I am pleased to tell you that Bobby, is doing great and he is thoroughly enjoying his break from live shows and he is currently working in the studio, completing his new CD, which promises to be his best ever. Bobby is currently still on medication for his hearing problem, which seems to be caused by some kind of inner ear infection. He sends his love and best wishes to all his wonderful friends and dear fans, who mean the world to him – Billy Forrest.
One of Bobby’s biggest hits was a cover version of a Waylon Jennings/Billy Shaver song “You Asked Me To” which went straight to number one on the Springbok Radio Top20, the official South African Chart show, in March of 1975. Another Top 5 hit for Bobby was “Green Eyed Angel” in July of 1976. But it was Bobby’s version of “You Asked Me To” that laid down the foundation that would eventually place him firmly in the South African Country Music book of legends.
Bobby Angel has officially been nominated to be Inducted into the IDSS Hall Of Fame before the end of the year. This international Hall Of Fame is recognized worldwide as the official South African IDSS Hall Of Fame.
– Frans Maritz WHISNews21
Nashville, Tennessee – October 5, 2014 – Country music recording artist and Dutch CMA Award winner Mark Blomsteel has released his second album last week. The ‘Crank It” album has been two years in the making and Mark is overjoyed with it’s release. “I’m very excited, it’s finally here! I’m beyond excited for y’all to hear it!” says the Dutchman who now lives in the States with his wife and two young children.
The 12 song album was recorded at Nashville’s oldest truly independent studio, the legendary Treasure Isle. Known as the studio ‘home’ of producer Michael Knox and CMA/ACM award winner Jason Aldean, who has recorded all of his albums here. But the studio has seen many other big name artists come through its doors to record. Artists like Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, The Highwaymen, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban have all recorded at this studio since it opened in 1980. Fred Vail, former manager of The Beach Boys and co-founded of Treasure Isle studios, has mentored Mark and produced both his debut and current album. About Mark he says: “His work ethic is second to none. I’m convinced we have a solid debut album–with a half a dozen, or more, obvious singles. The rest is up to radio and records but I truly believe that the ‘International’ component Mark brings to our industry will help set him aside from the others.”
During the late spring of 2013 our very own Marloes Lucy Duizer was able to visit the studio while Mark was recording the vocals for two of the songs; “Love Awaits” and “She’s So Mean”. The latter might sound familiar as it was the lead single for Matchbox Twenty’s fourth studio album “North” back in June 2012. Other familiar song titles are “Barbed Wire” which is a re-release from his debut album and “Someone Somewhere Tonight”, a song written by Walt Wilkins and Davis Raines and recorded by Kenny Rogers and more recently Kellie Pickler.
While visiting, Mark and Marloes had two photography sessions both inside and outside the studio. Some of the photographs taken, including the cover of his current single “Different Just The Same”, were used in the album’s booklet. The single has been send out to radio stations and is being played all over the world so make sure to call your local radio station to request the song.
– By Marloes Lucy Duizer
Comedy and country music icon Ray Stevens is set to co-host the 2014 Inspirational Country Music Awards™, to be held on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 P.M. at Cornerstone Nashville (726 W Old Hickory Blvd) in Nashville, Tennessee. GRAMMY® Award-winning Stevens and his co-host, Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander, will take the reins of the show which honors and showcases some of the biggest names in Christian, country and inspirational music. Stevens will also perform at the event.
“I am honored to have been asked to co-host this year’s awards show,” says Stevens. “I’ll also be performing a few songs from my new gospel album.”
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the awards show, this year’s finalists include such notables as Vince Gill, Guy Penrod, Lady Antebellum, Rhonda Vincent, The Isaacs, Scotty McCreery, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Roys and more.
This year’s awards show will be broadcasted on the NRB Network as well as GEB America with more networks to be announced in the near future (check local schedule listings on each network for broadcast times in your area).
The Inspirational Country Music Awards are held in conjunction with the annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Week which draws fans to Music City every year. For tickets and more information about the festivities visit http://www.faithfamilycountry.com.
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
Scotty McCreery, who is currently climbing the country music singles charts with his Top 20 hit “Feelin’ It” from his sophomore album See You Tonight, has grown up before the nation’s eyes since winning the tenth season of “American Idol” at age 17. He’s earned a Platinum album, three Gold singles, a Top 10 hit, and headlined his first tour, all while graduating high school and taking college courses. On Thursday, Oct. 9, one of America’s favorite young performers hits another huge milestone when he turns 21.
McCreery asks that if his fans are thinking of sending him a gift, they consider making a donation to the 12.14 Foundation. The singer/songwriter serves as a National Goodwill Ambassador for the Newtown, CT-based foundation that plans to build a multi-purpose performing arts and education center as a beacon of hope and positive change for use by and to benefit people everywhere. McCreery has made multiple visits to Newtown to meet with families there since the 2012 shooting tragedy which shocked the nation.
“I’ve got such wonderful, generous fans, and they have been e-mailing my fan club asking what they could send me to celebrate my birthday,” said McCreery. “They’ve already given me far more than I could ever have imagined by letting me live out my dreams, so I would like to encourage the fans to donate to the 12.14 Foundation. Together we can support a great organization doing positive things in a town that is still recovering. Let’s help them reach their goal of building a state-of-the art performing arts and education center. That would be the best birthday gift I could receive.”
Donations can be made by visiting the organization’s website athttp://www.1214foundation.org/donate/. For those mailing checks, donations can be sent to 12.14 Foundation, P.O. Box 90, Newtown, CT, 06470.
McCreery will continue to support the organization when he bring his “See You Tonight Tour” with special guest Danielle Bradbery to the Toyota Oakdale in Wallingford, CT on Thursday, Dec. 4 for a 12.14 Foundation Benefit Concert. In conjunction with Live Nation Concerts, he will host a VIP pre-show party. Those attendees who purchase a VIP Pre Show Party Package will be able to meet him and hear him perform in an acoustic setting, while enjoying appetizers and beverages before the show. There are two ticket options available for purchase at oakdale.com and livenation.com. Tickets for just the concert itself are $55*, $45* and $35*. A limited number of the VIP Pre Show Party Package tickets – that also includes the concert – are available for $150*. (*additional fees apply)
After celebrating his birthday, McCreery will return to the road with upcoming dates in Fayetteville, NC (Oct. 17), Toms River, NJ (Oct. 18), Bethlehem, PA (Oct. 19) and many more. McCreery is currently touring in support of his sophomore album, See You Tonight, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts and features both his Gold-certified, Top 10 hit “See You Tonight” and his current Top 20 and climbing single, “Feelin’ It.” His record-breaking, Platinum-certified first album, Clear As Day, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, making him the first country artist, as well as the youngest artist, to do so with their debut studio album. Clear As Day, which features fan-favorite songs such as “Trouble with Girls,” “Water Tower Town” and “I Love You This Big,” reached No. 1 on five separate Billboard charts – Billboard Top 200, Top Current Albums, Digital Albums, Internet Albums and Top Country Albums. McCreery, who won the tenth season of “American Idol” in 2011, was named the Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist at the 2013 American Country Awards. For tour dates and more information, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com.
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
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