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MTS Management Group is more than just an artist management/publicity/promotions company…It is where INDIE artists get MAJOR exposure! Specializing in full-service artist management, publicity and promotions, radio and social media campaigns for new and established independent artists and indie labels, MTS Management Group and MTS Records are on the cutting edge of today’s new music business.

Founded in 2010 by Award-winning songwriter, musician and producer, Michael Stover.   A music industry veteran of over 25 years, Michael is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with a degree specializing in the Music and Video business.  Michael has used that education to gain a wealth of experience within the industry: from retail music manager and DJ, to two-time Billboard Magazine Contest winning songwriter, performer and chart-topping producer, and finally, artist manager, publicist, promoter and label president.  Capitalizing on his knowledge of all facets within the industry, Michael and MTS Management Group have become THE Independent Artist Management, Publicity and Promotions firm and record label.

 

Michael Stover and MTS Management Credits

Organizations

–Country Music Association (CMA)
–Grammy Recording Academy
–Independent Country Music Association
–European Country Music Association
–CMG Radio Affiliate
–BMI
–Roots Music Association
–International Music And Entertainment Association
–Nashville Universe

 

Awards

–2014 CMG Radio Awards, Western Avenue (Group of the Year)
–2014 CMG Radio Awards, Marshall Dane (Male Entertainer of the Year0
–2014 CMG Radio Indie Artist Manager of the Year
–2014 IMEA Awards Nominations, Whiskey And Cigarettes Show (Best Internet Radio Show)
–2014 IMEA Awards Nomination, Ed Roman (Best AC Artist, Best AC Album)
–2014 IMEA Awards Nominations, Jiggley Jones (Best AC Artist, Best AC Album, Best AC Song)
–2014 IMEA Awards Nominations, Doug Briney (Best Country Male, Best Country Song, Best Video)
–2014 IMEA Awards Nominations, Marshall Dane (Best Country Male, Best Country Album, Songwriter of the Year, Country Entertainer)
–2014 IMEA Awards Nominations, Xander Demos (Best Metal Act – XDB, Songwriter of the Year, Metal Song)
–2014 IMEA Awards Nominations, Amy Rose (Best Female Country)
–2014 IMEA Awards Nominations, Hicks (Best Country Song, Best Video, Songwriter of the Year)
–2014 IMEA Awards Nominations, MTS Records (Best Record Label)
–2014 IMEA Awards Nominations, MTS Management Group (Manager of the Year)
–2014 AMG Heritage Awards Nomination, Doug Briney (Best Male Artist, Mainstream Artist, Song of the Year)
–2014 AMG Heritage Awards Nomination, Ed Roman (Best Male Artist, Mainstream Artist)
–2014 AMG Heritage Awards Nomination, Jiggley Jones (Best Male Artist, Mainstream Artist)
–2014 Artists In Music Awards Nomination, Doug Briney (Best Country Artist, Best Music Video)
–2014 Artists In Music Awards Nomination, Whiskey And Cigarettes (Best Broadcast)
–2014 Artists In Music Awards Nomination, Ed Roman (Best AC Artist, Best Alternative Artist)
–2014 Independent Country Music Association Awards (ICoMA) Nomination, Amy Rose (Best Female, Single of the Year)
–2014 ICoMA Awards Nomination, Marshall Dane (Songwriter of the Year, Best Live Performance, Single of the Year)
–2014 ICoMA Awards Nomination, Jiggley Jones (Americana Artist)
–2014 ICoMA Awards Nomination, Western Avenue (Video of the Year, Best Group)
–2014 ICoMA Awards Nomination, Doug Briney (Single of the Year)
–2014 ICoMA AWards Nomination, Hicks (Song of the Year, Video of the Year, International Artist)
–2014 ICoMA AWards Nomination, DJ Nik/Whiskey and Cigarettes Show (Most Indie Friendly Radio DJ/Radio Show)
–2014 Midwest Music Awards Nomination, MTS Management Group (Best Promotions)
–2014 Midwest Music Awards Nominations, Josey Milner (Best Female, Artist of the Year)
–2014 New Music Awards Nomination for MTS Records (Best Country Label)
–2014 New Music Awards Nominations (2) for Jiggley Jones (Best New AC/hot AC Artist, Breakthrough AC/Hot AC Artist)
–2014 New Music Awards Nomination for Amy Rose (Country Breakthrough Artist)
–2014 Iron City Rocks Pittsburgh Music Awards, Xander Demos (12 nominations and 8 wins)
–2014 Nashville Universe Award Winner, Amy Rose (Best Music Video)
–2014 Nashville Universe Award Winner, Western Avenue (Best Vocal Group)
–2014 Nashville Universe Award Winner, DJ Nik (International Radio Personality)
–2014 Nashville Universe Awards nominations for Amy Rose (2,) Josey Milner, Doug Briney, Western Avenue, and Nik Pizzigoni
–2014 Nashville Universe Award Winner, Best Manager
–2014 Nashville Universe Awards nomination, Best Record Label
–2013 IMEA Artist Manager of the Year, MTS Management Group
–2013 IMEA Country Entertainer of the Year, Amy Rose
–2013 IMEA Songwriter of the Year, Jiggley Jones
–2013 IMEA Nominations for Xander Demos, Josey Milner, Amy Rose, Jiggley Jones and Western Avenue
–2013 CMG Radio Awards, Best Manager, MTS Management Group
–2013 Ontario Country Music Association Nominee, Amy Rose
–2013 ICMA Nomination, Promising Young Artist, Josey Milner
–2013 ICMA Nomination, Best Live Performance and Song Of The Year, Doug Briney
–2013 ICMA Nomination, Emerging Artist, Female Artist, Song of The Year, Amy Rose
–2013 ICMA Award, Emerging Artist, Amy Rose
–2013 ICMA Award, Best Live Performance, Doug Briney
–2013 Southern Star Nomination, Independent Artist Of The Year, Xander Demos(MTS)
–2013 Southern Star Nomination, Independent Artist Of The Year, Doug Briney(MTS)
–2012 Iron City Rocks Award Nominations (5), Best Guitarist, Metal Band, Prog Band, Album, Single, Xander Demos (MTS)
–2012 ICMA Nomination, Best Manager and Best Producer, Michael Stover
–2012 ICMA Nomination, Best Male Artist and Best Live Performance, Bryan Cole (MTS Artist)
–2012 ICMA Nomination, Most Promising New Artist, Doug Briney (MTS Artist)
–2012 Southern Star Nomination, Independent Artist Of The Year, Bryan Cole (MTS)
–2011 New Music Award Nomination, Breakthrough Country Artist, Bryan Cole (MTS)
–2011 Iron City Rocks Award Nomination, Best Guitarist, Xander Demos (MTS)
–2010 New Music Award Nomination, Best New Country Artist, Bryan Cole (MTS)
–2010 Independent Music Award Nomination, Best Country Album, Bryan Cole (MTS)
–Billboard Magazine Songwriter’s Award (3rd Place, Rock category) “Cold-Blooded”
–Billboard Magazine Songwriter’s Award (Honorable Mention, Rock category) “Ride Sweet Angel”

