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February 19, 2006

Hi All,
I can't believe it's already Sunday night... I don't know where the time goes... BTW.. if any of you know, please let me know.. I'd like to get some of mine back!

I wanted to take a moment here to say a few words about a new "Community" website that I find very aggravating. "MySpace.com" has become very popular with many folks for a variety of reasons. I found out about it a few months ago because there was an artist who created a "home page" there and asked me to link to it... after seeing what was on that particular page, I was shocked, replied to the artist that I could not, in good conscience link to a site that allowed porn to be blatantly advertised. Of course, the artist hadn't realized that folks were just walkin' on to that page and posting their links. This is a free-for-all of folks posting whatever they choose to post on anyone's personal page. Since that time, there's been quite a few artists posting their info there to get more exposure, but there's more being exposed than just their info and of course, it's like fighting spam... you can delete it one day and the next day there's twice as much relisted.

I received an email from a long time fan of Child Alert Foundation and she began telling me her thoughts about MySpace.com, which were pretty much the same as mine.

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"Years how they fly...I check out your sites from time to time and wow they are huge now! You must be out straight. I was emailing you of this new site that is of karaoke singing or artist that would like to be heard. www.ksolo.com
I also wanted to know if you all are keeping a watch on the
MySpace.com program that is getting a lot of public watch at this time.... I just heard of it and a few months back and checked out the site to see what our children our seeing its sick and free access to them. We the parents don't have a lot to say or should I say voices being heard. I know your into things like this so I wanted to see if this has been brought to your attention or if you could get it out on parents beware of what this site is and ages allowed but any can get in. Let me know what you can do on your site to get the message out to help protect our children."

Well, this is my first act of informing others about the callousness of MySpace.com. As for what to do about it, I'm not quite sure yet, but I hope all of you will inform your friends and ask them NOT to use this venue for exposure.. there's more being exposed there than just their talent. There are so many GOOD sites that PR only music, no explicit ads, etc. and you can get just as much exposure without giving some low-life the opportunity to "expose their talents" at your expense.. and by that I mean your reputation. To date, I have refused to link to anyone that I know is posted on MySpace and will continue to do so until they clean up their act.

Here's an article from SecurityProNews about "MySpace"
Hacking MySpace
The online social communities have become incredibly popular with many people...read more

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MKOC Official Artists
Song Clips Added.. Just Click a Song Title to hear music in Real Audio - Songs are rotated with each newsletter.
Debbie Miles
Debbie Miles
You Ain't Been Worth A Dime
Harold Hill
Harold Hill
San Antonio Sweetheart
Hoyt Hughes
Hoyt Hughes
Joe Tinoco
Joe Tinoco
Five Cards on the Mantle
Narvel Felts
Narvel Felts
Until The End of Time
Red Johnson
Red Johnson
Veteran's Day
Tecia McKenna
Tecia McKenna
Goodbye's What You Got
Tony Oliphant
Tony Oliphant
Can't Change Your Mind
The song collection above are some of my favorites of the MKOC Official Artists. Please take time to visit their web sites to hear all the music and choose your favorites. Write me, and maybe your favorite will be the next song showcased.

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More Country  News

Payola Investigated by the Government!

I wanted to share this info with all of you. Most artists are aware of "Pay for Play" or "Payola" and how it's used to get one's recordings heard, and even to #1 slots. Now the government is investigating and prosecuting for this illegal payoff for fame. I saw the show on ABC's Primetime Thursday night and wanted to share this info with all of you.. in or out of the business. This is why indies have such a hard time being heard, and why fans don't always get to hear what they want to hear. I feel it's important for all of you to check this out. You can watch the video broadcast of the show or read the text of the show, whichever is more convenient for you. I've also included the other 3 articles that came up in my search for "payola" as they all have something to do with radio play. I want to point out ahead of time, it is NOT the artists who are guilty of payola.. this goes on between record companies and radio execs. The DJs are also innocent.. on the major stations, the DJ has no control over the playlist.. they spin what they're told to spin. Read on.. I think you'll all find this very enlightening.

