2011. What an incredible year for Lamon Records Nashville, Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures, and our artists, producers, writers and directors. As the label prepares to celebrate its upcoming 50th anniversary, our relatively young film production company will also reach its 5th year milestone in 2012. But before we look forward to what the New Year brings, here’s a rewind of 2011 – a look back at several highlights from our amazing year.
• Bobby Dean, a modern traditional country music artist from Seattle hit the airwaves with several singles that caught on at radio around the country. Hank On The Radio (Top 10 New Music Weekly), Rebound (Top 5 NMW and Top 100 Music Row), and White Lightning or Pink Champagne (his current single still climbing the charts). His latest video is playing everywhere.
• Americana songstress Kathryn Scheldt‘s Almost Cheating and singer/songwriter Kimberly Patrick‘s Livin’ Good continue to climb the NMW Country Charts as we head into the New Year. Rose Angelica‘s “real life” Americana songwriting also earned her a significant amount of airplay in 2011 from a slew of terrestrial and alternative broadcasters.
• Teen country artist and songwriter Courtney Stewart caused quite a stir with the release of her new EP Where Will I Fit In and the accompanying video/single Telling You. The video immediately shot to the top of the Yallwire Video Charts, Only Lyrics Video Charts (Top 10), and was featured on such national and regional shows as Music Row Profiles, Pulse TV, Foxx Traxx, More Music, Capital Chaos, and many others.
• Elevating Entertainment’s movie No Limit Kids was nominated for Best Feature Film by the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media in San Francisco. The film was also honored with a 2011 Silver Telly Award and is now available on Apple iTunes for rent and purchase. Dave Moody won the El Capitan Crystal Award as Director of the Beth Roose animated film Jimmy Paul during the Yosemite Film Festival. And Josh Moody graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville with a History/Film Studies degree and is now our V.P. of Creative Operations.
• Then, there’s the screenwriters we’re working with on several projects that broke new ground in 2011. Rusty Whitener received two Christy Award nominations for his novel A Season Of Miracles which Elevating Entertainment will be producing as a feature film in 2012. Beverly Vernado was a semi-finalist in Jerry Jenkins’ Operation First Novel Contest, sponsored by Tyndale House and had her novel published. And recently, perhaps the “way to go” trophy or “at-a-boy” should go to actor/writer/comedian Torry Martin for his appearance in Taylor Swift’s “Office Par0dy.” Torry joined Marshal Younger as one of the co-writers of our Just 18 Summers screenplay that we’re developing as part of a broader literary brand with Michelle Cox. Stay tuned for more on this exciting new venture in 2012 and beyond.
• Lamon released George Hamilton IV and Friends Old Fashioned Hymns, featuring such guests as Pat Boone, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Pride, George Beverly Shea and many others, which earned a 2011 Dove Award Nomination for George IV, The Moody Brothers and bluegrass legend Del McCoury.
• Lamon Records was also the proud sponsor of the 2011 Music Artist Talent Search and Songwriter’s Competition at the Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival. Teenage artist and songwriter Erin Jamieson won both categories and spent the fall in the studio producing her debut EP which will be released in early 2012.