Publication:The Lawton Constitution; Date:Apr 5, 2013; Section:Weekend; Page Number:1B


Cache resident plans career as songwriter/artist

    A local girl who knows what she wants and is going after it is following her heart and talent to live the dream.

    Cache’s own Cori Emmett is working part time as a hostess and training to be a pharmacy technician, but that’s mainly for the backup “survival plan.” Her No. 1 goal — her “reason,” if you will — is to make it as a recording artist and songwriter. With plenty of upcoming shows, including a gig tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Riley’s in Marlow, and a new CD almost ready to release, this girl is on her way.

    “I am a girl who knows what I want and am going after it,” Emmett said. “I am not letting anything or anyone stop me.”

    It all began with hearing another little girl who grew up to become a renowned singer/songwriter for the first time when she was 5. Leann Rimes’ version of “Blue” led to nonstop singing by the wee Cache songbird. In succession, Emmett learned to play the violin, then the guitar, and at the age of 14 formed her first band, the No U-Turn Band, and began performing throughout Southwest Oklahoma and Texas. Trips back and forth to Nashville — otherwise known as “Mecca” for country singer/songwriters — led to a fortuitous meeting.

    “I learned a lot from my mentor, Katrina Elam, a singer/songwriter who had a No. 1 hit with ‘Easy’ by Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield.”

    She sat in for Elam’s recording sessions at Nashville’s prestigious Blackbird Studio and said she witnessed firsthand what it takes to make a record. Studio owner John McBride asked her, “Hey do you have any songs Martina (McBride) can record? She’s looking.”

    Emmett has since played at the NBA Thunder Opening Day Celebration; Chesapeake Boot of Oklahoma; Oklahoma City’s Opening Night New Year’s Eve Celebration; and many fairs and festivals, clubs and corporate events. The 77th Army Band has named her an honorary member.

    Emmett and her band cover a range of styles from new country to classic rock music. She has a range of original songs that she performs, and on April 26 her first CD, “Released,” will be available. Recorded at Nashville’s “Alex the Great Studio,” five of the songs were written by some of the top Nashville writers, she said, as well as Chris Hicks from the University of Central Oklahoma’s “School of Rock,” and her sister, Chelsey. She said the music is radioready and she feels like there’s something for

    “I got some great advice from a vice president from one of the publishers on Music Row,” Emmett said. “He said that you want to record the best songs that you can get your hands on — this is what I’ve done.”

    Emmett’s gearing up for a five-night run at the Apache Casino and Hotel April 16-20. She’s slated to play the Water Stage of the Oklahoma City Arts Festival April 27 and Lawton’s Arts for All on May 10. Other big shows are slated to follow. Emmett said some other big plans are in the works, but the future will wait to be seen.

    Until then, learn more about this local musician on the fast track to success via her Facebook page or her new website:

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    Duncan-born Aaron Hutto and his band of Drive-Thru Mystics reached a radio milestone this week. The group’s CD, “A Thousand Years of Oblivion,” is ranked No. 1 on KDVS Top 30 Records of the Week. KDVS is a student-run, community, independent, freeform radio station based in Davis, Calif. KDVS broadcasts on the web and at 9200 Watts on 90.3 FM in the Sacramento Valley from UC Davis.

    “This is the first time I have been No. 1 at something,” Hutto said. “Wow, this is huge for me.”

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    GoldSkye Ranch’s “Gold-Skye’s Got Talent” event showcasing some of Oklahoma’s best talent competing for cash prizes and more kicks off this Saturday. Winners in the music and vocal artist categories have the chance to win 20 hours of studio recording time and production at the ranch. Entry is free and contestants can range from 3 years old to adult. Dance groups, magicians and comedians are also welcome to enter.

    Performances will follow April 13 and 27, and the grand finale will be May 4 at the ranch, 14277 NE Dillon Lane in Fletcher. There’s no cost to attend and secure parking is available.

    For more information visit GoldSkye’s Facebook page.

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    Live music

    Atlanta Bread Company Bakery & Cafe, No. 2 N. Sheridan. 6 p.m. Fridays, free. 581-1177. Mr. Frank (solo guitar) plays first & third Fridays of each month; Logan and the Guys play second & fourth Fridays.

