Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BIGGEST #1 PARTY EVER IN NASHVILLE

BMI HOSTS ITS BIGGEST #1 PARTY EVER CELEBRATING JAKE OWEN’S GOLD-CERTIFIED SMASH ‘ANYWHERE WITH YOU’ IN NASHVILLE


Over 20,000 Fans Gathered for Last Night’s Free Summer Block Party Hosted by Jake Owen at BMI’s Nashville Office
Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, along with Morris Artists Management and Sony Music Nashville played host to a Summer Block Party and its biggest No. 1 party ever featuring Jake Owen to commemorate his recent chart-topper “Anywhere With You” last night (8/19) in Nashville. Celebrating his fourth consecutive No. 1 hit, Owen invited his fans via Twitter and Facebook to join in on the party complete with a free concert and No. 1 presentation. BMI’s Assistant Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Clay Bradley was on-hand to honor Owen, BMI songwriter Jimmy Yeary, and co-writers David Lee Murphy and Ben Hayslip for the summer smash.
Jake Owen said, "This was one of the most amazing nights of my life. Ten years ago I stood in a crowd watching Kenny Chesney play and thought to myself, 'I can do this.' To look out at this incredible crowd and share this #1 party with all of my fans is surreal."
“BMI jumped at the chance to host Jake Owen’s Summer Block Party, honoring one of Country music’s hottest stars and the songwriters behind ‘Anywhere With You,’’’ said Bradley. “This event was the first of its kind for BMI and easily our biggest No. 1 party ever.”
Over 20,000 fans gathered for the epic summer block party, which featured an exhilarating performance by Owen and quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. Playing to the packed crowd for over two hours, he was joined onstage by special guests Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and DJ Silver who came out for the celebration. The beer was flowing and many of Nashville’s popular food trucks lined up for the event. The evening festivities kicked off with a performance by Big Machine Label Group's new trio The Cadillac Three.
Since releasing his chart-topping album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The RCA Nashville project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the double Platinum title track and Platinum “Alone with You,” and Gold-certified hits “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You.” Poised to follow the success, Owen’s brand new single “Days of Gold” is now at Country radio nationwide and will be featured on his album of the same title to be released on 12/3.
His energetic live show and captivating songs have landed him coveted opening slots with Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and his first headlining tour, “CMT On Tour Jake Owen: The Summer Never Ends 2012”, which made CMT history for the most sold-out shows in a row for the annual nationwide tour. The American Country Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year is currently touring with Jason Aldean's “Night Train” Tour.
The Vero Beach, FL, native first captured the national spotlight with his hits “Startin’ with Me,” “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and “Eight Second Ride.” The 2009 ACM Top New Male Vocalist’s revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him Grammy and CMA Award nominations.
PHOTO: Pictured are (l-r): Sony Nashville’s Gary Overton, This Music’s Rusty Gaston, Avenue Bank’s Ron Cox, ASCAP’s Michael Martin, co-writer Ben Hayslip, EMI Blackwood Music’s Tom Luteran, BMI’s Jody Williams, co-writer Jimmy Yeary, Jake Owen, co-writer David Lee Murphy, Old Desperados’ Doug Casmus, producers Rodney Clawson and Joey Moi, and BMI’s Clay Bradley onstage at the Summer Block Party last night (8/19) at BMI in Nashville.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 7.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through BMI's Facebook page.

MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM TO REOPEN IN NEW LOCATION



MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
TO REOPEN IN NEW LOCATION AT NASHVILLE’S
HISTORIC MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM AUGUST 29
 
   
(Nashville, TN) – After a several year hiatus, the much celebrated   Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum will reopen its doors to the public on Thursday, August 29th at 10 a.m. in its new location at Nashville’s Historic Municipal Auditorium located at 417 4th Ave. North, Nashville, Tennessee.  The long awaited opening will feature brand new exhibits and exciting additions to the already deep catalog of items in the museum’s possession.

