Congratulations to the
2022 Indie Music Hall Of Fame Inductees:
Ryan Daniel (Country)
Born in Massachusetts and raised in Arkansas, Ryan Daniel knows how to connect with his audience. Ryan credits Garth Brooks as his major influence: “When I perform, I want the crowd to feel what I’m feeling,” says Ryan. “I like to reach out and make them part of the show.” Daniel makes every fan feel like they are the most important person there.
Ryan has served as a member of the United States Air Force for over ten years, where he was an AMMO troop. During this time, he was also selected to join the elite musical touring group “Tops in Blue.” Ryan toured 20 countries, entertaining an estimated 250,000 troops and civilians alike. During this tour, he met his producer, Barry Best. Together they created Ryan’s debut album “Love, Life and Memories.” Ryan has toured with the likes of Trace Adkins, Restless Heart, Trent Tomlinson, Lee Greenwood, Joe Diffie, Thompson Square, 3 Doors Down, David Cook, Craig Morgan, Mickey Gilley, Confederate Railroad, and others.
Together again with Barry Best and Co-Producer Rich Herring, Ryan’s new album “Back For More” was released April 6, 2018, selling out on Amazon the very first day! Ryan’s new single “CAMO”, produced by part of the iconic group 3 Doors Down, is in rotation on country radio nationwide. Within, 5 weeks of “CAMO” being released it generated 100,000 streams and climbed into the top 15, on the charts!
Grayhawk (New Age)
Grayhawk is a classically trained New Age composer, keyboardist and conductor, as well as a mystic, scholar of religious studies, musician, visionary, and sonic alchemist. He blends flutes with jaguars and percussion with deep water, using them to support human voices from all corners of the world map. His music portrays darkness and sunrise, crickets and chimes, wolf calls and drums, echoes and bird calls, history and imagination. He weaves this through and through with orchestras, ancient ceremonies, spells, invocations, modern media/news voices, etheric initiations, blessings honoring the Great Mother, pagan choirs, Druid earth rites, and prayers spoken in tongues that are both somehow familiar and in languages new to one’s ear.
Sam Hankins (Jazz)
Sam Hankins is offering up a fresh and exhilarating vibe with his full length Nothing Between Us, trumpeter and composer Sam Hankins draws on a powerhouse resume as a music educator and R&B/jazz sideman that includes multiple awards as a middle school bandleader and performances with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band.
Willie Jackson (Blues)
Willie Jackson is a Blues singer and song writer raised in Ga. The youngest child of the late Rev.Willie Jackson and Annie Pearl Jackson. Willie Jr was raised in the church and attended three times per week.and as a teenager was providing music and anything that was needed during services, even preaching.As a child a strong work ethic was instilled as Willie was working as a shoe shine boy and sweeping the Barber shop at the age of seven years old. Willie continued to work in the Ga area in a chemical plant as well as the Rail road until an on the job accident rendered him unable to complete the task. Willie had always sang Gospel Blues R&B and some country songs and wrote his own songs as well. Now disabled Willie started going out to open mics and singing a song or two when a band would call him up. Without intending to start a band, other musicians wanted to join in and that's when and how the Blues band started. Although Willie had home recorded music to some of his original songs, the goal was to get in the studio and record with an engineer. In 2017 Willie released his E P titled Chosen By The Blues which got airplay in different cities and countries with the assistance of publicist Frank Roszak. Willie now performs in the Ga and South Carolina area at Blues festivals and restaurants as well as the river cruises in Savannah Ga. Now just completed a brand new 12 song release Willie is excited to share more original music, a project with producer Eric Winbush entitled All In The Blues. Willie offers soul stirring Blues with influences such as B B King -Muddy Waters -Albert King - Albert Collins -Stevie Ray Vaughn -Freddie King -Johnny Winters and many more as well as Gospel artist.
