Annemarie Picerno

Annemarie Picerno has released 4 singles from SONGS FROM NASHVILLE, all written and composed by her experiences in Music City. The tracks are notably unique, and incorporate grassroots Americana, country, folk, and Annemarie’s unique deep bluesy vocal stylings. Each note carefully crafted with Nashville producer Bob McGilpin, her voice intertwines with the sounds of steel guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, and emotionally charged lyrics.
After the successful first cut “RAIN” in 2017, a country blues mix with soaring acoustic imagery still playing across the globe, Annemarie released “I DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS” crying with the dark angst of love, mixing lyrical moods of Tammy Wynette, K.d. Lang, and Roy Orbison in her distinctive romantic performance. Both songs hit indie radio Top 40 charts in 2017 along with garnering Josie Music Awards Nominations in Modern & Traditional Country and Female Mixed Genre Artist. She then undertook a large group project inviting other indie artist to join her on another indie chart success “BONFIRE” This inspiring composition features indie artists: Annemarie Picerno, Lisa Coppola, Jimmy Parker, Donna Jo, Benny Pitsinger, and Steve Owen. Producer: Bob McGilpin/ Co-writer Gene Dipierro. An Americana group number with a global message to bring people together, the song describes passions in life and music, and the burning desire to build a community in love and traditions through people coming together in unity. Throughout history, nations have blazed bonfires through wars, festivals, celebrations, and the letting go of past regrets, to build new hope for a bright future. The soaring melody intertwines harmonies by award winning independent artists championing music and peace to heal the world. The song is also signed with Bongo Boy Records and being distributed across Asia and Europe.
Her most recent release in February 2018, “CLOSER” the 4th track, incorporates elements of various acoustic American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, pop and bluegrass resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound. Already this song within the first month of release is playing not only on country radio and pop radio stations, and placing on top 40 indie artist charts.
Annemarie is happy with the success of switching genres, and radio and fans are embracing her music and variety of talents as an entertainer. Her “Bad Girl” EP was an explosion of sounds and emotions, taking her powerful belt voice to soulful places with vibrations and feelings hidden in metaphors around driving danceable beats. The album is still in regular radio airplay
nationally along with the title track “Bad Girl” additionally released on Bongo Boy Records Compilation Volume XIV and Bongo Boy iSpin Radio.
She is excited to continue her studio work in the Nashville studio, and anticipates the full album “Songs From Nashville” to be completed by late 2018 along with launching an original theater production of her works.

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Annemarie is a registered songwriter with BMI.

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Ivan Beecroft

Ivan has struggled to transcend the limitations of his working class background. As a steel worker in a dying industry he was often appalled by the blatantly unsafe conditions he and his colleagues were expected to work under. The memory of a workmate screaming in pain after having his hand caught in a faulty machine is just one that has contributed to Ivan’s social conscience. The challenges of finding and keeping safe, ongoing employment have given him empathy with those who are displaced or disadvantaged in modern society.

Coping with the day-to-day reality of his working life led Ivan to turn to music as a form of solace. The song Miss You exemplifies this, it was inspired by the death of his father and dedicated to his mother and sister.

His workplace experiences are also reflected in his music. The lyrics can be angry and political and some are quite dark, while the simple melodies and upbeat rhythms belie the nasty, cynical element. However the mood is not all anger and melancholy – Ivan’s marriage to his teenage sweetheart has inspired some happier, more loving songs. Her efforts to find purpose, as well as Ivan’s own, have also been the catalyst for several more philosophical offerings.

Ivan’s musical journey was almost derailed when his bass player and long-time friend attempted to defend a neighbor from a random drug-fuelled attack. He was hospitalized, was in a coma for a month, almost lost sight in one eye and was left partially deaf. This rendered him unable to continue playing bass. Ivan was so traumatized that he turned his back on music altogether – until his wife bought him a new guitar for his birthday almost two years later, prompting him to start writing songs and playing again.

