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From sharing the stage with CMA nominee superstar Brett Eldredge, a recording featured in the Michael Ealy film Unconditional, acclaimed performances at clubs and festivals across the nation, to appearing on TV and radio shows in major markets and recordings produced by Doug Sisemore (Reba McEntire’s music director and band mate), recording artist/singer/songwriter Brandon Maddox has quickly established himself as one of country music’s rising stars. On the verge of breaking out nationally with his new recording The Bigger The Wheels, The Better The Man, the single has been selected as "The Monster Truck Song of 2014." The go-to song that celebrates the country lifestyle, Brandon was named the "2014 Lucas Oil Monster Truck Artist of the Year" and will be performing at all Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals and 4 Wheel Jamboree events.
Brandon joined Take 2 Radio Music on Dec. 18th
Doug Briney embodies all things country: His personality is warm and inviting, some would say down-to-earth, recalling the disposition of many a Southern Gentleman from yesteryear. With a 2013 Independent Country Music Association Award, eight months on the Roots Music Report charts, international airplay and live performances at CMA Fest, Rodeo Alaska, The Iditarod, The Grinder’s Switch Hour, Alaska State Fair, and Dan McGuiness’ on Music Row, among countless others, this God-fearing road warrior, with the warm baritone voice and love for all things southern, has released his aptly titled Super Country Cowboy. On this album, Doug has created a tasteful blend of yesterday's traditional country roots and today's radio-friendly contemporary sounds, to invoke all the best that is American: Love of God, Family and the US of A.
Doug joined Take 2 Radio Music to talk about his career and brand new album "Super Country Cowboy" as well as his work with the veteran's charity Bright Star International on December 3rd
Stage and film actress and director Carolina Hoyos was born in Washington, DC. and raised in nearby Fairfax, Virginia. Her childhood as a competitive classical concert pianist and elementary school chorus accompanist was enriched with acting and directing after she played a ship captain in a 1st grade play. Her days quickly filled up with local commercials and local theater as well as hosting and performing on DC/MD/VA cable access show U.S. Kids.
While in her 1st year studying theater at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC, she quickly launched her TV career on MTV Hits, appearing on the pop culture talk show for 3 years. Carolina has appeared in various tv shows, national commercials, music videos and many feature films. Her latest roles include a scheming teenage Mexican immigrant in the film Foreign Land as well as a fun loving Cuban roller skating street walker in Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz play Hortensia & the Museum of Dreams.
Carolina has also appeared as herself on TV reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels and in Pharrell Williams’ video for Oscar Nominated song "Happy" from Despicable Me 2. She is a member of LA’s All Native American theater ensemble Native Voices as well as All Native comedy troupe, The Mayflower Welcoming Committee and can be seen around town with her life-saving service dog, aptly named Liz Lemon. Miss Lemon made her debut in the “Happy” video.
Carolina is also a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. As an actor, Carolina is often typecast as the musician and/or homeless tough girl, often featuring her own music and weathered clothing from her life on the road. Carolina's former band, Morgan Ave, appeared in the films 13 Going on 30 with Jennifer Garner and Shooting Livien with Dominic Monaghan. Another former band, Two Birds was on their very first outing at the Santa Monica Promenade when they were successfully scouted for a Motorola music campaign.
There's so much more to learn about Carolina aka "A Girl I Know" joined Take 2 Radio Music on Nov. 26th at 3pm eastern time! We also talked about her Kickstarter campaign for her upcoming album "My Lost Tapes" which she is dedicating to her Dad and his fight with cancer. P.S. He's winning that fight!
Frank Palangi is rock recording artist currently based in the Upstate NY area.
“I have no plan b on backing down on my dreams.”
Frank Palangi fuels his own feeding frenzy of contemporary rock. An instant grit and tone surrounds his deep voice molding him recognizable. At the core he is a singer/songwriter pouring his heart and soul into lyrics based around life experiences. From also being a multi-instrumentalist, his creativity, drive, and passion melts into his recordings showing this is what he was born to do. As an independent artist, Palangi is constantly working achieving his dreams.
Frank joined Take 2 Radio Music on Nov. 12th
BLIND SIDE THUNDER
Raging like a New England storm, BlindSide Thunder is changing the game in the genre of heavy and hard rock music. Incarnated from the ashes of past classic rock, blues and metal, BST has created and established a patent on their unique style called "Rebel Rock". Their creative hook driven songs that include heavy guitars and bombastic drums, creates stripper music for the imaginative house wife and that "smash the dashboard feeling" driving down the highway.
