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Big Ride Entertainment artist Marlee Scott recognized early on that she was born to be a singer. The talent was there. The drive was there. The charm was there. The patience, on the other hand...
"I remember when I was fourteen years old, every night before I went to bed I would tell myself that I would be a recording artist by the time I turned fifteen. It didn't happen quite that fast!" she laughs.
Even as a young girl though, it didn't take Marlee long to figure out which direction her musical career was going to take.
"Marlee's mom had called to schedule flute lessons for her," remembers one of Marlee's childhood music teachers. "When it came time for her first lesson I asked her, 'So, you want to play the flute?' She smiled at me and pointed to a pink electric guitar that I had in the corner and said, 'No, I want to play that.'"
Marlee spent her childhood and early teenage years learning guitar and taking vocal lessons, but it was a seemingly routine car ride one afternoon that reconnected the young singer with her deep affection for Country music.
"Country music has always been a part of me, but around the time I was sixteen, I was listening to a lot more Pop music on the radio," Marlee recalls. "I remember riding in the car with my friends one day, and a song we didn't really like came on, so we switched it over to the Country station. Alabama's 'Mountain Music' was playing. We liked the groove, so we left the radio tuned to the Country station. I guess we just never changed it back!"
Alabama may have brought the teenager back to her roots, but it was songs like Rascal Flatts' "Prayin' for Daylight" and Emerson Drive's "I Should Be Sleeping" that pushed Marlee to try her hand at writing Country material. So, while most of her friends were participating in school-related activities, Marlee devoted all of her free time to riding her horse Sidra and writing and recording music.
Marlee's first album, Souvenir, introduced the young singer to the Country music masses, but more importantly, it generated sufficient buzz to showcase her songs live at various festivals and fairs around the country. It was a valuable learning experience that helped shape Marlee as a confident performer on stage.
In 2007, she caught the attention of veteran industry executive Gerry Leiske. Leiske was intrigued by Scott's natural ability as a singer and songwriter, and in 2008 he signed her to a management deal. Under Leiske's guidance, Marlee released her second album, establishing a solid foundation for her developing career.
"By the time I recorded my second album, I had grown up a lot," Marlee reveals. "I had experienced love and heartbreak; I had moved away from my family and friends and made a new life for myself in Music City. I was so much more comfortable in the studio at that point, and I think you could hear a new maturity in my music."
Marlee's critically-acclaimed sophomore effort included the international hit "Here To Heaven." The track went Top 20 in Australia and Canada and shot to the top of the charts in Europe. Within months, she had signed a new label deal with Leiske's Big Ride Records.
"One of the highlights of my career so far has been signing with Big Ride," Marlee says. "The entire team is behind me and that is such an amazing feeling. I feel like they have invested their time and energy into helping me develop as an artist, and we are all extremely excited about this new project we are working on."
Produced by David Kalmusky, the album includes the single, "Beautiful Maybe," as well as her current release, the infectious "Train Wreck." Although the songs are decidedly different in subject matter, each one reflects a unique side of Marlee's personality that could only be expressed through her music. "Beautiful Maybe" is a shimmering Pop-Country gem with a positive, empowering message, while "Train Wreck" is a feisty, entertaining number set to a driving rhythm and addictive groove.
"'Train Wreck' grabbed me right out of the gate the first time I heard it," says Marlee. "It brings such a fun, tongue-in-cheek outlook on what it's like to fall for the wrong person, but yet they just can't seem to get enough. I love making people smile and chuckle and want to sing along, and 'Train Wreck' seems to do it every time."
Regardless of whether she is poking fun at bad relationships or stressing the importance of believing in one's dreams, Marlee is a spirited, refreshing voice in Country music that is destined to carve out her own niche in the format.
"It's the storytelling and honesty of Country music that I was always drawn to," she notes. "Lyrically, these songs represent who I am more accurately than anything I've ever written before. I hope people can hear and identify with that on this record."
Marlee's debut album on Big Ride Records comes out in the U.S. and Canada in spring 2012.
