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Dianna Corcoran’s “God Did Good” Scores No. 1 Spot on Taste Of Country’s Top 10 Video Countdown

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 12, 2015) – Singer, songwriter and guitarist Dianna Corcoran’s music video for current single, “God Did Good,” took the No. 1 spot on Taste Of Country’s Top 10 Video Countdown last Friday, Oct. 9; a true feat for an emerging act with a debut single. The Country music news site hosts the poll weekly where visitors of the site can vote for their favorite Country music video to make the countdown. See the video on Taste Of Country here.

Produced by GearSeven Productions Nashville and directed by Connor Carroll, the video is now available for viewing on Corcoran’s YouTube channel, here, and the song is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.

The self-produced track was written by Corcoran, Jeff Cohen and Kristian Bush, and is a country-rock love song about how ‘God did good’ creating the protagonist’s love interest.

 

About Dianna Corcoran: Already a two-time Golden Guitar winner, (Australian Country Music Awards) including Female Artist of The Year, Dianna Corcoran is one of Australia’s finest country vocalists. Relocating to Nashville, Tenn. in 2011 after signing a publishing and recording deal in the U.S. with Krian Music Group / Universal Music Group, Dianna has worked extensively in the songwriting community throughout Stockholm, London, Germany, Australia and the U.S. With numerous No. 1 hits and cuts to her name, including an upcoming Hollywood movie opening theme, this sublime singer, songwriter, producer and young musical entrepreneur took her career to a whole new level by self-producing her first ever American release, aptly titled In America, which is set to release January 29, 2016. Most recently, Dianna released the first single off her new album titled “God Did Good” with songwriting credits including herself, Kristian Bush and Jeff Cohen. For more information about Dianna, visit www.DiannaCorcoran.com and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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  Matt Watkins   Dec 21, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

CRS 2016 Early Bird Registration Rate Deadline Approaching

$529 Regular Registration Rate Takes Effect Oct. 17

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 8, 2015) Friday, Oct. 16 marks the deadline to purchase $429 Early Bird registrations for Country Radio Seminar 2016. The regular rate will take effect on Oct. 17, increasing registrations to $529 per person. Registrations are available for purchase through www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.

Oct. 16 also marks the last day in which registered stations will be signed up to receive custom digital liners.

The three-day event will be held Monday, February 8, 2016 through Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. An advance agenda was released earlier this week and is available at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

Country Radio Seminar is the premiere educational and networking event for Country radio and music industry professionals, offering attendees access to informative panels, countless networking opportunities, prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances from some of today’s biggest stars and emerging artists. Panels at CRS cover a broad range of topics relevant to today’s Country radio industry, including: social media and digital innovations, PPM, brand strategies, leadership skills, consumer research studies, the relationships and economics of the radio and record industries and much more.

Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter. (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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  Matt Watkins   Dec 21, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

Advance Agenda Released For CRS 2016

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 6, 2015) Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has revealed an advance version of its agenda for Country Radio Seminar 2016, which will be held Feb. 8-10 inside the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tenn. 

The three-day event will offer attendees a countless number of informative panels and educational presentations centered around hot topics, sales, technology, social media, programming, and more.  In addition, the agenda is packed full of great performances and valuable networking opportunities.

CRS Agenda Committee chairman Tom Hanrahan states, “Our 2016 Agenda Committee has been working hard since our initial meetings in June to deliver world class content for CRS 2016. I’m continually amazed by their hard work and dedication. This preview of the agenda demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver our best to CRS attendees. I can’t wait for February to get here!”

Talent lineups and more agenda specifics will be released leading up to the event.

The CRS 2016 Agenda-At-A-Glance includes:
(*Schedule subject to change*)

Monday, February 8:
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.               Registration Opens
3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.               Opening Ceremonies
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.               Tom Rivers & Artist Humanitarian Award Presentation
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.               Welcome Reception
7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.               Grand Ole Opry
9:45 p.m.                                  CRS After Hours

Tuesday, February 9:
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.               Programming Mentoring Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.               Sales Mentoring Breakfast
9:00-9:50 a.m.                        Daily Featured Speaker
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.            CRS Research Presentation
11:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m.              UMG Nashville Lunch and Performance
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.               Radio as The Insurgent: What if “They” Were Here First?
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.               Beyond the News Feed – Using Social Media For More Than “Listen Now”
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.               While You Were Out: To The Beach and Back
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.               Big Market Sound in Any Size Town Part:1 Imaging Secrets Revealed
3:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m.               The New Listener Journey Map
3:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m.               Women in the Industry: Breaking Barriers and Balance
3:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m.               Big Market Sound in Any Size Town Part II: Get Prepped
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.               Revenues on the Horizon: Local Advertisers Talk Radio
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.               Big Market Sound In Any Size Town Part III: Mastering The Music
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.               Whose Hits Are Bigger? A Look At The Other Charts
7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.              CRS After Hours

