Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sammy Hakim's "Tuck Me In" Named June "Best Song of the Month"

Sammy Hakim's "Tuck Me In" Named June "Best
Song Of The Month"

By Dale Kawashima
     Published June 9, 2014
Sammy Hakim
Sammy Hakim
Sammy Hakim, a young pop singer/songwriter based in Fairfax County, VA, has won the SongwriterUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” Contest for June, for her song “Tuck Me In." This song was recently released independently as a single, and it's one of 11 new songs that she recently wrote & recorded in Nashville. Notably, she has been selected as the winner this month of our other site's SingerUniverse "Best Vocalist Of The Month" Competition, for her vocal performance of "Tuck Me In."
“Tuck Me In” is a heartfelt, dramatic pop ballad which starts softly, and gradually builds momentum and intensity. The song's title and lyric theme is about trying to stay safe and protected in a world where there is abuse and bullying. The recording provides an excellent showcase for Hakim's strong, soulful vocals. "Tuck Me In" was expertly produced by William Gawley, a Nashville-based songwriter & producer who has produced and worked with several artists who have been signed to major labels. The song was mixed by Sarah Emily Parish.
Hakim  (who is 18) grew up in Fairfax County, which is near Washington, DC. She learned to play guitar and piano at a young age, and she also plays violin, ukulele and other instruments. Hakim has been inspired by listening to such favorite artists as Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. "I also like listening to the radio a lot," she said.
Hakim started to write songs in the 7th grade, and she recorded her first CD during her freshman year of high school. When she was 15, she entered her song "Fearless" in the International Songwriting Competition, and it was selected as a finalist. Hakim has also had two songs which made the New Music Weekly indie chart, "Get A Little Closer" and "Mark Me."
For "Tuck Me In" and her latest recording sessions, Hakim went to Nashville to work with producer William Gawley of FaceSpace Music, which develops artists and has the label contacts to place artists for record deals. "They contacted me in February (2014)—they heard and liked my music, and invited me to work with them in Nashville," explained Hakim. I recorded 11 songs with them, and William also produced the video for 'Tuck Me In'."
Admirably, Hakim is donating a percentage of the proceeds from "Tuck Me In" to national charities which support anti-bullying and anti-abuse causes.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Chris Cox

An Oklahoma native, Chris Cox burst onto the Nashville Country Music scene two years ago, Recording his Debut Nashville Album "Heaven To Win" at Hilltop Studio with Legendary Grand Ole Opry Singer/Songwriter & Producer Walt Wilder.

Chris Cox built a huge radio following with his first releases & is no stranger to the Charts! His Smash Single "Heaven To Win" (a Tribute to NasCar Legend Dale Earnhardt sr.), Hit the TOP TEN in Europe in 2014! And then stayed in those charts for over 2 months!!! His next Single "Sometimes You Lose" also hit the Top of The Charts in Europe a few weeks later!! Both singles made the Independent Music Charts in the U.S. as well!! So Chris then found himself in the unique position of having A CHARTING SINGLE ON TWO CONTINENTS AT THE SAME TIME!!!

With two of the singles from his Debut Nashville album Competing week after week alongside HUGE HITS by Artists such as LADY ANTEBELLUM, LUKE BRYAN, ERIC CHURCH, TOBY KEITH, KENNY CHESNEY & GARTH BROOKS, and a U.S./European tour in the works for 2015, Chris knew that Nashville was expecting a LOT from his next project!

He didn't disappoint...... :)

Chris's New Album, "HonkyTonk HellCat" is the BEST OF TODAY'S ROCKIN' COUNTRY!!!! It also features some of the finest & MOST IN-DEMAND Players in Nashville!!! Players like Jeff King (LeadG for Reba McEntire), Steve Hinson (SteelG for Randy Travis), & Jimmy Carter (BassG for over 50 Nashville Stars) !!!
Come on out to Legend's Corner To Hear "Sunday Mornin' Guitar"(CRS Friday Feb 27, 2015!!

--Chris Cox will perform this 1st Single from
"HonkyTonk Hellcat", LIVE IN NASHVILLE!!*** For
the Independent Music Network's 2015 Awards

--"Sunday Mornin' Guitar" will also be featured on
CDX #613 for March!!!

--"Sunday Mornin' Guitar" will air on the
Independent Music Network's(1,000 stations)
starting March 1st!!!