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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann



Larry Strickland joins award-winning broadcaster and podcaster, Candy O’Terry and Music City Mentor, Jacy Dawn Valeras on their current episode of their joint podcast project, Country Music Success Stories with Candy O’Terry. In their latest episode of Country Music Success Stories, Candy interviews the legendary bass singer and discovers that Larry Strickland's success has been paved by sheer determination. Jacy follows this interview with advice about persistence and patience, two ingredients that are essential to success in the music business. The popular podcast is well on the way to becoming a success story on its own. Subscribe to the podcast here and listen on all podcast platforms here.

“I enjoyed welcoming Candy and Jacy back to our studio in the barn. Candy had interviewed my wife Naomi Judd for the debut episode of Country Music Success Stories and when she asked me to tell her my story, she made me feel very relaxed and comfortable because she is a great interviewer,” shared Larry Strickland. “As for Jacy, she is a beautiful person inside and out. Her advice to young artists is right on, and I am proud to have been a part of this series.”

“The road to Larry Strickland and Naomi Judd's house is always filled with anticipation because just being in the same room with that kind of talent is remarkable, says Candy O’Terry. As we settled into their spacious home studio and Larry's story unfolded, I realized that he is a part of music history. His stories about touring with Elvis Presley as a member of The Stamps are a stunning glimpse into what it was like to be on stage with the King of Rock & Roll. For anyone who loves music, this episode is required listening.”

“Larry's success in the music industry is a perfect example of hard work, talent, persistence and opportunity, all coming together at the right time,” shares Jacy Valeras. “Every young artist hoping to have a career in the industry should pay attention to Larry's story and the winding road that eventually led him to sharing the stage with one of the biggest artists of all time, Elvis Presley.”

Future guests will include John and Robin Berry, Heidi Newfield, Steve Dorff, T.G. Sheppard, Jim Vest along with many others, including surprise guests along the way. Past guests have included Naomi Judd, Jeannie Seely, Crystal Gayle, Lori McKenna, Karen Staley, Kent Blazy and Kelly Lang.

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.”

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About Larry Strickland:

Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, Larry Strickland was the son of a preacher who loved Gospel Music. Attending his first gospel concert when he was 12 years old, he was hooked. Blessed with a deep voice that few possess, he started singing with gospel quartets traveling all over the state of North Carolina until he was forced to join the military in 1966. After spending four years serving in the US Army with the National Security Agency in Frankfurt, Germany, he continued singing with gospel quartets in and around North Carolina. It wasn’t long before his voice was noticed by the legendary JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. In 1974, Larry was asked to join the group and overnight, he went from singing in regional quartets in the south to touring and recording with Elvis Presley.

He stayed with Elvis until his passing in 1977. Following Elvis’s death, Larry continued to perform with the Stamps. In 1979, he met an unknown red-headed dynamo who went on to form one of the biggest duo’s in music history with her daughter. Larry and Naomi Judd have been married now for over 30 Years. Throughout all of this, he has managed, produced and performed on some of the biggest stages in the world. His voice is heard on millions of records, but he has never lost his love for Gospel Music and continues to perform with the Stamps and others to this day

Candy O’Terry:

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.


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