Danny Norman (Gospel)
Danny Norman is rapidly becoming one of America's most beloved Christian Country singers and songwriters with his energetic and contagious enthusiastic style. Danny's orginial material has set him apart in both Southern Gospel and Christian Country genres. From Carbondale, Illinois, he has shared the stage with "Gospel greats" like Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Lester's, Brian Free & Assurance, the Bowling's, Crystal River and Gold City Quartet. His headlining events have brought him even more into the national eye with venues like "Hope For Kids Series Concerts, and the Indie Music Channel with Christopher Ewing.
Danny's past successful projects include "The Promised Land," of which six of the songs off this project were written by Danny himself in an attempt to bring a sense of sincerity to Southern and Christian Country. His music is true, real, and passionate. Every lyric comes from the heart and every note comes from deep down inside.
Several fortunate events led to Danny's decision in packing up his dreams and recording at Daywind Studio in Hendersonville TN. Danny has had eight radio releases since January 2010, realizing successful airplay on both XM Satellite and FM radio formats.
Most recently, Danny continued to enlist Nashville music industry companies to enable him to gain more exposure on a national level. Some of the agencies are Catacomb Music, Spin-N-Motion, 371 Films, Jim Robinette and EHA-Nashville. His latest video, "Reasons," is produced by Kevin Hayes of 371 Films, directed by Scott Lucas of Catacomb, radio promoted by Tony and Kim Hudgins of Spin-N-Motion, and publicized through Nashville Publicist and Manager, Evie Hawkins, of EHA-Nashville. Scott Lucas and his daughter, Skyler, are actors in the film and Scott notes, "I believe that this video is going to touch so many lives and I look forward to hearing the stories that come in from people after they have viewed the ‘Reason’s’ music video." Scott's prediction came to pass; within 48 hours of it's release the awe-inspiring project gained 25,000 downloads, and it's popularity continues to explode with new fans throughout the United States and abroad.
Each one of Danny’s performances is an encore performance that you do not want to miss!
Danae Xanthe Vlasse (Classical)
GRAMMY®-winner Danaë Xanthe Vlasse is a French-born composer living in Los Angeles since 2005. She is presently associated with 11 albums. She holds honors from the Producer's Choice Awards, Clouzine International Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, Gold Medal of the Global Music Awards, and the Peace Song Awards, as well as a multiple-winner of the MTAC “Composers Today” Advanced Division, multiple-winner (including Album of The Year) at the Indie Music Channel Awards, nominated at the Independent Music Awards, and multi-nominated at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, as well as a semi-finalist at The American Prize. Furthermore, she is active in collaborations with other composers from all over the world; she has worked with composers and musicians living all over Europe, the Middle-East and India. A select group of Mrs. Vlasse's compositions are published by bpr music, and she is an artist on the MSR Classics and Cezanne Classical labels.
Mrs. Vlasse’s music has been performed by GRAMMY®-winning pianist Nadia Shpachenko, as well as other influential award-winning American-based pianists, such as Robert Thies, Mina Perry, Bryan Pezzone, Hoang Nguyen, Arsen Jamkotchian, Brendan White, and Harout Senekeremian. International pianists include Carlos Marquez (Spain), Tri Nguyen (France), and Joaquim Bonal Sarro (Spain). Other performers include GRAMMY®-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and multi-award winning soprano Sangeeta Kuar, GRAMMY®-winning flutist Wouter Kellerman, GRAMMY®-nominated cellist Éru Matsumoto, Long-Beach-Symphony principal cellist Cecilia Tsan, Los-Angeles-Opera principle cellist John Walz, and LA-Philharmonic violinist Mischa Lefkowitz, as well as GRAMMY®-winning violinist Lili Haydn, violinists Ben Bartelt and Anna Corcoran, violist Virginie d'Avezac, cellist Mark Bassett, and harpists Marcia Dickstein, and Jacqueline Marshall. Mrs. Vlasse was the 2019 Composer in Residence for the Sterling Ensemble.