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In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!).
Multi platinum-selling recording artist Sara Evans will release her highly-anticipated seventh studio album, Slow Me Down, on March 4, 2014. The album comes over two years after the release of Stronger, her second Billboard Country Album Chart #1. Slow Me Down’s title track, released earlier this Fall, is Sara’s biggest first week country radio added single ever, and the song has been steadily climbing the charts ever since. The video features NASCAR great, Carl Edwards, and is now in heavy rotation on both CMT and GAC. You can check out the video below.
When asked about her new album, Sara stated “making Slow Me Down has been a truly amazing experience. I had the chance to co-write with some of my favorite writers, work with Mark [Bright] and some truly incredible musicians – and now hearing what we created gives me such an incredible sense of pride. Having Isaac [Slade], Gavin [DeGraw], and Vince [Gill] sing with me was an amazing experience and they took those songs to another level. I honestly have never been more excited to have everyone hear one of my albums. I cannot wait to share it with everyone.”
Slow Me Down, a veritable who’s who of songwriters, will hit shelves on March 4, 2014.
In September, country music singer, Jerrod Niemann, announced his “Rock Your Room” contest to his fans. The contest promised to award one fan with over $700 in SONY electronics, as well as a private performance in the winner’s dorm room or home. After receiving over four thousand submissions, Catherine Willis of Arizona State University was chosen at random. So, staying true to his word, on December 10th, Jerrod flew to Arizona and performed an exclusive concert for Catherine and friends. Congratulations, Catherine! What a unique and exciting experience!
Which country music artist would YOU like to have perform in your dorm room or home?
We’re sad to report that it’s been confirmed that Kellie Pickler and her label, Sony Music Nashville, have parted ways. The statement was made today by her manager, Larry Fitzgerald, to ABC News Radio:
“Kellie’s contract with Sony came to an end and they mutually decided not to renew.”
100 Proof, which was released on January 24, 2012, was Kellie’s last record on her deal with Sony Music Nashville.
We’re not sure what’s ahead for Kellie, but we still see her making music in the future and we wish her the best of luck!
Kellie has been with Sony Music Nashville since 2006.
Variety is reporting Dwayne Johnson, AKA “The Rock,” has been announced as the actor and producer of a biopic movie produced by Sony ATV. American Idol judge, Randy Jackson, and Charley’s manager, John Daines, will also produce the film based on the country legend’s life. Do you think this is a good casting decision? Do you think The Rock can pay tribute to Charley?