The Chris Top Program

Oct 19 2020 36 mins

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Second Chance
Sep 21 2020 4 mins  
It's funny what I can remember from forty years ago. I can recall my home phone number, my address, and the day I was decapitated. I was doing my favorite thing on a sunny afternoon in 1982. What kid wouldn't enjoy a game of hoops with his Dad and big sis? They both towered over my eleven-year-old body like two giants. Whenever either of them would deliver a shot, the swish noise would be followed by the ball's sound hitting the homemade wooden backboard in our front yard when I took my turn. After a quick game of horse, we took it inside for a discussion. Dad explained how I wouldn't be around too long because someone pretty high up had made a grave mistake. Susan, my sister, argued with him, describing how angels didn't mess up; they just reverse situations. Dad went on to say I would be getting a do-over, and I'd soon be back home with Mom. Evidently, God never puts more on folks than they can handle, and taking me away would have been another tragedy my poor mother couldn't deal with within her lifetime. She'd already lost my father and Susan, so losing me would be too much, so I was given a second chance. The two explained how it had played out. My neighbor had just finished putting up a new barbed wire fence along the road to my house. I cruised down Melon Road on a borrowed three-wheeler when I took the curve to fast and lost control. I headed straight through that new neck high fence, and then I ended up playing basketball with Dad and my sister. They let me talk them into one more round of horse before my rewind happened. I'm sure they let me win this time. It felt good to get a few more minutes with them before saying goodbye. The next thing I knew, I was back on the machine that had ended my life earlier that same day. Freedom was in front of me, and it took the shape of blue skies, sunshine, and wind. Is was as if the dust behind me symbolized pain I was fleeing from somehow. No matter how much pressure I put on the gas, it was always in my rearview mirror. All I could do was try my hardest to outrun the agony of an eleven-year-old child who'd lost both his father and sister. The power I felt coursing through my veins at the same speed I was physically traveling soon turned to fear as I failed to take the final turn where the new fence was patiently waiting on me. As I lost control, I panicked and hit the gas harder instead of pressing the brakes. The jagged wire approached me like a stop motion animation film. One second it was in the distance, and the next, it had twisted around my neck and affixed itself to my face. I could feel my lips being torn down to my chin before darkness plucked me from the tragedy once again. I was confused because I thought this was my redo. Maybe it was up to me to stay off of the three-wheeler, and I blew it. I was foolish and lost my gift of a second chance. Something was different this time. As the light began to focus, I didn't see my Dad and sister waiting for me in the front yard. This time I saw the reflection of my distorted face in the bright red paint of the wreckage. I could feel angels lifting me from the ground before I passed out again. "You were lucky, Chris," I faintly heard as I came to my senses on a cold hospital bed being wheeled through hallways full of people. It was my brother telling me to squeeze his hand as the docs began to stitch up my battered face. Afterward, I remember lying in my room half-conscious while overhearing my brother explain to another adult that angels must have watched over me that day. Our neighbor had put off securing his new fence because something had come up, and he had to leave the job undone. Larry, my brother, said, "Chris would have been decapitated if the fence had been nailed in." I'll never forget the day God gave me a second chance.


No More Regrets
Sep 17 2020 6 mins  
We were at the end of the road, the last of a dying breed. Nine had come before us, but none would go after. We closed the chapter on a decade of big hair, neon, and mullets. We knew every single word to Livin On A Prayer and had multiple shades of acid wash jeans. We are the class of 1989. The entire 80s was a free fall. We made up everything as we went along, held our breath, and just jumped. I mean, we might as well jump. It beats getting thrown from the back of the pickup truck, all of us piled into any given day.Now that I've managed to paint a picture of Friday Night Videos and Fantasy Island, I'd like to talk about one night.Funland was my Saturday evening destination. I'd spend the week collecting quarters so I could blow them all on Galaga or Centipede. When the change ran out, my buddies and I would spend the rest of the evening driving up and down Riverside Drive, hoping to catch the latest crush's attention. We'd usually end up broke and out of gas, discussing future fame and fortune.I parked outside of the arcade and made my way into the crowded room to meet up with my pals. It's super important to look as cool as possible whenever entering a social gathering. Those first impressions are everything, and I had to make the most of my entrance. Sharp Dressed Man was echoing through my mind like a mantra to guide my footsteps safely. I couldn't have made it three feet into the building before I tripped over a pool stick someone had left on the floor. Who the hell leaves a pool stick on the floor! I quickly stood up and took a bow letting everyone know to go about their business, and there was nothing to see here. I could hear Pac-Man dying in the background as I failed to win over the audience."So much for a grand first impression," I thought to myself as I tried to disappear from existence in a game of Donkey Kong. I felt a tap on my shoulder, then I heard the words, "You're going to have to teach me how to fall like that sometime." Before turning around, I mentioned how I'd be around all night and was only getting warmed up. She giggled as I moved to face her for the first time. This is where I'd love to say our eyes locked, and the room slowed down around us as we knew then and there we were meant for each other. That's not what happened at all. My knees must have locked up or something because I stumbled forward, giving her a massive forehead to her nose's bridge. She covered her face in pain as her eyes began to water. "Are you okay!?" I told her I was sorry a few hundred times before she finally told me to shut up and that she'd be fine.It was pretty noisy in the game room, and she had a headache all of a sudden and asked if we could go outside. I walked her out, and we took a seat on the hood of my car. It was the first moment I'd had the chance to really see her. She was insanely gorgeous. I mean, she was The Bangles lead singer hot. "I'm Kim," she said as she rubbed her nose, trying to shake off the pain from our close encounter. I nervously smiled and told her it was nice to meet her. After a short pause, she gave me a puzzled look and said, "Do you have a name, or should I call you Mr, Awkward?" I told her that my name is Chris, but awkward would work as well.We joked around for a while, and Kim explained she was only in town for a few days visiting because she was considering attending Austin Peay in the fall. After a few minutes of small talk, we decided to hop in the car and drive downtown for a walk to get away from everyone.The more we strolled and spoke to each other, the more relaxed I became. We ended up climbing to the roof of a downtown building to get a better view of the world.The night sky was full of stars, and we even had a private concert courtesy of the El Camino parked below us in the street, blaring a homemade mixtape. We talked about the pains of growing up and the uncertainty of everything ahead of us. She asked me if...





George Floyd
May 31 2020 1 mins  
An opportunity fell at our feet, as horrific as it may have been, hope for all of us was in sight. George Floyd's murder, destined to morph into a great symbol of racial unity that ensured generations an abundance of peace. The irrelevance of skin color would arrive and become as common as air entering our lungs. Entitlement would be a brief lesson in the history books of our grandchildren overshadowed by the good that rose from the ashes of great tragedy. Our sons and daughters would finally walk down the street hand in hand as smiles exchanged with no whispers of racism echoing like a heavy breath on the backs of their necks. Brothers, regardless of ethnicity, would enjoy the freedom and abundance of equal circumstances. Instead, the trench that had already reached maximum depth managed to hollow out a greater divide. Somehow the gift of George Floyd's life will be seen as the catalyst propelling us further into an abyss of hatred toward one another. All of our lives are divine, but sometimes a handful, are sacrificed at the altar of evil. No one chooses that destiny, but the real misfortune is having no control over your death's impact. Mr. Floyd would have wanted the evolution of peace to be his story. Unfortunately, others have manipulated his offering, and America is burning. The good news is that it isn't too late. Envision a statue of George Floyd at our nation's capital as a reminder of how far we have come. Picture Americans are taking time to celebrate the life of this man who inspired the revolution of tranquillity. Each breath may be our last, so never lose hope and never forget love.https://www.christopprogram.com/






Essential
Mar 26 2020 5 mins  
Close up of EDGAR'S eyes the whole time as they shift back and forth. Sometimes they move normally with little concern and other times it's frantic. EDGAR: Another day, another dime. I clock in, and I sit, I sit at this cubicle all day, and then, I clock out and go home. The next day I repeat. Sometimes I answer the phone if I feel like it. I despise the keyboard. The sound as I hit the keys with my fingers wears on me sure, but all of the other rats who sit within a few feet of me behind the fake walls are doing the same thing. It sounds like a badly dubbed Japanese Karate movie; if the keyboard doesn't drive me nuts, the awkward glances around the corners and the stares from perpetual bathroom warriors passing by will. For the first time in my life, I'm essential. I do not, however, appreciate being compared to an oil Karen. Just how vital is your oil Karen? Is it a matter of life or death without it, Karen? I mean, I get it. Someone has to sit here and bang on these bacteria-infested keys during a pandemic. I don't leave my desk all day because I'm smarter than that. As soon as I get up, a fellow essential will sabotage me. When I get to work, I spend a solid fifteen minutes wiping down my counter. I bring my own sanitizer, this stuff the office provides, I don't trust it. Who knows what they put in it, probably some slow reacting poison. It'd be a little better in here if they'd put in a couple of windows, maybe fix the damn fluorescent light above my head that sucks a bit of my soul away each day. Who am I kidding, if I were to drop dead on the spot they'd replace me with someone else within the hour whose happy to be trapped behind three walls. While I face these panels, the open space behind me, the freedom taunts me. I could get up and walk away. Maybe I'll do that one day. It'll happen as soon as I don't depend on my crucial job. It's ridiculous I'm even at the office in the first place. I can complete every task at home on my cozy couch that I'm assigned to do here. But, no, the man needs my vital ass to clock in. The company has to watch me as they secretly block my freedom from behind. I can feel the hot breath of these life-sucking parasites on the back of my neck as it looms in the air around me. Is everyone else here ignorant? Do they not notice the stink in the atmosphere. The repulsive stench, invading our senses! When I was a child, I had an incredibly weak stomach. The cafeteria was a nightmare. Every day I'd finish my lunch and approach the trash cans to scrape my food tray. Without fail, I'd gag and lose my breath; it was terrifying. I eventually grew out of it. Some things do make us stronger if they don't kill us. This job, this indispensable role I play is going to kill me. Think about it, dying in a place that makes me miserable is the same thing as murder. Well, maybe it's more like suicide. We drink too much, we smoke too much, we show up and work in places that make us miserable, we're all committing suicide, and no one says a thing because no one gives a shit. I suppose I'd be doing everyone a favor if I set this place ablaze. I could end it all quickly for every miserable warm body in this pit. The site only has two exits. I could start a fire on one side of the building and make it to the other side before these losers even knew what hit them. I doubt I'd live long enough to see their face sizzle and melt away, but the thought of it would have to do. I wonder if the nearby business would be able to smell the burning flesh or just the smoke? If I were to get up from my desk, these nosy little bastards would be on to me immediately. Everyone would know I was up to something because I never leave my seat until it's time to depart, and even then, I wait for the others to exit first. I don't want anyone to have free reign in my workspace. That's asking for...


Electric Cowboy Encouraging Large Groups At Club
Mar 21 2020 3 mins  
By now, everyone has seen the spring break videos. College kids justifying the beach party and ignoring public safety. It was infuriating seeing these young people only thinking about themselves. One of my first thoughts after watching the interviews and videotape was that it could never happen here in my hometown. No way people would be that selfish in Clarksville, TN. Then I saw the post from a local nightclub called The Electric Cowboy. "Biggest Party In Tennessee! Friday & Saturday Nights, doors open at 8:00 PM." Other posts were saying: March birthday bash!Bring five friends and get in free!Call ahead for reserved seating and goody bag!$3 fireball all night!" It looks like the Electric Cowboy is doing there best to gather large crowds amid a worldwide pandemic. The CDC is advising every American to stay away from large groups and keep a distance of six feet from others. Maybe an appropriate message from The Electric Cowboy would be March COVID-19 Bash! Bring five friends, and everyone in the group could infect several hundred citizens after leaving da club. Call ahead for reserved seating and first dibs on the Coronavirus. $3 death sentence for the elderly or medically compromised all night long! The Electric Cowboy either does not care about its employees & customers, or it is ignorant of everything happening in the world. Both scenarios are dangerous. The customers coming into the establishment have no compassion for human life or the number of people they could harm after leaving the club. One customer said, "It's time to get loose tonight, Let's "F" this "Rona" virus." Another wanted to make sure they would be open because she worked at a grocery store and needed the release from chaos. So, you'll be attending the "pandemic party 2020" and then returning to work at the grocery store? Will you be one of the employees serving the elderly who get to come in early to avoid crowds because they are at high risk? The Electric Cowboy has had the opportunity to do the right thing. They STILL have a chance to make the correct decision and shut it down. The community will love you for setting the example. If you keep the doors open, you are sending out the message that a dollar is worth more than our loved ones. What are you going to do, Electric Cowboy?


Rideshare Stories Episode 14
Mar 16 2020 2 mins  
"She was abandoned right in front of the grocery store." Mary is a 25-year-old with plans to become a commercial real estate agent. She's also a creative who has a passion for painting. Her visit here from Nashville didn't go quite the way she'd hoped. Her boyfriend of four years left her stranded in front of a grocery store after he broke it off with Mary. Luckily she had her phone, so she was able to catch an Uber with me. When she first got into the car, everything seemed normal. We greeted each other and exchanged a few words. Out of nowhere, she broke down and explained what happened. She was crying uncontrollably. She mentioned how she never cries, and she was embarrassed and felt foolish. I told her this, "Two of the greatest tragedies I've faced in life are the death of a loved one and a broken heart. It's always been my experience broken hearts are more difficult to get past because that person is still out there somewhere. It's okay to cry and be angry, but you don't need to feel embarrassed." We've all been there and experienced the pain of losing someone who we assumed we'd be with forever. It's a terrible and consuming pain that feels like it will never end, but it does. Mary said she planned on going to Goodwill when she gets home to purchase some plates. Then she plans on smashing them all. I encouraged her and let her know that I agreed that it could be an excellent way to begin the process. I also mentioned how cool it would be to take those smashed up pieces of glass and create some beautiful artwork. Mary thought that was a good idea. This experience was a good reminder for me. Life breaks all of the time, but living through the destruction is beautiful. I'm happy I could be Mary's friend for 17 minutes. Thanks for stopping by to #WOBA with me. #ridesharestoriesThe great local businesses who make this podcast possible are Deb Wilson, Realtor 931.206.8551, Pbody's - Clarksville Country Club, & EXIT One Real Estate MetroNet-Clarksville TN









My Revenge On Standardized Testing
Feb 19 2020 6 mins  
I've never been a fan of standardized testing. The rules were, we had to bring two number 2 pencils, no cheating, and lay your pencil down when the time is up. These tests always mortified me. I was not good at taking them and did poorly 100% of the time. My story is how I fought the system and won as a kid in the 80s. Maybe I wasn't the best child. Sometimes I didn't feel like going to school. Many mornings I'd force a cough or complain about feeling a bit warm so I could stay home and watch The Price Is Right. I'd sit on the couch and drink Sprite while I watched the pretty girls expose the hidden numbers on the tv screen. I'm not sure if my mother fell for it, maybe she didn't feel like arguing, so she let me miss a day. Either way, the result was I got to stay home and hang with Bob Barker. As luck would have it, I was actually sick on an important test day. Maybe it was the CAT, or it could have been the SAT or perhaps the SUCK, I don't even know. Why the hell did I have to take a test called the California Achievement Test anyway? I mean, I LIVE in Tennessee, hello! They never even told us why we had to take the test. Was it to see if we could read, write, and do math stuff? Isn't that sort of the purpose of school? I'm pretty sure my teacher could tell you everything you need to know Mr. CAT, so please let me play on the monkey bars instead of coloring bubbles for three hours. Like many other times, I explained to Mom how I was not feeling well. It worked before, so it should be a cakewalk convincing her I was sick when I was honestly sick. She calmly yet forcefully informed me I would not be missing CAT day. Wait; what? It's an actual day now! Would I get thrown in a California jail for life because I missed the bubble test? My sarcasm did not help my plea. I got dressed, caught the bus, and arrived at Cumberland Heights Elementary School. As the morning wore on, I could feel myself getting worse. While the teacher explained proper techniques for coloring the tiny circles, I began to feel hot and cold at the same time. It felt like my stomach was swinging from the monkey bars without me while I sat at my desk. As the dreadful timer started, I reluctantly rose from my seat and approached the teacher. The closer I got to her, the sharper her scowl became. I worked up enough nerve to continue with my walk as the other children watched me closely. The look on my teacher's face was the same expression, Samuel L Jackson contributes to every movie in which he's had a role. I was at the point of no return, so I nervously let her know I was not feeling well. She informed me it was CAT day, and I needed to have a seat and finish the section before the timmer ran out. What's up with the whole CAT day thing, did I miss something? Do all of the bad boys and girls get sent away to some mysterious underground camp to run on a giant wheel, so California has electricity? Why was it such an enormous deal that I missed this stupid test? I lost that battle, but I would not lose the war. Just like George Washington at Valley Forge, I would continue to fight until victorious. "Okay, you did this to yourself" was the thought in my head as I returned to my desk. I began to carefully color in the small rings on my paper with the sharp number two pencil as instructed. After answering about ten questions, I let out an uncontrollable cough, followed by a dry-heave. The teacher looked at me as if to say nice try now get back to work. I felt better, but it didn't last long. Seven or eight more questions later, it happened again. The cough, the gag, and the stares from everyone, this time, wondering if this was the real deal. Even the teacher began to look a little concerned but not enough to excuse me from class. I was answering fewer and fewer questions before the subtle warnings would occur. I knew how this was going to end. By the time I was down to answering two questions before my body's natural alert...



Rideshare Stories Episode 13
Feb 17 2020 2 mins  
"She was counting on him getting killed in combat, so she spent all of his money."The conversation I had with James today during his Lyft ride wasn't exactly what I'd expected. He spent over forty years in the furniture business, so he's heard a lot. James is a chatterbox but always has an interesting story for me.Before we get started, I want you to know this stuff chooses me; it's not the other way around.Clarksville is a military town, so it's not unusual to hear tragic stories of loved ones never returning home. In this particular instance, the guy's wife was counting on it. The soldier was deployed in a particularly dangerous place, and his wife knew he'd never return, or maybe she was hoping he'd never return, I'm not sure. She ended up spending thousands and thousands of dollars the guy had put away for retirement. She was back home living the good life thinking she'd be able to cash in his fat life insurance check and carry on even after the account was empty. Well, he did come home and found out he was broke. I'm not exactly clear on the details or course of action the returning soldier implemented. I'm sure he was angry.An angry soldier and his deceitful wife isn't the story here. The biggest question I had for James when he finished was, "Did they get divorced?" He said, "Nah, he loved her." He loved her.Forgiveness is the story here. I've held grudges in my life for far less. Maybe it's time to let a few things go.Thanks for stopping by to #WOBA with me. #ridesharestoriesThe great local businesses who make this podcast possible are Deb Wilson, Realtor 931.206.8551, Pbody's - Clarksville Country Club, & EXIT One Real Estate MetroNet-Clarksville TN










Rideshare Stories Episode 12
Jan 28 2020 3 mins  
ShotgunMy playlist is always on whenever I'm taking Uber & Lyft rides. I'm partial to oldies, and it seems like the majority of my passengers are too. Once Sue got into my Jeep, she immediately noticed Junior Walker And The All-Stars coming through my speakers. She smiled and told her story.Clarksville in the sixties was a little different than it is today. One of the car lots on College Street in front of Austin Peay was instead a small empty brick building. Sue was thirteen at the time, and like many kids that age, she snuck out with a friend. As they strolled down College Street, they gossiped and admitted to what boys they were fascinated with that particular week. During the late-night adventure, they noticed a faint noise in the distance. Curiosity got the best of the girls, and they decided to investigate. As their steps brought them closer to the sound, it was apparent someone was playing some loud music for this time of the night. They recognized the popular song; it was Shotgun by Junior Walker And The All-Stars. Once they were close enough to peek into the small brick building, they could see a band playing through the window. Two teenage hearts began to race once it became evident Junior Walker and his group were on the other side of the wall. After a quick discussion, the two decided to enter the small structure that was sheltering some of Motown's best. Before the band chased off the two teenagers for being out way past their bedtime, Sue managed a couple of questions. The musicians explained how it was much cheaper to rent a building in Clarksville to practice than in Nashville. Sue and her friend hid outside for a while longer and enjoyed the free concert of a lifetime. Sue went home that evening with a story she'd never forget. I loved this bite of history because it's something I would have never heard had I not picked up Sue that afternoon. I'm happy the right song was playing at the right time. The people who live in this town all have a story. You should visit Clarksville soon for a great story yourself. While you're here say hello to Pbody's - Clarksville Country Club, EXIT One Real Estate MetroNet-Clarksville TN, & my good friend Deb Wilson, Realtor 931.206.8551. They're all sponsors of The Chris Top Program. Come #WOBA with us sometime!#ridesharestories ChrisTopProgram.com



Rideshare Stories Episode 11
Jan 10 2020 4 mins  
“One day something pretty miraculous happened”Isabella left Puerto Rico in the 1970s bound for Louisiana. She had pretty big dreams, just like anyone else graduating college and looking for a better life. I believe she found a better life, but it didn't happen right away.Isabella had requested a lyft from Publix to her home. As I was loading her groceries into the back of my Jeep, I noticed a bottle of wine. I asked her what the occasion was. She responded by telling me it was her birthday. On the way home, she mentioned that she is a cardiovascular nurse. She also spoke about how she missed New York and the ease of being able to get from one place to another. She's not a giant fan of our transit system here in Clarksville, and this isn't the first time I've heard that from a passenger.Isabella's first job in the US was at a hospital in Louisiana. The facility was in need of staff who could speak Spanish. Isabella was in the right place at the right time. The good news didn't stay good, very long, though. I can imagine a lot has changed in fifty years, but I can also imagine some things still seem like they happened yesterday. Isabella was not met with open arms or given any number to call in case she was harassed in any way. Instead, Isabella came home to graffiti painted on her walls and co-workers who made it obvious, "her kind" were not welcome. She packed her belongings and moved again.This time Isabella found herself in New York, where she stayed several years before coming to Clarksville. The Big Apple provided her with a new job and others from Puerto Rico who made her feel more at home. When Isabella first arrived in Louisiana, she was undoubtedly exposed to hate right away. Eventually, the hate had found its way into her own heart. She had a difficult time trusting any group who reminded her of the people who first introduced her to the new life she'd sought out. She could have quickly become even more bitter as time wore on and possibly allowed these dark feelings to overcome her. One day something pretty miraculous happened.Isabella was assisting a surgeon and had an opportunity to hold a beating heart in her own hands. At that moment, an undeniable love hit her like a moving train. Isabella realized the heart she held in her hand looked like every other heart she'd ever seen. If the patient weren't lying directly in front of her, she wouldn't know who this heart belonged. Isabella held life in her hand, and that life had no color, or race, or religion. Isabella told me from that moment on, she stopped judging people by groups or skin color and only saw the character in individuals.I believe Isabella was indeed the right person in the right place this time. She experienced two life-changing moments, and luckily she let the second one define her.I helped Isabella take her groceries in, and I wished her a happy birthday. I also told her I'd be glad to give her a ride again sometime, at least until our transit system has improved.







Rideshare Stories Episode 8
Dec 16 2019 1 mins  
“I was a Daddy’s Girl. I’d always pictured him walking me down the aisle.”Michelle pierces people’s body parts for a living. I gave her a Lyft to Lasater's Coffee & Tea - Riverside and then off to work. She’s a fantastic representative for No Egrets Tattoo Studio. Her personality is outstanding and it was so kind when she offered to buy me a coffee on the way.I have no intention of ever getting anything pierced but if I did I’d go to Michelle without a second thought. She’s been at it for around six years so I’m pretty sure she’s a bad azz.She mentioned how her father had passed away from cancer at the end of May. I’d asked how she was holding up and she said, “It eventually happens to everyone, I’m doing okay.” I’m pretty good at reading between the lines and could tell she has some hurt lingering around. I mean it’s barely been over a month so it’s totally understandable.Her only wish is that her father could be around to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. I had to turn away from her for a second after she said that because it got to me a little.All I can say is this...Michelle is a 28-year-old with her whole life ahead of her. She’s already found her passion and that’s unusual for anyone, especially at her age. Every day she’ll get stronger and has the spirit to conquer any curveball life will throw her way.I know all of that because she told me her daddy prepared her for life. The cool thing about this story... I feel like I know her dad. He is part of who she is without a doubt.He will be there to walk her down the aisle.Each episode of #RideShareStories is made possible by Pbody's - Clarksville Country Club, EXIT One Real Estate MetroNet-Clarksville TN, & Deb Wilson! I appreciate each of them more than I could ever describe. Go #WOBA with these wonderful sponsors.



December 32nd
Dec 09 2019 10 mins  
I've always enjoyed keeping my room dark. On occasion a beam of sunlight would penetrate my blinds if they had been moved for one reason or another. It's not that I have anything against daylight but the burst of sunshine brought the spots on the carpet and dust in the air to life. Julianna would have never stood for that. She always made sure I cleaned and picked up after myself. I heard a very loud knock on my door. It didn't surprise me. It was my very determined neighbor who uses the Holidays as an excuse to drive me crazy. “Old guy... hey OLD GUY! It's me again. I'm having friends over tomorrow to celebrate the new year. You're invited but I know you wont show up. Hell, I'd be surprised if you even answered the door. I know I've said this the past three years but THIS is the absolute last time I will bother you on New Years Eve. I just figured you might, ahhh ya know what, never mind!” she said. She was acting like a child who was being forced by her mother to be nice to the uncle no one cared for. “Later Scrooge,” She mumbled from the other side of the door. “I heard that,” I replied. It's not the first time I overheard people walking up and down the hallways at night comparing me to pre-ghost Ebeneezer. I invited my neighbor in and offered her a seat. She reluctantly sat down and was obviously in some form of shock. “Look man, if you plan on murdering me or something my boyfriend knows I'm here,” She told me. I had seen her boyfriend on occasion in passing. He was always on his phone and never really paid her any attention. If I did happen to murder her I honestly don't believe he'd even notice, at least for a few days. “Your days are mixed up,” I said as I was trying to keep a cough under control while my eyes watered a bit. “You don't sound too good,” My neighbor mentioned. She seemed confused by my statement. I went on to explain how tomorrow is not New Years Day at all, it's actually December 32nd, the last day of Christmas. Her eyes opened very wide as she began to rise from the old west cowhide club chair to make a speedy exit. Before walking out the door she stopped to look back at me. My hand was covering my face as I was clutching my side coughing uncontrollably with my mouth shut. “You! Sit down and I'll get you a glass of water while you explain to me how tomorrow isn't January first,” She said in a demanding voice while storming toward my tiny kitchen. I thanked her for the glass of water and began to tell my story.The year was 1971. I had just returned from Vietnam in the middle of December. I was in my twenties, stronger, healthy, and arguably better looking. I was happy to be home for many reasons but none compared to Julianna. I was going to ask her to marry me. We met a week before I had shipped out. I bet we wrote each other a thousand letters while I was gone and she was finishing college. We got to know each other through the mail. Each note uncovered something new. Each sentence and every letter was the beginning of our love story. We were married in December. Neither of our families had much money so it was a small ceremony in a little church just outside of Clarksville. Her dad was the preacher so we got a pretty great deal. I forgot to mention both of our birthdays were in December and I proposed to her the day before Christmas the previous year. Seeing as how this was a very special month we decided one day of Christmas just wasn't enough. Our first December as a married couple was the beginning of a very special tradition. Each year the tree was up before midnight on November 30th. December first we celebrated Christmas, December second we celebrated Christmas, December third we celebrated Christmas, and this went on all the way through the 31st. We exchanged gifts each day, nothing too extravagant. It was mostly handmade cards and sometimes a new pair of shoes or something. One year I did manage to save up and get her a new ring for our ten year...

Rideshare Stories Episode 7
Dec 07 2019 3 mins  
“ Your backpack is on fire”I guess Nik is short for Nikki or maybe Nikole? Anyway, I was notified by Lyft and drove over to the Marathon gas station on Riverside Drive to pick up Nik. I could tell she was relieved when I arrived. She told me about a man who had offered her a ride three different times. Her plan was to walk to McDonald's for coffee and then take a Lyft home. The determined stranger offering his service made Nik feel pretty uncomfortable so she felt safer getting a ride to both stops. “The man was driving down Riverside drive, trying to convince me to get in his car while everyone behind him was honking,” Nik told me. On the way to McDonald's we talked about how she probably made a great decision turning the man down all three times. I parked and waited for her to come back with her coffee so I could take her home. She had offered to grab me a cup too but I already had some I'd made at home. I rarely drive without coffee by my side. I cracked the windows while I was waiting and noticed a pretty overwhelming burning smell. It was strong like incense and my eyes actually started to water a little. I kept looking outside trying to figure out where the smell was coming from. The odor was so strong! It was almost like it was coming from the inside of my Jeep. The funny thing, it was coming from inside of my Jeep. I happened to look down at the backpack Nik had left in the floorboard. It was on fire. I calmly got out and noticed my passenger exiting with her warm cup of coffee in hand. “Is something wrong,” Nik asked me. I said, “Well, your backpack is on fire.” I continued around the vehicle, opened the passenger door, and pulled out the burning object. I shook the backpack until a cigar fell from what was left of the side pocket. She frantically apologized and seemed incredibly embarrassed. I told her this was a first, no one had ever tried to set my Jeep on fire. We laughed about it on the way to her house. She mentioned how this was probably a sign she should quit smoking. This is how I look at the whole experience. I got to save Nik two times in one day. Once from a crazy stalker and once from an exploding backpack. It's a little bit of an exaggeration but hey, it's my #ridesharestoryShare your story with https://www.christopprogram.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/999481740192569/ and we may use it on the podcast.

Rideshare Stories Episode 6
Nov 30 2019 2 mins  
Trip To WalgreensI had just dropped a guy off on Dunlop and immediately got an Uber alert to pick up a retired couple from Premier. After arriving, I jumped out of the Jeep and helped the gentleman with his walker while his wife sat in the backseat. I went around and opened the door so he could keep her company. As soon as I pulled out, the little old lady said, “Quite the haircut you have there, are you a wrestler or something?” I told her I was actually not a good enough actor for that.They went on to tell me how much they missed living in Florida but ended up here to be near family. As we got closer to exit one I was asked if I minded going through the Walgreen drive thru before taking them home. I explained how I would make the special stop because she loved my hair so much. They suggested I pull up to the window so her husband could speak to the employee. After the polite, “welcome to Walgreens”, things went downhill. My passenger said he had an order called in. The team member asked him to repeat the name and the old fellow screamed out his name and said, ARE YOU DEAF!” I shrunk down in my seat and acted like I was interested in something in the next parking lot. My passenger had trouble reaching the window to give them his credit card and I was unable to back up because of the car behind me. His wife ended up getting out of the jeep and waiting outside by the window. When the employee appeared again with the prescription he politely asked her how she was doing. Her response, “Can you smell that food cooking out here?” The man behind the window mentioned how he wished he could smell it from inside. The old woman then said, “No you don't because it STINKS.” By this time I was practically under my seat. The little old lady made her way back to the rear passenger seat and told her husband he was embarrassing and had no patience. I'm grateful she keeps him in check. I love old people. Whats your Rideshare story? Share it with The ChrisTopProgram.com or Clarksville Rideshare Stories on Facebook. We may use it on the podcast!



Rideshare Stories Episode 4
Nov 24 2019 2 mins  
Disposable Cameras I can remember buying disposable cameras, taking 50 pictures, and waiting a week or two to see the outcome. Opening the envelope of freshly developed photos was always a special occasion. I’d share the tiny glimpses with my friends and family and we’d be wrapped in an extraordinary moment together.Today I scroll through Facebook & Instagram. My phone has access to more pictures than anyone has in a basement full of photo albums collecting dust. I click like and move on to the next one.I certainly miss the connection and seeing the expression on faces as I guide fellow explorers through a thick book of pages. I long for telling and hearing the stories each snapshot holds behind the glossy surface.I had the honor of giving Jerry with K1NG Photography a Lyft last week. He happened to be in town shooting a wedding. He reminded me, through his passion and love of snapping a picture, how important film is. He explained lenses, lighting, and a handful of other things over my head.I’m happy we have people like Jerry in the world who care and don’t let the power of technology dampen his love of his craft. His talent shines in all of his photos and it’s obvious he knows what he’s talking about.I guess my most valuable pictures are the ones from my lowest points. These photos are priceless because they remind me of how far I’ve come. They all have a bit of a tragic story behind them and that’s okay. It’s good because the hard lessons forced me to make life changing decisions. 📸 #WOBA #ridesharestories

Rideshare Stories Episode 3
Nov 24 2019 2 mins  
Deborah - The Rockstar “What do you do at Ahava Healthcare of Clarksville?” I asked Deborah. “I clean the rooms,” she told me.The conversation could of moved on to the next subject quickly after her answer because we had 15 minutes to fill.I mentioned how important I felt her job is at AHAVA. This is when I noticed without a doubt Deborah takes pride in what she does each day.She worked in Nashville for 8 years until an opening was available here in Clarksville. They needed the help and she was the right fit for the job. She likes it here because cost of living is so much better. Her employer also paid for her moving expenses.The way Deborah talked about her job I find it highly unlikely dirt or grime has a chance whenever she’s on the lookout. The patients love her because they know things will get cleaned when this lady is working.Of course her own house is just as clean and she makes her bed every morning. Her job is part of who she is and she holds her head high knowing she does her part in taking good care of anyone who stays in the facility.“Sometimes they call me in on my day off and I go on in,” Deborah explained. I mentioned they should pay for her Lyft when they make her come on her days off. She said they do sometimes. She went on to tell me the administrator has a gift waiting for her.I’m happy Ahava recognizes what they have in Deborah. She’s given them 10 years of loyalty and hard work. She goes in on her days off and really cares about giving those patients a clean room.She may have the most important job of anyone I know.Glad I got to meet you Deborah 🙂I just hope I pick her up again sometime. I want to know what the administrator got her!#WOBA #ridesharestories

Rideshare Stories Episode 2
Nov 22 2019 2 mins  
Kara And Her Character Hanging out in my super clean 2014 Jeep Compass waiting for Lyft or Uber to set me up with a passenger.Toward the end of my 200 mile day yesterday I gave Kara a drive to her job at Walmart. She was only working a three or four hour shift. I can tell Kara takes pride in her job because she’s in uniform and likes to get there early.This is our third ride together. Kara has been relatively quite on previous trips, but we managed to finally break the ice. I said, “It must be frustrating to get bombarded by customers as soon as you walk in.” Last trip, I'd noticed she was stopped as soon as the door slid open entering Walmart. She explained how the customer was complaining he’d lost a dollar in the machine. She further told me she handed a buck to the young man without hesitation. He walked away without a hint of gratitude.This story isn’t about manners or ungrateful customers. This is a story about Kara and her character. She could have easily told the guy she wasn’t on the clock, sent him to a department halfway across the store, or simply ignored him. Kara lost a dollar before she ever clocked in to work. Her gift, however, is worth more than anything Walmart could ever pay her. This simple act of kindness is a testimony to humanity. No one can put a price on that. Kara will make a great leader one day... Lucky Walmart.It is my hope this short but true story will remind us all of the importance of kindness. Give those hard working retail and restaurant employees a break. Maybe they all aren’t as kind as Kara, but they all deserve to be treated like human beings. The same way we all expect to get our dollar back from a broken machine or a new salad because we got the wrong dressing.#WOBA #ridesharestories

Rideshare Stories Episode 1
Nov 22 2019 3 mins  
Surrounded By A Lot Of Good “I’d die for my country without a second thought.” “I was at my lowest right before I was arrested for trespassing while high on meth.” “When I was a crossing guard I’d help kids with homework because we usually had an extra 15 minutes.”I’ve been driving for Uber & Lyft lately for extra money. As many of you now know it’s my main source of income. I feel like I meet hero’s at least once a day. It’s amazing how others will open up when trapped for 5 minutes to an hour with a seasoned interviewer. I said it jokingly but it’s true. Being behind the wheel is a lot like being behind my mic. It’s an adventure each time I give someone a ride. I never know what sort of stories I’ll have the opportunity to explore. A few weeks ago I picked up a Green Beret. I could see the passion in his eyes and hear it in his voice. He wholeheartedly feels dying for our country is the greatest possible honor. He told me all of his men feel the same way and explained to me how they keep him young and motivated.. seriously... dude looked like Captain America. One of my first rides was a lovely young girl who needed a Lyft to her job at Burger King. I had the pleasure of also taking her home after a shift once as well. She talked about how she was so high once while she was working as a server she fell asleep standing up. Later she was found passed out in her car at work. Eventually she was arrested and explained to me that’s the best thing that ever happened to her. Last we spoke she had 1 week to go in a local rehab. This particular rehab has a 60% success rate. “This is a lot better than the average,” she told me. Her optimism was unbelievable and she inspired me. This morning I took a kind lady to work who honestly cares about kids. “The daycare I work at sold the vans because none of the teachers wanted to take kids on field trips at the time.” She went on to tell me it’s tragic because some of these children never get a chance to go to the park or roller skating. She continues to help them with homework even though it isn’t in her job description. I’m surrounded by a lot of good here in Clarksville and it makes me want to be a better man. I’m proud to call these people my neighbors.

















Karen Lee Orozco On The Chris Top Program
Sep 23 2019 51 mins  
Karen Lee Orozco is an airbrush artists whose paintings are a mixture of her favorite forms, which include Pop and Illustration Art. She was first introduced to airbrush in her high school Studio Art class while attending Balboa High School, Canal Zone. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at Austin Peay State University. Most of her paintings give the viewer a glimpse into her culture, the Hispanic/American culture and the social/environmental issues she wants to bring to light. Some include her personality in satire form. She finds that satire art makes it easier for her to bring attention to issues that need to be addressed. Some of her paintings are titled in Spanish (her first language) and include memories from her past in conjunction with cultural elements. She feels that airbrush can be more than something appreciated on posters, cars, guitars, and motorcycles; it can be furthered into a new form of fine art. Karen is an accomplished artist in other realms as well. One of her other favorite mediums is photography. She’s the owner of KO Photography in Clarksville, TN where she freelances for statewide professional boxing matches. She’s worked with film, digital, and historical processes like, cyanotype and tintypes. Most of her artistic photographs include, street photography, portraiture, and dreamscapes. Karen has also freelanced documentary, weddings, and conferences; many of her photographs have been used in online advertising and news publications for the organizations and/or athletes she’s worked with. “Art is what I love, and what I do. To say that I’m simply a painter, a drawer, or a photographer is to leave out the most important element of my being; an artist.”-- Karen Lee Orozco















Brina Kay On The Chris Top Program
Sep 16 2019 65 mins  
I’m Brina Kay, and this is my story. I believe every good song begins with a story. No matter what has happened in my own, whether it be struggle, pain, confusion, or joy, music has been there for me without judgement and without constraint. It reminds me that I’m not alone, helps me understand the world, and gives me hope for tomorrow. No matter how trapped I may feel by my circumstances, music finds a way to set me free. I didn’t always plan on becoming a songwriter, but every decision I’ve made in my life boils down to choosing freedom. Freedom over security, freedom over expectation, and freedom over limits. I’ve been musical for as long as I can remember. I learned to play the violin in kindergarten, sang in choirs, performed in musicals, at minor league baseball parks, and on dance teams. It was only a matter of time before I began writing my own songs. I figured out how to get one fully produced back in 2016 and haven’t looked back since. The summer of my senior year of college I joined the “Gunnison Drive Band” and performed gigs all around Nebraska. Upon graduation, I had a choice to make, carve out a safe and comfortable life for myself or take a chance on something bigger. I choose to follow my heart down to Nashville Tennessee to pursue music. Coming up on my first year, I’ve produced four new singles, two music videos, and performed in venues big and small all around town. It isn’t always easy, but I can’t wait to find out what else is on the Horizon.











