On the night of May 18, WHO KNEW is the official “after-party” for the Music Business Association conference (Music Biz 2016) taking place that week in Nashville.
“We continue to out do ourselves by raising the bar, event after event and May 18 is no exception.” Tom Truitt
This is a huge deal for “WHO KNEW”and you. Specifically it allows us all to get some amazing speakers from out of town to make this event a truly exciting one. As well, it means this event is going to sell out almost immediately due to the several hundred conference attendees who will be coming to the 2016 event on May 18.
Speakers that night will include these rock stars:
• Ali Harnell – SVP of AEG Live and manager of the Shadowboxers
• Jeff Cuellar – VP of Strategic Partnerships at AC Entertainment (Bonnaroo)
• Michael Weintrob – renowned entertainment photographer and creator of INSTRUMENTHEAD
• Jim Donio – President of the Music Business Association
• Jeremy Holley – Founder of FlyteVu
• David Ross – BossRoss Media; founder of Music Row Magazine
Once these speakers finish inspiring you with their stories, stay for the after party featuring two full sets of music by Them Vibes and the Mulligan Brothers.
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– Tom Truitt CEO and Founder MusicRowSearch
Eileen Carey’s ascendency to the top of independent country music, and arguably to the top of the adult contemporary/Top 40 radio markets as well, is characterized by her amazing fortitude, which she generously shares with all.
Time and again her songs suggest alternative options to what holds people up in their lives. They do so with her magical ability to make a chorus melody and hook sink deep into the better part of the listener’s consciousness.
And, the onetime actress has done so while raising two daughters and navigating a successful marriage as well. In pop culture today, that in itself is notable.
I have been a fan of her music for some years now, having ran into her on Twitter, and was literally floored by her strong voice and positive message. This is a recent interview I have conducted with Eileen. She always has something to say.
Eileen in 2013 we had our last long interview. You told me about your acting career which was pretty impressive. I guess you’re co actors are pretty proud of what you achieved?
Hard to tell Isabel. The U.S. is a big place and I have only kept up with a small few since those days; but of course some of my old friends have expressed their pride. Been a long time now since I worked as an actress outside of my music videos though. I think that many of the people in Southern California and Nashville that I have worked with as a singer and songwriter in the past, root for me now.
You know Isabel, it was never my intention to be an actress. I wanted to be a filmmaker so I got involved with the movie industry when I came to Los Angeles to learn the business. I felt that you needed to learn the movie business from the bottom up.
Just like any business, the restaurant business for example, if you can’t cook yourself it is hard to communicate what needs to be done to others. As for the actress, I just kept getting picked out of the crowd for roles. Acting was a conduit to my wanting to direct, but music was always first.
How many are dazzled by this big career move?
Music was my first love so really not many folks were surprised anyway. My film friends, music friends, friends and family are not so much dazzled as happy for me. I have been making music for a long time, and my music fans have long expected my success.
In 2014 the real challenge began. Nominations all over and awards besides Tammy Wynette not 1 country singer achieved that. Not even Dolly Parton or Patsy Cline. How does it feel?
I am not ready to put myself in that lofty group. It does feels great though! Awesome to be doing what I love with my life. The nominations and the awards are great, but not nearly as great as watching people jumping and dancing and loving my music when I am on stage. I cherish my friends like yourself Isabel who continue to support me and let their fans know of me and my music. That is what matters to me most.
In 2015 you were on the New Music Weekly radio charts all year. “Bottle Your Crazy Up’ and “Faith” were number one for several weeks, on both country and AC/Top 40. Can you tell us how it feels to walk into the studio again to record your next CD? Let It Go was so successful, are you concerned by the high bar you have set for yourself?
I am a perfectionist, so yes of course I am concerned. I am also excited and confident that my next CD will be even better, and lead me to new opportunities to sharing my music with folks worldwide. As for the writing over these past couple years, I have been jotting down notes and ideas so I am going into the next album with a good idea of what I want to say.
Many journalists hardly ask about you’re charity. I know you do a lot. Somehow it’s a sideline that few know. I know you want to tell so much more about it.
