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Mike Contoni’s Bar Bistro & Bungalows in Thailand

Mike Contoni Open’s Bar Bistro & Bungalows in Thailand

Singer-songwriter Mike Contoni has some exciting news to share

Mike Contoni Independent Superstar, with numerous #1 hit songs to his name has opened his own Bar, Bistro and Bungalows in Thailand! He is planning to have live music there in the future! Stars Bar, Bistro and Bungalows, has a rustic atmosphere with posters and photos of famous classic movie stars and musicians!

We will have our grand opening 02 September! We are located in Huai Yai, Chonburi Thailand about 25 kilometers from Pattaya beach. For people who love the country and nature instead of staying in the city or at a Beach resort, we offer large Bungalows in the quiet beautiful countryside.

The Bungalows are self-catering for privacy and long-term rental. Available on daily, weekly or monthly rate. We also have a full service Bar and our Bistro serves a wonderful variety of Western and Thai dishes. Additionally we have an awesome Breakfast/Brunch Nook with fresh Starbucks style coffee, Fresh fruit smoothies and fresh cakes and pastries baked daily by our Chef.

We are located in the perfect area for family sightseeing and bicycling. Local attractions and things to do:

Within 5 -10 minute drive is Buddha Mountain, Cultural sites of Wat Yan, Steps to temple Mondop, Silver Lake Winery, Rama Water park and slides, Dolphin Show, Love Art Park, King Cultural Elephant village, Pattaya Fruit Garden and Phoenix Golf course.

Within 20 minutes you can get to Nong Nooch Botanical Garden, Ban Amphur beach and bay, Jomtien beach, town and night market, Ban Chang town and Pattaya floating market.

Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and 30 minutes away from Utapao airport.

Follow us at Stars Face Book page – Visit us at our website at

You can book with us directly by sending email to us at or by using, Air B&B, or

We look forward to serving you and helping you with a wonderful Thailand experience!

 – WHISNews21

Luanne Hunt Wins CD of the Year Award

Independent Superstar Luanne Hunt Wins CD of the Year Award

For the second year in a row, Apple Valley, California resident/recording artist Luanne Hunt has earned honors from the National Traditional Country Music Association’s (NTCMA) Rural Roots Music Commission.

In early June, the Commission announced that Hunt would be receiving its Classic Country CD of the Year Award 2017 for her double album, “Songs from the Valley/The Heart of It All.”  She is set to accept the award at a ceremony in LeMars, Iowa in late August at NTCMA’s annual music festival.

“As an independent artist, it is rare to be recognized at all, let alone by an organization as prestigious as NTCMA,” said Hunt, who also earned a CD of the Year Award in 2016 from NTCMA.  “I am beyond honored by this award and count it among one of my greatest achievements.”

According to Bob Everhart, president of NTCMA, Hunt’s project was a standout among the many that were submitted to the Commission for award consideration.

“Luanne is one of those beautiful blondes that has a magnificent voice to go along with her obviously strong desire to be a terrific recording artist,” said Everhart.  “And that she is.

“‘Songs from the Valley/The Heart of It All” is truly lovely to listen to and is recorded with some fine musicians, who all stand out proficiently.”

Several of the tracks on Hunt’s award-winning project have reached No. 1 on UK country music charts, including “Texas Tears,” “Bluer Than the Bluegrass” and “So It Goes.”

“Texas Tears” also has been hailed by critics as one of the best country songs to come along in years.  “The most important aspect of Luanne Hunt’s music is her authenticity,” said Brett David Stewart of the Independent Spotlight Music Blog. “‘Texas Tears’ feels like country music straight out of the heart of America; something sorely lacking in the popular modern avenues of the genre.  “It’s a modern ‘That’s How I Got To Memphis.’ From the lovely harmonies to the excellent production, everything accentuates Hunt’s presence as an interpreter perfectly.”

Hunt, an Independent Superstars Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, has been working hard at making quality music for over two decades.  Her efforts paid off big time in 2007 when her 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.

Additionally, the song landed on the 2009 Grammy ballot in two categories: Best Country Song and Best Female Country Performance.

Hunt’s chart-topping holiday single, “Christmas Without You,” was named by Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, one of the top 25 Christmas songs of all-time.

Allen Karl’s Wife Passed Away This Week

Allen Karl’s Wife Passed Away This Week

Allen Karl, owner of one of our most inspiring Independent labels (Century II Records) has suffered the loss of his most beloved wife Darlene this past week.  She had been in a coma for several weeks and passed away while Allen was at Darlene’s bedside.  Allen … our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.  May God bless you

– Wayne Hodge | IndieWorld

Meghan Linsey Releases New Single ‘Exes & Friends’

MeghanLinsey001Meghan Linsey Releases Brand New Single ‘Exes and Friends’

Bold Music Group is thrilled to announce the release of the newest single from Meghan Linsey, “Exes and Friends” available on all digital stores and streaming services Tuesday, November 1st, 2016.  

