Thomas Wade

Blue Country Soul - Thomas Wade

Canadian Country singer Thomas Wade,  known as “Thomas Wade and Wayward”  reigned the Country music airwaves through most of the mid to late 90’s. Everywhere you looked, there was a video, interview , or appearance of  Thomas Wade. The group was well on their way to the top. Thomas grew up in Burford, Ontario, begin playing around the age of seven in his uncle’s  family band, he then paid his dues playing in various bands  for most of the 1980’s and early 90’s before forming the chart topping band. During his journey, he worked in and around Nashville with some notable songwriters and producers such as Bill Shore and producer Byron Gallimore. Thomas also attended 4 years with Cindy Tanas actor studio and was very seriously considering a career in acting, where he landed a few notable roles, one being a lead role on CMT’s mini drama, “The Office”. But music ran thick in his blood and proved to be a very successful decision in his career.

“Thomas Wade and Wayward” released their debut album in 1996 and immediately started getting attention.  It was Thomas’s onstage charisma, looks and catchy song hooks that drew people in and a fairly new CMT Canada became a second home for the Country group. Thomas had become the “Golden Boy” for Canadian country music, scoring 7 CCMA awards during a five year span, nominated for three years in a row for Country Group of the Year from 1997 to 1999. Country radio, CMT and country music fans across Canada were all tuned in to the Thomas Wade frenzy! They were on fire with the debut album which produced several top ten singles such as “Sitting Pretty”, “Zero to Sixty” and “Lying here with you”.

In 2001 Thomas branched out on a solo career and continued to enjoy success with “ The Loser” and “Wild Wild Ride” to name a few.  Sitting at the top of his game with seven awards, three albums which he wrote and produced, , 12 top 20 singles , hit videos and seven years of headlining tours under his belt, life couldn’t get any better for Thomas Wade.

But by 2002 , an unforeseen and thought “incurable” neurological disorder took hold of his ability to sing and eventually even speak. In the early stages of the disease, Thomas tried to overcome the progressing symptoms by seeking naturopaths and any “tricks” he could think of to disguise his speech. Evidently he had to give up singing. As time went on, ordering a coffee was with great difficulty. Such a tragedy could very easily make someone give up and live in the shadows of their success, BUT not Thomas Wade!

By 2006 he was diagnosed with “Oromandibular Dystonia” and that it was not curable. But through with his own perseverance, Hypnosis, neuroplasticity reading up on anything he could find, Thomas developed his own “Neuroplastic” exercises  and things started to improve. His incredible journey back from the impossible had begun.

During those years Thomas did not disappear totally from the industry, he remained active as a songwriter and producer. One of his songs was recorded by Canadian icon Celine Dion,  which is a pretty good confirmation of his talent as a songwriter.

Thomas has recently released the first album in 16 years! It has something a little different from his early days as a country artist. The album titled “ Blue Country Soul” combines blues, country, rock N roll and a few surprises such as the crooner inspired song “Funny What Makes You Cry” to the very  church choir themed “Boise River”. Giving us a variety of fast up tempo hits and smooth melodic ballads, an easy listening pleasure to the ear.

This is a great new chapter of an artist whose career has spanned over twenty years, Thomas is a true inspiration of hope, courage and perseverance, he hopes his story will encourage others to never give up hope .

2016 marks an exciting year of new projects, new beginnings and opportunities to do what he loves to do best, Making music for the fans.

Debut CD - Thomas Wade and Wayward - 1996
Debut CD – Thomas Wade and Wayward – 1996

 

 

Thomas Wade 2016
Thomas Wade 2016

 

INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS WADE

 

CMW:   Hi Thomas, Let’s start by telling us how you grew up and when did you discover your desire to be a musician?   

