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Jan 15, 2006

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SongU.com: Upcoming Instructor-Led Courses and More

This week's quotes:

"I can't begin to tell you what you two have done for my career thus far and my attitude...you have helped me to come out of my shell and flourish! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!
- quote submitted on 1/6/06 by SongU.com member, Rebecca H, GA

"SongU.com is the best songwriting site on the planet!" - quote submitted on 1/4/06 by SongU.com member, James S, PA

Hi everyone,

Hope you all are beginning to settle into the New Year! I wanted to drop you a note because we've just announced our upcoming instructor-led schedule for Jan-May at SongU.com. There are also some great opportunities around the corner with the USA Songwriting Competition, Unisong International Songwriting Contest and the upcoming NSAI Symposium. I've included details about those below as well as our current SongU.com promotion.

Spin N Pitch: New Pitching Opportunities
Currently there are opportunities in genres from country and pop to R&B. Pitching opportunities are updated about every two weeks. You can view the current pitch opportunities at: http://www.songu.com/pubSpinnpitch.asp

Get Ready To Roll! The SongU.com Instructor-Led Schedule Rocks!
Experience how technology bridges the distance and makes you feel like you're sitting in the same room as your instructor and your classmates from all over the world (you don't even need a high-speed connection -- our voice classroom works great on regular dial-up too). You can view our upcoming instructor-led course at: http://www.songu.com/pubInstructorLedCourses.asp. Here are some of the courses currently registering!

* BUS 240, The Business Of Film/TV Music - Join successful songwriter, Jai Josefs, in this special Q&A e-Workshop where Jai will field your questions about writing for the Film/TV market.
* GEN 150, The Artist's Way - Join songwriter and author, Gracie Hollombe on this 12-week spiritual journey as you learn to overcome barriers in your artistic confidence and productivity.
* LYR 250, Successful Lyric Writing I. Join Sara Light for this popular course based on the Sheila Davis book by the same name. Get ready to do some serious lyric writing work.
* PERF 240, Tips For The Traveling/Performing Songwriter. In this special two week e-Workshop, performing songwriter, Jim Reilly (whose group, "The New Dylans" have shared the stage with Ani Difranco, 10,000 Maniacs and Shawn Colvin, among others) will share his insights and tips designed to help make your life on the road easier and more profitable.

Upcoming Song Contests:

* 11th Annual USA Songwriting Competition - This competition is open to all regardless of nationality. You may enter the 11th Annual USA Songwriting Competition and win $50,000 Grand Prize worth of cash, cool music gear from Roland, Sony, Steinberg, Ibanez Guitars, Audio-Techica and more! See more details below, or visit: http://www.songwriting.net.
* Unisong Announces "Winner of the Month"! - You can be the "Winner of the Month" at Unisong! All entries received by January 31st 11:59 PM PST will be considered for this month's mini-competition. Then we'll be doing it again in February, leading up to the regular contest deadline on March 15th, 2006. See more details below, or go to http://www.Unisong.com/EnterContest.aspx

Reminder: NSAI Spring Symposium
Also, just a reminder about the upcoming NSAI Spring Symposium March 31-April 1, 2006, in Nashville, TN. It's a great chance to learn, network and hear some great music. More details are below, or visit www.nashvillesongwriters.com.

Want to give SongU.com a try and make the most of 2006? If you sign up before January 15th you'll get your first three months of SongU.com courses, coaching and pitching opportunities for only $50 (recurs at the regular rate of $75/quarter). As an extra signup bonus, you'll also receive a licensed version of Virtual Studio Systems Lyricist Software (a $50 value itself). Just use redemption code CONNECT when you sign up at www.SongU.com.

Hope to see you "on campus" ;-)

Sara Light
Songwriting Courses Online


Hakim Young (New Jersey) won the Overall Grand Prize as well as the first prize in the R&B category. The song has now been cut by Columbia Records artist "St. Juste". Although this is Hakim's very first music award/prize, Hakim is one half of the music production team of Pitch Black (with J. Mobley). He has worked with Musiq Soulchild (Def Jam Records), Anthony Hamilton (Zomba), Carl Thomas (Bad Boy Records), Blu Cantrell (Columbia) and Amerie (Columbia).

