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Big Joe Shelton
Big Joe Shelton was born in the Black Prairie region of Northeast Mississippi. As a child growing up in a small Mississippi town he was exposed to an African-American culture, which still strongly reflected that of the early part of the twentith century. He attended tent minstrel shows, bar-b-que picnics and heard street musicians performing authentic traditional blues. The Black Belt region is also the birthplace of blues legends Howlin’ Wolf, Bukka White and Big Joe Williams. As a young man he was fortunate in befriending Williams and this association greatly influenced his musical sensibilities.
As a child Big Joe sang in church and grammer school choirs. In his teens he began playing the harmonica and guitar.
“The Older I Get the Better I Was” is his second release on the independent ALT 45 RECORDS label. It was recorded at the B.B. King Recording Studio on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University at Itta Bena over the Summer of 2010. It includes ten original tracks all conceived in the fertile imagination of this gifted songwriter.
“Black Prairie Blues”, his 2008 release, was a finalist in the 2009 International Blues Challenge for the Best Self-Produced CD Award. A song from that album, “Devil Lives in Memphis,” was nominated for 2008 song of the year by Blues Critic Magazine reader’s poll. The album was listed in the top ten on numerous national and international blues radio charts including: Australia, The Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Germany, and the United States. It also received extensive play on Sirus XM satellite radio’s B.B. King’s Bluesville program. The CD garnered stellar reviews from national and international blues music magazines including: Living Blues (US), Elmore Magazine (US), Blues Matters (UK), Juke Blues (UK), and Blues Review (US).
Big Joe has performed at numerous festivals and clubs throughout the southeastern United States including: King Biscuit Blues Festival, Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, Freedom Creek Blues Festival and the Beal Street Mess Around. He has also toured England, France, Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands.
He has played with blues legends Big Joe Williams, Furry Lewis, Son Thomas, Junior Kimbrough, Fenton Robinson and BMA / Handy Award nominees Willie King, Blind Mississippi Morris, R. L. Burnside and Johnny Rawls as well as Daniel “Slick” Ballinger, the 2007 BMA Best New Artist and 2009 Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop.
Shelton was awarded a 2010 Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission and is a member of their “Artist Roster” (http://www.arts.state.ms.us/artist-roster/index.php) as well as their “Mississippi Folk arts / Folklife Directory” (http://www.arts.state.ms.us/special-projects/folklife.php). He was honored in 2007 by being included on the “Columbus / Cat Fish Alley” Mississippi Blues Trail Marker (http://www.msbluestrail.org/commission.html).
Among his contributions toward perpetuation of the blues is his involvement with the Jazz Foundation of America, The Mississippi Arts Commission, and the Howlin’ Wolf Blues Society “Blues in School” educational programs.
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“Dream Boy” is the title of the debut single of the vocalist, who just returned from America’s Country music capital, Nashville, and who likes to deal with the topic of ‘freedom’ in her songs. Especially in this song HENRIETTE sings about freedom in a romantic relationship, which is often not easy for us. It’s about being ascent instead of descent, giving each other wings, supporting each other’s dreams, to love and trust with the wisdom of a child as well as to appreciate people for who they are. “Dream Boy” is the perfect song to turn up the radio while driving on the highway, windows wide open, soaking in the good vibes of Indian Summer – catchy tunes included. The single has been released on September 20th, 2019 via Dr. Music Records and is accompanied by a wonderful journey through the countryside in the atmospheric lyric video: https://youtu.be/OJWNXFAlnA0
HENRIETTE’s charmingly catchy single “Dream Boy” is now available at the following download shops and streaming services: Amazon | iTunes | Google Play | SMStracks | Spotify | Apple Music | Deezer | Tidal
At first glance, some may think, as you enter your later years, the dreams you had in your youth would simply fade away. Not so for Donavon Lee Carpenter. In fact, he is setting out to become the next greatest Country Music Nashville Recording Artist of the century!
With his first album set to release December 1, 2018, Donavon is just getting started fulfilling his dream and his promise to his mother that he would someday give her an album of his own. As a young child his Mother returned home one day with a new album from Country Music Great Don Williams. When the music on that old turntable began to play Donavon and his Mother danced to every tune. It was there and then he promised he would one day become a Nashville Recording Artist.
