Thursday, 27 July 2017

Tenille Arts - Cold Feet (Single Review) & Artist Spotlight

Review Rating: 88/100

Release Date: 21 July 2017
Label: 19th & Grand Records
Time: 3:26
Written by: Adam Wheeler & John Ritter
Produced by: Matt Rovey & Adam Wheeler
Chart Success: "Cold Feet" has made it to #9 on Canada Country iTunes Singles Chart and in the top 100 (#99) all genres

A story song about choosing between your head and your heart. What would you do?

A gentle light acoustic, delicate piano and soft percussion underscores this deliciously dreamy number from the get-go.

Tenille compares her new single Cold Feet as “like a Nicholas Sparks book in a song”. Several of his romantic novels (Amazon) have become number one New York Times bestsellers. If there was any justice then the CANCON songstress’ new single should also become a hit!

This beautiful, graceful, and stylish ballad gentle stirs the emotional pot on this cinematic track where a church wedding day dawns. Bridesmaid dresses are hanging, flowers have been ordered and a starry-eyed honeymoon awaits with Mister Perfect, or does it?
Out of a blue the bride to be receives a letter from a former love-torn lover persuading her to meet at a favourite beauty spot.

But you should be happily wrapped up with me
It's took me to write down what I finally see
So why don't you meet me one night
In our old spot down by the creek
If you've got cold.. feet

The music, interspersed with laced faint steel, creates a slow motion of pure dreamy smoothness perfectly complimenting Tenille's gorgeous spell-weaving vocal tone. The song leaves the necessary pauses and wide-open spaces between both the notes and the words as the bride to be ponders what direction is best to take.

Instead of being swathed in the comfort of her home dreaming of her special day it finds her out on a rainy late-night sidewalk with doubt cast in a troubled mind.

Here she is walking back home after midnight
Trying to breath
With cold..feet

What should she do? We think she should go with what her heart is saying rather than her mind when that hard-to-pin-down life decision is involved. Let Tennille know on her Facebook video what you think.

Whatever the outcome we love the beautiful texture of this track. Pure Bliss!

About Tenille Arts:
Genre: Country/Pop
Home Town: Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
About: Rooted in country pop, striking young artist Tenille Arts successfully packages a laid-back prairie personality with a passionate dedication to her craft.
Influences: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Kellie Pickler, Brad Paisley, Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Pink

Tenille Arts is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

At the age of 8, a neighbour overheard her singing in the backyard and encouraged her to pursue music. This encounter helped lead Tenille to vocal lessons, piano lessons, and dance training. She wrote her first song at 13, and has performed shows all over Canada since then.

Tenille made her first trip to Nashville when she was 15 to pursue a music opportunity she had been offered. While gaining some valuable experience she returned to Canada to continue writing, performing, and finish high school.
On one of her return trips to Nashville in 2014, she was introduced to industry veterans Adam Wheeler and Matt Rovey
Wheeler's publisher, Hal Oven, was also very impressed with Tenille. In 2015, he signed her to a publishing deal at Noble Vision Music Group, allowing her to make the move to Nashville and pursue her career full time.

The Gateway Music Festival Live | Credit: Chris Graham Facebook Photo 2016 

In 2015, Tenille supported one of her favourite causes with a benefit single. It was a special song because it was written by Matt Scales, a victim of Cystic Fibrosis. Tenille became interested in being an ambassador for CF when she was a dance teacher and one of her 6-year old students had the disease. Tenille recorded the song "Breathe" (UK iTunes) as a fundraiser for CF Canada, who received 100% of the proceeds. The song released April 14, 2015 peaked at #6 on the iTunes Canada Country chart.

The 2016 SCMA Emerging Artist Award winner has performed on some of Canada's biggest stages including the Craven Country Jamboree, the Boots and Hearts Festival, and at the Bluebird Café and the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.
She has over 680,000 views on her YouTube channel and over 5,100 subscribers.
Her first single “Breathe” for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, went to #6 on the Country iTunes chart.
Tenille signed a publishing deal and moved to Nashville in 2015.
Tenille made her mark in the country music industry by representing Saskatchewan in the 2015 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest, performing in the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase.
Currently living in Nashville, TN, Tenille has big plans ahead!

In late March 2016, she was chosen as a top 6 finalist in the CCMA Discovery Program * and performed at the CCMA Discovery Program Showcase in September last year in London, Ontario. In 2013, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) introduced the CCMA Discovery Program (PDF), a national initiative, developed to educate and support artists in their pursuit of a career in the country music industry.

