Archives: February 2018

Pop Culture Launches Exclusive Premiere Of Lyric Video For Tyler Williams New Single Simple

Pop Culture Launches Exclusive Premiere Of Lyric Video For Tyler Williams New Single Simple

Pop Culture Launches Exclusive Premiere Of Lyric Video For Tyler Williams New Single Simple

Tyler Williams, a race car driver and emerging country artist, exclusively premieres the lyric video for his second single Simple on Fans can view the video and profile on the single by clicking

“Simple is a song about a relationship that doesn’t work out,” recalls Tyler. “You can remember the progression from the moment you really felt the relationship taking off all the way to how it felt when it was all over. You can play a million what ifs, but all you’re left with is a memory of what was.”

Tyler recently launched his new album Good for Me featuring the single Simple on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play & Amazon premiering inside the Top 40 on iTunes Country Album Charts on January 26. The first preview of Tyler’s project was launched at the close of 2017 when The Boot premiered the lyric video for the title track Good For Me. Since that premiere, outlets like All Access, AXS-TV, Billboard Country Update, Country Music Pride, The Country Note, KTUL-TV (Tulsa), Speed Sport, Tulsa World, WBKO-ABC (Bowling Green, KY), WGGC-FM (Bowling Green, KY), Young Millennial Money and many others have been buzzing about this Georgia native. Tyler’s 2018 started behind the wheel at the “Superbowl” of racing the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals where top drivers from NASCAR, USAC midget and sprint cars, NHRA drag racers and IndyCar drivers all compete against each other to capture the legendary championship trophy. Transitioning from the racing arena to the music community, Tyler celebrated his album release week performing on the RFD-TV #MusicMonday series, co-hosting Nashville Today on WSM with Devon O’Day and Lexi Carter, performing on WSMV-NBC’s Today in Nashville and recording segments with numerous radio programs including the industry icons Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase. His Crook and Chase Countdown Discovery Artist segment premiered February 3 & 4.

To stay updated on his racing and music career, visit the following links:

Twitter: @twilliamslive
Instagram: @twilliamslive

About Tyler Williams
This Stone Mountain, GA native was reared in a household with parents that spun the hits of Marvin Gaye and Michael W. Smith while Tyler and his older brother were discovering the hit makers of the 90s — Alan Jackson, George Strait, Boyz II Men & Mariah Carey. Recognizing early on that he wanted a career in entertainment, he would capture a role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and performed for two years at the Fox Theater in Atlanta at ages 11 and 12. However, a failed performance at age 13 in a rock band caused him to change directions.

Tyler would then spend his summers with his uncles in the auto shop learning the mechanics behind combustion engines and began his path to the NASCAR late model and sprint car racing series. After nearly a decade of milestones that would find him capturing his first victory lane among 15 years veterans during his fourth year as a driver and even finishing as the #2 ranking position in points in his series, he decided to finally overcome his fear of the stage and redirected his focus to music.

This journey would spawn a debut ep Believe Again and book I Have a Voice, the inspirational and motivational look at the lessons he’s learned in the racing and now music community. Continuing to hone his craft while he furthers his racing career, Tyler’s second project Good For Me premiered on January 26 inside the Top 40 on the iTunes Country Album Charts.

Beyond The Sun Exclusively Premieres Lyric Video for Dance Floor on Digital Journal

Beyond the Sun, the Canadian reared trio of brothers, is excited to share the lyric video for their new single Dance Floor via an exclusive premiere on today.

“Their rich vocals on Dance Floor are youthful and refreshing, where the listeners can recall the pop-rock band Fun (fronted by Nate Ruess). The song has a liberating vibe to it, which will resonate well with their fan-base,” wrote the Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos.

To view the lyric video, click here.

The trio also performed the single today at “Today in Nashville” on WSMV-NBC in Music City. Hosted by Kelly Sutton and Carole Sullivan, the appearance marked Beyond the Sun’s second appearance on the program since their move to Music City. Click the image below for the segment.

