Indie at Any Age
What happens when a multi-platinum, Grammy winning artist with a 4-decade career and two highly successful Nashville songwriters decide to form a band and put out their record independently? Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr discuss how they formed Blue Sky Riders and built their own label, secured distribution and released and marketed their debut album Finally Home without major label support. Learn what it means to be an indie in this business at any age.
Kenny Loggins has been many things to many people over the past three decades -- “a moving target” as he’s put it. In his time, Loggins has been a guitar-slinger with a psychedelic rock band, a hot young songwriter with a publishing deal, half of a legendary country-rock duo, a massively successful and accomplished solo artist, a sonic pioneer in the smooth jazz genre, a reigning soundtrack superstar, a rocker, a seeker, as well as an enduring recording artist and live performer whose most recent works have spoken deeply to both young audiences and decidedly adult and worldly concerns. At the heart of it all, there remains a brilliant singer-songwriter and guitarist with a lifelong passion for exploring the endless power of the song to communicate.
Kenny is currently focusing his talents and career on Blue Sky Riders, the new band he formed with renowned Nashville singer/songwriters, Georgia Middleman & Gary Burr. Blue Sky Riders released their debut album, Finally Home, through their own record label, 3Dream Records, in Jan 2013.
GEORGIA MIDDLEMAN was raised in San Antonio, Texas and received a BFA in Acting from New York University. Upon graduation, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue songwriting and eventually landed a staff writer position at PolyGram Music. After a live showcase one night, Giant Records signed her to a recording contract and her debut album "Endless Possibilities" was released in 2001. Georgia followed this up with the independent “Unchanged” and “Things I Didn’t Know I Knew,” two cds which she released on her own label, Middle Sister Records. As a songwriter, Georgia has had songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Mark Chestnutt, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Martina McBride, Radney Foster, Sarah Buxton, Terri Clark, Maia Sharp and many others. In 2010, she watched her song “I’m In” rise to the top of the charts by Keith Urban. Georgia is currently one third of the new trio, Blue Sky Riders with Kenny Loggins and Gary Burr. Their debut cd “Finally Home” was released January 29th of this year on the trio’s own 3 Dream Records. For more information, please visit: www.georgiamiddleman.com or www.blueskyridersband.com