Museum Founder, Joe Chambers, said, "We're looking forward to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum's next chapter. It's been a long time coming."  
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum not only honors those artists and musicians who have been in the spotlight, but it also honors the talented musicians who actually played in the studio on the greatest recordings of all time.

Well-known artists like Jimi Hendrix are represented, however, the museum also showcases musicians such as L.A. session drummer Hal Blaine and other unsung heroes of music who have played on hundreds of hit records from Elvis, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, The Byrds, The Mamas and The Papas, The Beach Boys, and many more.

Furthermore, the museum boasts many new historically important exhibits. One new exhibit features the Atlanta Georgia Southern Tracks Studio founder and music publisher Bill Lowery. This exhibit showcases Lowery's actual office desk, BMI Awards, and Gold records as publisher and studio owner. Local talent that received their start at Southern Tracks Studio with Mr. Lowery includes:  Billy Joe RoyalJoe SouthRay Stevens,The Classic's Four, and The Atlanta Rhythm Section to name a few. Also on display are gold records starting in the 90's recorded at the updated Southern Tracks Studio from bands like AerosmithThe Black CrowsBob DylanStone Temple Pilots, and Bruce Springsteen.

The new G-Men Exhibit spotlights the studio musicians who recorded and were instrumental on all of Garth Brooks award winning records. This exhibit includes a large number of the actual instruments used on Brooks' sessions along with the recording console they used at Jack's Tracks Recording Studio.

Visitors will also see items from Memphis featuring the actual vocal booth and interior wall with built in sound baffles from American Sound Studio designed by Chips Moman in 1967.  This is the studio where Elvis recorded his biggest records "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto.”  Also recorded at American Sound Studio was B.J. Thomas’ "Hooked On A Feeling,” Dusty Springfield’s "Son Of A Preacher Man,”  The Box Tops' "The Letter,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline," and Joe Tex’s "I Gotcha," along with many others.

The Musicians Hall Of Fame and Museum showcases the very instruments that some of history's greatest musicians used to record many of these classic hits. The museum will constantly add new exhibits for visitors to enjoy from all genres of music.

The museum is divided into cities that have a history of recorded music such as Detroit, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Atlanta. Each of these cities had musicians who were present when the recording industry began to evolve and who were talented enough to play any music that was presented to them regardless of style. These musicians had nicknames like The Swampers, The A-Team, The Memphis Boys, The Funk Brothers, and The Wrecking Crew. Some of these studio bands actually became hit bands themselves like Booker T & The M.G’s and TOTO. During the late 50′s through the mid 80′s, these groups of studio musicians played on almost all the records recorded in these geographical music centers.

The museum will be open daily Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will also be available to rent as an event space.  Visitors can check the website for a full schedule  
http://www.musicianshalloffame.com.  

SaraBeth Miss You Anywhere

SaraBeth Releases Sophomore Single
"Miss You Anywhere" To Radio


 


(Nashville, TN)-- Texas spitfire, SaraBeth, is showing her softer side with the release of her sophomore single, “Miss You Anywhere.” The second release from her debut EP Kickin’ and Screamin,’ “Miss You Anywhere” is an upbeat, inspiring song that showcases SaraBeth’s powerhouse vocal abilities. With all-star producer Dean Sams, member of the Grammy award-winning group Lonestar, together they have produced an encouraging single written along with Misty Rae Carson.

Following the successful release of the EP’s lead-off single and title track, “Kickin’ and Screamin,’”  “Miss You Anywhere” is set to impact radio this week. Celebrating the release, Nashville Gab has featured an exclusive audio preview of the single: http://www.nashvillegab.com/2013/08/exclusive-first-listen-sarabeth-releases-sophomore-single-miss-you-anywhere.html

The single is available digitally on iTunes: HERE

Fans worldwide will also be able to check out a live performance of “Miss You Anywhere” when she once again partners with StageIt for a very special online show that will benefit City of Hope. The show is set for Thursday, August 29th at 7:30pm cst. More information: HERE
           