Kari Lynch Band On The Chris Top Program
Jul 08 2019 47 mins  
Country meets Americana meets Twangy Rock.Talented singers, songwriters, collaborators and performers, the Kari Lynch Band has been honing their craft for years, finding success and solid ground in today’s music market while not being afraid to step off the beaten path. The Nashville based band, originally from Michigan, has played thousands of shows across the U.S and abroad, played to crowds in the tens of thousands and earned an impressive resume opening for some of country music’s most recognized artists including: Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Pistol Annies, Alabama, Brothers Osborne, Charlie Daniels Band, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini and more. The band's impressive lead vocals, superb harmonies, high energy show, first-rate songwriting, musicianship and talent for creating honest music that spans musical genres and resonates with listeners of all ages, sets them apart from the rest and leaves a lasting impression on all of those who get the chance to see them live.They are one of those rare bands who have the power to step on stage and immediately connect with an audience, no matter how big or small, making new listeners feel like they’re old friends. Their undeniable ability to connect with listeners from all walks of life is reflected in the numbers of devoted fans who continually fill the seats at their shows, line up to meet them afterward, take their album home and follow them on all of their social media networks.With a continuous and rapidly growing fan base, a loaded tour schedule and their brand new full-length album, recorded at Ocean Way Nashville Studios, released worldwide on May 17th, 2019, the Kari Lynch Band is making their mark and setting the bar as one to watch and one you will not forget!





























Mary Kutter On The Chris Top Program
May 01 2019 63 mins  
"Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to sing," Mary says with her blue eyes dancing, "I’ve always dreamed of having the opportunity to share my heart on stage with people. There are so many things that people go through, and I hope that I can use my music to help them relax, be inspired, and just have a good time!"A seasoned performer, Mary has entertained in KY, TN, GA, NC, AZ, OH, and IN. Mary always brings her audience into the moment with her vocals and stage presence. She makes it a point to feel every song and to make a memorable vocal experience every time she sings, singing contemporary and traditional country music, religious favorites, holiday specials, and her original songs.Mary has a strong passion for songwriting, and often late at night she is on her keyboard or guitar singing the latest song that is playing inside of her. A lot of Mary’s musical inspiration comes from the small town where she lives with her family. She has taken many things that have happened in her life as well as the lives of her family and friends and put them to music.​Along with her singing and songwriting, Mary is also a talented instrumentalist. She plays the keyboard, guitar, flute, and the fiddle. "My dad was a bass player in the Louisville Youth Orchestra when he was my age," Mary says, "and my mom grew up in a musical family who would often gather around the piano and sing songs together...playing instruments is just something that I’ve always wanted to learn how to do and incorporate into my performances."Mary is a girl who not only strives after her dream of music, but she has also made it her mission in life to make her world a better place. She uses her musical gifts to help others by singing in various benefit concerts (Relay for Life, American Red Cross, Courageous Kids Camp, etc.). "I think God has given all of us special gifts and talents to help others and glorify Him." Mary smiles, “I believe that we are called to give back in some way."But Mary doesn’t just live this philosophy on stage; she is the same girl with the same attitude when it comes to living her life. Mary is a role model, trying to do the right thing and being the very best she can be. She is a girl who is gifted and gives back. She has a passion for what she does. She is a girl with big dreams who is working hard to make them come true.

Casee Allen On The Chris Top Program
Apr 24 2019 71 mins  
Despite growing up in the small country town of Coshocton, Ohio, Allen carries an eclectic variety of musical influences like Def Leppard, Garth Brooks, Justin Timberlake, Goo Goo Dolls and Neal McCoy but truly has his family’s musical history to thank for his uniquely edgy, country infused sound, “A lot of my family-members were singers. From 80’s rock to blues and modern country, they covered it all.” After opening for Kip Moore, the chart-topping Country rocker gave Allen the advice, “Quit everything you’re doing, move to Nashville and write your ass off,” and Allen did exactly that. The very next day the hopeful singer-songwriter packed his things to seek out Music City for himself and within weeks was calling Nashville “home.” 1 day after arriving in Music City, Allen had already scored his very first full-time gig on Broadway, performing 6-7 nights a week. Since starting his musical journey, the tenacious newcomer has performed alongside chart-topping acts such as Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Chris Jansonand Parmalee, and had a full-circle moment when given the opportunity to play alongside childhood hero, Neal McCoy. Casee & his self-created team released the first full project in 2017, and reached #31 on the Country Music Album Top 200, with his Debut EP album: “Double You”(in the 1st week!). Allen continues to captivate audiences across the country with his high energy performance and charismatic spirit, “I can’t describe the overwhelming feeling I get every time I walk on the stage. That energy from the crowd is just contagious, & I get a high from it every time! That, The good Lord above, and of course my son Jace, are what keep me grindin’ every day.”






Music City Monsters
Mar 22 2019 7 mins  
Music City has it's share of monsters. The great news is #independentartists don't need holy water, silver bullets, or a good double tap to finish them off. These shady characters only seem to come out for a few days out of the year. #CMAFest evidently creates the perfect environment for these blood suckers to swarm in, snap a finger and end dreams like Freddy Krueger. I recently reached out to several friends of The ChrisTopProgram.com to shed some light on the whole pay for play epidemic. Turns out the whole epidemic is more like a four day head cold. I was under the impression certain venues were charging musicians to fork over cash to sing a couple of songs. In reality it isn't the venue at all, ( I'm sure they exist but it's rare) it's the shady dude who rents out the venue for a showcase or event. Allison Steel of 2Steel Girls said this, “People doing the booking promise great exposure and that many music industry people will be downtown.” Allison went on to say, “We all know the big name music industry folks do not go downtown during those times.” Not one of the 16 artists I asked have ever been charged to play at a venue in #Nashville. Several of them did mention how they have heard about questionable practices like what Allison spoke about. Any serious artist who comes to #MusicCity understands money will have to be spent and large investments of time will have to be made. Unfortunately the dream of fame and success does not come cheap. We all have to make a living. Asking artists for money and feeding them with false hope is not what Nashville stands for. This city has the greatest musicians in the world. Hard working, sweating, and sacrificing just like they did from day one. Nobody becomes a success overnight by slipping Slim Shady a few hundos to headline his showcase....never. Nashville is full of great venues! Here is a list of a few my 16 friends mentioned. If you have any to add please drop your choices in the comments. Has a venue ever tried to charge you to play? Douglas Corner Bluebird Margaritaville Ole Red 3rd & Lindsley The Listening Room BB Kings Tootsies Rock Bottom Brewery Bootleggers Rippys Belcourt Taps Commodore The Local Indigo Union Station Alley Taps The Stage Layla's Tin Roof Opry Mills Bobby's Idle Hour Millenium Maxwell House The Nashville Palace Bridge Bar Blue Moon Waterfront Grill Just Love Coffee Tin Roof Demonbreun Live Oak The Crying Wolf SongNest Live 404 Bar and Grill Union station also has a great showcase hosted by Craig Wilson on June 6th. You can email Craig for info at [email protected] Like The Chris Top Program on Facebook to learn more about the annual #WOBAawards event. We charge artists $000,000.00 for participating each year :) Come #WOBA with us and Magnolia Emporium.


Kirstie Kraus On The Chris Top Program
Mar 13 2019 68 mins  
“When I grow up, I want to be a singer,” reads a scribbled note. The author of that note was Kirstie when she was just a little girl. Kirstie made up her mind at a young age and has gone after this dream ever since. With hard work, persistence, pushing herself out of her comfort zone and seizing her opportunities. Kirstie is an open book, says it like it and loves connecting with her fans whom she calls her Thirsties.A Wisconsin native, Kirstie is loud and proud of her where she came from. Her dream to become a singer started when she was a child, beginning by singing for her large family. From there, she would be active in the community, offering her voice and cheerful disposition anywhere she could. Throughout the Midwest she rocked the stage with Wisconsin-based band Thirsty Jones.In 2017 Kirstie finally made the move. When she was 11 she made her first trip to Nashville, making regular visits since. Her love for the city went as far as looking for magnet middle schools to attend. Serious in her career as an artist, Kirstie packed up her bags and set her sights for Nashville.For those that have the pleasure of listening to Kirstie sing, they’ll find that she has a voice of power, certain with passion and liveliness, capable of melding genres to make a sound of her own. From country to pop, and add a little funk, her sound is bound to attract new fans from all different places. Her debut single Delusional proves that by grabbing attention from diverse audiences, all very receptive and providing Kirstie with an outpouring of positive feedback and support.As much as she loves being in the studio, Kirstie truly enjoys taking the stage and is looking forward to her second national tour this summer. Kirstie has had the privilege to have some amazing Nashville talent on this upcoming this record including Rich Redmond (Drummer for Jason Aldean), John Billings (Bassist for Love Monkey’s), Ford Thurston (Guitarist for Randy Houser), Adam Box (Drummer for Brothers Osborne), Lee Turner (Keys for Darius Rucker) and Chris Benelli (Nashville Session Drummer).

Alayna On The Chris Top Program
Mar 07 2019 95 mins  
Alayna left the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2011 with nothing but herself and a carload of a few necessities, including her Breedlove guitar, to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a recording artist and songwriter of note. In just a few years time Alayna would be writing with hit songwriters such as Steve Dean (“Watching You” for Rodney Atkins), Jeffrey East and Kirsti Manna (“Austin” for Blake Shelton) playing well-known venues like Bluebird Cafe and Nissan Stadium. In 2012, Alayna received an endorsement from her favorite guitar company, Breedlove. Alayna’s fan-funded EP "The Wrong Side" was released in May 2015 and charted at #30 on the iTunes UK Country charts.Alayna wrote her first song at age 12. A few years later she learned the new talent she could craft. During this time, she taught herself to play guitar and kept up with regular piano lessons.Here are a few of her career highlights: 2018 - Accepted into the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival; Invited to join the PSA (Public School Ambassador) National Tour; 4th consecutive year performing at The National Cornbread Festival; current Patreon page has nearly 30 members2017 - Named a Country Music Association (CMA) Emerging Artist; Performed at Nissan Stadium in Nashville; Released second fan-funded EP “Wicked City”; Performed during & had artist booth at CMA Fest2016 - Awarded “Co-Writer of the Year” by TSAI; Performed at Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival2015 - Fan-funded EP “The Wrong Side” released & sells in 35 US states & 12 countries; EP charts at #30 on the iTunes UK country charts; Standing-room only EP Release Party; Won a Keith Urban YouTube cover contest & awarded a signed Urban electric guitar, Awarded “Female Songwriter of the Year” & “Song Cut of the Year” by TSAI; Performed at Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival2014 - Awarded “Female Songwriter of the Year”, “Songwriter of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and “Co-writers of the Year” by TSAI; Performed at Sunbelt AG Expo (largest farm show in the SE), & TN State Fair; Endorsed by Fancy Guitar Capos 2013 - Awarded “Female Songwriter of the Year” by Tennessee Songwriters Association International (TSAI); Christmas 4 Kids Bus Tour To date, Alayna has over 1 million YouTube views & 19 independent cuts.


Claire Radel On The Chris Top Program
Feb 20 2019 65 mins  
Claire Radel is a 19-year-old IN/Nashville based BMI singer/songwriter, and NSAI member. In the last two years, Claire has worked with two-time Grammy winner Chad Evans, was nominated for an IHeart Radio WOBA award, and is apart of 102.5 NASH FM's artist group.Claire performs acoustically, in Indiana and Nashville. She has played well-known venues, and shows such as The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN), Commodre Grille (Nashville, TN), Belcourt Taps (Nashville, TN), Two Old Hippies (Nashville, TN), Bobby's Idle Hour (Nashville, TN), Carmel Christkindlmarkt (Carmel, Indiana), Indy 500 Marathon (Indianapolis, IN), RhumFest (Kokomo. IN), Strawberry Fest (Kokomo, IN), Indiana University's Take Back the Night Fundraiser for Domestic Violence (Kokomo, IN), Hawgin' the Block (Kokomo, IN), Memphis Farmer's Market (Memphis, TN), South Main Sounds (Memphis, TN), Speckled T's with 90 Degrees West (Slidell, Louisiana), and Neutral Ground Coffeehouse (New Orleans, Louisiana). Claire has opened up for artists such as, American Idol winner, David Cook (RhumFest, IN 2015), Shiny Penny (RhumFest, IN 2016), and the Jason Skaggs band (Veterans Campground, IN 2018). Claire, shares her unique vocals, as well as honest, and relative songwriting skills on her debut EP "You're Askin' For It", which consists, of three self-written tracks. Released September of 2018. Kokomo native, Douglas Showalter, former guitarist for country-singer Cam, says “Claire Radel has a voice and narrative that is far beyond her years. Her ability to tell stories of teenage love in a way that any listener can relate to showcases a talent that has the brightest of bright futures. Brighter then she’s probably even aware of. And that is a very good thing.”For booking inquiries please contact: [email protected]



Lesson Learned
Nov 27 2018 5 mins  
In the 80s everything was to much. Big hair & makeup to shoulder pads, it was all INXS (see what I did there.) Ninth grade was an awkward in between sort of a stage for me. I’d left the cradle of middle school and desperately needed to prove myself as a grown up high school parachute pants wearing mullet promoting sort of guy.Somehow I had gotten elected class president that year. I’ll never understand how that happened to this day. Half way through my campaign speech I totally forgot what to say. During the eternal pause I entertained exiting the stage and leaving the country. I managed to finish the speech and figured I’d at least wait to drop out of high school at the end of the day.Once the results were in and I’d learned victory was mine everything would change. From this day on I would be one of the popular guys in school. Hallway romance and bro respect would never be a problem again.One of the many responsibilities of class president is organizing the 9th grade dance. Making sure all of the balloons are inflated and securely knotted is no laughing matter. Amid my civic duties I still managed time to daydream. This event would surely catapult me into the MCHS popularity hall of fame unlike any other righteous dude before me. I imagined hundreds of Madonnas, Olivia Newton Johns, and a sprinkle of Cindy Laupers all lined up to dance with the number one gnarly most bitchin’ class president ever.Nada... No eye contact, no connection, no slow motion moment between two star crossed lovers...nothing. The first hour into the dance I knew it would be a long night. I awkwardly stood around trying to act all presidential but once a dork...Finally the evening was coming to a close. In 10 minutes the lights would pop on and I’d lead a speedy clean up so all of the volunteers could go home. Halfway through Endless Love I would start packing up chairs so I could forget about this night. Then I felt the tap on my shoulder. Without hesitation I turned around fully expecting to see Mrs Dinsmore ready to discuss the custodial plan for a speedy exit. To my surprise it was Brittany. She wanted to dance. She wanted to connect in slow motion over Lionel Richie like two star crossed lovers. Brittany was no Madonna. She certainly was not an Olivia. Not even a remote hint of Cindy Lauper. She wasn’t popular at all. If I danced with her I would loose any ground I had gained this year desperately trying to achieve immortality among my peers. I looked dead in her eyes and said no. I walked away and began folding chairs.This past Thanksgiving after dinner I sat around with family and friends. We played a game called what would you change. It’s been more than 30 years and the 9th grade dance still troubles me. I’d give anything to convince my teenage self to accept that last dance of the evening with Brittany. At the time I felt it would ruin some hollow reputation. Now I regret not simply saying yes. I have no idea if she was even phased by my rejection. Regardless... I should have danced with you Brittany and if I could change my mistake I would.I wish I could say that’s the only dumb thing I ever did. The good news is as I get older I get more confident in my skin. This #WeighInWednesday will be a good day. I’m able to keep my eye on the ball even in the middle of Holiday Season.All of my recent successes are wonderful but the the true measure of value is kindness. I never pass up an opportunity to smile at anyone I meet. Brittany taught me how important that is.The #lifechangers who guid me on the road to awesome are Riverside Spine & Physical Medicine, AfterShokz, SweetLeaf Stevia, and Fitbit. #WOBAhttps://www.facebook.com/christopprogram/

Alyssa Jacey On The Chris Top Program
Jan 24 2018 79 mins  
As a songwriter for over 13 years, Alyssa has now built repertoire of more than 400 originals in multiple genres, 150+ recorded, and a handful getting weekly International airplay from radio, Internet radio and podcasts across the U.S.Her career started by complete accident after she moved to LA in 2003 to pursue her life long passion as a hip-hop dancer/choreographer. Friends heard her singing to herself, forced her to try karaoke one night, and the rest is history. Within the next seven months, she released her first two albums "The Alyssa Jacey EP" and "Closed eyes... ...open Heart LP." Late 2005, she picked up a guitar and spent hours a day teaching herself so that by only after three short weeks, she was able to perform 30-minute sets accompanying herself. The following year "The Soul, EP" was released after being flown to Miami to record it. This was the first album Alyssa played acoustic guitar on as well as debuting her percussion egg shaking skills which would later turn in to an unexpected path as a drummer and percussionist.Now 2018, over 3,200 self-booked shows performed, eight self-produced and self-released albums (added were “Here’s To Change” 2010, “On the Spot” 2012, 2014's “Destined,” and 2016's all acoustic EP titled "Heart Breathe", a multi-instrumentalist and mentor, Alyssa is six years into living in Nashville, making and sustaining a living doing what she loves. She also started her own business as an Artist Developer, Media Coach and Booking Agent! Check out ImageTwelve28.com for more info there, and see a list of upcoming shows on her website, www.AlyssaJacey.com or find her on www.Reverbnation.com/AlyssaJacey, iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. She also is the co-host for Balcony TV, Nashville, host for TalentWatch TV (on Comcast, Dish Network, Amazon Fire, Roku Fire and ATT U-Verse), host for For The Record, host for InCharge Country, and as of last year, has spoken at several schools around the world as a motivational/inspirational speaker!

Alayna On The Chris Top Program
Jan 10 2018 53 mins  
Every once in a while a song comes along that makes you drop whatever you are doing and listen. Whether it's the melody, the voice, the subject matter or all three, something about it grabs your attention and makes you take notice. That's the kind of thing that's been happening throughout Nashville at venues that country-pop artist/songwriter Alayna has been playing. Amidst the usual talking voices of people carrying on conversations comes Alayna's powerful vocals, relatable lyrics and infectious melodies, causing the whole room to go silent and pay attention. Whether she's singing a song about moving on from a past relationship, showing a little attitude or singing a feel good song, Alayna captures the ears of everyone in range.Alayna left the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2011 with nothing but herself and a carload of a few necessities including her Breedlove Atlas Series AC25-SR Plus guitar to pursue her lifelong dream. In just 3 years time she would be writing with hit songwriters such as Steve Dean and Kirsti Manna, playing well-known venues like The Listening Room and Bluebird Cafe and would have an endorsement from her favorite guitar company, Breedlove. She also successfully fan-funded a six song EP titled "The Wrong Side" through Kickstarter, released in May 2015, that charted at #30 on the iTunes UK Country charts.Classically trained in piano from age 7, Alayna always had a love for music, but it wasn't always country. “I listened to a lot of different artists growing up: Jewel, Brandy, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow. I was really all over the map”, she says. Now she's mixing those childhood influences of pop/rock melodies with the honesty of country lyrics, bringing a new flavor to the table. Though she didn't realize it right away, Alayna wrote her first song at age 12. It wouldn’t be until a few years afterward that she would finally understand the new talent she could craft. In between this time, she taught herself to play guitar and kept up with regular piano lessons. She was recently voted as the recipient of the "Female Songwriter of the Year" Award by TSAI (Tennessee Songwriters Association International), for the third consecutive year and is garnering major interest from some very significant figures in the music industry. It won't be long before Alayna is a household name along side other ground-breaking females in country music history who are recognized by their first names. Dolly, Loretta, Reba, Faith, Shania, Carrie, Miranda and Alayna. No doubt she fits right in.


Heidi Raye On The Chris Top Program
Dec 20 2017 44 mins  
I was the last child and only girl born to the greatest parents, Dave and Joanne, and best older brothers, Jeff and Greg. I grew up on a hobby farm in the community of Dawson Creek, British Columbia. I began singing in church when I was 3, learned to play guitar when I was 12, and then began my curiosity with writing songs. I was obsessed with all things music and spent my entire childhood determined to be a star. However, in my senior year in high school, I received a scholarship to attend UNBC, which meant putting my move to Nashville on hold. I toughed out the 4 years of school to get my nursing degree, all while writing, touring, and making trips to Nashville. But when I got my degree in the mail showing I was an RN, I packed my bags. October 4, 2010, I loaded up my Honda Civic and headed south. I started knocking on doors, playing open mics and writers nights 7 nights a week. I wrote with anyone and everyone who would write with a green writer new to Music City. After a year and a half of persistence, one big door opened. Erv Woolsey (who manages my hero, George Strait), signed me as an artist/writer to his management/publishing company. After 2 years of honing my writing skills and getting my artist career on track, I was dropped and found myself knocking on doors once again. The office of legendary Hall of Fame songwriter, Harlan Howard, opened their doors and hearts to me. I played my entire catalog to the amazement of Harlan’s widow, Melanie Howard, and she darn near signed me on the spot. In the year and a half that I have been a staff writer at Harlan Howard Songs, I have written over 200 songs with Music Row veterans like Craig Wiseman, Liz Rose, Paul Overstreet, and Stephony Smith, to name a few. In May 2016, in the midst of my long hunt to find the perfect producer to capture my quirky country style, Nashville’s finest producer, Chuck Ainlay, came into my life. I invited him to come see me perform at the Bluebird Cafe and much to my surprise, he showed up. We had a meeting a few days later and decided this was exactly what we both needed and put the plan in motion. July came around and I found myself at the prestigious Sound Stage Studio on Music Row, recording my EP with the A-Team of studio musicians. Now here I am, starting a wild year, listening to my completed project. I am so proud of this EP and all the incredible people who contributed their time and talents to make it possible. I hope to be coming to your town and playing these songs for you live. I also hope to meet you, get a picture with you, and give you a hug, because it’s people like you who make this all worthwhile. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. See you soon!





Cherish Lee On The Chris Top Program
Nov 01 2017 55 mins  
An all American singer, song writer and story teller. Cherish Lee is the daughter of Country music legend, Johnny Lee (Urban Cowboy's Lookin' For Love) and Hollywood vixen, Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing on the hit television series, Dallas).Cherish spent the last few years on the road with her Papa Bear before moving full time to Nashville, TN. Writing music, performing, getting married, starting a family and recording her album "Tequila Cowgirl", she has stayed extremely busy to say the least."Nashville has been so incredibly gracious to me. I've written with the most beautiful and talented writers, performed at the infamous Bluebird Cafe, the prestigious Tin Pan South Songwriter Festival. I've also performed with my Papa Bear at The Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry, along with so many other bad ass venues around town. I met my husband here, our precious baby was born here, I've recorded my album here!!!! I owe so much to this city. I can't get over how people just want to up lift you and champion you here!"Cherish's new album has a real Cinderella story attached to it. "It certainly is a home grown album and I could not have done it without my brilliant producer, Nate Wedan. I was respectfully allowed to be the artist and most importantly, a mother. No one flinched at my son coming to the studio with me or having to run home early on days he's stayed with his daddy. This album is all heart."Tequila Cowgirl has an intimate, nostalgic feel to it. Add elements of modern day pop mixed with a healthy respect of country music, throughout the ages, and of course a little bit of rock n roll and you got yourself Cherish Lee's Tequila Cowgirl!



Lauren Davidson On The Chris Top Program
Oct 18 2017 40 mins  
Country Music Association Artist (CMA), Lauren Davidson, is a NYC/NJ based Singer-Songwriter with a unique and powerful voice. Performing professionally since the age of 10, Lauren is a seasoned Entertainer who’s greatest joy is being on stage and sharing the music that she creates in collaboration with many of the finest Musicians working today.Lauren has made a name for herself on the Regional Country Music Scene where she has carved out a niche as an established Singer-Songwriter inspired by Artists of many different genres, including Rock, Pop and Contemporary Country. She has received praise from numerous Country Music Professionals, Colleagues, Music Media Outlets and Fans of the next wave of main-stream Country Music. Audio Fuzz Magazine emphatically stated that “Davidson brings about the same attitude as an early Patsy Cline or Linda Ronstadt; that I can do this myself attitude” and her second single “Loaded Gun” was exclusively featured on “The Boot” a well respected Online Country Music Magazine. Lauren has earned the opportunity to play numerous venues around the Tri-State Area and has opened for significant Country Music Acts such as LOCASH, Old Dominion and Justin Moore among many others. She also co-wrote and recorded a Country-Themed Jingle for a NJ based Company that aired extensively on WKMK-Thunder106 Radio and has covered the famed classic “Route 66” also staring in the accompanying music video for the TV Show “Corvette Nation” airing on Disney’s The Velocity Channel.In 2015 she released her first two singles, “Sometimes” and “Loaded Gun”, to critical acclaim and is now releasing her first EP entitled “Hear Me” featuring new Country inspired songs with themes and in a style that is uniquely her own. You can find Lauren’s music on all the major digital music outlets.


Meg Williams On The Chris Top Program
Sep 13 2017 56 mins  
Meg Williams is a guitarist, songwriter, and singer based out of Nashville, TN. Meg has been busy performing all around Nashville at respected Writer's Nights and Songwriter Showcases, professional blues jams, and numerous venues with both her band and as a solo/duo act - you can find her on a stage nearly every single night. After living in Nashville for only a few months, she has already been the Featured Artist at songwriter showcases, shared the stage with many established songwriters, and competed in the 2016 Nashville Blues Challenge. She has additionally performed in Memphis during the International Blues Challenge week, toured southern California twice, performed at the Summer NAMM showcase in Nashville, toured to Wyoming for Cheyenne Frontier Days at the end of July, and just performed on WDVX's Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN. Often compared to Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt, Meg's guitar playing has captured the attention of listeners throughout all of Nashville and increasingly the US. Prior to moving to Nashville, she performed all around the Greater Rochester area, the Finger Lakes Region, and throughout western New York, in popular venues and festivals, including; the Park Ave Festival, Fairport Canal Days, Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, and main stage at the Rochester Fringe Festival. In additional to playing with the full band, Meg has been featured at many singer-songwriter showcases, as both a performer and a judge. She was a guest several times on the “Sunday Night Shakedown” 98.9 “The Buzz” in Rochester, as well as WAYO 104.3FM. She has been featured in the CITY Newspaper, with an article written by the popular music journalist, Frank de Blase. Meg’s debut, full length album, ‘Troubles to the Wind,” was released in May 2014, featuring all of Meg’s original music. It can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby, Google Play, Spotify, and can be requested on 98.9 “The Buzz.” Meg Williams Band released their EP “For Now” in October 2015. Currently, Meg is recording her newest blues-rock EP of original music in East Nashville, due to be released later this Summer.

Bridges
Aug 17 2017 3 mins  
I crossed a bridge today on my regular hike. I noticed it was in need of some repair. I made it safely to the other side but if something isn't done in the next few months I would never chance it. Everyone is yelling about how we need to tear down monuments because they are a symbol of hate. Everyone else is yelling about how it is important to preserve history. I like to rationalize everything on a personal level before I make up my mind. I would never keep pictures of my first wife in the living room at home. I don't need that reminder of history. I don't need it because I lived through it. I learned from it, she learned from it and we both moved forward in life. Patriots of the Revolutionary War did not need reminders of what they fought for because they felt and lived it each day. Each generation following the war does need some sort of reminder. We need relics, pictures, and books to remind us of our triumphs and disgraces. We deserve pictures of the confederacy along side monuments of Rosa Parks. We are missing something if we leave out the horrific records of the KKK beside "I have a dream." Portraits of slave ships should be accompanied by portraits of our first black president. We need to remember how far we have made it in such a short amount of time. Every generation needs the complete story. All the good and all of the bad. Maybe it's time we burn all of the old bridges. If Americans can not cross safely we need newer stronger ways to cross the hate. Every American will never enjoy the view completely but we all deserve a path to life, liberty, happiness, and freedom. -Chris Top #WOBA www.thechristopprogram.com




Perception Is Not Reality
Jul 26 2017 5 mins  
I would like to take back my 15 year old apology I made to the woman at my son's soccer game. I compromised and said the S word because I was forced into feelings of guilt. The S word was “sorry,” not at all what you were thinking, I know. We all carry burdens with us throughout life. We reflect and look back into history wishing we would have just said the S word and it could have made things better. My life is full of lost S word opportunities. In this particular case I would however like to do the opposite. I must take it back. This is the story. Parenthood has a couple of different stages depending on how many kids you decide to slap into the world. One child is level one and SUV worthy. This enables the parents to comfortably maneuver ball games and sleep overs without a worry. Once another family member enters the equation it's time to upgrade to mini van status. By the time you reach this level both kids have friends and groups of kids enjoy a good fight so distance between each one is important. Luckily we never made it to the bus at level 3. Most weekends were filled with at least two separate soccer games, church, visiting family, and stops at McDonald's. We basically lived out of the van between Friday night and Monday morning. No real need to even go home at all because most essentials were crammed in the back or lost under one of the nifty removable seats somewhere. Like any other early morning soccer game we sat on the aluminum bleachers in the sun watching kids run back and forth kicking a ball. One or two of the mothers always had orange slices and juice boxes available for all of the thirsty athletes. On this particular day Christian, my son, was on the field doing his thing. I couldn't help but notice he seemed to be holding back. He was simply going through the motions and not really playing. Instinct told me he was trying to make it fun for his opponents by letting them progress more than they were capable. I seized the moment during Christian's next orange slice break to discuss the situation. This is what I told my son. “You are taller and stronger than anyone else on the other team. Don't be afraid to use your gifts to win. Winning is important.” After our pep talk I began to make my way to the mini van to grab my phone. One of the soccer moms was in hot pursuit and could not wait to give me an ear full. She said, “We don't keep score because these children are here to have fun. You are encouraging your child to be a bully with that kind of talk.” This was my reply, “You are so right and I was not thinking at all when I spoke to my son earlier. I'll talk to him again and please accept my apology. I am so sorry” What I should have said was, “My son is here to win. He was given his height and size by God and it would be tragic to never use God's gifts. If he was the smartest kid in the spelling competition would you expect him to miss a few words on purpose to give the other team a chance? He is here to learn the valuable lessons of winning and losing. We play Frisbee and ride bicycles for fun lady. Please excuse me while I keep score because I want to celebrate the win with my son today OVER PIZZA!” The world has slipped into a dangerous place for many reasons. Typically I'm pretty keen at catching the BS and moving on with my life. The other day I had an epiphany. A certain term had slimmed it's way into my very own vocabulary and was embraced because it made sense to me. I have used this term for years without really thinking or trying to dissect what it really means. Here it is, “Perception is reality.” Wait, what does that even mean? If a person believes something is true then it is true? If a person believes we lost WWII then it's true? If a man believes he is a woman it's true? If we do not keep score both teams win? This mainly comes from corporate America brain washing and “teaching” us how to deal with customers because...

tick tock
Jul 20 2017 2 mins  
"I have spent most of my life desperately trying to make my dreams real. Trying so hard to be the person I have always visualized. Sometimes I slip and feel like I'm already who I will be. Then I understand the same me who got me this far still has time to force me further and further." -Chris Top#WOBATICK TOCKTick tock tick tock tick tockTime slips away like a lost opportunity It flashes on the pan as I blinkAnd it evaporates as ifAs if history is no different than the futureTick tock tick tock tick tockWho will I be what will I do with lifeWho will you be what good are youMy dreams teeter totter as ifAs if my dreams ever mattered in the first placeTick tock tick tock tick tockMoments and days and weeksMonths years and years turn to decadesStruggling to be me as ifAs if I ever had a choice in the matter as it sneaks in Tick tock tick tock tick tockWhen do I realize and stop planningIt's already materialized and this is meControlling the outcome as ifAs if it could ever happen right beneath my clumsy feetTick tock tick tock tick tockI wake up seeing my reflection and gaspI am who I am today and that's the truthPulling reality from the cloud as ifAs if my fantasies ever reached any altitude at allTick tock tick tock tick tockMy heart beats with the clock and beatsI will still be me tomorrow if I don't stopIf I do not give in as ifAs if I ever had a choice because I am an individual Tick tock tick tock tick tockMy stubbornness placed me here My stubbornness will keep me inspired My time will make a difference as ifAs if I allow myself to settle for anything less than mewww.thechristopprogram.comhttps://www.facebook.com/christopprogram/https://www.facebook.com/MagnoliaEmporium/


Lauren Anderson On The Chris Top Program
Jul 19 2017 56 mins  
This soulful, rockin' female, originally from Chicago, has had a passion for singing throughout her entire life. Growing up in a household that was rich in music, her influences were widely varied from artists such as Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, The Pointer Sisters, Eva Cassidy, Etta James, Joss Stone, Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, and many more.Despite these modern musical influences, Lauren was classically trained throughout most of her early life. She began classical piano lessons at the age of 8, was an active member of several choirs and began taking classical voice lessons when she began high school. She eventually took her love of singing to the Quad Cities and obtained a bachelors degree in music with an emphasis on voice at Augustana College. Initially she planned on becoming an opera singer, but quickly realized that pop and soul music were more in her wheelhouse. Having had a passion for psychology in addition to music, Lauren decided to continue onto The University of Kansas to complete her masters in music therapy. She now works on the pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit at The University of Kansas Hospital in KCMO, as well as at Gillis Center as a music therapist.Having listened to those around her, telling her that music and the arts were difficult fields to have a career in, Lauren followed the safe path in life, making sure she had a "back-up" plan while working on her music and performing. However, now with a steady job, she has found that passions don’t die easily, and despite her love of working as a music therapist, she is ready to take on the challenge of making music performance her career.After officially completing her masters in 2012, Lauren began performing solo gigs around the greater Kansas City area at venues such as Bar Louie, Jerry's Bait Shop and Main Street Cafe. She quickly realized that she could only go so far in the business while playing solo gigs, so she began attending jam sessions at venues such as Freddy T's, Llewelyn's Pub and Westport Saloon. It was at such jams that she met Kristopher Schnebelen (previously from Trampled Under Foot, who were first place in the 2008 International Blues Challenge, 2014 Blues Music Awards Album of the year and Blues Blast 2011 and 2012 award for Band of the Year), Dylan Reiter (from Brandon Miller Band) and Adam Stuber, who helped her complete her first first official EP, “Do & Hope”, was released in August 2014. Fittingly, this EP was named after the unofficial motto of Lauren’s mother’s side of the family, who often remarked, “Just do it and hope it turns out okay.”Lauren released her first, full-length CD titled, "Truly Me" in August 2015. And two singles, recorded in the legendary Ocean Way Nashville Studios, a year after this. She moved to Nashville in February 2017 to continue her music career.



































Alayna On The Chris Top Program
Apr 12 2017 49 mins  
Every once in a while a song comes along that makes you drop whatever you are doing and listen. Whether it's the melody, the voice, the subject matter or all three, something about it grabs your attention and makes you take notice. That's the kind of thing that's been happening throughout Nashville at venues that country-pop artist/songwriter Alayna has been playing.Amidst the usual talking voices of people carrying on conversations comes Alayna's powerful vocals, relatable lyrics and infectious melodies, causing the whole room to go silent and pay attention. Whether she's singing a song about moving on from a past relationship, showing a little attitude or singing a feel good song, Alayna captures the ears of everyone in range.Alayna left the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2011 with nothing but herself and a carload of a few necessities including her Breedlove Atlas Series AC25-SR Plus guitar to pursue her lifelong dream. In just 3 years time she would be writing with hit songwriters such as Steve Dean and Kirsti Manna, playing well-known venues like The Listening Room and Bluebird Cafe and would have an endorsement from her favorite guitar company, Breedlove. She also successfully fan-funded a six song EP titled "The Wrong Side" through Kickstarter, released in May 2015, that charted at #30 on the iTunes UK Country charts.Classically trained in piano from age 7, Alayna always had a love for music, but it wasn't always country. “I listened to a lot of different artists growing up: Jewel, Brandy, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow. I was really all over the map”, she says. Now she's mixing those childhood influences of pop/rock melodies with the honesty of country lyrics, bringing a new flavor to the table.Though she didn't realize it right away, Alayna wrote her first song at age 12. It wouldn’t be until a few years afterward that she would finally understand the new talent she could craft. In between this time, she taught herself to play guitar and kept up with regular piano lessons.She was recently voted as the recipient of the "Female Songwriter of the Year" Award by TSAI (Tennessee Songwriters Association International), for the third consecutive year and is garnering major interest from some very significant figures in the music industry. It won't be long before Alayna is a household name along side other ground-breaking females in country music history who are recognized by their first names. Dolly, Loretta, Reba, Faith, Shania, Carrie, Miranda and Alayna. No doubt she fits right in.


Ashley Wineland On The Chris Top Program
Mar 22 2017 28 mins  
Whether she is singing and performing, raising money to help veterans, or donating her time to animal welfare organizations, ASHLEY WINELAND is leaving an impression on everyone whose path she crosses. The busy country artist from Glendale, Arizona, became fascinated by storytelling through music after her father gifted her studio recording time for her 13th birthday. This was the beginning of what would develop into a full-fledged, full time music career.Ashley first made a splash in the Southwestern music scene with the release of her patriotic song, “Red, White & Blue”, which honored the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. The video for the song quickly racked up over 50,000 hits on her YouTube channel—and caught the attention of the local CBS affiliate. Ashley made the decision to donate all of the song's proceeds to various charities supporting our country’s veterans. She quickly realized that her music could be a catalyst to raise awareness for this, and another cause close to her heart--animal rights. To date, she has worked tirelessly volunteering for numerous charities—lending her voice and her time to support their platforms.Her critically-acclaimed debut CD, “Family Business”, featuring her original compositions, garnered significant airplay on radio stations worldwide. However, it was her live performances and engaging stage presence that caught the attention of the music industry…and some significant endorsements--Ashley was named the very first “Alvarez Breakthrough Artist”, and recently, was upgraded to “Pro Artist” status. Corral Boots soon followed, signing Ashley as one of their celebrity spokespeople.Ashley became a frequent guest on television and radio shows and often is the subject of print media. She graced cover of the global music publication ION Indie Magazine in December 2014 and appeared inside in a feature article, and additionally, captured the cover of City To Country Magazine (Sept/Oct edition) in 2016. A favorite on the festival circuit, Ashley has appeared at Ostrich Festival (supporting Parmalee), West Valley Fair and Music Fest (supporting John Michael Montgomery), Road to Country Thunder and Country Thunder. She also headlined at the legendary country venue Reo Palm Isle in Longview, Texas—on whose stages have performed icons such as Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and a plethora of other music icons.Her follow-up video to “Red, White and Blue”, “No Prince Charming”, was filmed in her beloved Arizona, with the Superstition Mountains serving as a scenic backdrop. In keeping with the storytelling aspect of country music, “No Prince Charming” depicted the timeless tale of “Good Cowboy versus Bad Cowboy”. This classic theme resounded with her fans--as “No Prince Charming” debuted at Number 2 on iTunes in the category of “Best New Country Music”. And when you are talking “numbers” in relation to Ashley Wineland—her social media following has surpassed 150,000 fans. She also recently realized an immensely impressive weekly reach of over 1 million on Facebook!An Official CMT Artist and now National Recording Artist, Ashley looks forward to having her music reach a larger audience and growing her fan base even larger, booking more appearances, continuing to write music and taking the next exciting steps in her journey! 2017 is already shaping up to be a milestone year for Ashley. The release of her newest single, “She’s Gone” (available March 1st) in 2017 and the official video by the same name are forthcoming—along with the “She’s Gone” National Tour kicking off in May AND her follow-up CD, “Simple Life”—there’s no sign of slowing down for Ashley Wineland!Learn more about Ashley Wineland and her music at www.ashleywineland.com, and follow this country sensation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AshleyWinelandMusic.

Liza Jane On The Chris Top Program
Mar 03 2017 44 mins  
Liza Jane Catana is a 18 yrs old, petite, young lady with a big voice and is known as the “knock-it-out-of-the-park soprano” – with a vocal range of an octave and a half.She has been singing since four years old and is known for her rock-opera style. At age 11, Liza was the youngest soloist invited to perform at the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Key West, Florida. Liza is well-traveled and has wowed the audiences with her vocals in Florence and Rome, Italy.Liza was the only soprano to ever win Florida State District-Level Vocal Competition with a Superior-Plus rating. She then proceeded to win State-Level Competition out of thousands who auditioned, being the only Monroe County student to ever win this award; which she performed in two foreign languages. Also, she was the only soprano to win an Honor Choir position (ACDA) in 2013.She has opened for rock groups such as: Three Dog Night, the Doobie Brothers and Grand Funk Railroad. Liza was also invited to sing with infamous Paul Cotton from the Paul Cotton Band, (POCO). At 15 years old, Liza was selected to perform a duet with renowned Broadway performer Brent Barrett, at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Theater in Key West, Florida. Together they performed “All I Ask of you” from the Phantom of the Opera.Liza Jane added some country music to her repertoire and has performed with Nashville artist, singer and songwriter James Slater. Also, she has worked with rock-star Phil Brown singer, songwriter and former lead guitarist of the band Little Feat.One of her greatest honors was to sing our National Anthem at the 239th Anniversary of the United States Navy and for the Wounded Warriors Veterans. Recently, she donated her talent, opening for the rock group Grand Funk Railroad at Annual KeyStock Concert event, for the benefit of homeless Veterans. This was a powerful classical rock concert that, wowed the audience!On June 2, 2015, the City Commissioners of Key West,Florida declared a “Liza Jane Catana Day” in recognition for her scholastic and humanitarian achievements.At 16 years old, she recorded a CD in Nashville, TN., “We Can Start A Fire”, with producer, performer and songwriter, Biff Watson.Currently, Liza is attending Belmont University, Nashville, TN., playing piano and guitar, songwriting and singing her way into a remarkable music career. Recently, Liza Jane Signed a Record Deal with Music Row Record Label, 'Nashville Entertainment Weekly Records' headed by Record Label Executives TJ Cates and Jill Santibanez, to gain her Nationwide Radio Play for her Music. As well as Signing a Management Deal with, 'Nashville Artist Management' on Music Row. To know Liza Jane is to truly know singing is her life song!


