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Billy Jam Records Announces Alex Miller’s Debut Album, MILLER TIME, To Drop April 29
 
American Idol Season 19 Alum Offers Up Ballads, Barn Burners And A Few Surprises
 
 
Nashville, TN (March 28, 2022) – Billy Jam Records has set an April 29 release date for Alex Miller’s debut album, MILLER TIME. The Season 19 American Idol alum offers up a 10-track kick in the pants breath of fresh air with ballads, barn burners … and a few surprises. This well-paced project is helmed by award-winning songwriter and respected industry veteran Jerry Salley. It’s a party trick of an album - bold, occasionally irreverent and fun, mixed with moments of reflection and sadness - offered in Miller’s timeless and emotive voice. MILLER TIME is available for pre-order now.
 
The collection opens with a tale of the dead-broke and broken-hearted in “Breaking The Bank,” which is offered as a “grat track” with album pre-order. Miller then steals your breath away with the gently rolling ballad and current single, “Through With You,” deftly transitioning from heartache to acceptance to moving on in three minutes and thirty-seven seconds. Alex takes a turn to the lighter side with the hilarious Western Swing (and first single release) “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya,” and keeps the humor going with the twangy, toe-tappin’ fiddle and steel of “Girls Must Be Clumsy.” The achingly sweet, slow swinging “Kentucky’s Never Been This Far From Tennessee” offers a nice mood shift, but the attitude’s back with the sassy “I’m Over You, So Get Over Me.” Things gets serious with “Boys In Uniform,” a beautifully written and poignant patriotic ballad that offers an understated but powerful vocal performance. “I’m Done” is a mid-tempo story of determined walkin’ away, then the tempo moves into high gear with the amped-up, barn burning ode to the travellin’ kind that is “Freeborn Man.” The album closes with a rafter-raising rendition of Hank Williams’ Gospel song, “I’m Gonna Sing,” that finds Alex joined by the ever-amazing Oak Ridge Boys. Throughout, top-tier musicians bring their A-game. The project boasts Brent Mason on electric guitar, Mike Johnson on steel, Jason Roller on acoustic guitar and fiddle, Robb Tripp on drums, Kevin Grantt on bass and Dirk Johnson on keyboard.
 
“Going into this I wanted to make an album that showcased all the different sides of me - Swing, Bluegrass, Country and Gospel,” says Alex. “MILLER TIME gives me the chance to show folks all the music I love and enjoy.”
 
Track Listing
1. Breaking The Bank (A. Miller / J. Salley) 
2. Through With You (A. Miller / J. Salley) 
3. Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya (B. Whyte / P. Bogart / D. S. Wilson) 
4. Girls Must Be Clumsy (A. Miller / J. Salley) 
5. Kentucky’s Never Been This Far From Tennessee (J. Salley / C.A. Wilburn / K. Miller) 
6. I’m Over You, So Get Over Me (A. Miller) 
7. Boys In Uniform (J. McBride / M. Findley / D. Ruttan) 
8. I’m Done (A Miller. / J. Salley) 
9. Freeborn Man (M. Lindsay / K. Allison) 
10. I’m Gonna Sing (H. Williams) 
 
Fresh from Country Radio Seminar and hosting duties for Country Fix, Alex is busy gearing up for the launch of MILLER TIME. His current single, “Through With You” dropped last month and is already generating positive feedback from fans, the media and radio programmers. For the 18-year-old, it sometimes still feels slightly surreal.
 
“I always knew making music was what I wanted,” Alex admits. “To actually be doing it is really me living the dream.” His days begin early: there are band rehearsals, interviews with outlets from around the world, songs to write, travel to gigs and performances. In between, Alex still manages to find time to curate his Weekly Wednesday Facebook Video, post on socials and, when he’s home - which is less and less often these days, he helps his Grandpa around the family cattle farm. “I do miss Lancaster sometimes,” Alex admits. “But this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance that I can’t ignore. I’m lovin’ it, I’m working hard … doing my part to make ‘em all proud of me.” MILLER TIME should do just that.
 
Fans can keep up with Alex on his website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok
 
