Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Can't Slow Down Sara Evans

Can't Slow Down Sara Evans

The eldest of seven children, Sara was born and raised in Franklin, Missouri. She not only learned to work hard on the family farm. She also started singing in the family band at age 5. At the age of 8, she overcame the adversity of having two broken legs after an auto accident, by singing traditional country songs from her wheelchair, to help pay for her medical expenses. During her teenage years, Sara sang in nightclubs. She decided to move to Nashville to pursue a musical career and moved there for the first time in 1991.

After moving to Oregon and getting married, she returned to Nashville in 1995 and started recording demos. Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard was so impressed by her demo of 'Tiger By the Tail' that he helped to open a door for her at RCA records.

Sara released her debut album 'Three Chords and the Truth' with RCA, in 1997. Her third studio album 'Born To Fly' was her breakout album, with the title track reaching number one on the Hot Country Songs chart. 'Born to Fly' was later certified 2x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Sara hasn't looked back or slowed down since. She has an impressive career that has over the past seventeen years, yielded seven albums, all for RCA Nashville Records.

Sara's newest work, released March 11, 2014, is her eighth album. Entitled 'Slow Me Down'. The flowing title track that was released as a digital download in September 2013 is making waves, sitting at number 19 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 26, 2014. Her album “Slow Me Down' is currently sitting at number 15 on Billboard's Top Country Albums for the week of April 26, 2014.




Sara has won several awards during her career, including Billboard Music video awards in 1998, Country Music Association awards in 2001, CMA award for BTF video of the year in 2003, and ACM top female vocalist in 2005. She was the first Country artist to compete in ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Sara has also authored three books:
The Sweet By and By (With Rachel Hauck 2010)
Softly and Tenderly (With Rachel Hauck 2011)
Love Lifted Me (2012)

Sara brings warm, captivating, vocals to her music which continues to delight her many fans. There are no signs of Sara slowing down anytime soon.

Sara's website can be found at www.saraevans.com

Her music video 'Slow Me Down' can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lexeFtDREPg

Debby Smith for Country Music News International


Country Music News International Newsletter April 23. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter April 23. 2014

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CD: Sara Beth - Kickin`And Screamin`

Sara Beth - Kickin`And Screamin`


1. Kickin`And Screamin` 2. Miss You Anywhere 3. Slow 4. Forever
5. Those Memories

Sara Beth was born in Dallas and got totally hooked on country music, she also writes songs and she leaves her marks in Nashville as an all – American, southern girl. She sticks to her roots that made her the person, she is right now and she is also proud to be a girl from Texas. This woman knows what country music is all about.

Track 1 - Kickin`And Screamin`
This song is about being on a mission – nice song, good sound, good passage, a lot expression
Track 2 – Miss You Anywhere
It is about a lot of pain of a lost relation – cute accent, good song
Track 3 – Slow
She is singing about a girl that still can´t believe, that a guy left her and there is still a lot of pain around – nice sound, good story, heartache pure
Track 4 – Forever
It is about a lot of feelings, and she really feels wanted – nice song, good sound, emotional, passionate
Track 5 – Those Memories
It is all about memories of the past, as a little child – nice song, good story, advisable

The CD - Kickin`And Screamin `is full of emotions, passion and love, it has a good sound, good stories and people would love to hear it. In all points a very good interpretation.

Reviewed by Gaby Agrikola for Country Music News International

Interview with Jan Seides

Interview with the country singer Jan Seides

Jan Seides is very well known as a Singer, Songwriter and also a Storyteller. Her beautiful self-penned songs are the basics of Jan Seides newest record “Siren Song”. Her soft and relaxing lovely voice is the so-called ‘cherry on the pie’.
To understand what people think about her music, I let you enjoy with me a comment a woman from Houston Texas made about one of her performance.
, Quote, “Jan's performance was exceptional and she is a delightful, gracious woman. Her music is heartfelt and touches the soul when it isn't carefree and just plain fun!  My guests were enthralled with her performance and commented on her excellent abilities, both vocal and instrumental.", unquote,

So I think that speaks for themselves!


Gaby: 
Music has many new fans throughout Europe, they may hear about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you make, to someone who has never seen, or heard about you?


Jan: 
Lyrics-driven, eclectic, down-home truths told with uptown flair. Heartfelt soulful stories and snapshots, but with a touch of humor and wit.”
Some of that is from actual reviews…..


Gaby: 
What is the name of your latest CD and how does it sell?

Jan: 
The CD is titled Siren Song. It’s at a local record store, on my website and at CD Baby. And, of course, I sell it at gigs. That’s the way it sells the best. At the end of a show, when people are still enjoying the musical experience.

