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Kelly Lang

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With a thriving career, an ever-increasing fan base, and a life full of hardships and faith, Kelly Lang invites listeners into her world to look into the growth of a successful career. The strength she provides for herself and those in the communities she influences daily goes beyond the surface level and delves into mindsets of gratitude, kindness, and embracing the diversity of the human experience.

In this episode:

  • Meeting One’s Heroes
  • The Legacy of Loretta Lynn and Other Icons
  • From Death Sentence to Life Sentence: Kelly’s Breast Cancer Journey
  • Developing an Attitude of Gratitude
  • TG Shephard: Singer, Songwriter, and Husband
  • What’s Kelly Working On Right Now?

Quotations:

“When you’re in the music industry, or any type of celebrity, the way people think they know you more than they do…Every single person…[when someone meets] any celebrity- they don’t say, ‘What did they have on?’ or ‘Did they sing you a song?’ They say, ‘Were they nice?’ Right? Were they nice? And you know what, no matter what somebody does for a living, if you can’t be kind and be nice, what’s the point?” – Kelly Lang

“I don’t let the music business dictate what I write. I just write what I’m experiencing at the time, and if it relates to somebody, that’s great! But it’s more like painting a picture, really. I like to paint scenes just like Loretta did or just like Dolly did; you don’t have to guess what I’m saying or guess what they were saying in their lyrics because sometimes they just get it…If you look back on their songs, they had very simple words. You didn’t have to get a dictionary out to figure out what they were trying to tell you.” – Kelly Lang

“I got on social media, and I just said,‘…Send in pictures of yourself if you’re a breast cancer survivor choosing how you will live positively today. Maybe that will help people.’ Boy, they came out in droves! They sent in these beautiful pictures, and we were able to place them within the video. And it’s very encouraging, although it’s a sad subject matter, it’s empowering.” – Kelly Lang

“I encourage people just to go take a deep breath in. Oh, you breathe! Oh my gosh! You can be thankful for that, you know? So, I would write down like 30 things a day in a gratitude journal, and the more I was finding myself grateful for things, the more I felt like I was given things to be grateful for.” – Kelly Lang

“Give your smiles away. It’s really fun, and it doesn’t cost you anything!” – Kelly Lang

Guest’s Bio:

Singer, songwriter, and producer Kelly Lang has had a stellar career in the music industry with cuts by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, George Jones, B.J. Thomas, Jimmy Fortune, T.G. Sheppard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Lee, just to name a few.

She has recorded duets with iconic artists Dame Olivia Newton-John, Paul Shaffer, and Lee Greenwood. As an artist, Lang has released several albums, including 11:11, Shades of K, Throwback, Obsession, and Iconic Duets with her husband, TG Sheppard. In the spring of 2020, Lang re-released her classic children’s album Lullaby Country, which was initially sold at Cracker Barrel.

As part of a regional campaign, her voice and writing skills can be heard on television throughout Tennessee and the surrounding areas as the official song for Ascension St. Thomas Hospital’s commercial titled “I’m Not Going Anywhere.”

In 2020 Kelly released a collection of classic songs called Old Soul. The album was so well received that a second volume, Old Soul II, is scheduled for release in late 2022.

  • Recipient of The Icon Award from The Southern Women in Film and Television
  • Author of the book I’m Not Going Anywhere
  • Three-time Star Search winner
  • Multiple appearances on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry
  • Shared the stage with Loretta Lynn, Sir Barry Gibb, George Strait, Lorrie Morgan, TG Sheppard, Ronnie Milsap, Mickey Gilley, Brenda Lee, George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, and many more
  • Songs “I’m Not Going Anywhere” and “How Does It Feel” featured in the movie The Deal with Burt Reynolds
  • Member of The Oklahoma Hall of Fame, The North American Country Music Hall of Fame, and soon to be a member of The Rockabilly Hall of Fame
  • Performed “Islands In The Stream” with Sir Barry Gibb for Kenny Rogers’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • An accomplished artist with oil paintings in the homes of Oprah Winfrey, Sir Barry Gibb, Dame Olivia Newton-John, Larry the Cable Guy, and Justin Timberlake’s parents
  • Creator of the hilarious comedic character XOXO who performed on the national television show Huckabee
  • Former national spokesperson for Cindy Crawford’s skincare line Meaningful Beauty

Website:

https://www.kellylang.net/

Barry Dean

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Barry Dean discusses the hard things about country music. He talks about great artists who have slipped through the cracks and his opinion on how we treat “Kings and Queens”  in the country music industry. He gives a glimpse into meeting singers and artists as a songwriter and shares a bit about Eddie Arnold, Garth Brooks, Roger Miller, and other huge names in country music.

