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Joe Cry

Mr Banker is in the genre of Country Blues. It's a straight forward no nonsense story about a person who lost their job and trying desperately to find work so he can feed his family. He ask the Banker who carries the mortgage on his house to give him more time to make the mortgage payment. The music is a basic rhythm track composing of guitar, drums, piano, organ, base guitar, and vocal.

So if anyone here is singing the blues that would have to be "Joe Cry" cause this is the modern day blues if we have ever heard it. Hear this song on his cdbaby page.

The James Carratt Project

Throughout life we find those who touch us. Musically, I found so many fellow musicians in my own community who have influenced me in some way. Whether to inspire me to write or record or even find a new genre to play in, we have all touched upon something special. However, there's more to the story;
I've been married for 23 years, and after being involved in a 4 month affair I found the only way to get through the pain was to pour myself into writing. I had stripped my spouse of everyting. Her self confidence, her love of life, her aspirations, her feeling of being protected all gone through my sefishness.
This record tells the story of falling in love with her, falling out of love, falling in love with someone else, breaking up and working our way to be together again. These amazing musicians n this record loved me and my family enough to pull together and record over three volumes of my work. Three volumes of my pain. Three volumes of me telling the world I was wrong and how much I truly love my wife.
In return, every musician on my record was promised a copy in vinyl. Something our small community has not seen in years, plus over 45 musicians banding together... simply never done.
Whiskey Jar is just one chapter of my pain...

Nice collaboration from this group of 45 musicians from South Beloit, Illinois who have come together to record material written and produced by James A Carratt Jr.
Hear their music on James' website.

Cody Joe Hodges

Indie country recording artist Cody Joe Hodges (CJH Music Group), a former Army Musician and power lineman, rolls out his new single, "Roll That Way,"* to country radio! [August 4, 2017 Impact date/CDX Vol. 652 (08/03/17)/PlayMPE (08/04/17)]. The current release follows his third career single (titled "Hellbent On Loving You") which charted on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart in August 2016.
Written by hit songcrafters Rick Huckaby ("Muddy Water"/ Trace Adkins) and Bernie Nelson ("Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind"/ Confederate Railroad), and produced by Bobby Randall (Sawyer Brown), the track is a playful, mid-tempo expression of adoring admiration and a confession to a hard-working, independent woman who's every man's dream.
Signifying the Texan's heritage, the track opens with whining pedal steel and bending electric guitar licks. With an honest, disarming vocal style, Hodges highlights his ability to kick out smooth vocals with raspy tones adding depth and complexity to his performance. In keeping with the artist's country roots, Hodges speaks to generations new and old with a contemporary tune that's well suited for the dance floor.

Returning to Music Arts with another hit song, welcome back Cody Joe. Hear him on his YouTube channel.

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Joseph Pagano

Joseph is a singer-songwriter from New Jersey, USA who has released the critically acclaimed EPs Graveyard of Dreams and Time and Colors accompanied by a 21 show USA based tour in 2016. The Graveyard of Drams EP featured the song Don't Let Chances Pass You by and charted in the top 5 radio play on WGLS-FM NJ and in the top 20 in 2 other USA markets. Joseph's daughter Julia Pagano was Creative Director on both albums working on album packaging, photography, and album art.
Joseph's music has a progressive American Roots foundation with creative hooks and backbeats suited for radio that span flavors of Americana, Alternative Country and Indie Alternative Rock. In 2016 Joseph became a voting member of the Grammy's Recording Academy (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences - NARAS).
The EP Time and Colors has a progressive American Roots foundation with creative hooks and backbeats suited for radio that span flavors of Alternative Country and Indie Alternative Rock.
Time and Colors was inspired by the idea that we are all artists born into the world with a blank canvas. In one sentence Pagano would say that "life is an art-form". We are all born into this earth as artists with a blank canvas. We get to decide what we put on that canvas. All we need is time and colors to express who we are, what we see, what we feel, where we have been, where we want to go.

Joseph has put together a number of great songs to listen to. Hear him on his website.

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Chicken House Purple

Years ago, a talented singer met another talented singer/guitarist. These young men spent many years working hard and developing their craft. One day they realized that all their years of dedication and devotion had brought to them adoring fans and financial fortunes. Yes, we too are big fans of Simon and Whats- his- face but, that is their story not ours. We are Chicken House Purple.

Original country story-telling at it's best. Hear them on their YouTube channel.

Ear Monsterz

Ear Monsterz is a group of Musicians and DJ's that span many different decades and genres of music. "It's taken over 30 years, but we finally decided to put our brains and talents together and create Music that makes the listener want to get up and dance, as well as get inspired to live life to the fullest." said DJ Ear Monster, aka *(Emil Bebla) "We write all of our lyrics from personal experiences and aspirations... We hope that you like them."
There is only one goal for Ear Monsterz - to continue to evolve dance music and take it to new heights! "We collaborate with various DJ's and musicians to continuously create new beats and spin them in night clubs around the world", said Emil as he was preparing his next Monthly Mix Set for his Podcast.

Interesting colaboration of DJ and singer to compile songs that "make you want to dance". Listen to Ear Monsterz on their YouTube channel.

