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Getting To Know Aristo PR’s Niki Wood

 

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Niki Wood
Publicity Intern
prdesk@aristomedia.com

Q: Where is your hometown? And why did you decide to come to Nashville?
I’m actually from Nashville, born and raised. I stayed in the area to attend college at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) for their Recording Industry program.

Q: What is one interesting fact about you?
I have attached earlobes!

Q: What is your favorite Nashville eatery?
For someone who is from here, I’ve been to an embarrassingly low number of Nashville restaurants. I must say, though, that I really like The Pharmacy. The black bean burger is awesome! Also, I’ve recently gone to Monelle’s for the first time and I loved it— ten out of ten.

Q: What is your favorite music venue? (Anywhere)
I really like the new Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville. I recently went to a show there and dubbed it my new favorite venue. Music is just always better when it’s outside.

Q: If you could only pick one, what would be your all-time favorite song?
I think my answer to this always changes because it is such a tough question, but I guess I’ll say “Blue Orchid” by The White Stripes.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
I like to read when I have the time; I’ll usually go in and out of reading sprees. I also like to do yoga sometimes; I want to get into the habit of doing it every day. I also love sleeping because it’s heavenly.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville on the weekend?
I like to go to Opry Mills Mall every once in a while, as well as try out some of those restaurants I’ve never been to. In the warmer months, I like to take walks through different parks, like Percy Warner or Centennial.

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Telekinesis.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I’m about to graduate Cum Laude from MTSU, so that will probably be #1. I would also consider being able to intern at AristoMedia a great achievement.

Q: What is something interesting that is on your bucket list?
I want to see a show at Red Rocks in Colorado and I really want to see Criss Angel in person.

Q: What is one type of food that you could not live without?
All vegetables. I’m a vegetarian, so I wouldn’t have very good meal options without them.

Q: What actor would you want to play you in the movie of your life? Why?
Either Jennifer Lawrence or Ellen Page. They are both a little quirky, but still relatable. They also have a very wide range of acting skills, which is cool.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
London, England

Q: How would your friends describe you?
They usually use words like quiet, weird, silly and nice. I’ve been compared to Phoebe from “Friends” and Tonks from “Harry Potter.” Both of these made me a happy camper!

Q: What TV or movie series are you obsessed with right now?
“American Horror Story.” I’ve been watching it since the beginning, so I get really excited when a new season starts!

Q: What did you ‘want to be when you grew up’ as a kid?
I wanted to be either a veterinarian or a marine biologist. I always wanted to work with animals until I saw a live dog surgery on TV one time.

Q: If time or money weren’t an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Traveling the world with my best friends!

Q: What are the top 5 albums that have shaped your life?
Continuum – John Mayer
Elephant – The White Stripes
Lungs – Florence + the Machine
Fallen – Evanescence
American Idiot – Green Day

Q: An “important” piece of music you just don’t get:
I never “got” Mariah Carey or Madonna. I can’t stand either of them. I never could.

Q: A television show you can’t miss, but hate to admit you watch:
I don’t really have a show that I hate to admit I watch. Although, when I talk about “Grey’s Anatomy,” people act like I should. No shame!

Q: If you could spend the day with any person (living or deceased), who would it be?
Florence Welch. I love her!

Q: What is your life goal?
I recently came across this quote, “I just want to have a completely adventurous, passionate, weird life.” That’s basically my life goal.

Q: What is your favorite joke?
I can never think of, or remember, any good jokes! The only one I ever remember is: What do you call a cow lying on the floor? Ground beef.

Daily necessities in your desk drawer, pocket, or purse:
As long as I have the basics – phone, keys, wallet – then I’m good, but if I use a purse then I’ll have to have my phone charger, face powder, Chapstick, Advil and a snack in there.

Favorite thing in your office:
I don’t have my own office, but the one I’m currently in has a plug-in heater, which is my favorite thing in here on this particular day.

Take a photo of your favorite coffee mug and explain:
This is my favorite mug. I only have four mugs, but I just got this one from the dollar section at Target. It’s my favorite because it has a sweater and it’s just so cute!

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  Matt Watkins   Dec 21, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

Amber Hayes Added To 16-City Nothing But The Hits Holiday Tour

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 21, 2015) – Country artist Amber Hayes has been added to the 16-city Nothing But The Hits holiday tour. Performing alongside big names like Ronnie McDowell, Deborah Allen, Jeff Bates, Ken Mellons and others, Hayes is in her element. Coming off of her fourth Top 40 Country music single, “Running Out of Memories” and her newest release “Hero’s Heart,” there’s no doubt Hayes fits right in with the tour’s lineup.

A 15-piece band will be accompanying the artists as they perform their hits and Christmas favorites. The show will also be in the traditional Country camp, satisfying listeners yearning for what promoter Danny Rasberry calls “real” Country music.

