Walter Finely & April Dawn

Modern Day Troubadour – An Interview with Conquer Entertainment

Troubadour: one of a class of lyric poets and poet-musicians often of knightly rank who flourished from the 11th to the end of the 13th century chiefly in the south of France and the north of Italy and whose major theme was courtly love.

Today the Troubadours still exist making their living from their music one night at a time. Walter Finley is a great example of a Modern-Day Troubadour.  I asked him what it felt like to have his sole income be generated by his voice and the instrument in his hand, what does his day to day life look like… “I am a Troubadour, I travel around to different towns and cities looking for places to play. I literally walk into venues and say can I play here just like the poet-musicians of times past.  Nobody knows my name when I get started, I have to play a few cover songs to win them over and get them to like me, I have to start up some kind of dialogue and get them involved which is when I am able to introduce my original music. I love to tell the stories behind the songs.”

Why do you do it? It seems like a hard way to carve out your spot in this world. “Because at the end of the day, whether I was background noise for a moment, the star of my own one-man show for 30 people or standing on stage in front of thousands… those moments when you hear a crowd singing your song back to you when someone comes up to me and lets me know that they loved one of my songs, that the words touched them it makes me feel good and I know I made a difference.”

Walterfinley.com  /  facebook.com/walter.finley.71

Riley Biederer

 

From her roots in the north suburbs of Atlanta, Riley Biederer’s career has covered an impressive amount of ground.  Using her YouTube channel to jump-start her career, (over 275 thousand subscribers, over 31 million views), Riley has caught the attention of and garnered accolades from, Elton John, Katy Perry, Pharrell, Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, Timbaland, Polow, Trey Songs, Akon, Blake Shelton, LA Reid, and other prominent music executives.  Her sound is multi-dimensional, and can best be described as soul-infused pop, with a broad range and near-perfect pitch.  A prolific songwriter, coming off her first publishing deal with Sony/ATV, Riley auditioned the hit television show The Voice in 2015. As a member of Pharrell Williams’ and Gwen Stefani’s teams, Riley used powerful performances to become the first “one chair turn/twice stolen” artist to ever make the Voice Live Playoffs.  Riley leveraged this exposure into her first North American tour in Spring 2016, opening for Nick Carter’s All American tour that covered 10,000 miles, 22 cites and 2 countries in 32 nights.  In the summer of 2017 Riley submitted a cover of the Katy Perry song Firework to the YouTube original programming show Best.Cover.Ever, produced by Ryan Seacrest and hosted by Ludacris.   She emerged as the winner of the Katy Perry Episode and became the first person to perform a video duet with Katy Perry of the title track from her most recent album release Witness.   This show had over 4.5 million views in less than 2 months on YouTube.  In Jan of 2018 Riley relocated to Los Angeles where she works her songwriting craft.  She is managed by David Margolis with My World Management in LA.   Her songwriting has taken her to London, Moscow, Italy, Toronto, Nashville and New York in the last 18 months.  She has had other artists cut her songs in Australia, Korea, the UK, and Canada, as well as earning multiple cuts as a writer here in the U.S.  In Spring of 2020 Riley earned her first Gold Record as a songwriter and featured Vocalist on Frank Walker’s single release, Heartbreak Back.  This summer Jimmy Allen released the song Made For These, featuring Tim McGraw, a song Riley co-wrote with Jimmy Allen.  While there are more cuts in the works as a writer with several Riley songs on hold, Riley also continues to work on her career as a performing artist with three single releases so far in 2020, with a fourth planned for Oct 16.   Riley remains a popular draw for her enthusiastic fan base, appearing and touring on a national level, with frequent trips back to the Atlanta and Charlotte market for live events. 

For local booking inquiries please contact Riley’s team at 404.925.8900 

Ashley Wineland

Official CMT and National Touring Artist ASHLEY WINELAND is a favorite at both venues and on the festival circuit, a frequent guest on television and radio shows alike, and is often the subject of newspaper, magazine articles, and music blogs. The entire music industry is taking notice of Ashley Wineland – with top events inviting her back for repeat performances. Her high-energy, entertaining show is captivating audiences nationwide and she has amassed a dedicated global fan base. Besides having appeared with some of the most recognizable names in music, Ashley has lent her time and talent to numerous charitable causes, utilizing her celebrity to bring awareness and rally support for platforms that are close to her heart, including our nation’s military veterans and animal rescue groups. Her latest album, “Simple Life,” inspired Ashley to log some serious miles across the U.S. in 2017 and 2018 with her highly successful “She’s Gone Tour” and “Simple Life Tour.” These appearances apparently struck a chord with U.S. audiences, as the video for her hit song from the album “She’s Gone” is fast approaching 800K views! Also featured on the CD is the single “No Prince Charming” – which debuted at #2 on iTunes in the category of “Best New Country Music.” With several national tours under her belt and numerous notable milestones, Ashley Wineland is ready for world stages and has set her sights on bringing back what is missing from the genre…TRUE country music! Learn more about Ashley Wineland at www.ashleywineland.com.

