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Host Trena Bolden Fields interviews dialect coach, Foster Johns on accents. Join us for a fun show today!
Foster Johns holds a B.A. in Theater and English from Boston College. He was born and raised just down river in New Orleans, LA and has performed in numerous productions there in addition to the Boston area. Since moving to the twin cities on 2009, he has performed with truly amazing companies such as Swandive Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Theatre in the Round Players, Workhouse Theater, The Flowershop Project, Night Path Theatre, Brazen Theatre, Dovetail Productions, Classical Actor's Ensemble, and Jon Ferguson's theater company. In addition to performing, he has had the privilege to serve as dialect coach to companies such as Park Square, Bloomington Civic Theater, Minnesota Jewish Theater, Chain Reaction Theater Project, Theater Latte Da, as well as a private coach to a variety of talented performers in the Twin Cities. He aims to pursue an MFA in voice and dialect studies in the near future with the goal of becoming a resident voice/dialect coach for a regional theater and teaching at the university level. Foster is a proud member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association), a board member of Workhouse Theatre, and the resident dialect coach of the Actor's Workout with Raye Birk at the Guthrie. He aims to pursue voice work in a graduate setting and continue to perform and work with actors' voices, as both are a constant source of inspiration and fulfillment.
Josey Milner is part small town teen, part road-worthy country starlet, and at only 17 years old, she turned heads and changed hearts with her debut US single, “Not Pretty Enough.” The song thrust Josey into the country music spotlight, launching her anti-bullying campaign with Angels and Doves, earning her a 2013 Independent Country Music Award nomination for Promising Young Artist, a Top 10 Hottest New Artist designation, and a Number One single on the world’s first independent country music chart, Indie World. Now, 18 and a recent Magna Cum Laude high school graduate, Josey has taken her initial successes to greater heights with “Cowgirls.”
“Cowgirls” was recorded at Awestruck Studios with her “Not Pretty Enough” production team of Micah Burdick and Matthew Russo (Hall and Oates.) Mastering engineer, Larry Gann (John Rich, Elton John) also played drums on the track, with Jimmy Mattingly (Dolly Parton, Reba, Garth) on fiddle and Smith Curry (Jason Aldean, Randy Travis) on pedal steel. The single was released to country radio in November 2013, and it reached #1 on the New Music Weekly country charts and Top 75 on Music Row! “Cowgirls” is a boot-kicking, foot stomping dance anthem that has country radio fans
singing along with this down-home darling…
Radio Romance is a new country music band out of Nashville, Tennessee that pushes the envelope when it comes to modern country music. The band focuses on delivering high-energy performances while sticking to their country roots. Radio Romance recently signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing Group in addition to making Buddy Lee Attractions their booking agency. Radio Romance is set to release their first 6-song EP mid-September and look forward to playing in a town near you soon!
Doug Briney began like so many other musicians, singing in church. His first solo was when he was two years old. He continued singing throughout high school and then graduated in 1988 from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College as a Vocal Music Major. During his college days, Doug had the opportunity to sing with a gospel quartet and travel all over the western half of the USA. He also had the unique opportunity to sing with the San Diego Opera Chorus. After graduating Doug went on and has spent the next 23 years leading worship in churches and pastoring.
Doug's new project "Super Country Cowboy" was released November 5, 2013. With a strong title track that is really a reflection of who Doug is as a person and cowboy this track blends traditional with an edge ready for radio. "I Get To" is a track Doug is extremely proud of and it has been a motto for his family for the past 23 years. Doug chose to cover a Brook's and Dunn classic "Believe" and brings a very raw emotion to the song. This project is truly a snapshot of Doug's life in every song.
Growing up in small town MN was the basis for Greg's love of country music.
Eden Valley, a farm community of about 800 people and no stop lights, is where he got his first guitar and wrote his first country song. He grew up on the edge of a main road, railroad track, and a corn field. It's a place where he learned to hunt, fish, play sports, and appreciate music of many genres. It's where he learned about honesty, family, friendship, and team work. All of which come into play in the songs he writes, in his live show and on a daily basis. If he's not out playing or writing country songs, he's in the woods with a bow, on a lake fishing bass, cruising dirt roads in his truck with his buddies, or out listening to area classic country bands.
Influenced by the vinyl record sounds from his father's collection of country greats such as Haggard, Strait, and Cash...Greg found that a strong song and a strong vocal is key to a good career. He was later influenced by the sounds and live shows of more modern day artists like Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, etc. and also the 90's country scene. He has worked hard over the years to develop his skills as a country performer and songwriter. He has been fortunate to have played in the company of many talented MN musicians, and opening shows for talented National acts such as
Jamey Johnson, Little Texas, Emerson Drive, Colt Ford, and Trent Willmon.
