The Latest News From Turnpike Music

Jeff Davis Is Upped To VP/Promotion & Marketing

Larry Pareigis, President, Nine North/Turnpike Music is pleased to announce that Jeff Davis has been upped to VP/Promotion & Marketing, Nine North/Turnpike Music effective today.

Jeff Davis Turnpike Music“I’m honored to be chosen to step up,” says Davis. “Larry and Kevin have built an amazing team, and their vision and passion inspires me on a daily basis! I look forward to all that we have on the horizon in 2015 and beyond!”

“Jeff has worked hard for this title and deserves it,” adds Larry Pareigis, President, Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Music Nashville. “He delivers a blast of youth, vigor and passion that brings true excitement to this team and the partners that work with us.”

Nine North Records/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Music Nashville was founded in June, 2007 by record company executive Larry Pareigis as Music City’s first virtual label: a full service company dedicated to providing label services for artists, independent labels, and publishing companies. The company has since worked with numerous high profile artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Train, Ashley Monroe, Court Yard Hounds, Joey + Rory, Katie Armiger and has had chart success this year with Joe Bachman, Carissa Leigh and Shane Gamble.

Jason Cassidy Partners With Turnpike To Launch New Single

Jason Cassidy is pleased to announce that he is partnering with Nine North Records/Turnpike Music Nashville/Edgehill Music Nashville. They will join forces on radio promotion, social media and marketing efforts for his upcoming new single “Cowboy Girl,” which impacts Country radio In February 2015.

Cowboy Girl“Cowboy Girl” is the followup to Jason’s “What If” single and video, which spent 6 weeks atop the fan-voted CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown and had significant success at Country radio.

“I’m excited to fire up the new single and work with my new team,” says the Texas-born Cassidy. “The intensity and passion Larry (Pareigis) and his crew invest in our music matches what we put into creating it.”

“We are stoked about working with Jason,” adds Larry Pareigis, President, Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville. “He’s dedicated to managing his career and music the right way and we’re going to help him get where he wants to go.”

Nine North Records/Turnpike Music Nashville/Edgehill Music Nashville was founded in June, 2007 by record company executive Larry Pareigis as Music City’s first virtual label: a full service company dedicated to providing label services for artists, independent labels, and publishing companies. The company has since worked with numerous high profile artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Train, Ashley Monroe, Court Yard Hounds, Joey + Rory, Katie Armiger and has had chart success this year with Joe Bachman, Carissa Leigh and Shane Gamble.

Brooklyhn Woods Signs With PCG Nashville/Turnpike Music

PCG Nashville, Nine North, Turnpike Music & Edgehill Nashville are proud to announce the signing of BROOKLYHN WOODS.

In the once booming coal-mining town of Lynch, Kentucky, singer/songwriter, Brooklyhn Woods grew up loving the music of her mountain roots. From the moment that she opens her mouth, there is no doubt that country is not just her chosen genre, it’s who she is to the core. With every note, her vocals drip with the sound of her Kentucky heritage and her writing echoes the tradition of so many artists that came before her.

As a proud member of ASCAP and NSAI, Brooklyhn is influenced by many of the great singer/songwriters of country music’s past and present. She’s inspired by the vocal styling of Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood, while her songwriting style speaks to empowerment, change, love, and hurt that she heard in the songs of Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.

“I especially admire Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, not only because of their great talent as singer/songwriters, but also because they’ve never forgotten where they came from. They continue to give back to the communities in which they grew up, in spite of the fact that they are known and loved worldwide. If I have the privilege of becoming half as well-known as them, I want to be that kind of woman. I never want to lose sight of where I come from and the people who have shaped me along the way,” Woods says.

While visiting Nashville, TN, Brooklyhn caught the attention of Nashville music business veteran, Bernard Porter, President of PCG Nashville. With encouragement from family and friends, Brooklyhn took the opportunity to give her dreams a real chance and signed with America’s top artist development company, PCG Nashville.

