Nashville TN | Country
Victoria Banks was named 2010 CCMA Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Her debut CD "When You Can Fly" (OnRamp/EMI Canada) made her the most nominated female artist of 2009 with CCMA nods for Female Artist, Rising Star, Songwriter, Album, Single and Producer of the Year. She has been labeled "one of the best songwriters in the business" by Music Row Magazine, and her Jessica Simpson singles "Come on Over" and "Remember That" were respectively the highest new artist debut in Billboard history and the #1 most downloaded song on iTunes. She penned the ASCAP and SOCAN award-winning Sara Evans hit "Saints & Angels", Johnny Reid's CCMA Song of the Year "Dance With Me", and has scored chart-topping hits for Doc Walker and One More Girl. As a performing artist she has shared the stage with Reba, Alabama, Lonestar, Randy Travis and more. Raised in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, Victoria now lives in Nashville where she is a staff songwriter at Chrysalis Music.
Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
Jim Reilley was co-founder of the late-lamented folk-rock “gangstas”, The New Dylans. Along with songwriting partner Reese Campbell, Reilley roped in friends John Lombardo and Jerry Augustyniak of 10,000 Maniacs to record The New Dylans’ six-song debut ep in 1986. Earning praise from Village Voice rock critic Robert Christgau (who placed the ep in the top five albums of 1986 in the prestigious Village Voice “Pazz and Jop” poll), and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe (who called it his fave album of that year), things were certainly rolling for the boys. Confused by their instant success, Jim and Reese capitalized swiftly and decisively-they broke up. Once confronted however with the workaday life that until then had eluded them, the boys soon realized their mistake and reunited. Soon after, the lads inked a deal with Minnesota-based Red House Records who subsequently allowed two New Dylans albums to escape their folky clutches in the mid-1990’s. The New Dylans barnstormed the country playing to anyone who would listen (and many who wouldn’t) sharing stages with The Band, Townes Van Zandt, Shawn Colvin, The Fleshtones, Superdrag, Syd Straw, The Silos, Steve Forbert and even old pals 10,000 Maniacs. The New Dylans received glowing reviews from Rolling Stone, Musician, Mojo, Dirty Linen, Audio, Stereo Review, Pulse and Spin just to name a few. AAA radio also fell hard for the boys with generous airplay and feature spots on Acoustic Café, World Café, NPR’s All Things Considered, Idiot’s Delight with Vin Scelsa, and even a handful of appearances on ex-Partridge Family imp Danny Bonaduce’s WLUP show in Chicago. MTV also featured The New Dylans on 120 Minutes and The Cutting Edge. Reilley broke up The New Dylans and moved to Nashville in 1998. After a brief and near disastrous stint as fashion consultant to Porter Wagoner, Reilley signed a deal as a staff songwriter with Curb Publishing. In his 8 years at Curb, Reilley’s songs were recorded by Jack Ingram, Vince Gill, Hal Ketchum, Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush, Cowboy Crush, Lisa Brokop and Ronna Reeves. In 2001, Reilley recorded his first solo album “The Return of Buddy Cruel” released in 2003 on Silent Planet Records. Produced by Grammy-winner Don Henry, the album was added to 28 AAA stations and lingered for 12 weeks in the top 25 of the Roots Rock Album Chart in the spring of 2003. Reilley paid a return visit to Acoustic Café, and the album also garnered airplay on BBC Radio 1 in UK, BBC Scotland, Radio Golden Flash in Belgium, Real Roots Café Network in central Europe, and BRTO’s Crossroads in Bergen, the Netherlands, whose host Jos Van Den Boom also placed the album in his top 10 albums of 2003. Performing Songwriter and Paste both ran feature articles on Reilley’s return, and “The Return of Buddy Cruel” also earned rave reviews from Billboard, Puremusic.com, Exclaim ! magazine in Canada, Ctrl.alt.country in Belgium, and Glitterhouse in Germany. Nashville’s local newspaper The Tennessean proclaimed “The Return of Buddy Cruel” one of the top 10 albums of 2003 and the track “Won’t Let You Make A Fool of Me” as one of the top 10 songs of 2003 in their year-end critic’s poll. Reilley recorded a second solo album (“Thank God I’m A Contrary Boy”) in 2004 with Grammy-winner Robert Reynolds (The Mavericks) co-producing and featuring a band consisting of Ken Coomer (Wilco/ Uncle Tupelo), Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), Jen Gunderman (Jayhawks), Audley Freed (The Black Crowes), Al Perkins (Gram Parsons/Manassas) and David Mead. As of this writing, the album remains unreleased. Reilley also contributed an original song to the film “The Canyon” in 2008. In January 2010, Reilley’s song “The Man Who Had Everything” was named to BBC Scotland tastemaker Karen Miller’s “Best Of The Decade” list. In Summer 2010, Reilley started a new band with Ken Coomer, Michael Webb, Paul Deakin and Geoff Sprung called Swimming With Jeff.
Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
Jon McElroy is a unique combination of southern roots, classical training and a rock-’n’-roll soul. For more than 20 years he has used his varied musical influences and wicked sense of humor to craft some of pop and country’s most eclectic hits. .. ..He began his writing career in Los Angeles with Screen Gems Music. In a karmic twist of fate, the Mississippi native garnered unlikely success by landing a cut on the debut, quadruple-platinum album of ’80s mall diva Tiffany, only to switch gears and move to Nashville in 1987 to write for legendary producer Harold Shedd. .. ..In bringing his own personal brand of quirkiness to country, McElroy broke through with what is possibly the first “surf song” to ever come out of Nashville. Neal McCoy’s “The Shake,” featured on his Greatest Hits album, was one of BMI’s Most Performed Songs of 1996. McElroy scored another top-five single with “She Drew a Broken Heart” off Patty Loveless’ CMA-nominated Album of the Year, The Trouble with the Truth. Along the way, this guitar-playing journeyman has recorded at The Band’s famous Shangri-La Studio and played with both Gary Morris and Rob Crosby on the now-infamous Travis Tritt/Marty Stuart “No Hats” tour... ..Other McElroy songs have been recorded by some of Nashville’s finest, including “I’ll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song)” for Phil Vassar; “She Went Out for Cigarettes,” Chely Wright; and “Too Far to Turn Around,” by Travis Tritt. He’s also had cuts with Lonestar, Juice Newton, The Bellamy Brothers, and Marty Raybon... ..McElroy has two cuts, “Tequila Loves Me” and “In a Small Town,” on Kenny Chesney’s 2005 CD, The Road and the Radio, and a recent Hal Ketchum single, “Just This Side of Heaven.” He also has four cuts on the soon-to-be-released debut album of Curb artist Lee Brice (songs co-written with Brice), and is now enjoying the sucess of Lee Brice’s current single "Happy Endings"!!
Nashville TN | Country
We are all made up of a collection of stories and experiences. As we go through life, these experiences shape us and become a tapestry from which we learn and reflect, preparing us for the next chapter in the never-ending story.
Beautiful Tragedy, Lisa Brokop's seventh studio album, is an amazing compilation of songs that tell a part of Lisa's story - a chapter in her life - a true representation of Lisa and who she is. In Beautiful Tragedy's title track, Lisa says,
I'll take all the storms and I'll take all the pain and I'll throw in the good times and weave them up magically into my tapestry - all my life's meant to be's in a beautiful tragedy...
Lisa's approach to Beautiful Tragedy was very different than her previous recording projects. She wanted to bring it back to the basics - to great songs and pure music - a very simple recipe. She wanted the music to have an organic feel, focusing more on the soul of each song as opposed to layers of electronics and instrumentation. She chose songs that truly meant something to her...no filler. And to do this, Lisa led the project from top to bottom. Writer, producer, record label, coffee runner...
Some might say that Lisa has reinvented herself for this project - but she would disagree. Rather than reinvention, Beautiful Tragedy is a maturation. There is a truth in the music that Lisa is eminently proud of. It is an album that provides new subtleties with every listen. It is an album that will make you feel. What you feel is up to you...
Once a shy, quiet girl caught in the whirlwind of early success, Lisa has found her true voice. She is an accomplished and award winning performer, singer and songwriter. Her tale began in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As a baby, it was clear to her parents that she was special - she could sing before she could talk! By the age of seven she was on stage with her accordion playing mother and drumming 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 teenage singles. Lisa's career began to gain momentum with the recording of her debut album, an independent Canadian release entitled 'My Love'. At the age of 19 in 1992, Lisa took the film stage for a change, in the lead female role of the feature film "Harmony Cats". The movie, in which Lisa played a country singer who leaves home in search of a big break in Nashville, proved to be prophetic. Shortly after the filming of "Harmony Cats", 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", with hits such as "Give Me a Ring Sometime", "Take That", "Before He Kissed Me" and "She Can't Save Him".
In 1998, Lisa signed with Sony Nashville/Columbia Records and released "When You Get To Be You", featuring the hits "Better Off Broken", "What's Not To Love" and "How Do I Let Go". However, sometimes a great voice and great songs are just not enough in the major label music factory, and despite critical acclaim, Lisa and her record label parted ways. 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 song writing talent, which gave her renewed self-respect, strength and determination.
They say, everything happens for a reason. And in Lisa's case, it meant an opportunity to tackle a new recording project with complete creative control. The result was "Undeniable", a Canadian independent album that, with the collaboration of some of North America's finest musicians, was her finest project to date. Between 2000 and 2003, and on the strength of "Undeniable," Lisa was recognized with a series of Canadian Country Music Awards in her native country, 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 trophies for Independent Female Artist of the Year.
It was during this time, that Lisa really began to get noticed for her song writing abilities. All ten songs on 'Undeniable' were co-written by Lisa and before long other stars were recording tracks penned by Lisa, 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 the classic ballads "Just a Girl" and "Try Me Again Around Midnight" to the traditional roots inspired debut single, "Wildflower", Lisa crafted an album that she was truly proud of - a presentation of compelling music and gripping lyrics.