Overall Second prize winner went to Randy Klein (New York), who also who the first Prize in the Jazz category. He has won an Emmy award in the past and has written for Millie Jackson (BMG)

Overall Third prize went Nial Djuliarso (Jakarta, INDONESIA), who also won the first prize in the instrumental category. He is also the first indonesian to ever win first prize and the only winner from Asia this year. Other winners this year came from Scotland, Serbia & Montenegro, Denmark, Canada, England, Australia, Belgium and Spain.

Entries for the 11th Annual USA Songwriting Competition are currently being accepted. Winning songs of the 2005 USA Songwriting Competition will receive airplay on a nationally syndicated radio program “Acoustic Café” as well as XM Satellite Radio. Partner include SongU, XM Radio and Hal Leonard publications. This is the first Songwriting Competition that gives airplay to the winning songs, giving deserving bands, songwriters the recognition and exposure they deserve. For more information on the competition and complete list of 2005 winners, please go to: http://www.songwriting.net.

Unisong Announces "Winner of the Month"!

We're were very excited at Unisong to kick off our new "contest within a contest" feature, the "Winner of the Month." Our November "Winner of the Month" is Rachael Sage with her beautiful song "Proof." Congratulations Rachael!!! She will be receiving $100 in cash and she and her song are featured on our website for everyone to hear.

You can be the "Winner of the Month" at Unisong! All entries received by January 31st 11:59 PM PST will be considered for this month's mini-competition. Then we'll be doing it again in February, leading up to the regular contest deadline on March 15th, 2006. To enter, go to http://www.Unisong.com/EnterContest.aspx

Visit us at www.Unisong.com for all the details.

Unisong International Songwriting Contest
6520 Platt Ave. #729
West Hills, CA 91307-3218 USA
(213) 673-4067
How Do You Get 2 HOURS With A Music Row Publisher?

Attend NSAI’s Songwriters Symposium!

YOU Could Snag a Single-Song Contract from
Warner Chappell Music Publishing!

Songwriter's Symposium is the Nashville Songwriters Association International's annual two-day educational conference held during our week-long festival Tin Pan South. Of all the seminars held in Music City, this seminar is the ONLY one to offer a GUARANTEED single song contract by a major Music Row publisher. Plus, EVERY attendee of Songwriters Symposium will spend 2 hours in an intimate group setting with a Music Row publisher who will LISTEN, evaluate and - who knows - maybe even pick up some songs! YOU could be one of them but only if you’re there! You'll also learn from industry insiders and pro songwriters including:

• Dan Kimpel (author of Networking in the Music Business)
• Danny Wells ("Check Yes or No" by George Strait)
• Troy Verges ("Blessed" by Martina McBride)
• Roxie Dean ("When I Think About Angels" by Jamie O-Neal)
• Phillip White ("I'm Movin' On" by Rascall Flatts & "I'm a Survivor" by Reba McEntire)
• and many more!

Songwriters Symposium is March 31-April 1, 2006, in Nashville, TN. To learn more about Symposium 2006, visit www.nashvillesongwriters.com or call 615-256-3354. Enroll before Feb. 1st and get $75 OFF the price of admission!

Rhonda Vincent

December 12, 2005
Vincent Scores 2nd Grammy Nomination
'Ragin' Live' "Best Bluegrass Album Category"

RhondaVincent-Grammys.jpg (8442 bytes)Nashville, TN - Rhonda Vincent - The IBMA's unprecedented SIX-time "Female Vocalist of the Year", received the ultimate acknowledgement a musician can receive; one bestowed by her peers within the music community; as she received a 2006 Grammy Nomination for her live project, "Ragin' Live" (Rounder Records) which she recorded with her band The Rage at the historic Sheldon Theater in St. Louis, MO., her home state.

