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Zhaklina is an alternative artist based out of Nashville, TN. She is originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, where she was born and lived for much of her life. Zhaklina is an artist and a storyteller, creating a safe space for her listeners to feel heard and seen. She advocates for mental health through much of her work, donating portions of her profit from music to various mental health organizations. Her vocals express unique power and sensitivity, drawing listeners in to both a passionate and inspiring experience.

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#liveloved You shared how ‘joy’ is your word for 2020 and how Lysa TerKeurst’s “Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely” has inspired you. TerKeurst writes, “Together is our most favorite word as a family.” …


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Photo Credit: Joshua Thomas

An accomplished performer with more than two decades of professional experience as a singer, songwriter, producer and voice actor, Jason Charles Miller has quietly established himself as a veteran presence in Americana, country and Southern rock. Originally from Clifton, VA, Miller now lives in Los Angeles, CA where he owns and runs the successful recording complex Central Command Studios.

How’s Iggy doing since he ate tin cans (my beagle Ben ate through a metal crate — maybe it’s a SoCal thing)?

My dog Iggy is literally a canine trash compactor. Besides eating a tin can, he recently ate an entire bag of Halloween chocolate (wrappers included) and suffered no side effects.


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Photo Credit: Jason Bennett

Karen Lee Batten’s first distinctive musical memory came at the age of 4, when she memorized her father’s vocals as she watched him in concert. Inspired to develop her own voice, the British Columbia native of Abbotsford sang in choirs at the elementary and high school levels, and entered vocal competitions using Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” as her reliable favourite. These experiences marked the early foundation for the passionate vocal delivery and dynamic range that would later come to define her.

Your vocal delivery and range foundation came, in part, from being part of school choirs and entering vocal competitions. With the pandemic shuttering the doors of many schools indefinitely, where can young singers continue to develop their skills?


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Broadway performers and producers Ron and Barbara Sharpe first met onstage in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables, where they played the romantic lead roles of Marius and Cosette. After being married onstage over 1000 times, they decided to get married and start a family for real.

Now — years later with two grown children, a pair of twins, and three “adopted” family members (the boyfriend, the best friend, and the lovable uncle), the Sharpe Family Singers bring their love affair with Broadway to stages across America with a family-friendly, Broadway revue called “Married to Broadway.” …


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New Music Friday is here, folks! This week we celebrate exciting new music from incredible musicians across the board. Enjoy new tracks this week from Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Russell Dickerson featuring Florida Georgia Line, along with many others. Check out a few of our favorite new releases we’ve rounded up — comment below if we missed any of your new favorites.

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa — “Prisoner”

Russell Dickerson ft. Florida Georgia Line — “It’s About Time”

Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber — “Monster”

Megan Thee Stallion — “Circles”

Amanda Kate — “Timeless Joy/O Holy Night”

Jordana Bryant — “This Love” Acoustic

Mitch Rossell — “Seemed Like A Good Idea”

Liddy Clark — “Do You Hear What I Hear”

Morgan Wallen — “Somebody’s Problem”

Avenue Beat — “F2020” Official Music Video

Ryan Hurd — “Silver Bells”


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New music from Morgan Wallen, Lady A, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, Kane Brown, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Lee Brice, Russell Dickerson, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Scarlett Burke, Tim McGraw, Midland, Hannah Dasher, Chris Stapleton, Mickey Guyton, Dan + Shay, Maggie Rose, Lukas Graham, Wild Fire, Ana Cristina Cash, Devin Dawson, Kylie Trout, Shenandoah, Luke Bryan, Kaylin Roberson, Lucy Scholl, Kassi Ashton, Stefanie Joyce, Steel Ivory, Clare Dunn, Acorn, Macy Krew

Morgan Wallen | Somebody’s Problem

Lady A ft. Thomas Rhett | Heroes

Chris Young & Kane Brown | Famous Friends

Carrie Underwood ft. …


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The best singers draw from experience. And that’s true for young as well as well-seasoned artists. Though still in their mid teens, sisters Kelli and Kayla Iutzwig, a.k.a. Wild Fire, prove this point at show after show, in song after song.

More than that, they are already conveying their stories through music in ways that inspire with audiences their age and beyond. Singly and in harmony, they channel the optimism of youth, sprinkle in the spice of early insight into life’s lessons, super-charge it with jolt of pop and the sass of country.

With over 120,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram, plus many more on other social media, Wild Fire will widen their impact beyond music in 2020 as official ambassadors for the Global Country Music Association (GCMA) and advocates for equality and fairness for the genre’s female artists. …


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Ana Cristina Cash is an American singer-songwriter, raised in Miami, Florida by her Cuban parents who moved to the United States in the early 1960s during the onset of the revolution. Growing up listening to a multitude of genres, Cash’s sound was influenced by an eclectic array of inspiration from gritty Blues and Jazz to Pop-Country. Writing directly from the heart, the singer-songwriter’s recordings exhibit a broad vocal range, spanning from an expressive and resonating contralto to a soaring coloratura soprano, otherwise known as the “whistle register.” …


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Country newcomer Kylie Trout has long subscribed to a particular mindset when it comes to pursuing her passion for music. “They might be more talented than you, they might be more educated than you. So, if you have a Plan B besides music, then your Plan A wasn’t that strong,” she recalls of past advice. “That’s how I’ve always looked at it.”

Like many of her fellow graduating seniors, Trout has a bright future on the horizon. But perhaps unlike many of her peers, she is carving a path to stardom. “Everybody that I meet always tells me you’re not 17, you’re an old soul,” she laughs.


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During seven decades in the music industry, Margie Singleton has placed a dozen songs on the country charts, including duets with George Jones and Faron Young.

She has been a songwriter on “Lie to Me” (an R&B hit for Brook Benton), “She Understands Me” (a pop hit for Johnny Tillotson) and “Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)” (a country hit by Leon Ashley). She has performed as a backup vocalist on hundreds of recording sessions, starred on The Louisiana Hayride, sung on the Grand Ole Opry and appeared in the movie Road to Nashville. …

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