Saturday, October 3, 2015

Interview with Curtis Braly

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Curtis Braly is making waves in the country music industry with his new single "Sooner or Later" featuring American Idol Season 2 finalist Kimberly Caldwell. It is featured on his new EP, "All About The Ride". I was fortunate enough to ask him some questions regarding the single, his music, and more.

1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

I've always loved how music has such a vivid way of telling a story and on top of the lyrics, the melody helps to bring the story of a song to life for a listener.  Music has brought me through rough times & helped me to celebrate good times.  I believe my passion for it stems from that.  The first time I sang on stage was in a talent show in the 6th grade and the energy I received from the audience was an adrenaline rush that I've never been able to shake!


2. How would you describe the style of your music? Where do you get your inspiration?


I think I have a blend of today's new contemporary country and traditional country.  Which is exactly what I've been shooting for because I have a love for both the new country & the traditional country music sound.  It definitely provides for something unique.  Inspiration comes from not only my own life experiences but I'm a big people watcher so I can gain inspiration from seeing what others go through in their life.


3. What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?


The most memorable moment was headlining a Live Nation venue in my hometown of Houston recently to raise money for the Lone Survivor Foundation.  It was my first full production stage show & I had the time of my life!  Not to mention the city's mayor recognized my charitable efforts & presented me with a proclamation declaring that day as "Curtis Braly Day".


4. I know you just released your single “Sooner Or Later” featuring Kimberly Caldwell – can you tell me a little bit about that?


Sooner or Later was presented to me at lunch one day while visiting with a rep from my record label.  It told a story that just about everyone could relate to.  I immediately fell in love with the song & thought Kimberly Caldwell would make a great fit for it.  I liked the challenge of taking two completely different style of vocals and trying to make some magic in the studio.  Kim & I grew up singing together when we were kids so it made for a fun reunion and we had a great time catching up while shooting the music video for it.


5. What is your favorite part about working in the music industry?


Meeting so many new people every day.  I'm a people person and absolutely love getting out and visiting with people.  This business definitley affords me the opportunity to meet lots of people.  I also love that I'm given a great opportunity to touch the lives of so many people through music.  As I said before, music has pulled me through some rough times in my life and if during one show I can turn someone's day around...it was a good day!


6. What is a little known/fun fact about you?


I have a private pilots license.  I once spent a couple years living in Alaska and while there I obtained my pilots license.  It's now one of my biggest hobbies.  There's something about the wheels of that plane leaving the earth that makes you feel so free.  Not to mention the scenery from above is spectacular!

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Interview with Kate Ryan


With her brand new EP out, Kate Ryan is bringing her own flair to the country music scene. Drawing inspiration from many different sources, she co-wrote the entire album that is available now on iTunes. I was fortunate enough to ask her some questions about her music and career. 

1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

I always knew I wanted to be an entertainer. I would dance for people standing in line at Disneyland, I wanted to be a stand up comedian in 5th grade and I went around doing little shows for other kids in my class. My four brothers and I would film little skits when we were young. And of course there was those living room concerts where I would sing for family, extended family and anyone else who would listen.

2. How would you describe the style of your music? Where do you get your inspiration?

I listen to as many genres and eras of music as I can possibly find. There are so many gems in every single genre, and that’s what I’m constantly looking for. This, in turn, makes me a much more versatile writer. I’d describe my music as pop/rock/country, if that’s a possibility. I draw style inspiration from Pink. She’s very rebellious and boisterous, while at the same time being kind and down-to-earth. I’ve always loves John Denver. I grew up listening to him and he’s just a great writer.

3. What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

I’m a big fan of the simpler things. Just seeing my album on iTunes was surreal. The fact that it became so easily accessible over night is mind-blowing to me. People who I’ve never even met could be listening to it, and I may not even know. But that’s what’s so great about social media because that’s one way for me to know, which is a huge perk of being a musician in this day and age.

4. I know you just released your debut EP – can you tell me a little bit about that?

The EP was all co-written by me, Dean Sams of Lonestar and Susan Ruth, who’s written for Reba. In other words, I was in the midst of pure geniuses. Dean was also the producer of the EP. The EP is six completely unique songs. No song sounds like another, and they all have such strong and different messages. One of them is a generational album, while another can make you fall in love.

5. What is your favorite part about working in the music industry?

My favorite part about working in the music industry is just how passionate everyone is. You won’t ever find someone who just “kinda” likes music. No. Everyone is 100% into what they’re pursuing and there aren’t a lot of career paths that are like that.

