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I Am Refocused Radio provides a space that welcomes people to speak freely about real life experiences through various platforms to engage and encourage those who are looking to find their purpose.

Host: Shemaiah Reed


    Savannah Nider Talks New Music "Terror In Disguise"

    Savannah Nider Talks New Music "Terror In Disguise"

    Country artist Savannah is releasing her single, "Terror In Disguise" (MTS ). The track was produced by Bryan Cole and mixed by Grammy Winner Steve Marcantonio.
    NASHVILLE, TN, USA, November 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- When Savannah exploded onto the country music scene this past February, no one could have predicted that her debut single, "We Are Us," would have raced to the top of the international iTunes charts (#1 South Africa.) The track has since
    racked up an astonishing 150K Spotify streams and over 36K views on Youtube. In fact, the uplifting and inspirational song has been one of the bright spots in a somewhat dismal, pandemic-shuttered 2020. Now, the Nebraska native is looking to duplicate the success of "We Are Us" with her follow-up. "Terror In Disguise" will be released on Black Friday, November 27th, 2020 on MTS Records. Written by Joie Scott, Larry King, Molly Svrcina and Eric Varnell, "Terror In Disguise" was produced by industry veteran Bryan Cole (Matt Westin, Ashley Puckett) and engineered by Grammy Winner Steve Marcantonio (Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton.) Grammy nominee, Maor Appelbaum mastered the track.

    "Terror In Disguise" is representative of an artist taking her time to curate a body of work that authentically depicts who she is as an artist," says TunedLoud Magazine. "It's a powerful narrative and because of that, a memorable composition. The track showcases all of Savannah Nider's chops, and an artist unafraid to blaze her own trail."


    Savannah Nider was born and raised in Pawnee City, Nebraska, a small town in the southeast corner of the state with about 900 people. She grew up passionate about family, sports, speech, and of course… music. At a young age, her big voice turned the heads of some prominent industry figures. At 15, Savannah was given the opportunity to work along side Geno LeSage, Steve Cox, and Kenny Royster who were involved in the careers of Grammy award-winning artists including Collin Raye and many others.

    Savannah lost her biggest fan, Grandma Linda, to pancreatic cancer shortly after launching her career. She made a promise to herself and her grandmother that music would not just be a dream, but a priority.
    She completed her college education in 2014, married the man of her dreams, and moved to Nashville in early 2019.

    Soon after her move, Savannah began to make musical connections that would launch her career. Joie Scott, a well-known songwriter in Nashville, influenced Savannah’s songwriting ability and co-wrote her first song “Until Always,” which she performed at her own wedding.

    She was also introduced to Bryan Cole, a talented producer out of Pittsburgh, PA who took a special interest in Savannah’s unique story, sound, and powerful voice. She recorded her latest EP, produced by Bryan Cole and Grammy Award winner Steve Marcantonio, in November of 2019 with her family and friends watching the magic outside the studio glass.

    This small-town girl with the big voice is making waves on the international scene, reaching #1 on the iTunes country singles chart in South Africa with “We Are Us.” She feels nothing but humility, love, and support from her family, both here and gone, and will use music to make them proud.



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    • 9 min
    Live Oak Mayor Mary M. Dennis

    Live Oak Mayor Mary M. Dennis

    Mary M. Dennis was born in Newton, Mississippi. Mary’s father served in the United States Army and the family traveled throughout Europe and the United States. The family moved to San Antonio, Texas when Mary was 15.

    Mary, also known as "Little Mary" is the daughter of Mary Wyatt, the former owner of "Flowers by Mary". She is a Sam Houston High School graduate, a paraprofessional with the San Antonio Independent School District and completed a Mortuary Science Associate Degree at San Antonio College. Mary is passionate about the education and safety of our children. Mary is also a licensed Funeral Director having worked for both Sutton & Sutton Mortuary and Lewis Funeral Home.

    She helps wonderful people make difficult decisions and provide assistance during one of the most difficult times in their lives.

    Mary has found both of these professions to be very rewarding.Mary has received numerous awards, but her most noteworthy accomplishment is being chosen to serve as Mayor for the City of Live Oak in the June 12, 2010 run-off election.

    She is the First African American to serve the City of Live Oak in this capacity.

    Prior to her Mayoral election, she ran twice for council seats in Live Oak and was defeated each time by a few votes.

    As destiny would have it, Mary was given the opportunity to complete the council place terms both times as the elected council person resigned.

    Mary Dennis says “It is about not giving up and being determined. This is something she learned from her parents – to never ever give up. Whatever your dream is – go for it!”

