Streaming Sound Off!

As we approach the launch of Apple’s new streaming service, Apple Music, streaming is front and center on the agenda for anyone connected with the music industry. There are theories, analysis, pros, cons, fear and excitement regarding music streaming services. Spotify, Apple Music, GooglePlay, Tidal and Rdio are the major players vying to win the customers but there are others quickly jumping in to set up shop.  I thought it would be interesting to do a little different post today and let you do the talking. Leave your comments with any thoughts or feelings you have regarding how streaming will affect the future of music. Go!


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Holly Starr Releases New Music!

Artist Garden Entertainment is happy to announce the release of Holly Starr’s brand new single “Never Going Back!”! The new song is the first from her forthcoming record scheduled for a September release. “Never Going Back” was co-written with Scott Cash and Ryan McAdoo, produced by Ed Cash and Scott Cash and is available now on iTunes!

Riding the Music Stream

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?

New Nashville Recording Studio Open For Business

One might be inclined to ask “why would a new recording studio in the Nashville area be big news?” Owners Mark Lange and Chris Brush would respond by describing their new PlethoraTone studio as a giant candy store for those in search of that special tone. The new studio is loaded with a plethora of unique vintage guitar amps, guitars, bass guitars, keyboards and drums which promise to bring extreme joy to those in search of that special tone. There are even a few unexpected instruments for those looking to explore something unique.

Mark Lange has spent his career in Atlanta, Seattle and Nashville producing, engineering and pioneering one of the first Midi/tech stores in America in the early 80s, Micro Music.

Chris Brush, a Dallas Texas native moved to Nashville in 1999 to tour with various artists in Christian, rock, pop and country genres. Brush now spends his time as an in-town session drummer, mix engineer and producer.

PlethoraTone was designed for tone and acoustic excellence while offering a private, comfortable and creative environment as top priority. Producers, engineers and musicians will experience an incredibly unique and friendly environment amongst a plethora of possibilities for tone.

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Ryan Corn Performs at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall

For those of you in New York area next week, this is a show you will want to put on your calendar to check out. New Curb Records artist, Ryan Corn, will be making his New York debut at Rockwood Music Hall on Friday July 11 at 7pm. There is no cover, so bring your friends and get the weekend started with some great music!

Holly Starr Releases New Single “God Is”

Artist Garden Entertainment is excited to announce the highly anticipated new single from Holly Starr “God Is”  releases today at all digital retailers including iTunes & Amazon MP3! The song which was co-written by Chris Stevens (Tobymac, Mandisa, Jamie Grace, Blake Shelton) and Philip Larue. Chris Stevens and Chuck Butler co-produced the song which has already been added at key Christian AC stations across the country including FISH Los Angeles, FISH Sacramento, Joy FM ST Louis, WQME Indianapolis, WMHK Columbia SC, WDJC Birmingham, WBSN New Orleans, KCVO Camdenton MO WFRN Southbend IN, WWWA Augusta ME, WCLN Fayetteville NC KADI Springfield MO and Wassau WI and WBCL Ft Wayne, IN.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the President of Artist Garden Entertainment, an artist management and marketing company that manages this artist. Regardless of that fact, I only recommend music that I personally believe is exceptional and would be enjoyed by my readers. I am not compensated directly, other than normal management commissions from actual sales, for recommending this record through this blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

GMA Hosts First GMA Honors Event



Last night marks a special night in history for the Christian and Gospel music industry as the first ever GMA Honors event took place. I must admit, I was a bit skeptical when I received the first notice about the upcoming event. Not fully understanding the concept of the event, my initial thoughts were “Do we really need another Christian and Gospel awards show?”  What I experienced though turned out to be quite a special event and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to attend.

The GMA Honors took a different approach than one might expect from an awards show. Combining the induction of recipients into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame with honoring people & organizations who have significantly impacted the world through their work with Christian and Gospel music proved to be a great concept. It was a heart-moving evening as we were reminded of the purpose for Christian and Gospel music.

