Women of Song
The Heart & Spirit of Oklahoma
Compilation Album Project
“Women Of Song” – CD Volume 1
We are proud and excited to pay homage to the great WOMEN entertainers of OKLAHOMA with plans to release a compilation tribute album. To honor these amazing women our goal is to release Volume 1 in 2019 with follow up volumes every year.
We are OKLAHOMA PROUD and this project is all about our home-grown talent! The songs will be sung by Oklahomans, performed by Oklahoma musicians, and either written by Oklahomans, or about Oklahoma!
We are pleased that this project will spotlight Native American talent considering so many involved is Native American.
We would like to acknowledge that several of the artists, executive producer, A&R representative, design team, business team, creative team, and many committee members are Native Americans.
Let’s Bring This Musical Tribute To Life!
THE SHINE FOUNDATION
The “Women of Song” tribute project will donate a portion of every CD sold to the SHINE FOUNDATION!
Who is SHINE?
SHINE stands for “Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere,” and it does exactly that. Founded in 2010 by Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan. The SHINE program organizes low-level, non-violent offenders into daily work crews that remove graffiti, pick up trash, and restore public spaces like parks and school grounds. This saves money two ways. First, those offenders are doing worthwhile community service rather than sitting idly in jail on the taxpayer’s dollar. And, secondly, the work that they do benefits our communities.
SHINE has cleaned up areas that were trashy dumping grounds and restored it to a beautiful destination. All at no cost to the taxpayer. Offenders schedule their community service hours to fit their needs so they can keep their jobs and families intact further reducing public assistance rolls. To date, SHINE participants have logged hundreds of thousands of community service hours saving millions in jails and related costs to the taxpayer.
For more information about SHINE call: 405-200-9252 or go to www.okshine.org.
“Women Of Song” – Artist Selection
Artists: ADLEY STUMP, KELLIE COFFEY, KEN POMEROY, LEIGH MADISON, GAIL DAVIES, BECKY HOBBS, MONICA TAYLOR, JANA JAE, MALLORY EAGLE, ANN BELL, MARTHA FIELDS, KALYN FAY, DEBBIE CAMPBELL, and honoring the late GUS HARDIN. More artist announcements coming soon!
Oklahoma has been blessed with some of the most prolific women singers, songwriters, and musicians in the country. We are honoring their music and accomplishments and showcasing the historic trails they have blazed and continue to blaze. To meet the interest of music fans of all ages and genres we have selected Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees along with our rising stars. This project will be multi-genre showcasing country, western swing, blues, and R&B.
Adley Stump was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
By Adley’s senior year she was performing regularly at Willie’s Saloon in Stillwater, Oklahoma and later graduated from Oklahoma State University.
Adley’s national debut was becoming a member of Team Blake on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice. Adley has opened for major country acts such as Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Chris Janson, and Big and Rich, among others. In 2016, she was named the prestigious Grammy Amplifier Winner from a sea of other online contestants and was chosen as winner by Curators of the Award, Big Sean, Lzzy Hale and Sam Hunt.
Adley’s online presence is extensive with an Amazon #1 Best-Selling book titled, “How They Sell Music.” She is attracting some of the nations’ top brands with over a million followers across social media. She also has over 350 million views on her hit internet show, “The Adley Show!”
Kellie is a native of Moore, Oklahoma who entered the country music scene in 2001 when she was signed to Nashville’s Warner Chappell Music Publishing and to BNA/RCA record label. In 2001 she released her debut single, “When You Lie Next to Me” which remained on the Billboard Country Singles chart for 33 weeks peaking at #8. Her song crossed over to the Adult Contemporary Chart which kept her song on the charts for over a year. Her album of the same name entered the country sales chart at #5. She followed that with “At the End of The Day” that reached #12 on the charts.
Kellie has sung backup with Barbra Streisand in Las Vegas, toured with Kenny Chesney and opened for George Strait on his 2004 tour. She’s also toured with Keith Urban, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bentley, and many more.