“Brooklyhn possesses the “it” factor. Not only is she intelligent, beautiful and very talented, but she also has a little something extra. We saw tremendous potential in her and we’ve watched her grow from a girl with a lot of natural ability and style into an artist with a real shot at success in this business,” states Porter.

Now PCG Nashville has partnered with Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville to deliver Brooklyhn’s remarkable music to radio.

“This is a woman who is preternaturally gifted and poised, especially for someone who just turned 21 Sunday (yesterday),” Larry Pareigis, Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville President says. “The team and I can’t wait to begin the setup process for her debut single ‘When You Love A Wild Thing.’’”

Brooklyhn Woods SigningWhen You Love A Wild Thing, the debut PCG Nashville/Nine North/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Nashville single from Brooklyhn Woods, impacts Country radio Q1 2015.

Brooklyhn Woods is officially a PCG Nashville & Nine North Records artist! – front row, left to right, Brooklyhn Woods & Jeff Davis/Nine North Records. Back row, Bernard Porter/PCG Nashville, Larry Pareigis/Nine North & Raelyn Blake/PCG Nashville.

Questions Answered

Larry Pareigis, Nine North Records/Turnpike Music/Edgehill Music Nashville President, recently answered a few questions posed by Billboard Country Editor Tom Roland.

You can read the Questions Answered article HERE.

Tom Moran Upped To Senior VP

Nine North Records-Turnpike Music/Nashville President Larry Pareigis has announced the promotion of music industry veteran Tom Moran, currently Vice President of Promotion, to Senior Vice President, effective immediately.

“As a long-time confidant and superb strategist, I thought this was the perfect time to celebrate my decade of working with Tom (between Sony and Nine North/Turnpike Music), to recognize his achievements with this overdue new title reflecting his importance to this ongoing operation of our company,“ said Pareigis.

Moran added, “I appreciate very much the confidence in me that Larry has expressed with this new title. We have some good things happening in this new year and I’m excited to get going!”

Tom Moran joined Nine North Records in July 2008 as VP of Promotion/Marketing, after serving in that same capacity at Show Dog Records and Epic Records. He has also served in a consultant capacity to various Music City record labels. Prior to moving to Nashville in the 1990’s, Moran had an extensive capacity in the Rock and Pop worlds, including stops at Warner Bros., Polydor and Columbia Records

Nine North And Turnpike Are RideNHigh

101proof300Colton James, President/RideNHigh Records, and Larry Pareigis, President/Nine North & Turnpike Music, are proud to announce a strategic alliance including promotion, marketing and social media management for his first RideNHigh/Nine North/Turnpike Music single 101 PROOF and CD release 101 PROOF COUNTRY.

“I get asked all the time why my motto is ‘101 PROOF,”, Colton says. “I live life to the fullest everyday enjoying this great life we have been given. I am so grateful to have this awesome opportunity to share my music with all the great people that work at Country radio and support Country music when I hit the road with Larry and his team!”

“Colton exemplifies the brash artistic independence that my team and I are always looking to partner with and amplify,” says Pareigis. “The road to 101 Proof Country begins…now!”

Virginia born and bred Colton James is already a proven performer, having opened for Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Mark Chestnutt, Chris Cagle, Joe Nichols, Dixie Chicks, Lonestar, Keith Anderson, and Trick Pony.

101 PROOF is on desks and desktops now via CDX and Play MPE with the CD pro to follow shortly with a Country radio impact date of Monday, September 16th.

Merry Christmas

From our family to yours, we wish you the most joyous of holidays!

Merry Christmas from Turnpike Music

Andy Velo Joins Tootsie’s Celebration

Andy Velo, will perform two shows in Nashville as part of the Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 51st anniversary celebration.

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville will celebrate its 51st Birthday on November 23rd with multiple stages of great music.