TW:      I couldn’t miss being drawn to music. My Mom and Dad met in my Grandfather’s dance band. My Dad played guitar, my Mom has a beautiful voice, kind of sounds like a combination of Patti Page and Patsy Cline. My family was all about the music. My Uncle John was a champion fiddler, and I would try to make music with anything I could get my hands on. I think that’s why they gave me my first guitar when I was about four…to keep me from making music with pots and pans. My Dad put little colored pieces of paper on the guitar neck to show me where the chords were, and I soon figured it out for myself. I remember the moment it all came together around the kitchen table with my Mom and Dad. From then on I was accompanying my uncle on fiddle tunes …that what great training for my ears. Then I wrote my first song sitting on the back porch when I was about seven, and I got on stage when I was eight. I’ll never forget that night. It was a local jamboree…kind of our version of the grand ole opry. I sang Johnny Cash’s “I Got Stripes” After I got off stage I went to the back of the hall and the guy who ran the snack bar gave me a chocolate bar. That’s when I made the connection…that I could make money doing something I loved. I never looked back after that. I was pretty much a professional musician by age ten.

CMW:   Who influenced you most throughout your career?

TW:  The person who made me want to get on stage was Johnny Cash…when I was 8 years old I sang on my first show, ” I Got Stripes” and people started calling me ” Princeton and Burford’s Johnny Cash. After that there are so many influences depending on what period you’re talking about. I was immersed in music constantly. Elvis, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves… Then I got into the Beatles… Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin, Gary Morris… Lee Greenwood, and in a big way,  Keith Whitley. As you see, that is an question with a potentially endless answer!

CMW:  You are also a trained actor as well and attended for four years with Cindy Tanas actor studio and landed a few notable roles.  There came a time where you had to choose between acting and singing, how did you come to that decision as you are very passionate about both.

TW: That was actually a really easy decision. I originally tried acting because through all of my career previous to Thomas Wade and Wayward I was usually the guy standing to the side who sang, but never talked on the mic. I was always playing with people who were already experienced at it. I think I knew on some level that I would have to get around to filling this gap in my game, but I didn’t until my fellow band mates in “Wayward” decided I should be the front man for the band when we made the transition to a recording act. I had to figure out how to get comfortable talking to a crowd, and fast. I decided that acting coaching would help me with speaking, and with videos. I got bitten hard by the acting bug, but when we got immediate success upon the release of our first single “Sitting Pretty” it was clear to me that this was the wrong time to switch horses!

CMW:   Your journey into music proved to be very successful, how did Thomas Wade and Wayward get their big break?

TW: Thomas Wade and Wayward never really got what you would call a “Big Break”. We were just a really good band, made up of really talented people, with extremely good harmonies. We had that “ghost voice” that comes when the blend is just so good that it sounds like more singers. We also had vision. We took care of all aspects of our career ourselves. By the time we were ready to release our first record we were already a very popular band, and unique with our stage presentation. Our first video (for Sitting Pretty) was shot at Lulu’s Roadhouse in Kitchener. If you watch that video you can see how many people came out to support us…it was a huge turnout. So, we just tried to do everything right, till we eventually got on the radio and CMT, and we were ready!

CMW:   During the 90’s, you were one of the top featured country artists and labeled the “poster child” of the newly formed  CMT Canada, scoring numerous top ten hits , picking up 7 awards along with being nominated 3 years in a row for Top Country Act at the CCMA’s for the years 1997 through to 1999 – what was it like during those early years for the band and how did you celebrate your success?

TW:  To tell the truth, for me, it was a Roller-Coaster ride. It was exciting…at times overwhelming. I loved playing the big stages, and I loved making videos. It was rewarding, but I never really stopped to admire it. I would just finish one thing, think “Hmmm, That was good!” Then move on to the next thing. We had a number 1 video with “Lying Here With You” and I remember all of us sitting in front of the TV, not even knowing it was coming. We had “Hi-5s all around, then it was back to work…no number one party or anything! The other difficulty I faced was that by the time “Thomas Wade And Wayward” was released I was having problems with my voice. I would have to rest my voice for an entire day leading up to a show, leave it all out there on the stage at night, do the meet and greets, and the autograph lines, then I had to be quite again. Then I had surgery immediately after our CCMA performance in ’97. I loved it, and I wish I had taken the time to enjoy it more…but that’s what Roller-Coaster rides are all about!

CMW : Among the many great songs you wrote and recorded, “Sitting Pretty” remains one of my favorites, what is your personal favorite you recorded or to perform live?

