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AM/FM Country Chart-Topper Ashley Puckett Releases First Self-Penned Single

The Pittsburgh-based artist will release “Tequila” on October 28th, 2022. She co-wrote the song with Andrew Douglas and Nathan Beatty.

Since the release of her 2020 debut album, “Never Say Never,” Pittsburgh’s Ashley Puckett has enjoyed enormous success, spring-boarding her onto the international country music radar.  Her album has racked up an incredible 450K+ Spotify streams.  Her single, “Bulletproof” reached #1 on the New Music Weekly AM/FM radio chart, also reaching #1 on the international iTunes sales charts.  Two more singles also reached the Top 10 radio and sales charts, while ushering in a 2022 International Singer Songwriter Association (ISSA) Award for US Female Emerging Artist.

Now, Ashley Puckett is looking to take her music career to the next level, by releasing her first co-written single, “Tequila.” The song, written by Puckett with Andrew Douglas and producer, Nathan Beatty, drops on October 28th, 2022 on MTS Records.  Like her album, the track was recorded at Tonic Studios in Pittsburgh.

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“This song was written from a place of almost desperation for answers and just wanting to throw in the towel to love,” Ashley said. “Personally, I’ve had my share of times where I wanted to walk into a little bar where people knew me – or didn’t, as long as I wasn’t some center of attention to just sit alone and drink. ‘Tequila’ is a traditional country song where a girl has a conversation with, well, tequila. It starts with thinking too much, and as the night unfolds, the liquor does what it does.”

A music video is also in the works.

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ABOUT ASHLEY PUCKETT: Ashley Puckett was born and raised in North Huntingdon, just east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ashley realized her passion for music at a young age, performing at vocal competitions and community events, and eventually, landing at open-mic nights and shows in bars and clubs, doing anything to keep the music and her passion alive. Her musical influences have been empowering..shaping the artist she has become: Ladies like Lee Ann Womack, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, Carol King and LeAnn Rimes. At age sixteen Ashley picked up the guitar, began writing songs, and the adventurous country girl hit the road. For more information, please visit

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John Vento Pays Tribute To Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, Promotes Suicide Prevention In Latest Music Video

The music video for John Vento’s #1 UK iTunes single, “Sweet Cheslie” will premiere this Wednesday at 8pm ET.

PITTSBURGH, PA – October 19, 2022 – When John Vento released his latest single, “Sweet Cheslie” at the end of September, he had no idea how great an impact the song would have. In fact, Vento was apprehensive about writing and recording a song about the suicide of former Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst. It was writer Matt Wohlfarth, whose lyrical sketch proved the deciding factor in Vento moving forward with the song’s creation and production. Along with Shane McLaughlin (Buffalo Rose), David Granati, and Bob Zigerelli, the team emerged with a beautiful tribute that would reach the top of the UK iTunes charts.

Enter video producer Jim Pitulski of Face 4 Radio productions. Pitulski utilized images of Cheslie Kryst alongside performance clips of John Vento and a poignant performance by Karen Hoteck to create a beautiful and touching video tribute.

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“All of us took extra special care and love in crafting this very meaningful work,” said Vento. “ it features Ms. Karen Hoteck, who lost someone near and dear to her, by suicide. She sums it all up with a plea, ‘If you or anyone that you might know is possibly considering suicide CALL 988, and do it now!”

The World Premiere of the “Sweet Cheslie” music video is set for Wednesday, October 19th at 8pm Eastern.  Watch it at

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More details about John Vento can be seen at

For more information about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, please visit

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What’s In A Name? Swedish Country Artist and Fitness Guru Miqael Persson Rebrands and Finds Healing with “Walking Medicine”

The chart-topping Swedish singer and songwriter known has Hicks has changed his stage name to miQa.El. His latest single drops on November 11th.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN –October 20th, 2022 – Chart topping Swedish country music icon Hicks (Miqael Persson) has made his way to international success with quintessential country songs that have received acclaim from listeners and music industry icons both. With more than 160K Spotify streams (over 60 million for songs he wrote!) and several #1 radio chart-toppers to his credit, as well as Gold and Platinum status for his songs at home, Hicks is no more…

Persson is starting a new era in his musical journey by rebranding to new stage name, ‘miQa.El’, while also releasing his lively new single, ‘Walking Medicine’. The song is a milestone for miQa.El, as it signifies his decision to start over in life and create new and meaningful experiences in all areas of life, which includes his music.

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“I felt it was time for a change,” says Persson. “It has been a lot of pain and a lot of decision making, but I decided to put Hicks on the shelf…despite all the chart success, awards and attention. It feels like I’m starting over with everything in life. Feels very exciting.”

“Walking Medicine” hits radio on October 24th, with retail to follow on November 11th.  A concept music video will drop the same day as the retail release.


With major chart success across US, UK and parts of EU, miQa.El is a unique artist with many awards and accolades. As Hicks, he was named Europe’s Best Country Artist at the British CMAs.  Additional awards included Best International Country Artist, Best Video, Best Song and many more. In addition to writing notable songs for his own discography, miQa.El has also written songs for many celebrated artists across the globe, including Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Little River Band, Giant (Dann Huff), W.E.T, Eclipse, Work Of Art, First Signal Grammy Nominee Toby Hitchcock, along with renowned Swedish artists such as Barbados, Magnus Carlsson, Dogge Doggelito, Micke “Syd” Andersson, Pernilla Wahlgren, Brandsta City Släckers and many more.

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More details about miQa.El and his new single ‘Walking Medicine’ can be seen at

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