THE VOICE -- "Live Finale" -- Pictured: (l-r) Meghan Linsey, Sarah Potenza -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

The singer will celebrate by performing the song on WSMV’s ‘Today In Nashville’, where she is the weekly Xfinity ‘Voice’ Insider.

“Exes and Friends” written by Meghan and long time co-writers Julie Moriva and Tyler Cain is a song about an on again/off again relationship. The couple is existing somewhere between “happy endings” and “broken hearts.”  We’ve ALL been there. The track was produced by Tyler Cain (Ashley Monroe, James Otto) in Nashville, TN.

When asked about the release of “Exes and Friends”, the fearless singer says,

01114_mymusic_1600x1200“I am so excited to release this song! I love being an independent artist, because it allows me the freedom to write what I want to write and record songs that I love. I feel like I’ve really been able to explore and find myself and with that, comes confidence. I’ve never been so excited about music!”

Linsey prides herself on following a DIY method when it comes to her career. She launched Bold Music Group, LLC in 2013 and has since dropped 2 EP’s independently, under her label. Meghan’s 2015 EP “Believer” shot to #6 on the iTunes pop albums chart. Rolling Stone praised the release saying, “The singer-songwriter’s voice packs its own one-two-punch with rasp and a range reminiscent of iconic soul singers of the Sixties.”

To supplement her single release, the singer has also launched a campaign through Patreon, a subscription service that allows fans to join in on the funding of artist’s content and recordings.

– cmtt

Joe Diffie Signs With Silverado Records

joediffie001Joe Diffie Signs With Silverado Records

Rising independent label Silverado Records is proud to announce the signing of country music icon, ACM and Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum selling artist Joe Diffie to their roster.

“Working with Joe Diffie is a true honor,” said Silverado Founder and CEO, Scott Thomas. “There isn’t a Silverado team member who isn’t already a huge Joe Diffie fan, and working with Joe on new music is something that we’re all extremely excited about.”


L-R: Aaron Chesling (Silverado A&R), Joe Diffie, Jeff Lysyczyn (Co-Manager) Photo Credit: Hunter Berry

With 13 albums, more than 20 top ten singles and 12 number one tracks to his name, Diffie is best known for his smash hits, “Third Rock from The Sun,” “Ships That Don’t Come In,” and “John Deere Green.” He is a recognized artist of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 20 years.

Diffie has signed a multi-project deal with Silverado. “Working with an iconic artist like Joe starts to put into perspective the mission we have here at Silverado Records to build a label that’s steeped in equal parts traditional country music, and also country music that leans new or different,” said Thomas.

Diffie is currently working on his Silverado debut with renowned songwriter and producer Phil “Philbilly” O’Donnell, who has myriad credits with country music mainstays like Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, George Strait, Trace Adkins and Clint Black. The project is slated for release in 2017.

“I’ve been hanging on to some really great songs for a while, so when Scott invited me to release them on Silverado Records, it was a motivator for me to record them,” said Diffie. “I’m looking forward to sharing them with my fans real soon.”

The pair previously teamed up for Diffie’s most recent single “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun” the video for which has amassed nearly 10 million YouTube views, and features cameo appearances from superstars like Shelton, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Lee Brice, McGraw and Keith Urban.


Clay Alston Nominated for “Songwriter of The Year”


Clay Alston Get’s Huge Nomination for his Songwriting

Nomination for “Songwriter of The Year” at The Nashville Universe Awards in Nashville

clayalston002Being a Songwriter for 30 plus years has finally paid off for Nashville Recording Artist Clay Alston. His music is currently being played on stations all over the United States and Overseas. Being from Louisiana, where his music is well known, has given him the opportunity to branch out and make more people enjoy his style of Country Music. We are proud to announce his Nomination for “Songwriter of The Year” at The Nashville Universe Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on November 7th,2016.

nashvilleuniverseawards001“Clay is a great songwriter and such a professional and exciting performer with many #1 hits on AirplayExpress, we are so proud of his success and wish him more of everything he wishes himself” Frans Maritz AirplayExpress

The Awards Show will be held in downtown Nashville at the world famous Wildhorse Saloon. Congratulations Clay, from your management team and all your loyal and wonderful fans worldwide!!!!!

