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ROUGHSTOCK HOSTS PREMIER OF MACY MARTIN'S 'BACK TO REALITY' VIDEO 

Photo by Adrian David Payne

The Kent Wells Production Artist Debuts First Music Video On Popular Country Blog
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 23, 2015) - Though her new single Back to Reality tells the story of a girl that finds her happily ever after in the real world, reality for country recording artist Macy Martin is quickly becoming a fairytale. The song, produced by Kent Wells (Dolly Parton), has already been added by radio stations nationwide since its February 2nd release, and country media outlet Roughstock debuted the music video for the single today on its popular blog site.
 
"To have the support and platform of an outlet Roughstock's caliber is a dream come true," said Martin. "I'm thrilled to be releasing this single and video... The whole plot of the song is extremely visual and I'm hoping the video will entertain fans!"
 
The music video was directed by Nashville-based Adrian David Payne and the Cox Brothers and is now available to view HERE!
 
Back to Reality is Martin's second single release to radio. Her first - You With Me - landed at #57 on the Music Row Country Breakout chart. Her new album, Find My Melody, is set to release next month.

FROM BALTIMORE TO NASHVILLE: HOW LOCAL ARTIST JOSH CHRISTINA HAS FOUND HIS WAY TO MUSIC CITY 


The Rockabilly Artist Takes Nashville By Storm With New Music and Vintage Flare
 
BALTIMORE, Md. (February 17, 2015) - It's a path that seemed destined from the start. Born into a musical family, Baltimore-based rockabilly artist Josh Christina gets his musical chops from his father (a drummer), his mother (Baltimore-area singer Patti Christina), and his grandmother, who was a big band singer in the '40's and '50's. He's spent the last 15 years honing his sound - a combination of the country, classic rock, big band and rockabilly he was raised on. And while most artists find the pressures of today's music scene to look and sound a certain way daunting, Christina continues to find success in both Baltimore and Nashville doing what he does best - being himself.
 
Christina's personal journey began at age six, when he took an interest in the King himself - Elvis Presley.
 
"Hearing Elvis for the first time, I remember thinking his sound was so unique and raw. I watched DVD's of his performances - my favorite was his 1954 performance of That's All Right. His sound was so clean, yet so edgy. As I developed as an artist, I found myself gravitating toward that same sound."
 
By eight, Christina had organized a Junior Blues Brothers act that performed regularly at venues in the Baltimore area. At 15, he began playing piano after taking a trip to New York City with his parents to see Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway.
 
"While I bought tickets out of my love for Elvis, I remember being blown away by the styling's of Jerry Lee Lewis... He had such flare. He redefined the piano for me. I had taken lessons as a kid, playing mostly classical, which bored me. When the actor playing Jerry Lee kicked out the stool, jumped on the piano, played with his feet... I was sold. I gave piano a second chance and, with that, adopted Jerry Lee's entertainment style."
 
With his newfound passion for piano, Christina began writing, drawing inspiration from the "simple yet clever corny rhymes" of writers Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Stevie Ray Vaughn. After graduating from Dulaney High School in 2013, the Cockeysville native went to work on his debut album, produced by John Grant at Secret Sound Studio. Man From Another Time featured several rock and roll and rockabilly covers, along with a few original songs written by Christina. Just a year later, his talents caught the attention of Nashville-based producer Kent Wells (Dolly Parton), who immediately got to work with Christina on his sophomore effort, Good Old Love - due out next month.
 
"Making your debut in the Nashville scene - a scene currently dominated by pop country - is tough. I couldn't have landed in better hands. From the start, Kent insisted on embracing my vintage rockabilly sound. From recording all the instruments at once, to adding upright bass and horns... I'm so proud of how this album turned out. This album is me."
 
"It was really important to both Josh and I that we emphasize what makes his sound unique," adds Wells. "He has this great Memphis rockabilly sound... A sound that will take listeners back to when country and rock were in their prime."
 
And on the subject of Nashville's pop country dominance, Christina isn't worried.
 
"I think the country genre is beginning to shift back to its roots. Slowly but surely, artists in the genre are putting their foot down and adding notes of classic country and rock to their sound. If anything, I feel I'm at a bit of an advantage. My sound isn't headed that direction. It's already there."
 
To learn more about Christina and his band, Good Old Stuff, click here.

