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July 2014
· Alan Bennett & Friends Featured Songwriters House Concert Event With Alissa Moreno + Isaac Hayden - August 9
Saturday, August 9, 2014, Alan Bennett & Friends will play a Featured Songwriters House Concert with Alissa Moreno + Isaac Hayden in Franklin, Tennessee, presented by It's All About Z Music. This will be a special Songwriters In-The-Round show. Doors open at 6:30 PM and music starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 at the door. Facebook Event Link
· FOUR SYNCHS!!!! Real Actual Music Licensing Lands Four Song Synchs In AMC/Sundance Channel's Rectify
Real Actual is proud to announce four (4) song synchs in an upcoming episode of AMC/Sundance Channel's original series, Rectify. Tune in on Thursday, July 24 at 9/8c to catch episode six of the critically-acclaimed television program's second season featuring four (4) songs from the Real Actual Music Licensing catalog including "You And I" by Anna Johnson, "Fool For Loving You" by Joe West, "Fables" by Stacey Randol and "He's The One" by Joanie Johnson.
· Alan Bennett & Friends Returns To The Listening Room In Downtown Nashville - July 8
Alan Bennett & Friends returns to The Listening Room in downtown Nashville on July 8th featuring special guests to be announced. This will be a special Songwriters In-The-Round show starting at 8:30 PM. Tickets are available for advanced purchase through TicketsNashville.com or at the door. Admission is $5. Stay tuned for more details.
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June 2014
· New Release! Haden Carpenter's New Single Release "Simple Thing" Available Now Worldwide
On June 16, 2014, Haden Carpenter releases his new single, "Simple Thing." Written with Real Actual's Alan Bennett and PJ Smith, the song is featured in episode 1, "Go Big Or Go Home" of the new original TV series, Big Smo airing Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c on A&E. Preview/download "Simple Thing" on iTunes and at other fine retailers, and watch Big Smo videos on the A&E website: http://www.aetv.com/big-smo.
· Alan Bennett & Friends Returns To The Listening Room Featuring Phil Barton And Alissa Moreno On June 24
Alan Bennett & Friends returns to The Listening Room in downtown Nashville on June 24th featuring special guests Phil Barton and Alissa Moreno. This will be a special Songwriters In-The-Round show starting at 8:30 PM. Tickets are available for advanced purchase through TicketsNashville.com or at the door. Admission is $5. Facebook Event Link.
· Real Actual Music Licensing Sampler On SoundCloud
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May 2014
· More Synchs! Watch The New Original TV Series 'Big Smo' Premiering June 11 At 10:30/9:30c On A&E
Listen for songs by Haden Carpenter written with Real Actual's Alan Bennett on the new original TV series, Big Smo premiering June 11 at 10:30/9:30c on A&E. Produced by Brownstone Entertainment and set in Tennessee, the show will give the world an exclusive look into Big Smo's larger-than-life personality, following the country rapper as he takes his unique style of music to new heights with the support of friends, fans and most importantly, his family. For more information, visit: http://www.aetv.com/big-smo.
· Alan Bennett & Friends Returns To The Listening Room Featuring Matt Giraud And Stacey Randol - June 10
Alan Bennett & Friends returns to The Listening Room in downtown Nashville on June 10th featuring special guests Matt Giraud and Stacey Randol. This will be a special Songwriters In-The-Round show starting at 8:30 PM. Tickets are available for advanced purchase through TicketsNashville.com or at the door. Admission is $5. Stay tuned for more information!
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April 2014
· Announcing 'Big Smo' Original TV Series On A&E This Summer
April 22, 2014 - Big Smo is the center of a new original series with A&E Network. The show, in production now with Brownstone Entertainment, will give the world an exclusive look into Big Smo's larger-than-life personality, following the country rapper as he takes his unique style of music to new heights with the support of friends, fans and most importantly, his family. All set in Big Smo's home state of Tennessee, the yet-to-be-announced Summer 2014 premiere date is eagerly awaited by Smo's followers, his KINFOKE. Listen for songs by Haden Carpenter written with Real Actual's Alan Bennett. CLICK HERE to watch the official trailer and learn more at http://www.aetv.com/big-smo.
· Real Actual Presents Alan Bennett & Friends At The Listening Room Featuring Dylan Altman and Phil Barton - April 22
Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Real Actual Presents Alan Bennett & Friends at The Listening Room Featuring Dylan Altman and Phil Barton. This is a special Songwriters In-The-Round show starting at 8:30 PM. Tickets are available for advanced purchase through TicketsNashville.com or at the door. Admission is $5. Dylan Altman has penned #1 songs including "Watch The Wind Blow By" by Tim McGraw, "Take A Little Ride" by Jason Aldean and "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Jake Owen. Phil Barton, recently, scored his first #1 song with "A Woman Like You" by Lee Brice, and has been racking up the cuts including "She Rides Away" by David Nail and "Yeah Yeah Yeah" by Dustin Lynch. Facebook Event Link
· Real Actual Music Licensing Scores Song Placement In Billy Crystal Series Pilot, 'The Comedians' On FX Networks
Our music licensing division is pleased to announce one (1) new song placement in the forthcoming pilot of Billy Crystal's, The Comedians on FX Networks. FX has ordered 13 episodes of the new half-hour comedy starring Crystal (executive producer, co-writer), Josh Gad (Frozen, Jobs, Love & Other Drugs, 21) and Stephnie Weir (MADtv, Fun With Dick and Jane, Modern Family, Weeds). The song, "Open Roads" is one of eight (8) gems, primed for music licensing, from Stacey Randol's second full-length album, Fables released on February 26, 2014. For licensing inquiries including TV, Film, Commercials & Video Games, visit our Contact page.