Vincent's management received the call from Rounder Records president, John Virant. The news was quickly relayed to Vincent, who was retuning from a television filming for NBC TV. Vincent was in Richmond, VA., taping the "Capitol One Holiday Celebration on Ice." The NBC television special is scheduled to air nationally on Christmas Day.

"As soon as my manager told me "Ragin' Live" was up for a Grammy, I checked our tour schedule to see where we'd be that evening. Being on the road over 300 days in 2004, when I received my first Grammy nomination for "One Step Ahead", I was unable to attend the ceremonies. It's destiny this year! I'll be in California on Grammy night and plan to be sitting in the audience," exuded a thrilled Vincent. "I've never been so excited about anything in my life. It will take weeks for this to register completely," continued Vincent. "This years schedule couldn't be better. I'm actually going to be there at the Grammy's."

"Ragin' Live" has brought acclaim to the Vincent camp from all directions this year. At the time of it's release, critics nationwide directed their readers and viewers towards a purchase of "Ragin' Live." People Magazine gave "Ragin' Live" a 3.5 Star rating out of a possible 4 stars stating "Vincent and her band are dazzling from start to finish." CNN's Show Biz Tonight host, Mark Dagostino, chose "Ragin' Live" in their "Picks & Pans" segment calling "Ragin' Live" 'phenomenal,' and further recommending the project "for those looking to expand their tastes in music." The Philadelphia Inquirer called Ragin' Live "An excellent showcase for Vincent's talents as singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist," while AP states "It (Ragin' Live) showcases her (Vincent's) strong, supple voice on both driving bluegrass tunes and touching ballads."

Vincent's reputation of high energy, and a "what you see is what you get" attitude, has brought a completely new audience to the bluegrass genre, increasing the number of fans around the globe. At a time when people are looking for authenticity in their music, Vincent put herself and her band on the line by releasing a live DVD that displays exactly what they are......and it has more than worked for the woman the Wall Street Journal dubbed "The Queen of Bluegrass." Vincent will be performing in Hanford, CA just two days after the Grammy's and then will head out to sea as she hosts her first annual bluegrass cruise.

For More Information:
Upper Management/Herb Sandker

Pat James News Dec. 28, '05

PatJames.jpg (10182 bytes)• Here is some news that might not be new if you check the date of the reviews, but since we've received the English translation only two days ago, it is news !
Kountry Korral Magazine is the oldest and most famous printed magazine about country music in Sweden (It was created in 1968 !). It is printed, that's why you won't find any link to it.
The editor decided to publish the reviews of both CDs in the same issue, so here they are :
Kountry Korral Magazine - July 2005 - By Lars Kjellberg

"Some Like it Country"
"Pat James works in Arizona where he plays at a club in Cave Creek several times a week. He also writes songs. Pat is apparently a young man of the old school that really is country with a capital C. I’m sure he sings the classics too at the club, but on this record he sings mainly his own songs and they are of a very high class. A little swing, a little western, a touch of classic country and honky tonk, of course.
Above all he sings with the kind of feeling that makes you stop and listen.
The best songs on this his first record from 2001 are possibly "When I see her again", "Are those real tears" and "Let me live long enough", but every one of the 14 tracks are very good. The musicians are, to me, unknown local musicians, but certainly don’t seem to fall behind the Nashville elite. A lot of fiddle, steel and piano guarantee a strict country sound."

Kountry Korral Magazine - July 2005 - By Christer Andersson

"It's My Life"
"The follow-up to Pat’s excellent first record is in fact with "It's my life', a record that falls under the same genre as its predecessor, i.e. story-like texts with ballads, excellent shuffles and western swing.
He has only written a few of the songs on the new record, but the opening is his own, i.e. the outstanding "She's kind". He furthermore presents his own reflections in "What in the world". Then follows several songs by Marty Robbins, such as "Camelia" and "Begging to you", and then swing in "I'm gonna be a cowboy".
Arizona's country boy Pat James and his country and western music are well worth discovering. Both of the records are superior, but I give the first one an extra plus."

