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Meet Jill Brooks...Since the tender age of 2, Jill started singing... as loud as possible. From festivals to fairs and large stages across the Southeast, Jill carried her karaoke cds, microphone, and a bag of autograph cards. Eventually, people began to take notice of the little girl singing everything from Martina McBride to Celine Dion - and she was finally able, on her 16th birthday, to start singing with her very first band, composed of experienced and talented musicians. After making connections with many other musicians from Nashville and surrounding places, Jill finally found a comfortable group of musicians that will start their touring in late July of 2011.
Her current radio tour, "Shame on Me," is taking Jill on a journey of Texas and Red Dirt music through Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Florida.... And is adding more tour dates and states as we speak! Whether it's in a small city at a tiny festival or large stage in front of thousands...Jill is making music, and that's right where she wants to be.
Meet Stephen Cochran... Stephen Cochran was born in Pikeville, KY and raised in Nashville, TN. The L.A.R. Recon Scout Marine Team Leader was left paralyzed from the waist down after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan. Cochran used a wheelchair for nine months. An experimental surgery by the Nashville VA returned him to an active lifestyle... and the stage.
He started his music career as a solo singer-songwriter,with well known 2007 hit "Friday Night Fireside," 2008 hit "Thinkin' I'm Drinkin'," and 2009 "Wal-Mart Flowers." In 2010, he decided to give his music career a new direction. Stephen formed the Stephen Cochran Project(S.C.P.) with guitarist/ road manager Mark Erhardt , bassist Ryan Byrne, then adding longtime friend Kenney Phillips at drums , Carrigan Shields on Keys, Matthew Seay on Guitar as well as the very talented and well accomplished Sol Littlefield on lead Guitar. SCP is coming LIVE to your town in 2014! "Betcha aint ready!"
Meet Neil Orne...Currently he anchors News 2 This Morning each weekday from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Prior to News 2, Neil worked for a number of years at a family radio station in Mid-Coast Maine. A third generation broadcaster, he experienced and developed an appreciation for the inner workings of a television newsroom at an early age.
The University of Denver graduate studied economics and business administration while also playing for the school's Lacrosse team.
The two-time Emmy winner has played a hand in coverage of major stories and weather events over the years, including nearly 17 hours on the air the day of the April '98 Tennessee tornado outbreak. He has been privileged to also assist with the stations' hurricane coverage over the years, with several trips to the gulf coast during a record breaking 2005 season.
Meet Kaileigh Bullard .... Miss Nashville 2014, Kaileigh Bullard, is a singer/songwriter/musician from Gallatin, TN. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Belmont University, Kaileigh released her self-titled debut EP to iTunes in July 2012.
In March 2012, Kaileigh was cast in the hit ABC show, Nashville, as the acoustic guitarist and background vocalist for Hayden Panetierre’s character, Juliette Barnes. She was part of eleven episodes in Season 1 and has been part of eight episodes in Season 2, including an episode filmed at the historic Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium.
Kaileigh will compete for the title of Miss Tennessee this June in Jackson, TN. She is excited to represent the great city of Nashville, her platform, Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness, and the Children’s Miracle Network during her journey as Miss Nashville.
As part of her platform, Kaileigh began the “I Have Guts” campaign, which aims to empower and encourage people with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis. She recently released a song she wrote for the campaign entitled “Guts and Glory.” Make sure to download it on iTunes today! All proceeds go to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Meet Ryan Weaver…A high energy, all-American rockin’ country music artist who proudly served as an active duty Soldier (Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot) in the United States Army. When it comes to defining
what country music is all about, Ryan’s story is like few others. Ryan is the Real Deal.
Ryan was adopted at 10 months old and grew up in Florida. Ryan is one of eight siblings and the youngest of three Weaver boys, all of whom became
Helicopter Pilots. Ryan’s brother, Aaron, died on January 8, 2004, when the Medivac Black Hawk helicopter he was a passenger on was shot down by
enemy fire in Iraq. (Ironically, Aaron had survived the bloody battle in Mogadishu, Somalia, basis for the movie Black Hawk Down.) On January 4, 2014, Ryan’s brother-in-law, Randy, was also killed in action when the Black Hawk Helicopter he was piloting was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan.
Ryan’s latest single, “Crank It” broke into the Music Row charts debuting at #97 and can be heard in markets all over the South. The music video for “Crank It” appeared 8 weeks in the Rising Star on the Heartland Network’s Top 10 Music Videos and 10 weeks at #1 on Yallwire.com.
Ryan performed on the main Broadway stage for the 2013 Tootsie’s Annual Birthday Bash and has opened for George Jones, Black Shelton, Craig Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, and many more. Ryan is currently on tour in Florida, but will be returning to Nashville in June to play the CMA Fest for two shows; June 4, Headlining at Margaritaville on Broadway and June 7, performing on the Hall of
Fame Walk stage.
Meet Megan Rüger...A Wisconsin native, began her music career at age seven, singing in local fairs and talent contests. By age 16 she was opening for national acts such as ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Darryl Worley and Rascal Flatts. Singing the national anthem for the Milwaukee Brewers and Country Thunder USA ( Twin Lakes , WI.) for six years straight, made her an artist in high demand.
Moving to Nashville to further her career, she was discovered by American Idol and made it to the Hollywood semi finals, knocking them dead with music from Three Dog Night to Nazareth. When not in the studio, Megan is a regular Nashville performer, having shared stage along side musicians from bands such as Kellie Pickler, Lorrie Morgan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Gavin Degraw. Her influences include Pat Benatar,Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Pink, Gwen Stefanni and the one and only Steve Perry of Journey.
