In a business that is both cut throat and volatile, award-winning singer-songwriter and entrepreneur Dave Gibson consistently proves that hard work pays off and nice guys do get their just rewards.
Born in El Dorado, Arkansas and raised in Odessa, Texas, Gibson grew up loving music and, in particular, songwriters. Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison were two Texans who most influenced his vocal stylings, and later Elvis Presley's dynamic and commanding performances gave Gibson something more to strive for. By 1982, the restless, self-proclaimed musician was determined to get someone, anyone, to listen to the collection songs he'd cobbled together, and consider him as a serious writer and entertainer. He patched up a rickety Ford van and headed east to Nashville armed with raw talent, determination and an infectious personality. A keening baritone with a wry sense of humor, Gibson was always drawn to the story-telling part of country music, and loved to deliver a surprise last line with his signature guffaw. It wasn't long before the jaded office doors of Music Row creaked open and Gibson found himself in front of an array of power brokers, including producers Tony Brown, Norro Wilson, Oak Ridge Boys, Duane Allen, and eventually, Doug Johnson.
He landed a publishing deal with The Oak Ridge Boy’s company, Silverline Music, and began co-writing with a who's who of hit makers. The industry soon began to take notice of this fledgling writer and he started getting cuts by Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad, Tanya Tucker, Alabama, Pam Tillis, and Montgomery Gentry. He earned six number ones, and Alabama's "Juke Box in My Mind" stayed at number one for an impressive four weeks. Dave soon became a much sought after writer and writing partner in Nashville.
Despite his success and attention as a writer, Gibson's first dream was always to be a performer. That dream was finally realized when he teamed up with rocker Blue Miller, famed guitar player for the Bob Seger band, in 1990. The duo formed the Gibson-Miller Band. They quickly racked up sell out dates, received critical raves, and scored multiple top ten hits as well as a coveted Academy of Country Music Award for New Vocal Group or Duo in 1994. The band toured together for four years, pushing the envelope with their rockin' country cutting-edge shows. They even landed a song in the feature film, "The Cowboy Way" starring Keifer Sutherland and Woody Harrelson, with their re-make of the hit "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys". When the band broke up, Gibson began focusing again on his writing and developing and new talent.
In 1994, Gibson's life would take another turn when he received a demo form a California beauty, singer-songwriter Daisy Dern. He was immediately smitten and later admitted that he secretly hoped she could actually sing. Thankfully, she possessed the whole package—she was a triple threat—she looked great, sang beautifully and wrote well. The two became creative collaborators, with Gibson producing her debut album. They were married in 1997, and two years later they were blessed with their daughter, Savannah.
Gibson continues developing new talent for his own label and publishing company, Savannah Music Group, which he founded in October, 2008 with Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Jeff Cohen. "I enjoy discovering and nurturing new talent with new technology,” says Gibson. “There are so many ways to bring music to the public and in so many outlets. I figure all I have in this life is character—once you lose it, your reputation, it's hard to get back. I believe in this young generation of hard-working talent, and I want to work with them in a straight-forward way. My goal is to have my own label and to do the A&R and make it happen. I want to produce great records and publish great songs whether they're mine or not."
Discover Dave's new record "Home Sweet Home", and if you're a Country Music Lover like me, be sure to enjoy Daisy Dern's debut too!
Since she first began recording, jazz legend Diane Schuur has had a dream. It is one she never got to achieve—until now. The singer wanted to record an album of classic country songs, those that inspired her when she was still a child. The singer has covered a lot of territory, collaborating with a range of artists from straight-ahead jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and the swinging Count Basie Orchestra to the Latin-infused Caribbean Jazz Project to blues titan B.B. King and pop icon Stevie Wonder. She has received Grammy Awards, sold millions of albums and toured the world. But her roots were planted when she began listening to country music, and that’s where she wanted to g
On The Gathering, her Vanguard Records debut, Deedles, as she’s fondly known to both friends and fans, turns a corner into a brand new lane, infusing her jazz sensibilities into ten country-brewed tunes from such seminal songwriters as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Hank Cochran, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller and others.
Recorded in Nashville in largely a one day-long session on December 6, 2010, Schuur is accompanied by a stellar Nashville backup band augmented by several all-star caliber guests, including vocalists Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Carmella Ramsey; guitarists Mark Knopfler and Larry Carlton; and tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum.
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Shelly Rann is a charismatic performer with natural beauty, genuine charm and a sense of humor that immediately endears her to audiences everywhere. In her young career, Shelly has had her songs featured on the NBC network award-winning prime time shows The West Wing and Third Watch. In addition, Shelly has shared the stage with Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, and Alabama, and has performed on the Capital Lawn for former President Bush and 20,000 others to honor fallen officers at the National Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Service.
Shelly is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Following in the footsteps of many legendary performers from the Bluegrass state, she moved to Nashville to pursue her musical career. Her songwriting talent and uniquely gifted voice quickly caught the attention of the Nashville songwriting community and she has collaborated with some of the very best writers including Gary Burr, Kent Blazy, Larry Cordle, and Mark Nesler. Her songs are introspective, and reflect her life experiences casting her as a true artist. As one of Nashville’s first call session singers she possesses one of the most beautiful, passionate, and expressive voices in music today. Shelly has recently finished “Afterwords”, her first major studio album produced by Henry Paul (BlackHawk) and Dale Oliver (Bucky Covington), writing 9 of the 11 songs.
