BJ Thomas (CEO)
BJ Joined his first pro band aged 16 and has been professionally involved in the music business for over 45 years as a musician, producer, agent, artist management, and latterly theatre promotion and production.
Jeanne Jordan (Secretary Director)
2018 will be Jeanne’s 50th year in the music business having toured professionally in over 30 countries. She has also been involved in management/agency, tour booking and logistics, vocal coaching, theatre promotion and production. Jeanne also presents 2 Country Music Radio shows (host of the BCMA Radio Show).
With nearly 15 years of experience in the music industry, Lara’s journey started in a studio in West London, where she learned the basics of recording and mixing music. In her early twenties, she helped set up and run a record label, established to discover and develop new UK talent. The label’s success continued over a number of years, in which time Lara frequently wrote and recorded music for other artists, as well as handling their day-to-day management.
In 2011, she left the label and began to work freelance as an artist manager and publicist. She worked with a wide variety of artists, management companies and record labels, establishing her own company ‘Sonnet Music’ in 2012. Sonnet continues to grow on both sides of the pond, having worked with a diverse range of artists both domestically and internationally.
Dan is the founder and editor of yourlifeinasong.com, one of the UK’s leading country music websites. He started the website in October 2015 and in that time, he has conducted video interviews with numerous high-profile country music artists, both here and in the United States. Dan has extensively covered a number of the UK’s premier festivals, including Country2Country, Buckle & Boots, FSA and Nashville Meets London. YLIAS, providing news stories, reviews, interviews, live sessions and more, has built up a strong social media following which continues to grow. Last year, Dan travelled to Nashville to attend the CMA Awards, providing live coverage across the YLIAS social platforms.
Dan is also the BCMA news correspondent, and you will hear some of his interviews featured on the BCMA Radio Show.
Karl is the Director of Whitebottom Farm Estates Ltd in Stockport. He is the organiser of Buckle and Boots Country Music Festival, as well as the hugely successful Blackthorn Music Festival and Moovin Festival.
Rob is a founding member of the BCMA as we know it today. He is the owner Puddleduck Publshing Ltd, publishers of Cross Country and Up Country magazine (which he edits). Rob is a co-founder and instigator of British Country Music Hall of Fame.
Promoter: International acts and festivals.
Owner, ROMA Graphics – advertising and design studio.
Owner Roma Partnership Ltd – Advertising agency.
Organisers and promoter of Cross Country & National Artist Management
Wayne Hadlow has worked in UK Country Music for 30 years after his father Tony Hadlow built Fort San Antone, which became the largest Honky Tonk venue in the world outside of the US. Having promoted artists such as Dr Hook, Bellamy Brothers, Ward Thomas and many more once Fort San Antone closed in 2014 Wayne launched FSA Presents, a concert promotion company who promote and manage all aspects of national tours and standalone shows across the UK within the country music genre. Wayne Hadlow is also the founder of FSA Fest, a festival of UK country music which takes place each July at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire