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September 3, 2013

King’s musical journey

THOMASVILLE — A local musician will be seen in a country music video set to premiere on The Huffington Post website Wednesday and then later on networks such as GAC and CMT.

Dana King of Thomasville has a role in the music video for Jessta James’ “If That Ain’t Country,” a new single from the album “Time To Get Right” released by Indie label New Canvas Entertainment.

King’s journey began in January 2012 when she was invited to Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tenn., to record background vocals and the duet “Rock and Roll Angel” for artist James, who recently released his debut album “Time to Get Right,” which is an imaginative blend of country, hip-hop and rock.

King said, “I really enjoyed being a part of the project and learned a lot about the business in the months that followed.”

When the album was complete, it was time to film a music video. The song that was chosen to be filmed needed to make an impression and show what James was all about.

The song “If That Ain’t Country” was selected because it talks about how people in the industry claim “It ain’t country if it don’t come from Nashville.” Being from Montana, James sees himself as country and is proud of it. The song depicts a “cowboy heaven,” Montana rain and trout streams. He wanted to prove Montana’s country status, so the filming location was set in his home state.

James said, “Out here, it’s about the cowboy way, ranching and rodeos.”

Last October, King flew to Montana with producer Dan Hannon and singer Ricky Gunn, the lead singer on the album who James discovered through his YouTube videos.

 King recalled that as soon as the plane landed in Montana, she met with a stylist to create a “look” for her. In the music video, King was to be depicted as a “down-to-earth, hard-working Montana woman.”

“Needless to say, my wardrobe was a homemade dress from the Salvation Army, but it was exactly what the scene called for,” King said.

King had never been on camera before and found herself nervous. She said the director, David Hogan (Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger), was creative and instructive.

She said, “David Hogan is a genius behind the camera. He kept telling me to look “stoic.” He instructed me to simply take in the view but repeatedly had to remind me to be still. The music had me wanting to tap my foot. I managed to hold still long enough for him to capture the moment.”

With all the hard work and excitement King and the rest of the crew put into the music video, it is now a reality.

King said, “I couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

For more than seven months, King has toured with James and his band. They have performed more than 75 times all over the Southeast and get great reactions wherever they go.

King stated, “My favorite part is when our fans sing along with their favorite songs. ‘If That Aint’ Country’ is always a hit and this video release will be the icing on the cake.”

More dates have been added to the U.S. tour in support of James’ debut album. Additional dates are to be announced soon.

King is grateful to the people who continue to support her dreams.

She said, “My faith, family and friends continue to inspire me to pursue my dream of making music. I’m excited to share this moment with everyone in my hometown. I believe with all my heart this is the first of many wonderful things yet to come, so stay tuned.”



Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.

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