- Hello Taylor, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I guess I was pretty much born into music! My dad had a band while I was growing up, and I remember jumping on stage to sing with at a very young age. My life has revolved around music for as long as I can remember! I have performed on my own most of my life. I grew up in a small south Texas town on the coast (Portland, Texas), and am a proud Texas Aggie graduate (class of 2016!). I have spent most of my life in and on the water, and I love to fish almost as much as I love to play music. I traveled a lot with my family growing up, so I definitely have a love for traveling as well. After living in Nashville for over 4 years, I decided to make the move back to my home state of Texas. I’ve always loved the Texas music scene, and felt like it had been calling my name!
- How did you get into country music and how did you decide you wanted a career in it? As I said previously, my dad was a musician and that’s what truly pushed me into my music career. Both of his parents, my grandparents, played music and occasionally wrote songs. They didn’t pursue music as a career, but a hobby. My dad on the other hand, pushed music a little harder. He was in the same band since he was young and has the most incredible voice and ear for music. He never pushed me to play music, but I couldn’t help but want to do what he did. I was so drawn to it! With only a little help from my dad, I taught myself to play the guitar. He encouraged me to play gigs on my own, and before I knew it, I was playing all over south Texas! I started writing early, too, and decided I was going to venture to Nashville for a while to learn and grow as a person and as a musician/artist. A music career has always been my dream, I just cannot imagine my life without music!
- Who are some of your musical icons? Well of course, my dad, but I’m also inspired by the musicians I grew up listening to. My dad is a lover of country music, and my mom is more of rock and alternative music fan. So I was inspired by them both! Some of the artists I grew up listening to that have always inspired me are: Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Pat Green, Matchbox Twenty, Keith Whitley, and Jo Dee Messina to only name a few. The list goes on and on! Since I really started my career, my biggest and current inspirations are Lee Ann Womack, Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers, and Patty Loveless. There’s honestly so many – especially like some of my friends that I’ve met in Nashville who inspire me in so many ways!
- What is the background story behind your brand new single “Bigger Than Texas?” Bigger Than Texas is an extremely vulnerable song I wrote about a heartbreak I experienced in early 2020. I had used the phrase, “I love you Bigger Than Texas” like the phrase, “I love you to the moon and back” in that relationship because we were both from Texas. We hit a rough patch, and had a short breakup. I was heartbroken to say the least, and it was a tough situation for both of us to be in. I was out at a bar in Nashville one night, and a mutual friend of ours said, “you know he’s thinking about moving back to Texas?”, and when I heard that my heart sank. I thought, ok, if he leaves, it’s definitely over. I went home that night, picked up my guitar, and started the chorus of this song in tears. I wanted to write something that he would know was about him if he heard it. I called my favorite co-writer and best friend, Karleigh Schmidt, and told her I had something. I asked her to finish it with me, and we had the song in a couple of hours. Sure enough, the first time I played it out, someone posted a video to their Instagram story, and he heard it. When we began to mend the relationship he said, “I still love you Bigger Than Texas, too”.
- How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? . Honest, heartfelt, unique, fun, TEXAN!
- What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? I spent a lot of time this go round focusing on writing before rushing out an album. It was really hard to narrow down my favorites for this record, but I loved having so many to choose from. I collaborated with my producer, James Cook, multiple times before jumping in, and bounced ideas back and forth with one of my co writers, Karleigh. I had a very solid idea of what I wanted before we got started. Once in the studio, you feel what’s right, and sometimes it takes you in a different direction than originally intended. The recording process is a time to really get creative, and it is SO much fun.
- What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? I’d have to say my favorite is Brewster Street Icehouse in Corpus Christi, TX. I was lucky enough to perform there when I first started chasing this dream, thanks to my dad. It’s an awesome venue and one of the best in STX! I also really love playing at the music venues on Demonbreun street in Nashville. Its a different experience than playing for listeners. When you’re playing at a local area in Nashville, you’re playing for other musicians, industry professionals and other songwriters. Its really cool to build relationships after gigs at these venues and watch your friends grow in music, too. I love playing at venues near my hometown the most, because that hometown support always blows me away!