Ivan has always been a versatile musician. He started out playing the flute, then successively played saxophone, drums, and guitar in various bands, gigging extensively. He then moved into writing and recording original material. As a result of being dissatisfied with the music production that he could afford, and inspired by the independent Do-It-Yourself ethos of underground 70s UK bands such as Sex Pistols, Joy Division and The Clash, he learned how to record, mix, master and produce his own music. This gave him much more creative freedom.

His distinctive baritone voice is influenced by the deep vocals of Jim Morrison and Eddie Vedder, while his music shows evidence of the influence of his parents’ record collection – Glenn Miller Band, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Duane Eddy, Neil Diamond, The Beatles – as well as Ivan’s own collection: David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Church, Soundgarden, Paul Kelly, INXS, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Icehouse. Ivan’s music can be described as retro rock / 90s grunge pop.

 

 


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Shane Martin

“Keepin’ The Night Alive” is Shane Martin’s 4th album release along with 2 EP’s. The album is book ended with two solid high energy country rock anthems. “Keepin’ The Night Alive” and Nobody’s Getting’ Outa Here Alive”. In between Martin takes the listener on a musical ride with the infectious heavy groove of She’s Got Swagger, the melodic “Goodbye Never”, to a salute to small town America with “American Dream”. The latest single “Hankerin and Jonesin” is a power waltz love song tipping the country hat to Hank Williams and George Jones while the soaring melody of “Passenger Seat” reflects on something bigger than you guiding life’s journey.

“The great things about the one man band option are the uniqueness of it, and the opportunity it allows for intimacy with the crowd,” says Martin, who estimates he plays 60% of his shows this way. “The set list is also more open, so people can request the songs they like. I also have fun playing in and out of tunes and twisting them up. The coolest thing is when people come up to me during the break and say when they came in, they thought a four piece band was playing. They didn’t realize I was just one person up there. But I also love playing with my band because I’m able to move around with my guitars onstage and be more energetic. I’m able to focus a lot on my showmanship.

“Whether I’m jamming with my band or presenting the music in this unique solo setting, I truly enjoy singing, performing, entertaining crowds and connecting with an audience,” he adds. “Connecting with people is what songs and live music are all about. There’s nothing like the feeling of watching as a crowd sings along to your songs. There’s an infectious energy that pours from the stage to the audience and back to the stage again. Music is in my heart and soul and I honestly love sharing it.”

The title of Shane Martin’s latest album “Keepin’ The Night Alive” sums up how he keeps his music alive and loves what he does: “Livin’ every moment, hangin’ on for life” and play his powerhouse brand of country rock. . A Top 5 Finalist in the 2012 Texaco Country Showdown where he competed for “Best New Act in Country Music” at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium (hosted by LeAnn Rimes), the Minnesota based singer/songwriter is now up to a breakneck pace of 175 regional shows per year.

Fronting his full ensemble, Martin has performed at some of the top country music festivals in the country and shared the stage with everyone from Ronnie Dunn, Joe Nichols and Jerrod Niemann to David Nail, Josh Thompson, Easton Corbin, Greg Bates and Black Hawk. But with his amazing longtime rep as the “One Man Band,” he’s also a powerhouse performer on his own. Performing acoustic guitar driven versions of his eclectic mix of country/rock/pop tunes, high octane rockers and soulful ballads, he uses his feet to play bass pedals and tambourine. In recent years, he’s also added a loop pedal to add extra rhythm via an additional acoustic guitar line. He also plays harmonica and auxiliary bongos – with nothing pre-recorded!

Currently one of the top live draws throughout the Midwest, his modern country rock vibe is perfectly described by his longtime producer and now co-writer, Emmy Award wining engineer/producer Kenny Royster: “Shane is a great singer/songwriter on the teetering edge of country, pop and rock where it’s just dangerous enough to be fun!”

