Thursday, 17 October 2019

Canada’s Amanda Jordan brings Nashville inspiration to euphoric new country single, “Driving In The Dark”

Amanda Jordan is ready put her unique spin on the international country music landscape - and make it count
Photo Credit Rob Waymen Photography

Strong and sensitive, Amanda Jordan is an independent country music artist who cares deeply about the world around her and is using her natural musical gifts to make smooth strides as an emerging international presence both in Canada and in Nashville

Ottawa, Canada,  2019 – Canadian country recording artist and current Nashville starlet Amanda Jordan was thrilled to announce the release of her new music video for her Music City-inspired single, “Driving in the Dark”, which premiered on YouTube. The single hit Canadian radio on September 30th. 
Released digitally 20 Aug 2019 - iTunes - Spotify (35K Streams)

Featuring the songCountry 101.1 and Country 94.
Can’t wait to hit the road on this radio tour!

Listen to Amanda’s interview conducted by Graham Barnes on the Country Belles Radio Show first broadcast in the UK on Belter Radio on Saturday October 12, 2019. Listen in the second hour from 1 hour 20. (Go HERE for show contact details).


Jordan said of the single, “The very first time I drove to Nashville to write, my twin brother was accompanying me and telling me about how he loved to drive at night and into the sunrise. From there, the song grew. I wanted to create a happy musical energy that captures the euphoria one feels when you first fall in love and begin experiencing the world together. It’s something you can listen to as you drive along on a warm summer evening.”

The framework of “Driving of the Dark” was crafted by Jordan and esteemed Nashville writers Phil Barton (Meghan Patrick, The Washboard Union) and Jason Matthews (Billy Currington, Luke Bryan). After heading back to the illustrious Canadian confines of Barrytone Studios, award-winning producer Jason Barry (Dean Brody, Jason Blaine) molded the song into what it is today.



The release of “Driving in the Dark” followed a wave of highlights for the radiant young talent.
After making the final ten in both the 2016 and 2017 ole Red Dot on the Spot Songwriting Competitions, she later made the finals of the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition for her song “Silverado Run”. That same year, she opened for Canadian superstar Brett Kissel in Sudbury, Ontario as part of his Kick it with Kissel contest and was one of eight wild cards to compete for the last spot in the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase.
The culmination of these events prompted Jordan to move to Nashville in 2018. Besides writing with the likes of Daniel Ross (Florida Georgia Line) and Abram Dean (Madeline Merlo), she has further embraced Music City by performing as a featured songwriter on the acclaimed Nashville Songbird Tour Bus alongside notables like Trey Bruce (Carrie Underwood) and Paul Jefferson (Keith Urban).

With her status as a bright light on the country music horizon all but certain, “Driving in the Dark” is the first step towards international recognition for Jordan and it’s sure to draw equal applause in Canada, Nashville, and beyond.

Amanda Jordan continued her support of “Driving in the Dark” with a Diamonds in the Rough Showcase on September 7th in Calgary during Canadian Country Music Week before returning to Nashville. She returns to Canada in October for an Ontario media tour and single release show in Ottawa on October 19th to coincide with the Canadian radio release of “Driving in the Dark”.

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BIOGRAPHY: AMANDA JORDAN
Strong and sensitive, Amanda Jordan is an independent country music artist who cares deeply about the world around her and is using her natural musical gifts to make smooth strides as an emerging international presence both in Canada and in Nashville.
Originally from Smith Falls, Canada – just outside of Ottawa – Amanda Jordan was first spotted singing Patsy Cline’s “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” when she was a mere 18 months old by her caregiver. By 5 years old, she was performing at events around Ottawa.

While pursuing a degree in the Singer- Songwriter Program at Carleton University, she performed for a national audience as a competitor in the 2015 Miss Teen Canada pageant before building a series of songwriting achievements through back-to-back top ten finishes in the 2016 and 2017 ole Red Dot on the Spot Songwriting Competitions, as well as a placement in the finals of the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition.

