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This multi-million dollar, 17-acre Estate encompasses all of the majesty that one could imagine. Our gorgeous 11,000 square foot Antebellum mansion sits majestically on a six-acre private island. The mansion boasts 8,000 square feet of porches with stunning panoramic lake views. All four sides adorn asouthern, old-world facade, complete with 8 large Doric order columns. The interior reveals two curved staircases facing one another, opposite hand in a spacious Grand Hall, perfect for wedding ceremonies or receptions. The world class barn is draped in a magical palette of lights for the most amazingly romantic setting. It also boasts beautiful lake views on all four sides. We have three very popular outdoor ceremony sites. On the Island we have the elegant fountain in front of the Mansion and a lakeside ceremony site with breathtaking views of Lay Lake. Beside the barn we have a beautiful pasture ceremony site that also affords a lakeside setting. Please call or email for more information and to schedule a tour of the Estate, as the pictures do not do it justice. Email: Candaceoakisland@gmail.com (205) 671-7950
If you only know the name of a grandparent, then how do you go back three or four generations to find their slave ancestors?
Konnetta Alexander shares touching stories of finding her slave ancestors going back three and four generations. With inspiration from journal entries of an Antebellum, slave account book written by slaveholder Daniel Graham, the lives of unrelated slaves provides documentation of slave life from which Konnetta uses as her guidebook to find and document slaves. While making national presentations about the life of Matila Graham, house slave, Konnetta tells the story of every house slave! Calling out the last names of her slave ancestors: Clark, Miller, Moorman, Peay, Prince, Quinn and Ramsey. Join in as discoveries unfold in Finding Our Slaves.
With 20+ years of genealogy digging, Konnetta has three projects: researching family, transcribing and making public excerpts of the slave journal, and performing interpretative presentations about the lives of Free Persons of Color and Slaves. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, is an annual participant of MAAGI (Mid-Western African American Genealogy Institute), and member of several historical societies. The focus of Konnetta’s genealogy research is finding, documenting and personalizing slaves, whether family nor not.
Award-winning music biographer Jake Brown returns to store shelves nationwide with a shift from the rock world to the country world with his new book Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits which includes exclusive interviews with country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and a long list of hit songwriters.
The book features interviews with the writers behind country's greatest hits like Tim McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying, Lady Antebellum's We Owned The Night, Carrie Underwood's Jesus Take The Wheel, and many more.
Songwriters featured, in this 300-plus page book, include Craig Wiseman, Dean Dillon, Bob DiPiero, Bill Anderson, Sonny Curtis, Tom Shapiro, Kelley Lovelace, Rivers Rutherford, Tom T. Hall, Wayne Carson, Chris Dubois, Dallas Davidson, David Lee Murphy, and Freddy Powers.
In addition to these never-before-revealed stories behind the songs, aspiring songwriters will find countless gems of wisdom about the craft and career of songwriting itself.
Jake Brown has written 35 published books since 2001, featuring many authorized collaborations with some of rock’s biggest artists, including 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart (with Ann and Nancy Wilson), living guitar legend Joe Satriani, heavy metal pioneers Motorhead (with Lemmy Kilmister), late hip hop icon Tupac Shakur (with the estate), celebrated Rock drummer Kenny Aronoff, late Funk pioneer Rick James, and the all-star rock producers anthology ‘Behind the Boards’, among many others.
Hicks kicked off 2013 with two European hits on the European Country Top 40, he then represented Sweden at the CMA Global Show in Nashville as part of the CMA Fest week in June along with various acts from around the world and all the top American country artist such as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum Tim McGraw and many more.
Canadian Country duo AUSTIN BELLE is made up of lead guitarist and songwriter Jesse Wainwright - and lead singer and songwriter Stacey McKitrick. Jesse comes from the hit-making, award-winning rock band State of Shock while Stacey is known to the Country world as a result of her self-titled album as a solo artist a few years ago. Combined, they have had the opportunity to perform with big acts Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Great Big Sea, and more. Austin Belle is currently putting the finishing touches on their debut EP - to be released in September - and have been busy touring across Canada. Still ahead, there's a Western Canadian tour planned for the end of August and a Central Canadian tour is being finalized for October. Their current single Just Drive - a perfect catchy summer road song - is getting added to country stations across Canada and the video has become a fan favourite since its release a few weeks ago,
Hailing from Nashville, TN....Chase Allan is an extremely talented singer, songwriter and recording artist who has the vocal prowess to contend with some of the top Country, Pop and Rock artists. Chase's unique voice and music is allowing him to take country music to a brand new level. Recently Senior A&R Executive Chris Douglas of Virgin Records International quoted "Chase has an excellent new sound" Chase's profound impact in music is evident with Chase's most recent win of the 2012 Nashville Top Independent Male Country Artist of the Year Award.
Chase's desire to aim for the top is clear with who he has worked with such as studio engineers Pete Coleman (Jason Aldean, Montgomery Gentry, Lady Antebellum), David Hall (Lonestar, Kenny Chesney), Brandon Epps (Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's "Do You Wanna Stay") and Sam Martin. Aaron Chmielewski of Quad Studio and Georgetown Mastering. Some of the musicians Chase has worked with are Rich Redmond (Drums) and Tully Kennedy (Bass) of the Jason Aldean Band, Guitarists Chris Leuzinger (Garth Brooks), Kenny Greenberg (Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift), Tom Bukavoc (Keith Urban, Rascall Flatts), Adam Schoenfeld (Big and Rich, Jason Aldean).