Manny Cabo On The Chris Top Program
Feb 22 2017 60 mins  
His name, MANNY CABO, owner and founder of CABONOIR Photography and MannyCabo Music. There is no doubt that Manny has been labeled as a Renaissance man in theworld of art. Not only has he photographed International campaigns for some of theleading companies in the technology and fashion realms, as well as gracing the pages ofmajor magazines with his artistic and iconic imagery but has also torn up the stages acrossamerica with his vocal and front man status opening up for bands like,Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down, Stained, Godhead , and even starred on the hit NBC TV Show “The Voice.” Mannyand his reverence for the arts shines through in his vast collection of photographs, songs,and short films. From the tender age of 16 when his dad handed him his first 35mm SLRas well as becoming the lead percussionist in his sixth grade School play - as the old adagestates “the rest was history.” When asked, “why do you enjoy what you do and remain soconsistently passionate and humble especially toward your fans?” his simple rebuttal was“In this industry, that I so feverishly work in, will eat you up and spit you out... you alwayshave to figure it out or you will fade away! Granted, one can learn technique, but youcannot teach passion because it is born inside of you and when you're born an underdogsince day one, then it’s impossible not to adopt a sense of persistence, intensity, fear andabove all passion to survive. By no stretch of the imagination am I the best at anything Ido, but one thing is for certain, I will always strive to improve, learn, assist and be the bestartist that I can be and hopefully inspire other artists to do the same. I am truly gratefulfor all the opportunities that have been afforded to me throughout the years but the truthis nothing was ever handed to me and working diligently to achieve my dreams is all I'veever known and I'm okay with it. With great risks come great rewards and passion is thefuel that has always superseded my doubts. I love creating new art, as evidenced in mywork Art is what I love and know so doing anything else would be frivolous.

Kirstie Kraus On The Chris Top Program
Feb 08 2017 51 mins  
If there’s one thing that stands out about Kirstie Kraus, it’s her energetic, unbridled energy. It’s reflected in her big, dynamic voice; in her performance, which bursts with passion and levity; and by her simple presence, which can dissolve you in laughter and make you grin from ear to ear. Not every day does an artist come around able to so effortlessly meld a freewheeling spirit with poignant, inspirational songs and an irrepressible drive, but Kraus is one of them. Because she knows as well as anyone how easily music can inspire a smile.​“A lot of my material is about my personal experiences,” Kirstie says. “I am inspired every day by everything around me. Life is wonderful, and why not sing about it?” She certainly lives that ethos: Kirstie has been following her dream since she was a small child, singing songs for her large extended family in their Wisconsin living room. Mrs. Swishow, her first grade music teacher, was the first person to really encourage Kirstie. Her teacher took Kirstie’s mother aside and told her “You know your daughter can sing right?” Kirstie recalls, laughing. “This is when I started getting up on stages and my mom worked hard to find every musical outlet there was for a 6 year old including community theater, choir, and professional theater It completely opened up my world.”​It was this love of country music and songcraft that pushed her to go to Nashville – she began traveling back and forth to Tennessee while in high school, and now finds herself in Nashville for four months out of the year. Immediately from her first visit, she started getting to know writers and spending time in writing rooms, composing songs like “Ride to Remember” (written with Marc-Alan Barnette) which dropped as a single July of 2015 and was a featured anthem song for various bike nights. This single helped launch her rockin’ country band Thirsty Jones a forefront musical group in the Midwest.

Alexa Grover On The Chris Top Program
Feb 08 2017 48 mins  
Alexa is a 21-year-old, country recording artist from Texas. As well as pursuing a music career, she is a full-time student, studying entrepreneurship, at Texas A&M University. Alexa is involved in a campus organization, Aggie Sister’s for Christ. Her peers, of 400 young women, selected her to fulfill the role of Worship Chair, for the 2016-2017 school year. Alexa hopes to call Nashville her home, after she graduates.Alexa has been singing and performing since she was 8 years old. Over the past 13 years, she has performed at various venues throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Alexa released her first music video, April 2nd, 2014 and her 1st “EP”, “Born Ready” in September 2014. “Born Ready” debuted on “The Iceman’s”, Top 40 New Country Artist Countdown, on bestcountryradio.com, September 15th, 2014. “Born Ready” remained on the countdown for over a year, breaking a record, for the longest on the chart. It landed a ranking of #3, for the 2015 yearly countdown, earning her an invitation to Nashville, in June 2016, for “The Iceman’s”, New Country Music Artist Fest. Alexa’s music has also been aired on stations such as, Country Blast Radio, Music Road Radio, and Spectrum Radio, located in the UK. One of her highlights for 2016 was having her first live radio interview on “The Josie Show”, April 1st, 2016.Alexa’s plans for 2017 are to promote her newest single, “Gettin' There", film another music video and continue to spread the word about Organ Donor Awareness, utilizing her platform, Taylor’s Gift.


Rythm N Roses On The Chris Top Program
Dec 14 2016 47 mins  
"Since their debut in 2009, country music recording artists Rhythm -n- Roses have appeared at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, Plano Balloon Festival, Wildflower Music Festival, Cottonwood Arts Festival, Southern Junction Night Club, Culpepper’s Steak House and many more concerts, fairs, festivals and corporate events in Texas. They’ve traveled to Nashville several times a year to write, record and play at various venues there, including the Nashville Opryland Hotel. Their new hit single, “This One's Worth More,” is now playing on local country music radio stations in Nashville, several other markets and soon will be heard in Texas. Prior to joining Rhythm -n- Roses, lead singer Jennifer Marler opened for Charlie Daniels, Ray Price, the Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Willis, Neil McCoy and others. She trained with legendary gospel music Hall of Fame member Jim Wesson and Jayne Librand of the Image Factory. She began writing songs and singing at local opry’s when she was just a teen. In 2010 she wrote “He Was A Soldier” in remembrance of her brother, U.S. Army Spc Jonathan Emard, who was killed in Iraq in 2008. She has performed the song at Ft. Sill, Ft. Hood and the Rockwall Memorial Day Concert. Her husband, Justin Marler, started learning to play the guitar as a young teen from respected musicians, including Scotty Ray, who plays with Miranda Lambert and is also Collin Ray's brother. Justin’s raspy Texas country voice has earned him jobs performing all over Texas, Nashville and New York, to name a few. Sharing lead vocals, Jennifer and Justin can perform with their full band or acoustically. They are based in Terrell TX and always put on a fun, energized show full of covers and originals."



Sons Of Daughters On The Chris Top Program
Dec 14 2016 38 mins  
"Your voices together sound like you came from the same womb.." - Brian Johnson, AC/DCThe universally notorious aphorism ‘Two are better than one’ is evident the moment you hear the music of Sons of Daughters.Having just landed a management deal with RGK Entertainment Group (Tim Hicks/Dean Brody/Corb Lund) this dynamic duo was recognized as one of the top-five bands to watch for in 2015 by Fresh Independence Magazine. In addition to achieving honorable mentions for their infectious, hook-laden track “Hangman” in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition, the band most recently received accolades for their song “Penny” which was enough to make them finalists in the 2015 Unsigned Only Competition.Sons of Daughters creates contagious, highly-marketable, pop-influenced country songs. They have been compared to such notable, commercially-successful acts as Lady Antebellum and while the band approves of this assessment, they liken themselves to a somewhat grittier composite of Little Big Town or Eric Church. Sons of Daughters have drawn enormous praise from music industry elites such as AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson; who was so impressed with their music, it prompted the quote “Your voices together sound like you came from the same womb.”Although Sons of Daughters was only conceived a short time ago, the duo are very well- acquainted with the music industry. Chrystal Leigh was signed to 604 Records/Universal fronting the band Jakalope; the Pop/Industrial brainchild of Dave Ogilvie (NIN, Marilyn Manson, Skinny Puppy). Jimmy Thow has fronted many bands of varying genres and expanded his notoriety as an in-demand songwriter; recently writing songs with Shawn Hook (Hollywood Records), Canadian Country music colleague Rod Black and Vancouver-based Pop band Faber Drive (604 Records/Warner).Sons of Daughters recently released their debut EP titled Pick Your Poison recorded at Armoury Studios in Vancouver; teaming up with legendary Grammy-nominated Mixer/Producer Mike Fraser (AC/DC/ Metallica/Aerosmith/Bryan Adams) and Juno/CCMA-nominated Writer/Producer Jeff Johnson (Wes Mack/Dallas Smith). The EP is a collection of six carefully crafted songs that each play like a storybook; whether it’s the caliginous account of a distraught man declaring his sins to a bartender in “Drown a Memory”; or an escaped prisoner on the run in the adrenaline-inducing “Devil at My Heels”; Pick Your Poison is an instant winner that will have you stomping your feet and singing along to every song. The emotional exclamations of “Mercy Me” sung hauntingly over a faintly Celtic-styled guitar is just one of many magical moments gently woven within the poignant mandolin, exhilarating slide-guitar and harmonica heard throughout the record; which also features instrumental performances by Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason), Dane Deviller (The Corrs/Ray Charles) and Colin Nairne (Elvis Costello).Sons of Daughters look to carve out their own spot in the modern Country scene with their unique brand of infectious music; punctuated by swampy guitar riffs, evocative lyrics and flawless vocal harmonies.


Nick Cross On The Chris Top Program
Dec 14 2016 37 mins  
It’s a story we have all heard before. An aspiring musician moves to Nashville, with $200 in his pocket, a truck full of clothes and a big dream. Well, Nick Cross’s story may have started out like many, but it sure will not end up like most.Within two hours of arriving on Broadway, he was already on stage at Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge. Within two days he became an official Tootsies performing artist, and within three weeks he had broken attendance records and pulled in more tips than most musicians had ever seen in one night. Pretty impressive for a small town boy from Indiana.Nick was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Illinois and later moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He grew up in a small town, “4900 people is what it says on the sign, but I think they was countin’ cats and dogs too.” As far back as age 2 his mother recalls Nick having a passion for music. His father had a country band called The Ghostriders, and numerous cousins and uncles played music as well.“When you go to a family reunion, it’s like 100 freakin’ guitars. I come from a big musical family”.As a little boy, Nick remembers going to his dad’s band practice and fooling around with their equipment and instruments. By age six he had played his first beat. It was a back beat on the drums to “Honkey Tonk Women” by the Rolling Stones. That’s when he recalls he got his music bug. From then on, Nick would steal his moms Tupperware bowls and bang on her pots and pans. The following year for Christmas, Nick’s parents surprised him with his very own drum set and a note that said, “Stay out of your mom’s Tupperware.” He then went on to pick up the guitar, but was primarily a drummer until about age 12. By age 17 he was playing twelve instruments and winning talent competitions, but that wasn’t enough for Nick Cross. He wanted to be a singer“I remember praying to God one day going down the road in my truck and I was like, ‘I would give up every instrument I could play, if I could only sing’, and then it just hit me like an epiphany. God or my conscience or whatever told me, ‘listen, you didn’t learn how to play drums overnight. You didn’t learn how to play guitar overnight. You had to work at it and the same thing is gonna be that way for singin..You’re gonna have to work at it.”Nick got his first paying gig as a singer at age 18 and started his first band as the front man. Since then, his experience as a musician has led him to songwriting and he can now play over 18 instruments.Undoubtedly talented, Nick’s growing success isn’t solely attributed to his singing or instrumental skills. Nick is an entertainer.“You have a lot of power when you’re on stage. You can make them people sad, you can remind them of a lost loved one, you can fire ‘em up to where they are ready to fight...” “...Someone that’s never danced, never breaks outta their shell...you play the right song and that persons gonna jump right outta their chair, look at ya and be like ‘hell yeah dude. I love this song’ and it might be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company on vacation here in Nasvhille. And guess what, now he’s out there shakin’ his ass, wavin his beer up in the air and he’s just let life go right out the window.”But Nick captivates his audience with his charisma, not just his talent. He draws them in, connects with them, and plays what he knows they want to hear. It just comes natural for him. Most importantly, he keeps them there. His biggest supporters are his fans.“For every 10 people I meet, 9 people love me. One of them doesn’t. One of them thinks I’m too cocky, or they think I’m whatever...just another gimmick. But there is 9 out of 10 that love me”.Although Nick’s growing success in Nashville has him performing multiple nights throughout the week, he is also in the recording studio working on his first album. And he feels like he’s accomplished a lot in his short time in Nashville, but he’s not even close to settling....

Lauren Ashley Autrey On The Chris Top Program
Dec 07 2016 46 mins  
Music is the language that speaks love, life, happiness, pain, strength, weakness and just about every other emotion known to man. Each and every human being has a story that can be written and spoken through music. Music displays all the colors of a person’s heart and sends a special message and energy out that can move people in a way like no other. Music can make a difference. As a tiny little girl, my heart would melt watching my father play his guitar. It was God that planted the musical seed within me, but my father that helped it grow. Each time he would play his guitar, I could feel myself becoming closer and closer to the magical world of music. I remember looking up at my father holding a pen in one hand and his guitar in the other. He would pour his heart out on a piece of paper and escape his daily stresses of life. It didn’t take long for my parents to realize that music was within me as well. It all started with “The Little Mermaid” and the movie “Annie.” I would sing the tunes from these movies until my parents would have to escape to get a break. I loved performing and singing in front of huge crowds. I was completely fearless and rocked any stage my parents put me on. Then Middle school happened and the insecurities set in. Middle School-That time in your life when your body is awkward and your teeth are larger then your face. You couldn’t have paid me to get on a stage during that time of my life. This is when I began exploring the other side of music and began writing songs. At this time, I wasn’t able to play guitar so I would just write lyrics about boys, friends and teenage hardships. Although I would come up with little melodies to my lyrics, I soon realized I needed to learn to play guitar if I wanted to truly make some music. So I printed a chord chart and went to town teaching myself just enough to write some melodies for my lyrics. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school though, that I believe I wrote my first “real” song. One of my close friends was struggling with suicidal thoughts and life in general. She had been abused and scarred for life. I could see her tears and feel her pain. It inspired me to write a song about her. A song that spoke of the pain that she was going through and could get the attention of those who needed to know where she was emotionally. I never imagined though, that five years later, I too would be going through some of these same emotions. A few bad decisions and a few wrong turns and boom, there I was in the worst place I have ever been in my entire life. Twenty-two years old, two baby girls and a highly abusive man killing my soul little by little.This man literally tore me down to the point where I no longer saw the purpose in living. I didn’t sing, write or pick up my guitar for more than three years. The only thing that kept me going was the love in those little blue, eyed girls of mine. When you hit rock bottom, you are presented with a choice though. You can give up or look up. Well I chose to look up and use my pain as tool to better my life. Had I never experienced those hardships, I would have never been blessed with the strength and knowledge of true pain. I found a safe harbor back in my music and wrote my way back to life again. Some of the best songs I have ever written came from the hardest times in my life. Now, I write music to help people. I write music to inspire people to keep pushing through. I write music to make a difference in the world, even if it only starts with one person’s life.




Melissa Ramski On The Chris Top Program
Dec 07 2016 56 mins  
"Melissa Rachel Ramski was born on 25th, of March 1991 in Fort Pierce, Florida, to David & Nancy Ramski along with older sister Mindy Ramski. Her mom got her started in the business by chance when she was taken with her sister to have photos taken at Walmart at the age of 1 1/2 years old, the photos of Melissa in the box were so cute the store worked out a deal for the family, so the store could use photo's in Texas for print ads for Walmart photography. Then, from age 5 she starts singing and performing at various events, from weddings, backyard BBQ's, fairs, festivals and concerts. Melissa loved to sing and perform she found herself performing everywhere from Kansas, to Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma performing at venues such as The Opry in Oklahoma City where she wrote her name on the wall, next to Reba McEntire, Augusta Kansas Opry and even in The Wilmore Opry ran by Daryl and Jean Schiff parents of Martina McBride's family, on October 15, 2005 (See Wilmore Opry) The Schiff's enjoyed Melissa performances so much she was invited with her sister to perform at The Wilmore Opry Christmas Show at the Heritage Center near Medicine Lodge in Kansas December 3rd, 2005, (Melissa continued acting in theaters, performing at music concerts even many Colgate Country Showdowns, and many other contest which allowed her to travel all over the US with her family. Melissa, now a Nashville recording artist, after recording her first Christmas song "Winter Wonderland"; which made the 2010 CMA and Grammy Nominated Country/Pop Recording Artist list and then released in 2010 her first album "Lost In Your Eyes". Melissa has co-hosted countless events. As host and performer for The Couture Runway Fashion Show, a special event By Faith McGary on March 29th 2013; Faith said "Melissa and her sister helped make the Runway Show a success and was a wonderful performer. She went the extra mile to make sure that everyone enjoyed the show and supported Lone Star Bulldog Club Rescue." As for movies, Melissa, starred in a featured Indie Film "Lost Treasure Trails"(2008) Careful What you Wish For, starring principal role, music and composer (2010), She has been involved with many animated movies, beginning with Special Red Dress, (2010), Jimmy Paul The Pug Tooth Fairy (2010), It"s a Merry Christmas When Pigs Fly post production (2014), TV Show Kids Take Nashville (2014), TV Show Tuff Kookooshka post production (2014)."

Walter Finley On The Chris Top Program
Dec 07 2016 48 mins  
"Walter Finley is the singer, the musician, the writer and the performer. His compositions play a soundtrack of living, speaking of life in love and pain – always searching and finding pleasures and truth” As a child, a violin and cello became an extension of Walter’s voice. The water was born when he met his guitar. Calendar’s would fall at his feet in his travels across the states with musical greats fulfilling his passion. His trademark, a sultry and soulful rhythm entwined with a unique vocal texture, and outstanding stage presence captivates audiences farther and wider as his prominence grows. Whether at House Of Blues, in New York or Atlantic City, and as far as Vail Colorado – Walter offers his listeners an experience not to be soon forgotten. With material placed in commercial’s TV advertisements, Walter has never lost touch with the intimate encounters, such as weddings and smaller settings to share his love for the melody. A Modest person, an inspiring mind, and a heart of love all poured into every song, every note. Walter shares and spreads his love in intimate settings and concert stage venue alike – Inspiration and modesty with a heart of love pours into every note! Bob Dylan, David Gray and Bob Marley are some of the names that Walter credit’s his musical influence to. Just as the greats stand imprinted in our minds, Walter too stands to make a permanent impression.“May the world make the acquaintance of the musicology of Walter Finley”



Lizzy McAvoy On The Chris Top Program
Nov 10 2016 52 mins  
Growing up among the cornfields and cow pastures of Central Ohio, Lizzy discovered music at an early age. She took the stage for the first time at age four, starring as Molly in the SummerStock production of "Annie". Lizzy soon changed her childhood dreams of Broadway, softball and cooking school when she wrote her first song, Close Your Eyes, in remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy at age eleven. She soon realized the impact music could have on people. Lizzy’s parents realized this too and introduced her to her first true love, Marty (a sparkly new Martin DC-16). Lizzy began writing and performing her songs back in her hometown of Newark, but always had the dream of coming to Nashville. Many road trips, songwriting workshops and lessons later, Lizzy and her family moved to Music City two weeks after Lizzy's sixteenth birthday. Soon after, she met her first publishing company, signing her first deal just two years later. Lizzy formed a band (which you can see her perform with to this day),began dabbling in Pro Tools and picked up a few extra instruments along the way (ten to be exact). She plays 5-String Banjo, Irish Bouzouki, Bass, Mandolin and most recently, the Dobro. At twenty-one, Lizzy and her contractor family, built a fully equipped recording studio for her new love of recordingand engineering. Many of the songs you hear, Lizzy has recorded and produced herself. She now resides at Universal Music Publishing, where she enjoys working with a talented roster ofwriters and pluggers. In twenty fourteen, Lizzy had the incredible pleasure of writing and working with legendary Country artist, Jo Dee Messina. Their song "Love On A Maybe” holds a place as track number three on Jo Dee’s latest record, ME. Finding it’s way from Lizzy’s Nashville studio to the silver screen," Borrowed Time”, a song Lizzy co-wrote, was heard worldwide in October in Nicholas Spark’s movie, The Best of Me. The song was cut by Countryduo, Thompson Square and featured on The Best Of Me Soundtrack. Four years later, Lizzy became the proud new owner of a Audient 4816 recording console. She enjoys filming her Audient VLOG series that is posted monthly on Audient.com.Aside from music, Lizzy, loves animals (including her four kitties they rescued from an apple orchard, salt water aquarium and all it’s inhabitants), knitting, baking,home DIY projects, being outdoors and spending time with her family. Lizzy believes she iswriting music for her listeners. She wants to be the bookmark in their lives, marking the moment when a song truly became part of their memories. Lizzy would love to meet you someday, soplease venture out to a show or find her online.

Alex Marie Brinkley On The Chris Top Program
Nov 10 2016 32 mins  
With a recent win at the 2016 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival Singer/Songwriter contest in Dallas, Texas, Alex Marie Brinkley is lighting up both the Dallas/Fort Worth and Nashville music scenes. In Nashville, she’s been working with Grammy-winning songwriters and multi-platinum producers, where she is currently recording her first single and EP. The Nashville Songwriters’ Association International has acknowledged her as “One to Watch” in 2016.Writing songs since she was fourteen, Alex’s original music comes from a place of personal experience and honesty. Whether she is at home on her piano or on stage with a ukulele, Alex’s music can be anything from sassy to sad, happy to mad, but by the end - she’s got you singing. Her songs are being recognized both nationally and internationally, as her song “Sincerely, Me.” is a current finalist in both the Great American Song Contest and the UK Songwriting Competition. Alex is also a Kala Brand Music ukulele artist and is excited about appearing onstage with Walk Off The Earth, a fellow Kala-endorsed band, sometime in 2016. Even with her busy schedule performing, writing songs, and learning about music production from Berklee College of Music, she still finds time to travel and sing the National Anthem at sporting events for teams like the Boston Red Sox and Indiana Pacers.Away from the world of music, Alex likes to spend her downtime hanging out with family and friends. She also enjoys visiting as many coffee shops as she possibly can. However, if you ever think she is missing, the first place you should check is Taco Bell because she will probably be there having a burrito.



Kayla Calabrese
Sep 21 2016 45 mins  
With her Jersey-girl attitude and romantic Italian soul, Kayla Calabrese brings her own flair to the country music scene. This down-to-earth artist has a sassy edge that shines through her lyrics, stage presence, and fresh demeanor. Being an artist has always been an aspiration of Kayla’s. “I always dreamed of singing in front of an audience and performing, but I was too scared to tell anyone,” says Calabrese. It wasn’t until age 16 that this “hairbrush singer” made the bold decision to make her dreams a reality. With a go-getter spirit, Kayla decided to take voice lessons, and a few years later, made the brave move to Music City to pursue her passion for music. Upon moving to Nashville, Kayla enrolled in Nursing School at Belmont University, while also launching her music career. Shortly after coming to Nashville, Kayla began recording with Grammy nominated music producer Kent Wells, best known for producing Dolly Parton. Wells produced Kayla’s first EP Kayla Calabrese, featuring her first single “Kiss Me,” and was a great experience she describes as something she will never forget. Pleased by the success, Kayla was determined to keep pushing forward. A few years later, after graduating and becoming an ER Nurse, Kayla teamed up with producer Jimmy Nichols to perfect a project she had been developing, starting with her Fall 2014 release “Whisper.” Kayla wasn’t the only one moved by the creation with Jimmy Nichols—Jimmy was equally impressed. “I've never worked with anyone who seems to have such a grasp of how to weave a lyric and melody together at such a young age than Kayla,” says Nichols. “Her songs show that she's strong and sensitive and sure of where she's headed, which I believe is straight to the top.”As a musician, Kayla can show her strong disposition in one song, yet become vulnerable with the next. “My favorite part about being an artist is that I can express my feelings and emotions in a song that not only means something to me but others can relate in their own personal way,” says Calabrese. This raw emotion was found in her latest hit, “Give,” and can be found in her brand new radio single, "Happily Never After."





Ryan Weaver On The Chris Top Program
Aug 26 2016 47 mins  
Ryan is a high energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who proudly served as an active duty soldier, Chief Warrant Officer 3, in the United States Army. To understand Ryan Weaver and his passion for music, you need to hear his unique story: Ryan Weaver’s life is an example of how an individual’s dedication, discipline, focus and perseverance can help them to achieve greatness in the face of adversity.Ryan was adopted at 10 months of age, along with his older brother Aaron, by the Weaver family. Ryan grew up living all over the state of Florida, one of eight siblings, and the youngest of three Weaver boys. Older brothers Steve and Aaron joined the military and attended flight school. When his time came, Ryan followed in their shoes. Three Weaver boys. Three Army Warrant Officers. Three helicopter pilots.Ryan’s brother Aaron died in 2004 when the Medivac Black Hawk helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire in Iraq. At that time Ryan was also deployed in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. Ryan certainly understood mortality and the risks of combat, after all, Aaron had survived the bloody 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia that became the basis for the movie, Black Hawk Down. When Aaron died, however, something changed for Ryan Weaver. He returned from combat and took a position training the next generation of Army aviators and officers at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and has not piloted a Black Hawk since that fateful day. Ten years after the last day Ryan saw Aaron alive in Iraq on January 4th, Ryan’s brother-in-law Randy Billings was laid to rest one row back from Aaron. He was KIA in Afghanistan on December 17th 2013 when the Blackhawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down by an enemy ground detonated explosive device.Currently working with Charlie Daniels longtime manager David Corlew, Ryan has been steadily making his way on to the Nashville music scene with recent performances at the The Ryman Auditorium with Charlie Daniels, CMA Fest on the Samsung Galaxy Stage, the annual Tootsie's Birthday Bash, Operation Troop Aid's Rock the Block Concert on Broadway, as well as multiple local venue performances. Most notably, he performed at the Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena and made his Grand Ole Opry debut on September 11th this year.Just out of the Army, Ryan spends his time writing and recording music, as well as performing all over the nation. With a long list of headlining national acts with which he has shared the stage as an opener, most notably George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Phil Vassar, Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry, Ryan’s concerts are the truest indicator of his talent. Ryan has a unique ability to connect with the crowd in high-energy performances combined with close to heart musicality and charm with a story to tell that makes him as real as it gets. He attributes his discipline, passion and undaunted motivation to soar to higher heights to his military career and two brothers who sacrificed their lives so he may chase his dreams.Ryan’s first single, “Crank It,” was the first song Ryan co-wrote in Nashville along with Kevin Ray (Hot Apple Pie) and Brian Eckert. The music video for “Crank It” spent eight weeks in the Rising Star slot on TNN/The Heartland Network, a network record for an independent artist. The video is also playing on ZUUS Country where Ryan hosted an hour-long episode as a VJ for “On The Rise.”Ryan’s recently released second single, “New Set of Tires,” was co-written by Hall of Fame songwriters Jeffrey Steele and Bob Dipiero and is now available at all major digital distribution outlets. Ryan is currently writing and recording songs for his new EP scheduled for release in the spring of 2016.

Dana Marie On The Chris Top Program
Aug 26 2016 45 mins  
Born and raised in Chicago, emerging country singer-songwriter, Dana Marie, moved to Nashville in January of 2016. In the past year, she has had the honor of opening up for country artists such as Jana Kramer and Dallas Smith. Now she performs on stages on the legendary Broadway strip in downtown Nashville and beyond.Her musical influences include Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Bob Marley, Colbie Caillat, Zac Brown Band, Switchfoot, among many others. She draws inspiration from all types of music, but country music just "feels like home."Besides her obvious love for music, Dana loves spending time outdoors. She loves the simple things - summer nights, handwritten lyrics, guys who can two-step, quality time with family + friends, baseball games, live music, vanilla cupcakes, puppies, and hugs that linger just a moment longer than usual.Dana uses her platform as a musician to empower young women and inspire them to shine. She openly shares her story of surviving through trauma, struggling with Crohn's Disease, and living with an ileostomy in order to show others that we are only limited by our own beliefs.Dana believes that there always is a silver lining, we just have to be willing to find it. She's on a mission to inspire others to follow their hearts; because when you shine, you give others permission to do the same.At the age of 9, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disease involving the digestive system. It doesn’t take much to imagine the kinds of symptoms associated with it. It ain’t pretty. Right after graduating from college, I was brought to the point where the only option for me was to have my entire colon removed, leaving me with a permanent ileostomy bag attached to my lower abdomen. As a young woman who has struggled with body image issues for as long as I can remember, I know what it’s like to feel as if I were stuck on a broken merry-go-round. I just wanted to feel beautiful and comfortable in my own skin. Add an ileostomy bag to the picture, and I just about threw the cards in. How could anyone ever love me? How could I ever love me? After one long night of wrestling with God from my hospital room, I realized that I was most afraid to lose my ability to love + be loved. I realized at that moment that if I could figure out how to fall in love with myself, then there was no way that other people wouldn’t love me back. With this realization, I was overcome with a sense of peace.Although I wasn’t completely sure of the how, I knew that all of the pain that I had gone through wouldn’t be in vain. As I awoke in the recovery room after my 9-hour surgery, I knew that my new life was just beginning. I couldn’t run away from my life anymore, I had to claim it. I wanted nothing more than to be “normal” and not deal with this disease. But, I somehow knew that there was beauty in the brokenness. I knew that this experience would allow me to become a more loving person, even more capable of compassion and connection.I was filled with a childlike sense of wonder. I truly find beauty in everyone that I meet and every place that I go. I’ve found that the more I embrace my desire for wanderlust, the more beautiful my life becomes. With my heart as my compass, I’ve created a beautiful life, I know that my heart will never lead me astray. I became even more grateful for the gift of wellness. My body is a gift, and the more connected I am to my body, the more connected I am to my purpose.It sounds silly, but I feel like I’m in love when I’m eating well, sweating each day, getting enough sleep, following my heart, spending time with loved ones, and creating space for expression, prayer, and reflection. The more wonder, wander + wellness that I add into my life, the more beautiful I feel in my own skin.

Jake Clayton On The Chris Top Program
Aug 26 2016 43 mins  
“I’m having the time of my life. I have a love affair with music, but being able to entertain people is what I get out of it.”So says Country artist Jake Clayton, the gifted singer, thought-provoking songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist who is attracting the attention of Country fans and radio programmers everywhere with his hot new single, “What Not to Do.” Jake is the rare artist who is able to enthrall a packed house with not just his vocals, songs and showmanship, but with his amazing instrumental ability as well. Playing over 20 instruments as an in-demand Nashville session musician, he is now stepping out on his own to take his place among the greats of Country music. “What Not to Do,” a song about the consequences of poor decision-making from his album By the Light of the Moon, is an uptempo, guitar-and-fiddle-driven romp that brings Charlie Daniels to mind. But Jake’s highly-recognizable tenor is all his own, inviting comparisons to Garth Brooks, The Eagles and Tim McGraw.A native of rural Mexico, Missouri, Jake was raised by musical parents who sang professionally in the area. He was given his late grandfather’s fiddle – which he still plays to this day – when he was 13. But he wasn’t able to stop there, soon taking up just about any instrument with strings or keys, including banjo, organ, pedal steel guitar and more, while developing his singing and stage chops. “I learned about playing music by watching VHS tapes of concerts that really captivated me, like Garth’s show in Central Park,” he recalls. “But most importantly, they showed me how an artist entertains an audience.”As he learned every instrument in sight, Jake also began to understand the importance of delivering captivating vocals and crafting a good song. “The Dixie Chicks picked great, but their songs and their harmonies were powerful, too,” he remembers. “That’s when I started to take singing and songwriting more seriously.”At 17 Jake was fronting his own shows. “I actually had my own theater in Missouri for a couple years, an old restaurant we converted into a venue where I could perform,” he recalls fondly. “I was doing mostly classic Country for older people who understood and loved music, which was great. Because of my age I really didn’t do bar gigs much. Then I took a fill-in job playing fiddle with The Oak Ridge Boys at 19 and moved to Nashville when I was 20.”Jake has since been a utility man in the live bands of Tanya Tucker, Collin Raye, Jimmy Wayne, Joey & Rory and Jamie O’Neal, and travelled for several years with singer Sunny Sweeney on two major tours. And in 2015, Sweeney enlisted Jake and his own band to support her on Miranda Lambert’s 2015 Certified Platinum Tour. Opportunities like this have made it possible for him to be part of opening slots with such Country music headliners as Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, George Strait, and many more.As an in-demand studio musician, Jake’s credits include playing violin and cello on Thompson Square’s #1 single, “If I Didn’t Have You,” and playing fiddle, dobro and lap steel on Sunny Sweeney’s critically acclaimed album, Provoked. He was the featured dobro player on Joey & Rory’s Inspired DVD and TV special, and he recorded and co-produced the theme song for The Sportsman Channel’s Legacy Trails TV. Jake also recorded an acclaimed instrumental album, Barnyard Stomp, which was distributed by Rock guitar legend Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label.As a solo artist, Jake has opened for Charlie Daniels, Jon Pardi, and Jerrod Niemann. He’s seen his childhood dreams come true as he’s graced the stages of Madison Square Garden, The Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and other legendary venues.Jake is a natural singer, with a distinctive voice that is right at home on today’s Country radio. “My vocals are one of the reasons I get hired to work with other artists,...


Casey Clark On The Chris Top Program
Aug 03 2016 48 mins  
“Honesty always attracts a crowd,” and it’s proven to be a potent tool for North Carolina nativeCasey Clark. A firm believer in the power of a well crafted tune Clark’s work both as a songwriter and relentless road dog have won him respect from several of Nashville’s hottest hitmakers.August 2016 will mark the release of Clark’s most recent effort. A 5 song EP with Grammy award winning engineer Matt Ross Spang (Jason Isbell, Drive By Truckers, Margo Price) at the helm. From rusty rockin love song “The Sting” to melodic floating anthem “Invincible;” Clark continues to rely on the power of a bulletproof song and time tested musical influences.Think Eric Church had a baby with Ryan Adams who loved to tell a good story!“Its a beautiful thing that happens when you focus on developing your skills as a musician and honing your craft as a songwriter before you make a run at the big leagues.” Clark comments about his background cutting teeth at some of the south’s murkiest watering holes. “When I met my producers Jay Tooke and Craig Wilson at Across the River Productions I had seen enough of life, love, and loss to write a record I knew was going to change things.”With small town country boy values and a love of travel and adventure Clark has plenty of inspiration to draw from. “Until you work a manual labor job forty plus hours a week in a small town and know the sense of pride it instills, you haven’t fully experienced country music.” Clark has even spent time in rural sections of the Hawaiian islands touring and connecting with local residents proving that country is indeed, country wide.“Music is a canvas for me. I’m a regular guy that likes to work hard, make friends, and find meaning in everyday life. I can’t wait for you guys to hear what that sounds like.”


Steel Blossoms On The Chris Top Program
Aug 03 2016 52 mins  
As artists wanting to relate with their fans, the decision to leave their hometown of Pittsburgh more than 500 miles in the rear view mirror is giving Sara Zebley and Hayley Prosser a lot to write about. The country-folk duo now known as Steel Blossoms decided to leave the shelter of Western Pennsylvania so that they may chase their dreams in Nashville, Tennessee.Steel Blossoms, who are giving away free downloads of the band's music at www.SteelBlossoms.com, have quite the story. In 2008, a chance meeting at a local festival in Western Pennsylvania (where they were both performing in separate groups) led to the very first conversation between Sara and Hayley. Fortunately, there was chemistry leading to a budding friendship because, years later, Sara found herself having to audition new singers for her band “Girlz in Black Hats.” That is when she reached out to Hayley.The rest, as they say, is history. Sara and Hayley’s former band performed live multiple times each week and managed to build up a strong fan base throughout Western Pennsylvania. However, the decision to relocate to Nashville loomed and presented Sara and Hayley with many open doors. “There are performance opportunities every single day in Nashville,” Sara points out. “And that is at all hours of the day. We couldn't play seven times a week in Pittsburgh because there aren't enough thriving venues. I think we also needed to move away from normalcy to be able to dedicate ourselves to music 24/7.”On August 29, 2014, the girls moved to Nashville and by September 1, 2014, they had rebranded and Steel Blossoms was created. Making the move a little bit easier was the fact that the two had already made several in-roads with folks living in Nashville, one of whom was former Taylor Swift manager Rick Barker. Barker is also the creator of Music Industry Blueprint, a development service teaching singers and musicians about the inner-workings of the music industry and how to market themselves via social media.“The biggest thing that we have learned from Rick,” says Hayley, “is that this business is all about relationships, relationships, relationships.”“He has also taught us how to use social media as a tool to connect with fans that don't live near us,” claims Sara. “We want to know who they are and what they like so that our music can relate to what they are going through.”That emphasis on communicating with fans and building up relationships doesn't appear only on social media; it also shines through when Steel Blossoms perform live. Sara and Hayley are both quick to point out that the personal touch is something they are using to separate themselves from everybody else in a very crowded music industry.“The shows are conversational,” describes Hayley. “We really focus on positive vibes and greet everyone when they walk in the doors. We are there to make them happy and we aren't afraid to tell people in the audience about our own lives and struggles.”“We love laughing and having fun with the audience,” says Sara. “We are definitely serious about our music careers but our live shows still have comedy and substance.”In October 2015, Steel Blossoms released their very first EP album, “Year Number One,” which was 100% funded by fan pre-orders. They spend a good portion of their time traveling the country performing “House Concerts” for families they have met while performing in Nashville. Both Zebley and Prosser are optimistic about the future of Steel Blossoms. In a world where the majority is paralyzed by potential failure, both Sara and Hayley have refused to be intimidated.“I felt fear when we moved,” Sara admits. “Leaving all that I knew was terrifying but I just knew that I was going to thrive in Nashville.” “This town is full of incredible musicians and thousands of people in a mile who have...





Richard Lynch On The Chris Top Program
Jul 14 2016 45 mins  
Compiling a long list of hits and chart toppers in the traditional country world, Richard Lynch is an award-winning American country music artist, reminiscent of the classics that started it all. The same passion and raw truth that fueled the likes of Conway Twitty, Keith Whitley, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and Hank Williams is sewn into the fabric of Richard Lynch. In a world of fabricated country stars, Richard Lynch stands out in the crowd as a proud member of the last of a dying breed, the pure country music artist. An Independent Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Richard’s rock solid country roots span 3 decades; it comes up with the sun each morning, and it settles in the music he writes and the songs he sings.. The spirit of Richard Lynch is that which is attached to the working man’s soul. It’s real and it’s timeless. It’s country, the way country was meant to be.Now Richard is releasing his brand new single, the poignant title track to his latest Billy Yates-produced album, A Better Place. Written by Yates and Trent Tomlinson (“One Wing in the Fire”), “A Better Place” features Lynch’s hauntingly beautiful and emotional vocal alongside a who’s who of the best musicians in country music: Eddie Bayers, drums (Garth Brooks, George Strait); Eli Beaird, bass (Joey+Rory, Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard); Scotty Sanders, steel and dobro (Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley); Jeff King, electric guitar (Reba, Luke Bryan); Steve Nathan, piano, keys, synth (Tim McGraw; Toby Keith); Hyram Posey, fiddle (Grand Ol’ Opry); Larry Franklin, fiddle (Lorrie Morgan, Alan Jackson); Larry Beaird, acoustic guitar (Rascal Flatts, Brooks and Dunn); Billy Yates (Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney) and Russell Terrell, backing vocals (Clint Black, Darius Rucker.)Preview “A Better Place” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnKDkTqAEt0.A Better Place was released on the MOD Label. Promotions are by Twang Thang Country – Nashville, TN. Publicity by MTS Management Group – Pittsburgh, PA.Living the life he sings about is what gives Richard Lynch the edge as a singer/songwriter. Richard is a hard working, blue collar man. He is a designer and builder of amazing barns, and as should be expected, he is an American farmer. His everyday life and paying his musical dues by performing at 100′s of events & shows a year, all across the country, is that which shaped him into a one-of-a-kind performer. Richard’s style is true and it carries into his live shows. Much like his music alone, a live performance of the Richard Lynch Band is something you feel. It’s something you carry with you when you walk away. If country music is a gift that sustains in our lives wherever we go, Richard Lynch is the messenger.
