• This time, real new news : Pat' CDs are now available for digital downloads. 15 companies have been delivered so far and more are coming. Here they are : Apple ITunes - MusicNet (AOL, Yahoo, Tower, Virgin) - LiquidDigitalMedia (Wal-Mart) - Sony Connect - QTRNote - MusicNow - Next Radio Solutions - Tradebit - MSN Music - PassAlong - Rhapsody - NetMusic - Puretracks - AudioLunchbox - BuyMusic.
Because it takes to these companies from 2 weeks to 3 months to get the CDs up, you might not find them everywhere yet. Patience !!

• As probably some of you have noticed, our website has been experiencing big problems for quite a while now. Good news, it's going to be up and running again within the next few days. Check it out ! The new one won't be as nice as the actual one, but at least, everything should be working fine !

• For those who just joined us, read the Pat James' review from Marlene Slater at http://www.mkoc.com/

More News Soon !
Have a great week !

Circle Cross Music

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The Music-Tech.Net Indie Artist Showcase to Create Traffic Explosion

(Music-Tech.Net) December 7, 2005 -- "Exquisite taste permeates the illusive art of the mosaic musical language and genres of the many indie bands and artists who will withstand the scrutiny the showcase demands. The showcase is a revolutionary predictor of indie band success. And, talent, distinction, endurance, stamina and marketing prowess is required. The 'Showcase of the Era' is reality at its finest."

Do you have what it takes?

Independent record companies, labels, entertainment agencies, managers, signed and unsigned independent bands are invited to submit. The Music-Tech.Net review panel is set to empower and motivate each band with stunning reviews. And, the consumer will decide the number one upcoming indie band.

The submission deadline for round three is January 21, 2006:

The Music-Tech.Net Indie Artist Showcase features the best upcoming bands and artists. The showcase is a competition that sets the stage for added exposure and ultimately future success. Firstly, independent bands must have a market ready CD. Secondly, the CD is reviewed by the Music-Tech.Net review panel and showcase semi-finalists reviews post to the Music-Tech.Net website. And thirdly, finalists are selected and CDs are presented for sale in the twelve week showcase that determines the number one band based on CD sales. Bands' intense marketing efforts are rewarded with the pooled efforts of the Music-Tech.Net marketing engine and all who compete. Rewards include a review, website traffic, industry exposure, increased CD sales and commissions and a gift certificate to the winner up to $6,000.00. The contest is an incredible opportunity.

To submit and for more information: http://www.music-tech.net/submission.html
For sponsorship information: artistshowcase@music-tech.net
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We are leaving for 3 month tour of Europe in June and really looking forward to being back overseas after missing this past summer. Australia and New Zealand tours are also in the works.

"When the River Runs Dry" & Please Don't Let Me Let You Go"...   songs from our last CD "Something to Sing About."...both European CMA #1's.
EuropeanCMA "Duo of the Year" 2005

#4 Paul & Helen Mateki "Christmas Dreamin’"

Most Playing Country Artist on HTV-Country Time Radio in 2005
Posted by Dick & Ingrid Adriaensen 1-4-06
Artist & Label
#1 Paul & Helen Mateki-Quicktrain Records

See Paul's review from YEARS ago on MKOC's Horizon: Paul Mateki (BH - Before Helen)

Bradi Valentine

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Goes 'Deeper' To Capture The Hearts
Of Country Music Fans Everywhere
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"She Got A Way With Men (She Got Away With Mine)," First Single From Singer’s Debut,
Was Shipped To Country And Pop Radio On October 17
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Helmed By Veteran Genre Producer Michael Wayne Edging,
'Deeper'—Featuring A Mix Of Valentine’s Country Roots And R&B Influences--
Marks Second Release For Alive Records, A Label Specializing In Alternative Internet Marketing

Looking for a little extra soul and substance in your country music? Then you best prepare your hearts, because Valentine’s Day is coming early this year—more specifically, in January, when Deeper, the debut album by singer Brandi Valentine (www.brandivalentine.com), is released.