I am glad to have the opportunity to reach people through my notoriety about causes I believe in. One of the blessings of having an artist footprint in the world is that people tend to pay attention to you.
I have a thing about homelessness, whether people or animals; and that young people should not hinge their self-worth on romance and dysfunctional relationships. I have a thing about people creating the life they want to create. My songs are all about self-determination and courage; male or female. Country music is so full of broken-hearts, but my subject matter is what separates me from many of the other country artists. My positive message.
What inspired you to take music as a career over acting?
I was always into music. Played drums at 13 years of age. Sort of fell into acting out here in Los Angeles. As for taking up music as a profession I was working for a hotel chain booking the entertainment, and I kept thinking I could write and sing as good as any of them. I was fortunate that I had the support of my family from day one! My husband and children are still my biggest fans.
You seem to have a lot of good people around you. Obviously I know Joey Alkes, and I am impressed at the quality of your art work, shows you play and continuous online footprint. Who are some of the people that have helped you emerge into a star?
Well again, “star” is a big word. I have had the good fortune to have some great people in my corner. My producer Travis Allen Childress and my music director and lead guitarist John “groover” McDuffie have been essential in my career. John is the legendary Rita Coolidge’s music director and lead guitarist as well, and on occasion I lose him to her for a show (lol).
My songwriting partners especially my good friend Kathryn Grimm. My Nashville publicist Susan Collier and my radio team; Alan Young and Paul Loggins have been amazing. Jennifer Blair, and as you know Joey has been with me for the past few years. You mention the art and design and that is the great work of Christine Caracciolo.
You know I could take up your whole page commenting on all of the really cool people around me. (NB go ahead)
Al Bonhomme my rhythm guitarist in Los Angeles, and Dan Hagen the same in Nashville.
Recently, a marketing person whom has had an impact on my career, a young women from Canada just passed away from lung cancer. Her name is Nadine Gelineau. Her company Musebox led to the CBS LA Weekend Morning Show, and the last two music videos (“Faith” and “Party at the Beach”) came out of her company and a filmmaker named Taner Tumkaya. The photos I am going to be using for the next CD was shot by another member of the Musebox team, Kharen Hill of Public Pictures. I am currently retaining an off-shoot of the MuseBox for marketing, Erik Koral of the Koral Young Group.
My husband, Joe Federico, did quite well in business in the past and we use to go to certain business seminars. One of the things that impressed us was the idea that you have to have good people around you and working for you, or with you, if you want to succeed.
When can we expect a new a new album?
I am not sure. As I said earlier, I am a perfectionist so “when” is hard question to answer. Thankfully I run my own music business and don’t have a label pressuring me for a half-baked release to fit their timetable. I will release a new single that will be on the next album release, in time for, or just after the CMAs.
What message do you have for all for 2016?
Follow your dreams! I cannot emphasis that enough! If you want things in life you have to work for them, yes. But, if you follow your dreams the work will not deter you.
– by Isabel Blanco and Eileen Carey
Frans Maritz (Wildhorse Entertainment) signed the official certificate placing Luanne into this prestigious organization located in South Africa. Luanne has the distinct honor of being inducted into the IDSS Hall of Fame for her life-time contribution to the Independent Music Industry as a Recording Artist. Luanne is seen holding her award above confirming her induction into the HALL OF FAME. Luanne had this to say after being inducted into the prestigious Independent Superstars Hall Of Fame. “I have achieved numerous awards throughout my career, which have all been very special. But to be inducted into the Independent Superstars Hall of Fame is an honor that means more to me than words can express. And I am so appreciative for all the wonderful DJ’s who believe in me and graciously play my songs Thanks to all from the bottom of my heart.” Luanne Hunt
Luanne Hunt is an award-winning, Grammy-balloted recording artist from Southern California, who records on the Independent label, Star Creek Entertainment.Throughout her illustrious career as an Indie artist, Hunt has built an impressive list of accomplishments and a worldwide fan base with her refreshing and well-crafted country and folk tunes. Her 2007 CD, “Breaking Through,” produced two hit singles on U.S. and European Charts. The enchanting “Solace In The Wind” reached No. 1 on the European Country Music Association’s chart (Belgium) in July, 2010.