– Terry Alston 4 WHISNews21

James Marvell Makes Chart History At AirplayExpress

summerwindspromo001James Marvell makes Chart History at AirplayExpress with “Summer Winds”

One of only two artists to top an important international chart with two versions of a song in two languages

James Marvell with Lou Harrison sister of Beatles's George Harrison

James Marvell with Beatle George Harrison’s sister Louise Harrison after a  live performance

This is what Frans Maritz at WHISNews21 recently said about ‘Summer Winds’; “Marvell may soon have another feather to display in his cap as he released his bilingual version of “Summer Winds” on AirplayExpress today. James could be the first ever artist at AirplayExpress to chart the same song in two different languages on their Top20 at the same time. Whatever happens in the next week or two,”Summer Winds” has already proved to be a number one hit tune.”

Dennis DiCiaro Songwriter "Summer Winds' Both versions

Dennis DiChiaro Songwriter of both hit versions of “Summer Winds’

Dennis DiChiaro writer and producer of “Summer Winds” writes; The song, “Summer Winds” was first inspired on a summer day in a fleeting moment while driving along in my truck, against the Colorado landscape.  My life felt like it was slowly fading away as I traveled on in a dead end job with a young family to support. Then, in a sudden realization of the sadness and the joy of the late summer and the quieting of the season, as time continues to move on, while the moment forever stays the same, the song came to me.  I did move on from the moment, and for some time the lyrics sat in an old dresser drawer, but as all things come full circle, I dared to remember of the time gone by and finished the music to the lyrics that still had the power and longing of my youth.

JK Coltrain Colt Records

JK Coltrain Colt Records

“Summer Winds” was co-produced by Colt Records president and longtime country music singer & songwriter J.K. Coltrain. J.K. won The Texas CMA Album & Entertainer of The Year Award in 2009 and was inducted into The Traditional Country Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also the producer of The 2009 British CMA Album of The Year. Colt was awarded Nashville’s Label Of The Year in 2015 by the Josie Awards.

On October 2nd 2016 history was made at AirplayExpress! Marvell is one of only two recording artists to top an important international chart with two versions of a song in two languages at the same time! Fact has it the Beatles did it with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” in English and German in 1964.

Louise and George Harrison

Louise and George Harrison

George Harrison’s sister lou (Louise) Harrison is quoted as saying after a James Marvell live performance, ” I enjoyed the James Marvell Show”, Lou Harrison seen in the picture to the right with her brother George when he together with John, Paul and Ringo ruled the world.  James has a lot of history with the Beatles as he was after all with Mercy who shared the top 10 position on the Billboard and CASHBOX charts back in 1969 with Elvis Presley and the Fab Four. Mercy was at #2 with “Love Can Make You Happy” the Beatles at #1 with “Get Back” and Elvis with “In The Ghetto” at #5.

Folks can find both versions of “Summer Winds” in the Top 20 at AirplayExpress here > AirplayExpress Delivery Your Music Worldwide

A special thank you from Marvell, Dennis DiChiaro and JK Coltrain of Colt Records goes out to the very talented Colene Walters who added the perfect harmony parts to “Summer Winds”.

“Summer Winds” was recorded at Gene Breeden Studios/Nashville and mastered by Rob Lavender/Dallas Ft Worth Texas at One Horn Productions.

 – WHISNews21

Joanne Cash James Marvell and CGMA Int Convention

jamesjoannaJoanne Cash, James Marvell and CGMA Int Convention

The Country Gospel Music Association is all about Love

First of all it’s about the love of our Savior Jesus Christ and sharing His love through entertainment, song and music. This beautiful organization embraces musicians at any level of their career and loves, encourages and enjoys seeing their talent blossom by sharing their love for the Lord and others through their music.

phpyvwalnthumbThe Annual International CGMA Convention will be held in Branson MO at the Stone Castle Hotel, October 3rd through 8th. James Marvell a former Branson entertainer, one of the first members of CGMA with a history of Theater Worship Services in Branson is honored to be part of the worship, fellowship and fun which is always a part of the convention.

Marvell will be performing his November release “Time For Anew” written  by Dennis DiChiaro. Johnny Cash’s sister Joanne Cash will join James Marvell on the song by way of digital technology.

The 20th International Country Gospel Music Association Convention is free to the public. Come help us celebrate. We hope to bless everyone with worship through great country gospel music.

Monday-Saturday, International Showcases awards and more start at 5:00 pm daily.
For more information call 800-677-6906 or 417-335-4700
The Stone Castle Hotel
3050 Green Mountain Drive
Branson, MO 65616

Wayne Jacobs Is Regional Finalist In Open MicUK

wayneareyounextWayne Jacobs Is Regional Finalist In Open MicUK

His never sounded better than he does on ‘Falling Feather’ it has #1 written all over it

wyanepawsofwarWayne Jacobs performed his “Falling Feather song” and “Yankee Boy Blues” in front of four judges hoping to get through to the live stages of the Open MicUk Regional Finals. Todate over 21 auditions have taken place at the  Marconi Social Club, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex. CM2 9FH

The competition was really tough, which made it even harder for Wayne was because he sang country which was different to all the others genres. However much to Wayne’s surprise the judges were very impressed with his performance and decide to put me through to the live Regional Finals.

pick“I’m still on cloud nine.” Wayne said after hearing the good news.

