Jan. 9, 2021

The Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown

The Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown

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. Yes M.A.M. "Cowgirl You Changed The Game" 9. Ryan Lunn "Embers" 8. Jason Adams "Forbidden Fruit" 7. Sarah Faith "Angels We Have Heard on High" 6. Chris Turner "All in the Same Boat" New Artist Darren Parry "The Grass Ain't Always Greener" New Artist Jerry Willis "Always One" 5. Miles Landrum "Child of Wonder" 4. Autumn Helene "Stars Align" 3. Holly Deihl "Mammaws Song" New Artist Clayton Smalley "Dirt Road Therapy" New Artist Rick Snider "Helluva Night" 2. Meagan Allen "Even Rain" 1. Sam Roark "G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South) --- 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.

Miles Landrum

Born and raised in Adairsville, Georgia. Writing, discovering and creating.

Sarah Faith

Sarah Faith is a Nashville-based artist/songwriter newly transplanted from southeastern Michigan, about 45 minutes north of Detroit. She draws inspiration from a diverse musical background to make a sound of her own – classic rock, americana, and country music have all played a role in shaping Sarah as an artist and writer. Her warm, soulful vocal tone delivers songs written about close-to-the-heart true stories and she carries an energy that can only be described as contagious.

Sarah’s love of songwriting began when she was very young. She would journal and write poetry, using ink and paper as a tool to cope with her difficult childhood. Sarah has always felt that writing is one of the best ways to make sense of her life. Her mother was an abusive alcoholic and ultimately lost her life to addiction in February 2017. Having dealt with anxiety and depression most of her life, Sarah aims to show her audience that she is living proof of a bold choice to change a family legacy and a firm stance to turn imperfect circumstances into light and hope. Her ambitions are ever-evolving but one thing remains a constant; “I want to show people that no matter how dark your story is or how ridiculous and crazy your family is, you have the choice and the power to turn your struggles into good things.”

Sarah has always had a unique way of carving her own path, and music has been no different. At the age of 13, she began teaching herself the guitar and piano, learning “enough to be dangerous.” All the while, she was performing in any choir or honor’s choir she could participate in or audition for. Add to that her constant habit of journaling and writing poetry as an outlet, and songwriting has evolved into a very natural fit for Sarah Faith.

In 2018, Sarah Faith was given the opportunity to audition for Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band, a Michigan-based country rock group. During her time with Alan Turner, she saw many stage lights, including The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan and numerous festivals around the Midwest, reigniting her childhood dreams of being an artist. “I think I was like a lot of seven year olds – don’t we all use our hairbrushes as microphones and make up dances in our rooms in front of the mirror?… Being on stage in this capacity really set my dreams on fire.”

Everything began to make sense over the two years that would follow – having taken up guitar more seriously, she paired musicianship with her writing skills and vulnerable storytelling and headed to Nashville to share her stories with Music City.
The choice to make the official move to Nashville came in 2019 when Sarah decided to put wheels in motion toward her childhood dream of being a musician. Sarah is currently recording music and will release a debut single in early 2020.

The Cliff Notes

» Featured in Lula 1892 blog twice for songs, “Jump” and “Gun Shy”

» Featured in Female Music Nation’s Acoustic April 2019 for “Sound

of Moving On”

» Re-located to Nashville from Michigan August 2019

» Performed as part of the Summer NAMM 2019 with Gibson Guitars on the Tootsie’s Welcome Stage

» Landed a performance spot on the Southeastern International Film Festival in November 2019 held in downtown Nashville at The Valentine

» Supported David Lee Murphy, The James Barker Band, and The Frontmen as part of Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band

» Direct support for The Gasoline Gypsies and Corey Dakota as a solo artist

» Performed at The Fillmore Detroit, Coyote Joe’s – Michigan, Hollywood Casino – Toledo, Blue Chip Casino – Indiana

» Since being in Nashville, has performed popular writer’s rounds such as Revival (Tin Roof), Nashville Tour Stop (Belcourt Taps), and Women Crush It Wednesday (Live Oak), to name a few.


Q & A

Q // Where does your musical influence come from?

A // Some of my earliest music memories are singing in the backseat of my mom’s car wherever we would go. both of my parents played a very contrasting yet important role in my love of music; mom was a country fan and dad taught me all kinds of stuff about classic and 90s rock and alternative. i love it all! i can rock out to Rush, Foo Fighters, and Arctic Monkeys one minute and then go completely old school with some Motown, or mainstream with pop music. i’m always adding new stuff to my playlists and gaining inspiration from lots of different things!

Q // What does music mean to you?

A // Music has provided me with outlets in good, bad, and mediocre times – it’s the best way i know to express myself where words fall short. i really believe that my life makes a whole lot more sense when i write it in a song.

Q // What’s your earliest memory of performing?

A // My first taste and love of performing came very young when my mom forced me into karaoke singing one of her favorite songs “Forever + Ever Amen” by Randy Travis – at first i wanted nothing to do with being on that stage, but about 30 seconds in, i never wanted to come down. i performed in choir throughout my middle school, high school, and college years, earning multiple opportunities in honors choirs and a collegiate vocal scholarship.

