Thursday, November 24, 2016

Michael Christopher Shares His "DNA"

It is not often someone from Pennsylvania emerges as a popular country music artist, but Michael Christopher has done just that. He has been making a name for himself all across the United States, and in Nashville, for the past several years. As is the dream of so many artists, Michael has had the chance to work with some of the best of the best in the industry. Writing with top hit-makers and working with top-notch producers, he has created a self-titled album to rival the most seasoned artists.

Michael recently took the time to answer some questions. He discusses his album, his current single, and shares a little about himself in the process. Besides the fact that he enjoys long walks on the beach, that is. You have to love a man with a sense of humor. Be sure to spread the word. Also, when you are done here, head on over to his website for your autographed copy of his new album.


Tell us about your new album, please.



I'm really excited about this album! It's definitely my best work thus far. I poured myself into this, having cowritten all but one song. In fact, the collection of songs is what makes this album so great. I feel there is truly something for every listener, from the heartfelt ballad to fun rocker and everything in between. Also, even though every song is different, you can still find my signature sound throughout. That's another reason I'm proud of this; I've finally honed into what "my sound" is. It sure helps having had some of the best musicians in Nashville play on it.


"DNA" is your current single? Please share the story behind the song.



This is a unique song for me; a different style/vibe as well. I was writing with Rand Bishop (who wrote Toby Keith's number 1 hit, "My List") and basically had an idea in mind that loving someone was in a person's DNA. It actually started out as more of an uptempo song and evolved into the heartfelt song it is today as Rand and I kept writing. This is quickly becoming a fan favorite.

How would you describe your sound?



In a nutshell, country rock. You definitely find an "edge" in my music more often than not.

Who or what has most influenced your musical style?



I would say my musical influences are all over the map. I grew up listening to rock, which is evident in my "sound/style." There are a lot of country artists that I can say have influenced me over the years; including Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, and even Jason Aldean as a more recent artist.


Who inspires you, both personally and professionally?



A lot of people inspire me in general. I am fortunate to have a supportive family, friends, and band. A relatively new inspiration in my life is my 2-year-old daughter, Alyssa.


When did you first realize that music is the career for you?



Probably around 2010. I started my band in 2008 as a hobby, but I'm the type of person who pours myself into whatever I do. Once I got "rolling" I knew this would be something I couldn't let go of easily.



If you could share the stage with anyone you choose, who would be your dream duet partner?



Hmm, this is a tough one! There are a lot of people I'd like to do a duet with! For the sake of answering the question though, I'd pick Hilary Scott of Lady Antebellum if I were singing with a woman and Garth Brooks if I were singing with a man. That would be awesome.



If you could not do music, what would you do instead?



Well, I also do design work and marketing as well. I've found that a lot of creative designers double as musicians. I guess that shouldn't be too much of a surprise!



Is there anything else you would like us to know?



I like sunsets and long walks on the beach. . .haha. Seriously, I do! Ok, ok, what I'd really like my fans to know is that I'm trying to take this thing as far as I can and any support I can get from you is much appreciated. Any likes and shares on social media go a long way. I've put a lot of effort into the new album and I want the world to listen to it! Speaking of which, the whole album will be available in its entirety on digital media outlets shortly. Currently, you can order physical CDs (autographed) from www.michaelchristophercountry.com.


What can fans expect from you in the future?



Hopefully, some big things! As you know, we recently released a music video for "DNA," which CMT was kind enough to premiere. Additionally, we also finished recording a video in New York City that will likely premiere in early 2017. Stay tuned!


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 10th Birthdays 2016

Born in 1968, Chris Cagle is celebrating his 48th birthday today.

Born in 1983, Miranda Lambert is celebrating her 33rd birthday today.

Happy birthday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Country Legend Curly Putman Dies at the Age of 85

Claude Putman, Jr, known as Curly Putman, passed way in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 30th. He was 85 years old and had been suffering from congestive heart failure and kidney failure.

Curly Putman was a well-known Nashville songwriter. He is remembered for classic hits such as "Green, Green Grass of Home," which was first recorded by Johnny Darrell. Following the initial recording, several cover versions of the song were recorded by artists such as Porter Wagoner, Elvis Presley, Jonny Cash, Merle Haggard, Dean Martin, and The Grateful Dead.

He is also known for co-writing two famous songs with Bobby Braddock. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was recorded by George Jones and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" was recorded by Tammy Wynette. Both became hits for the artists who recorded them.

Not too long before he died, Putman granted an interview to Variety.com. He reminisced about George Jones and Tammy Wynette telling him how much they loved listening to his demos.

"They could feel the feeling I put into a song," Putman said. "I guess I still do, I put all my heart [into singing a song] and it's almost embarrassing, and people kind of look at you like, 'that's pitiful,' because it's so sad, and everything I write is pretty sad. I believe that touches people of all kinds. 'Green, Green Grass of Home' and 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' were people-type songs, not just something that's gonna be out there one day and gone the next."

Putman may have been known for writing hits for others, but he also released three albums of his own. One was called Lonesome Country of Curly Putman, released in 1967, and the other released in 1969 was called World of Country Music. And in 2010, he released an album called Write Em Sad: Sing Em Lonesome.


In 1976 Curly Putman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame. His talent will be sorely missed around Nashville.

November 7th Birthdays 2016

We aren't aware of any country birthdays today. If you know someone that needs a birthday wish, don't hesitate to let us know!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

November 6th Birthdays 2015

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