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JON WOLFE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, NATURAL MAN, AND SETS MARCH 31 RELEASE DATE

Natural Man Available for Pre-Sale March 3, Single “Smile On Mine”

Available on iTunes Feb. 3

Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 22, 2015) – Country artist Jon Wolfe will release his much anticipated album,Natural Man, on March 31.

Natural Man, produced by WolfeLex Lipsitz and Billy Decker and recorded at Nashville’sWestwood Studios and Ronnie’s Place, is a 13-track collection of songs that merges Wolfe’s signature traditional sound, influenced by some of Country music’s greatest legends, including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Dwight Yoakam, with an edgy, modern energy.

Wolfe describes the album as a personal journey, saying, “Natural Man is a concept that I have wanted to record for a few years. This album stretches me as an artist and as a vocalist, while staying true to who I am. I have known how I wanted it to sound, and how I wanted it to look for some time now. I’ve been visualizing this album for such a long time, and it feels great to finally bring it to life!”

Fans can preview Natural Man on its pre-sale date of March 3 through iTunesAmazon and other major digital retailers.

Natural Man Track Listing and Songwriters:

1. If You’re Lonely Too (Jimmy Yeary / Ben Hayslip / Wyatt Durrette)
2. That’s What I’m Talkin’ About (Tom Shapiro / Jacob Powell / Michael Carter)
3. Smile On Mine (Dallas Davidson / Ben Hayslip / Rhett Akins)
4. It Just Feels Right (Jon Pardi / Bart Butler / Jeremy Spillman)
5. What Are You Doin’ Right Now (Ashley Gorley / Rodney Clawson / Wade Kirby)
6. Don’t It Feel Good (Deric Ruttan / Jonathan Singleton)
7. She Beats All I’ve Ever Seen (James Dean Hicks / Brett Jones / Jason Allen)
8. Singin’ Thing (Jon Wolfe / Tim Johnson / James Dean Hicks)
9. Natural Man (Brett Jones)
10. Outrun Her Memory (Jayce Hein / Thomas Tillman / Stephen Pasch / Kim Tribble)
11. I’m Doin’ Alright (Jon Wolfe / Billy Crain / Adrienne Follese)
12. Married to Nothin’ (Casey Beathard / Kenneth Wright / Shane Minor)
13. When I Get To Heaven (Pat Alger / Chris Cavanaugh)

Leadoff single, “Smile On Mine” hits radio in late January and be available for download on iTunesAmazon and other major digital retailers on Feb. 3, 2015. The up-beat tune features Wolfe’s familiar traditional sound while showcasing a new modern flair. With its catchy hook and foot-tapping melody, “Smile On Mine” tells the story of budding romance on a first date.

Of the new single, Wolfe comments, “My new single “Smile On Mine” really clicked with me the first time I heard it. It represents this important bridge between traditional country and the more edgy, modern melodies we’re hearing on the radio these days. That’s what I feel like my whole new album is doing – I’m staying true to my roots and my traditional voice, but also growing and adapting with the times. I think my fans are going to love it!”

From his native small town in Miami, Oklahoma to the bustling Texas dancehalls and honky-tonks; Wolfe’s music has been burning up the Texas Charts where he garnered six consecutive Top Ten singles  (“Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now”), making Wolfe a “must see” act in the Texas touring scene.

His 2010 release, It All Happened In A Honky Tonk, became such a regional success that it was re-released as a Deluxe Edition by Warner Music Nashville in 2013. The album debuted at #34 on theBillboard Album Chart and has collectively sold 25,000 units.

A seasoned performer, Wolfe has opened for some of Country’s biggest stars and has played more than 400 live shows over the past four years. He has a busy 2015 tour schedule on the horizon. Details surrounding the forthcoming tour will be released in the coming weeks.

For interview and mp3 requests, contact Sharilyn Pettus at Sharilyn@aristomedia.com.

