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(April 17, 2013) - RollingStone.com premiered an acoustic version of Ashley Monroe's "Weed Instead of Roses" today. The song, co-written by RareSpark Media Group's own Jon McElroy and Sally Barris, is on Monroe's new solo album "Like A Rose," in stores now.

Rarespark Media Group Heads South for the Key West Songwriters Festival

(March 10, 2013) - The entire family of RareSpark writers, including Victoria Banks, Jon McElroy, Jim Reilley, E Marlowe & Suzanne Strickland, are scheduled to participate in the 18th annual Key West Songwriters Festival. The largest of its kind in the world, The Key West Songwriter's Festival includes five days and nights of more than 20 free shows, "staged at an array of the island's most popular drinking holes and hot spots.” More than 100 of the world’s top songwriters will appearance at the festival May 1st through May 5th.

Tate Stevens Cut

(February 28, 2013) - It’s official! “Ordinary Angels” written by RareSpark Media writer Victoria Banks (with Phil Barton & Emily Shackelton) is track #9 on Tate Stevens’ self-titled debut album. Tate, Fox’s The X-Factor Season 2 winner and Syco Music / RCA Nashville recording artist, is excited to share his new music with his fans. In a recent interview with countrymusicrocks.com, Tate says, “Since winning The X Factor, we’ve listened to hundreds of songs and set a ton of writing appointments with some of Nashville’s best songwriters.

(January 23, 2013) - Canadian Country Music Association award winner Victoria Banks returns to her homeland next month to perform in benefit of two organizations close to her heart. First up, Big Hearts for Big Kids in Grande Prairie, Alberta, an event in aid of youth at risk of homelessness in the local community. Over the past three years, Big Hearts has raised close to $200,000 for the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Centre. The line-up for the February 23rd show includes Deric Ruttan, The Jeffersons, Jason McCoy and Tenille.

Rarespark Announces New Site

(October 24, 2012) — Suzanne Strickland and Scot Sherrod announced today the official grand opening of RareSpark Media Group, lnc., a company focused on developing and nurturing musical talent for the entertainment industry. Understanding that the relationship between them and the songwriter is a true partnership, the company is utilizing a new model, blurring the lines between publishing, production, development and management.

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