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Terron Brooks: Leading along with his Heart



Terron Brooks is a singer-songwriter whose voice has been described via the Los Angeles Occasions as “easy and soulful.Satirically, he additionally has a knack for asking questions that divulge the center and soul of a few of leisure’s greatest stars.

Visitors who’ve already been featured on Fair Solutions with Terron Brooks come with Sheila E., LEON, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Rhona Bennett, Melinda Doolittle, and Crystal Lewis. And Terron has his attractions set on Babyface, Toni Braxton, John Legend, and Smokey Robinson as ideally suited additions to this esteemed record.

He defined how the theory for the display got here to fruition:

“I’ve discovered that timing is vital. It’s best possible to steer clear of forcing your plans. Simply let issues occur. I knew I sought after to try this podcast 4 or 5 years in the past, however I were given scared. 

“I don’t suppose I might have began it if it wasn’t for the pandemic. It has allowed us to pause; differently, I might were within the throes of doing no matter I might usually do. 

“Now not handiest did I’ve time and no more of an excuse, however I additionally discovered that numerous celebrities have been to be had in some way they weren’t earlier than.”

Terron is humbled via his revel in with the display. “In my first season, once I didn’t truly have a leg to face on, it was once wonderful to have folks like Sheila E. as visitors.”

A two-time NAACP Award nominee, Terron is decided to take advantage of on a daily basis—a refreshing trait in a time of uncertainty. This Daniel Craig fan, who additionally loves the rest Surprise, is worked up that he can now revel in theaters as soon as once more along with his movie-loving circle of relatives: Leilani, spouse of 18 years, 14-year-old Andrew, and 10-year-old Taylor.

“At this time, we’ve got what I name ‘a second within the solar,’ as a result of issues are reopening. It’s a must to be wary, however you’ll nonetheless revel in lifestyles. Take a second within the solar, since you don’t know what lifestyles goes to deliver. You don’t know if, the following day, there can be nationwide shutdown.”

This local of Southern California has discovered many classes all through his lifestyles and occupation. 

“I nearly misplaced my voice a few years in the past. I underwent surgical treatment as a result of I had polyps on my throat, and I didn’t know if I might ever sing once more.I healed, however within the procedure, I spotted that my objective isn’t making a song or leisure. It’s inspiration. If I couldn’t do anything, chatting with folks and inspiring them is what I might need to do.”

Terron readily credit those that have influenced him at quite a lot of levels of his adventure. Michael Jackson tops the record as a result of his dedication to forging a singular trail. “Many people are looking to exchange… to be any person else… however there’ll by no means be any other Michael Jackson.”

Crystal Lewis has additionally been an inspiration to Terron. A company believer within the significance of letting others understand how they’ve helped exchange your lifestyles, he’s thankful to have had the chance to percentage that together with her on his display. 

“I used to take a look at to place myself in a field. I considered what folks would need. Crystal has a voice this is uniquely her personal. She used to sing Christian track again within the day, and he or she is among the first in that style to have her personal report label. She did her personal factor and made sacrifices even if she didn’t know if any one was once gazing. 

“It’s a must to have fun what you deliver to the desk and be extra of who you’re, loopy or no longer. There are individuals who inspire me to be extra mysterious. They are saying I’m being too actual… however I’ve been round too lengthy to are living my lifestyles the best way any person else desires me to.” 

In spite of appearing with artists like Stevie Marvel, Josh Groban, David Foster, Randy Jackson, Stephanie Turbines, Peter Cetera, Lizz Wright, Yolanda Adams, Sheila E., and One Republic, Terron doesn’t let his achievements move to his head.

His skills have prolonged to tv, too—Terron performed the function of Eddie Kendricks at the Emmy Award-winning NBC mini-series The Temptations. On set, LEON made an enduring affect on Terron.

“LEON turns out mysterious, however actually, he’s gracious, sort, and open. He mentioned, ‘To ensure that everybody to be nice, you raise the location. You don’t simply say, ‘Oh smartly, I’m gonna be nice.’ Whilst we have been filming, LEON helped me see the greatness within me and confirmed me methods to loosen up once we have been doing the scenes, so I didn’t get in my head and reside on the truth that he’s a celeb.” 

Fair Solutions with Terron Brooks permits listeners to get a behind-the-scenes pay attention to the candid conversations between Terron and stars like LEON as they move deep. 

What’s extra, a powerful non secular sentiment regularly emerges: 

“It has turn into transparent that a lot of my visitors view themselves as non secular beings… no longer simply human beings who do what we do. Each and every visitor has organically mentioned his or her religion,” Terron published.

He described the way it feels to talk from the center and invite his visitors to do the similar:

“It feels functional. Past dressed in other hats, as another artists do, I would like each enterprise to be an extension of what I do. I’m all the time listening. That’s how you find your objective. I need to encourage, whether or not via movie or track. If it’s inspiring, I’ll do it.”

