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Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE

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Review - This buxom attractive young lady named Skyla Spencer takes
the microphone and does things that most aspiring female Christian country leads haven't done in a while-rock out. She's got everything and then some-exactly what Nashville is looking for, great looks, good vocals, and a vibrant attitude. After moving from West Virginia to Music City she's worked her tail off on "You Said You'd Call Me" enlisting some great guest musicians and producers to help
her hone her songwriting talents. And the Christian music scene
continues to grow in momentum.

- Smothers Music Review Team


Skyla Spencer -
They tell me to make it big in Nashville you have to have a great voice, (if your female) you have to have even better looks, if you can write a song or two that will help. You’re starting to get the picture by now. Sklya has all this and then some.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, Skyla’s debut album is an 11 track self penned album
Track 1 You said you’d call me - a really nice swingy number that makes you jump up and start dancing as soon as you hear the opening bars. The title is self explanatory, though I can’t believe Skyla has ever waited for someone to call her.
The ending is quite funny. Shows off Skyla’s inbuilt sense of humour.

Track 2 Chuga Choo Choo - I defy you not to be singing along within five bars, a really catchy number that grows on you once again you’ll be dancing round the living room listening to this number.

Track 3 If I Were Rain, - a change of tempo slower than the first two, a lovely moody song you can feel your body swaying to the rhythm.

Track 4 He’s a Bad Boy - I can see all the guys at her gigs saying me let me be
your bad boy. another good dance number.

Track 5 Wild Dreams - A Black coffee dance number if I ever heard one, I thinks this is a number about me dreaming about Skyla!

Track 6 Why Do You Do This To Me - A nice slowish cha cha number, you know the feeling this song provokes when you think you've gotten over someone and then they come back and open up all those feelings, Just sway along, what's known in the trade as a bum grabber.

Track 7 Oh What A Day - We've all had one of these a total write off day. Once again highlights Skyla's humour, a good cowboy strut type of rhythm definately a dance number.

Track 8 You Made Me Believe - A cheating lying son of a ***** song, another bum grabber.

Track 9 In Paradise - A nice County Line or Strollalong Cha Cha,

Track 10 One More Chance - Self explanatory title about a couple trying just one more time.

Track 11 Reach for the Stars - A nice quickish cha cha type rhythm suitable for dancers,
My overall feeling is quite a good debut album well worth buying a good mix between listening and dancing tracks.
- Channel 724 Radio 3c


Skyla Spencer: You Said You’d Call Me
By George Peden
Wow! There’s more smiles here than a Golgate ad. American country newcomer Skyla Spencer beams out from every picture opportunity on her debut release, You Said You’d Call Me. And she’s got every reason to smile. Her debut is getting radio play both local and abroad, and she’s obviously confident with her song writing prowess, having written all 10 tracks on the CD.
In tow with a sprightly band of session musos, this psychology and dance degree graduate is embarking on a musical career that started at the age of 13 while singing in her cousin’s band.
“Overall I would describe my music as up-lifting, fun, great for dancing, with a unique sound,” says Spencer.
It’s a description that sits well with tracks like “You Said You’d Call Me” and “Chuga Choo Choo” a karaoke anthem that according to Spencer’s bio made #1 on the Indie World chart in 2002. While the album rocks and bops, there are some telling tunes one in particular, “If I Were Rain”.
“I wanted to write a song that sends a powerful message and makes a clear statement,” says Spencer of the song dedicated to serving troops overseas. “This song talks about the troubles we are currently facing and how to deal with them.”
The album is out now and is available through Skyla Spencer’s web site.
Official Website
MySpace
- MySpace.com


Spencer gets spot in 2006 CMA Music Festival
By Ron Wynn, rwynn@nashvillecitypaper.com
June 09, 2006

The 2006 CMA Music Festival not only is the city’s signature music event and a gathering that attracts thousands of visitors to Nashville from the opening shows to the final concert; it’s also a chance for rising and aspiring performers to meet fans, get valuable exposure and jumpstart their careers in rapid fashion.
What: Country singer/songwriter Skyla Spencer
When: 8 tonight
Where: Gibson Showcase, 161 Opry Mills Drive
Cost: $5
Info: 514-2200
Singer/songwriter Skyla Spencer is a prime example of a performer thrilled to be part of this year’s festival and someone who’s fully utilizing it to showcase her music. Spencer plays a Gibson Showcase at Opry Mills Mall tonight, then Saturday afternoon at Tootsies in a free admission show.