- What is one of your favorite quotes? “If it were easy, everyone would
- Is there anything else you would like to share? Thank you so much for including me in this!I truly appreciate it!
Taylor Tumlinson started singing and writing at a young age and taught herself to play the guitar at only 10 years old. She won the Texas State Colgate Country Showdown in 2010, and her appreciation for entertaining and playing on stage was kindled very fast as she opened for some of her favorite Texas musicians like The Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, and Jon Wolfe. Also in 2010, she traveled to Nashville to record with the help of her producer, Trey Matthews and enjoyed her first co-writing sessions with Matthews and Danny Green (known for his sit song with Chris Stapleton “Fire Away”).
Tumlinson received a lot of radio playing time and was nterviewed all over South Texas, and she and her local band played many venues around the Coastal Bend, including Brewster Street Icehouse. She attended Texas A&M University and after graduating, she decided to chase after her music dream by making Nashville her new home. She started making new friends with many skillful writers and musicians, co-wrote many songs, played regularly in writers’ rounds, and learned more than she could ever visualize possible.
She went back to Texas in 2020 and is getting ready to release a full-length record. Her soulful voice and rare lyrics draw music fans to her live performances and sessions on social media. Tumlinson’s voice has been described as being “mesmerizing,” “fierce and soulful”, and “strong with a good country sound” by different music bloggers. Her first two singles from her full length album, “Hold Your Horses” and “Bigger Than Texas” came out this year.
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Hello Jarod, can you tell us a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Yes! I was born and raised in Montana. I grew up playing baseball and fly-fishing as well as enjoying the Montana outdoors, skiing, hunting, rafting, etc. I played college baseball and really tried to turn it into a professional career. After that, I opened up a house painting company and a sailboat chartering company on Flathead Lake (Montana). I also coached high school baseball for a few years. To fast forward a little bit, I then spent some time in Texas where I owned a small baseball academy, and of course, got into the Texas Red Dirt country scene even more! After that, I lived in Boise for a short time where I started my first band, the JGrubb Band, and played all over Boise. My next move was Nashville after meeting a guy named Gary Tackett, Billy Currington’s first lead guitarist, who really encouraged me to make the move. I’m so glad he did!
What made you want a career in country music?
I’ve always been in music. My parents had me in piano lessons from 6 years old and I played the saxophone starting in middle school. I picked up the guitar in college and started writing songs. I spent a year of college in Texas and learned all the Texas country jams, especially Pat Green. I entered the Colgate Country Showdown and won our local chapter with 2 of my country originals. It was the largest chapter of the competition in the nation and I performed for 3,000 people! It was pretty nerve-racking lol. But, I did all that just for the love of it. It wasn’t until I got to Boise, where I felt like if I didn’t start a band, I would regret it. I really got some great encouragement along the way at the right times, especially from Gary Tackett, and I felt like I could have a shot in the country music business.
What is the background story of your debut song “Tiki Bar On The Beach?”
Tiki Bar was actually the very first song I wrote in Nashville. It really came out of just a songwriting exercise to get into the writing habit after moving. Usually, I don’t finish songs I start for workouts, but I did on this one and when I started playing it out live it got a surprisingly good response. I was surprised because I feel like it’s a very simple concept and song, but sometimes “simple” is honest and speaks to people even more than something clever would.
How did you come up with the name “Tiki Bar on The Beach?”
Having just moved to Nashville (when I wrote it) to chase the dream of being a country artist, the concept of chasing your dreams was fresh on my mind. So that’s what the song is about – not being afraid to take a risk and follow your heart. One of my dreams is to own a house on the beach. I thought of what that would be like and where I would hang out and it would be at a Tiki Bar on the Beach. Kind of like Cheers on the ocean. Like the song goes, if you asked me where I would be if I could be anywhere, “You could find me way down south, at the tiki bar on the beach.”
Who are some of your musical icons?
I just love musicians who are pure writers and can perform their own stuff stripped down – just themselves and a guitar or piano. Pat Green was huge for me in Texas, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, John Denver, John Mayer and so many more. Lately Old Dominion too!
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Original. New. Beachy.
What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?