Matt Austin grew up in the Detroit downriver area with a guitar-playing father but he didn’t gain interest in playing until his uncle from Texas moved to Michigan. He was inspired first by the sound of the blues guitar greats Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. Matt later fell in love with this new age country genre that is growing by leaps and bounds.
In 2013 along with releasing his new EP Matt Austin, was also direct support for Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Uncle Kracker, Aaron Lewis, Josh Gracin, Charlie Worsham, Chase Rice and Jerrod Niemann.
MA has also performed in 2013 to thousands at many of the great country music festivals in Michigan such as 99.5 WYCD’s downtown hoedown and the Faster Horses series at Michigan international speedway.
Striking a chord on a grand scale, native Texan Breelan Angel landed on the country music scene in true Lone Star fashion; launching independent label, MisBhavin’ Records, she released three singles, all of which have impacted the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart and, and released her debut album, "Dirty Little Secrets," to much critical acclaim on June 24th.
Breelan's anthemic debut, “It’s My Turn,” sealed her spot as “One To Watch” (CMA Close-up) and, hot on its heels, she wasted no time in getting her sophomore effort, “Halfway To Wasted,” out to fans and radio. Celebrating as it soared to the Top 40 (MusicRow) and Top 50 (Billboard Indicator) spots on national charts, the heartfelt and emotionally charged tune earned the praises of critics and fans alike (Robert K. Oermann of MusicRow recognized it with a “Discovery Award” honor). Breelan's third radio single, "Double Standards," is quickening its pace as it climbs the charts.
Hannah Bethel grew up on country music and classic rock in the backwoods of Northern Michigan. At a young age, it was apparent that Hannah was a natural entertainer. She sang for anyone who would listen. She loved to make people laugh and think and feel the emotion of the songs. At fourteen she picked up a Squire acoustic guitar that her younger sister had ditched and soon after she was traveling the Upper Midwest, performing original music at fairs, bars, talent shows, coffee houses, shopping malls and country and western shows. Hannah self-released her first record at 17 and the following year she moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Hannah is an avid writer and co-writer. She has written with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters, from big names to newcomers. One of those newcomers is Momentum Label Group artist, Rachele Lynae. Hannah had her first song cut in 2013 with Rachele’s sophomoric single, “Fishin’ For Something”, which received extensive radio play across the US. Hannah has recently been named one of CMA Close Up’s Who New to Watch in 2014.
Sonia Leigh has exploded onto the Nashville scene with her newest smash single, “Put It In Your Pocket” which debut on Sirius XM Radio, 59, The Highway on July 1st 2014.
Sonia relocated to Nashville October 2012 from her longtime home of Atlanta, Ga., and quickly began captivating Nashville audiences with her own special brand of female attitude modern country.
Her newest single drives you into the very heart of summer time fun, friends, and living life in the moment.
Only two words are necessary to describe Richmond, Virginia native Brittany Marie; Energy and Talent. Behind her microphone
stands a crowd pleasing voice that’s powerful beyond belief with the rich sincerity of a true entertainment stylist. When she takes
the stage the synergy of her enormous energy leaps to the forefront to capture an audience and doesn’t let them go until the last
note has faded into the echo of exuberant applause.
Brittany Marie got her start like many emerging Country artists singing at Churches, Fairs, Showcases, and Festivals. She made the
commitment to pursue music as a career in 2013.
With determination and hard work ethic, Brittany Marie and her Mother took on the jobs of what a multiple person team takes on & in just one year Brittany Marie she has opened for National Touring Acts such as: Chris Young, The Band Perry, Aaron Tippin, Brett Eldridge, Clint Black, and More! She has proven she can hold her own in the Country Music
Industry and is diligently working to further her career indefinitely.
The release of her single ‘Changed’ has already sparked industry attention from young and old. Not satisfied to remain still in her career pursuits, Brittany Marie is looking forward to the release of her debut self-tited album ‘Brittany Marie’ by Fall 2014. The Album will have a country rock sound and will feature a cover of the song Paint It Black, by The Rolling Stones. Watch out for Brittany Marie, she is definitly on the Music Chart horizon.
It was April of 2008, and the LoCash Cowboys were doing what they do best--rocking a packed house. They were at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon, where the two of them--Preston Brust and Chris Lucas--had met a few years earlier. The amped-up crowd was living, screaming proof that they had put the time since then to good use. They had been criss-crossing the country, honing their craft on stages large and small, developing one of the most dynamic live shows in any genre of music. Along the way, they had sold more than 60,000 copies of their homemade CD, earned endorsements from the likes of Budweiser, shared bills with artists including Charlie Daniels and ZZ Top, performed at halftime of NBA and U.S. Olympic team basketball games, and earned television appearances ranging from Tanya Tucker's reality show "Tuckerville" to "Pageant School: Becoming Miss America," writing the theme songs for both.
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