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Her 6 track self-titled debut EP (19th & Grand Records; Amazon UK | UK iTunes | | Artwork) was released on Oct 14, 2016. 
It entered the iTunes Canada Top Country Albums chart at #1, Top 10 overall and was featured on the front page of the coveted “New & Noteworthy” section on iTunes Canada. (The six-song collection also cracked the top 100 on the US Country Albums chart). All of this even before the release of an official first single!
She received a SCMA Award for Album of the Year! - Facebook Photo
Her EP is described as “a perfect mixture of sweetness and angst. Her songs are written with the youthful honesty of a confident, mature 22-year old”. The songs are co-written with Nashville writers Adam Wheeler, Mark Narmore, Jason Massey, and Janelle Arthur.

In Jan 2017 single What He’s Into (Amazon UK | UK iTunes) was sent to Canadian country radio and made available for digital download.

The lead track, "Wildfire and Whiskey" is a driving up-tempo about young love with a beautiful, catchy melody. A lyric video was published on July 6, 2017:

Streaming giant Pandora lists her as one of their "2017 Country Artists to Watch," and popular country website labelled Tenille a "new country artist name you need to know immediately."
Videos on her channel have led to her being featured on the Bob Kingsley Country Top 40 countdown, and on the Woody and Jim morning show on 107.5 The River in Nashville.
The official music video for single Cold Feet was published on July 21, 2017.

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Country Music fans fill Canada Square for Nashville Meets London Festival 2017

Country Music Fans Fill Canada Square Park in London, England for 
2017 Nashville Meets London Music Festival
Two-day festival hosts stellar lineup and packed out crowds

Nashville industry representatives who travelled to London, England
 for the 2017 Nashville Meets London festival gathered backstage 
at the two-day festival, which drew thousands to Canada Square Park.
Pictured here (L to R): Paul Benton,Matt Watkins (The AristoMedia Group and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder); Kelly Sutton (Emmy award-winning television host, radio personality and Nashville correspondent for the 2017 Nashville Meets London), Kari Barnhart (Regions’ Music & Entertainment Relationship Manager/Industry Specialist), Christy Walker-Watkins (The AristoMedia Group President and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder) and Lisa Nolan.

(Nashville, Tenn. – July 27, 2017) 
London’s largest free Country Music Festival, Nashville Meets London, took place this past weekend, July 22-23, in Canada Square Park and drew thousands of festival goers to the Canary Wharf estate.

This year’s talent lineup featured US-based acts Russell DickersonLucie SilvasAshley CampbellSam OutlawAngaleena Presley, and Jo Smith, alongside UK-based acts Flats & SharpsWildwood KinKevin McGuire, and Raintown.

2017 Nashville Meets London performers and organizers gather backstage at the two-day festival, which drew thousands to Canada Square Park in London, England.
Pictured here (L to R): Back - Wildwood Kin (Beth Key, Emillie Key, Meghann Loney), Raintown (Claire Bain, Paul Bain), Russell Dickerson, Peter Conway (Peter Conway Management and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder)
Front - Kelly Sutton (Emmy award-winning television host, radio personality and Nashville correspondent for the 2017 Nashville Meets London), Matt Watkins (The AristoMedia Group and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder), Baylen Leonard (BBC Radio 2, Chris Country Radio DJ and Nashville Meets London Consultant), Jo Smith, Christy Walker-Watkins (The AristoMedia Group President and Nashville Meets London Co-Founder).

Nashville Meets London is on its way to becoming a firm fixture in London’s music calendar.  Each year, the event features established and exciting new talent from the heart of country music, Nashville, Tennessee and the UK, and continues to grow in attendance.  
Nashville Meets London co-producer and AristoMedia’s President of Marketing and International Relations, Matt Watkins commented, “The UK Country scene is alive. It’s obvious that fans are willing to do what it takes to hear the music in London, including standing in the pouring rain ALL day on Saturday.  It's a great feeling to have a platform that introduces Nashville's emerging talent into the marketplace to perform alongside UK talent, providing an opportunity that helps increase the artist’s fan base there.”
Kevin McGuire - Nashville Meets London Sat July 22, 2017
#Bungalow #Country

Emmy award-winning television host and radio personality, Kelly Sutton served as a Nashville correspondent for the two-day event.  Sutton provided coverage daily on NBC’s Today in Nashville and southern lifestyle website, One Country.  Sutton captured performance clips and interviews with with established and Nashville and UK artists. She will also provide post-event coverage on the Country Roads channel for TuneIn Radio. TuneIn Radio currently has an audience of over 60 million subscribers.  See clips from Sutton's festival coverage here: day 1 and day 2.