Gaby: 
What made you choose that title for the CD?  Is there a story behind this?

Jan: 
One of the songs is titled “Femme Fatale”, and right up to the meeting with the graphic designer, the CD was going to be called by that title. But I was trying to describe to her what a femme fatale was, and I said, “You know. Like in a 40s or 50s movie, like Lauren Bacall or Jayne Mansfield. Like a siren song. Oh wait! I like that better! There’s plenty of reference to the other kind of siren in the songs too. Let’s call it that instead.”
Really, It was that quick of a decision.


Gaby: 
Do you write the songs by yourself? If not, how do you manage to find the perfect songs for your CD?

Jan: 
Yes. All the material is original, hard-won in the middle of the night most of ‘em.

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

Jan: 
I’m very eclectic. There’s folk-influenced material (Joni, Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins), Broadway influenced (mostly Rodgers and Hammerstein, a little Sondheim), soft jazz, soft rock (Beatles, Moody Blues), pop (mostly girl groups from the 60s) and the oddball stuff (Yiddish and Hebrew songs my family sang). A lot depends on what I’ve been listening to lately when I’m writing.

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

Jan:  
My last CD before this was songs that were inspired by members of my family, especially my kids. It was very simply produced, often just me and an instrument. This one was fully produced, and a bit more hard-edged. Not too much, but harder than the previous one.

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

Jan: 
It’s in such a state of flux; it’s hard to know how to answer this question. The old model, Record companies holding the reins, is clearly moribund. Radio is certainly not the driver of sales the way it used to be. And the new model is changing so fast that assessing it is difficult to impossible.

I knew as soon as I knew anything about it, that the internet would be the major vehicle for getting one’s music out or selling it. I didn’t foresee that it would be so crammed, or that so much of what’s on offer would be of such high quality. Yes, there’s a lot of junk too, but it’s almost scary how much really good music there is, and how many wonderfully talented musicians there are. No one hears about a fairly large percentage of them, except for their local community unless they are working really hard at marketing – which, of course, takes time that most of them would rather spend making music.

Some vehicles for getting attention for your music strike me as more viable than others: webcasting, crowd-funding, and a few support sites like Patronize (started by my friend, John Pointer) which is designed to work the way patrons worked in Mozart’s time.

My hope is that this time of major change will settle into something where the cream will rise to the top and all the really good music will have all the support it needs. But we’re not there yet, and we’ve got plenty of roads to travel before we are.

Gaby: 
As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like most, what is your favorite activity?

Jan: 
Writing and performing. I like touring too, because I love traveling. Mostly, I love communicating. My favorite moments playing are when I can see the audience responding to what I’m doing on change. Taking the hand of the person beside them, or visibly agreeing with the song’s idea. Or leaning forward and taking in the details of the story. That’s so nourishing to me. It makes me smile to think of it.

Gaby: 
What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Jan: 
I don’t recall ever having a choice, or rather, every choice I made seemed to lead me to being one, regardless of what I might have intended.

For example, I have what they call “perfect pitch”, and before I settled into being a songwriter, I used to write down other people’s songs so they could get them copyrighted (You used to need a written copy.) I didn’t realize right away that I was getting a crash course in songwriting, until one night my first song was born, and I knew exactly what not to do with it, having heard so many good and bad songs.

Or … my parents bought a piano when I was 4, for my older sister to have lessons. (I was considered too young.) That’s when I found out about the pitch thing – although it was years before I understood that not everyone could do what I could do. My sister’s teacher agreed, after much persuasion, to take me on as a student.

Or finally, I’m standing in a line at University of Texas, where I had planned to register as an undecided major. The line was to major in music. My friend asked if I was going to do that, and I replied casually, “Sure. Why not?” I pretty much bumbled my way to a career in music, I guess.

Gaby: 
What is the motor that keeps you going?

Jan: 
What’s the next song going to be like?
I can’t wait to find out!!!

Gaby: 
Is there any place on earth, you haven't played yet, that you would like capture?

Jan: 
Israel - For a variety of reasons. I’ve wanted to see Israel since I was a teenager, and I want to play my music there. I really like the kind of music that David Broza is doing and the reasons he’s doing it. I would like to help work for the kind of change he promotes.

Gaby: 
What was the most enjoyable compliment, a fan has ever given to you?

Jan: 
I think you just changed my mind.”

Gaby: 
What was your favorite song, which you wished you had recorded?

Jan: 
From a Distance

Gaby:
Thank you very much Jan Seides, that you shared a few of your thoughts with us. And if People want to see more about Jan Seides, here is the place, where they can find her.
 
Interview by Gaby Agrikola for Country Music News International

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