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Clay Alston Back With New Hit Video “One Of A Kind”

Clay Alston Back With New Video “One Of A Kind”

Fans have always come first with Clay and this Video is making them Smile

After a short hiatus from performing “He’s Back” with a brand new number one single on AirplayExpress available for Radio Airplay download.  Clay Alston, Independent Superstar and Nashville Recording Artist is back with a new single and video “One Of A Kind” filmed by King Of The Road Productions in his hometown of Morgan City, Louisiana.

Clay worked a while on “One Of A Kind”as the story it told meant so much to him

Alston is proud to announce that he has a brand new website which highlights many other interesting stories, pictures and general info about Clay including his new Hit video.

Since Clay first started in the music business his Fans have always come first, and this new video for his #1 AirplayExpress single, “One Of A Kind” is making them smile from ear to ear.

This is not Clay Alston’s first number one and from the looks of his worldwide fan base it wont be his last either, what’s in store for Clay in 2018 ? We can already feel it in our bones, that it will only be good news for Country Superstar Clay Alston.

– Terry Jean Alston for Alston Entertainment

Roger Woods Surgery Stopped Due To Complications

Roger Woods Surgery Cancelled At last Minute Due To Serious Health Complications

Roger Woods of Rogers Music Promotions responsible for the career’s of hundreds of artists over the years is resting at home after having his surgery cancelled due to serious health conditions. Roger is currently promoting Freddie Hart, Connie Hall, Fraser Newcombe, The New Kentucky Colonels, Marty Denton, Linda Brewer plus various other well know Country and Gospel artists.

WHISNews21 spoke with Connie Hall earlier today, one of the Gospel Stars and long time friend of Roger’s, whom he is currently promoting. Connie was kind enough to give us an update on Rogers condition.

“He is in a bad way physically.. He did not refuse the surgery… the Doctor’s straight up told him and his son… that he was not ABLE to undergo the surgery due to the other serious health complications.  Roger was more than willing, knowing that his condition has worsened and hoped this surgery would help alleviate that. However, in doing their 2nd Cat Scan and X-Rays prior to the surgery, they realized it was too risky.” Connie Hall

Connie also mentioned that, because there was so much fluid around his heart and lungs, along with the COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), it was important and necessary for Roger to consult other specialists for a second opinion to ensure that the right treatment was used to prepare Roger for the necessary surgery.

“Roger is certainly in need of all the prayers he can get, that’s why I’d posted on my FaceBook… and yes, I know he would not mind at all if I spoke to you concerning this. I know he’d be blessed in heart that you all care.. that your listeners and readers care, I also know he’d talk to you himself, but he’s just not up to talking on the phone at all.” Connie Hall

From all at WHISNews21, NBRN.FM, AirplayExpress and Wildhorse Entertainment we all wish Roger only the best and hope and pray his health will return to him soon. Roger is one of those people who make us all feel like we too are making a difference in this industry.

special thanks to Gospel Singer/Songwriter Connie Hall for her professional input in preparing this press release today for WHISNews21.



Wayne Jacobs Is Having A Really, Really Good Year

Wayne Jacobs Is Having A Really, Really Good Year

First of all thank you so much for all the support AirplayExpress’s Independent Superstars has given to me, you guys are awesome

I’ve just had a crazy weekend on the on the 26 & 27th August 2017. I’ve just audition for two National Music competition and reached both Regional Finals of “Britain Dose Variety” and Open MicUK. On Saturday 16th September at the Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ

At the audition I sang one of Tim McGraw latest country songs called, “Humble and Kind” in front on four judges from the music industry, I was told that two of them where pre judges for The Voice how scary.  To my amazement I was told I reached the live stages and went through to the Regional Final of  “Britain Dose Variety’ which is taking place at the same theater on Sunday 29Th October 2017.

Over 21 Show 2 Doors open at 6:45 show starts at 7pm ticket cost £10 each. If I reached the finals and are one of the lucky winning acts. I could be booked to sing on a luxury cruise liner and get signed be a record Syco Entertainment part of (Sony music).

On Sunday 17th September I went and audition at the White Eagle Club 211 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7BQ for Open MicUK. I performed my award winning country song that I wrote called “Stars & Stripes of Freedom” I could see by the look on there faces that they were surprised how American my voice was.

One of the Judges tole me she is a judge on Britain Got Talent the other judges where from the record industry. The over 25 Regional Finals will take place at the same venue on Sunday 15th October 2017 doors open at 7:30 show 3 starts at & 7:45 pm .

The Open Mic UK music competition offers thousands of pounds worth of prizes, including free photos and films of your performance and recording studio time. The overall winner of Open Mic UK wins studio time to record their debut album and a video for the best single, plus extensive media promotion from a professional PR company. Find out more about our music competition  prizes.

Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of the following acts, all of whom competed in the music competitions before being signed to major record labels:

  • Warner Music’s Birdy
  • Universal Music’s Karen Harding
  • Atlantic Record’s Jacob Banks
  • Sony Music’s Jaymi Hensley from Union J
  • Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan
  • Sony Music’s Luke Friend

Once again thank you for all your support

– Wayne Jacobs 4 WHISNews21

Mike Contoni’s Bar Bistro & Bungalows Opens Sept 2

Mike Contoni Open’s Bar Bistro & Bungalows in Thailand

Singer-songwriter Mike Contoni has some exciting news to share

You and your family are invited to join us in celebrating our grand opening this Saturday 2nd of September. Enjoy authentic Thai & International food, coffee, smoothies, cocktails and wine from 10am to 10pm with Live Easy Listening music from 7pm to 9pm.  Plus 20% of all bills. RSVP Please call 085-435-4126

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

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