Jesse & Brittney On The Chris Top Program
May 20 2016 54 mins  
" I got to know Jesse Knowles from his time working at food lion. This young man drug himself to work day after day while going through chemotherapy and battling cancer while so many look for any excuse to lay out of work and expect the government to take care of them. I have the utmost respect for this young man. I will be donating to his cause." -Corkie Knight Green**DONATE HERE https://www.gofundme.com/22h85sty"Jesse is a friend of our oldest son. He has been fighting brain cancer off and on since he was about 14. He's a hard worker, a downright good guy, and he's also a volunteer firefighter at my old fire hall.If you all could spread this around, I'd appreciate it. I'd love it if all of the public safety personnel in Livingston County, and beyond, would help Jesse pay for his trip to Colorado for his treatment. Please, donate a few bucks and share with your friends. God bless y'all!" -Robby Davidson" He is a great young man and one hell of a firefighter." -Jason Smith"Jesse and his family are great people. I got the privilege of leading a build of his bedroom when he was still in school. We took the garage and built him his own bedroom and living room. Stoned where the garage door was. A lot of the community came together then." -Michael Welborn" I am Jesse Knowles mom. I am in tears and am lost for words! Every day I pray that my baby boy will one day be able to live a life of good health and not have to carry the evil barrier of cancer! There is nothing harder as a mom to not have the answers to help their child!!! But, because of all of you, you have given us the strength and power through all your support and love to help us stay strong and help my baby boy fight!! There are no words or actions that can be spoken or shown how blessed we are to know and be part of such a caring family!!!! Many I personally know and many I have not had the honor to meet but please always remember how much you are ALL loved and how grateful we are to have such wonderful people in our lives!!! God bless you and "KEEP TRUCKIN!!!" -Celeste Lane


Reaching Out For Hailey
May 19 2016 36 mins  
"Melinda has been diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer I would like to get Hailey home to see her mother. Anything will help because flights to california are not cheap." -AdamDONATE HERE https://www.gofundme.com/23rp3p8Join us LIVE as we speak to Adam! Feel free to ask questions and comment in the chat box on www.thechristopprogram.comIn Stage IV ovarian cancer, the cancer cells have spread to tissues outside the abdomen and pelvis. Cancer cells may be found inside the liver, in the lungs and in other organs.13% of all cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed when they are Stage IV.Prognosis & Survival RatesFor all types of ovarian cancer taken together, about 3 in 4 women with ovarian cancer live for at least 1 year after diagnosis. Almost half (46%) of women with ovarian cancer are still alive at least 5 years after diagnosis. Women diagnosed when they are younger than 65 do better than older women.Most women diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer have a five-year survival rate of approximately 18%. Survival rates are often based on studies of large numbers of people, but they can’t predict what will happen in any particular person’s case. Other factors impact a woman’s prognosis, including her general health, the grade of the cancer, and how well the cancer responds to treatment.TreatmentTreatment for Stage IV ovarian cancer will consist of surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, followed by combination chemotherapy.




The Jayce Whisenhunt Story
May 11 2016 19 mins  
Are we missing the real story? Has everyone finished pointing fingers? We are going to talk it out on The Chris Top Progrm. Anyone wishing to contribute to Jayce's Prom please follow the link below. Jayce is a senior at Montgomery Central High School in Clarksville, TN. He is a special needs student and has been attending a feeder program all year at an off-site location. When he was thinking about going to prom he couldn't think of anyone to take as a date. He has no girlfriend or female friends that he felt comfortable going with, so he asked his sister. Sweet Jessica accepted his invitation. Both got dressed up and looked great! Jayce even had a suit bought for him by a friend of his father for $400 and their father made sure both had flowers to wear to the big dance! They took pictures, went to dinner, and even did a bit of shopping before heading to the event with so much excitement! When they arrived, that excitement turned to sadness and tears. Jayce and his family were never informed of the age limit for prom guests. They never realized that his sister was over the age limit. So they were blindsided by the principal of the schooling refusing her admittance. The two were heartbroken and left in tears!Let's work to make this right! We are going to throw Jayce and Jessica their own prom! We have a venue secured, but the cost is great. We are working to establish sponsors and volunteers, but anything you can donate will go toward covering the costs of the prom. Any extra funds will go to the family and toward the extreme costs of caring for this special young man!https://www.facebook.com/events/722843041085486/DONATE HERE https://www.gofundme.com/23c4xzvc


TCTP-Alayna-PROMO
May 06 2016 1 mins  
Schedule: Everyone is welcome to sit in on any interview. The #Woba Awards are also open to the public. This is a FREE event.June 9th Interviews1:00PM Melanie Meriney2:00PM Madelyn Victoria3:00PM Kris Bradley4:00PM Clara Lofaro5:00PM Vanessa Marie Carter6:00PM Mindy Miller7:00PM Alayna8:00PM Megan GoldenJune 10th InterviewsNoon Gracia Harrison1:00PM Stevie Jewel2:00PM Bryce Hitchcock3:00PM Roanoke4:00PM Jesska5:00PM Emberland6:00PM CG4L Country Girls 4 Life7:00PM Kimberly Jewells8:00PM Lacey CarolineJune 11th InterviewsNoon Jordan Allena1:00PM PASSIONATE2:00PM Kelsey Coan3:00PM Pink Couch Studios4:00PM devoN Nickoles5:00pm Break6:00 - 8:00 WOBA Award CeremonyThree days out of the year talented Dorks of the world meet under one roof at BB King's Blues Club in Nashville Tennessee. Over the course of the next few months we will see artists hand picked by the Top to do LIVE interviews in Nashville on http://thechristopprogram.com/. After three days of interviews #TCTP Magnolia Emporium & BB King's Blues Club Nashville will bring you #WobaAwards 2016. Two full hours of laughs, tears, triumph, and loss. We will also throw in some live music. This entire event is free to the public. Everyone is encouraged to show up in person and listen to each live broadcast. Feel free to get a picture on the red carpet with your favorite artists. You are all invited free of charge to the #WobaAwards too! Remember, the event will not cost anyone a dime but we are encouraged to buy food and drinks at BB Kings and don't forget to tip your server. Some lucky listeners will win free food vouchers while attending the award ceremony. Who will be chosen for interviews? Who will be nominated for a #WOBA? Who will perform LIVE during the #WobaAwards? Keep checking this page along with http://thechristopprogram.com/ for the most current details. Nominees will be named soon. Once the votes are in, the top four nominations in each category will compete in the second and final round on the road to Working On Being Awesome. June 11th 2016 a handful of the worlds most talented will walk away with #WobaAwards.

TCTP-Monday's Mona Lisa-PROMO
May 06 2016 1 mins  
June 9th Interviews1:00PM Melanie Meriney2:00PM Madelyn Victoria3:00PM Kris Bradley4:00PM Clara Lofaro5:00PM Vanessa Marie Carter6:00PM Mindy Miller7:00PM Alayna8:00PM Megan GoldenJune 10th InterviewsNoon Gracia Harrison1:00PM Stevie Jewel2:00PM Bryce Hitchcock3:00PM Roanoke4:00PM Jesska5:00PM Emberland6:00PM CG4L Country Girls 4 Life7:00PM Kimberly Jewells8:00PM Lacey CarolineJune 11th InterviewsNoon Jordan Allena1:00PM PASSIONATE2:00PM Kelsey Coan3:00PM Pink Couch Studios4:00PM devoN Nickoles5:00pm Break6:00 - 8:00 WOBA Award CeremonyThree days out of the year talented Dorks of the world meet under one roof at BB King's Blues Club in Nashville Tennessee. Over the course of the next few months we will see artists hand picked by the Top to do LIVE interviews in Nashville on http://thechristopprogram.com/. After three days of interviews #TCTP Magnolia Emporium & BB King's Blues Club Nashville will bring you #WobaAwards 2016. Two full hours of laughs, tears, triumph, and loss. We will also throw in some live music. This entire event is free to the public. Everyone is encouraged to show up in person and listen to each live broadcast. Feel free to get a picture on the red carpet with your favorite artists. You are all invited free of charge to the #WobaAwards too! Remember, the event will not cost anyone a dime but we are encouraged to buy food and drinks at BB Kings and don't forget to tip your server. Some lucky listeners will win free food vouchers while attending the award ceremony. Who will be chosen for interviews? Who will be nominated for a #WOBA? Who will perform LIVE during the #WobaAwards? Keep checking this page along with http://thechristopprogram.com/ for the most current details. Nominees will be named soon. Once the votes are in, the top four nominations in each category will compete in the second and final round on the road to Working On Being Awesome. June 11th 2016 a handful of the worlds most talented will walk away with #WobaAwards.


#WOBA Awards 2016 Date Change
May 05 2016
Schedule: Everyone is welcome to sit in on any interview. The #Woba Awards are also open to the public. This is a FREE event.June 9th Interviews1:00PM Melanie Meriney2:00PM Madelyn Victoria3:00PM Kris Bradley4:00PM Clara Lofaro5:00PM Vanessa Marie Carter6:00PM Mindy Miller7:00PM Alayna8:00PM Megan GoldenJune 10th InterviewsNoon Gracia Harrison1:00PM Stevie Jewel2:00PM Bryce Hitchcock3:00PM Roanoke4:00PM Jesska5:00PM Emberland6:00PM CG4L Country Girls 4 Life7:00PM Kimberly Jewells8:00PM Lacey CarolineJune 11th InterviewsNoon Jordan Allena1:00PM PASSIONATE2:00PM Kelsey Coan3:00PM Pink Couch Studios4:00PM devoN Nickoles5:00pm Break6:00 - 8:00 WOBA Award CeremonyThree days out of the year talented Dorks of the world meet under one roof at BB King's Blues Club in Nashville Tennessee. Over the course of the next few months we will see artists hand picked by the Top to do LIVE interviews in Nashville on http://thechristopprogram.com/. After three days of interviews #TCTP Magnolia Emporium & BB King's Blues Club Nashville will bring you #WobaAwards 2016. Two full hours of laughs, tears, triumph, and loss. We will also throw in some live music. This entire event is free to the public. Everyone is encouraged to show up in person and listen to each live broadcast. Feel free to get a picture on the red carpet with your favorite artists. You are all invited free of charge to the #WobaAwards too! Remember, the event will not cost anyone a dime but we are encouraged to buy food and drinks at BB Kings and don't forget to tip your server. Some lucky listeners will win free food vouchers while attending the award ceremony. Who will be chosen for interviews? Who will be nominated for a #WOBA? Who will perform LIVE during the #WobaAwards? Keep checking this page along with http://thechristopprogram.com/ for the most current details. Nominees will be named soon. Once the votes are in, the top four nominations in each category will compete in the second and final round on the road to Working On Being Awesome. June 11th 2016 a handful of the worlds most talented will walk away with #WobaAwards.

Kristi Hoopes On The Chris Top Program
Apr 21 2016 66 mins  
Whether you ask One Stop Country, Queens of Country, Country Perspective, or any of the numerous reviewers, newspapers, and blogs she has spoken with, there's one thing they can all agreeon -- Kristi Hoopes has the "tried and true music that country radio needs."With seven years, 30+ awards, and two guitars under her belt, four-time “Songwriter of the Year,” five-time “New Country Female Entertainer of the Year,” and Nashville recording artist Kristi is creating the country music of tomorrow, today.This past summer, Kristi's first album began to take shape within the iconic walls of RCA Studio A (Grand Victor Sound) in Nashville, Tennessee after winning Lyricord's first songwriting contest. While the album is still a work in progress, her debut single, "At Least It's Something" has been released and is currently available for purchase on iTunes and 30+ online music outlets.In June 2015, Kristi released her latest single "In My Own Sweet Time" while in Nashville for the 2015 CMA Music Festival.Born on Valentine's Day, this Colorado girl found her love for the stage at the age of 2, entertaining her family on top of the family room coffee table. Her passion for performing flourished during her 3rd grade talent show while singing Loretta Lynn's version of Nancy Sinatra’s, “These Boots Are Made For Walking.”That same year, Kristi was recruited by a musical theater troupe, touring nationally and internationally until the group disbanded in 2009. But in the back of her mind, she felt like there was a piece of her that was missing, and it was in the hand-written lyrics and chord charts scattered about Kristi's bedroom floor that the piece was found -- country music.With a pocket full of those original songs and guitar in hand, Kristi began competing with the CCMA's (Colorado Country Music Association). Kristi’s consecutive wins in 2009 and the years to follow led her to compete in Tennessee and win the international title of Female Entertainer of the Year from NACMAI (North American Country Music Association International) in 2010 and Songwriter of the Year in 2011.This past summer, Kristi took home a first place win at the Country Showdown (formerly known as the Texaco Country Showdown) for AM 1340 KVRH, and was one of only five contestants to represent the state of Colorado at Copper Mountain on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band stage.From county fairs to coffee shoppes to haunted Old West hotels, she quickly becomes a fan favorite and has left her eclectic country footprint at iconic venues like Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Colorado State Fair, and the National Western Stock Show. Kristi has been both a headliner and an opening act for well-known Colorado bands like the Blue Canyon Boys, Fireweed, and Barry Ward. She has found herself playing on the same stages as national acts like Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise, thus proving to be an accomplished and dynamic artist.When she's not tearin' up a stage or penning a new song, she volunteers her time and talents at charity events and involves herself in local theater productions both on stage and behind the scenes. Her rigorous AP academic schedule leaves her with little free time, but she makes use of what she gets by riding horses, camping, writing poetry, and hanging out with her friends.Kristi Hoopes may be a small-town girl, but her voice promises to take her fans on a Mile Hi ride. "I am so thankful to have as many fans behind me as I do. This is a journey and I want my them to be with me every step of the way, wherever the road leads."

Two Way Crossing On The Chris Top Program
Apr 21 2016 49 mins  
Nashville’s Two Way Crossing has been heating things up on stage and getting buzz in the industry with their recent MUSIC ROW TOP 40 radio single “Car Trouble.” Two Way Crossing originally BEGAN as simply a duo comprised of Jenny and Blake Marvin. Jenny and Blake recorded their debut EP in Nashville, TN and they decided to make the move to music city shortly after to further pursue their music career.Within a few months they auditioned some of Nashville's best musicians, including KEVIN SMITH (lead guitar) and JARON MOSSMAN (drums & percussion). Over the next few months an amazing energy and bond quickly formed at Two Way Crossing's core.With the addition of CLINT REYNOLDS (bass) and BENJAMIN PICKER (keys, guitar, backing vocals) in 2015, the band's blend of talent and cohesive drive to be the best made it clear to Jenny and Blake that Two Way Crossing felt like more than a duo. Two Way Crossing had evolved into a band. Rarely do you find an entire group so cohesive musically, but more impressively, each of them adds a unique element to the magnetic energy presented in their stage show.After landing a regular spot at Nashville's world-famous venue, The Wildhorse Saloon, Two Way Crossing has been getting recognition everywhere from Music Row Magazine to radio stations across the United States. One of Nashville’s toughest critics, Robert Oermann, honored the group with the DISCovery Award when their first single, "Deep End" was released to radio. He raved about the group’s self-titled EP stating, “There's just something so fresh and innocent and endearing in their approach. Welcome to the party”On the songwriting front, the group is always writing for their next album. Jenny, the main songwriter for the group, has teamed up with some of the best cutting-edge songwriters in Nashville including; Ryan Sorestad, Brian White, Steve Pasch, Phil Roselle and Two Way Crossing’s own Kevin Smith & Benjamin Picker. Songwriting is an essential part of why the group’s sound is so unique and why their brand is unlike any other in Nashville. The combined 2-part and often 3-part vocal harmony allows them a great amount of freedom to create a new sound, which isn't being heard in the country market. The group is continually pushing the boundaries on what a traditional country song should sound like and yet want to keep what they love about country music in everything they do. Heather Jacks, writer of The Noise Beneath The Apple says, "They keep their country roots and infuse the music with dashes of rock and roll and pop; not the other way around...You may not come as a country music fan, but, after hearing Two Way Crossing, you’re sure to leave as one."











1988
Mar 23 2016 4 mins  
My son recently joined the Marines and has been at boot camp for the past several weeks. I have been writing letters once a week because that is the only form of communication we are allowed. In the beginning I was dreding having to sit down and write an actual letter. It became more enjoyable than I had ever imagined. I decided to convert this one into audio. I have several more I am thinking about recording as well. I hope you enjoy this letter to my son, Christian. One year before the big graduation day. A gallon of gas was .91 cents and I couldn't stop listening to Guns N' Roses. Big hair was in, speaking of big hair I could afford to see Big twice at the movies because tickets were $3.50. Welcome to the summer of 1988. Life was good to me that particular year. My first car was a 1971 Volvo. My brother, Larry tried his best to make me believe it was a cool car. “Looks a lot like a Mercedes,” he told me. I believe it lasted about a week before falling apart on the way to work one day. I ended up buying Larry's 1985 white Cutlass with a vinyl roof. I'm guessing he gave me a good deal because he felt bad about the “Mercedes.” That Cutlass was Sweeeet! The first thing I did was purchase some shiny rims and install a decent radio. Summertime here I come!My group of friends were the best. We may not have been the most popular kids around but we had swag. I surrounded myself with a pretty smart bunch of guys. They say if you hang out with the wrong crowd people automatically assume your some sort of a hoodlum. I'm not sure if there is any truth to that. I can however tell you that when you hang with the smart kids everyone believes you are a genius. This put me in some awkward situations. I spent a ton of time trying to convince my piers to cheat off of someone else because they were going to fail. So I was classified as one of the nerds. I was totally alright with this. Lets be honest, I could have been called much worse so I wore it as a badge of honor. Looking back the title of dork would have fit me much better anyway.A young man can only sit around with his buddies talking about girls so long before finally working up the nerve to make a real move. Trust me, we talked about the opposite sex ALL of the time. Sure we hung out, went to Funland, (arcade) and worked the bowling skills often. We were teenage boys so we were amazing at multitasking. I could pick up a spare easily while talking about Cindy, (false name to protect the innocent.) who I would finally talk to this year. I could break my old Galaga record while describing how perfect we would be together. The whole group knew it was all talk. Each one of us was guilty. None of us could ever work up the nerve to ask a girl out.I guess when a guy beats himself down so much it has the opposite effect sometimes. We get to the point of totally giving up then something beautiful happens. Inspiration hits us like a fat kid hits the candy store and we finally grow a set. I had made up my mind to make the call. I was not going to wait for the new school year to start. I was prepared to start my very first summer romance with HER, with Cindy. I could read a phone book. I knew what street she lived on! We had entered the friend zone my junior year so I had a few details. This was WAY before facebook so I had to do things the hard way. I dialed the first digit with confidence ( google rotary phone when you get a chance.) By the time I was on the last couple of numbers my confidence was barely strong enough to hold the receiver to my ear while I dialed. I recall how mortified I was when the ring sounded off. I can remember saying to myself, “she must not be home” and prepared to hang up. With each ring I relaxed a little more thinking she would not answer. Out of nowhere I hear the sweetest sound on the other end “hello,” she said. Immediately I slammed the phone down. That was enough! That was it! My heart was pounding! My hands wouldn't stop...





Kelsey Coan On The Chris Top Program
Mar 17 2016 55 mins  
KELSEY is a Country singer / songwriter from Southern New Jersey. On July 4, 2014, Kelsey released her Single that she had co-written with a songwriter from Nashville, Chuck Thomas, honoring all of our Veterans. This song was inspired through her conversations with her grandfather who served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969 with the US Army. Kelsey has a special place in her heart for ALL Veterans and for her Country. She Proudly Honors ALL those who fight for our freedom every day. This song, “SOMETHING TO STAND FOR”, is dedicated to ALL those who serve in Our Military, past and present. In the spring of 2015 Kelsey released her first album titled “Don’t Give Up”. Her inspiration for writing two of the songs on this album, “Look At Me Now” & “Don’t Give Up”, are based on her past experiences throughout her middle school years. These songs are dedicated to ALL those who have been or are currently being Bullied or Abused and to those with Special Needs. Kelsey hopes that these songs will help inspire them to move on and know that… “We are all special in our own way!” Kelsey’s anti-bullying message was published in the May 2014 issue of the NJ Cops Magazine, and she was the Featured Artist in the July 2014 issue of the Philadelphia Talent Magazine. Her story was also published in “88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life” which is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Kelsey appeared as a guest and performed live in Nashville during the 2015 CMA Fest at BB Kings with the Chris Top Radio Program and also performed live at the Boot Barn with The Iceman, Best Country Radio.Kelsey has also been a guest on several internet radio shows and her music is currently being played internationally on numerous internet radio stations. Her album, “Don’t Give Up” is also in daily rotation on Pandora Radio and iHeart Radio and is available for purchase on iTunes, CD Baby, this website and other music distributors. Kelsey is currently working on completing her second album. Say tuned........... ♥



Justin Myers On The Chris Top Program
Mar 17 2016 49 mins  
Justin Myers was born on Oct.16th in Thomasville, GA to parents Larry and Georgia. Justin is the youngest of four kids and the only boy in the bunch. When Justin’s parents met, Georgia already had three daughters, but the term “step” was never used. They were a family. This strong family bond is the foundation for Justin’s morals and beliefs. At the age of six, Georgia’s career brought the family to Nashville. This is where Justin’s journey began. “I was very fortunate. I grew up in a house where “can’t” was never a word that was used when it came to dreams.”A dreamer is exactly what Justin remains to this day. Since a young age Justin seemed destined for his life to involve a crowd. But, music wasn’t always the road. Ice hockey became a fast obsession is Justin’s life and from the day he laced on skates it was his goal to play in the NHL. From travel leagues, all-star teams, and hockey schools in Canada, Justin lived and breathed the game. “I was lucky, and my parents supported and pushed me every single step of the way.” Through this, Justin learned life lessons that he carries to this day:1. Never forget the children2. Be grateful for the people that love and support you3. Always return the love you have been given.Even though Hockey was his passion, Justin always had a taste and love of music. Being the last of a large family it was no surprise that a wide variety of music was played in the house. Larry, Justin’s father was a rocker. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, ACDC, Allman Brothers, and The Eagles were all routinely played. Georgia was polar opposite, often described by Justin as a southern belle. She brought in the older softer tunes like the temptations, Elvis, Dolly Parton, and Frank Sinatra. Justin’s sisters Tammy, Kelly and Sheri… completely messed his mind up musically. They threw everything else you could throw at a younger brother like Rod Stewart, Guns n Roses, Run D.M.C., Journey, and Bob Seeger. Through all this, Justin learned to open himself up and become a fan of multiple genres. Growing up a daddy’s son and doing everything like his father, it became known that his mom introduced him to what would become his true love… Country music. “My mother came to me and said Justin, listen to this, it reminds me of you”. The song was “The Dance”, by Garth Brooks. It wasn’t known then, but that song would one day tie Justin’s love of music to him forever.“I became obsessed with everything Garth. I knew every song, every interview, and I even began to listen to music he said he loved.” Garth opened Justin’s eyes to a world of music he didn’t know much about and pretty soon he was singing George Strait, Chris Ledoux, Merle Haggard, and George Jones. If the song had a fiddle… He had to hear it. Slowly, this passion began to consume his spare time. If Justin wasn’t on the ice he was immersed in country music. In school he was known as the class clown, and always quick with a joke. At the same time, Justin was overweight, and kids were cruel, but this only fueled Justin’s dreams. His imagination would soar, writing songs and immersing himself in what he loved – hockey and music.It wasn’t until Middle School that Justin met a young man, Ryan Sutton (Justin’s Producer). Ryan, a new kid in school, had just moved from California and quickly became Justin’s closest friend. “I remember Ryan had a guitar and I thought that was the coolest thing on earth.” Ryan’s taste in country music was right in line with Justin and most afternoons the two spent hours playing their favorite records and pretending it was their own. It wasn’t long before Ryan and Justin were writing their songs together, all the while only known to Justin’s Mother. Justin’s life still revolved around hockey— every day at the rink, and weekends in a new town for games. This is most likely where Justin gained his road dog spirit, but at the age of 16 Justin’s life would change...











Passionate On The Chris Top Program
Feb 19 2016 52 mins  
In a world full of turmoil and unrest, Passionate breaks forth with a sound of sheer comfort and ease. Passionate's sound has been known to comfort the heart and strengthen the listener with encouragement and hope for tomorrow. She has been writing music & poetry for as long as she remembers, and has fond memories of writing poetry & songs for her friends and family. During this phase in her early life, she coined the name of Passionate because of the passion and love she intertwined with the lyrics and melodies of her songs.Born May 22, 1982 in a small town of Butler Ga, Passionate soared over her small beginnings and took on a big journey in becoming known as an American soul, pop, poetic singer-songwriter, and guitarist. She has a very unique, but captivating sound that merge emotions, love, hope, and aspirations into the ears of the listeners. Coming from a background of disappointment, heartbreak, and loss Passionate learned how to place her pain in her music and chemically alter it into encouragement for the listener. In hopes of understanding people better to relay her message, she graduated from Augusta State University with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology. Then in 2015, she graduated with her Master's degree in Professional Counseling. It is Passionate's hope that her music will be able to capture the heart of the masses through her understanding of their personal struggles.In 2007, she was awarded CSRA spoken word poet of the year. Also, in the selfsame year she began coaching and teaching the at-risk youth in the community poetry and drama. After many years of community performances and volunteering, Passionate decided to get underneath the management of Rodney Tillman of Tillmanagement to direct her business and music affairs. After she made that decision, everything she imagined began to be placed in motion. Underneath Tillmanagement, she dropped her first project, "The Journey-Love, God, and Relationships". This project open major doors for her. She was able to open for artists such as Chrisette Michele, Urban Mystic, Mary Mary, and travel on the BET Music Matters Tours opening for Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony David, and Melanie Fiona. After giving birth to her son in 2012, Passionate was released from former management and was on her own. On her own she dropped her second project "Stronger", which instantly became a community hit. She also recorded her first music video which was exposed to a greater audience by a retweet from world renowned Bishop TD Jakes and supported by Grammy Award winner lead singer of All 4 One Delious Kennedy. Passionate continues to write and create new songs, collab with other artists, and perform on stages. She also continues to pursue her passion and make music for the world to hear.





Shayna Leigh On The Chris Top Program
Jan 14 2016 61 mins  
“Everything we do, every decision we make, leads us to where we are today.” For Universal Music Group recording artist Shayna Leigh, music tells the story of this journey.Growing up in Orlando, Shayna originally found music through the dramatic arts. Commercial work as a child actor led to musical theatre, where she first discovered singing. She found it to be the most instinctual form of expression she’d ever experienced, and she was hooked.Her continued evolution found her influenced not only by contemporary hitmakers, but also ageless greats like The Beatles, Carole King, and Laura Nyro. She spent years writing, recording and performing, all in search of the sound that best defined her own artistry.On July 28, 2015, Shayna released her debut album “Drive” on S-Curve Records/UMG. The album includes ten tracks produced and co-written by Multi Platinum & Multi Grammy Award Winning Record Producer Michael Mangini (Joss Stone, Diane Birch), and Emmy Award Winning, Multi-Platinum Songwriter and Producer Peter Zizzo (Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton).“Drive” represents both a musical and emotional milestone for Shayna Leigh. The record is distinguished by its blend of organic roots and pop touches, the songs mixing acoustic and electronic elements to convey timeless emotions in “classic contemporary” musical landscapes. This alchemy showcases an interesting dichotomy at work in some of the material – sad songs in upbeat settings, and vice versa. Yet while the instrumentation is certainly a driving force behind her songs, it’s her vocal style that truly defines them.Indeed, Shayna’s voice is uniquely her own, but her stories belong to us all. She believes in the universality of the human heart, and she wants her music to reflect that. To Shayna, the greatest power of songs lies in their ability to remind us how truly connected we are.As co-writer of her record, Shayna loved bringing her input – her life, really – to the table, to see what it sparked into motion. The ensuing creative mingling of hearts and minds is what made the collaboration behind this album so deeply inspiring to her.Prior to the release of “Drive,” Shayna released two EPs: “The Cold Hard Truth and the Dream”, exclusively through Noisetrade. She also released “Hey Shayna Leigh” in September 2014, which soared to #2 on Amazon’s Singer/Songwriter chart, #3 on their Hottest New Release chart and #118 on iTunes Pop Album chart. Recognized for her undeniable talent, Billboard Magazine featured Shayna as one of “Tomorrow’s Hits”. Following the continued success of her music, Shayna has played shows all over the US, as well as the UK, and has opened for popular acts like Howie Day and Sister Hazel.When not in the recording studio, Shayna enjoys acting, dancing, and traveling, but her truest “extra curricular” passion is reserved for her family and friends – the “co-dreamers” who march beside her in supportive spirit towards her greatest aspirations. Her own commitment to promoting self-love extends beyond music, to organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, for whom she recently performed at a NYC fundraising event.Shayna holds an increasingly strong conviction that professional and personal growth go hand in hand. “There is a strength that comes from putting yourself out there and standing up for who you are, scary as it seems sometimes,” Shayna says. “We all have a story to share and mine is woven into my music.”Shayna Leigh currently resides in New York.

Arlene Quinn On The Chris Top Program
Jan 13 2016 50 mins  
Arlene found her voice at the age of five when she received her first guitar. Music has been her passion ever since. Growing up in a little farmhouse in rural Lanark, Ontario, she spent all her free time singing, playing guitar and writing songs. The middle of three girls, Arlene would often lead family jam sessions with songs rooted in traditional country and Christian music.By the age of 18, Arlene was touring with her band throughout Ontario and Quebec, and was one of the Ottawa Valley’s most loved female vocalists. She had the honour of opening shows for many Grand Ole Opry stars, including Johnny Duncan, Stonewall Jackson, Charlie Walker, Tommy Cash and whispering Bill Anderson. The support and advice from these country music legends influenced Arlene to pursue a full-time career as a recording and performing artist.After opening a show for Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee, Bobby Helms, Arlene captured the attention of a management team that helped take her artistry to another level. She starting training with Robin Wiley, a Nashville vocal coach who had worked with major talents, including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and two-time Juno award winner Colleen Peterson.Arlene’s hard work had started to pay off and she continued to open shows for many American and Canadian country music legends. She shared the stage with Lorrie Morgan, Terri Clark, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Jeannie Seeley, Tammy Wynette, Patricia Conroy, Dallas Harms, Anita Perras, Family Brown, Blue Rodeo, Carol Baker, Colleen Peterson, and Gordie Tapp.In 2001, Arlene hit the studio to record her debut CD entitled “No Doubt”. Her title track and first single received extensive airplay across Canada and Europe. Her dream of becoming a recording and performing artist was becoming a reality.Then everything changed. She started not feeling well. Her body hurt and she was always tired. This would eventually turn into three years of doctors and tests before she was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes chronic pain and fatigue. She was forced to take time off from her music career to tend to her health.With the support of her family, friends and fans, Arlene slowly started to find ways to cope with her fibromyalgia. Throughout this difficult time, she refused to let it define her or hold her back from her dreams. Arlene returned to the heart of what always made her happy – singing and song writing. Sitting at home picking out songs on the guitar, Arlene started to find her voice and her passion all over again.In 2005, Arlene and her husband, Barry, welcomed their son, Brayden. Arlene loved being a full-time mother and spent the next few years just being Brayden’s mom. It was during this time that she really started to understand the value of music therapy. It had always helped her and she started thinking she could use her talent to help other people too.She started singing for people who were ill, elderly, or had developmental challenges. And she saw them light up when she sang. She saw first-hand how she could use her voice to make other people happy. The power of music was pulling Arlene back to performing again.Fast forward to 2015 and Arlene is more than ready to re-enter the Canadian country music scene. Her brand new up-beat single, “Nowhere To Go But Up”, was co-written with her friend and fellow Canadian recording artist, Brea Lawrenson. Working with the finest musicians from Nashville, the overall production and song writing on this single are first class.From her humble roots in rural Ontario, to the illness that almost stole her joy, to the amazing life she has built with her son and husband, Arlene continues to inspire others to rise above adversity and pursue their dreams. Arlene’s new music is uplifting, gritty, toe-tapping goodness that showcases her incredible talents....

Sacha-Lee On The Chris Top Program
Jan 13 2016 50 mins  
Sacha-Lee might be a new voice to the recording industry but she is a seasoned professional as a stage performer. A dynamic entertainer, Sacha-Lee would be best described as an excitement generator. She is and always has been a crowd favorite since taking the stage at age seven. This lovely French Canadian woman was introduced to various genres of music growing up and it is reflected in every song she delivers with her classy-sassy style.Dedicated to mentoring emerging artists about the business of music Sacha believes, “It is important to educate, investigate and develop a plan for yourself before beginning any career, the music business is no different.”Her first two albums “Sacha-Lee”’ (2008) and “The Music Made Me Do It” (2013) were recorded in Nashville and mastered by her husband and band leader Gaetan at his small studio in their hometown of Smooth Rock Falls Ontario. Currently, Sacha is recording three new originals with Quebec producer Francois Poulin. “The new album is being recorded in French, my first language” says Sacha-Lee ”and I am very lucky to be bilingual as it allows me to expand my listening audience and reach into venues that may not be available to me otherwise.”2015 is gearing up to be a big year for Sacha-Lee. Her first single will be released to Canadian Country radio in spring of 2015. Her schedule is filling up quickly. This includes performances in Amos, Quebec at the Festival Regional de Musique Country and many other regional venues and events.On November 8th 2014 Sacha-Lee was inducted into the Great Northern Opry via the Northern Ontario Country Music Association.IThe music business is about connections and being true to yourself and your roots. Sacha-Lee defines this belief in her motto, “Music is created by faith and lives in family and friends.”

Alex Sumner On The Chris Top Program
Jan 13 2016 48 mins  
Hello there! Before we start this adventure together, I’m sure you’d love to learn a little bit about me. I am Alex Sumner, an old soul in a young body. I grew up here in Clarksville, TN as an only child and with a hard head as my mom tells me. I’ve always been a poetic free-spirit and could easily become lost in books and quotes and pictures that spoke to me. I always tried to write myself and even remember carrying sticky notes with me to the bath tub to jot down whatever was jogging my brain. I met my dear husband here in Clarksville at Northwest High School is 2006. In 2008 we began dating and by 2009 he had proposed to me with my first professional DSLR which ultimately began the start of my photography career (thanks babe!). We married in March of 2010 and expected our first sweet baby, Hunter, in October of 2011 and our second lullaby rockstar, Scarlett, in February 2013. While my husband may have began the dream that is my career, my children have definitely prolonged it. After watching them transform day after day, I realize how long yet short life can be at the same time, and I am constantly reminded that in the blink of an eye, while we enjoy it in that moment, those high pitched giggles and pitter patters of feet are soon gone. Looking back at their pictures from even a few months ago I can sometimes forget how short Scarlett’s hair really was and how many rolls Hunter’s legs had, the way Scarlett squishes her nose when she finds something funny and the furrow of Hunter’s eyebrows when he’s deep in concentration. But of course I have those pictures to remind me of those sweet, special seconds and short days I seem to forget so easily. And that is exactly why children and family photography is my passion – to help you remember and to help your children remember and to help their children imagine what life was like years and years before them.



Chelsie Nicole On The Chris Top Program
Dec 19 2015 58 mins  
Chelsie Nicole studied Music and has been classically trained in Albany, Georgia at Darton State College. She has now moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her career in the music industry. Chelsie sang her first solo at 7 years of age and has been singing ever since. Being president and section leader of Show Choir, she got an opportunity to sing for the high school Jazz Band. It was soon after this that the Director of Darton's Jazz Band saw her video at random and called her to offer her a scholarship to sing for his band. Chelsie performed with them for 3 years and has received many opportunities in the community by being a part of the group. Chelsie has also won competitions; such as, Darton Star and WXTX X Factor. After winning Darton Star, she was able to open up for American Idol contestant Bo Bice before she passed her title down. The X factor competition landed her the opportunity to be flown to Rhode Island where she advanced in two rounds. She has also advanced in two rounds of The Voice. When she returned home from these experiences, she began teaching Voice Lessons. Chelsie has been working with students for over two years now and encourages all ages to get involved with progression of their talent. She has also worked with Phillip Phillip's hometown band as she became the lead singer after Phillip won American Idol. After moving from Georgia, she is more focused on songwriting, recording, and performing live shows than ever. Chelsie Nicole has now released her first independent single, "Nobody Told Me" and is looking to start recording a Duo EP with her Duo partner, Aaron Helvig, come 2016!



Clara Lofaro On The Chris Top Program
Dec 18 2015 50 mins  
Toronto born, Brooklyn based, Clara Lofaro, began singing in a local community church. Realizing her abilities for harmonies and composing at an early age, Clara continued to study and perform music throughout her formative and high school years before accepting a scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.Lofaro is a singer/songwriter who performs throughout the world with her band and as a Solo Artist. She is well sought after by her contemporaries to collaborate on their respective projects and her song catalog has provided television, film and commercials with over 50 song placements spanning many musical formats. When Vanity Fair Napkins was searching for a theme song for their “Wipe On A Smile” National Commercial Campaign, they chose Lofaro's single "Just Smile" (from her Self Titled LP).Lofaro’s current EP release OTHER SIDE (Sept 2015) follows her 2014 “Air Lift Me” EP release, which includes the Billboard Club Hit "Born To Love You”.Lofaro has performed alongside Stevie Nicks, Edwin McCain, Kimberly Locke, and Jeffrey Gaines and was the featured vocalist in the Disney Super Bowl commercial "When You Wish Upon a Star" featuring MVP players of the NFL team.Clara Lofaro is the winner of 6 Toronto Music Awards and has had numerous nominations in both the U.S. and Canada. She has also been awarded first place, triumphing over 300 bands, during Toronto's Indie week, a competition to find the city's best unsigned talent.

Lyn Liechty On The Chris Top Program
Dec 18 2015 32 mins  
In the beginning… Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, Lyn began her love for music right from the beginning. Performing in school talent shows, city wide competitions or even just in her own living room; not a day went by for her without music in it.High school to College… At the age of 16, Lyn left her life of public high school in Madison, to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She graduated from Interlochen with majors in Voice and Theater and moved onto a four year Musical Theater program at a University in St. Louis, MO where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.From St. Louis to New York… After graduation, Lyn headed for New York to begin the next phase of her life. Living in mid town Manhattan, Lyn began the difficult task of auditioning for shows. At long last, the audition that would change the course of the rest of her life came through. Lyn auditioned at Radio City Music Hall for a European production of “Miss Saigon” and got the part of Ellen. Perhaps the frustration and the fight for years in NY to even be seen was what fueled her motivation to let nothing stop her now that she had been offered a leading role in a big production. It was a good thing, because, not only would Lyn be moving to another country for the job, but, ‘oh by the way, the show will not be done in English; you’ll have to learn German if you want the role.The European Experience… Lyn’s career in Europe took off quickly. Even with the challenges of being a non native speaker, Lyn beat the odds and continued to get leading roles in other German and Austrian productions. She went from “Miss Saigon” in Stuttgart, Germany to the World Première of “Dance Of The Vampires” in Vienna, Austria. There she worked with Jim Steinman and Roman Polanski, as well as the late great Mr. Steve Barton.From Vampires to Prostitutes… Lyn’s performance in ‘Vampires’ earned her a nomination for best actress, and also earned her an invitation to audition for the European premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s “Jekyll & Hyde.” In keeping with her drive and determination, Lyn walked into the first audition with the entire show memorized and every song learned. She landed the leading role as Lucy Harris, and moved back to Germany (this time in Bremen) to begin preproduction on what would later be considered the definitive production of “Jekyll & Hyde” world wide.Top of the Pops…While continuing her work on stage in “Jekyll & Hyde,” Lyn was approached to record and perform a duet with Italian singer Pierro Mozzocchetti. The duo were chosen to perform the song “L’Eternita” at the final box fight of Axel Schulz against Wladimir Klitchko. The song’s instant success placed the two on the charts and opened the door for an amazing whirlwind of television and radio publicity, including appearances on Top Of The Pops, Millionaire Gesucht, The Bambi Awards, Night Of The Stars and many more.From Pierro to The Scorpions…Whether it was pure luck or alignment of the stars is unknown, but one simple flick of the TV changed the course of Lyn’s path yet again. Klaus Meine of the world famous rock group the Scorpions, happened to be flipping through the channels and saw Lyn Performing with Pierro. Shortly after that performance aired, Rudolph Schenker, Klaus and their manager Peter Amend met with Lyn after attending one of her performances as Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde. The instant chemistry and desire to try something new paved the way for “Here In My Heart.” Lyn recorded the Diane Warren song with the group in Austria and debuted the tune at the Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany.From the Scorpions to Lionel Richie…While juggling a stage production, an Italian duet and an amazing opportunity with the Scorpions, Lyn had yet another miracle on the way. Lionel Richie. Lyn and Lionel were both on their own publicity tours; Lionel with his song “Angel”, and Lyn & The Scorpions with “Here In My Heart.” They kept crossing paths in the...





