BY HOPE HARRINGTON OAKES
Scott Farrell is a man on a mission to bring the best live music to the Golden Triangle and beyond. The Steens resident is the driving force behind EAG Entertainment, which he described as a full-service entertainment agency, specializing in booking and management of up-and-coming music industry artists and bands. Farrell has partnered up with some of the biggest music venues across the country while helping new artists become involved in the music industry. Farrell said he has tapped into a huge network of contacts that he has met over the years, ranging from venue managers to producers, record labels to experienced artist managers and booking agents. Farrell travels a great deal promoting his clients such as Georgia native Faith Jackson, Cody Riddle & the Modern Day Drifters out of Pontotoc and Sturgis native Jason Miller with his band, Crossin Dixon.
Jackson has spent years in the industry “paying her dues.” She has a clear, husky voice that sounds like it’s been tempered with a shot of whiskey on the side. Jackson said she left home to enter the Air Force in 1993. She got married and had two kids. Jackson said she was living in Colorado when she told her husband she wanted to be a bluesy, country-rock singer. They moved back home to Georgia and she hit the road. Jackson said she is a huge, country music fan.
“That’s where my heart is,” Jackson said. “In the band, we are all from different backgrounds and are all influenced by how we write our music. I’m a gypsy and love being on the road. Sometimes, it starts to consume your life, but I chose this. In order to be successful, you have to be on the road.”
Jackson performs in all types of venues, but she believes that smaller venues give an artist a better grasp on what fans like to hear.
“You can actually get stories from looking at the people in the audience,” she said. “I have written a few great songs this way. Music is healing to me. I feel music is the only thing out there that is universal, whether you’re from India, Europe or the US, music allows us to feel every kind of emotion. You’re an open book when you perform with your own music. It’s kinda cool that I can make a living by being an open book and wearing my heart on my sleeve.”
Farrell said Jackson is one of the hardest working artists he knows and it had paid off. Jackson was nominated for the Georgia Country Music Awards 2011 Female Vocalist of the Year. In 2012, she was nominated again and won the Georgia Music awards Female Country Vocalist of the Year. Jackson has been nominated for the same award this year and results will be announced at the 2013 Georgia Music Awards at Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta. Jackson has been the opening act for artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Steel Magnolia, and Rodney Crowell.
EAG Entertainment Artists recently wrapped up their three-day showcase, Eag Entertainment Showcase CMA Musicfest 2013, in Nashville. Farell said one of the highlights of the event was hosting the Gretchen Wilson Official Fan Club party at BB King’s lower level stage. Farrell said he is always busy, constantly travelling with his artists and looking to promote them on to bigger and better things, and he readily admits that this is a life and career that he loves, and he plans to keep working hard for his artists and company until he is one of the biggest entertainment companies in the business.