Entertainment Writing Portfolio

Welcome to the Entertainment Writing Portfolio of Christine McDonald, Boston Freelance Entertainment Writer, Editor, Digital Journalist and Web Writer. Christine's been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and a thought and shares her entertainment portfolio with you:

WEBSITE / SEO WRITING:  design, layout, content. Websites rank(ed) in Google Top 10, Top 5 and #1 search engine results for 5 years:

My Little Shangri-La - a holistic health, healing arts and entertainment website - the parent company/site of The Write Copywriter

The Write Copywriter - a holistic health, hospitality and entertainment writing services website creating web, social media, blog, review and profile copy.

BLOGS / WORDPRESS:  Design, maintenance, content writer and curator:

My Little ShangriLa Blog - Arts, Entertainment Holistic Health & Lifestyle Blog covering local and national articles, information and inspiration for one's pleasure, curiosity and well-being

The Write Copywriter Blog - Covering articles, information and inspiration on the print, web and digital writing process.

Brain Brew Blog - a Daily Dose of Inspiration - Good 'Til the Next Thought

Country Music Enterprise - Local Boston and national country music news, reviews and interviews of everything country. CME is the opry of country music blogs.

Country Music Pride - a complete portfolio of my time with this blog from 2011-2013 as writer, digital journalist and editor covering local Boston and national country music entertainment acts.

DIGITAL PODCAST / VIDEO JOURNALISM & PRODUCTION: Created lead-in, fade-out, interview content; worked alongside broadcast engineers to record the following LIVE podcast interview audio files published at iTunes:

Eli Young Band: LIVE Country Music PrideCAST of Eli Young Band interview - available to download, play in new window or listen at iTunes

Jake Owen: LIVE Country Music PrideCAST of Jake Owen interview - available to download, play in new window or listen at iTunes

Casey James:  LIVE Country Music PrideCAST of Casey James interview - available to download, play in new window or listen at iTunes

Eric Church:  LIVE Country Music PrideCAST of Eric Church interview - available to download, play in new window or listen at iTunes

Business Promotional Video:  Designed and produced in WinCAM broadcasting studio a 2:32 promotional copywriting video

SOCIAL MEDIA: designed, curate(d), content writer and administrator for the following social media sites:

My Little Shangri-La Facebook: holistic health, healing arts, entertainment facebook page of the My Little Shangri-La website

The Write Copywriter Facebook:  a holistic health, hospitality and entertainment writing services facebook page of The Write Copywriter website 

Country Music Enterprise Facebook:  country music facebook page of the upcoming (in design phase) Country Music Enterprise Blog

Country Music Pride:  country music facebook page of Country Music Pride where I was its 90% administrator from 2011-2013

Linked In Christine McDonald: the professional profile of holistic health, healing arts and entertainment writer Christine McDonald

Twitter @cmcdboston:  the only "official" twitter account of holistic health, healing arts and entertainment writer and practitioner, Christine McDonald

The Write Copywriter YouTube: the official YouTube channel of The Write Copywriter

DIGITAL JOURNALISM / FEATURE ARTICLES: Digital feature entertainment articles - Boston local and national news - written and published by Christine McDonald:

Patti Page Left Her Voice in Music, her Two-Step in Tennessee but Her Charisma on Cape Cod : Patti Page, the “kid from Oklahoma who never wanted to be a singer, but was told I could sing and things snowballed” died at the age of 85 on New Year’s Day (1/1/13) in Encinitas, Calif., according to her publicist Schatzi Hageman . . .

Dierks Bentley Releases His 6th Studio Album "HOME" in Boston, MA : on Saturday February 4, 2012, the country star kicked off the release of “Home” with a CD release party stop in Boston, MA. The sold out show was held at Boston’s Hard Rock Cafe . . .

Boston Country Radio 102.5 WKLB Program Director and Music Director Take Top 2013 Country Radio Seminar Honors : Things just keep getting better for CMA Radio Station of the Year, Boston Country Radio 102.5 WKLB. The 2012 Country Music Association Awarded Radio Station of the Year Program Director Mike Brophey and Music Director Ginny Rogers both received top honors on Friday, March 1st at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar/Country Aircheck Awards in Nashville, Tennessee . . .

Hell Yeah! WKLB Boston WINS CMA Major Market Radio Station of the Year : On October 8 national recording artist and CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley personally called WKLB Boston Country radio station Program Director Mike Brophey to share the awesome award winning news with him that the Country Music Association just awarded 102.5 WKLB Boston Country Radio Station the 2012 CMA Award for Major Market Radio Station of the Year . . .

Breaking News! Keith Urban has a New Permanent Residence : With properties in Nashville, Australia, New York and LA, would it surprise you to learn Keith Urban has acquired another residence – in his own name, in his own right? Word has it he’s been building this one for many years . . .

CMA Songwriters Series BOSTON DEBUT Featuring Kenny Chesney to be AUDIO STREAMED LIVE : It all starts with a song. And Thursday August 25, 2011 (8:00 PM/ET) Kenny Chesney and the CMA Songwriters Series will make its Boston debut playing to a sold-out house at the Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont Street, in the heart of Boston’s Theatre District showcasing the craftsmen that create the songs for artists, for radio, for … you ! . . .