Donica Knight On The Chris Top Program
Nov 25 2015 50 mins  
Donica Knight is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and entertainer hailing from Montgomery, Alabama. Donica’s unique blend of rock, country and blues has led to a rigorous touring schedule in the Southeast, performing more than 350 dates, opening for both country and rock superstars, as diverse as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, Hank Williams Jr., Kid Rock, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Kenny Rogers, Scotty McCreery, Jamey Johnson, Little River Band, Skid Row, Kellie Pickler, Blackberry Smoke, Joe Nichols, REO Speedwagon, The Band Perry, Chris Young, 3 Doors Down and many others. A self-proclaimed tomboy and sports fan, Donica wrote and recorded “Great To Be,” which was regularly played at her beloved Auburn Tigers’ football games. She has also written and recorded duets with country legend, Ronnie Milsap. Donica’s music can be heard in several television and radio commercials, and on the award-winning soundtrack for the film Halloween Party. She also has two co-writes in the upcoming Tracy Lawrence film, Alabama Dirt. Donica has worked in the studio with Platinum selling and Grammy nominated producers, Mickey Jack Cones, Blake Mevis, and Rob Galbraith. Her most recent collaboration is with producer Jim Huff (Joe Bonamassa, I Mother Earth.) Recorded in Los Angeles, the self-penned Can’t Buy a Southern Girl EP features the scorching lead single and video, “Love Ain’t a Prize,” scheduled for October 2015 release. For more information, visit www.donicaknight.com.


Madelyn Victoria On The Chris Top Program
Nov 24 2015 52 mins  
Madelyn Victoria grew up in the deep south of Texas, in Harlingen, performing in public for the first time, during a local Christmas Pageant, at age 5. She continued performing and singing throughout her youth, at local competitions and pageants, earning awards and recognition as one of the area’s top young performers. Her songwriting career began at the age of 13, after becoming the lead vocalist at her church. In 2007, Madelyn competed in the Modeling Association of America International Competition and Convention in New York, where she won the vocal competition, singing Sara Evans’ “Real Fine Place to Start.” That same year, Madelyn auditioned to perform with the Radio Disney Superstars of Dallas, was selected, and opened for pop boy band sensation, The Jonas Brothers. In high school, Madelyn studied both Opera and Mariachi, winning accolades in both categories, all the while honing her guitar skills. In December of 2012, Madelyn performed in Las Vegas (Planet Hollywood and at the NFR Rodeo) as the Shania Twain Sing-Off Contest Winner.Madelyn has sung the National Anthem at United League games, and at local high school sporting events, political rallies, patriotic ceremonies, rodeos, and stock shows, including the 2009 Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo in Los Fresnos, Texas where Madelyn Victoria was crowned the inaugural Rodeo Queen. This was one of many crowns she has earned including Cameron County Cowgirl, being named her high school's homecoming queen, Miss Texas Homecoming Queen, and 2nd Runner Up for Americas Homecoming Queen.More recently Madelyn Victoria and her band have opened for some of the biggest names in country music, including Easton Corbin, Turnpike Troubadours, Tracy Lawrence, Kevin Fowler, Clay Walker, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch, Zac Brown Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and more. Madelyn also gives back to her community, by volunteering at local Motor Training events for special needs children, singing to the children at hospitals and rehab centers and by starting her own annual event called "Octave Higher Christmas" for children.Madelyn Victoria’s latest single release with Star 1 Records and MTS, is “He Only Loves Me on the Dancefloor.”


Sacha-Lee On The Chris Top Program
Nov 24 2015 39 mins  
Sacha-Lee might be a new voice to the recording industry but she is a seasoned professional as a stage performer. A dynamic entertainer, Sacha-Lee would be best described as an excitement generator. She is and always has been a crowd favorite since taking the stage at age seven. This lovely French Canadian woman was introduced to various genres of music growing up and it is reflected in every song she delivers with her classy-sassy style.Dedicated to mentoring emerging artists about the business of music Sacha believes, “It is important to educate, investigate and develop a plan for yourself before beginning any career, the music business is no different.”Her first two albums “Sacha-Lee”’ (2008) and “The Music Made Me Do It” (2013) were recorded in Nashville and mastered by her husband and band leader Gaetan at his small studio in their hometown of Smooth Rock Falls Ontario. Currently, Sacha is recording three new originals with Quebec producer Francois Poulin. “The new album is being recorded in French, my first language” says Sacha-Lee ”and I am very lucky to be bilingual as it allows me to expand my listening audience and reach into venues that may not be available to me otherwise.”2015 is gearing up to be a big year for Sacha-Lee. Her first single will be released to Canadian Country radio in spring of 2015. Her schedule is filling up quickly. This includes performances in Amos, Quebec at the Festival Regional de Musique Country and many other regional venues and events.On November 8th 2014 Sacha-Lee was inducted into the Great Northern Opry via the Northern Ontario Country Music Association.IThe music business is about connections and being true to yourself and your roots. Sacha-Lee defines this belief in her motto, “Music is created by faith and lives in family and friends.”

devoN Nickoles On The Chris Top Program
Nov 24 2015 49 mins  
Devon has four loves in life - her family, her animals, helping others, and singing. As a young girl growing up on a farm, Devon's love and caring for others has been the driving force behind her passion for rescuing animals, taking part in community activities, and developing her career as a singer.At the age of 17, Devon's voice exudes all of who she is: passion, adventure, independence, and selflessness. In first grade, Devon played a role in a high-school performance of The Wizard of Oz. She has competed in singing contests and performed in talent shows since the age of 7, sang the National Anthem at the opening of the 2008 4H Horse Show week, and performed a song on her 4H Club's 2008 parade float, all prestigious local events.Through the years, Devon has rescued and adopted 4 horses, 2 roosters, 4 cats, a turtle, a dog, various fish, hermit crabs, a duck and 2 pygmy goats -- all of whom have thrived under her care. Her drive and ambition to give back to her community is demonstrated in her ongoing commitment to her school, classmates and others less fortunate. She served as a member of her elementary school's first student council, assisting in efforts to organize and deliver Christmas gifts to children in Baltimore, MD, and served as a puppy pal for new students in her school, helping them foster new friendship and get acclimated to their new surroundings. In middle school, Devon served as a member of her school's SHOUT (Students Helping Others Understand Themselves) program, serving to support other students and classmates in need. As a young girl, Devon was a Brownie and was involved with her local Girl Scouts troop.Devon's other passions include equestrian jumping and riding, for which she has won numerous trophies and blue ribbons, though her life is not a need to compete; it is a need to help others, through singing, learning, and sharing her natural gifts and talents.Devon’s has her music favorites and role models, those that personify an ability to "tell a story" in their lives and in their music. She admires and aspires to give back to the music industry in the likes of Jennifer Nettles, Taylor Swift, Reba, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Faith Hill and Rascal Flatts.To Devon, music is not just notes on a page or words on paper. Each and every song has a life, a meaning, and a feeling that are extensions of what happens to us in our own lives. Her voice resonates strong emotion and passion when she sings, a raw talent for a girl who has never had voice lessons. Devon's true love and passion for country music lives on in her desire for her music and singing to tell its own story and impact the lives of her fans.Devon lives by the following saying: “Your future is always ahead of you, but the secret is to never try and catch it -- just let it take you where it takes you and enjoy the journey.” Devon knows the secret, and country music and its fans will all benefit from this part of her journey.






Jam Night
Oct 16 2015 1 mins  
Jam Night!!The stars have all lined up and are coming to Clarksville TN for one night only! Thursday October 22nd will be a night to remember. The Beer Box 2 will be a jam packed night full of nothing but the most incredible talent that music has to offer.Singers, songwriters and musicians are coming from everywhere to celebrate!Hosting this event will be Clarksville's very own Jenny Lynn and Lamont Martinez. What a line up for Jam Night! Singers.... Well put it this way you never know who is going to walk through those doors! Songwriters who have written hit songs for artists such as Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Patty Loveless, just to name a few. Musicians who have not only worked for our past Country Music Legends, but also current big named artist such as Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, Lady A, Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Paycheck, George Jones, Jerry Reed, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Whitley, Tanya Tucker, Merle Haggard and many more!! We are going all out to make this event a success. Along with live music, there will be tons of food, bonfire, horse shoes, corn-hole, pool, giveaways and much more!We are honored to host this event. Some people may ask the question "Why". Well to answer that is this, we are overdue for some much needed fun. The music business keeps us all hopping and going in different directions and we never have time to just sit and visit. So this night is set aside for us to come together and make some unforgettable memories.Last but not least, we would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors! Budweiser, Miller Lite, Mary's Music, Chris Top Program and Iheart Radio!! Your support means the world to us.
























Michelle Schultz On The Chris Top Program
Aug 17 2015 61 mins  
Michelle Schultz is a 23-year-old singer/song-writer from Delta, BC. She is a classically trained pianist, receiving her grade 10 certificate in the Royal Conservatory of Music at the age of 17. A major part of Michelle’s music career has been singing national anthems for several sporting and charity events. Michelle sings regularly for several teams in the BCHL and WLA, as well as for the WHL Vancouver Giants. In January 2014, Michelle was chosen to be one of the official singers for the NLL Vancouver Stealth lacrosse team. She has further sung for the AHL Abbotsford Heat, CFL BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps and NHL Vancouver Canucks. Other special events include fundraisers that feature Canuck Alumni players, the AAA High School Boys Basketball Provincials, Cops for Cancer fundraisers, benefits for the PoCoMo Youth Services Society, and many more. Aside from anthems, Michelle has performed at several local bars, open mics, and talent shows/competitions, some of which include The Terminal Pub, Joe’s Apartment, The Roxy, and much more. She has further sung during intermissions at many BCHL and WLA games, including doing acoustic sets of originals and covers with an accompanying guitar player. Michelle has worked as a sessional vocalist for many local artists by singing harmonies, background vocals, as well as feature lead parts on these recordings. She is currently in the process of recording her debut album. Michelle further maintains active community involvement, especially through fundraising. In 2012, Michelle raised over $3500 for Cops for Cancer (while running for the title of Miss BC 2012), over $2000 for the BC Children’s Hospital Child Run since 2010, and has also volunteered and raised money for BC Cancer Research on several occasions. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys modeling, baking, staying active and spending time with her family and friends.About Michelle’s Music:Over the last several years, Michelle has been working towards developing and finding her own “sound” within music. In March 2012, Michelle released her first pop single, “This Time”. However, shortly after this, Michelle auditioned to be the new lead singer of local rock band Innocent Bystander (one of the “gold” winners in the 2008 Fox Vancouver Seeds competition). After auditioning 22 other singers, the band finally stumbled upon Michelle, and they were eager for her to join their project. Although the members are no longer together, they were able to write a catalogue of originals, many of which Michelle continues to perform today. At this point in time, Michelle is no longer performing rock music, as she felt this genre was not a good representation of who she is as a person and musician. She is now taking her many influences (which include Michelle Branch, Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, and Avril Lavigne, to name a few) and creating music that can be classified within a pop-rock-country genre. Many of her songs are written about personal life experiences, where she strives to write lyrics that connect with her listeners. Michelle has further received several comments on how she is able to tell a story through her music, and that her listeners are able to relate their own experiences. Even if only one person is able connect with each song, Michelle considers this to be a success.



Roger Jaeger On The Chris Top Program
Aug 17 2015 47 mins  
Roger Jaeger’s reputation precedes him. While it’s easy to be captivated by this Oklahoma native’s tasty originals that would make any food critic salivate, it’s the combination of what you hear, and who Roger is as a person, that makes him a must-see.For the year of 2005, Roger moved to India, where he learned to make the perfect cup of chai but more importantly, it was that same year when after being inspired by a track on Jeff Buckley's “Grace,” he met and fell in love with playing the sitar. Roger developed a strong devotion and passion for India, its people, and its culture. While there, all too suddenly, he became seriously ill with ulcerative colitis. After spending some days in the hospital in New Delhi, and then continuing the healing process for some years in his hometown, Roger developed a renewed sense of purpose, and his music took on a whole new meaning.His debut release “Sunrise” (2004) and his sophomore record “Beacon” (2013), both share a recurring theme of light. A representation of both hope and revelation, Roger’s music is creative, inspiring and thought-provoking. With musical influences that range from Jars of Clay, One Republic, Jonny Lang, Foo Fighters and Sting, his songs strike a perfect balance between message and art. With the addition of the sitar, and the stories behind the instrument, an unexpected edge of cultural character was born, and beautifully paired to his guitar driven pop sound.Roger shares his music world-wide, (Follow him on www.RogerJaegerMusic.com, FB, Twitter, etc. leave links here), while also helping teach young songwriters and instrumentalists how to hone their craft. His latest single, “Rescue,” (Available online February 3rd, 2015) owns a strong, sophisticated, honest message of self-awareness. Extremely relatable, and total ear candy for all the sing-along-ers!So between his unique bond with such a foreign culture, the messages through which he expresses via his music, and a very well respected musician, Roger Jaeger continues to bring an intriguing tone and a warm presence to every room he plays, and every fan he greets.

Travis Dukes On The Chris Top Program
Aug 17 2015 46 mins  
While Muhlenberg County, Ky., is well known for its rich veins of coal, it's also known for its wealth of musicians, singers and songwriters.Travis Dukes, a coal miner's son, grew up singing in the church choir as a boy andlater made his way through college performing in various venues around Bowling Green.With a home base in Nashville, the multi-talented singer, songwriter and performer is opening for acts like the up and coming Charlie Worsham and 90s country hit maker Billy Dean.A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in special education, Travis taught in the Williamson County, Tenn., school district for three years before making music his full-time profession.“I learned a lot from the kiddos,” said Travis. "Patience is key.”With roots in gospel, his varied influences also include the music of Nirvana, Garth Brooks, Tom Petty and Eminem.“I really get into the storytellers,” said Travis. “It's how a story is shared through music that relates to everyone.”No matter what song he sings — whether original music or a cover tune, Travis delivers the song with his own flavor.Continually perfecting his songwriting craft, Travis has been taught the ropes with songwriters such as Richie Brown (whose songs have been hits for Garth Brooks and Jerrod Niemann), and has written some great tunes with James Breedwell of William Berry Publishing.Whether with his band or performing his one-man show, Travis delivers his unique performances to audiences throughout the nation. He has played several major gigs for large companies like Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn.Travis has also performed in several concert series for venues such as 95 WGGC, MBR Distillery, Camp Jordan's Summer Jams, as well as state and national fundraisers such as the Tennessee Kidney Foundation and the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.New audiences become new fans of the creatively-talented Travis Dukes as his career branches into new territories without missing a beat. His improvisational humor and interaction with audiences create a fun-filled evening that creates lasting impressions with new found friends.

#TCTP Passion Award
Jul 31 2015 2 mins  
#TCTP Passion AwardSeptember 2015“Passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something”Not one single artists on this page needs an explanation of the word passion. All of these individuals live it each and every day. Life as they know it revolves around the passions that keep them moving forward and striving to be the best they can at what they love.Passion is contagious so lets do our part and show these talented people we love what they do and want them to always follow those dreams.#TCTP Passion Award will be given to 5 artist who want it the most. Everyone taking part in The Chris Top Program event at the Clarksville Customs House Museum September 10th, 11th, and 12th may deserve the award but only 5 will go home with it.The artists are depending on your votes to prove to the world they can #WOBA like no one else. Go to thechristopprogram.com click on the “events” tab and vote for as many artists as you want once a day. Please vote often and remember this is all about spreading awareness of the event. No one has to participate but who doesn't love a friendly competition from time to time. Good luck!Everyone is invited to attend the live interviews all three days and bring lots of friends. The final day will be full of entertainment, prize drawings, red carpet pictures (Thanks to Magnolia Emporium) with your favorite artists, and of course, #TCTP Passion Awards.If you can not attend the interviews in person please listen on The Chris Top Program.

Lauren Silva On The Chris Top Program
Jul 10 2015 71 mins  
The soulful voice of Austin-based R&B, soul and pop singer-songwriter Lauren Silva leads listeners to wonder how someone so young can sing of life so authentically. But with a career that began with singing, dancing, and acting at the age of five and now includes touring nation-wide and writing and producing her own music and videos, she has a lifetime of experience.And still there's something more behind the perfect pitch tone she passionately belts out. In the midst of a successful childhood career that included dancing, acting, singing and modeling, the tragic death of her best friend and cast mate led her to years of challenges with substance issues and gang influence. Extracting herself by sheer inner strength and her spiritual practices she poured herself into her passion for creating and performing with amazing results. Not content to simply perform and take a bow, Lauren uses her experiences to inspire and mentor youth throughout the country by working with organizations assisting inner city youth, the homeless and human trafficking coalitions.After an initial album with an independent label in her native California at the age of 18, Lauren grew into her own as an R&B, soul and pop artist, most recently expanding into writing and co-writing for herself and other major artists alongside several American and international teams with Sony and Universal. Vocally compared to a mix between pop sensations, Adele, Pink and Alicia Keys, she has been gaining major label, publishing, and music licensing interest with her previous EP, which garnered airplay in Austin, New York and Canada, and recently recorded EP.Lauren has toured nationally performing in venues ranging from sold-out shows at the Cox Arena to renowned Austin venues such as Antone's, the Saxon Pub and Threadgill's opening for five-time Grammy-nominated artist Marcia Ball. She has opened for established recording artists such as P.O.D., Kirk Franklin, L.F.O., and has worked with a growing number of well-respected musicians such as Lester Abrams (writer of “Minute By Minute” of Doobie Brothers), Traa (Bass player for P.O.D.) Tomi Aros (Luis Miguel, Santana), Kiko Cibrian (Santana), Carl Evans J.R. (Fattburger, Stevie Wonder) and more.Though her journey began in Southern California, Lauren's Portuguese heritage led her to Hawaii where, in addition to continuing to write and perform music, she also did missionary work. While there, she collaborated with the Grammy award-winning Carrie Underwood and can be seen singing next to Underwood in the opening scene of the major motion film “Soul Surfer.”In 2012 her original single “Hurt,” was nominated for Best Pop Song in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards where she performed to great reviews. “Hurt” was placed on TV’s Oxygen Network amongst rotating network shows and earned her first radio play in New York, Canada and charting on local radio in Austin, TX claiming the number one spot on R&B/Soul station KAZI for over six weeks in a row. Followed by her song “Shadow,” which also claimed the number one spot on KAZI and has also been nominated for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year for the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards. She is currently getting more radio play all over Austin, TX including the very popular KGSR radio station with her new self produced EP "Back to Bridges" which released in June of this year. She also recently had two of her original songs licensed for a pilot for an HBO Television Series.In 2013 Lauren is back in the studio in Los Angeles, CA working with Pop Billboard charting producer Mario Marchetti on a full length album. She is also working with an Los Angeles-based film director, writing for a major films.






Cole Washburn On The Chris Top program
Jun 25 2015 49 mins  
Cole Washburn has a vision to reignite a passion for lyrical beauty in songs that capture the heart. Since releasing his debut EP ‘Traveler’s Moon’ Cole’s career has sky rocketed. He has garnered 5 nominations and 2 wins for Americana Song and Album of the Year. His love of traveling and connecting with fans has kept him busy on the road touring TX and Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois. Washburn has released two music videos for ‘Anastasia’ and ‘The Widow’, directed by Michael Davies (HGTV, GNT, The Property Brothers) Short Mountain Distillery has come on as a sponsor and is releasing 10,000 bottles of their select bourbon which will include a ‘Traveler’s Moon’ collectors coin.Here’s what the press is saying:“With the current mainstream country sound leaning heavy on influences from the pop and rock genres, the one thing that is missing from a majority of the songs that we are fed are lyrics that are full of emotion, full of heart, and crafted very poetically. For those types of songs you need to look to country music’s subgenres like folk or Americana. With his new EP Traveler’s Moon, Cole Washburn finds the perfect combination of all of the left of the mainstream dial aspects to put together his own unique brand of folk based music. Songs like “Anastasia” and the title track “Traveler’s Moon” are both great examples of who Washburn is as a singer/songwriter as both songs rest on simple acoustic instrumentation which forces him to deliver the song with his vocal ability and allow the lyrics to be the focus; lyrics that are deeper and have a strong foundation. Whereas those songs help to define him, songs like the piano based “Ol Will Brown” and the bluegrass tinged “Head Above Water” showcase the true talent that Washburn is as he leans outside of his norm and offers a different feel to the EP. The trick to balancing between different styles is to somehow pull them all together and make them work with one another which Cole Washburn has easily done. This is a strong EP that is built to satisfy those looking for stronger songs and performances that lean on more traditional based sounds.” -One Stop CountryTo learn more please visit www.colewashburn.com





































Alexis Gomez On The Chris Top Program
Jun 08 2015 36 mins  
Alexis Sarah Elizabeth Gomez...wow, she sure has a lot of names! But right now, let's just go with Alexis! She's a six foot tall, blonde haired, Mexican briar! ...Again wierd, right? Yeah, but weird or not this girl can sing!Alexis grew up in the Dayton area (with a short stint in Michigan) and has been singing and playing music for as long as she can remember. Her dad, brother, and sister are all musicians so she didn't really have much choice in the matter! As she got older, she joined the family band and it wasn't long before she was stealing the show. She plays guitar and piano, and dabbles around with a few other instruments to include banjo, bass and drums. That instrumental talent, combined with her clean country vocals has contributed greatly to her success. But it's also her songwriting that has been noticed and recognized in these last few years. She's won a number of local contests where she's been given the opportunity to showcase some of her original music. Alexis will tell you "It's all been so great, and I have such a blast performing live, but I love getting to play the songs that I write as much as anything!"Alexis' influences are all over country music, but her strongest role models are Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, The Band Perry and Taylor Swift. And you can definitley hear those influences from the first note she sings! She plays with her band here locally, Alexis Gomez and The Mad River Band, as well as with a variety of bands in Nashville on the Broadway strip. Alexis says "Playing and singing wtih so many talented artists in Nashville has helped me so much! I think surrounding yourself with musicians like that, really is what will make you a better artist!" She's also one of the Worship Leaders at SouthBrook Christian Church in Miamisburg Ohio, her home church since she was a child. She will tell you, "I work hard at this, but at the end of the day, I know this is a gift that God has given me. I always try to always remember that and thank Him every chance I get!"Next to music, her passion is Spanish. She loves the language and her Hispanic culture. Alexis graduated in the spring of '14 from Wright State University with her bachelors degree in Spanish. "As an artist I hope to be able to create music that people want to sing and listen to. I would also love to bring something a little different to Country Music, which is where I hope to weave in some of my Mexican heritage into my music".

Alexis Gomez On The Chris Top Program
Jun 08 2015 2 mins  
Alexis Sarah Elizabeth Gomez...wow, she sure has a lot of names! But right now, let's just go with Alexis! She's a six foot tall, blonde haired, Mexican briar! ...Again wierd, right? Yeah, but weird or not this girl can sing!Alexis grew up in the Dayton area (with a short stint in Michigan) and has been singing and playing music for as long as she can remember. Her dad, brother, and sister are all musicians so she didn't really have much choice in the matter! As she got older, she joined the family band and it wasn't long before she was stealing the show. She plays guitar and piano, and dabbles around with a few other instruments to include banjo, bass and drums. That instrumental talent, combined with her clean country vocals has contributed greatly to her success. But it's also her songwriting that has been noticed and recognized in these last few years. She's won a number of local contests where she's been given the opportunity to showcase some of her original music. Alexis will tell you "It's all been so great, and I have such a blast performing live, but I love getting to play the songs that I write as much as anything!"Alexis' influences are all over country music, but her strongest role models are Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, The Band Perry and Taylor Swift. And you can definitley hear those influences from the first note she sings! She plays with her band here locally, Alexis Gomez and The Mad River Band, as well as with a variety of bands in Nashville on the Broadway strip. Alexis says "Playing and singing wtih so many talented artists in Nashville has helped me so much! I think surrounding yourself with musicians like that, really is what will make you a better artist!" She's also one of the Worship Leaders at SouthBrook Christian Church in Miamisburg Ohio, her home church since she was a child. She will tell you, "I work hard at this, but at the end of the day, I know this is a gift that God has given me. I always try to always remember that and thank Him every chance I get!"Next to music, her passion is Spanish. She loves the language and her Hispanic culture. Alexis graduated in the spring of '14 from Wright State University with her bachelors degree in Spanish. "As an artist I hope to be able to create music that people want to sing and listen to. I would also love to bring something a little different to Country Music, which is where I hope to weave in some of my Mexican heritage into my music".

The Springs On The Chris Top Program
Jun 07 2015 51 mins  
What do you get when you pair Stewart Halcomb and Holly Helms together? Along with tight harmonies, sure-footed songwriting direction, high energy shows, authenticity, and undeniable chemistry, you ultimately get - The Springs. At just 23 and 25, the driven pair is carving out a place of longevity in Music City. Featuring both male and female vocals, The Springs come packed with an always growing fan base. The versatile multi-award winning duo delivers Country, Southern Rock, and traditional favorites, offering something for the whole family.Some things are just meant to be, and the divine pairing of Stewart and Holly serves as a perfect example. The two Alabama natives met at the world famous Bluebird Café shortly after they each moved to Nashville. They both moved to town with a dream and a moving story. During their high school days, both Stewart and Holly found healing and comfort in music as they each had endured tragedies – Stewart survived an EF4 tornado hitting his school and taking the lives of eight of his friends, while Holly lost her grandmother and cousin in drunk driving accidents.FacebookInstagramYouTubeTwitterClick Banner For 7 Free SongsThe Springs Band ™ © 2014 All Rights ReservedMore Info: Call Randy at 334-763-0179NixaDesign.com“These tragic events helped us know that music was what we wanted to do with our lives,” shared Holly.“I realized it could make a difference in other people’s lives, and that you can touch the life of someone you’ve never met,” added Stewart.Holly made it to the third round of the preliminaries of NBC’s “The Voice, while Stewart brought several impressive awards to the table. The future duo began co-writing, and both approached their music with a “live life to the fullest” outlook. Sparks flew between the two, and it became certain that their chemistry onstage and offstage set them apart in a large pool of aspiring artists. They began working with Rick Barker, who managed Taylor Swift when she got her record deal. Barker witnessed their unwavering work ethic and their obvious connection. Subsequently he encouraged them to work as a team. From taking his advice and following his model, they continue to watch their careers flourish.The Springs have shared the stage with some of country music’s top recording acts including Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square, Jake Owen, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Love and Theft, Mark Wills, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels and Easton Corbin.Alongside their CD's and merchandise which can be found on their website, The Springs also have a new CD slated for release this year. In the studio they work with Shayne Hill (lead guitar of Sawyer Brown).As down to earth as they are talented, The Springs enjoy interacting with their fans of all ages. They've done “Inside The Springs” episodes in which they keep their listeners involved in what they’re doing. They name a “Fan of the Week” and they have giveaways.Offstage, Holly accepted Stewart’s marriage proposal on December 20, 2013. Stewart popped the question at the Bluebird where the pair first met on January 23, 2011. He was successful in closing the Bluebird down for 2 hours and successful in getting that “Yes.” Besides the future bride and groom, the only other people present for the memorable moment were Stewart and Holly’s parents and a photographer.Their faith, individuality and unwavering work ethic, positively places them in a league of their own in the midst of an ever competitive industry. They believe in family-friendly shows and their songs reflect those values. The standout duo has tirelessly performed over 200 shows, while personally engaging with their audiences.As their careers continue to rise, they remember where they came from. They’re just doing...










Stephanie On The Chris Top Program
Apr 14 2015 57 mins  
Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am a survivor of attempted suicide. I am starting this blog in the hopes of reaching as many people as I can who have ever thought even for a mere second that suicide is the answer to their pain. In my blog, I will be real, honest, and completely sincere. You will come to understand that I am not ashamed of where I have been. It is what makes me who I am today.I have struggled my entire life with thoughts of suicide. I can remember at 15 wanting the pain inside me to end, and I just wanted to die. I grew up in a terribly abusive home. My mom was physically abusive and crazy. My step dad abused me sexually from a very young age. The first time I remember I was 5. Throughout my childhood this abuse continued. At the age of 15 I took my step dads gun to my closet and contemplated taking my life. Somewhere deep inside of me realized I just couldn't do it. The age of 17 I left home and never looked back. I married at 18 and continued to struggle with thoughts of suicide. Even during the course of my 12 year marriage, having 3 beautiful children, and attending church every time the doors were open I struggled with this. (Even though I believed God if he was real was a terrible God). I divorced at 30. I struggled as a single mom and continued to struggle with dark thoughts in my mind as well.I tried to numb the pain with alcohol and sex. Lots of it. It never worked it only ended up making it worse.At the age of 35 I met someone who would become my second husband. This relationship was very toxic and he was abusive. I felt I deserved the abuse. At the age of 37 I attempted suicide. This is where my journey out of the darkness and into the light begins...







Lacey Caroline On The Chris Top Program
Mar 16 2015 77 mins  
I’ve been told many times over that I have an old soul. I eat spaghetti and meatballs like a 4 year old, which is why I never eat spaghetti and meatballs. If you give me a pencil or pen, I’ll doodle on anything. No. Really. ANYTHING. When I yawn, my voice squeaks, so I try really hard to not yawn in front of people, as I always get quite red in the face right afterwards. It doesn’t work to my benefit that yawns are contagious. I hope I didn’t just make you yawn by reading that. That either means that I’m boring you or that you thought about yawning and it caused you to yawn. I just yawned… and squeaked. Anyway, I love running and sleeping in socks. People say that sleeping in socks is kind of an odd thing to do, but what do they know? I’m always cold… like.. really cold… and my feet are always the coldest, so I need socks or else I can’t sleep. Cold feet are the worst. If I could have anything else cold other than my feet, I would. But I always seem to get cold feet. I’m ALWAYS humming, and if there’s a song or music playing within ear’s reach, I’ll listen to the lyrics and the melodies before I listen to the conversation taking place in front of me. Some people think that’s rude, so I apologize if you’re offended, but I’ve realized it’s something I can’t really fight.I was born and raised in a small town in northern New Jersey, where I spent every day outside, either fishing, camping, catchin’ bugs or chasing the wild animals in the woods. I would draw my feelings on the sidewalk in chalk and paint with my fingertips. As the sun relaxed in the sky, I’d run away to the lines of my favorite books about love, adventures, and fantasies I wish I was living. When I was 14, I got my first guitar, wrote my first few songs 6 months after that, and haven’t looked back since. I see colors in darkness and I hear music in silence. Everything means something and I live my life believing that there’s always a greater meaning than what is right in front of your eyes. The adventure to life is looking deeper and discovering the secrets of the world, finding and understanding the potential we have in all of us to be better and make a difference. In every song I write, there’s more than just the lyric; it’s a message, a symbol, the passage from one state of being to another. I believe life is really about reading underneath, above, AND between the lines.





Ana Fernandez On The Chris Top Program
Feb 26 2015 27 mins  
Ana Margarita Fernandez , born April 28th, 1971 and raised in Miami, Florida a "Cuga", that is, a Cuban Gringa. I am one of 4 girls, a minute older then my identical twin, Betty. We are considered the babies of the family. Our older sisters are Christina and Lisa. Our father, Dr. Joaquin Mario Fernandez, fled Cuba and came to the United States in the 1950’s. He was a prominent thoracic and vascular surgeon well known for his zest for life and his compassion for the sick. During surgery he met and fell madly in love with my mother they married had 4 children and then he died at the young age of 42. My twin and I were 5 and the oldest sister was 8. Our Mother, Peggy Lucile was born in Abington, VA, a very small town hidden in the Appalachian mountains, located on the Tennessee/Virginia state lines. An Air Force Veteran, race car driver, operating / trauma unit head nurse, and my hero. Growing up, during the school year Miami was our home and Mountain City, TN, was our home for the summer months, for that was where my mother's kin lived and where we spent every summer until I turned 18. It is there, amongst the Appalachian mountains, forests, gardens, barns, trailers, tobacco fields, pig shacks and the public pool where we were taught how to work hard, be disciplined, proud, gracious, humble, and thankful. It is in those pig shacks and fairy woods where we learned to party hearty - grassroots style witnessing moonshine makers and drinkers play their banjos and fiddles. We provided the twist with our Cuban heritage and readiness to party. It was there as well where I realized the soul of the south is incredibly similar to the soul of the Cuban culture. Being the free spirit that I am, I married and moved to Barranquilla, Colombia from the age of 18 to 23. There I was blessed with my son, Christian, born in 1992 and an extended family that to this day neither an ocean can divide nor a divorce sever. I left Colombia handicapped by the need to be with my sister Betty, a quality only a twin can understand, and moved to Nashville to be among my mother and sisters. I dabbled in music, radio, television and theater work, which led me to learn that I am very entrepreneurial, minded. Then, 2002 brought my biggest life changing moment - the birth of my daughter, Gabriella Antonia Fernandez Ginther aka Gigi In 2004, I launched my business in the glass and glazing construction industry, changing city scapes across the country. Today, IWS is certified locally and nationally as a Woman/Minority Business Enterprise and continues to be integral in the building of sustainable architectural projects of huge scale and importance all over the US including, Miami Intermodal, Las Vegas City Hall, Nemours’s Children's Hospital and Hunter Bridge to name a few. I think my biggest accomplishment is the gift of life. My own life, in which I've chosen to live balls to the wall and seize the moment with no regrets! My mistakes have become my badges of honor for the lessons they've taught me making my life perpetually ready to soar. The lives of the children I’ve given this world. Two beautiful human beings, that are so much better than I am that sometimes I have to wonder how they came from me. (But like I always say, one must always make a good breeding decision.) Finally, the gift of saving a life. When faced with the tragic shooting of a loved one, I stepped forward, risking my own life, and was able to save his. That experience of saving the life of a relative, brother, son, husband, father and a friend was one of my greatest accomplishments.Words that best describe me:-The key to my personality is freedom.-I love to dance, hike, hula-hoop, ride my scooter, race and compete-I love travel, adventure, variety and meeting new people.-I’m curious and long to experience all of life.-I love to be involved in...




Alayna On The Chris Top Program
Feb 10 2015 53 mins  
Every once in a while a song comes along that makes you drop whatever you're doing and listen. Whether it's the melody, the voice, the subject matter or all three, something about it grabs your attention. That's the kind of thing that's been happening throughout Nashville at venues that country-pop artist/songwriter Alayna has been playing. Amidst the usual talking voices of people carrying on conversations comes Alayna's powerful vocals, relatable lyrics and infectious melodies, causing the whole room to go silent and take notice. Whether she's singing a song about moving on from a past relationship, showing a little attitude or singing a feel good song, Alayna captures the ears of everyone in range.​ Alayna left the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2011 with nothing but herself and a carload of a few necessities including her Breedlove guitar to pursue her lifelong dream. In a short amount of time she would be writing with hit songwriters such as Benita Hill and Kirsti Manna, playing well-known venues like The Listening Room and Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, traveling to play for crowds as large as 6,000 and would have an endorsement from her favorite guitar company, Breedlove. She also successfully fan-funded a six song EP titled "Top of a Dream" through Kickstarter. Classically trained in piano from age 7, Alayna always had a love for music, but it wasn't always country. “I listened to a lot of different artists growing up: Jewel, Brandy, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow. I was really all over the map”, she says. Now she's mixing those childhood influences of pop melodies with the honesty of country lyrics, bringing a new flavor to the table. Though she didn't realize it right away, Alayna wrote her first song at age 12. It wouldn’t be until a few years afterward that she would finally understand the new talent she could craft. In between this time, she taught herself to play guitar and kept up with regular piano lessons. She was voted as the recipient of the "Most Promising Female Songwriter 2013" Award by TSAI (Tennessee Songwriters Association International), has signed a single-song publishing deal and is garnering major interest from some very significant figures in the music industry. It won't be long before Alayna is a household name along side other ground-breaking females in country music history who are recognized by their first names; Dolly, Loretta, Reba, Faith, Shania, Carrie, Miranda and Alayna. No doubt she fits right in.







Meadow Ryann On The Chris Top Program
Dec 16 2014 49 mins  
I have only been on this earth for 14 years, but with all I have packed into this short time, you would think it has been much longer. One thing I do is sing and probably more than the average person. Not only am I a singer, but also a songwriter and a performer. Other than my music, believe it or not, music is still my passion. I love to listen to all types of music. I like to go to as many concerts as possible. I am always the one you see in the car next to you singing loud and proud. I love to learn about the artists and musicians. I just love music, even when it is not my own. I also like to play softball, go to football and baseball games, and just hang out with my friends.My great grandpa, Harold, is the most influential person in my life when it comes to music. He could play any instrument put in his hands. He was so inspiring and he put the music spark inside me. Taylor Swift is by far the most influential songwriter to me. She always tells a great story. That is exactly what I like to do. I also love the songwriting style of Christofer Drew, from a band called Never Shout Never.I first started out just singing to tracks. From there I learned to play the guitar. I have since added a few instruments, the Ukulele is my second favorite instrument to play. I also like to play the piano and drums, although I am not as good at them. I am a one man band, just me, my voice and my guitar. I am often asked who I am most like, that is hard for me to answer. I think I have the story telling ability of Taylor Swift, but the vocal styling is hard to pin point. I feel like I sound like myself, but have been said to sound similar to many talented vocalists. The most often comparisons are Jewel, Nora Jones, Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne, and Janis Joplin. Quite an amazing group of women to be compared to. I feel honored.I have a music style that is all my own and I love to share it with the world. When I step onto a stage, my heart starts pounding and my blood starts pumping, I just can't wait to entertain. I pour my heart and soul into my music so that the crowd can feel it. I have experiences in many different venues and that has given me the ability to appeal to all types of people with different musical styles. I have been told that I have stunning and distinct vocal skills, beyond my years. My hope is that my music will resonate through all that hear it and leave a lasting impression. My desire is that you are still singing my song, that it will be the one stuck in your head, long after you heard it last.The things I value the most in my life are first and foremost, my family. One important part of my family is my little dog, Buddy. He is so cute and he is also hairless. Yep, absolutely no hair, but he is so cute! I also value true freindships and always telling the truth. I believe if you appreciate others, it will always come back to you. I want others to always believe in themselves, just know that dreams are meant to become reality. Always chase your dreams. I know God gave me wings, I just have to be brave enough to fly.