Entertainment will be on both Tootsie’s stages, on the roof-top of Rippy’s, plus on a very special stage in the street. The event will also include a Kid Rock concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Velo who recently released his latest single, “Southern Thing” will perform on the main stage at the Tootsies celebration at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. His performance is sponsored by Jim Beam Brands.

Tootsie’s the world famous honky-tonk bar has become not only a Nashville landmark, but a country music institution.

Rocker Embraces His Country Roots

With “Livin’ Out a Country Song,” Johnny Solinger returns with a sophomore country project that tips a hat to the singers’ roots.

The self-proclaimed “redneck from the great state of Texas” is best known as the front man of the rock band, SKID ROW, but living in Houston, country music has always been close to Johnny’s heart.

“It might seem odd to have such drastic tastes in music,” he says, “but it feels perfectly natural to me.”

Livin' Out A Country Song“Livin’ Out A Country Song” is featured by All Access in the “Cool New Music” section this week. See it HERE.

A previous solo country project was released regionally and the single “Too Well To Go To Work” hit the top 20 on the Texas Music Charts, making it to the #16 spot. Filled with both the country and rock sides of Johnny Solinger, the debut album was a perfect introduction to Johnny for country fans who may not have been aware of the versatile singer or the band SKID ROW.

Since the release of that first effort, SKID ROW experienced an astounding re-emergence on the world stage, covering all corners of the globe, including China, Australia, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Wales, Sweden, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan, and even Russia. Extensive touring of the U.S. followed, delaying the planned release of Johnny’s second country record, but the time is now and the artist has slipped on his comfortable boots for the adventure.

“I’m so excited about these songs and this new record that I glow in the dark,” says Solinger.  “The first one was never ever meant to be a one and done, throw it against the wall and see if it sticks kind of deal. I LOVE making these records and completely flipping the switch from hard rock back to my country roots.”

Andy Velo Shares A Southern Thing

Andy Velo recognized his path at an early age and began writing and performing songs that energized and fueled his passion.

Known as a “high energy, in-your-face, take-you-away-for two hours showman,” Andy’s shows draw large, interactive crowds of country music lovers who relate to his songs of heart break, rainy days, good times, love, laughter, and the assurance that life is worth living.

Dedicated to fitness and faith as much as to his fans, Andy’s new single, “Southern Thing” is now available.

“Southern Thing” by Andy Velo is featured by the music industry website All Access in the “Cool New Music” section this week.  See it HERE.

Andy has shared the stage with Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, and with Jimmy Wayne, Dierks Bentley, and Brad Paisley on Brad’s American Saturday Night Tour in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In 2010, he released “Hank It Up” to national radio and excitement over that first release developed into the cultivation of a relationship with Velo’s now regional sponsor, Jim BeamTM. The partnership has taken the determined young artist to a whole new level, sharing his music with fans at events like the Jim BeamTM Ultimate Tailgates and various other promotions.

Southern ThingIn a short detour from music, Andy has branched out onto the silver screen, counting among his credits supporting roles in 2006’s, We Are Marshall starring Matthew McConaughey. He’s also appeared in One Missed Call and had an action stunt role in The Blind Side starring both Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. Although not pursuing acting with the same singleness of purpose with which he pursues music, clearly performance is the key to this all-American Southern gentleman.

Camaraderie with the audience is the recipe for success for Andy. “My work is like a party. Not only do I get to attend, but I’m the guest of honor, and all I have to do is focus on the music and the fans. That’s where it’s at for me; if the fans like your music and get the real you, THEY want to be a part of it, and they’ll pass you along.”

Nine North / Turnpike Adds Doc Gonzales

Nine North Records/Turnpike Music President Larry Pareigis is proud to announce the hiring of Doc Gonzales as Director of Promotion, SE/SW, effective today (Thursday, 9/1/11).

“With the addition of Doc and the continuing service of Tom Moran, Jim Dorman, Will Robinson, Greg Stevens & Ryan Barnstead. I fully believe we’re fielding the strongest team of professionals to date to service radio & our artist/clients at Nine North/Turnpike,” Pareigis says.

