Stephanie Williams Brings the Fire with Her Successful Album Among a New Breed of Female Country Music Superstars Featured at CMA Awards on ABC November 12

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Stephanie Williams may be a down home Maryland country girl, but she sounds like one of the new polished female superstars featured at this year's CMA Awards. Produced by veteran hitmaker Robert Metzgar, Williams latest single release, "Real Fire" has just made it into Billboard's top 150 hot country singles at radio stations around the globe. Williams has been compared to Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson all her contemporaries in country music.

My producer and label have helped me get to the first level

Stephanie Williams may be a down home Maryland country girl, but she sounds like one of the most polished new female country superstars that have the wind at their back.

"If you pick up a copy of her latest album entitled, Real Fire, you'll see what all the buzz is about on music row." Williams is on fire as a female artist in a crowded field along with Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson. Vocally, she shines like a full moon on a clear night overlooking the ocean. Entertainment Headline News editor Mikel Gore interviewed Stephanie this week about her new single record which is already in the Billboard charts and making its way into the Top 100 Billboard hot single releases for 2009.

Q: Stephanie what is secret of your latest Billboard success with the song, "Real Fire?"

A: "Recording in Nashville today is still financially reasonable." I met with Hall of Fame producer Robert Metzgar and talked with him about recording my current album about a year ago. He put together a group of songs that I considered from a list of Nashville's most famous songwriters. From the outset, I just loved the song, Real Fire, which was written by Tom Shapiro and Sharon Vaughn. I came to Nashville and recorded with some of the greatest session musicians over a period of about six months and finally got the project finished. Now that the single record is at radio, we are seeing the results of a long campaign to promote this record.

Q: What are some of the artists that you personally listened to as a young person growing up?

A: As a child growing up in Calvert county Maryland, I listened to Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, The Judds, and even Patsy Cline on the radio. I have one sister and my family was always into music. I started in chorus at my middle school and then at Calvert High School got the greatest help from Paul Douglass who was our chorus teacher and Lou Libello our band instructor.

By the time I graduated from High School a few years ago, I was following Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and Garth Brooks. My heart was in country music. I constantly sing everywhere I go, whether its in the car or around the house. "Singing is my life and I have music in my heart all the time." I am excited to be a Platinum Plus Universal recording artist.

Q: What were your earliest performances as a singer/songwriter?

A: I have always sang in church and in various venues throughout my area. I really got my start singing with my friend Deanna's karaoke business. She would travel around and put on karaoke shows and I would sing in all these various venues. It helped strengthen my voice and bring me to the point where I wanted to record. When you think that 48,000 new artists put out records every quarter, and only 35 of those artists will ever find their way into any chart at all, "It is very humbling to think that you have a single record in the Billboard charts," and other charts from your album project. I did get songs from a virtual "Who's Who?" of Nashville's hit songwriting community. My producer solicited songs from the best songwriters in Music City. "MCA Universal producer & consultant Robert Metzgar has had a song that he has produced in the national charts every week for the past nine years."

Q: Who do you emulate as a role model?

A: I have always looked up to my husband Ronnie from the time we met in Solomon, Maryland and he has been my rock in my music career. We have spent literally hundreds of hours mailing out records, publicity packages and working together on getting my music out there to the public. I finally got the courage to apply to the CMA as a working artist and now we have associated our music career with IFCO (International Fan Club Organization) the CMA (Country Music Association) and BMI(Broadcast Music, Inc.) "The album is distributed by the big four through my record company, Platinum Plus Universal." The street date for the album is November 24th.

In this election cycle with the candidates spending in excess of a 100 million a month on media coverage, our record people thought it would be sensible to wait and release the album in stores shortly after the election cycle finished. It would be almost impossible to break a new artist through the media with all the election coverage. So, we'll have a good run on our record until the charts freeze for Christmas and then in the New Year, we'll be ready to put the hammer down and get the promotion moving for the start of 2009. Signing months are ahead of us in January 2009 and I am looking forward to moving to that next level in music.

Q: Tell us about your family?

A: I graduated from Calvert High School. My parents supported my music and I have one sister. I am married with two children, Shawn my son is 9 years old and Haleigh is my daughter is 4. As a family we all work together around my husband Ronnie's business. My husband is an independent contractor.

I have 3 dogs and one cat and we all get along. That is a miracle! "I love my kids, my pets and my music." I sing and perform in our region as my music gets going and know that music is like any other business. It takes commitment and hard work to put your music together as a business and see it become successful.

Q: What are your goals in the music business?

A: Mr. Gore, "I have worked hard for everything that I have ever accomplished in life." I worked in a bakery, I worked in a drug store as a Pharmacy technician and have held about every kind of job a girl could in order to make a living for my family. I respect people who work hard for their future. My goals are to grow my music and make my career in music successful on the national stage. "My producer and label have helped me get to the first level" and I am now ready for the next level. The success of my single record, Real Fire, at radio and with the public is something that I am extremely proud of. I appreciate every fan who buys the album and every person who encourages me in a concert. Country music fans are the most loyal music fans in the world. I look forward to the future of my music in 2009.

Contact: Stephanie Williams
Capitol Management Group
1214 16th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212-2902
800-767-4984 (toll free)
615-321-0600 (wk)
615-321-0182 (fax)
info @

Or: Robert Metzgar, GM
Platinum Plus Universal Records
1214 16th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212-2902
800-767-4984 (toll free)
615-321-0600 (wk)
615-321-0182 (fax)
info @

Stephanie Williams Fan Club
ATTENTION: Ronald Gosnell
Post Office Box 213
St. Leonard, MD 20685
800-767-4984 (toll free)

Written by: Mikel Gore
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