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.

Videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrAK7zU6clcyzLCN1LI2Pvw?view

Social media sites
http://reverbnation.com/brianthehat1030835
http://BrianTheHat1030835.com
http://facebook.com/Brian.The.Hat
http://twitter.com/croonerman2
https://www.numberonemusic.com/brianquotthehatquot

Brenda Burch

I have been following Brenda for quite sometime now through social media. She has an amazing voice that not only captured my attention but also made me want to listen to more of her music and I realized then that it was only fitting that I take a closer look at what she had to offer as an Indie Artist.  I read the post in facebook that said she had received the   for her work as an and I knew at that moment she is going to be featured in the magazine. Brenda has so much to offer and I can only hope and pray that people reading this article will feel the same as I do because we need more people like Brenda in our lives.

More about Brenda

Described throughout her career as the little girl with a big voice, Brenda Burch has captivated audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia with her energetic performances, rich Country vocal style and ability to connect with a crowd through the emotive story of a song. Sharing the stage with Darius Rucker, David Archuleta, Neal McCoy, Diamond Rio and Collin Raye, among many others, has given her the chance to convey tales of love, life, loss and strength in her music to thousands of concert-goers.

Her newest EP, Sparks Will Fly, not only sparked attention in the USA, but it caught fire in Europe resulting in a big win for Brenda at the Hotdisc Country Music Awards. The only artist to take home 2 awards, she was the winning recipient of the New Horizon Award for Most Successful International Newcomer and Best International Single for her title track, Sparks Will Fly. “I was blown away to win both awards,” said Brenda. “Overwhelmed is an understatement. I’m so grateful for my family, friends, fans and all the wonderful DJs playing my music!” To hear Brenda’s full acceptance speech, click here.

The award-winning EP is compiled of six compelling songs that range from a tongue-in-cheek spin on dating life (“Sparks Will Fly”) to following your heart (“No Better Time”) and having the courage to love what matters most (“Take Me Back”). Her first single, “Sparks Will Fly,” released to radio debuting at #1 in Europe and staying at #1 for 6 weeks straight. Her second single, “No Better Time,” quickly became a fan favorite, claiming the #1 spot on a Country music chart voted on by the fans. Brenda exclaimed, “I’m thrilled with the positive response and am humbled both singles have been so well-received by DJs and listeners around the world. Thank you!”

After a successful Kickstarter campaign where Brenda surpassed her initial goal at 125%, she joined forces with a talented production team in Nashville to co-write and produce a record that showcases her warm, powerful Country sound backed by rockin’ Country rhythms and relatable stories.

Read more about Brenda by following her through these links:
http://facebook.com/brendaburchmusic
http://twitter.com/brenda_burch
http://brendaburch.com

Scott Brandt

Scott Alan Brandt, from Pt, Pleas. NJ. started playing & writing music in High School. Started performing with Local Rock & Country bands as a Lead guitarist in the tri state area.

He started to play solo acoustic gigs at many clubs and bars as he was now performing original songs with “Scott Brandt Band” that he had wrote and a few cover songs at the end of his powerful 1 hour set.

With his debut release “You Don’t Love Me” has gained Scott much local and national success.

I am pleased to feature Scott in the magazine as he has a lot to offer with his music and am so excited that Jennifer Mlott has introduced me to this wonderful artist.

https://www.facebook.com/Scott-Brandt-LIVE

Austin Strange

Austin Strange is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Orangeville, Ontario.
Austin found his love for music at a young age, singing for anyone who would listen. This hobby became more serious with the creation of Andrew and Austin, an acoustic pop duo formed with Orangeville musician Andrew McArthur in early 2006. Andrew and Austin’s only published EP, “Can’t You See?” was released in June of 2008.
Austin spent the next two years studying music and refining his skills, all leading up to the 2010 release of his first single: “Broken”. The track was well received, achieving 10’000 views on YouTube.
After this release, there was a period of little musical productivity. This ends with Austin’s world debut of DRUNK in February of 2015, followed by his release of the June 2016 Album “Small Talk”.
Now, Austin Strange has released his EP “Thanks” on October 1st, 2016 after having finally found his true musical essence, but it doesn’t stop there. Watch for Austin’s newest and best work ever.

New EP ” BROKEN ” Officially OUT NOW

Get It here  https://www.austinstrangemusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/austinstrangemusic/
https://twitter.com/AustinStrange
https://www.youtube.com/austinstrangemusic

Jessica Rose

Jessica Rose was named a 2017 Emerging Artist by the Country Music Association. She also won the 2017 WSM Road Show competition put on by the Grand Ole Opry and will be opening for Tracy Lawrence this Summer. She appeared on American Idol season 12. Some of Jessica’s fondest memories were having Randy Jackson attend her hometown show in Staten Island, New York and performing on Margaritaville TV before Jimmy Buffett’s Nashville show at Ascend Amphitheater.

