I can't believe the amount of talented folks that are giving of their time to show some love to Kimberley on January 10th at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, Tennessee. I thought that each one of these folks should be announced publicly and in writing and that everyone should know of just how much wonderful talent will take the stage that night so they can see for themselves that this is a not to be missed event.
With "a healthy dose of refined torchy twang to her new batch of confessional, well-crafted pop," (Nashville Scene), Mindy Smith debuted #2 on June 26, 2012 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart with her first new album as an independent artist. Offering 11 original compositions - seven of which Smith wrote with the remaining four as co-writes with Daniel Tashian, Kate York, Tami Hinesh and Lori McKenna -the album was co-produced with Jason Lehning and recorded at Sound Emporium Studio in Nashville with Bryan Sutton (guitar), Lex Price (bass), Ian Fitchuk (drums), Joe Pisapia (guitar), Jason Lehning (guitar) and Dan Dugmore (pedal steel). The music video for the album's first single, "Closer" (directed by Fairlight Hubbard and Ryan Hamblin), was shot in the southern Gothic-style of Smith's previous videos, and continues in rotation at CMT Pure and CMT.com. To watch the official music video for "Closer", click here.
Prior to the release of her 2004 debut, the New York native charmed fans with her rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" for the much-praised Dolly Parton tribute album Just Because I'm a Woman. Her Vanguard Records debut album, One Moment More, earned numerous accolades, featured the hit single "Come to Jesus" and sold over 300,000 copies. She subsequently released Long Island Shores (Vanguard, 2006), My Holiday (Vanguard, 2007) and Stupid Love (Vanguard, 2009). In August 2011, Mindy and longtime friend Daniel Tashian recorded "Taking You With Me," a duet featured in the film and soundtrack for Paul Rudd's film Our Idiot Brother.
Award winning, native Californian, Colleen Lloy has been singing professionally since the age of 14 and has written and performed in the Rock n' Roll, Alternative, Americana, R&B, Pop and Country genres. She is coined the chameleon due to her ease slipping in and out of any musical genre with her powerful vocals. She is climbing the Indie Charts on Reverbnation at #45 in the U.S. And #80 in the world. She has called Nashville her home since 1999.
Lloy has performed all over the U.S. and abroad, and her career has taken her to the internationally known Bluebird Café, television and radio broadcasts, opening act for artists like Billy Dean, Paul Overstreet, John Berry, Lee Greenwood, George Jones, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tanya Tucker and John Anderson to name a few. One of the highlights of her career was having the honor of interviewing Mr. BB King, the King of Blues, for a proposed television special. She recently returned from Maui playing with Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.
Lloy gives back to society through her charitable causes, supporting military groups like Operation Stand Down, Veterans Memorial Foundation, Yellow Ribbon Program, as well as performing at several USO shows in Europe. If it is a worthy cause and she is called upon to lend her talents, Lloy is there in the midst of it. She has a voice and presence that will leave you wanting to hear more. For more information about Colleen Lloy check out her music at http://www.colleenlloy.com
Steven Dale Jones:
Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning songwriter Steven Dale Jones is best known for his hits "One More Day", recorded by Diamond Rio, "He Gets That From Me", recorded by Reba McEntire, "That's A Man", recorded by Jack Ingram, "10,000 Angels", recorded by Mindy McCready, "Little Things", recorded by Tanya Tucker, "She Wants To Be Wanted", recorded by Ty Herndon, and "I Know How The River Feels", recorded by Diamond Rio.
He has been awarded 8 ASCAP awards including a pop award for the cross over hit "One More Day", had over 150 songs recorded selling over 20 million records, had a song in the Miramax film "Happy Texas", and co-authored a book.
Steven has had other songs recorded by, Alabama, John Legend, George Strait, John Waite, Love And Theft, Josh Turner, Trace Adkins, Cassandra Wilson, Moe.,Randy Travis, Point Of Grace, Lee Greenwood, Dobie Gray, Stephen Bishop,Jo Dee Messina, Darryl Worley, Sammy Kershaw, Deryl Dodd, Steve Holy,Shenandoah, Kenny Rogers, Chely Wright, Michelle Wright, Linda Davis, John Michael Montgomery, Hot Apple Pie, Englebert Humperdink and others.