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On stage, she was one of the winners of the Kick It with Kissel contest, which saw her open for Brett Kissel in 2018 in Sudbury, Ontario, and was one of eight wild cards to compete for the last spot in the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase.
Even while her career continues to blossom, Amanda Jordan remains devoted to a number of social causes. She has written many songs for organizations close to her heart, such as “Carry You” for Boots 4 Pups, which trains service dogs for soldiers battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Away from country music, she is also a budding actress, having had two original songs used in the 2014 Lifetime film, “Killing Daddy” (AKA “My Father Must Die”), which she also appeared in.
Amanda Jordan presently divides her time between Nashville – where she has been writing with the likes of Phil Barton, Jason Matthews, Daniel Ross, and Abram Dean – and Canada, where she has been recording with award-winning producer Jason Barry.

With new music having come to fruition in the form of 2019’s contemporary country single, “Driving in the Dark”, Amanda Jordan is ready put her unique spin on the international country music landscape – and make it count.

Michael Ray premieres new video for “Her World Or Mine”, UK dates in October

MICHAEL RAY PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR “HER WORLD OR MINE” 
WITH GOOD MORNING AMERICA/ABC.com

Intimate New Video Starring Chad Michael Murray 
Offers Dual Perspective on Love and Loss
Credit: Jeff Nelson 
MICHAEL RAY SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR "HER WORLD OR MINE

Premiered on Good Morning America/ABC.com, the Intimate New Video Starring Chad Michael Murray 
Offers Dual Perspective on Love and Loss

NASHVILLE, TN / LONDON, UK – (16th Oct 2019) – Michael Ray says the heartbreak expressed in current single "Her World Or Mine" and poignantly brought to life in the song's latest video “is the reason I got into country music.” The video premiered Tuesday (Oct 16) exclusively with Good Morning America and ABC.com.


UK DATES
Michael Ray + special guest Willie Jones
Tue 22nd October –Bush Hall, London (310 Uxbridge Road, W127LJ London) (Country Music Week Event)
Wed 23rd October – O2 Institute 3, Birmingham (78 Digbeth High Street, B56DY Birmingham)
Thu 24th October – Arts Club Loft, Liverpool (90 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BH)
Fri 25th October – Night & Day Café, Manchester (26 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN)
Sun 27th October – StereoGlasgow (20-28 Renfield Lane, G3 8NU)
Tickets available from Ticketmaster UK 

“I wanted to tell the story of my parents’ divorce and that part of my life – the confusion and the fact that it wasn’t easy for a while. And losing my grandparents was a massive hit, not only to me, but my whole family,” explains Ray.

The new video features film and television star Chad Michael Murray in the role of Michael’s father. The two met at the CMT Awards four years ago and have been friends ever since.

“This song touched me. It’s my favorite, personally,” Murray said. “Watching the song play and seeing everybody react and seeing them go through their own honest memories is trippy. It’s really fun to watch.”

The video for “Her World Or Mine” is based on Ray’s experience as a child of divorce, with his entire family and himself as a child portrayed, as they navigate hard life changes and separation until the death of Ray’s grandmother brings them together.

“It’s so relatable and it deals with so many issues that everybody’s going through,” continued Murray. “You’re going to see so many people come up to you and say, ‘That’s my song.’ And it will be for different reasons because they went through different trials and tribulations to get them there. That’s what’s cool about it.”

Ray was raised in rural central Florida and was very close with his grandfather, who taught him how to play guitar.

“When my parents were going through their divorce is when my grandfather started teaching me guitar chords – it was my outlet. It was my way to get away from all the hell and chaos that was going on,” shares Ray.

However, this year has brought the singer new-found happiness with his love Carly Pearce. Earlier this month, Ray married the country star in Goodlettsville, Tenn. The pair’s nuptials were featured in 
PEOPLE Magazine with all the details of their big day.