Born and raised in Dallas, SaraBeth introduced herself to country music this year with a bang. Her debut single “Kickin’ and Screamin” quickly raced up the MusicRow charts while the music video found its home on CMT, GAC & TCN. Produced by Dean Sams, founding member of the superstar group Lonestar, SaraBeth is bringing her music to listeners everywhere on a nationwide radio tour. Over the last few months, SaraBeth has opened for X Factor Winner, Tate Stevens and was invited to participate in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game alongside Florida Georgia Line, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and many other celebrated country acts. She is set to open for The Charlie Daniels Band & Brantley Gilbert in September at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach.
 
For more information on SaraBeth, check out http://www.sarabethmusic.com.

CODY BELEW THE VOICE

CODY BELEW IS WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR 
 
“THE VOICE” FAN FAVORITE RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM ON
SEPTEMBER 3 

Nashville, TN (August 20, 2013) - “The Voice” Season 3 fan favorite Cody Belew spent months performing weekly for throngs of fans on the show and is continuing to build on that success with the release of his debut album, What You’re Looking For, on September 3.  The album encompasses multiple musical landscapes and takes the listener on a roller coaster ride of emotion with ten unique pop songs. 
 
On What You’re Looking For, Belew focused on creating an album that brought back the artistry of the male pop vocalist.  By steering clear of auto-tuning and techno beats, he successfully created a project that relies on catchy vocal lines and live percussion elements.  All ten songs and four interludes were created from a place of genuine artistic inspiration from Belew and producer Dustin Ransom.  Belew created the album in its entirety, from inception to production, in a short eight months. 
 
“This album is my promise kept to my fans.  I said I would write music that was danceable, timeless, and full of energy and would fill a void in what’s out there right now,” says Belew.  “I feel I delivered that and I hope the fans agree.” 
 
From the disco-infused, pop title track, to the token pop anthem “Down and Dirty,” Belew takes listeners off the beaten path and down a road only the bold have traveled.  This album is just What You’re Looking For
 
Track Listing:

1 - The Call
2 - Just Come On In
3 - What You’re Looking For
4 - We Are Ready
5 - Power Hour
6 - Great Expectations
7 - You Make Me Wanna
8 - You Gotta
9 - Sugar (pt. I)
10 - It Feels Good (To Love You)
11 - Give Me Your Love
12 - This Is The End
13 - Sugar (pt. II)
14 - Down And Dirty

KELLIE PICKLER LITTLE BIT GYPSY?

KELLIE PICKLER IS A “LITTLE BIT GYPSY” ON NEW SINGLE

Available Everywhere Digital Music Is Sold
 
 
 
NASHVILLE, TN… (August 20, 2013)…Black River Entertainment is proud to release country music star and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler’s brand new single, “Little Bit Gypsy,” today everywhere digital music is sold.  The single, impacting radio this week, comes from her upcoming album on Black River Entertainment due later this year.
 
Produced by Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten, “Little Bit Gypsy” is digitally available on iTunes, Amazon, and can be streamed here.
 
“‘Little Bit Gypsy’ represents the Kellie Pickler the world has come to know and love,” shared Black River’s VP of Promotion, Bill Macky.  “It’s fun, full of energy and has a free-spirit attitude.  We’re excited to take this to Country Radio.”
 
Co-written by Pickler’s husband Kyle Jacobs with Tammi Kidd Hutton and Fred Wilhelm, “Little Bit Gypsy” is a lighthearted song that mirrors Pickler herself.
 
“It's a fun song and the lyrics are clearly me,” Pickler confesses. “My husband wrote it, and he didn't really know what he was signing up for when we got together. I love that it starts off, 'Boy, there's a few things you need to know about me before you let your sweet heart get in too deep.'”  Kellie adds with a smile, “And, ‘Little Bit Gypsy’ is a fun to song in our shows too.”
 
Pickler is currently finalizing her upcoming album as well as performing concerts across the nation.  For tour schedules and more information, visit www.KelliePickler.com.  Follow her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KelliePickler and on Twitter @KelliePickler.