Ashley Baker On The Chris Top Program
Nov 29 2014 63 mins  
Ashley started her career at 15 years old with the lead female role in the feature film “The Old Livingston House” in which her first single "Summer Daze" was featured.“Summer Daze” got picked up by IRCountry Radio Network out of Dallas, TX and went straight to #1 on their request chart. It has since gone on to be the 3rd most requested song of all time on the network.Ashley’s “Country Girls Rock” went to #1 on Hot Country 102.9 in North Carolina, 76 Country in Branson, MO and entered the top 50 on Real Country Radio in Tokyo, Japan. Ashley’s “Country Girls Rock” was the only independent picked by All Country 99.9 Radio in France along with 15 other United States country songs for the launch show when they changed their format to country, all of the other songs were artists signed on major labelsAshley’s next single “Might Be Today” went to #5 on 102.9 Hot Country the same week “Country Girls Rock” entered the TOP 50 on Real Country Radio in Tokyo, Japan and won AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARD for BEST SONG and became the #1 song on Berkshire Media Group radio stationsAshley signed with European based record label Billberg Entertainment Group in April of this year and released “Cigarette Smokin’ “ which is currently charted at #4 on INDIMUSIC TV TOP 21 video chartsShe recently appeared on the new TV series “DO I HAVE A HIT SONG” where she performed her soon to be released “GOD WINKS” which was co-written by Ashley, Braxton Biscglia and BJ Peace she is currently in first place in the voting which ends Saturday at 12 midnight

Kristin Rader On The Chris Top Program
Nov 28 2014 48 mins  
Passionate, Intimate, and Life Changing is the best way to describe the virtuous and dynamic spirit of Kristin Rader. With a life full of charisma and passion to worship, she only knew one way to fully serve God, with her voice.With years of experience and vocal training, Kristin has given her life to perfect her instrument. As a child she was given the stage and stunned crowds with her powerful, yet calming voice. After High School she knew she wanted to pursue higher education and that no other path would leave her more fulfilled than training herself in her passion. Kristin went on to earn a collegiate vocal scholarship and was given the opportunity to sing in multiple countries around the world such as Ireland, England, Wales, Bahamas, and Mexico. After graduating from Lee University, she had the privilege of being apart of of the prestigious Chattanooga Symphony Opera Chorus.As a teenager, Kristin found herself struck in the midst of tragedy. Her life was turned upside down with news that her father was diagnosed with Cancer. A short three weeks after his diagnosis, he was taken to be with the Lord. Before he left her however, he imparted wisdom that will forever be engraved in her heart. “No matter what happens to me, God Is Still God.” After this tragedy, Kristin's mother went through a period of deep dark depression. Not only was she left with the emptiness of loosing her father, she now had to deal with the after effects of her mothers struggles.Attempting to cope with the devastation of her fathers death and mothers trials, she had no other place to turn other than God. Through the wisdom of her father, and the strength of her Heavenly Father, Kristin was able to use this tragedy to strengthen her faith and hope in the Lord.Through these trials, Kristin was given an amazing opportunity. She now has the ability to use her story as a means of expression to show triumph and victory over dark circumstances. With every great story, creates an opportunity to eloquently express how struggles change a persons life. Kristin Rader is a true testament of God using the struggles of one individual to encourage others.With life focused on music, she had one dream, to use her gifts to reach believers and unbelievers. “I want my music to be an outlet of encouragement to everyone who hears it. Music is the one avenue that we all have in common, there is no better median we can use to reach others.” Knowing this, she recorded her debut album “Undeniably You.” Each song leaves you wanting to hear more, while inductively sending a message to all listeners.Kristin prides herself in focusing her career on ministry. Few artists are able to bridge the gap between knowing oneself, and expressing oneself for God in such a way as Kristin. With her mind geared toward people, her music effortlessly shines the light of Christ. Each new adventure is a new opportunity for her to share her amazing testimony with others.“My prayer is to be a voice of encouragement that reaches beyond my music. I hope that each individual that hears these songs will be blessed. Life is full of uncertainty, but with God, everything that seems unclear will eventually become evident of His true plan and purpose.”"For I know the plans I have for you” sayeth the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope for the future.” Jeremiah 29:11










Jesska On The Chris Top Program
Nov 19 2014 43 mins  
Jesska has always been influenced by rock, folk, country, blues, rockabilly music. She was really drawn to the sounds of acoustic music and naturally likes Bob Dylan, he's an important artist for her. Bob Dylan inspired her to play harmonica. She began playing guitar at 15 years old and followed composing her own songs. Since that moment, Music never left her.When Jesska was 16 years, Jesska tried to pass a casting to be a student in the Conservatory of Lyon in "Actual music sector". She passed it and stayed in this school for 2 years. The following year, Jesska had to sit an exam and decided to leave the Conservatory to tutored by one music teacher. That same year, she met the "Rock o féminin" team and did 2 concerts with them. One, at the Marquise, and the second, at Nakamal.After that, she met Mickael Soler, an image professional, from "Music Prod", who worked with Jesska for her first music Clip, "Good day". Her exam passed, and decided to go back to the Conservatory where she began an artist Curriculum. At one point, Jesska tried out for "The Voice", her first TV Casting in Paris but did not advance as the stress was to much at the time; maybe next time.At the beginning of 2013, Jessca met several bands who helped her learn and advance in her career. Bands like: Broad band dealer, Nando and the JJ blues, Les Why Jack?. In July of the same year, she took part in a Harmonica Workshop with a really talented Harmonicist - Greg Zlap who is a very talented solo artist. He's a model for Jesska. She discovered this instrument secrets thanks to him.In Rosas, at a workshop, she met Joan Pau cumelas who's a really good artist and Harmonicist also. While at the workshop, Jesska met many talented students. It was a great experience for her. Following this, Jesska went to Poland to work on the language and played her first concert in there at the Panopticum Bar. She also took part in a a radio challenge and finished in third place.







Monday's Mona Lisa
Oct 20 2014 53 mins  
Monday's Mona Lisa is a pop/rock/alternative band in Satellite Beach, FL (70 miles east of Orlando). The band consists of 19-year old Austin Forcier (vocals, guitars); his 18-year old brother Dustin Forcier (vocals, piano, keyboards); 17-year old Wyatt Kassin (drums); and 19-year old Mark DeMao (bass).The band (originally called Ready In A Minute) originated in 2010 when Dustin's piano teacher asked if he and his brother Austin could play the Art of Sand Festival in Cape Canaveral, FL, which was in need of live bands with original songs.The gig went so well that the brothers decided to continue to develop their sound as a band, eventually adding Kassin (who, at 14, lied about his age at the time when he heard that the band was looking for a drummer who was at least 15-years old), and most recently DeMao (who was a talented bass-playing fan who ended up being invited to join the group).Fast-forward to 2014, and Monday's Mona Lisa has played hundreds of live shows, have accumulated an international fan-base by appropriately performing live “every Monday” on YouNow.com, and have acquired combined social media fans and followers numbering over 20,000. Their international fan-base is so active that there are 30+ fan-created Monday's Mona Lisa fan pages on Facebook alone.In September 2014, Monday's Mona Lisa won in the ‘Best Original Band’ category at the Brevard Live Music Awards, beating out established bands twice their age and becoming the youngest act to ever win in the history of the awards, which date back to 2003 and showcase the biggest talent from Florida's East Coast music scene.



Chelsea Crites On The Chris Top Program
Oct 16 2014 48 mins  
Talented country singer Chelsea Crites has already achieved so much. She is currently signed with Shoreline Records and has been the sensation of multiple newspapers from several Canadian cities such as Brampton, St. Catharines, Toronto and Guelph and also from Nashville TN in the U.S. , Hamilton Spectator , Guelph Mercury , CBC.ca , HECFI.ca just to name a few . For a girl from the small town of Port Colborne, Ontario, she has been amazing fans from the Niagara region and beyond since she was seven years old. Chelsea dreamed of being a country singer since she was a little girl, and now her dreams are coming true. Spokesperson for Oscar’s Roadhouse Lisette Stauch said the following of Chelsea Crites “She’s this amazing country singer and she’s been all over the place, and now we are thrilled to have her at Oscar’s.” It is Chelsea’s growing reputation from amazing performances that enables venue owners speak so highly of her.In 2009 Chelsea was nominated for Niagara Rising Star. She has been gigging weekly with her talented band since 2010. In 2011 Chelsea was showcased throughout Hamilton and the CCMA’s and was the house singer at Tootsies in Nashville TN. She has performed the Tailgate parties (prestigious pre-show concerts at Hamilton’s very own Copps Coliseum) for acts such as Alan Jackson, Ryan Laird , Johnny Reid, Carolynn Dawn John , Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town , Eli Young , Colt Ford and Eric Church. She has also opened for Canada’s own Crystal Shawanda in Chatham Ontario , She has also opened up for Jason McCoy Canadian Singer/Songwriter on 3 dates of his The Perfect Gift Tour . Also Chelsea Crites has opened up for world known actor William Shatner , and shared the stage with MANY Canadian household names such as Dallas Smith , Bobby Wills , Deric Ruttan the 2013 Annual Ciderfest , Tim Hicks , Gil Grand , Marshall Dane and Doc Walker .Chelsea has been featured in many festivals and fairs, has appeared on Country radio/Hamilton stations 820 Cham and KX94.7 New Country, radio INDI 101.5, radio CFRZ 98.3 , Knight Rider Radio in Kentucky , Conversations Live with Cyrus Webb based in Mississippi , In The Country with Dave Woods and appeared on the local television shows The Joe Show and , REMIC tv/Entertainment Extra & CHCH all in 2012. Chelsea has also appeared in several indie movie roles in 2011/12 and has recently shot her first music video for her single ‘If Your Hearts Not In It.” Aside from playing exciting shows all over Niagara and beyond, acting and gaining fans, Chelsea has been busy songwriting with musical legends like John Ellison who wrote the hit song ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’. Be sure to watch for her first EP available in 2014 which has quite abit of Nashville influences with songs written by Nashville songwriters and tracks also written by Chelsea Crites herself and hit Canadian songwriters as well . Chelsea had the pleasure of working with a top notch producer in Nashville along with guitarist for the stars John Willis who has played on the albums of Luke Bryan , Shania Twain , Lee Ann Rimes , Alabama , Kenny Chesney , Taylor Swift , Faith Hill , Tim McGraw , Willie Nelson ,Brian McKnight , Florida Georgia Line ,Blake Shelton , Josh Thompson , Toby Keith , Jewel , Lionel Richie , Reba , Lonestar , Joe Diffie , Lee Brice , Cowboy Troy , Locash Cowboy . Just to name a few .Chelsea has been using her talents to help those in need by showcasing for the Autism Fundraiser, Cancer Awareness fundraiser , Adults with Disabilities and loves to help where she can. Be sure to keep an eye on Chelsea Crites as this is just the beginning of a promising multidimensional performance career. On May 4th Chelsea performed at Hamilton Place for her own headlining concert which was a nearly sold out show with many impressive humble reviews. Chelsea draws a very impressive crowd in the Niagara and GTA area and Internationally . Chelsea's fan page...



Kamber Cain On The Chris Top Program
Oct 16 2014 51 mins  
Kamber Cain grew up in El Dorado Springs, a small rural town in Missouri, but that has not kept her from having big city dreams about singing Country Music. No stranger to the stage, Kamber, born in 1990, has been quite the performer for the majority of her life. Influenced by artists such as Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Martina McBride Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, she has always strived for a piece of the limelight.At the ripe old age of 3, her first stage appearance was with Brian Black. By age 4, Kamber started her singing career and hasn't looked back. She is known for her strong vocals and stage performance. Winning a local competition in Kansas at a Colgate Country Showdown at the age of 14 gave her the opportunity to open at a Country Round-Up Show for Jamie O'Neal, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Billy Dean and headliner LONESTAR. This was only the beginning. She has gone on to qualify ten more years for the Colgate/Texaco Showdown State Competitions held in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. She has held various titles over the years, including Route 66 Idol, Pittsburg Idol and most recently was named the 2014 Missouri State Fair Idol. She has also performed at the American Royal in Kansas City, MO, the American Idol Experience in Orlando, FL and at numerous other contests and venues. All this, plus continuing her education after high school by attending Belmont University and MSSU, obtaining a Marketing Business Degree. The true goal in life, however, is pursuing music!Kamber was blessed with the awesome opportunity to co-write and record 4 original songs with the mentoring of singer/songwriter/producer Rich McCready, (Co-Owner of McCready Recording Studio) and Nashville's own producer/songwriter, Brian Maher, (Hit Co-Writer for Justin Moore's "Small Town USA" and "Til My Last Day".) Tracks were perfected at Benchmark Sound Studio in Nashville and 4 amazing songs were born! Kamber has also started co-writing songs with Don Quinn and Elise Thornton out of Mississippi. These songs can be found on sites such as iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Reverbnation, Google Music, among others.Kamber was also blessed with doing her very first music video in the Summer of 2013 for her song "Ain't Nothin Like A Night Like This," with the help of Mark Alan Peters, Mike Stryker (Casting Life Films) and Darren Williams (Blue Conduit Films) from Nashville, TN. The video turned out amazing and really captivates who Kamber is as a person. Kamber has also finished up with the filming of another music video for her song called "Maybe I Just Might." It was filmed in Nashville, TN by the same video crew. The music video was released online on September 30, 2014. Be sure and check it out!Kamber has recently been featured on such websites as "Today's Best Country Music Videos", "Country Rise" and "Visit MO". She has also had one of her songs, "Ain't Nothin Like A Night Like This", placed in Season 2, Episode 7 of the Hit Show "House of Cards." In March 2014, Kamber was one of Reverbnation's Featured Artist's of the Week! She is also frequently played on some Missouri radio stations, along with some online radio stations, such as "Music Road Radio" and "The Iceman's Cavern".Kamber's plans for the future include writing and recording more songs while pursuing her lifelong dream of a Country Music Career.


Pearl On The Chris Top Program
Oct 15 2014 45 mins  
"Stay - Stay with me a night or two – Don’t go .. - I love to spend my time with you - Breathe ... "These are some of the words Pearl is singing in her beautiful video Stay. The song, which she herself has written, clearly gets to the center of Pearl’s core expression. This woman knows how to evoke a musical presence that is unique. A presence that draws in the listener… Draw us into a music, which on the one hand is very incentive and on the other hand rests in its own tranquility.The aim of Pearl’s artistic expression is indeed, as she says, to create an atmosphere of peace, space and joy, and the video Stay is a seductive still life in which Pearl conjures a sensuality many can only dream of. A universe where passion and desire, finely understated, simmer beneath the surface.Pearl’s music is an exciting blend of Soul, R & B, Reggae, Pop and World and following the tradition of singers like Sade, Jill Scott and India Arie, she explores a musical universe in which something delicate and feminine yet strong and powerful is at play.Her debut album is recorded in Denmark in collaboration with the reggae band ReCulture. It is a cross-over project between different musical genres, namely reggae, soul, R&B and pop.Her songs revolve around themes of love and longing, of male/female relationships, of being a woman, and you sense how Pearl’s music is founded in her own being and rooted in her own femininity.Her unique sound and warm voice is seductive, captivating and intense. With a mixed ethnic background from Africa, India and Europe, she has learned to incorporate different cultures and traditions. Something you can feel and hear through her music which is evocative and contains both depth and lightness.She is the writer of both melodies and lyrics, and though the music she makes is deeply rooted in the rhythm and blues tradition and stems out of black musical roots, she has been able to maintain her own expression and to add to the music her personal touch. In essence, there is a spirituality to her expression, which is quite unique when one considers the down to earth essence in the music genre it is embodied through.Pearl is born in Botswana and she moved to Denmark when she was 14 years old. She has performed in many different places, including Moscow where she had a hit, and she has collaborated with producers and songwriters from different parts of the world. Now she is focusing on her debut album and her singles “Do U Know Me" and "Cover Girl" have been promoted in USA, UK, Germany and Spain and have received quite a lot of airplay.For years she has been a part of the Aarhus Urban music scene, too, and she is at the moment working together with the reggae band ReCulture. This co-operation is a crossover project between different musical genres, namely reggae, soul, r'n'b and pop.People of all ages and music tastes feel in good company when Pearl is on stage. Her charisma and female power simply gets to you and take you by the guts.




Kelsey Lewis On The Chris Top Program
Oct 12 2014 48 mins  
Kelsey Lewis, (born on December 31st, 1994) a 19 year old Texas Singer /Songwriter from Dallas/Fort Worth, has been singing and performing since she was 6 years old. She has performed on many stages....The Palladium Ballroom, Wildcatter Competition 2012, Relay for Life 2012, The House of Blues, Poor Dave's Pub, The Opening Bell Coffeehouse, Arlington Music Hall, The Legends Game, Lonestar Coffee Bar, 2012 Texas GOP Convention, Raw Nature Born Artist Awakening Event 2014, Broadcast TV live performance 2014, and many others. She got the unique opportunity in 2011 to sing for the judges of X-Factor (USA).It was at the age of 13 when she truly discovered her love and passion for songwriting! She has since then written a volume of different songs ranging from love, life, and the lessons learned along her journey! Last December, she left for Nashville to pursue her first debut album with 2V Productions. Producers Richie Biggs (recording engineer for The Civil Wars, Amy Grant, George Strait, etc.) and Mark Hill (bassist for Reba McEntire and band manager for Keith Urban) came together with Kelsey to create "Beautiful View," a 10 song album with 8 original songs from Lewis, a song written by Mark Hill and then a 1950's cover of the classic Perry Como hit, "Catch a Falling Star." Beautiful View is said to be an album "that has to be savored in its entirety, because it is meant to delight and fill the listener with felicity, through lyrical storytelling by the singer."Many have coined her with the title of "Vintage Futuristic," when describing her unique style and sound. She loves the art of taking the new and infusing it with the old. Inspired by artists such as The Civil Wars, Joy Williams, Adele, Sara Barilles, Jason Mraz, Christina Perrie, Kimbra, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, OneRepublic, Regina Spektor, Andrew Ripp, Etta James, and Patsy Cline, just to name a few, the range of personality and character in each song can most definitely be traced back to some of the artists listed above. She is currently working on putting together a tour and writing and finding inspiration for future albums to come. "I just really hope that in some way or form that through my stories they will be able to connect with yours. That's the beauty about music....it's a language of its own."








Kimberly Percuoco
Oct 06 2014 74 mins  
Born in Annapolis, MD, Kimberly was singing at a very young age. Her mother and father were both talented musicians so you can guess where her talents come from. At the age of 10, Kimberly and her mother moved to Ft. Myers, FL. A year later, they moved to Jupiter, Fl where Kimberly lived for 11 years. Here she became involved in the music scene. At the age of 13 she started working with the local Radio Disney and Oz Records. Shortly after, Kimberly started singing the National Anthem for Roger Dean Stadium and stayed with them for 8 long years. In 2008, she graduated from Jupiter High School and pursued her Associates Degree at Palm Beach State College. After she graduated in 2011, she continued to the University of Florida to pursue her Bachelors Degree. In 2013, she graduated and moved to Nashville, TN to pursue her dream of music. She is currently singing and songwriting in the Jupiter, Fl area. On some occasions she has been fortune enough to be featured with a local band The Helmsmen. They even featured her on their web series, Helm House Live where she was able to perform one of her originals as well as a cover and talk about what shes been up to. On December 18th she released her first single "Mama's Old Junk Drawer" which can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon MP3, as well as heard on Pandora, Spotify, and Reverbnation. She hopes to release an EP including her recently released acoustic demos of “Andreas Song” and “Kissing Me With His Eyes” which can be found on her Soundcloud.







Frank Palangi On The Chris Top Program
Oct 01 2014 53 mins  
“I have no plan b on backing down on my dreams.”Frank Palangi lives by that saying with his career and it shines through his work. He fuels his own feeding frenzy of modern rock with a solid sound like any 1970's muscle car (that he hopes to own someday). His old school sense is a key part of his personally and way of life. At the core, he is a singer/songwriter with a gritty bass rock voice pouring his heart and soul into lyrics based on life experiences and subject matter. Portraying a positive image to his fans, it's fresh to see an artist who respects himself. It’s exciting to see he’s not afraid to take chances and living outside the box. From being a multi-instrumentalist and constantly writing and creating, his creativity, drive and passion to acheive his dreams is always growing. With a discography ranging from 4 demo records in Frank’s teen years to his current independent EP records (Frank Palangi EP, I Am Ready EP) and new singles that include “Hope”, "Falling too", Palangi fans know they can look forward to new material being developed. What could be the next step for Palangi???"It has been a blessing. My music has a special connection with the fans who love it most. I've been told it’s helped them through hard times in their lives and that I have been a positive inspiration to them. I believe there are tough challenges in our of lives that we must face and being able for my music to have that effect, it’s all I could ask for out of it. The personal interaction with fans is so important to me, so I enjoy the stories I hear. Growing up, I dealt with childhood medical issues and learning to adapt and overcome challenges that somehow let me reroute illness into a strength and gave me the passion, determination and will not give up. ” Frank says.Palangi continues to create new buzz with a growing fan base sharing the stages across the North East U.S with regional and national acts from 3 Doors Down, Aaron Lewis (Staind), FUEL, TRAPT, Powerman 5000, Candlelight Red, Young Guns, HURT, HEDPE to Prospect Hill, Veer Union, Bad Axis, Jess Malin (Former D-Generation singer), Sirsy, Deluka, Silversyde, IM5, Weaving the Fate and including festivals like the UPROAR winning the 2013 Ernie Ball Saratoga, NY opening for Alice in Chains/Jane’s Addiction. Gaining national press with GuitarWorld, Revolver, Music Now, Young Celebrity, The Examiner, Mi2n.com, Top40-Charts.com and local Fox23 News, News Channel 13 (NY), Q103 radio, The Chronicle, Post Star, Spotlight News and more. Whether he is playing a restaurant or playing on stage, he consistently pours his soul into a truly energetic and enjoyable performance.-New York’s very own is no longer beneath the radar screens with this latest EP entitled “I Am Ready.” (2013) - IndieShark Reviews-"Frank’s natural talent and certifies that he can write songs that compete with the big boys of rock." Jamsphere Magazine.




Morgan Riley On The Chris Top Program
Sep 28 2014 47 mins  
With an unbiased passion for music – regardless of genre – it’s clear that Skytone Entertainment artist Morgan Riley offers something new to country listeners. Her soon-to-be-released album Collage is just that… A melting pot of genres with an ever-so-slight country dominance. While the road to this release hasn’t always been smooth, Riley has handled each curve with hope and exuberance – all the while finding her sound and writing to connect with her fans. “I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason – everything that’s happened throughout my life has led to my relationship with Skytone and the release of this album. I couldn’t be happier.”A Maryland native, Riley knew she was destined to be a singer from the start. “One day when I was younger, I started singing a Mariah Carey song… My brother heard, grabbed my parents and said, ‘you’ve got to hear this!’” Impressed by their daughter’s obvious talents, Riley’s parents quickly became the greatest support in her pursuit of a career in music – a dream inherited by her grandmother, who also sang. At five, Riley began performing at weddings and anniversary parties and by 15, she was recording at a local studio. Confident in years of practice and experience gained in live and studio performance, she made the move to New York City at 18.In New York City, Riley found herself regularly performing with a pop-R&B group and recording at the city’s legendary Hit Factory Studio. In a struggle to find her true sound, she moved back south to Greenville, South Carolina and began to perfect her country edge. “I’m generally undeterred by any type of hardship or roadblock. My dad has been a huge inspiration when it comes to this. He won’t let me give up…” Auditioning for the Pride of Carolinas, she beat out 4,300 people and received single placement on the competition’s compilation album by Koch New York, featuring the best artists in North and South Carolina. Shortly after, she began working with producer Chris Clay (TLC) on her album Affinity. “Chris has always been such an incredible supporter of me and what I do and, of course, is an incredible talent. I so enjoyed working with him on Affinity. The album really represented where I was at the time… Still, I felt I had a bit more country in me that needed to come out.”Affinity landed in the lap of veteran producer and engineer Frank Green, whose track record includes multiple #1’s and just as many gold and platinum albums. Riley met with Green, performed a few of her originals and was quickly signed to his label, Skytone Entertainment. “My whole life I’ve dreamed of being signed to a label by someone that believes in me and all I do. I’ve certainly found that in Skytone and Frank.” The deal was made sweeter yet when Riley and Green began writing together for Collage material – a writing relationship whose chemistry she describes as “off the chart”. Drawing inspiration from her top musical influences – everyone from Carrie Underwood to Alanis Morrisette, Evanescence to Jewel – has given her unparalleled flexibility when it comes to writing. “I find I can write any kind of genre. I’ve also taken bits and pieces from different genres and pulled them into my writing. Collage is very much a product of that.”Until the album’s release – set for early spring – Riley continues to write, perform and work with children aged two through five at New Springs Church. “I’m really blessed to be where I’m at in life. I have no doubt given the team I’ve surrounded myself with that this release has the potential for great success. I feel like Collage is me – the first project I’ve done that truly represents my voice. While all other genres play a part in this album, my dad always encouraged my country side. Now that I’ve found it, I can’t wait to share it with fans.”



The Grimps On The Chris Top Program
Sep 28 2014 48 mins  
Meet Winston, Mac, Emerson and Moonie or better known to theiradoring fans as The Grimps. What their fans don’t know is that thesefour chaps were cursed by an evil wizard named Spector 500 yearsago to become hairy, scary little creatures. Luckily the lads neveraged.Their buddy Alex, or Magic Alex as The Grimps call him was cursedright along with them. Magic Alex is determined to crack Spector’scurse and it takes him the next 500 years to find a spell that doesit ….But only half way with all of them becoming humans by nightand changing back to creatures by day. The Grimps also try to helpMagic Alex find that magic solution and are often enlisted to findingredients for the latest spell.The Grimp, as crazy as they are, rely on Magic Alex as their “go toguy”. He functions as their manager in human form and their wizard in his creature form.If he could just, reverse the original curse permanently, so he and The Grimps would be humans for 24hours a day, everyday, that would be as good as a Gold Record or Grammy Award.The Grimps make their home in a run down deserted bohemian style hotel called The Merry NetherlandHotel. Its scary appearance has kept visitors and squatters away for years. The Grimps are truly fish outof water-trying hard to live a dual life, keeping theircreature -selves a secret, and trying to break the curse while becoming international pop stars.The Grimps spend their day rehearsing and recording music, doing their daily chores around the hoteland goofing off, but when cabin fever strikes they sneak off in crazy disguises to the outside world.Many times their antics and adventures leads to trouble and more. Winston needs to get to the dentistfor a terrible toothache…Mac has a sudden urge for Italian food and is captured by the restaurant’sorgan grinder being mistaken for an ugly singing monkey...Emerson, who falls in love with a fan andwants to have a daytime picnic… and on the way to a gig their van breaks down only to find shelter inan old mansion inhabited by aliens and interdimensionals..The Grimps distinct personalities make these 4 madcap lads a whole. Winston, their leader andrebel genius. Mac, the polite politician who always knows the right thing to say, Emerson, the intensespiritual” tell it like it is” guy, and Moonie, the crazy drummer that you never know what he will do next.When the sun sets it’s about living the life of a rock musician and all the adventures and problems ofbeing in a band…..traveling in a van full of equipment, road trips. interviews, and fans sneaking intotheir dressing rooms and more.If all of this wasn’t enough, The Grimps have enemies – Greenie, a mad paparazzi whoHas a hint of their secret and wants to expose them and Spector, their age-old nemesis whooccasionally resurfaces to try to destroy them once and for all.In each episode The Grimps bring positive messages, humor and good ol’ rock n roll music. Stay tunedto find out if…Magic Alex will be able to reverse the curse permanently? Spector will banish The Grimps once and forall? The paparazzi will expose their secret?Whatever the outcome, come and join The Grimps on their exhilarating journey.A splendid time is guaranteed for all.


Aria Tesolin On The Chris Top Program
Sep 26 2014 59 mins  
Pop classical singer Aria Tesolin was born in Mississauga, Ontario (next door to Toronto, Canada) with an amazing set of pipes. Fans have described her voice as ethereal, mesmerizing, and plain unforgettable. Known originally as the wunderkind with the operatic voice, fans describe Aria’s strikingly beautiful voice as majestic, ethereal and mesmerizing. She was the little 8 year old girl who stunned the globe on YouTube as the Youngest Opera Singer in the World, and released her first solo album Baby Soprano, a 14 track popular opera album at the age of 12.But that just scratches the surface of this talented and complex artist, songwriter and spoken word poet. An intriguing young artist who wickedly defies categorization, Aria’s unforgettable music is attracting a global audience of cross-generational listeners. The fact that she’s only 21 adds to her mystique.Aria’s fearlessly genre-crossing musical style delivers a a smooth intricacy that is easy on the ears, and a refreshing contemporary pop sound. With her signature solos, new music that fuses classical influences over pop beats, and lucid lyrics that dive deeply into the human experience, her songs effortlessly synthesize mood and harmony. Original pop synth themes from her new album Ascension, released April 9, 2013 and produced by Douglas Romanow, follow a trajectory from electro-pop and mellow grooves to soaring pop classical substance.Aria is also becoming known on the live poetry scene by her poetry name “Ambrosia” as a respected spoken word poet who competes at national levels in Canada.

Dennis Ledbetter
Sep 25 2014 47 mins  
Dennis Ledbetter’s music and the growing popularity of his CD “If You Drive Me to Drinking (I’ll Buy the Gas)” proves traditional country is far from dead. “What Am I Gonna Do,” Ledbetter’s latest single released to radio, is a true country ballad that tugs the heartstrings. It features a beautiful music track enhanced by rich baritone vocals and a heartfelt delivery."If You Drive Me to Drinking (I'll Buy the Gas)," from his debut CD of the same name, climbed to the #1 spot on the New Music Weekly Main Country Chart in January. The second single from the CD, “Bayou Self,” reached the top spot on the New Music Weekly Country Internet Main Chart and the Country Internet Top 30 Indie Chart on May 30, 2014.The third single from the CD, “Three Acres of Fillies at Billy’s,” reached the top spot on the New Music Weekly Country Internet Main Chart and the Country Internet Top 30 Indie Chart on Sept. 12, 2014.Ledbetter was awarded the 2014 Best New Country Artist of the Year title by the New Music Weekly magazine. The Independent Music Network honored Ledbetter with the 2013 Country Discovery Artist award. He was also nominated by the 18th Annual Academy of Western Artists in several categories: Pure Country Male Artist, Pure Country Album, and Pure Country Song for “Three Acres.”Ledbetter recorded his 12-song CD (all written or co-written by Ledbetter) at Nashville’s Tombstone Recording with some of the finest musicians available. It was produced by Ledbetter and Tim Calhoun (Mallory Records/Nashville). Tom Harding and Travis Bingham engineered the project. The session included Nashville’s “A-Team:” Mark Prentice on bass, Gary Morse on steel guitar and dobro, Eddie Bayers on drums, JT Corenflos on lead guitar, Michael Spriggs on rhythm guitar, Michael Rojas on keyboard, Glen Duncan on fiddle. Russell Terrell, Ron Wallace, and Michelle Prentice did backup vocals.A Louisiana native and lifelong country music fan, Ledbetter cultivated a desire to write and sing original songs while performing for years in dives, lounges, and honky-tonks. He draws inspiration from legends like George Jones, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams, Jr.Ledbetter continues his quest to make a mark in the country music industry, playing venues with a new group he put together called The WTF (Wickedly Talented Friends) Band.The CD is available on CD Baby, Amazon, and iTunes.

Xander Demos On The Chris Top Program
Sep 25 2014 49 mins  
Xander Demos is a high-energy rock and metal guitar player from Pittsburgh, PA. He is fueled by the passion to create melodic songs ranging from rock and metal genres to pop and ambient. Xander normally is associated with the rock and metal world but his versatility allows him to be comfortable in many forms of music.Xander grew up in the decade of decadance and has been a big fan of everything from pop-metal, Top-40, thrash metal, progressive rock and even dance-related music. As long as there was a hook or a melody, he picked up on it. Xander's main influences are Shawn Lane, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Jason Becker, Neal Schon, Micheal Romeo and John Sykes. In the early days, he was fortunate to have some teachers whom he respected and had given him great tools by which to hone his fluid technique. Some of these players include Ralph Santolla (ex-Deicide, Obituary), Dallas Perkins (M.I. Instructor) and currently Derryl Gabel.Xander's playing style ranges from the beautifully melodic to the jaw-dropping insane. His playing encompasses much of what he has learned and absorbed from other players over the years. His melodies are the kind you can hum along to. He is releasing the full-length follow-up to his EP "Road To Guitarcadia", an instructional DVD, working with his three bands playing live every weekend and is now accepting guitar students for in-person and online lessons.Xander Demos Band:The Xander Demos Band (XDB) has been active since early 2011 and contains four virtuosos backing up Xander and all of his guitar pyrotechnics. They have had a great 2 years playing shows with Neil Zaza, UFO, The Dio Deciples, Uli Jon Roth, Buckethead, Lizzy Borden, Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X, Helstar and Kip Winger. The very talented Matt Williams (bass) and Chris Batton (drums) did an outstanding job on the recording of Guitarcadia as well as playing live until the reformation of the band in 2012. The latest version of XDB features Jeff Anzelone on drums, Adam Heuesy on keyboards, Ben Chiarini on bass and Mario Brescia on Lead Vocals. In 2013, the band is out supporting the Guitarcadia since signing with Rock N Growl records in Germany late last summer. The new album titled Dancing Through Daggers will be released towards the end of 2013. CJ Snare of Firehouse is back on board to mix and master the new album as he did with GuitarcadiaSabbath Judas Sabbath:Xander has joined forces with Houston native and thrash-metal vocalist James Rivera (Helstar, Malice, Seven Witches, Vicious Rumors) on a new East Coast chapter of his Sabbath Judas Sabbath project. This band is a national tribute band with chapters in Europe and in various locations across the United States. The East Coast chapter has Xander sharing lead guitar duties with fellow Pittsburgh natives Bill Staley (formerly of Creature of Habit), Greg Bittner (also formerly of Creature of Habit) on bass and fellow XDB bandmate Jeff Anzelone on drums.More information on Sabbath Judas Sabbath can be found at www.myspace.com/sjsofficial.

Sam Hankins On The Chris Top Program
Sep 25 2014 48 mins  
Offering up a fresh and exhilarating vibe with his full length debut Nothing Between Us, trumpeter and composer Sam Hankins draws on a powerhouse resume as a music educator and R&B/jazz sideman that includes multiple awards as a middle school bandleader and performances with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band.Armed with an impressive array of degrees and multi-faceted musical credentials, the multi talented Oklahoma born and raised, Chicago based musician is widely recognized in educational circles for his tenure as Band Director at Edison Middle School, where he led numerous ensembles from 1995 through 2006. Hankins led a struggling band program with limited participation into one of the premier middle school instrumental music programs in the United States. During his first year as Band Director, he led two bands to place first in division ratings in the State Music Competitions. The program subsequently earned extensive recognition as one of the premier middle school band programs in Illinois and nationwide by winning numerous Division I ratings, State and National awards and recognitions.During this time, Hankins was invited to be a Guest Conductor for Jazz and Concert bands as well as a guest soloist. He also founded, organized and directed The East Central Illinois Jazz Institute, a summer jazz camp of approximately 20 students from throughout east-central Illinois. In 1998, he received The White House Letter recognizing the Edison Middle School Band Program signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton.A prolific composer, Hankins had composed over 150 pieces before he took his wife’s advice and began pursuing the next phase of his diverse career, as a solo recording artist. He laid the groundwork for Nothing Between Us by releasing Dream Catcher, a compilation of his catalog of music in every genre from smooth jazz and dance to techno. Building up a supportive network of fans via social media, he blended old school R&B/funk with cutting edge grooves, dynamic melodies and wild brass sizzle on the new project, which is produced by bassist Paul Richmond and features Zorn McGuire on drums. Hankins has already received airplay on numerous internet outlets, including the GHP Radio Network and LUTG Radio.“From my many years of working with different producers and in various studios, I’ve learned what people like to listen to, and generally they love music that keeps things simple,” says Hankins. “I certainly had a lot of material that was artsy and complicated but for my first urban jazz project, my goal was to create tracks that people can enjoy that I personally felt good about. I admire popular contemporary trumpet players like Chris Botti and Rick Braun, but I take a different approach with my horn that makes my vibe unique to the genre. As a composer, I always want to write songs that uplift people’s spirits and make them happy, or get them thinking about things. Because it mixes R&B and jazz, Nothing Between Us really gets me back to my roots as a musician.”Hankins has enjoyed a long history of doing gigs with many legendary jazz and R&B artists—from Al Jarreau to Aretha Franklin and Clark Terry. Over the years, while maintaining an active educational career, he has played with funk bands, circus bands, cruise ship ensembles and different “combos”. He is currently putting things together for more solo live performances and has numerous skillful musicians that he has previously worked with on eager standby.ABOUT THE MUSICHankins draws urban jazz fans into the pocket from the get go, playing a lighthearted trumpet melody over an infectious funk groove and soaring symphonic old school R&B textures on the opening title track. His dreamy and soulful melody on “We Come Together” is backed by cool ambience and easy rolling...




Aria Elan On The Chris Top Program
Sep 22 2014 63 mins  
A graduate of College of Charleston and Southwestern University School of Law, she worked as an entertainment attorney, founded Isis Management, representing musicians, producers, and artists, including Phred Mosbey, Musical Director for Earth, Wind, and Fire, musical group Bel Biv Devoe; the great South African singer, Miriam "Mama Africa" Makeba, Salaelo Maredi, acclaimed South African director, actor & playwright, and many others.Ms. Elan later founded Sisi Records, releasing a collection of works, including Motown Legend Sylvia Moy's hit "Love's Inside" on the "Universal Love" album. Moy wrote and produced Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amor."In 1990 she wrote musical "Amandla Ka Mandela," which was staged at Henry Street Settlement Theatre in Manhattan, New York, which was followed by her historical fiction book "Missionary."Singer/Songwriter: Soul singer Aria Elan dropped debut album "Smile" November 1, 2013. Aria has entertained Veterans and active duty troops at various military bases.She has spoken and performed for the US Navy, U.S. Air Force, women's conferences, Veteran's Organizations, and has received certificates of appreciation from the California Youth Authority, College of Charleston, County of Maui, NAACP, Ventura Self Help Clinic, Watts Legal Aid and numerous others.As a motivational speaker, Aria Elan presents humorous, poignant and memorable stories about Aria's ABCs of SUCCESS that resonate with people. Aria performs her "ode to positive thinking" song "Smile" at all speaking engagements.

Josey Milner On The Chris Top Program
Sep 22 2014 47 mins  
Josey Milner is part small town teen, part road-worthy country starlet, and at only 17 years old, she turned heads and changed hearts with her debut US single, “Not Pretty Enough.” The song thrust Josey into the country music spotlight, launching her anti-bullying campaign with Angels and Doves, earning her a 2013 Independent Country Music Award nomination for Promising Young Artist, a Top 10 Hottest New Artist designation, and a Number One single on the world’s first independent country music chart, Indie World. Now, 18 and a recent Magna Cum Laude high school graduate, Josey has taken her initial successes to greater heights with “Cowgirls.”“Cowgirls” was recorded at Awestruck Studios with her “Not Pretty Enough” production team of Micah Burdick and Matthew Russo (Hall and Oates.) Mastering engineer, Larry Gann (John Rich, Elton John) also played drums on the track,with Jimmy Mattingly (Dolly Parton, Reba, Garth) on fiddle and Smith Curry (Jason Aldean, Randy Travis) on pedal steel. The single was released to country radio in November 2013, and it reached #1 on the New Music Weekly countrycharts and Top 75 on Music Row! “Cowgirls” is a boot-kicking, foot stomping dance anthem that has country radio fanssinging along with this down-home darling…Growing up on a small farm in Missouri, one might say that country is Josey’s pedigree. At age 7, she began barrel racing at local rodeos, making the rodeo arena her first stage. She started singing the National Anthem at her youth rodeos, eventually graduating to performances at PRCA rodeos across Missouri and Kansas, including the American Royal in Kansas City. These anthem performances led to the decision for Josey to hang up her spurs and follow her dreams of country music fame. After a main-stage performance at the 2010 Pedal Steel Convention in St. Louis, Josey followed the advice of her much older and wiser musical elders: Form a band and play everywhere you can. The Josey Milner Band became one of the most sought-after live acts in the Kansas City area. Performing an ever-evolving and versatile mix of new country, classic country, country rock, and a little bit of Rock & Roll, Josey led the band through raucous sets at Buffalo Bill Days, Slater Fall Festival, Holden Street Fair, Timbercreek, The Landing, and numerous others, performing for sold-out crowds and claiming the title of “Kansas City’s Princess of Country Music.”More recently, Josey has also opened standing room only shows for American Idol, Scotty McCreery, Chris Cagle, and Jon Wolfe. She has performed at CMA Fest and the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, alongside stars like Georgette Jones, Buddy Jewell, Lulu Roman and Ashton Shepherd, The Teddy Bear Festival for children’s charities, and the Nascar Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas, for Welcome Home Troops. In November 2013, she performed for the International Music and Entertainment Association Awards, for which she was nominated in three categories: Best Country Female, Best Country Single, and Country Entertainer of the Year. She was also nominated for Shooting Star at the Nashville Universe Awards and Best Female and Artist of the Year at the Midwest Music Awards.With international airplay, charting, live performances and awards, and even a Facebook game using her image (A Better World) and a celebrity endorsement with Piaseci MD skincare, Josey is poised for world-wide stardom. One thing is for certain, wherever her music may take her, she will always remain the small-town girl with the rodeo spurs still hanging on her wall.




