Roster

Worldwide Radio Tracking!

International Radio Distribution/Promotion

Black Mountain Music & Media started out as a Social Media Company. Over time our focus and passion has changed. With the name change from Black Mountain Social Media to Black Mountain Music & Media, not only was there a Brand change there was also a change in the services we started to provide. Our focus is now more on International Radio Tracking and Promotion, Management, and Artist Development. We still have a passion and fire for Independent Artists, and helping artists reach their own personal success whatever it may be is success to us. 
 
 

Services

Radio Promtion & Artist Development

 

Artist Development Part of The Package 

As Black Mountain developed their service plan over the years they found Indie Artists were in need of much more than the standard Social Media service plan: making posts to social media platforms, developing content, etc.  We found Artists required assistance with Brand Development, Interview Assistance/Coaching, Risk Assessment, Fund Sourcing, and assistance with Public Relations. To excel at Social Media Black Mountain believes all these areas of A&D must be well managed and developed, as a result we now provide a full Artist Development program! We assist not only emerging artists but established independent artists identify the gaps in their “team” or areas of their music business they are struggling to complete and identify ways to for the artist to better manage their business. Many of these tasks are areas Black Mountain Music & Media can facilitate allowing the artist to focus on recording and creativity. 

 Areas Covered

We help the artist build a commercially viable product, establish a fan base, attain critical music business skills. (*out of house referral extra cost may apply)

*Exceptional vocals, musicianship and songwriting skills 
Genuine Performance Ability 
Image creation and maintenance 
Plan of action, goal setting 
Exceptional promotion materials, including photographs, press releases, and artwork 
Business management skills 
Marketing, publicity, and promotion knowledge, online and offline 
Professional Management 
Knowledge of producing, engineering, and mastering for International and National
Knowledge of manufacturing, distribution, and sales online, and radio airplay. 
Good choices in members, staff, and advisors 
Physical and mental preparedness 
Basic knowledge of finances, accounting 
Law and legal issues: publishing, copyrighting and trademarks 
*Bookings and tours locally, nationally and internationally.

 

Black Mountain Music and Media was just what I needed to push my song to all ends of this globe. I’m forever grateful for the exposure and their hard work!” - Jackie Guy Artist

International Tracking

The radio game has been changing rapidly over the past 10 years, and as we head into the 20's the entire music industry has been faced with a crisis never seen before. Many artists have had to make the hard decision to leave their careers behind, in order to survive. Other musicians are trying to figure out how to survive in a new world where live shows are on hold until who knows depending on where you are in Canada. When live music does come back where will we go to hear the music? Some of Canada's longest and most beloved Country Bars the closest we had to a our Northen Cousin's Honky Tonks are gone. So how do artists make money the honest way? Organically? There's only so many festivals in Canada... and a lot of talent. There's the road block right there. CANADA. Don't get us wrong we are proud Canadian's but we believe country recording artists need to look outside the borders of Canada. We are mainly a Grass Roots radio tracking company. What does that mean? It's a great term a music friend of ours coined for our company! As our friend stated we primarily go after Grass Roots stations. 1300+ at last count! Including the syndicated shows and stations. How does this help you? If you work at it you build new fans, and new fans equal what? Sales! Streams... and generally streams on Apple more than Spotify. 

We know everyone isn't the same, so neither are our plans. We have 3 plans to suit different budgets and release plans. Each plan comes with the following:

  • Distribution of your song 
  • With the distribution of your song and  OneBio © 
  • 2 tracking reports every week. 1 report tracks country count. 1 report tracks comments
  • Follow up email every week to stations who have not added
  • Arrange interviews and liners
  • Support from our team 
  • Three packages 6 week, 12 week, 24 week. The 6 and 12 week packages extra weeks can be purchased. 

For prices contact us today. 

 Extra Services  

  • Social Media Management. 
  • Attend gigs and photograph/record for Social Media (posting afterwards is not extra)
  • Experience in crowdfunding. Need help? It's a big job! 
  • Attend shows and sell  Merch
  • Consulting services 
  • Radio tour services: driving, photography, documenting tour on Social Media 

Black​​​​​​​Mountain Music & Media Doesn’t Have Clients We Have Family!

