Indies On The Rise: Russell Works Oklahoma, Armiger on AOL

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Shawna Russell and Way Out West Records form an alliance with Joe Burris, Gilead Productions (l-r): Way Out West Records’ President/Artist Co-Manager, Tim Russell; Russell; Gilead Productions President, Joe Burris; Way Out West’s VP/Artist Co-Manager, Clif Doyal. Photo: Patti Doyal

Oklahoma based artist Shawna Russell has been making big moves in her home state recently, including headlining a concert in Oklahoma City, performing on the Fox 25 News morning show, and entering an endorsement deal with Sheplers Western Wear/OKC. Russell and Way Out West Records have also formed a marketing and regional publicity alliance with Joe Burris’s OKC-based Gilead Productions. Burris will report to Russell and label/artist co-managers, Clif Doyal and Tim Russell, and will also provide non-exclusive booking and sponsorship acquisition services for the artist.

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Cold River Records artist Katie Armiger has been selected as AOL The Boot’s Video of the Week for her current single, “Gone.” The rising star wrote the song the night before she left for Nashville about leaving home to chase her dreams. Watch it here.

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Garth Fundis and Jen Foster at her recent showcase.

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Singer-songwriter Jen Foster performed at a showcase Tues. night (10/13) at The Rutledge in Nashville. She is shifting her focus from on-stage performer to behind-the-scenes collaborator and current plans include working with renowned producer Garth Fundis.

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Lots of indies are releasing new product, with many opting exclusively for digital distribution. Black River Music Group’s Emma Jacob’s new CD 2,232 Miles is available exclusively on iTunes. The single “Julianna” is currently featured as a free download in People magazine’s Country issue….Grammy-winner Bryan White’s new studio album, Dustbowl Dreams, has been digitally released, including lead single, “The Little Things.”…. Also going for digital distribution is Derek Sholl with his self-titled album, which includes “When They Come Back,” a tribute to veterans returning from combat.

Mark Wayne Glasmire headed out on the first leg of his fall radio tour of MusicRow Country Breakout reporters last week. The run included visits to 15 stations in four states and supports Glasmire’s debut country single, “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright.” ….Pheromone Recording artist Greg Hanna released his self-titled debut on Tues., Oct. 13. The CD was produced by Hanna and hit songwriter, Kim Tribble. The first single “It’s A Man’s Job” just entered the Top #40 on MusicRow’s Breakout chart and a video to support the single will be airing soon at various video channels.

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