Ray is currently on the road with his popular Nineteen Tour in the U.S. and England. He will join the Carolina Country Music Cruise 2019 to the Bahamas and is also set to appear with Old Dominion on their Make It Sweet Tour in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 8; Syracuse, N.Y. on Nov. 9 and Grand Prairie, Texas on Nov. 16

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About Michael Ray 
Country singer-songwriter Michael Ray was a hit right out of the box, scoring with critics and on the charts.
With Country Aircheck boasting there are “big things on the horizon for Michael Ray” and his live shows lauded by USA Today as simply “lip-smacking good,” the Florida native backed up that praise with two number ones from his 2015 self-titled debut album with “Kiss You in the Morning” and “Think a Little Less.”
His sophomore album, AMOS, which debuted in the Top 3 on the Billboard Country Charts upon release, has already spawned the hit “Get to You” and third No. 1, “One That Got Away,” which All Access declared “an undeniable crowd pleaser.”
His latest single “Her World or Mine” is available now.
Be sure to see him perform it live on his own Nineteen Tour now through the end of the year.


Nashville songstress, Dani Jack, drops touching new single “Dance”

NASHVILLE SONGSTRESS, DANI JACK, RELEASES 
TOUCHING NEW SINGLE “DANCE”
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 14th, 2019) - Nashville songstress, Dani Jack, tugs on the heartstrings with the release of her new single, Dance. The new release was written by Dani Jack & Craig Lackey, produced by Chris Condon & Leigh Houison. You can download the new release by visiting all streaming platforms. 

Release Date: 11 Oct 2019

Label: Catching Music

Time: 3:29


I had such an amazing team working on this single. I’m so happy with the incredible work they did to make this song come to life. It was important to me that it was right, and my producers at LFT Studios really knocked it out of the park! - Instagram (Credits)

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When everything is crashing down on you and you feel like you want to give up,” Dani Jack says, “you have to find a way to keep going.” Sometimes that motivation comes from the loss of a loved one, knowing they would want you to keep living and be happy. Dani and cowriter, Craig Lackey, were inspired by a mutual friend who lost her husband to cancer shortly after their wedding day. As she read through his journals, she saw that he never gave up hope, that he kept setting goals, and that he remained determined to live. His mindset is now continued and shared through the Josh Powell Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering the mindsets of newly diagnosed sarcoma cancer patients. ‘Dance’ is a passionate reminder to keep dancing, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable.
Nashville embraces one of its freshest faces in country music with Reno, Nevada, native Dani Jack. Her first taste of the stage came when she was cast as The Little Drummer Boy at just four years old. Since then, Dani’s singing and performing abilities have taken her to various venues around the world, from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to Nashville and all the way to China and Haiti. 

Fresh off the release of her debut single "Fallin' For It" in June 2018, Dani introduced to fans her highly anticipated debut EP, Grace, produced by Luke Forehand (Blackbird Studios). 

Music blog Out from the Pine Box described the EP as “a balance between feisty and fun lyrics with seamless segues to the more sentimental and slow songs." 

Her most recent project was the music video for "Hurt," which was released during Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019 to benefit Espere Community Counseling Center's Roots of Courage program, designed to support survivors of sexual assault in Haiti. She is set to release her next single, "Dance," in October, written with Craig Lackey and produced by Chris Condon (Billy Ray Cyrus).

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ABOUT DANI JACK 
Born in Reno, Nevada, Dani Jack had her first taste of the stage when she was cast as The Little Drummer Boy at just four years old. Since then Dani’s singing and performing abilities have taken her to various venues around the world. Most notably the Brandin Iron and Fantasy Springs Resort in Southern California, AJ's Good Time Bar, the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas and China among many others.