Wednesday, February 10:
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.               Women Mentoring Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.               Tech Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.                Featured Speaker
10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.           Put Me In Coach! The Industries Best Talent Coaches Converge
10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.            What YOU Want To Know About Digital and Social
10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.            Promotions Start To Finish
11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m.             Listeners: Are You Speaking Their Language?
11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m.              Social Content Creation Bootcamp
Noon-1:50 p.m.                        Sponsored Luncheon
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.               Winning The First Occasion
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.               From the Outside Looking In: Other Formats Give Their Take On Country
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.               Frenemy: Competitor or Brand Extension?
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.               Transcending & Evolving
5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.                New Faces Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.             New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Show
10:00 p.m.                                CRS After Hours

A more detailed version of the agenda with panel descriptions is available on www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

The preliminary schedule details were released in advance of the CRS 2016 Early Bird Registration Rate deadline, which is Oct. 16. The regular rate will take effect on Oct. 17, increasing registrations from $429 to $529 per person. Registrations are available for purchase through www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.

Country Radio Seminar is the world’s largest Country radio event, garnering attendees from all over the United States. The annual convention is designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio.

Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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  Matt Watkins   Dec 21, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

Dianna Corcoran Visits WLLX and WXFL In Support Of New Single, “God Did Good”

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 5, 2015) – Australian-born songstress and guitar player, Dianna Corcoran, recently visited with the staff of WLLX in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and the staff of WXFL in Florence, Ala. on a radio tour in support of her new single, “God Did Good.” These radio stops were one of many that are scheduled over the next few months for Dianna. The single, which released on Sept. 8, is Dianna’s stateside debut off her forthcoming album, In America, set to release on Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information on Dianna Corcoran, visit her official website at www.DiannaCorcoran.com and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Pictured above: Dianna Corcoran (center) with WLLX’s Kenny Beckman and Eddie Landtroop.

Pictured above: Dianna Corcoran (center) with WXFL staff Avery King, Fletch Brown, Jay Diggins and Rachel Parker.

  Matt Watkins   Dec 21, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

American Trio, The Cains, Welcomed By UK Music Fans While On Multi-City European Tour

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The Cains perform at Culpepper Club in Basildon on Sept. 11, 2015.
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(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 30, 2015) – Country music trio, The Cains, return to the U.S. after spending two exciting weeks on the I Stand Alone U.K. Tour. The group opened for U.K. artist, Sasha McVeigh, on select dates in various clubs that took them to London, Glasgow, Oxford, Manchester and more.

Sibling member, Logan Cain commented about the tour, “From start to finish, the U.K. has done for us what we want to do for others¾ feel loved. Each and every person we encountered went out of his or her way to make us feel welcome. We have an extremely busy 2016 planned and to have this opportunity as one of our first touring experiences will impact the course of our career forever.”

In March of 2015, hot off the heels of a successful radio debut and packed performances at Country Radio Seminar 2015, The Cains broke onto the U.K. Country music scene with their first international appearance at London’s Country-to-Country (C2C) festival, Europe’s largest and most well attended Country music event of the year. After their wildly successful C2C performances, the group landed a cover feature and four-page spread on the U.K.’s leading Country music magazine, Up! Country Magazine. The group has also recently inked a booking agreement with Nashville’s The Kinkead Entertainment Agency.

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The Cains perform at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester on Sept. 18, 2015.
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For more information on The Cains, visit www.TheCainsOfficial.com and follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

  Matt Watkins   Dec 21, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA and Tamworth Wrap Up Another Amazing Year at Americana Music Festival

(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 29, 2015) The 2015 Americana Music Festival and Conference brought an incredible range of talent during its weeklong festivities in Nashville, Tenn. This was the seventh year of involvement for SOUNDS AUSTRALIA and Tamworth Music Festival, bringing us events such as Australiana Americana, THE AUSSIE BBQ and The Sister City Jam.