· Hear It First! Singer-Songwriter Risa Binder Celebrates 'Nashville' With New Song
April 2, 2014 - "Although Risa Binder hails from Brooklyn, the singer-songwriter has a distinctive flair for the storytelling aspect of country music, something she's honed via time in Nashville working in Music City's famed songwriting camps. Her debut release, "Paper Heart," even earned her comparisons to one of the town's most lauded storytellers: Taylor Swift! Yahoo Music is pleased to premiere the first single off Binder's forthcoming EP "Nashville," which is titled "Burning Down the Dark."" [ Continue to full article on Yahoo Music ] The forthcoming EP release includes the song "Ready To Fall" written by Risa Binder and Real Actual's Alan Bennett. For more details, visit: Risa Binder's Official Website.
· Anna Johnson Continues Music Licensing With Real Actual For New Album "Here"
On April 1, 2014, Nashville-based Americana/Pop recording artist, Anna Johnson releases her new album Here. This is Anna's fifth full-length release, and her first fan-funded effort. For licensing inquiries including TV, Film, Commercials & Video Games, visit our Contact page.
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March 2014
· Stacey Randol - Real Actual Music Licensing Client - "Fables" - Official Music Video
3/19/14 - Announcing the release of Stacey Randol - "Fables" - Official Music Video: http://youtu.be/MdWusKFEGjk. Directed by Nathan Reisman and filmed at Safe Harbor Sanctuary in Cottonwood, Tennessee, "Fables" (produced by Michael McBurnett) is the title-track to Stacey Randol's second full-length album release and follow-up to her single, Fragile Forest (2012). Fables serves up eight (8) new gems primed for music licensing including "Open Roads" which will be featured in the FX Networks pilot, THE COMEDIANS (post-production) starring Billy Crystal (executive producer, co-writer), Josh Gad (Frozen, Jobs, Love & Other Drugs, 21) and Stephnie Weir (MADtv, Fun With Dick and Jane, Modern Family, Weeds). For licensing inquiries including TV, Film, Commercials & Video Games, visit our Contact page.
· Pre-Production Begins For New Alan Bennett EP
Alan Bennett begins pre-production on a new EP due for release this summer. Stay tuned for details! Visit: Alan Bennett's Official Website | Facebook | Twitter
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February 2014
· Stacey Randol Continues Music Licensing With Real Actual For New Album "Fables"
2/26/14 - Announcing the official release of Fables, the sophmore album by Nashville-based Alternative/Folk Pop recording artist, Stacey Randol. The follow-up to her single, Fragile Forest, Fables serves up eight (8) new gems primed for music licensing. For licensing inquiries including TV, Film, Commercials & Video Games, visit our Contact page.
· Official US Release Of Danni Nicholls' Debut 'A Little Redemption' On Transmission Recordings/Liaison Music
2/26/14 - Announcing the official US release of A Little Redemption (Transmission Recordings/Liaison Music), the debut album by English-born, Americana songstress, Danni Nicholls. Produced by producer/bassist/composer, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, Gillian Welch), the track listing includes songs written and co-written by Nicholls and features a special guest appearance by Butterfly Boucher. TWO CUTS!! for Real Actual's Alan Bennett including "Home Down The Line" (Danni Nicholls/Alan Bennett) and "Bird Of Paradise" (Danni Nicholls/Cindy Morgan/Alan Bennett). For more information, visit: http://www.danninicholls.com. Preview and download A Little Redemption at one of these fine online retailers: iTunes (US) | iTunes (UK) | Amazon MP3
· Alan Bennett Joins Matt Giraud & Friends At Belcourt Taps in Nashville On Friday, February 21
On Friday, February 21, Real Actual founder, Alan Bennett joins Matt Giraud & Friends for an in-the-round show at Belcourt Taps in Nashville's historic "Hillsboro Village" neighborhood. Lineup includes Matt Giraud, Alan Bennett, Jill And Kate and Chris Roberts. Admission is FREE. Music begins at 8pm. For more details, follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit Alan Bennett's Official Website.
· Alan Bennett & Friends Returns To The Listening Room Cafe in Downtown Nashville On Tuesday, February 4 - EARLY SHOW
On Tuesday, February 4, Real Actual founder, Alan Bennett hosts a one-time only, special Alan Bennett & Friends in-the-round EARLY show at The Listening Room Cafe in Downtown Nashville featuring special guests Matt Giraud, Anna Johnson and Matthew Moon. Admission is FREE. Music begins at 6pm. For more details, follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit Alan Bennett's Official Website.
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January 2014
· Amy Wilcox Performing Real Actual Songs on "Crazy Hearts: Nashville : Episode 4 : All Trucked Up" (A&E-TV)
Tune in on Thursday, January 30 at 10/9c to catch episode 4 of the New Real Life Series, Crazy Hearts: Nashville on the A&E Television Network. The new episode entitled "All Trucked Up" features cast member, Amy Wilcox performing clips of her song "He Don't" (Amy Wilcox, Alan Bennett, Lisa Carver). Watch Crazy Hearts: Nashville on Thursdays at 10/9c on A&E-TV, and preview & download Amy's debut album, Amy Wilcox [produced by Real Actual's Alan Bennett] featuring the song "He Don't" and several others! iTunes | Amazon MP3.
