Wednesday, 11 June 2014

UKCountryRadio.com 2014 Song of the Year Finalists

UKCountryRadio.com 2014 Listeners' Club Song of the Year Finalists

UKCountryRadio.com have counting up the votes for nominations for listeners favourite UK Country Artist and Listeners' Club Song of the Year Awards.
There was a special programme broadcast at 12noon on Sunday 8th June, when Charlie Brown announced the finalists.
>> Listen to the announcements and sound clips from each of the Finalists nominated songs for the Listeners' Club Song of the Year:

It’s MANY Congratulations to these Five Finalists for UKCountryRadio.com Listeners' Club Song Award 2014:

  • #1 Interactive Murcia “A Woman's Way”
  • #2 Kelly Michelle “Losing You”
  • #3 Lucy Zirins “The Last One”
  • #4 Suzanna Shore “Sunflower Lady”
  • #5 Wayne Jacobs “In Cold Blood” Tom Manche (written by Wayne Jacobs)
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Meet the 2014 FINALISTS:

SONG 1: "A Woman's Way" - Interactive Murcia

Members: Geraldine Pointing, Ann Stevens and Colin Stevens
Hometown: Alhama de Murcia
Current Location: Murcia, Spain
NEW BEGINNINGS is the first album from all-live trio Interactive Murcia (Photo), who formed nearly nine years ago after they each moved from the UK to Spain. All the songs have a story to tell. Includes "A Woman's Way", about how the woman of the house tries to see the family through difficult economic times.
About: Interactive Murcia is an all-live trio who don't use backing tracks. The three-piece line-up is based in Murcia, Spain, and composed of Geraldine Pointing and Colin and Ann Stevens. Geraldine is the vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Interactive Murcia, bass player Colin provides the necessary strong but steady backing, and Ann on keyboards provides the more delicate final touches and percussion to create the band's overall distinctive modern country sound....Read More at UKcountryradio.com Artist Page
Watch >> "A Woman's Way" and "40 in the Shade" - Music Available from http://www.ukcountryradio.com/store.php

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SONG 2: "Losing You" - Kelly Michelle 
Kelly Michelle has been singing country music and paying tribute to the first ladies of country since being a young girl.
She had a long break from music and has now been back on the scene for almost three years. Her first album "No More Wasted Days" will be coming out at the end of June. Kelly also writes her own songs and hopes to record another album in the near future. She will be travelling around the UK in June alongside Pete Storm with their show This Is Country, paying tribute to all the country legends in Country Music: Johnny Cash and June Carter, Hank Williams, Glen Campbell, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Brenda Lee and many more (See Flyer
Read More UKcountryradio.com Artist Page
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SONG #3: "The Last One" - Lucy Zirins

Lucy Zirins, 21-year old singer-songwriter hails from the small town of Burnley, Lancashire. She combines a mix of original material with blues, soul, folk and gospel numbers in her set with influences drawn from country and jazz. She cites artists such as Eva Cassidy, Carol King, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones and Muddy Waters as her favourites (Blues Matters)
Lucy is fast making a name for herself as a performer and songwriter on the live music scene.
Her family roots lie in Cumbria and Latvia, Lucy Zirins born in 1992, made her stage debut in school as a 9-year-old singer and actress with the lead role in Lynn Brittney’s nativity play ‘Babooshka’. She picked up the guitar aged 12 after inheriting one from her late uncle and began songwriting early on.
With visits to Italy and France under her belt by the time she was 18 years old, Lucy began gigging solo at just 16.
Lovely Lucy