TW: I think just for the pure high of the audience response, my favorite TW &W tune to perform live was “Lying Here With You”. The start of ” Lying Here” is just a piano part, and I still get chills when I think of the audience cheering and clapping before I even started singing. I really felt the audience with me during that song. After TW&W, I had a whole other record. I think my favorite to perform on that one was “Wild,Wild,Wild Ride” I had so much fun with the audience on that one…it was the first country/rap song after all, unless you count “Luke The Drifter”.(LOL)

CMW: A few little known facts about you, you were , for a few years the voice of the Lotto 649 commercials and you also had a song you wrote recorded by Canadian Icon Celine Dion, that is quite an accomplishment! How did your song get selected by the talented songstress ?

Yes, I did a ton of radio and television jingles through the 80s and early 90s, and the Lotto 649 were the biggest, and really the “tail end” of my jingle career. The Celine cut was a game changer for sure. It was one of those fluky things that happen…sort of a “right song, in the right place at the right time” kind of thing. Beverley had recorded “Come To Me” in demo form to go on her up-coming record, I guess it must have been early 2004, and she brought it to L.A to play for her friend and former producer, David Foster. He heard it, and basically ordered her to take it off her record! It was pretty amazing, and good timing for me, for sure.

CMW: Along with your upbeat, catchy songs you have written, you also have a knack for heartfelt ballads. “Lying Here With You” was perhaps your most requested song that hit  home for a lot  of people, and they related to it.  Was that song drawn from a personal experience of yourself or someone you knew.

TW :  Well, they do say that you have to write what you know, and I guess on some level I must have always known that I would have to learn some hard lessons in order to be a writer. That song…the opening sequence, pretty much all the imagery comes from real experience. I think I have enough of that experience now. Denise and I have been together 15 years, but I still had enough sad in the tank to write “Funny What Makes You Cry” for the new record. Actually, the video for that plays like “Lying here 2”

CMW :  By the early 2000’s during a performance, you started to notice something was wrong with your vocals while you were singing, this continued to progress over time and ultimately ended your recording career. Can you explain this rare disease you were diagnosed with and how it’s progression eventually took away your ability to sing and speak.

TW :   When it first started, it moved very slowly, and almost imperceptibly. Over many years in just got harder to sing. My voice lost power, and range gradually, then in late 2001 a strange sound started, a sound like I was singing and drowning at the same time. It was awful, and terrifying. Impossible to really explain except to say that it was like not being able to walk all of a sudden. By late 2002 I finally gave up. The doctors couldn’t give me any reason for what was happening to me.I retreated to being a producer/writer, but then I found out that the worst was yet to come. By 2004 I couldn’t pronounce certain vowels, and by 2005 I sounded like I had a stroke. There’s so much more detail to it, I would have to write a book to give the story justice.

CMW :  You were initially told you never regain your speech again. This would be devastating news to an artist sitting at the top of their career. How did you get through the initial prognosis and overcome incredible odds, to not only speak freely, but also record music again!

TW:   Yes, by 2006 I was officially diagnosed with Oromandibular Dystonia. (That’s the short form of the name!) And it is very rare, and considered to be incurable. It was easy to believe that because every time I opened my mouth I got the proof. Around 2010 I heard about a new concept called “Neuro-plasticity”, and started researching the connection between stress, trauma, and illness. I was also introduced to Hypno-therapy. (I’m a Hypnotist myself now!). When I first started improving a little, I knew I was on the right path. I just kept working on it until I got my voice back. And, incidentally, I am writing a book about it, so people will eventually get the whole story…hey, at least you know it has a happy ending!

CMW:   If you could pick an artist to collaborate with today, who would that be?

TW:   Well, I’m really sad that all the great producers I would have wanted to work with have passed away. Billy Sherrill was top of the list. I would also have loved to have some of the greats like Scotty Moore play on a record of mine. I’ve always been in love with Emmylou Harris. Denise knows the score there (lol). I feel like it would be really cool if I got to sing “Come To Me” with Celine Dion. There…if you’re gonna dream, dream big. I am also blessed to work with some of Canada’s best… I have been writing and performing with Jamie Warren, and Sean Hogan. Best of all, my younger brother Terry is in my band now! We have amazing talent right here at home.  As for the Blue Country Soul Album itself, I was able to work with these talented individuals,  John Dymond, Steve O’Connor, Gary Craig, Ali Raney ( of the Lovelocks) who all helped make this album possible.