· Alan Bennett & Friends Returns To The Listening Room Cafe in Downtown Nashville On Tuesday, February 4 - EARLY SHOW
On Tuesday, February 4, Real Actual founder, Alan Bennett hosts a one-time only, special Alan Bennett & Friends in-the-round EARLY show at The Listening Room Cafe in Downtown Nashville featuring special guests Matt Giraud, Anna Johnson and Matthew Moon. Admission is FREE. Music begins at 6pm. For more details, follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit Alan Bennett's Official Website.
· Amy Wilcox Performing Real Actual Songs on "Crazy Hearts: Nashville : Episode 2 : Love Me When You're Lonely" (A&E-TV)
Tune in on Thursday, January 16 at 10/9c to catch episode 2 of the New Real Life Series, Crazy Hearts: Nashville on the A&E Television Network. The new episode entitled "Love Me When You're Lonely" features cast member, Amy Wilcox performing clips of her songs "Closer I Get" (Amy Wilcox, Alan Bennett, Jimmy Wallace) and "He Don't" (Amy Wilcox, Alan Bennett, Lisa Carver). Watch Crazy Hearts: Nashville on Thursdays at 10/9c on A&E-TV, and preview & download Amy's debut album, Amy Wilcox [produced by Real Actual's Alan Bennett] featuring the songs "Closer I Get" and "He Don't!" iTunes | Amazon MP3.
· Amy Wilcox Performing Real Actual Song on "Crazy Hearts: Nashville : Episode 1 : Look Out World I'm Coming" (A&E-TV)
Watch the series premiere of the New Real Life Series, Crazy Hearts: Nashville on Wednesday, January 15 at 11/10c on the A&E Television Network to hear cast member, Amy Wilcox perform her song "Closer I Get" (Amy Wilcox, Alan Bennett and Jimmy Wallace). Episode 1 entitled "Look Out World I'm Coming" is scheduled to air immediately-following the season premiere of cable's most-popular television show, Duck Dynasty. Preview and download Amy's debut album, Amy Wilcox, produced by Real Actual's Alan Bennett and featuring the song, "Closer I Get!" iTunes | Amazon MP3.
· Alan Bennett Live at Belcourt Taps, Nashville: Tuesday, January 14
On Tuesday, January 14, Real Actual founder, Alan Bennett kicks off the new year with the revival of his beloved Alan Bennett & Friends in-the-round show at Belcourt Taps in Nashville's "Hillsboro Village" neighborhood. Special guests include Connor Rand, Matthew Moon and Hannah Fairlight. Admission is FREE. Music begins at 10pm. For more details, follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit Alan Bennett's Official Website.
· A&E-TV's New Real Life Series "Crazy Hearts: Nashville" Premieres Jan 15 & 16 @ 11/10c
Watch the series premiere of A&E-TV's New Real Life Series, Crazy Hearts: Nashville on Jan 15 & 16 @ 11/10c, immediately, following the season premiere of Duck Dynasty. The show "goes backstage into the lives and lyrics of several up-and-coming musicians trying to hit it big, fall in love and live to sing about it." Official cast members include Amy Wilcox! Preview/purchase Amy's debut album, Amy Wilcox, produced by Real Actual's Alan Bennett! iTunes | Amazon MP3.
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December 2013
· A&E-TV's New Real Life Series "Crazy Hearts: Nashville" Premieres Jan 15 & 16 @ 11/10c
Watch the series premiere of A&E-TV's New Real Life Series, Crazy Hearts: Nashville on Jan 15 & 16 @ 11/10c, immediately, following the season premiere of Duck Dynasty. The show "goes backstage into the lives and lyrics of several up-and-coming musicians trying to hit it big, fall in love and live to sing about it." Official cast members include Amy Wilcox! Preview/purchase Amy's debut album, Amy Wilcox, produced by Real Actual's Alan Bennett! iTunes | Amazon MP3.
· Alan Bennett Live at Belcourt Taps, Nashville: Tuesday, January 14
On Tuesday, January 14, Real Actual founder, Alan Bennett kicks off the new year with the revival of his beloved Alan Bennett & Friends in-the-round show at Belcourt Taps in Nashville's "Hillsboro Village" neighborhood. Special guests include Connor Rand, Matthew Moon and Hannah Fairlight. Admission is FREE. Music begins at 10pm. For more details, follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit Alan Bennett's Official Website.
· Real Actual Music Licensing Sampler On SoundCloud
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November 2013
· A&E-TV's New Real Life Series "Crazy Hearts: Nashville" Premieres Jan 15 & 16 @ 11/10c
Watch the series premiere of A&E-TV's New Real Life Series, Crazy Hearts: Nashville on Jan 15 & 16 @ 11/10c, immediately, following the season premiere of Duck Dynasty. The show "goes backstage into the lives and lyrics of several up-and-coming musicians trying to hit it big, fall in love and live to sing about it." Official cast members include Amy Wilcox! Preview/purchase Amy's debut album, Amy Wilcox, produced by Real Actual's Alan Bennett! iTunes | Amazon MP3.
· Alan Bennett Live at The Basement, Nashville: Monday, November 25
Alan Bennett returns to The Basement in Nashville on Monday, November 25 with new songs and a new band. For more details, follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit Alan Bennett's Official Website.