Kellie garnered a Top New Country Female Music Award nomination and won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) in the same category. She has appeared on multiple ACM and CMA award shows as well as many GAC and CMT programs. Kellie has an ongoing relationship with the Walt Disney Company and sang on a national advertising campaign for Disneyland’s 40th Anniversary. Her voice can be heard every night at Disneyland’s Epcot’s illuminations show during the Christmas holidays “Believe in Holiday Magic.” The Disney fireworks display “Illuminations” is the longest running Disney amusement park show of all time.
Kellie was asked to perform at Owen’s Stadium in Norman for Toby Keith’s “Twister Relief” concert opening for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood to a crowd of 65,000.
Kelli was honored when asked by Governor Mary Fallin to sing on a live TV broadcast for the survivors of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. In addition, Kellie is a sought-after singer for film and TV projects by Hollywood’s top composing talent. Kellie was inducted into the “Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2018.”
Gus Hardin was born Carolyn Ann Blankenship in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 9, 1945. Gus was a whiskey voiced, super talented rising star. Gus was known for her freewheeling, spirited, personality and her unique vocal blend of Blues, Rock, Gospel, and Country. Gus Hardin exemplified the Tulsa Sound.
Gus got her start in her hometown in the late 60’s and became one of Tulsa’s premier nightclub singers. She married fellow Tulsa musician Steve Hardin and after their divorce kept his name. Garth Brooks’ sister, Betsy Smittle played in Gus’s band and sang background vocals on her album, “I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can.” In the 70’s Gus signed a recording contract with Leon Russel and Shelter Records, but the album she recorded was never released.
Gus Hardin’s soulful blues-tinged country delivery fueled her meteoric launch upon her arrival in Nashville and landed her a record deal with RCA Records. Her 1983 RCA Records debut produced the Top 10 hit Hot Country Hit “After the Last Goodbye,” Several awards soon followed for Gus, including Best New Artist Award from both Billboard and Cashbox in 1983 and the Top New Female Vocalist Award from the Academy of Country Music in 1985.
With ten Billboard Hot Country hits to her credit. Gus continued to amass industry accolades, including a CMA nomination in 1985 for “Best Performance for a Duet” for “All Tangled Up In Love” with Earl Thomas Conley. Additional nominations include the American Music Awards “Favorite Country Music Female Video” performance for “I Pass” and the Music City News “Horizon Award,” both in 1985. After her third album failed to produce a solo hit Gus decided to return to her beloved Tulsa.
Gus was an in demand performer whether performing with her own band or her longtime friend Don White and his band Okie Soul.
Known for her kind heart yet gutsy spirited independence, Gus Hardin’s promising career was tragically cut short following a traffic accident on February 17, 1996. Survived by her daughter Toni Jones and her granddaughter Chelsie Johnson, Gus Hardin’s professional legacy was cemented with her 2018 induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Gus Hardin to this day is dearly loved by her fans who are as loyal to her as they ever were.
Ken Pomeroy is a 16-year-old Americana folk singer-songwriter from Oklahoma City. As an Oklahoma native she performs regularly in Oklahoma venues and has performed at The Gypsy Café Music Festival, Riverwind Casino, Oklahoma Rodeo Centennial Opry, Woodie Guthrie’s Folk Festival, JJ’s Alley in OKC, and Willies Saloon in Stillwater, to name only a few. Ken has shared the stage with Wanda Jackson, Stoney LaRue, and Bo Phillips among others.
Ken released her debut EP in 2017 and just finished her second. She won the 1st Annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest in Guthrie and the Rising Star award from the Songwriter’s Association of Norman. Ken was invited to perform at the Mile 0 Festival in Key West, Florida and Folk Alliance International in 2018.
Recently Ken filmed a music video of her self-penned tune the Sidewalk Song with the intent of bringing awareness to the homelessness in OKC. She raised $5000 in less than a week for the Homeless Alliance.