Dani developed her style from a variety of nineties musical influences including Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey. A natural-born singer, seasoned performer, and prolific songwriter, Dani is the exception when it comes to pure talent. She’s the “Jack of all trades” with vocals reminiscent of the early Linda Ronstadt with a mix of country-blues similar to Bonnie Raitt, with the storytelling likes of Miranda Lambert. She has trained with students of vocal coach Seth Riggs, Yunga Webb and Mauli B, who have worked with Katy Perry, Fergie, Hillary Duff, and various Nickelodeon stars. Vocal coach Yunga Webb said, “Dani’s power, strength, and style put her in a league all her own. She can sing anything!”
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Before making a move to Nashville, Dani was honing her craft as frontwoman for the Los Angeles-based country band, Country Nation, where she opened for a broad spectrum of artists including Lonestar, Jamie O’Neal, Brodie Stewart, and Stephen Wesley. Her dedication, passion and enthusiastic attitude have propelled her as an artist in a town full of talent. She’s worked as a guest vocalist with Amanda Daughtry (opening act for Chris Young and Justin Moore) and the Trenton Chandler Band featuring Stevi Madison (guest vocalist with Keith Urban). Dani has also shared the stage with E Vega (former Ashlee Simpson keyboardist and producer for pop band R5), as well as Lisa Marie (former lead vocalist for Las Vegas show Pinup with Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair).  

She released debut single "Fallin' For It" on June 26, 2018. 6-track EP GRACE dropped Aug 31, 2018 (iTunes) | YouTube Top Tracks Audio

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Larry Gatlin formally inducted into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inducts Six

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The NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME (NaSHOF) inducted three songwriters and two artist-songwriters at Monday night's ceremony (Oct 14) at NASHVILLE's MUSIC CITY CENTER during the organization's 49th anniversary gala. As previously reported, the inductees included: Larry Gatlin, Dwight Yoakam, Marcus Hummon, Kostas, Rivers Rutherford and Sharon Vaughn.  
The program also paid tribute to the late NaSHOF member and longtime ASCAP executive Canadian Ralph Murphy
Some of the performance highlights from the evening included Country artist-songwriters Brandy Clark and Jeffrey Steele, who each performed songs for Yoakam.
Hummon was given a performance of his hit, "Born To Fly," by Sara Evans, who made it a hit.
Rutherford was honored by Country duo Brooks & Dunn with the songs of his they had hits with.
Vaughn was given a serenade of her song, "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," from Garth Brooks.
Vince Gill joined Steve and Rudy Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers to perform the song "I've Done Enough Dyin' Today" for their brother, inductee LARRY GATLIN.
The Oak Ridge Boys closed the evening with a performance of GATLIN's “All The Gold In California.”
Other performers included John Rich, Holly Williams, Parker Millsap, Darrell Scott, Levi Hummon, Jeff Hanna, Matraca Berg,  Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, and The Isaacs. Find more information on the NaSHOF here.

Larry Gatlin Formally Inducted Into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
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Nashville, Tenn. (October 15, 2019) — Last night, October 14, country music legend Larry Gatlin was formally inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 49th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala was held at Nashville's Music City Center where Gatlin was inducted in the Veteran Songwriter/Artist category by his longtime friend Vince Gill.

Moments before his induction, Gatlin was honored with special performances of two of his self-penned hits songs: "I've Done Enough Dyin' Today" (performed by Gill, Steve Gatlin and Rudy Gatlin) and "All the Gold in California" (performed by The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Gatlin and Rudy Gatlin).

"I am humbled and honored to be a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame," says Gatlin. "Having family and friends there with me was a blessing. Things happen in God's time and mostly fair winds have blown over me."

 Left to right: Vince Gill, Rudy Gatlin, Steve Gatlin, Larry Gatlin, William Lee Golden (Oak Ridge Boys), Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys), Joe Bonsall (Oak Ridge Boys), Richard Sterban (Oak Ridge Boys) | Photo credit: Bev Moser






















Gatlin was inducted alongside Sharon Vaughn in the Veteran Songwriter category, Marcus Hummon, Kostas Lazarides and Rivers Rutherford in the Songwriter category, and Dwight Yoakam in the Songwriter/Artist category.

During his own acceptance speech, Yoakam praised Gatlin's songwriting. "It's an honor for me to be in this class tonight with everybody but especially, as a fellow performer, being inducted with Larry Gatlin," said Yoakam. "I think he stands alone as one of the more eloquent singer-songwriters ever in country music."