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October 2013
· Danni Nicholls: "Hey There, Sunshine" Featured On Bob Harris Sunday On BBC Radio 2
Listen from 2:38:54 to hear Danni Nicholls' song "Hey There, Sunshine" featured on "Black Books in session; BBC Introducing in Nashville," the latest episode of Bob Harris Sunday on BBC Radio 2. First aired on Sunday, October 6, 2013, the episode includes highlights from Bob's recent musical adventures in the American south and southwest. Click here to watch the "Hey There, Sunshine" Official Video. The debut album by British Americana songstress, Danni Nicholls, A Little Redemption was released in the UK on July 1, 2013 on Transmission Recordings Ltd, and is nearing its U.S. release. Produced by producer/bassist/composer, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, Gillian Welch), the track listing includes songs written and co-written by Nicholls and features a special guest appearance by Butterfly Boucher. TWO CUTS!! for Real Actual's Alan Bennett including "Home Down The Line" (Danni Nicholls/Alan Bennett) and "Bird Of Paradise" (Danni Nicholls/Cindy Morgan/Alan Bennett). For more information, visit: http://danninicholls.bandcamp.com. Preview and download A Little Redemption at one of these fine online retailers: iTunes (UK) | Amazon MP3
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September 2013
· Danni Nicholls Appearing During The Americana Music Festival in Nashville
British Americana songstress, Danni Nicholls is in Nashville for the Americana Music Festival and will be performing at The Family Wash on September 18th at 10:30 PM. Her debut album, A Little Redemption was released in the UK on July 1, 2013 on Transmission Recordings Ltd and is due for a U.S. release sometime in the new future. Produced by producer/bassist/composer, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, Gillian Welch), the track listing includes songs written and co-written by Nicholls and features a special guest appearance by Butterfly Boucher. TWO CUTS!! for Real Actual's Alan Bennett including "Home Down The Line" (Danni Nicholls/Alan Bennett) and "Bird Of Paradise" (Danni Nicholls/Cindy Morgan/Alan Bennett). For more information, visit: http://danninicholls.bandcamp.com. Preview and download A Little Redemption at one of these fine online retailers: iTunes (UK) | Amazon MP3
· Nesta Album Release Party at Good Hurt in West Los Angeles: September 21st
Singer/songwriter/surfer, Nesta releases her second album, Levitate on Nu Screen Themes (German label) with an album release party at Good Hurt Nightclub in West Los Angeles, California on September 21, 2013. The first single, "Stay" was issued on September 6th, and has already hit the DJ charts in Germany! Watch the Official Video for "Stay," and check out her Rolling Stone photoshoot at Burning Man 2013. Winner of the 2012 Malibu Music Award for Best Pop Song, the Northern Californian-native recorded her first record, Fly Free in Nashville with producer Kent Hooper (Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, Jaci Velasquez, Jim Brickman, Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Scott Krippayne, Mercy Me), and released it independently under the moniker Nesta Rae. Both albums contain tracks co-written by Nesta including "New Balloon" (Nesta/Alan Bennett). For more information, visit: http://www.nestatunes.com. Preview and download Levitate at one of these fine online retailers: iTunes | Amazon MP3
· United Kingdom/Nashville Songwriter Exchange Collaboration: September 16-25, 2013
Real Actual's Alan Bennett is collaborating with emerging talent from the United Kingdom during the week-long music United Kingdom/Nashville Songwriter Exchange Collaboration event taking place in Nashville from September 16-25, 2013. "This event focuses on bringing cultures together through musical collaboration and showcasing music talents, internationally. Organized and funded by The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), this visit will feature selected artists and writers from overseas collaborating with many of Nashville's top songwriters and performers." The welcoming ceremony with words from Nashville mayor, Karl Dean will take place at Belcourt Taps on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 5pm. Read the announcement on the Music News Nashville website: http://www.musicnewsnashville.com/british-coming-belcourt-taps-nashville.
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· Alan Bennett Producer Reel (Partial) On SoundCloud
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August 2013
· Nesta Album Release Party at Good Hurt, West Los Angeles: September 21st
California singer/songwriter/surfer, Nesta releases her second full-length album, Levitate on Nu Screen Themes (German label) with an album release party at Good Hurt Nightclub in West Los Angeles on September 21, 2013. The first single, "Stay" was released on September 6th, and has already hit the DJ charts in Germany! Watch the Official Video for "Stay." Winner of the 2012 Malibu Music Award for Best Pop Song, the Northern Californian-native and singer/songwriter/surfer recorded her first record, Fly Free in Nashville with producer Kent Hooper (Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, Jaci Velasquez, Jim Brickman, Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Scott Krippayne, Mercy Me), and released it independently under the moniker Nesta Rae. Both albums contain tracks co-written by Nesta including "New Balloon" (Nesta/Alan Bennett). For more information, visit: http://www.nestatunes.com. Preview and download Levitate at one of these fine online retailers: iTunes | Amazon MP3
· Risa Binder: Special Guest Appearance At The Bluebird Cafe In Nashville
Risa Binder turned up as a special guest at Lari White's Wild Women of Song With Beth Nielsen Chapman And Friends event at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville on July 31, 2013. The New York-based pop singer sang two songs including "Ready To Fall" (Risa Binder/Alan Bennett) - unreleased - as well as "You Made It Rain" from her debut album, Paper Heart. Accompanied on acoustic guitar by Alan Bennett, they were joined by fellow-rounders Lari White (vocals), Beth Nielsen Chapman (vocals), Muriel Anderson (harp guitar), Beth Gottlieb (percussion) and Danny Gottlieb (percussion). Links: Official Risa Binder Website | Paper Heart on iTunes
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July 2013
· Danni Nicholls' Debut 'A Little Redemption' Released On Transmission Recordings (UK)
7/1/13 - Announcing the official release of A Little Redemption (Transmission Recordings Ltd), the debut album by English-born, Americana songstress, Danni Nicholls. Produced by producer/bassist/composer, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, Gillian Welch), the track listing includes songs written and co-written by Nicholls and features a special guest appearance by Butterfly Boucher. TWO CUTS!! for Real Actual's Alan Bennett including "Home Down The Line" (Danni Nicholls/Alan Bennett) and "Bird Of Paradise" (Danni Nicholls/Cindy Morgan/Alan Bennett). For more information, visit: http://danninicholls.bandcamp.com. Preview and download A Little Redemption at one of these fine online retailers: iTunes (UK) | Amazon MP3
· Amy Wilcox Opens Sold Out Show For Kellie Pickler In Dewey Beach, Deleware On July 31st
Amy Wilcox opens a sold-out show for country singer and winner of Season 16 of the ABC Television reality dance competition Dancing With The Stars, Kellie Pickler at Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach, Deleware on July 31, 2013. Released on April 16, 2013, Amy Wilcox, the eponymous debut album from the Oklahoma-born, Texas-raised country music singer/songwriter is now available worldwide at these and other fine retailers: iTunes | Amazon! Produced by Real Actual's Alan Bennett. For more information, visit www.amywilcox.com.