Extented Members of the Team

 

Aspen Beveridge is a musician, audio engineer and producer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is a guitarist and vocalist in the rock band, League of Wolves (Inside Pocket/Warner Music Canada). Beveridge studied recording arts at the Banff Centre (Alberta) and also in Provence, France while attending the Mix With The Masters program. He has worked and studied under many reputable producers such as Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Bob Dylan, Weezer), David Gleeson (Third Eye Blind, Pearl Jam) and Jacquire King (James Bay, Kings of Leon). Over the course of his career, Beveridge has also worked as a composer, sound supervisor, and mixer for a variety of web-series television programs and independent films. He now owns and operates Skullcreek Studios, based out of Saskatoon.

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Our Roster

Will Ardell

2013 SCMA Rising Star winner

Will Ardell may have gotten a later start at music than others but it hasn’t held him back. Will started writing as a poet and when he picked up his first guitar he began to translate his poetry skills into the craft of songwriting. Will’s first two albums were received well by both critics, radio anc fans, however Will himself was not as pleased with his music and the “business side” of the industry. Frustrated as well as dealing with some serious family health issues Will stepped away from the industry. In 2016 Will released Breakin Fences a song he once described as his swan song or farewell to music. In 2017 Will slowly entered the industry again accepting an invitation to play a showcase during the 2017 CCMAS. In 2018 Will Ardell began writing his third album “The Truth”. He has described his upcoming album as unapologetically real, incredibly raw and authentic. Will has described the music on the album from lyrics to make the listener think, to lyrics to provide comfort. No exact release date has been set. So far in 2021 Ardell has released two incredibly powerful singles. Both singles are well over 20K streams on Spotify and growing every day.

JJ Voss

SCMA 2x Male Artist of the Year 2021/2022

With close to two decades of dedication to his music career and craft, JJ Voss has taken his passion for songwriting and performing, along with his many experiences in life, to build an authentic and professional solo career rooted in the soil of the working class. Raised on a small farm in southern Saskatchewan, Voss began his journey in music at the age of 8 when he picked up his Dad’s old flat top, and has been following in the footsteps of legendary troubadours like Steve Earle, Charlie Major, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen ever since. From playing weekend gigs with his high school band, to gigging six nights a week in night clubs, to festivals and soft seaters, Voss has become known for his ability to fuse the ‘classic’ sounds of Country, into a piece of work that’s perfectly suited for our modern times.

SHAWN ADAMS

SCMA CCMA Recording Artist

Diagnosed with Lewy Body Frontal Lobe Dementia, Shawn Adams was sent home to his family die. Shawn lost everything but his spirit. During this time Shawn wrote an incredible song “Please Remember Me”. and recorded a video as well. The video went on to have well over 100k views on Facebook alone. Luckily for Shawn and all that love him the Drs were wrong. Shawn suffered from a severe case of sleep apnea. Adams now an advocate for C-Pap machines and Sleep Apnea awareness is back in the studio and back at making music! 

Hiedi Hyacithn

CCMA/BCCMA Country Recording/Performing Artist

Kelowna, BC BCCMA recording and performing artist. Hiedi Hyacinth owns a stage with her Myranda Lambert style. One moment she is belting out a bad ass country rock song revving up the crowd the next she is bringing it home with the realness of true country. "All The Good Ones Are Crazy" is her new album expected to be released in the Spring of  2023. Her first single of the record, released to international radio had an astounding 927 adds in 5 weeks and charted at #2 in Tasmania. 

Drake Jensen

Canadian LGBQT+ Country Recording/Performing Artist

In the LGBQT+ Community Drake Jensen is known as a "Bear"... but there is much more to Drake than his LGBQT+ status and after more than almost 2 decades of talking about the "mechanics", Drake is ready to talk about more important things! He has 3 passions in his life: music, the bursary he and his husband Michael started for LGBQT+ youth living in remote communities and are struggling to get access to things like recording studios, instruments etc, and of course his husband Michael. Watch for new music coming from Drake later in 2022 from Jann Arden famed producer Russell Broom! 

