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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.”

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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.

– CMTT

Clay Alston Nominated for “Songwriter of The Year”

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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

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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.

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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 http://www.waynejacobscountry.com/#about This is the website for Open MicUk  http://www.openmicuk.co.uk/singing-auditions

“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.

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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.

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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

Luanne Hunt wins Third American Songwriting Award

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Luanne Hunt Wins Third American Songwriting Award

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Over 20 years of working hard at her craft has been paying off big time lately for country singer Luanne Hunt,

who was recently inducted into the Independent Superstars Recording Artists Hall of Fame

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LuanneHuntHeader002Last month, Hunt received her third American Songwriting Award for her holiday offering, “The Greatest Christmas Gift.”  She co-wrote the tune with her husband Steve, who also won American Songwriting Awards for two songs Luanne has recorded, including her AirplayExpress No. 1 hit, “Texas Tears.”

Steve also earned an American Songwriting Award for his poignant tune, “Not A Day Goes By,” which is featured on Hunt’s CD “Songs from the Valley.”

HOFLuanneHunt002“This has been an incredible year for our music,” said Hunt, who also earned American Songwriting Awards for her holiday singles “The Hosts of Christmas Past” and “If Christmas Were Mine.” It’s been a long journey with lots of ups and downs, so having our songs recognized with these prestigious awards feels really wonderful.

Hunt is perhaps best known for her chart-topping single, “Christmas Without You,” which was recently named by Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, one of the top 25 Christmas songs of all-time. “Christmas Without You” also landed on two “Best of 2015 Female Country Holiday Songs” lists in the major online U.S. publications, Autostraddle and Truckers News.

LuanneHuntCDpromo002“Being on these lists with so many A-listers felt like a real accomplishment,” said Hunt, whose studio musicians have backed everyone from the Righteous Brothers to Kenny Loggins. “It’s a huge challenge to find success in the ‘big leagues’ as an Indie artist, so these honors were quite a validation for all the work I’ve put into my craft.”

10645104_786344948089660_1711982970485994752_nOver the years, Hunt’s songs have been played on AM, FM, satellite and Internet stations around the world, including Pandora radio.

Her “Songs from the Valley” project was recently named “Classic Country CD of the Year 2016” by the Rural Roots Music Commission.

“One listen to Luanne Hunt and you will not be able to take Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift seriously anymore,” said Buddy Nelson of Jamsphere Magazine.

“She’s exactly what country radio needs to not only continuously appeal to their current audience, but to break the stereotypes and appeal to new audiences.”

– WHISNews21 2016

Wyn Machon Tell’s It Like It Is On WHISNews21

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Wyn Machon Tell’s It Like It Is On WHISNews21

Huge crescendo of Drums Guitar played like highly strung wire fence Voice like someone’s being Castrated

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WynMachon002I have listened to around 30 or 40 songs this morning out of that lot I have saved 4 , I get sick of songs starting of with a huge crescendo of drums then a guitar being played like a highly strung wire fence and on top of that in comes a voice like someone is being castrated .

Bloody hell lets get proper country music back. That other crap may be OK in a club where nobody is listening , but radio listeners like to hear the words from the singer not someone trying to bash a set of drums to bits

Well that’s my  thoughts sorted . Thought I better add I didn’t listen to the songs all the way through, the openings are enough these days

May the sun always shine on you .. Wyn

Slim Andrews 85 Never Too Old To Be a Country Star

SlimAndrews005Slim Andrews 85 proves you’re never too old to be a country star

Slim Andrews of Auburn was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002

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Slim Andrews of Auburn was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002. 

Slim Andrews of Auburn was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

MECHANIC FALLS — At age 85, country singer Slim Andrews may never have been more popular than he is today. Slim Andrews donated a guitar for hall of fame inductees to sign. He left the instrument in the trunk of his car and the temperature dipped to 17 degrees that night and warped the guitar.

