Thursday, March 18, 2021


Country music hitmaker, T.G. Sheppard 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 T.G. Sheppard, who offers a vivid view of what a career in country music looks like. This is literally a rags-to-riches story, punctuated by a chance meeting with Elvis Presley that changed T.G.'s life. 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.

“Sitting and visiting with Candy and Jacy and talking about my life in the music business will go down as one of my most memorable interviews," expressed T.G. Sheppard "Interviews are no more than conversations between people, and I must say Candy and Jacy made it easy and such a pleasure to open up and discuss a wide range of topics. It’s been quite a while since I’ve enjoyed an interview as much as this one.”

"I remember interviewing Kelly Lang months ago in her gourmet kitchen. Toward the end of the interview, her handsome husband poked his head around the corner to say hello. At that moment, I knew T.G. Sheppard had some serious star power," exclaimed Candy O'Terry. "When Jacy and I returned to Kelly and T.G.'s beautiful home, it was his turn to share a success story like no other. Listen to this episode, and you will hear the story of a 15-year-old kid who crawled out his bedroom window one night with 60 cents in his pocket and a prayer that he would make it in Country music. What happens after that will take your breath away."

"T.G.'s life and journey to success is one that continues to inspire me daily. He is the true definition of an entertainer, and he is a perfect example of what can happen with a lot of hard work and unwavering belief in yourself," shared Jacy Valares.

Future guests will include John and Robin Berry, Tony Brown, Steve Dorff, Jim Vest, Collin Raye 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, Larry Strickland 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 and 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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