A night at The Local Show turned out to be a real treat this month as show host, Andrew Peterson, welcomed guests Drew Holcomb, The Gray Havens and Christopher Williams to the stage at The Well Coffeehouse in Brentwood, TN. Ellie Holcomb was originally scheduled to join the line-up but opted to send her husband Drew Holcomb after loosing her voice earlier in day recording vocals for her new album.
This was my first time to experience The Local Show which was birthed by Andrew Peterson in 2014. The show features artists in Nashville’s “writer’s in the round” fashion as they share stories and song. Highlights last night include Drew Holcomb’s touching story behind his song “Live Forever” and his song “American Beauty” made famous with the Dick’s Sporting Goods commercial. The Gray Havens shared new songs from their upcoming album showcasing their powerful blend of harmonies and storytelling. Andrew Peterson shared a few of his gems while weaving in personal stories of family and friends. Last night was my first exposure to Christopher Williams and boy does he have a soulful voice. The evening ended with Peterson’s daughter joining the stage to help lead a group hymn sing.
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Have you ever heard a Christmas song begin with the story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden? Well, You’re about to! While many artists are busy releasing cover Christmas songs, The Gray Havens decided to take a new and fresh approach at writing and recording their new original Christmas song, At Last, The King. The new song, produced by Ryan Corn, is now available on iTunes. This song serves as a preview of what’s to come as The Gray Havens are busy working on their new Spring 2016 release. Below is a video of a live performance from The Gray Havens singing At Last, The King.
The music streaming race gets a little more interesting with the today’s announcement from Youtube. Youtube announced the release of their music app for IOS and Android. I’m just downloading the app so no opinion from me yet on its functionality, however, I’m sure it will quickly move to the top of every music marketing plan. Upon hearing the news, I found this amazingly produced video that Youtube made to introduce the service. Interestingly I was the 50th person to view it so I wanted to share with those of you who haven’t seen it. After watching this video, I’m stoked. How about You?
I have been working on a book for the last couple of years titled Creating Monsters – Finding Fame In Jesus’ Name. The book is targeted at anyone pursuing a career on a platform that could potentially bring fame.(music, film, sports etc) The book released this week and is available at amazon.com, christianbookstore.com, select Christian retail and on my website keithstancil.com I’d be honored if you would check it out.
Most artists are content with one single release but when you are as talented as Ryan Corn, you need two!
Ryan Corn released two new digital singles this past week in an effort to have a radio presence in multiple genres simultaneously. His self-produced, Rising Up In Me, shows a more organic pop side, while his cover of Dido’s White Flag presents a chilled alternative pop offering. White Flag is Ryan’s first collaboration with producer Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, Ben Rector, Leagues, Katie Herzig) Both songs are equally amazing showing Ryan’s DNA transcends any genre labels.
Do yourself a favor and buy both! Rising Up in Me and White Flag can both be found on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music or wherever you gas up your digital devices.
Fourteen years ago, during Universal Music’s presentation at the NARM convention, Taylor Swift was introduced to the music industry. One could hear a slight bit of nervousness in her voice as she sang a few of her songs for the room full of critics. Little did we know how that little girl would change the music industry.
Last night, as I read the news that Apple Music had changed their decision to pay artists for streams during the 3 month launch, my heart was filled with gratitude for that little girl turned woman, Taylor Swift. Her letter to Apple single handed impacted every artist, songwriter, producer and record label in a positive way. Taylor exemplifies the artist no one thought possible in our modern age of entertainers. She has responded with grace in every situation the music industry has thrown her and showed the world how to lead. Taylor has endured incredibly tough situations throughout her career including jealous artists and music industry folks slamming her ability to sing, Kanye West sabotaging her MTV Video Music Award moment and of course all those boyfriends that treated her poorly. In every situation, she has responded with incredible wisdom and leadership.
Taylor – Thank you for being an example to the world, thank you for showing us how to lead and thank you for using your platform for something more than just yourself.
Warner Music Group recently reported last quarter streaming revenues surpassed revenue for selling downloads for the first time in history. It’s no wonder Spotify, Pandora, Youtube, Google Play, iTunes Radio, Rdio, The Overflow, Tidal and Apple’s soon to be announced Beats reincarnated streaming service are quickly positioning themselves to battle for the top contender music streaming service spots.