“I’m very excited about being part of the festival, but at the same time you get really anxious before your shows,” Spencer said. “All my family played and sang back home in West Virginia and I remember my aunt singing Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn songs, so my foundation from the very beginning has always been country and gospel. But you still can be a little nervous about doing these appearances, because the fans are so great and so eager to hear your music.”

Spencer’s debut, You Said You’d Call Me, was released last June, and she’s gotten good response from the most recent single “Why Do You Do This To Me” as well as the song “If I Were Rain,” which was featured in the documentary film Moving On From 9/11.

“I wrote that song as a dedication to our troops overseas and it’s very, very important to me,” Spencer added. “It’s a dedication to people who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and also a reminder that we shouldn’t get so caught up in our own lives we forget about the people fighting and dying for us.”

Both tunes are also showcases for Spencer’s clear, quite prominent and striking voice and solid technique. She was a member of both the Orchesis Dance Ensemble and Mountain State Jazz Ensemble while earning a degree in Dance and Psychology from West Virginia University. She relocated to Nashville in 2002, leaving both a successful local television show and her role as owner/operator of Kelly’s Academy of Dance in West Virginia.

But Spencer has no regrets, and has slowly and steadily honed her skills while simultaneously expanding her profile in the business. While such songs as “You Caught Me Looking” and “You Said You’d Call Me” have done well on the country indie charts, Spencer recently appeared as an extra in several scenes in Eric Church’s video for “How About You” that’s been aired on both CMT and GAC. She was also accepted as a member of the CMA in November.

“I’m really happy about the way things are moving, but I knew when I arrived here that it was an ongoing process,” Spencer said. “The CMA Festival is like a high point for me so far, and a chance to get out there with the greatest fans in the world.”

Skyla Spencer will also part of the Meet & Greet in the Convention Center downtown today and Sunday. She will be at the Camping World Booth No. 720 and Tootsie’s Booth No. 420 today from 10:30–11:00 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m., and at the Y’all Magazine Booth No. 522 and the Ultra Pet Booth Sunday from 10-10:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.
- Nashville City News





Country music artist Skyla Spencer met with all sorts of fans at the 2006 CMA Music Festival (aka Fan Fair) in Nashville, including John Ratzenberger, better known as Cliff the mailman from "Cheers"! Ratzenberger was attending the festival promoting WellPatch, as well as meeting country's hottest stars.

For a print quality hi-res photo, MP3s, the You Said You’d Call Me album, or to schedule a phoner, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net or 615-825-0019.



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As "This Girl" continues to work its way up the charts, SKYLA SPENCER continues to find ways to share her music. Most recently, she reaches out to the readers of Country Weekly magazine! The Winter Creek Records artist, songwriter, professional dancer, and choreographer has scored a half-page feature in the newest issue of the nationally-distributed publication! Skyla graces the lower half of page 54 in the Listen Up! section of the July 27 issue, which hits newsstand TODAY! (Blake Shelton is on the cover.)

This is Skyla's first appearance in Country Weekly, and it's an occasion she is - needless to say - very excited about. "It is a thrill and great honor to be included in the Listen Up! section of Country Weekly!" A longtime fan of the publication herself, she continues, "I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to reach out to Country Weekly readers and to my fans. It is a wonderful and very surreal feeling!"

It seems most fitting that "This Girl" is the song that gives Skyla the opportunity to make her debut in one of country music's longest running magazines. Inspired by personal experiences, Skyla and her co-writer friend, Heather Andrews, set out to write a song that would empower girls and women of any age. She shares, "The song sends the powerful message to never give up on your dreams, never give up on love, and to remember that nothing is out of reach if you believe!"

It wasn't that long ago that Skyla dreamed about having a featured piece in Country Weekly, thinking to herself, How cool would it be to be in this magazine. Today, she realizes this dream. It is a memorable career milestone in and of itself - but even more meaningful because it will allow Skyla to share her song and message with a broader fan base. With music as her vehicle, Skyla consciously drives toward creating music that will touch people's lives. "Through my music, I hope to bring a smile to someone's face and lift them up in some way."