6. If you could collaborate with anyone in the industry, who would it be?

I would absolutely love to collaborate with Hunter Hayes. He represents the younger side of country music, as do I. Plus he’s crazy cute. So it’s pretty much a match made in Heaven.

7. What is a little known/fun fact about you?

The first job I ever had was getting hired to sing, dance and play games with little girls and their friends for their birthdays as different princesses. I’ve heard “Let It Go” one too many times.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Interview with Clark Manson



Originally from Ohio, newcomer Clark Manson has already made a name for himself in Nashville. His talent and artistry have landed him acts alongside some of the biggest names in country music, including Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice, Easton Corbin, and Jon Pardi. Although his full album is still in the works, his single out now, titled "Track 9", can be heard across the country on SiriusXM The Highway. 

1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

Growing up I always had a love for music.  George Strait was my idol, and when I turned 5, my parents took me to one of his shows.  From that day on, I knew I wanted to stand on that stage and be a country singer.

2. How would you describe the style of your music? Where do you get your inspiration?

I think my style of music has aspects of traditional country with a modern rockin' vibe.  Every day I strive to live life to the fullest and really focus on having a smile on my face.  I believe that that attitude and way of life really show in my music, and especially the new project we are working on.  

3. What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

 I would have to say playing for my hometown crowd at Country Concert in Ft. Loramie, Ohio.  It was so amazing to walk out to 6,000 people in front of all my friends and family.

4. What’s the story behind your new single Track 9’?

"Track 9"  is about a guy that is reminiscing on his first love.  His love is long gone but every time he hears that special song he is right back in that moment. In this instance, the song was “Strawberry Wine" and it was track number 9 on the burned CD.  

5. I know you’ve been on the road this summer – how has that been?

Being on the road is my favorite part about being a musician.  I absolutely love playing for different faces every night and making that special connection with fans.  

6. Is there anyone in the industry today that you look up to or that you would like to model your career after?

I really don't look up to one person in particular.  I feel like the moment you try to model another artist career is when you start to lose what makes yourself special.

7. Is there going to be a new album or single that fans can expect in the upcoming future?


We are currently in the process of solidifying the songs for the new project. Words can't describe how excited I am for people to hear what we have been working on.   As of now, we are undecided on if we will release a full album or an EP, but either way, people are in for a brand new Clark Manson sound.  

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Interview with Dustin Hensley



In the words of newcomer Dustin Hensley, “You only get one shot at a first impression, and I want to come out swinging”. Sticking to his word, the Tennessee-native is quickly making a name for himself in the world of country music. He has a single out now, titled “Don’t Call It A Night”, and is also currently working on a full album. Full of talent, humor, and personality, I was fortunate enough to ask Hensley some questions regarding his music, career, and more.

1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

Well, it was either singing or joining the circus. Singing felt like the safer bet- I’m not that flexible. But I also knew I’d be singing forever. I can’t really explain it. I just knew that this is what I was built to do. But I also have the backup plan of being a NASCAR announcer. Even through media training and dialect classes, I still sound like a back woods hick. “Turrn leeffff!!!”

2. How would you describe the style of your music? Where do you get your inspiration?

I honestly listen to anything and everything- if it’s good I want to hear it. I’m a kid of the 90s, so that era of country really had a big impact on my musical taste. However, I love the classics as well. I also love a lot of 80’s pop music. You can learn A LOT from 80s pop music. The sound of my single (and the upcoming record) really embodies all of that I think. My producer, Dustin Richardson, really hit the instrumentation out of the park. He has a way of taking really current sounds and giving them a nostalgic nod and vice versa. He just gets me and my voice. I wrote my single with a great friend of mine named Scott Stevens and it’s one of my favorite things we’ve ever done together- and we’ve written a lot of songs together. I had the hook in the head for a couple of days and couldn’t really decide on a place to take it. I sang what I had for the chorus to him, and he just took off on the melody for the verses. I think about 30 minutes later we had a song, and it normally doesn’t go that fast.

3. What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

I think doing my first round of radio visits. It’s all starting to feel real and that all the hard work that we’ve been doing is finally paying off. You spend years and years creating your sound and what you want to say- then to hear it on the radio is a dream come true. That fact couldn’t have been more clear than at a recent festival the crowd was actually singing along. I couldn’t believe it. It was the wildest thing. Oh! And I also had to sign this uh..older ladies uh…ok. Remember when Ricky Bobby met Carley- “Hey driver, sign these!” Yeah, it was that situation. Anyway, she was pushing 70 and I pretty much had to take a knee to sign em.
  
