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29th Annual Country Showdown Announces New Winner

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, January 19, 2011 – Jaclyn North representing radio station KHOZ,Harrison, AR has won the 29th Annual Country Showdown at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Recording artist LeAnn Rimes presented the Grand Prize of $100,000 to Jaclyn North at the conclusion of a hotly contested competition. She was chosen over four other contestants: Carin Mari, KBVC, Salida CO; Greg Scudder, KNTY, Sacramento, CA; Kendall Phillips, WFMS, Indianapolis, IN; and Reggie Shaw, KRGI, Grand Island, NE by a panel of country music experts including: Brian Mansfield, music journalist for USA Today; BJ Hill, Senior Director of A&R for Warner/Chappell Music; Lisa Ramsey-Perkins, Senior Director of A&R for Sony Music Nashville; John Ozier, Director of A&R for Curb Records; and Rod Essig, agent from Creative Artists Agency.

Jaclyn North (Southeast Winner) is a singer, songwriter whose music has been described as a smooth blend of southern rock and traditional country, with a sultry kiss of blues. Whether she's singing down on Lower Broadway or at Writer's Night in Nashville, Jaclyn North is earning fans wherever she goes. At the National Final, she performed original songs; “He’s All Yours” and “Lonely Is Long Gone.” Her music, photos, and concert dates can be found at, www.jaclynnorth.com .

Dean Unkefer, Executive Producer- Throughout its 29 years the Country Showdown has helped open doors for many of country music’s most popular artists, from Martina McBride and Tim McGraw to Miley Cyrus, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert. The success of the Country Showdown doesn’t happen without support from our corporate partner. Their support helps keep the tradition of the Showdown alive and gives struggling new artists a chance to showcase their talent and new music. This year we’re extremely proud to welcome Texaco, a brand that exemplifies the Country Showdown… the American Dream, and pride in both our communities and ourselves. Texaco is committed to making the Showdown bigger and better than ever before.

About the Country Showdown - The Texaco Country Showdown, America’s longest-running talent search and largest country radio promotion. The year-long competition begins each spring with over 450 live, family-friendly shows produced by country music radio stations.

Local winners then advance to State and Regional Showdowns held at major entertainment venues where the field is narrowed to five National Finalists. These five artists then compete in a nationally syndicated television special at which the winner receives a Grand Prize of $100,000. The television special has featured major country music artists like LeAnn Rimes, Willie Nelson, Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Dean, Sara Evans, and Loretta Lynn.

This year’s show will air nationwide in April on syndicated television and overseas to military bases on government access channels.

Contact your local radio station to enter the Texaco Country Showdown or log onto www.countryshowdown.com for television airdates and more information. You can also keep up with Jaclyn at www.jaclynnorth.com.

Jaclyn North Wins Colgate Country Southeast Regional

Nashville, Tennessee (December 7, 2010) – Jaclyn North, the South Arkansas State Winner, walked away with the Southeast Regional Title, as well as an all-expense paid trip to the National Final of the 29th Annual Colgate Country Showdown in Nashville, Tennessee on January 13, 2011. ChristmasVille in Rock Hill, South Carolina hosted the event and showcased 8 other acts, who won their local and state competitions. They were: Jason Todd Herring- North/South Carolina (WRHI, Ft. Mill), Ashley McBryde- Tennessee (WKBQ, Covington), Rikki Jo- Kentucky (WKDP, Corbin), McKayla Reese- Georgia (WGOG, Walhalla, SC), Amy Greenlee- Mississippi (WBYP, Yazoo), Ariel Jade- Gulf Coast (WBKN, Brookhaven), Mark Burke- Florida (WOKC, Okeechobee), and Larry Lee Cheshire-North Arkansas (KOKC, Searcy).

Before advancing to the state level, Jaclyn North won her local competition representing KHOZ in Harrison. This singer/songwriter describes her style as a smooth blend of southern rock and traditional country. As a former American Idol contestant, Jaclyn North’s popularity is gaining momentum and hopes a win at the National Final will catapult her music career.

At the Southeast Regional Final, Jaclyn North performed songs, When God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues and an original composition, One Bottle of Wine. Learn More by visiting, www.jaclynnorth.com .

As one of the five regional winners from across the country Jaclyn North will compete for $100,000 and the coveted National Title, “Best New Act in Country Music” in Nashville, Tennessee on January 13, 2011.

About the Showdown: Each year, more than 50,000 artists compete in local competitions throughout the U.S. In all four levels of competition– local, state, regional and national, a uniform judging system is used. The 1-10 point scoring system is used for the following categories: Marketability in Country Music, Vocal/Instrumental Ability, Originality of Performance; Stage Presence/Charisma and Talent with bonus points for Song Writing. Past local, state and regional winners include: Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Sara Evans. Log on to www.colgatecountryshowdown.com for more information about the Colgate Country Showdown.

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Clean Break 2009

Check it out people!!

I am excited to let you guys know that I am going to be a part of the first ever Clean Break 2009. We are kicking it off live at Centennial Park on March 15th. Go to www.cleanbreak2009.org to find out more about Clean Break. Text 66937 to 615-432-3053 to join Clean Break and receive updates and free downloads from myself and other participating artists such as Ken Block of "SisterHazel", Emerson Hart of "Tonic", Edwin McCain, Nathan Lee, Andale, GRITS and more!!

It's going to be an awesome first year!! ~Jaclyn North