Gonzales joins the Nine North team after 30 years of music industry experience, including 16 years in promotion, marketing, management & artist branding at Graham Management Company, owned by Herbert Graham whom Doc describes as his “mentor and friend.”

“I am very excited to begin working with Larry Pareigis at Nine North Records and look forward to bringing my work ethic and experience in both management and record promotion to add to the already strong team of Larry, Tom Moran, Jim Dorman, Will Robinson, Greg Stevens and Ryan Barnstead. I am ready to get out there and see my great friends at radio in the Southeast and Southwest,” says Gonzales.

“Between Sundays” Scores Biggest Video Premiere Ever at Yallwire.com

Evergreen/Turnpike artist DJ Miller has landed the most successful video premiere ever at Yallwire.com with his debut video, “Between Sundays.” The Eric Welch-directed project debuted Thursday, July 14, at the popular online Country and Christian video site, drawing a record number of viewers during the first 24 hours the video was online. Yallwire.com has provided music videos to its users since 2006.

“Last week’s premiere of DJ Miller’s “Between Sundays” holds the best premiere numbers to date on Yallwire.com,” says Yallwire Director of Programming and Promotions Kristi Lee. “Our audience is always appreciative of newcomers who keep it Country!”

Miller’s “Between Sundays” is the current single from the 21-year-old Indiana native’s anticipated debut album, due out this fall. The video was directed by award-winning Broken Poet Productions director Eric Welch (Jamey Johnson, Jewel, Randy Houser, Little Big Town) and filmed on location in a local East Nashville neighborhood. Written by Richard A. Alves, Gary Duffy, John Colgin and Reid Brannon, “Between Sundays” is steadily climbing the Country charts, bulleting at No. ­­45 this week on the Billboard Indicator chart. Miller is currently on a national radio promotion tour in support of the single.

CLICK HERE to watch DJ Miller’s “Between Sundays” music video on Yallwire.com

Stanley Generations Partners With Turnpike Music

Performer and record producer Nathan Stanley announces the opening of  Stanley Generation Records and the signing of that label’s first act, Laura Dodd, winner of the 2010 Inspirational Country Music new artist of the year award.

Stanley Generation Records is currently winding up negotiations for the label’s product to be distributed nationally by Sony/RED and has retained record industry veteran Larry Pareigis and his Nine North/Turnpike Music team to oversee radio promotion.

Stanley brings a lifetime of music business experience to his new enterprise.  He was virtually a toddler when he began performing on stage with his grandfather Ralph Stanley’s band, the Grammy-winning Clinch Mountain Boys.  Beginning as a spoons player, he graduated into roles as lead vocalist, mandolinist and rhythm guitarist with the band.  Off stage, he participated in every essential business chore from selling merchandise to recording and producing.  As a Clinch Mountain Boy, he has performed in all 50 states and Canada on stages ranging from bluegrass festival shelters to the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall.

Last year, at the age of 18, he released his fourth album, My Kind Of Country, a project he also co-produced.  This collection of traditional country songs was his fourth solo album and featured guests appearances by such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Gene Watson, Del McCoury, John Anderson, Rhonda Vincent and Patty Loveless.  He is currently producing a tribute album to his legendary grandfather.  It too will be on his new label.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that music has been my life,” says Stanley.  “I love performing and recording, but I’m also fascinated with music as a business, as a way of developing and supporting artists.  I want Stanley Generation Records to give artists the support and freedom to do what they do best—and that is to transform people’s lives with their music.  That’s why I’m so happy to see Laura Dodd as our flagship artist.  She’s an amazing entertainer.”