Sutton adds, “I’m so excited to have been a part of this event! Not only did we get to showcase incredible acts from Nashville and the UK, but also got to do it in beautiful Canary Wharf! It’s clear the fans are starving for Country music, and opportunities are building there for artists. This was my first trip to England and I already feel as if I’ve made so many friends there.”
Jo Smith - Nashville Meets London Sat July 22, 2017

Nashville Meets London is part of Canary Wharf’s Arts + Events programme which offers tenants and visitors over 200 diverse and culturally inspired events. From outdoor theatre, live concerts, sporting events, fashion shows, dance performances, global street food and family friendly shows, the majority of these events are free for the public. Canary Wharf is located in the former London Docklands. For the past ten years, Canary Wharf has hosted the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, which is the largest free jazz festival in the UK.
Ashley Campbell - Nashville Meets London Sunday July 23, 2017

Nashville Meets London is co-produced by Canary Wharf Arts + Events, Peter Conway Management and Nashville-based agency, The AristoMedia Group.Baylen Leonard, BBC Radio 2 Country/Chris Country DJ, is the artistic program consultant. The event was sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).
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Related BLOG POST: May 2017 Nashville Meets London 2017 Music Festival

Lucie Silvas – Nashville Meets London Sunday July 23, 2017

About Canary Wharf Group: Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 17m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers. The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens.  It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.  Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority. 
Instagram: @canarywharflondon

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development: The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies, which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wexford singer songwriter Donna Marie Sludds releases feel-good single Life Is Good

Donna Marie is delighted to present her brand new self-penned
upbeat alternative pop single “Life Is Good”

Following the success of her self-penned hit singles which include: “Right Here, Right Now”, ‘One Bad Girl’, ‘I’m Missin You’, ‘Another Way To Cry’ & ‘Little Angel’.
Donna Marie has been writing and performing on stages / radio & TV for almost 20 years and is currently in the studio to record a forthcoming second album along with her husband Michael J.

The joyful and cheerful acoustic number “Life Is Good” was self released on June 16, 2017.

It’s available for digital download:
Amazon UK | |  iTunes | UK iTunes | Google Play

On July 8 "Life Is Good" made it onto RTÉ Radio 1's playlist

REQUEST at RADIO: Life is Good is available on many Irish radio stations. She shared a list of numbers on Facebook to text to request to hear it on their favourite show. She shared: I really appreciate the support without you guys none of it would be worth while.

About Donna Marie Sludds
Donna Marie has Country Roots but loves most styles of music!
Genre: Alternative/country/pop/acoustic
Home Town: Wexford, the county town of County Wexford, Ireland.
Record Label: None
Singer/ Songwriter/ Bass Guitarist/ Actress/ model/ Voice Over
Influences: Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Rae Charles, Janice Joplin, Celine Dion, KT Tunstall ..

Donna Marie
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Donna Marie is a Wexford born singer/songwriter, she could be considered an "overnight" sensation if you leave out the fact that she is 16 long years since she first stepped on stage (aged just eleven) with her bass guitar and distinctive voice to join the family band

The livewire from Enniscorthy benefits from having been surrounded with music from birth.
She was on the local school choir and was pushed forward to sing the solo parts.

Which encouraged her at aged 11 to record her first song "Angel" by The Kelly Family, in studio to feature on her parent’s cassette, which was followed by a 4-hour bass guitar lesson from her mother and her first live gig that same night. She continued to gig with her parents for a few years that’s where her country roots came from!
She then moved on to become a member of the southeast's legendary band "Breeze Junkie/Breeze52" and made the transfer from a talented and key band member to a leading solo artist.

The first big move in this direction was several appearances on RTE followed by the release of her debut Single "Simple Song" in April 2010, which made it into the Irish Charts the week of release. Described by the press as "An Infectious Foot Tapper" "Sometimes The (Simple) Things Are Best", and " very unique". Donna Marie’s musical aspirations are slated to be very much on an up.
A second single "I Can't See It" was released in April 2011 along with her first music video on >> YouTube.