I have played around a bit here in Nashville. This past year I have landed at Margaritaville on broadway and Margaritaville Hotel. Those are my favorite spots! They fit my style, so I can play the Kenny Chesneys, Jimmy Buffetts, Jack Johnsons and of course my stuff like Tiki Bar. Hopefully, I’ll land at Tortuga Fest and Gulf Coast Country jam this next year.
What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?
I’ve really developed a specific process. Without boring you with all the details (lol); it starts with idea gathering – little snippets of musical thoughts that I put in my phone’s notepad or voice memo. Lots of those come from mowing the lawn. It takes me forever to mow the lawn because I’m always stopping. After that, I turn those ideas into verses or choruses. When I’ve got a collection of those I finish writing the ones I like and trash the ones I don’t. Then, I take time to learn and demo those before I write another batch. It’s a good cycle for me. I feel like it keeps me fresh instead of non-stop writing.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog!! I’ve been blessed with all the people I’ve met along the way who have influenced and helped me and I’m so grateful!
What is one of your favorite quotes? “I learned how to speak the same way I learned how to ride a bike – by doggedly making a fool of myself.” -George Bernard Shaw.
Jarod Grubb is from Northwest Montana. Grubb grew up close to Glacier National Park. His love of nature and stunning places grew to oceans, beaches and palm trees where he has found inspiration for his music career. After starting his own band in Bosie, Idaho, Grubb then moved to Nashville where he was played venues like Tootsies, 4 Corners Marina on Percy Priest Lake and Margaritaville Hotel. Played these venues along with writers rounds and getting mentor from Billy Currington’s lead guitarist Gary Tackett. Tackett had guided Grubb to his first producer and after that was his freshman EP. On July 9, 2021, Grubb’s brand new single “Tiki Bar on the Beach.”
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Danielle Marie is a 2015 CCMA Spotlight artist and Ray McAuley Horizon Award winner and Jordan Pritchett guitarist of June nominated, platinum-selling band. Faber Drive met in a song-writing meeting in 2015 and fell for each other. For the next couple of years, they played together as individual artists on stage, fighting the ineluctable, until both of them finally gave in and came together into a new duo group called Cross Parallel.
They have previously got the attention in the music industry and built an online platform, with 175 + streams on Spotify and 29K + views on YouTube in their first couple of years as a duo. They played their 2nd single “Don’t,” at the 2019 BCCMA Awards Show after having a busy summer, including opening for CCMA Hall of Famer, Terri Clark. Later that year, they released a cover of the classic, “The Christmas Song,” with Jordan’s father, Aaron Pritchett, and his brothers in AtlantisOne.
Cross Parallel is on the brink of greatness, attracting attention from the music industry and fans around the whole world because of their different sound and relatable lyrics. They are honestly getting “Better With Time,” which is applicable as that happens to be the title of the first single from their upcoming EP. Lately, Cross Parallel has joined up with Records and together they plan to take the music industry by storm.
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- Hello Devon, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Before I became a musician, I was a high school student who was struggling to find their fit in the world. I wasn’t good at sports; orchestra & chorus was NOT for me. but I always loved music, I just didn’t know how to get involved. When I found my fit, singing country stuff, I never looked back.
- What made you want a career in country music? I never knew you could have a career in music. Honestly, when I pictured musicians, I pictured me standing on the side of the street, playing guitar & singing, with my guitar case open, asking for money. I had no idea I could go to local venues and play on the weekends. I attended my first open mic and that really opened my eyes. It showed me that there are alternate ways to peruse this career and be able to support myself.
- Who are a few of your musical icons? I wouldn’t say I have famous musical icons. My icons are the local musicians that took the time to help me become the person I am today. They spent so much of their free time giving me tips, what to do, what not to do, and lessons on playing guitar. Without them, I wouldn’t have the knowledge I have today, and I’m so very grateful for that. I hope to pay it forward one day.
- What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Mirrors?” My last single was released July of 2020. I had a set-back that following year and lost complete direction of where I was going in the industry. Fast forward to January 2021, I sat down with the co-writer of this song, Sam Grow, and he helped me voice how I was feeling. This song helped me find my new direction and I’m so thrilled people will be able to hear my side of the story.
- What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? I like to switch up my style every time I release something new. I don’t like being predicable. If you listen to my songs, they all are just a bit different in their genre, topic, structure, etc. I like to go in and trust the producer, to see what he can come up with and then we just go from there!
