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Christina Kennedy

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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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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JULIE LIVINGSTON – Music Helps Find Faith

Julie Livingston – Top Ten Finalist
2016 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

Music, for some people, is profoundly more than mere entertainment. It’s therapeutic, healing and helps you find faith when you feel as if there is none left. Julie Livingston found there is more to music than just accompaniment and lyrics. In fact, Julie would rather sit at the piano and play for an hour than get a massage. Music and songwriting is her therapy, and she hopes to help others find their strength with her words and lyrics. Read More

JOHN WAITE – BACK IN TEXAS MAY 21

John Waite will perform at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. #WAMFest2016
– photo credit Michael Cavacini

We have been missing John Waite since he’s been gone. The English-born lead singer of The Babys and Bad English is back in Texas after his Wooden Heart Acoustic Tour along the North Eastern part of America. For the past 35 years, John Waite has been writing, recording and performing his music for not only the love of song, but the love of his fans.

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WILDFLOWER RECEIVES TWO BEST FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS

We are wild with excitement to share that Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival has been nominated in TWO categories in the Best of Dallas® 2019 issue. There are 25 Arts & Entertainment categories and here are the two that include the 27th annual Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival proudly held in the City of Richardson!

BEST ART FESTIVAL 

Nominee List:

  • Cottonwood Art Festival
  • Deep Ellum Arts Festival
  • CinderBLOCK Party
  • Cosmic Yogi Festival
  • Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
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BIG CITY OUTLAWS

Big City Outlaws is a high energy country rock/pop cover band that performed on the Bud Light Stage at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson. They have been entertaining the DFW metroplex since 2012.

This rockin’ group of musicians deliver country classics like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to keep the audience on their feet and singing along. Accurate renditions of classic rock includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, and Poison to current country artists such as Taylor Swift, Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown Band.

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CHRIS CHISM RECEIVES MICHAEL TERRY PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

The Michael Terry’s People Choice Award was given to Chris Chism of Dallas at the conclusion of the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest. 10 finalists were selected from 300 applicants in a blind screening process. The top 10 then traveled to Richardson and performed live on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage inside the Eisemann Center during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Along with the honor of the award, Chism also received a $500 cash prize.

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