Martin and his band have shared the stage with Eli Young Band, Ronnie Dunn, Ronnie Milsap, Josh Thompson, Easton Corbin, Joe Nichols and many more.

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Peter Nigido

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Australian musical artist ‘Peter Nigido,’ welcomes the release of his ambitious new single titled ‘Turn A Page’.

It comes alongside the release of his debut EP ‘The Art Of Turning A Page’.

He is releasing his new Single Turn a Page from his new EP The Art of Turning a Page after Easter and his album a month or 2 later

Peter’s electronic and acoustic instrumental style challenges the minds of its listeners and moves to feed their soul.

The music is a combination between the organic and the rhythmic synthesized world.

 

 

Dynamically created, with lyrics set to explore themes of relationships, challenge and personal growth, he drives an awakening of hope and optimism.

The focus of ‘Turn A Page’ is about self reflection, and becoming emotionally stronger.

He challenges the listener to become kinder and to think before acting on emotion.

Demanding attention, Peter’s music is melodically composed expressing symbolic imagery. Its metaphoric charisma will surprise all.

‘The Art Of Turning A Page’ pulls no punches. A Provocation of strength and boundless creativity signifies the passion Peter displays in his writing and performance.

Peter’s journey is one of truth, depth and emotional maturity.

For the first time Peter places himself in the vocal front line, exploring warm breathy sounds that are unconventionally structured and provoking.

 

Gentle guitar chord progressions, resonant bass lines and pulsating keys, makes his music surprising and un-restraining in every way.

Peter leaves no stone unturned in his search for musical nirvana. T

here is a conscious musical effort to set one self free. A chemistry of illusions will endeavour to help one search for that freedom and aid to bring back the beauty of honesty and love.

He is releasing his new Single Turn a Page from his new EP The Art of Turning a Page after Easter and his album a month or 2 later

Peter Nigido is definitely one of Australia’s upcoming musical artists which will challenge the attitudes of many. He is something not to be missed.

 

He is releasing his new single after Easter and his album a month or 2 later

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Robbie Ansley

Robbie Ansley was born in 1967 a country boy from the start his family lived in a small share croppers house on his great grandpas farm in McDuffie County where his mother sang to him and he soon began singing with her at home and in church.

Ansley started writing country songs in 1996 when Robbie and a friend went around to a few local churches to play and sing also on a local radio station where Greg Harden called them the singing welders.

In 2003 Robbie won third place in the VH1 song of the year writing contest for country songs.

In 2008 he worked on a project with Standoff Studios on some songs for a reality fishing show that was aired on the outdoor channel called “The Catch”.

Ansley is also a published poet and Author writing short stories for a local paper and is now working on a novel.

Robbie formed several bands before joining a local Thomson band” Southbound” where he co-wrote songs on their album” Up To My Neck In Red” that was released in 2005.

They played all over the CSRA including “The Day In The Country” and at “The Country Club”in Augusta Ga.Later the band changed their name to “17 South” where Ansley Co-wrote more songs on their Album released in 2008.

They opened For over 25 Major Artist Such as Tracy Lawrence, Trace Adkins, Shenandoah, John Anderson, Danielle Peck, T-Gram Brown, Jeff-Bates and Lady Antebellum just to name a few.

The Band Broke up in 2009. and he is writing new songs and and now Robbie is working on his book plus doing artwork to sell to pay for his recordings right now in the studio recording his first solo album . What keeps him going is his love of music that runs so deep.

Right now he is currently involved in doing his Facebook live show called The Pea Ridge Junktion, and working on his record hopefully ready to release it sometime in September, to iTunes and radio stations across the country , daily working on his art, and also writing his book.

Robbie plans on playing locally soon but hopefully getting the right call and playing across the country and someday play at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

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Lennon Daniels

Lennon Daniels is a country singer-songwriter originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, who now resides in Stouffville, Ontario.