CMW:   Your new album, “Blue Country Soul” has a mix of very different music that you are known for in your early career. What was behind the decision to create an album of a completely different genre of music than what you are so well known for?

TW:  Well, I think the most important part of who we become musically is who we love. I started playing music live when I was only 8. By 10 yrs old I was a musician. I had been loving and learning songs from the mid 60’s all of my life by then. If you listen to country at that time, the “Nashville Sound” was huge. All the way into the 70s. It was pretty much jazz at times. Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline both cross the line. Ray Price? Pretty much jazz in the 70s. Then, add in the Elvis I was marinated in, and you get pretty much what I’m made of. I have a ton more influences, but really at heart, the older songs have always been closest to me. It wasn’t so much a decision to record something that sounded old. It was my heart finding it’s reason to try again. If I had even thought about the charts, or radio programming again, I never would have found my way back to what I love. Just being a singer again.

CMW:  In the song from your new release Blue Country Soul , the song “Funny What Makes You Cry” has a “Buble” kind of feel to it. A very romantic, big band style of song. I wouldn’t of  imagined a mainstream country artist cutting a crooner inspired song,(Although artists today are experimenting different sounds in their music, which has found their way into the country music genre)   but you have done an amazing job on it! Is this a style of music you have always wanted to record?

TW:   Definitely. As I said, if you listen to “For The Good Times” by Ray Price, it’s all right there. Then there is the fact that my Mom sang songs like that. She was, and still is a great singer, and those are the kinds of songs she sang…Kay Starr, Patsy Cline, Theresa Brewer… I guess you could say I was “born this way” (is a Lady Gaga quote out of place in a country music interview? Lol)

CMW:   The music industry has changed dramatically since your success in the late 1990’s, Has it been hard to transition from the way things operated then to today’s hectic and faced paced social media frenzy ?

TW:  In a word…WOW. Things have changed so much. Actually, what has really changed is the delivery system. It has always been hard to get music on the radio, at least on a national or international level. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Music has always been somewhat “Youth-centric”, though country music hasn’t been until the last bunch of years. I am working on the basic principle that is still true, and always will be. When it comes down to it, a good song, and a performance will find it’s way. I believe I will find my audience, or they will find me if I just keep doing good stuff, and delivering the goods on stage. That hasn’t changed. Even the whole video thing. I never would have had the success I did without CMT. I had to find a way to afford to make videos, and so I learned how to do that. My new video for “Funny What Makes You Cry” will debut in celebration of the official release of “Blue Country Soul” on August 15th.

CMW:   Where can we find you these days on social media Thomas and where can people find your new CD?

TW:  My website is a great place to start. www.thomaswade.com . I am doing a Vlog called “the Blue Country Soul Café” which you can find on Facebook, and Twitter, as well as Thomas Wade’s Video Channel, and all my albums are available on iTunes. Wow, that’s a lot! Also, my new album has been released to non-commercial radio across Canada.  I also have some very cool projects I am working on with some talented Canadians. A project called “Thomas Wade’s Jukebox 1959” will be coming to a town near you in 2017, and I will be touring this December with Sean Hogan and Jamie Warren with the “Canadian Country Christmas” tour. So, I am easy to find these days.

CMW:  It has been a pleasure chatting with you Thomas ! Thank you for taking the  time to tell your story!

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Interview by:  Trina Sampson

CountryMusicWeekly.com

 

Tim McGraw Music Video

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Samuel Timothy “Tim” McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has been married to singer Faith Hill since 1996, and is the son of the late baseball player Tug McGraw.