    Currently Mayor Dennis is serving her second term as Mayor of Live Oak, Mary desires to bring the city closer together across varied backgrounds.

    Mary believes that government is about helping people, being a good steward of tax dollars and making City government more efficient.Her additional civic activities includes service as the Vice President to the Northeast Partnership, member of Randolph Metro Chamber, City of Live Oak Economic Development Corporation, City of Live Oak Planning and Zoning Commission, Bowden Charter of Business and Professional Women, San Antonio Commission of Literacy and Mary is a charter member of National Council of Negro Women – Ruth Jones McClendon Chapter. Ms. Dennis also served as Commissioner on the Mayor’s Commission for the Status of Women, San Antonio Livestock and Rodeo Public Affairs Committee, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and President of Pearls (Professional Business Women).

    She is a member of Livingway Christian Church.Mary epitomizes the power of persistence as well as the incomparable power of an abiding faith in God.


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    • 12 min
    Music Artist Jeremy Parsons Talks New Music

    Music Artist Jeremy Parsons Talks New Music

    About Things To Come - We all have those crucial crossroad points in our life, a moment in which you have to look at what you've got and realistically decide what's next and what's for the best. "Things To Come" is about the journey that got me there, a rollercoaster ride of drugs and alcohol, a search for the correct answers for myself. Was it that my life was over, or was it that something greater was about to begin. That was my choice to make, and I chose the latter. I walked that path until it almost killed me, and then with the help of the ones I love the most, I made a shift. I quit drinking because it was destroying me, my friendships, and all I had worked to achieve. There were plenty of good times and travels there, but I had more to do, and I was finally ready to face myself and get back on track. This is a song for the future and comes with the knowledge that we are in control of our own lives, and we should look forward to that, no matter how rough it gets. Here's to you, to now, and to all the Things To Come.

    Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn't until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music.

    Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humor, and heart-felt love of his occupation.

    Jeremy draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful. The first single from his latest album, “Things I Need To Say” was the Top 40 Roots Music Report and IndieWorld Report track, "Burn This House Down." The song paints a poignant picture of heartbreak and acceptance that still remains relatable. It will stick with you long after your first listen. That single was followed up by the equally well-received, “Why is the Bluebird Blue,” also s a Top 40 Roots Report americana single. “Bluebird” also reached #2 on the Hits You Love pop charts. The videos for both songs were nominated and selected for numerous Film Festivals, including the Jersey Shore Film Festival, Indie’s Best Films Festival, and the Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival, an IMDB-sanctioned film festival.

    After living in Nashville for several years, Jeremy has returned home to Texas. His first new single since May 2019, “Tragedy” was released on May 29th, 2020. His new single, “Good Ole Days” is out on July 17th, 2020. An album release is planned for January 2021.


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    • 30 min
    Dionne Warwick Talks about her Dec. 12th 2020 Online Live Event to Celebrate her 80th BDay and Christmas Fundraiser

    Dionne Warwick Talks about her Dec. 12th 2020 Online Live Event to Celebrate her 80th BDay and Christmas Fundraiser


    This year of 2020 held many great moments for the legendary Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick - her appearance on Fox TV's The Masked Singer as well as dropping by the Verzus online special with Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle being two examples.

    On Saturday, Dec. 12 2020, at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. Pacific time, Ms. Warwick will be hosting a dual live online event as she celebrates the holiday season and a milestone - her 80th birthday. "For years, I'd hold a Christmas and birthday dinner at my home," she explained in a recent interview. "But since we can't do that this time around due to the pandemic, we'll be bringing the party to fans as a live stream event. I want to show folks that I'm still here and kicking!"

    On the heels of her album, The Voices of Christmas, Ms. Warwick will be joined by many guests who participated in the holiday recording - Johnny Mathis, the Oak Ridge Boys w/John Rich, Billy Ray Cyrus and Aloe Blacc, to name a few. In addition, entertainers and celebrities from around the world will send birthday and Christmas greetings.

    Portions of the proceeds from the live stream event will benefit Hunger Not Impossible - a text-based service that connects kids and families in need with prepaid, nutritious, to-go meals from nearby restaurants. "Every year, there are families that cannot afford to even buy basic foods for their children - and it's worse near the holiday season," Ms. Warwick stated, "With this event, we'll be able to help this wonderful organization with its efforts to feed folks."

