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Sylvia Anniversary of Nobody

SylviaSylvia Celebrates 35th Anniversary of No. 1 Hit "Nobody" With Appearances at the Grand Ole Opry and More!

NASHVILLE, TENN. – This year marks the 35th anniversary of Sylvia’s No. 1 smash crossover hit “Nobody,” which dominated the country music charts, leading the acclaimed singer to win the ACM award for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” The chart-topping vocalist shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, as she returns to the legendary Grand Ole Opry this Saturday for another uplifting performance (purchase tickets HERE).

“I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of ‘Nobody’ topping the charts than to perform it on the Grand Ole Opry,” says Sylvia. “I’ve been listening to the Opry my whole life. In fact, my earliest memory of listening to the Opry was during a road trip from Kokomo, Indiana to Lafayette, Tennessee on a Friday night to visit my grandparents. It makes me wonder what little child might be out there listening this Saturday night dreaming of someday standing on that stage…”

After high school graduation, Sylvia moved to Nashville to realize her dream of becoming a recording artist and in a few short years signed with RCA Records. The rest is history! Sylvia is detailing her full career journey on her web series “Sylvia: The View From Here,” produced by The Nashville Soundbite. In the latest episode, the songstress opens up about her early career when she auditioned for the part of Daisy Duke in the hit series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Even though ultimately she didn’t get the part, the story came full circle when Daisy Duke actress Catherine Bach was the presenter the year Sylvia picked up the award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the ACM Awards. Fans can watch the latest episodes, and past videos HERE.

On her latest album It’s All In The Family, Sylvia expanded her horizons as a songwriter, co-writing 9 of the 12 songs on the record. The singer/songwriter is returning to east Tennessee on Saturday, August 19th for a 4:00p matinee show at the Sixth Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg, TN. In addition to singing the hits, Sylvia will take attendees on a musical journey into the heart of her new album, exploring life's challenges and joys, and the growth that she - and they - have experienced along the way. Tickets are available HERE.

 

 

Big & Rich New Album

Album Available for Pre-Order Now Where Fans Will Receive Latest Single "California" and Title Track Instantly
  

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Larger-than-life country duo Big & Rich are set to release their upcoming album Did It For The Party September 15. The highly anticipated project features 13 brand-new songs, all produced by Big Kenny and John Rich. Big & Rich fans, who are dubbed the “Freak Parade,” can pre-order the album now on Apple Music / iTunesAmazon and Google Play, where they will receive an instant download of the new single “California,” along with the title track, “Did It For The Party.” The album will also be promoted at Walmart® stores nationwide through a newly announced partnership with TWIX®.

"This new record is gonna rock America's boots off," said John Rich. "Can't wait for y'all to hear it!” Big Kenny adds, "It's been a blast working on this album and we can't wait for everyone to hear our new songs!"

“California” is off to a rocking start, currently inside country radio’s Top 40. The video for the song was also recently released (watch onVevo). Just like the song’s lyrics, the video spotlights a young woman and her journey to California. Upon its release, the video was featured by HitsMeUp, where it was also promoted in more than 100 major cable markets in a series of commercials highlighting the video.

Did It For The Party will bring Big & Rich’s music to a whole new level. In addition to the lead single, the remainder of the album is classic Big & Rich, featuring a combination of upbeat anthems like the “Congratulations (You’re A Rockstar)” and “No Sleep,” while also showing the hell raiser’s softer side in the ballad, “Turns Me On.” They are also teaming up with Thirty Tigers and Sony RED for marketing and distribution for Did It For The Party.

Known for their timeless party anthems like “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” which was just included by "CBS This Morning" for their Spotify Playlist, the duo continues to defy the odds since launching Big & Rich Records. Fans can catch Big & Rich on the road, where they will get the chance to hear new songs from Did It For The Partyperformed for the first time ever.

Big & Rich On Tour: 
Jul. 08 University Park, Pa. – Beaver Stadium with Blake Shelton
Jul. 09 Webster, Mass. – Indian Ranch
Jul. 12 La Porte, Ind. – La Porte County Fair
Jul. 14 Atchison, Kan. – LakeFest
Jul. 15 Jacksonville, Ill. – Morgan County Fair
Jul. 21 Monticello, Iowa – Great Jones County Fair
Jul. 23 Twin Lakes, Wis. Country Thunder
Jul. 29 Cold Springs, Minn. – Firefest 2017
Aug. 03 Camrose, Canada – Big Valley Jamboree
Aug. 11 Springfiled, Mo. – Route 66 Music Festival
Aug. 12 Sterling, Colo. – Logan County Fair
Aug. 13 Loveland, Colo. – Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug. 19 Greenville, N.C. – Carolina Kickoff
Sept. 1 Huron, S.D. – South Dakota State Fair
Sept. 16 Colorado Springs, Colo. – Falcon Stadium
Oct. 01 Las Vegas, Nev. – Route 91 Harvest Festival
Oct. 07 Battle Creek, Mich. – FireKeepers Casino Hotel

 

 

 

Lacy J. Dalton

LACY J. DALTON REHABILITATES 20 YEAR TO LIFE INMATES WITH SONGWRITING CLASSES

National Endowment for the Arts Helps Fund California Prison Program
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of the biggest hits from Country singer Lacy J. Dalton was 1981’s “Everybody Makes Mistakes.” The singer knows that a slip-up in life shouldn’t be the final straw – that true survivors know how to pick themselves back up again. Dalton is bringing that message to inmates at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, California. Each year, from September to June, Dalton – whose other hits include “16th Avenue” and “Black Coffee” - and her band leader, Dale Poune teach songwriting, beginning and advanced guitar, as well as rap to students who are serving sentences at the institution.

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The program, which is titled Arts In Connections, will soon be having its’ annual ceremony, which will include a private performance for select prison officials and Warden Spearman. The classes are supported by the William James Association, a national non-profit organization that was founded in Dalton’s hometown of Santa Cruz, whose mission is to promote work service in the arts, environment, education, as well as community development. The WJA Prison Arts Project, in partnership with the California Lawyers for the Arts, is undertaking a $65,000 arts-in-corrections initiative testing the benefits of arts programs for incarcerated persons. It has been launched at several state prisons with funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and several private foundations.
 
“Our goal is to help our students through teaching them about copyrighting their material, as well as potentially helping them to get their work heard by music business professionals.” One might be thinking the songs that are penned reflect the musical style of a Merle Haggard, given the fact that the singer was once imprisoned at San Quentin. However, she says that the musical styles are vastly different – though no less creative. “Much of what has been written in the past two years that we have established the program is far away from Country Music,” says Dalton. “But it is no less relevant to today’s times – and what they have gone through. I definitely plan on reaching out to the songwriting community in Nashville to help gain their input on the work that is being done at High Desert.”
 
Participating in the program, Dalton says, has helped to give those imprisoned a sense of purpose – one that will help integrate them back into society when their sentences are completed. “For these people, being able to show that they can make a positive out of a negative situation as they have done is very meaningful. It’s a chance for them to work together, through composing lyrics and poetry collectively with each other. They have made their mistakes, and are paying the price for what they have done. But, it doesn’t have to end there. It shouldn’t end there. An act that they may have committed very young in life – as many of them have – shouldn’t have to define their futures. I believe that each of them has the chance to be rehabilitated, and to make a worthwhile contribution to society, and re-establish their lives.”
 
For more information about the William James Association, go to www.WilliamJamesAssociation.org.

 

 

 

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