McGraw has released fourteen studio albums (eleven for Curb Records and three for Big Machine Records). 10 of those albums have reached number 1 on the Top Country Albums charts, with his 1994 breakthrough album Not a Moment Too Soon being the top country album of 1994. All of these albums have produced 65 singles, 25 of which have reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts. Three of these singles — “It’s Your Love“, “Just to See You Smile“, and “Live Like You Were Dying” — were the top country songs of 1997, 1998, and 2004 according to Billboard Year-End. He has also won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People’s Choice Awards. His Soul2Soul II Tour with Faith Hill is the highest grossing tour in country music history, and one of the top 5 among all genres of music.[1]

McGraw has ventured into acting, with supporting roles in The Blind Side (with Sandra Bullock), Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Tomorrowland, and Four Christmases (with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon), and lead roles in Flicka (2006) and Country Strong (2010). He was a minority owner of the Arena Football League‘s Nashville Kats.

In acknowledgement of his grandfather’s Italian heritage, McGraw was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 2004, receiving the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Music during the Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Gala.

Top 10 Country Songs of All Time

Throw on your jeans, shine up your boots, and grab yourself a cold one.  as we count down our picks for the top 10 country songs of all time.

God, I love country music.

Mister Independent

Yep, some of my favorite classics are Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton and my one of my favorite new Country artists is Brandy Clark.

Lucas Hagg

Ring of Fire: number 1 on this list, 3rd on top 10 Johnny Cash songs….. What

Richard Hassenplug

+Kaleb DeGroot each there own

Lester Hall

+Kaleb DeGroot exactly right most of the top 10 here are not really true country.

Barbara Rene

No sense listing songs that I thought should have been on this list, but whatever. The Dixie Chicks on the honorable mention list? Really? I don’t think they should have been on that list, that’s for sure. But, there are lots of great country tunes, so I guess we should just enjoy what we like.

Bastiaan Van Neer

where is country roads of john denver

Mister Independent

I personally think Not Ready to Make Nice is better suited for the Honorable Mentions than Wide Open Space. Also, I would also move Loretta Lynn to the actual list. Plus, I would add I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton and especially It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels by Kitty Wells. You can’t have a list of Country Songs of All Time and exclude Kitty Wells from it, especially since she paved the way for all the female Country singers.

Vernon Parker

agreed, it’s more well known than Wide Open Spaces

sdeeley1949

hello!! they forgot a REAL COUNTRY VOICE!!! KEITH WHITLEY!!! HANK WILLIAMS, SR!!! Idiots put this together! Loretta Lynn is the first Lady of country music! George Jones the best representative of true country music! Johnny Cash my backside, could not sing, he talked thru songs, better get your hearing checked whoever compiled this mess!!

Abubakr Mohammed Jamal

Try top 10 male country stars – and don’t forget Jim Reeves 😉

Stephen Carrico

The dance by Garth brooks should be number one

Stephen Carrico

Friends in low places is good tho

Jimmie Boling

How can you have a top ten country music songs, and not have the first lady of country music NOT on the list? Coal Miners Daughter should have been number one or real close, not an honorable mention.

Killer_ Street_Machines

Devil Went Down to Georgia was only a honorable mention

bigtruckboy20011

No George Strait? I agree with some of the list, but come on.

kenneth graham

+Darleen Seaman lol me too

Al Lang

Hard to disagree with Ring of Fire as No. 1

sdeeley1949

hell…Johnny Cash could not sing, he talked thru the songs! puke!!!

Taylyn Bill

What a Shame not a single Dolly Parton song

Goblewin Amber

oh yeah that suck

Jack Haun

Tanya Tucker??

Philip Buckley

no emotion…..ergo no song..

Ricardo Siahaan

at minute 8:32 remind of a legendary actor

Mark Attila

Jim Carrey totally.

john doe

Mississippi queen

POSH Fresno

HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY IS THE GREATEST SONG EVER AND WHATEVER MR. HALL THINKS IS A CLOSE SECOND.

wigginsrl

No Dolly Parton song? What about “I will always love you”!

Randy Reynolds

ring of fire shouldn’t even be in the top 50..and thanks coming from a cash fan…that song way to trendy..way to over played..and probally like johnny 8th best song

Jake Bolshevik

Damn straight Johnny Cash is #1.

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Country Music News-Hottest Country Songs of the Moment 2016 (top radio summer hits/best country music playlist)

Rascal Flatts – I Like The Sound Of That

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  • Since their musical debut in 2000, Rascal Flatts has over 22.5 million albums sold and over 28 million digital downloads and delivered 15 #1 singles to the top of the charts.

    Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People’s Choice Awards and more. As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, they’ve sold over 7 million concert tickets, and counting.

    The journey began when Jay and Gary, from the Columbus, Ohio, area, and Joe Don, from Picher, Oklahoma, teamed up in a club in Nashville’s Printers Alley. “We knew right away we had something special,” says Jay, “even if we were the only ones who ever got to hear it.”
    They weren’t. They quickly earned a record deal and talent, drive, and great song selection did the rest. Their list of hits constitutes one of the great bodies of work in modern country music, with “These Days,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts The Most,” “My Wish,” “Take Me There” and “Here Comes Goodbye” as just the tip of an ever-expanding iceberg. Their performances are state-of-the art, house-rocking extravaganzas, sold-out excursions into musical excitement that have included as opening acts some of this generation’s great artists, including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean.

    Committed to giving back, they are known for their charitable work, which includes raising three million dollars for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. It’s something close to all of their hearts.

    “To give back when you’re in a position to give seems like a natural thing to do,” says Jay. “It’s our responsibility as three guys who’ve been very blessed.”

    As for the accolades, it may be Opry membership that feels best to them at present.

    “It’s one of our proudest moments in the world, being part of the Opry family,” says Gary. “We’ve been part of a lot of great things, but this is joining a wonderful family that will live on forever. It’s mind-blowing.”

    It’s a fitting tribute to a group that has brought so much to country music and its fans.

    Jay, Joe Don and Gary see their latest album as the perfect representation of all the elements that go into the music that has given them so much success.

    “Everything is in this big crock pot called Changed,” says Gary with a laugh “It’s got meat, potatoes, vegetables—all of it. It’s fun, it’s poignant, and we think the hard work that went into has really paid off. And we’re very glad to take one more big step down the road.”

    Biography from official Rascalflatts.

     

     

Country Music News-Bobby McIntyre

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Bobby McIntyre is pro Singer/Songwriter,producer and Social media marketing and website/Seo |Guru, he is also  just a family man who loves to sing and write songs. His vocal range is something to take notice of. He is able to sing Randy Travis and songs as high as greats like Steve Perry and Lou Gramm and Miljenko Matijevic. His album really does not even display his complete vocal range. Bobby can also pull off multiple styles of music from pure country, R&B,pop,hiphop to all-out power ballad rock. He is also somewhat of a social media wiz kid and helps manage select artists with their music careers, as it is a passion of his to help other great talents.

Bobby McIntyre is well on his way to a successful music career! He is starting to get some International attention with his music. Bobby has been approached by many Labels, Managers and Publishing Companies that want to work with him. It is just a matter now of finding the right team. One of Bobby’s strong points is his ability to market himself to the massive online world. He creates great online friendships with other great people and artists because he is very real and does not ignore his fans. In just over a 2 years he has built a very impressive fan base that grows every day from his strong skills in marketing. His music is starting to get some airplay worldwide also and is followed by over 150 thousand fans online now. The Bobby McIntyre Country page for Reverbnation has been ranked as high as #1 Globally on the Reverb Nation Country Charts. He also reached #1 All Genres of music globally under the singer/songwriter genre out of 4 million artists. He has sang for Rascal Flatts, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Jo Dee Messina, Chely Wright and Daryle Singletary, in front of thousands of people singing the national Athem and has been a guest on many radio shows. Bobby has written songs with some of the best song writers in the world. Bobby McIntyre’s career is now just truly starting to take off. His Debut Album, “The One” is now available to purchase on iTunes. Look for great things to come from this rising star Bobby McIntyre. To book or hire Please contact Bobby at

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Brad Paisley – Country Nation- country music news

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Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others.

He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written or co-written 20 of his 23 #1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have To Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk.

Paisley’s current single is “Crushin’ It” from the same album and Paisley will kicked off his Crushin’ It World Tour the middle of May by playing to over 50,000 fans. Paisley has recently partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley.

On a personal note, this guy is one of my all time favorite artists and entertainers, who deserves everything he has been given and much more.