While her influences are of the 80's rock and today's pop, Megan and her band play music from 80's, 90's, and today as well as her original music. She just recently was on Team Blake on this season of The Voice. (Season 6) She has 2 cover recordings from the show available on Itunes. But she is currently compiling originals to release an EP soon. She will also be touring a lot this summer, scheduled shows include a few in her home state of Wisconsin.
Meet Shelby Thompson...Shelby’s lifelong dream came true when she was crowned Miss Tennessee on June 22, 2013, at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tennessee. As the newly crowned Miss Tennessee, Kirkland’s Inc. sponsors Shelby as she serves as Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and travels 70,000 miles speaking to 40,000 schoolchildren about the Character Education Trait: Trustworthiness. Throughout her year of travels across the state, Shelby also serves as a National Spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Official Friends of Children’s Hospital Board Intern, Volunteer Tennessee’s Honorary Board Chair, as well as the Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network for the state of Tennessee, home to five CMN hospitals.
Shelby is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a B.S. in Public Relations, a minor in Business and has been accepted into Lipscomb University’s MBA program with a Nonprofit Management concentration. She was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, was selected as one of fifteen college seniors to participate in the Senior Leadership Capstone Course, and received the UTK’s School of Public Relations Scholarship. Shelby also received Tennessee’s Lottery HOPE Scholarship, as well as the University of Tennessee’s Center for International Education Scholarship. While a student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, she was selected by her professors to attend the LeaderShape Institute in 2011, was employed as an Ambassador Scholar, served as Philanthropy Chair for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority where she coordinated weekly service projects for 175 members and was named Alpha Kappa Chapter’s Junior of the Year. The National Alpha Delta Pi Sorority honored Shelby as the National Collegiate Volunteer of the Year in 2011 for her work involving Ronald McDonald House Charities where she raised over $8,000 through the fundraiser she created.
Meet The 2Steel Girls... A Country Duo from NBC’s, The Voice, team Blake Shelton. Most think that Allison & Krystal Steel of 2Steel Girls are sisters, but they are really mother and daughter and the only mother, daughter duo to ever compete on the show.
Since their last performance on The Voice in Dec. 2012, they have recorded with Blake Shelton, released their debut CD on the Today Show, Hallmark’s Home & Family and more.
On January 5th, 2014 the girls signed with PCG Nashville, an Artist Development company run by seasoned Nashville executive Bernard Porter. Porter founded PCG Nashville in 2008 and has had a key role in the signings of Jason Aldean and Joe Diffie among others. These girls are rising Country Music stars, definitely ones to watch!
Meet David Fanning… As the guiding force behind the hot Nashville production team NV Entertainment, David has overseen three #1 hits by Thompson Square and Parmalee, and worked to ready newer acts, like guitar-slinger Lindsay Ell, for the big time. Taking what he has learned behind the console, David also crafted his own brand of country music, which he is finally ready to release into the world.
With his fresh, honeyed voice and the gift to make whatever he records distinctly his own, David is the kind of artist country music needs right now.
“I want my songs to have depth, and touch on all the sounds that today’s music fan cares about,” he says. “On their iPhones, people have Imagine Dragons, Lupe Fiasco and then Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean. I wanted to acknowledge that.”
David’s debut single, “Drink You Away,” personifies that mission statement. Originally written and recorded by Justin Timberlake, “Drink You Away” is David’s interpretation of what the pop superstar would sound like had he recorded in Nashville. SiriusXM deejay Storme Warren played David’s version for Justin when he stopped by his radio show, and the song took on a life of its own.
Meet Cory Fleming Sr.… An Arena Football Hall of Famer and a Superbowl Champion. Cory’s long and prestigious football career began at the University of Tennessee. While playing football at Tennessee, Cory was selected as the Community Spirit Award Recipient.
Cory was drafted into the NFL in 1994 as the Third Round, 87th overall pick and while playing for the 1996 Dallas Cowboys, Cory was the winner of the Super Bowl XXX Championship.
Cory continued his football career in the Arena Football League, where he was awarded Rookie of the Year in 1997, Player of the Year in 2004, and selected as one of the 20th greatest Arena Football League Players of all-time.
Cory is now the Coordinator for The Cory Fleming Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to high school student athletes who are looking to continue their collegiate education. The scholarship is a $500 award given to students who have certain criteria based on the guidelines of the scholarship fund. The Cory Fleming Scholarship Fund is currently in all of the Metro Nashville public Schools. They are planning to incorporate all of the counties surrounding the Nashville area and abroad
Meet Amber Carrington…An American country music artist who gained fame as a semi-finalist on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice”, where she finished in the Top 5.
Recently Amber made her third appearance at The Grand Ole Opry in March 2014 and has been given the opportunity to cowrite with many of Nashville’s finest songwriters.
Amber Carrington currently is living in Nashville, TN where she continues chasing her dreams while writing, singing and sharing her music with her worldwide fan base.
Meet Luke Sanders...An American mixed martial artist and current undefeated RFA Featherweight.
Luke Sanders is one of MMA's hottest prospects. Fighting professionally since 2011, Luke has earned an impressive 7-0 record, fighting for some of the industries top promotions; Strikeforce, XFC, and RFA. Luke's work ethic and passion for combat sports began at an early age; he holds a State wrestling title from Montgomery Central High School in Clarksville, TN and a State Ice Hockey title from Centennial High School in Franklin, TN.
Luke is currently employed at Hotbox Fitness and lives in Nashville, TN while he continues to train at Nashville MMA and chase his dream of competing in the UFC. Luke can be seen fighting on the Nationally televised AXS TV Fights.