Dec. 4, 2020

The Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown Week 20

The Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown Week 20

14 independent artists. Each week we will have a top 10 plus new songs to try and break into that top 10 this week's artists are 10. Sharon Marie White "Small Town Prayer" 9. Roy Saunders "Stranger" 8. Heather Ragnars "I Know I’m Bad" 7. Ryan Lunn "Embers" 6. Art and Wick "Glass" New Artist Ian Michaels "Same Old Agenda" New Artist Rollin Jewett "Arizona Sun" 5. Meagan Allen "Even Rain" 4. Katrina Curtiss "Blue" 3. Greg Drews and the Truth ft Iliana Lewis "The Weight and Sea" New Artist Hilljacks "Country to the Bone" New Artist Yes M.A.M. "Cowgirl You Changed The Game" 2. Highbeams "Keep You Around" 1. Ryleigh Madison "Stranger" --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thegeorgiasongbirds/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thegeorgiasongbirds/support

Meagan Allen

Meagan Allen

Meagan is a singer-songwriter from Tennessee. She has a high influence in Jazz, and she has been chasing her dreams out in Nashville making contacts, cowriting, and soaking up as much info as she can. Recently she was in the The Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown for 12 weeks and reaching number 1 along the way. Her song "Even Rain" is available for download

Yes M.A.M.

What happens when you combine a songwriter with over 20 years of writing experience, a bassist with a love for all kinds of music who also plays the sax, a bluesy lead guitarist, a passionate drummer, and a singer with a voice that will remind you of the R&B singers from the 60’s. You get Yes M.A.M. We play mainly originals but we also do covers, but we do them the Yes M.A.M. way. Our unique mix of talent brings you a sound that is hard to describe. It’s a little jazzy, a little bluesy, a little country. There's one word to describe it, MUSIC. So listen in as four Middle Aged Men (M.A.M.) take you on a musical journey that spans a lifetime of love, heartbreak, and maybe a few bad choices. Yes M.A.M.

Ryan Lunn

Born and raised in the Niagara Region, Ryan Lunn is a self-taught composer, singer, musician and actor. He has written hundreds of songs since he began composing at the age of eighteen, when he received his first guitar from his grandfather, Harry Wrightman.
Ryan earned bachelor degree in sociology at McMaster University and his Master’s degree in education from D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY.
Composing primarily on his Guitar, Ryan also plays the Piano, harmonica and various percussion instruments. His song Ghost Rider will soon be published in ‘Leaves from the Poet Tree’, a book of poetry which includes pieces from writers all over the world.
He is currently part of two bands. – “The Ike’s” is an original band, that was nominated for two NMA’s – best new group and best original group of the year. Two of Ryan’s original songs “If Any at All” and “Colours’ are both featured on the record. The Ike’s are currently recording
their second album, in which two more of Ryan’s original songs have been recorded;
“Sleepwalker’ and Ghost Rider”.

“We Are Co-Pilots” is his debut album. Comprised exclusively of his original compositions, it is a 14-track concept album featuring many of Niagara’s talented musicians.

Along with these current projects, he has also been a part of various stage and screen productions, his most recent role being in a Horror Comedy short, 37% Pure Evil with The Skeleton Crew Productions. Ryan has been involved in 27 productions across the Niagara Region. Ryan Lunn is also an accomplished motivational and public speaker.

Currently Ryan is the owner of Ryan Lunn Music & Consulting and Valleycreek Craft &
Consulting. He raises his family, lives and works in Jordan Station ON, where the video of the
“The Great Wave” was filmed. Ryan composes and paints with his partner Jill Shimizu in their home studio, which is also located in Jordan Station.

Heather Ragnars

Heather Ragnars is a singer-songwriter, composer and performer based in Montreal, Canada. Her first EP, Bench Warmer, came out in November 2018. The album can be described as a mix of folk and retro R’n’B with clear influences from the 50’s, 60’s and strong female vocalists like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Beth Gibbons of Portishead. Heather has twice been voted as one of the Top Ten Singer-songwriters in Montreal by the magazine Cult MTL. She has played shows in Canada, the United States, West Africa and Iceland. Recent performances include the Melodica Reykjavik festival and performances at the Wiggle Room, where she shares the stage with Montreal's finest burlesque artists.

Born in Iceland and raised in the United States and Canada, Heather was raised in a musical family. She was exposed to various types of music throughout her childhood including traditional choir music, opera, musical theatre, pop and rock’n’roll. She started taking piano lessons at a young age and soon began taking classical voice lessons in the hopes of one day performing on Broadway. When she discovered songwriting, she knew she had found her calling: her songs are heartbreaking, yet barefaced accounts of the many things we think but don't say.