    The Silver Spoon Kitchen and Bakeshop, 529 SW C — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, live music. Free. 357-6800.

    Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m. — alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday: Southern Heretics and Southern Aggression; Saturday: Point Loma, Out Spire and Light the Fire.

    Rockin’ Ranch, 1924 S. U.S. 277, 355-2200 — doors open at 7 p.m., Live music, Friday: Acoustic music, $1 cover; Saturday: tbd.

    VFW Post 5263,103 NE 20th — 8 p.m. Saturdays, Creek, country dance band, 8 p.m. 248-0713. Public welcome.

    Acoustic Rock Coffee House, 1408 NW 15th, 699-5220, performances begin at 6 p.m. — Thursday, 6 p.m., Perfecting Penz with Deep Enuff; Friday: Real Live Tigers with Andrew the Poet! and Sam Underwood, 7 p.m., free show; Saturday: Grel, 7 p.m.; Tuesday: Chris Bernstorf, Jerry Fels & The Jerry Fels and Andrew the Poet!, 7 p.m.

    Park Tavern, 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, — live music and karaoke; Rosen Carpenter plays first Friday and Big Pete Piehnik the third Friday each month; Saturday: Elaine and Pat’s 11th Anniversary Jam, 2 p.m.

    Terry Allen’s Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th — karaoke with Steve-O, Monday, 9 p.m.; karaoke with Mike M; Wednesday: acoustic open mic; Thursday: acoustic with tbd; Friday: Kenny Gholson Band; Saturday: Signal 4 Band; Sunday: open mic jam with the Guitar Bar Band.

    Brewskie’s, 1134 Cache Road, 248-4702 — live music and karaoke. 21 and up.

    Kickstand Bar, 9702 NW 4- Mile Road — Friday, 9 p.m., Ken Morrow & Hired Guns; Saturday, 9 p.m.: Aces Over Eights.

    Wall Street Bar, 23 N. 7th in Duncan, 255-7780 — Live music, 9 p.m. Friday: Joel Wilson and The Revival.; Saturday: Chance Anderson Band and Shady 5 Eighty — a Relay for Life Benefit.

    The Rock, 722 U.S. 277 in Elgin, 492-6700 — Wednesday: karaoke, 8 p.m.; Friday: Smokin’ Okies, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday: Holley Brothers Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.Sunday: Waylon Holley and Country 2Step, 7-11 p.m.

    Harley’s Club, 6305 NW Wolf Road in Elgin, 248-5777 — karaoke Tuesday night 8 p.m. with Kris Sovo; 9 p.m; Friday: TBD, 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD

    Legion Building, 6739 N. Wildhorse Road (I-44, exit 45, east) dance Fridays, 7 p.m., Killin’ Time Band, traditional country, early R&R and ‘50s pop, ballroom. 580-574-1942. No alcohol, No smoking. Everyone welcome.

    Chit’s BBQ & Blues, 3708 SW J— 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday: Good Chit Acoustic Lunch. Tuesday, Dave Smith; Wednesday, Ken Morrow; Thursday, Brad Good; Friday, Big Pete Piehnik.

    Red Dirt Grill, 6425 Cache Road— 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday: Southern Smoke; Saturday: TBD.

    Chele’s Club, 609 S. Sheridan— 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday: tbd.

    Karaoke & more

    Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Fridays-Sundays, The Zoo, 1201 N. Sheridan, 581-1771.

    Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Jimmy’s Lounge, 4401 Cache Road, 248-4692.

    Karaoke with Tommy Lee, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Jerry’s Place, 1906 W. Lee, 699-5323.

    Spotlight DJ and Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays, The Pub, 208 Jones, Marlow. (580) 658-6522.

    Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Kimchi Garden, 1217 Cache Road, 355-8585.

    Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Hoffman’s Bar & Grill, 201 NW Arlington.

    Steve O the Karaoke Dude, 9 p.m.-closing Mondays, Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th; 10 p.m.-closing Tuesdays, Helen’s Club, 1710 Cache Road; 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Wednesdays, Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan; 10 p.m.-closing, Thursdays, Butterfly Lounge, 2702 N. Sheridan; 10 p.m.-closing Fridays, Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee; 10 p.m.-closing Sundays, Railhead Saloon.