With the core of the band arranged around a party atmosphere, BST is known by their enormous fan base to be tongue-in- cheek about hot women, good friends and great parties! Even though the music may invoke a relaxed good time, the guys in BST are focused and intense about ensuring their ever-growing fan base receives 110% at every show, performance and interview. Never forgetting where they have come from and always happy to help out a good cause in any way they can, the down to earth members of BST, some of the most personable guys you will ever meet, go out of their way to support philanthropic endeavors. As three of the members have served in the armed forces, BST feels a strong kinship with the everyday, hard-working beating heart of America, which elevates every BST show to a higher level than those of their peers.
Lead singer John E. Wilde joined Take 2 Radio Music on Nov. 3rd
Marshall Dane’s infectious blend of country and rock is set to blaze a trail in 2014. Country by definition, but fueled by rock and roll and infected with a watermelon-sized helping of hope, love and salvation, Marshall’s the kind of guy you want to have on your side when the going gets tough in this world and his new album, One Of These Days is set to be your alibi.
Born in Southern Ontario, Marshall grazed on a rich fix of music, from the country sounds of his preacher dad – “He first taught me how to play “The Farmer’s Song” on guitar” – through his mum – in his own words the strongest, toughest, hardest working woman he’s ever met – who played piano in the evenings to his four sisters and two brothers and through his own musical discoveries from John Denver to Michael Jackson – “Thriller was the first album I bought, on cassette!”
Playing in bars and clubs as a solo singer and with a touring band – has given him his fair share of stories and insights – great for writing songs. He has opened for Alan Jackson and Emerson Drive, played at the 2011 CCMA Awards and toured on his own. On days off however, he prefers to spend his time out of the bar – in the gym, on his motorcycle, practicing yoga or at home in his apartment “cooking up something scrumptious.”
Marshall joined Take 2 Radio Music on Oct. 29th
About Jiggley Jones:
“His sound is so huge, it seems like it is everywhere and is as much coming to him as from him. He appears to be drawing in the sound while drawing in the listener.” A quote from former manager George Grauer, and a great description of the musical attitude that encompasses Award-winning singer/songwriter, Jiggley Jones.
Now under the professional direction of MTS Management Group and Michael Stover, who says, “Jiggley has that one-of-a-kind sound that I look for in an artist. His songs will touch you and move you with their beautiful lyrics and melodic strength.”
However you want to look at this picture, whether it’s Americana, Wide Open Country, or acoustic whatever, this artist represents life, hope, and human nature as only a seasoned person can see it. His Top 5 Roots Music Report debut EP, (#3, Americana/Roots Country, #3 True Country) No Spring Chicken included the singles “Baby Blue” and “Ain’t That Alright,” and the accompanying videos, which received more than 300,000 combined Youtube views. Now, Jones has returned with his first album on Lamon Records Nashville. A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light was produced by Grammy nominee, Dave Moody. First single and video, “Walk On Me” were released in April 2014. The single is currently climbing the New Music Weekly country airplay chart and the Roots Music Report country chart.
Jiggley joined Take 2 Radio Music on Oct. 22nd
ESSAI a singer-songwriter from Paris whose spin on Urban Pop music makes his vocal talents really stand out from the rest of the musical pack. Taking a leap of faith Essai crossed the ocean with his talents and found Kerry Gordy, son of music legend Berry Gordy, to help him spread his musical talents to North America. His first English Hit "FAMILY" is poised to dash to the top of the music charts; in the official music video for FAMILY Essai’s dramatic, conspicuous and stunning performance comes through vigorously.
He wrote his first song when he was only 12, being inspired by the songs of Quincy Jones, Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder to name a few; after studying Law at a Paris University he was soon signed to Sony France as lead singer of the urban and pop idol group,“Ideal-3”. His solo career started when he was 21 with Mercury/Universal and had instant success after the First Lady of France Bernadette Chirac asked him to write and produce the title: “Un peu de moi”. Landed the role of Count Paris in Gerard Presgurvic’s musical comedy “Romeo and Juliet with his vocal prowess. The cast album sold over 2 million copies. Collaborating with Michel Legrand, they co-produced 25 songs together for “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” and had a successful run at Palais des Congres in Paris. He then wrote “Saimer est interdit” for the famous musical comedy “Le Roi Soleil” for Warner Music France. The album went double Platinum and Over 2 million tickets were sold during the three years of its run.
ESSAI joined Take 2 Radio Music on Oct. 15th
Erik Neff has established himself as a masterful guitarist, vocalist and performer with deep roots in Blues, Country and Rock. Erik’s Debut album “At the End of the day” almost defies categorization as he brings these influences together which will be released November 2014.
