From the new album “XII”, produced by
Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Brent Rowan
TN (April 24, 2012) – Blaster
Records recording artist and multi-platinum singer and
McCoy has released his new
single, “Shotgun Rider”,
which is being added to radio station playlists nationwide.
This latest single is from Neal’s twelfth career album,
appropriately titled XII,
which was produced by Blake
Shelton,Miranda Lambert and renowned
Written by hit songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Keith Anderson and Ben Hayslip, “Shotgun Rider” is an uptempo, feel-good song about asking your girl to take a ride in your truck and spending time together.
“No matter how far or how short the drive, it's always better to have someone you really like, Ridin’ Shotgun with you, than going it alone," commented Neal McCoy about the new single.
“Shotgun Rider” is just one of the great tracks on XII, the latest in Neal McCoy’s varied career. Over the years, he has sold six million albums, with five #1 singles, over 25 charted singles, and has had a string of top ten radio hits. McCoy, also known for his exciting live shows, has completed numerous USO tours and supports the East Texas Angel Network, his charity for children with life-threatening illnesses.
For more information on Neal McCoy, please visit www.nealmccoy.com
Widespread coverage on new album Includes Yahoo Music! Ram Country,
Country Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, People Country, Dallas Morning News,
American Songwriter, Nashville Music Guide Cover Story, and more!
Nashville, TN (March 1, 2012) - Country Star Neal McCoy celebrates the release of his new album, XII, next Tuesday, March 6, as GAC’s Fan Focus Artist of the Month for March. Early widespread media coverage and reviews surrounding the long-awaited release includes an exclusive live performance on Yahoo! Music Ram Country’s, “Music with a View,” an intimate interview on GAC’s “On the Streets,” a spread in Country Weekly, People Country, Entertainment Weekly, Dallas Morning News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, American Songwriter, Nashville Music Guide’s March Cover Story, and more. McCoy will be in New York during street week conducting satellite radio and television tours.
XII, produced by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Brent Rowan, is McCoy’s first album in five years. In the 21 years since the Blaster Music recording artist released his first single, Neal McCoy – the consummate live performer and multi-platinum country singer – has released 11 albums, over 25 charted singles, and a string of top ten radio hits, all while completing 15 USO tours and supporting his charity, the East Texas Angels Network. He was also recently named as one of the Top 10 USO Entertainers of All Time.
For more information on the life and musical career of Neal McCoy, please visit www.nealmccoy.com.
and Miranda Lambert, and Guitar Slinger, Brent Rowan
Nashville, TN (February 20, 2012) - Returning to country music after a five year-hiatus multi-platinum recording artist Neal McCoy’s highly anticipated new album, XII, will be released March 6, 2012. Produced by CMA’s reigning Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and renowned guitar-slinger, Brent Rowan, this Blaster Records’ debut is McCoy’s 12th studio album. Already creating a buzz amongst top media outlets, McCoy’s upcoming television appearances include a satellite media tour in New York, and segments on “Hannity,” “Huckabee,” “411 Live,” and “Better TV,” to name a few. Plus, McCoy returns to host GAC’s highly-rated, Top 50 Videos of the 2000s, debuting February 20, 2012.
“Neal is not only a friend of mine, but my hero,” commented Blake Shelton about working with McCoy on XII. “Our first priority with this album was that Neal only cut songs that he truly loved and was excited about. That was very important to us.” Miranda Lambert added, “It was a blast seeing Neal and Blake together…had the place laughing all the time. I think fans will hear three different artists coming together on this album with their individual takes on the music.”
Some of Nashville’s best writers—including Tom Douglas, Rivers Rutherford, Jamey Johnson, Allen Shamblin, Rhett Akins, and newcomers Luke Laird, Brett Eldredge, Geroge Terren and Barry Dean, came forward to contribute their very best songs. The end result from the ‘consummate live performer’ is a new collection that offers a little something for every listener. From the bouncy, bright, feel good single, “A-OK,” (featuring Lambert and Shelton on background vocals), to the infectious bar-room, toe-tapper, “Shotgun Rider,” to the engaging ballad, “Judge a Man by the Woman,” and classic, “Van Gogh,” the project is chock full of good music.
“It’s like my shows, a little bit of everything that makes music special,” said McCoy. “XII has a little bit of church, a little bit of bar-room, a couple ballads that’ll encourage, and a real Texas thing about finding your groove in the midst of heartbreak with a cold beer and a good jukebox.” Blake and Miranda had definite ideas about what this should be – you almost couldn’t hold ‘em back.”
Recently listed as one of the Top 10 USO Tour Entertainers since the organization’s inception in 1941 (at number eight, between John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe), it has been 21 years since McCoy released his first single. Since that time, he has released 11 albums, had five #1 singles, over 25 charted singles, had a string of top ten radio hits, sold over 6 million albums all while completing over 15 USO tours and supporting the East Texas Angels Network, his charity for children with life-threatening illnesses.