 

Artists

–Michael’s songs have been recorded and released by Bryan Cole (country) Kevin Morgan (country) Deanna Dawn Denning (country, pop) Vonne Andring (pop/ac) Stormfront (rock) Forever Endeavor (Christian rock) Angelspeak (Christian rock)
–Michael has managed and/or promoted Marshall Dane, Bryan Cole, Xander Demos, Doug Briney, Amy Rose, Josey Milner, Jiggley Jones, Western Avenue, Cede, Chelsea Rae, and Raina Bauman

–Michael and MTS Management Group are responsible for the following:

RECORD DEALS: Xander Demos, Rock ‘N’ Growl Records, Dynasty Records; Doug Briney, CBM Records; Doug Briney, Tate Music Group, Dynasty Records; Jiggley Jones, Lamon Records Nashville.

ENDORSEMENTS: Xander Demos, DR Strings, Fractal Audio Systems, Matrix Amplification, Mission Pedals, Rock-N-Roll Gangstar Apparel, JH Audio; Doug Briney, Exotic Stainless Steel Belt Buckles, Austin Hats, Roar Clothing USA; Josey Milner, Piasecki MD Skin Care.

SPOKESPERSONS: Josey Milner, national spokesperson for Angels and Doves, an anti-bullying charity.

 

Radio Chart Success

Mediabase

“Pride And The Passion” Bryan Cole, #85
“Love Doesn’t Live Here” Bryan Cole, #121

Music Row Magazine

“Pride And The Passion” Bryan Cole, #83
“Love Doesn’t Live Here” Bryan Cole, #121
“I Just Want You To Know” Amy Rose, #85
“Not Pretty Enough” Josey Milner, #105
“(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck” Amy Rose #116
“Wherever You Are” Western Avenue #75
“Sunshine” Amy Rose #105
“Cowgirls” Josey Milner (#73)
“Alcohol Abuse” Marshall Dane (currently #60)
“Make Love Tonight” Matt Williams Feat. Alyssa Morrissey (currently #128)
“Country Crazy” Amy Rose (currently #109)
“Hayride” Hicks (currently #205)

 

New Music Weekly

“Pride And the Passion” Bryan Cole, #1
“I’m Comin’ Home” Bryan Cole, #8
“Love Doesn’t Live Here” Bryan Cole, #13
“I Just Want You To Know” Amy Rose, #9
“(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck” Amy Rose, #6
“Not Pretty Enough” Josey Milner, #23
“Wherever You Are” Western Avenue, #1
“Sunshine” Amy Rose, #1
“Cowgirls” Josey Milner #1/#30
“Alcohol Abuse” Marshall Dane #1/#36
“Make Love Tonight” Matt Williams feat. Alyssa Morrissey #28/#60
“Hayride” Hicks #57/#83
“Walk On Me” Jiggley Jones #65