For more information on Jon Wolfe, visit his official website at www.JonWolfeCountry.com, and follow him on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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THREE “MORNING” AGENDA ITEMS RELEASED FOR CRS 2015

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 21, 2015) – Country Radio Seminar has released details surrounding three agenda items scheduled for Country Radio Seminar 2015 (Feb. 25-27, 2015). Programming Mentoring Breakfast, Friday’sManager’s Breakfast and The Stars Come Out In The Morning are newly released events that have been added to the three-day agenda.

Programming Mentoring Breakfast, scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 26 at 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m., will provide attendees the opportunity to sit down with experienced PDs and Consultants who can help advise and educate with fresh, new ideas.  Confirmed participants for the one-on-one session are Ken Boesen, PD, WKIS/Miami (currently Beasley, to become CBS); Michael Bryan, iHeartMedia/Nashville OM, WSIX PD and iHeartRadio Digital Brand Coordinator; Grover Collins, PD, WUBE/Cincinnati (Hubbard); Charlie Cook, Cumulus Nashville OM and WKDF & WSM-FM PD; Shelly Easton, PD, WXTU/Philadelphia (Beasley); Steve Geofferies, VP/Programming, iHeartMedia Phoenix (including KNIX); Ed Hill, PD, KMPS/Seattle (CBS); Clay Hunnicutt, EVP/GM National Programming Platforms, iHeartMedia, New York; Phil Hunt, President, Hunt Media Strategies; Buzz Jackson, PD, KIIM/Tucson (Cumulus); Jeff Kapugi, PD, WUSN/Chicago(CBS); Bruce Logan, PD, KILT/Houston (CBS); Mike Moore, PD, KWJJ/Portland (Entercom); and Meg Stevens, iHeartMedia/Washington-Baltimore VP/Programming & WMZQ/Washington PD.

Friday’s Manager’s Breakfast, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m., offers registrants the opportunity to sit down with influential people in various areas of the radio industry. Several roundtable discussions will take place, and will be centered on the topics of radio management, sales, programming/consulting and ratings/research, digital and legal. Erica Farberis the moderator for the breakfast and participants are Owner/GM: Bob Leighton, CEO/GM, Leighton Broadcasting, St. Cloud, MN; Legal: David Oxenford, partner, Wilkinson Baker Knauer; Washington, DC; Programming: Joel Raab, owner, Country Radio Consultants; Langhorne, PA; Ratings: Bill Rose, SVP/Audio Client Services, Nielsen; New York; Sales: Matt Sunshine, EVP, Center for Sales Strategy; Tampa, FL; and Management: Rob Williams, VP/Market Manager, Greater Media/Boston.

The Stars Come Out In The Morning, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m., will feature top morning show personalities, covering everything from content development and workflow to social interaction. Randy Lane, President of The Randy Lane Company, will moderate the panel, which features Bobby Bones, morning personality at iHeartMedia & WSIX/Nashville (Country), Dave & Jimmy, morning personalities at WNCI/Columbus, OH (Hot AC/CHR) and Scott Shannon, morning personality at WCBS-FM/New York (Classic Hits).  Attendees will experience an up-close-and-entertaining look into how and why these talents are so successful. The personalities will also discuss the “blank canvas” of four hours to fill each day.

Country Radio Seminar is the premier educational and networking event for Country radio and music industry professionals, offering attendees access to informative panels, countless valuable networking opportunities, prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances from some of today’s biggest stars and emerging artists.  Panels at CRS 2015 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.

To register for CRS 2015, please visit www.crb.org or contact the CRS offices today. The current registration rate for the three-day event is $599.

For more information and an advance agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

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. CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 25-27, 2015. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2015).

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  Staff   Jan 21, 2015   Blog, News   0 Comment   Read More

THE VOICE: SEASON 6 TOP FIVE FINALIST, KRISTEN MERLIN, RELEASES DEBUT EP, BOOMERANG

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(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 20, 2015) – Country newcomer Kristen Merlin has released her debut EP, Boomerang, today, Jan. 20, 2015. Merlin, who finished 4th on season 6 of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning show, The Voice, is coming off the show’s US tour and making her debut with the five-song EP.