Born and raised in rural East Fort Worth, Texas, Donavon rode horseback, played baseball and swam in Mary’s Creek. With hopes of pursuing his dream, he sang in his Church choir and local nursing homes that his grandmother worked at. He was very active, enjoying gymnastics, swimming, volley ball and even competing in rodeos.
As life happened, Donavon became a husband and a father at a young age which led him to following in the footsteps of his Father and Grandfather and placing that dream on a shelf for a tour of duty with the United States Navy. It was important to him to follow his heritage of his fathers. After leaving the Navy and becoming a single Dad to three children, Donavon pursued a career in Nursing and later a Nuclear Power Plant traveler to support his family. It was there he found the love of his life and the support he needed to begin to dusting off that dream.
The connection with Crystal and her three children was more love than Donavon could have ever imagined. In fact one of his soon to be hits, “You’re All I Need”, was written by Donavon and Crystal from a story they told their children on a chilly night when the power went out and they all gathered around the fireplace to keep warm.
Never giving up on his dream, Donavon began to learn the delicate art of entertaining through his new found company he and Crystal developed, Live Wire Entertainment in Southwest Michigan. He gave his listeners what they wanted to experience and soon became known as “Donavon, the dancing cowboy” by the local radio station 97.5 Y country.
When the radio station and local distributor Dean the Beer Man, ran a singing contest at the large Summer Jam Festival , Donavon went on to win with an overwhelming response and opened for the famous Blake Shelton, Phil Vassar and Billy Dean! After that performance, Donavon got the “bug” and continued to refine his guitar skills, collaborate with other songwriters and share that connection with his fans.
A year ago, Donavon collaborated with a fellow kulaBrands member for a “gift” to the CEO. After hearing the song, the CEO of kulaBrands sent Donavon to Nashville to record the new found “kulaBrands Anthem” which allowed him the opportunity to also record an additional five of his originals. To never forget this opportunity that was given to him, he included this on his new album.
This opportunity jump started a kickstarter campaign and he pursued finalizing the recording of his full album. After 24 hours, the campaign was fully funded! In order to raise more awareness and share his message with the world, he decided to go on a “backyard” tour. With wife in tow, they loaded up the motorhome and utilized social media to spread the word of their route. If you were within 2 hours of their route, you could book a show at your favorite local venue or even in your own back yard for FREE! Donavon played for tips to finance his tour and share his music. The tour started in Michigan and very soon turned into a 12,000 mile cross-country adventure including 29 cities in 9 weeks. One of those locations was Chicamauga, GA where he met up with songwriter Casey Carpenter and wrote “Another Beach Song”.
Mental health and suicide awareness is a topic that is important to Donavon which led him to connect with singer / songwriter Shanda Hopkins from Newfoundland who wrote “Lonely Road”. Another great song with a message, debuting on his new album and taking a stand to “listen” to those cries for help.
“The self-talk and the self-doubt that we put ourselves in a box, limits our dreams daily. I always thought that I was the only one going through whatever it was I was going through so through music and lyrics of songs, it makes a connection to people that they can find hope, a connection, they aren’t alone” says Donavon. “My wish for my children and grandchildren is to truly chase that dream and chase it with all you have. Because of the help of others and through the collaboration of others, all things are possible. I could never get anything done when I tried to do it myself. It’s through understanding that the good Lord is running the show and following his direction. When others see what’s happening to me, hopefully they will realize it can happen for them too. Living in service to others takes us out of ourselves in order to see the opportunity afforded to us.”
Describing his new album, the diversity and excitement is overwhelming with gratitude to everyone who has made this dream possible. Sharing messages that he believes have an impact on others, to encourage to dream and to believe.
See you on the flip side, stay in the groove, and Dreams really do come true!
Cori is the preschool director at Forest Park United Methodist Church in Panama City, Fl. Kelly teaches Marketing & TV Production at Bay High School, also in Panama City, Fl. Both ladies began singing at the age of 5 years old and have enjoyed writing and arranging their own original songs. What makes Cori and Kelly unique, is that they often share harmony and lead vocal responsibilities on various tracks due to the versatility of their voices. Their sound is comparable to Lady Antebellum and Hillary Scott & the Scott Family. As a duo, they are excited to see where their partnership and lifelong love of music takes them.
Emerging singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist, Ryan Montgomery, released his debut single, “Drop a Tailgate”, on June 3rd and his self-titled debut EP on June 29th, 2018.