Irene Kelly Gaines:
A California native, Irene Kelly Gaines is a top shelf performer and an excellent example of a vocalist with a hard and clean attack. You quickly realize that this is not your average female singer, this is a great musician.
Irene began working with Timothy Gaines, bass player for the legendary band “Stryper.” Together they released Irene’s impressive acoustic rock debut “If You Were Here.” Irene has been working as a live performance artist and session singer in Nashville working with artists such as Bryan Duncan, Paris Delane, Chris Eddy, Ashley Cleveland, Renee Garcia, Kim Hill, Kimberley Dahme (Boston), Sheldon Reynolds (Earth Wind and Fire), Mycle Wastman ( The Voice) and is a soloist with The Nashville and Christ Presbyterian Choirs. With her husband Tim and band she continues to perform for enthusiastic audiences taking them on an exhilarating journey.
Tim joined the band Stryper in 1983, and quickly rounded out the quartet's sound with his bass, background vocals and keyboard skills. Gaines recorded the band's debut EP The Yellow and Black Attack and their follow up full-length album Soldiers Under Command in 1985. Gaines briefly left the band during the pre-production period of the band's platinum selling album To Hell with the Devil but rejoined the band after the sessions were concluded in order to tour. Gaines did not play on the band's follow up In God We Trust but did tour in support of the album. Gaines contributions to the band's next release Against the Law were evident in his playing on the release but he did not play on the band's cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star" (The track was recorded by Randy Jackson).
In his post-Stryper career, Gaines continued contributing to the musical world with appearances in Rex Carroll's post-Whitecross initiative -- King James -- along with Robert Sweet, formerly of Stryper. Gaines went on to record a very memorable guest track with Tourniquet on their Crawl to China release as well. Following this activity Gaines joined former Stryper guitarist, Oz Fox, in Gaines and Fox's SinDizzy. The band proved to be a very lively, and charismatic group releasing one album titled He's Not Dead. Gaines' bass playing was showcased in a manner which allowed enthusiasts a chance to hear him play in a very different way than he had in previous projects. In 1996 Gaines also began co-contributing with singer/songwriter (and soon-to-be future wife), Irene Kelly. The two would go onto to work on releases in Gaines' free time away from SinDizzy.
It was Gaines' involvement in SinDizzy with Fox which lead to the band being sort of reunited in 1999 at a concert in Puerto Rico where both Sindizzy and Stryper frontman, Michael Sweet were invited. Later, they were asked to play a festival in Central America in 2000 with Sweet. All former bandmates joined each other on stage and performed for a crowd in excess of 10,000 spectators ushering in the opportunity for a full blown reunion later in 2000 at the first annual 'Stryper Expo' with Robert Sweet joining his former bandmates.
The success of these appearances led to a 2003 reunion tour and a new release (Stryper's 7) which would see the band tour and play venues around the nation. The concept of what became the art cover for 7 was Gaines'. Gaines spent April and May 2007 touring the U.S., Dominican Republic, and Trinidad, with singer/songwriter Richard Marx as bass player. August 15, 2008 Gaines was on stage with Tourniquet at the Flevo Festival. In the fall of 2009 Gaines released his first solo effort entitled Breakfast @ Timothy's.
I started this article off with a Smith and I am going to end it on a Smith although there is no relation.
Smith knows about creating hit songs, as he's had a long string of them as a songwriter—and each of them draws the kind of unfiltered response from listeners as Smith's new recordings. His songs have been recorded by a virtual "Who's Who" list of Nashville's superstars, including; George Strait, Montgomery Gentry, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lonestar, Trisha Yearwood, Van Zant, Lori Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Josh Gracin, Trick Pony, Kenny Rogers, Shooter Jennings, and others. Some of his hits include: George Strait's huge hit, "Run" and crowd favorite, "Cowboys Like Us," Trace Adkins' two out-of-the-gate smashes, "Chrome" and "I'm Tryin'," Tim McGraw's "Kill Myself" and recent release "Kristofferson," Rascal Flatts' "My Worst Fear" and Montgomery Gentry's recent top five hit "Whattaya Think About That?"
I have featured six (6) performers in this article and I have run out of room. Stay tuned for Part 2 of fabulous performers scheduled to appear at the WISHING WELL Benefit Concert for Kimberley Dahme.
All artists bio taken from their respective web-pages at:
Source: Bio provided by Irene Kelly Gaines