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MUSIC BIZ 2017 RECAP!



Congratulations to Lukas Graham and Maren Morris on their "Breakthrough Artist" Awards from the Music Business Association! It was a pleasure getting to speak to both of them before the Awards Luncheon at the Music Biz 2017 Conference! Also, congrats to Reba McEntire "Chairman's Award for Sustained Achievement" and Paula Abdul "Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award".



The second annual Musicís Leading Ladies Speak Out sessions (powered by Nielsen Music) were a huge success, with the eventís keynote conversation between Atlantic Recordsí Julie Greenwald and NPR Musicís Ann Powers, who were later joined by recent Atlantic signee Kelly Clarkson, keeping the audience enthralled. Based around the theme of Creative Partnerships, the three shared stories from their careers and how they achieved success on their own terms. We had the privilege of being onhand for this panel, and boy was it empowering to hear these women's stories!

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INTRODUCING...ANA CRISTINA CASH!



Ana Cristina discovered her love of music as a young child while singing along with  movies. Annie was one of her favorites. "I would try to match the notes." Ana shares adding that her Grandma heard her and convinced her mom that Ana had something special.

When she was  just six years old, Cristina started performing on the variety show "Sabado Gigante", becoming an accomplished champion of their singing contests.Her first big opportunity knocked when Cristina was signed to the Latin Division of Sony Records at the age of 16.

Cash's newest project "The Tough Love EP" was released in March and she couldn't be more proud of the material. She describes her music as a fusion of Americana, Country-Pop, Blues and Soul. The EP is all about Empowerment and Self-love, subjects that are close to Cristina's heart.

Noteable tracks include "Move Along Baby", a rockabilly old school throwback about not taking crap in a relationship. The EP also includes her take on the John Anderson song "Seminole Wind". But her favorite cut I'm told is "Southern Roots" which she dubs a Gothic murder ballad. Cristina hopes to have the full album out sometime in the next few months. And what better place to do that then Music City. "Nashville's the greatest music community in the world."

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INTRODUCING...WILLIAMS HONOR!


Meet Reagan Richards and Gordon Brown, better known as Williams Honor.

The duo describes their music as Country By The Beach. In other words country with Jersey roots. "I like to think of us as one of the few that have been waving the flag in Jersey for some time." says Gordon. Rock Icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Monster Magnet hail from their old neighborhood. The two members have all those roots, which they wear proudly on their sleeves.

"If you listen to our record you'll hear old sounds reminiscent of Dolly Parton, but you'll also hear as it evolves Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Faith Hill. There really is a marriage of the two sounds." exclaims Reagan.

"That's what Williams Honor is all about, bridging the gap between what's traditional and evolving to what's on the radio." chimes in Gordon

When asked what sets them apart Gordon immediately enthuses that it's Reagan's voice, while Reagan modestly shrugs off the compliment and says it's their Jersey roots.

Both Gordon and Reagan have learned from some of the greats. You're influenced heavily by them, and by the same token you're pinching yourself because your on the same stage working with them. " Reagan confides, adding that you take away things from these artists, while remaining true to yourself.

The duo is definitely country at heart. "That's one of the great things we love most about country music and why we felt closer to it than anything. It truly is a special and giving thing. It continues to give to its audience. We love being part of that." enthuses  Gordon

Recently they released a parody of Kelsea Ballerini's Peter Pan entitled "Muddy Pants" and it's taking off. Ballerini even tweeted it out, saying she loves it.

Last week Williams Honors new single "No Umbrella" came out, and the band feels it's something extra special. The song was written with Cyndi Thomson and is slated to hit radio this month. Following that I am told they will be going on the journey of the single. The duo will be back in Nashville for CMA Fest in June. In July the band has their first big headlining show on the beach in Jersey "Seaside", that they are really looking forward to.

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