ABC News: 'Primetime'
'Primetime' ... Brian Ross Investigates: A small band that scored a hit song says it definitely benefited from payola ... Meet the Poster Boy for Payola. Coming Up on 'Primetime' Check ....

AlterNet: Primetime Payola for Clear Channel
In Special Coverage. AlterNetYour turn. Support AlterNet. Do you value the information you're getting from AlterNet? Please show your support with a tax-deductible donation. ....

AlterNet: MediaCulture: Primetime Payola for Clear Channel
We live in a media-driven, commercial culture, where it's hard to escape the ever-increasing waves of advertising and infotainment. ... These include anti-trust violations, payola and a ....

ABC News: The Cloud Over the Grammys: Stars React to the New Investigation Into Paying for Play on the Radio
... Paying to play records on radio - payola - seems as old as the recording industry itself, but ... and music industry officials told "Primetime" that millions of dollars in payments ...

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It's that time of year again, time for the fans to stand up and be heard by voting for the 2006 CMT Music Awards, country's only fan-voted awards show. Gary has been nominated for Male Video of The Year for "Best I Ever Had". First-round voting will end at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 9. VOTE NOW
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The great thing about country music is how it can impart so much truth in less than four minutes. This powerful ballad will speak to everyone with lines such as 'The struggles make you stronger/and the changes make you wise/and happiness has its own way of taking its sweet time.' Gary Allan turns in a potent performance:
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Signing of Country Star STEVE AZAR
At Wednesday’s CRS Late Night Bash

The music industry and radio attendees at Midas Records Nashville’s CRS bash on Wednesday were in for some surprises throughout the night. After Midas’ newcomer Lindsey Grant performed, the newly launched label announced its latest member to the Midas Nashville family - country star Steve Azar, who also got on stage to play for all the industry movers and shakers. Midas Records’ debut artists Emerson Drive capped off the evening with their performance. Azar’s first project as a joint venture with his new label will be Indianola, presently scheduled for a Summer 2006 release.

"Steve Azar is an artist I had always admired from afar for his great voice and songwriting - 'Til Monday' is one of my favorite songs. When I finally had the chance to meet him, it was obvious to me that this guy is a star. We are thrilled to work with him at Midas records” says Keith Follese, Midas Records’ A&R.

In addition to Follese and Brad Allen in the A&R department, the label’s staff consists of some of today’s most experienced and respected industry veterans such as Mary Befera, Mike Martinovich, Stan Moress, Bob Reeves, and Al Schiltz.

Steve Azar, one of country music's brightest young stars today, burst onto the country music scene in 2001 with his undeniable charisma as a performer and prolific songwriting talent. In 2001, his successful debut album for Mercury Records, Waitin’ On Joe produced the No. 2 hit, “I Don’t Have To Be Me (‘Til Monday)" that is now approaching 3 million spins on radio, making it one of the most played songs in recent years. The follow-up single and title track “Waitin’ On Joe” became a Top 20 hit, with the video featuring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman reaching No. 1 on CMT. On Indianola, Azar serves as producer and writer/co-writer on all fourteen tracks and claims the music takes you on a journey back to his Delta roots. ExxonMobil will sponsor Azar’s 2006 tour promoting the new CD.

Says Azar, “I’m really looking forward to this partnership between Midas Records and my new imprint label, Dang Records. Both Keith Follese and Brad Allen have given me the creative freedom I’ve always hoped for. I’m also excited about working with Bob Reeves, Midas’ National Director of Promotion as I’ve known and respected him for many years. His ethics, his integrity and his vibe are unmatched. This is indeed, a very humbling and unique opportunity for me."

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After much anticipation by Aldo and countless fans who've written to us, we are happy to announce the official release date of Aldo's new CD, Open Road for March 1st. And are now accepting advance orders at Aldo’s website.

We want to thank all of you who have ordered Open Road through the past several months for waiting so long. Your Orders will be shipped throughout the first week of! March.