One of the most recognizable voices in music, the legendary Jon Anderson, best known for his work with Yes, Vangelis, Kitaro and other notable music artists, as well as his innovative solo efforts, releases one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, 'Survival and Other Stories'.
Featuring eleven new luminous songs with themes about love, life, understanding, healing and survival, Jon's new CD has an inspirational message for all who will listen! “About four years ago I just put in an ad on my website: 'Musicians Wanted'... This is the result. Writing the songs for 'Survival and other Stories' was uplifting for me on many levels, I was working with musicians from around the world Via the Internet, it's a new world, music is a healing energy, I had a tough 2008, through illness, and the Music I've been writing since is a celebration of life on many levels...I hope you get the chance to hear the album..Big Love..Jon."
'Survival and Other Stories' is the first of three albums to be released by Jon Anderson in the next two years. Jon recently completed a successful east coast tour of the US, “An Acoustic Evening With Jon Anderson”, which featured and exciting mixture of material from Jon Anderson's prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic YES songs, along with new compositions from his new CD 'Survival and Other Stories'. Jon will be performing select shows throughout this summer in the US and Canada. For tour dates visit www.jonanderson.com/tour.html
Ole Børud is far from a newcomer in the Norwegian music scene. Few artists are as widely experienced. Starting his singing career at the age of five, Ole appeared on his first record already the year after. From the age of sixteen, he has been a full-time musician, both singing and playing guitar, with numerous bands and artists in a variety of genres and settings. Ole has toured every continent, and starred on almost twenty album releases, ranging from the gospelgroup Arnold B Family to the internationally acclaimed metal band Extol. His musical résumé also includes national luminaries as Sofian and Torun Eriksen, and he has shared the stage with international artists such as Andrae Crouch.
His music is a result of his diverse background, and is just as exciting. Close harmonies and sophisticated arrangements bears proof of his love for 70s west coast, whereas the rhythms are deeply rooted in funk and R&B. The album is in many ways a musical encounter between west coast sunshine and a gritty east coast urbanity, where you can hear inspiration from artists as different as Steely Dan and D..angelo.
After his acclaimed "Shakin the ground", Ole released a brand new record "Keep Movin" to discover right NOW!
John and Sofie first met at the Invershin roots festival in Scotland in 2005 and realised they shared the same musical inspirations. They began performing at various venues, dances and sessions all around the Highlands. In 2006 the newly formed duo moved to Sofie’s native Dalarna in Sweden. Since then, they have been constantly performing and enthusiastically evolving as a duo and as part of a multitude of musical constellations. As a duo, they play both Scottish/Irish material and bluegrass and country, as well as spending their winter seasons playing after-ski gigs in the ski resort of Sälen, Sweden, and spreading their acoustic folk music mix to a large number of people from all over Sweden and abroad.
Together with Ulf Nygårds, as the trio The Albadukes, they have played at Carlshamn Country Festival, Torsby Country Festival, and the Folk & Rock Festival in Segmon, Sweden. They have played at the Swedish national country music championships in Sälen and at the Lida Country Festival with country singer Andreas Silver from Malung, and at the Northern Roots and the Belladrum Tartan Heart festivals in Scotland with Americana trio The Cross-eyed Gals. John and Sofie regularly perform in Scotland, and they also played a few gigs in the US in 2009 and in Prague in 2010.
Performing on a regular basis (around 100 gigs per year) has allowed John and Sofie the pleasure of having the possibility to hone their performance skills and stagecraft, and in 2010 they decided it was time to capture their music on an album. Recorded in December 2010 to January 2011, Western Highways is John and Sofie’s debut CD and reflects their background in Celtic and American music while also introducing some of their own material.
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Released on 27/06/11. As a writer her songs have been covered by Dionne Warwick, Barbara Streisand, Dobie Gray, Dusty Springfield, Frankie Valli, Gladys Knight, Arthur Prysock, The Manhattans, Cher/Greg Allman, Jose Feliciano, PhyllisHyman, Brenda & The Tabulations, The Persuasions, Ronnie Spector, Hot, Betty Everett and Karen Carpenter, Helen Reddy, Linda Clfford, June Pointer, The Weather Girls, Jet Brown, Ramona Brooks, and Shirley Bassey.
Elvis Presley was recording one of Evie’s songs for an album but died and so vocally incomplete it was never released. Often named as one of Dusty Springfield’s favourite vocalists, Brooklyn-born brunette Evie Sands is one of the most highlyr egarded female singers of the 1960s Brill Building era, and also a respected favourite on the northern soul scene.
She released Suspended Animation in 1979 and is joined on the record by an impressive cast of musicians, while the singer herself plays keyboards: piano, Rhodes, clavinet, Elec.Piano throughout. Buzzy Feiten, Reggie McBride and James Gadson, Lee Ritenour, Richie Zito and Steve Lukather, Greg Phillinganes, Ian Underwood. And the backing vocalists included Bill Champlin, Bobby Kimball, and Tom Kelly,The Waters and the immortal Dusty Springfield.