I was born into a musical family and grew up on a ranch in South Texas. With my family's blessing, I've been singing and performing around Texas since I was eight years old... I've known from the moment I first set foot on a stage that I was going to devote my life to music, and I've been blessed to see that dream fulfilled. For me, life boils down to one thing, and that's music. It always has, always will! You gotta keep rockin' and pushing your way forward!!
Dean Cook has been a singer/songwriter for more than 50 years. As one of the founding members of The Surf Knights then known as The Dream Machine in the 1960's, Dean wrote most of the songs for the bands he played with.
Dean has played or performed with music icons like, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Billy Gibbons, Clint Black, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Who, The Byrds, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Michael Martin Murphy, Gary P. Nunn, Guy Schwartz, Rick Lyon, Tommy George, Gaston Robau, Ricky Robau, Dickie Malone, The Dishes, Shake Russell, John Gould, Billy Block, Rick Stagner, Tim Root, Marcia Ball, Asleep at The Wheel, Neal Ford & the Fanatics, The Coastliners, Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt, Sam the Sham, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Neil Diamond and many more.
He is one of the founders of the Spring Music Festival (Spring Crawfish Festival) which is celebrated in Old Town Spring just north of Houston Texas for the past 25 years.
He is the man that introduced music to Wunsche Brothers Cafe in Old Town Spring.
He played at Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic in 1975.
He toured with The Who as the opening act.
Has written 100's of songs for the performers he has played with as well as the bands he was a part of.
He is a member with The Songwriters Guild of South Carolina.
He is a member of the Songwriters Guild of America.
Dean is a member of the NASI, Nashville Songwriters Assn.
Dean now lives a quiet life of reflection with his lovely wife Joanne, in Elgin SC.
He contemplates his navel from time to time.
Charity Vance has a thing for paper, pens and poems. Ever so quirky and joyfully explosive, the 19-year-old singer-songwriter has made a name for herself, thanks to her unique voice and carefully crafted indie-pop anthems. "I want my music to be the choice of the group of girls driving to the park," says Charity. "I hope it streams through the open windows to meet the wind on its way out. I hope my music gets the chance to live."
And in early 2010, her music found lots of open windows thanks to extensive coverage on Season 9 of the hit FOX series American Idol, where she first wowed the judges (and guest judge Shania Twain) in Chicago with her rendition of "Summertime." Soon after American Idol, the Little Rock native headed into the studio with Nashville-based production team ZodLounge (Emily Osment, Leann Rimes, Richard Marx), who started to work on her national debut album, which will be released in 2011.
But Charity is far from an overnight sensation, and differs from the manufactured pop princesses that frequent today's musical landscape. Her journey began in childhood, and doors continued to open. From the age of 7, Charity has performed each year at Riverfest, Arkansas' largest festival, and has done countless half-time and National Anthem performances at Verizon Arena. At the age of 9, she played the lead role in the musical Annie for a 50-show run with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. And two years later, she won the Radio Disney Superstar Kid Contest, sponsored by KDIS 99.5FM (Radio Disney's Little Rock affiliate). She even made regular appearances at special events at Little Rock's famed Peabody Hotel. Charity's frequent performances helped her become a skilled performer, and she grew more and more comfortable with her vocal abilities. So much so that by the time she was 11, she was employed by Soundscapes and doing voice-overs for radio commercials nationwide.
But at the end of the day, it was always the performing and songwriting that captured her attention. "To have the most delightful day possible, all I need is a pen, my right hand, and my beaten-up notebook I am trying to keep alive," says Charity. "I crave paper. I indulge in the aisle with the writing supplies. 'Back to school' shopping is better than my birthday." It's the combination of her unique voice and the beyond-her-years songwriting that has the music industry in Nashville and beyond buzzing. "Writing is a part of me," explains Charity. "It owns a room in my heart. I love visiting that room!"