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I worked in a show club in Detroit with The Dawn Breakers quartet. The emcee was a very funny comedian named Frankie Rapp.
He did an impression of a gay lighthouse. I saw him in a Jerry Lewis movie once.

There was a classy female singer on the show who was Frankie’s ex-wife. She told me she didn’t like old comedians. She’d been married to two of them. After comedians make us laugh we expect them to be jolly in real life. They can be quite different from their onstage persona.

Mickey Rooney is one of our finest comedic actors, but backstage we found him grouchy, unfriendly, and rude. Lou Costello got 60% and Bud Abbott got 40% of their income. When asked if he thought he needed Abbott, he said this:
“I could have him painted on the curtain.”
Misty and I have known hilarious comics who were serious depressives. We got involved with one who was a tyrant.

I was producing a Starday Records artist named Rusty Diamond, who had a knack for getting rich backers. Rusty wanted to put together a Vegas type stage show. I knew he wasn’t ready for that, so I suggested we hire a comedy coach named Danny Rogers.

Rusty’s backer was paying for the coaching sessions, and the rent on a rehearsal hall. Danny could be funny, lovable, humble, devious, and cruel. He could be different people at different moments. He did so many characters, I didn’t know which was the real him. I think it was the mean one.

He’d been fired from Milton Berle’s Vegas show for being too funny. He told me “Berle was right. It was his show.”

The potential comedy group consisted of Misty and me, Paul McLaughlin our sax player, and Rusty was to be the star. Rogers began calling Paul “the hick” and riding him mercilessly. I was the designated straight man, Misty was “the chick”, and it never became clear what Rusty was supposed to do.

It did become clear that Rusty was not going to be the star. Danny was getting paid to train him, but Rusty was on his way out.
It was morphing into The Danny Rogers Group. He was a terrific comedian, and I was to be his Dean Martin. He didn’t even want Paul in the act. That’s why he made his life miserable. But we made sure Paul stayed.

To be fair, Danny did teach us a lot about stagecraft and comedy. He taught us some hilarious routines, but he yelled at us all the time, which took the fun out of it. Rusty’s backers pulled the plug and he left the group, Paul “the hick” was miserable, and Misty and I were imagining fun ways to kill Danny Rogers.

Misty bought an expensive new dress and Danny commanded her to “Never wear that again.”

Then he booked our act into a famous showplace in the Caribbean. We all knew at that moment that we were not going to be on any island with Danny Rogers. We were actually afraid to tell him. He had become the cruel warden. But we did tell him, and he wasn’t happy First he became the poor soul who’s been hurt, to make us feel guilty. He was good! Finally he got mad, did a troll dance, and left.

Maybe I made up the troll dance.

In the 1970’s, after we’d had several hit records, I was calling old names in our address book, for some dumb reason. I got Rogers on the phone, and asked if he remembered us, and he said this:
“Yeah. Too bad you never made it.”

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10 Excellent; 8 Very Good; 6 Good; 4 Fair; 2 Below Average.

