Award-winning broadcaster and podcaster, Candy O’Terry and Music City Mentor, Jacy Dawn Valeras have released another episode in their joint podcast project, Country Music Success Stories with Candy O’Terry. The new podcast is an intimate Music Row conversation with multi-award winner and Country Music icon, Crystal Gayle as she discusses her career and shares stories about her infamous long hair and one of her most recognized songs, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Subscribe to the podcast here and listen on all podcast platforms here.
“I really enjoyed visiting with Candy O’Terry and Jacy Dawn Valeras at my Music Row studio to record our chat for Candy’s podcast. We hit it off right away and had fun talking about my career and personal life and my adventures navigating through the music business” shared Crystal Gayle “I love Candy’s approach and personality and especially her friendship.”
“If I had a dime for every time I played “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” on Magic 106.7/WMJX Boston I’d be a rich woman! There’s magic in that song because it wears so well and never gets old,” expressed Candy O’Terry. “Yes, Crystal’s hair is so long it touches the floor, and we did talk about how long it takes to wash it. What you will learn in this interview is that Crystal Gayle is truly grateful for her success, and she doesn’t take a minute of her career for granted. This is a story for everyone to hear.”
“I have known Crystal Gayle for more than half of my life. I met her when I was only 14” stated Jacy Dawn Valeras. “Her story has always inspired me and this interview is a wonderful look into the life of a woman who has paved the way and opened doors for so many women, in both country & pop music.”
Future guests will include Karen Staley and Lori McKenna along with many others, including surprise guests along the way.
The popular podcast made its debut on in the top #25 on Apple Podcasts USA Music Interviews Chart and has been picked up by iHeartMedia, the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally and RADIO.COM which is powered by Entercom, the 2nd largest radio group in the country and the top podcast producer which includes 800+ streaming stations across the US.
In this Nashville based podcast, radio legend & master interviewer Candy O’Terry goes straight to the pros to hear their stories. From singers to producers, songwriters to record label executives, radio programmers and DJ’s to PR and marketing pros, every episode is a deep dive into what it takes to succeed in the country music industry. If you want to make it in Nashville, you need a roadmap. Music City Mentor and Founder of Platinum Circle Media, Jacy Dawn Valeras provides valuable advice about everything from writer’s rounds to online marketing and building a network that will go the distance
After spending a week together in Nashville with the idea of doing a 4-part series for O’Terry’s award-winning podcast and radio program The Story Behind Her Success, the two realized that the city was rich with stories to tell and that a platform for music industry stories, combined with the rich content Valeras had accumulated through her YouTube series, might be a hit. As life-long singers and country music fans, Candy & Jacy have a clear vision of the guests they seek. “We’re on the lookout for women and men who aren’t afraid to tell the world how they got to where they are today in the music business….including the good times when they were riding high, and the bad times when they were on the verge of giving up. These stories are meant to teach and inspire others to take a chance on living their dreams.”
About Crystal Gayle:
Multi-Million-selling singer Crystal Gayle has performed songs from a wide variety of genres during her award-studded career, but she has never devoted an album to classic country music. Until now. You Don’t Know Me is a collection that finds the acclaimed stylist exploring the songs of such country legends as George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens and Eddy Arnold. The album might come as a surprise to those who associate Crystal with an uptown sound that made her a star on both country and adult-contemporary pop charts. But she has known this repertoire of hardcore country standards all her life.“This wasn’t a stretch at all,” says Crystal. “These are songs I grew up singing. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.“The songs on this album aren’t songs I sing in my concerts until recently. But they are very much a part of my history.” Each of the selections was chosen because it played a role in her musical development. Two of them point to the importance that her family had in bringing her to fame. You Don’t Know Me contains the first recorded trio vocal performance by Crystal with her singing sisters Loretta Lynn and Peggy Sue. It is their version of Dolly Parton’s “Put It Off Until Tomorrow.”“You Were Never Mine” comes from the pen of her older brother, Jay Lee Webb (1937-1996). The two were always close. Jay Lee was the oldest brother still living with the family when their father passed away. And when Crystal first moved to Nashville she lived with Jay Lee. Born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky, Crystal was raised in Wabash, Indiana. She is the baby of eight children. Loretta is 19 years her senior. The sisters’ coal-miner father died from complications of black-lung disease when Crystal was 8 years old. The traumatized child retreated inward, becoming painfully timid and withdrawn. Her shyness vanished when she sang, however, and this is another reason why the music of You Don’t Know Me is so special to her. When she was a teenager, brothers Junior, Herman and Don began featuring Crystal singing classic country songs in their honky-tonk bands. This was a big help in bringing her out of her shell.www.crystalgayle.
