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Here at CountryStarsOnline.com we’re always on the lookout for emerging talent, and acts that have been around for a while, but without the fanfare they deserve. That’s going to change. Here in " Waiting In The Wings" we’re going to introduce you to acts and performers who, for one reason or another, have caught our eye and our ear. We think you’ll like them. 

Michael Dean Church - Live it Out Loud
Dream Church Records
By Cheryl Harvey Hill

This 6-foot-5 singer is making big waves with his first album. His bio states that when you mix the traditional country and bluegrass influences of his native West Virginia combined with the R&B-flavored soulful country of Atlanta and North Georgia, you begin to understand the magic and unique vocal stylings of Michael Dean Church. Then when you hear that he grew up in a home full of Gospel music (his grandfather was a preacher and his parents recorded Gospel albums), the breadth of Church’s musical knowledge and taste shines forth as an ideal combination for today’s Music Row and Country Radio.

Church says he aspires to be one of those brilliant country boys who hangs in there long enough for radio and Music Row to fall in love with his music. He is off to a good start since Steven Sharp and Chip Martin produced the album; Sharp has promoted more than 60 No. 1 singles including Alan Jackson’s very first number one. Church actually went to Bakersfield to record several of the tracks with members of Buck Owens’ Buckaroos but it is on the beautiful ballad from Sheri Austin called “Fools Like Us,” that was first cut by Jason Sellers, that he really shines.

"It was sort of fate,” he said. “I had always wanted to move to Nashville, but I didn’t want to be a starving artist, so it just so happened that a position in my field opened up so that I was able to move.” A loan officer with a financial mortgage corporation, Church said while his job pays the bills, it also gives him the flexibility to pursue his true calling … music. "In this town, there are a thousand great singers, you just have to keep at it and hope someone will get what you’re trying to do as an artist.” With a voice like his, I don't think it will be long before he's trading his office for a stage.

Stand out tracks: "Fools Like Us," "What am I Cryin' For," "Another Lonely One," Burned by the Same Fire Twice"











December 2005

November 2005

Van Preston: Schizophrenic Heart 
UnConvetional Records
By Jim Weaver

There are many words one could use to describe Van Preston but the first 3 that came to mind were spunky, energetic and honest. I have never seen Ms. Preston in concert but I would be willing to bet you a six pack of coke that the audience is filled with loyal friends and fans singing along at the top of their lungs to every verse. The impression I get is a gal that loves the whole shootin' match, writing, performing and meeting the fans after the show. Van recently did some advertising for a road band and I hope all the pieces fell into place.

You'll find a bit of everything on Preston's self-titled debut CD including some upbeat, fun country rockers like "Piece Of You" and "Tougher Than That", to honest ballads including "Schizophrenic Heart" and "Forever Ago" Speaking of honest, maybe "Bought Myself A Toy" is too honest but it's a fun song that gets the point across.

Preston reminds me of a heyday-Tanya Tucker or a Jo Dee Messina with all the attitude, cuteness, and fun rolled into one little package called an entertainer.



David Cline: Texas Hold ‘Em
Circle Wire Records
By: George Peden

Texan David Cline lives by one simple premise: "Nothing ventured nothing gained, you can’t hit if you don’t swing." That home-soaked philosophy could equally apply to his music. Out now with his sixth CD, Texas Hold ‘Em, the former big wheel long hauler is finding that if there’s enough swing there may be a hit. The needed proof? Cline’s music is enjoying both American and international radio play.

Produced by Grammy award winner Phil York, the album is a confident blend of traditional sounding shuffles and swing. With a hot band that engages appealing steel and fiddle, the mainly self-written album of 12 tracks is solid proof that if you make music you love you’re on way to connecting.



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