ABOUT ALEX
At 18, Miller might still be “a work in progress,” but what a piece of work he is. Standing 6’ 6” and engaging for one so young, Alex first found national fame as a competitor on American Idol Season 19. It was a massive change for this Kentucky-born singer/songwriter - who was still working on the family’s farm when he was accepted for the show. Alex is an outlier in other ways, too: he is a true, torch-carrying champion of traditional Country music and he is proud of it. His career began at the age of seven with shows in and around his hometown of Lancaster before moving on to larger venues, including the Dolby Theatre, Lucas Oil Stadium, Renfro Valley, and more. Since departing Idol, Alex has performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, five state Fairs (KY, MO, NY, WA, WI) and at additional venues around the country. He has headlined his own shows, and opened for Hank Williams, Jr., Josh Turner, Lee Brice, and more. In October of last year, Miller was named the Texas Roadhouse Artist of the Month and he performed a duet with Rhonda Vincent at the Lee Greenwood All-Star Salute the following month. MILLER TIME is his debut album. 
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“ This story of grit and resilience is 100 percent inspiring.”
Real Simple
“Heartwarming...Zaleski masterfully illustrates how one person can rise above difficult circumstances to do substantial good. Lovers of the furry and feathery will revel in this feel-good story.”
Publishers Weekly
FUNNY FARM
My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals
Laurie Zaleski
At The Funny Farm, one of the largest animal rescues in the Northeast, many different animals all live together and roam freely, and the odd and unlikely friendships that develop reveal lessons of kindness and cooperation.  Laurie Zaleski shares the inspiring story of how it all started in FUNNY FARM:  My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals (Feb. 22, St. Martin’s Press; $27.99)
At twenty-five, with just the clothes on her back and three small children in tow, Laurie’s mother Annie fled an abusive marriage, going from upper middle-class comfort to a one-bedroom shack in the woods. She scraped by with menial jobs, including cleaning cages at the local animal control, and soon began saving the homeless animals, bringing them to (and sometimes inside) the family’s home. 
Zaleski recounts a hardscrabble childhood, but also a rollicking, offbeat, boisterous life, loaded with more fun and adventures than anyone she knew, including chasing a runaway stallion down a four-lane highway in a car, and taking a cow to school for show-and-tell. When the car broke down, Laurie’s mom even used a horse to run errands or go to her job, “parking” her in the parking lot, with a feedbag and a couple of apples.
Laurie swore as a child that she’d one day buy her mom a farm of her own, so she could retire and do nothing but save animals.  Years later, as a successful businesswoman, she did just that, buying a 15-acre farmstead deep in the New Jersey woods
Funny Farm facts:
·       Residents  include pigs, goats, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, an emu and a skunk. 
·       Most animals roam free and interact with other species, resulting in many odd and unlikely friendships
·       Laurie’s Kindness Program offers anti-bullying and special needs programs in schools, where her friendly animals show how different species interact and can get along.  
·       Over 100,000 visitors are welcomed each year, free of charge.
·       Voted one of the Top 10 places to visit in New Jersey and Best Charitable Organization
A rescue story on many levels, FUNNY FARM is a daughter’s story of promises kept, dreams fulfilled, and animals lost and found. And it's the story of the brave, incredible, and adorable animals who found a home at the Funny Farm, and who inspire thousands of visitors each year.
LAURIE ZALESKI is the founder of the Funny Farm, a charitable organization located in Mizpah, New Jersey. Since 2000, the farm has welcomed all kinds of rescue animals. Laurie is also the founder, president and CEO of Art-Z Graphics. She has been named a New Jersey Heartland Hero, is listed in the 2019 Who’s Who of Professional Women, and has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for her work to save animals and educate the public about animal abuse.
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Ellie Laks-Weiner, author of My Gentle Barn, said “I found myself up till much later at night than was good for me, just to read one more chapter. I laughed, I cried, I related in a very deep way, and most of all, I fell in love with Laurie, her mom, and her whole family, both human and non. Funny Farm was moving, inspiring, honest, and refreshingly real. I loved every page!”

Ellen Stimson, author of Mud Season and Good Grief, called the book "the satisfying tumultuous story of one mama who understood that a messy life crowded with love and animals is plenty good enough.  Laurie Zaleski writes in vivid unsentimental language, equal parts passion and grit."

EXPLORING AWE-INSPIRING FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS’ EMOTIONAL LIVES AND REVOLUTIONARY NEW WAYS TO SHOW COMPASSION

PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk discusses her latest book ‘Animalkind’ and what lies ahead in our relationship with animals as humanity emerges from the pandemic

INGRID NEWKIRK, Author and PETA Founder

BACKGROUND:

As humanity emerges from the pandemic and returns to offices, in-person attendance at sports events, and evenings out at restaurants, many new questions arise about our relationship with animals. Since Ingrid Newkirk founded PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in 1980, it has become an unstoppable force and the largest animal rights organization in the world. Her latest book Animalkind explores the richness of animals’ lives, their talents, emotions, and intelligence, and how we humans can act to prevent harming them. The book delves into the many ways our modern world is leaving animal exploitation in the dust, from cutting-edge technology that is replacing experiments on animals to the apple, grape and tea leaf leathers and synthetic fibers that are already shaking up the clothing industry and the arrival of animal-free foods from plant milks to veggie “chicken” nuggets made of soy.

Ingrid Newkirk will be available to discuss her latest book, share fascinating animal facts, and explore a vision of the future that will allow humans to create a better world—such as choosing new materials over animal hide, fur, and feathers; giving teachers and students dissection models that can be re-used and do not reduce wild frog populations; healthier and environmentally protective vegan foods that remove the need for slaughterhouses and factory farms; and virtual reality experiences that allow close encounters with animals never possible in the circus.

DID YOU KNOW THESE FUN ANIMAL FACTS?

· While the divorce rate in the U.S. is around 40 to 45 percent, swans, like many birds, are so devoted to their romantic partners that they have a 95 percent rate of staying together for a lifetime.

· Oinks, grunts, and squeals aren’t just arbitrary noises made by pigs More than twenty of these sounds have been identified with specific circumstances, from wooing mates to expressing distress and joy.

· Cows communicate with each other using subtle changes in facial expression; rhinos use a breath language; and frogs have learned to combat street noise by using drainpipes to amplify their calls.

· Chickens form complex pecking orders in which each bird not only understands her ranking but can recall the faces and ranks of more than one hundred other birds.


For more information please visit: www.PETA.org

More About Ingrid Newkirk:

Ingrid Newkirk is the founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the acclaimed author of Save the Animals! 101 Things You Can Do, Kids Can Save the Animals, and The Compassionate Cook. She currently resides in Washington, DC.