NEWS FROM THE MOUNTAIN!

Pinky Simms of Black Mountain Wins

2022 ISSA Promoter of the Year

Pinky Simms CEO of Black Mountain Music & Media and International Radio tracker came up big at the 2022 ISSA Awards in Georgia, winning the 2022 International Promoter of the Year award. Pinky stated she had no expectations of winning and thanks all our clients and radio partners.

Hiedi Hyacinth On Fire

Sends 1st single to Cdn Radio & Int Radio

Hiedi Hyacinth sent All The Good Ones Are Crazy to international radio in May and has over 1025 adds! Now she has released All The Good Ones Are Crazy to Canadian radio in late July! Her first Canadian release!

Shawn Adams

Releases 1st International Single

Shawn Adams has been working hard since 2018 to get a song out to international radio. It took finding the right producer to get the sound out of Shawn. Enter Aspen Beveridge of SkullCreek studios in PiaPot Sask. With vocal coaching from Rayne Beveridge, and the talents of Aspen's production and playing ability (he plays the instruments and sings the harmonies on the track) Other Side Of Midnight came to life. Released June 8th to fantastic reviews on the international airwaves the entire team couldn't be more excited. Said Adams when he was told his song had been added to 345 stations "wow, I am just in absolute shock... just in shock".

Shawn Adams On Telemiracle

Raising Money For Kin Moosejaw

Our very own Shawn Adams was in Moosejaw in late January, filming a performance for the mainstage of the Kin Telemiracle Telethon. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, no artists were allowed to be on the actual Telethon live so all performance were filmed ahead of time. Shawn has recieved great support from the media of Moosejaw in his efforts to support the only all Canadian service club Kin Canada.

Cotswold Country Feature

Black Mountain Music from Canada

Cotswold Country radio approached Pinky Simms to produce a one time show called Black Mountain music from Canada, featuring the music we have submitted from 2019-2020. Nov 7th the first time the show will air, with a repeat on Nov 8th. The show will also be broadcast on Atlantic Country. Cotswold Country can be found on NCCR in the UK. 

We are very saddened by the sudden passing of our client Brett T Williams, 3rd generation artist. Brett was the grandson of CCMA Hall of Fame member Elmer Tippe and nephew of BCCMA Hall Of Fame Member Rick Tippe. There is a Gofundme campaign to help raise money for his widow and baby girl.

We are very saddened by the sudden passing of our client Brett T Williams, 3rd generation artist. Brett was the grandson of CCMA Hall of Fame member Elmer Tippe and nephew of BCCMA Hall Of Fame Member Rick Tippe. There is a Gofundme campaign to help raise money for his widow and baby girl.

Meta Data Tagging

What is all this talk about Metadata?

It's in my streaming upload isn't that enough?

Are you getting paid? 

Without the proper Meta Data on your tracks the answer is no! Meta-What? You may be asking yourself is this another thing I have to learn to do? Again, the answer is no! However, as an artist you do need to know if your music is properly tagged. Whose job is it to properly tag my music? 

It is your producers or engineers’ job to put the Meta-Data on your tracks.  

Why do I need this? 

You may be asking yourself why do I have to do this anyways? I don’t have to do worry about any of this when I release in Canadian radio? Besides I entered all the same information when I uploaded to CD Baby or TuneCore, can’t I just use those tracks? The short answer is, no. 

International radio release is not like releasing to Canada, or the USA for a variety of reasons, but for today let’s just focus on song distribution. In Canada as most artists know, a song is uploaded to radio through a system known as DMDS. Many artists and engineers are familiar with Joe at RDR, when Joe uploads a single to DMDS he enters all the meta data manually. DMDS then tags the Meta Data automatically to the song.  

There are some electronic tracking systems for the USA and International radio, the largest being MPE. MPE works like DMDS. But wait, before you start thinking fine, I’ll just use MPE, unless your name is Blake Sheldon, or Miranda Lambert you may want to rethink this plan. Even the biggest artists in Canada (other than Shania) are just getting known on the international stage. MPE is similar to a large iTunes for Radio. They search your name to find you. Now they do have ways of finding emerging talent BUT let’s be realistic with only a small little profile card to sell yourself how likely are you going to be added? So back to sending your music out with a company such as Black Mountain or by yourself. So how is your music going to be sent? The simple and short answer is your music is sent over in an email in either MP3 or WAV file format.   

