47 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 • 27 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.

    Steve Dean: Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter (PART TWO)

    Steve Dean: Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter (PART TWO)

    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 … Continue reading Steve Dean: Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter (PART TWO) →

    • 19 min
    Steve Dean: Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter (PART ONE)

    Steve Dean: Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter (PART ONE)

    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 … Continue reading Steve Dean: Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter (PART ONE) →

    • 19 min
    Lorrie Morgan: Multi-Platinum Selling & Award-Winning Artist

    Lorrie Morgan: Multi-Platinum Selling & Award-Winning Artist

    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 … Continue reading Lorrie Morgan: Multi-Platinum Selling & Award-Winning Artist →

    • 36 min
    Sylvia: Award-Winning Artist

    Sylvia: Award-Winning Artist

    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    … Continue reading Sylvia: Award-Winning Artist →

    • 33 min
    Candy & Jacy: Looking Back on 2022

    Candy & Jacy: Looking Back on 2022

    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. … Continue reading Candy & Jacy: Looking Back on 2022 →

    • 39 min
    Pam Tillis - Grammy & CMA Award-Winning Artist PART 2

    Pam Tillis - Grammy & CMA Award-Winning Artist PART 2

    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, … Continue reading Pam Tillis – Grammy & CMA Award-Winning Artist (PART TWO) →

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

John s wfd ,

Professional and Inspirational

Listening to Jacy and Candy is so informative, entertaining and incredibly enjoyable to listen to. It is a must for your podcast playlist. John Surabian

Mark Lawhorne ,

Inspiring and informative!

So happy to have stumbled across this podcast as I was researching to start our own… Musicians and Beyond. Candy and Jacy have designed a great format and and filled it with incredible guests and stories. As a mentor, Jacy offers such amazing and instructive information and as a host, Candy brings a wealth of storytelling and broadcast experience that surely will entertain you.

JennyPump143 ,

Wonderfully entertaining!

What a wonderful discovery this podcast is! Recommended by a friend, I’ve enjoyed every episode! It’s so refreshing to listen to success stories and hear the history of their hard work, dedication and commitment! Very inspirational! Keep the episodes coming!!

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