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April 2013
· Four-Star Reviews For Danni Nicholls' Forthcoming Debut Release "A Little Redemption"
Reviews are streaming in for A Little Redemption, the forthcoming debut record release by British songstress, Danni Nicholls. Check out these four-star reviews by Andy Fyfe in this month's edition of Q Magazine and Michael Hingston in the April edition of Country Music People Magazine. Due for release May 2013, the track listing includes "Home Down The Line" (Danni Nicholls/Alan Bennett) and "Bird Of Paradise" (Danni Nicholls/Cindy Morgan/Alan Bennett). Produced by Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, Gillian Welch). To learn more and get involved in the project, visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/danninicholls.
· Debut Record From Amy Wilcox - Official Release - Now Available
Released on April 16, 2013, Amy Wilcox, the eponymous debut album from the Oklahoma-born, Texas-raised country music singer/songwriter is now available worldwide at these and other fine retailers: iTunes | Amazon! Produced by Real Actual's Alan Bennett. For more information, visit www.amywilcox.com.
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March 2013
· The Cumberland Collective Recording At Blackbird Studios In Nashville With Niko Bolas
March 3-5: The Cumberland Collective returns to the studio for a live recording at Nashville's famous Blackbird Studios. The 3-volume set recorded by veteran, Niko Bolas (The Jackson 5, Billy Joel, Neil Young, CSN, Don Henley, Rod Stewart, Melissa Etheridge, John Mayer, Mat Kearney) includes songs written by the band's various members, and will be available on vinyl. Special guest appearances include Viktor Krauss (bass), Smith Curry (lap steel), Steve Cunningham (lap steel, guitar), Nicole Boggs (vocals), Mickey Kelly (vocals) and Real Actual's Alan Bennett (electric/acoustic guitars, co-writer). Stay tuned for release details! To learn more about TCC, visit www.cumberlandcollective.com.
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February 2013
· TWO NEW CUTS!! Danni Nicholls' Forthcoming Debut Album, "A Little Redemption"
British songstress, Danni Nicholls was, recently, in Nashville to record her debut album, "A Little Redemption" with producer/bassist/composer, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, Gillian Welch). Due for release May 2013, the track listing includes "Home Down The Line" (Danni Nicholls/Alan Bennett) and "Bird Of Paradise" (Danni Nicholls/Cindy Morgan/Alan Bennett). To learn more and get involved in the project, visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/danninicholls.
· ONE NEW CUT! Sam Hunter & The Two Tones' Eponymous Debut Album
The eponymous debut album by Nashville's Sam Hunter & The Two Tones features 15 tracks including "The Devil Is A Woman" (Sam Hunter/Joe Hunter/Alan Bennett). Sam Hunter's song, "Someday I Won't Love You Enough" (by The Least Of Your Worries) was featured on the FOX Television program "The Good Guys" in 2010. The primetime placement was Hunter's first, and one of fifteen (15) for Real Actual in 2010. To learn more about Sam Hunter, visit www.samhuntermusic.com.
· ONE NEW CUT! Mike Willis at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville with Viktor Krauss
Mike Willis returns to the studio this month to record a 5-song EP with producer/bassist, Viktor Krauss. The compilation, recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville includes the song "I Got The Sunshine" (Mike Willis/Alan Bennett/Isaac Hayden/Brendan Bull). Willis' band, The Cumberland Collective, also, has a new release scheduled for this year. Stay tuned for details!
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January 2013
· ONE NEW CUT! Dean Fields "I Won't Let You Down"
Richmond, Virginia native, Dean Fields is in the studio recording a string section for his forthcoming record release, As The Crow Flies. Track listing includes songs written with Grammy Award-winning songwriters, as well as one written with Real Actual founder, Alan Bennett entitled "I Won't Let You Down." For a VERY limited time... Get Dean's New Album "As The Crow Flies" + Lots More! Waaaaaaay before it comes out in April 2013! Watch the promo video
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Check out our Real Actual Music Licensing Sampler on SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/realactual/sets/music-licensing-sampler
· For more January news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual
December 2012
· ONE NEW CUT! Sam Hunter "Devil Is A Woman"
20 year-old phenomenon, Sam Hunter and Alan Bennett co-wrote Hunter's newest song, "The Devil Is A Woman" (Sam Hunter/Joe Hunter/Alan Bennett). Sam Hunter's song, "Someday I Won't Love You Enough" (by The Least Of Your Worries) was featured on the FOX Television program "The Good Guys" in 2010. The primetime placement was Hunter's first, and one of fifteen (15) for Real Actual in 2010. To learn more about Sam Hunter, visit www.samhuntermusic.com.