Over the course of his career, Gatlin has written hundreds of songs, including seven No. 1 hits for the Gatlin Brothers: "All the Gold in California," "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)," "Broken Lady," "Statues Without Hearts," "I Don't Wanna Cry," "Night Time Magic," and "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love." His songs have been recorded by many household names including Elvis Presley, Barry Gibb, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dottie West, and Roy Orbison. He appears on several "best of" songwriter lists. With 35 songs, he's currently tied at No. 4 with Tom T. Hall for the most self-penned Top 40 Billboard hits as a country artist. The pair follow Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, and Hank Williams Jr.

About Larry Gatlin
The close family harmonies of Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers have given the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like "All the Gold in California" and "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer To You)." The brothers won a GRAMMY® for their 1976 breakthrough hit, "Broken Lady," and reached #1 with several other songs soon thereafter. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies: Single of the Year ("All the Gold in California"), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin. The brothers were also nominated for multiple CMA Awards including Vocal Group of the Year, Single of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. Larry Gatlin has written songs recorded by Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dottie West, Roy Orbison, Barry Gibb and countless Gospel artists including the Gaither Vocal Band, the Booth Brothers, the Isaacs and many more. After 60+ years of music, the brothers continue to perform nearly 100 live concert dates each year.

For more information on Larry Gatlin, visit gatlinbrothers.com.

Kamryn Palmer drops new EP My Own Hurricane



Kamryn Palmer's  Running” played on Country Belles Radio Show on Belter Radio (2019-09-21)Go HERE for contact details & all the ways to listen.

Nashville’s newest rising star and one to watch is 19-year-old singer-songwriter Kamryn Palmer from Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Palmer is quickly capturing the attention of country music fans throughout the Southeast and after you take a listen you will understand why. Known for her blonde mermaid-esque hair and talented acoustic guitar skills, Palmer brings soul to her country through her fun, light-hearted lyrics.

Release Date: 11 Oct 2019
Kamryn Palmer - My Own Hurricane (EP)

5 Tracks/ Time: 17:56

Track Listing
1 Devil in an Angel Disguise (Previously released Oct 26, 2018) *
2 Don't Miss You (The Dog Song) (Previously released May 24, 2019) *
3 Running  (Previously released Sept 13, 2019) *
4 Handcuff Blues
5 Hurricane

Premiered Oct 11, 2019 Kamryn Palmer - Don't Miss You (The Dog Song) (Official Music Video)


Published Feb 26, 2019 Kamryn Palmer - Devil in an Angel Disguise (Official Lyric Video) 3,879 views


ABOUT Kamryn Palmer
Her dynamic musical journey has already led her to play venues like The Grand Ole Opry, The Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater, The House of Blues, and Runaway Country 2018. In 2017, she was accepted as one of forty singer-songwriters in the nation to participate in Grammy Camp Nashville. She was asked to compete in the Pringle Jingle contest of 2019 and received 3 nominations for the 2019 Josie Music Awards.

Palmer was also recently named a vocal finalist in the singer-songwriter division for the National YoungArts Foundation, where she was selected as one of twenty-one vocalists in the nation and one of five singer-songwriters.
























Now she is embarking on an exciting new journey with Grammy- nominated producer Billy Smiley (Johnny Cash, Whiteheart, Clay Aiken, and Steven Curtis Chapman) that includes many songs set to release soon. The project is an honest representation of just who Palmer is as an artist, especially the debut single “Devil In An Angel’s Disguise”.
The track is a soulful, female- driven anthem about finding that guy who is the perfect charmer, but eventually over time you discover “it was like being in heaven and hell at the same time”.

When an artist finds that unique ability to connect with an audience, the rest is pure magic. That’s exactly what you get when you listen to Kamryn Palmer.

Press Coverage:
The Country Note (Feb 2019) | Space Coast Daily (Oct 2018) | It’s Kellie Lou (Oct 2018)  Hangin With Web Show | YoungArts (Feb 2018)

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