COUNTRY RECORDING ARTIST LINDSAY LAWLER PERFORMS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY 

Lisa Battaglia, Lindsay Lawler, Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia, and Chris Roberts during Saturday's Wreaths Across America wreath placement ceremony.
(Photo by Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)

The Highway Angel Spokesperson Opens Wreaths Across America Wreath Placement Ceremony
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 15, 2014) - Though it was her third consecutive year performing at the Wreaths Across America wreath placement ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, Saturday's ceremony marked a milestone for country recording artist and Highway Angel spokesperson Lindsay Lawler, for the organization, and for the nearly 40,000 volunteers involved.
 
"This year was the first year since the program's beginning in 1992 that every single gravesite was covered by a wreath," said Lawler. "We were able to place over 220,000 donated wreaths on veteran graves."
 
The ceremony began with a performance of the National Anthem and God Bless America by Lawler, accompanied by Catch This Music writer and producer Chris Roberts, at the McClellan Gate. Shortly after, thousands took to the cemetery, wreaths in hand, to ensure each veteran grave was properly remembered and celebrated. 
 
"It was so moving to see the hard work and years of love and labor pay off and to meet families, friends and volunteers there to visit and place wreaths. The Black Hawk Two presidential helicopters did a flyover during the opening ceremony to express their support, which was incredibly powerful to see."
 
Following their performance, both Lawler and Roberts were presented with a military coin by Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia. It was the perfect ending to the trip, which also included a performance Friday at a gala in honor of the truck drivers in charge of hauling the wreaths. Friday nights performance featured Lawler and Roberts-penned One Mile at a Time, a song written specifically for Wreaths Across America. 
 
Lawler is finishing up her latest album, Two Peaches Six Cookies, due out in January and available for presale at lindsaylawler.com. 

LINDSAY LAWLER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, OFFER FRESH TAKE ON COUNTRY MUSIC 

(Photo by Jeremy Ryan Creative)

The Country Recording Artist Draws Inspiration From Club Genre For Latest Release
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 4, 2014) - Country recording artist Lindsay Lawler has never been one to follow a crowd... While most fellow artists in the genre prefer performing for fans at honky tonks and festivals, she's carved a niche for herself in the trucking industry as the Truckload Carriers Association's Highway Angel spokesperson, headlining the official Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour and performing for drivers from her flatbed truck stage. So when it came time to write for her new album, Two Peaches Six Cookies, it came as no surprise that Lawler once again strayed from the pack.
 
"I've wanted to make this record for 3 years," said Lawler. "I remember the exact day the idea popped in my head and I've thought about it every day since."
 
With the release of Two Peaches Six Cookies, due out in January, Lawler will introduce the world of a country to a sound she's dubbed "Countrihanna" - an infectious, beat-driven mix of club and country music inspired by one of her favorite artists.
 
"I'm a huge fan of Rihanna and realized one day that I listen to a lot of her music, so why wouldn't I make a record inspired by that? I love that music can be whatever it wants these days. Instead of putting my new music into a category or genre, I'm just calling it Countrihanna. It's club music that has driving grooves, which makes it great to dance or drive to... But then it also features fiddle, steel and banjo, instilling that country vibe."
 
Featuring Mark Evitts on fiddle, Kevin Post on steel (Blake Shelton), and Glen Campbell's daughter Ashley Campbell on banjo, the album was co-produced by Catch This Music writer Chris Roberts and engineer Greg Bieck (Destiny's Child, Lionel Richie, Ricky Martin, Hall and Oats).
 
"Chris, Greg and I have been friends and co-writers for years. They understood exactly what I wanted to accomplish and we have had such a great time experimenting and exploring this new sound together. It's been so amazing watching this vision come to life."
 
As Lawler puts the finishing touches on the album, she's also preparing for her 2015 Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour, which will once again be hosted by TravelCenters of America, LLC and will include a new single at radio.
 
Two Peaches Six Cookies is currently available for presale on Lawler's site, www.lindsaylawler.com.
 
To see behind the scenes footage from the making of the album, click here.

COUNTRY RECORDING ARTIST MACY MARTIN LAUNCHES ANNUAL TOY DRIVE 


Macy's Toy Box Teams Up With Kroger to Provide Toys For Children This Holiday Season
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 15, 2014) - With the holiday season fast approaching, Kent Wells Productions artist Macy Martin officially launched her 2014 Winter Wonderland - Gift of Hope Toy Drive today. The drive has become a tradition for the Texas-native, who established Macy's Toy Box in 2006, when she was just eight. The foundation collects new and gently used toys for underprivileged children.
 
"I don't know what it means to not receive gifts at Christmas," said Martin. "Growing up, the holidays were always so magical. I wanted to create an opportunity for others to experience that same holiday magic. While a toy isn't a necessity, for children it's a new friend. It's excitement. It's hope." 
 