What Meta Data Tags are needed? 

When you show this list to your producer or engineer, they may question you on why you need some of the information listed below. Feel free to bring this page and show them! The following Meta Data is almost identical to what is uploaded to CD Baby when you upload your single, and it is the same Meta Data uploaded to DMDS. If your single was not properly tagged and you have now decided to release to international radio you cannot just download your song off of CD Baby, Spotify or any other streaming platform. The Meta Data does not stay with the file. The reason for Genre is stations overseas play multi-genre shows unlike Canada. They don’t know you yet, so they need to know your genre in the event your song goes to a Central Music Director and then is forwarded to the correct Programmers. Having the ISRC Code insures you get your Royalties. Naming the performer, and songwriter does not always insure you get paid.  

Please note, having this information tagged onto your single at the time of Mastering is much easier than after! Not many producers have the program to add Metadata to WAV files after mastering. You do not have to wait to have for CD Baby or TuneCore to issue you an ISRC Code. Ask your producer or engineer to help you find a company.  

Finally, here is the list of Meta Data you need! If you wish to keep a copy of this article for referencing later see the files below, under "Downloadable Meta Data Info". For engineets and producers I have included a printable list of the Meta Data required.Feel free to download and share with your producer/engineer friends.

I feel this should be a no brainer but it actually is commonly missed and can cause your song to be rejected!!! Make sure your song is properly titled on the file itself. 

Example:  track name Final Mix. mp3 WRONG

Example track name artist name.mp3 Correct

 

Meta Data Tag 

-Song name 

-Artist Name 

-Songwriter Name (s) 

-IRSC Code 

_ISWC Code 

-Duration 

-Genre

-Studio

-Producer

-label (if applicable)  

Myths 

*WAV files cannot have Meta Data added to them after mastering. They can, it’s just more difficult to find legitimate programs. Again, why it is best to have this done before mastering is finished.  

*Just send the ISRC code along with the song like DMDS. This is not how DMDS works, and if your song does not have your name and song title on it the file will not even be opened. Without the ISRC code you will not get paid Royalties. International radio receives anywhere from 3-5000 songs a month. They don’t have time to enter your codes manually.  

*If the song has the Meta Data on it for CD Baby or another streaming platform, you’re fine. Wrong the two things have nothing to do with each other. 

Downloadable Meta Data Info

Meta Data Tag Print Out If you are a producer or engineer here is a handy print out to pin up in your studio of what needs to be tagged to the both the MP3 and the WAV file. Artists feel free to download this list as well and take it to your producer. 699 KB
Are You Getting Paid? A copy of the article on Meta Data and international radio release. Download the entire article to have easy access while working on your own worldwide radio release. Make sure you have the correct meta data in place to collect all possible royalties. 705 KB

Radio Tracking Clients

Gord Bamford

#Rednek

Sweet Summer Nights

Craig Silver

Steve Newsome

"One Good Radio"

Tracking Steve Newsome first release for 2020, "One Good Radio". Feb 2020. 

Girls Like Fishing Too

Tracy Millar

Tracy's first release in 2020 off her upcoming EP Sept 2020. Tracked May 2020

I'm Not 29 No More

Tracy Millar

Released to international radio August 31st. Within 24 hours added to Australia, UK, USA, France, Italy. Expecting a huge impact at worldwide radio from I'm Not 29 No More.

Tracy Millar

Loretta's Moonshine

Before Loretta's Moonshine was even released to radio, our friends at CFCW radio in Alberta featured Tracy as their Country Music Alberta Home Grown Artist of the month. Loretta's Moonshine video was put up to Youtube and had over 1500 hits within 24 hours. Now as LM heads out to International Radio January 12th, the video is at 3k views in just over a week online! Watch on our "Pinky's Country Pick's" page. 

