Brenda Best

Brenda Best

 

Brenda Best: Nashville TN USA. – Nashville award-winning singer/songwriter with ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers 2011 & 2012 ASCAP+ Award. She’s a four-time Nashville Independent Music Award winner (NIMA 2012, 2013); in 2015, she was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in New Brunswick Canada (NBCMHOF). Winner of a 2017 Josie Music Award. Brenda Best is a voting member of The Recording Academy (The Grammys); Member of CMA, GMA, and NSAI.
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Throughout the year, she entertains at The Nashville Nightlife Theatre with over 250 shows per year ! See Brenda Best in Blake Shelton’s Music Video “HOME” playing the mother of two girls in the Airport scene. Also, in Brad Paisley’s “MUD ON THE TIRES”. Brenda also played “Kitty Wells” in Sony music video “UPSIDE OF BEING DOWN” by Catherine Britt. Brief appearances in TV Drama”NASHVILLE” in seasons 2 & 3. BRENDA BEST was recently honored as one of her hometown heroes at the 50th Salmon Festival Celebration 2017.

 

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Smooth Talkin Perverts

Smooth Talkin Perverts

 

Smooth Talkin Perverts are 3 brothers from South St. Louis. Graham Zempel – oldest bro – guitar, lead vocals. Jack Zempel – middle bro – bass guitar, vocals. Joe Zempel – little bro – drums, vocals. Raised in a family of small-time (yet accomplished) stage and studio musicians, they came together after doing time with different music scenes: from hard-core punk to progressive jazz, to writing and producing beats for hip-hop artists in LA. Their sound has evolved into a hard rock “jive-punk” mutation that draws from metal, blues, jazz, funk, roots, and hip-hop. Their lyrics run from brutally honest to sardonic and sexy.

Steel

Steel

 

Based in the US, Steel’s story is one of glory & triumph. Born during the American crack wars, after the Disco era, Steel was raised in the hoods of Maryland, in the Washington DC Metro Area: the DMV, from the most talent laden county in the U.S., Gorgeous Prince George. The son of a Stone Mason, an Evangelical singer. Growing up, Steel sang in Gospel groups, played piano, trombone while working in construction during the hot southern summers on the Piedmont Plateau. His hard work ethic allowed Steel to attend George Washington University on scholarship, which began his legacy in music; Urban music to be specific “for the people” says Steel, while serving military tours through various global exercises as a decorated Naval officer. Upon his release from military duty, Steel, CEO & Entertainer, returned home and formed his entertainment company, Ellorenz Records, home of the internally acclaimed groups, Steel, Chickahominy Vibe, DJ Cisco Castille, and Cousins Steel & Cortez. #1 record label in the Washington DC/DMV area: creating ‘slick’ releases and collabs, with the greatest talents, like Nina Sol and DJ K-LA, the American capital city can provide. Modern classics, “for the people, by the people”, embracing the blueprints of Motown, Bad Boy, Def Jam, and No Limit. His goal “create music magic that moves the masses” says Steel. A voting member of the Grammy’s, winner of a few international independent film festival awards for best soundtrack(s) and screenplay(s), and brand ambassador for MJD Productions/WMIFF, G005E, Ellorenz World and Rock Paper Denim fashion house! Steel has nothing else to prove, but continues to do all of this from love. Proof that whatever life throws at you, when you have a vision, a hard work ethic, a genuine love for humanity, beautiful things can happen. Stay tuned for more… Good Vibes

 

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Jade’s unique professionally trained voice has captivated audiences for over 30 years. Jade’s first vocal performance occurred at the age of 4. At the young age of 8 she was chosen to sing with a traveling youth choir. Her Semi-professional career began at the age of 15. In her 20’s to early 30’s she traveled nationwide as a professional bass player and back-up singer. Magick holds 2 degrees: one in each music and electronics. Her classically trained background enables her to perform multi-genres ranging from Celtic, jazz, blues, country to hard rock. Jade has performed pre-show for Little Richard and played venues as large as 80,000 people. Multi-talented, her heart and soul goes into her music. Her passion is performing to audiences of all sizes.

 

 

 

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I Cry Because I Love - Sempre Caoz

Sempre Caoz

 

Sempre Caoz is back with a new production: the EP “Still Alive”. The combination of guitar, bass, drums and vocals breaks new ground with dirty and powerful sounds, Sempre Caoz lives up to the band name. However, windy retro sounds are foreign to that guys’ nature. The dirty but authentic guitar riffs and the harsh vocal sounds are the reasons for that tremendous power on stage.

 

These tremendous energies have already unloaded in Austria and Italy to an enthusiastic audience. Sempre Caoz proved their skills already on the greater and smaller stages. They look back with pride on their settings and releases since 2010. Not least they had the honor to rock with bands like TruckFighters, Seether, Alexs Clare, White Miles and Krautschädl at concerts and festivals. To assure yourself of the power and strength of the messy rock ’n’ roll, you will find tour dates and news on their

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Barley Station

 

ARTIST NAME:  Barley Station

SONG TITLE:  Like Destiny

ALBUM TITLE:  Back There Somewhere

RELEASE DATE:  September 14th, 2017

GENRE: Crossover

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Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

The core of the group is Randy Wayne Belt and Brian Kious. We were born in Missouri and Texas in the USA.

Our childhood was full of music. Music is like the soundtrack to life.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

Randy:  We are totally unqualified for this job! Are we hired? Actually Brian has a degree in Chinese Studies! Totally not related, unless we tour China, which is possible.

 

Brian: Don’t forget my degree in Criminal Law as well!

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and skills, and your future goal.
Randy:  Brian and I have been playing, singing, and recording together for about 15+ years. We’ve put out three albums, dozens of singles, and toured. And we’ll just keep doing that.  In the studio and on stage we are both multi-instrumentalists. Often you’ll find me on guitar or bass guitar.  I’m left-handed and learned to play guitar right handed and learned to play bass left-handed so it sometimes confuses people.  I’ll do some piano and keyboards in the studio as does Brian, but his main staple is guitar and throw in a mandolin and harmonica, and occasional banjo on top of everything else.

 

Brian: It’s been a transition of begging for attention to writing songs that serve as catharsis. I know we’re in the business, but I try to hide that from myself. I’m in the musical matrix, ha ha.

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Tell us your genre and idea behind the song.

Brian: Genre? Mystery/suspense

 

Randy:  We don’t have a genre really. We get lots of labels but often a new genre has to be created to accommodate, so we just go with “Crossover”. We blend and mix genres.

A song like “Damaged Goods” for instance has a more of a rap cadence with an old school R&B rhythm but colorations of mandolins, rock guitars and bass. So it is no any one thing. That annoys a lot of reviewers but Ryan Adams annoyed reviewers too so we are in good company.

 

Then there’s the song “Younger Summer Memories” which has blown up in radio this year climbing a ton of charts in AC40, Top40, Country, and who knows what else. The song was actually inspired by Johnny Cash and is a blend of Americana, Country, Pop, and Rock.  Some songs are more genre-oriented than others, but more often than not, they don’t fit in. We are musical misfits and that’s OK by us.

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Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.

Randy: Well I do run our own label actually.  You just have to use the same services and approach that the bigger labels do. Test marketing, Understanding your niche and audience, networking.  Then you have to let the artist be the artist. Let them develop. Don’t expect instant success, work for it!  It takes years to build a business.

 

Brian: Randy’s the business mind. I show up, record, play, and then frolic in the nearest meadow.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Brian: Having a loose ability to communicate in Chinese allows me to reach out and network with fans in China, Singapore, and Malaysia. So that’s the eastern strategy.

 

Randy:  One person at a time. Building relationships with people not spamming everyone constantly with “hey listen to my song!”  That’s so annoying. Promoting as a label is a whole other thing.  Build teams and community and work together with those people who are positive and have good team energy!

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

 

Here are some favorite reviews and accolades:

 

National Radio Hits – Top Indie Band Rises

March 21, 2018

 

“BARLEY STATION is fast becoming one of the top new independent bands at radio.

They are already closing in on our Top10 at AC40 with their debut single “Younger Summer Memories” which is also #1 “By the Vote” for a third week. In addition, the red-hot single has now crossed over to Top40 where it ranks 2nd “most added” just ahead of the monster single from Taylor Swift.”

 

“Classic country rock with hints of folk.

This is a refreshing turn from all of the pop country that is poisoning the airwaves right now.”

– John Farley

Sophisticated Ape Radio

 

“This group always brings top drawer tunage.”

-Music is Truth

Station at Indie Music People

 

 

“It’s clear that this is a band that is going in a consistent, forward

direction and show no signs of stopping.”

-CA Marshall

Starlight Music Chronicles

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List the radio stations, television stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.

It’s too numerous to list. We have been on hundreds of Spotify playlists, hundreds of terrestrial and internet radio stations, and had our video for Younger Summer Memories played on programs carried by companies like NBCUniversal, Comcast, FiOS, CableVision, Time Warner, RCN, ATT Uverse, Verizon FiOS, Charter Communications, etc.

 

But we have a few very interactive indie stations we would mention for being so supportive of us and other independent artists like the folks at Big Time Radio, Music Mafia Radio, KB Radio, Lonely Oak Radio, Front Range Radio, and others.

