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DON MCLEAN BECOMES A BMI MULTI MILLION-AIR

DON MCLEAN BECOMES A BMI MULTI MILLION-AIR

Don McLean, one of America’s best-known singer-songwriters, was recently honored with two awards from BMI (Broadcast Music,Inc.), recognizing his long-standing career and outstanding contributions to the music industry through the iconic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).”

Don was presented with his Million-Air certifications at the BMI offices in Nashville, Tennessee and accepted the coveted awards from BMI executives Jody Williams, (VP, Creative) and Mason Hunter (Assistant VP, Creative). A Million-Air Award is given to songwriters, composers, and publishers whose songs accumulate over one million U.S. broadcast performances. The acknowledgement is a mark of praise. The two tracks honored, played back-to-back, would total nearly 56 years of continuous airplay.

Among the honors he received were five (5) million certified airplays for “American Pie” and three (3) million certified airplays for “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).” 

“I was delighted to receive certifications from BMI of these millions of airplays for my songs ‘Vincent’ and ‘American Pie,’ says McLean. “I sincerely thank the radio folks out there and the public for their loyalty to me and my music for so many years. I am very thankful to everybody.”

“It was a pleasure to present Don with his Million Air certificates. He is one of the cornerstones of the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s,” says Mason Hunter, AVP, Creative with BMI. “‘American Pie’ is one of those songs that everyone has an emotional reaction to and we were proud to acknowledge both it and ‘Vincent.’”

“American Pie” was recorded and made its debut in 1971. It quickly became a nostalgic staple in American music songwriting with its evocative popularization of the phrase “The Day the Music Died,” referencing the 1959 plane crash of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” J.P. Richardson.

Forty-seven years after its release, there has never been another song quite like “American Pie.” While a product of its era, pinpointing a precise moment of cultural change in the shattered hopes of baby boomers, its impact continues to reverberate down the years with a poignancy and relevance that hasn’t diminished.

“Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” also was released in 1971, and is a tribute to the late Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night. The song reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, and No. 12 in the US. It also peaked at No. 2 on the Easy Listening chart.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville recently unveiled McLean’s rare composition manuscript pages of “American Pie” and “Vincent” lyrics, as well as his custom Martin D-40DM signature acoustic guitar, as part of their permanent Sing Me Back Home exhibit. The display will be available to view through June.

For the most up-to-date information and all of McLean’s tour dates please visit Don-McLean.com.

About Don McLean:
A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country superstar Garth Brooks. “American Pie” has brought great happiness and hope to millions of people through the years and continues to be honored for its success. In 2000, the song was named one of the Top 5 Songs of the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 2017 brought a huge honor when the iconic song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” classical music compositions, infamous live broadcasts and similar recordings. McLean continues to tour both North America and abroad bringing a mix of his classic hits with an array of new works, some of which will be released in 2018.

About BMI:
Celebrating over 77 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 13 million musical works created and owned by more than 800,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.

HH ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCED

HH ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCED

Heidi Hamels has a deep love of the written word. That trait is something that comes to the Missouri native quite honestly. Her grandmother was a published author of close to twenty books, and she passed her love of poetry down. Along the way, Heidi developed a talent for music, and that has led her down a path that has included architecture and medical school, but writing has always been her first love. In 2018, Hamels is putting her creative zeal to work with the formation of HH Entertainment, and is also announcing the signing of her first two clients, Sara Spicer and Lee Gantt.

A native of Pennsylvania, Spicer’s musical talents first began to resonate with her family when she performed Judy Garland’s evergreen “Over The Rainbow” at age four. She began performing with her parents, and earned a slot opening for some of the biggest stars in Country Music, such as the iconic stylist Tanya Tucker. One of Spicer’s biggest musical moments (so far) came with her penning the emotional “Heaven’s Gate,” a song about the tragic passing of her mother. Among her live performances include Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League games and Yachtstock RiverJam, the 2014 Camden Freedom Festival, and Country Live at Harrah’s. Sara is currently in the studio, working on music for a forthcoming 2018 release.

Gantt hails from Columbus, Ohio, and honed his craft while attending college at The Ohio State University, performing at local clubs around the area. His music reflects the story-telling tradition of artists such as Hank Williams Jr and George Jones, while pushing the musical envelope in a likewise manner to today’s biggest artists such as Eric Church and Jason Aldean. He has opened shows for such chart-topping favorites as Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, and Colt Ford. Gantt has already started to develop a loyal legion of fans who follow him throughout his social networks, and have helped to make his 2017 debut EP Ruined This Town a critically-acclaimed favorite.

Though she is a relative newcomer to the music business, putting pen to paper is something that Hamels is quite familiar with. She has continued in the path of her grandmother, winning several contests for her poetry, which led her to a move to Nashville after she was encouraged to do so by a contact at Warner Music Nashville. She began working with Spicer and Gant, and confesses that their work ethic and drive has led her to take this major career step.