This passion was authentically captured through the Seasoned skills of Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, Jay Z, Cheap Trick) and producer Sean Neff (Dolly Parton, Rascal Flats, Chicago, Bon Jovi).
Keeping alive a rich Texas tradition of glowing tubes, screaming pickups, and sultry vocals Erik Neff’s Vintage Theory brings old school tones together with a modern flare. Erik Neff and Andrew Supulski share lead guitar roles and are accompanied by Rhys Johnson on bass and Steven Watford on drums. Andrew’s ability to incorporate melodic leads and pure emotion into his leads will keep you wanting more. From slide, to finger picking, to ripping leads Andrew Supulski’s playing shows a deep knowledge of different techniques and styles. Rhys and Steven lay down the perfect foundation for the guitar duo. Erik Neff’s vocals and guitar work brings another dimension to the line up that adds a layer of depth which is what makes Erik Neff’s Vintage Theory one of a kind.
Erik joined Take 2 Radio Music on Oct. 8th
CLICK THE VIDEO BELOW TO HEAR "C'MON Y'ALL" AND YOU'LL RECOGNIZE IT THE MINUTE IT STARTS!
The Wall Street Journal dubbed musician Salme Dahlstrom a “savvy singer” and “music licensing queen” when, like Moby before her, she managed to license every track from her 2008 album The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade to various corporations and television programs. At the time, Dahlstrom was not only just getting noticed, she was just getting started.
“C’mon Y’All,” one of catchiest numbers on an album of catchy numbers climbed Billboard’s Dance Chart and eventually received prominent placements in major ad campaigns for CoverGirl, Suave,and Kellogg’s that ran on primetime network television for months.
Trust us, you know this song!
While managing what inevitably became a highly successful licensing business, Dahlstrom continued to do the work that got her there, releasing the first of a three-EP set as a follow-up to the various singles and remixes that came from and were inspired by The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade.
“Pop Propaganda Volume 2: Retro Funk Soul Junction” bySalme Dahlstrom is scheduled for release on September 16th, 2014 via Kontainer Music. The first single “Pop Ur Heart Out” was released on August 5th, 2014, accompanied by a trio of remixes of the track by SpekrFreks, DJ Phunkae, and Quadrat Beat on August 26th, 2014.
There's so much more to Salme and you will hear it from her as she spoke about it with Take 2 Radio Music on Oct. 1st
Luke Potter is a young artist / songwriter from the UK who’s starting to make a buzz with his songs. At the age of 17, Luke picked up an acoustic guitar for the first time and started writing songs not only about love but also about growing up…In a short time he’s become a natural songwriter and emerging artist in the making. Music Week selected Luke as one of their ten ‘favorite’ new talents of 2011 and commented saying “Luke’s songs are beautiful.” Promo Only agrees saying it’s “exciting hearing such a fresh new and exciting talent like Luke… it’s perfect for US radio”.
Luke’s debut radio single, “We’re Alive” impacted several stations on the East Coast in the summer of 2012, having top 30 airplay in Boston and San Francisco with video rotation at Hard Rock Cafes (“Great video”) around the world.
In his relatively short career Luke has got to work with some of the finest producers in the industry including Steve Power (Robbie Williams, McFly, Andrea Bocelli…), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos…), Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) who commented “Luke Potter is a great singer-songwriter” and Bleu who writes “Luke Potter writes ear-sticking songs that just won’t leave your brain!”
January 2013 saw the release of Luke’s EP, ‘One Day’ which met with a great critical reaction.
Ken Morton of LA based ‘Highwire Daze’ wrote, “The combination of Potter and Bleu has presented a stunning work of pure pop perfection that is not to be missed. Judging by the three wondrous tracks heard on the One Day EP, expect the future to be very bright for this massively talented singer / songwriter. It will be exciting to hear what exquisite tunes Luke Potter has in store for the world at large in the months ahead.”
Luke has recorded an album of his songs with Bleu (Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers…) and is just waiting patiently for the right time to release them to everyone.
In September 2013 he signed a management contract with WEG (Wright Entertainment Group) and Orrigami.
Since then he’s been even busier with writing trips to Sweden, Canada and USA during 2014 where he’s worked with some amazing collaborators.
He also did a short UK school tour and a small tour (10 shows) in the USA in July / August 2014 to a great reaction.
With a great catalogue of songs ready to go Luke will be putting out new music and videos soon!
