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Stephen Clark, Longtime anchor for WXYZ-TV ABC Channel 7 in Detroit. And if that’s not cool enough he is also a very talented Country Music Singer and Songwriter. Clark says, “Songwriting is just another kind of journalism, where the goal is to tell a compelling story in an interesting way.”
Stephen will be joined by:
Marc-Alan Barnette is an original. A self-proclaimed “square peg in a round hole,” Barnette has emerged with a unique musical sound that is in his own words, “not totally country and not totally blues…too blues for country and too country for blues!” Aptly classified as “In-Your-Face-Country-Soul,” Marc-Alan’s music and Marc-Alan himself have created a huge buzz on the music scene. Barnette is the king of reinventing himself- a dichotomy of heartfelt and hilarious, crazy and down-to-earth. Because of the variety of hats Barnette dons for each of his shows, he certainly keeps every audience on its toes, thoroughly entertained and wanting more.
Marc-Alan Barnette was born and raised in Birmingham. As part of a musical family (distant cousin was Jimmie Rogers, one of the founders of country music…and his father, Grady, was a gospel quartet singer), Marc-Alan grew up singing in church and in various bands and taught himself how to play the guitar. Since his first moment on stage, Marc-Alan knew that getting people fired up and performing was his natural calling. His band, 24 Karat, was chosen as the top band in the country in the 1984 Miller High Life battle of the bands out of 30,000 applicants. After a move to Nashville in 1988, Marc-Alan scored a cut with Shelby Lynne his first night in town. He has had success in Nashville as a writer, several publishing deals, and cuts by John Berry and David Ball, including the current single “Too Much Blood in My Alcohol Level” on the Ball “Freewheeler” album. He has co-written with the best and along with his former back-up singers “The Kinleys,” he has opened shows for Charlie Daniels, Garth Brooks, Ricochet, and Patty Loveless.
Besides writing and performing, Marc-Alan also has a passion for mentoring and coaching writers through workshops and seminar programs that he has created all over the US. Through his efforts with NSAI, SGA and other organizations, he has helped further the goals of many writers, leading to publishing and representation deals, and greater awareness of the intricacies of the music business.
Marc-Alan’s smoky whiskey voice has brought comparisons to Delbert McClinton, Otis Redding, and Travis Tritt. From his warm, haunting ballad of lost love, “Old Memories,” to the driving rocker, “When Love Does the Driving,” the hilarious “Too Much Blood in My Alcohol Level” to his signature tune, “Can’t Blame Nobody,” Marc-Alan has proven himself to be a prolific writer and a fantastic performer.
Music critic Robert Orreman has said of Barnette: “If you see this guy’s name listed on a club, run, don’t walk to get there.”
With six Detroit Music Awards to her name including Outstanding Country Songwriter for 2016, Julianne Ankley has cemented herself in the Detroit and Michigan music scenes as a major talent.
Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years. Her third solo Album “Don’t Let Go” was released in August 2015 at the Ark Theater in Ann Arbor, MI. Her sophomore album “Vivid” garnered the 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording and lead to the use of her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane” nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special. From her debut solo album “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless.
2016 has had Julianne writing with Platinum hit songwriters, Gary Hannan, and Dave Gibson and touring in England and France, and nationally in the U.S. She has also been writing with Michigan Emmy winning songwriter, Michelle Chenard, and will be touring nationally as Ankley and Chenard. Julianne continues to perform with her top notch band, the Rogues as well. (See the “shows” page for upcoming events!)
She has also been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafe, Tootsie’s, and more.
“The best of Detroit Country Music shines through in this relevant and very poignant song from a present day soldier’s mother’s point of view. ‘He’s Still My Boy’ is a well-written piece of American pie that really hits home. Our heroes give of themselves every day and their families pay just as big of a price and that is what this song is all about. Julianne can sing and she can ever more write a good song. When I read about this on Twitter I downloaded it right away. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!” – Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys
Julianne continues to perform the national anthem for numerous sporting teams, including the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, the Toledo Mud Hens, and belted out nine seasons (2002-2010) as the anthem “Voice of the Icehawks” for the Port Huron IHL hockey team.