The tune peaked at No. 37 on the Indie World Country Chart, which is the largest and oldest independent music chart in the genre. Additionally, the song landed on the 2009 Grammy ballot in two categories: Best Country Song and Best Female Country Performance. “’Solace in the Wind’ is one very pleasant and wonderful, stand-out performance, said Tom Robinson, program director for Kingstown Radio in the UK. “ I can just imagine Luanne in a close circle of a small, intimate and attentive audience hanging on to every note and enjoying the music and lyrics and having a great time.” Along with “Solace in the Wind,” Luanne has enjoyed worldwide success with her holiday tune, “Christmas Without You.” In December 2011, it went to No. 1 on the European Country Music Association chart in France, Denmark and Austria. It also was the second most played song in Europe during the month of December, 2011.
In 2012, Luanne’s Gospel tunes, “He Was There,” “There Is A Fountain” and “Pine and the Dogwood” landed at the No. 1 spot on Europe’s premier Hotdisc Christian chart. Several of her songs also have held the No. 1 spot on Roots Music Report’s Folk Chart (Internet play) for four or more consecutive weeks. The chart is based on radio spins worldwide. “Luanne’s voice is beautiful and haunting and reminiscent of a female version of Simon and Garfunkel,” said Bobby Jo Valentine of Music Worth Reviewing. “Her lyrics are powerful, her musicianship is solid, and there are simply a thousand things to love about this artist. She will be sure to go far.”
Hunt began pursuing a professional music career in the mid-1990s. She found immediate success with her critically-acclaimed single “I Don’t Bother Counting,” which was frequently played on the former KIK FM country radio station in Orange County, California and on other stations throughout the Southwest. Additionally, many of Hunt’s songs have been played on AM, FM, Satellite and Internet stations around the world. In 2007, she was featured on an “On-Air” interview on the “Steve and Johnnie Show” on Chicago’s WGN Radio. In 2009 and 2012, she was named “Christmas Star of the Day” on Doug Stephan’s syndicated “Good Day” radio program.
In 2012, Hunt had the opportunity to record an original Christmas song with 1960s hit makers The Royal Guardsmen (“Snoopy’s Christmas” and “Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron”). The tune, “Rudy’s Winter Break,” takes listeners on a humorous holiday journey to the Caribbean with Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, who is in desperate need of a little rest and relaxation. Hunt, who co-wrote the song with her husband Steve, says recording with The Royal Guardsmen was the thrill of a lifetime. “I am in awe of The Royal Guardsmen’s talent and accomplishments and to collaborate with them on this project was a great honor,” said Hunt. “Making the record was a magical experience and one that I will never forget.”
Along with “Breaking Through,” Hunt has released four other CDs/EPs. They include, “The Singles Sessions,” “How Christmas Feels to Me,” “Most Requested,” and “Time for the Holidays,” which features the American Songwriting Awards “Best Holiday Song 2014” nominee, “If Christmas Were Mine.”
Growing up in Georgia, living mostly with her grandma because her parents were divorced, Lindsay’s dad remarried and expected Lindsay to be perfect. Lindsay eventually realized she did not have to seek acceptance and love from her dad because she already was loved and accepted by God. She moved to the Bronx expecting adventure, but she ended up having her life changed by her sixth grade students. Many of her students lived in shelters, having witnessed violence resulting in death, and having been filled with empty promises of love and relationships with their parents. They were worn, weathered, and not trusting of love. On the first day of the school year she told her students that she loved them already. Lindsay informed her students that they could make straight a’s and have good behavior all year, or have detention three times a week; she would not love them any less. They could not earn her love and acceptance. Then she spent the year trying to prove it to them. She believed God wanted them to rest and have their hearts healed. Her hope was that they would figure out that God loves them so much more than she ever could. Lindsay paints a beautiful picture of God’s love for us. It is comforting to know that we do not have to do anything to earn God’s love and acceptance because Christ gave us His grace on the cross, so that nothing can separate us from Him. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
Prayer Gracious God,
We thank You for Your love and acceptance, which we did not have to earn.
Help us to love others like You love us. Amen