Dodd, a native of Gadsden, Alabama, comes to Stanley Generation Records with a rich history of performing.  Both a formally trained and a church-seasoned vocalist, Dodd has done shows with George Jones, Rascal Flatts, Patty Loveless, Restless Heart, Josh Turner, Bruce Hornsby and Ben Vereen, among others.  She also performed at the White House on behalf of the Miracle League World Series, at an event hosted by President and Mrs. George W. Bush.

“I’ve watched Nathan develop as a musical mentor,” says Dodd, “and he’s seen me grow as a singer and songwriter,” Dodd says.  “I’m thrilled to help him inaugurate Stanley Generation Records and honored to be associated with such a legendary musical name.”

Stanley Generation Records expects to release Dodd’s first single from her forthcoming album in June.  In addition to recording for Stanley, she will also tour with him on selected dates as well as perform separately with her own band.

Identical Partners With 9N/Turnpike Music To Promote Tonja Rose

Tonja RoseIdentical Entertainment calls on the services of 9N/Turnpike Music to promote the debut single “WHERE WOULD YOUR HEART BE” from Tonja Rose.  Turnpike Music’s staff brings over 150 years of combined experience in radio and records to the table, starting with the company’s President/Owner Larry Pareigis.

After a radio career that placed Pareigis at some of the top markets in the country, he was responsible for breaking acts like the Dixie Chicks, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Van Zant, Miranda Lambert, Buddy Jewell & many more under the Sony Nashville umberella.  Upon leaving Sony in 2007, Pareigis founded Nine North to provide promotion and marketing services to country artists.

Larry worked with Rocky Comfort Records to guide Tracy Lawrence’s “FIND OUT WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE” to a multi-week #1 as part of his True North consultancy and he and the Nine North/Turnpike team have been responsible for the promotion and social networking elements for the ACM-winning Duo Of The Year, Joey+Rory, and their hit single “CHEATER CHEATER”, as well as Skyville Records trio Stealing Angels and Cold River’s Katie Armiger on their first BDS/Mediabase reporting radio charting singles “HE BETTER BE DEAD” and “KISS ME NOW”, respectively.

Pareigis looks forward to bringing his teams years of experience in both the radio and music industries along side with Identical to help launch the Pinetown, NC native, Tonja Rose.

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Davis Partners With Nine North/Turnpike

Davis Music Group’s GM Gator Michaels has announced the partnership with President Larry Pareigis and his Nine North/Turnpike team to coordinate national radio promotion for DMG’s flagship artist Jacob Lyda.

“Larry Pareigis has established a stellar promotion staff at Nine North and the Davis Music Group family is excited to add their help in our radio efforts for Jacob Lyda,” says Gator Michaels.

Nine North/Turnpike’s President Larry Pareigis says, “We are thrilled and look forward to working with Gator Michaels, Glenn Noblit and the entire DMG family to break this remarkable, deserving artist at country radio.”

Jacob Lyda’s debut single, “I’m Doing Alright,” has been shipped to radio this week.

For more information on Jacob Lyda visit www.jacoblyda.com

For more information on Davis Music Group visit www.davismusicgroup.com

Jessica Ridley Visits XM11

Jessica Ridley stops by to thank the staff at XM11 for playing her new Executive/Universal/Nine North single Flaming Red.  XM11 will debut an acoustic version of the song on Friday, January 7th between 2 and 3 Eastern.

Smiles All Around
In the photo, (L-R) Turnpike/Nine North’s Stan Marczewski, Ridley, XM11’s Kent Terry, and Danny Mack.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas from the entire Nine North Records/Turnpike Music family

Flaming Red Debuts In US On XM Satellite Radio

Flaming Red, the debut single by Jessica Ridley, made its debut yesterday on XM Satellite Radio on the Nashville 11 channel in the United States.

Flaming Red is already getting considerable international radio exposure thanks to radio stations throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Jessica’s native Canada.

On November 1st, Flaming Red was released to US radio through Nine North Records and Turnpike Music, who are also behind the recent success of Stealing Angels.