    Hunger Not Impossible website - www.notimpossible.com

    For information regarding Dionne Warwick's celebration, go to www.officialdionnewarwick.com


    Dionne Warwick sang in a gospel trio before recording her first hit songs, including "Walk on By" and "I Say a Little Prayer." After a lull in her career in the 1970s, her album Dionne (1979) sold a million copies. She went on to release the albums Heartbreaker (1982) and How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye? (1983). In 2012, Warwick celebrated her 50th anniversary in the music business with the album Now.

    Born Marie Dionne Warrick on December 12, 1940, in East Orange, New Jersey, Dionne Warwick has enjoyed a tremendously long career as a singer. She comes from a gospel musical background as the daughter of a record promoter and a gospel group manager and performer. As a teenager, Warwick started up her group, the Gospelaires, with her sister, Dee Dee, and aunt Cissy Houston.

    After finishing high school in 1959, Warwick pursued her passion at the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. She also landed some work with her group singing backing vocals for recording sessions in New York City. During one session, Warwick met Burt Bacharach. Bacharach hired her to record demos featuring songs written by him and lyricist Hal David. A record executive liked Warwick's demo so much that Warwick got her own record deal.

    In 1962, Warwick released her first single, "Don't Make Me Over." It became a hit the following year. A typo on the record led to an accidental name. Instead of "Dionne Warrick," the label read "Dionne Warwick." She decided to keep the new moniker and went on to greater chart success. In 1964, Warwick had two Top 10 singles with "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "Walk On By"-both penned by Bacharach and David. "Walk On By" was also her first No. 1 R&B hit.

    : More hits, including many written by Bacharach and David, followed as the 1960s progressed. "Message to Michael" made the Top 10 in 1966, and her version of "I Say A Little Prayer" climbed as high as the No. 4 spot the following year. Warwick also found...

    • 5 min
    Dawn Dear - Farmers Insurance Agent in Live Oak, TX

    Dawn Dear - Farmers Insurance Agent in Live Oak, TX

    Dawn Dear - Farmers Insurance Agent in Live Oak, TX

    Born and raised in San Antonio, I'm proud to serve as your local Farmers Insurance® Agent in Live Oak, TX. At the Dear Agency, we concentrate on fully educating our customers on what it means to be properly insured. Navigating the world of insurance can be tough, especially when most people do not understand what they're paying for and why. Therefore, it's our utmost priority to guide you through the insurance process as we want to ensure that our clients walk away with the confidence knowing that their family assets are appropriately covered. We will work to find the policy that best matches the solutions you need.

    Whether you're looking for home insurance for the new house, auto insurance for the family car, recreational coverage for that prized boat, business insurance for the new shop or life insurance to protect your family - it's imperative for us that you are well taken care of. Serving our community is what we do best and not only do we seek to provide sound coverage but also involve ourselves in different efforts from supporting the Lavernia School District to being a Platinum member of the Lavernia Sports Booster Club. My staff and I really do believe that general empathy for people helps our agency grow.

    Even if you're located in Lavernia, Schertz, New Braunfels, the heart of Live Oak, the greater San Antonio area or beyond, we welcome you to stop by our office which conveniently located in Gateway Plaza behind James Avery Jewelry. We will make the insurance process easy and personalized and we look forward to the lasting relationships we get to build with each of our clients.

    Let the Dear Agency protect you and your family like you would!

    Give me a call at (210) 507-2169 and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
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    I have over 5 years of experience as a Farmers Insurance agent.
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    San Antonio, Lavernia, Schertz, Floresville, and New Braunfels


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    • 6 min
    Jeff D. Reeter Talks New Book Do Life Differently: A Strategic Path Toward Extraordinary

    Jeff D. Reeter Talks New Book Do Life Differently: A Strategic Path Toward Extraordinary

    Author, speaker, businessman, Baylor University Regent, former advisor to Dr. Ben Carson, and Deacon of Second Baptist Houston, JEFF D. REETER pursues life by design as an entrepreneur and strategist and shares his hard-fought wisdom to lead yourself well.

    With his faith being one of the pillars of his success, Reeter seeks to serve, love, care, matter, make a difference and be a catalyst in the life of another person.

    Reeter manages more than $6 Billion in assets for his clients every day. As a partner with Northwestern Mutual for decades, Reeter is relied upon for building strategies that generate wealth.

    And he does the exact same for readers who want to build a life rich with intentionality and significance in his new book Do Life Differently: A Strategic Path Toward Extraordinary (Worthy/Hachette), releasing nationwide in November.




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    Contact Dawn Dear at 210-507-2169 and visit us at 7529 N Loop 1604 in Live Oak, TX or farmersagent.com/ddear

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