Ref Reviewer details Comments Points Airplay
1 Gerd Stassen – EVW Radio, Germany 9 yes
2 Tony Peters – Primo Publishing, UK Brilliant song and artist 10
3 Paul Davis – NCM Radio, UK 9 yes
4 Graham Hassall – Radio Nightingale, UK High quality track 10 yes
5 Ricky Lee – WCR FM Radio, UK 8 yes
6 Jackie Blair – Country Music & Dance magazine, UK 8
7 Bryan Chalker – Music Maker magazine, UK He gets better and better and better 10
8 John Andersen – Radio Dandelion, Denmark Always a pleasure to play him 8 yes
9 Arno Bierings – Eagle Radio, Holland 9 yes
10 Veronica Capaldi – BBC Lincs, UK Great song 10 yes
11 Jos Robben – Vechtdal FM, Holland 8 yes
12 Alex Pijnen – BRTO Radio, Holland Excellent 10 yes
13 Martin Van Der Laan – Radio Compagnie, Holland Another fine track from Troy 8 yes
14 Peter Fairhead – BCB Radio, UK 7
15 Tommy Truesdale – West Sound Radio, UK 6 yes
16 Per Rodal – Radio Midt-Norge, Norway Outstanding! 10 yes
17 Maurizio Benvenutti – Radio Incontro, Italy Playlisted 8 yes
18 Jacques Dufour – Radio Lyon, France Good honky tonk music 6 yes
19 Stefan Speckmann – Radio Otfriesland, Germany 6 yes
20 Lars Lindberg – MCWC Radio, Sweden Another great song 8 yes
21 John Morris – Trust AM Radio, UK 8 yes
22 Clive Smith – Hot n Gold Radio, UK 6 yes
23 BJ Van Nieuwenhuizen – Radio Zilverstad, Holland 6 yes
24 Benny Sorensen – Radio Skagensexpressen, Denmark 9 yes
25 Frank D – Radio Florival, France Brilliant track 10 yes26 Thomas Hyden – 94.3 Radio, Sweden 8 yes
27 Max Achatz – Country Circle magazine, Germany One of country’s most under-rated singers 8
28 Brian Sharman – Wycombe Radio, UK 6 Yes
29 John Brookfield – Pathfinder magazine, UK Great voice and song 8
30 Barry Dixon – Now Dig This magazine, UK 8
31 Alan Potter – Harrogate Radio, UK 6
32 Bill Black – Saga Radio, UK 6
33 Nigel Rennie – BFBS Radio, Cyprus 6
34 Marie Crichton – BBC Radio Shropshire, UK Very good 8 yes
35 Toby Darling – Music Publisher, UK 6
36 Colin Roke – CMRPlus Radio, UK 6
37 Graham Lees – Creative FM Radio, UK Good effort 6 yes
38 Phil Roberts – KCR Radio, UK 6 yes
39 Dave Smith – Thatcham Radio, UK Exceptional as usual 10 yes
40 Phil Walsh – CRMK Radio, UK 6 yes
41 Sam Harris – Country Routes magazine, UK Loved it 10
42 Allan Watkiss – BBC Radio Sheffield, UK 6
43 Petur Rouch – Faroya Radio, Faroe Isles 7
44 John Bjoersvik – Radio Sotra, Norway 4
45 Gerry Warren – 974 Radio, Australia Excellent music 10 yes
46 Etienne Berthels – Radio Terre Franche, Belgium 8 yes
47 Colin Thorpe – Radio Link, UK 8 yes
48 Al Watts – Collingwood Radio, Australia He is a favourite of mine 10 yes
49 David Callister – Manx Radio, Isle of Man 8 yes
50 Helen MacPherson – Moray Firth Radio, UK 7 yes51 Barry Gower – Coast FM Radio, Australia 8 yes
52 Steve Margrave – Anker Radio, UK 6 yes
53 Helene Dagorn – Radio Active, France 8 yes
54 Bauke Van Der Vliet – Oskar Radio, Holland Where are you, major labels? 9 yes
55 Michael Schroeter – Radio Herford, Germany 8 yes
56 Kjell Horlin – MCWC Radio, Sweden 10 yes
57 Al Field – Triple U FM, Australia Very appealing 6 yes
58 Cor Laponder – Radio Frequent, Holland Every song from Troy is good 8 yes
59 Gordon Davies – Radio Maldwyn, UK 8 yes
60 Friedrich Hog – Radio Free FM, Germany Fantastic release 10 yes
61 Hans Mair – Radio Osttirol, Austria 8 yes
62 Brette Dominique – Triangle FM, France Great honky tonk 8 yes
63 Rolf Hierath – Radio Rheinwelle, Germany 6 yes
64 Pat Servanton – RCF Vivarais, France Terrific as usual 8 yes
65 Jean Claude Michelon – Radio RDA, France 6
66 Alain Joris – Radio Columbia, Belgium Very good 8 yes
67 Richard Kirk – CMRU magazine, UK 6
68 Sue McCarthy – Southern Country magazine, UK Excellent 10
69 Marion Lacroix – Radio Arc En Ciel, France 6 yes
70 Pietro Scazzolla – Radio Gold, Italy 8 yes
71 Philippe Caux – RCF Radio, France 8 yes
72 Parko Parkinson – QBM Radio, Australia 5 yes
73 Trudy Burke – WYN FM Radio, Australia This is very good from Troy 8 yes
74 Michel Baumert – Radio Bergerac, France
75 Sandy Drummond – 3NRG Radio, Australia Excellent 10 yes76 Arne Andersen – Radio Lolland, Denmark 8 yes
77 Jim Darmody – Promoter, UK 6
78 Otto Waldoft – SCAWC Radio, Denmark Nice performance 6 yes
79 Ken Birkinshaw – CMRU magazine, UK Great country 8
80 Wendy Nicholson – 1206 AM Radio, New Zealand Troy can do no wrong 10 yes
81 Jean-Luc Ducroux – RQQG Radio, France 10 yes
82 Peter Anderl – ORF Radio, Austria You can always rely on Troy 9 yes
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83 Dieter Trenkler – Radio Welle Neiderrhein, Germany 6 yes
84 Tony Crooke – Stafford Radio, UK 8 yes
85 Michel Gandon – Radio Galaxie, France 10 yes
86 Bjarne Hesselbjergaard – Radio Sindal, Denmark 8 yes
87 Tom Robinson – Kingsdown Radio, UK A winning song 9 yes
88 John Carstairs – Classic VRN Radio, UK 8 yes
89 Dann Hansen – Roskilde Radio, Denmark Real country 7 yes
90 Goran Ohlzon – Folkradion, Sweden 6 yes
91 Bernard Roudaire – Arverne Radio, France 8 yes
92 Doc Schulze – Eurohertz Radio, Germany As good as always 10 yes
93 Bob Preedy – BBC North, UK 6
94 Jim Duncan – WCR Radio, UK 6 yes
95 Jim Johnson – Pathfinder magazine, UK 8
96 Patrick Molis – Radio Enghein, France 8 yes
97 Paul Stokholm – Radio Hinnerup, Denmark 8 yes
98 Bart Van Der Pol – VLOK Radio, Holland 8 yes
99 Maurice Hope – CMRU magazine, UK So consistently good 8
100 Ken Larsen – Country Stasjonen, Norway 6 yes