Boomerang, which is available on iTunesAmazon and other major digital retailers, was produced by Corey Britz, engineered by Paul Fig and recorded at Southland Records in Los Angeles. The five-track EP features four songs written by Merlin, while title track, “Boomerang,” was co-written by Corey and Kara Britz.

Merlin commented of the project, “I am super excited to take this next step in my career and finally release some original work to my fans! This EP is filled with heartfelt tunes that listeners will be able to relate to. Many thanks to all those who were involved in seeing this project through from start to finish! I couldn’t be more proud of the finished product.”

Merlin’s music career began in the first grade where she made her solo debut with “Never Never Land” at her elementary school’s rendition of Peter Pan. From that moment on, Kristen Merlin knew the stage would be her home, and began to perform at every opportunity that came along. In her junior year of high school, Merlin’s mother gave the young talent her first acoustic guitar, and in a few short months, she was a self-taught guitarist and began writing her own material.

After earning her BA in Music and Sound Recording from the University of New Haven in Connecticut, and brushing up her performance chops all over Massachusetts with her self-titled band, as well as another one of Boston’s leading cover bands, Six Foot Sunday, her talents landed Merlin a spot on The Voice. After her audition performing Sugarland’s “Something More,” and some heated haggling between coaches Adam Levine and Shakira, Kristen joined Team Shakira and became a powerhouse female staple of The Voice: Season 6. Kristen is now making her debut with original music.

Her EP, Boomerang, is a collection of refreshingly modern classic country love songs, showcasing Kristen’s “unique and distinct tone” as well as her vocal range.

Boomerang Track Listing:

1 – Boomerang (Corey Britz / Kara Britz)
2 – A Little While (Kristen Merlin)
3 – Confusion (Kristen Merlin)
4 – For Now (Kristen Merlin)
5 – Pocket Love Song (Kristen Merlin)

For more information on Kristen Merlin visit her official website, www.KristenMerlin.com, and follow her on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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J. MICHAEL HARTER ADDED TO LINEUP FOR NFL EXPERIENCE AT SUPER BOWL XLIX

Harter’s Current Single, “Holy Cowgirl,” Tops List of Top Ten Dance Club Hits of 2014

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(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 15, 2015) – Country artist J. Michael Harter has joined the entertainment lineup for the 22nd annual NFL Experience at the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. Harter, an Arizona native, will take NFL Experience’s Main Stage, located at the Phoenix Convention Center, on Sunday, Feb. 1 from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

The NFL Experience kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 24, with all-day events leading up to the Super Bowl game on Sunday, Feb. 1. Tickets for NFL Experience are on sale now, and are available via Ticketmaster, here.

2014 proved to be a great year for Harter, with the release of his single “Holy Cowgirl,” which was followed by the release of his EP, Ride On. Harter has been busy playing shows across Arizona and will continue to play shows in his home state leading up to the Super Bowl. Additionally, “Holy Cowgirl” was announced as one of Marco Club Connection’s Top 10 Dance Club Hits of 2014. Harter’s single took the No. 5 spot on the promotion company’s list of Country dance favorites.

For a complete list of Harter’s upcoming shows, visit his website, here.

For more information about J. Michael Harter, view his website at www.JMichaelHarter.com and follow him on InstagramFacebook and Twitter

About J. Michael Harter: Tempe, Ariz. native J. Michael Harter is no stranger to the music business. After a run in the sibling trio The Harters, J. Michael is now releasing music as a solo artist. Citing influences such as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, Harter’s music contains lyrics about real life relationships, experiences and struggles. Harter, a blue-collar, hard working “man’s man” credits much of his songwriting to the close bond he has with his brother, Scott. Their strong relationship has produced some of the best music J. Michael believes he’s ever recorded. In addition to having co-writes with his brother featured on the project, Scott Harter is also credited for producing the EP, titled Ride On, which is now available on iTunes and other major digital retailers. Harter’s current single, “Holy Cowgirl,” is at Country radio and has become a staple at dance clubs across the country. For more information about J. Michael Harter, visit www.JMichaelHarter.com and follow him on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

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AMBER HAYES RELEASES LYRIC VIDEO FOR “RUNNING OUT OF MEMORIES”

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 13, 2015) – A-OK Entertainment/GMV Nashville recording artist Amber Hayes has released a lyric video for her feel-good track, “Running Out Of Memories.” The mid-tempo tune tells a reflective story of adventure and memories-in-the-making for the song’s leading lady and her beau.

