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TEXAS NATIVE RADNEY FOSTER BRINGS COUNTRY FLAIR BACK HOME

By guest contributor: Christina Kennedy

As a young musician born in Del Rio, Texas, Radney started his musical career at age 14 playing guitar and writing songs. After high school, in 1985, he moved to Nashville to pursue his career in music, initially starting out as a songwriter. Here he met Bill Lloyd and they co-wrote “Since I Found You,” to be performed by Sweethearts of the Radio. This song reached No. 7 on the Top Ten Country Music charts, catapulting the duo into stardom.

Shortly thereafter, Foster and Lloyd teamed up and began recording. Over the four years they worked together, they produced three studio albums and had nine singles on the country music charts. “Crazy Over You” was their top single in 1987 reaching the no. 4 spot.

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BUDDING TALENT FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR VOCAL COMPETITION

Sunday, April 22, 2018 auditions for the Wildflower! Budding Talent Vocal Competition were held at the Richardson Senior Center from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This year more than 60 talented young singers auditioned and the judges had the challenging task of narrowing the list down to a select few.  The Budding Talent Producers, Catherine and Daniel Burdette sent out an email on Monday, April 23rd with the list of finalists and a statement to all who participated:

“We want to thank all who registered and auditioned this year. We have a very limited amount of time on stage for finals, so we had to make some really tough cuts. We are so impressed and hope that you continue to sing, perform, and improve your skill. Thank you again for sharing your talents with us.”

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KNEEL BEFORE THE KING – GRACELAND NINJAZ

Graceland Ninjaz to perform on the Bud Light Stage at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson

By guest contributor: Morgan Kosinski

A little less conversation, a little more action. Bring it on!

Audience favorite Graceland Ninjaz return to the Wildflower! Art & Music Festival for what is sure to be another life-changing experience. This funky band will take over the Bud Light Stage on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. in Galatyn Park.

Can a band be life changing, really? Yes, really. Known in the metroplex as the ‘King of Party Bands,’ this diverse group boasts three Emmy winners, and unlimited talent: David “EzE” McMahon, Johnny “Paycheck” Kenny, Jason “Joey G” Gonzalez, Brady “B-Funky Allstars” Gouthro, Adrian Lea “Kid A” Jarvis, and Bobby “Bobby-Q” Hoke, set the floor on fire with every performance…and would also appear to have a knack for clever nicknames.

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THE RICH GIRLS WILL MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE

By guest contributor:  Morgan Kosinski

Don’t be fooled by the name- this is not your typical Hall & Oats cover band.  Wait- what?!

The Rich Girls have been making the rounds in the metroplex and seducing audiences with their unique renditions of traditional H&O tunes, as well as, clever interpretations of current pop, rock, and rap. This six piece local band consists of Cheyenne Schweitzer, Kevin Howard, Tony Webb, Karen Young, Justin Young, and Ed Chaney.

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CINEMA FOR THE BLIND HAS MAJOR LABEL POTENTIAL

Cinema for the Blind is an up-and-coming Dallas based band fronted by songwriting brother-sister duo, Kruz and Blaze Bramlett. The band is young, yet insightful and tuned-in to the world around them. Cinema for the Blind songs will get you dancing, feeling romantic, rebellious, hopeful, empowered and even reminiscent. With their single “She’s Forever” getting radio airplay on dozens of mainstream stations across the country like KLTZ/MIX93 and KLIR 101.1, the band is beginning to get recognized for it’s “major label” potential.  Recently, Cinema for the Blind was one of five bands/artists to be chosen for the new TV show, Rock Family TV.

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PROFESSOR RAFE & THE FABLES

Professor Rafe & the Fables is an indie-funk band from Austin, Texas. The band has made television appearances on KVUE and was recognized by the Austin Chronicle as one of the Best Under 18 Bands in Austin.  This foursome serves out a vibrant mix of bluesy jams, funky pop tunes and up-tempo Indie Rock covers.  Formed in early 2017, the group consists of siblings Avery Johnson (Guitar/Vocals) and Will Johnson (Vocals/Keys/Guitar), Jimmy Mercado on Drums, and the Professor (Rafe Marie) on Bass.

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ALL THERE IS – BORN TO ROCK

 

All There Is at The Prophet Bar competing in the Wildflower! Battle of the Bands Qualifier Round

Sofia Mora and Kelly Condy met in grade school and always dreamed of being in a band. They joined School of Rock Plano to gain some experience on stage. This was a pivotal point on their music journey. There, they met Alex Gore, and played countless shows. The most memorable being the main stage at House of Blues, Curtain Club, Three Links, TUPPS Brewery, RBC, and many, many more. The three were great friends and naturally, ALL THERE IS was born.

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RECKLESS KELLY – TRUE DEFINITION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

By guest contributor: Christina Kennedy

Reckless Kelly is a band with an apt name, an outlaw spirit and the musical prowess to back it all up.  Taking their name from legendary Australian highwayman, Ned Kelly, this Austin-based band has generations of musical talent and expertise influencing their truly unique sound.

Born from the dreams of two brothers, Reckless Kelly began with Cody and Willy Braun.  Children of performers themselves, the Braun boys started out touring the country as part of their father’s band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys. They performed in a variety of places, eventually making their way onto The Tonight Show twice. Working alongside their father, the boys learned what it would take to create and maintain their professional careers – integrity, persistence and hard work coupled with hardships, struggles and many lessons learned. The true definition of the American Dream.

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JOHN FORD COLEY

By guest contributor: Christina Kennedy

Dallas-born native, John Ford Coley, brings his writing and singing expertise to the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center. Best known as half of the Grammy-nominated duo, England Dan and John Ford Coley, John is a singing legend.

Listening to the Grand Old Opry and early versions of rock and roll, Coley grew up with a love of music. After high school, Coley and schoolmate Dan Seals joined what would eventually become Southwest F.O.B. and toured the Texas music scene. Their hit single “The Smell of Incense” reached number 43 on the music charts back in 1969. While in the band, Coley and Seals eventually formed their own, England Dan and John Ford Coley. Their big break came in 1972 with “Simone,” an international hit in Japan and France. The two had four Top 10 Hits and two Top 20 Hits and released three albums before disbanding in 1980.

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