SHERYL CROW AND FLORIDA GEORGIA LIVE FROM NEW YORK


SHERYL CROW AND FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ANNOUNCE FINAL NOMINEES FOR “THE 47th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” ON “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” LIVE FROM NEW YORK CITY ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 10

Steve Wariner Announces the Finalists for the CMA Broadcast Awards During CMA Membership Breakfast and Viewing Party in Nashville
All Announcements Will Stream Live Via CMAawards.com
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 47thAnnual CMA Awards” Airs Live 
Wednesday, Nov. 6 on the ABC Television Network
NASHVILLE – If the CMA Awards are “Country Music’s Biggest Night™,” then the announcement of the final nominees is certainly Country Music’s Biggest Morning with Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line announcing the finalists for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” from the world’s biggest stage – New York City – on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
“I have been honored to have three CMA Award nominations in my career and I can tell you firsthand, the day the nominations come out is something every Country artist looks forward to,” said Crow. “I cannot wait to read the CMA Awards nominations on ‘Good Morning America’ on Sept. 10, the same day my very first Country record is released!”
“We are super excited and honored to announce the nominees for this year’s CMA Awards on ‘Good Morning America’,” said Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line. “Last year we attended the Awards for the first time and now to be able to make this announcement with Sheryl Crow is beyond anything we could have ever imagined!"
Crow and Florida Georgia Line will announce the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the “Good Morning America” studios in the heart of Times Square on the ABC Television Network. The announcement will air in the 8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment of the morning news program.
Following the announcement, at 9:45 AM/ET, Crow and Florida Georgia Line will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories.
A three-time CMA Awards nominee, Crow is no stranger to Country Music’s Biggest Night. She has earned nominations for Musical Event of the Year with Kid Rock for “Picture” (2003), “Building Bridges” with Brooks & Dunn and Vince Gill (2006), and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with Loretta Lynn and Miranda Lambert (2011).
A nine-time Grammy winner with more than 35 million records sold to date, Crow has added her first Top 20 Country single, “Easy,” which is off her highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Country debut album, Feels Like Home, available everywhere Sept. 10 on Warner Bros. Records. Crow has a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No. 1 singles among women in the chart’s 17-year history), and Hot Country charts.
The sizzling duo Florida Georgia Line has skyrocketed since releasing back-to-back, multi-week No. 1 hits in the U.S. and Canada with the Platinum-certified “Get Your Shine On” and five times Platinum “Cruise,” which, combined with a remix featuring Nelly, has sold more than 5.5 million downloads. Comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida), the duo has broken the record for longest No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with “Cruise,” the third-best-selling Country digital song ever, according to SoundScan. FGL is also the first duo in 21 years to top the Billboard Country airplay charts with their first two singles. Featured on their Platinum, chart-topping Republic Nashville debut, Here’s to the Good Times, is their current Top 10-and-climbing single “Round Here.”
Florida Georgia Line has scored opening slots for Taylor Swift’s “The Red Tour” and Luke Bryan’s “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.” This fall the breakout duo will celebrate with their fans nationwide on their first headline run, “Here’s to the Good Times Tour 2013.” Dates and additional information are available at floridageorgialine.com.
“We are pleased to have these dynamic artists bring these important and highly anticipated announcements to the media capital of the world, and still be able to share the excitement live with our constituents back in Nashville,” said CMA President of the Board of Directors Ed Hardy.
In Nashville, members of CMA and the media will be invited to a breakfast at CMA to learn the nominees with the rest of the country via live stream at CMAawards.com.
Four-time CMA Award winner Steve Wariner will be on hand in Nashville to announce the finalists for the 2013 CMA Broadcast Awards for Personality and Radio Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major markets), as well as the finalists for the CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year at 7:30 AM/CT. CMA’s radio partner, Premiere Networks, will make audio of the announcements available for Country Radio.
"I am excited to announce the final nominees for this year's CMA Broadcast Awards,” said Wariner. “These are the men and women who are on the front lines presenting our music to the fans, and it’s very fitting that they be honored. As a CMA Award winner, I know how exciting it is to be nominated and I wish everyone good luck."
Wariner will release It Ain’t All Bad, his first non-instrumental album in more than eight years, on Sept. 10. The acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitar virtuoso has received four CMA Awards and four Grammy awards, among other honors, and has been a member of the Grand OIe Opry since 1996. He has achieved 14 No. 1 hits including “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “The Weekend,” “I Got Dreams,” “Lynda,” “Tips of My Fingers,” “Life’s Highway,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “The Domino Theory,” and more. He is also well known for songs such as “I’m Already Taken,” “Two Teardrops,” “Leave Him Out of This,” “Kansas City Lights,” and more. In addition to writing many of his own songs, Wariner has written hits for other artists including “Longneck Bottle” (Garth Brooks), “Where the Blacktop Ends” (Keith Urban), and “Nothin’ But the Taillights” (Clint Black). For more information, visit SteveWariner.com.
CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.
Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2013 CMA Awards is July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Tuesday, Aug. 20. Voting for the second ballot closes Friday, Aug. 30 (5:00 PM/CT).
Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed on Thursday, Oct. 10. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28 (5:00 PM/CT).
Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced Sept. 10 with information available at CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
About “Good Morning America”: “Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Josh Elliott is the news anchor, Lara Spencer is lifestyle anchor, and Sam Champion is the weather anchor. The morning news program airs Monday-Friday (7:00-9:00 AM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
About the CMA Awards: The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.