Native Oklahoman, Leigh Madison, is a Country Music artist whose passion for song writing started at a very young age. Leigh’s Oklahoma roots are deep with a family that ran in the first Oklahoma Land Run, A Cherokee Native American Chief in her ancestry, and generations of Oklahomans that came before her.
Leigh began recording in Oklahoma City from ages 3 to 8, singing on Christian Children’s albums, of which she also started writing music for and was released by Melody House Publishing in Oklahoma City. Leigh began her performing experience at the Theater Community of Oklahoma City which led her to be a professional singer and performer. As a young adult, Leigh was cast as Maureen in the Broadway production of RENT, starring opposite Neil Patrick Harris. She was nominated for a Best Actress Ovation award in L.A for her role and toured the country with the show. Leigh traveled the country with her guitar and wrote songs every day.
Along the way Leigh was honored to meet many inspiring celebrities through her experiences performing in RENT including the legendary comedian, John Ritter. When Ritter told Leigh she had some of the best comedic timing he had seen in a young performer it inspired her to become the Oklahoma storyteller that she is. Leigh created her “One Woman” show which is Leigh, her guitar and her original Country Music.
Leigh has fronted many different bands and performing at clubs and venues all over Los Angeles and the Midwest. She was the first International singing voice on the McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign and has created a successful music business which provides music therapy and entertainment to Alzheimer’s and Memory Care patients; a cause she is very passionate about.
Leigh released a full-length album this year called, “The Good Ride” as well as many singles. One of Leigh’s songs titled, “Against All Odds” kickstarted her own podcast interview series in which she discusses following your dreams, success, health, life and relationships, “Against All Odds”.
Bartlesville born and raised, Becky Hobbs has written songs for Alabama (including “Angels Among Us”), Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Helen Reddy, Demi Lovato, Moe Bandy, John Anderson, Cherokee National Youth Choir and more.
As a recording artist, she has had 25 Billboard chart records and has performed in 40 countries.
She is the composer and co-playwright of the 18-song Cherokee musical “Nanyehi – The Story of Nancy Ward” written about her 5th-great grandmother, and in 2015, the “Beckaroo” was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Monica Taylor is known to many as The Cimarron Songbird – the name given her by the late Bob Childers and Jimmy Lafave because her unique singing style and close proximity to the Cimarron river near Perkins, OK. She has recorded with both of the Oklahoma songwriters and many others in her Red Dirt musical family over the last 25 years or so.
She began performing at Woody Fest with her writing partner, Patrick Williams as The Farm Couple duo at the second festival. She performs with a bluegrass band called Red Routes, The Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing, with Travis Fite and Jared Tyler, and Monica and Her Red Dirt Ramblers.
Monica has performed with among others Garrison Keillor and his APHC radio show, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Baker, Keith Carradine, Ellis Paul, and Tom Skinner. She also hosts the popular Cimarron Breeze Concert Series in an Old Church near her farm in Perkins, OK.
Jana Jae splits her time between living in both Tulsa, and Grove, Oklahoma. Jana with her signature blue fiddle have become a respected trailblazer for women.
Jana’s diverse musical background stems from her family roots. Her parents studied at the famed Juilliard School of Music in New York City and she was introduced to the classical study of violin at age two. Jana’s grandfather was an accomplished champion fiddler in his own right. Thanks to his guidance and direction, Jana eventually won the Ladies National Championship several times.
Jana and her trademark blue fiddle took her unique blend of musicianship on the road and took country music by storm. She got her big break at a Buck Owens concert when she was invited to take the stage and play “Orange Blossom Special.” Buck was one of the first to recognize her talents and offered her a job as the first female member of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos band. Later, Jana became a regular cast member of the hit television series “Hee Haw” and has performed with many country music greats including; Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, The Oakridge Boys, Mel Tillis, Ricky Skaggs, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Jana has built a solid solo career, drawing upon her diverse musical background. Her one-of-a-kind style blends country fiddling, western swing, bluegrass, pop and the classics, producing thrilling performances and critical acclaim.
