Country Music Success Stories

Country Music Success Stories

In this Nashville-Based podcast, radio legend & master interviewer Candy O’Terry goes straight to the pros to hear their stories.

Episodes

March 2, 2023 19 mins
Persistence is the key to success. Not giving up.  – Steve Dean    We were having so much fun talking to hit songwriter Steve Dean, we had to divide it into 2 parts.   Over the past few years, we’ve learned that when you are interviewing an artist in their own home, you get to know them on a deeper level and that was certainly the case with Steve Dean.   Steve raised his children in the house where we recorded this interview and wh...
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The competition for songwriters in Nashville is off the charts crazy and there are a lot of great writers coming to town every single day.   – Steve Dean   Welcome to part 1 of the country music success story of hit songwriter Steve Dean. This Grammy nominee has written 6 #1 songs including Watching You by Rodney Atkins…the most played song on country radio in 2007.  Recorded in Steve’s writing room at his home just outside of Nas...
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It’s not us that makes music.  Music makes us.  My love for music is what inspires me and that is the secret to my success. It’s the song.  – Lorrie Morgan  This episode may be one of the most personal interviews we’ve ever recorded. Born Loretta Lynn Morgan, Lorrie is the daughter of the legendary George Morgan and his beloved wife, Anna. Recorded at Lorrie’s home in a quiet little town outside of Nashville, she welcomed us into ...
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January 19, 2023 33 mins
The first time I sang was at Pilgrim Holiness Church.  I was 3 years old and there were only 20 people in the pews. I got a lot of pats on the head but the most memorable thing was I heard this voice inside of me say:  “this is what you do.”   – Sylvia    Recorded in Nashville at the home studio of producer John Mock, this interview with Sylvia is full of stories.  Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, she grew up in a place called T...
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January 5, 2023 39 mins
Our goal has always been to take you with us as we go inside the homes and onto the back porches of country music icons as we discover what makes these talented people tick!  -Candy O’Terry & Jacy Dawn Valeras     Welcome to a recap of some of Candy and Jacy’s favorite 2022 interviews. Chockfull of behind-the-scenes stories that didn’t make the final cut, this episode includes Jacy’s terrifying flight from Nashville to Palm Sp...
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In the early days especially, I really did have a fire.  I was very self-motivated.  I wanted it so bad and I pushed that internal override button and just got on with it.  – Pam Tillis  Welcome to part two of our exclusive interview with multi-Grammy winner Pam Tillis. Recorded at the Glen Campbell Museum, this part of our conversation includes the stories behind some of Pam’s greatest hits including Mi Vida Loca, Maybe It Was Me...
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You can’t record a good song. You have to record a great song. I don’t want a song, I want an event. I knew that’s what it would take to get me off the ground. – Pam Tillis  This week, we’re sitting down with Pam Tillis who is not only the daughter of country music legend Mel Tillis but an icon in her own right. Pam is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry and a 2-time Grammy winner with 6 number-1 hits and 14 top 10 singles. With ...
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If something fills your soul like music fills mine when I’m singing on stage, the feeling that I feel driving back home is I don’t wanna go back home, I wanna go to the next town and that’s how I’ve always been.  -Julie Roberts  Welcome to the story you probably never knew about platinum-selling singer/songwriter Julie Roberts.  We jumped in the car for a ride to her home just outside of Nashville expecting to get the scoop on her...
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I believe that when you have a dream and a calling is put on your life, no matter what you have to endure to pursue it,  God will give you the strength to do it. – Brennley Brown  We’re back at the Glen Campbell Museum for CMA Fan Fest to interview emerging artists from the Rhinestone Stage. When Brennley Brown arrived for soundcheck with her guitar and a smile as big as the room, we knew we were in for a great interview.   Raised...
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Welcome to a very special episode of our podcast, taped on the Rhinestone Stage at the Glen Campbell Museum…the jewel of Broadway. There is so much talent in Nashville and we wanted to introduce you to some uber-talented emerging artists who are this close to making it big. First up, our interview with Darin and Brooke Aldridge, a married couple who were born to sing together. Darin’s superb musicianship as a guitarist, along with ...
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Music was always my first love.  I had an aching, a longing to get on a stage as a very young age. – Rita Wilson  Get ready for an up-close and very personal interview with Rita Wilson. Recorded in the green room at CMA Fest 2022, this is a rare look at one of the entertainment … Continue reading Rita Wilson: Award-Winning Actress, Singer, Songwriter and Producer →
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I really want to help artists who want to help themselves. If you give me 100%, I’m gonna give you 100%. If you’re only in at 20, that’s all I can meet you at.  – Kara DioGuardi  When you’ve got record sales of 160 million worldwide, the chances are pretty high that you know the … Continue reading Kara DioGuardi: Grammy Nominated Songwriter (Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Britney Spears) & former American Idol judge →
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When I set my mind out to do something, I do it.  – H. Jack Williams  For this episode, we’re at Anthem Entertainment in Nashville with singer/songwriter H. Jack Williams.  Anthem is one of the world’s leading independent music and entertainment content and services companies with publishing, production, the iconic Anthem Records, Film & Television, … Continue reading H. Jack Williams: Singer / Songwriter – Kevin Coster, Lynyrd...
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Dear God, please send me a southern, good looking Christian millionaire who I can be in love with and he can be in love with me…and there I was, having dinner with Glen Campbell.  — Kim Campbell  Welcome to part two of our interview series on the life and music of Glen Campbell, recorded before … Continue reading Glen Campbell Tribute: Part Two – An Exclusive Interview with Glen’s wife, Kim Campbell →
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There was never a more wonderful human being on the planet than Glen Campbell. – Mike Borchetta  Generations of artists count Glen Campbell as one of the greatest artists who ever lived. He was gifted with the kind of voice that connected to the lyric and the listener in a memorable way. Experts say that Glen … Continue reading Glen Campbell Tribute: Part One – TK Kimbrell, Mike Borchetta & Julian Raymond →
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April 13, 2022 51 mins
Manifesting your dreams and visualizing your success works.  We’re proof of that.  -Candy & Jacy  This episode is a little bit different from the others.  While together in Palm Springs, California for a west coast swing of interviews, we decided to sit down with cozy blankets and glasses of vodka and soda to talk about … Continue reading Candy & Jacy: Manifesting & Wish Boards →
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Did I change somebody’s life, or change somebody’s day or help somebody to survive cancer because of this song that was a joy to write? That’s everything. – Lindy Robbins  Our trip to Los Angeles was a blast.  We had lunch in Beverly Hills,  walked up and down Rodeo Drive like we were Julia Roberts … Continue reading Lindy Robbins – Multi-platinum selling & award-winning songwriter →
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Being a producer is a lot like directing a film.  You want to have a look at the bigger picture.  You need to be able to zoom out and help the artist get a picture of where they’ve always wanted to go. -Anthony Resta  We’re back from our west coast swing where we were searching … Continue reading Anthony Resta – Platinum Selling Producer, Composer & Musician →
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Somebody from an 11 dollar house in Alabama has cut some of the biggest records in the world and if that can happen for me, it can happen for you.  – Jim Vest    We can hardly wait for you to hear this interview with Jim Vest:  musician, producer, songwriter, and leader of the legendary … Continue reading Jim Vest – Award-winning Steel Guitarist, Producer & Author →
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There are a lot of parallels between the French wine industry and the country music industry. The vintners will cut back the vines to make them suffer in order to produce the best grapes.  There is a part of this town that wants you to suffer a little bit. You’ve got to pay your dues. … Continue reading Pam Lewis – Nashville Publicist & Preservationist →
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