About Beyond the Sun

Canadian bred band Beyond the Sun is paving their own path in a genre they coined as “shuffle.” Made up of three tight-knit brothers, the group features (l-r) guitarist Phil, singer Colin and drummer Dalton Radu, who were reared in the small town of Bowmanville, Ontario. It all started with plastic guitars and living room concerts for their parents at the ages of 6, 8 and 11. Little did they know at the time that just over a decade later they would be hearing themselves on Sirius XM radio and headlining a 7,000-person sold-out crowd at Puerto Rico’s Wild Summer Festival. With traces of their influences – which include artists like Coldplay, Billy Currington, Bruce Springsteen and Florida Georgia Line – threaded into each one of their songs, their sound is a progressive mix that is putting them on the heels of acts like Chris Lane and Ryan Follese. Now, the trio has relocated to Nashville, Tenn. where they recently celebrated the release of their new single, Dance Floor as a follow up to the Music Row charts breakthrough Cruisin’ Round Town.

Find Beyond the Sun Online

Instagram: @Beyondthesun
Twitter: @Beyondthesun

Kalie Shorr Releases Electric New Music Video For Hit Single “Two Hands” Already Spinning On Cmt, Gac And Vevo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2, 2018) — Best defined as “punk country,” Kalie Shorr proved yet again that she is the queen of content, releasing an electric new music video for her hit single “Two Hands.” Shorr gave a sneak peek to a sold-out crowd of industry and media VIPS, fans and friends during her launch party for her new EP Awake last week at The Back Corner in Nashville. The color filled, psychedelic video premiered on CMT and Friday morning and has since been added to GAC and to the top of Vevo’s DSCVR  playlist. Vote for “Two Hands” on CMT Hot 20 Countdown Heatseeker Poll here.

Says Shorr, “This video is the most visually creative thing I have ever done. During the process of finding my sound on Awake, I also found what my world looks like. I have a lot of freedom as an independent artist, so I was able to lean pretty far from tradition on this video, keeping it youthful and exactly what I wanted. I am excited for this to be the first music video from the record and I am thankful to have the support of CMT, GAC and VEVO!”

The neon-dream visuals were brought to life at The Listening Room Cafe and Stormlight Pictures Company by director Rob Bennett and Quinton Cook, with Thomas Kuttenkuler as the male lead.

“Kalie Shorr’s perspective is needed in today’s country music. With a sound that’s equal parts Haim and Shania Twain, her music is a daring reflection of today’s world as well as a dreamy escape from it.” – Lauren Tingle, CMT

“Articulate and fearless, she’s unafraid to express exactly what’s in her mind in everyday conversation or in her songs.” – Lauren Tingle, CMT

Awake Track Listing:
1. Awake (Kalie Shorr / Skip Black)
2. Two Hands (Kalie Shorr / Lena Stone / Emily Reid)
3. Candy (Kalie Shorr / Allison Veltz / Emily Wright / Tommy English)
4. Backseat (Kalie Shorr / Skip Black / Savannah Keyes)
5. Damn Sky (Kalie Shorr / Eric Dodd / Riley Thomas)
6. Who What When Where Why (Kalie Shorr / Rami Jrade / Eli Hirsch)
7. Cool Kids (Kalie Shorr / Skip Black / Savannah Keyes)

CMT Next Women of Country Presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour
Feb. 12 – New York, N.Y. – B.B King’s Blues Club
Feb. 14 – Concord, N.H. – Capitol Center for the Arts- Chubb Theatre
Feb. 15 – Albany, N.Y. – The Palace Theatre
Feb. 16 – Verona, N.Y – Turning Stone Resort Casino – The Showroom
Feb. 17 – Medford, Mass. – Chevalier Theatre
Feb. 23 – Athens, Ohio – Templeton- Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Feb. 24 – Richmond, Ky. – EKU Center for the Arts
Feb. 25 – Joliet, Ill. – Rialto Square Theatre
March 9 – Salina, Kan. – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
March 10 – Pocola, Okla. – Choctaw Casino Resort- Centerstage
March 15 – Kansas City, Mo. – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Muriel Kauffman Theatre
March 16 – Prior Lake, Minn. Mystic Lake Casino- Mystic Showroom
March 17 – Waukegan, Ill. – Venue TBA
April 6 – Lake Charles, La. – Golden Nugget
April 7 – Mobile, Ala. – Saenger Theatre

