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Episode 33 | Media Entrepreneur Joey Canyon & Country Music Singer/Songwriter TG Sheppard | 12-21-23 Download

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Visionary media entrepreneur Joey Canyon is the founder and CEO of Canyon Star TV as well as an award-winning country music singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer, and producer. Originally from the Southwest, he spent most of his life in Colorado before moving to Nashville, where he’s building a new wholesome family media network focused on Americana and country lifestyles. Canyon is known for his genuine, down-to-earth nature and expansive creative vision. After developing expertise in a range of production roles throughout the 80s and 90s, Canyon started his own production services company, working on national commercials, documentaries, TV series, and with NFL Films for eight years. He later conceived, produced, and hosted The Joey Canyon Show, a dynamic, critically-acclaimed country music variety show featuring the best names in traditional country music. Canyon’s reputation as a top-tier creator of outstanding, wholesome family entertainment is well-earned: He’s a unique leader guided by a wealth of experience and strengthened by his faith. “I was educated by life’s ups and downs,” he says. “The key is to trust in the Lord and never give up.” Canyon launches his global media network, CSTV, in 2023.

Canyon began his professional music career in 1976, a self-taught singer-songwriter with a passion for the classic country music he grew up on. By the early 90s, his songs were featured in numerous NFL compilation videos alongside iconic acts like Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, Lorrie Morgan, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, and Wynonna Judd. Canyon has performed at world-famous venues (Palomino Club in North Hollywood, Mile High Stadium, Coors Field), and contributed a number of original tracks to national TV series and commercials. Recorded primarily in Nashville and Denver, Canyon’s songs are filled with natural candor and relatable, autobiographical lyrics. His rich, resonant vocals and laid-back stage persona have earned him comparisons to Randy Travis, George Strait, and Alan Jackson. “Authenticity speaks to a wide range of listeners,” he says. “When I stopped jumping through hoops for record labels and started singing and writing for me, I found my style. And found success.” Canyon released his debut album, Canyon Country, in 2012, created with award-winning bassist and producer Curtis Stone of Highway 101, followed by his sophomore album, The Rhythm of Livin, in 2015, racking up seven number-one hits along the way.

In 2016 Canyon was named “Best New Country Artist” and “Crossover Artist of the Year” by leading industry magazine New Music Weekly as well as “Favorite Male Country Artist” by National Radio Hits. That same year, he debuted The Joey Canyon Show to a nationwide audience on the RFD-TV network and Colorado’s Comcast Entertainment Television. Set “where the music meets the mountains,” the captivating country music variety show, executive-produced and hosted by Canyon, features compelling interviews, a wide range of special guests, and top-quality performances by A-list country artists. In 2019, Canyon was awarded “Entertainer of the Year” by the Independent Music Network, and in 2021, he was inducted into the prestigious Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame.

With the 2023 launch of his global internet television network Canyon Star TV (CSTV), Canyon offers the world a wholesome, family-friendly media brand celebrating country and Americana music as well as a full spectrum of distinctive original content.

TG Sheppard has always had an unstoppable passion for music. This passion, along with 21 number-one hits and being ranked among the top 100 country artists of all time, has made him one of the most popular live performers on tour today. It’s only natural with a show chock full of chart-topping hits like “Last Cheaters Waltz,” ”I Loved ‘Em Everyone,” ”Do You Wanna Go To Heaven,” and “Party Time” that TG has developed a reputation as a solid performer who delivers exactly what audiences want. All this and more, combined with a steadfast dedication to entertainment has truly made him one of the great Legends in country music.

T.G. knew early in his life that music was more than a hobby. He left his home in Humboldt, Tennessee, at the age of 15, journeying to Memphis to begin his career in earnest. Working in various bands, he began to develop his stage skills, learning how to put his own touch on the myriad of songs required to survive on the club and party circuit. Using the name Brian Stacy, he released his first record, “High School Days,” which caused a few ripples on the pop charts in 1966. The resulting acclaim brought him gigs as an opening act for some of the biggest acts in America, including The Animals, Jan & Dean, and The Beach Boys.

The fledgling star veered off his musical course in 1965, reverting to his given name of Bill Browder and getting into the record promotion business. In a short time, his passion for music, now redirected to furthering the careers of others, made him one of the industry’s most successful record promoters.

In 1974, T.G. found a song that would change his life forever. His astute ability to pick a hit song and promote it had paid off for numerous artists, yet T.G. kept thinking of his own musical aspirations. He knew Bobby David’s composition “Devil In The Bottle” was destined to be a hit, yet he had no success in pitching the tune. After being turned down by eight record labels in 18 months, T.G. decided to cut the song himself. Heading to Nashville, he was signed to Motown, the mammoth R&B label that was trying to establish a presence in country music.

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