The CMA Awards Show in Nashville was absolutely incredible! It was my first time at the CMA’s and I was so impressed with the way the show was produced and every performance was top notch!

I am so thankful to Danilo Gabrielli for the AMAZING gown he designed for me … I felt like a princess : )

The after party at the Country Music Hall of Fame was spectacular and we all had a blast. Can’t wait for next year’s award show!!

Taking Our Show on the Road to Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, Cleveland & Rochester…

We covered quite a bit of ground on our last radio tour, with the first stop at WDSY Y108 in Pittsburgh. At Y108 we met up with on-air personality and program director, Stoney Richards, who does the weekly drivetime show. Musician Joey Sykes and my record promoter, Larry Pareigis, President of Nine North Records / Turnpike Music, both accompanied me on this radio tour and it was great to have that kind of support around me. Larry commands a tremendous amount of respect in country radio, dating back to when he helped to break The Dixie Chicks. Joey Sykes and I performed for everyone down at WDSY and we gifted Stoney Richards with our promotional “Me Time” and “I Don’t Feel Anything” t-shirts.

Next, it was off to “Froggy” 94.9 (they also broadcast on 103.5 and 104.3 in their region). Everything over at “Froggyland” radio is frog themed, even down to the deejays’ names. We hung out with deejay, David Hopperfield, who was very sweet. After a lively conference room performance for the Froggy crew, we joined them for dinner. David was a professional drummer at one time in his career, so we had that musical kinship. Before leaving Froggy, the station had me record a station ID promo where the written copy actually required me to “ribbit” like a frog. I felt better when I was told that Carrie Underwood and many of the biggest artists who had come through their doors were also compelled to croak the radio station’s famous “ribbit,” so I’m in good company! Afterwards they gave me a fun swag bag full of stuff from “Froggyland,” including a giant coffee mug that I use every morning :).

When we moved on to Cleveland, Program Director Charlie Connelly and DJ Chuck Collier, at WGAR 99.5, had me perform a live acoustic set in their radio station’s studio. Charlie and Chuck were very sweet and receptive, and since Charlie is originally from Long Island and misses his NY Islanders hockey team, I brought him a goodie bag full of Islanders gear, which he loved.

After Cleveland we moved on to Fort Wayne, Indiana and WBTU U.S. 93.3 where we were greeted by Assistant Program Director AJ Maguire and Colin, the station’s music director. I pre-recorded an on-air performance of “Me Time” for WBTU and AJ told me about a recent contest the station had where they offered a generous reward for whoever could locate and recover the “9” that was mysteriously stolen from their 93.3 sign out front. The listener who found and returned the station’s missing 9 donated his reward of $10,000 to a local homeless shelter.

WBEE 92.5 in Rochester, NY actually invited their listeners to come down to the radio station to watch me and Joey Sykes perform. After performing for their listeners I did a Q&A and autographed photos for everyone. These spontaneous concerts are some of my favorite radio appearances because I actually get to meet country music fans and thank them for their support and enthusiasm for my music. And it was on the Rochester stop on our radio tour where I created my “Lisa Matassa Minute” video blog where I began posting video journals of my experiences on the road and posting them to my YouTube channel. We shoot the Lisa Matassa Minute right on my iPhone and it’s pretty raw and organic; a video journal of this amazing journey I am on.

Doing Radio Promotion in California for “Me Time”

On July 18th I packed up and headed to California for the first stops on my West Coast radio promotional tour for my EP, Me Time. Joining me out in Cali was brilliant music producer and musician, Joey Sykes, whose credits include work with artists: Meredith Brooks, Bryan Adams and Bare Naked Ladies. My record promoter, Greg Stevens from Nine North Records, also joined us out on the road for this first leg of my west coast radio tour.

Our first stop was at Sunny Country 102.5 FM in Santa Maria, California where we pre-recorded an interview for The Morning Show with Jay and Niki, followed by Joey Sykes and me giving an in-studio performance of 2 songs from the Me Time EP. We sang and played “Wouldn’t You Like to Know” and “Somebody’s Baby.” Jay, from The Morning Show with Jay and Niki, had just had a baby girl named Sophia, so we dedicated our performance of “Somebody’s Baby” to his newborn baby girl.

Before leaving for our next radio stop, I had the chance to meet everyone at the radio station and sign plenty of pictures for the Sunny Country 102.5 staff.

Next, we drove north to Solvang, California, one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen, with Danish-inspired architecture and breathtaking wine vineyards. KRAZ, KRAZy Country 105.9 FM radio deejay, Stefan Carpenter, met us at Roblar Winery a local vineyard for an informal meeting about Me Time. Minutes later, our meeting turned into an on-the-spot performance after I suggested that I play some songs for him right there in the private wine tasting room. Joey Sykes broke out his guitar and I began to sing. Within minutes a crowd was gathering around and pulling up chairs to watch Joey and I perform, turning my meeting with Stefan into an impromptu country music concert!

After performing 6 or 7 songs for the crowd, people approached me for autographs and the owner of the vineyard gifted us with two of their best bottles of wine, one red and one white. Later that evening we ate dinner at a famous local restaurant called The Hitching Post, where portions of the movie Sideways was filmed.

Our two days in California began and ended perfectly, and the very next day we hopped a plane to Boise Idaho for the next leg of our Me Time radio tour…

My Single “Me Time” Gets Added Into Rotation at Eight Radio Stations, and Counting…

I just found out today, according to my radio promoter @ Nine North Records, that I was the second most added independent female recording artist on the country charts yesterday! How about that?

From what I was told by my amazing Nine North rep, Larry Pareigis, “What makes this achievement notable is that the #1 most added independent female recording artist yesterday is actually on her 9th single.” “Me Time” is my 1st single off of my newly released EP, Me Time, so we are making some great strides!

I’m very fortunate to have “Me Time” added into the rotation in some really great country markets. We’re off to a great start, and thank you to my incredible team at Nine North Records, headed up by Larry Pareigis.

As of, Monday, June 13, 2011, the following country radio stations have reported adding my single, “Me Time,” into their airplay rotation:

WJVC Long Island, NY WIWF Charleston, NC WKSF Asheville, NC WRSF Nag’s Head, NC WWGY Youngstown, OH WHXK Bluefield, WV WXXK, Lebanon, NH KEAN Abilene, TX