Keep On Rollin' With Steve Richard


 
Steve Richard Debuts New Video "Keep On Rollin'" on CMT.com Independents Day! 

   Nashville, TN (August 20, 2013)-- FORCE MP recording artist and 2013 ICM Awards nominee Steve Richard is back with a brand new single at radio and with it, a fresh new video! The world premiere of "Keep On Rollin'" will debut on CMT.com on Tuesday August 20, on CMT’s Independents Day, a special feature spotlighting new independent artists.
 
The video for the single, which is a mid-tempo, feel good song about "keep on keepin' on," was shot in Nashville at House of Blues Studio and various other locations throughout the south. The video was produced by Flick Wiltshire and directed by Wiltshire and Amanda Young. 
 
Steve Richard is no stranger to uplifting, positive music and moving music videos. He was the 2009 Inspirational Country Music New Artist of the Year and since then, has been nominated for Male Vocalist of the YearEntertainer of the Year and more.  Last year, he took home the award for Video of the Year for "Love's Gotta Go Somewhere." He is the first independent artist in the show's history to win the award. Steve is also celebrating three 2013 ICM Award nominations for “Entertainer of the Year,” “Video of the Year” and “Vocal Collaboration of the Year.”
 
Steve Richard continues his “Reclaiming Hope” tour throughout the fall with an appearance at “HopeFest 2013” in Prescott AZ September 13th.

Rednecks celebrate The LACS

The LACS celebrate release of third album
“Keep it Redneck”
on BackRoad Records August 20, 2013
 
Theme song for new season of Animal Planet’s “Mud Lovin’ Rednecks”
 penned and performed by The LACS
 
