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General Artists

Ariel McIlnay

In a unique key of voice Ariel McIlnay stands out from all the rest. Having her first performance at the age of 4; having won her first competition, Fuquay-Varina Jr. Idol in 2007, Ariel is growing a talent that will be around for a long time. Among her many other accomplishments: Piano since the age of 7; NC Middle School Honors Chorus; NC All-County Chorus; active member Youth Praise Band; leading performance in the musical, OZ, and last but not all, First Place Winner of the NC State Fair Folk Festival Competition;years 2010,11,12,13. Goals are to continue accomplishments in the field of music, while working toward a music CD.

Erin Strickland

Loving to sing since she was a child Erin stepped right into the pathway of music on her 16th birthday, singing karaoke by request at a local restaurant. In a very short while she was performing center stage at the Nashville Opry, Nashville N. C., where seen and heard she was recommended to NCMN for spotlight. Erin is a devoted music artist who sings without reservation, anywhere, any time, if given the opportunity. "I have no idea where this road might lead me, she says, all I know is that I just want to sing.

Maria Cox

Not only do her smooth and sultry sounds please the ear but her heartfelt sincere lyrics touch the heart. As a singer/songwriter Maria discovered her gift when she was 15.  By the age of 17 she had dedicated her life to the Lord and made the choice to delicate  her music as well.  Her varied experience includes the White House and the prestigious Heritage Gold Festival in San Francisco. She is in training at Chowan University with the concept of making Christian music her life's work.  NCMN is proud to present the fabulous—Maria Cox.


Eric Langley

Eric's greatest ambition is to make a musical CD, making good his love for Country Music. Getting his start singing at weddings and church events, as a guitarist and singer. Eric is hoping to professionally develop his duel musical talents. Hoping to network with other music artist in the area, he is open to taking the music road where ever it leads. Watch closely as Eric Langley sets his goals to match his many talents.


Jamie Bryant

Proving herself as a true winner, as a Singer/Songwriter Jamie's original music has been excepted by numerous radio stations, and has won her notoriety by winning the Singer/Songwriter Contest for Kenny Chesney's, “Next Big Star”, where she advanced to open for Kenny and Leann Rimes in Charlotte, NC.  Allowing her to perform her songs to thousands of Country Music fans, this small town girl with the big big voice, includes her accomplishments as beginning in high school; a long list of performances all over North Carolina.  Jamie is a valued member of NCMN's Team Support.


Heather Johnson

As an innovative singer/songwriter who excels in vocals,
singing solos in church since the age of seven, Heather remained successful throughout high school maintaining an impressive list of accomplishments: NC Honors Chorus, NC All State Chorus; Johnston County Country Music Showcase; Reining Roanoke Valley Idol, 3/c., Karaoke Idol, WHIG TV; Concert, Dunn Center Wesleyan College; Grand Finale Prize Winner; Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Aditorium Recording Session. As an Anthem singer: Little League Softball World Series, 3/c.; Wilson Tobbs; Carolina Mudcats; Kinston Indians; NC Music Network Active Team Support.


Jessica Charbonneau

As an avid fan of music Jessica credits her family, church music director, and her high school chorus teacher for helping her overcome shyness.  Loving to sing she now performs in the high school chorus, and church choir. When she isn't singing, in school, or working part time she volunteers at For the Love of Dogs, a no kill shelter in her local area. Competing in last year's Colgate Country Showdown, and NCMN's Scholarship Showcase 1000, Jessica remains as a member of the NCMN Support Team.

Amanda Rudd

First inspired by her younger sister, Amber, Amanda Gray has been singing in the country and contemporary gospel field since the age of eleven. Singing in the Praise and Worship Band at First Baptist Church in Tarboro, in and around the local communities, she has become quiet the accomplished vocalist. Motivated by a deep desire to bless people with her singing she continues to perform.

Amber Rudd

With solos flavored country and contemporary gospel, Amber Louise has been singing since the tender age of nine. Giving of herself freely in service to First Baptist Church in Tarboro, she and her sister Amanda Gray sing duets that make the church ladies cry. The highlight of her career, becoming state Champion for the North Carolina Junior Beta Club, Special Talent Division, has taken her well on her way to area recognition.

Captured Hearts

Singled out certainly as the youngest and probably the most talented young trio in the area are, Jessica, 15, Amanda, 13, and Emily, 10. Having been established for almost four years now their popularity in the gospel arena is growing by leaps and bounds. Entertaining for the Kirby Music and Literary Club, Jackson Woman's Club, and the Ruritan Club, just to name a few, they have sung live on the air at WQDK-99.3 FM in Ahoskie, and having recorded a few songs you can hear them every Sunday on this same station. NCMN is proud to present three talented Independent Music Arists--Captured Hearts.