· TWO NEW CUTS!! British Songstress, Danni Nicholls Recording Debut Album In Nashville With Chris Donohue
British songstress, Danni Nicholls is in Nashville to record her debut album with producer/bassist/composer, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, Gillian Welch) due for release spring 2013. Track listing includes "Home Down The Line" (Danni Nicholls/Alan Bennett) and "Bird Of Paradise" (Danni Nicholls/Cindy Morgan/Alan Bennett). To learn more and get involved, visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/danninicholls.
· The Cumberland Collective Begins Residency at Nashville's Renowned Music Venue The Station Inn
The Cumberland Collective begins a monthly residency at Nashville's "Bluegrass and Acoustic Music's premier venue," The Station Inn with an "END OF THE WORLD EXTRAVAGANZA" on December 21, 2012. For more information, visit: Facebook Event | The Cumberland Collective Official Website.
· Real Actual Designing Album Art For Natalie Howard's Latest Release "Under Love's Umbrella"
Australian Country Music Artist, Natalie Howard has teamed up with Real Actual to design the album art for her latest record, Under {Love's} Umbrella, due for release January 2013. Howard brought Real Actual onboard to help design and produce web graphics for her lead out singles Feel Like Letting Go and You Oughta Marry Me. ULU CD Cover | Natalie Howard Official Website
· For more December news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual
November 2012
· The Cumberland Collective To Play Benefit For The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
The Cumberland Collective is scheduled to play a benefit concert for The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt at The Station Inn in Nashville on November 2, 2012. www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org
· Rebroadcast Of The USA Network Original Movie "Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe"
November 1, 2012: Rebroadcast of the USA Original Movie Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe. Real Actual placed three (3) songs in this movie including "Drop Your Panties And Roll" by The Worsties, "Heartbreak Radio" by Hugh Mitchell and "American Son" by The Bihlman Bros. A prequel to the USA Network original series, the movie premiered on April 17, 2011 @ 9/8c. Watch the trailor: www.youtube.com/embed/dWXxgpyIm2I.
· For more November news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual
October 2012
· Real Actual Music Licensing Sampler On SoundCloud
Check out our new Real Actual Music Licensing Sampler on SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/realactual/sets/music-licensing-sampler
· ONE NEW CUT! A Candle to You: Remembering Tony Lopacinski - "Sometime On Sunday"
A compilation of songs by Tony Lopacinski. Virginia native, former touring guitarist for Train and co-founder of the band Tailgate South, Tony Lopacinski lost his battle with cancer in 2011. Longtime friend and Tailgate South partner, Mickey Kelley completed the project in tribute. www.musicrow.com/2011/06/musician-tony-lopacinski-passes
· Watch Jessica Caylyn's Official Music Video For "Should Be Over You"
In case you missed it, check out Jessica Caylyn's official music video for "Should Be Over You" on YouTube: www.youtu.be/EYuJTi9eqV4
· Amy WIlcox Debut Album Release - Coming Soon
Stay tuned for the official release of the debut album by Amy Wilcox. www.amywilcox.com
· For more October news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

September 2012
· Real Actual Signs Licensing Agreement With YRLK
Real Actual is excited to announce it's newest licensing client, YRLK!
· For more September news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

August 2012
· Tara O'Grady Featured On WFUV Radio - New York's Rock and Roots Public Radio
Sunday, 8/19 @ 1pm - Tara O'Grady featured live on New York's most popular Irish radio program, Ceol na nGael on WFUV Radio. The DJs played songs from her Black Irish album, as well as the song 'Goodnight Nora' (feat. Alan Bennett on vocals) from her new record, "Good Things Come To Those Who Wait," available now on iTunes: www.itunes.apple.com/us/album/good-things-come-to-those/id439765582.
· ONE NEW CUT! Mike Willis With The Cumberland Collective Recording at Blackbird Studios - Nashville
Mike Willis is back at Blackbird Studios in Nashville with his band, The Cumberland Collective. Featuring Real Actual founder, Alan Bennett on electric guitar, the group recorded five (5) new songs including "When You Don't Know What To Do" written by Mike Willis, Alan Bennett and Debra Marie Gordon. Stay tuned for release details.
· Real Actual/MEDIA - Website Launch: SemelSnow Interior Design, LLC
Real Actual's Media Division is proud to announce the launch of the new SemelSnow Interior Design, LLC website. www.semelsnow.com
· In The Studio: Lewis Brice Recording New Songs
South Carolina-native, singer/songwriter, Lewis Brice is in the studio in Nashville to record his latest collection of songs including "Baby," written with Real Actual founder, writer/producer, Alan Bennett and Haden Carpenter. Stay tuned for more information!
· For more August news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

July 2012
· John Martin's New Single "Old-School Party In The Living Room" Gets 13,500+ Views On YouTube In 12 Hours
John Martin's new summer single "Old School Party In The Living Room" gets over 13,500 views on YouTube in the first day!!!! Contact Real Actual for licensing inquires! Watch the video on YouTube
· New Release: Liam Titcomb - "Love Don't Let Me Down" [EP] Release - Nettwerk Music Group
The new release by Canadian singer/songwriter, Liam Titcomb entitled "Love Don't Let Me Down" (Nettwerk Music Group) includes the song "Chasing You (Live Acoustic Version)" written by Liam Titcomb, Emma Grandillo and Alan Bennett. | Preview/purchase on iTunes
· In The Studio: Alan Bennett With David Oakleaf
Real Actual's Alan Bennett is in the studio this month producing vocals on David Oakleaf for a potential European project.