Brokedown Cadillac is a modern country band that is most often found in Nashville and Los Angeles, but has been rumored to be seen at Starbucks as far west as Santa Monica, and as far east as Kuwait (as well as many in between). Fronted by the pugnacious sprite Corri English, and backed up by Randy Dunham, the duo expanded to include seasoned veterans Don Ian breaking strings, Jeff LeGore callousing his thumb, and Danny Reuland smashing drum heads. Somewhere between the Dixie Chicks and the Eagles, Brokedown Cadillac came upon a sound all their own, blending pop hooks and memorable melodies with the lush and sweeping themes of country music, culminating in layered, realized and balanced songs that range from pensive, unrequited love, to four on the floor I-ain't-having-it mantras only a shotgun-wearing girl-done-wrong could deliver.
Hollywood has been kind. Brokedown Cadillac have kept themselves busy over the last three years, writing music and appearing on both television and film. Their first opportunity came in the form of director Andy Fickman, and his request that Brokedown not only contribute five songs to his film, "Race to Witch Mountain," but also appear as themselves in a honky-tonk alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Disney not only met his offer, but selected not one, but two Brokedown songs to appear on the soundtrack ("Boogie Woogie Saturday Night" and "Southern Nights").
Work begets work. While Brokedown Cadillac went to work on the all the local haunts that Los Angeles could afford in the way of live music venues, honing their live set, once even opening for newly minted number one artist Zac Brown Band, they were called upon yet again by Hollywood-this time for CW's series, Valentine. And so it continued, as Brokedown Cadillac has now had over thirty music placements in television and film. More recently, they have enjoyed their songs on Desperate Housewives, the civil rights documentary, Leaving Selma, for which they wrote the theme song, as well as ten placements for the CW's hit show Hellcats, including a cover of Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz," which can be found on the Hellcats soundtrack. Brokedown Cadillac were even invited to appear as themselves on the Hellcats cliffhanger-rocking Vancouver!
Mo Better. Most recently, Brokedown Cadillac has teamed with hit songwriter Danny Myrick ("She's Country," "International Harvester") and has been writing and producing material for their new album, as well as writing songs for a film (yet to be named) soundtrack. The pairing has been a great fit, and if you're looking for proof, check out "Can You Hear Me," "Let It Ride," and "Bring It On," on iTunes. Yer sure to dig it man!
More than music. Brokedown Cadillac is an official sponsor of freedom and the American Dream, and are proud to have entertained the troops working and living overseas in both Iraq and Kuwait. Brokedown is honored to have served those who serve on three separate tours, spending over a collective month in the Middle East. Inspired by those incredible men and women, and humbled by their dedication, Brokedown Cadillac penned and recorded the track "Don't Forget," which will be released soon.
Speak English. When Corri English isn't scaling buildings in a single bound, she is singing, acting, or baking. While she's yet to appear on Top Chef, she has had her share of film and television appearances, such as "Dawson's Creek," "One Tree Hill," "Without a Trace," "CSI:Miami," "NCIS," and "The Bedford Diaries." She can also be seen starring in many films such as "Runaway Jury," "Unrest," "House of Fears," and along-side Cybill Shepard in "Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith." She is currently gearing up to star in new TV series, "Holliston" created by writer/director Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen), and premiering in early 2012 on FEARnet. Another cool little known factoid-Corri penned the song "Fly Away" with Kristen Hall and Kristian Bush for Sugarland's triple-platinum album Twice the Speed of Life. Not too bad for a girl, huh.
More than a pretty face. Brokedown's Randy Dunham can make a coconut cream pie better than your mother. This is a fact confirmed by Corri's Meemaw, and corroborated by Randy himself. Also, he wrote a book that won an award, and he has a really big… love of Taylor Guitars!
Singer/songwriter/pianist Allie Farris writes and performs music that reflects her classic rock influences. Lush melodies coupled with a powerful vocal sound shape her songs of love and longing. This young Nashville-based artist is currently on tour in support of her debut EP You Make Me Smile, released in 2012. Allie will be recording her debut full-length album live November 25th at The High Watt in Nashville.