Jason Adams

Award winning artist, Jason Adams performs acoustically and with The Jason Adams Band, locally in Middle Tennessee. Also a cohost on WFMC Jams The Midnight Madness Show.

Clayton Smalley

Country artist Clayton Smalley is the epitome of Merle Haggard’s “Working Man Blues”. Other than the nine kids Merle references, the song could be the Spanish Fork, Utah based singer-songwriter’s autobiography. A welder by trade, Clayton, a blue collar family man, is a throwback to when artists balanced the responsibilities of working, helping provide for a family, and pursuing a passion for music. 

Born and raised in Southern California, Clayton grew up listening to artists like George Strait, Keith Whitley and Reba McEntire, which galvanized his love of traditional country music. As a teen he discovered his ability to sing, and with the encouragement of his friends and family, began singing publicly in church musicals and school talent shows. By his early 20s Clayton was fronting a local country cover band and singing karaoke every chance he could get. This is also when he began trying his hand at songwriting, even recording a CD of original songs.

At age 22 Clayton married his wife, Shannon, and with the birth of their daughter, Cheyeanne, made the decision to focus on raising a family and put music on hold. A few years later their son Austin would arrive, completing their family of four.

In 2018, with both kids in their teens, Clayton began to rekindle his pursuit of music by starting a YouTube channel and Facebook artist page where he quickly grew an online fan base by posting covers of his favorite country songs. Around the same time, Clayton formed the band Nebo Road. Along with playing regionally at fairs and festivals the band opened for national touring acts such as Charlie Worsham and Ned Ledoux.

In February 2019 Clayton friended Nashville songwriter John Griffin from an Instagram follow recommendation. The two teamed up and began weekly co-writing sessions over FaceTime. By July Clayton had enough songs to travel to Nashville and record a debut EP.  

Whiskey Sunrise, produced by music veteran David Flint, was released on November 1st , and with the support of his fans, debuted at #11 on the iTunes Country Albums chart.  The EP was also selected by the iTunes editorial team for feature on iTunes Country Main Page and Apple Music. Songs from Whiskey Sunrise have received airplay across the country and abroad and the EP was even named by Country Music France as one of the Top 10 Country Music EP’s of 2019.

Clayton is wasting no time capitalizing on his momentum. He continues to write songs, drawing from life  experience and plans to release new music in early 2020.

Holly Deihl

A singer songwriter from Ohio with a love for old fashioned country music

Jerry Willis

Country Roads Records Artist Jerry Willis Music is a true to the heart style music, country with some southern rock style. Born in Michigan City, In I listened to the old 8 track tapes of Elvis learning how to sound like Elvis but with being around 6-7 years old that wasn’t possible. I started singing openly in my early 20’s and have been singing the music I love the most , that’s the true life songs that all the great artist tell stories and sing.

Darren Parry

As a published singer/songwriter Darren has a renowned reputation for writing well crafted, melodic songs that have caught the attention of some of the biggest names in the songwriting world. Darren beat over 6000 entries from around the globe to win the 2004 UK Songwriting Contest with his song, “Reality”; judged by members of ‘The Brit Panel’ (of ‘BRIT AWARD’ fame).

He has been recognised with prestigious honourable mentions in the USA ‘Billboard’ contest and in 2008 achieved similar recognition in the USA ‘Song Of The Year’ and USA ‘Unisong’ contests (with his song, “Slippin’ Away”). Judges included members of Rolling Stone Magazine and guest judge, Beyonce. 2014 saw him achieve a runner up position in the USA 'Song Of The Year' with his contagious track "So Into You" (judges included Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Don Henley, Phil Collins and Gwen Stefani).

Darren has toured all over the world over the past 10 years, especially the USA (40 of the 50 USA states), Hong Kong, Britain and France, including singing as a tenor with the famous Black Mountain Male Chorus Of Wales (patron, Bryn Terfel), The Graceland Band and Sounds Familiar band. Born in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, the only child of Bill and Diane, he was obsessed with music from an early age. His mother would play Motown records that became part of his DNA and fuelled his love for melodic, hook laden songs that was embellished by him growing up with 80's Rock and Pop. He became fascinated not just by the singers and musicians of these songs but by the songwriters and producers that were behind the hits. Darren soon studied the songwriting magic of Desmond Child, Diane Warren and the production talents of Mutt Lange and others that inspired him to write his own self-penned songs.

Darren is no stranger to appearing on our screens having appeared /performed on TV shows such as; BBC 1’s “Test The Nation” (with Phillip Schofield and Anne Robinson), BBC 2’s “Let Me Entertain You” (with Brian Conley), BBC2’s “Identity” (with Donny Osmond), BBC “Music Under The Stars” (with Bryn Terfel and Michael Ball), "Cuppa TV" (breakfast show). Other performances include an ITV Christmas Special production from Cardiff Castle, BBC/S4C broadcasts of Welsh Rugby matches (singing on the Millennium Stadium pitch in front of 70,000 fans) and various appearances on Welsh BBC/ITV news bulletins.