“I’m so excited to share these songs with you all...I chose these 6 songs to include on my debut EP because not only are they some of my favorites, but they are also the types of songs I want to listen to and be identified with artistically.”
Born and raised in South Florida, 20 year old Montgomery has been traveling back and forth from Florida to Nashville recording his debut EP at Castle Recording Studios in Nashville, TN with some of Nashville’s top session players.
Montgomery’s debut EP featuring 6 songs written exclusively on his own, has a country / pop rock flavor with his debut single “Drop A Tailgate” leading the charge. Fans are calling "Drop a Tailgate" the "Song of the Summer" and are already choosing their favorites from Montgomery's recently released self-titled EP.
“Writing and recording “Drop a Tailgate” has been such a fun experience that has allowed me to express and share some of the things I enjoyed while growing up in South Florida, specifically tailgating with family and good friends before the country concerts at our local amphitheater.”
Besides songwriting, Montgomery loves performing and has the ability to entertain whether acoustically or “rocking out” on stage with his full 6-piece band. He has an avid following with a large fan base and social media following who are packing shows and streaming / downloading his debut Single and EP...500,000+ streams and rising daily!
Montgomery's 2018-19 "Drop a Tailgate" Tour kicked off with a bang packing numerous shows near his South Florida hometown and will continue throughout venues in FL, GA, AL, MS, LA, TX and Nashville.
Montgomery has plans to be back at Castle Recording Studios by year end 2018 recording new music.
ABOUT RYAN MONTGOMERY
From an early age it was apparent to Ryan’s family and friends how drawn he was to music: drumming with any item that remotely resembled a drumstick, playing his guitar non-stop, listening to every genre of music available, and sitting in the front row at church just to be close to the band.
"Music has always been my passion for as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid I used to sit absolutely transfixed whenever there was any kind of live music available to watch knowing that I wanted to perform like that one day."
Although music was always at the forefront, Ryan had other interests as a youth as well. Growing up in South Florida allowed Ryan to participate in numerous sports and his athleticism enabled him to excel in many including travel ice hockey, basketball, competitive waterskiing, surfing and bodybuilding.
Ryan was able to successfully balance school, sports and music throughout his elementary, middle and high school years and as he entered college made a decision to focus primarily on both his college education and music.
“My family has always supported me and encouraged me to set goals and work hard to achieve them...I am thankful for the gifts I have been given and am extremely blessed to be able to do what I love.”
Born and raised in South Florida, 20-year-old Montgomery travels back and forth from Florida to Nashville writing, recording and playing live venues while also enrolled full-time at Florida Atlantic University in the BBA program. https://ryanmontgomerymusic.net/home
New England born and raised, Rae Marks has been deeply rooted in music from a young age. Ever since she began belting out show tunes into a vacuum cleaner hose, Rae's parents have supported her passion for music.
At the age of 14, Rae trained vocally under Broadway performer and Opera singer, Gary William Harger. In high school, she trained under Broadway performer and producer, Kristin Huffman.
Rae went on to pursue a career in music
education at Central Connecticut State University. In 2008 she graduated with degree in Communications and Journalism, but continues pursuing music and songwriting on the side. In 2013, she joined a band, which would later become the country group, Shotgun Siren.
In 2015, Rae moved to Texas where she joined the classic rock band, The Poor Dogs.
In 2017, Rae decided to break away and pave her own path as Rae Marks, successfully launching a Kickstarter campaign for her EP, which would later be recorded at Beaird Music Group, INC. in Nashville. The 6-song EP, Super Girl, was produced by Larry Beaird (Dolly Parton, Kix Brooks, Billy Dean, Robin Meade, Joey and Rory)
Rae is kicking off 2018 with a bang! She signed with Nashville Entertainment Weekly Records, working with TJ Cates and Jill Santibanez on artist and brand development, as well as radio play. Her catchy single "Blood In My Whiskey Stream" is being promoted nationwide to various radio stations.
If you love a little country, rock and blues, with some serious attitude and grit, then you will dig Rae's tunes!
Her EP Super Girl is available for purchase on all digital platforms NOW!
T.J. Sparks (aka Anthony Barletta) is a fast rising country music singer-composers in New York. TJ recently released his debut song “Back to you”. His first song has gained much success by charting on the New Music Weekly and Grassroots hot Country charts. The exciting, newfangled track continues to gain interest from country music enthusiasts all over the world.