In 2004, Lennon moved to the United Kingdom where he toured and received radio play on several local radio stations.

With a powerful, soulful voice, and his deep ties to country, rock and blues, Lennon lays it all out as a storyteller with passion and heart.

Over the past decade, his focus has purely been on songwriting and developing his craft with a fresh, unique sound, which will no doubtably capture the hearts of his audience.

In August, 2017, Lennon teamed up with award winning producer, Douglas Romanow (Justin Bieber, Johnny Reid, Chantal Kreviazuk), and together started working on Lennon’s debut single, Break Free.

 

 

 

The song was co-written with Nashville based songwriter, Brian Donkers (Kari Lynch, Twin Kennedy, Alessia Cohle, Nicole Rayy) and recorded at Noble Street Studios (Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Drake, Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers) in Toronto.

Break Free is described as an upbeat, playful, melodic track that has that Tom Petty, 90’s feel, which is sure to push the reset button on country music.

Break Free is slated for release in the Spring of 2018. When you hear Lennon’s music, you latch on to his powerful lyrics and easy flowing melodies, and a voice so pure, that will leave you absolutely breathless.

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Ashley Woodruff

Ashley Woodruff is a singer/songwriter of the pop and adult contemporary genres, born October 15, 1995, in Sudbury, Ontario.  She developed a passion for singing and writing songs from a very early age.

When she was 11, she began taking singing lessons. From there, she was able to develop her voice through classical training. She also gained an experience in performing through recitals, and school talent shows.

When Ashley was a teenager, she attended Sudbury Secondary School as a vocal music major. She also started competing in the Kiwanis Music Festival, and releasing song covers online.

All of the positive feedback was the fuel she needed to eventually write and release her own songs.

 

 

After high school, she began performing at many different venues and events.

Along with this, she was later discovered by producer Rob Murphy, and started writing and recording her self-titled debut album, which was released November 2017.

Melissa Wiseman from Canadian beats stated, “The album is worth giving a listen to.

Given that this was a debut album, I look forward to seeing what else Ashley Woodruff has planned for the future”.

The album has also been described as something that can be enjoyed from beginning to end, and a great piece of Sudbury history in the making.

Ashley has a lot planned for 2018, “2017 was big, but 2018 is going to be even bigger”

 

 

 

 

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Being Thankful

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought that I would write about how thankful I am for each and every day that I am given. Growing up in a very small town in Northern California, life was never easy. Coming from a poor up bringing as far as the material world, but we were rich in Family values and Family Love. I was taught at a very young age, it’s not what you have, it’s what you give as you go along life’s path.

I always learnt that I didn’t have to have the biggest and the best and my parents would always say, “Good things come to those who wait.” So, to this day, I live by those words. Sometimes life doesn’t go the way that we think it should, and many times in Life it can take a different path, one that not even you could have imagined.
If someone would have told me that I was going to lose the use of my right arm for a while, lose my job of 20 years, start writing song lyrics, have songs recorded in Nashville, TN, become the co-owner of Indie Music Magazine, have over 10K Twitter followers in just a little over 2 years, have many wonderful fans all over the world, I would have said, “Your Crazy!”

But that is exactly what happened. See sometimes with Life there comes a time, when something we have no control over, can lead us to our passion and my passion has always been writing. I feel there are times that something bigger and greater takes control of our lives and sends us down a new and wonderful path. At the time this all happens we don’t understand it, and are even a little afraid of the changes that taking place, but if we follow what our hearts are telling us it takes us on a journey we never would have went on if we didn’t go through circumstances beyond our control.

Sometimes you may have to go through pain, loss, struggles, but keep pushing through and most of all never give up. Always be grateful and thankful in life because if you do, you too will find it’s true, that “All good things really do come true to those who wait.”
~Sheri Lynn~

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Brian “The Hat” Duckworth

My name is BRIAN “THE HAT” Duckworth. I am a Country and Swing Cover singer/songwriter. I was born April 1952 in Oldham, Lancashire, England and raised in a small cotton mill town called Middleton, 7 miles north of Manchester. My mother worked in one of the many cotton mills and my father worked for the north western electricity board. I was the youngest of two, my sister was 2 years and a half years older than me.