To view the lyric video for “Running Out Of Memories,” click here.

Hayes noted of the track, “I had the hook ‘running out of memories’ in my head for awhile, and on the way to a recent songwriters’ retreat I told the guys I’d like to write it while we were on the trip. We had a melody for it before we even got to the cabin, and it all came together pretty quickly. Memories – good and bad – we all have them; but hopefully this song will help the listener reflect on those great ones!”

The song is the title track from Hayes’ new 5-track EP, Running Out Of Memories, which is currently available via iTunes and other digital retailers. Released in November, Running Out Of Memories features three songs produced by Bobby Terry, as well as a remix of her previously released tune, “Me & Loretta,” and a new rendition of the classic “Cotton Eyed Joe,” which was featured in the family-film, Cowgirls ‘N Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer.

For more information about Amber, visit www.AmberHayesMusic.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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  Staff   Jan 13, 2015   Blog, News   0 Comment   Read More

DIGITAL RODEO ANNOUNCES ARTIST LINEUP AND DEBORAH ALLEN AS HOST FOR JANUARY DRX SHOWCASE

DRX is Now Finalizing 2015 Showcase Sponsors

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(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 12, 2015) – Online social network and country lifestyle portal Digital Rodeo announces special guest host, Deborah Allen, for the upcoming DRX Artist Showcase to be held January 20th at 6 p.m. on Nashville’s famous 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill stage. The live performance will be streamed and can be viewed at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/digitalrodeox-live.

The DRX monthly showcases highlight some of the platform’s most promising Country artists and will help to promote some of the website’s featured independent artists. The January DRX showcase will feature Brandon Alan, Ty Bates, James Carothers, Nate Green and Amanda Winter.

DRX showcases offer valuable opportunities for attendees to enjoy musical performances from up-and-coming acts while engaging and networking with others in the field. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for the Jan. 20 showcase as well as future Monthly Showcase Series events.  For information on becoming a DRX Monthly Showcase Series sponsor, please contact John Pyne at john.pyne@digitalrodeo.com or Bev Moser at bev.moser@digitalrodeo.com

Music industry representatives that RSVP in advance to showcase@digitalrodeo.com will be offered a limited number of complimentary drinks during the event.  DRX Members/Fans who RSVP are entered for special prizes (must be present to win).

About Deborah Allen:

Deborah Allen is one of those rare artists who forged their own path to success and ended up building a world-class career in the process. An extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter, producer and performer, Deborah’s unique abilities as an artist may be matched only by her enthusiasm and creativity as an individual. It is that formidable combination of spirit and talent that keeps the Grammy-nominated entertainer in demand. With her latest album, Hear Me Now. Deborah Allen’s music remains as smart, witty and sexy as ever.

“I was born singing,” Allen asserts. “I guess it would be hard to pinpoint exactly when my career in music became a full-on pursuit, but I’d say by the time I was eighteen I was sure that music was what I wanted, and I just forged ahead. There was no Plan B in sight.”

Fortunately, after moving to Nashville, Plan A worked out in grand fashion. Although most often associated with her signature smash, “Baby I Lied,” the true measure of Deborah’s influence in contemporary music is underscored by the hit singer’s diverse radio success. Songs like “I’ve Been Wrong Before,” “I Hurt For You,” “Rock Me,” “If You’re Not Gonna Love Me,” “Wrong Side Of Love,” and “Break These Chains” are just a few of the singles that made their way up the Country, Pop or AC charts during her career.