- How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Full of Emotion.
- What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? I’ve played many venues in PA, they are all great and I love the hosts, so I’m not going to pick there!!! But in Nashville, I really enjoy playing at The Local, Nash House Saloon, Tootsies Orchid Lounge Broadway, & Tin Roof Broadway.
- Is there anything else coming up with your music in the next few months? Yes! I have another single coming out hopefully this summer!! It’s my favorite song I’ve written so far. I’m so excited for everyone to hear it!
- What is one of your favorite quotes? Always be on your A game. You never know who may be in the room or listening.
- Is there anything else you would like to share? Thank you very much for your willingness to interview me. It was a pleasure answering your questions. I can’t wait to read the article. Thank you!
Devon Beck graduated from high school in 2020 and recently made the move from her hometown in Central Pennsylvania to Nashville to follow her singing/songwriting career.
Since moving into Music City, she has quickly gathered attention from artists, songwriters, and insiders. On June 17, 2021, Beck’s single “Mirrors,” was the “Here For This” Feature of the Day on The Ward Guenther Show (https://music.apple.com/us/station/hot-wax-hot-minute-with-dave-fenley/ra.1572043367) on Apple Music. Country artist Jimmie Allen also featured her on his Instagram for a New Artist Showcase and named her as an “artist to watch,” after the release of her EP, “One Sided Expectations.” Beck was also asked to perform at Pennsylvania 2020 & 2021 York State Fair by Scott Donato, a radio personality with Forever Media’s Froggy 107.7.
With her grown-up lyrical attitude and heartfelt vocal delivery, Beck brings you into her music. Her laidback, unique voice envelopes the likes of Maren Morris and Adele into her individual sound. She smoothly combines country and pop flavors into her work, bringing the center between country twang and soulful pop.
Beck’s debut EP, “One Sided Expectations,” came out on her 18th birthday in July 2020. The four-song recording is a truthful and honest impression of the heartbreak and bumpy relationships Beck has experienced; however, the lyrics are sincere and relatable at any age. The title track duplicate as track one. “One Sided Expectations,” brings the listener down a road of letting go of unhappy expectations. Track two, “Love Me or Get Lost,” will make you move as Beck sings about wanting someone to cherish her. “Forgive Me,” track three, is a piano-driven song that appeals for grace and forgiveness for errors made. The last track, “Devil in Disguise,” showcases a rock sound as Beck names out past betrayals.
One “Sided Expectations,” has been nominated for Album/EP of the Year at the 2nd Central PA Music Awards to be held in July 2021. Beck has also been nominated for Best New Band/Artist.
Beck has played in over 150 shows and continues to tour across Nashville, Tennessee and Central Pennsylvania by covering a broad assortment of everyone’s favorite covers and her own EP. All of Beck’s music is available to listen on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about the talented Devon Beck (https://devonbeckofficial.com).
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- Hello Gracia, can you tell us a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer? Well. That would probably be when I was in the womb… Hahaha. I have really been singing and have had dreams of this since I was a child. Ever since I learned that it was not possible to become a mermaid, I set my sights on the entertainment industry. I did a lot of acting when I was younger in community productions and such, and that didn’t really stick. What did though, is singing. We used to live out in the middle of a cornfield, and there was a big shed in the backyard with a concrete circle where a grain silo used to be, and so in my head I kind of made it like a little ampitheater, and would go and SIIIING all night long to nobody, but I would pretend obviously that I was putting on these large, sold out concerts. As I got older I definitely did kind of start re-evaluating my life plans; especially being from a small town, you usually don’t get the option of like, “oh yeah, you actually CAN move away and become something bigger than this”, and so, while I kept singing locally, I started to consider nursing school at the end of high school. Which was genuinely probably not something I actually WANTED to pursue, but like, everyone else was doing it and ya know, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Plus, music never seemed attainable in my world back then, just because I never really was exposed to the right environment with OPTIONS to do so, you know? I lived in a town where everyone went to school and stayed there and settled down. So it always seemed like this very far away, unreachable dream that only very lucky people were able to obtain. This was also back before Instagram was even a thing (it took off my senior year of high school; back when we all used like awful filters and posted anything and everything), and so, it wasn’t like it is in the current world with social media platforms and more opportunities than ever without even leaving your hometown. SO, I was like, well. I guess I’ll start trying out for singing shows. So I started auditioning for reality shows, in hopes that I would make it. I think I did American Idol like 4 or 5 times, and I never made it to the Hollywood week. I auditioned for the Voice for season 2, and didn’t make it, so I went back for season 3. They remembered me, and I remember I got a call at my job working in the kids center of a fitness facility in my hometown, and got told I was going to the next round in LA. From there, it was history!
