Sea Gayle Music has signed a publishing agreement with artist/songwriter Mike Ryan. “Mike is an amazing artist with tremendous soul and power in his voice. He’s also a great songwriter and musician,” says Sea Gayle Executive VP/GM Marc Driskill. “We are really excited about working with Mike and having him as part of the Sea Gayle roster.
In 2010 Ryan, who attended University of North Texas, rose above 80 other competitors to win the 95.9 The Ranch Pickin’ Party singer/songwriter competition. His EP “The First One” was released that summer and produced 2 singles, “Slow Hand” and “Won’t Let it Show” that reached the top 25 on the Texas Music Chart.
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Songwriters Kim Williams, Doug Johnson, Jim Collins and Bob Morrison will take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 21 on Brenau University’s Front Lawn in Gainesville, Ga. to honor the late songwriter John Jarrard at the John Jarrard Songwriters Festival. Jarrard wrote songs for Don Williams, Alabama, George Strait, Diamond Rio and Tracy Lawrence before his death from a battle with diabetes in 2001.
The two-day event begins on Friday, Sept. 20 with a concert on the downtown Gainesville Square headlined by David Lee Murphy. Berklee College of Music students and Riverstreet Again will also perform during the evening, which kicks off the 10thAnniversary of Art in the Square. The Songwriters in the Round Show on Sept. 21 is the centerpiece of the event, which in its first 11 years has raised more than one million dollars to support some of Jarrard’s favorite charities including Good News at Noon Clinics and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County. This year’s concert will also benefit the “Think About It” program, created by The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation to educate and prevent prescription drug abuse throughout the state.
Tickets for the event are $20 each, and tickets can also be purchased online at johnjarrardfoundation.com.
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Vocal coach “Mama Jan” Smith has teamed with Bogner Entertainment and will be featured in a new reality television show, in search of the next generation of Country artists. Smith has been a vocal coach for more than 26 years, working with The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry, along with Usher, Justin Bieber and others.
Casting for the currently untitled show is open for male vocalists between the age of 14-20; the show will be filmed in Atlanta.
The application process begins with a video submission (video performance should include one song) sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be sent in a digital format and be uploaded to YouTube with a link included in the e-mail. Each submission should include name, age, current city, contact number and e-mail.
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650 AM WSM radio has partnered with Grand Ole Opry member Larry Gatlin to host Larry Wayne Gatlin Radio-Only In America, which will begin in January 2014. The show will air on Tuesdays from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. CT on both 650 AM and at wsmonline.com beginning Jan. 7, 2014. Shows will be archived on the station website.
Larry Wayne Gatlin radio will feature a blend of music, entertainment, life in-signs and pro-Nashville conversations.
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