Luke joined Take 2 Radio Music on Sept. 10th
Nominated for a 2014 New England Music Award, Kate Callahan, Connecticut’s “Best Singer-Songwriter 2013” has three albums including her recent release Two Doors, which was featured on WNPR's Where We Live.
Callahan’s music feels soulful and she’s unapologetically optimistic in concert. WNPR host Colin McEnroe praised a recent performance, saying, “Kate Callahan is the only performer I’ve ever seen who occasionally seems to be channeling something vaster and far more ancient than herself, something more easily understood by Emerson than by any modern person.
Kate’s credits include appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase, the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the CT Folk Festival. She has opened shows for folk legends Judy Collins and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul, and Mary), troubadours Aztec Two-Step, John Gorka, Mustard’s Retreat, and the late Bill Morrissey. She has also shared stages with folk-rock artists Rachael Sage and Regina Spektor. Stookey calls Callahan "real" and says her lyrics are "Zen-like."
Kate joined Take 2 Radio Music on Sept. 3rd
On stage Ostrich Run relinquishes their carefree attitudes and manifests into the commanding musicians they know they were born to be. Connecting with the audience and thriving on their energy are what perpetuate the band and enable them to express their boisterous personalities. Founded by Anaheim natives, Joel Rowland and Mark Pascale in 2013, Ostrich Run is all about connecting with people through their blend of indie and alternative rock sound.
The duo bonded over their numerous musical influences from as far back as Louis Armstrong, to contemporary artists such as Blink-182, Arcade Fire, and Foster the People. The band has graced the stages of numerous venues including The House of Blues, The Glass House, The Mint LA and more.
Ostrich Run joined Take 2 Radio Music on August 27th
The secret to Arika Kane’s success lies in her individuality, passion and uniqueness. She sings what she feels from her heart and soul and it stands strong in the integrity of her music. “Substance” is how she describes it.
Now, with the release of her aptly-titled sophomore album, “Substance,” Arika emerges as a confident artist who is ready to lay it on the line. This time, it’s all about originality.
“To me, substance means removing unnecessary distractions from everyday life and honing in on what’s truly important and meaningful,” Arika says. “My music focuses on women in a positive light. It speaks to every age and culture because it relates to real human emotions, whether it be life, love or struggle,” she continues. “I want to connect with people with heartfelt and timeless songs they can relate to.”
Find out more about Arika and her music as she joined Take 2 Radio Music on Aug. 20th. You will also hear some of Arika's music including her hit "It's There" a duet with Brian McKnight!
JUPITER IN VELVET
Jupiter In Velvet is a supernova of passion exploding into your soul, a game changer in a world that needs change. Since his sudden emergence on the London Rock scene in late 2012, Jupiter In Velvet has generated a whirlwind of interest and fascination among music critics, industry members and music fans alike. In less than 1 year Jupiter In Velvet has gone from relative obscurity to having his music played in 63 countries across 6 continents! His 10 song Debut CD 'Screaming the Love Behind the Scars' scored rave reviews among critics, and his charismatic persona is drawing followers and fans by the droves from around the world.Jupiter In Velvet is quite unlike anything you've heard, yet something you've always felt. Drawing on a huge plethora of influences including The Beatles, Stones, Bowie, Who, Duran Duran, U2, Prince, Pretenders, Early 80's punk & new wave, Little Richard, Hives, and so many more, Jupiter In Velvet melds & blends them together in a starkly unique way. The end result? A new sound with an old feel. From the words of reviewers we have these comparisons…
Sounds like: David Bowie started a band with Nick Rhodes, Keith Richards and the Edge
Sounds like: Squeeze meets the Rolling Stones
Jupiter in Velvet joined Take 2 Radio Music for a chat and music on Aug. 13th
Stacy Burk Grew up on a farm in Van Alstyne, TX, where his mother recognized her only child's talent and encouraged him to sing and play guitar. Stacy was always around horses. As a kid you never had to look farther than the pasture to find him. If he wasn’t out riding, he was tending to chores, being a kid and singing around the farm. "My mother joked and told me that if I didn’t quit singing she was going to enter me in a talent show. I didn’t quit singing so that's exactly what she did. She always supported me." At the age of 12, she entered him into his first talent show. Stacy sang Ronnie Milsap’s "Almost like a Song." They both knew music was his destiny.The years between Nashville then and Nashville now have changed; the industry, the music and the man are all different. Stacy Burk sacrificed and persevered. He’s a modern traditionalist, defined by his classic country vocal style and contemporary interpretation of songs, all of which will be showcased on his upcoming debut album.
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.
Stacy joined Take 2 Radio Music for a chat on Aug. 11th