By then, it’s a good bet that the album’s clever and irresistible first single “She Got A Way With Men (She Got Away With Mine),” will be all over country and pop radio. Shipped to numerous stations around the country on October 17, the track is currently building steam.

Produced by veteran country producer Michael Wayne Edging, Deeper beautifully blends Valentine’s pop-country roots with her longtime love of classic rock and soul. The collection is a twist of Motown meets Country where funky horns and grooves find a comfortable home next to steel guitar and fiddle. The album features songs co-written by Edging, his longtime partner Brian O’Shea and Edging’s mother Betty Edging, along with a beautiful cover arrangement of Billie Holliday’s “Them There Eyes.”

Deeper is the second release by Edging’s Alive Records, which will promote its artists via both mainstream channels and through aggressive alternative internet marketing. The company’s first album was Labor Pains by traditional country singer Michael Lee Austin, which was released on November 7, 2005.

While the titles of recordings are often based on the name of a key album track or a good marketing hook, Valentine and Edging chose Deeper based on her desire to establish herself as a country singer unafraid to draw on other passions, tap into some heartier rhythms and sing her heart out, outside the box every chance she gets.

“Growing up in small towns in my native Washington State and Missouri, I listened to a lot of country music but there was so much more that excited me just as much,” says Valentine, who was born in Kennewick, Washington and now lives in Northern California and Las Vegas.

While Valentine’s earliest musical memory finds her at age 5, getting a microphone from her mom at Christmas and singing along to holiday music on the radio, she also remembers rummaging through her mom’s closet to dig out all sorts of old LPs. A short list of influences that helped define her later development as an artist includes country greats Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, The Judds, Reba McEntire, Lynn Anderson and Kenny Rogers (“I wore out ‘The Gambler,’” she laughs), along with pop stars Pat Benatar, Dr. Hook, The Eagles and Amy Grant.

Valentine sang in a lot of church and school choirs, but recalls her first public solo number being “Fool Such As I” (recorded by many artists, including Elvis) at her sixth grade talent show.

“When I’d listen to most country songs, I’d love them because they’d make me feel happy or sad, but sometimes I felt like they weren’t going quite deep enough,” she adds. “That’s where the songs we worked on come in, tunes that combine all the different styles I loved since I was a little girl. I love classical, so there are strings. I love classic R&B, so there are grooves and brass that touch on that. And ‘Blue Train’ is a fun, Atlanta styled blues number. It’s a little bit of everything, but in the end, it’s who I am. The same way all of these styles I’m drawing from connected with me, I believe they will connect with listeners who hear the album.”

Valentine’s fortuitous meeting with her future musical soul mate Edging came about through a fascinating series of events that bring to mind the phrase, “only in the music industry.” In 2000, when she was living in Crescent City, California (near the Oregon border), a promoter came to town and held a battle of the bands contest; first prize was an opening slot for country singer Mindy McCready at the local fairgrounds. She hadn’t planned on entering the contest, but happened by the bar and sang to some tracks—and won!

Her performance before McCready’s show caught the ear of her road manager (who heard Valentine sing via cell phone), who asked for a demo. The concert promoter Jim Vining also invited her to come to Vegas, where she started doing various gigs. One night when she was singing at the Idle Spurs Tavern, Bobby Howard—who had been in the legendary group The Coasters, for whom Edging played sax at one time—heard her and told her that Edging was looking for a female demo singer. Valentine and Edging hit it off immediately, and it was clear from the start that their future collaborations would involve much more than recording demos. In fact, Edging originally decided to launch Alive Records for the very purpose of releasing Brandi’s music to the world.

“The minute he heard me, he asked, what do you want to do? Make an album?” she recalls. “It was that obvious that something big was going to happen with us. I started recording songs for him, put Brandi Valentine & Company together for business purposes, and we got rolling. Mike instinctively knew what kind of music I liked and he loved all the same things I grew up with. It’s almost like meeting him was an answer from God and his songs were meant for me to record all along.”

