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Charlie Allen began writing songs at the age of 15, but had opened for country icons such as Hank Williams Jr. and Loretta Lynn by the age of nine as a part of his uncle's band. Allen grew up in Bristol, TN, and learned to play piano and guitar from his mother. Allen's self-titled debut on Parc Records was released in 2003.
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Born in Southern California, Derek Sholl showed an early affinity for playing baseball, and spent his childhood on ball diamonds, developing his skills until he was good enough to be drafted by the Kansas City Royals. Sholl spent a couple of years in the Royals' minor-league farm system but a series of injuries cut short his professional baseball career. Luckily, Sholl discovered country music during this same time period, and was pleased to find that he actually had a feel for singing it. Teaching himself to play guitar, Sholl began performing gigs at local bars, and for ten years or so, while driving a bread truck to pay the bills, he learned his new craft, developing a fun and professional stage show. He began playing high-reward, high-pressure sets for the Station Casinos in Las Vegas, and eventually found himself opening shows for Jay Leno at the Mirage. Choosing to base himself out of Dallas, TX, Sholl released Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time on B-E-G Records in 2006, and the album yielded a couple of regional hits. Signing with Dallas label Salt Creek Records, Sholl issued Here, recorded at Rosewood Studios in Tyler, TX, in 2008.
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Singer and songwriter Laura Bryna, a Mount Airy, MD, native, first got hooked on country music while listening to country radio during long drives to a Washington, D.C., hospital to visit her brother, who was in a six-month coma following a brain aneurysm; Bryna's visits also inspired her later tireless support of the Make a Wish Foundation. She attended Philadelphia's University of the Arts, studying acting, singing, and dancing, and following her senior recital, Bryna was selected to appear in the cast of the Broadway-bound musical Rasputin and appeared on the subsequent cast recording. Following graduation, she moved to Nashville, enrolling in music classes at Belmont College and landing an internship at Sony Tree Publishing, later moving to a similar position at Dreamworks Publishing, jobs that gave a keen insight into the behind-the-scenes business of music. She also became extremely active in the Make a Wish Foundation, and so it was fitting that her first single after she was signed to Clint Black's Equity Records label was a song she had written for the charity called "Make a Wish." Bryna's debut album, Trying to Be Me, appeared from Equity in 2008.
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