I am looking forward to his next be country ballad for sure, it would also be so cool if he would let out that amazing vocal range he has more often.  He has one of the best pure male country voices in the world, but would sure love to here him rock out one of these days with his vocal chops, I know he could if he wanted to.

Carrie Underwood Bio Country music weekly news

Music is at its most powerful when it tells a story. Few things are more potent than a song that washes over the listener, each cinematic line surging with emotion and taking the audience on an unexpected journey. In the past decade, Carrie Underwood has emerged as one of the most compelling storytellers of her generation. Beyond the range and timbre of her impressive pipes, Underwood knows how to weave and deliver a delicious tale. Aptly titled Storyteller, Underwood’s fifth studio album is filled with intriguing characters and fascinating ruminations on life, death, love, and heartbreak.

“I feel like one of the things that sets country music apart from other types of music is the storytelling aspect,” the seven-time GRAMMY® winner says. “I want three-and-a-half-minute movies on the radio. I love that there’s a beginning, middle, and an end, and it all makes sense. You can follow the characters, and you can see it all playing out in your head. That’s what I’m drawn to, so that’s what I write, what I pick, and what I want to sing. All the songs on the album either are very character-driven mini-movies or they’re my own personal stories. Hopefully, both are entertaining and relatable.”

One of the most awarded singers in any genre of music, Underwood has built a stellar career on cinematic songs that pack an emotional wallop, from her first chart-topper “Jesus, Take the Wheel” to more recent No. 1 smashes such as “Blown Away,” “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Something in the Water,” and “Little Toy Guns.” Since winning American Idol in 2005, Underwood has sold 58 million records worldwide, scored 21 No. 1 hits (including 11 she co-wrote), and earned over 100 major awards. She was the first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year. A respected member of the Grand Ole Opry, Underwood has tallied 38 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide. In addition to her impressive recording career, Underwood branched out into acting with roles in film and television, including starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, which attracted 44 million viewers. She has also launched her own fitness lifestyle line, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, which made a splash during New York Fashion Week 2015.

The Checotah, Oklahoma native’s four previous studio albums – Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – have each been certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and all have been named Country Album of the Year at the American Music Awards. In 2014, Underwood released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Storyteller has already continued that momentum with the record-breaking success of the hit first single, “Smoke Break.” “‘Smoke Break’ is all about the overworked, the tired, the people that just run to catch up,” Underwood says. “‘Smoke Break’ is about taking a step away for just a minute and being able to clear your head and collect your thoughts. We were very careful when we wrote it in wanting to make sure people understood the metaphor. That’s why we said, ‘I don’t smoke, but sometimes I need a smoke break. I don’t drink, but sometimes I need a stiff drink.’ It’s more about finding those things that take you away, whether that’s your coffee break or a glass of wine at night or your exercise or chatting with your mom. It’s that thing that is just for you, and it’s a release.”

From the small-town working mom and big-city ladder-climbing man she sings about in “Smoke Break” to the unsavory Bonnie and Clyde type couple in “Choctaw County Affair” and the spousal abuse survivor in “Church Bells,” Storyteller is populated with complex characters: an intentional effort by Underwood. “I naturally gravitate toward songs that have strong characters,” she says. “I don’t ever want to write a song or sing a song about a person that’s just there. That’s just not my style. And I feel like in the whole storytelling aspect, people are strongest when they’re pushed to their limits. When it’s do or die. Fight or flight. You’re either going to bend and come back stronger than ever, or you’re going to break. That’s why I pick songs like ‘Church Bells.’ This girl had to do something, or else she was going to pay the price. I just love songs about strong women. I love being sucked into that story: rooting for the woman and seeing that she does something powerful that she never thought she could do.”

Underwood describes the woman in “Church Bells” as “Fancy’s little sister,” referencing Reba’s iconic hit. “It’s just a cool story of a strong woman,” says Underwood of the song, which finds a poor but beautiful young girl married to an abusive, wealthy man. “In the song, she ends up killing him – which is not a new storyline for me – but again, it’s a movie in song form. The church bells do evolve. In the beginning, they represent a wedding. In the middle, they represent her needing some help after he abuses her, and at the end, the church bells represent the ones that ring out at his funeral, and she’s free. So a lot happens in three-and-a-half minutes.”