Garnered fastest rising views in the band’s history for
“Keep It Redneck” video
  

NASHVILLE, TN (August 20, 2013) – Hit duo and musical pioneers, The LACS, release their third studio album, “Keep It Redneck,” today, August 20, via BackRoad Records, a division of Average Joes Entertainment.  Produced by Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins and Phivestarr Productions, The LACS’ unique blend of music and their widespread popularity was recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal. The CD is available everywhere music is sold. 
The LACS also recently wrote and performed the opening theme song for Animal Planet’s new reality show, “Mud Lovin’ Rednecks,” which highlights a down-home gang of childhood friends in Alabama as they attempt to start a first time mud bog business on their property.  “Mud Lovin’ Rednecks” airs on August 26 on Animal Planet. Cast members Lil’ Bit, Fat Legs and Bo, will join the LACS for a Twitter chat during the show that evening. #MudLovinRednecks
The duo, Brian King and Clay Sharpe, continue to challenge the status quo on their new album, “Keep It Redneck.”  The music features the duo’s trademark in-your-face musical magic as well as a few new fresh variations. “Our music is not one dimensional,” Clay Sharpe of The LACS says. “We take the good out of rock, the good out of country and the good out of rap and mix them together and create something different. We build from scratch.”  Brian King says, “That’s what our fans want and that’s exactly what we’re giving them.”
The video for “Keep It Redneck” garnered the fastest rising views in The LACS’ history already reaching over 250,000 views. 
Touring over 150 dates per year, what began organically on a street corner and continued in Walmart parking lots all across the South, has now spread to fields filled with fans primed to hear The LACS’ latest, as evidenced by their previous album, “190 Proof,” which remains consistent on the Billboard Country Albums chart for over 72 weeks.
About the LACS
The LACS first received national attention with their Top 15 Billboard Country Album, “190 Proof,” released in 2012 and has remained on the chart for over 72 consecutive weeks. The album featured Colt Ford, Bubba Sparxxx and the song, “Shake It,” with Big & Rich. Their debut album, “Country Boy’s Paradise,” has sold nearly 90,000 units to date.  Since then, the duo, comprised of Brian King and Clay Sharpe, has sold over 400,000 digital tracks, collectively earned more than 16 million YouTube views and were most recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.  Their third studio album, “Keep It Redneck,” is available in stores today, August 20, 2013. For more information on The LACS, visit  www.thelacsmusic.com.

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O'SHEA IS MEANT TO BE by S. Parks



O'SHEA IS MEANT TO BE
by S. Parks

As we walked through a giant music mural into Nashville’s historic 12th and Porter, the air was filled with anticipation, the room with music celebrities and the stage with perfectly placed top notch musicians.  

This global award-winning duet is known for making an entrance and this would be no exception.  At long last, Mark and Jay O’Shea walked onto the stage and the showcase went off like a box of lit sparklers as they sang about doing it “Old School”, radiating timeless vim and verve.  

As always, Jay floored us with her unpretentious diva’s soulful country vocals and Mark swept us back up with his guitar prowess and the showmanship of a country rocker while their supernatural harmonies made us realize that this is the real thing, that elusive “thing” that thousands of artists strive to be but few achieve.  We felt privileged to be a part of this stunning performance.

After “Be with You”, “Never Goes Away” and Jay's voicing of "Empty", she recounted Mark’s heart surgery and when he heard her praying “thank you angels” as he awoke.  His first words were “That’s a great song title,” and so it became.  We joined them in thanking the angels for the song and O‘Shea.  A powerful medley of “Nine to Five”, “Heartache Tonight”, “Stand by your Man” and “Respect”, as only Jay can belt  (we still love you, Aretha), was their parting treat.

http://youtu.be/eboRzzk7vf4
 
The merging of these two exceptionally talented musicians and hit songwriters in the bond of matrimony was, as they say, a match made in Heaven.  With two daughters and planet hopping between their Australian and Music City homes as they gather O’Shea fans, awards and number one songs, these Sony Music Australia stars fully appreciate life’s every moment and back that up with memorable melodies and lyrics.  Favorites “Every Day is a Good Day”, “The Swimming Song”,  “When the Girls Get Together”, “Smash” and “Meant to Be” verify the joy at their foundation.  

After four #1 country singles off  “Mr. and Mrs.”, this debut album set the ball rolling.  Then came “O’Shea USA”, their television show on Foxtell, a sold-out tour with Sir Cliff Richard and their latest contribution to classic music with character, “One + One”, produced by Mark Moffat.  We will eagerly line up to watch the couple climb even higher on the charts and in our hearts….....by S. Parks

Interview with David Shelby

Interview with David Shelby

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?



