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Judds release new Essential Collection.
Album Hits Stores Today with Twelve Classic Hits and
2 New Tracks
TN – The Judds, country music’s
most celebrated mother-daughter duo, have released a
new album entitled I Will Stand By You: The Essential
Collection. The new compilation will feature twelve
classics as well as two brand new songs: “I Will
Stand By You” and “Back Home” (featuring
Alison Krauss). These new songs celebrate the first
time the legendary duo have recorded together since
2004 when Naomi joined Wynonna for “Flies On The
Butter,” which is also featured on the album.
Along with the two new tracks, I Will Stand By You:
The Essential Collection features fan favorites
such as “Mama He’s Crazy”, “Grandpa
(Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days)”, “Turn
It Loose” and their anthem, “Love Can Build
The Judds were recently recognized as the most award-winning
female duo in ACM history. They joined Loretta Lynn,
Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles,
Reba and Carrie Underwood for the ACM Girls Night Out:
Superstar Women of Country. The all-star celebrity event
will air on CBS April 22. The iconic duo will also star
in their own television documentary series simply titled,
The Judds,on the new Oprah Winfrey network (OWN). The
show captures Wynonna and Naomi’s unprecedented
moments together as they navigate the intricacies of
their first tour in 10 years. “The Judds”
2-hour premiere starts at 9pm EST on Sunday, April 10th
I Will Stand By You: The Essential Collection
is in stores now.
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McCoy brings his Multi-Platinum Career to Blaster Records
TN – Neal McCoy, referred to by fans
& musical comrades as ‘The Entertainer’s
Entertainer', is bringing his multi-award winning, multi-platinum
career to the roster of Blaster Records, as announced
this week by label Chairman Tom Porter.
consummate performer boasts a career track of three
platinum album certifications, beginning with his breakthrough
disc “No Doubt About It” in 1994, which
produced back-to back #1 singles with both the title
track and Wink. McCoy has gained Entertainer of the
Year honors twice on his way to winning numerous industry
and fan voted awards. His endearing style and charismatic
music helped the Texas native to earn multiple Top 10
singles along with gold certification on the Billboard
of the industry’s most active touring artists,
McCoy is credited with amassing a major fan following
and brand loyalty in his 21 year career in the industry—a
fact attributed to his consistent dedication to showmanship
and producing innovative new music. Anticipation has
already started to build for his eleventh studio project--
under the new alliance with Blaster - slated for a January
2012 street date.
latest endeavor in the field of entertainment introduced
his talents as an author with the release of his first
book, A NEW MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB: Heroes I’ve Met
And The Mountains They Climb Every Day.
Blaster Records label head Tom Porter stated about making
the signing announcement: "Anytime you can add
a performer of the caliber of Neal McCoy to your label
roster, you can't help but feel an inexplicable and
exhilarating advantage in the popular world of country
music. Blaster Records is excited and honored to be
a part of Neal’s incredible team and we look forward
to big things in the future.”
signing to the growing Blaster roster, McCoy joins break-out
brother duo Brother Trouble as a major immediate concentration
in the label’s focus in the field of country music.
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are The Carter Twins? Find out here...
TN – Growing up in Akron, Ohio, 20-year-old
twins Josh and Zach Carter were surrounded by music
from the time they were born. Their mother worked in
country radio and encouraged their interest –
Zach stole time at her piano, while she taught Josh
“Stairway to Heaven” on the guitar.
family recently relocated to Nashville from South Carolina
so the twins could pursue their music career full-time
under the development of CMT and Meteor 17. Still settling
into their new digs, Josh and Zach spent the summer
working with some of Music City’s best songwriters
and crafting as many as 60 songs in just six months.
Their debut album has collaborations with Charles Kelly
(Lady Antebellum), Liz Rose (Taylor Swift), Tia Sillers
(“I Hope You Dance” and numerous #1 hits)
and a host of other top tunesmiths.
first single, “Heart Like Memphis,” garnered
national attention, making them one of the fastest-rising
new artists on the digital charts. The Carter Twins
are outselling over the current country chart titles
on downloads, out streaming nearly all new country acts
on My Space, out searching over half the current country
acts on Google – thus showing they totally connect
with audiences, both on the radio and live.
album, set for release in early 2010, is being produced
by Frank Rogers, Billboard magazine’s #1 country
producer of the Year (25 #1 singles). Their touring
agent is CAA Nashville chief Rod Essig and the rest
of CAA who are deeply involved working on all aspects
of the twin’s multimedia career. Their media and
career direction is being helmed by Spencer Proffer
and his staff at Meteor 17. Their career publicist is
Diana Baron, former A&M publicity chief who works
in a similar capacity for artists such as Alan Jackson,
Colbie Caillat and handles all press efforts for the
Special Olympics, amongst other clients.