“It’s important that today’s artists have a product that’s accessible to an international market,” says Don Somerville, Jessica Ridley’s manager. “When you have an exceptional artist, people expect big things from that artist. Today, more than ever before, it’s important to get that artist to as many people as possible. Radio around the world has been very excited about Jessica Ridley, and XM Satellite Radio is key to building North American excitement.”

“I’m so grateful to radio for getting my music out there,” says Jessica Ridley. “At the end of the day, radio helps me connect to fans of my music. When I heard my song on XM for the first time yesterday, I was so excited because it helps me to understand that all of the hard work is starting to pay off—but this is just the beginning!”

XM Satellite Radio is one of two satellite radio services operated by Sirius XM Radio in the United States and Canada. It offers pay-for-service radio, which includes 73 different music channels, as well as sports, talk and entertainment channels. The service is also available online and via iPhone in the USA and Canada.

Bridgette Tatum Gets Loud

Root 49/Nine North’s Bridgette Tatum is looking for fans to appear as extras in the music video for her song “Loud”.  “Loud” has been named the 2010 ACC Football theme song and will be used throughout the football season.  The video shoot will take place Thursday, July 8th at Nashville’s 12th and Porter.  To be an extra and get more details about the video shoot, simply send an email to btloud@gmail.com.

Crank It Up!

Katie ArmigerKatie Armiger’s new single “Kiss Me Now” is red hot as the iTunes downloads are up 292% in one day!!!  Download it now…RIGHT HERE

Turnpike Music Welcomes Katie Armiger

Larry Pareigis, President, Nine North/Turnpike Music, is proud to announce Katie Armiger as Turnpike Music’s debut client.

“We are all proud to be starting with such great music from a high-caliber artist like Katie & a focused label partner like Cold River,” says Pareigis. “I’d like to thank Katie & Cold River label head Pete O’Heeron for their belief in the Turnpike team. Now, back to work!”

Katie’s new single KISS ME NOW debuted with 20 first-week believers; Country radio consultant Joel Raab calls it “her best yet! I think this has a real shot to go all the way!”

In addition, KISS ME NOW debuted on the BB/BDS Indicator Chart at 55*.

Turnpike Music Staff Announced

Nine North Records/Turnpike Music president Larry Pareigis is proud to announce the staff for Turnpike Music.

Greg Stevens joins as National Director, West. He can be reached at greg@turnpikemusic.com. Ryan Barnstead joins as National Director, East and can be reached at ryan@turnpikemusic.com.

Both have been staff members at Nine North since it opened in May 2007.

“I’m excited about what the future will bring with Ryan & Greg super-serving currently under-served indicator, activator and secondary stations with Turnpike,” Pareigis says.

Stevens & Barnstead will continue to report to Pareigis and Tom Moran, Nine North/Turnpike Music’s VP/Promotion & Marketing.

Kevin Mason will also serve as Nine North/Turnpike Music’s Director Of Secret Projects.

Announcements about the initial Turnpike roster & Nine North staff changes are forthcoming.

Larry Pareigis Announces TURNPIKE MUSIC

Nine North Records President, Larry Pareigis has announced a new division of the successful virtual label; TURNPIKE MUSIC.

This new division of the company will specialize in the promotion & marketing of established and developing artists to indicator, activator & secondary Country radio.

“Establishing TURNPIKE will allow an entirely new level of highly targeted service to both new and existing clients moving forward,” says Pareigis. “This will fit hand-in-glove with what we’re already doing with mainstream Country radio at Nine North.”

Nine North Records was established in April, 2007 as Nashville’s first virtual label & has been providing full promotion & marketing services for established and new artists to Country radio. NNR has worked with clients as diverse as Tracy Lawrence, Joey+Rory, Bridgette Tatum, Brady Seals, Anthony Smith, Darren Kozelsky, Jason Crabb, Matt Stillwell, Marty Raybon and others.

The new division opens for business Monday, 2/1/10 with clients & staff to be announced shortly.