While perhaps most known for her regular gigs at the Wiggle Room in Montreal, Heather has performed at various festivals and venues throughout the years including Le phare des mamelles in Senegal, Smitefest in the U.S.A. and The St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival in Canada. She maintains strong ties to her homeland of Iceland most recently performing at the Melodica Reykjavik festival in August of 2019. Heather has written two psalms for the Women’s Church of Iceland, one of which appeared on a compilation CD and book by the same name published by Kirkefondet in 2019 (Himlen og Jorden må feste - salmer og sange fra hele verden).

In the spring of 2019, Heather took a 15-week masterclass in film composition under the guidance of Mehdat Hanbali. She is currently studying Composition in the Music Department at Concordia University where she also studies Jazz Voice.

Art and Wick

Based in Atlanta, GA, Art & Wick is an indie band created from the collaboration between Christian Artieda and Amy Smithwick. Our debut album is available anywhere you listen! www.artandwick.com

Roy Saunders

Roy Saunders is a Southern musician who blends the sounds of country, southern rock and blues. Certain obvious influences stand out including The Highwaymen, Cody Jinx, and Blackberry Smoke. Add in a little family style flavor of The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and you’ve got a distinctly original southern sound.

Born in the mountains of North Georgia, his musical heritage goes back to North Florida with his grandfather, a professional popular pianist and Musician's Union president, and father, a touring guitarist and recording artist.

Self taught, Roy formed the Atlanta based band 11th Night in 2012 with his brother, Ryan. He then moved to Savannah where he co-founded the Garth Brooks style duo "Escaping Fate," with low country legend and musical mainstay, Jay Morelock.

While in Savannah, Roy opened for, Ian McLagan, international touring artist Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones, People's Blues of Richmond, Zack Myers of Shinedown fame, and Austin Webb.

Now based in Atlanta, Roy played 150 shows in five states in the past year alone. He also released his swampy original single ‘Stranger’ on streaming platforms with an EP to follow in 2020.

Roy has built a full band featuring guitarist Jay Morelock on guitar, his father Steven Saunders on bass and seasoned percussionist Tom Dickenson. The group recently performed at Shezmu Cellars in Marietta, GA to promote the single ‘Stranger.’

2020 sees Roy booking at new venues, working on more recordings and scheduling a pending southeastern U.S. fall tour. The best is yet to come for this rising country music outlaw.

Sharon Marie White

I have been involved in music since I was fourteen years of age. Songwriting and singing are a passion and it shown in my story telling through my music. Please join my Facebook Group page as well. My website is www.sharonmariewhite.com

Highbeams

Highbeams are a trio of brothers that play emotive, high energy Folk Rock. Since their first show on New Years Eve 2012, the band has captured audiences all over the Southeast with their warm, personable stage presence and rich three-part harmonies. Highbeams have traveled all over the U.S. performing hundreds of shows every year; including opening slots for acts like Vertical Horizon, Chase Bryant, Col Bruce Hampton, and the Grammy nominated duo, Brothers Osborne.

The band constantly adds to their extensive body of work, all released through their own record label: Blanket Fort. Today the band continues to tour behind their newest album, Keep Meaning It, and persists in making the most out of every opportunity to share their dream with the world.

Highbeams are Adam Pendlington, Ian Pendlington, and Stephen Quinn.

Greg Drews

Atlanta based songwriter Greg Drews crafts vocal driven American Roots music with an abundance of warmth and space. His songs blend the recline of California Roots Rock, harmonies of Southern Appalachian Soul and the gentle swagger of the Texas Troubadours - all echoes of time spent living in those locales.
As a band, Greg Drews and The Truth operate from a simple set of guiding principles: be honest with the music and genuine in the delivery, stay open to different configurations, collaborate, tell good stories and bend in the breeze. They create a sound that seems to know when to pull from roots and when to swing and sway from the trees - structures are loose and chemistry is undeniable.
The Truth is: Chris Nosek (drums/uke/mandolin), Jay Gore (vocals/harmonica/drums), Mark Grundhoefer (guitar/vocals) and Stephen Grundhoefer (bass).

Ryleigh Madison

15-year-old singer who performs around the Carolinas and beyond with her Uncle Dustin Chapman. Ryleigh uses her talents to praise the Lord and uplift those who listen.

Randall Rutledge

I was Born August 23, 1961, in Calhoun, Georgia a small farm town situated in the mountains 70 miles northwest of Atlanta. My interest in show business started in 1967 when a movie was being shot in my town Calhoun at New Echota (a Cherokee Indian museum). The Movie was entitled "The Trail of Tears" starring Johnny Cash, a real thrill for me at six years old, I also developed an intense interest in country music as well as rock and roll from the 50's. My musical influences that made me even more interested in show business were Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr. And Jr., Marty Robbins, as well as many of today's current recording artists, such as fellow Georgians Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt, just to mention a few. My favorite actors are Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Chuck Norris but I also admire several actor's work which has lead to my desire to also be an actor.

