenn. (August 2nd, 2013) – Sidewalk/Curb Recording artist, Morgan Frazier has partnered with Stand for the Silent (SFTS) to bring global awareness to the disturbing issue of bullying in today’s society. SFTS was started after Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son Ty committed suicide in May of 2010 following a school suspension for defending himself against a bully.  Ty was taunted for years at his Oklahoma middle school, and this was the first time he fought back.  He was only 11 years old.

In their pledge to never stop the fight against school bullying, Kirk and Laura conduct Stand for the Silent presentations at middle and high schools all across the world. Morgan Frazier will be joining select dates on the school tour where she will perform her brand new single, “Hey Bully”.

Morgan co-wrote the song with Sherrie Austin and Tiffany Goss when a writing session turned to talk of a video Goss had seen recently about Karen Klein, the school bus driver who was bullied in the back of a bus that eventually generated worldwide attention.  Dialogue on the heartbreaking topic began and stories were shared, including Morgan’s own experience that led her parents to remove her from school entirely. After a few short hours, “Hey Bully” was completed.

“I’ve already been touched by the power of this song from messages I’ve received from kids who have experienced bullying firsthand.  I look forward to working with Stand For The Silent to bring an end to this issue,” says Morgan.

“I've never experienced so many tears and so much divine inspiration during one writing appointment. Four hours and about a million goose bumps later we had our song”, says Sherrie Austin.  The songwriter’s intentions showcase as much compassion for the “bully” as it does the “bullied” as the lyric poignantly reflects:

DID SOMEBODY HURT YOU, MAKE YOU FEEL SMALL
YOU TAKE IT OUT ON ME ‘CAUSE IT MAKES YOU FEEL TALL
I BET YOU'RE SCARED AND ALONE
IF YOU LOOKED IN MY EYES YOU'D SEE
HEY BULLY, YOU'RE A LOT LIKE ME


WHY, WHY YOU WANNA MAKE ME CRY
YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO I AM
IF YOU GAVE ME HALF A CHANCE
WE JUST MIGHT HAVE BEEN FRIENDS, HEY BULLY


According to Stand For The Silent, the statistics on bullying are alarming:
•Every 7 seconds a child is bullied in this world
•160,000 kids stay home from school every day due to fear of bullying
•25% of high school students in America will actually have a plan to take their own life before they graduate


Kids and adults alike can take the SFTS pledge to stop bullying at www.standforthesilent.org

“Hey Bully” is also available now for pre-order on iTunes: http://bit.ly/heybully

About Stand for the Silent:
Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow Kirk and Laura Smalley to share their story and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura’s mission is to continue to change kids’ lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smalley have traveled to hundreds of schools and spoken with more than 700,000 kids.  In March 2011, Kirk and Laura met privately with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying. Their story is featured in Director Lee Hirsch's feature film, Bully. Kirk and Laura have been invited to a number of conferences on bullying and met with Lady Gaga this spring at the launch of the Born This Way Foundation.

About Morgan Frazier:
Recognized in Country Weekly’s “Ones To Watch in 2013,” Morgan Frazier’s remarkable journey began in a small Texas town where she made her way to Nashville by literally going door-to-door.  At just nine years old, Morgan recorded her first CD in her hometown of Breckenridge, Texas.   Although they had no formal plans to market or sell the CD's, Morgan's family believed in their little girl's talent and ordered one thousand copies. For the next two years, Morgan and her family traveled all over the South and Southwest selling over thirty thousand copies of her album. At the age of sixteen, Morgan followed her dream to Nashville where she perfected her songwriting craft and honed her chops at the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Not long after, she signed a publishing and recording contract with Curb Records imprint Sidewalk Records. Having experienced bullying firsthand, Morgan co-wrote her latest single, “Hey Bully” to bring awareness to the growing epidemic.

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