Carter Twins were in the select nomination group for
this year’s CMT Awards, being in the nomination
pool for Best New Duo as well as Breakthrough Video
of The Year.
star Margaret Durante to perform at 98 KCQ Country Music Fest
Mich. -- At
the young age of 16, Margaret Durante started touring
with a band all over the east coast. She enrolled at
Clemson University in South Carolina, but left school
to pursue her dream of music in Nashville. Durante met
up with Laura Stroud, a publishing and A&R executive.
The two started working together towards a record deal
for Durante. The new country artist also recorded two
songs for the new Disney Channel tween series, Shake
It Up. One of the two songs, "Watch Me,"
was used as the theme song during the premiere episode.
been singing my whole childhood," Durante said
in an exclusive phone interview. "My parents were
very encouraging. I was singing in choirs, weddings,
things like that. I've had the opportunity to sing in
front of a live audience. I was very lucky to meet James
Stroud, my producer. Shania Twain was my first concert.
I listened to the Dixie Chicks. My mom played Mary Chapin
Carpenter, Bonnie Rait, Melissa Etheridge, Tracy Chapman.
I loved all kinds of music. Those were the artists that
I really respected and admired."
the story behind your song, "Mississippi's Crying"?
was a song that my two friends, Shelly Fairchild and
Stephony Smith, wrote," she explained. "I
didn't know them at the time, but I heard the song.
Shelly was performing it at a Nashville venue on a weeknight.
I was sort of freaked out that I dropped out of college
and I was living on my own in Nashville. I didn't really
know anyone. It was a big change to go through. I heard
that song and it was one of those few situations in
which you hear a song one time through and you want
to play it. I knew I was in a wonderful position to
find wonderful people to collaborate with. I became
friends with Shelly and Stephony after the show. We
wrote our first song together. It's going to be on the
album later this year."
give me some highlights of your debut EP that was released
titled, Maybe Tonight.
a four-song EP and two of the songs, 'Paper Chains'
and 'Maybe Tonight' I co-wrote," the new country
music star added. "The other two are songs that
I found that really relate to me. I wanted to share
them with the audience. I wrote 'Maybe Tonight' with
Blair Daly and Rachel Proctor. That song was written
about a year ago. We were looking at the songs at hand
and I was in that early stage of relationship where
everything's exciting and there's a lot of anticipation
and they can relate to that. We started writing this
really catchy song and it took us one afternoon to finish
it. It just came very naturally. I played it for my
producer, James, and he fell in love with it and helped
me bring it to life. It was the first song I wanted
to release on the EP because I think it's a great introductory
song. It shows a light-hearted side of my personality.
I think it's a way to introduce yourself to your fans."
you give me a preview of your upcoming performance at
the 98 KCQ Country Music Fest on June 18?
over the summer, I'm looking forward to it," Durante
said. "Last time I was in Saginaw was for the KCQ
Golf Tournament where I did really badly. I'm excited
to come back and meet the listeners. I'm going to be
playing the four songs from the EP and I have a full
album coming out at the end of this year. So I'll probably
be playing a bunch of originals from that album. It's
an 11-song album, six of which I wrote. There's some
fun uptempto songs on it, there's also ballads about
heartbreak and coming-of-age. It will be released in
also recorded two songs for the new Disney Channel tween
series, Shake It Up.
was introduced to a production team called Hot Rush
Productions through my friend," the new country
artist explained. "They invited me to sing on the
series, Shake It Up, that they were writing
music for. It sounded like a really cool opportunity.
