<center>Artist / Band Of The Month
Donna Wylde : Chrissie Byrne : Sharon Nixon
Nancy Ann Lee : Lynnette Marie
Cross Country UK: Female vocalist of the Year 2008
Donna has been a recognised act from the tender age of 16yrs. After four years under the guidance of her managers Alf and Josie Roberts, she now enjoys the affection and respect of not only her fellow acts but also that of the British country music scene in general.
Christened "little miss dynamite", a name that tenderly describes the powerhouse that she is, Donna although small in stature has a big voice and a stage presence second to none. This vivacious young lady gives her all at every performance whether it be a big festival or a small intimate venue!!
In short an act that well worth going to see!
Manager: Alf Roberts Tel. 01244 813009
Web site: http://www.donnawylde.co.uk
Chrissy’s musical journey can be traced back to her teenage years when during the power cuts of the 1970’s she and her family entertained themselves, and probably the rest of the street, by singing, playing piano, guitar and various other instruments. As her Father’s favourite film was “The Sound of Music”, they would accompany the reel-to-reel tape of the soundtrack until it was literally worn out! Who can remember reel-to-reel tapes?
Chrissy became a member of the local gospel folk group, Harmony, and went on to lead them, honing her guitar skills and exploring the wonderful world of vocal harmonies, which is something that she still enjoys immensely. The folk group performed in churches, folk clubs and other venues and continued for 20 years. The highlight for her was singing for Pope John Paul II during his visit to Liverpool in 1982.
Wanting to broaden her horizons, Chrissy began entertaining on the cabaret circuit in 1992, working alongside stars such as Ken Dodd and Jimmy Cricket. Although she was “living the dream”, her ultimate goal was to perform a full country show as she had developed a love for country music. After a chance meeting with country vocalist Liz Rae in 1998, the two became firm friends and, combining Liz’s powerful voice and Chrissy’s beautiful harmonies and guitar skills; they formed the duo Blue Orchid in February 2000.
This highly successful duo has, in the last nine years, performed nationwide at clubs, theatres and festivals. In October 2001, they were privileged to tour with country legend Don Williams. In 2002, Blue Orchid received a nomination for Duo of the Year in North Country Magazine Peoples Awards. Other nominations included Song of the Year for “Rose of my Heart” (final 10) in the UK Country Radio Awards 2002. Another was for Single of the Year for “Slow Down for a While” (final 3) in the UK Country Radio Awards 2003. They featured on Best of British Country Album in 2003, with “Slow Down for a While” and again in 2004 with “2 Hearts Dancing”.
They have also won a number of awards. For two consecutive years, 2005 and 2006, Blue Orchid were voted Duo of the Year by readers of Cross Country UK magazine. Liz was also voted Vocalist of the Year for 2006 by readers of Cross Country UK magazine. Blue Orchid was voted Duo of the Year for 2005-2006 by members of Broken Wheel CMC Hesleden, Teeside.
Tracks from Blue Orchid’s five CDs have received radio airplay from many stations in the UK, throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and USA. They have performed many times in Spain and Majorca, and even entertained the troops in Germany in August 2008!
Although on a professional level, the duo has enjoyed great success; their personal lives have followed a difficult route, both girls struggling with family illnesses and bereavements. This all affected Liz’s health and increasingly Chrissy covered many gigs solo. Due to her continuing health issues, Liz has now decided to retire with immediate effect, although the girls will remain the best of friends, and both have cherished memories to last a lifetime. Throughout their time together, the love and friendship received from fellow artistes, and the many fans and friends they have met along the way has been inspirational. They would also like to thank all the agents, promoters, and bookers for their continued support.
Chrissy is now endeavouring to re-affirm her own individuality, by working as a solo artiste and as a member of the four-piece band Louisiana. Chrissy performs rhythm guitar and lead/harmony vocals, alongside drummer Kenny Guy, bassist and lead/harmony vocalist Peter Guy, and lead guitarist and lead/harmony vocalist Mark Smith. The group’s song list spans the decades and includes country ballads through to the rockier side of country, and all members are enthusiastic, to say the least!