Throughout her phenomenal journey of hits and accomplishments in every facet of her career, Deborah Allen remains true to her vision. From her discovery by Roy Orbison, to her friendship with Shel Silverstein, her work with Prince, and her current release, Hear Me Now, Deborah creates art entirely on her own terms. With a distinguished career built on success after success as a performer, songwriter and producer, the dynamic Delta singer from Memphis, Tennessee, has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. That’s simply not Deborah Allen’s style.

About Brandon Alan:

Brandon Alan looks at the many years he spent on the scene in Austin, TX as something of a “musical grad school” where he developed his chops as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer. Now based in Nashville, he has moved his musical focus a slightly different way.

On November 18, 2014, he released his self-titled Country-Rock LP. The album was produced by former Seal drummer and current partner at Creative Arts Group, Ramy Antoun. Brandon also enlisted Sergio Andrade (Lifehouse) on bass, Clayton Corn (Pat Green) on Keys, and Jacob Hildebrand (Miranda Lambert) on the texture guitars. The album was mixed and mastered by industry giants Reid Shippen and Andrew Mendelson.

Brandon’s equal passion and skill in track and field earned him a full scholarship to Drake University, but he left after one year to pursue his musical future full time. His family sought professional advice by meeting with the Assistant Chair of the Guitar Department at the famed Berklee School of Music in Boston. After he auditioned, the professor’s professional opinion was that his skill and talent levels were far beyond that of a typical student, and he recommended that the best road for him was not four years in college but to embark immediately on his career. Brandon took this advice and chose Austin, Texas as the perfect environment to hone his craft. While making the connections necessary to launch his recording career, he worked his way up to playing live four nights a week, performing at such venues as The Saxon Pub and Threadgill’s.

“The stage … that’s really where the excitement happens,” Brandon says. “I love the feeling and the energy I get from the crowd. I love trying new things with my guitar and with the songs every night. I like to try different spontaneous arrangements and segues into songs. I have played a lot of acoustic gigs and I love it, but these days I am finding I have the most fun playing live with my full band. I can pull out my electric and really let loose.”

About Ty Bates:

The gravel in Georgia-reared Ty Bates distinctive draw and his genuine fire for the center stage are a fresh throwback to the days when unique and storytelling tunesmiths dominated the country charts. “I grew up on the Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Alabama and Allman Brothers days of country music. Those artists are the reason why I started writing songs. I wanted to touch fans the same way their music did with me. It’s about processing and discovering your own meaning behind the songs.”

Most notably, Ty efforts would secure a residency in shows at Six Flags Over GA and in several programs during the summers with his “Big Momma” (grandmother) in South Carolina. Like any musician, his employment resume is filled with part time jobs that deserve their own episode of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, but Ty refused to falter in pursuing his dreams to one day fill venues like the Ryman Auditorium and Red Rocks in Colorado. He would win recognition as a finalist in the Colgate Country Showdown and take home the trophy for “Georgia Male Artist of the Year” from Georgia-Country.com.

Moreover, it would be a submission into the Longhorn Steakhouse “Sing It like Jake” contest that would prove to be an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The win granted Ty the opportunity to sing alongside Jake Owen at Jake’s hometown show in Vero Beach, FL. Since then, he’s made the permanent move to Music City and built a grassroots fan base through performance opportunities with artists like Reba, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Dustin Lynch and Lonestar. Red Light Management also added Ty to their celebrated roster of headliners, which includes Luke Bryan, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Kip Moore. His debut self-titled EP will premiere this summer containing five songs all recorded at the famous Warner Brothers Studios. Ty penned or co-penned the entire project and looks forward to hitting the asphalt throughout the coming year to meet new fans along the journey. “Ever since I looked out and saw the audience singing a song called Firefly that I wrote, I knew that this was it for me. You cannot recreate that feeling when you see people that you’ve never met singing back to you a song that you crafted yourself. That’s why I get on that stage — to make that situation happen over and over again!”

