Country Music Success Stories

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By: Candy O'Terry & Jacy Dawn Valeras

What does it take to become a country music success story? In this Nashville-Based podcast, radio legend & master interviewer Candy O’Terry goes straight to the pros to hear their stories. From singers to producers, songwriters to record label executives, radio programmers and DJ’s to PR and marketing pros, every episode is a deep dive into what it takes to success in the country music industry. If you want to make it in Nashville, you need a roadmap. Music City Mentor Jacy Dawn Valeras provides valuable advice about everything from writer’s rounds to online marketing and building a networ...

Tony Brown -012
Last Wednesday at 1:42 AM

Pay attention to trends, but never be a follower.  Be a leader, not a follower. Push the envelop, but don’t let it break. I like to stay in front of the curve, but I never like to be too cool for the room. -Tony Brown  Just when Jacy and I think we’ve experienced the best … Continue reading Tony Brown -012 →


John Berry & Robin Berry -011
04/21/2021

Fame is not a decision you make. It’s a lot more work, and it’s a lot of fairy dust. -John Berry Let’s turn back time to 1979 when singer/songwriter/guitarist John Berry had big dreams and the patience to see them through. A brilliant singer with a gift for storytelling and the ability to connect with … Continue reading John Berry & Robin Berry -011 →


Steve Dorff -010
03/31/2021

I’m like this anonymous Oz behind the curtain guy nobody ever knows. The face of the songs are the artists who record them. -Steve Dorff If you are a songwriter or a composer, this episode is for you! Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018, Steve Dorff was born to do what he … Continue reading Steve Dorff -010 →


TG Sheppard -009
03/17/2021

I was only 15 when I climbed out my window and ran away to Memphis with 60 cents in mypocket. I look around at my life now and I realize that it all started with just 60 cents. -TG Sheppard Incredible as it seems, TG Sheppard was a runaway teen with a lifelong dream of … Continue reading TG Sheppard -009 →


Larry Strickland -008
03/02/2021

Relationships are everything and in Nashville they are made of gold. When Jacy introduced me to Naomi Judd and we interviewed her at their compound in Leipers Fork, Tennessee, her husband Larry Strickland was sitting on a couch in the recording studio, just listening quietly. But when he spoke, his rich, deep voice filled the … Continue reading Larry Strickland -008 →


Karen Staley -007
02/17/2021

I didn’t come to Nashville having played bars for 10 years. I was a total green horn. So I learned a lot. It’s a blast, it’s like perpetual adolescence. -Karen Staley Welcome to the success story of a woman whose songs have been played on radio more than 12 million times (and counting) with downloads … Continue reading Karen Staley -007 →


Kent Blazy -006
02/02/2021

I first wrote poetry and got it published in the high school year book and it gave me a little bit of positive feedback that somebody must like what I do. The minute I got a guitar, I just started trying to put the two together and started writing songs instead of poetry. -Kent Blazy … Continue reading Kent Blazy -006 →


Lori McKenna -005
01/20/2021

There’s always growth, there’s always somewhere to go to in music, a place you have not reached. Every time I’ve stuck my neck out musically, I’ve been rewarded. -Lori McKenna In this episode, we sit down with two-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter Lori McKenna for a conversation about humble beginnings, persistence, and the importance of developing … Continue reading Lori McKenna -005 →


Crystal Gayle -004
01/05/2021

I’m proud that I’m still here in this business. It’s what I’ve loved to do. Success is in your mind. It’s only in your mind. -Crystal Gayle This episode brings us to Music Row in Nashville and the offices of Gayle Enterprises for an interview with Crystal Gayle. Jacy has known the Grammy-winner since she … Continue reading Crystal Gayle -004 →


Jeannie Seely -003
12/15/2020

There’s something very special about sitting on the back porch, overlooking the Cumberland River, listening to the cicadas and talking about country music! In this interview, we are at the home of Jeannie Seely, Grammy winner and 53- year member of the Grand Ole Opry. Make no mistake about it, this 80 year old trailblazer … Continue reading Jeannie Seely -003 →


Kelly Lang -002
12/01/2020

Barry Gibb called me and says “Hey, Kell, I”m gonna be singing Islands in the Stream at Kenny Rogers Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Are you available to sing that song with me? And you know what I said? Hold on a second and let me check my schedule!” -Kelly Lang The … Continue reading Kelly Lang -002 →


Naomi Judd -001
11/17/2020

I’ve been through an alphabet of tragedies and trials and I’m still here. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it at all. But I just kept going like the little engine that could. I said to myself: I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. –Naomi Judd What does … Continue reading Naomi Judd -001 →


Country Music Success Stories -Trailer
11/06/2020

What does it take to become a country music success story? In this Nashville-Based podcast, radio legend & master interviewer Candy O’Terry goes straight to the pros to hear their stories. From singers to producers, songwriters to record label executives, radio programmers and DJ’s to PR and marketing pros, every episode is a deep dive … Continue reading Country Music Success Stories -Trailer →