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Celebrating our 11th consecutive year, 2006 USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting entries! Winning songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada along with great prizes such as a Top Prize of over $50,000.

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USA Songwriting Competition will be having a SXSW Showcase at Borders Books & Music
Thursday, March 16, 2006 at: Austin Borders (10225 Research Rd, Austin, TX) 7pm to 10pm, FREE Admission
Artists to perform are:

7.00 to 7.25 ~ Jamie Rattner (2005 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner - Lyrics)
7.30 to 7.55 ~ Ignacio Peńa (2005 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Award Winner)
8.00 to 8.25 ~ Kate Voegele (2005 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner - Pop)
8.30 to 8.55 ~ St. Juste & Hakim Young (2005 USA Songwriting Competition - Overall Grand Prize winner)
9.00 to 9.25 ~ Jen Foster (2005 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner - Gospel)
9.30 to 10.00 ~ Dave Berg (2005 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner - Rock/Alt)

Many have asked where you can listen to the top winning song "Miracle" written by Hakim Young. Winning song "Miracle" can be heard on Columbia Records/Sony Music website, as it is now signed to Columbia/Sony. You need to select the song "Miracle" on the music player on the website at: http://www.stjuste.com

Jen Foster won the Overall Grand Prize in the 2nd Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with her song "Taking Bob Dylan". Other winners include:

Hurry Home - Zane Williams
Runner-up: Chairs Around The Table - High Range Band

Chicoy - Suzanne Teng
Runner-up: Tom, Brad & Alice - April Verch

Hungry Man #1 - Millish
Runner-up: My Darlin' Beau - Victoria Vox

Greenfields - David Francey
Runner-up: Who Do You Want Me To Be - David Coburn

Taking Bob Dylan - Jen Foster
Runner-up: The child - Casey Desmond

Look In The Mirror - Mother Jane
Runner-up: Nowhere - Tina Vero

Circle Around - Kate & Kacey Coppola
Runner-up: People Stuff - Harmonious Wail

Amanda Bramlett - Dave Potts
Runner-up: This Side Of A Heartache - One Mile So

For complete list if finalists, please go to:

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Unsigned Underground
230 S. Main St., Newtown, CT 06470
PH: 203-426-2030 FX: 203-426-2036
Darryl Gregory info@unsignedunderground.net
This show is broadcast on WVOF 88.5 Fairfield University, Weds. 4PM to 6PM EST and a Podcast that features independent CDs and interviews with artists. Great free exposure!

KRCK-FM 97.7
73-733 Fred Waring Dr. #201, Palm Desert, CA 92260
PH: 760-341-0123 FX: 760-341-7455
The Big KC kc@krck.com
KRCK supports local talent and encourages independent artists. Rock & Alternative format.

Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Dr. Oneonta, NY, 13820O
PH: 607-431-4555 FX: 607-431-4064
Alex Cameron wrho@hartwick.edu 
Please send us your promo CDs. We play all genres of music, however we tend to lack in the Folk/Country/Jazz/Blues/ Classical/Spoken Word genres - so more of those genres would be greatly appreciated!

indie cent exposure radio
8949 Sunset Blvd. #201, West Hollywood, CA 90069
PH: 310-943-7164 FX: 310-919-3091
Justin Goldberg
Changing the way people discover and get paid for making music. As people listen to streamed music from Indie911's media player, qualifying artist accounts are paid for online airplay via their PayPal account.

4414 Lafayette Blvd. Ste #100, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
PH: 540-891-9696 FX: 540-891-1656
Stephanie Taylor staylor@thunder1045.com
A mainstream Country station that mixes in Americana and Southern Rock. We air a two hour Americana/Bluegrass/Texas Country show on Sunday nights that incorporates independent artists.

Psych Rock 101 KMBH
RT8 Box 613, Brownsville, TX 78520
Texas Joe Valles Jr. vallescream@aol.com
Showcasing old and new bands in the Psych Rock format only! No other types of music are accepted! CDs - new shrinkwrapped, retail ready only! No CDr's or homemade tapes etc. Free to email me before sending submissions.

Punk Up the Volume KIWR
2700 College Rd. Council Bluffs, IA 51503
PH: 712-325-3337
KC Jones riverpunk897@yahoo.com
Punk music Sunday nights at 9 with your host KC Jones.

What's the Buzz WCNI
247 Haley Rd. Ledyard, CT 06339
PH: 860-572-2705
John Fogg Jr. buzzradiowcni@aol.com
A weekly 3 hour show. Christian Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop. I am happy to play the music of independent artists.

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Dave Berg (2005 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner - Rock/Alt) co-wrote the number 1 Country hit song by Reba McIntyre "Somebody". It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart and #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart! "Somebody" becomes Reba's 22nd #, breaking the record for longest span of #1 hits by a female country performer. Dave co-wrote "Somebody" with Sam and Annie Tate.

Jen Foster (2005 USA Songwriting Competition, 1st Prize - Gospel) had her song "Saturn" was named Top 100 songs of the year 2005 by Sirius OurQ Radio program.

Tim Matthews won an honorable mention award in 2005 with co-writers Mary Dana and Cory Batten with their song "It's Not Love". He also won an honorable mention award with "Can't Help Calling Your Name" in 1999. The same song was cut by Jason Sellers on both of his RCA/BNA albums. Besides Jason Sellers, Tim Matthews have had cuts by Neal McCoy, Marcel Chagnon, Jeannie Kendall (of The Kendalls), and Lauren Lucas.

Sarah Lewis, the lead singer of Jag Star (2002 USA Songwriting Competition Overall Grand Prize winner) had her song "Leavin'", chosen as a trailor song for MTV's new TV program, "The Hills", which is a spin-off of "Laguna Beach". She and her band has performed with Simple Plan and Bowling For Soup.