Chris Hinton

Chris's love of music began at an early age, rocking in the cradle to the sounds of the family band. Coming from a long line of musicians Chris is mastering the art of rhythm and lead guitar, drums, mandolin and banjo. As a solo artist he has performed recently competing in the Clayton Idol Competition. Chris looks forward to college and performing as lead guitarist in the family band, Country Plus. NCMN is proud to present-Chris Hinton.

Take 2

Michael Langley and Tracy Farmer have reunited their musical talents; the sweet harmony of blending voices has moved them into the spotlight. Growing up in Nash County, both coming from musical families, they are joined together again, doing music the right way.NCMN is pleased to Take 2 as Independent Music Artist, extraordinaire.

Kaitlyn Flythe

It has been said that Kaitlyn was born with a song in her heart. She enjoys singing for local festivals, as well as church services, and performing in the 2007 country Music Showcase at Johnston Community College was a real thrill for her. At 17 years of age, Kaitlyn has a powerful voice and enjoys singing both old and new country music. Expect to see and hear more from her in the future.

Holly Pleasant

Holly Pleasant

First recognized by NCMN in 2006, having completed her first full CD of cover songs Holly is a dynamic vocalist. As a recent winner of Colgate Country Showdown she is now an intricate part of the Roanoke Valley Country Music Jubilee. To future her career plans she hopes to attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. NCMN is proud to welcome Holly to its staff as a coordinator serving the Independent Music Artist in Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County. Look to hear more from Holly.


Cassie Dunn

Cassie Dunn

We actually found Cassie through her grandmother, singing her praises. Right away she became a member of NCMN. We like to think of Cassie as one of those rising stars already on the move. Getting off to an early start in the business, Cassie has already recorded her first CD. Congratulations Cassie from your fellow members of NCMN.

Robert Leonard

Robert is a down to earth young man who has a passion for songwriting and singing. He began singing in church and school at a young age, playing guitar, piano, and trombone. Composing on both guitar and piano he also enjoys singing great cover songs. With plans that include continuing his education and a career in music, following his passion for writing, composing and performing, most of all Robert plans to enjoy the journey. The promise of a long career in music is evident when you see him perform

Ricky Hale

A humorous person who enjoys entertaining, singing songs like "Man of Constant Sorrows" and "It's Hard to be Humble", Ricky   sings his way into the heart of his audience. As a singer of both country and christian music, last year he sang his way into the finals, Colgate's Country Music Showdown 2007, in Wilson, N. C. Preforming local events during the year for charity and church he sings simply for the enjoyment of others.


Brandi Love

Brandie is a 16-year-old sophomore who enjoys spending time with family and friends, but most of all singing. As an aspiring country music star she hopes to one day sing in front of thousands of screaming fans. Singing at local events, festivals, and anywhere she can, Brandie's biggest influences are Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, and Faith Hill. Recognizing her gift as coming from God she plans to use her talents to the fullest.

Mark King

As manager of the band, Deuces Wild, Mark's talents for vocals and drums have led him and the band into a place of significant exposure. Five years in the making, one great group of talented guys and one singing gal have become one of the area's most beloved bands. Although Mark has helped in saturating the area with good music he comments he is first of all a dedicated family man.

Linda Ripke

Linda is a vivacious entertainer who loves to minister to others with her happy go lucky music. A key-boardest in the Classic Country genre, she entertains her audience with light comedy as well as good singing. Even though she finds herself comfortable on the secular stage, she also loves doing Gospel concerts for churches to which she will be adding puppetry for the kids. Linda has long range goals set for her self, and is looking forward to her association with NCMN. 


Sara Dew

Since the age of six with violin lessons turning quickly into fiddle, Sara has grown into country music popularity. Playing previously with many different music groups she now has her own band, with a new CD entitled, Dew Point Rising. As the winner of 2008 NC/SC Colgate Country Showdown, Sara has also performed venues in Nashville, Tenn: Wild Horse Saloon, Bluebird Cafe' and the Twin Fiddle. Opening for Josh Turner, Lady Antebellum, Heidi Newfield, Confederate Railroad and Jason Michael Carroll Sara has found a true country music niche.

Charlie Flowers

Charlie Flowers

Well it looks as if Charlie Flowers has a "Tiger by the Tail." In a little store front just off the main drag we found Charlie singing his heart out to a great bunch of fans, many of which had followed him from Wilson, NC. It speaks well of an artist when their fans follow their performances. Rocking to the beat of traditional country hits, Charlie can also wind it down to a slow southern whine from the past -- "Borrowed Angel." Charlie's been kicking around these parts for a good while. Teaching is his day job, but any way you want to squirrel it up Charlie's got it all.  


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