- What made you want a career in country music? I grew up on country, and grew up IN the country in a small town in Illinois. My entire family listens to country, so it’s just what I grew up on. I remember my mom had like, Trisha Yearwood, Blake Shelton, Shania Twain, and LeAnn Rhimes’s debut CDs, and I’d always listen to them when I was young. While I appreciate all genres, country has always been what I’ve been drawn to. I will say though, my love for pop is a close second, and I’m most inspired by pop music; so I try to incorporate pop lyrics and sounds in to my music, alongside country elements.
- Who are some of your musical icons? Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain and Lady Gaga. Which, they are all so very different, butI’m inspired by different things from each of them. I love everything about them as artists, but I’m most inspired by Halsey’s attitude and her lyrics and ability to make a sad song bop, Kelsea for her personality and style of music, Dolly because… she’s Dolly and extra as hell (same) but 100% herself, and Gaga for that reason as well. Shania, she’s just amazing and truly paved the way for pop country artists.
- What is the background story behind your brand-new single “hey? So I started writing this song and didn’t even really MEAN for it to end up being like, what it is now, but it ended up becoming a love song about how my boyfriend and I met. The storyline in the song comes from past experiences I’ve had dating. I had been in a relationship that ended badly, and spent a few years just really being wary of being involved with anyone else beyond anything casual, going out a lot, etc. We ended up in a relationship and he’s great to me, and has kind of been the reason I slowed down and realized that it’s not so bad when you’re with the right person.
- What was your favorite part of being a part of The Voice? Honestly I loved the entire experience. From just the excitement of being on the show, the crew and other contestants that became like family, and just getting to experience hanging out in LA and being around so many amazing artists. I made a lot of lasting friendships and continue to make them! It’s kind of funny, we all may have been on different seasons, but it’s like, we’ll meet on whatever social channels or even in real life, and it’s just like, distant family kind of. Like, we all went on this show and have this common denominator. Haha.
- How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fun, bubbly, and feel-good. For now. I want to release some deeper tracks in the future, but I’m currently sticking with the upbeat bops!
- What are some of your favorite venues to play at? Honestly, I don’t think there’s been many places I didn’t enjoy playing! I just love doing what I do. I of course, LOVE supporting national acts or headlining fairs and festivals, but I also love smaller more intimate venues as well. They’re both so great in their own ways. There’s such a rush with the bigger venues and shows, but the smaller ones are always so fun, especially when everyone’s having a good time and you get to interact with people on a more personal level. It feels like you’re at a home-town bar/venue and I love that feeling equally.
- What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? So usually ideas come to me and I just jot them down and come back to them, sometimes I write the entire song right then and there, or sometimes I save it for a co-write because it’s just not coming out how I expected. It just depends on the song, really. I usually have a pretty good idea of what I want it to sound like, and the vibe of the song whenever it comes to my head before I even start writing. Which of course sometimes that changes! As far as making the music itself, I enjoy being in the studio while the track is being produced, and being able to listen and build it alongside the producer. Looove watching it come to life.
- What is one of your favorite quotes? Okay well… I cannot pick one, so top 3?! I literally like, collect quotes on Pinterest, so I am full of them. Hah. I LOVE Dolly’s quote, “Find out who you are, and do it on purpose”, “You will never influence the world by trying to be like it”, and lastly, “Be somebody who makes everyone feel like somebody.”
- Is there anything else you would like to share? That everyone should go CHECK OUT “hey” NOW, ADD IT TO YOUR SUMMER PLAYLISTS. Also, I’m getting ready to release more music so be on the lookout!