“There’s a lot of people out there trying to do the same thing we’re doing,” Hamels surmises. “All I know is these artists we are working with are both salt-of-the-earth type people and insane workaholics. They give everything they have to their goals, and we can’t wait to take them to the next level. 2018 is going to be a big year.”

For more information, visit hhentertainmentco.com.

DEANA MARTIN KICKS OFF 2018 PERFORMANCES

DEANA MARTIN KICKS OFF 2018 PERFORMANCES

The legend continues as Deana Martin takes her audience on a contemporary and exciting musical journey through the Great American Songbook and the legendary superstars of the twentieth century. In this electrifying musical revue, Deana Martin sings hot new arrangements of enduring hits popularized by Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and others, including her iconic father Dean Martin and “Uncle” Frank Sinatra and “Uncle” Sammy Davis Jr.

An Evening with Deana Martin honors these renowned voices and songsmiths who crafted the soundtrack of our lives. With musical performances of hits like “Beyond The Sea,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “Destination Moon,” “That’s Life,” “Memories Are Made Of This,” “That’s Amore,” “Fly Me To The Moon” and fresh new songs like “Where Did You Learn To Love Like That,” and “Tennessee Whiskey,” Deana continues to spotlight her legendary father Dean Martin allowing you to relive some of the most treasured moments from Dean’s long and illustrious career as well as other great performers who shaped American music and popular culture for over four decades.

In the words of noted jazz reviewer Don Heckman: “Added to that, Deana performs more far-ranging titles, including “I Love Being Here With You,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You,” and “Miss Otis Regrets.” That’s a group of songs that would challenge the skills of most artists in the contemporary pop music world. Deana handles it with an illuminating blend of musicality and interpretive skill.”

One of the many highlights of An Evening with Deana Martin is the electronic duet of “True Love,” with Dean Martin performing via video. Critics and audiences agree that this is a moving and emotional experience that always brings a standing ovation.

An Evening with Deana Martin is a combination of musical treasures intertwined with personal reflections and private recollections, from a lady who grew up having a family like relationship with the people to whom she is paying tribute. The show brings all the essentials of classic concert entertainment; the world’s best music, personal and often hilarious recollections from Deana’s life and career, interaction with her audience, plus her innate musicianship.

Deana Martin is undeniably authentic – a living connection to the greatest era in entertainment!

Upcoming Performance Dates*:
Feb 13 – The Royal Room in The Colony Hotel – Palm Beach, Fla. (SOLD OUT)
Feb 14 – The Royal Room in The Colony Hotel – Palm Beach, Fla.
Feb 15 – The Royal Room in The Colony Hotel – Palm Beach, Fla.
Feb 16 – The Royal Room in The Colony Hotel – Palm Beach, Fla.
Feb 17 – The Royal Room in The Colony Hotel – Palm Beach, Fla.
April 15 – South Point Casino, Deana Martin Celebrity Roast, honoring Joe Mantegna – Las Vegas, Nev.
Apr 20 – Lorenzo’s – Staten Island, N.Y.
Oct 05 – The Jazz Corner – Hilton Head, S.C.
Oct 06 – The Jazz Corner – Hilton Head, S.C.
* more dates to be announced in the coming weeks

For more information, visit deanamartin.com.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

Country Music Hall of Fame members, Grand Ole Opry members, and five-time GRAMMY winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys announce the release of their Lightning Rod Records forthcoming project 17th Avenue Revival, produced by critically-acclaimed producer Dave Cobb on March 16. This is the group’s second project with Cobb, who produced the Oaks’ celebrated The Boys Are Back album released in 2009.

“Having been in The Oak Ridge Boys for almost 52 years,” says Duane Allen, “it can be difficult for me to imagine a place where we have not been. However, Dave Cobb had that vision, and the result is 17th Avenue Revival.”

“Old roads turned into new roads on this album,” adds Oaks’ member Joe Bonsall.

For the new project, Cobb’s vision for the group was to dig way back into their roots of gospel music. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel.

Under Cobb’s direction, they touched on uncharted territory—and for a long-tenured act like The Oak Ridge Boys, that’s saying something. Somewhat retro, yet new and fresh at the same time, there was no vocal stacking and very few overdubs. For two of the songs, the Boys gathered around one microphone and let the harmonies shine, just as Dave Cobb had planned initially.

“Legendary Studio A on 17th Avenue South became a special, almost spiritual place, and for a few weeks it served as a beacon of creativity,” says Allen. The result is a recording that will go down in history, for old and new fans alike.

“Dave brought music with spirit and a magical feel to the studio. It became a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual revival for The Oak Ridge Boys,” says the groups’ William Lee Golden.

“17th Avenue Revival is something we believe our fans will love,” adds bass singer Richard Sterban.

Paste debuts “Brand New Star,” one of the songs from the new album, which is already receiving accolades from fans at the Oaks’ shows and is available as an instant grat track when the album is downloaded on digital platforms including Amazon Music and iTunes.