TJ Sparks is no stranger to music. He has always had a passion for it and, in the past has played violin, trombone and bass guitar. He was a member of many bands growing up in the 70's and 80's. In the 90's he formed his own group, unfortunately their efforts only went so far as the reality of life set it as most of the members had lives and families of their own, which did not fit into the world of music.
Fast forward to 2015. By Chance, TJ began listening to NASH FM and fell in love with Country Muisc. He thought to himself, how come country music is not getting the kind of attention it deserves here on Staten Island. Through research, he found out that there were many country music fans on Staten Island. He decided to start Sparks Country Entertainment and host events where country music fans could come and listen to the music, line dance or sing along, if they wanted to. He developed a country music following of sorts in Staten Island. Backtracking to the 90's, TJ stumbled upon the original music from his past musical adventures last fall while cleaning out his shed and thought to himself, we can countrified this awesome music and sent the tracks to various studios in Nashville who agreed that there was potential there. And so, here it all begins.
Alan Jackson is my idol, from Chattahoochee to Don't rock the jukebox, I just love his songs to sing and to listen too. My next is George Strait, Toby Keith, Josh Turner and Zac Brown
Prior to joining Rhythm -n- Roses, lead singer Jennifer Marler opened for Charlie Daniels, Ray Price, the Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Willis, Neil McCoy and others. She trained with legendary gospel music Hall of Fame member Jim Wesson and Jayne Librand of the Image Factory. She began writing songs and singing at local opry’s when she was just a teen. In 2010 she wrote “He Was A Soldier” in remembrance of her brother, U.S. Army Spc Jonathan Emard, who was killed in Iraq in 2008. She has performed the song at Ft. Sill, Ft. Hood and the Rockwall Memorial Day Concert.
Her husband, Justin Marler, started learning to play the guitar as a young teen from respected musicians, including Scotty Ray, who plays with Miranda Lambert and is also Collin Ray's brother. Justin’s raspy Texas country voice has earned him jobs performing all over Texas, Nashville and New York, to name a few.
Sharing lead vocals, Jennifer and Justin can perform with their full band or acoustically. They are based in Terrell TX and always put on a fun, energized show full of covers and originals. To book Rhythm -n-Roses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can visit their website at: http://www.reverbnation.com/rhythmnroses.
With his new album Lifers, Jinks reaffirms his commitment to creating music with purpose and passion, all while turning out songs overflowing with indelible hooks and unbridled energy. The follow-up to I’m Not the Devil—a 2016 release that hit #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart—Lifers also deepens the spirit of solidarity that’s long guided his every endeavor. Rooted in a relentlessly vital, rock-and-roll-steeped country sound, Lifers takes its name from those portrayed in the title track as “the struggling strifers working long after the day is done…It seems they still dream.” With his powerful yet nuanced baritone voice and lyrics that instill so much truth into one single line, Jinks attests to the work of self-preservation in an often unbending world, and ultimately leaves the listener with a profound sense of courage
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Flat Head Ford introduces a unique style of Country/Blues reminiscent of, JJ Cale, John Prine and Jerry Reed; mixed with authentic Chicago Blues.
With an unparalleled passion for country music, it comes as no surprise that Skytone Entertainment artist Matt Farris's career has gotten off to a promising start. A heart for helping those in need paired with an incredible talent and positive energy has allowed for the early and natural growth of a significant fan base. All of these characteristics have given Farris a strong foundation on which to build his career – one that, at the hands of another, was almost instantaneously taken away.
Entertaining family and friends from the moment he spoke his first word, Farris's passion for entertainment has always been apparent. With an early exchange of lullabies for classic country tunes sung by his mother Sandra, the Lake Havasu City, Arizona native has ever since gravitated toward the genre.
After graduating high school, Farris moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University and later to Phoenix where he became an emergency medical technician and certified fire fighter through The Glendale Community College Fire Academy – all the while continuing to work on his music. His plight for country music stardom, however, nearly came to a tragic end when an altercation with two strangers trying to steal his father's truck left both Farris and his father shot. "There were a few men looking to steal my dad's truck. We tried to stop them... At one point, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot. My dad stepped in front of me and the bullet went through him and into me. We were both extremely fortunate our injuries weren't more serious."
The incident put the importance of family and music into perspective for Farris, who formed a band with his father and grandfather – both musicians themselves. Eager to get back to his music, Farris began playing out around Phoenix, continuing to build his career and fan base. In 2010, he surprised the band by entering the Colgate Country Showdown, making it into the Arizona State Finals. Encouraged by his success, Farris made the move to Nashville to further his career in 2010.