“There is a void and a need for ‘real’ Country music,” said Rasberry. “With this tour, we put together some of the most sensational voices in music. I know the fans will love what will be coming their way!”

Hayes and a hearty dose of Christmas spirit will be coming your way as the tour kicks off Nov. 28 in Stillwater, Okla. The tour will make its last stop in Newberry, S.C. on Dec. 19, hitting towns throughout Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina on the way. To purchase tickets, call 601-649-2822 or visit www.NothingButTheHits.com.

Nothing But The Hits Christmas Tour Dates:
Nov. 28 – Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State tailgate party – Stillwater, Okla.
Nov. 30 – Brown Grand Theatre – Concordia, Kan.
Dec. 1 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, Mo.
Dec. 2 – Gillioz Theatre – Springfield, Mo.
Dec. 4 – Crystal Theatre – Okemah, Okla.
Dec. 5 – Poncan Theatre – Ponca City, Okla.
Dec. 7 – King’s Opera House – Van Buren, Ark.
Dec. 9 – Saenger Theatre – Hattiesburg, Miss.
Dec. 10 – Private Event – Biloxi, Miss.
Dec. 11 – Natchez Center of Performing Arts – Natchez, Miss.
Dec. 12 – Grand Opera House of the South – Crowley, La.
Dec. 15 – Kentucky Opry – Benton, Ky.
Dec. 16 – Cox Capital Theatre – Macon, Ga.
Dec. 17 – Gem Theatre – Calhoun, Ga.
Dec. 18 – Morton Theatre – Athens, Ga.
Dec. 19 – Newberry Opry House – Newberry, S.C.

About Amber Hayes: Over the past few years, the Oklahoma native has been touring and performing at fairs, festivals and performance venues across the country. She has performed as the opening act for one of her biggest musical influences, Reba McEntire, and she has entertained fans overseas at military bases and International festivals, including the Country Gold Festival in Japan and the Scandinavian Country Music Festival in Sweden. She has made multiple appearances performing the national anthem at NFL and NBA games. Her first break at Country radio was with her debut EP C’mon in 2010, which landed her two Top 40 singles (“C’mon,” “Wait”) on the national MusicRow Country Breakout chart. In 2012, she released her sophomore album, titled Any Day Is A Good Day. Her latest release, a new EP titled 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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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  Matt Watkins   Dec 21, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

TUNE-IN ALERT: Travis Tritt Discusses Firsthand Paranormal Encounters On Lifetime Movie Network’s “The Haunting Of…” on Oct 29

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 19, 2015) Travis Tritt is scheduled to appear on “The Haunting Of…” on Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CST. The one-hour episode, airing on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN), will feature the award-winning music star discussing strange occurrences he’s encountered at his lakeside cabin in The Blue Ridge Mountains. In this episode, world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo visits the house and uncovers the dark history of the secluded residence.

“The Haunting Of…” is an original series featuring Kim Russo as she gives an exclusive look at celebrities who have had their lives changed by paranormal events. To view a trailer featuring snippets of this season’s “The Haunting Of…” visit here.

For more information on Travis Tritt, visit his website TravisTritt.com and follow him on Twitter and FaceBook.

About Travis Tritt: More than 25-years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows, top sales charts and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. On the heels of sold-out shows throughout his solo acoustic tour and amid a heavy tour schedule that takes Tritt and his band across the country to play for packed out crowds, the Southern-rock influenced Country artist topped the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for multiple weeks. A Marietta, Ga. native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Love Of A Woman” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” His twenty-five year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Tritt formed Post Oak Recordings in 2012 and released his album The Calm After… through his own record label. The Calm After… is currently available on iTunes and other major digital retailers.

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  Matt Watkins   Dec 21, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

CRB/CRS Now Accepting Applications for Rusty Walker Scholarships

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(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 19, 2015) – The Country Radio Broadcasters are now accepting applications for the Rusty Walker Scholarship program, which provides for an all-expense paid trip and attendance to CRS 2016, to be held Feb. 8-10, 2016.

Interested parties can apply now through Friday, Oct. 30 at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. Each applicant must fill out an online application and submit a paragraph explaining why he/she should be considered as a Rusty Walker Scholar. Eligible applicants must be a full-time radio station employee and a first time CRS attendee. Three individual scholarships will be awarded.

Each scholarship includes a full CRS 2016 registration, as well as airfare and hotel room expenses for three nights (Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 – Wednesday, February 10, 2016). Scholars will be recognized at the CRS 2016 opening ceremonies and will have the opportunity to meet and engage with CRS board members during the three-day seminar. Staff from Rusty Walker Programming will also meet with the winning applicants.

The Rusty Walker Scholarship program is named in honor of Country Radio Hall of Fame member Rusty Walker, who passed away in May 2012 at the age of 59.

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

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