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RICK BARKER
Rick BarkerRick Barker is looked upon as one of the music industry’s best marketers and artist developers, having spent two years managing the day-to-day operations of superstar Taylor Swift. He also created the “Nashville To You” radio tour, which played a role in the early development of several acts, such as Little Big Town and Sugarland. Barker’s impact on music extends to the industry’s record labels. He was the first record promoter hired by Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, where he had a role in the label’s first Number One record with singer-songwriter Jack Ingram. Barker later went on to found his own marketing and consulting firm, at which his first client was Sony Music Nashville. He is also the mastermind behind the Music Industry Blueprint, a development service now teaching artists from around the world everything they need to know about the complicated music business.
DALE PENNER
dale_pennerProducer/Engineer/Mixer Dale Penner is the driving force behind Paradise Alley Productions, a combination production/artist development company. Countless projects have benefited from Penner’s production, including; Nickelback’s The State (Roadrunner) certified gold in America, platinum in Canada and scored Two Billboard Top Ten Singles (“Leader of Men” and “Breathe”).  Dale received the “Producer of the Year” award at the WCMA’s for his work on Holly McNarland’s (Universal) platinum selling Stuff sopohmore release. Other Penner production credits include: The Matthew Good Band, Econoline Crush and Montreal’s Jonas (Certified Gold & nominted for “Rock Album of the Year” at the 2006 Juno Awards). In fall of 2010 Dale was once again nominated “Producer of the Year” for Western Canada.

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