She was the very first performer to play at the Grand Opening of the Margaritaville at Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, N.J. She also performed regularly at the famous Steel Pier in Atlantic City where she had the honor to perform at a private event for Miss America 2014, the contestants, and all involved with the 2015 Miss America Pageant. Jessica has performed at many venues including Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge, The Blue Bird Cafe, The Stage, The Row, Big Shotz and more. You can catch her on Ty, Kelly and Chuck’s America’s Morning Show on Nash FM the Nationally Syndicated Cumulus Media, radio network, as one of the artist’s who writes and performs the 10 Minute Tune! Jessica continues to perform in Nashville and tour the U.S. She loves performing regularly at Margaritaville in Key West, Nashville, Atlantic City and the stages of Las Vegas and Montego Bay Jamaica locations.

In meeting so many amazing people along her journey, in the industry, or new fans, which are now friends as well, Jessica would like to say thank you for all the continued love and support.  Jessica’s New EP “Wild Hearts” charted on Billboard and is available iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music. Check it out! She is always traveling on the road to different cities, so whether you are visiting Nashville or elsewhere, check out her tour dates and catch a show in a city near you!

https://www.facebook.com/RealJessicaRose
https://twitter.com/JessicaKartalis
https://www.realjessicarose.com/

PETER GRAIGS

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, recording artist and multi-instrumentalist PETER GRAIGS is a force to be reckoned with while on the fretboard of any guitar in his hands. Growing up in Canada and now re-located to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Peter Graigs grew up listening to the music that drove the ‘80’s: Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

His musical heroes include iconic guitarists Randy Rhoads, Eric Clapton, Al Di Meola and legendary drummer Tommy Aldridge. Like many other rockers, he also listens to the occasional Classical piece for inspiration.

Peter Graigs has had years of live concert performance experience and recording sessions with such bands as Wired, Sillian, Trax, G13 Band and Scars of Grace. He immersed himself in music early on and expertly mastered playing guitar, bass and drums. Unfortunately his career in music had to take a back seat, as he was sidelined for a decade following a traumatic parachute accident.

Throughout his career, Peter Graigs has performed on television programs as well as live concerts throughout North America at prestigious venues such as Spectrum de Montreal (audience 2,500), Cote de Neige (audience 10,000) and Auditorium de Verdun (audience 15,000).

His new album “The Beginning of the End” is his latest creation and one which is not to be missed.

https://petergraigs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/petergraigsmusic
http://www.twitter.com/petergraigs
http://www.youtube.com/petergraigs
http://www.soundcloud.com/petergraigs

Codie Prevost

Growing up on a farm just outside of Archerwill, Saskatchewan Codie Prevost learnt at an early age that hard work and perseverance would lead to good things. Since starting his career he has shared the stage with some of country music’s top performers including Florida Georgia Line, Joe Nichols, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, and Michelle Wright.

Prevost has recorded four award winning studio albums including his most recent release “All Kinds Of Crazy” that debuted at #6 on the ITunes Albums Chart alongside Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan upon it’s release.“All Kinds Of Crazy” received “Country Recording Of The Year” at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards and was nominated for “Album Of The Year” at the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

From being featured on ET Canada, Talk Shows, Morning Shows, and radio shows nationally and internationally Prevost continues to build his fan base.
Four-time Canadian Country Music Association Award Nominee including “Album Of The Year”, “Rising Star”, and “Interactive Artist Of The Year”
Received 26 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards including “Life Time Achievement Award”, “Entertainer Of The Year”, and “Male Vocalist Of The Year”.

 

Prevost’s 4th album “All Kinds Of Crazy” received “Country Recording Of The Year” at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards.

“All Kinds Of Crazy” album debuted at #6 on the iTunes Country Albums Charts on the day of it’s release.

Performed on City TV, CTV Mornings Canada, ET Canada, as well as numerous talk shows and radio shows nationally and internationally.

Winner of the CCMA Fanfest Contest He’s released six official music videos with four of them being added to CMT and his radio singles have climbed into the top 40 on the country music charts.

Codie Prevost has just finished recording his 5th studio album entitled “Radio”.

“Radio” consists of 8 songs including the lead off radio single entitled “You Won’t Sleep Tonight” that was penned with one of Prevost’s favorite songwriters Adam Wheeler.

Prevost worked along side producers Jeff Johnson and Jesse Weimen and played a big part in the arrangements and productions of the songs.

The album “Radio” is Prevost’s most personal album to date and really signifies who he is as an artist and person.

Prevost says “It’s crazy that with every project you feel like it’s the beginning of your career again. The growth and experience that comes along with each album is instrumental along this journey of music and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

The creative design and packaging for the “Radio” album was done by Hal Schrenk Graphic Design.

Schrenk also did the creative design work on Prevost’s “Get Loud” and “All Kinds Of Crazy” albums.

The album “Radio” is currently available exclusively through The Codie Prevost Diaries. Join The Codie Prevost Diaries and gain access to the new album at
www.codieprevostmusic.com.

 

I have been following and listening to Codie’s music ever since I first did an article on him back in 2015 in one of my other online magazines. I spend a lot of time at my desk promoting artists through my network of Social Media and online magazines, so rather than listening to music on the radio I will play music from all the artists I feature. Codie’s music is by far one the most played from my playlist of songs to listen to.

If you haven’t listened to Codie’s music, I strongly recommend you check him out.

Editor In Chief Randy Lockhart

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