Ollee Owens

Every Step of the Way

An Alt-Country, single taking International Radio by storm. Within the first week out the feedback has been phenomal. Recorded in Nashville with some of today's top session players. A feel good song, performed in only the way Ollee Owens can.

Kim Thompson

Heartache Heartbreak

International recording artist from Calgary, AB released Heartache Heartbreak to International Radio Feb 9/21. In a climate of 3-5000 songs being sent to radio a month, a situation never seen before, Kim's single is already rising to the top of the lists. A Country girl through and through it is surprising to hear her put out a Modern/Pop country song. Recorded at award winning studio MCC, the mix is fresh and fun. 

Travis Dolter

Blue Seas & Palm Trees

Dolter's second release in 2021 to International Radio. Blue Seas & Palm Trees brings out the Barenaked Ladies influence on Travis, with the fast talking intro and pinches of "fast-talking" sprinkled throughout the song. Dolter's single has been referenced as a "Canadian Jimmy Buffett or Kenney Chesney". Blue Seas & Palm Trees is a true summer anthem!

She Gets Me

Travis Pickering

Travis Pickerings incredible Neo-Traditional first release to international radio She Gets Me hit international radio August 23rd. Produced by the one and only Jason Barry of BC's own Dean Brody, this relatable country tune is shaking things up for this talented songwriter. Within the first two weeks Pickering had 500 adds! Check out the sweet video under Video's From the Mountain!

Travis Dolter

Somewhere

Sometimes you hear a song and it just hits you. You're transported into the song and its speaking right to you... thats "Somewhere". The softer side of Travis Dolter is a beautiful side of Travis Dolter. Watch for the official video to drop soon!

Myranda Christi

When You Come Around

Myranda Christi's second release to International Radio. An upbeat single about the feelings you get when that special someone comes through the door! 

Jeff Catto

Friends

From Jeff Catto's EP "Songs For My Wife" comes a beautiful single "Friends". They say your spouse should be your Best Friend! Catto captures the message beautifully in his latest release.

Michael Travis

That's Tequila

A fun summer time single, released worldwide just in time to get the world on their feet dancing. Michael Travis also known as Michael Powell is an multi talented country artist with a passion for Elvis! If you don't find him on a country stage you will find him belting out those Elvis tunes. That's Tequila LMS Records.

Steve Pointmeier

Sway

From CMAB recording and performing artist Steve Pointmeier, comes his first release of 2022. An absolutely beautiful ballad about looking for true love. Check out the Official video.. it's like a mini movie!

Fallin'

Travis Picking featuring Larry Pickering

From multi ISSA nominee comes a brand new summer single Fallin's featuring Travis's father, Larry Pickering. This fun summer single, highlights both Travis's writing skills once again and his Nashville sounding voice. Nothing beats the harmonies of family and Larry and Travis are the Canadian male Judds!

Steve Pointmeier

Rowdy On

Steve Pointmeier is not slowing down! With barely a breath between "Sway" and and his brand new single "Rowdy On" Steve has international radio turning heads. "Rowdy On" is a fast upbeat, Texas Dirt summer time single. Turn it up, and get your Rowdy On.

Tommy J Ehman

Precious Heart

An upbeat single with an amazing message. Tommy Ehman’s first international release but no stranger to Canadian radio with music charting numerous times. Another artist showing worldwide radio how talented Canadian Country is. 

Shelley Lynch

Dreams and Gasoline

When a relationship ends and a woman gets mad often times you get...gasoline! Not with Shelley Lynch! She took a break up and turned it into Dreams and Gasoline! The title track off her upcoming EP. A powerful voice that brings us back to the sound of the 90's the best decade of country music!

Dan Washburn

DIRT

Steve Newsome

Cold Beer Communion

Released to Canadian radio in Nov 2020, our great friend Steve Newsome waited to release Cold Beer Communion to Internationl Radio until March 2021. Steve's voice has matured since his last release "One Good Radio". With a new whiskey smooth sound. His latest song, is masterly produced by award winning produced by Bart McKay. The laid back, groovin orchastration fits perfectly with Steve's laid back sounding voice. Lay back and chill with your favourite beer.