Vote for 91 Seconds of Fame Artist!

There are many nationally recognized music artists from North or South Carolina that have greatly impacted the cultural landscape of the the country.  We’ve decided to honor them by declaring August, Carolina Music Month to celebrate the accomplishments of established and emerging artists.  Throughout the month, we featured songs by eight independent artists via our 91 Seconds of Fame contest.  Each week, listeners had a chance to vote on their favorite song/artist.  On Wednesday, August 31st, Hickory NC singer and songwriter, Michael Cansler was announced the winner!  His winning entry was a tune titled, Small Town.” 

Cansler writes songs that paint pictures of small-town life and beyond.  Songs that come from real life, based on observations, as well as from printed literature. His debut EP 25 was released in 2018.  His latest effort is a four song EP called Small Town that came out in June.  The stories are real and full of emotion. Michael has played from the Carolina’s to Texas.  He continues to hone his craft in the style of those like Chris Knight, Jason Isbell and Guy Clark.  To follow this artist or to find out where he will be performing live, visit his website,

As the winner, his song will be added to the station’s permanent playlist, and he will be given the opportunity to be interviewed on The Independent Artist Spotlight with Tim Greene.  Cansler will also receive a Certificate of Recognition, a three hour recording session – including recording, mixing and mastering for a maximum of four people from the Broadcasting and Production Technology Department at Gaston College along with an interview/ performance on the Gaston College cable television channel.  

In addition to Cansler’s winning entry, we would like to acknowledge the great music received by other independent artists for the contest, such as Roman Candles, Tommy Habib, Jennifer Alverado, Joseph Gallo,  Blue Mountain Tribe,  Kozmazuul and Rocky Writer.  We wish them all continued success in their careers!


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