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DRU MARSHALL RELEASES NEW WEB SERIES ON YOUTUBE

Nashville, TN (April 9, 2018) – Nashville based professional drummer and touring musician Dru Marshall recently released his new web series, Dru’s Drumlife, on YouTube. You can watch the latest episode HERE!

The self-proclaimed “massive cowbell fan” manages to explain music industry lingo, while providing comical commentary and experiences from his life on the road. He breaks down the construction of the drum set, explaining the names of each part, while covering topics like early morning wake up calls, sub-par hotels and post-show traditions.

Marshall uses his silly personality and enthusiasm to connect with his audience. His love for drumming is very apparent in his vlogs, which is sure to resonate with viewers. “Soundcheck is always my favorite thing,” Marshall exclaims. “You can just feel the power of the drums when you hit them!”

Born in Hollywood, Florida, 28 year old Dru Marshall has always had a soft-spot for music. Inspired by the 90s band Hanson, Marshall began playing the drums at the young age of eight. His dedication to his craft would soon become much more than just a hobby; it became a way of life. After playing in several thrash-metal, pop-punk and cover bands, Marshall signed his first record deal at age 25. “Everything I’ve ever achieved in life has been a result of saying ‘yes’ and taking risks.”

Marshall is currently performing with pop artist Joshua Micah and is gearing up to embark on the next leg of Micah’s “Revival” tour, starting on April 17th in Memphis, Tennessee. Follow Dru Marshall’s YouTube channel for a behind-the-scenes look and connect with him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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HIP-HOP ARTIST Z.SMITH TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “SMOKE BEFORE FIRE”

Nashville, TN (March 1, 2018) – Hip-hop newcomer Z.SMITH is set to drop his latest album, entitled “Smoke Before Fire,” on April 7, with preorders beginning on March 15. You can download his current single, Paint (ft. Kendall), HERE!

With deep, yet relatable lyrics like If you could paint the world and give it your own touch, would you put down your life, would you pick up your brush, “Paint” is sure to get stuck in your head. You can watch the official video HERE!

“The video for Paint really sets up what I’m trying to do with my music,” Z. Smith explains. “I think it can also connect with anyone who is trying to figure out who they are. There’s just something about not only starting with a blank canvas, but searching for that canvas; finding yourself through blind ambition and simply putting yourself out there. It’s poetic.”

Growing up on the West side of Cincinnati, Z.Smith turned to music after his home life turned rocky. Smith began rapping at age seventeen and utilized his high school’s recording studio to escape through his lyrics. “It was like the first time I got behind the wheel of a car — I had no idea what I was doing, but I just wanted to floor it. All I wanted to do was rap in that mic.”

Citing Jake Miller and Machine Gun Kelly as inspirations, Z. Smith’s music is often based on real life events. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee with his girlfriend in 2017 and finally found the peace of mind he had desperately been searching for.

“I’ve made a lot of connections, had self-defining moments and made life-changing decisions that are all reflected in this album. As I get ready to release it, I see it as the opportunity to launch myself into the world I want to be a part of. I no longer hide the music I make. I’m extremely proud of it and enjoy it — and I like who I am.”

For more information, visit www.zsmithmusic.com and engage with Z. Smith on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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AWARD-WINNING NASHVILLE COMPOSER RELEASES DISNEY MEDLEYS COLLECTION

NASHVILLE, TN (February 28, 2018) – Pianist and entertainer Jason Lyle Black is known for reaching over 30 million people worldwide through his clever and comedic piano music videos and amazing live performances.  Now Black has partnered with Hal Leonard, the world’s largest sheet music publisher, on a new collection of Disney hits, Disney Medleys for Piano Solo, available on Black’s new online store, store.jasonlyleblack.com.

“It has been an amazing honor to work with Hal Leonard and Disney on such an exciting project,” Black notes.  “Like all of us, I grew up loving the Disney classics.  And since my first concerts years ago, I have made Disney songs part of the live experience for my fans.  So to now be able to retell these songs, in a way personal to me, has been pure artistic joy.”

The book features 35 Disney favorites, arranged by Black into ten movie medleys for piano, ranging from “The Little Mermaid” to “Mary Poppins” and “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as newer favorites like his “Moana Medley.”  The book is available from retailers nationwide, and autographed copies and gift bundles are available on Black’s new web store.

The reaction of the fans who have purchased the book has been phenomenal. Fans can now order piano-themed watches, neckties, and wristbands along with the Disney book, plus Black’s book Distinctive Piano Solos, featuring Black’s arrangements of songs by Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, and other iconic artists.

See all of Black’s new offerings at store.jasonlyleback.com. For more about Black’s career, visit www.jasonlyleblack.com.