Jana still performs internationally with a storied musical career. She works closely with Grand Lake Festivals, Inc, where she encourages fiddle players of all ages and skill levels in order to keep the fiddle contest alive. Jana Jae was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
Mallory Eagle is a 23-year-old Americana-Country artist from Oklahoma City who now resides in Nashville.
Her latest album “Red Dirt Home” was released in February of 2018. Mallory finds her musical inspiration from her family’s Oklahoman roots. “Red Dirt Home” includes several tracks that narrate her journey as a young artist.
Mallory has opened and worked for artists like, Jason Boland, Jaime Wyatt, Kate and Forrest O’Connor, The Cleverlys, and Exile. She is performing regularly in and around Nashville in venues such as, G’s Country Lounge, 5 Spot, and Whiskey Lounge.
She is currently working on her next album and collaborating with Nashville songwriters. She is also working on a project with Kate and Forrest O’Conner. Forrest is the son of 3 times Grammy Award winning instrumentalist, Mark O’Conner.
Mallory is a member of an all girl band project called, Honky Tonk Angels. The Honky Tonk Angels were recently discovered by the Country Music Association (CMA) and asked to perform at the 2019 CMA Fest in Nashville.
Ann Bell was born on December 17, 1950 in Tulsa Oklahoma to her parents Jane and Maurice Bishop. At the age of 16 she began her professional music career when she joined her high school friends Dick Gordon Jr., Max Wisely, Bill Phillips and Wayne Evans forming the band “The Rubbery Cargo”. They were discovered by Tulsa dance instructor Skilly Forsman and instantly signed to a contract to perform regularly at a teenage club that Skilly had opened in Tulsa called “The Machine”. It was here that Ann met and married at age 17 Tulsa’s own legendary Larry Bell in 1968. She joined up with Larry’s band at the time “The Sunday Servants” along with members Tommy Tripplehorn, Gary Sanders, John Rigney and Carl Day.
Ann and Larry went on as founders of several of Tulsa’s predominant bands through the late 60’s and early 70’s which include: “Larry and Ann Bell Band” with Gary Gilmore, Gary Sanders, Valentino Pina, and Tommy Tripplehorn, a version of “Tulsa County” with Jim Sweney, Jim Byfield, Jamie Oldaker and Dick Sims, “Ann Bell and Jim Sweney Together” band with Rick Durbin, Rick Belkie, Vaughn Cochrane, Carl Pickhardt, David Teegarden and Steve Bailey , “LSD and C” band with David Teegarden, Skip “Van Winkle” Knape and Carl Day, “Ann Bell and Phoonz” band with Pete Marriott, Frank Padilla, Bev Lewis, Betsy Smittle and Carl Pickhardt, “Medicine” band with Gary Lewis, Don Duca, Larry, Bell, Bill Cowsill and Valentino Pina. Ann sang on many gigs as guest artist with Bill Davis, Gary Busey, Chuck Blackwell, Jimmy Karstein, Jim Keltner, The Gap Band, JJ Cale and Phil Driscoll. She and Larry divorced in 1971. In 1973 Ann joined her dearest friend of many years Leon Russell and toured and recorded with him until late 1977.
She left Leon and joined up with Joe Cocker and began touring and recording with him from the 1977- 1981. She moved to Woodstock NY in 1977 and married Woodstock promoter Michael Lang in 1978 whom she divorced in 1986. She began another leg of her career in Woodstock during the late 70’s through late 90’s recording and touring with Mick Ronson, Robbie Dupree, Orleans, John Hall Band, Todd Rundgren, Richie Havens, The Johnny Average Band, David Sancious and fronted several bands of her own with her current husband of 32 years and amazing keyboard player, producer, writer/sequencer Tom Nicholson. These bands included great NY artists such as Nicole Wills, Wells Kelly, Dee Dee Washburn, David Torn, and Frank Campbell.
Ann currently records, travels, preaches and leads worship doing gospel with her husband Tom both as ordained and licensed ministers across the US and the Caribbean. Ann was and is still a member of the original “Tulsa Sound” which she considers her greatest music accomplishment of her life! She remains an Okie through and through.