Her current single does just that! "Making a difference and having an impact on someone's life is my main focus. I write songs from personal experiences and from other people's life. To share my music with one of the most well respected and known country music magazines and its readers is truly awesome!"

The July 27 print issue of Country Weekly is on sale from today through Sunday, July 26, 2009.

Also, beginning TODAY, fans are invited to download a FREE mp3 of "This Girl" by visiting www.countryweekly.com/freemusic. Download period for Skyla’s single will run two weeks: July 20 through August 3, 2009.

For all the latest updates on Skyla, please visit her official artist website at www.skylaspencer.com! She is on MySpace at www.myspace.com/skylaspencer AND on Facebook at www.facebook.com/skylaspencer. Fans can also follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/skylaspencer.

Please forward all media inquiries for SKYLA SPENCER to Estella at info@starcountrymedia.com.

- Country Weekly -July 20, 2009


Discography

BMI/CMA Member

Featured in national and international magazines: Skope Magazine, New Music Weekly, Music Row Magazine, CMA Close Up, and Country Weekly.

ACHIEVEMENTS

2009

*Scored nomination for Country Breakthrough Artist of 2009-By New Music Weekly

*Line Dance Instructional Video –Sept.26 – Skyla Choreographed a line Dance to her single, “This Girl". Filming was held at Dance In Bloom Studio, Bellevue, and The World Famous Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN.

*Taping was held at Dance In Bloom Studio and The World Famous Wildhorse Saloon.

* Dance Extra in the movie “Bailey” starring Michael Clark Duncan.

*Featured in the Listen Up Section of Country Weekly – July for new single, “This Girl”.

*"This Girl" released to radio May on CDX Vol.474

*Attended CMA Festival again this year-Signed autographs & did interviews

* Currently working on sophomore album.

* On Feb. 27, was presented “The Wall of Fame Award” for delivering flawless service to the guests at the Wildhorse Saloon. Hosts, teaches line-dance and entertains guests.

* Performed for third year in a row at the 10th annual Country Music Marathon in April.

2008

*Scored first Commercial & Documentary with Ha Suk Jin- “Road Trip USA –Dec.2008.

*Performed at CMA Awards- Line Dance “Good Time” –Alan Jackson

*Appeared and danced in Alan Jackson’s video “Good Times”.

*CMA Festival –June –Appearances & Performances

*Started Record Label & Publishing Company-Winter Creek Records

*Performed at Songwriters Festival on Music Row in June.

2007

*VIP Guest Model-Fashion For Everybody- Hosted by Deana Carter

*CMA Festival –Appearances & performances

*Debut singing at World Famous Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville

*Soles4Souls –For charity

*Performed at Country Music Marathon

*Featured in Jan/Feb issue of Skope magazine

2006

*Armed Forces Entertainment tour headliner

Nov.29th-Dec.23rd –overseas – Japan, Guam, Singapore, & Diego Garcia.

*Appearances & performances at the CMA Festival

*"If Were Rain" used in a September 11th documentary, Moving On From 9/11 - the Story of James M. Kristan, registered in the Sundance Music Festival

*Appearance on radio show -Outdoor Trail Magazine

*In Nashville. –The Zone.-104.5 –Sang live the National Anthem

*Appeared in Eric Church’s “How About You” video

2005

*Finished debut album You Said You'd Call Me

*Available on: I-tunes, CdBaby, Amazon and other internet sites

*CMA Festival –Appearances & Performances

*Featured on a downtown Nashville billboard for a month -near Ryman Auditorium –

*During CMA Fest (formally known as Fan Fair)

*Opened for John Anderson, John Conlee, Jimmy Wayne

*Showcased during Inspirational Country Music Week at the Gibson Showcase in Nashville

*Album distributed in Ernest Tubb stores in Nashville locations, and in Fort Worth, TX

*"You Said You'd Call Me" reached #19 on the ECMA Top 100 chart, #1 on Indie World chart

*Original song - "If Were Rain" - released to Country Christian radio debuted on the top 100 & charted at number # 60

*Inducted into West Virginia Music Association

*Inducted into Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association

Number One Singles

"This Girl"- 2009 -Indie World Country

"You Said You'd Call Me" - Indie World, 2005

"Chuga Choo Choo" - Indie World, 2002 –Also charted on New Music Weekly

“Hero” -2001

“Caught Me Looking-2001

Music Awards

Named New Female Vocalist of the Year at the Golden Music Awards. -2001

Voted by music industry and DJ’s

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Bio

When you have a musical style that is said to fall somewhere between Shania Twain and Brittany Spears, you have Skyla Spencer. Skyla was born and raised in West Virginia. She was encouraged to believe that love is the food for all who wish to grow, family is the foundation for all who aspire to be, and music is the medicine for all who desire to express their hearts. This is the philosophy that has driven Skyla to pursue her dream to share her music with the world as a country music entertainer.