Doug Briney On The Chris Top Program
Sep 15 2014 51 mins  
Doug Briney embodies all things country: His personality is warm and inviting, some would say down-to-earth, recalling the disposition of many a Southern Gentleman from yesteryear. With a 2013 Independent Country Music Association Award, eight months on the Roots Music Report charts, international airplay and live performances at CMA Fest, Rodeo Alaska, The Iditarod, The Grinder’s Switch Hour, Alaska State Fair, and Dan McGuiness’ on Music Row, among countless others, this God-fearing road warrior, with the warm baritone voice and love for all things southern, has released his aptly titled Super Country Cowboy. On this album, Doug has created a tasteful blend of yesterday's traditional country roots and today's radio-friendly contemporary sounds, to invoke all the best that is American: Love of God, Family and the US of A.With the release of his debut album, It’s All Country, in early 2012, (and its re-release on CBM Records in 2013) Doug Briney showcased his signature sound, which he cultivated from years of touring camps, churches and conferences across the US. “We even played in an airport once, to impress a pretty girl for one of the band members,” he says with a laugh. Blending traditional influences from country music’s past, like the Gatlin Brothers and Kenny Rogers, with modern contemporaries like Toby Keith and Trace Adkins, Doug created an original, honest and authentic sound all his own. The collection of well-known country hits and new covers peaked at #6 on the Roots Music Report True Country chart, where it remained for 8 straight months. The album also charted at #11 on the itunes Country New Release chart, with 3 singles receiving international airplay and chart action, leading to more than 300,000 Youtube views between them.In February 2013, Doug signed with Tate Music Group, home to country legends like Lee Greenwood and Neal McCoy. In November 2013, Tate released Super Country Cowboy, a brilliant and heartfelt collection of compositions from some of today’s best country songwriters. From the Charlie Daniels-meets-Big & Rich-influenced title cut (Top 10 RMR,) to the inspiring, “I Get To” and the patriotic anthem, “Unknown Soldier,” Doug delivers nine emotion-filled, hook-laden tracks that are purely Doug Briney: heart-felt, passionate and proud. The album reached #58 on the itunes Inspirational chart and #8 on the Roots Music Report True Country chart, earning Doug a Nashville Universe Award nomination for Best Male Artist, a 2014 ICoMA Award nomination, and a 2014 Artists In Music Awards nomination.A 2013 move to Nashville, Tennessee has brought Doug to the epicenter of the country music industry. Grateful for being able to live his dream of performing and recording music, he has gladly given back to his community in a big way. Surrounded by a history of veterans and military service in his family, (his son currently serves in the Air Force) Doug has begun working with Bright Star International, who will help facilitate Doug’s work with veterans’ charities, and Heart Songs For Veterans. He is also donating 100% of his proceeds from the sale of the single, “Unknown Soldier” to Operation Troop Aid.An ordained pastor, Doug also served at the Cowboy Church of Anchorage, Alaska, prior to his family’s relocation to Music City, USA. He is currently serving as a pastor with North Pointe Community Church in Old Hickory, TN. In fact, it’s his unwavering faith and love of country music that has led Doug on his journey.“I have come to know and love the Cowboy Lifestyle through country music…And, it is who I am now, who I have been, and who I will always be.” --Doug Briney

Hicks On The Chris Top Program
Sep 14 2014 46 mins  
What if I listened to all the "experts" that told me...-You're too old-Don't write country songs-Radio will never play your songs-There's no audience for that-Sure you can sing and your songs are great but it will never work-Quit... Don't go there... Are you crazyThen I never would have...-Been invited to play and represent Sweden at the CMA Fest in Nashville-Won "Favorite Country Group" at IMN Country Music Awards-Been nominated for "Best International Artist" and "Video Of The Year" at ICoMA Country Music Awards (2013)-Had My songs played on thousands of radio stations all around the world-Done radio and TV interviews in Italy, France, England, Ireland, Australia, USA, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Germany...-Been nominated for "Song Of The Year" and "Video Of the Year" at Nashville Universe Awards-Been "Artist Of The Month" on Sky TV in UK-Play at country festivals in the USA, France, Sweden...-Got fans from all corners of the world-Been nominated again at ICoMA Country Music Awards for "Best International Country Artist" "Song Of The Year" (Hayride) and "Video Of The Year" (Unreachable Dream) 2014-Been invited to play at BCMA in London 2014-Received 3 Nominations at 2014 International Music and Entertainment Awards-And... The biggest thing of all.... winning "Best European Country Act Of The Year" at The British CMA in London. (2013)Good thing I didn't listen to anybody else but myself!Hicks (Miqael Persson) is an accomplished songwriter from the south of Sweden, with multiple Gold and Platinum records to his credit. His rock-edged songs have been recorded by artists like Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Giant (Dann Huff), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Little River Band, W.E.T. (Featuring Jeff Scott Soto), Grammy nominated Toby Hitchcock and Grammy winner, Barbados. He has also written with Nashville heavy-hitters like Anthony Smith, Dallas Rogers, Dennis Morgan and Sharon Vaughn. In late June 2014, “Hayride” became his first official US radio single release on MTS Records. It is currently climbing the New Music Weekly and Music Row country airplay charts, with the video reaching the Top 3 on Yallwire.com.


Jiggley Jones On The Chris Top Program
Sep 14 2014 49 mins  
“His sound is so huge, it seems like it is everywhere and is as much coming to him as from him. He appears to be drawing in the sound while drawing in the listener.” A quote from former manager George Grauer, and a great description of the musical attitude that encompasses Award-winning singer/songwriter, Jiggley Jones.Now under the professional direction of MTS Management Group and Michael Stover, who says, “Jiggley has that one-of-a-kind sound that I look for in an artist. His songs will touch you and move you with their beautiful lyrics and melodic strength.”However you want to look at this picture, whether it’s Americana, Wide Open Country, or acoustic whatever, this artist represents life, hope, and human nature as only a seasoned person can see it. His Top 5 Roots Music Report debut EP, (#3, Americana/Roots Country, #3 True Country) No Spring Chicken included the singles “Baby Blue” and “Ain’t That Alright,” and the accompanying videos, which received more than 300,000 combined Youtube views. Now, Jones has returned with his first album on Lamon Records Nashville. A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light was produced by Grammy nominee, Dave Moody. First single and video, “Walk On Me” were released in April 2014. The single is currently climbing the New Music Weekly country airplay chart and the Roots Music Report country chart.“The new direction will put me square down the middle of the Americana genre, a great place to be. Dave Moody has given me that slightly raw, organic sound that really pushes my vocals to the forefront. Fingers crossed, here we go !!”Jones, whether alone or a member of various bands in the past has written or co-written well over 100 songs. His prolific writing earned him 2 nominations and a subsequent win, for Songwriter of the Year, at the 2013 International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) Awards, 2 New Music Awards nominations (AC New Artist and AC Breakthrough Artist) and a 2014 Independent Country Music Association Award nomination for Best Americana Artist. His experience has taken him through various phases and musical endeavors including a stint during his younger years working in entertainment public relations in Los Angeles. With some success on college radio, Jones was also, as a member of a band called “Q”, involved with soundtrack projects on select MTV shows such as The Dennis Rodman Show, Cindy Crawford’s “House of Style”, and the reality show Road Rules. His band was also used in the AON Films movie “Tainted Love”, directed by Mathew Ross. All these successes were accomplished while under the professional direction of industry representatives like N.O. Management based in London, England as well as Magic Music Management and Peter Baron Productions in New York.Before signing with Lamon, he had worked with Nashville producer Terry Wendt, a former bandleader for Shania Twain, and Chris Tristran, who produced his debut EP. His live shows have taken him to Nashville’s CMA Festival in both 2013 and 2014, where he performed at BB King’s Blues Club and the Tin Roof, as well as other top notch venues such as The Hard Rock Café in Philly, The Bitter End in NYC, and The World Café in Wilmington, Delaware. He has also performed at the prestigious Dewey Beach Music Conference, Singer Songwriter Cape May, and the Millennium Music Conference.

Ed Roman On The Chris Top Program
Sep 14 2014 46 mins  
Right out of the gate, with his freshman release in 2000, Special Ed and The MusicallyChallenged, Ed Roman defined his paradigm with inventive, infectious tunes that shook one's marrow and stirred the spirit…This guy is unique! Three follow-up releases with SEMC continued to mesmerize and astonish, with music that both kissed and prodded, seduced and challenged, hypnotized and enlightened...In May 2011, Ed released his solo venture, Oracles and Ice Cream, and has never looked back. It is 22 tracks that are an amazing marvel of songwriting wizardry, prodigious performances and contagious energy, with the mystery and magic of a lucid, tantalizing dream. The music both traverses and convenes broad music styles into the consummate collective of penetrating rhythms and canyon-wide harmonic explorations, glazed with lyrics that are both poignant and whimsical.Now, in 2014, with Letters from High Latitudes, (an homage to his Ontario, Canada home) Ed Roman has done it again, creating an earthy, funky and magical mix of music to seduce the listeners’ ears! The album has garnered both critical acclaim and radio airplay on more than 100 AM/FM stations across North America, earning Ed airplay chart recognition on the Hit Tracks Top 100 and CMG Radio charts, and a 2014 Artists In Music Awards nomination.An accomplished musician, Ed performs 90 percent of the instruments on his album, recording drums, bass, guitars, organ, vocals and even sitar! The sound is rounded out with help from some of the top Canadian session musicians like Dave Patel on drums (Sass Jordan) and Mike Freedman on electric guitars (Tia Brazda.) Sit back, get mellow and listen to this truly skillful musician weave a tapestry of enchantment from an eclectic fabric of musical styles.One can never get too comfortable however, as Ed will undoubtedly prompt the listener to examine their world and stimulate them to make it better! Ed asks us everyone to glimpse the world from his vantage point, offering up his vision and sometimes helping to point out the areas that need tidying. Like the janitor of conscience, he'll frequently show the cobwebs and sweep the dirt from the corners of one’s perspective. The listener is left uplifted, invigorated and enriched by dewy new jewels of insight and permeated by a mosaic of musical mayhem. Funky, ethereal, grungy, luscious, rowdy, serene, provocative, clever, insightful and uniquely exhilarating, Ed Roman's marvelous musings drop dollops of tasteful delight through our ears to our hearts. You can't help but dance. You can't help but smile.




Kaela Kinney On The Chris Top Program
Sep 10 2014 84 mins  
When first meeting Kaela Kinney, there are two things that you know for sure. One- She rarely isn't smiling. Two- she rarely isn't talking. Kaela is one of the most genuine heart-felt individuals you will ever meet. As a songwriter, her passion is completely transparent in every song. Growing up in a small town, Kaela was heavily influenced with Gospel music such as Gathers, Andre Crouch, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, and Crystal Lewis. Starting off with a Christian Label- Kaela has shared the stage with The Afters, Bethany Dillon, Kelly Clarkson, and Amy Grant just to name a few. She has recorded with Disney Radio, Saddleback Church, Universal Music Group, and WAX LTD. In 2011, Kaela spent time focusing on her roots as a country artist. This country songstress has placed songs with The CW, TLC, BRAVO, HBO, and Showtime. She has collaborated with publishers from BMG, Sony, Razor & Tie, SB21, and Wax studios. Kaela is a hopeless romantic with a lot of spunk. Kaela has performed the at legendary places such as House of Blues, Viper Room, Whisky Go Go, Hotel Cafe, The Roxy, Troubadour, Disney Entertainment Stage, and several County fairs. In 2014, Kaela is up for 2 Artist in Music Awards. She has made the top 5 nominees out thousands of artists in Best Country Artist, and Best Southern Rock. Her relationship with the music industry, In conjunction with her soulful voice and talent, Kaela has a lengthy and bright career ahead of her!Kaela's passion for music goes far beyond her personal career. In 2013, Kaela launched a Music Scholarship Foundation, reaching out to students pursuing music careers. Traveling across the country, she worked with kids in their own High Schools, connecting them with industry professionals and teaching them vocal and songwriting basics. Kaela is hitt the road December 2012 to start her first of 37 high School Workshop Stops. Not only did she be teach the workshops, she also performed in front of over 30,000 students this past year.




Harp Twins On The Chris Top Program
Sep 09 2014 52 mins  
Camille and Kennerly Kitt are the world’s only professional identical twin Harp Duo. Known as the “Harp Twins”, Camille and Kennerly were classically trained and earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Harp Performance, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Not content to follow traditional classical boundaries, Camille and Kennerly embarked on their journey to bring the Harp where no harps have gone before – literally and musically. They are a radical harp duet revolution.The Harp Twins perform for Presidents, dignitaries, celebrities, in movies, and at festivals, art galleries, museums, corporate events, schools, international relief organizations and charities, and more… on both acoustic Concert Grand harps and modern electric harps. This dynamic rock Harp Duo is recognized internationally for their remarkable duet harp arrangements and performances of songs by artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Blue Oyster Cult, Scorpions, The Police, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, U2, Journey, Lady Gaga and many more. The twins also arrange and perform a jukebox of TV and Movie Soundtrack, Anime, and Video Game hits. Some fan favorites include their renditions of music from Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Elder Scrolls, Final Fantasy, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Zelda, Mario, Silent Hill, Harry Potter, Saint Seiya, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. In addition to being prolific arrangers, Camille and Kennerly compose and perform their own original pieces for Harp Duet.The twins began posting Harp Duet music videos of their rock, metal, and contemporary cover arrangements on YouTube several years ago. The Harp Twins have since acquired over 18 million total views on their 100% self-made videos in addition to amassing legions of fans worldwide – including over 130,000 YouTube subscribers and over 125,000 Facebook fans. True independent artists, the Harp Twins use no backtrack, studio, or production team for their music videos.Camille and Kennerly’s radical Duet Harp Revolution is changing the word’s perception of the harp, and the way harp is played – one song at a time.


The Chris Top Program 09.08.14
Sep 09 2014 39 mins  
Destiny was trained in a rough and tumble style. Not surprisingly, in what she observed during training, Destiny not only learned to wrestle, she also learned to do whatever is needed to get whatever she wants. And for nearly a decade in professional wrestling, Destiny has been doing just that.In the ring, she uses a mix of technical and brawling skills to get what she wants – victories. As the self-professed Queen of Destruction, she likes to destroy her opponent's will to compete with submission holds like the torture rack and the figure four leg lock."When I get them where I want them, I hit them with the Shockwave!" she said. "That's a reverse torture rack into a neck breaker. No one is going to get up from that!"In keeping with the theme of doing whatever is needed to get what she wants, Destiny draw a lot of motivation from her personal experiences."I was involved with an abusive man," she said. "I learned that I had to take control of my life and not let someone else control it."Destiny carries that attitude with her when she steps into the ring, fighting with everything she has to not allow her opponent to control the situation. She adds that some of her best in-ring experiences have come against former and current Magnificent Ladies Wrestling stars like Tasha Simone, Josie, Su Yung and Veronica Fairchild."They are very good competition," she said of the Magnificent Ladies Wrestling alumni. "But I would love to wrestle some new opponents and see their talent. I love a good challenge!"As in seeking pro-wrestling challenges, Destiny views life as a challenge and takes it head on."I try to please everyone," she said. "But at the same time, I know I have to please myself first. I made it through a lot of things in my life and realize that I control my fate."



Coach Micheal Burt
Sep 03 2014 61 mins  
This Coach-epreneur is part coach, part entrepreneur, and all leader. Coach Burt has quickly become the go-to guy for entrepreneurs who want to become people of interest, salespeople who want to be legacy sellers, and managers who want to be coaches. He is a former championship coach and the author of ten books, including the new book "SWAG- 6 Battle Tested Strategies to Build and Protect Your Confidence." His radio show, "Change Your Life Radio," can be heard globally on iheart.com (WLAC) and I-Tunes through podcast and his new TV show "Zebras and Cheetahs" can be seen on the CW Network and on his YouTube Channel. His client list ranges from small entrepreneurial firms to multi-billion dollar companies such as Dell, INC., State Farm Insurance, National Health Care, Vanderbilt University, TRICOR, FirstBank, Ohio National and many others.What makes Coach Burt different as a Coach-Epreneur? Coach Burt's experiences as a former championship coach who thinks and responds like a seasoned entrepreneur helped to create his title: the Coach-Epreneur. Coach Burt blends his unique experiences of winning at the highest levels, his insatiable energy and relentless pursuit for the "New American Dream" and his deep methodology for results into a dynamic entrepreneurial and business expert who packages and delivers complex content in ways that are simple and easy to understand. Hired by some of the top brands in the world to coach and develop their talent, Coach Burt also speaks internationally on his best selling books and concepts. His model is geared to:1. Turn business people into "People of Interest" with his unique six step process2. Teach those in saturated and commotitized industries how to stand out and run faster through "Zebras and Cheetahs."3. Increase leads and drastically enhance the probability of selling through his "Legacy Selling System."4. Help people build, maintain, and protect their confidence through his new concept called "SWAG."5. Drive up engagement and production by turning your current managers into world class coachesSince retiring from athletic coaching at the age of 31 to become a "Monster Entrepreneur" Coach Burt has quickly built a national brand by practicing his concepts in each of his books and programs.




Laura Cole On The Chris Top Program
Aug 30 2014 64 mins  
Born into a musical family, singing came as naturally to Laura as walking and talking. As a child she entertained family and friends with renditions of old favourites around the campfires of late Canadian nights.Laura played in her first concert at age 3 where she plunked out a one handed piano solo. She sang non-stop throughout her childhood but learned to use her voice in local children’s choirs.Her solo singing career started at her school talent shows. Her pursuit of a career as a professional started in her teens when she was occasionally invited to sing a few songs with her Dad’s band. Her success and love of performing live brought her own gigs in pubs around the Golden Horseshoe in southern Ontario where she performed cover tunes of favourites like Sam Cooke, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tom Waits and the occasional original. She also appeared in spotlight cameo performances at the Hamilton Music Awards, Festival of Friends in Hamilton and the Fieldcote Sunday Night Music series in her hometown of Ancaster. In 2013, Laura won the Galaxie Radio Rising Star Award.Her musical journey has led her to Los Angeles, Toronto, Shreveport, Nashville and Morocco where she began in earnest writing her own songs-a blend of old jazz and blues with a new age twist. On Valentine’s Day 2014, Daniel Lanois released a single featuring Laura entitled “Papineau”- a father daughter conversation. Her first all original record is due for release and will be available for purchase at the 2014 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic!







Ashley Wineland On The Chris Top Program
Aug 20 2014 49 mins  
Music has always been my first love. It speaks to me louder than anything else, and I respond ten times louder. My name is Ashley Wineland, I’m 16 years old and live in Arizona. I’m a lover of all music, but my musical roots lie within country. The story-telling and feeling behind every country song is what draws me towards this genre. As a singer who writes all her own material, it’s always a blast coming up with new ways to tell my stories and even creating new ones.My journey that lead me to where I am today began a little over a year and a half ago. I was so blessed to have met my amazing producer Bryan Kuban. At that point in time I hadn’t started writing yet, but I knew I wanted to learn how. It was then that Bryan took me under his wing. It was after my first ‘lesson’ with him that I wrote my first song ‘Red White and Blue’. It was a crazy yet exhilarating experience learning all the work and people that go into making one song. I was so lucky to be very involved in the whole experience. After several studio sessions, late nights and naps in the back of my pick up truck.Things from that point on have blossomed into amazing things.After the release of ‘Red White and Blue’, I began to get involved in a lot of charity work for our veterans and their families. 100% of the proceeds from the song ‘Red White and Blue’ have and still go towards incredible charities like Pets for Patriots and Parents of a Son or Daughter in the Military. I have had the honor of doing news interviews with channel 5 and 3 here in Arizona, station 96.3 real country, and I even got an episode on the upcoming show ‘I Want to be Nashville’s Next Star, which will be airing in March, to vouch for this cause. I could not be more thankful for all the work our serving and retired service men and women do for us.I just finished up my new album ‘Family Business’ that’s being released in March. It contains all of my original songs! I love all the different flavors that this album has created. In some songs like the title song ‘Family Business’ my southern rock roots come out, but other songs like ‘Change’ bring out a country/dance feel to the album. I will be out with the band performing starting around February, and I will be doing acoustic sets too.When I’m not spending time doing music, I’m pretty much on the move. I enjoy hobbies like reading and scrap-booking, but I also love being outdoors. Over my summers you’ll find me at Lake Pleasant water skiing and tubing. The rest of the year I love doing activities like hiking, go-cart racing and especially paint balling.I am a girl of many loves and I am self-motivated and goal oriented to succeed in everything I do.



Our Bestie Alayna
Aug 20 2014 68 mins  
Every once in a while a song comes along that makes you drop whatever you're doing and listen. Whether it's the melody, the voice, the subject matter or all three, something about it grabs your attention. That's the kind of thing that's been happening throughout Nashville at venues that country-pop artist/songwriter Alayna has been playing.Amidst the usual talking voices of people carrying on conversations comes Alayna's powerful vocals, relatable lyrics and infectious melodies, causing the whole room to go silent and take notice. Whether she's singing a song about moving on from a past relationship, showing a little attitude or singing a feel good song, Alayna captures the ears of everyone in range.Alayna left the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2011 with nothing but herself and a carload of a few necessities including her Breedlove guitar to pursue her lifelong dream. In a short amount of time she would be writing with hit songwriters such as Benita Hill and Kirsti Manna, playing well-known venues like The Listening Room and Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, traveling to play for crowds as large as 6,000 and would have an endorsement from her favorite guitar company, Breedlove. She also successfully fan-funded a six song EP titled "Top of a Dream" through Kickstarter.Classically trained in piano from age 7, Alayna always had a love for music, but it wasn't always country. “I listened to a lot of different artists growing up: Jewel, Brandy, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow. I was really all over the map”, she says. Now she's mixing those childhood influences of pop melodies with the honesty of country lyrics, bringing a new flavor to the table.Though she didn't realize it right away, Alayna wrote her first song at age 12. It wouldn’t be until a few years afterward that she would finally understand the new talent she could craft. In between this time, she taught herself to play guitar and kept up with regular piano lessons.She was voted as the recipient of the "Most Promising Female Songwriter 2013" Award by TSAI (Tennessee Songwriters Association International), has signed a single-song publishing deal and is garnering major interest from some very significant figures in the music industry. It won't be long before Alayna is a household name along side other ground-breaking females in country music history who are recognized by their first names; Dolly, Loretta, Reba, Faith, Shania, Carrie, Miranda and Alayna. No doubt she fits right in.Description“One of the best things about Alayna is her unique sound. She doesn't sound like any other singer out there. Her songs are catchy and memorable, and also have a depth to them that make Alayna a 'must-have' on your i-Pod.”— Dean Iampietro, WPXI-TV Pittsburgh Producer" "From listening to her music there is no doubt the talent is there. This girl has some great tunes. They’re about love, life, and all the things that can happen to a young adult. There is emotion, passion....good music.""- CountryMusicLife.com (Oct 18, 2011)http://countrymusiclife.com/alayna-country-music-singer/"Alayna sings and writes songs with a rare and refreshing honesty that few artists are ever willing to share."- Vinny Ribas, founder and CEO of Indie Connect in Nashville, TN

Bringing Down Goliath
Aug 20 2014 48 mins  
They say Justice is Blind, but when it comes to corruption in the judicial system, we can't turn a blind eye. We must not allow innocent people to get hurt while corrupt agents continue on with impunity. How can a free society's judicial system justly serve its people if self policing corrupt lawyers and judges infiltrate it? It only takes a few greedy and immoral agents to undermine a judicial system's integrity and deteriorate the citizens' faith in it. The over-site that governs lawyers in the U.S. is self policing and flawed and therefore must be addressed. We hope this movie will affect much needed regulatory changes and hold lawyers to a higher standard of accountability. This story is about Mercy Grant's fight and triumph over the machine of greed and corruption among lawyers in America. It is inspired by actual events.DO YOU WANT TRUTH?? America as we know it is dying of an internal cancer called corruption and greed. Politicians and special interest groups on both sides of the isle are more concerned about their own political future rather then fixing the problems in America. Who are these politicians? 67 % are licensed attorneys who police themselves. These politicians are the same lawyers who appoint judges to the bench across America. Who are these judges? They're attorneys in a robe with the power to pass the orders at hand. The President of the United States (who's also an attorney) has the power to address this issue and put a plan in place to fix the problem. But won't... News Anchor Rock Scott Corey put it best when he lost his temper trying to bring the point across the air. Nothing like supporting honest journalism.

Jennell On The Chris Top Program
Aug 19 2014 50 mins  
Jennell is an American country music artist and songwriter born and raised in Casper Wyoming. She has always had a strong passion for music and started singing at a very young age. She knew early on that she wanted to pursue a music career, but also knew she would have to leave the comforts of her family and hometown to do so. In August of 2007, shortly after graduating from the University of Wyoming, Jennell packed her bags and moved to Hollywood. She knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, so she also started pursuing her “back up plan” at the University of Southern California to obtain her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Balancing the pursuance of two completely different career paths is never an easy task, but she never let her demanding masters program get in the way. In her free time from school she taught herself the guitar, wrote songs, and went to auditions on nights and weekends landing her small roles in films, and commercials. Jennells talented singing/songwriting abilities, along with her catchy music and lyrics caught the attention of producer Patrick Bolton and Will Luke who invited her to join their team as a studio musician and back up vocalist for one of their upcoming artists. Jennell also wrote and recored songs of her own with the team at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. This opportunity led her to several other positions as a backup singer including Atlantic Records recording artist “Hope” and Disney Channel Star, Roshon Fegan. Throughout all of this, Jennell graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from USC, finally giving her the freedom to dedicate more time to pursue her solo career. She began writing and recording her first EP “The Game.”with Producer and Composer Dan Diaz. Once released, Jennell started performing around LA at various venues such as The Roxy, The Parlor and Piano Bar to name a few. She received positive reviews, and had several songs from her first EP picked up by a publishing/licensing company (Crucial Music) for TV and film, with one song placed on the E! Network. She decided it was time to get back to her country roots, so she teamed up with Producer Kyle Grant to write and record her sophomore EP “Urban Cowboy.” It is comprised of fun sassy country tunes with a classic rock twist. She is continuing to perform around Los Angeles while still working as an occupational therapist. Her new EP “Urban Cowboy” is being shopped around to several record labels with hopes of signing with one in the next year. She is currently working on her third album with producer Kyle Grant, with an expected release in summer 2013.




Lauren Silva On The Chris Top Program
Aug 15 2014 102 mins  
The soulful voice of Austin-based R&B, soul and pop singer-songwriter Lauren Silva leads listeners to wonder how someone so young can sing of life so authentically. But with a career that began with singing, dancing, and acting at the age of five and now includes touring nation-wide and writing and producing her own music and videos, she has a lifetime of experience.And still there’s something more behind the perfect pitch tone she passionately belts out. In the midst of a successful childhood career that included dancing, acting, singing and modeling, the tragic death of her best friend and cast mate led her to years of challenges with substance issues and gang influence. Extracting herself by sheer inner strength and her spiritual practices she poured herself into her passion for creating and performing with amazing results. Not content to simply perform and take a bow, Lauren uses her experiences to inspire and mentor youth throughout the country by working with organizations assisting inner city youth, the homeless and human trafficking coalitions.After an initial album with an independent label in her native California at the age of 18, Lauren grew into her own as an R&B, soul and pop artist, most recently expanding into writing and co-writing for herself and other major artists alongside several American and international teams with Sony and Universal. Vocally compared to a mix between pop sensations, Adele, Pink and Alicia Keys, she has been gaining major label, publishing, and music licensing interest with her previous EP, which garnered airplay in Austin, New York and Canada, and recently recorded EP.Lauren has toured nationally performing in venues ranging from sold-out shows at the Cox Arena to renowned Austin venues such as Antone’s, the Saxon Pub and Threadgill’s opening for five-time Grammy-nominated artist Marcia Ball. She has opened for established recording artists such as P.O.D., Kirk Franklin, L.F.O., and has worked with a growing number of well-respected musicians such as Lester Abrams (writer of “Minute By Minute” of Doobie Brothers), Traa (Bass player for P.O.D.) Tomi Aros (Luis Miguel, Santana), Kiko Cibrian (Santana), Carl Evans J.R. (Fattburger, Stevie Wonder) and more.Though her journey began in Southern California, Lauren’s Portuguese heritage led her to Hawaii where, in addition to continuing to write and perform music, she also did missionary work. While there, she collaborated with the Grammy award-winning Carrie Underwood and can be seen singing next to Underwood in the opening scene of the major motion film “Soul Surfer.”In 2012 her original single “Hurt,” was nominated for Best Pop Song in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards where she performed to great reviews. “Hurt” was placed on TV’s Oxygen Network amongst rotating network shows and earned her first radio play in New York, Canada and charting on local radio in Austin, Texas, claiming the number one spot on R&B/Soul station KAZI for over six weeks in a row. Currently her new song, “Shadow,” can also be heard on KAZI and is now claiming the number one spot and has also been nominated for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year for the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.Lauren was also selected from top Austin performers to work with Z Nation – an ABC affiliate – where her single was visually released via a special music video segment currently airing on ABC and CBS stations across the U.S.In 2013 Lauren has been back in the studio in Austin working on a new self produced EP to be released later this year. She is also working with an Los Angeles-based film director, writing for a major films.




Chad Triplett On The Chris Top Program
Aug 15 2014 48 mins  
Chad was born in shadow of The Appalachian Mountains in Western NC. Signed with label 23 Muzik Group in 2013, He asked for his first guitar at the age of 3 and quickly began imitating all the radio hero’s of the day. From Willie & Waylon to The Marshall Tucker Band & Glenn Campbell. Chad’s first song he sang on that ol plastic guitar was “Rhinestone Cowboy” then twenty sum old years rolled by before he picked up a real guitar. This time out of a longing or a calling you might say. Chad learned guitar after going thru a ugly divorce. Often he has said, “it was either buy a dog or a guitar, I figured a guitar was cheaper and easier…i may have been off the mark on that one.” Soon he learned how to put his thoughts and feelings in a song. He then formed “The Ramblin Gypsy Band” and began to play all over the east coast. They have opened for such greats as Jamey Johnson, Jason Michael Carroll, Confederate Railroad and Sunny Ledfurd. Honing there craft and paying there dues in such time honored haunts as The Bowery in Myrtle Beach SC & Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte NC. After years with the Gypsies, They decided to take a break and now Chad has a band of seasoned professionals called "Two Lane Black Top".Working in FM radio over 8 years, has also helped fuel that singer/songwriter itch for Chad. In radio he is known as “Trip” and he has his finger prints in all aspects of the radio business. Everything from sales, production, and as a on air personality! Chad continues to play in his country rock band and he loves fishing and hunting as well as going camping with friends and he is a true southern Nascar nut! His true love is his soul mate Ally and his 3 boys, Treigh, Tyler, & Tanner! His brand new single "Southern Woman Loving" is making waves in the music industry, currently it is in the Iceman's "Top 40 New Country Artist Countdown" and moving up the chart.

Kelsey Coan On The Chris Top Program
Aug 14 2014 44 mins  
KELSEY is a singer / songwriter / actress from New Jersey. She began singing and dancing from a young age. Kelsey would get the attention of anyone around her with her sassy personality and her ability to carry a tune. She started taking dance lessons and became part of a dance team with a performing arts group. From there Kelsey went on to join a local Show Choir and then moved on to a local traveling Show Choir. Kelsey also joined a summer theater program at the Camden County College. This is where her love for the performing arts began to blossom. She performed in several musical productions. These productions included: Kids on Broadway, High School Musical 2, Disney's Spectacular, Disney's Aladdin, Disney Hero's, Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Disney's Villains, and Disney's Mulian. Aftershock Entertainment is Production Company she performed with as well. These shows included: True Villain’s, Clue the Musical as Mrs. White and I ♥ - Unusually Lovable Original Works.At this point Kelsey's love for performing had grown immensely that all she wanted to do was sing. She began to sing country covers by the artists who influenced her such as: Reba Mcentire, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert just to name a few. She then began to perform at local coffee houses where her performances were videoed and placed on YouTube so she could share her experiences with her friends and family. After one post, Kelsey was contacted by a local songwriter, Danny Richardson III, who was interested in working with her. From here she began to record original songs for her collection. Kelsey was then introduced to Baltimore's own “SCOLA” from the Multi-Platinum Group, Dru Hill. Scola also expressed interest as well and began writing and producing original songs for her.Kelsey is continuing to follow her dreams of becoming a singer / songwriter by working hard and putting a lot of time into her sessions to achieve the best she can be. Kelsey has begun an AMAZING journey and is excited to see how far it will take her. Kelsey's first album is now complete and is available for purchase on Reverbnation. For each purchase, fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Nonprofit Organization, Camp Southern Ground.Kelsey recently completed her latest Single that she co-wrote with a known songwriter from Nashville, Chuck Thomas. This song was inspired through her conversations with her grandfather who served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 with the US Army. She has a special place in her heart for All Veterans and her Country. She proudly honors all those who fight for our freedom every day. The song is called, "SOMETHING TO STAND FOR" . This song is dedicated to ALL those in our Military, past and present.NOW Available on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/something-to-stand-for-single/id896082886Kelsey continues to follow her dream one day at a time. She works hard and always puts her heart into everything she does. Stay tuned.....There are exciting things coming in the near future!

Kelsey Coan On The Chris Top Program
Aug 14 2014 2 mins  
KELSEY is a singer / songwriter / actress from New Jersey. She began singing and dancing from a young age. Kelsey would get the attention of anyone around her with her sassy personality and her ability to carry a tune. She started taking dance lessons and became part of a dance team with a performing arts group. From there Kelsey went on to join a local Show Choir and then moved on to a local traveling Show Choir. Kelsey also joined a summer theater program at the Camden County College. This is where her love for the performing arts began to blossom. She performed in several musical productions. These productions included: Kids on Broadway, High School Musical 2, Disney's Spectacular, Disney's Aladdin, Disney Hero's, Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Disney's Villains, and Disney's Mulian. Aftershock Entertainment is Production Company she performed with as well. These shows included: True Villain’s, Clue the Musical as Mrs. White and I ♥ - Unusually Lovable Original Works.At this point Kelsey's love for performing had grown immensely that all she wanted to do was sing. She began to sing country covers by the artists who influenced her such as: Reba Mcentire, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert just to name a few. She then began to perform at local coffee houses where her performances were videoed and placed on YouTube so she could share her experiences with her friends and family. After one post, Kelsey was contacted by a local songwriter, Danny Richardson III, who was interested in working with her. From here she began to record original songs for her collection. Kelsey was then introduced to Baltimore's own “SCOLA” from the Multi-Platinum Group, Dru Hill. Scola also expressed interest as well and began writing and producing original songs for her.Kelsey is continuing to follow her dreams of becoming a singer / songwriter by working hard and putting a lot of time into her sessions to achieve the best she can be. Kelsey has begun an AMAZING journey and is excited to see how far it will take her. Kelsey's first album is now complete and is available for purchase on Reverbnation. For each purchase, fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Nonprofit Organization, Camp Southern Ground.Kelsey recently completed her latest Single that she co-wrote with a known songwriter from Nashville, Chuck Thomas. This song was inspired through her conversations with her grandfather who served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 with the US Army. She has a special place in her heart for All Veterans and her Country. She proudly honors all those who fight for our freedom every day. The song is called, "SOMETHING TO STAND FOR" . This song is dedicated to ALL those in our Military, past and present.NOW Available on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/something-to-stand-for-single/id896082886Kelsey continues to follow her dream one day at a time. She works hard and always puts her heart into everything she does. Stay tuned.....There are exciting things coming in the near future!

Melanie Meriney On The Chris Top Program
Aug 09 2014 82 mins  
Belmont University graduate Melanie Meriney is destined to change the way the world perceives female country singers and she knows it. Exceptionally driven and talented, Melanie has already written, fundraised, and recorded her debut country-pop 6-song EP: "All the Good Songs" with Grammy-award winning producer Mike Puwal and Phil Ricciardi as well as an entourage of well-seasoned, talented musicians who have worked with the likes ofCarrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Phil Vassar, and Faith Hill.Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Melanie grew up playing ice hockey, reading novels, and writing songs. Although always Nashville-bound, it wasn’t until her junior year of high school that she decided to apply to Belmont University as a Songwriting major.After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a successful country artist. With influences like Stevie Nicks and Miranda Lambert, Melanie’s music is country with a taste of pop, a hint of rock, and a whole lot of honesty. At just 23, Melanie is wise beyond her years when it comes to writing her music. Her honest, emotionally gripping lyrics have captured the hearts of her listeners.“My writing is a mixture of personal experience and stories I hear. I try to be as true as possible to my own life while still writing something relatable to a greater audience,” Melanie says.Since she has been living in Nashville, she has teamed up with both new and experienced writers, co-writing and playing out constantly. In the Fall of 2011, after successfully raising funds for her Kickstarter project, she recorded “All the Good Songs,” her debut EP.She co-wrote the title track and lead single, “All the Good Songs” with her best friend and roommate Stephanie Carvalho.In the Spring of 2012, Melanie was invited to play a live set on the Billy Block Show, after she had been featured for 4 consecutive weeks with both showcased tracks off her EP and live interviews/performances on WSIX’s Locals Only radio show. The reception to her music was so great that he invited her to play live the following month, opening for Rick Vito of Fleetwood Mac. In the Fall of 2013, Melanie was nominated for a Nashville Independent Music Award (NIMA) for Best Female Country Artist.Melanie continues to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer and songwriter. With her passion, talent, and loveable personality, she is sure to be one of country music’s darlings in no time.


Mikayla On The Chris Top Program
Jul 24 2014 76 mins  
Mikayla is a V2D Records Recording Artist; Radio and TV personality. Mikayla is a prolific singer/songwriter with the ability to write in a variety of styles, from having the edgy garage band sound of the Kinks, DC 5, or The Rolling Stones; the soulfulness of an Amy Winehouse, or the energy of a Katy Perry. A Mikayla Show is an experience of Sound, Sight and Sensuality.Some live to sing, while others are born to sing; such is the case with Mikayla. By age 7, Mikayla had already made her first recording and traveled extensively with her parents singing in auditoriums across the country. Mikayla states that some of the best advice given by her parents was that if she really wanted to make it in the music business she needed to write her own music. She listened, and today she is fast becoming a rising star as both a songwriter and entertainer.Mikayla’s big break came when she spent two years working with Producer Terry King, who arranged more than forty of her original songs. Together, they “tested the waters” by releasing a demo, it was picked up by dozens of Indie radio stations and her music video became a hit in England; more than 10,000 fans jumped on the band wagon and asked for more. This ultimately led to a recording contract with V2D Records. “Mikayla can write songs in any genre; she is not only beautiful, she is a talent to be reckoned with; her stage show is contagious, and her voice phenomenal” says V2D Records CEO, Terry King.“My goal is to write songs for the future…songs that will stand the test of time…the type of songs that will immediately take you back to that ‘feel good’ emotion you had when you first heard it…and you will want to listen to it over and over,” says Mikayla.As Mikayla continues to earn a frenzied fan-base, V2D Records is releasing a new single and subsequent video, every 30 to 45 days. Unlike most record labels, V2D concentrates on releasing hit singles, rather than albums, their motto is: INNOVATE, DON’T EMULATEMikayla’s music is being heard in more than 70 countries around the world…she is a guest on some of the biggest talk shows on the planet. Mikayla has been asked by Richard Sirgiovanni, creator of “The Grimps”, to be a contributing songwriter for the soon to be major motion picture and TV show. She is also being considered for a co-starring part in a new major network TV series…her career is “on fire!” Be looking for the Mikayla Show when it comes to your city.