In late 2011, Farris came to the attention of Skytone Entertainment owner and veteran producer Frank Green. His first single, Redneck Radio, saw placement in both the Billboard Indicator (peak #56) and Music Row (peak #38) charts, as well as holding a position at #1 on the Indie World Country chart four weeks in a row in 2012 going into 2013. His 2nd single, Resident Redneck, continued to ascend the charts and was nominated for industry trade New Music Weekly's New Music Country Single of the Year Award. Radio and industry trades aren't the only ones that have taken notice – on February 1st, 2014 the cast of Country Music Television's (CMT) My Big Redneck Family sported Matt Farris shirts on an all new episode.
Farris continues to play live as much as possible, sharing the stage with Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, Trailer Choir, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lonestar, Dwight Yoakam, Darryl Worley, Trent Tomlinson, Adam Gregory, Keith Anderson, Colt Ford, Jason Aldean, Tyler Farr, Joe Diffie, Gord Bamford, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Neimann, Chris Janson, Brett Eldredge and more. Despite a full schedule, Farris still finds time to give back, supporting both the Make a Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness. After losing friend Denise to the disease, he started Denise's Day – an annual benefit in his hometown of Lake Havasu City, AZ.
"Giving back is extremely important to me. I love everything about what I do. But, more than anything, I love that it allows me a platform to better help those that need it. My music gives others a voice... I love my job."
If you know Amy, you've most definitely heard her say, "bigger than any dream we can dream, is the one God dreams for us." She feels she is living true to His dream and purpose for her and is having the time of her life, cherishing every single part of the journey.
Amy's album title 'Building Reasons And Dreams' honors the memory of her brother Brad. It features songs from the heart, that offer healing for the soul. Through her songwriting and music, particularly songs 'My Angel,' and 'Borrowed Angels,' Amy brings healing to those who have lost loved ones. With songs 'Shoot For The Moon,' ‘Building Reasons And Dreams,’ and ‘Dance Baby Girl,’ Amy inspires us to never give up, even as the tides of depression rise. She shows us hope, and belief in our dreams. Her music brings healing to the many hurting souls around the world and is the perfect gift for anyone who struggles with depression, thoughts of suicide, or in need of encouragement to live their biggest dreams. The lyrics are powerful, written for all ages and walks of life, showing that Amy’s true dream is to see everyone reach their biggest dreams while shining like the star they were born to be.
Upon the completion of her first album, Amy shows us she never stops, and became a host on the most-listened-to radio show in Southern Utah, as well as hosting ‘The DJ and Amy’ radio show. Then, television found her and she became a host on “The Edge of Southern Utah”. Amy loves to inspire others through radio and television so much, don't be surprised if you see her on a major network one day.
Given her dedication to "paying it forward," Amy reaches out whenever and wherever possible, making a difference worldwide, by supporting many philanthropic causes and charities.
One of her favorites, is honoring those who make the ultimate sacrifice. Performing for the Wall That Heals Opening Ceremonies, Amy will never forget the feeling of her hero Veteran's in uniform rising to their feet, rocking out, and singing along to "Let Freedom Rock", the song she wrote to honor them. Her hit song “Shoot for the Moon” was the theme song used at the “Embracing Our Heroes National Guard send off” to honor the military wives and children.
Amy is also passionate about spreading awareness and raising money for autism. She opened for Jefferson Starship, as well as Hall and Oates at the The Rock For Autism with recording artist Mark Leland.
Last year Amy was honored to pay tribute to the legendary Dr Ralph Stanley by singing his version of 'This Little Light of Mine' on the Grand Ole Opry stage. She will tell you it is one of the most spiritual experiences of her career as she felt the presence of many angels in the wings that night.
Amy still feels as though she is dreaming when she talks about performing her hit song 'My Angel' in honor of her brother Brad, at the 2018 Josie Music Awards in Dollywood. She is in awe at how the small girl who prayed to "bless the world just like Dolly someday" was standing on Dolly's own Celebrity Theater Stage being honored with the first ever Josie Music Award for 'Inspirational Song of the Year.'