Growing up in a musical family, Skyla spent countless summer evenings by fire light, surrounded by her parents, her brother, aunts, uncles and cousins, singing to the sounds of guitars, banjos and mandolins. Hearing Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and Johnny Cash songs from an early age, struck a chord within Skyla and there was no question that she was hooked from the first time she heard these songs. Skyla says “I will never forget how powerful the music was on those hot nights. It was almost like a bonding agent among my family members. The more we sang together, the more we embraced each other”. For this reason, Skyla continues to rely on her families love and support to guide her as she writes and performs, even though today they are separated by many miles.

By age five, Skyla was performing for the congregation at her church on Sunday mornings, and at age 13, she started singing with her cousins country band at local festivals, weddings and other social events. It was also during this time that Skyla took dance lessons, ice-skating lessons, cheerleading, and gymnastics. Little did Skyla know that all of these components would mold her into the high energy performer she is on stage today. Her influences are –Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Patsy Cline, and Reba McIntire’s, Allison Krauss, and Britney Spears. Music instilled in her the drive and determination to take the leap of faith. The stage befriended Skyla and through this growing process of performing on stages as a dancer and singer was what inevitably lead Skyla to Nashville to search for her life long dream. To be Nashville’s next country star.

Prior to her move to Tennessee Skyla earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Dance and Psychology from West Virginia University. While in college, she took voice lessons, acting classes, and was a member of the Orchesis Dance Ensemble and Mountain State Jazz Ensemble. It was during this time that Skyla started writing her own music and choreographing dance routines for state fairs, festivals and talent shows where she was invited to perform.

Once Skyla arrived in Nashville, she began honing her crafts as a songwriter, singer, and musician. She enrolled in guitar and voice lessons and attended songwriter workshops, seminars, and artist workshops affiliated with NSAI and BMI. She became a member of CMA and BMI, and is presently represented by the Sharon Smith Talent Agency.

Skyla’s first album recorded in Nashville was titled “You Said You’d Call Me” and was released in summer 2005. This album features songs that she wrote, many of which were from real life experiences. This album was dedicated to all the people she has lost in her life, and to all the troops who have died fighting for our country. The song "If I Were Rain" was a song dedication to the troops, and was also used in the 9/11 documentary, Beyond 911.

Skyla traveled summer 2005-and 2006 promoting her album at various fairs and festivals around the United States. She spent time talking with people, and made many new fans and friends. Skyla says “it is a phenomenal feeling when someone tells you that a song you wrote and sang touched them deeply.” One of many Skyla’s missions in life is to touch people from all over the world with her music. “Music is great therapy, she says, “it can make you laugh, cry, dance, etc. Music helps a person express the emotions they are feeling at any given time. It really is therapeutic. “

She also has international recognition. She headlined an Armed Forces Tour in Nov./Dec.2006 and traveled to Guam, Singapore, Japan, and Diego Garcia to sing for the United States Troops. In December 2008, Skyla scored her first commercial, shot in Nashville, with Korean movie star, Ha Suk Jin, for a Korean airline. She also sang, danced, choreographed and acted in the documentary, “Road Trip USA’ with Ha Suk Jin. A video of his trip to the US and the cities he visited. Both are slated for release Spring 2009. Skyla recently participated in a 5k walk on Feb. 21st , sponsored by WSM Radio that benefited the Nashville Humane Society. Skyla’s new single, “This Girl” is currently at radio. When not traveling, Skyla is busy hosting, entertaining, and teaching dance at one of the world famous tourist attractions in Nashville, The Wildhorse Saloon.


Inspirational Quote: Skyla says “I believe that if you have a strong drive, and you are really pass