I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on December 5, 1978 with two tours of overseas duty under my belt, a career in the military was out of the question. So at the completion of my tour of duty with the Marines, it was off to Hollywood on January 22, 1982. After about a year, I started picking up extra work in major motion pictures such as Scarface, Karate Kid, Rhinestone, as well as TV Shows, commercials, music videos etc.Between 1987 and 1994 I traveled from Las Vegas to Nashville and back to Los Angeles exploring all phases of the entertainment industry from acting, screen writing, song writing, producing etc. I have performed in talent shows in the following country and western clubs: The Palomino (Now Closed), D.J. Ranch in Long Beach, California and the Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth, California. From 1983 to 1985 I served as an assistant casting director with Casting Unlimited in Hollywood. In 1987 I had my own morning wake-up show where I impersonated various character and celebrity voices such as Mickey Mouse, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Stewart, Yogi Bear as well as various others on W.Q.M.T. an FM radio station in Dalton, Georgia. Also from January to February 1995 I wrote, produced, and hosted 6 one half hour entertainment variety shows entitled Showbiz Highlights on cable channel 10 W.E.B.S., Calhoun, Georgia. Shortly after The 6th show of "Showbiz Highlights" I decided to relocate back to Hollywood in pursuit of an acting and screen writing career.

I've written 5 screenplays "West Bound 18 Wheeler", "The Idol", "Kung Fu Shoes", "Bad to the Bone", and "Beaver Moon" as well as a TV series concept entitled "Bright Light City" I also produced a TV pilot that is a musical variety show entitled "The Street Singers" the pilot was written and directed by 7 time Emmy award winner David E. Durston (Who Passed away May 2010) and Co-Produced with Jack Damon formerly the character Doctor Brown from the soap General Hospital. "The Street Singers" was awarded the Silver Award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival / International Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers Inc. I also hosted my own TV show in Las Vegas on K.Y.R.K. TV Channel 35 entitled "Las Vegas Singers Roundup" of which I was also the creator of the show, and at the same time created and hosted my own radio show in Las Vegas on K.L.A.V. 1230 AM entitled "Let's Talk Country Music".

I have also written over 30 country songs 5 of which I produced and recorded in Nashville on my album with the same title as the title track "Non Stop Flight" and have also written a book entitled "From Movie City to Music City USA" (My Journey Through Showbiz and How it Works.), and am currently working on a new book a western novel historical fiction blended with historical fact for the time set in 1858.

Katrina Curtiss

Bluesy folk style interpretation of crowd favorites and original songs that engage the audience. Katrina also teaches guitar, ukulele, piano, vocal performance and songwriting. Catch one of her high-energy solo acoustic shows and sit a spell in her listening room.

Awards include 2019 Music Achievement Award from The R & R Music Group.

Hilljacks

Hilljacks er ett "urbant" bygdeband fra Øvre Romerike og har siden oppstarten i slutten av 2014 klart å markere seg kraftig i det norske og skandinaviske countrymiljøet. Bandet har siden oppstart gjort utallige jobber rundt om i landet på store og små scener og høstet svært gode kritikker både fra publikum og arrangørene. Hilljacks har stor forkjærlighet for trad country og skriver også selv låter i nevnte sjanger. Bandet har hatt en eventyrlig karriere så langt da mye på grunn av to sterke vokalister, stabile musikere, gjennomført kor og bred instrumentering og bandet har med både mandolin, trekkspill, pedal steel gitar og munnspill på scenen.

Allerede fra første sesongen var interessen for Hilljacks over all forventning og arrangørene begynte raskt å legge merke til bandet som jobber hardt og seriøst med musikken sin før den serveres publikum. Dette har resultert i svært mange opptredener, bl.a på Countryfestivalen Seljord, Krabbefestivalen på Atløy, Countryfestivalen i Skjåk, Countryfestivalen.dk , Lofoten Countryfestival, Gausdalfestivalen, Jonsokdansen på Voss m.fl. Interessen er fortsatt stigende hvilket mengden av re-booking og spillekalenderen viser. Hilljacks blir å se på flere store og små festivaler og arrangement i inn og utland i tiden fremover. (Se spilleplan)

Hilljacks synger og skriver største delen av sitt reportuar på engelsk men kan overraske men en og annen god norsk "kjenning" som fort innbyr til allsang blant publikum men uansett norsk eller engelsk er gjenkjennelsesfaktoren og svingende rytmer en viktig essens i musikken til Hilljacks.

Hilljacks slapp sin første egenproduserte singel "Where Did Country Music Go" i september 2016 og fulgte opp med albumet "Redneck Blood" januar 2017. I september samme år slapp vi også singelen "One More Star".
I 2018 slapp vi to singler; "She's back in town" og "Somehow".
I september 2019 ga vi ut vårt andre album, Country to the bone, hvor vi var så heldige å få med oss selveste Lillian Askeland, "Lilly the Kid", i duett med vår egen Karina Kvernes, på låta Entertainers at heart. Hvilken glede og ære!
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