For more information on the life and musical career of Neal McCoy, please visit www.nealmccoy.com!
To view Neal McCoy’s new video, “A-OK,” visit http://youtu.be/EUiF3O_WIs4
Neal McCoy is on the Blaster Records label, a division of Blaster Entertainment, with distribution and marketing through Warner Music Nashville.
2. Real Good Feel Good
3. Judge A Man By The Woman
5. Shotgun Rider
6. That’s You
7. Crazy Women
8. Lucky Enough
9. Every Fire
10. That’s Just How She Gets
11. Borderline Crazy
12. Van Gogh
Project Produced by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert & Brent Rowan
TN (October 17, 2011) -- Blaster Records recording artist
and multi-platinum singer, Neal McCoy, will release the first
single off his twelfth career album, XII, on Oct. 18th.
“A-OK,” coordinated through a recent distribution deal between
Blaster Records and Warner Music Nashville, along with Rodeowave
Entertainment at the helm of radio promotion, will be launched
exclusively for digital download, available at all digital
In the 21 years since the ‘consummate live performer’ released his first single, Neal McCoy has had his share of feel good radio records. With over 25 charted singles, five #1 hits, two BMI Song of the Year awards with “Wink” and “The Shake,” and a whole lot of fun along the way, the entertainer has spent the better part of two decades chasing ‘that song.’
With “A-OK,” McCoy’s quest may be complete. “Everybody wants to find that song that hits the sweet spot, which is pretty much them, but everybody else, too. I think I finally found that song!,” McCoy explains.
With its bouncing beat, bright melody, and yes, pure Andy Griffith whistle, along with the Barry Dean/Luke Laird/Brett Eldredge mid-tempo and happy-go-lucky flow, the song about seeing the glass as half-full and the smile upside down in a frown, is the perfect culmination of McCoy’s always effervescent live show and ever energetic image as an entertainer. “I think any song that says ‘It’s gonna be okay, it’s gonna be alright…’ and feels like this one does, has got to be a winner. People really want to hear, and almost need to hear, that right now…Times being the way they are, and something that makes people feel good? Well, anyone who knows me knows I’m all about that,” explains the good timin’ entertainer.
Neal McCoy has sold over 6 million albums. His entrance into the country music world was championed by Hall of Famer Charley Pride, and his return is being orchestrated by CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee and reigning Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton, CMA/ACM Album, Single and Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, and longtime guitar great Brent Rowan. McCoy’s highly anticipated and twelfth studio album, XII, is set for a first quarter 2012 release.
For more information, please visit www.nealmccoy.com or www.facebook.com/nealmccoymusic
For more information on Blaster Records, visit www.blasterentertainment.com
The Multi-Platinum Country Singer Reflects on Early Days as Women’s Shoe Salesman
Nashville, TN (October 13, 2011) – Before two-time Entertainer of the Year and platinum singer, Neal McCoy, made it big in country music with eleven career albums, three of them platinum and one gold, and over 25 charted singles with five #1’s, amongst numerous other accolades to his name, the entertainer got his start on another stage performing to a much different crowd. Returning for a day in his previously held role as a Longview, TX based shoe salesman, specializing in women’s footwear, Neal McCoy reflects on his pre-country entertainer nine-to-five lifestyle in Day Jobs, airing on Great American Country (GAC) October 16th, at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST.
In Day Jobs, many of today’s top country stars step back in time, putting in a full day’s work at a job they held before making it big. Each one-hour episode will follow three stars as they work a shift in a variety of previously held jobs. In the process, they will discover if they still have what it takes and at the same time, come to realize just how much those early jobs helped shape their lives today.
Taking a glance back from his present day career, to his days as a young singer living in Longview, TX, McCoy supported the beginning stages of his dreams of being an entertainer by finding additional work in a local department store selling women’s shoes, a job he would hold for three years. It was in this role that the aspiring entertainer first came into contact with the general public. "It's good grooming for you. In the music business, you have to deal with different folks every day, different personalities all the time.," McCoy notes.
And even in his early days, the relentless entertainer never let his optimistic and charismatic persona slip, telling himself, "I'm gonna try to win them over. I want them to like me and I’m gonna work until they are entertained,” a motivational policy that McCoy would command from his live performances all throughout his long and illustrious career, a career that would produce such country hits as “Wink,” “The Shake,” and his current single “A-OK,” available at all digital retailers Oct. 18th, 2011.
In this episode of Day Jobs, you’ll see Neal McCoy bring that determination and spirit back to the sales floor when he literally goes toe to toe with co-worker and top Belk department store women’s shoe salesmen, Joe, to see who will be the top dog when the store doors close.