David Shelby: I’d describe my music like my two favorite cities; it’s got the the gritty rock feel of Detroit with a little bit Nashville polish & shine. (And if you’ve never visited either state, come on over!)



Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
David Shelby:  This has been THE year of highlights for me. I’ve been touring (and recently opened for Hank Jr.); released a new CD and single to radio; I’ve been visiting radio stations. ...and this is just the beginning!

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



David Shelby:  I just released my new CD (RUST BELT COWBOY) and the reviews from the critics are trickling in; the fans seem to really like it, so I hope that’s a good sign!



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



David Shelby:  The title is fitting because of my rust belt upbringing and fan base. Being from the north (Detroit) and releasing a country album, the Rust Belt title goes together--like a beer and a shot!

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



David Shelby:  With the exception of two, I wrote or co-wrote the majority of the songs on the project along side my two writing partners, FJ Turner and Chris Virizi, The ballad, “Your Better Man, “ is actually a song I wrote to propose to my wife. She cried for two minutes and I finally had to say: “You didn’t answer? Is that ’yes,’ or ’no?’ “ (I’m a lucky man, she said ’yes!’)

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



David Shelby: Because RUSTBELT COWBOY was an introduction to my music, I wanted to have an assortment of listening experiences. From party songs and moonshine (that are not meant to be deep lyrically but fullfill the purpose of having fun), to demonstrating that I do have a softer side. The track, “Stealing Honey“ was designed to showcase the band’s musicianship and Story Of Our Lives“ is introspective and thought-provoking. The collection of songs on the album were meant to make for a well-rounded project while pushing the boundaries a bit. My music enables me an outlet to cross lines and express emotions.  

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?



David Shelby:  You’ll see a different level of maturity and presentation with performance on the new project and, in comparison, it lends itself more to the standard commercial sound while still being different--pushing those boundaries.

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?



David Shelby:  “ Kick A Little Dirt Around“ is not a deep song but it does get the blood flowing, gets the audience up to dance, catches on quick and, it’s a sing along! It’s been received very well. The song is part of a dance club promotion currently and there are even videos of line dances all the way from France. The song doesn’t ask much of the listener, but it makes them want to move and dance and kick a little dirt!

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?



David Shelby: I don’t think I’ve written it yet. So many opportunities have arisen; I’ve met so many people and enjoyed so many new experiences; I feel that the best is yet to come. You never know what you’re walking into in Nashville--every experience is an adventure and influential.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
David Shelby: I like to record the rockin’ songs, but then again nothing says it quite like a tender ballad. I feel like I still have that one emotional ballad still in me that speaks the truth and hits every individual equally as hard—the kind of song that makes you feel like it’s the morning after you’ve kicked too much dirt around the night before!

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



David Shelby:  “Prayer Of The Broken; “ it’s a song that is the most personal and reflects a bit of my hometown. It captures the hardship of a tough economic time and the challenges a person goes through. I recorded it, but never released it.

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



David Shelby:  There have been a couple of stalkers but beyond that, it’s been a treat in general to get the reaction I have from fans and social media. The feedback from all over the globe (from France, Germany and so many other areas) has been really quite humbling.



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



David Shelby:  One artist did make a BIG impression; it all goes back to my first Garth Brooks show. When I saw him live, I thought, I have to do that. I’m really partial to big band music and crooners like Sinatra. I’m a Jeffrey Steele fan, not only because of his performance, but his songwriting. And Wait! There’s more: Hank Williams Jr., Motown and some old hometown rock, like The Rocketts, have all been extremely influential. Traces of all can be found in my music.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?



David Shelby: I hope doors keep opening for more independent artists because it enriches the listeners. Now, more than ever, the digital world has enabled the independent artists direct access to the public—and the public access to new music to discover that it doesn’t all have to fit under one cookie cutter format.

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



David Shelby:  We’ll always have the big players in the industry and we all strive to play in the same game. The cool part is, today, that doors are opening for the independent artists and the playing field is much broader.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?



