13 episodes

What does it take to become a country music success story? In this Nashville-Based podcast, radio legend & master interviewer Candy O’Terry goes straight to the pros to hear their stories. From singers to producers, songwriters to record label executives, radio programmers and DJ’s to PR and marketing pros, every episode is a deep dive into what it takes to success in the country music industry. If you want to make it in Nashville, you need a roadmap. Music City Mentor Jacy Dawn Valeras provides valuable advice about everything from writer’s rounds to online marketing and building a network that will go the distance.

Country Music Success Stories Candy O'Terry & Jacy Dawn Valeras

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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

What does it take to become a country music success story? In this Nashville-Based podcast, radio legend & master interviewer Candy O’Terry goes straight to the pros to hear their stories. From singers to producers, songwriters to record label executives, radio programmers and DJ’s to PR and marketing pros, every episode is a deep dive into what it takes to success in the country music industry. If you want to make it in Nashville, you need a roadmap. Music City Mentor Jacy Dawn Valeras provides valuable advice about everything from writer’s rounds to online marketing and building a network that will go the distance.

    Tony Brown -012

    Tony Brown -012

    Pay attention to trends, but never be a follower.  Be a leader, not a follower. Push the envelop, but don’t let it break. I like to stay in front of the curve, but I never like to be too cool for the room. -Tony Brown  Just when Jacy and I think we’ve experienced the best … Continue reading Tony Brown -012 →

    • 36 min
    John Berry & Robin Berry -011

    John Berry & Robin Berry -011

    Fame is not a decision you make. It’s a lot more work, and it’s a lot of fairy dust. -John Berry Let’s turn back time to 1979 when singer/songwriter/guitarist John Berry had big dreams and the patience to see them through. A brilliant singer with a gift for storytelling and the ability to connect with … Continue reading John Berry & Robin Berry -011 →

    • 34 min
    Steve Dorff -010

    Steve Dorff -010

    I’m like this anonymous Oz behind the curtain guy nobody ever knows. The face of the songs are the artists who record them. -Steve Dorff If you are a songwriter or a composer, this episode is for you! Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018, Steve Dorff was born to do what he … Continue reading Steve Dorff -010 →

    • 30 min
    TG Sheppard -009

    TG Sheppard -009

    I was only 15 when I climbed out my window and ran away to Memphis with 60 cents in mypocket. I look around at my life now and I realize that it all started with just 60 cents. -TG Sheppard Incredible as it seems, TG Sheppard was a runaway teen with a lifelong dream of … Continue reading TG Sheppard -009 →

    • 40 min
    Larry Strickland -008

    Larry Strickland -008

    Relationships are everything and in Nashville they are made of gold. When Jacy introduced me to Naomi Judd and we interviewed her at their compound in Leipers Fork, Tennessee, her husband Larry Strickland was sitting on a couch in the recording studio, just listening quietly. But when he spoke, his rich, deep voice filled the … Continue reading Larry Strickland -008 →

    • 29 min
    Karen Staley -007

    Karen Staley -007

    I didn’t come to Nashville having played bars for 10 years. I was a total green horn. So I learned a lot. It’s a blast, it’s like perpetual adolescence. -Karen Staley Welcome to the success story of a woman whose songs have been played on radio more than 12 million times (and counting) with downloads … Continue reading Karen Staley -007 →

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

E731E ,

Inspirational!

Awesome stories, so inspirational! Can’t wait to see who’s on the show next.

hollyamber w ,

BEST podcast!

Love listening, such inspiration! 🙌🏻👏🏻 Keep it up, ladies!

LoganRich28 ,

Love you girls!!

As a fellow Chelmsford, MA girl I can’t tell you how happy hearing how you two “made it” to Nashville to follow your dreams! Jacy Dawn and I were in school together and she was always so sweet! Candy, I remember hearing you on WKLB so when I heard you two would be doing these podcasts together I knew I HAD to listen. I remember Jacy Dawn’s admiration for Naomi and Wynonna so the first episode had me tearing up with Happy tears for Jacy Dawn.

I’m addicted! I can’t wait for the next one. Keep up the great work girls! It’s a wicked awesome podcast. 😉

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