2019 is already full of blessings for Amy with the launch of her non-profit ‘Building Reasons And Dreams’, producing her second album, and becoming a spokes-model for Confidently Ready by Josie Passantino. 'You Don't Have To Walk On Water' is currently moving up the Christian Music Charts and 'Shoot for the Moon’ already at top ten on Power Source Music Charts will be released into mainstream country radio.
Amy is on her way to the 2019 Josie Music Awards and can hardly wait for all the magical things happening on September 21st in Dollywood. She is honored to be coming together with other incredible artists and musicians to honor our Veterans at the award show that evening. So many fun and exciting things happening for the JMA's this year! Stay tuned to hear more!
On February 21st, Amy will be the featured artist on the Josie Show. Make sure to listen! There will be some exciting announcements made during the show!
Amy is also over the moon to be on the journey to The 2019 Inspirational Country Music Awards, held at The Grand Ole Opry on April 4th. She wishes to thank you for your love and support. This is her first year to be nominated and she is beyond grateful and honored to be a top 10 nominee for ‘Female Vocalist Of The Year.’
The music he sings relate to his life in every way in some form or another. he loves to entertain. The more people watching, the more fun he has. It's like a major adrenaline rush. He has been told he sounds like known artists such as, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan and even Garth Brooks. Jason Glenn has a different and a unique sound bringing in some sounds from traditional with slide guitar, and a swing style, but put the rock in it, and it has that country music feel.
He was born and raised in southern California. His motivation to pursue his music career are is 2 teenage daughters. His only dream is for them to look up to him and say, "That's my dad!" He has been thankful to have a great band. His brother, wrote "Beginning of the End", "Down to the Bone", and Gone too Long", over 17 years ago, and recently, Jason re vamped those songs his brother wrote and his new single "Gone Too Long", is one of them, and he re created this song to hit home to his audience about his real life situations. He performs not only his original songs, but he also performs Tim Mcgraw cover songs and others as well. His goal and passion is to perform on the big stages with major artists and his music to be felt in the hearts of both male and female.
Jason Glenn has been self promoting his new EP, using his last bit of money to fund the project. Day after day, after hours of research, going back and forth to the studio, spending countless hours to the point of exhaustion, break ups one after another, and jumping all the way with relationships quickly, his daughter, Tiffany told him he should name his title "Ups and Downs", which is why "Ups and Downs" is an important title for his EP. His new single. you can listen and purchase his songs at http://www.jasonglenn.bandcamp.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/jasonglenn
You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician as authentic as Richard Lynch, whose traditional country music fully embodies his hay-raising, farm-dwelling lifestyle. An all-American, blue collar country man, Lynch has poured his heart and soul into the countless chart-topping hits he and his band have produced. His music is 100% real country, evoking some of the great classics who influenced him, like Keith Whitley. Conway Twitty, and George Strait. For three decades and counting, Lynch has written, sung, and performed his songs with passion and dedication, building himself up into an independent country music sensation. While his musical roots are grounded in pure country, his songs also showcase elements of western swing, honky tonk and outlaw country.
Living the life he sings about is what gives Richard Lynch the edge as a singer/songwriter. Richard is a hard working, personification of pure country. He has been a designer and builder of amazing barns, and as should be expected, he is an American farmer. His everyday life and paying his musical dues by performing at 100's of events & shows a year, all across the country, is that which shaped him into a one-of-a-kind performer. Richard's style is true and it carries into his live shows.
Much like his music alone, a live performance of the Richard Lynch Band is something you feel. It's something you carry with you when you walk away. If country music is a gift that sustains in our lives wherever we go, Richard Lynch is the messenger. Lynch, based in Waynesville, Ohio, released his first full-length album, The Last of A Dying Breed, in 2013, and was nominated as Best Male Country Artist by the Independent Country Music Association in 2014. His most recent album is, a 12-track production that garnered critical acclaim, particularly for its first single and title track “ A Better Place”. The Lynch album was named the Pure Country Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, while Lynch was declared Humanitarian of the Year, and his band named the Traditional Country Band of the Year at the 2015 Josie Awards. A Better Place was produced by renowned songwriter Billy Yates, and features the work of several talented musicians who have previously worked with artists including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Reba McEntire.