For aspiring podcasters, Terron had a work of recommendation to percentage. “Agree with that you’re sufficient, and there’s a explicit lane only for you. Lean into that lane, and produce that to the podcast international. Simply get started it, however don’t drive the rest. Make sure to’re taking part in what you’re doing, but don’t be afraid to pivot. Just right issues will come to you.”

It’s transparent that Terron Brooks loves the adventure of expressing his unique self and inspiring his listeners to do the similar. Take a look at Fair Solutions to “reconnect to the soul,” and be sure you look forward to Terron’s new album, The Soul Of Broadway Deluxe, in early February, 2022.


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CMA Awards BMI Country Songs of the Year – “Country Music’s Biggest Night”




Wallen’s “You Proof” was named BMI country song of the year, while Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. was named publisher of the year.

The CMA Awards may be rightfully billed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” but in terms of pure star power, the annual BMI Country Awards just might prove a close rival, as artists including Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, Ashley McBryde, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, The War and Treaty, Cole Swindell, Kane Brown, Ronnie Dunn, Tyler Hubbard, Bailey Zimmerman, Chris Young, Charles Kelley, Dustin Lynch and Priscilla Block were all in attendance on Tuesday evening (Nov. 7), as the awards ceremony was held at BMI’s Nashville office.

The evening began as BMI president/CEO Mike O’Neill addressed the elephant in the room– speculation over a potential private equity sale of BMI— by stating that no deal has been made.

” If we move in that direction, it will only be with a company that shares in our mission, which is to support your creative growth and grow our distribution. That is and will always be our number one priority. That will never change, no matter what happens,” O’Neill told the audience.

Additional BMI executives including BMI Nashville’s VP, Creative Clay Bradley and Executive Director, Creative Shannon Sanders were on hand to honor BMI’s 50 most-performed country songs of the previous year, which included 27 first-time BMI Award winners.

Combs and Wallen shared the songwriter of the year accolade. Combs was honored for co-writing his his own singles “Doin’ This,” “Going, Going, Gone,” “The Kind of Love We Make,” as well as Zac Brown Band’s “Out in the Middle.” Wallen co-wrote Keith Urban’s “Brown Eyes Baby,” Corey Kent’s “Wild as Her,” as well as his own “Thought You Should Know” and “You Proof.” Combs and Wallen surprised the audience by taking the stage together, and offered a twist on a typical performance by swapping songs, as Combs performed Wallen’s “Thought You Should Know” and Wallen returned the favor by performing Combs’s “Going, Going, Gone.”

Wallen’s “You Proof” was named the 2023 BMI country song of the year, published by Big Loud Mountain, Bo Wallace Publishing, Ern Dog Music, Songs of Universal, Inc., Sony/ATV Songs LLC and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI’s most-performed Country song of the year was written by Wallen, Ernest Keith Smith and Charlie Handsome.

Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. was named publisher of the year, for publishing 25 of the 50 most-performed songs of the year, including Hubbard’s “5 Foot 9,” Maren Morris’s “Circles Around This Town,” Thomas Rhett’s “Slow Down Summer,” Zach Bryan’s “Something in the Orange” and Zimmerman’s “Rock and a Hard Place.”

The awarding of the evening’s highest accolade provided some of the most heartfelt moments, as Matraca Berg was recognized with the BMI Icon Award. The BMI Icon Award has previously been awarded to songwriters including Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Carole King and Kris Kristofferson.

Berg’s BMI Icon Award is the latest in a career filled with prestigious honors, including the ACM Poet’s Award and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Bradley called Berg “a trendsetter, a rulebreaker.”

Former BMI CEO Del Bryant signed Berg as a BMI affiliate at the beginning of her career; she earned her first No. 1 as a writer at just 18, when her collaboration with Bobby Braddock, “Faking Love,” became a No. 1 Billboard Country hit for T.G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks in 1983. Berg went on to be the go-to writer for numerous artists over the past four decades, a writer who can. In 1996, she became the first woman to have five No. 1s chart in a single calendar year. Her ability to exquisitely detail the stories held closest to the heart, and deftly characterize an array of emotions, made Berg a go-to writer for many artists, but particularly many of the female artists whose music dominated country music in the 1990s. She is a writer and/or co-writer on hits recorded by Patty Loveless (” I’m That Kinda Girl,” “You Can Feel Bad”), Deana Carter (” Strawberry Wine,” “We Danced Anyway”), Reba McEntire (” The Last One to Know”), Martina McBride (” Wild Angels,” “Still Holding On”), Trisha Yearwood (” XXXs and OOOs (An American Girl),” “Wrong Side of Memphis,” “Everybody Knows,” “They Call It Falling”), The Chicks “( If I Fall You’re Going Down With Me”), Faith Hill (” You’re Still Here”) and more. Her songs have also garnered three best country song Grammy nominations, for the Kenny Chesney-Grace Potter duet “You and Tequila,” Carter’s “Strawberry Wine” and the Gretchen Wilson-recorded “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today.” She also released seven of her own albums along the way.