Hall of Fame Inductees included Brown Bannister, Rich Mullins, Take 6 and the Gaither Vocal Band. Brown Bannister was celebrated with an acoustic performance by Amy Grant & Bannister’s daughter Ellie Holcomb singing “El Shaddai” while accompanied by Vince Gill on guitar. That my friends was a moment! We were blessed with a stellar performance from Take 6 and the evening closed with David Crowder singing an amazing version of Bill & Gloria Gaither’s “Because He Lives!”

Honorees included Dr Bobby Jones, Don Moen, Michael Guido, Show Hope and World Vision. Highlights included DC Talk’s Michael Tait, Tobymac and Kevin Max on the stage together to honor Michael Guido, a man who has pastored and counseled many artists, musicians and their families for the last 16 years through his PR Ministries. One of the evening’s special moments was hearing the hearts of Steven Curtis Chapman and wife Marybeth Chapman talk about Show Hope, the organization they founded to help orphans in distress around the world.

The evening was a nice departure from the normal award shows that are merely popularity contest which create competitiveness and boost egos. Instead, individuals and organizations were recognized for the positive impact that have contributed to the world. Much appreciation goes out to the GMA, CAA’s John Huie (who birthed the idea), David Lipscomb University for hosting and Six Degrees Touring for the sound and lights that made for an unforgettable evening!

Foster The People Releases Supermodel


I just returned from attending SXSW 2014 in Austin, TX and one of the highlights of my week was seeing the Foster The People show at Butler Park! The band releases their new Columbia Records album SuperModel today. Foster the People will be celebrating the release with a performance of their new single “Coming of Age” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 11:35 PM ET/10:35 CT!

Artist Garden Entertainment Celebrates Five Years!





NASHVILLE, Tenn.—One of Christian music’s leading management and marketing agencies, Artist Garden Entertainment recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a VIP showcase featuring the company’s artist management clients. Pictured (l-r) at the event are singer/songwriter Noah Cleveland; Curb recording artist Ryan Corn; Artist Garden Entertainment’s Keith and Diana Stancil; Save The City Records/Provident Distribution recording artist Holly Starr and StompTown Revival’s Gabe Martinez.

Founded by respected industry veterans Keith and Diana Stancil in 2009 with a mission to find, develop and build talent, the Brentwood, Tennessee-based company also operates a marketing and consulting division which represents such clients as Save The City Records, Reach Records, FLAME, Beckah Shae, Tedashii, Derek Minor, Seth & Nirva, Reflection Music Group, Canon, and Victory World Church.

Achievements for Artist Garden clients include signings to major record labels; hit Christian radio singles; a GMA Dove Award nomination; main stage appearances at top Christian music festivals; and placement on one of music’s biggest annual tours, NewSong’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, among many other milestones.

“It has been a very rewarding five years,” says Keith Stancil, President/CEO, Artist Garden Entertainment. “In everything we do, we strive to remember the mission and philosophy we founded the company upon: ‘we grow music.’ The process of nurturing our clients as we help them establish a platform continues to be an honor for us each and every day.”

In addition, the company’s blog,, has been honored by The Nashville Scene in its “Best Of Nashville Awards.” Written by Keith Stancil, the blog offers a range of information on marketing, social networking, and navigating the new music industry and has become a go-to resource for independent artists.

Prior to launching Artist Garden Entertainment, Keith Stancil spent 20 years in sales and marketing roles at Capitol/EMI, Warner/Elektra/Atlantic and Word Entertainment, most recently serving as Vice President of General Markets/International/Digital at Word. He has worked on sales and marketing strategies for such artists as Garth Brooks, Tina Turner, R.E.M, Madonna, Metallica, Amy Grant, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tim McGraw, among numerous others.

A 15-year artist management veteran, Diana Stancil is best known for her role as manager of Platinum-selling female vocalist Jaci Velasquez. She orchestrated partnerships on behalf of Velasquez with Feed The Children, Nashville Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, as well as held an executive role with Velasquez’s label, Apostrophe Records.

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