About James Carothers:

In the style of the legends of genuine Country music, James Carothers delivers stirring and hard-hitting songs of real life on his latest album, HONKY TONK LAND. With a gutbucket baritone that brings to mind such singers as Waylon Jennings and Jamey Johnson, Carothers takes us to a time when Country songs of life’s triumphs and struggles filled the airwaves and provided the soundtrack of our lives. A native Southerner (Selmer, TN) who now lives with his young family in Los Alamos, NM, James is a favorite in the honky tonks and casinos of the Southwest and throughout the Midwest, where his smoky morning-after vocals leave audiences clamoring for more. Recognized by some of the music industry’s top media pundits as a star in the making, he also plays lead guitar ala Vince Gill in addition to singing. Carothers himself wrote all the songs on HONKY TONK LAND, except for “Trouble in Paradise,” the tale of a dying marriage written by his father, Jim, a recorded songwriter himself.

About Nate Green:

As the great Johnny Cash once sang, “I’ve been everywhere man!” Nate Green, a Kentucky born nomad is not only singing a similar tune, but also living it. Having relocated from city to city more times than your average twenty-five year old and calling home anywhere his guitar is, the young singer-songwriter hunted all over for inspiration in creating his own style and was determined to not only make a name for himself in country music, but to leave a mark.  Merging slick country lyrics with sharp sounding elements of pop, all while adding an edgy twang reminiscent of the Bakersfield sound, sets Green apart from, well…everyone.  But the road to his artistry, like many before, hasn’t been an easy one.

“I’ve always had a different ear for music, but never really understood what I could do with it until I learned to write.  Once I began writing, a friend told me if I wanted to make it, I’d better learn to play. So, I bought my first guitar for 100 dollars and taught myself to play… and that was just the beginning,” states the songwriter.”It took me a while to finally get it,” the BMI songwriter states about his music and sound, “but once I got it, I think I got it right.  I’m more than excited for the real beginning!  You go all over the thought spectrum deciding what you want to write about and you hear so many instruments all over the world. Then you try to imagine how you can bring them together. It took all of these places, experiences, and sounds to mold who I am as a person and what type of presentation I want to give my country music.”

Settling back in Nashville with an EP set to release in the upcoming months, Nate Green is now determined to make one final move, and that’s towards the top.

About Amanda Winter:

Every once and awhile you hear an artist that makes you stop and say “WOW! Where did that come from?” From a tender young age, Amanda Winter has been wowing audiences with her small size and larger-than life vocals. Born and raised in the heartland of central Nebraska, she grew up loving and living her life around country music. Her sound and style are ranged from the power vocals of Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride to the heartfelt ballads of Patsy Cline and Bonnie Raitt. Although she excels in the modern country world, her music will always have an added effect of the roots of the great traditional country music that she grew up on. Amanda’s musical influences range a wide variety of the great artists of the 80s and 90s, including her lifetime hero Reba McEntire.

Her career highlights include winning the Cottonwood’s Got Talent competition in 2009, becoming the Top Professional Female Vocalist with the NCMF in 2010 and being awarded the top prize in the Galaxy of Stars competition at the Nebraska State Fair in 2010. Growing up herself as a foster child, she continues to be an activist for children everywhere, and hopes to be living proof that it doesn’t matter where you come from, that you can achieve it all if you work hard and dream big. It wasn’t until she was in her early 20s that she found the people who became her family, which helps prove Amanda’s favorite saying that the best things in life are worth waiting for.

In May of 2013, Amanda took the next steps to expanding her music career and recorded her first original single that she helped co-write “Little Girl…Big Dream” in Nashville, Tennessee. Shortly after turning 26, she knew it was time to take the plunge now or never and move to Nashville. In July of 2013 she loaded up just what would fit in her car, along with her saved waitress tips and donations from family and friends and headed south for the next part of her life. Each and every day she is thankful for this amazing dream and the people standing behind her, and says that she can’t wait to see what life has in store for her next. Amanda continues to be a testament to the fact that she doesn’t dare let the sky be the limit. Her life is much like the quote by English novelist George Eliot that says “It’s never too late to be what you might have been”.

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MARCO CLUB CONNECTION ANNOUNCES TOP 10 COUNTRY DANCE CLUB HITS OF 2014

Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” and Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender” top list

(Nashville, Tenn. – January 12, 2015) – “American Kids” and “Bartender” topped the list of Country dance favorites in 2014, according to the Marco Club Connection’s 11th annual ranking of Country dance club songs.