The BIG music streaming wave is upon us and every music artist must decide whether to catch the wave or sit it out. If #1 ranked surfer of all-time, Kelly Slater, had decided to sit it out, he would never have been awarded Surfing World Champion 11 times, his band would never have opened for Pearl Jam and he would never have starred in Baywatch or modeled for Versace. I’ve heard every argument against and many artist’s financial fears of music streaming. Reality is the streaming wave is here and no one can stop it.
Will you catch the wave or sit it out?
Hard to believe but the 2015 Grammy Awards have come and gone. The great thing about that significant event is the fact that we will soon see the big contenders for next year’s awards begin to surface. I always look forward to the new music ushered in for spring.
I must say this year’s performances were much better than what was delivered last year on the Grammy stage. AC/DC opening up the show was a milestone and the guys didn’t look as old and tired as one might have expected them to. Lady Gaga finally sang a song that showcased an amazingly beautiful voice that has taken a back seat to her shock antics. Pharrell Williams had one of the most brilliant performances of the evening in which he gave his mega hit song “Happy” a new and interesting spin. Madonna looked more like Ertha Kit in Boomerang as she begged the audience to stand up to join her in granny aerobics. Katy Perry sounded fabulous while donning a new classy look and Ed Sheeran showed the world why so many folks buy his records. Miranda Lambert put on quite the show proving her worthiness at the top of Country music. Brandy Clark and Dwight Yokoam created what was probably my favorite performance of the evening forcing me to buy Brandy’s record immediately. John Mayer’s new look sporting a pink Charvel Jackson was indeed a surprise and the quick lead he shredded showed Charvels can reach well beyond hammer-ons! Beck winning Album Of The Year was the big surprise and seeing Kanye West stupidness makes me extremely happy that Beyonce didn’t win. Can’t we ban Kanye Worst from award shows?
Speaking of Beyonce, why in the world would the Grammys have her perform the song that currently belongs to Ledici? I understand the Grammy Awards desire to increase viewership but I always thought the Grammy’s were a little more concerned about honoring great musicians than caving in for the popular vote? And Beyonce…come on…don’t you have enough? If I were Beyonce and asked to sing someone else’s song I think I would have used my influence to ensure my fellow sister got the deserved shot on the Grammy stage. That could have been a defining moment for Ledisi’s career. Instead viewers were forced to watch Beyonce again. Sigh.
Curb Records artist, Ryan Corn, will be performing at 3RD AND LINDSLEY on February 4. This is a show that those in Nashville will want to see!
As 2014 draws to a close, I took a look at the music that hugely impacted my life this year. Those records that moved from casual streaming on Spotify to a permanent spot in my iTunes library. While I enjoy many different genres and I especially like discovering new artists, very few albums move into heavy rotation on my top album playlist. This year there were three records that stood out amongst the plethora of music that traveled through my ear canals to the sensory points of my brain. These records moved me in incredible ways stirring emotion and giving me brief escapes from the daily grind of life.
1) for King & Country – Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong
This record logged in more listens from me than any other record this year. Its nice to see an artist create a musical journey from start to finish and for King & Country did exactly that. I love they way they include spoken word and digital black moments to knit the songs together as it draws me in for an even deeper listen. Defying the singles driven listening we have become so accustomed to, this record proves that creating an entire album experience is still possible. I am truly inspired both lyrically and musically by brothers Joel & Luke.
2) Coldplay – Ghost Stories
When Coldplay released Ghost Stories, many listeners immediately dismissed the record complaining that it was dark and depressive. I honestly don’t think those people gave it a true listen. While its obvious many of the lyrics were penned from Chris Martin’s broken marriage experience, the record also contains some emotionally inspiring moments. The anthem “Sky Full of Stars” has become the ringtone I assigned to my beautiful wife as it creates such a swell of joy in my heart. Ghost Stories is my “go to” music for daily bike rides. For some reason, it encourages me to push hard on those cold mornings while helping me forget about my freezing fingers & toes.
3) Ryan Corn – Ryan Corn
I work with a lot of music as an artist manager and music marketer. Nothing I have personally worked with in my 25 years in the music industry has stirred my soul like the music that Ryan Corn creates. I’m so grateful that we have the opportunity to work with him daily and we are thrilled that his first major label release is finally available to the public. Ryan’s lyrics encourage, uplift and challenge me to celebrate the Wonderful Things in life! I also happen to have inside information that there is a trunk full of additional music in cue for 2015.