Ronnie Dunn Mixes His Boston Debut with Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill's Official Grand Opening : But Dunn is a solo artist now and breaking away from the previously successful performance pack to embark on one’s own doesn’t have a historically huge success rate. But Dunn made his now solo Boston debut on November 30, 2011 in a small bar room setting – okay, a big bar room setting. In any event, a bar room setting. In fact, it was Toby Keith’s Bar in Foxborough, MA and it was the "I Love This Bar & Grill Official Grand Opening!" Yet, I couldn’t help but wonder what a solo Ronnie Dunn performance might be like. Having been a big fan of the Brooks & Dunn legacy . . .

Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar & Grill" Restaurant in Boston, MA is Top Quality and Built to Last : “I love Boston. They’re in my Top 5 – Not just New England, but Boston.” It’s a comment I’ve heard Toby Keith voice more than once through the years. So I was not at all surprised to hear he was bringing his “I love This Bar & Grill Restaurant” chain to mingle amidst Boston’s rich and diverse history . . .

DIGITAL JOURNALISM / BOOK REVIEWS: Digital book reviews of country music artists: 

"From This Moment On" and Shania Twain Stand Together Forever in Integrity : From This Moment On is by no means a story of a young Canadian girl born into poverty who gets lucky with a microphone, rises to stardom, lives in a castle and is looking for sympathy as she nurses wounds of betrayal. Yet From This Moment On is by no means simply another story of the life of a celebrity. From This Moment On is a story of a young girl who may have been “born into poverty” but . . .

Deborah Allen Pens "The Loneliest Christmas Tree" Children's Book : No matter who we are, none of us ever wants to feel left out in life. Whether you’re Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer never allowed to “play in any reindeer games”, a “Charlie-in-the-Box” castaway dismissed to the land of the misfit toys, or a Christmas elf wanting to be a dentist, we all have an inherent need to be accepted for who we are and be a part of the world around us. For “The Loneliest Christmas Tree” author, Deborah Allen, it all began in 1986. For “The Loneliest Christmas Tree” itself, it all began in the forest among other . . .

Jimmy Wayne's "Paper Angels" is More Than a Story About a Seasonal Program : Its story may be seasonal. It’s message is eternal . . . The book is a collaboration of lives, stories and artists. The story is about fear, anger, blame, faith, love and kindness and the myriad of ways those emotions surface and hide. The Program is the Salvation Army’s seasonal mission to provide assistance to families in need at Christmastime. And together they create a heartwarming story sure to enlighten, enrich and effect you . . .

DIGITAL JOURNALISM / CONCERT REVIEWS (BOSTON): a mere sampling of the diversity of entertainment that graces the myriad of venues in Greater Boston:

Gary Allan Blew The Top Off The Cape Cod Melody Tent : Summer nights and concerts, they go together like heat waves and tan lines. And on Cape Cod there’s no shortage of eclectic summer vibrations. From fairs to festivals, corner bars and art centers, many a night air on Cape is filled with sounds of rock, reggae, blues, Irish, folk and country. And for both residents and visitors, the stay isn’t complete without taking in at least one show at the Melody Tent in Hyannis. Amidst the heat, humidity, intermittent rain and burning floodlights, Gary Allan hit the center of the slow-turning stage and for 90 minutes gave his eye-level audience . . .

NO BEER ALLOWED ! at the Eric Church "Blood Sweat & Beers" Tour at UMass Amherst : “The Blood Sweat & Beers Tour will go lots of places. But nobody, nobody gave it to us like you guys (Boston).” And on September 13th UMass Amherst played host to the opening night of the second leg of the Eric Church Blood Sweat & Beers Tour serving up . . . a dry venue ! . . .

Every Eric Church Melody Will Sound Like the Memory of This September Saturday Night Eric Church Concert in Boston! : The end-of-summer evening sky was hosting an early setting sun. The air was crisp and tailgaters staggered to finish up their final games of Beirut. There was definitely a different vibe in the air ! “Like a honey bee beatin’ on my screen door,” you heard a little buzz from the dark stage floor. Church hit the stage, the Choir hit a roar, and the atmosphere was . . .

Keith Urban's "Get Closer" Concert Erupted at the Boston Garden With the Magnitude of an Earthquake : Anyone meandering through Boston Friday evening, July 8, 2011 who heard threatening rumbles of what sounded like an earthquake need not be concerned. The explosion was country superstar Keith Urban delivering a two hour, hard-rockin’ country music performance of seismic proportion. No, I Don’t Think Hank Done It That Way ! but Boston’s sure glad Keith Urban did . . .

Eric Church to Blame for Tailgating Coming to An End at Boston Concert : There’s no denying Boston loves its tailgating. It’s serious business and everyone plays their part. Nothing stops Boston from full-scale tailgating. They set up early and break down late. Except on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass, something changed and it was soon discovered Eric Church was to blame . . .

Jason Aldean Captivated Fans With an Attitude, an Edge and a Confidence That Shouted - "This Is My Kinda Party" : The curtain dropped, the crowd rose and the evening erupted. Jason Aldean was in town, at the Comcast Center and – headlining ! You might remember Jason played the Comcast back in 2008 as an opening act on the Tim McGraw tour. But on Sunday night, June 5, 2011 beneath the pavilion of a setting sun and a sea of faces, Jason emerged into an evening of . . .

I hope you've enjoyed a sampling of the smorgasbord of delightful events and features I've had the pleasure of covering. For writing services or to cover your artist or event, please contact Christine McDonald here at My Little Shangri-La / The Write Copywriter.

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