Donna Marie penned the song ‘Little Angel’ with her partner Michael Cloke which served to raise both substantial money and awareness on the topic of abducted children.

A country single “Just Someone I Used to Know” (LittleAngelMusic) was released by Donna Marie & Michael J Cloke dropped on Sept 24, 2015 (Amazon UK | IE iTunes |

Single and video "I'm Missing You" aired on the Phil Mack Country Show (Sky/Freesat) in September 2013

Donna Marie has shared stages with such artists as, Davey Artur & The Furys, Brian Kennedy, Derek Ryan, Michael J Cloke , Gerry Carney, The Saw Doctors, The Jades, David O Connor, The Druids and many more along with her own nationwide gigs and performances on live TV, Radio, Festivals and internet shows.

Donna Marie and her band also provided the half time entertainment for the capacity 18,000 attendance at a crucial Leinster v Edinburgh Magners League rugby showdown in the RDS.

After suffering from vocal nodules for 2 years she returned to the studio to record new tracks.

New single "Life Is Good" was self-released on June 16, 2017.

It's overwhelming the support of my new single by the radio stations special the home town one South East Radio thank you all so so much xx #radioplay #lifeisgood #newsingle #donnamariemusic
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Kelsea Ballerini reveals new album title and release date on Good Morning America


Black River Entertainment’s KELSEA BALLERINI has just revealed the title and release date for her highly anticipated sophomore album, sharing the news with fans across the nation during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Ballerini’s new album is titled UNAPOLOGETICALLY and will be officially released on November 3.
"I feel like I've been keeping a secret for two years that I finally get to tell," Ballerini admits. "I've never been more proud as I am of this record, the story it tells, and the heart my friends and I put into it. So, November 3, we get to start the next chapter! Unapologetically..."
Additional details about UNAPOLOGETICALLY, including its track listing and cover artwork, will be unveiled soon.
Complementing her big announcement, Ballerini was on Good Morning America to perform her new single, “Legends,” a heart-melting tale of “crazy, tragic, epic” love which already has fans and critics swooning as it begins to climb the Country radio charts.
In case you missed it, watch Ballerini’s “Legends” performance here
Co-written by Ballerini, Hillary Lindsey and Forest Glen Whitehead (who also serves as producer alongside Jason Massey), the single – and stunning music video directed by Jeff Venable – is the first tease of UNAPOLOGETICALLY and Ballerini’s sophisticated new sound.
Tuesday night (July 25), the young singer-songwriter was set to give TV viewers another look at “Legends,” as she’s set to appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Next month, Ballerini will be at the center of another high-profile TV appearance as she and Thomas Rhett co-host CMA Fest: The Music Event of Summer. Airing August 16 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, the two will be introducing show-stopping performances by Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and more, all taped during the 2017 CMA Music Festival at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium in June.
UNAPOLOGETICALLY is the long-awaited second chapter of Ballerini’s remarkable artistic story, a still-unfolding saga that has seen the Knoxville, Tennessee, native break all-time records. After the Top 5 release of her 2015 debut, THE FIRST TIME on Black River Entertainment, Ballerini placed her first three singles at #1 – the PLATINUM-certified “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Peter Pan,” and the GOLD-certified “Dibs” – a feat never achieved by a female (including duos or groups) in Country music history. Her fourth single, “Yeah Boy,” also achieved GOLD status and rose to the lofty perch of #3 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

Storme Warren Interview Clip:

Ballerini is currently bringing those record-breaking hits and “Legends” to fans all over the world, as she crisscrosses the country this summer on Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR and visits fans in the U.K., Ireland, and Europe in October.
Lady Antebellum UK TOUR DATES with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young 

Weds 4 October 2017 - Manchester Arena, Manchester (Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, M3 1AR) £40.85 (£35.00 Ticket + £5.85 Fees) £57.05 (£50.00 Ticket + £7.05 Fees)
Sat 7 October 2017 - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (Exhibition Way, G3 8YW) £31.95 (£28.15 Ticket + £3.80 Fees)
£43.30 (£38.15 Ticket + £5.15 Fees)
Mon 9 October 2017 - Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham (King Edwards Road, B1 2AA) £41.10 (£35.00 Ticket + £6.10 Fees)
£57.30 (£50.00 Ticket + £7.30 Fees)
Tues 10 October 2017 - The O2, London (Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0DX) £49.55 (£42.00 Ticket + £7.55 Fees)
£63.75 (£55.00 Ticket + £8.75 Fees)
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