Growing up in the fifties I had an amazing childhood as I was born only 6 years after the end of WW2 when comradery was still high. No one had more than any one else, the tv had not yet gone on sale we only had a radio. No DVDs no computers or electronic games we had to make our own entertainment We had lots of street parties and it was safe for children to play out unsupervised.

My first introduction to Country music was listening to Jim Reeves on the Louisiana Hayride on the radio. or seeing Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter singing on the Saturday morning matinee for children at the local picture house. I first started singing when at the age of 12yrs old I joined the Middleton Parish Church Choir as an alto choirboy. It was to be the grounding for what would much later become an ambition.

I travelled to Salzburg Austria with the choir in 1965 to hear the Vienna Boys choir in concert and also to sing. We had music lessons at school but we did not have the encouragement that we should have had to take up an instrument so I never really took an interest other than singing. This is something I have come to regret over the years. At 15yrs I left school with no qualifications I guess I was a slow learner and as the classes had 35 to 40 kids in each subject the teachers did not have the time to spend going over things with individuals who could not understand.

I joined the army as a boy soldier straight from school rather than go into the cotton mill, which served me well as we went back to school and I gained the certificates that I had previously missed.

The sixties were great times for a young man growing up, we had the music revolution and the young people’s movement, Hippies, flower power, Ban the Bomb. mods and rockers biker gangs I was a rocker I didn’t like scooters, I laugh now just thinking about it.

My career started in the entertainment business in 1972, I started out working back stage as a Stage Assistant at my local Repertory Theatre where my love for the business quickly blossomed.

I spent the next few years touring around the UK working at various Theatres and gaining experience in the workings of shows achieving Stage Manager status. However it was not enough I wanted to be out there under the lights.

After a particular heavy weekend doing a change over of shows i had an argument with the Director over the set not being finished in time for Dress rehearsal which resulted in my being dismissed for arguing in front of the cast. This however proved be the turning point for me as the Director was an old friend of mine He immediately offered to give me small parts in plays and musicals I had found my vocation.

My stage Name back then was Brian Deane I thought it was better than my real surname Duckworth which I thought was too ordinary for the posters lol. Vain I know but hey you have to be a bit quirky in this business right.

I then started singing in Local bars and clubs which gave me a whole new outlook of this satisfying, exhilarating and sometimes cruel business that we love. Like most Artist’s in this business I had to take other jobs in between to help with raising a Family but the call of the stage was never far away.

Then in 2003 at the Age of 51 divorced and a free Spirit I moved to Kos Island Greece and started to rekindle my career as a singer.

Then in 2012 the economic crisis hit Greece so I as forced to move again, this time with my new Austrian Soul mate Silvia we moved to my present Location in Austria and started all over again to build a new performing platform.

I don’t think I’ll ever be a so called Star but hey the world is a whole lot different when you’re out there under the spotlight and long may I continue to enjoy it. I am now a member of the Texas Country Music Association.Inc which was a thrill to me to be invited… Me an Englishman lol.

I started to write songs just 3 years ago as now in my 60s I seem to have more time and patience. I have written about 10 or 12 songs up to now but I have only recorded and published 4 due to the cost involved in hiring musicians and studios this why I now regret not learning to play an instrument.

Still I am happy to be doing what I enjoy doing the most entertaining. If I have one piece of advice to give to any budding musician or songwriter it would be. Never lose sight of your goals in life never give up trying and it is never too late. Or as an old friend once said….
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy doing it today you can always do it again tomorrow.

Discography
Rock My Way To Heaven
May Be
Am I Wasting My Time
I’ll Just Run Away.

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