Prior to Berg accepting her honor Tuesday evening, video tributes were shown from Loveless and Yearwood, as well as songwriters and publishers who played essential roles in Berg’s career, including Dean Dillon, Bobby Braddock, Aimee Mayo, Pat Higdon, and Chris Farren.

Two of the artists indelibly influenced by Berg’s work– Lainey Wilson and Ashley McBryde– performed in her honor, with Wilson performing the CMA song of the year-winning hit “Strawberry Wine,” and McBryde performing “Wrong Side of Memphis.”

McBryde recalled that as she was preparing to move to Nashville, a friend gifted her with a copy of Berg’s 1997 album Sunday Morning to Saturday Night “Thank you for setting the bar,” McBryde said.

Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter performed their 2010 Grammy-nominated hit “You and Tequila,” a song that proved a full-circle career moment for Berg, as she co-wrote it with Carter.

Chesney recalled being in Malibu when he heard “You and Tequila” for the first time, saying, “I went, ‘Wow, this song is going to maybe bring a lot of people together’– and it brought me and the wonderful Grace Potter together … thank you Matraca, I love you.”

Berg thanked several of her co-writers, including “Wild Angels” co-writer Harry Stinson, her “You Can Feel Bad” co-writer Tim Krekel, and her “Strawberry Wine,” “Wrong Side of Memphis” and “Wild Angels” co-writer Gary Harrison. “There would be no me standing up here with out him,” she said of Harrison. She also thanked Carter, saying, “‘ You and Tequila,’ we just go on and on, don’t we?” She also thanked music publishing exec Higdon, another early champion. “We started working together, I think I was 22 years old. Boy, you saw something in me.”

” I’ve been a BMI writer since right out of high school. It means so much, this honor,” Berg told the packed audience. “All I ever wanted to be was a songwriter.”

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Matthew West Shares ‘My Story Your Glory (Expanded Edition)’




Today (Nov 3), Matthew West shares My Story Your Glory (Expanded Edition). The additional tracks feature collaborations with Anne Wilson, Cochren & & Co., daughter Lulu West, and Micah Tyler.

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Zac Brown Band Reveals Tune From New Covers Project




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The Zac Brown Band has released a jam-heavy version of “Baba O’Riley,” on all streaming platforms. The track is the newest single from the group’s first ever live covers album, From the Road, Vol. 1: Covers, out Nov. 10.

“Baba O’Riley” was recorded live in 2016 at Boston’s Fenway Park, which holds a special place in both the band’s heart and career. As Fenway Music Hall of Fame members, Zac Brown Band made history in August, selling out the iconic stadium for the 14th time and marking the Park’s 100th concert.

Releasing via Brown’s own label Home Grown Music, From the Road, Vol. 1: Covers includes tracks spanning over 11 years and showcases a selection of performances in iconic venues from the ZBB, joined by John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Darrell Scott, Mark O’Connor Band and Marcus King. ZBB’s rendition of Queen’s British-rock anthem “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as well as the recently released cover of “The Way You Look Tonight” made popular by Frank Sinatra, are on the the guilty pleasures album, along with tracks ranging from quintessential rock with “Sweet Emotion” and “Baba O’Riley,” to the Beatles’ pop cult classic “Eleanor Rigby,” to Jimmy Buffett’s tropical escape “Margaritaville” and more.

From the Road, Vol. 1: Covers Tracklist:
1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Live at The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, UK, 09.25.2015)
2. Baba O’Riley (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 08.20.2016)
3. Enter Sandman (Live at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL, 09.14.2014)
4. Sabotage (Live at Windy City Smokeout, Chicago, IL, 7.16.2023)
5. Sweet Emotion feat. Steven Tyler (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 08.09.2015)
6. Whipping Post feat. Marcus King (Live at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, 10.17.2021)
7. Margaritaville (Live at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC, 10.05.2023)
8. It’s A Great Day To Be Alive feat. Darrell Scott (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 06.16.2018)
9. Eleanor Rigby feat. Darrell Scott & Mark O’Connor Band (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 06.16.2018)
10. With a Little Help From My Friends feat. Darrell Scott & Mark O’Connor Band (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 06.16.2018)
11. Neon feat. John Mayer (Live at the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, Nashville, TN, 09.22.2012)
12. Use Somebody (Live at Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA, 08.25.2019)
13. The Way You Look Tonight (Live at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA, 06.04.2016)

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