Why not me?

We look around us today and see sadness, despair, loneliness, depression, hopelessness, fear, anger, and anxiety due to an ever increasingly fearful world we live in. The news networks constantly report murders, suicides, immorality, dishonesty, theft… you name it. There are too many evil influences these days it seems.

But what if each of us chose to make a difference? What if instead of worrying and complaining, we each did our part to make the world a better, happier place? What a wonderful planet this would be if each of us were a positive influence in the world.

‘Why not me?’ I can do something to make a change. I can smile at a stranger, I can let someone get in front of me in line at the grocery store, I can forgive others who’ve hurt me, I can be kinder, I can slow down and let someone merge into my lane, I can be unselfish, I can say thank people more, and show more gratitude.

I can let my light shine!

Why Not Is is the single that will be featured on the upcoming album recorded by William Shatner & Jeff Cook.

YES! You read correctly, William Shatner, the ACTOR, and my favorite Star Trek character!!

The Artist Development Network /Twist of Lemmon Music in Nashville, TN is thrilled to announce the upcoming album to be released this fall, recorded by multi-award winning artist/musician Jeff Cook, a founding member of the highest selling country group in history, ALABAMA, and our favorite Star Trek hero WILLIAM SHATNER! Jeff Cook, now a solo artist on Heartland Records will also be co-producing the album.

This is one of the most anticipated Country albums this year and we are all excited to join in the celebration of such a unique project’, says Cathy Lemmon, president of the Artist Development Network. “I’ve been a huge fan of William Shatner since the early Star Trek television series, and I love all of the Star Trek movies that followed!

Remember this picture? Didn’t you just LOVE Captain Kirk? Well, you are going to love his upcoming album due for release this fall, just as much as you loved watching him on Star Trek.

William Shatner
William Shatner

Alabama’s Jeff Cook

Alabama’s Jeff Cook (center)

“I am thrilled that William Shatner loves Country music and is recording an album with his close friend of many years, Jeff Cook”, relates Cathy. “I’m also a huge fan of the group ALABAMA, so it’s double the treat to have both men singing the song WHY NOT ME that I share the publishing on. Most of the songs on the album have been written especially with the two icon’s musical and vocal styles in mind. There might even be one or two surprise artists that are featured on the album!”

Cathy continued, “Most people outside of the music industry do not realize just how much hard work, determination, persistence, faith, and talent go behind the scenes to finally open up opportunities like this amazing project! The title WHY NOT ME was written by Shawn Chadwick Sackman & Corey Lee Barker and will also feature Neal McCoy (another voice I love), with the vocal band HOME FREE.”

Shawn Chadwick

Shawn Chadwick Sackman

“Corey is a gifted songwriter, and he has been a friend and staff writer for over 20 years, co-writing with clients of the Artist Development Network and making great music over the years.” He is the radio manager at Power Source Music in Nashville, author of ‘HIT HAPPENS & 101 Ways to Get Your Songs Recorded’. Corey Barker has also had over 500 song cuts/placements over the years.

“One of my favorite clients, Shawn Sackman from Northern CA, a very talented lyricist, worked for 20+ years in the Tech Industry but has loved writing all his life. He started out writing mostly poetry and expanded to other forms. Shawn also recently executive produced a movie, ATOMICA that was sold to Universal/SyFy. He began writing songs 8 years ago and he contacted me in 2015 to help get his songs to the next level.”

“Shawn has been working quite regularly with a few of our pro songwriters in Nashville who helped him create original melodies and polish up some of his song lyrics. Shawn has so many great song ideas and just needed the skills and experience of our accomplished songwriters to bring his material up to a level where his songs could be marketable and competitive. Corey Lee Barker and Shawn Sackman’s co-wrote Shawn’s song WHY NOT ME which he originally wrote in 2014. Their collaboration proved to be quite worthwhile. We pitched the song around Nashville and Corey took the song to Heartland Records artist Jeff Cook. We were so happy that Jeff loved the song enough to make it his title cut.”

I asked Shawn what inspired the song. He said that the inspiration came from a feeling surrounded by a lot of negative messages in the news. He said he wanted to write a song about not only seeing the needs of others but to personally do something about it. He was hoping the song would be a positive influence on others to do the same. Shawn says that Corey embodies these same feelings and convictions so it was very easy to enlist his help to make the song what it is today.

I am so proud of Shawn for pursuing his dream, and it’s so rewarding to see his hard work pay off with this amazing project in which his song will be featured on the album.

These are the kinds of things that songwriters live for.

– Cathy Lemmon. President of the Artist Development Network, Nashville, TN
Artist Development Networkowner

Corey Lee Barker, Jeff Cook, and William Shatner

Larry Beaird

Producer Larry Beaird

We recorded the original demo of the song WHY NOT ME at Beaird Music Group.
These guys are exceptional musicians with amazing vocalists.

Cathy Lemmon

Beaird Music Group with Cathy Lemmon

If you’d like to have your songs heard, contact Cathy Lemmon at 615-589-0777 www.artistdevelopmentnetwork.com

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