About Jason Lyle Black

Jason Lyle Black is an award-winning pianist, composer, and entertainer known for his performance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, and for having reached #1 and #2 on the iTunes and Billboard New Age charts with his original album, Piano Preludes. Also known as “The Backwards Piano Man®” for his musical comedy onstage, Black has performed in concerts throughout the United States and Canada, and on Fuji Television in Tokyo, Japan. Black is based in Nashville, Tennessee and managed by Scott Welch and Vinny Ribas.
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MEGAN BARKER & MARY KUTTER PRESENT “JAMMIN’ IN JAMMIES”

Nashville, TN (January 22, 2018) – Country sweethearts Megan Barker and Mary Kutter recently announced their new writer’s night residency called Jammin’ in Jammies. The playful event will take place every Wednesday night from 7pm-10pm at South in Nashville, starting on February 7, 2018.

Sponsored by The Producer’s Chair and radio personality The Iceman, the slumber-party themed showcase will feature both emerging and award-winning songwriters, including Jesse Lee, Jason Duke, Steve Seskin, Marti Dodson, JT Wilson, Adam Sanders, Jaron Boyer and more.

The fun-loving duo also released a creative video to introduce their new project. You can watch it HERE!

About Mary Kutter: Mary Kutter is a proud Kentucky native. Along with performing and songwriting, she hosted her own TV/radio show, Mary Kutter’s Country Music Hour, for three years. She has interviewed several hit songwriters, including Tony Arata, Kent Blazy and Kim Williams. This goofy blonde loves rap music and eating her weight in Oreos and Taco Bell.

About Megan Barker: Megan Barker was born in Nashville into a music industry family. She grew up in Las Vegas and began performing on the strip as a teenager before opening for acts like Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry and more. If you follow her on social media, you’ll see Megan can’t stop rescuing cats and loves to post videos of herself acting silly.

For more information on Jammin’ in Jammies, visit www.jammininjammies.com and be sure to follow the show on Instagram!

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JEFF HARDY ADDS NEW MUSICAL PERFORMANCES TO 2018 TOUR SCHEDULE

Nashville, TN (January 9, 2018) –  Legendary professional wrestler and singer/songwriter Jeff Hardy has added several upcoming musical performances in North Carolina and South Carolina to his 2018 tour schedule. For more information, ticket links and VIP meet & greet opportunities, click HERE!

 

1/18/18 – Amici’s Pizza Bar & Grill, Concord, NC (special acoustic performance)
1/19/18 – The Reel Cafe, Wilmington, NC (special acoustic performance)
2/2/18 – 507 Live (Formerly Live Wire), Florence, SC
2/3/18 – The Vault, Hickory, NC

 

After already achieving great success as a professional wrestler, Hardy released his first solo project in 2016, a six song EP entitled “Spawn of Me,” that was dedicated to his daughters.  That same year, he also launched his online web store, which features an art gallery with his original paintings.  In 2017, Hardy released his latest album, “Precession of the Equinoxes.”

Hardy continues to use his natural adrenaline rush to follow his heart in both his career and personal life. “My family, pro wrestling, motocross, music and painting are a part of my human anatomy.  They are just as important as my organs.  I need them to live!”

For more information, including upcoming tour dates, visit JeffHardyBrand.com and engage with Jeff Hardy on Instagram and Twitter. You can purchase a copy of Jeff’s new record, “Precession of the Equinoxes,” HERE!

 

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PIANIST JASON LYLE BLACK TO PRESENT “A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS” IN KENNEWICK, WA

KENNEWICK (December 4, 2017) – Fountain Books, an independent Deseret Book Store, and #LightTheWorld present “A Merry Little Christmas” with Jason Lyle Black in a night of piano, comedy and Christmas cheer! The concert will be held at Kennewick High School (500 South Dayton Street) on Saturday, December 9th.

In addition, a free educational workshop will be held the same afternoon at 2pm, focused on composing music, effective practice habits, and staying motivated. This free event requires pre-registration and will last about 1 hour. Parents are welcome to attend. You can purchase tickets to the show and register for the workshop HERE.

At the concert, Jason will be recognizing a local individual or family who embodies the “Spirit of Christmas” through service and example to the community.

To see previews of the show, click HERE or visit jasonlyleblack.com.

About Jason Lyle Black: Jason Lyle Black, “The Backwards Piano Man®”, is an award-winning pianist, composer, entertainer and speaker, known for his performance on the Ellen Show and for his 30 million music video views worldwide. In 2016, his album Piano Preludes  received great success, topping both the iTunes and Billboard charts.
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JEFF HARDY TO PERFORM IN COVINGTON, KY

Nashville, TN (December 4, 2017) – Professional wrestler and singer/songwriter JEFF HARDY will be performing live at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY on December 15. He will be joined by local musicians Heart Means More, Toybox Killer, Sever the Ties,Mister Mason and Motel Faces.

General admission tickets are $13 in advance and $18 at the door. VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet and photo opportunity with Jeff Hardy, early entry, special seating, collector’s laminate and a signed show poster, are available for $50.  Tickets can be purchased HERE.

After already achieving great success as a professional wrestler, Hardy established his band, Peroxwhy?gen, in 2003 and released two consecutive albums.  In 2016, he released his first solo project, a six song EP entitled “Spawn of Me,” that was dedicated to his daughters.  That same year, he also launched his online web store, which features an art gallery with his original paintings.  In 2017, Hardy released his latest album, “Precession of the Equinoxes.”