Although McCoy has toured thousands of miles and entertained thousands of people throughout the years, returning to the sales floor granted McCoy yet another unique experience, the chance to glance back at the life he once lived, as well as the ability to look into the life that may have been. But whatever the turnout of the early days of his career may or may not have been, McCoy remains determined that his life always belonged in music, and his heart, forever the heart of an entertainer working with people. Told best in his own words, McCoy explains, “I'd probably be in some job working with the public. I'm a people person, and if I wasn't singing for a living, I'd still find a way to sing.”
Try it on for yourself this Sunday as Neal McCoy brings his charismatic presence and witty charm back to the sales floor on GAC’s Day Jobs.
Neal McCoy has two milestone projects due this fall/winter: “Music of Your Life with Les Brown Jr. and His Band of Renown, Starring Neal McCoy, and Special Guests Charley Pride and Janie Fricke” is due 11/8 from DPTV Media.
In January, McCoy's new label home, Blaster Records, releases "XII" produced by Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brent Rowan, with the first single"A-OK," dropping in October.
In November, DPTV Media, the multi-million dollar entertainment label of WTVS Detroit Public Television, will release a concert CD and DVD collaboration pairing McCoy and his band with the iconic Les Brown Jr. and His Band of Renown. “Music of Your Life with Les Brown Jr. and His Band of Renown, Starring Neal McCoy, and Special Guests Charley Pride and Janie Fricke” includes many of Neal McCoy’s Top 10 hits and American Songbook standards. A 13-song CD and 21-song DVD are due 11/8/2011, and will be available through traditional, online and digital outlets across North America.
Also due from McCoy in January 2012: After eleven albums, over twenty-five charted singles, and countless fans across the nation, McCoy will be releasing his highly-anticipated studio album, 'XII’. The new collection of twelve songs, produced by Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brent Rowan, marks McCoy's 12th studio album, and his first with new label home, Blaster Records. McCoy's first single from "XII", "A-OK," penned by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Brett Eldredge, will be released in October 2011.
McCoy, twice named Entertainer of the Year by the fan-voted TNN/Music City News Awards, says of his different upcoming releases, "My DPTV project with Les Brown gave me the opportunity to do something I always wanted to do, sing with horns and a Big Band. And I’d like to do more of that. Having Miranda and Blake involved in ‘XII’, the first project at my new label, Blaster Records, is huge for me. Not only do they have great vision, but they know when to have fun and when to get serious along with being fantastic musicians. I’m so excited about everything that’s coming up.”
The DPTV Media project has roots in McCoy’s earliest years, when he started out singing standards with a small jazz band in Texas. “Sentimental Journey,” a huge hit for Les Brown’s Band of Renown (the band Les Brown Sr. founded in the 1930’s as Les Brown and His Blue Devils), was a favorite of McCoy’s. When Brown and McCoy met in Branson, where Brown lives and hosts his syndicated radio show on the “Music of Your Life” Network, Brown was tickled to know the song, written by Les Brown Sr., Bud Green and Benjamin Homer, was in McCoy’s repertoire.
McCoy says, “I grew up on pop music and Great American Songbook, and I love melody and good phrasing in whatever I’m singin’. As I established my cred in country, I started putting songs like ‘Sentimental Journey’ and ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,’ back in the shows. People love the old songs because it’s just great writing all around.”
McCoy and Brown also share a strong connection to the USO. McCoy frequently entertains U.S. and allied troops around the world, as did Les Brown Sr. in his many USO shows with Bob Hope. To date, McCoy has performed seven concerts in Iraq, two in Afghanistan, along with shows in Pakistan, Germany and Bosnia, on ships in the Persian Gulf and military bases all over the states. In the DPTV Media show, McCoy and Brown pay tribute to our military men and women with the song, “I’m Your Biggest Fan” to a great crowd reaction.
DPTV Media, in its maverick fashion, pulled the trigger quickly on the project. “I’m a big Neal McCoy fan,” says Jamie Westrick, Executive Producer of DPTV Media. “Les Brown and Neal McCoy have created something very unique. We’re proud to be a part of it, and to be sharing it on PBS stations through DPTV Media.”
DPTV is the only PBS licensee in the country - and the first of its kind - with its own entertainment label, DPTV Media. DPTV Media was the #1 Billboard Top World label in 2004. DPTV Media is distributed throughout North America by eOne Entertainment. Executive Producers for this project are Jamie Westrick and Les Brown Jr., with Josette Marano serving as TV producer, and Keith Olsen and Les Brown Jr. as music producers.
The 60-minute DPTV Media concert special delivers a mix of many of McCoy's Top 10 Country hits plus several standards, all with the backing of the 20+ piece orchestra (including McCoy’s band with each player featured throughout the show). Added to the performance roster are singer Janie Fricke, who discovered Neal McCoy, and Charley Pride, who signed McCoy to his first record deal. Fricke and McCoy team on “It’s a Cheating Situation.” Pride and McCoy duet on “You're My Jamaica”.