One of the most raved about events was Tamworth’s “Australiana Americana” – an annual showcase of Australian talent held at the legendary Bluebird Café, featuring artists: Allan Caswell, Amber Lawrence, Bill Jackson & Pete Fidler, Dan Parsons, Daniel Champagne, Geoff Achison, Imogen Clark, Kirsty Akers, Kristy Cox, Liz Stringer, Loren Kate, Matt Ellis, One Up Two Down, Teischa Jones and Tracy McNeil. The event was hosted by Dobe Newton, who introduced us to some top-notch musicians, some of which were Nashville veterans, as well as a few fresh faces.

One of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA’s biggest events this year – as well as every other year – was THE AUSSIE BBQ held on Saturday, Sept. 19 at The 5 Spot. This event has become internationally famous for introducing the world to hundreds of new Australian artists, as well as being a great networking event for industry professionals and fans alike. This year, THE AUSSIE BBQ featured 10 of Australia’s most exciting acts within the Americana and singer-songwriter scenes: Henry Wagons, Halfway, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liam Gerner, Liz Stringer, Oh Pep!, Raised By Eagles, Roller One, Ruby Boots and Steve Grady. These eclectic artists packed The 5 Spot on the fifth day of the festival, bringing some Aussie flair to the Nashville Americana scene. Since its start in 2003, THE AUSSIE BBQ has grown exponentially into a circuit of shows that includes Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Brighton, Liverpool, London, Singapore, Mumbai, Pune, Nashville and Austin.

Tamworth’s “Australiana Americana”

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Front: Allan Caswell, Teischa Jones, Amber Lawrence, Dobe Newton, Bill Jackson, Kirsty Lee Ackers, Tracy McNeil, One Up Two Down. Back: Loren Kate, Pete Fiddler, Matt Ellis.

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA’s “A Taste of Australia”

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Henry Wagons with fans at “A Taste Of Australia” lunch at Soulshine Pizza.

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Dobe Newton, Jed Hilly (AMA Executive Director), Glenn Dickie (SOUNDS AUSTRALIA).

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Part of the Australian contingent at Americana Fest gather outside The 5 Spot for
“THE AUSSIE BBQ.”

About SOUNDS AUSTRALIA:

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA is Australia’s export music market development initiative, established to provide a cohesive and strategic platform to assist the Australian music industry access international business opportunities.

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA is a joint initiative of the Australia Council and APRA|AMCOS, supported by the Federal Government together with State Government Agencies and Peak Industry Associations.

As a globally recognized brand, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA has now become synonymous with producing stellar showcasing events around the globe, featuring all Australian line ups, with some of world’s most influential bookers, buyers, agents and promoters in attendance alongside the tastemakers of tomorrow.

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA’s aim is to provide the best possible environment for Australian artists at international events, offering additional exposure to industry and fans.

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA also provide valuable networking and considered business matching opportunities; by setting out to understand the goals and objectives of exporting managers prior to our events, we aim to connect them with relevant international industry.

As a direct result of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA’s programs, the number of Australian artists showcasing at international events has grown from 49 per year in 2009 to 263 in 2014, a 437% increase in just six years.

In total, 512 Australian Artist have showcased with SOUNDS AUSTRALIA (since Jan 2009/ Jan 2014).

  Matt Watkins   Dec 21, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

BBR’S JORDAN RAGER AND BROOKE EDEN DELIVER SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AT CRB BOARD EVENT

(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 25, 2015) The Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors was delivered special performances by BBR Music Group recording artists Jordan Rager and Brooke Eden last night, Sept. 24, at City Winery Nashville.  The two appeared in conjunction with the annual CRB board meetings, held to finalize strategic plans for CRS 2016. CRS 2016 will be held February 8-10, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. at the Omni Hotel. CRS Early Bird Registration rate of $429 is in effect until Oct. 16, 2015.

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information.

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Pictured Above: Nick Martin (WXFL), Jeff Kapugi (WUSN Chicago), CRS President Charlie Morgan, Tim Roberts (WYCD), Scott Huskey (Rusty Walker Programming Consultants), Brooke Eden, Jon Loba (BBR Music Group), Jordan Rager, Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media), Joel Rabb (Joel Rabb Country Radio Media) | Photo Credit: Kristen England

  Matt Watkins   Sep 27, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

Dianna Corcoran Releases Official Music Video for Single, “God Did Good”

See the Exclusive Premiere on Taste Of Country

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(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 24, 2015) – Singer, songwriter and guitarist Dianna Corcoran has released a music video exclusive for her latest single, “God Did Good,” through Taste of Country. Produced by GearSeven Productions Nashville and directed by Connor Carroll, the video is now available for viewing on Taste of Country‘s website, here, and the song is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.