David Shelby:  I’d say, to give some control back to the local program directors and DJ’s at country stations so they are not restricted as to playlists. There is a lot of good music to be heard and unfortunately, due to restrictions, there is just not enough space to play it.



Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?



David Shelby:  There are two sides to the story, but what re-enforced my love and interest in music was the trumpet. One day. I got a phone call to go out on the road with The Imperials and Davy Jones (formerl of The Monkeys) as my first touring experience playing the trumpet; it was the best experience being on tour with these talented performers. [When I get old, I want to be telling stories like this in a crappy hotel bar!]



Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?



David Shelby:  Touring--I’m built for it and I love it. Funny story from the road: I was doing a radio interview in a booth at the station and outside the studio window, somebody had mistaken me for Brad Paisley (which caused quite the commotion outside the studio during my interview). Seeing the group of people that had rallied, and their reactions, was the funniest and most flattering experience.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?



David Shelby:  No boundries! No borders! I’ll keep pushing the envelope sonically and from the songwriting aspect as long as it is acceptable!



Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?



David Shelby:  Garth Brooks is the man behind my dream to become an entertainer. My inspiration grew over time as I become more aware of music composition, and the emotions it translated and tapped into, and then I learned to play the trumpet. You’re kind of born with it or you’re not; it either sticks or it doesn’t. If it sticks, music consumes you little by little and then you find yourself eating ramen noodles!

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?



David Shelby:  I began writing as a necessity; the inspiration came from the appreciation for the art. (Look what a person like Jeffrey Steele can do.) I have a genuine appreciation for Nashville, the songwriting craft, development and storytelling.

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?



David Shelby:  Where I’m from! Detroit: where I grew up; the culture and the music I listened to. Put that in a blender and that makes my sound unique.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?



David Shelby:  Playing the main stage at the WYCD Hoedown (opening for Jake Owen and Emerson Drive) and performing before Hank Jr. (When I was younger, I saw a Sesame Street show on the very same stage; I can’t help but feel I’ve shared the stage with Big Bird!)
 
Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?



David Shelby:  Surprisingly, my mom (and that’s why I love her so). She was so completely honest through the recording process and it has helped me to propel forward to want more from myself.

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



David Shelby:  I have a pilot’s license, so, I like to fly and I own two horses, a quarter-horse and a Clydesdale, and I have trained for jousting.

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?



David Shelby:  I hope I can make a good living as a performer and as a songwriter in the industry. Stardom is not a driving force for me. Wait, scratch that; I want to be the next Garth Brooks! [laugh] Might as well shoot for the moon to land among the stars, right?

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?



David Shelby: Fans can find me everyday, any day, at all times at www.DavidShelbyMusic.com. That’s the best place to locate upcoming show dates and appearances. I hope to tour overseas to visit my European fans. My passport is all ready! (The photo is not that great, though...)

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?
David Shelby:  CMA Festival; I’ll see you there in 2014!

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?



David Shelby:  Fans never know what they’re gonna get and that’s the best part. Every show is a give- and-take. I entertain with the motivation to energize the crowd and they, in turn, energize me; we feed off of the same energy. I’m there for a good time, but it’s a fresh show every time. I’m never sure what it’s gonna take to entertain the audience; I will do whatever it takes to put on a good show.

Lamitschka:  When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?



David Shelby:  Every now and then, yes. I’ll have some down time to look up the local fish hatchery, bakery or local hot spots.

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



David Shelby:  First, my heartfelt THANK YOU for your support, all the messages and videos! All of your responses to my music have been a truly humbling. I hope I am fortunate enough to bring my music to you all LIVE and IN PERSON in the coming months.
  
Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?



David Shelby: Coming back from Canada, one of the guys from our band was detained because he was Canadian (there was some sort of immigration/paperwork issue). That evening we had a gig and performed without him. (And don’t forget the story about my being mistaken for Brad Paisley above!)

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.de



























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