March 5th, 2014 | Comments off
To Dallas Smith, country music has always been about the “special combination of a voice and song.” After spending nearly 10 years fronting Default, Smith is stepping out on his own, into the world of Country.
While in Nashville, Smith worked with acclaimed songwriter/producer Zac Maloy (Carrie Underwood, James Blunt), Grammy nominated songwriter Rodney Clawson, and Chris Tompkins (Carrie Underwood). The album is being produced by Joey Moi, who co-produced Jake Owen’s latest album, including his fastest-rising #1 single “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”.
“I’ve always chosen and written songs with challenging vocals that I love to sing,” Smith says, while explaining what new, and devoted fans can expect to hear with his upcoming album.
February 27th, 2014 | Comments off
A successful singer, songwriter, actress, model, and television host, Beverley Mahood is truly a dynamic entertainer.
Though in many respects a seasoned veteran of the entertainment industry, Mahood’s career is set for a new beginning in 2013. An exclusive management deal with Nashville-based All Entertainment promises a new foray for Mahood into the competitive US market, a step she has been preparing for since the release of her award-winning debut album in 1998.
“There was something so exciting about releasing that first album,” says Mahood of her debut CD Girl Out of the Ordinary. “Dreams were big and possibilities seemed endless. That excitement is back. With my new partnership with Brad Allen (of All Entertainment) it’s like starting out all over again, beginning a brand new chapter in my life and my career.”
Successful chapters of Mahood’s past musical journey include Lace (1999), Moody Blue (2004), and Unmistakable (2009), each album as diverse and acclaimed as the entertainer herself.
“Each album I’ve done is reflective of the time of my life in which I recorded it,” says Mahood. “My music is the story of my life. It’s honest and real. I don’t ever hide behind misleading lyrics. As a performer and individual, I have my own style and would like to be considered a strong woman with something intelligent to say through a heartfelt sound.”
Beverley’s firm belief that everything in music starts with the song enables her to approach her songwriting with an unequalled passion and appreciation for the craft. (Mahood penned “Come to Me,” a song recorded by Celine Dion for her platinum-selling “Miracle” album in 2004.) Lessons about love, loss, and personal growth are all part of Beverley’s musical mix, issues that she has explored as much for her own sake as for the sake of her audience.
That loyal listening audience broadened in 2004 when Beverley began hosting CityTV’s BT Television in Vancouver. Beverley has since become one of CMT Canada’s most popular personalities, hosting several series for the network, including CMT Central, Karaoke Star, Ultimate, Project Mom/Project Dad and now, the runaway hit Pick A Puppy, a family-oriented series heading into its third season on CMT, YTV and The W Network.
“Hosting television has brought me closer to what people really care about,” says Beverley. “I’ve found that the more you share with them, the more they will grow with you.” Beverley’s latest foray on the small screen is a made-for-television movie that was filmed in Nashville earlier this year. She plays Anneliese, the lead character in Changing Seasons, an emotional and heartfelt story of a devoted single mom looking for a fresh start. The movie, directed by Jason Dallas and co-starring Dan Cortese, will air in late 2013.
If there’s anything that rivals Beverley’s passion for entertaining, it’s her dedication to community. Closest to Beverley’s heart are initiatives for children. She is a devoted supporter of Juvenile Diabetes, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and the David Foster Foundation. She is currently the national spokesperson for the Pink Mitten Campaign (www.pinkmitten.com) in support of breast cancer research. And remarkably, 2013 will mark Beverley’s 16th year hosting the Kinsmen Foundation’s annual Telemiracle Telethon ( www.telemiracle.com), which raises millions for those in need in the province of Saskatchewan.
In the past couple of years, Mahood has performed for some very exclusive audiences, including the G8 World Leaders in Toronto, British Royals William and Kate (on their first official trip to North America,) for the men and women of the Canadian military during a two-week tour of Afghanistan, and most recently for a crowd of hundreds of thousands as host of the CBC Canada Day Celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Beverley now resides full time in Nashville, Tennessee, and is putting the final touches on an album set for release early this year.