The self-produced track was written by Corcoran, Jeff Cohen and Kristian Bush, and is a country-rock love song about how ‘God did good’ creating the protagonist’s love interest.

Of the music video, Corcoran commented, “I love the story of ‘God Did Good.’ I had fun shooting the video and wanted something simple that would translate the story to the audience, along with genuine happiness.”

As a young adult, Dianna’s first interest in Country music came through yodeling. She is now a multi-format recording artist with over 400 music awards, including two multi-award winning albums and two Australian Country Music Golden Guitar Awards. Corcoran also has a passion for philanthropy and has worked with The Australian Defense Force, deploying three times to perform for troops serving in Afghanistan and Egypt.

No stranger to hard work both in and out of the studio, Corcoran is noted for working three jobs in order to fund her first record. One of which was a gig in a car parts plant that trained the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Country cutie to become a vehicle mechanic who can not only change the oil, tires and batteries in a motor vehicle, but also fully rebuild car engines.

For more information on Dianna Corcoran, visit her official website at www.diannacorcoran.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Dianna Corcoran: Already a two-time Golden Guitar winner, (Australian Country Music Awards) including Female Artist of The Year, Dianna Corcoran is one of Australia’s finest country vocalists. Relocating to Nashville, Tenn. in 2011 after signing a publishing and recording deal in the U.S. with Krian Music Group / Universal Music Group, Dianna has worked extensively in the songwriting community throughout Stockholm, London, Germany, Australia and the U.S. With numerous No. 1 hits and cuts to her name, including an upcoming Hollywood movie opening theme, this sublime singer, songwriter, producer and young musical entrepreneur took her career to a whole new level by self-producing her first ever American release, aptly titled In America, which is set to release January 29, 2016. Most recently, Dianna released the first single off her new album titled “God Did Good” with songwriting credits including herself, Kristian Bush and Jeff Cohen. For more information about Dianna, visit www.DiannaCorcoran.com and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

  Matt Watkins   Sep 27, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

John Anderson Releases Praiseworthy New Single, “Don’t Forget To Thank The Lord”

(Nashville, Tenn. – September 23, 2015) – Country music icon, John Anderson, has released a praiseworthy new single, titled “Don’t Forget To Thank The Lord,” to Country radio. The track, which is the second release from his most recent album, Goldmine, was co-written by Anderson and John Rich.

“Don’t Forget To Thank The Lord” was shipped to radio on Sept. 14. Radio listeners will love the positivity of the song, which calls for us to be thankful for all the many blessings the Lord has given us.

For Anderson, the single was born out of a sincere thankfulness for all the opportunities he’s been given to pursue his music.

“I’ve always loved the Lord and been very thankful He’s allowed me to do what I do. That’s a pretty good message for anybody, no matter whether they like the song or not,” said Anderson.

To hear “Don’t Forget To Thank The Lord,” click here.

“Don’t Forget to Thank The Lord” is even more powerful when performed live. To see Anderson on tour across the United States, visit JohnAnderson.com for a complete list of upcoming tour dates.

Anderson released his new album, Goldmine, on May 26, which also marked his first album release in nine years. Released on his own record label, Bayou Boys Music, the 13-track collection of original material features authentic lyrics and Anderson’s signature sound. The award-winning and Hall of Fame songwriter wrote or co-wrote 12 of the album’s 13 tracks. The album is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and other major digital retailers.

Raised in Apopka, Fla., John Anderson grew up listening to both rock and traditional country, with plenty of country gospel mixed in for good measure. In the end, Anderson chose to pursue his country music dreams, a decision for which all his fans are very grateful. Anderson is recognized as one of the greatest country singers to ever step up to the microphone, possessing one of the most instantly identifiable vocal instruments in the history of the genre.

Anderson got his start in 1977 when he signed with Warner Brothers Records. He went on to have his first major hit in 1980 with Billy Joe Shaver’s, “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday).” Other hits include the classic “Wild and Blue,” released in 1982, and “Swingin,” the No. 1 Billboard Country single co-written with Lionel Delmore that would lead Anderson to garner the CMA Horizon Award.

Throughout his career, Anderson has produced 23 albums and released more than 60 singles (26 of which charted in the Top 10). He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5, 2014, and holds a wealth of industry awards including Academy of Country Music Career Achievement Award.

For more information on John Anderson, visit his official website at JohnAnderson.com. Follow him on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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  Matt Watkins   Sep 27, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More