Award-winning broadcaster and podcaster, Candy O’Terry and Music City Mentor, Jacy Dawn Valeras have released another episode in their joint podcast project, Country Music Success Stories with Candy O’Terry. The new podcast is a conversation with one of Candy and Jacy’s all-time favorite singer/songwriters, multi-award winner Lori McKenna.  Their shared Boston roots shine through this interview with Lori which took place at 95.9 WATD, a local radio station just outside of Boston. At the core of this episode is the connection between an artist and local radio. Lori shares stories of her slow and steady rise in country music while raising her five children in her hometown of Stoughton, MA. and the joy of hearing Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Little Big Town breathe life into her songs. Subscribe to the podcast here and listen on all podcast platforms here.

“I have to admit, this was a very special interview for me. When you have the chance to play someone’s songs on the radio, it’s personal.  You fall in love with the words, the music, and you hope that someday, you’ll have the chance to find out firsthand what the story is behind their songs,” confides Candy O’Terry. “I’ve loved Lori’s music way before the world knew her name, and it was a thrill to experience her wisdom, and her humility first hand.”

“When it comes to songwriting and artistry, Lori McKenna is someone I admire so deeply. Having the opportunity to talk with her and to see what a grounded, inspiring person she is behind her music, makes me admire her even more,” stated Jacy Valeras. “Every young songwriter should carefully study Lori’s ability to tell a story in a relatable way that touches the hearts of millions of people.”

Future guests will include Larry Strickland, Karen Staley, Kent Blazy, Jim Vest along with many others, including surprise guests along the way. Past guests have included Naomi Judd, Jeannie Seely, Crystal Gayle, and Kelly Lang.

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 succeed in the country music industry. If you want to make it in Nashville, you need a roadmap. Music City Mentor and Founder of Platinum Circle Media, Jacy Dawn Valeras provides valuable advice about everything from writer’s rounds to online marketing and building a network that will go the distance

After spending a week together in Nashville with the idea of doing a 4-part series for O’Terry’s award-winning podcast and radio program The Story Behind Her Success, the two realized that the city was rich with stories to tell and that a platform for music industry stories, combined with the rich content Valeras had accumulated through her YouTube series, might be a hit.   As life-long singers and country music fans, Candy & Jacy have a clear vision of the guests they seek.  “We’re on the lookout for women and men who aren’t afraid to tell the world how they got to where they are today in the music business….including the good times when they were riding high, and the bad times when they were on the verge of giving up. These stories are meant to teach and inspire others to take a chance on living their dreams.” 

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