The woman in the album’s picturesque opener, “Renegade Runaway,” owes a lot to the women of the West. “She is dangerous. She’s wild. It’s not like she’s evil. She just can’t be tamed. She doesn’t need anybody to complete her,” Underwood explains. “The song has this great western Young Guns feel to it. When Hillary Lindsey, Chris DeStefano, and I were writing ‘Renegade Runaway,’ we were Googling all these belles of the Wild West. We were looking up pictures of these strong women standing there in their corsets and lace, and they had their guns on their hips. There were all of these incredible images and stories we were learning about these really strong women, and we were incorporating them into this character.”

Though the characters Underwood and her co-writers created drive a lot of action on Storyteller, the most poignant songs are those snapshots of her own life, including the tender ballad “Heartbeat.” “My husband and I are so lucky to be able to go to so many events and things,” she says. “We live our lives in the public and around people, but I’m the kind of person that just wants to be alone with him and be one on one. I don’t typically do very many love songs, but when we were writing ‘Heartbeat,’ there was something so real about it. “We live in this crazy, loud world where so much stuff is flying at us. Sometimes we just need to get back to what’s simple and what’s real.”

Another very personal song is “The Girl You Think I Am.” She says, “This is me telling my story about my dad. This is Hillary Lindsey talking about her dad. And that was David Hodges using a lot of his experience being a dad to girls. All of our personal stories are injected into this song that I hope is super-relatable on every level to others.”

The song that reflects the biggest change in Underwood’s life in 2015 is the closing track, “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted,” a celebration of marriage and motherhood that explores her feelings about her husband and their son Isaiah. “‘What I Never Knew I Always Wanted’ is definitely my story,” says Underwood. “I was pregnant at the time when we wrote it. I was never the kind of person that wanted this huge family, but the second I found out I was pregnant, it was like, ‘Oh, my gosh! I did want this. Let’s write a song about it!’ And even with my husband, I was never the kind of person that wondered, ‘Where’s my Prince Charming?’ That wasn’t me at all. But then once I met him, and we started dating, I guess I realized I was wrong. And I could admit that. I could admit that I never planned this, but it happened, and I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. Stuff like that is extremely personal, but there’s going to be a lot of people out there that relate to this song. It’s my story, and I think it’s a lot of people’s story.”

In crafting her new album, Underwood worked for the first time with producers Jay Joyce (Little Big Town, Eric Church) and Zach Crowell (Sam Hunt, Keith Urban), as well as her longtime producer Mark Bright. “I want to grow, and I want to change, and I want my music to reflect that, and I felt like I just needed things to switch up a little bit in order to achieve that.

“I’m a very scheduled person,” she continues, “and I like knowing how things are going to happen and when they’re going to happen, which is why I also needed someone that was unpredictable to me. Jay Joyce is just an uber-creative guy. One time he literally had me singing through this voice box thing, like a bullhorn. It was just a different way of doing things. Zach Crowell was somebody that was new for me to work with, as well. I had written with him a little bit, and his name kind of started poppin’ up all over songs that I was choosing, so it just kind of made sense to work with him in a production sense. I’ve been working with Mark Bright for 10 years, and we are such a great team. I knew I wanted him to work on this album. All three producers allowed me to be me. Nobody ever tried to tell me to sing it like this or do it like this. I felt like that helped with the continuity of the album. We have an album with three producers, but with each, it was about bringing out the best for every song.”

In an already distinguished career, Storyteller feels like a landmark album. It’s a milestone felt by its creator. “The Storyteller album marks the beginning of a new chapter in every way in my life and my career,” Underwood says. “Musically, I feel like I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. I feel like I’m more confident in myself as an entertainer, as a songwriter, as a singer. I’ve definitely evolved, and it’s all been very organic. The album has some songs that are a little more gritty and edgy, and others that have an R&B feel to them. Then there are these other songs that are just twangy. We brought in a lot of different elements in a way that makes the album feel fresh and new. I hope people just call it good music.”https://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com/bio/