Edging says of his protégée, “Brandi is the most naturally talented female singer I have ever met. It’s like an old soul in a young body because she has a depth of musical styles she brings to the Country format. I like to call it Sade meets country. It’s a sultry tone and a dynamic presentation with special attention to lyrical detail—Brandi has it all and gives it all onstage or in the studio at every performance.”

While Valentine is only at the beginning of what will no doubt be an inspiring career in country music, she sees the release of Deeper as a powerful dream come true. “Making my own album was my only goal when I was growing up,” she says, “and I am so happy to now be able to get out there and connect emotionally with people the way my favorite singers connected with me. Most people won’t even try going after a dream, so I feel a great sense of satisfaction that things are coming together this way. I knew I wanted to do this from the time I was a little girl. I could talk to you and tell you how I feel about something, but I couldn’t communicate as well as I do when I’m singing. The feelings I put out with music are far more powerful than anything I could say.”

For more information on BRANDI VALENTINE contact:
Steve Levesque or Guy McCain at Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. at (310) 860-9170
info@luckmedia.com, www.luckmedia.com, www.aliverecords.com, www.brandivalentine.com
Midas Records Nashville Announces Music Industry Veteran
Mike Severson to SW Director of Regional Promotion


Midas Records Nashville is proud to announce the appointment of Mike Severson to SW Director of Regional Promotion for the label. Midas Records Nashville National Director of Promotion Bob Reeves says, "I'm very happy to have Mike as the first regional at Midas. He brings immense talent & an excellent perspective on radio promotion to the fold here. He'll be a huge asset to the department and to Midas Records."

Severson moved to Nashville after radio stints at KWEN and KCKI, shortly after arriving to town he was hired at MCA Nashville where he was Director of Promotion until late 2001. Following the eight years at MCA, Severson worked at All Access Music Group and most recently spent a year with independent Rounder Records as Director of Promotion.

Midas Records Promotion can be reached at 704 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212. Phone: (615) 327-3004.

For more information on Midas Nashville contact:
Steve Levesque or Guy McCain at Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. at (310) 860-9170
info@luckmedia.com, www.luckmedia.com, or www.midasrecords.net

8900 Olympic Blvd. • Beverly Hills, CA 90211 • Tel (310) 860-9170 • Fax (310) 860-9171
email: info@luckmedia.com  •  web: www.luckmedia.com

Announces Two Key Regional Manager Appointments


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Growing Label Names Shari Roth as Midwest Regional Manager
And Clay Henderson as Southeast Regional Manager
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Company Will Host Its Debut Event at CRS 37 in Nashville
With Performances by Newly Signed Artists Emerson Drive and Newcomer Lindsey Grant

Hot on the heels of signing veteran country hitmakers Emerson Drive as its flagship debut artist, newly launched Midas Records Nashville strikes gold once again in announcing two key regional appointments—Shari Roth as Midwest Regional Manager and Clay Henderson as Southeast Regional Manager.

“Shari and Clay are two more exciting additions to the staff here at Midas,” says Bob Reeves, Midas Records Nashville National Director of Promotion. “Once again, we are proud to have innovative out of the box thinkers with diverse backgrounds that are ready to dig in and do the work required to gain the trust and respect of our radio partners! Our launch at CRS 37 couldn’t come quick enough for this new team!”

In addition to introducing the industry to its growing staff, Midas Nashville’s debut event at CRS (Country Radio Seminar) 37 in February will feature performances by the label’s first two signed artists, Emerson Drive—whose first single for the label will release to radio that month—and exciting newcomer Lindsey Grant.

Roth’s previous radio posts include stops at Alternative WGRX/NYC & Country WYNY/NYC and three and a half years as Director of Merchandising/Country catalog at Columbia House.

Henderson joins Midas Nashville after stints as Southeast Regional Manager for Universal South, Southwest Regional Manager for Warner Bros. and Promotion Manager with Aristomedia & Marco Promotions.