In this episode:

  • A bit of Midwestern Geography
  • Betty’s Fireworks best bang in town
  • Meeting Roger Miller
  • How comparison can be toxic
  • The hardest thing about country music
  • Going on air with Charlie Pride
  • Breakfast with Eddie Arnold
  • You don’t have to sing to sing
  • The making of 1994
  • Garth Brooks 

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Quotations:

“I like to say I’m the person happiest to be a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee.” – Barry Dean

“Country music has, it seems, sometimes done a bad job loving our kings and queens and the people who have given us so much. You know, I do sometimes worry that we haven’t shown ’em enough love” – Barry Dean

“I love that he [Charlie Pride] died an insanely rich and successful man… [he] was married to his high school sweetheart and was just fabulously successful and fabulously wealthy. And so many of those ass hats who wouldn’t play a show with him, died broken in the bottle.” – Gary Scott Thomas

“I got to meet him [Eddie Arnold], and he would have breakfast at this little place called Vandy Land. And so other new writers and I would go eat there just to see if he’d talk to us sometimes. And sometimes he’d sit down and tell us stories or encourage us or “What are you doing today? How’s it going there?” And he was very, very kind” – Barry Dean

“We didn’t think we were writing a song that Jason Aldean would record. We were just laughing and having fun. And that’s just our remembrance of the darn thing, you know. But we had so much fun remembering the songs and the three of us writing it.” – Barry Dean

“You know, Garth will always have a space in country music and country radio and country in general because of the way he’s treated people.” – Gary Scott Thomas

Guest’s Bio:

Barry Dean takes nothing for granted. Even after earning a GRAMMY nomination for Tim McGraw’s “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” and topping the charts with four No. 1 singles, he remains awestruck each time he hears a song he wrote on the radio. Dean still can’t help but think of how he seemed destined to work a 9-to-5 in Kansas––a fate that now seems preposterous, given his track record: two No. 1 singles for Little Big Town, “Pontoon” and “Day Drinkin’;” “Think a Little Less,” which topped the charts for Michael Ray; “Heartache Medication” which most recently hit #1 for Jon Pardi; Ingrid Michaelson’s Top 40 smash “Girls Chase Boys;” and an ever-growing list of country and pop successes prove Dean is doing exactly what he was made to do.

https://www.creativenationmusic.com/barry-dean

Whitney Miller

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In this vulnerable and enlightening conversation, Whitney Miller reveals that she’s just as scared as the rest of us – but she doesn’t let that stop her. From being crowned Miss United States to a country music career, Whitney Miller shares her secrets on never letting fear get in the way of your dreams.

In this episode:

  • From evening gloves to boxing gloves – next steps after passing on the crown
  • Whitney Miller’s biggest fear
  • The surprising way Whitney started singing (that’s different from most artists!)
  • What is a walking coach?
  • A behind-the-scenes look at Whitney Miller’s singer/songwriter career
  • Turning emotions into art
  • Miss United State’s best advice on how to face your fears

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Quotations:

“I just realized you have this one life to live, and you have to go for it. I’m not about to live another day keeping myself living in this fear.” – Whitney Miller

“I was scared to get in the ring with somebody for sure. I was scared to get on stage, you know, in my bikini or my evening gown, or answer some random question in front of a crowd of thousands, you know? All of these things really put me in a place to push myself outside of my comfort zone, but I always knew deep down that there was one fear and one thing that I always wanted to do, and that was sing.” – Whitney Miller

“I wasn’t fully living. I wasn’t doing me, Whitney, myself. I’m not doing that anymore. Absolutely not. I’m not going back to that little girl who believed that she shouldn’t be up there, that her voice wasn’t good enough, or that she didn’t have the, whatever it was to get up there anymore.” – Whitney Miller

“When it was the final shot, and he said, ‘All right, cut.’ It just hit me that I’m here doing it. I’m living the dream that I prevented myself from doing my entire life, and it’s all coming together in this one moment.” – Whitney Miller

“People are thinking this. People go through that. Why do we shy away from so many of these emotions or thoughts and feelings? We shy away and say, ‘Oh no, we can’t think about that, or that’s not good.’ Maybe acting out on it isn’t good, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t put it into art.” – Whitney Miller

“So this is going to be a very big peek into who I am and into my heart. Hopefully, it gives other people permission to feel okay when they feel something similar.” – Whitney Miller

“I try to really anchor into how it makes me feel. Are the lyrics authentic to who I am? Would I really say that? Would I really want to sing that way? Would I really feel that way? If not, I’m not putting the lyric in there…I just want it to really encompass who I am. And so when I say, ‘You get a sense of my heart in this,’ you really do, because I’m stripping it away to make sure it feels authentic.” – Whitney Miller

Guest’s Bio:

Former professional athlete, Miss United States 2012, kickboxing commentator, and podcaster Whitney is a Texas-born country rock pop singer-songwriter living in Nashville, TN. Whitney’s roots and deep love to write and perform original country music dates back to being a little girl in South Texas, growing up listening to acts like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Bonnie Rhiatt, and Johnny Cash from her parents’ record collection. Today, her sound is influenced by those early days and early Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson. 

Whitney strongly encourages self-empowerment and a fearless take on life. Hearing no is only an opportunity to find a yes. Her overall mission in life is to inspire others to live life out loud! Before her move into her passion for creating music, Whitney specialized in unique relationship and life design. She knows how freeing it is to live life on your own terms, with less fear, and she directly supported hundreds of people, from professional and Olympic athletes and CEOs to stay-at-home parents, as they step into their truth and unleash the life they truly desire.   

She joined forces with some of the leading scientists and researchers in the field and co-hosted an extremely popular podcast that debuted at #50 on the overall iTunes charts and now has over 1.5 million downloads. 

In true “go for it” Whitney fashion, she has decided to take her biggest leap of faith yet and left her home state of Texas for Nashville, Tennessee, to chase her lifelong dream as a singer-songwriter. Her vast life experience and comfort in the spotlight allow her to not only create feeling through her lyrics and voice but also to inspire her audience. Whitney is currently finishing her debut album, recorded at Orb Recording studios with an all-star cast of guest musicians to be released in 2022. Expect a fun, country rock album filled with vulnerable, real-life stories and lots of attitude!

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.whitneymillermusic.com/