By then, Loretta’s star was on the rise in Nashville. She arranged a Decca Records contract for Jay Lee Webb and co-wrote his breakthrough single, “I Come Home A-Drinkin’” in 1967. She did the same for younger sister Peggy Sue with 1969’s “I’m Dynamite.” (Peggy Sue married country singer Sonny Wright and has sung backup for Crystal in concerts for many years.) Trying again with Crystal, Loretta engineered a third Decca contract and wrote “I’ve Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes.” In 1970, it became Crystal’s first charted country single. Loretta also gave her baby sister a stage name, to avoid confusion with Decca’s Brenda Lee. And Loretta urged Crystal to step away from her shadow and find her own style. With no chart success following her hit debut single Crystal left Decca three years later. Just when she was about to leave Nashville as a country-music failure, Crystal was signed by United Artists Records. Beginning in 1974, she began working with producer Allen Reynolds and issued a string of hugely successful records in a smoother style. She traded country vocal belting for languid, liquid phrasing that was far more individualistic. In doing so, Crystal became one of the defining artists of that era’s “country-politan” movement that brought country records on to pop-music charts. Of Crystal Gayle’s 35 top-10 country hits to date, 13 have become sizable pop and/or adult-contemporary hits as well. So while she is one of the 10 biggest hit-making country female artists of all time, she is also familiar to millions of non-country listeners.“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “Ready For the Times to Get Better,” “Half the Way,” her Eddie Rabbitt duet “You and I” and the rest of her hit repertoire have brought Crystal Gayle atrophy case full of honors. They include a Grammy, two CMA awards, four American Music Awards and five ACM accolades.She became the first female country artist to earn a Platinum Record (1978), entered the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame (2008), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2009) and won induction into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry (2017). Crystal Gayle has also been fortunate to attain overseas stardom. Her music has found favor with audiences in Japan, Sweden, England, Holland, Spain, Korea (where “When I Dream” was a huge hit), Australia, Germany, Ireland, Finland and The Philippines. She was the first country star to perform in China. This is no doubt the result of her impressive musical diversity. Crystal has one of the most wide-ranging repertoires of any country star. Her albums for United Artists, Columbia, Elektra/Warner, Capitol/Liberty, Branson, Intersound, Madacy and her own Southpaw labels contain songs from wildly eclectic sources. Crystal has sung the works of Billie Holiday, Elton John, Kurt Weill, Carole King, Ray Charles, Jim Croce, Delanie & Bonnie, Jimmy Buffett, Bread, Neil Sedaka, Ian & Sylvia, Bill Withers, Delbert McClinton, Duke Ellington, Billy Vera and Irving Berlin, among others.www.crystalgayle.
She devoted an entire CD to the music of fellow Hoosier Hoagy Carmichael. She has also recorded albums comprised of Christmas, gospel and children’s music, as well as pop standards. Crystal collaborated with Tom Waits on the soundtrack of the 1982 film One From the Heart. She recorded theme songs for the TV series Masquerade (1983, with Paul Williams), Dallas (1985,with Gary Morris) and the soap opera Another World (1987, with Gary Morris). She has also recorded country classics. Sprinkled throughout her 25-album catalog are interpretations of Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone,” Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Don Gibson’s “Oh Lonesome Me,” Ray Price’s “For the Good Times” and Jimmie Rodgers’ “Miss the Mississippi and You” plus tunes by such country greats as Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Marty Robbins and Rodney Crowell. For her first album in 15 years, she has created an entire collection of these. You Don’t Know Me includes such iconic songs as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “You Win Again,” “Please Help Me I’m Falling,” “Crying Time” and “That’s the Way Love Goes.” Crystal shines a new spotlight on the compositions of Willie Nelson, Cindy Walker, Gordon Lightfoot, Harlan Howard, Dallas Frazier and their peers.“My son, Chris, produced the record with me,” Crystal comments. “And Chris did great engineering and mixing. He is so good technically, and he is also very musical. The songs were definitely new to him, but he loved them.“”They don’t write songs like they used to. Nashville is a treasure trove of writers with great songs. And then there are these, which are classic. I wish young artists and producers would listen to this kind of music. I think people should record more of these.” www.crystalgayle.com Follow on all socials @thecrystalgayle
Known as Candy O for 25 years on Magic 106.7/WMJX, Candy O’Terry is an award-winning content creator who has spent her career providing a platform for women to share their stories. As the Founder of My Dove Productions and the Candy O Radio Network, Candy’s lens is focused on women doing great things with their lives. She is the host of The Story Behind Her Success weekly podcast and radio series, The Speaker Coach podcast, 16 Life Lessons Motivation Monday feature, and Candy’s Land, a 4-part music video series for young children during the pandemic. Her latest venture is the Nashville-based podcast series Country Music Success Stories featuring Music City Mentor, Jacy Valeras. Chosen by her peers as the 2015 Massachusetts Broadcaster of the Year, Candy is the winner of 50 local and national awards for excellence in women’s programming. To date, she has interviewed over 700 women from every walk of life with the mantra: when we lift each other up, we all rise. A lifelong singer, Candy’s full-length CD Dream Come True includes songs heard around the world. Born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, she is also the Co-Founder of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment. The consummate performer, Candy O has never met a microphone she didn’t love!
Jacy Dawn Valeras:
Music City Mentor and Platinum Circle Media Founder Jacy Dawn Valeras got her start as a country singer. Born and raised in a little town outside of Boston, Jacy was writing songs and singing at local events at only 13. By the time she was 19, Jacy was opening for country music legends like Reba and Willie and performing at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden, the Bluebird Café and the Texas Troubadour Theatre. When vocal issues caused her to press pause on her singing career, Jacy knew she had to turn the page and start a new chapter. In 2012, she combined her talent and experience as a performer with her love of social media marketing, graphic design and content creation to launch Platinum Circle Media. Grammy, CMA, ACM, JUNO Award winners and Country Music Hall of Fame members have become Jacy’s clients and friends. Widely known as the woman in new media who returns calls, meets deadlines, believes in the power of relationships to get the job done, Jacy checks all the boxes. When it comes to content creation, digital marketing, and increasing online visibility, Jacy Dawn Valeras is in a league of her own. As the creator and host of the Music City Mentor YouTube series, Jacy shares her wisdom with aspiring artists. Her inspiring platform devoted to mentorship and how to make it in Nashville, has 250 thousand views and counting.