Darren has performed with/shared the bill with amongst others...Michael Ball, Bryn Terfel, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Scouting for Girls, Steve Balsamo, The Story's, Simon Bowman, The Sweet Inspirations (Elvis' female backing singers), D.J. Fontana (Elvis' original drummer), Chris Needs (MBE), John Barrowman, Peter Karrie, Dave Sharp (The Alarm) and Henry Priestman (The Christians). Darren (Feb 2013) lent his vocals to a charity single called "A Miner's Song" (written by his friends Dan & Laura Curtis) to help raise money for the Welsh Miners Memorial Fund. Other Welsh artists/celebrities on the single include, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, Aled Jones, Joe Calzaghe, Matthew Rhys, Dennis O'Neil, Wynne Evans and many more.

As well as being a successful solo artist in his own right Darren has written songs and produced for other artists such as Andrew Mark Jones ("Hit You In The Heart"), Nina Jones ("Never Let You Go", "Promises") and Lee Gilbert ("Soar", "Take Me As I Am"). Darren has co-written with renowned songwriters James Warren (The Korgis), writer of worldwide hit "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime", Steve Balsamo (Slash, Cliff Richard, Meatloaf), Larry Williams/Dazzle Music (worked with Charlotte Church), Juan Lozano and Dan & Laura Curtis (written for Ramin Karimloo, Lea Salonga, Paul Potts etc.). Darren's songs have featured many times on BBC radio, SKY TV, Freeview, Freesat, Lufthansa Airlines, The FOX network, Big Centre TV, Nation Radio and on radio stations all over the world. He is diverse a singer/songwriter as he is prolific, having written songs that continue to appear on... Country radio, Pop radio, R&B radio, Rock radio, AC radio, AOR radio, Soul radio, Easy Listening and more!

Rick Snider

Rick Snider is a Country Singer/Songwriter out of Nova Scotia Canada. Rick recently released his first CD, Beat up Truck, with multiple songs reaching number 1 on multiple radio stations. Rick’s music can be found on most musical platforms as well as his CD is available for purchase.

Sam Roark

Combining energetic performance with raw talent, Sam Roark is paving the way as an influential Musician in the modern generation of music. Music saved Sam's life, now she is connecting with others through her music. Music is healing, music is POWERFUL. Sam has the most powerful vocals, that will give you chills. Since embarking on her career in 2000, Sam Roark continues to captivate fans with her signature sound, fierce passion, and unique performances. You will be hooked from the first note. Read on to learn more about this talented musician.

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.

Chris Turner

Chris Turner is a Marine Corps Veteran
turned Nashville Recording Artist. Chris
has always used his platform to help raise
awareness and be a voice for his fellow
veteran community,

Highlights
-Charted #16 on Itunes with "American Made" EP Release
-Forbes Magazine Feature UFC Legend/Actor Randy Couture
-Over 70K views of official "If You Drink" music video
across all social platforms

Affiliiations
- Randy Couture, Orange County Choppers,
Darryl Worley, Aaron Tippin, Cody Johnson,
Tracy Lawrence, Trent Tomlinson, Craig Campbell
Love&Theft, Saving Abel

Non-Profit Affiliations
-Xtreme Couture GI Foundation
-Crosswinds Foundation
-Together for The Good
-911 Remembered
-Irreverant Warriors

Autumn Helene

Autumn Helene is a 13 year old GRAMMY considered singer/songwriter/musician from Auburn, WA, USA who performs original and cover songs throughout Washington state at festivals, fairs, pubs, parties and special celebrations as a solo performer.

Don't underestimate her soulful vocals due to her age. Once she starts singing, you'll forget how old (young) she really is.
Often compared to artists such as Adele, Lorde, Jewel and Billie Eilish, she has performed at venues such as Louie Gs, The Swiss, Jazzbones, Spanish Ballroom, Lucky Liquor, Rail Hop N Brew, and Geaux Brewing, just to name a few.

She wrote her first original song "You Won't Regret A Thing" as her response to being bullied and taking her power back.

She has since released music available on most streaming platforms with followers in 75 countries. She was nominated and finalist for USA Young Adult Artist of the Year 2020 with International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA).

Autumn Helene is one of the youngest composers ever to earn IMDb credit. Her song about being bullied is being used in the new dark thriller tv show Hunting Jessica. In February 2020, she was featured on KING 5 evening news to inspire others who have been bullied. In May 2020, she was interviewed for Seattle Wave Radio H O U S T O N podcast
and in October 2020, she was interviewed on Paul Mash TV.

She is a winner of the World Songwriting Awards Best Song by a Young Adult Artist and has been placed on the Official Ballot for this year's Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance; and has been selected as worldwide representative for International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA).

​Whether you are young or just young at heart, Autumn Helene will enchant, entertain and inspire you.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of her gigs and events have been cancelled. To show your support, you may donate to her virtual tip jar.