In 2010 Lucy was chosen as one of the “Class of 2010” singer-songwriters by PRS for Music and featured in a high profile event in London set up to recognise and support the UK’s most promising young talent.
Having recorded her first EP at 16, and following with another soon after, Lucy’s debut albumChasing Clocks” is the result of a long period of hard work.
The album’s 12 tracks were all written and arranged by Lucy herself, including the cello parts for 4 of the tracks on the album, which she wrote and scored. The majority of the album was recorded live with some of the country's finest musicians including B.J.Cole (Pedal Steel) and Richard Causon (keyboards; Tom Jones, Ryan Adams).
The album was produced by long time mentor and friend Michael Messer, who Lucy met at the tender age of 15 when chosen by the European Blues Association to receive the Sam Mitchell Scholarship for slide guitar, receiving a week’s tuition under his watchful eye. She returned the following year on the John Jackson Scholarship. They made the bold decision together to record the album in an analogue environment at Liam Watson’s (co-producer) Toe Rag Studios, recording the majority of the album live with minimal overdubbing.
Embraced by many musical scenes, reflecting the mix of genres within her songwriting and performance, in 2013 Lucy was nominated for 3 awards at the British Blues Awards and won ‘Young Artist of the Year’.
Radio airplay includes: The Sally Naden Show Image & Sean McGinty Image BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Introducing Tom Robinson Music Introducing Mixtape, UK CountryRadio.com , Trent Sound Radio Image (Nottingham), West Craven Community Radio, Radio Phoenix 96.7 FM - Image
Music: "Chasing Clocks" self released (Gingersnap Music) on March 25, 2013 is available Digitally at:
UK iTunes - Amazon UK - Listen in Full/Lyrics at Bandcamp.com or Spotify - Available as a Physical Copy at lucyzirins.com
Reviews: “A beautifully produced debut album... Modern folk-tinged country that perfectly suits the singer’s voice...In Zirins’ voice there’s a delicacy mixed with strength and an authentic country twang. Her delivery is impeccable and well judged for one so young” - R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine 3/5 stars)
“Lucy’s songwriting displays an astonishing maturity and confidence which belie her youth... this is an album of considerable maturity from a young artist who is clearly going places” - FATEA Magazine
"We Love Lucy" Classic Rock Presents The Blues Magazine - Image -
("A bunch of pensoners in a working men's club heckled me, then went perfectly silent for bingo" - Blues Matters issue 72
Watch Official Video "Home"
Visit Lucy's Check her GIG list - Press Media - EPK [PDF]
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SONG #4: "Sunflower Lady" - Suzanna Shore
Genre: Country/Rockabilly  Current Location: Torquay
It's not unusual for someone to pick up the guitar and try to write a few songs, but to wait until you are in your 40's before even learning to play the instrument and then to write a whole album in a few months is, perhaps, a bit more impressive. But then, Suzanna Shore (Photo), has never done things the conventional way. Although an avid "amateur" singer in her teens, Suzanna first started taking music more seriously as a singer on the south coast circuit as she started a new chapter in her life. However, while she enjoyed singing the songs of her teenage heroes, she knew she had her own stories to sing about and had to find a way of getting them out. In November 2011 a bout of viral laryngitis and an enforced lay off from singing proved a blessing in disguise as she turned to long-term colleague and music producer Steve Davis to fill the time with guitar lessons and then, at last, she began to write. Just two months later, the songs started to flow. "Dreams" was followed by the autobiographical and very personal "Sunflower Lady". Years of pent up emotions very quickly poured out into heartfelt lyrics set to memorably tunes.... Read more UKcountryradio.com Artist Page
A year on from the release of SUNFLOWER LADY has sadly seen Suzanna lose her mother which understandly has had a big effect on her and production of her second CD has therefore been put on hold. Apparently sales of Sunflower Lady are growing with a few radio stations on the continent play tracks from the album weekly and 2 tracks were played on BBC Introducing. She has received postive feedback from those she has perform her songs too with track 6 on the set titled "Life" resonanting with lots of folk.
Original released on 27th March 2013 the 11 track 41 minute SUNFLOWER LADY (Dogleg Records) set is available on Amazon UK (£7.49), UK iTunes  (£5.99) or directly from her website shop

Suzanna Shore on Facebook shares NEWS FLASH.......UKCountryRadio.com have just announced that SUNFLOWER LADY has managed to get through to the finals in September. Thank you to all who voted for me. I'll keep you informed. So excited.
Watch a preview of the title track from >> "Sunflower Lady"  album filmed on location at Dawlish Warren. Watch >> "Have You Ever" with her Rockabilly 50's Style Band!
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SONG #5: "In Cold Blood" - Tom Manche 
(written by Wayne Jacobs)

(Wayne Jacobs Rank #1 Country / Reggae / Singer/Songwriter  Erith, UK
Wayne Jacobs is an award-winning professional singer songwriter. While a teenager in the 1980s, Wayne went to night school for three and a half years where he was taught by a folk singer called Pauline. He wrote a couple of songs, one for his mum and another called One Way Ticket. Pauline said Wayne had good potential as a songwriter. While his children grew up, Wayne put his guitar away. But, over the last ten years, he's been playing and writing again. For his 40th birthday, Wayne's wife Joanna gave him his first Fender Squire electric guitar. Wayne has been happily married for 27 years. His daughter Gemma, 26, and son Jamie, 27, are both civil servants.....Read more UKcountryradio.com Artist Page
in 2013, Wayne was injured in a motorcycle accident. While sitting in his armchair feeling sorry for himself, he had an idea to write a song about a homeless man in Nashville. After Googling the subject, he came across a news story from 2012 in which a man with a grudge against homeless people, drove around in the dead of night, got out of his truck, put a gun against the head of a homeless man sitting on a public bench, and shot him in cold blood. This inspired Wayne to write his next song, "In Cold Blood".
In the dead of night, the devil came holding a loaded gun / My homeless friend, on the edge of heaven, only the good die young/
My homeless friend was sitting on a bench, in downtown Tennessee/ In the wrong place at the wrong time, it's as bad as bad can be/ at 3 am a cold hearted man, comes out of a truck in mud, with a single bullet straight to the head, he shot him in cold blood.
Download “In Cold Blood” (for an email share; 192kbps MP3) on: 
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Wayne writes the Music & lyrics to all his songs and has the music arrangement and Vocals produce by Tom Manche & paramountsong.com in Nashville.

Wayne Jacobs won UKCountryRadio.com's Listeners' Club Award in both 2012 and 2013 for his songs "Kentucky Whiskey" and "I Want My Daddy" (Amazon UK) respectively.
Commenting, UKCountryRadio.com Station Manager Allan Watkiss said, “Congratulations to Wayne on winning our Award. His winning song “I Want My Daddy” contained all the key ingredients of a fantastic country song – lyrics based on a true story, coming from the heart, which make you think. Wayne has also invested heavily in the production of his song to ensure a strong vocal and musical delivery of the finished track"
According to a June post on Facebook Wayne has been asked by the BBC The Voice to audition with his country song "I Want My Daddy"
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