Candy O’Terry and Jacy Dawn Valeras of Country Music Success Stories Podcast: How Talent and Confidence Level-Up Your Podcast Hosting Game

Tracy Hazzard
Authority Magazine
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11 min readFeb 2, 2021

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Preparation is the key to a successful interview because when you are fully prepared with reliable research and great questions, you are confident and the person you are interviewing feels valued.

As part of my series of interviews about “5 Things You Need to Know to Create a Bingeable Podcast”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Candy O’Terry & Jacy Dawn Valeras.

Known as Candy O for 25 years on Magic 106.7/WMJX, Candy O’Terry is an award-winning content creator who has spent her career providing a platform for women to share their stories. As the Founder of My Dove Productions and the Candy O Radio Network, Candy’s lens is focused on women doing great things with their lives. She is the host of The Story Behind Her Success weekly podcast and radio series, The Speaker Coach podcast, 16 Life Lessons Motivation Monday feature, and Candy’s Land, a 4-part music video series for young children during the pandemic. Her latest venture is the Nashville-based podcast series Country Music Success Stories featuring Music City Mentor, Jacy Valeras.

Jacy Dawn Valeras got her start as a country singer. Born and raised in a little town outside of Boston, Jacy was writing songs and singing at local events at only 13. By the time she was 19, Jacy was opening for country music legends like Reba and Willie and performing at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden, the Bluebird Café and the Texas Troubadour Theatre. In 2012, she combined her talent and experience as a performer with her love of social media marketing, graphic design and content creation to launch Platinum Circle Media. Widely known as the woman in new media who returns calls, meets deadlines, believes in the power relationships, and gets the job done, Jacy checks all the boxes.

Can you tell us a bit of your “personal backstory? What is your background and what eventually brought you to this particular career path?

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Tracy Hazzard
Authority Magazine

Podcasting Expert Strategist; Host of 7 top podcasts: The Binge Factor; New Trust Economy; Feed Your Brand; Product Launch Hazzards; WTFFF?! Podetize Co-Founder