Jeannine Barry On The Chris Top Program
Jul 23 2014 80 mins  
Jeannine Barry has released her debut EP “Give Me Something” on the 31st October which was eagerly anticipated by her fans. She has a unique sound with honest lyrics that mix Country and Pop which appeals to a wide variety of music lovers. Despite having her own sound she has been flattered to have been compared to greats such as: Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, LeAnne Rimes and Emmylou Harris.Her passion for music has taken Jeannine a journey to many places - one of them was Berlin, where she met her vocal coach David Lee Brewer, who has taught amazing artists such as Beyoncé Knowles, H-Town, Letoya Lukett and many more.During her development she performed regularly and recorded a demo for Sony BMG Munich. She started writing her own material and worked with several producers such as Rares Cara (Sido), Loomis Green (Jan Delay). A personal highlight during that time was performing her own version of “Amazing Grace” with the Philharmonic Orchestra in the Berlin Philharmonic in front of an audience of 2000.Jeannine finds that inspiring others with her music is in turn her inspiration for writing. “Singing has always been a great passion of mine, I knew from a young age that I just had to do it. I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories with my music and especially inspire and give people some sort of comfort through my music. A writing inspiration for me is to reach people with positive messages as there are so many people, especially young girls, who need some guidance in this crazy world. I want to inspire people to make the best of their lives. When I sing, write, perform I feel right. It feels like I am doing what I was meant to be doing and I am willing to put my all into it.”Jeannine has performed numerous shows of late to an ever-increasing fan base, such as at The Garage, Camden Rock, Jamm in Brixton, Proud Camden, at the Johnny Cash Tribute concert at The Boogaloo but a few. She also recently arranged her own bill and performed as the headliner at her Philippines fund-raiser at a very busy House of Wolf on Upper Street, which raised £550.“Jeannine Barry puts the 'live' in live entertainment. She offers an invigorating, refreshing approach to country music that's been a long time coming. A truly believable delivery of a unique set list, topped by stunning looks, engages her audience until the last note has been sung!”Jeannine has played at some notable venues such as Bush Hall at the Grand Union Songwriter’s night alongside Raintown, Gary Quinn and Hannah Jane Lewis and Fort San Antone in Preston, Europe’s biggest Country Music venue, which were a resounding success. Support slots for Mark Morris and Ben Taylor have proven to be very successful for her and she headlined her own show at the Garage on 30th May 2014 as well as supported Nashville duo Jill & Kate at the Borderline in London on June 4th.Having completed a residency at the O2’s pop up stage as the likes of Monty Python and Robbie Williams graced the main arena and is now setting time aside to work on new material to start recording her first album.‘Give Me Something tells a story, you can hear the passion in Jeannine’s voice as her emotional lyrics pull at your heart strings. This London based singer/songwriter has a beautiful voice that sends you off into a trance of relaxation.’ FATEA; Gemma Hirst.





Ashlee K Thomas On The Chris Top Program
Jul 10 2014 51 mins  
Earthfolk yoga songstress Ashlee K Thomas was raised at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Sandy, Utah. Growing up in the magic of nature had a profound effect on Ashlee, and its influence is ever present in her songwriting. She has spent years traveling the world, exploring, practicing yoga, and sharing her music wherever she goes, from Panama, Peru, and Mexico to India, Kauai, and throughout the United States, finding her audience and sharing Earthfolk music and Fireflow yoga with everyone she meets. Of her purpose, Ashlee says, “I want my music to stir up thoughts and emotions, the way yoga does for the body. I want to connect to the people who love this earth.”Ashlee K Thomas’s introduction to music began at the age of four, when she began studying violin in the Suzuki method. Though twelve years of violin gave Ashlee many fantastic opportunities, such as playing with the Utah Symphony, Igor and Vesna Grupman, and Joseph Silverstein, and receiving a music scholarship to college, picking up the guitar and singing is when Ashlee truly found her musical voice. A lyricist by nature, Ashlee K Thomas’s words are refreshingly honest and to the core. She quickly developed her own musical style of beautiful melodies intertwined with daunting key changes. This sound, combined with her writing and natural gift of pitch, evolved into the unique genre that can only be called Earthfolk.The release of Ashlee’s first album Peace is in the Trees in 2006 was accompanied by a tour of the Western United States, from which Ashlee donated ten percent of her record sales to the United Leukodystrophy Foundation to help find a cure for the disease that took her brother’s life. Two EPs have followed, Aedis in 2008 and Ashlee K Thomas in 2011, while Ashlee has moved to Nashville in pursuit of her craft and purpose – a path which has also led her to yoga. “Yoga practice is the parallel path that runs alongside the path of life,” says Ashlee. “It is about finding your satya, your truth. It is about finding the love of oneself, and therefore finding more love and compassion for others. It is about letting go and accepting the natural flow of your authentic path.”It is no surprise to those who have practiced with her that her teachers recognized Ashlee as a teacher herself, which led to her own style of vinyasa fusion, Fireflow. But for Ashlee there is no separation between sharing music and sharing yoga. “Yoga is slow medicine, and Music is its perfect compliment. When people practice yoga, their bodies and minds begin to open. That opening causes a lot of different sensations, including bliss, fear, love, energy, vulnerability, and even some pain. If I can guide them towards an opening, physically and emotionally, and then put honest words and songs into that place, it can assist in their transitions. It's like if they hear someone being that open and honest verbally after they have been that opened physically and mentally, it allows them to feel safe and okay with all that they are feeling.” It is Ashlee’s devotion to blending music and yoga that has led her to find a way to share both Earthfolk and Fireflow on the road and around the world.A determined, passionate artist, Ashlee K Thomas is dedicated to her beautiful path: to move the masses with music and yoga, and help as many people as possible along the way.

Alyssa Jacey On The Chris Top Program
Jul 10 2014 56 mins  
Alyssa's career started by complete accident after she moved to LA in 2004 to pursue her life long passion as a hip-hop dancer/choreographer. Friends heard her singing to herself, forced her to try karaoke one night, and the rest is history. One year later, having never professionally sang or recorded, she released her first two albums, “The Alyssa Jacey” EP and “Closed eyes… …open Heart” LP. After submitting to the San Diego County Fair in 2005, she was hired to perform multiple shows there that summer and all around town. Later that year she picked up a guitar and spent hours a day teaching herself so that by only after three short weeks was able to perform 30-minute sets, accompanying herself. The following year, “The Soul” EP was released after being flown to Miami to record it. This was the first album Alyssa played acoustic guitar on, as well as debuting her percussion, egg shaking skills, which would later turn in to an unexpected path as a drummer!“Turning Points” EP was released in 2009 (basically taking songs from “The Soul,” re-recording them and added a couple new tracks). By this time Alyssa had already performed over 200 shows both acoustically and with a full band, toured, had multiple TV and Radio interviews and performances, tons of press and she began playing drums at live shows. Jacey released what she calls her “first real CD,” titled, “Here’s To Change,” in January of 2010. “It’s the first time I had sent it off for duplication, had it properly designed, packaged, got the bar code, the whole 9.” This was also the first time she had released a 10-song, full length album, which you can hear on Alyssa Jacey Radio (Pandora.com) where she played acoustic guitar on almost every song. This one features her hit single, “Fall Out of Love,” which has continued to get radio airplay since it’s release. Watch her professional music video on her Youtube channel.Now 10 years later, Alyssa has performed over 1,100 self-booked live shows/tours (click this link to read the latest review on a live concert she performs every Tuesday night online,) sung the National Anthem for the Padres, Lingerie Football League (and others), a multi-instrumentalist, and played shows with Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Bruno Mars, Meiko, Serena Ryder, Angel Taylor, Ryan Star, Joan Osborne, Sophie B. Hawkins, PEPPER, Bob Marley’s The Wailers, Keith Anderson, Andy Grammer. It is approaching 2.5 years ago, when Alyssa took a major step and moved from everything she knew from being born and raised in San Diego (Family, friends, where she billy block showgraduated college, favorite venues) and moved to Nashville, TN. In that short amount of time, Alyssa has already accomplished the following: Released four singles and soon to be her second full-length album, written roughly 50 new songs, played over 350 live shows, performed/interviewed live on both tv and radio, had meetings with record labels, publishing companies, signed three non-exclusive deals with three different licensing companies, had management interest and the list keeps growing. From day one, Alyssa has done everything herself: Management (both individually and for her band when she has one), production, releasing of albums, marketing, promotion. “Alyssa Jacey is single-handedly THE most self-motivated person I’ve ever met,” says Ray Gmeiner of Virgin/Capitol Records, and you don’t have to know her to agree; It’s all over the Internet and in any press you’ve ever read. This kid is one heck of an ambitious, stop at nothing, goal-reaching go-getter, and that’s putting it lightly. It’s only a matter of time before something major breaks for this artist!




Kirstie Lane On The Chris Top Program
Jun 26 2014 71 mins  
Hi.. I'm Kirstie :) First let me say, if you are here and you are reading this.. THANK YOU! Music is my life, and it means more than anything that I get to share it with you.I am a songwriter first. It doesn't matter what I am doing throughout the day I am usually writing lyrics and storing them in the back of my mind. I wrote my first song when I was 6 years old about my guinea pig. "Coca cola ooh.. you're so pretty bum bum bum.. Coca cola little ity bity bum bum bum".. That's all I can remember, but I was SURE Shania Twain would cut it. Of course, when she didn't, I was devestated. However, as I got older I kept pushing on and writing songs.I grew up playing piano and a little bit of classical guitar. When I entered high school, I started pushing towards the goal of becoming the next Jimi Hendrix rock legend lead guitarist. (That didn't happen either), but I did learn a lot of neat guitar tricks. I had never thought of myself as a "singer", always a guitarist, pianist or even a drummer (very short lived), but I still remember my guitar teacher saying "all girls can sing". From then on, I was hooked.I am pretty much obsessed with Sheryl Crow. I just thought I'd throw that out there.Music has taken me all over Nashville and even to the West Coast where I toured with Montanna Soul. One of my favorite shows, however, took place just outside of music city. It was there that I got to share the stage with one of my idols: Melanie (Brand New Key: AKA the rollarskate song). Not only is she a really great artist, but she is a wonderful person as well.If I am not singing, writing or doing something musical, you will find me either rollarblading, cleaning something (bc I am slight OCD) or watching some kind of animal documentary. :)

Vanessa Carter On The Chris Top Program
Jun 26 2014 47 mins  
Vanessa Marie Carter was born in White Rock, British Columbia and moved to Oakville, Ontario at the age of two. Most of her life has been dedicated to her love of the performing arts. She began dancing at the age of three and danced competitively until she was finished High School. At a young age, her love of dance and live performance led her into the world of Musical Theatre and soon after she began focusing most of her time on singing. She had a dedicated professional vocal coach and naturally fell into the country genre.By the age of twelve, Vanessa was a veteran of musical theatre, having already had the lead role in several local theatre productions. As a teen, she co- wrote and performed several songs with her best friend and sang wherever she could, including as a soloist at many company parties, weddings and other corporate functions. Her love for performing in front of an audience was developing rapidly. “I have a huge extended family…many of my cousins and uncles are incredibly talented folk and rock musicians and I grew up listening to them sing Johnny Cash, Neil Young and Pink Floyd around a camp fire. They have really inspired me to build a future in the music business…that’s a goal I’ve have had for as long as I can remember.”In early 2011, Vanessa began working with a Canadian Indie record label and recorded four country songs out of Nashville, Tennessee, all of which are available today on iTunes. During the summer of 2011, Vanessa performed at a number of high profile events in the Toronto area, notably the Beaches International Jazz Festival and the Fairbanks Village Summerfest. It was at events like this where Vanessa developed her on-stage skills, as well as an insatiable appetite for live performance. In the fall of 2011, Vanessa was signed to a recording contract in Toronto and worked with a record label for 6 months, further developing her artistry. While working with such talented industry professionals, Vanessa’s appreciation for quality country music heightened.“I remember liking country music before my friends thought it was ‘cool’. Thanks to crossover artists like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, country music has become a big player on top 40 radio. I am a huge Shania Twain fan for many reasons, but I always loved that she burst on the country music scene and really shook things up…that’s something that I’ll always aspire to do.” A very talented performer who is now equally focused on the craft of song writing, Vanessa continues to perform with her band and further develop her artistry and creative identity. She anticipates that her greatest accomplishment will be to ultimately gain the acceptance of industry professionals in the Country genre.

Madison Shea On The Chris Top Program
Jun 26 2014 43 mins  
I’m the type of girl who likes to run around barefoot and dance in the rain. I live and breathe music and it plays a big role in my life. My songs are my sense of freedom. I can write about anything and no one can change it. They allow me to let go of things that are really bugging me.I play the piano and guitar. I’ve been singing since I could talk, but it wasn’t until I was 11 that I started to write songs. My inspiration for writing music was a result of a poetry project my English teacher assigned. I realized that poetry came naturally to me. Whenever I am frustrated, sad, or excited about school, friends, or boys, I let out my emotions into a song. Sometimes I write the lyrics first and then I play around on the piano or my guitar to add the melody. Other times, I’m playing the piano or guitar and a song flows out based on what I’m feeling.I love a lot of different types of music but my favorite is pop/country. When I am angry or upset, I like listening to slow sad songs that help me think through everything. When I’m excited or happy I enjoy listening to fast or sweet slow songs that encourage my mood. There’s a song for almost every occasion - from being in love to experiencing a heart-break. My current favorite country songs are "Tornado" and "Pontoon" by Little Big Town, "Two Black Cadillacs" by Carrie Underwood, "Watching Airplanes" by Gary Allan, and "Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry. I also like a lot of the good ol’ classics like “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey (we all know that one), “What About Love” by Heart, and “The Night Owls” by Little River Band.My friends are really important to me, and I spend a lot of time hanging out with them. I love reading certain types of books, like fantasy and romance. Some of my favorites are the Twilight saga (I’ve only heard of 1 person that didn’t like them) and Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I have also always been obsessed with fairy tales. I love to watch movies, swim, go shopping, read (certain books ha-ha), text (who doesn’t?), write stories and songs, and of course – Sing!



Lauren Silva On The Chris Top Program
Jun 26 2014 28 mins  
The soulful voice of Austin-based R&B, soul and pop singer-songwriter Lauren Silva leads listeners to wonder how someone so young can sing of life so authentically. But with a career that began with singing, dancing, and acting at the age of five and now includes touring nation-wide and writing and producing her own music and videos, she has a lifetime of experience.And still there’s something more behind the perfect pitch tone she passionately belts out. In the midst of a successful childhood career that included dancing, acting, singing and modeling, the tragic death of her best friend and cast mate led her to years of challenges with substance issues and gang influence. Extracting herself by sheer inner strength and her spiritual practices she poured herself into her passion for creating and performing with amazing results. Not content to simply perform and take a bow, Lauren uses her experiences to inspire and mentor youth throughout the country by working with organizations assisting inner city youth, the homeless and human trafficking coalitions.After an initial album with an independent label in her native California at the age of 18, Lauren grew into her own as an R&B, soul and pop artist, most recently expanding into writing and co-writing for herself and other major artists alongside several American and international teams with Sony and Universal. Vocally compared to a mix between pop sensations, Adele, Pink and Alicia Keys, she has been gaining major label, publishing, and music licensing interest with her previous EP, which garnered airplay in Austin, New York and Canada, and recently recorded EP.Lauren has toured nationally performing in venues ranging from sold-out shows at the Cox Arena to renowned Austin venues such as Antone’s, the Saxon Pub and Threadgill’s opening for five-time Grammy-nominated artist Marcia Ball. She has opened for established recording artists such as P.O.D., Kirk Franklin, L.F.O., and has worked with a growing number of well-respected musicians such as Lester Abrams (writer of “Minute By Minute” of Doobie Brothers), Traa (Bass player for P.O.D.) Tomi Aros (Luis Miguel, Santana), Kiko Cibrian (Santana), Carl Evans J.R. (Fattburger, Stevie Wonder) and more.Though her journey began in Southern California, Lauren’s Portuguese heritage led her to Hawaii where, in addition to continuing to write and perform music, she also did missionary work. While there, she collaborated with the Grammy award-winning Carrie Underwood and can be seen singing next to Underwood in the opening scene of the major motion film “Soul Surfer.”In 2012 her original single “Hurt,” was nominated for Best Pop Song in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards where she performed to great reviews. “Hurt” was placed on TV’s Oxygen Network amongst rotating network shows and earned her first radio play in New York, Canada and charting on local radio in Austin, Texas, claiming the number one spot on R&B/Soul station KAZI for over six weeks in a row. Currently her new song, “Shadow,” can also be heard on KAZI and is now claiming the number one spot and has also been nominated for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year for the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.Lauren was also selected from top Austin performers to work with Z Nation – an ABC affiliate – where her single was visually released via a special music video segment currently airing on ABC and CBS stations across the U.S.In 2013 Lauren has been back in the studio in Austin working on a new self produced EP to be released later this year. She is also working with an Los Angeles-based film director, writing for a major films.




Mindy Miller On The Chris Top Program
Jun 19 2014 47 mins  
Country artist, Mindy Miller, grew up in the small town of Kismet, KS, and began singing at her church at the tender age of five. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she also performed at functions for the Liberal, KS International Pancake Days and local Lion's Club. Along with singing in the school choirs and show choirs, she performed in all the musicals in high school and college. She began singing competitively at age fifteen, appearing in state-wide televised telethons and hosting pageants. Mindy also received the honor of opening for Diamond Rio, Ty Herndon, Tracy Lawrence, David Kersh, Terri Clark, and John Berry at her local state fairs. Along with developing her singing, Mindy learned to play the piano and began writing music. She graduated from Liberal High School in 1995. Then, furthered her education with an Associate’s Degree at Hutchinson Community College and graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor’s Degree, all the while continuing her singing career throughout her studies.During college, Mindy began touring around central Kansas with a band and eventually made it to Nashville to record her first demo album in 1999, with current producer, Curt Ryle. At 22, she signed with an independent country music label and went on to be nominated for the American Horizon Award and Best Female Singer of the Year at the 1999 Independent CMA Germany Awards. She was also featured in the May 1999 edition of “Country Music People” magazine. In 2000, Mindy recorded her second album entitled “Perfectly” again with Ryle. When her mother fell ill to cancer in 2000, Mindy wasn’t able to continue to fulfill her obligations with the label. Her record deal was dissolved.Mindy took a break from music to focus on her personal life and to deal with the death of her mother in 2003. However, in 2010, she was presented with an opportunity to record a demo album in Nashville, again with producer, Ryle. Mindy was signed with Tate Music Group in 2012 and debuted her first album. In 2014, she signed with Margdon Records, Nashville, and will soon release her 2nd full length album, “Let it Burn.”Mindy currently resides in Minnesota and continues to serve as a member of the worship team at her church.


The Mike Ure Band Interview
Jun 19 2014 32 mins  
The Mike Ure Band, consisting of four young, talented musicians, is one of the hottest country acts in the Windsor Essex-County region today. Playing at such big events such as the Rock N’ Horse Fest, the LaSalle Strawberry Festival, the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival and many more, they’ve quickly expanded their fan base and left their mark on the Windsor Region.Lead singer, Michael Ure, was born and raised in a country environment in his Harrow, Ontario home and grew up only to find a passion for playing guitar and writing his own music. Starting off playing small town gigs in bars and restaurants, Ure thirsted to expand his horizons and promote his talent to a wider audience In the winter of 2012, he beat out hundreds of other competing artists and was invited to open for YouTube renowned artist, Tyler Ward, at the Sound Academy in Toronto.Mike quickly reached out to his old musical friends, Alex Seguin, Dean Mailloux and Aidan Johnson-Bujold, and asked them to accompany him on stage and the band played their first ever show together in front of thousands of fans in a sold out venue. From there, the band took off into the summer of 2013 and brought their smooth, energetic and crowd pleasing performances to many popular venues such as Cosmos at Caesars Windsor, Windsor River Cruises, The International Shores of Erie Wine Festival, The Bull N' Barrel, and The Harrow Fair.With Mike on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Aidan on lead guitar, Alex on bass guitar, and Dean on drums, these best friends have no problem showing off their country roots to the Windsor and Essex County music scene.

Katie Belle Akin interview
Jun 19 2014 37 mins  
KatieBelle Akin is a Teen Singer/Songwriter from Atlanta. Her music style is best described as Nashville Country. Katie writes her “country flavored” music with a pop and modern Country sound. Several of her originals have placed as semi-finalist and finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and USA Songwriting Competitions. Her official youtube cover song “Counting Stars” has charted #3 on the worldwide charts of Beat100 and won the prestigious Akademia Music Video Award. Check out Katie's youtube channel to see the energy and originality Katie puts into her music and don't miss watching her “Get to know Katie Belle Akin “ video.**Katie's community service includes multiple performances for Relay for Life and CURE networks and her personal platform is bringing awareness and strategies to her audiences about “standing strong against bullying. One of Katie’s original songs, “Who I Am” is used in the marketing materials by Rachel’s Challenge Anti-Bully organization. Katie is a featured artist on Teen Nation Anti-Bully Tour; she toured for 6 weeks in 2013 performing in Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas and is slated for an additional 12 weeks in 2014. 2014 tour stops will include Texas, Michigan, Ohio , Ky.,N. and S. Carolina, Tn and Ga.** Katie is also a featured artist for ‘MaddTalent Blitz Tours’ and ‘Teens Turned Up’, which perform throughout the Southeast.**Songwriting is Katie’s favorite creative outlet along with modeling and acting locally in Atlanta, Georgia. Katie will tell you that being in entertainment is a multi-tasking journey and she feels that modeling, acting, live performances and songwriting work hand in hand together to both challenge and mature her talents. Recently Katie has added journalism to her list as she was invited to join the teen writer’s staff of Tween Girl Style Magazine. She has had the opportunity to interview several up and coming Teen Hollywood Artists including Ada Singer who plays in Grown Ups 2 and Athena Baumeister starring in Monsters and Me.** Katie’s management team is Double Infinity Entertainment headed up by Christy DiNapoli, Nashville, Tennesee. She has just released her second EP titled “Next Thing In Tennesee”. Katie co-wrote all 5 songs on the EP with Kipp Williams, who also co-produced the recordings along with Joshua Silverberg at redredstudios and Columbia CMG in Nashville. Contact Double Infinity at 615-948-0022 for booking information.** Last but not least is Katie's love for her family ,friends and fans who continually support her. She may inspire others with her music but its her fans who inspire her.Please come join Katie on all her social media pages. One of her favorite past times is chatting with her fans, listening to bullying issues some of them face and making everyone feel a part of "the family" of Katie Belle Akin music. Katie's inspiration for her music comes from everyday life and her fans play a big part!

AJ Jansen Interview
Jun 19 2014 31 mins  
It was at the tender age of six that marked the inception of a true, budding musical artist. That was when AJ Jansen commenced singing and song writing. Since then,having said that, her extensive list of credentials has also surpassed and skyrocketed into a whole new realm in itself. At twenty-one, she was singing to crowds of nearly a thousand and felt most privileged to accept an invitation to sing the National Anthem at The Mohegan Sun Arena Football Game in Uncasville, CT to a group of 4,000 people. It was atthat moment that she knew that music was her passion, in her soul, a part of who she was, and she wanted to share that with others. She adores playing live for the public.Her special appearances have been at locales such as The Newport Blues Café, various benefits, and other well-known country establishments in the area.To recap the last few years, she won Best Female Modern Country Vocalist from the Connecticut Country Music Association (CCMA) back in 2005. Also, in that year, she won Best Recording for her original single, “Moments” which is featured on the CCMA compilation CD. 2006 was also another prodigious year. The Wolf Den at The Mohegan Sun asked her back for five consecutive monthly shows!! It was a dream come true for her to be performing on the very same stage she had seen so many legendary country and rock performers. AJ also attended the national championships for the North American Country Music Association (NACMAI) in Nashville, TN. At the NACMAI Nationals, she won the NACMAI Horizon Female Vocalist of the Year for 2006. That year also marked the year of her much anticipated debut CD, entitled, “This Night Belongs To Me.” The album was released just in time for the summer fair season. The Big E, New England’s biggest Country Fair asked her to play six, successive shows where she was able to catch up with old fans, and meet and greet the new ones. Then, in 2007, AJ toured Border's Bookstores, where there was a great turnout of listeners who were eager for more. She happily obliged the patrons' requests for encores. 2008 proved to be a productive and awesome year. AJ was featured on Japanese television on a segment called, "The New York Songwriter's Circle.” Also, in 2008, a handful of New York Clubs booked her, including the infamous, "The Bitter End." as well as in Nashville from Soundcheck to LimelightAJ followed up her debut album with the release of her sophomore effort “Dirty Country” then followed by her third album "Bars, Scars and Old Guitars" She is now in the studio finishing her fourth album entitled "A Country Girl Can Survive" AJ also opened for Phil Vasser, and played regularly at the Mohegan Sun. Along with apearances on the Billy Block Show and Gary Garver's show she is in high demand for her talents. AJ is now in New England and Nashville where she performs all over to Country Music fans and her zeal for singing and song writing is evident in the lyrics, and the melodies that come straight from her heart.
















Krista Earle Interview
May 30 2014 66 mins  
Krista Earle, Country pop/rock singer and songwriter is hitting the International Music Scene. Her first single "Bad Hair Day" was released to Canadian National Radio followed by her single "Man Up" receiving heavy radio rotation. Krista Earle has a very original sound, a powerhouse of a voice with a sweet tone. Her music, a unique blend of catchy country/pop/rock melodies. Krista already has a strong fan base of tweens, teens and adults that follow her to her live performances across Canada.Born in Toronto, Ontario, Krista has had a great passion for singing and performing from an early age. Krista comes from a family whose talents were singing and playing numerous instruments. Krista has a solid track record in performance. She was contracted at the very early age of 14 to perform as a main stage Disney Performer for stage shows across Ontario which she continues to do, along with Bridal modelling for a Major Bridal Magazine.Krista has worked with Producer Steve Ashley of Heritage Studios, Burlington, Ontario, Shannon Gunn Professor and Masters of Composition at Humber College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada's top vocal coach and producer Elaine Overholt, of Big Voice Studios, Toronto, Ontario and is presently working with Juno award winning producer, composer, and music director Glenn Morley in Toronto, Ontario, also collaborating with hit Canadian and Nashville based songwriters.A numerous 1st place winner in the Music Festival Vocal Competitions and shows, featured in several International Music Magazines and having done dozens of Radio Interviews. Krista was a finalist in the International Songwriters Competition, and the recipient of the prestigious Government of Ontario Arts Award. She also had the privilege to and continues to perform at the CCMA's Country Music Week, NSAI Tin Pan North, and Music Week in Toronto. She is a standing member of Country Music Association of Ontario, and Canada, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Songwriters Association of Canada, and Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada.Krista was represented at MIDEM 2013, the International Music Festival in Cannes, France. She also was nominated in three categories at the of the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards for Female Artist, Single and Songwriter of the Year for her single "You Can Count On Me" 2013, and is in the lst round nominations for Female Artist, Single and Songwriter of the Year 2014 for her single "I'm Done". Also, being offered a singing roll in the movie about Winston Churchill to be filmed this summer in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Krista's music story has also been shared in Nashville based award winning author Joyce Knudson's book titled "Music Throughout the Ages", where she can inspire other artists to persevere and follow their dreams. Also an advocate for numerous charities, Krista works with the Sicks Kids' Make A Wish Foundation. Also, just back from a recent trip to Nashville for songwriting and performing showcases, she was honoured to be asked to be a part of Women Rock for Charity Event, where she took women from all over the country, helped them form a Rock band, from writing, rehearsing, and performing a song, which was featured on Nashville Television. Krista has just released her third new single I'm Done" to Canadian National Radio, already receiving heavy radio rotation in both Europe, Australia,and the US. The official music video has just been released to CMT Canada.Krista's dedication and passion is evident in both her writing and performance."Her experience as a performer is evident when listening to Krista sing and watching her perform. Watch out for Krista Earle! She is a force to be reckoned with a brand-spankin'-new powerhouse voice that'll caress your heart and lyrics that will turn your head around. I LOVE working with this girl!""Elaine Overholt"

Morgan Riley Talks About Her New Single
May 30 2014 69 mins  
With an engrossing passion for music – regardless of genre – it’s clear that SkyTone Entertainment artist Morgan Riley offers something new to country listeners. Her soon-to-be-released album Collage is just that – a melting pot of genres with an ever-so-slight country dominance. While the road to engorthis release hasn’t always been smooth, Riley has handled each curve with hope and exuberance – all the while finding her sound and writing to connect with her fans. “I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason – everything that’s happened throughout my life has led to my relationship with SkyTone and the release of this album. I couldn’t be happier.”A Maryland native, Riley knew she was destined to be a singer from the start.“One day when I was younger, I started singing a Mariah Carey song. My brother heard, grabbed my parents and said, ‘you’ve got to hear this!’” Impressed by their daughter’s obvious talents, Riley’s parents quickly became her greatest supporters in her pursuit of a career in music. At five, Riley began performing at weddings and anniversary parties, and by 15, she was recording at a local studio. Confident in years of practice and experience gained in live and studio performance, she made the move to New York City at 18. In New York City, Riley found herself regularly performing with a pop-R&B group and recording at the city’s legendary Hit Factory Studio. In a struggle to find her true sound, she moved back south to Greenville, South Carolina and began to perfect her country edge.“I’m generally undeterred by any type of hardship or roadblock. My dad has been a huge inspiration when it comes to this. He won’t let me give up.” Her dad’s advice paid off. Auditioning for the Pride of Carolinas, she beat out 4,300 people and received single placement on the competition’s compilation album by Koch New York, featuring the best artists in North and South Carolina. Shortly after, she began working with producer Chris Clay (TLC) on her album Affinity. “Chris has always been such an incredible supporter of me and what I do and, of course, is an incredible talent. I so enjoyed working with him on Affinity. The album really represented where I was at the time. Still, I felt I had a bit more country in me that needed to come out.” Affinity landed in the lap of veteran producer and engineer Frank Green, whose track record includes multiple number one hits and just as many gold and platinum albums. Riley met with Green, performed a few of her originals and was quickly signed to his label, SkyTone Entertainment. “My whole life I’ve dreamed of being signed to a label by someone that believes in me and all I do. I’ve certainly found that in SkyTone and Frank.” The deal was made sweeter yet when Riley and Green began writing together for Collage – a writing relationship whose chemistry she describes as “off the chart”. Drawing inspiration from her top musical influences – everyone from Carrie Underwood to Alanis Morrisette, Evanescence to Jewel – has given her unparalleled flexibility when it comes to writing. “I find I can write any kind of genre. I’ve also taken bits and pieces from different genres and pulled them into my writing. Collage is very much a product of that.” The first single off the album is set to be “Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys.” Co-written by Riley and Green, the single is an excellent representation of their captivating style. Besides hitting the radio, a music video is also in the works for “Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys.” The video features cameos by some of country’s biggest stars.Until the single, music video and album’s release – set for June 1 – Riley continues to write and perform on her tour.“I’m really blessed to be where I’m at in life. I have no doubt given the team I’ve surrounded myself with that this release...

Pete Kennedy Interview
May 30 2014 67 mins  
As an Irish-born heartthrob with a vibrant attitude that reflects American country rock, Pete Kennedy has been compared to such legends as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Neil Diamond, bringing a fresh new voice, prestigious musicianship, and an Irish accent that will make the ladies weak in the knees. His Irish ballads are the perfect compliment to American country music, quickly turning him into an international sensation in the making and a shoo-in for the CMAs. With no question, Pete’s music will make you press the “repeat” button, with hits like “I Am the One,” “Yellow,” and “Love You Anyway,” that have received recognition both here in the states and CMA to overseas in the UK. His easygoing vocals, musicality, and lyrics have created depth and sincerity to subjects that we all can sympathize with; dealing with our own battles that life throws at us to relationships. Isn’t that what successful country records are all about?Raised along the Irish countryside with a family of five brothers, Pete Kennedy has shared a range of lasting memories, but has seen hardship at an early age when Pete’s father died saving his family from a fire that erupted from his family’s locally owned bar. Since then, Pete has forever understood the love and dedication it takes to support a family while gaining his strength through music. With influences like the Eagles and Don Henley, he used music as a gateway from heartache and performed music in his younger years to support his wife and two daughters; from bands to a profitable solo career. Increasing his confidence, he played in pubs all across the UK and even Germany and experimented on new sounds that fit into his voice the best. He even began flourishing careers in modeling, acting, and theatre.By 2010, he created KEMC Records with his cousin to create demo EPs to send out to places as far as the states and into the hands of Lee Williams at CMR Nashville. Williams offered Pete to bring his Irish charm to Nashville and perform at Cadillac Ranch for the International Artist Showcase before the 2011 CMA Awards. The single, “Yellow,” reached 25 on the International Hot-disc Chart and top 10 for the British/Irish Independent Hot-disc charts in late 2011. As a fearless songwriter, Pete Kennedy has since been interviewed and featured on Inside Music Row TV and Nashville Broadcasting Network’s Video Jukebox. Making a name for himself, he has been featured on the “Hollywood Meets Nashville Grammy Viewing Party and Benefit Gala,” “Viva! NashVegas Radio Show,” NBC 4 “More At Midday,” and named an official CMA featured artist on the Chevrolet stage during the 2013 CMA Festival. Kennedy also signed with the America's fastest-growing performing rights organization, SESAC. Pete has written with former American Idol contestant Ayla Brown, Corey Wagar, songstress Jessica Ridley as well as successful songwriters Beau Fuller (Jimmie Van Zant), Lynn Wilbanks, Cece DuBois, Jan Buckingham (Lee Greenwood, Whitney Houston), Bob McGilpin and Jo-Leah Wallace Tilbury. From recording, modeling, interviewing, and greeting new fans, the Ireland native has been on an incredible journey.Life has become a dream-come-true as his speed of success in the UK has been unstoppable. Pete has performed two major UK tours with pop icon Neil Sedaka and the Stylistics, receiving musical praise from Sedaka himself. Grammy Award Winning Mavericks band member Robert Reynolds said, "When I saw and heard Pete for the first time I saw an incredibly talented guy who is fearless in his song-writing.” Generating nominations for his single “I Am the One” at the BCM Awards and winning the coveted Album of the Year for “The Nashville Sessions: Volume 1” in 2012, he continues to receive recognition for his musicianship, and recently, was nominated for the BCM Male Vocalist of the Year award for 2013. With melodies and stories that you can tell come from the heart, Pete Kennedy will leave his expanding fan base smiling for...






Jordan Allena Interview
May 16 2014 67 mins  
Jordan Allena was born in Memphis, TN and realized her identity as a singer/songwriter and dancer at the young age of three. She and Mr. Microphone would perform from atop a fishing boat to the drivers of cars passing by during rush hour. Jordan was definitely born a mixed personality as is expressed through her authentic quirky style and love of all music. “I love country, but I also love to perform rock and roll and dance hip-hop. I’m a huge fan of all music genres and try to incorporate this into my shows.” Jordan moved with her family from Memphis to the entertainment mecca of Las Vegas during her elementary school years. While there, she was introduced to the mature and extremely fast-paced performance world of Vegas and began reinforcing her desire to be on stage through technical training. At the age of seven, Jordan Allena was performing at major strip venues, with many opportunities continuing through today. With the blended style of these two fabulous music meccas being the building blocks of her resume, Jordan Allena headed to Los Angeles to continue to train, stretch her wings, and further develop her persona. She has performed with some of today's hottest acts: Colt Ford, Parmalee, Chris Cagle, Keith Anderson & Josh Thompson - to name a few. Jordan has also been invited to perform for the ACM Awards Experience two years in a row, has just finished her first self-titled EP and is currently working on her second. She has had the opportunity to write with EMMY award-winning and CMA Song Of The Year awarded writers and has had song cuts herself. Today, she flys between Nashville, Los Angeles and Las Vegas performing in her unique style that she calls - Country with an Edge - or as Jason Aldean sings: “Hollywood with a Touch of Twang.” Crossing genre boundaries and fusing styles is what Jordan Allena does best. The sky is the limit for this next bright bold star!

Stephanie Grace Interview
May 16 2014 68 mins  
A vibrant force on the scene, Stephanie Grace is ready to stake her claim in country music with electrifying vocals,genuinely sweet songs, and an exuberantly fresh personality that is mixed with a dose of attitude, charisma and charm.With her roots laid down in Douglassville, Pennsylvania, a small town near Reading and not far from Philadelphia,Stephanie has always been around country music.“Country was literally all I listened to,” remembers Stephanie. “My parents listened to country radio all the time andmy mom used to play Lorrie Morgan in the car on the way to school, and I'd sing along.”Stephanie has always had a passion for singing, even though shyness kept her from singing on stage.“When I was two, I picked up an egg beater and sang into it like it was a microphone,” recalls Stephanie. “When wewould sit in a circle singing songs in kindergarten, I always sang the loudest, but the thought of ever singing in front ofpeople terrified me.”That was until she decided to sing in her first grade talent show. “I surprised the entire school when I got up there tosing. I loved the adrenaline rush I felt on stage and that’s when I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.”She continued playing at local restaurants, fairs and carnivals, getting comfortable singing in front of an audience. Thispaid off when she won the Pocono Junior Idol and Kids Country Idol in 2006.Now 17, Stephanie has already taken the stage before artists such as Easton Corbin, John Michael Montgomery, TaylorSwift, Scotty McCreery, Steel Magnolia, Anna Nalick and Josh Turner.Her debut self-titled EP, was released in July 2012, consisting of 6 songs that Stephanie co-wrote, including her hitsingle “Hey There” that peaked at #45 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart.Stephanie's songwriting was something that didn't come naturally at first. “The first time I tried writing a song, I was 8year old. I was a little frustrated because I really didn’t have much to write about. Two years later, school was gettingrough and my grandmother passed away. I decided to give it another try, and the words just started flowing.”Stephanie dreams of inspiring others through lyrics that frame her daily experiences and casual conversations. “I wantsomeone to put my song on, and feel better,” admits Stephanie. “Music has always been there for me, and I want to putsongs out that others can relate to and find comfort in.”Stephanie just released her second EP, “Life's Okay” in November 2013. The first single off the EP was “Loser”, asong that has become an anthem for kids and adults all over the U.S. who have ever been bullied. Many can relate tothe strong message behind the song. “The crowd participation I get when I sing it live is so overwhelminglyrewarding.”“Loser” was also one of the most added songs in country radio its debut week. Stephanie has visited many schools,performing and talking with kids about the importance of bullying prevention and the inspiration behind “Loser.” (Tohave Stephanie come to YOUR school, please visit the contact page.)With musical influences spanning from Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans, Adele andColbie Caillat, she credits her continued success to her supportive and loving family and friends. “My family andfriends truly support me as an artist and as a person. Through every up and down, they are right there beside me. I'vebeen so blessed”Stephanie's goals include completing a world tour and performing at her dream venue, The Grand Ole Opry. But herbiggest dream is to inspire others and be a role model for people of all ages. “If you're willing to work hard and nevergive up, your dreams can come true.”

The Chris Top Program 05.16.14
May 16 2014 71 mins  
With the release of his second CD, Cold Dead Hand, Andy’s musical journey is shifting into another gear. “Cold Dead Hand,” the first single off the CD, captures the emotion of the gun rights debate and serves as a rallying cry for millions of Americans. As Andy embarks on the filming schedule for the 8th season of Maximum Archery, his schedule now includes visiting radio stations and performing with his band while continuing to serve as president and creative force behind several business ventures such as Velvet Antler Wine, the first wine chosen specifically to pair with wild game; KrossRoad Guitars, a camo acoustic guitar that plays like a guitar that would cost twice as much as it does; and Maximum Archery The Game, a first person interactive video game that allows the player to be “Andy” and take them through all the facets of the hunt. Also on the horizon is a revolutionary new bow designed by Andy’s new company Ambush Archery. Andy will feature this new bow throughout the 8th season of Maximum Archery. Andy used the Ross Archery bow for the previous seasons on Maximum Archery. “The Ross bow took me around the world several times for which I’m very grateful,” says Andy, “and I want to give back to the sport I love with this new bow that opens to door hunting year-round. We’re hunting all kinds of animals you wouldn’t hunt with a compound bow. I’m really excited about this new season of Maximum Archery as I incorporate this new music, this new bow, and the new products of which I’m very proud.

















































































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