About Kalie Shorr
Kalie Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl”. The Portland, Maine singer-songwriter became a Sirius XM Highway Find and was praised by Spotify, CMT, Radio Disney Country, Taste of Country, and even Billboard magazine. In 2017, Kalie released her Slingshot EP to rave reviews and was named “New Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue, and one of “2017’s Hottest Artists Under 25” by Taste of Country. Her newly released single “Two Hands” has already been added to Sirius XM, Radio Disney Country and TuneIn with prominent placement on Apple Music’s Breaking Country and Cool Country playlists. With a new EP coming January 26, 2018, Kalie was recently inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2018 and has just been announced as support for the Sara Evans All The Love CMT Next Women of Country Tour.  Playing over 100 shows a year, Kalie’s message of female- empowerment has led to her being called the “next ‘Women of Country’ generation” [CMChat] and a “modern country woman [who will] continue to inspire in 2018”

Michigan’s Groundhog Prepares for Perennial Prognostication

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

On a sky-blue February morning, with sunlight just hitting the tops of the trees, a sizeable crowd had gathered in the courtyard at the Howell Conference and Nature Center, located northwest of Detroit in Livingston County.

Michigan's groundhog is Woody, a female with an impressive track record of wintry predictions.The scene was festive, although a bit odd, with some people dressed in Hawaiian hats, shirts and leis, waiting for Michigan’s official groundhog to waddle out of its house and predict whether there would be six more weeks of winter.

It was a chilly day, a winter coat day. A man’s voice from a loudspeaker declared, “The moment is here.”

Excitement was building among the schoolchildren, parents and others huddling together just a few feet away from the viewing platform.

“Can you feel it out there?” the announcer asked the crowd. “I can’t feel anything right now, but can you feel it out there?”

The crowd replied, “Yes,” laughing.

Check out this sidebar story on Michigan’s woodchucks.

The prognostication, of course, is determined by whether the groundhog sees its shadow, which portends another six weeks of the year’s coldest season. No shadow signifies an early spring.

A small, but stylish, single-story, wood-sided house sat on a portable stage, amid rows of blooming blue, yellow and orange plastic flowers, a Christmas tree left over from the holidays and at least one plastic palm tree.

This home belongs to Woody the Woodchuck, or groundhog. Woody is a she and was born in the spring of 1998 and brought to the nature center’s Wildlife Clinic in June of that year.

“She will be 20 years old this year. We think it is because, like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, prognosticating groundhogs live forever,” said Dana DeBenham, the nature center’s wildlife director. “She was rescued by a farmer’s wife after her husband had shot the mother and the young pup came crawling out of the burrow.

“The woman kept Woody a bit too long and she became tame, preventing her from being released to the wild. Her favorite foods are bananas, peanuts, rodent blocks and corn on the cob, though she has to eat her leafy greens to stay in good shape.”

No doubt the crowd shows up at the nature center for the free continental breakfast, the kids’ costume contest and the chance to be there in person among the many revelers waiting for Woody’s wisdom to foretell the future.

“She’s checking you all out, looking at the clouds,” DeBenham said. “So, we’re ready to do this? Ready, set and go.”

Groundhog predictions don’t take long. Woody’s are usually completed within a couple of minutes.Woody is getting ready for a Groundhog Day prediction.

In 2017, Woody made a brief appearance in the arms of a DeBenham before retreating to her home, where she would stay. Having seen her shadow, the seemingly bothered groundhog retired to the warmth of her house.

The year before that, Woody stayed indoors again while the crowd shouted down a timeclock to a deadline for the prediction. Six more weeks of winter again.

“Her record is impressive! After a correct call last year of ‘six more weeks of winter,’ her record now stands at 15 correct predictions out of 19. This year will be her 20th prediction,” DeBenham said. “We do allow the groundhog to actually make the prediction by putting her in her ‘faux stump’ and giving her 30 seconds to emerge.

“If she is frightened by her shadow and does not come out, or runs back in, there will be six more weeks of winter. If she does not see her shadow and comes outside, there will be an early spring. It’s all very scientific at the Howell Nature Center.”

DeBenham suggests Woody’s proficiency with prognostication may be linked to her gender.

“We think Woody is exceptional at weather-forecasting because she is female and has that woman’s intuition about such things,” DeBenham said.

The Groundhog Day event has become increasingly popular at the nature center over the years, with as many as 150 spectators in attendance.

Watch videos of the Howell Nature Center’s prediction festivities from February 2017 and 2016.

See more information on the 2018 Groundhog Day Celebration at the Howell Nature Center.