Last year’s toy drive proved a big success, coming to the last-minute aid of Nashville’s Bridge Ministries.
 
“I received a last minute call from The Bridge – they’d had a shortage of toys for their kids. Just a few days before Christmas, we shipped 600 toys their way. I was crossing my fingers and praying they’d make it on time – and they did!"  
 
Toys can be donated by placement in designated bins at College Station, Texas-area Kroger grocery stores, as well as the following businesses:
 
Robertson County Cowboy Church
3470 W FM 1644
Franklin, TX 77856
 
JIMS Boutique
110 N Main St.
Bryan, TX 77803
Toys can also be shipped to:
 
Macy's Toy Box
18101 FM 974
Bryan, TX 77808
 
Additionally, cash donations are accepted and will be distributed to a number of charities, including The Soup Mobile, Children's Miracle Network Facilities, Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, and Nashville's The Bridge Ministries. With the purchase of Tumbles the bear (pictured above) at macymartinmusic.com, a portion of proceeds will also be donated and the buyer will be given the option to donate the bear back to Macy's Toy Box to be given to a child. Each Tumbles purchase provides the equivalent of three toys, four if the bear is donated back.
 
Martin's current single, "Me With You", hit #69 on the Music Row CountryBreakout chart this week.
 
To learn more about Macy's Toy Box, visit facebook.com/MacysToyBox.

KENT WELLS PRODUCTIONS ARTIST MACY MARTIN PERFORMS AT OLD BARN BBQ, RAISES MONEY FOR LOCAL RESIDENT 

Country Artist Lends Voice to Help George Watson with Heart Transplant
 
FRANKLIN, Texas (October 13, 2014) - Fresh off participating in last week's 12th Annual Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley Buddy Walk, which helped friend Caleb Benner exceed his fundraising goal, country recording artist Macy Martin was back at it again - this time performing at Saturday's Old Barn BBQ, which doubled as a benefit for local resident George Watson, who is in need of a heart transplant. Aside from Martin’s live entertainment and plenty of BBQ, the event included games and a silent auction.
 
“I was so blessed to have the opportunity to assist such a wonderful gentleman and his family,” said Martin. “It was so great seeing a town come together in support of one of their own… I’m so thankful to all the individuals who came out, and for all the new friends I made.”
 
Martin also sold CDs during the event, donating all proceeds to Watson. Her single "You With Me" hit #68 this week on Music Row's CountryBreakout chart.
 
Donations can be made post-event to Robertson County Bank located at 1041 W. Decherd St., Franklin, TX, 77856 or by calling 979/828.2200.

COUNTRY RECORDING ARTIST STEPS IN TO HELP FRIEND MEET FUNDRAISING GOAL 


Artist Macy Martin Teams Up With Caleb Benner to Raise Money For Down Syndrome
 
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (October 1, 2014) - For an artist on a rapid ascent, it's easy to forget where you come from... Not the case for Kent Wells Productions artist Macy Martin, who is heading back to her College Station hometown at the request of friend Caleb Benner on Sunday, October 5 in support of Benner's Buddy Walk, hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley. The event, which will take place at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater, includes the one-mile Buddy Walk to raise money and awareness for Down syndrome, a silent auction, raffle and live entertainment.
 
With the walk quickly approaching, 13-year-old Benner is still $535 short of his $1500 goal - something Martin is set on changing.
 
"I'd love to see Caleb far exceed his goal," said Martin. "The Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley does such wonderful things for its members - everything from community awareness and education to shining light on the wonderful contributions of those with Down syndrome. The money will go to a very worthy cause."
 
Martin, who recently completed a summer radio tour for single "You With Me", will also be donating to the cause on behalf of her non-profit, Macy's Toy Box, which provides new and gently used toys for underprivileged children during the holidays.
 
"You With Me" hit #66 on the Music Row CountryBreakout chart this week.
 
Though the event takes place Sunday, dontations will still be accepted after.
 
To donate to Caleb Benner's Buddy Walk, visit:
http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/caleb-benner/9th-annual-buddy-walk

ARTIST JORDAN ANDERSON AIDS IN VETERAN HEALING 


The Singer-Songwriter Teams Up With a Veteran To Tell Story Through Songwriting
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 23, 2014) - As country recording artist and songwriter Jordan Anderson continues to watch her current single, American Dream, climb the country charts, she spent the weekend helping those that have made that American dream possible as a featured writer at Singing Their Stories - a clinic provided by Soldiers and Families Embraced to give soldiers, veterans and their families an opportunity to tell their stories through songwriting. Held at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in downtown Nashville Sept. 19-21 and sponsored by Shofner Vision Center, military members were paired with songwriters to write songs in an effort to promote mental and emotional healing. Anderson was paired with fellow writer Jan Buckingham to help tell veteran Jessica Sheley's story.
 