*Adrianne (Overall 1st Prize winner in 1999) has been signed to Wheat Recording Company/Ryko.

*Steve Tanen (Overall 1st Prize winner in 2001) of a duo "The Weepies" has been signed to Nettwerk Records.

~Were you a finalist or past winner of the USA Songwriting Competition and have some interesting news on yourself? If so, please e-mail us at: info@songwriting.net

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Record Pools – Are You Swimming Yet?
By Jaci Rae

JaciRae.jpg (8009 bytes)The winter months have hit us and unless you live in Southern California, most people aren’t swimming in open-air pools any longer.

Until recent times, Indie Artists and the labels they set up for themselves had a hard time getting their music heard by anyone outside their own backyard pool of fans. With guerilla marketing finally becoming common practice and online music stores becoming a main stay for the music aficionado, record pools are now open for business to the general indie population.

What is a record pool? Basically, a record pool is a membership of DJ’s that act as an intermediary between DJ’s and the music makers. The power behind a record pool is that it can reach a mass, global market in lightening speed.

As of 2005, there are over 7000 DJ's and industry professionals who are part of this digital revolution. In order for a DJ to belong to a record pool, they must pay a monthly association fee to obtain the latest and most current music.

Frequently this music is available to them before it becomes available to mainstream radio, and because of that, record pools quite often have more of an initial impact than the popular mainstream outlets.

The power radio programmers have over radio, clubs and street music is now handed over to the DJ’s who participate in the record pools, allowing them to have control over what they “break.”

So how can you get an invitation to swim in their pool? No invitations necessary, but you must have a good professional product that is available in digital format (although I did find one that accepted vinyl).

Some of the record pools now require that you have your own label, meaning that you don’t submit as your band name. That is easily done by setting up your own label (too much information to go into here, but you can find the information inside my book The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money).

Once you have the business side taken care of, start searching the internet using the keywords, “record pool,” and then contact them to be certain that your style of music is part of their repertoire.

Don’t randomly send out your online or hard copy press kit to every record pool you find, just as you wouldn’t send your music to every station you discover. E.g., a country record pool isn’t interested in acid rock and a classical record pool won’t be interested in spinning a blue grass tune. Then begin to submit your CDs using the contact information you acquired. Do you homework and beware of companies that don’t post charts or may be music collectors.

Here are a few record pools I found on the web:

http://www.americanrecordpool.com   (they represent an assortment of music, including R&B, Hip-Hop and Dance.)
http://www.keystonespinners.com  (they represent Hip Hop, Latin, World and Jazz)
http://www.vipchicago.com  (they represent Dance, Hip Hop, and Latin)

The time for indie artists is upon us, but you better take advantage of record pools now, before someone puts a “no swimming without a lifeguard” sign out. Jaci Rae – “The Rae of Hope TM” Copyright 2006

Jaci Rae is the #1 Nationally Best Selling author of “The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing and Money” ISBN 978-0-9746229-4-1 and “Winning Points with the Woman in Your Life One Touchdown at a Time.”

Jaci also hosts the popular “Jaci Rae Show,” heard live around the world. With top music executives that share insiders information. To gain valuable career advice, tune in every Thursday night at 8 PM PST, by going to: www.jacirae.com and clicking on the weekly show link to find out who’s on and how to tune in. Guests can email their questions live.

Dubbed by the media as "Racy Jaci" because of her quick wit and "The Rae of Hope," for her powerful insight, please make sure to check her out at: http://www.jacirae.com 

To a better day in every way ~ Jaci Rae “The Rae of Hope”

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Jaci Rae's smash hit, "Can't Push A River," has touched the hearts and musical souls of people around the world.  Be sure to get your copy today!  This is what just ONE Grand Ole' Opry Star has to say about Jaci:  "This is a great CD!  The first 2 songs are Terrific.  All in all its a great CD and it should do well for her."  Ernie Ashworth, Grand Ole Opry Star and Country Hall of Fame Inductee

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New Street Pitches and Upcoming Courses