Whether it's Chase's hard drivin' song "See Amazing" or heart touching ballad "You Say Goodnight", Chase and his band's live performance will take you on a journey that you soon won't forget. Chase Allan has definitely put the "Cool" in Country!!!
Take 2 Radio Music with speak with Chase on July 30th at 3pm eastern!
Join The Gist of Freedom, www.BlackHistoryBlog.com, as we continue our audio book reading Breaking The Chains by William L. Katz - Chapter 5 Urban Slave Resistance~ Jordan Hatcher was a seventeen-year-old enslaved tobacco worker in Richmond, Virginia, who in 1852 rose from obscurity to notoriety when charged with assaulting and killing white overseer William Jackson. According to newspaper accounts and trial records, Hatcher was working at the Walker & Harris tobacco factory when Jackson began flogging him with a cowhide for performing poorly. Hatcher initially warded off the blows, but Jackson continued to beat him. In response Hatcher grabbed an iron poker, struck Jackson unconscious, and immediately fled the factory. When Jackson later awoke, he claimed to feel no pain, but the next day he collapsed and died. Hatcher was immediately found, arrested, tried and sentenced to execution. His sentence, however, was later commuted by Virginia Governor Joseph Johnson, and he was sold and transported beyond the limits of the United States.
This case is significant because of Jordan Hatcher’s unusual working and living conditions. Hatcher was a hired slave; though legally bound to Parmella Goday of Chesterfield County, Hatcher had been hired-out to a tobacco manufactory for the year. During that year, Hatcher, like hundreds of other hired slaves, was allowed to find his own lodgings, secure his own meals, and receive the wages for his labor. During the antebellum era, the urban slave system provided an essential labor pool for city businesses and was highly lucrative, but under conditions that made white Richmonders nervous. Critics of the system believed the hiring-out process made urban slavery unstable and encouraged slave workers to be more rebellious and defiant. Hatcher did not hang.
Hicks kicked off 2013 with two European hits on the European Country Top 40, he then represented Sweden at the CMA Global Show in Nashville as part of the CMA Fest week in June along with various acts from around the world and all the top American country artist such as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum Tim McGraw and many more.This event were beamed live around the world via the Internet and audio streams to over 10 stations in the USA, Europe, and Australia. He then was asked to appear at two of CMR Nashville’s International Shows on Broadway at the Whiskey Bent and The Bridgestone Arena, if this wasn’t enough he was invited to be part of the CMA Fest Autograph signings at the Digital Rodeo booth with thousands of fans walking around in the brand new Music City Venue one of the biggest exhibition venues in the world. More to follow when asked to appear as a special guest at ‘A Night For Heroes’ a fund raiser for returning soldiers.
Sabra Waldfogel grew up far from the South in Minneapolis. She studied history at Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a technical writer and has written about historic architecture for Old House Journal and Arts and Crafts Homes. Her short story "Yemaya” was recently published in Sixfold's January 2014 issue. Slave and Sister is her first novel.
Will they be rivals or allies? The age-old struggle between sisters is skillfully brought to life in Slave and Sister, by Sabra Waldfogel. In the antebellum South, relations between slaves and their owners are conflicted enough; if there are blood ties, the tension can become a lethal storm.
It was common in the antebellum South to raise a slave alongside the heir. But it was a surprise to both Adelaide and Rachel to discover they shared the same father. In a mesmerizing tale marked by impeccable historical accuracy, we begin by learning that scouts for General Sherman stumble upon a plantation that's anything but ordinary: it flies the Union flag and the freed slaves can read and write, and work the former plantation themselves.
Ontario's Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain are known as one of the most personable live acts in Canada, which is apparent at all of their performances. "We take great pride in embracing our fans on a one-to-one basis. They are like family" says Rob. The group has shared the stage with the likes of Lady Antebellum, Jason McCoy and Jason Aldean. The high energy music on their first two full-length album releases titled Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain (their self-titled debut) and Seven Year Itch have spawned the infectious radio singles: Step 13, Kick Back and Love Goes Bang which have garnered radio airplay in Canada, the U.S, Australia and Europe. All of the songs were accompanied by music videos. Rob and the group are excited about their new 2014 album.
Tanya Caines is a singer-songwriter from Innisfil, Ontario. She has performed at numerous events and has won a showcase at The Palace in Nashville and placed in the top three in the CMAO's (Country Music Association of Ontario) DemoRama. Tanya is a talented artist with a passion for country and folk music. She has an extensive musical background including a music degree in vocal music from York University. Tanya is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Tune in to get to know these two talented Ontario Country artists and their music.
If it seems like 23-year-old Cody Karey has been preparing his entire life for his self-titled Verve Records debut album, that’s just because it’s true. From the moment the then-18-month-old rose from his high chair to warble along with “Achy Breaky Heart” at a Pizza Hut somewhere in north British Columbia, and received a standing ovation, Karey’s destiny was sealed.
The latest world-class tenor pop vocalist discovered by label Chairman David Foster—who has a track record for that sort of thing—Karey’s bow has attracted some impressive talent, including Grammy-winning producer Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie), ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Bernie Herms (Brad Paisley, The Tenors, CeCe Winans, Casting Crowns, Jackie Evancho). Greg Wells (Adele), Josh Kear (Lady Antebellum) and Ryan Tedder (One Republic, Leona Lewis and Beyonce).
“This is the culmination of many years of work and a lifetime’s worth of focus,” says Karey. “It’s very exciting to be on the cusp of getting it out there to people, and being able to take one more step in the direction of my ultimate dream.”
Join Cody Karey on YTP RADIO this evening at 8:00pm (e.s.t.) for am evening of pure delight, magnificent music, and an exciting story!
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