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John Ford Coley

There are songs you hear in your life that transport you to a certain time period or give you a special feeling. You associate those good times to the group that made them famous.  Songs like “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever Without You” and “Love Is The Answer” have that kind of effect on people. Those songs and numerous others have made John Ford Coley a singing legend. He has spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing.

John is most revered as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. He continues with an active roster performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world. Classically trained on piano and an avid guitarist, John loves the craft and enjoys every audience he encounters.

Some of John Ford Coley’s hit songs are as follows: “Love Is The Answer”, “Gone Too Far”, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight”, “We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again”, “Nights Are Forever Without You”,  “Soldier In The Rain”, “Come Back To Me”, “Sad To Belong”, “Simone”, “Westward Wind”, “Part of Me, Part of You.”  With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists.

Over the years John has shared the stage with many of the music industry’s famous hit makers. Some of those include: Elton John, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carole King, Bread, Loggins and Messina, Led Zeppelin, Carly Simon, Bill Cosby, Steve Miller Band, Randy Bachman, Jesse Colin Young, Air Supply, Ambrosia, Poco, Terry Sylvester (formerly of the Hollies), Orleans, Lou Gramm and Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Hill and Stephen Bishop, to name a few. johnfordcoley.com

Michael Israel

Michael Israel is a world-renowned American artist, entertainer, speaker, and humanitarian famous for “Speed Painting” performances and inspiring compassion and support for many charities including the Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish, Komen Breast Cancer, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

Michael was born in New York during the mayhem of the ’60s he began painting at age 2. His childhood was split between a nomadic life traveling across America with his father and an aquatic life aboard a houseboat with his sea captain mother. 

By age 6 he was obsessed with martial arts and became a national black belt champion by 17; he credits martial arts training for his super-fast painting. 

He has shared the limelight with celebrities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders alike painting at prestigious venues including Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake with Brooks & Dunn, the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting with Warren Buffett, and Presidential events in Washington, DC.

Michael’s audience must only be present to be drawn in, engaged, and energized. His live-action painting viscerally makes the connection between music, art, and the viewer’s heart – there are audible gasps as he works his magic, passing energy back and forth with the cheering crowd during an experience they will remember the rest of their lives!

A testament to the emotional and inspirational power of his art is that paintings completed in minutes have sold as high as $250,000!

Michael’s most recent endeavors include MysticVirtual a new techonolgically advance virtual entertainment and fundraising platform.

Tommy DeCarlo

Tommy DeCarlo was born in Rome, New York, located 50 miles east of Syracuse, New York. DeCarlo discovered and became a fan of the band Boston at age 12. Years later he began writing his own music in the 1990’s and recording covers of himself singing his favorite Boston songs. He posted these recordings on his daughter’s MySpace page.

Fast forward to March 2007. Original Boston lead singer Brad Delp unexpectedly died at the age of 55. To honor Delp, DeCarlo wrote and recorded an emotional song about his favorite vocalist. His daughter suggested that he post that song as well, on her Myspace page.

Another Boston fan heard DeCarlo’s work and suggested that he send his Myspace page link to Boston management. DeCarlo sent the link, and was approached by Boston founder Tom Scholz not long after. At the time, DeCarlo was working at a Charlotte area Home Depot as a Credit Manager.

Scholz invited DeCarlo to perform at the Brad Delp Tribute Concert, which was happening soon at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA.[1] Later in 2007 DeCarlo was hired by Scholz as the lead vocalist of Boston and is still the Current Lead Vocalist. He has toured with the band on all tours since 2008.

Tommy DeCarlo currently resides near Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Annie. DeCarlo (the band) is fronted by Tommy DeCarlo along with his son, guitarist Tommy DeCarlo Jr. As Tommy tells it, Tommy Jr. is truly the backbone of DECARLO. He has a great feel for what’s going to work on stage, not just musically, but production wise, too and leads the charge in the band’s performances. Of course, no band is complete without a great supporting cast, which in DECARLO’s case is multi-talented keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Payton Velligan, drummer Christian Sturt and bassist Edward Sturt.

The band’s debut album ,“Lightning Strikes Twice” is a very fine slice of melodic rock, deeply rooted in the sound of masters of the genre like Kansas, Foreigner, Survivor, and REO Speedwagon.

“We’re very excited about the release of “Lightning Strikes Twice!” continues Tommy. “As an artist/songwriter you are always going to be proud of your work, but there’s nothing more gratifying than to please those who matter most… the fans! It’s our hope that the music on this debut release will in some way, shape or form touch those who take the time to listen to it.” Simply put… DECARLO ROCKS! If you are a classic AOR/Melodic Rock band, you simply can’t miss this debut album!

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