· For more July news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

June 2012
· In The Studio: Alan Bennett With Haden Carpenter; Stacey Randol; and Donica Knight
Real Actual's Alan Bennett is in the studio this month producing sides on Haden Carpenter, Stacey Randol and Donica Knight.
· For more June news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

May 2012
· New Release: Single + Video - David Bradley "When The Devil Goes Under"
Gecko Music is proud to announce the brand new single and video release of "When The Devil Goes Under" by David Bradley. The lead track on his 2010 release "Movin On," this song is a rocker with a great message. Preview/purchase on iTunes | Watch the video on YouTube
· Ben Cyllus Performs New Single "Love Wins" on WZTV-FOX 17 Newsroom : Tennessee Mornings
Ben Cyllus performs his new single, "Love Wins" on WZTV-FOX 17's Tennessee Mornings on May 2, 2012. Watch the video
· For more May news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

April 2012
· In The Studio: Alan Bennett With Haden Carpenter, Stacey Randol, Donica Knight
Real Actual's Alan Bennett is in the studio most of April and May working on recording projects with Haden Carpenter, Stacey Randol, Donica Knight and Luke Pruitt.
· New Website In-Progress: Amy Wilcox - www.amywilcox.com
Oklahoma-born country singer, Amy Wilcox will release her debut record in 2013. Visit her website to stay tuned: www.amywilcox.com.
· For more April news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

March 2012
· Ben Cyllus Releases New Single And Video For "Love Wins" - March 31, 2012
On March 31, 2012, Red Exit Entertainment releases the new single and video from Ben Cyllus entitled "Love Wins" (Ben Cyllus/Alan Bennett) with a Release Party at Kimbro's Cafe in Franklin, Tennessee. 8:00 PM.
· Stacey Randol Signs Licensing Deal With Real Actual
Real Actual is proud to announce their newest licensing client, Stacey Randol. Sounds That Matter sat down with Stacey, recently, to discuss the release of her debut album, Steady Rhythm. [ Read the interview ] Preview and download songs from Steady Rhythm, now, available on iTunes and at other fine retailers. For more information, visit www.staceyrandol.com.
· Amy Wilcox - Twelve Sides Mastered At Georgetown Masters
New country singer, Amy Wilcox and writer/producer, Alan Bennett mastered twelve (12) sides with Andrew Mendelson at Georgetown Masters. Stay tuned for release information!
· For more March news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

February 2012
· Joe West - Scintilla - Now Available Worldwide!
February 8, 2012: The new record by Australian singer-songwriter, Joe West is now available worldwide. Scintilla is West's first full-length release, and the follow-up to his debut EP release, Home Again. Both have been released on the Pied Piper label. To preview and download songs from Scintilla, visit iTunes.
· Ben Cyllus' "Unpredicatable You" On The Firm (NBC) - Thursday, Feburary 18 at 9/8c
Listen for Ben Cyllus' song "Unpredictable You" on episode 107 ("Chapter Seven") of the new NBC TV show, The Firm on February 18th @ 9/8c!!! This will make 18 placements in 18 months for Real Actual. Yay!!!
· For more February news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

January 2012
· "COME ALONG" - The New EP By Ben Cyllus - A Real Actual Release - Available Worldwide January 19
Real Actual proudly announces the release of Come Along, the new EP by Ben Cyllus. Available worldwide on January 19, 2012, this compilation of songs, produced by Alan Bennett and Ben Cyllus, is Cyllus' first release since his debut album, Cinnamon Matinee (2005), and Real Actual's first official release of 2012. For more information, visit www.bencyllus.com or Ben Cyllus on Facebook.
· For more January news updates, visit www.facebook.com/realactual

December 2011
· Working With Isabel Rose And Legendary Producer, Bob Rock
Real Actual's Alan Bennett is writing and pitching songs for Isabel Rose's new recording project with legendary music producer, Bob Rock. Rock and Rose are in pre-production and have recorded a handful of songs (including one co-written by Bennett). Bob Rock's illustrious career has been punctuated by his recent success with Canadian crooner, Michael Buble.
· ONE NEW CUT! American Idol Finalist, Matt Giraud - "All The Way"
American Idol Season 8 Top 5 Finalist, Matt Giraud has recorded a new song he wrote with Emma Grandillo and Alan Bennett called "All The Way." Stay tuned for more details! Matt Giraud : Official Website
· TWO NEW CUTS! The Cumberland Collective "Do It" And "With Every Beat Of My Heart"
The Cumberland Collective kicked off their first recording session at the world-famous Blackbird Studios on November 30, 2011 with a song written by Clay Evans and Alan Bennett called "Do It." The group also recorded "With Every Beat Of My Heart" by Mike Willis, Clay Evans and Alan Bennett. The Cumberland Collective is a group of indepent singer/songwriters, musicians and singers based in Nashville, Tennessee, whose members include Mike Willis, Clay Evans, Connor Rand, Jason Eskridge, Noah Collins, Isaac Hayden, Reggie Sullivan, De Marco Johnson, Debra Marie Gordon and regular special guests. To learn more, visit The Cumberland Collective on Facebook.