Martha Fields is an award-winning singer/songwriter with two top ten albums (EuroAmericana Charts) in the last three years. Proud of her deep Okie roots (her father was born in Greer County and she’s a graduate of Edmond HS and NSU, Tahlequah) she now lives part of the year in France and tours and records with her hotshot French band (they’ve played some of the most prestigious Country/Americana festivals and stages such as Southern Fried – Perth, Scotland, Country2Country, 02, London, UK, Craponne sur Arzon, France, Glasgow Americana among others.)
An Americana Tour de Force, she writes heartfelt songs about Oklahoma, the South and her own indigenous ancestors – she serves as a defacto Okie cultural ambassador across Europe. Part hillbilly too (her Mom is from West Virginia but has lived in OK since the 70s) and from a long line of mountain musicians, Martha bridges both Red Dirt and hillbilly styles. At a young age, she shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs and Merle Travis and later even some whiskey soaked nights with Gus Hardin and the rest is history.
Oklahoma on My Mind, Where the Red Grass Grows, Sukey, Lonewolf Waltz are a few of her songs that feature Oklahoma or her Cherokee roots. Rolling Stone (France) said “Everything we love, her albums are like Southern Gothic Folk Operas and conjure up Guthrie’s spirit.“ A perfect window into 21st century American talent (Blues Matters, UK), Martha is a ”brave songwriter, managing to somehow combine the anthems of Guthrie and the Southern documentation of Gentry.” ~ Paul Kerr, UK
Kalyn is an Oklahoma Cherokee singer-songwriter whose incredible talent has been featured on the Emmy award winning television show “Osyio.”
Kalyn grew up neck-deep in the Bible Belt but discovered her true musical self after venturing beyond worship music. Questions of faith and tumultuous love, deeply rooted in Oklahoma, are the raw building blocks she uses to develop her intimate, breathtaking songs. She’s been called an Okie starlet who is wise beyond her years.
While finishing her undergrad degree in 2012, she began writing her own music and by 2013 she began performing and touring. Kalyn was working on her master’s degree when she started writing and recording for her album, “Bible Belt.” Her debut album has received critical acclaim and said to be powerful and “capable of inducing tears with its harsh truths” – Bucket Full of Nails.
Kalyn is presently living in Fayetteville, Arkansas working on her second master’s degree while continuing to write songs and perform.
Debbie Campbell was originally from Fort Worth, Texas but made Tulsa, Oklahoma her permanent home in the mid-70’s.
Debbie first began playing professionally as a teenager in Fort Worth as a member of an all-girl rock ‘n’ roll group called the Kandy Kanes. Within a few months, the quartet relocated to Hollywood and began touring all across the country. Five years later, the Kandy Kanes disbanded, and Campbell joined Jim Edgar and the Roadrunners, a well-known group working the southwestern United States. That band eventually became Buckwheat, a London Records act. Campbell was with Buckwheat for three of its four discs, 1971’s “Movin’ On,” 1973’s “Charade” and 1975’s “Hot Tracks.”
Immediately after Debbie’s arrival in Tulsa, her expressive, versatile voice and ebullient personality caught the attention of the “Tulsa Sound” musicians. She began performing with Rockin’ Jimmy Byfield and the Brothers of the Night catching the attention of the Tulsa music-scene observers.
As a solo artist, Campbell signed with the then-Tulsa-based Jim Halsey Company country-music talent agency. Her first solo disc, 1983’s “Two Hearts,” was released on Tulsa’s Churchill Records and distributed by the giant MCA label; Stereo Review magazine chose it as one of the best albums of that month. Following the album’s release, she toured internationally with country star Don Williams, competed in several worldwide song festivals and appeared as a contestant on TV’s “Star Search,” in addition to her regular work in area venues.
Debbie Campbell was adored by her fellow musicians and music fans and was a Tulsa mainstay for more than two decades. Debbie tragically died 0n February 28th, 2004 after a short battle with cancer. Debbie was only 53.
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