Previously, Midas Records Nashville announced two important appointments to its promotional staff: Mike Severson as SW Director of Regional Promotion and Mary Befera as Associate Director of Promotion. Severson’s previous stints included Director of Promotion at MCA Nashville and Director of Promotion with indie label Rounder Records. Befera, a former co-owner of Virginia Broadcasting Company and Befera Broadcasting in Minnesota, was most recently General Manager for (KLDJ, KKCB, KBMX, WEBC) Clear Channel Radio of Duluth, MN.

Midas Records Promotion can be reached at 704 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212. Phone: (615) 327-3004.

For more information on Midas Nashville contact:
Steve Levesque or Guy McCain at Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. at (310) 860-9170
info@luckmedia.com, www.luckmedia.com, or www.midasrecords.net

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Rustie Blue

RustieBlueBio01.jpg (5202 bytes)Rustie Blue is a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) with her song "Honky Tonkin' Diva" from her album Chip Chip. "Honky Tonkin' Diva" was one of the songs selected from 15,000 entrees to move to the second round! The Grand Prize Winner and the winners in each category will be announced in March 2006.

Rustie Blue explains her inspiration for "Honky Tonkin' Diva": "I had been hearing the term "Diva" alot! When I think of the word Diva, I think of a beautiful, strong, successful woman. I thought why not put a Diva in a honky tonk setting? I mean, you are always seeing gals in honky tonks that dress all up, put on their boots or "dancing shoes" and go out honky tonkin! The song is about a beautiful, strong woman that loves the honky tonks, loves to dance, and is a "heartbreaker." As the songs says, "Don't let her anywhere near your heart, she'll only make you blue, cause she likes the night life a little too much, and she'll never fall for you."

Rustie Blue says that the song "only took about 20 minutes to write. I was cooking spaghetti, and I kept getting ideas for the song. I was so pre-occupied with writing, that I forgot about what I was doing; To make a long story short, I ended up with burned spaghetti, but I had a great song!"

MP3s of the "Honky Tonkin' Diva" or Rustie's current single "Cloud of Dust", a copy of the Chip Chip album, interviews, and print quality photos available to media by request. Rustie Blue's music and photos are also available on our media only download page.

For more information on booking Rustie Blue in Europe, contact Mission Country at 33 1 60 66 80 47.

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Maggie Austin

MaggieAustin.jpg (7867 bytes)“Rain on a Tin Roof,” Maggie Austin's debut single off of her upcoming CD on Gulfwind Records, is currently Number 8 on New Music Weekly's Country Indie Chart and has jumped 4 spots into the Top 30 on the NMW Country Main Chart!

Maggie describes “Rain on a Tin Roof” as "a beautifully written bluegrass flavored song that creeps up on the listener, slowly washing over the soul." This song is pure Nashville, including songwriter John Ozier, musicians Lonnie Wilson and Troy Lancaster, and producer Larry Beaird. Dawn Turner from Lonestar Country Radio says "Maggie Austin breathes new life into country music. Her unique sound and melodic voice have stardom written all over it."

Maggie Austin's blend of traditional country themes and contemporary country delivery have made her an innovative and ground breaking artist. Her music is enjoying worldwide exposure, with airplay everywhere from the United Kingdom to New Zealand to Canada and now the USA. She has appeared on the cover of Blazing Boots, and has been reviewed on many websites and magazines, including CountryInterviewsOnline.net, Strictly Country, Rikk's Reviews, and Country Stars Online.

Maggie Austin is currently working with CMA award winning musicians on her debut full-length CD, due out this year.

Maggie Austin is a sponsor of Cell Phones For Soldiers, a program helping soldiers call home to their families. She has since received numerous requests to discuss the program. Maggie will donate 25cents for every download from www.MPeria.com/artists/Maggie_Austin to the CPFS fund.

For more information, please contact Laura at Laura@WildfirePublicity.net or 615-825-0019. Photos, Rain on a Tin Roof MP3 and single CD, and interviews available to the media by request. Radio is encouraged to contact Gus with Gulfwind Records.