The Nashville-based company surveys a panel of nearly 250 club owners, DJs and dance instructors from across the country to compile its rankings every December. Overall votes by the panel determine each song’s placement on the list.

Propelled by the success of line dances for “American Kids” and “Bartender,” choreographed by well-known choreographers Randy Pelletier and Donna Manning, 2014 saw great success for Chesney and Lady A.

2014 saw continued growth in dance-oriented, up-tempo Country singles, with hits like Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane” and Jerrod Niemann’s “Donkey” making a lasting impression within the Country line-dance community.

The results of the 2014 Top 10 Country Dance Club Hits are:

1. American Kids – Kenny Chesney
2. Bartender – Lady Antebellum
3. We Are Tonight – Billy Currington
4. Drunk on a Plane – Dierks Bentley 
5. Holy Cowgirl – J. Michael Harter
6.  Riverbank – Brad Paisley 
7.  Crank It Up – Colt Ford 
8.  Donkey – Jerrod Niemann
9.  Day Drinking – Little Big Town
10. Buzzin’ – Blake Shelton feat. RaeLynn

A complete archive of Marco Club Connection’s Top 10 Country Dance Club Hits can be viewed at www.MarcoClubConnection.com

About Marco Club Connection: A division of Nashville-based secondary radio promotion company, Marco Promotions and The Aristo Media Group, Club Connection specializes in marketing dance club singles to nightclubs and dance venues across the country.  Club Connection maintains a national database of more than 240 venues and world-renowned dance instructor contacts, reaching more than 200,000 club patrons each weekend.  For more information, visit: www.MarcoClubConnection.com.

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LINE-UP OF HIT SONGWRITERS ANNOUNCED FOR BOB KINGSLEY’S ACOUSTIC ALLEY AT CRS 2015

Songwriters Continue To Increase Presence At Country Radio Seminar

(Nashville, Tenn.  – Jan. 12, 2015) – For the fourth consecutive year, “Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley” will return to Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 26 with an all-star lineup of hit songwriters.

Bob DiPieroMichael CarterRhett AkinsJT HardingRoss CoopermanJon NiteChris DeStefanoJimmy RobbinsLiz RoseCaitlyn SmithNicolle GalyonLori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey are set to perform at the event, which is co-sponsored by Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 and SunTrust Bank, with additional support from ASCAP Nashville, who will provide attendees with a complimentary first drink of the evening. Bob Kingsley will host this magical evening which has become a new CRS tradition featuring many of Country Music’s Top Songwriters.

This year’s Acoustic Alley will be held on Feb. 26 from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Renaissance Hotel’s Belmont Room. Food and beverages will be available. A CRS badge will be required for admittance.

CRS 2015 $499 regular registration rate expires today, Jan. 12. On-site registration increases to $599 and is effective Jan. 13.

For more information and an advance agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

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. CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 25-27, 2015. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2015).

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$499 Regular Rate for CRS 2015 Ends Jan. 12

Rates To Increase to $599

(Nashville, TN – Jan. 5, 2015– Monday, Jan. 12 is the deadline to purchase $499 regular rate registrations for Country Radio Seminar 2015. The on-site rate will take effect on Jan. 13, increasing registrations to $599 per person.

The CRS 2015 agenda includes more than 20 educational panels and presentations by industry-leading speakers, including entrepreneur Todd Wagner, leadership and team development coach, Lori Addicks, and Shazam CEO, Rich Riley. In addition, several of the format’s biggest acts will appear as featured speakers, including Keith Urban and the 2015 Artist Humanitarian Award recipient, Lady Antebellum, who will appear on “How 3 Become 1: Lady Antebellum.”  The panel, scheduled forThursday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m., will discuss how the three balance their talents and creativity to form one song, one album, and ultimately, one band.