This week's quotes:
"I'm so glad I joined SongU.com" - quote submitted on 2/17/06 by SongU.com member, Kaye W., TN

"I'm really excited about what you guys are doing and continue to do. Once again, you confirm the wisdom of my choice to join SongU.com." - quote submitted on 2/16/06 by SongU.com member, Van B., IL

Hi everyone,

It's getting cold here where we live, so I hope you're staying warm this February! We had a great gig at the Bluebird last week. Fortunately, the predicted snow held off so we had a full crowd. Thanks to SU faculty Pat/Pete Luboff, Dave Gibson/Daisy Dern, Marcia Ramirez and Nancy Moran and Fett for sharing their talents with us. This week I spent the better part of the week at a distance education conference learning about all the new trends in distance education...cool stuff that we'll continue to incorporate into SongU.com to keep us on the cutting edge on our virtual campus.

More Connections: New Street Pitches and Unscreened Pitching Opportunities!
Speaking of cool stuff...we've rolled out the new Spin N' Pitch upgrades this past week. We've contracted with an experienced A&R consultant who will be screening pitches and burning songs on to CD for their upcoming meetings. These special "street pitches" will allow members whose songs are forwarded to get their songs directly into the hands of the decision makers. We've also added special "unscreened" direct pitches that allow our members to directly send material for independent pitch opportunities in Country, R&B, Christian, Urban, Jazz and more. And while getting songs recorded will still require a magical combination of a great song, the right artist, undeterred determination and some luck, we hope these new features and opportunities associated with Spin N' Pitch will help our members get their best songs out there (you can view all the current pitching opportunities http://www.songu.com/pubSpinnpitch.asp). As always, there is no extra charge to participate in pitching opportunities using Spin N' Pitch for our Platinum Members.

Upcoming Online Courses: Kids, Networking, Business and Gear
Here are some of the upcoming courses and e-Workshops currently registering at SongU.com (you can view our upcoming instructor-led courses at: http://www.songu.com/pubInstructorLedCourses.asp). Again, to clarify, as a Platinum Member, there is no additional cost to take any courses at SongU.com. Here's what's coming up in the next couple of weeks:

* BUS 110 Effective Networking Strategies. Join songwriter and artist, Nancy Moran, as she discusses effective techniques to broaden your networking circle without annoying people in the process. Meets on Tuesday 2/21 at 9pm ET.
* SONG 184 Writing For The Children's Market. Join Grammy nominated songwriter, Pamela Phillips Oland, as she breaks down a couple of her songs from the Grammy nominated album, "Be Bop Your Best" with Red Grammer. Meets on Wednesday, 2/22 at 10pm ET.
* BUS 250, The Business Of The Independent Songwriter I. Join hit writer, Craig Bickhardt, for this special two week e-Workshop where you will learn ways to earn income from your songs through self-publishing and other alternative means. Meets on Saturdays at 12pm (noon) ET, beginning March 4th.
* GUEST LUNCH-TIME LECTURE (well, lunch time depending on where you live): "Are Your Demos Really Competitive?" Special talk with publisher, producer and songplugger, Cole Wright. Meets Monday, February 27 at 1:00pm ET in the e-Auditorium.
* TECH 220, Getting Killer Sounds From Your Gear. Join producer and Tech Editor for Performing Songwriter Magazine, Fett, for this special two week e-Workshop where you'll learn how to get great sounds from your own gear at home. Meets on Tuesdays, 9pm ET, beginning March 7th.

Just sign up before March 1st you'll get your first three months of courses, coaching and pitching opportunities as a Platinum Member for only $55 (recurs at the regular rate of $75/quarter). This gives you access to all SongU.com courses, plus regular co-writing and pitching opportunities. We'll even throw in a bonus free song evaluation from our award-winning coaching staff plus a licensed version of Virtual Studio Systems Lyricist Software (a $75 value itself) just for trying it for three months. It's a deal that's hard to beat. Just use redemption code HOTT when you sign up at www.SongU.com

Hope to see you "on campus" ;-)

Danny Arena
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