In September Richard was named The 2017 Josie Awards Country Entertainer of The Year. Also, his self penned "We're American Proud" was named Song of The Year for Songs Saluting America. Recently Richard recorded a duet with country star Ronnie McDowell. The single, “Love Tattoo” is a moving tribute to our military veterans. It was released to rave reviews in January. Richard released his third studio album on April 1st, on Fence Row Records and he is already climbing the major radio charts. "Mending Fences" is an incredible 12 track project of pure country music. The title track, written by Lesley McDaniel, Fost Daniel, Jesse Daniel and Nick Hall is an outstanding example of what country music was meant to be. Like all great country songs, it comes with a story; "Good luck on the new album Richard. Mending Fences isn't the product of a fancy writer's room on music row. It was written in a barn, on an extremely cold northeast Alabama morning while sitting around an old homemade wood burning barrel heater. It's a legitimate country song and me and my co-writers are glad it found a legitimate country singer"........... Writer Nick Hall "Mending Fences" also includes a stunning, heart felt duet with the amazing Rhonda Vincent. Backed by a group of hand selected country musicians, the Richard Lynch Band performs a wide variety of music.
Perfect for the true traditionalist longing for the emotions of three cords and the truth wrapped in the soul of a steel guitar or fans seeking hard driving honky tonk, a Richard Lynch performance will surely warm your country soul.
never has it held more true than with country music artist Tianna Woods! Not
only a singer/songwriter, but a multi-instrumentalist, actor, dancer and
choreographer, Tianna crushes all stereotypes and barriers with her impressive
list of skills.
Tianna has had a steady climb in the country music industry over the past
couple of years. In 2017, she won a Josie Award for “Modern Country Female
Vocalist of the Year” in Nashville. In 2016, she won the “Best Country”
Toronto Independent Music Award and this year, for the fifth time in a row,
she has been nominated for the Country Music Association of Ontario
(CMAO) “Female Artist of the Year”.
Since graduating university, Tianna’s knack of business smarts and high
caliber talent has landed her on festival and fair stages across Ontario, taken
her to Nashville to develop her songwriting, and has helped her promote 14
singles to Canadian Country Radio; 2 which landed in the top 100. She
completed her FACTOR funded debut album titled ‘Tianna Woods’ with
CCMA Award Winning producer Rick Hutt. The album was followed by her
EP - titled ‘Bring Your Own Sunshine’.
Tianna launched her kick off country tour It’s About Country Music and “Then Some” the musical and has been
touring the show across theatres in Ontario. The show features her own music, country music through the years and
“then some” from artists including Merle Haggard, George Strait, Joe Cocker, Dan Hill and many more. Tianna also
plays 8 musical instruments which she includes in the show as well as her theatrical background.
Tianna has headlined and performed at such festivals as Celebrate Ajax by the Lake (6 consecutive years), Milton Fall
Fair, Mitchell Fall Fair, Boothill Country Jamboree, Rockton World’s Fair (4 consecutive years), Redpath Tall Ships
Festival, Caledonia Fair, Burlington Canada Day, Ajax Canada Day, Aurora Day Festival, Aurora Canada Day, the
Niagara Regional Exhibition and the Toronto and Burlington Ribfests with well over 50,000 in attendance. She has also
opened for such acts as country male artist “Tim Hicks” and country duo “One More Girl” and has performed in
Canada, the United States, Japan and on a number of cruise ships.
During her educational years she continued to pursue her passion in musical theatre, dance and music, appearing in
multiple musicals, including the lead role of Anne in “Anne of Green Gables”, which toured throughout Japan. Tianna
will tell you, “Singing & performing has always been my passion. It has always felt so natural. Being on stage is like
my second home.” Stay tuned to see what’s next for this Canadian Country Artist!
Jeff’s first guitar was at age 9 and he immediately formed his first band, The Emperors. From there, it was local clubs and concerts, paying his dues and working with musicians who became sidemen for Prince and Bob Dylan. He moved to Arizona, got his first Nashville song contracts and put together one of the most popular and acclaimed bands in the Phoenix music scene over his 20 years there. One fateful chance encounter with Glen Campbell led to his longtime tenure on that tour and set the stage for his move to Nashville in 2000.
Today, Jeff is an active Nashville music producer, songwriter, session guitarist, recording artist and educator and tours as a dynamic bandleader and solo artist. His show Salute To Glen Campbell is appearing nationally, as well as a solo tour Jeff Dayton ~ American Troubadour.
You might catch Jeff on the big and little screen too. He’s appeared on three episodes of Hawaii Five-O and ten episodes of Nashville, plus a Toby Keith music video Honkytonk U and the film “The Identical.”