I've been working on my country album the past few years
and I didn't think it was anything. It ended up being
the songs that they aired on the show. It was kind of
do you hope to be in the next five years?
going to have my full album, hopefully another album
out after that," she added. "I want to be
touring as much as I can, getting in front of the audience,
interacting with listeners. I have really big hopes
for the next five years. I'm really excited to get more
music out there."
would be your advice for students studying music to
break into the industry?
think my education became very specialized when I moved
to Nashville," Durante said. "It was no mystery
to figure out what I wanted to do to be a performer
in country music. I think it's something that you have
to totally immerse yourself into. If you're not sure,
you have to be sure, you have to totally jump into the
artist David Bradley to perform at 98 KCQ Country Music Fest
Mich. -- David
Bradley grew up in Sunderland, England and worked as
an oil engineer in Siberia. He worked for every major
oil company in the world. Bradley's first band consisted
of engineers and the guys played all over the United
Kingdom. He went on as a solo artist and had the rare
opportunity to mix his tracks at the famed Abbey Road
Studios in London. His first album was titled Songs
From a Dirt Road and it is now available on iTunes
and CD Baby. Then, he moved to Nashville, Tenn. where
he is getting started as a solo country music artist.
randomly met up with some jazz musicians in Russia,
up in Siberia," Bradley said in an exclusive phone
interview. "I cut a little project out there, a
little album out there. We mixed and mastered it down
at Abbey Road. The guy in there said, 'Man, this is
a real American-sounding album. You need to get this
to somebody in America.' He passed the information down
to the lady who is now my manager. It's not exactly
your normal road into music."
new country singer says his musical influences were
Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban as he was growing up.
country theme is not huge in the U.K.," he added.
"My father was in the oil business before me and
he used to bring home cassettes of Merle Haggard and
Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers when I was growing up.
So I guess that was influencing me towards country.
I've always listened to country. I moved to the United
States three and a half years ago."
the story behind your first single "Soak It Up"?
I first moved to Nashville, I lived right on Music Row,"
the country star explained. "I just wanted to move
out of town a little bit, have a little bit of space
and out in the country. I moved out right by a big lake
in Nashville. I got a dog and a pick up truck. It was
winter time--there was nobody around. The dog and I
walked around the lake. Then, spring time arrived and
there was pick up trucks of young guys and girls headed
out to the lake for the weekend, barbecuing, drinking.
Who needs the caribbean? You can just get out by the
lake in Nashville. There's a beach, there's a barbecue
pit, girls, sun, water. You just get out and soak it
up. We decided to write it. That was my first single."
give me some highlights of your debut album, Movin'
highlights would be the single that's out right now,
'Hard Time Movin' On,'" Bradley said. "It's
really my moving on from the oil business to country
music. The new single featured Rodney Crowell on background
vocals. It's the story of a phone call from a guy to
his ex-girlfriend or wife just saying 'I know you've
got a new guy and I don't want to cause any problems,
but I just wanted to hear your voice. I'm just saying
hello, I'm having a hard time moving on.' I love the
song, love to sing it and it's got a real great meaning
and message behind it. To me, there's no anger in it.
It's just I'm having a hard time, but I don't blame
you for anything. That's the highlight of the album,
you give me a preview of your upcoming performance at
the 98 KCQ Country Music Fest on June 18?
we're very excited to do that," he added. "We
just played the radio station there in Saginaw. As you
walk into the front reception area of the radio station,
they showed me an aerial photograph taken back in '96
I think he said. I think that was the year Kenny Chesney
was headlining. There was about 100,000 people all on
this island all facing this stage. He said, 'We're going
to book you for that.' I said, I can't wait to get out
there. I haven't seen Ojibway Island yet. I don't know
what it kind of looks like. But you walk across to it
I guess. It sounds fantastic. I can't wait to get out
there and play in the summer."
said he has a big rockin' show planned for Saginaw's
open up normally with a song about beatin' the devil
down," the new country star explained. "There
will be the single that we will let people feel a little.
By in large, it's going to be a big party atmosphere.
With 'Soak It Up' song out by a lake, I normally take
inflatable monkees and palm trees and throw them out
into the audience and we have a good ole time."
this be your first time performing in Michigan?
two weeks ago we just finished a radio tour," Bradley
said. "I was in everywhere from Kalamazoo to Grand
Rapids, Saginaw, Traverse City, Frankenmuth. We were
all over Michigan, loved it. Last year, I played the
Davison Flag Festival, just outside of Flint, Mich."
do you hope to be in the next five years?
hope to be back on Ojibway Island headlining the festival,"
he added. "That's what I hope to be doing. People
listening in can find me on Facebook. I don't have huge
teams of people that are working Facebook for me. It's
all me. If you send me a message, it will be me. I'll
read it and reply back to everyone I can. The new album
is available for download
on iTunes. If you're like me and you like the actual
CD, go to CDBaby.com
and you can request a copy of that album, Movin'
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