Nashville, TN (August 29, 2011) - After eleven albums, over twenty-five charted singles, and countless fans across the nation, charismatic country music sensation Neal McCoy is back in the studio making music of a lifetime. McCoy, who was named Entertainer of the Year twice by the fan voted TNN/Music City News Awards, will be releasing his highly-anticipated new album, 'XII,' in January 2012. The new collection of 12 songs, which is being produced by Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brent Rowan, marks McCoy's 12th studio album, and his first with new label home, Blaster Records.
"Having Miranda and Blake involved in this project is 'Huge' for me. Not only do they have great vision, but they know when to have fun and when to get serious along with being Fantastic musicians," says McCoy.
McCoy's first single "A-OK," which was penned by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Brett Eldredge, will be released in October, 2011.
Watch the video announcement HERE: http://youtu.be/_eWmRaRl404
About Neal McCoy
Growing up in Texas as the youngest of three, McCoy says his natural talent was revealed at home while singing 1970s Top 40 hits with his brother and sister. He then began performing in clubs, building his songbook and stage confidence, until he was discovered at a Dallas competition by Opry star Jane Fricke and eventually introduced to country superstar Charley Pride.
Since inking his first deal in Nashville, the singer has several platinum albums and top-ten singles to his credit, and has logged hundreds of thousands of touring miles, including 13 USO tours. He has also been recognized with humanitarian awards by The Academy of Country Music Awards and The Country Radio Broadcasters for his extensive work with the USO and the East Texas Angel Network, the organization he founded with his wife, Melinda, on behalf of East Texas children with life-threatening or serious illnesses.
McCoy lives in Longview, Texas, and continues writing music and performing for raving fans across the nation.
About Blaster Records
Cleveland based, Blaster Records was founded in 2007 by Blaster Chemical Chairman Tom Porter. A division of the Blaster Music Group, the label is committed to artist development and its dedication to building careers. Blaster has sought talented songwriters, unique musicians and excellent live performers that show a genuine passion for their craft. The label is dedicated further to providing their artists with teams of professionals that express a true interest in maximizing an artist's full potential. Through touring, strategic marketing campaigns, promotion and artist development, Blaster Records is committed to the success of its artists. www.blasterentertainment.com
Nashville, TN. June 28, 2011----Country superstar,Neal McCoy has logged millions of miles on the road touring over the last decade. The native Texan usually spends 200-300 dates a year performing for his fans in concerts. This is the final week that music fans have a chance to get a taste of life on the road with Neal McCoy by registering atwww.ilikeneal.com. The winners will receive a weekend
pass to travel via your own artist tour bus and attend two McCoy
concerts with backstage access to hang out with McCoy &
McCoy is a music lover of all styles & genres and this becomes very evident when you see his live show. At a McCoy live show, the set list is never the same and it is tough to stay in your seat for the length of his performance. Recently when McCoy was asked to perform at friends’ Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert’s wedding reception he kept inquiring if they had specific songs they wanted him to play at the event. The constant reply from Shelton was “No, we just want you to do your thing.”
All the attendees at the star-studded reception packed the dance floor for McCoy’s entire two-hour set. The set list ended up including “In My Daughter’s Eyes” (Martina McBride), “F*@% You” (Cee Lo Green) and his own “No Doubt About It.” Even music executives and other country singers in attendance, were astonished by McCoy’s exceptional skill at thoroughly entertaining a crowd.
This August, the award-winning entertainer heads into the recording studio to begin work on his twelfth album/CD with a set of new elite producers at the board.
You can register to win the ultimate fan prize “On the Road with Neal McCoy” package atwww.ilikeneal.com up until July 1, 2011. Neal McCoy tour dates, exclusive photos and fun fan facts info can be found at www.nealmccoy.com
Blaster Records label head Tom Porter stated about making the signing announcement: "Anytime you can add a performer of the caliber of Neal McCoy to your label roster, you can't help but feel an inexplicable and exhilarating advantage in the popular world of country music. Blaster Records is excited and honored to be a part of Neal’s incredible team and we look forward to big things in the future.”
In signing to the growing Blaster roster, McCoy joins break-out brother duo Brother Trouble as a major immediate concentration in the label’s focus in the field of country music.
About Blaster Records
Cleveland based, Blaster Records was founded in 2007 by Blaster Chemical Chairman Tom Porter. A division of the Blaster Music Group, the label is committed to artist development and its dedication to building careers. Blaster has sought talented songwriters, unique musicians and excellent live performers that show a genuine passion for their craft. The label is dedicated further to providing their artists with teams of professionals that express a true interest in maximizing an artist’s full potential. Through touring, strategic marketing campaigns, promotion and artist development, Blaster Records is committed to the success of its artists. (www.blastermusic.com)