· "All I Want To Do" Tracking Session Video - Adam Stone At Center Street Studio, Nashville
Check out this video of Nashville singer-songwriter, Adam Stone tracking "All I Want To Do" (Adam Stone/Alan Bennett) at Center Street Studios in Nashville, TN. Video filmed and edited by Paul Olson. For More information about Center Street Studios and Transit Labs visit: centerstreetrecording.com. Watch the video
· ONE NEW CUT! Sam Hunter "Long Time Coming"
18 year-old phenomenon, Sam Hunter and Alan Bennett co-wrote and co-produced Hunter's newest song, "Long Time Coming" (Sam Hunter/Joe Hunter/Alan Bennett). Sam Hunter's song, "Someday I Won't Love You Enough" (by The Least Of Your Worries) was featured on the FOX Television program "The Good Guys" in 2010. The primetime placement was Hunter's first, and one of fourteen (14) for Real Actual in 2010. To learn more about Sam Hunter, visit www.samhuntermusic.com.
· MT Records Write-Up On Ben Cyllus Performing "Love Wins"
On November 8, 2011, MT Records, a record label run by students of Middle Tennessee State University's Recording Industry program, hosted their first ever Artist Showcase. Read this short concert review to check out the nice write-up on Ben Cyllus performing his song "Love Wins" (Ben Cyllus/Alan Bennett).

November 2011
· The Worsties Song "XOXO" Featured On MTV's The Real World: San Diego
Check out MTV's Real World: San Diego on November 9, 2011 @ 10/9 Central featuring The Worsties song "XOXO!"
· Tara O'Grady Music YouTube Channel Review - Retro Yet Relevant
"Tara O'Grady Music:" retro yet relevant | PlaceVine Blog: Web Series, Branded Entertainment, and Youtube Channel Reviews [ Read the review ]
· ONE NEW CUT! Amanda Williams' "Love Holiday"
Performing singer/songwriter and progressive music publisher, Amanda Williams plans to release "Love Holiday" (Amanda Williams/Alan Bennett) as a follow-up to her current single, "Asstastic." To learn more, visit AmandaWilliamsMusic.net or www.hillbillyculture.com.
· Chico State Grad Nesta Rae Battles To Keep Her Music Flying High
Nice article on Nesta Rae and the story behind her debut record, Fly Free. [ Read the article | Fly Free on iTunes ]
· Ben Cyllus New EP Release Approaching
Ben Cyllus and Alan Bennett are mixing Cyllus' highly-anticipated, forthcoming EP with legendary engineer, George Tutko. More details coming soon...

October 2011
· Tara O'Grady Featured On The Cover Of Automotive News - Chevy 100
Check out Tara O'Grady in Automotive News magazine's Chevy 100 edition. View THE COVER | View THE CENTERFOLD. Plus, watch Tara's new music video "Love On The Underground" (Tara O'Grady/Alan Bennett/Pat Bergeson) filmed in the New York City subway system.
· THREE NEW CUTS!!! The Worsties' New EP Release "Use Yourself" Coming Soon
The Worsties' new EP "Use Yourself" (Real Actual's Alan Bennett, producer/co-writer) coming soon! For now, stream it in its entirety at www.reverbnation.com/theworsties.
· Ben Cyllus New Releases + New Video "Love Wins"
Winter 2011-2012 brings new record releases for Ben Cyllus, as well as a new music video for the song "Love Wins" (Ben Cyllus/Alan Bennett). Stay tuned for release dates and details.
September 2011
· The Worsties Rock Star-Studded Gala At The 17th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival
The Worsties win "Best of the Fest" at the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival! As TOP 2011 TVIFF MUSICFEST WINNER, the band was invited to perform at the star-studded Black-Tie Gala with honoree (and new Worsties fan), Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominee, Virginia Madsen. Look for their new EP, "Use Yourself," produced by Alan Bennett and scheduled for release this month.
· Haden Carpenter In The Studio
Fort Smith, Arkansas-native Haden Carpenter heads into 16 Ton Studios (Nashville, TN) on September 22 to track three full band sides. The blue-eyed soul singer is working with Real Actual founder/writer/producer, Alan Bennett.
· Tara O'Grady Embarks On Cross-Country Adventure Sponsored By Chevrolet
Tara O'Grady is driving across the USA to ask Americans what their dreams are. Follow her journey as she honors Chevy's 100th Anniversary and her Irish granny's spirit who took the journey in a Bel Air in 1957. www.tothemoontara.tumblr.com
· ONE NEW CUT! Download Jessica Caylyn's New Song "Over You By Now"
Download Jessica Caylyn's new song "Over You By Now" (Jessica Caylyn/Alan Bennett/Steffon Hamulak). iTunes download
· Alan Bennett And Haden Carpenter Launch Progressive Roots
Alan Bennett and Haden Carpenter launch Progressive Roots. Stay tuned for more information.
· Nesta Rae Releases Debut CD "Fly Free"
Download Nesta Rae's debut CD "Fly Free" on iTunes NOW! Nesta Rae - Fly Free - iTunes download
· Stream The Worsties' New EP "Use Yourself" Before Release
The Worsties' new EP "Use Yourself" (Real Actual's Alan Bennett, producer/co-writer) can be streamed in its entirety before it goes on sale. Listen to it at www.reverbnation.com/theworsties
· Download Jalayne Tradler Single "Hey Hey"
Download Canadian singer, Jalayne Tradler's current single "Hey Hey" (Jalayne Tradler/Alan Bennett) on iTunes NOW! Jalayne Tradler - Hey Hey - iTunes download
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