Other CRS 2015 agenda highlights include a major research presentations by Edison Research, two  label luncheons and performances, Acoustic Alley (sponsored by Bob Kingsley and co-sponsored by SunTrust Bank), the CRS keynote address, the popular New Faces of Country Music Show Dinner and Performance (co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) and much more.

As previously announced, Friday’s New Faces of Country Music Show will feature performances by Frankie Ballard (Warner Bros./WAR), Sam Hunt (MCA), Maddie & Tae (Dot), Eric Paslay (EMI) and Cole Swindell (Warner Bros./WAR).  Dinner tickets for the 2015 New Faces show are sold out.  Seating only admission is still available.  Registrants will receive seating only admission to the CRS New Faces of Country Music Show on a first-come, first-serve basis until the seating only area is sold-out.

An advance agenda for CRS 2015 is now available for viewing at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com

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. CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 2527, 2015. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2015).

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  Staff   Jan 05, 2015   Blog, News   0 Comment   Read More

LORI ADDICKS AND RICH RILEY ANNOUNCED AS FEATURED SPEAKERS FOR CRS 2015

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 16, 2014 Leadership and team development coach, Lori Addicks, and Shazam CEO, Rich Riley, have been announced as featured speakers for Country Radio Seminar 2015.

Addicks’ presentation, Increasing Your Resilience & Performance with EQ (Emotional Intelligence), will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 and Riley’s address will follow on Friday, Feb. 27.

Lori Addicks, President of Larkspur Group, is a consultant, master facilitator, and executive coach specializing in leadership, organizational and team development, as well as multi-generational diversity. She has more than 25 years of experience partnering with senior executives in North America, and 60 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America to translate business goals into value-added people strategies across the spectrum of talent management.

Addicks has worked in multiple industries including retail, consumer products, real estate, manufacturing, and home health care. Most recently, Lori was Vice President, Learning and Development for Post Properties, a high-end residential property management REIT. Previously, Lori spent 13 years as a Senior Consultant and Manager of Learning Operations for The Coca-Cola Company where she designed an assessment process to attract and accelerate the development of global high potential GM talent, and a high-potential talent assessment process for the global finance division. Her clients, both global and domestic, include The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, Cox Media Group, Apple Inc., Aetna, AT&T, Atlanta Housing Authority, Walton Communities, McKesson Health Care, Recall, Brambles Ltd., CARE, Dean Foods, NetApp, Steelray Software, HGST, and PC Tools.

Addicks’ presentation, Increasing Your Resilience & Performance with EQ (Emotional Intelligence), will focus on the function of EQ or emotional intelligence and dealing with everyday job stresses, shifting priorities, demanding customers, and challenging co-workers. EQ skills are fundamental to managing stress points and maintaining health and well being, as well as being successful leaders. Attendees will learn how they can increase their resilience and results by enhancing their EQ.

Rich Riley is the CEO of Shazam, one of the world’s most popular apps that connects people to the music and TV they love. The app has more than 100 million monthly active users and has been used on more than 500 million mobile devices.

As co-founder and managing member of Log-Me-On.com, Riley led the team that developed and patented what would become the Yahoo Toolbar. When he sold Log-Me-On.com to Yahoo in 1999, he also joined the company, ultimately spending 13 years in diverse leadership roles including EVP, Americas and SVP, EMEA where he reported to the CEO and SVP of the Small & Medium Business Division and as a leader of Corporate and Business Development.  In 2011, Riley was featured by Fortune as one of their 40 Under 40: Ones to watch.

Riley will give a detailed presentation on the power of Shazam (now integrated into the iPhone) for programming and promotions. Shazam is the No. 1 sales referral app for iTunes, and has well more than 100 million active users.  Presentation attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how to integrate Shazam into their programming and pull insights from analytics of one of today’s most powerful social tools.  Riley will discuss how brands can use Shazam to optimize their reach, how radio can integrate Shazam into their programming and promotions, and what insights and analytics can be drawn from to enhance decision-making.

For more information or to register for Country Radio Seminar, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

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. CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 2527, 2015. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2015).

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  Staff   Dec 16, 2014   Blog, News   0 Comment   Read More