Slim Andrews of Auburn was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002. Slim Andrews’ picture hangs among the 123 musicians who have been inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Auburn entertainer has a growing legion of fans far from Maine, thanks to independent country radio stations playing his music across the globe. For the first three months of the year, Andrews has enjoyed success on the International Mainstream Country Music Chart. Published in the Netherlands, the chart measures which country songs and artists are being added to playlists around the world. The list is a mix of new and classic songs and artists.

This is one of the CDs by Slim Andrews on display at the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

One of the CDs by Slim Andrews on display at the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

Last week, for example, Andrews received airplay from several stations in New Zealand for his song “The Image of Me.” Other songs of his received airplay in Denmark, Australia and on several internet stations. Andrews was at his peak earlier this year when he cracked both the Top 200 Artists Chart and the Top 40 Singles Chart for multiple weeks. He was listed on the Top 200 charts for eight weeks during a 10-week span, reaching a high of No. 27.

His song “The Autumn of Our Lives,” which he wrote for his wife, reached No. 3 on the international Top-40 chart in mid-January. The next week, his version of the song “Freightliner Fever,” a song popularized years ago by Boxcar Willie, came in at No. 13. ‘They love him. He’s 85,” said local songwriter Jim Flynn. “He’s got DJs, all of his fans who have known him for years and years and years. When a song comes through, I’m sure they smile and say, ‘That old son of a gun. He’s still making music and still sending me songs.'” Inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002, Andrews has enjoyed a long career in country music as an entertainer and a leader in the state’s country music industry.

Slim Andrews donated a guitar for hall of fame inductees to sign. He left the instrument in the trunk of his car and the temperature dipped to 17 degrees that night and warped the guitar. 

The guitar Slim left in the trunk of his car

The airplay he is suddenly receiving overseas caught him a little off guard. “The quality of what I do is important,” Andrews said. “I can keep a tune, maybe not like I use to. But I think it’s the quality. It’s the approach that you have. If it’s not good music, people aren’t going to listen.”

The Top 200 Artists Chart includes an interesting mix of country stars and unknown artists. For example, on the chart for the week of March 8-14, Andrews is listed at No. 112. The artists in the Top 20 that week included Merle Haggard, George Strait and Johnny Cash. Who’s listed below Slim Andrews? How about Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Alabama and Dierks Bentley.

Slim Andrews' picture hangs among the 123 musicians who have been inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Slim Andrews’ picture hangs amonG 123 musicians who’ve been inducted into the Maine Country Music HOF

“When you are an indie and you’re on one of these stations around the world, you’re competing with over 3,000-plus independent performers,” Andrews said. “It’s special when you see your name on the same sheet as a Johnny Cash or Merle Haggard. But we especially look to see the ones below our names.”

Andrews, who was born in Boston when his parents temporarily lived out of state during the depression and raised in the Twin Cities since the age of 6 months, has enjoyed a long career in country music. He was successful in Massachusetts when he formed the band The Berkshire Mountain Boys. With a large family to support, he never ventured to Nashville to try to make it on the big stage.

“I always wore two hats. I had to earn a living,” said Andrews, who sold insurance full time. “I had six children. I could never go to Nashville. I couldn’t do it. You just don’t walk away and leave six children at home. Believe me, those guys who did, I have the most respect in the world for them.”

SlimAndrews003He returned to Maine in 1971 to form the Cumberland Valley Boys. He found his calling a few years later when he created the Maine Country Music Awards, the precursor of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

It’s unlikely anyone knows more about the history of country music in Maine than Andrews. He bounces from exhibit to exhibit, eagerly telling stories of the various artists who have been inducted in the hall, an impressive collection in the basement of the Silver Spur in Mechanic Falls.

It’s the same excitement he shows on stage, whether in a group or as a solo performer. By his estimate, he does between 75 and 100 shows a year, singing with his signature rasp.

“He’s an inspiration for a lot of people, He proves right now that you’re never too old, and it’s never too late to be productive.” – Flynn

“I just try to be happy and take whatever the good Lord gives us,” Andrews said. “The quality of life is what’s important.

“As long as they still want me, I’ll do it.”

– Sun Journal Daryn Slover ssherlock@sunjournal.com

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