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Billy J White Performed in Burlington (reprinted from thespec.com)
By Graham Rockingham
Keep Them Kisses Comin by Billy J White
Billy J White knows that in country music, the song is everything. So the Burlington singer decided to invest some time into selecting the seven songs that would be on his new CD.
White had written or co-written every one of the tracks on his debut recording, Country Drag Strip. So song selection wasn’t a problem. Those songs were good enough to get him radio play at country stations across the country, as well as earn him a nomination for artist of the year at the Ontario Country Music Awards (he lost to multiple Juno winner Johnny Reid).
He decided to take a new approach for his second recording, Damn Fool Thing To Do, which he’s releasing Thursday with a show at Burlington’s Boston Manor.
“I wanted to go the George Strait route, recording only the best songs,” says White, 22. “I love writing and I know I’m a good writer, but I don’t know if I’m that good yet.
“I don’t want to put out more albums of my own music until I’m there. In the meantime, there are a million great writers out there.”
White decided to record only one of his own compositions, a raucous country rocker called Saturday Night. The rest he’d go shopping for among the Nashville songwriting fraternity.
White contacted his B.C.-based producer, Tom McKillip, and a couple of publishing companies and asked them to send him some suggestions. He ended up with more than 400 from which to choose. The task seemed daunting. So he called up his most trusted friend, a non-musician from Waterdown named Dylan Lee.
“I’ve known him since we were little kids,” White said. “His grandfather and my grandfather grew up together. His parents and my parents grew up together. And we grew up together, too.”
He went over to his friend’s house. They went into the garage, grabbed some chairs and started listening to songs, all 400 of them.
“We would write down the ones we liked and listen to them again,” he said. “Then we’d cross some off and go through them again until finally we had it down to six songs. Then we threw in Saturday Night. It took quite a few rounds of doing this. It wasn’t just a one night process.”
White took the seven songs to McKillip’s studio in Maple Ridge, B.C., and had them recorded in less than a week.
He released one single, Saturday Night, to radio early with a video, shot near his home on Mt. Nemo in north Burlington, accompanying it. Gaining radio play is not easy for an independent artist like White, so he embarked on a national radio tour in November, logging more than 13,000 kilometres in his car.
The plan is working. Saturday Night is getting air play, especially in western Canada where White spent much of his time.
White found a gem of a song called Keep Them Kisses Comin’ by the writing team of Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davidson, and recorded it as the album’s opener. Hayslip and Davidson are no slouches. They’ve written hits for Nashville A-listers like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum.
White hoped to release Keep Them Kisses Comin’ in the spring as a followup single to Saturday Night. White was forced to change plans and release Kisses early, as well, when he discovered that U.S. country singer Craig Campbell had recorded his own version of the song.
“It’s OK, though,” White says. “My version of Keep Them Kisses Comin’ is now getting radio play across Canada. Now I’ve got two songs getting airplay.”
Steve Rivers to play The Cadillac Lounge.
Ontario based country artist Steve Rivers is having a busy month this March. Not only is Steve showcasing at Canadian Music Week and opening for Kari Lynch and Charlie Worsham down at The Intersection in Grand Rapids Michigan, he’s also doing a performance at the Cadillac Lounge in Toronto on March 21st. For full details and more about Steve visit his website at: www.steverivers.com
Carroll Baker to return to Saint John’s Imperial Theatre April 29 with special guest appearance by Mike Biggar
Carroll Baker, Canadian country music legend, will be returning to Saint John’s Imperial Theatre April 29th where she will be performing her critically acclaimed “Thanks For The Memories Show”. The show takes her fans on a walk down memory lane and features video highlights of her career including duet clips with the likes of Conway Twitty, Hank Snow and others.To name just a few of her accomplishments, Carroll Baker is a Multiple Juno Award winner, has sales of Gold and Platinum records, more than 20 number one hits, Canadian Country music Hall of Fame member and Order of Canada recipient.There is no doubt her many Fans in the area will be excited to see her once again as it has been more than 30 years since she last graced a stage in Saint John.Carroll will be joined on stage by her all star band Bakerstreet and a special guest appearance by local performer and ECMA winner Mike Biggar.
For tickets and details visit imperialtheatre.nb.ca or phone 506 674 4100 or toll free at 1800 323 7469
Amy Rose Gets First Number One ‘New Music Weekly’ Chart Single, “Sunshine”
MTS Management Group and MTS Records would like to congratulate Amy Rose on her Number One New Music Weekly (NMW) Country Chart single, “Sunshine.” The single tops the chart for weekending February 28, 2014. “Sunshine” is Amy’s third consecutive Top 10 NMW single, and her first Number One. Released on Wild Rose/MTS Records, “Sunshine” is MTS’ second straight Number One NMW single.
“Thank you soooooo much Country music radio worldwide for giving this Canadian “Redneck” chick a chance to show the world what I was really put on this earth to do,” said Amy. “Cause we all know it wasn’t to cook… Hahahaha AND to the fans, for requesting the crappers out of the song. Y’all ROCK… #1 BABY!!!!!”
“This is incredible,” said Michael Stover, Amy’s manager and President of MTS Records. “We are blown away by the support that radio has shown our artists. Amy is so deserving of this honor. Like I said when we released this single, her vocal performance is the best that I’ve heard in a long time, easily the best this year. We are so proud of you, Amy! Enjoy the moment–many more to come!”
“Sunshine” is the third single from Amy’s forthcoming album release, The Beginning. It was written by Christopher Alan Young, Phil O’Donnell, and Tim James. Amy co-produced the track with After Tuesday Productions’ Marty Beecroft and Glen Coulson. They are the same team responsible for her first two singles, “I Just Want You To Know” (#9 NMW) and “(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck.” (#6 NMW)
New Music Weekly is a nationally distributed trade magazine for the radio and music industries. Following the tradition of Bill Gavin and the Gavin Report, New Music Weekly interprets data from the Spins Tracking System for music industry executives and artists across the United States. Weekly editorial features include highlights of the top singles impacting radio and “spotlights” of new music from the Top40/Pop, Country, AC/Hot, and College music genres. www.newmusicweekly.com
Amy Rose is a Nashville Universe Award Winner, an Independent Country Music Association Award Winner, an International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a Country Music Association of Ontario Award Nominee and a New Music Award Nominee. Her powerhouse vocal style has earned her comparisons to the top female country artists of today. She is based in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit www.amyrosemusic.com.
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