The 21 and Overs live Regional Final show 3 takes place on Sunday 16th October 2016 at 7:30pm. The venues will be held at Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB. Wayne has 25 tickets to sell at £9 each I would love you to come along and support him if you can. To find out more about these special 25 tickets you can contact Wayne on faceBook Twitter or ReverbNation. This is my website This is the website for Open MicUk

“I have never heard Wayne Jacobs Sound as good as he does on ‘Falling Feather’ this is without doubt a hit song sung by a true Country Superstar” Frans Maritz, Wildhorse Entertainment

Disc Jockey’s and Radio Stations can add Wayne’s new single, “Falling Feather Song”  to their playlists, by clicking on this link to get a CD quality copy at AirplayExpress now.

– WHISNews21

A Spirit Filled Night Of Good Entertainment

James at churchJohn MillerA Spirit Filled Night Of Entertainment

Written By John R. Miller, D.Min. Pastor of God’s Divine Purpose, Inc.

Breaking News Flash: Colt Records, award winning Nashville label is bringing Marvell
to Nashville in August to record two new songs by top songwriter Dennis DiChiaro.

God’s Divine Purpose church in Wildwood, FL was host to a first of its kind concert June 5, 2016. It was a time of great gospel music with some of the very best talent we have seen here in central Florida. The artists who sang their way into the hearts of the audience were James Marvell who was joined by his wife, Faye, Chuckie Ray Harrelson, LaRue (Rudy) Prescott, Lemuel Miller, and Faye’s daughter, Terri.


James performing at the God’s Divine Purpose Church

The featured artist was James Marvell. James was a former member of the 60s Pop group, Mercy, whose solid gold hit song in 1969 “Love Can Make You Happy” topped Billboard, CASHBOX and Record World second to the Beatles! Marvell has performed with many of Country Music’s finest legends. James committed his life to Jesus Christ in the 70s and loves singing for Jesus. His presence on stage is refreshingly full of charisma. Accompanied by his guitar, many of the songs have been written and composed by him, and they carry the message of Christ with beautiful melody and at times, foot-tapping rhythm.

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James and Faye Marvell

James’ wife, Faye, blessed us with songs of worship and hope. She also sang with Marvell in duets which were well thought out and truly delightful to hear. She brought this congregation to a point of worship which is seldom seen in many gospel concerts.

LaRue (Rudy) Prescott, whose voice has been heard with several Southern Gospel quartets and as a gospel radio personality, opened the concert with songs from  his just released ”live” album. Rudy’s bass-baritone is rich and sonorous. As a minister of the Gospel, he knew how to communicate well in a great choice of songs which touched us all.

A long-time country music entertainer throughout central Florida in civic clubs and nursing homes, Chuckie Ray Harrelson blessed the audience with several familiar gospel songs. Accompanied by Rudy, Chuckie Ray blessed our hearts as we even sang along with him.


left to right are: James Marvell, Pastor John Miller, Chuckie Ray Harrelson and LaRue (Rudy) Prescott.

Lemuel Miller, who has sung with such artists as the Gaither Vocal Band, Carmen, and Jesse Dixon, excited the group with three hand-clapping and foot-stomping songs. On one song he added a harmonica solo that elicited a rousing response. His is a voice one does not easily forget.

We really enjoyed the vocal contributions of Faye’s daughter Terri. Her vocal style and the songs she sang were a great blend with the message and a great contrast to the style of the concert. Truly, she is a gift to the Body of Christ. We asked Terri’s husband, Pedram, to address the congregation. He is an immigrant from Iran and a convert to Christ from Islam,. He gave a wonderful testimony that exalted the name and grace of our Lord.

The emcee for the evening was Dr. John Miller, the pastor of God’s Divine Purpose Church. He tied the concert together with words of exhortation and appropriate introductions of all the artists. The people of this church were very impressed with this concert. We plan to do more of these concerts, and we definitely plan to invite James Marvell and the other artists to return. We really want to do it again!

Marvell plans to perform the Official ICGMA Theme Song at the upcoming ICGMA Convention in Missouri this August. See recent video clip from James Marvell on the International TV program GOSPEL MUSIC TODAY at this link  GOSPEL MUSIC TODAY_Features Official ICGMA Theme Song

 – Pastor John Miller 2016 WHISNews21

View the latest TOP 200 Chart at AirplayExpressMay 1st, 2016
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