"I was nervous headed into the weekend," said Anderson. "I can't imagine what these veterans and their families have experienced, so I knew hearing their stories would be tough. What I didn't expect was the emotional fulfillment I found in taking part in this event. It was truly an honor to be a part of this experience - an experience I have a hard time even putting into words."
 
American Dream, which Anderson penned along with fellow writer James Dean Hicks, is currently at #43 on the Music Row chart, and #53 on the Billboard Indicator chart. It's also spent seven weeks at #1 on the New Music Weekly independent chart and, this week, entered the top 10 on the magazine's main chart.

ARTIST LINDSAY LAWLER TO CONCLUDE HIGHWAY ANGEL TRUCK STOP TOUR IN NASHVILLE 


Tour Puts Spotlight On Good Deeds and Hard Work Of Professional Truck Drivers
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 16, 2014) - After four-and-a-half months on the road with the 2014 Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour, country recording artist Lindsay Lawler will conclude this year's tour on Thursday, September 25, beginning at 6 pm, at the TravelCenters of America (TA) location in downtown Nashville. The concert - free and open to the public - will sport a fall festival theme, complete with food, beverages, and cotton candy and popcorn machines, and will include a live radio remote by Renegade Radio Nashville.
 
"Last year's tour finale in Nashville was a blast," said Lawler. "It was great to see our sponsors, friends, peers and drivers come out and support what we've worked so hard to achieve. I'm looking forward to an even bigger tour finale concert this year."
 
The tour, designed to promote a better trucking industry image by increasing the public's exposure to TCA's Highway Angel program, has seen a total of 18 performances, 14 taking place at TA and Petro locations across the country. Each stop has featured an hour-long acoustic performance from atop a flatbed truck stage (provided by Fikes Truck Line). This year's tour has been hosted by TA and sponsored by Schneider, Wholesale Truck and Finance, Prime, Inc., Tennant Truck Lines and Roehl Transport.
 
Launched in August 1997, the Highway Angel program has recognized hundreds of drivers for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job. To nominate a driver or learn more about the program and its honorees, visit the Highway Angel Web page at www.truckload.org/Highway-Angel or Facebook page at on.fb.me/tcanews.
 
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for next year's Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour with Lindsay Lawler, please contact Elise Anderson at elise@nashvillemusicmedia.com or visit www.truckstoptour.com.

COUNTRY RECORDING ARTIST LINDSAY LAWLER FINDS A FAN IN FORMER PRESS SECRETARY 

Lawler's Music Strikes a Chord With FOX News The Five Co-Host Dana Perino

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 11, 2014) - After several weeks on the road supporting and entertaining the trucking industry in her 2014 Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour, country recording artist Lindsay Lawler made a stop in Washington D.C. on Tuesday - this time to support the remembrance of fallen soldiers at the Truckload Carriers Association's Wreaths Across America Gala and Fundraiser at the Washington Grand Hyatt. Kicking off the event with a performance of the National Anthem, Lawler later treated the audience to an hour-long acoustic set. Attendees included Pilot Flying J, Prime Inc., TravelCenters of America (TA), Wholesale Truck and Finance, Cargo Transporters, and Tennant Trucklines, among others. But perhaps the most notable attendee of the night was the event's keynote speaker, former press secretary and current FOX News Channel (FNC) The Five co-host Dana Perino.
 
"My parents back in Texas are a big fan of Dana's work, both for former President Bush and as co-host on The Five," said Lawler. "She's every bit as kind, intelligent and classy as you'd expect her to be. For her to in-turn admire my music is such a compliment."
 
A compliment indeed. Not only did Perino thank Lawler for her signed EP during the night's keynote speech, but she included Lawler's self-penned Highway Angel during Wednesday's episode of The Five. In a tweet posted shortly after her gala performance, Perino stated, "Lindsay Lawler sang a new song she wrote today, 'One Mile at a Time' at the @WreathsAcross gala in DC. Would be a hit."
 
The gala raised over $250,000 for Wreaths Across America, an organization established to remember fallen soldiers through the placement of holiday wreaths on veteran graves at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as veteran cemeteries across the country.
 
Lawler's 2014 Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour will resume next week, with stops in North Little Rock and West Memphis on the 16th and 18th, and will conclude with a finale performance at the TA in downtown Nashville on September 25th beginning at 6 pm.
 
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