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Skyla Spencer

SkylaSpencer-RodeoBenefit05sm.jpg (6473 bytes)The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association held a rodeo where celebrities teamed up with professional riders to raise money for NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc.). The rodeo was held near Gaylord Opry Hotel in Nashville, TN, on Nov. 12th. Skyla Spencer took part in the event shooting two 45 pistols at balloons while riding a horse named Luke. She rode in two different courses shooting all ten balloons in one, and missing only one balloon in the other course. Skyla officially was inducted into the rodeo and will be participating in celebrity competitions in the future. Skyla quotes, "It was a great time, and I am hooked on the rodeo now."

When asked how she describes her music, Skyla replies “My music is fun, energetic, & up-lifting. I love a sense of humor, and that shows through on some of my songs. I also enjoy writing ballads. Some of the songs on this album are from real life experiences, but it’s through these experiences, either good or bad, that I have become stronger. My first album is dedicated to the people I have lost in my life...”

For more information, an MP3 of “Why Do You Do This To Me”, the You Said You’d Call Me album, print-quality photos, or to schedule a phoner, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net   or 615-825-0019. Music and images are also available on our media only download page.


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Lana Sprague

Songwriter, Lana Sprague sent me a copy of her latest song, "Twelve Dozen Roses" and I wanted to let all of you artists out there know that if you're looking for some great music to record, check out Lana... Marli


Bill Durham


BillDurham.jpg (3530 bytes)Bill Durham, a country music singer/guitarist from Clarksdale, Mississippi”, has just released a new single to radio entitled “The Andy Griffith Show”. The song was written by David Bellamy of The Bellamy Brothers. In this song, Durham sings about the popular television show that aired on CBS Television From 1960-1968.

“The Andy Griffith Show” can be found on Future Hits Volume # 24, a Compilation CD serviced to radio by NEW MUSIC WEEKLY, a music industry trade publication. NEW MUSIC WEEKLY mails 650 copies of the Compilation CD to radio stations Here in the United States. They also mail 350 copies to radio stations in France, Germany, England, Denmark, and Australia.

Any radio stations desiring a copy of this song may contact NEW MUSIC WEEKLY For servicing. The telephone number is 1-888-325-2901. The URL for the NEW MUSIC WEEKLY website is www.newmusicweekly.com

Radio stations may also download this song from www.RadioSubmit.com   or www.AirplayDirect.com

Bill Durham has also received considerable airplay in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Durham has also received airplay on internet radio stations including www.CountryBear.com, www.Twangcast.com, and Live365

Bill Durham received considerable airplay with a song entitled “Pink Cadillac”. This rockabilly song charted on The ECMA Top 100 Country Radio Airplay Chart. The song peaked at # 10 on The Hotdisc Chart and also peaked at # 1 on The IndieWorld Country Chart. At one time, “Pink Cadillac” was ranked # 19 among the 200 most Played songs in Europe. Bill Durham is now playing select dates and working on his new album.

For More Information:

Bill Durham
231 Court Street
Clarksdale, MS 38614

Nashville Line Dancers Aalen

The Nashville Line Dancers Aalen (NLDA) have been performing this dance style with great enthusiasm already for several years. The group performs more than 150 dances of the category Country Line Dance and is regarded as one of Germany’s top Show Line Dancers. Elvis songs are presented in the best Line Dance fashion.

‘’Tribute To The King Of Music & Viva Las Vegas Dance Show’’ – their dance show is viewed as unique in Germany. They also act as background dancers in the show of the great, internationally well known Elvis double Jack Favor, who is also known as ‘’Eifel-Elvis’’,  "The Best Elvis Since Elvis ’’.

Their many performances speak for themselves: NLDA is Line Dance Show at it’s best.

NLDA targets at having Line Dance (which originally supported only Country and Western Music) mingled with other music styles such as Elvis music, pop music etc.

Thus Line Dance shall be opened to a broader audience and it shall be shown to the puplic, how divers this dance style with nowadays more than 4000 different dances can be.

If you like, you can sign our guestbook.

More Information about and contact to NLDA you get at: http:// www.nlda.de or E-Mail: linedancersnlda@aol.com



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