Indie World Country Record Report

“I’m Comin’ Home” Bryan Cole, #1
“Pride And The Passion” Bryan Cole, #1
“Not Pretty Enough” Josey Milner, #1
“(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck” Amy Rose, #1

Roots Music Report

“Pride And The Passion” Bryan Cole, #5
“Love Doesn’t Live Here” Bryan Cole, #5
“Wide Open Road” Bryan Cole, #8
“It’s All Country” Doug Briney, #6
“No Spring Chicken” Jiggley Jones, #3 (Americana) #7 (True Country)
“Wherever You Are” Western Avenue, #1 (8 weeks at #1, Pop Country)
“Cowgirls” Josey Milner Top 15
“Alcohol Abuse” Marshall Dane #1
“Sunshine” Amy Rose Top 20
“Walk On Me” Jiggley Jones Top 20
“Super Country Cowboy” Doug Briney #6

Other charting

“I’m Comin’ Home” (Bryan Cole) Written and produced by M. Stover/B. Cole. #13 MPAK, #11 Italy, #17 Switzerland, #23 Norway, #27 Austria.
“Pride And the Passion” (Bryan Cole) Written and produced by M. Stover/B. Cole. #1 CMG, #13 MPAK, #29 Norway, #35 Spain.
“Love Doesn’t Live Here” (Bryan Cole) Written by M. Stover, produced by M. Stover/B. Cole/H. Granati. #1 CMG
“If Only” (Bryan Cole) #4 Cashbox, Top 10 in Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands.
“It All Comes Back To Me” (Bryan Cole) #14 Cashbox, Top 20 Norway, #1 Myspace Video, #9 Y’allwire video
“More Than Just a Farm” (Doug Briney) #1 CMG chart, #1 video Onlylyrics.com, #10 Independent Music Network
“It’s All Country” (Doug Briney) #10 CMG chart, #1 Onlylyrics.com, #6 Independent Music Network
“(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck” (Amy Rose) #7 Independent Music Network, #23 Y’allwire video, #1 Onlylyrics.com.
“I Just Want You To Know” (Amy Rose) #27 CMG Radio.
“Dead Flowers” (Josey Milner) #10 Independent Music Network, Top 50 CMG Radio
“Not Pretty Enough” (Josey Milner) #21 Independent Music Network
“Deja Vu All Over Again” (Doug Briney) Top 10 CMG Radio, Top 20 Independent Music Network
“Baby Blue” (Jiggley Jones) #1 Only Lyrics, #15 Independent Music Network
“Ain’t That Alright” (Jiggley Jones) #78 CMG Radio, #1 Only Lyrics
“Wherever You Are” (Western Avenue) #61 Hit Tracks Top 100, #1 Only Lyrics, #1 IBA Americana Chart
“Under A Darkened Sky” (Xander Demos) #1 Hit Tracks Top 100
“Super Country Cowboy” (Doug Briney) #13 Independent Music Network, #61 Hit Tracks Top 100

 

Airplay

–A short list of the countries where Michael’s songs and MTS artists have received airplay: United States, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, New Zealand, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Brazil, Russia and Switzerland.

 

Production Credits

–Bryan Cole, “Wide Open Road” for the track “I’m Comin’ Home. Perfect Vision Records, 2010. (country) Recorded at Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN.
–Bryan Cole, “Pride And the Passion” single. Perfect Vision Records, 2011.
–Bryan Cole, “Love Doesn’t Live Here” single. Perfect Vision Records, 2012.
–Angelspeak, “Angelspeak Demos 2009,” Perfect Vision Records, 2010.
–Stormfront, “Cold-Blooded,” from the compilation disc, “14 Miles of Dreams,” AIP records.

 

Recording Credits

–Xander Demos, “Dancing Through Daggers,” vocals
–Xander Demos, “Guitarcadia,” drums
–Bryan Cole, “Wide Open Road,” drums, backing vocals
–Kevin Morgan, “Live at the Funhouse,” drums, keyboards
–Angelspeak, “Angelspeak Demos 2009,” drums, keyboards, vocals
–Various Artists, “14 Miles of Dreams” drums, backing vocals

 

Press

MTS Management artists have received press in many publications including Music Row, New Music Weekly, Blabbermouth.net, Powersource, Christian Music Weekly, Cashbox, Music News Nashville, Lovin’ Lyrics, Guitar World, Screamer Magazine, Bravewords, Metal Underground, Metal-Temple, Hard City Magazine, Nashville Gab, Digital Rodeo, Hair Metal Mansion, Pittsburgh Magazine, Today’s Country magazine, Nashville Music Guide and many others.

–Michael has an Associate Degree in Music and Video Business form the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has worked with notable touring and recording musicians including Jimmy Mattingly (Reba, Garth Brooks) Steve Hinson (Josh Turner, Randy Travis) Mark Greenwood (Garth) Michael Rojas (Lady Antebellum) Reb Beach (Winger) Justin Murr (LibertyNJustice) Cj Snare (Firehouse) Stevie Rachelle (Tuff) and Phil MacDowell (Buzz Poets)