“The music is definitely me,” says Mahood. “It is honest, it is real, it is inspired and I think people will appreciate that. I am beginning a new chapter in my life and career. Have you ever had a dream come true? I have! Now, dreams and opportunities seem endless and achievable.”
February 20th, 2014 | Comments off
It’s not often – in fact, some might say very rare – for an artist to have an enduring musical career. In a day and age when most artists barely flicker for a moment before fading out of the spotlight, Lisa Brokop is set to celebrate 20 remarkable years of singing, songwriting and performing.
What’s the secret to her success? “I love what I do,” says Brokop. “Every note I sing, whether in the studio or from the stage, is true. It hasn’t always been an easy road. There have been many curves, bumps and detours. But really, it is the love of the music that motivates each step I take in the business. It keeps me moving forward. And I think fans feel and appreciate that love.”
Lisa’s love affair with performing began in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia. As a baby, it was clear to her parents that she was special – She was singing before she could talk! By the age of 7, she was on stage with her musical mother and brother, performing everything from polkas to Kenny Rogers’ classics. By age 12, she was sitting in with other Vancouver bands, and went professional at age 15 when she joined a touring band. A year later she began a solo career and released “Daddy Sing To Me”, the first of a string of successful singles from her independent debut album My Love.
At the age of 19, Lisa landed the lead female role in the feature film Harmony Cats. The movie, in which Lisa plays a country singer who leaves home in search of a big break in Nashville, proved to be prophetic. Shortly after filming wrapped, and on the strength of her very first Nashville showcase, Lisa was signed to Capitol Records. Over the next three years, she released two critically acclaimed albums, the Canadian-certified Gold record Every Little Girls Dream and the self-titled Lisa Brokop, which garnered hits such as “Give Me a Ring Sometime,” “Take That,” “Before He Kissed Me,” and “She Can’t Save Him.” In 1995, the prestigious Academy of Country Music recognized Lisa with an award nomination for Top New Female Vocalist.
In 1998, Lisa signed with Sony Nashville/Columbia Records and released When You Get To Be You featuring the hit singles “What’s Not To Love,” “How Do I Let Go” and the top-10 smash hit “Better Off Broken.”
Now comfortably established in her adopted home of Nashville, Tennessee, she took some time away from the rigors of the road and discovered a hidden wellspring of songwriting talent, which gave her renewed self-respect, strength and determination. The result was Undeniable, a Canadian independent album that saw Lisa recognized with a series of Canadian Country Music Awards, including two nods for Independent Song of the Year for the hits “Something Undeniable” and “I’d Like to See You Try,” and three consecutive trophy wins for Independent Female Artist of the Year.
It was during this time that Lisa really began to get noticed for her songwriting abilities. All ten songs on Undeniable were co-written by Lisa and before long other stars were recording tracks she penned, including Reba McEntire, Terri Clark and Pam Tillis.
In 2004, Lisa signed with Curb/Asylum Records and released a breathtaking collection of songs entitled Hey, Do You Know Me. From the poignant title track to classic ballads like “Just a Girl” and “Try Me Again Around Midnight,” Lisa crafted an album that she was truly proud of – a perfect combination of compelling music and gripping lyrics.
Brokop’s seventh album, Beautiful Tragedy was released in August 2008 on the independent Ellbea Records label and featured the top-20 hit “Break It”. Eleven of the album’s twelve tracks were co-written by Brokop and all tracks were produced by Brokop and her husband Paul Jefferson. Lisa and Paul welcomed baby Ivy into their lives in August 2009. The couple released a duo project The Jeffersons in 2011.
Ready to begin a new chapter, Lisa signed a record deal with RareSpark Media Group, Inc. in Nashville this past June.
“I never imagined after all this time that I’d have the opportunity to sign a new deal,” says Brokop. “It’s the perfect time in my life to both celebrate how far I’ve come and also to get excited about what’s ahead.” Lisa has joined forces with powerhouse artist and producer Carolyn Dawn Johnson for the new project. Look for the album, featuring the Top-40 debut single “Let It Burn,” to hit stores in spring of 2014.