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State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director.
Randy:  We have added a drummer recently – Tony Buffa.  Brian and I do much of the producing and I am the mixing engineer, something I have been perfecting for many years. Brian and I are the core of the band.

 

Brian:  Our video director for the song “Younger Summer Memories ” was Poppy Zhu.

Our leading lady in that video was Fan Wenjie. We’ve had in-studio technical help from Benjamin Ash and Alan Mayer.

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

Like Destiny doesn’t have a video yet, but Younger Summer Memories – well you just have to see it. It was a fun summery kind of video, just like the song.

 

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Randy:  Well, we tend to have people create new genres for us because we don’t fit with any one thing. We don’t follow trends. We are cognizant of them but do not concern ourselves with that. We do what we want to do and let the song we write tell us how it should be built in the studio.
Brian: Wit, charm, sparkling dinner conversation.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

Brian:  Weakness – I can’t stand the sound of my own voice. Also, peanut butter.

 

Randy:  I can’t stand the sound of peanut butter either.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.
Brian:
my favorites rotate. Currently, “The Human Touch” by Howard Jones. “Just Smoke” by Mumford & Sons. “White Dwarf” by A-ha. “Überlin” by R.E.M. ” Narcissus Is Back” by Christine & the Queens.

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Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
Randy:
  It has always been my position that a major label is not a solution or an end.

I see them as there to co-ordinate things when do-it-yourself is no longer manageable.

An artist’s goal should not to simply be signed to a major label and “make it big”. The goal should be to find your audience, find your fans, find who YOU are as a band.

 

A big label works more like a big loan company. They are loaning you money (often).

To invest in you and hope for a return on investment. 85% of the time that doesn’t happen. The artist gets tested in various markets of radio, playlists, etc. and if they don’t go over well, they get dropped. It doesn’t matter if you spent $50k recording, promoting, and all of that, you are still going to pay back the loan.  Plus you don’t want people who put the money up pulling the strings. How can you be independent and have puppeteers?

 

I’m not opposed to the major labels so much as I don’t think they are necessary until you reach a certain level on your own. You need to show you can build your own business if you want to seriously convince someone it is a good investment.

 

Your band is your brand. And I know a lot of people don’t like the word “brand” but I think a lot of that is paranoia about “the man”. What is it that identifies you? What makes you unique and different? Who ARE you as an artist or group? THAT IS your brand. And having a good logo is part of that identification. Look at the best well known band logos in history. Very memorable identifiers.

 

We have always been musical misfits, but I think that is the draw. People are GLAD we don’t sound like everyone else.    It’s good to know what’s going on and tap into what’s good about it, but it’s not good to try to be something you’re not or be forced into a box.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
Brian: I continue to study Chinese and try to keep up on headlines in China.

Also, I recently revitalized my love of collecting baseball cards through my son.

 

Randy: Everything is related to music somehow. Cat training?

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List your various works and state the official date of release.
We have 3 full length albums: “After All”, “Damaged Goods”, “Back There Somewhere” and we are working on the fourth LP.  Then we also have a number of singles that do not appear on albums.  There is the most recent “Borderline” (March 2018) which is a rock cover of Madonna’s big hit.

 

Another single was called “Just Begun” (Jan 2017), another one called “I’ve Got News” (2015), and we released a bunch of single versions of songs from 2015-2016 that are slightly different from the album versions of some of our other songs from “Back There Somewhere”.  Then is “Treacherous” (2016) which is an acoustic oriented cover of Taylor’s Swift’s song from the ‘Red’ album. Then another acoustic oriented cover of the Ryan Adams penned song “When the Stars Go Blue” (2016).

 

In addition to releasing “Back There Somewhere” on September 14, 2017, in October we released a French version of one of the songs from that album that was retranslated and re-titled Baisers voles (Stolen Kisses) and to top off the year with a bang, in December of 2017 we released a Christmas/Holiday song called “Hear The Christmas Call”. So it was a busy year and 2018 is even busier!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Barley Station.  Barley Station was simply a way of describing something kind of earthy (Barley) and a gathering place (Station). Despite what a lot of people think, it actually had nothing to do with alcoholic beverages.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Like Destiny. It’s just one of those kind of songs that explores the possibility of finding that one right person or situation and it all just fits together.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

‘Back There Somewhere’ is the title of the newest album.  It represents a place where all of our memories are and what makes us who we are but doesn’t hinder us with who we shall be.  We are made from our memories. Every moment that passes soon becomes a memory. Enjoy life.  Savor each moment.  That is the best way to describe the theme of the third Barley Station studio album which explores time and space in a unique way on each and every song.