Chrissy’s solo performances cover the “greatest to the latest”, satisfying both the traditional country music fan, and those who prefer the more modern sound. Her first album “Some Days You Gotta Dance” is an eclectic mix to suit all tastes, and has received radio airplay in the UK, throughout Europe, and Australia. Her second album is already underway. Her live show also incorporates songs accompanied only by her guitar. With her bubbly personality and ability to interact with her audience, she is an artiste perfect for any venue, from concert, to dance, or festival. Chrissy was proud to receive a nomination for Female Artist of the Year for 2008 by readers of Cross Country Magazine, and is looking forward to many more years on the circuit. Whilst there is an audience, Chrissy will continue to enjoy entertaining them.
Tel. 0151 523 0152 or 07761 215127
Sharon is from a family of nine children who are all music enthuiasts. She was born and raised in Derry which is a city renowned for numerous members of every household being able to sing. The standing joke being 'that every house in Derry is full of singers, even the sewing machine's a singer!' corny but true!!
Sharon has had several television appearances including a stint on Michael Barrymore's my kind of music and my kind of people.
She has supported the legendary Charley Pride at Belfast's Waterfront Hall during his 2004 tour of Ireland.
Sharon is currently gigging in the local pub & club scene on weekend's. During the week she is a part-time student.
Sharon has a beautiful 7yr old son called Jakob who seems to be keeping the tradition of being a singer, although he informed her recently that he didn't want to hurt her feelings but he just wasn't into country music. He wants to be a rocker so watch this space!
To date Sharon has completed two albums covering songs from some of the greats including The Judds, Loretta Lynn and Joni Harms to name but a few.
Sharon's debut album is called 'Tell me bout the good old days' and the follow up is titled 'Boots 'n' Wranglers.
Tel. 07751 708 839
<center>Nancy Ann Lee
Nancy Ann Lee is 29 years old and lives in East Yorkshire.
Nancy started singing country music aged 9 yrs old, and first performed on stage at Tony Best leisure country music week at Cayton Bay, Scarbrough, along with her sister (who was six years old at the time) as The Truckers Daughters.
The two sisters carried on as The Truckers Daughters for the next 6 years performing at various venues such as holiday camps and festivals, including the best of British country music weekend, Fevers Christmas party, Brean Sands, Prestatyn, Hopton on Sea, Kings Lynn, Strupshaw festival, Witton Castle, Leicester festival and Buile Hill festival in Manchester.
When Nancy left school she decided to make singing and performing her profession. She played with a few country music bands, trios, duos, singing lead and harmony vocals whilst playing acoustic guitar, bass guitar and keyboards.
At around the age of 19 she broke into the cabaret circuit to gain more experience in entertaining. Not long after that, her sister joined her and together they made a successful duo.
However, her heart was still in country music so in January 2007 she decided to pursue her career in country music.
I have worked very hard, producing her own sound and style by producing her own backing tracks and singing some of her own self penned material. Along with the experience she has gained in performing, is proving to be very successful with the audiences in Yorkshire, Lancashire and the north east.
Nancy performs to both listening and dancing country music audiences with her own versions of traditional country music. All Nancy's tracks are accompanied by herself playing acoustic guitar on stage and costume changes for each spot.
Tel. 07814 351 059
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/nanannlee
From as far back as she can remember, Lynnette Marie has always enjoyed singing. Through school she sang in a band and this continued until she braved the stage as a solo artist.
Lynnette worked the Cabaret Circuit for several years until she discovered that Country Music is where her heart lay.
June 2009 will be Lynnette's second year singing country music and she's thoroughly enjoying every minute of it.
Lynnette has recorded two albums of country music covers which include some traditional songs and a few modern ones too.
Lynnette accompanies herself on rhythm guitar. Her shows incorporate songs for the listener and dancer alike.
Lynnette says "I’ve met some of the warmest crowds on the country music circuit and made friends for life."
Tel. 07928 503 467
</center>All these artists are featured on our http://www.bcmi-radio.co.uk Febuary show