4. Is there anyone in the industry today that you look up to or that you would like to model your career after?

That’s a loaded question, and there are too many to name. But I think for right now at this moment, I’m most humbled and admiring of my circle of artist friends. We’re all here trying to the do the same thing, and you have to have good people around you. Even though we’re all solo artists we all have each other’s back and are supportive of one another. If one of us does well, then we all do well. I even had a buddy wear one of my t-shirts on stage at his show a few weeks ago. That was awesome.

5. What is a little known/fun fact about you?

I’ve said this in a lot of interviews and I’m not sure that it’s a fun fact- but I’m absolutely terrified of sleeping naked. What if a tornado comes? Then you’re going to be naked in the yard when the news truck comes. Or what if someone tries to break in? Think how awkward it would be fighting someone while naked. It gives me the worst anxiety.

6. Is there going to be a new album or single that fans can expect in the upcoming future?


We’re still plugging away with the current single right now, and we’ve been in and out of the studio cutting songs for the record. I’m getting anxious to get it out, but I want it to be right. You only get one shot at a first impression, and I want to come out swinging. But you can keep up with me and all my shenanigans at www.dustinhensleymusic.com and my social media sites. I try my best to respond to everyone so feel free to give me a shout!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Interview with Codie Prevost



Codie Prevost is not only a force to be reckoned with in Canada, but the United States as well. Throughout his career, he has performed alongside acts such as Florida Georgia Line and Joe Nichols. He was also the only independent artist to be nominated at the 2014 Canadian Country Music Awards Association for "Album Of The Year", and also received the 2014 Western Canadian Music Award for "Country Recording Of The Year". With all of his success, Prevost continues to give his voice to those that don’t have one. His song, “Someday”, is accompanied by a powerful music video that sends a compelling message regarding domestic violence. Additionally, he and fellow artist, Stephen Maguire, embarked on the “Imagine No Bullying” tour, in which they, along with the Canadian Red Cross, spoke to students about the consequences of bullying. I was fortunate enough to ask Prevost some questions about his music and career.


1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan listening to Country Music for most of my childhood. My mom would play a lot of records by Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and other legendary Country Music artists. I always loved when my mom and uncle would pick up the acoustic guitars at family functions. I have never forgot the way music could make people feel something and this is what truly inspired me to become a singer/songwriter! 

 2. How would you describe the style of your music? Where do you get your inspiration?

I would describe my music as high energy, uplifting, hopeful. As a songwriter I’ve always tried to write songs that people would connect with. I believe music is about creating emotion and trying to say what other people want to say through a song. I get inspiration from reading, listening to music, watching TV, basically everything around me. As a songwriter you become a sponge absorbing all the ideas that surround us everyday.

3. What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

One of the most memorable moments of my career was when my hometown of Archerwill, Saskatchewan honored me with a sign that reads “Archerwill Home Of Codie Prevost”. Words can’t describe how proud I am to be from there and to have such an incredible support team means the world. The other moments that come to mind was when I received the 2014 Western Canadian Music Award for “Country Recording Of The Year” and also being nominated as the only independent artist for “Album Of The Year” at the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards both for my album “All Kinds Of Crazy”! 

4. What are some differences and similarities between the country music scene in Canada versus the United States?

The Canadian Country Music scene is similar to the US in the sense that we all perform and write songs for the fans and there are an incredible number of fans in both countries. In Canada the music comes from all over each province and is all different in its own ways. In the US most of the Country Music comes out of Nashville. I believe both Countries have an incredible Country Music scene. I have had the chance to tour Canada a lot and hope to tour more in the US in the coming months! 

5. Is there anyone in the industry today that you look up to or that you would like to model your career after?

 I have always looked up to Keith Urban. When watching him perform I think he has it all. He’s a great musician, awesome songwriter, and a great performer. Have always been a big fan. I am also inspired by Eric Church’s songwriting. I have all his albums and think he is one of the best songwriters I’ve heard in new age Country Music.

6. Is there going to be a new album or single that fans can expect in the upcoming future?


I’m actually in the airport writing this interview on my way to Nashville to work on the next project. I plan to release some new music in 2016. I love the process of bringing new songs to life in the studio!


For more info, visit his website www.codieprevost.com. When you join the mailing list right now, you'll get a digital copy of his latest album "All Kinds Of Crazy"!


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