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Don’t miss author Melanie Dobson and musician Will Stotlz on this week’s show. Melanie will be talking about her new book, The Silent Order, during the first half hour. Then we’ll hear from Will Stoltz, who went from Amish Country to Country Radio. We’ll be playing some of Will’s music during the show. Be sure to tune in Thursday at 4:00 PM Central.
More about Melanie: Melanie Beroth Dobson is the author of the inspirational novels Together for Good (2006), Going for Broke (2007), The Black Cloister (2008), Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana (2009), Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (2010), Refuge on Crescent Hill (2010), and The Silent Order (2010) as well as the co-author of Latte for One and Loving It! A Single Woman’s Guide to Living Life to Its Fullest (2000).
Prior to launching Dobson Media Group in 1999, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family where she was responsible for the publicity of events, products, films, and TV specials. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master’s degree in communication from Regent University. She has worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for fifteen years including two years as a publicist for The Family Channel.
Melanie and her husband, Jon, met in Colorado Springs in 1997 at Vanguard Church. Jon works in the field of computer animation. Since they’ve been married, the Dobsons have relocated numerous times including stints in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Colorado, Berlin, and Southern California. These days they are enjoying their new home in the Pacific Northwest.
Jon and Melanie have adopted their two daughters —Karly (6) and Kinzel (5). When Melanie isn’t writing or entertaining their girls, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, traveling, hiking, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.
About The Silent Order: Rural America – 1928. After the murder of his partner, Detective Rollin Wells hides away in an Amish home near Sugarcreek, Ohio, to find out who in the police force is collaborating with Cleveland’s notorious mob.
While Rollin searches for answers to his partner’s death, he befriends an elusive young Amish woman named Katie and her young son. As Rollin learns about Katie’s past, he’s shocked at the secret Katie is hiding – a secret that has haunted Rollin for eight years.
More about Will: One of the beauties of country music is that it reminds many listeners of a simpler, more innocent time, and it’s hard to imagine a place more reminiscent of early America than the Amish country where the 23-year-old singer and songwriter Will Stoltz grew up.
It’s known as Pennsylvania Dutch or Amish country, an area where the horse and buggy is still a common mode of transportation, many of the homes and farms have no electricity, the ladies and girls wear long dresses and the men and boys sport straw hats and suspenders.
“We lived in an old stone house, built in 1820. It didn’t have electricity, and we didn’t have a car to get around,” Stoltz says in a May conversation at the Music Row office of his manager, JB Bonelli.
He’s one of nine children in a family that now does use electricity and cars, and last year Stoltz’s four years of commuting to Nashville to write and record songs paid off when he was named one of country music’s Top 10 Unsigned Artists by Nashville Music Guide.
Will also recently appeared and caused a great deal of excitement on Billy Block’s radio and TV shows at 12th&Porter. Bonelli accurately describes Stoltz as having “Amish Roots and a Nashville Sound,” and Will stands a great chance of being country’s first-ever Amish star.
“As kids, you always try to take things as far as you can. We didn’t have cars, so we’d make Go-Karts,” he says with a smile. “Growing up like that, you really don’t think about what it would be like outside of that life. You’re just so used to what you’re doin’, you don’t think about the disadvantages. It’s an awesome lifestyle.”
Like many country stars, Stoltz grew up on a farm, so getting up in the wee hours of the morning as today’s artists often do on radio tours is nothing new to him.
Will first came to Nashville to study voice. That was when he and Bonelli first met and began working together. Soon both men learned that Will had a huge talent and charisma as a new traditionalist country singer, along the lines of his heroes Josh Turner and Randy Travis.
And while he grew up in an environment full of old-fashioned values, Will’s music is completely up to date. With his movie-star looks and songs often penned with or by Music Row’s top tunesmiths, Stoltz is an ideal fit for today’s country radio. For more information about Will and his music, visit http://www.willstoltz.com.