Friday, January 15, 2016

JD Walker

Artist Biography
JD was born in Kansas City, MO and grew up in Independence, MO. The youngest of 3 boys, he grew up in a middle class family. His Father was as an Airline Mechanic for one of the major airlines. His Mother was a Nurse taking care of the elderly and the home. JD's songwriting has been described as; Genuine and easy to identify with. A listener has no doubt that the subject is real and there's an absolute sincerity that comes out in his lyrics that makes it so genuine. No doubt that he writes and sings with a raw emotion and an unflinching truth. 

JD was introduced to music by his late Uncle who was a singer/songwriter and a recording artist. He performed on the Ozark Jubilee which led to an appearance on the Porter Wagoner show. Then making it to Nashville and singing in Ernest Tubb's Record Shop, then on to open up for some pretty big names in country music. JD first sang with his Uncle when he was young, then started singing in church and thechoir. He wrote poems, then started writing songs after graduating High School and always dreamed of becoming a songwriter and making a living with music. In his young adult life; JD experienced tragedy, trauma and turmoil. From being in the truck with his best friend when he was murdered, to losing the love of his life after his wife passed away from a rare form of cancer. Then 10 months later; he and his family suffered the loss of his brother. Through those difficult times he admits, he was living in some dark times and it took him a while to find himself. His faith grew stronger, he and his parents grew closer and today they are 2 of hisbest friends. Music and songwriting was his release. His feelings ended up pouring out. With all his trials and experiences they certainly gave him a lot to write about. 

JD had a lot of influences in music, from songwriters to major recording artist. He actually got his start working behind the scenes doing some handler work at concerts for some major recording artist. He ended up completing formal training and became certified as an instructor in Celebrity, Executive and Dignitary Protection. He was invited to come to Nashville and was introduced to others in the business, which he was asked to collaborate by other songwriters. Once he got a true taste of Nashville and the complete music making process that was all it took. For 3 years he split his time between Nashville and Missouri. It became harder for him to leave with meeting new friends and new opportunities arising. He knew where he needed to be and his heart and soul was always in music. He was offered a publishing deal, he went back and broke the news to his parents. A few months later, he packed up and made the permanent move to Nashville to follow his dreams. Shortly after settling in, his publishing deal fell apart. He was offered to be reimbursed for his move, but declined, thanked them for the offer but decided he was going to stay. Over the years he has had the opportunity to collaborate with some hit songwriters and has had a few of his songs put on hold by some major recording artist. For a day job, he holds a current CDL and he might be seen in a Big Rig pulling double trailers for FedEx Ground. 

JD is now working on an album of his own songs with a Grammy Nominated Producer Kent Wells. His first song "Too Far From Heaven" which he wrote, will be released to Country radio by GTR in Jan. 2016. JD gives first credit to God, the loving support of his family and close friends, all who understand what it takes and the sacrifices you have to make to accomplish your goals. With the tough roads he's traveled he's now on the right one and livinghis dream.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Mi2N European Music News

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Live Music Office Unites Councils With Industry Through AMPLIFY Program
A new pilot program has been created to provide support for new and existing live music spaces
Dance Music Steps Up The Pace In 2015, With UK Acts Leading The Way
Streaming of Dance music growing at a faster rate than any other main music genre
Google Play Music Announced As The Official Download & Streaming Partner Of The BRIT Awards 2016
Viewers of the globally watched show will be able to download and stream the audio of live performances
Midem Marks Its 50th Edition With Eye Firmly On The Future Of Music
International music industry to gather for business and celebration in Cannes
PIPCU Make Nationwide Arrests As They Dismantle Illegal Karaoke Streaming Operation
PIPCU has dismantled a gang suspected of uploading and distributing tens of thousands of karaoke tracks online
Conference For Millennial Music Industry Execs Releases New Speakers, Schedule And Sponsors
Execs from Sony Music, Spotify, Sky Tickets, Communion Music Group and Warner have been confirmed to speak at FastForward
PRS For Music Elect Chris Butler And John Minch To Represent Independent Publishers
PRS for Music reveal the elected representatives for its Executive Board in 2016
PRS For Music And SoundCloud Reach A Multi-Territory Licensing Agreement Ending Legal Proceedings
The licence covers the use of PRS for Music repertoire since SoundCloud's launch
BMG Expands Production Music Business With Addition Of Beds & Beats
BMG is pleased to announce it is expanding its growing production music business into the radio sector
USA Distribution Announced For Amadeus 'Philharmonia' Speakers Co-designed By Jean Nouvel
French speaker designer Amadeus chooses Source Systems, Ltd. as its US distributor for the HI-FI market for new speakers co-designed by world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel
Indie Country Music Star Luanne Hunt's Scores A Top 20 Hit In The UK With Anti-commercialism Christmas Song
Luanne Hunt's thought-provoking new holiday single "The Greatest Christmas Gift," which delivers a message about the over-commercialization of Christmas
UK Electronica Crew H2SO4 Releases New LP 'Under Control'
The masterminds of electronic dance music known as H2SO4 have released their new full-length album, “Under Control.”
ACM Electron And Rod Stewart Release Christmas Single With BBC 6 Music
The opportunity arose after BBC 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny wrote a Christmas song ‘Please Don’t Give Me Anything For Christmas’ after interviewing Rod on his radio show
Rostrum+ Streaming Week
Don’t miss the opportunity to discover a unique selection of recent creations from emerging composers from all over the world!
Youtube Keynote At Buma Music Meets Tech During Eurosonic Noorderslag
Candice Morrissey, Music Strategic Partnerships EMEA at Google, will deliver a keynote speech about YouTube at Buma Music meets Tech
 |Xmi2n|12-13-2015Independent Music Companies' Vision On EU's Copyright Plans
IMPALA shares the perspective of thousands of European independent music companies

The Finnish Music Export Award Is Given To Comusic Productions Ltd
Music Finland granted the first ever Finnish Music Export Award for the company behind Sunrise Avenue's success
Nuclear Holocaust Signs With Selfmadegod Records
New Album Coming Summer 2016
Nettwerk Music Group Acquires Benelux Independent Megadisc NV
Nettwerk Music Group announces that it has acquired the catalogue of music copyrights controlled by Gent
International Radio Festival Moves To EXPO City Milan, Italy, 7-10 April 2016
IRF takes another step in evolving its unique public on-air festival and conference format
Music Industry Innovation Saves UK Adele Fans £4.2m
Adele removed 18,000 'known or likely touts' from her pre-sale ticket release window
Round Hill Music Enters Into Worldwide Co-Publishing Deal With Rune Westberg
Accomplished Danish songwriter, record producer, mixer, and instrumentalist, Rune Westberg
Iceland's Leading Music Service, Tónlist.Is, To Be Powered By 7digital
Partnership to re-launch the first and only music service based in Iceland
Tesco To Stock Range Of Vinyl Albums After Huge Success Of Summer Trial
Included in the 20 disc range will be the eagerly anticipated new record by Coldplay
Commission Takes First Steps To Broaden Access To Online Content And Outlines Its Vision To Modernise EU Copyright Rules
Making EU copyright rules fit for the digital age
National Learn To Play Day 2016: Over 12,000 Free Music Lessons Across The UK
National Learn To Play Day is back for its fifth successive year on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2016
Convention Committee Announced For Audio Engineering Society 140th International Convention In Paris, France
AES has announced the official Convention Committee for the 140th International AES Convention, set to take place June 4 to 7, 2016
SubBass Recruiting DJs To Play In Ibiza
Every year SubBass offers its students the chance to play in one of the biggest party destinations in the world - Ibiza
Fury to release "Lost in Space" in 2016
Publicist To Focus On Promoting Nashville Country Artists In The UK
UK's growing country scene is an exciting opportunity for both emerging and established artists