In 2018, The Oak Ridge Boys embark on their Shine the Light Tour, reflecting the messages of this unique collection of songs, as well as their all-time greatest hits. New roads, time-worn pathways, harmony, friendship, inspiration, and GREAT MUSIC.

Track Listing:
1. Brand New Star (Aaron Raitiere & Mando Saenz)
2. There Will Be Light (Jamey Johnson, Larry Shell & Buddy Cannon)
3. God’s Got It (Charlie Jackson)
4. I’d Rather Have Jesus (Rhea Miller & George Beverly Shea)
5. Walk In Jerusalem (Traditional /Public Domain)
6. Where He Leads Me I Will Follow (Ernest W. Blandy / Public Domain)
7. Pray To Jesus (Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally)
8. If I Die (Ashley Monroe & Vince Gill)
9. Let It Shine On Me (Vince Gill & Ashley Monroe)

For more information, visit oakridgeboys.com

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.

About Lightning Rod Records:
Formed in 2007, Lightning Rod Records is a Nashville-based independent record label. Over the last ten years, Lightning Rod has released albums by acclaimed artists such as James McMurtry, Billy Joe Shaver, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Paul Cauthen, and Joe Pug.

About Thirty Tigers:
Thirty Tigers is a music marketing, management, distribution, and publishing company based in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirty Tigers Distribution has served as a label infrastructure for a vast client base including The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chase Rice, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Bingham, Patty Griffin, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Trampled By Turtles, and many others in their 15 years of working with Sony/RED Distribution, now The Orchard.

Sam Moore Joins Code of Support Foundation

Sam Moore Joins Code of Support Foundation

Code of Support Foundation (COSF) is honored to announce that Legendary Soul Man™ Sam Moore and Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine and have joined COSF’s Advisory Board. In recent years, Chef Irvine and the Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore have demonstrated their unwavering support of our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their families by creating awareness by leveraging their own celebrity profiles to engage the 99% of Americans who benefit from the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.

“Chef Irvine and Legendary Soul Man™ Sam Moore’s respective passion combined with their steadfast commitment of engaging our civilian population is a true testament to Code of Support’s vision to bridge our nation’s civilian-military divide. We are thrilled to have Chef Irvine and Sam Moore join the distinguished ranks of Code of Support’s Advisory Board,” says Major General Alan B. Salisbury, USA, Ret., Chairman, and CEO of Code of Support Foundation.

COSF Advisor Board Members include Medal of Honor Recipient COL Harvey (Barney) Barnum, Jr., USMC, Ret.; former 16th Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Gen Peter Pace, USMC, Ret.; former NFL quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins Sonny Jurgensen; and Men’s Basketball Head Coach for Duke University Mike (“Coach K”) Krzyzewski, among others.

“I am honored to be able to continue my support of those who serve and have served in our military by joining the Code of Support Foundation Advisory Board and to support COSF’s efforts by bringing greater awareness to the contributions made by our nation’s service members and veterans who’ve sacrificed so much to ensure our freedoms,” says Sam Moore.

“Anytime I get to contribute something meaningful to the lives of our men and women in uniform, it’s an honor that adds purpose and value to my own life. When you get to do so alongside great people, it makes it a true joy. I am thrilled to join Sam Moore and all the wonderful members of the Code of Support Advisory Board and I am ready to work to improve the lives of the best and bravest among us,” says Robert Irvine.

Legendary Soul Man™ Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Over the span of his critically acclaimed career, Moore’s music has been a universal and driving force to help bridge gaps among social divides. His recent artistic endeavor to bring greater awareness of the nation’s armed services and veterans has been met not only with rave reviews and standing ovations but has also re-engaged civilian audiences who have experienced an awe-inspiring sense of patriotism. Within the past year, Moore has performed exclusive renditions from his An American Patriot album of iconic American classics for several veteran fundraisers including the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago, Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Freein Washington, D.C., and Guitar Legends for Heroes in New York.

Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chef Irvine, a former member of the British Royal Navy, is a world-class chef and TV personality. In 2014, he founded the Robert Irvine Foundation to support veterans and veteran causes in need of assistance. The Foundation works to help those individuals and organizations that are committed to enriching the lives of military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and their families. A portion of proceeds from Robert Irvine Foods is given to the foundation in addition to public donations. Throughout the year, Chef Irvine can be found attending troop rallies held by the Gary Sinise Foundation as well as touring regularly with the USO. Maximizing his culinary skills, Chef Irvine visits with service members and their families while dishing up fine cuisine and providing cooking classes.

Chef Irvine has been honored with three distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country’s heroes including being selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as this year’s Spirit of Hope Award winner. The honor recognizes those who go above and beyond to provide aid to those who serve our country. Chef Irvine is also a designated U.S. Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer and a recipient of the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of Our Service Members.