Date: 01/05/2011 Print This Post

Kountreeboyz Entertainment Announces Additions To Their Powerhouse Team



Home To Rockin’ Country Group Coldwater Canyon Band,
Kountreeboyz Entertainment Lines Up Industry Veterans For
Label Development, Marketing, Sponsorships, Licensing, Merchandising,
Video Promotions, National Sales, Distribution And Production

Kountreeboyz Entertainment has had a successful and exciting year with their initial signing, rockin’ country group Coldwater Canyon Band spending 29 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart with their single “Nobody Knows.” But the label was just getting started and is proud to announce new additions to their team for 2011.

CEO Thomas Goodin will continue to oversee day-to-day label operations and A&R activities.

Bernard Manier will oversee Label Development, Marketing and Sponsorships. Manier has over 20 years experience in entertainment and has worked with N.W.A., Easy-E, Luke & The Two Live Crew, Columbia Records, T.V.T. Records, Ja-Rule, Bounty Killer, and Lil John. He has also had a hand in placing over 100 tracks in film, television and video games.

Heading up Video Promotions is Steve Baker, owner of Visual Image Marketing, a music video promotion and marketing company encompassing digital video promotion, local and regional video promotion, and national video promotion. Clients include Dolly Parton, Sara Evans, The Grascals, Michael Sarver (“American Idol” Top 10 Finalist), Eddy Raven, Don Williams, Gene Watson, and more. Baker has 21 years experience in the entertainment industry working in Video Promotion & Marketing, Press, Radio Promotion and Artist Management.

Lori Johns will serve as National Sales Director. Johns has worked in the music business for 20 years, including time with Priority Virgin, Hollywood Records, Universal Music Distribution, Independent Music Entertainment, Titan Worldwide Outdoor, and Musicians Institute.

Don Huggins of Deh Tyme Entertainment will focus on Marketing/Retail and Distribution, and specializes in regional and national marketing campaigns.

Overseeing Licensing and Merchandising is Russell Tate, who has over 30 years experience in the clothing business and extensive experience in licensing.

Sean “Barney” Thomas will handle music production for Kountreeboyz Entertainment artists. Thomas produced Coldwater Canyon Band’s debut album Just Getting Started and has previously worked with Dr. Dre, Doggystyle, No Authority, Lil Romeo, Robyn, Deion Sanders and more.

Kountreeboyz Entertainment has also teamed with BBM Bookings & Management to provide booking for artists. BBM Bookings & Management has worked with 50 Cent, Beyonce, Rihanna, Drake and more.

The press has been praising Coldwater Canyon band, including Kevin Gerhsan, Producer/Director of “Entertainment Tonight,” who said, “Howie Vaughn’s Coldwater Canyon Band is one of hottest young country bands hitting the scene. Their unique and fresh ‘California’ sound really makes them stand out from the crowd.  They are certainly among the ‘Ones To Watch’!”’s AJ Garcia proclaimed in their annual Gift Guide, “I can’t praise this album enough though. Just a great collection of tracks under one roof with absolutely no filler….”

Connie Breeden of Country Stars Online said, “Coldwater Canyon Band is comprised of five handsome guys who know how to keep their fans on edge of their seats. Their new CD titled Just Gettin Started is not your typical country album.”

Coldwater Canyon recently released their second single “Peace Of Mind,” from Just Getting Started, a touching tribute to the men and women who courageously serve and protect our country in the military, which Vaughn penned after his experience in the military. The video for the song has spawned over 560,000 views on MySpace. “Peace Of Mind” can be purchased online at and iTunes. 50% of proceeds from the track will be donated to

Just Getting Started is available for purchase on and iTunes.

Kountreeboyz Entertainment looks forward to making more announcements in 2011.