Kayla Jay

Growing up in a military family can come with its share of challenges. Having to pick up and move every couple of years can’t be easy, especially during your formative years. However, this unique upbringing can also be profoundly rewarding. Experiencing cultures other than your own is a guaranteed ticket to broadening your sense of self, your perspective on the world at large and where you fit within it. Such is the case for singer, songwriter and producer Kayla Jay. The well-traveled, multi-faceted musician currently calls New Jersey home but has lived everywhere from North Carolina and Maryland to places as far-reaching as Spain – each playing a key role in who Kayla Jay, the artist, is today. Her head-turning blend of Pop and R&B is currently capturing the attention of larger and larger audiences with each passing day and for good reason. With incomparable passion and charisma and an all-in dedication to her art, this promising new artist is poised to make a major dent in the music industry.

With a clear voice and inspired lyrics Kayla is destined to find her place in the music hierarchy. Hear her on her YouTube Channel.

Shimmer Johnson

Shimmer is one of the most versatile artists you will ever meet. You can give her a song you wrote with no lyrics and no words and no thought and she can give you back a "Great" song by the time 1 hour passes. Shimmer is very talented. She puts her entire soul into her work. Her lyrics melody and harmonies are both haunting and are able to connect with people.
Shimmer is going to be releasing a independent album in 2017. A major label is going to love this new album. Shimmer has what it takes!
Shimmer plays some piano and writes some of her songs including hit single "PRIDE" written by Shimmer Johnson & C.Johnson the co - writer helped to write the instrumentation that went along with Shimmer's piano line that she created. This is how Shimmer and C.Johnson work. They melt together in song.
Shimmer is a talented artist that the world needs to hear.

Shimmer needs a good photographer to capture who she is. She looks (by her publicity photos) to be a little kid then you listen to her and go "Wow I didn't hear this coming!" A voice that's all grown up and rich with clarity, emotion and pure talent. She is a must listen! Hear her on her YouTube channel.

Justine Carpenter

New sound with a huge respect to oldies and classics. True to myself.

Her singles include "I Look In The Sky" and "Not My Property". This London original is starting a career of writing and recording that will someday come around like "a jagged little pill" or perhaps a female Freddy Mercury. Hear Justine on her facebook page.

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Emily Bendock

Emily Bendock's newly released single "Summer Love" is an EDM song with a hint of Pop to it. Her vocals have greatly matured over the last four years. And now you can hear it as she is making music that is uniquely distinct sounding with this current track.
Emily worked with Grammy nominated mixer Brent Kolatalo from New York City to produce this song.
At the young age of thirteen, Emily released her first song "Under Pressure" and continues her writing passion while developing her vocals.
"Summer Love" is a song about a young man she met on vacation. When told by her Rep from BMI to write from experience; Emily ran with the idea thus coming up with "Summer Love".

Emily released this single which speaks volumes of her talent and ability to project her voice to an audience that is look to hear more. You can hear her on her cdbaby page.


Country singer, storyteller and entertainer Marshall makes dynamic, homespun music based on his everyday life and observations about the human condition. Packed with soul and grit, his tunes are radiant with infectious guitar melodies, rollicking rhythms and nostalgic poetry. Marshall channels his fresh, frank views on love, loss, self-discovery and moving on through his gravelly voice seasoned with a drop of sweetness. A generous and engaging performer, he connects to audiences through his energetic live shows, inviting them into his expressive inner world.
Marshall's solo debut, Sinners and Saints features six heartfelt songs that bloom from a place of deep honesty and real-world experience. Produced by two-time Grammy nominee Travis Wyrick (Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Shinedown) in Knoxville, the material on the EP flowed out of Marshall when he moved to Nashville after the brutal end of a long-time romance. The album is brimming with heartbreak and hope and shows his growth as a songwriter as well as his ability to glide through many musical styles, including modern and retro country, rock, folk and everything in between.

Here you will hear a long time star with the twang of his guitar. Marshall is a long time accomplished musician and you can hear some of his work on his YouTube channel.

Ronnie Clinton

Ronnie Clinton is a singer/songwriter whose authentic home cooked vocal style embodies a realness in his delivery and message that is in short supply at radio these days. Three chords and the truth defined, right here right now.
The son of a factory laborer, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio May 24th, 1981. At the age of 14, Ronnie began singing, and discovered an instant love of performing. His first 'live' performances were at his home for family, friends and relatives, on a music stage that was built in the living room, turned music room by his father. With mom, dad and guests regularly taking the stage, Ronnie let his singing do the talking and by age 16 everyone was served notice that something special was brewing on their homemade stage.
His early influences were a mix of Country and R&B, that included the likes of Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and George Strait, sprinkled with a dash of Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. By 18, Ronnie was singing professionally at local events in between his shift-work at a Cleveland food processing plant.
While following his dream and working hard to get better, he’s endured countless gigs and saloons along the way, all for the betterment of the songwriting, including the live and studio performances.

Living the dream is what it's about so keep dreaming, writing and singing and your dream will come true. Hear Ronnie on his YouTube channel.


In 2010, an apartment in Bordeaux sees the birth of an oneiric folk. These songs driven by a controlled fragility, Emilie Moutet compose and play them under the name of Willows. Armed with a smooth instrumentation, carried by a delicate guitar or keyboard, Willows music step backwards when Emilie's voice enters the scene, pure, unimpaired, close to the magnified tone of Joan Baez.
This charismatic voice becomes more of an emotional vector when, in 2015, Willows becomes a trio. This formula complements the songs with an instrumental support (keyboards / guitars / bass guitars / percussions) and choirs, contributing to the alchemy of a wise blend.

The transition of "Willows" from a girl to a group adds depth and dimension to clear vibrant lyrics that sound like a poem. Hear this emergence on their facebook page.

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