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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.
MITCH GOUDY IS THE COUNTRY MUSIC NEWCOMER WHO IS MAKING HIS WAY INTO THE HEARTS OF MUSIC FANS OF ALL AGES. AS ONE OF THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA)’S ‘WHO NEW TO WATCH ARTISTS’ FOR 2014, HE IS BECOMING ONE OF COUNTRY’S HOTTEST NEW STARS ROCKING STAGES ACROSS THE NATION. EVERY TIME HE PICKS UP HIS GUITAR AND STARTS TO SING, YOU KNOW THIS GUY NOT ONLY HAS THE ROOTS FOR AUTHENTIC COUNTRY MUSIC, BUT THE HEART TO BACK IT UP.
THE BIGGEST RECOGNITION HE RECEIVED RECENTLY WAS BEING NAMED ONE OF CMA’S ‘WHO NEW TO WATCH 2014’ ARTISTS. SINCE THEN, MITCH HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO SET THE BAR EVEN HIGHER IN HIS CAREER. “THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN A GOAL OF MINE —TO MAKE EVERYTHING I DO BETTER THAN THE LAST. TO GET THIS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IS BEYOND WORDS. I CANNOT BELIEVE I’M ON THE SAME LIST AS ARTISTS LIKE COLE SWINDELL AND CHASE RICE!” THIS YEAR IS ONLY GETTING BETTER FOR HIM AS HE GEARS UP FOR HIS FIRST EVER CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL. “I CANNOT WAIT! I GREW UP READING AND SEEING THE ARTISTS THAT TAKE PART IN THIS FESTIVAL AND NOW I’M GOING TO BE ONE OF THEM! I’M READY TO MEET EVERY COUNTRY FAN, SIGN AUTOGRAPHS IN MY OWN BOOTH AND JUST TAKE IT ALL IN.”
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.
Stacy Burk is a country music artist from Van Alstyne, Texas. His musical influences are George Strait, Don Williams and Jim Reeves – you can hear that in his voice. He’s a genuine cowboy – you can see that in his confident demeanor.
Through a professional music consultant, Stacy was introduced to industry icon, Josh Leo (Alabama, Reba McEntire, Restless Heart, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Martina McBride, Kathy Mattea and LeAnn Rimes), and convinced him to produce his record. Leo, the industry proclaimed "Renaissance Man" recently celebrated another #1 song with Love and Theft’s "Angel Eyes" – the 23rd #1 song that Leo has touched in his 30-plus-year-music career as a songwriter, producer and musician.
Through a mutual friend Stacy reached out to Los Angeles based director, Dave West. Stacy was looking for a story or concept for a video for the song, "Til Your Boots are Dirty" and had seen two of West's short films ("Puddlejumper" & "The Do Over"). West came up with the idea of taking a ‘city boy’ to the country and over the course of the song he gets his ‘boots dirty’ and transforms into a ‘country boy.’ West and Burk polished the idea and then brainstormed on how to find a way to have the song and specifically the video to pop through an incredibly crowded landscape. They understood that going "viral" is not something you can really plan, but prepping yourself to be able to maximize social media is.
Through his multiple seasons working as a producer on Dancing with the Stars, West befriended Maksim Chmerkovskiy. One call to Maks explaining the story was all he needed to come onboard.
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.
Packing the bars of several Universities, 23-year-old, Clark Manson decided his passion for the music industry couldn’t be broken. In the summer of 2013, Clark Manson became officially sponsored by Jagermeister USA. He released his first debut album in November 2013, Running with the Night, which quickly climbed the iTunes charts, peaking at number thirty on the day of its release. Running with the Night, also checked in at number five on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart in November 2013, and has received much recognition all around the world by some of Manson’s thirty-three thousand Twitter followers and fans. Since the album release, Manson has swamped the ticket-booths, selling out a number of shows and quickly becoming a notable country vision in states ranging from Wisconsin, all the way to Texas. While in between many late night shows and road tours, Mansonheads to Nashville as he undertakes a new summer EP, which will be released this June.
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.
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Josey Milner is part small town teen, part road-worthy country starlet, and 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, 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…
Josey joins Take 2 Radio Music on Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 3pm eastern time!
It's all hands on deck as several Obama Administration agencies and departments spring into action implementing components of the Obama Broadband Doctrine announced recently in Cedar Falls, IA. Today learn how your community can get vital assistance executing network deployment and adoption efforts.
The BroadbandUSA initiative, a program of the Dept. of Commerce's National Telecommunications and information Administration (NTIA) will:
provide expertise, tools and information to benefit communities that are developing or improving broadband services and broadband adoption;
offer online and in-person technical assistance to help communities mprove broadband access and bring more Americans online;
host a series of regional workshops around the country to instruct decision-makers on best practices and lessons learned from local communities;
distribute guides and tools that provide communities with proven solutions to problems in planning, financing, construction and operations; and
through collaboration with other federal agencies and broadband stakeholder groups, promote interagency coordination to ensure that information and resources get to communities quickly and effectively.
Laura Breeden, Director of External Affairs for BroadbandUSA, and Lynn Chadwick, Federal Program Officer with the NTIA State Broadband Initiative, offer tips and guidelines for maximizing this newest program. Their primary mission is to make it as convenient as possible for communities to get assistance making broadband work for their constituents.
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