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Archives for April 2010

Bootcamp Alumni KURTIS Semi-Finalist in Competition

Great news for the band KURTIS, one of Tom’s “guinea pig” bands at Bootcamp last fall: the group has made it to the semi-finals in the Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival Battle of the Bands! Winners of the final online voting process get to play the BamaJam Festival stage, and will have the […]

New Music Seminar Announces Speakers for July Event

With less than two days left to register and save, the first round of speakers for the New Music Seminar in New York this July 19-21 have been announced and it is a virtual who’s who of the next music business! The New York Conference has been expanded to three nights and two days, and […]

The Band Tournament

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to go to Minneapolis to speak and to judge a band tournament at the state-of-the-art Club 3 Degrees. So what do you get when you mix together promoters, label heads, radio guys, and lots of ex-rockers that have seen hundreds of bands over the years? Amy WolterAs […]

Junkyard Poets Open for Newsboys

Congrats to Junkyard Poets, a six piece rock band out of Alberta, Canada, on landing an opening spot for the western leg of the latest Newsboys tour! Fronted by award winning songwriter Jared Salte, the band played in front of crowds in Edmonton (April 18), Calgary (April 19), Saskatoon (April 21), Winnipeg (April 22), Fargo […]

Your Matrix: Red Pill or Blue Pill?

In Australia a few years ago, an artist walked offstage to 18,000 cheering fans. She came backstage and asked if I’d seen the show. I had. “What did you think?” she asked. Red pill, blue pill – which one do you want? In the Matrix, when Neo is about to take the reality-giving red pill, […]

Sidewalk Prophets Named New Artist of the Year

Congratulations to Sidewalk Prophets, were named New Artist of the Year at the 41st Annual Dove Awards! The band’s Dove award came on the heels of their No. 1 hit, “The Words I Would Say,” from their top-selling debut album, These Simple Truths. Tom Jackson and Amy Wolter both look forward to spending more time […]

Casting Crowns Wins Dove Award Top Honor

Congratulations to top-selling Christian group Casting Crowns for being named Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards Wednesday night! After scoring five consecutive Group of the Year titles, Casting Crowns said this honor was “extra special because the fans were voting.” Tom JacksonTom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist’s live show […]

Francesca Battistelli: Female Vocalist of the Year

The 41st Annual Dove Awards were held in Nashville last night. Congratulations to Francesca Battistelli on walking away with Female Vocalist of the Year! Francesca and her team also received a Dove for Short Form Music Video of the Year for her song “Free To Be Me.” Both Tom Jackson and Amy Wolter, who have […]

Welcome to the 21st Century

I’ve been working with two bands the last couple of weeks. Both of them are potentially on the verge of breaking big. One’s a rock act; one is a country band. One’s been on MTV a lot; one just did the ACMs, opening for Lady Antebellum. It still amazes me that acts like these are […]

Amy Wolter to Teach at Club 3 Degrees Workshop

On Thursday, April 15, beginning at 7pm, Club 3 Degrees, Vision Van Gogh, and Tom Jackson Productions will be hosting an artist improvement workshop: “Change That You Can Put in the Bank!” The workshop will be held at Club 3 Degrees in Minneapolis, and is free for this year’s Club 3 tournament entrants. Cost for […]