Hardy continues to use his natural adrenaline rush to follow his heart in both his career and personal life. “My family, pro wrestling, motocross, music and painting are a part of my human anatomy.  They are just as important as my organs.  I need them to live!”

For more information, including upcoming tour dates, visit JeffHardyBrand.com and engage with Jeff Hardy on Instagram and Twitter. You can purchase a copy of Jeff’s new record, “Precession of the Equinoxes,” HERE!

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MEGAN BARKER RELEASES NEW CHRISTMAS SINGLE

Nashville, TN (November 22, 2017) – Nashville-based singer/songwriter Megan Barker recently released her new holiday song, “One More Christmas With You,” to iTunes. You can download the single HERE!

With touching lyrics like snow hasn’t hit the ground, but I can feel it in the air, your memory’s all over town, but you ain’t really there, the Christmas tune is sure to tug on heartstrings and has a very special meaning to Barker.

“When Dad and I wrote One More Christmas With You, it was about being heartbroken over a relationship ending,” Barker explains. “Now, for me, it’s a song about missing my Daddy – but, it makes me happy when I play it live. His memory lives on through this song.”

Born into the music industry, her father, Bobby P. Barker, wrote songs for country legends such as Ronnie Milsap and Barbara Mandrell. Her mother, Barbara Smith-Barker, was also a touring artist and session singer. Megan spent her childhood in studios and writing sessions where she learned at an early age how to craft a lyrical narrative.

Megan started her career singing at local Las Vegas venues where her unique and prolific songwriting and contagious melodies helped her to play bigger venues, including The Linq, Monte Carlo, First Friday Festival, The House of Blues, The Hard Rock Cafe and more. She has also had the privilege of opening for the likes of Montgomery Gentry, Lee Briceand Eli Young Band.

“Performing live music professionally in Las Vegas was a huge blessing, but Nashville is where I belong – creating songs by day and performing at night. I’ll see ya’ll out on the road!”

You can listen to Megan live on Grand Ole Opry Radio (650 AM WSM) this Friday, November 24th at 5pm. On December 14th, she will appear on “Today in Nashville” (Channel 4). That same evening at 9:30pm, she will be promoting her Christmas single at her show Santa Claws at Millennium Maxwell House. The performance will benefit theNashville Cat Rescue.

For more information, visit www.MeganBarker.com  and engage with Megan on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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PIANIST JASON LYLE BLACK TO PRESENT “A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS” THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

REXBURG (November 13, 2017) —Black is back.  Pianist and YouTube star Jason Lyle Black, who performed a fundraiser in Rexburg earlier this year for the Upper Valley Music Teachers Association, is back for a bigger-and-better Christmas concert featuring local celebrity beatboxer and BYU-I student Parker Kane.

“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Rexburg,” Black notes.  “This is an all-new concert with Christmas music, live audience requests for their favorite Christmas songs, and special guest Parker Kane, with whom I’ll be doing my first-ever piano/beatbox Christmas duet!”

The concert is presented by Idaho Central Credit Union, and supported by Rexburg City and by #LightTheWorld.  Black said his goal is to create a tradition in the Rexburg community for families and the campus community to come together to enjoy Christmas music.

“Specifically, we wanted to provide something fun for families to do over Thanksgiving weekend,” Black notes, as the concert takes place Saturday, November 25, at 7 PM at the Rexburg Tabernacle.  “We know that families are often looking for something fun to do over Thanksgiving weekend, so we created a special “Family pass” for the concert.”

“This is a concert you don’t want to miss,” notes David Love, president of the Upper Valley Music Teachers Association.  “Jason knocked the socks off the audience last time he was here.  His unique mix of music, comedy, and audience improvisation was an absolute hit!”

Tickets are available online at jasonlyleblack.com.  General admission is $12, with seniors/students getting $10 pricing and family passes available for $35.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to various community causes, including music education and “Shop with a Cop.”  To see video previews, visit jasonlyleblack.com.

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JEFF HARDY TO PERFORM LIVE IN GREENSBORO, NC

Nashville, TN (November 10, 2017) – Legendary professional wrestler and singer/songwriter Jeff Hardy will be performing a special acoustic show at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro, NC on November 25th. Tickets and meet and greet opportunities can be purchased HERE!

After already achieving great success as a professional wrestler, Hardy established his band, Peroxwhy?gen, in 2003 and released two consecutive albums.  In 2016, he released his first solo project, a six song EP entitled “Spawn of Me,” that was dedicated to his daughters.  That same year, he also launched his online web store, which features an art gallery with his original paintings.  In 2017, Hardy released his latest album, “Precession of the Equinoxes.”

Hardy continues to use his natural adrenaline rush to follow his heart in both his career and personal life. “My family, pro wrestling, motocross, music and painting are a part of my human anatomy.  They are just as important as my organs.  I need them to live!”

For more information, visit JeffHardyBrand.com and engage with Jeff Hardy on Instagram and Twitter. You can purchase a copy of Jeff’s new record, “Precession of the Equinoxes,” HERE!

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