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Published on July 24th, 2015 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


New Music: Country singer Wes-Tone releases ‘Diamond In The Rough’ produced by Ben Fowler


Collaboration is the Result of GRAMMY Amplifier Program and features Behind-the-Scenes Video 
The 2015 GRAMMY Amplifier® winner Wes-Tone releases his emotionally charged single “Diamond In The Rough” — available at https://soundcloud.com/grammyamplifier/diamond-in-the-rough-by-wes-tone — on [today] July 24. The single was written by Wes-Tone and produced by GRAMMY®-winning producer Ben Fowler (Eric Clapton, Rascall Flatts, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift) and features singer/songwriter Danielle Diamond, who inspired the lyrics. Wes-Tone was chosen by Amplifier ambassador Mark Ronson and this year’s program curators — GRAMMY Award winners The Band Perry and Ziggy Marley and singer/songwriter Allen Stone. As an Amplifier winner, Wes-Tone won the opportunity to work with one of today’s most talented producers in one of the world’s most renowned professional recording studios.

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In conjunction with the “Diamond In The Rough” track release, Hyundai and The Recording Academy® partnered with Country Now, the most viewed and highest-rated dedicated country music YouTube channel, to debut a behind-the-scenes video captured during the two-day recording session in Nashville at Ocean Way Studios. The video spotlights Wes-Tone’s journey through the in-studio recording process and details how the single became a duet with Diamond. The making of video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Jt4nbZRIOHw, as well as the GRAMMYs® official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cvodfrYLQU&feature=youtu.be

“The Hyundai GRAMMY Amplifier studio session raised the bar for me and gave me higher standards to aspire towards,” said Wes-Tone. “Collaborating with Fowler and the high caliber studio musicians opened my eyes to the next level of music production. I’m inspired to continue refining my craft and take it even further.”

“It was really a pleasure to work with Wes-Tone,” said Fowler. “He was professional, collaborative and eager to absorb any knowledge that he could.  He really took full advantage of the opportunity that the GRAMMYs afforded him.”

About GRAMMY Amplifier:
Hyundai and The Recording Academy announced the launch of the third annual GRAMMY Amplifier last year. The innovative, online music initiative was created to mentor emerging artists and provide them with a unique artist development experience to help elevate their careers by showcasing their talent. Each winner receives a studio recording session with a GRAMMY-winning producer; the opportunity to film and star in their own music video with a noted director; or a major live performance experience with a noted musician or at a festival. Three-time GRAMMY winner Mark Ronson served as the 2015 GRAMMY Amplifier Ambassador alongside this year’s program curators — GRAMMY winners the Band Perry and Ziggy Marley and singer/songwriter Allen Stone.

About Hyundai Motor America:
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com. Please visit our media website at www.hyundainews.com and our blog at www.hyundailikesunday.com. Follow Hyundai Motor America on TwitterYouTube and Facebook.

About The Recording Academy:
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards® — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Google+InstagramTumblr and YouTube.

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