Lisa Mary~ “Q&A”!!!

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 1.  Hi Lisa, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter

 Growing up I was always singing. When I was little my grandparents would take me out to dinner and I would stand up on top of the restaurant booths and sing Patsy Cline to people. I sang at school talent shows and local singing competitions until I eventually decided that music and entertaining people was what I wanted to persue.

2.    How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?

I grew up listening to country music. My grandparents introduced me to classic country like Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash when I was little and my mom got me into 90’s, 2000’s and more modern country music as I got older, it stuck with me.

I was 16 when I started considering music my job, but in a way, I feel like I’ve always known that I wanted a career in music. I remember in elementary school my class was getting ready for career day and we had to write a paper on what we wanted to do when we grew up, and I wrote down that I wanted to be a singer and songwriter. My teacher called me up to her desk and asked me if I had a career choice that was more practical. I was really let down by that, I was so sure of my answer. The night of my Grand Ole Opry debut, I was in rehearsal standing in the circle and that memory came to mind. A wave of emotions came over me thinking how far I’ve come sense then.

3.    What is your favorite tune off your latest album “Everyone Has a Story to Tell?”

Defiantly “Whiskey Tears”! I went through a really tough breakup and I was at the point where I was ready to move on.  I consider this album like a small reflection into my life, filled with real life stories and things I was going through when we were writing the record. That song was is different from anything I’ve ever co-written or taken on before and I’m so proud of it! Ironically the night I recorded that song I walked into a coffee shop and met my boyfriend. Life works that way sometimes, and it makes great writing material!

4.    Who are some of your musical icons?

I grew up listening to Loretta Lynn, she is defiantly my idol, but aside from her, I really look up to Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and John Mayer.

5. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?

I’m working on new music to share with my fans! I’ve got some great shows coming up on my tour, and I’ll also be heading back to CMA Fest in Nashville this year, I’ll be doing a meet and greet at Fan Fair X which I’m super excited about!

6.    Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?

I’ll continue to grow as an artist. I hope to sign a recording contract in the future. I want to make an impact on country radio and inspire people.

7.  If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be?

Doing a duet with Carrie Underwood would be a dream come true! I feel like our styles and voices would blend really well together.

8.  What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Follow your arrow wherever it points”- Kacey Musgraves. This is the quote I live by! When I graduated from high school I made a big decision to dedicate all my time and energy into music and had I not I don’t know where I’d be right now or if I’d be happy, I think I would always wonder “what if”. I’m a firm believer in following your dreams. If you are dedicated, you can do anything you put your mind to.

9.  Is there anything else you would like to share?

Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @LisaMaryMusic and visit my website, www.lisamarymusic.com

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Lisa Mary~ “Artist Spotlight”!!

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Lisa Mary is young country singer/songwriter from Metro, Detroit. For the last 5 years Mary has wow many different audiences from all over the U.S.A. She has also got the chance to open up for some famous country musicians such as Toby Keith, LOCASH, Eric Paslay and Drew Baldridge. Mary’s vocals and expressive music has gained her an award-win and many nominations in the Detroit Music Awards and other music award stages from 2015-2018. Some nominations were for “Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Outstanding Country Recording” for her song “Clear For Takeoff” and she won an award for “Best Country/Pop Single,” with the song “Tie Her Down.”

In October of 2017, Mary was invited to make her debut performance at the historical Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Mary’s debut album “Everyone Has A Story To Tell,” is available at Spotify and iTunes. Capturing Couture, 67th The Cape Company, Explore Apparel, Vintage Garden and Dovetail Strings proudly support Mary.

If you would like to find out more about Lisa Mary then check out her website (http://www.lisamarymusic.com.)

Social Media Websites:

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Chelsea Dartez (Co-Owner) of C2 Media Relations~ “Q&A!!”

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Background of “C2 Media Relations”: C2 Media Relations is a full facility public relations company that performs media tours for the latest acts in country music and entertainment from well-known artists and up-and-coming newcomers. Clients can expect to work directly with C2 Media Relations and obtain services that go above and beyond.

Bio of Chelsea Dartez (Co-Owner):

Chelsea Dartez moves to Nashville from Texas after getting into the music business program at Belmont University. While attending Belmont, she worked at many popular Nashville’s music companies such as The Grand Ole Opry, Warner Music Group, Nashville Songwriters Association International and Turner & Nichols & Associates.

Dartez started working in Public Relations full-time, as a senior at Belmont and this is where she rapidly found her talent in the music business world. Dartez has many Nashville music contacts and has aptitude to get media opportunities for different type of musicians.  She co-founded C2 Media Relations, with Carly Carmanna. Her clients depend on her to advance their careers in music and find media openings for them on a daily basic.

Dartez has worked with popular country music artists like Rascal Flatts, Easton Corbin, Craig Campbell, Lonestar, Clay Walker and many more. Lastly if you would like to find out more about Chelsea Dartez then check out this link http://www.c2mediarelations.com.

Q&A:

1.    Hello Chelsea, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became entertainment publicist for C2 Media Relations?

CD: Music has always been a big part of my life. After graduating high school in East Texas, I attended Belmont University and majored in Music Business.

2.    How did you get started in PR? What was your first job in the country music industry?

CD: My first internship was at the management company Turner & Nichols & Associates (Rascal Flatts, Easton Corbin). I met a ton of awesome folks there who I still work with today. I then interned in sponsorships at NSAI, marketing at The Grand Ole Opry and in PR at Warner.

3.    What led you to want to work for C2 Media Relations?

CD: I started C2 Media Relations with my business partner Carly Caramanna after working full time in PR for a few years. We both brought strong media and industry contacts to the table so starting our own company was a no-brainer.

4.    Can give me a little bit of background about your job duties for C2 Media Relations?

CD: I handle everything from booking national tv opportunities to securing online features to maintaining our QuickBooks account. I work directly with all clients and wear many hats.

5.    What are 3 things you enjoy about your job?

CD: Securing major media hits for emerging artists.
Securing national tv hits for emerging artists.
Working in tandem with an artists entire team to build and grow an artists brand and profile to the point that they break through.

6.    Is there anything new coming up for C2 Media Relations for the rest of 2018?

CD: We have a few exciting releases coming up for several artists as well as a national tv hit for a client.

7.    What country artists/groups have you been listening a lot lately?

CD: Justin Adams is one of our new clients and his forthcoming EP ‘Horizon’ is incredible! It will be released May 11th. Also JoLivi’s new single “Vinyl”, Smithfield’s “Hey Whiskey” and Dakota Danielle’s new single “One Church.”

8.    What advice would you give to a person who would want to become a entertainment publicist for the country music world?

CD: Intern, intern, intern! Internships create the relationships you will use to land a job.

9.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

CD: Blowing out someone else’s candle won’t make yours shine brighter. Remember that. 

10.Is there anything else you would like to share?

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Haley Mae Campbell~ “Q&A” (New Single & EP)!!!

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  1. Hi Haley, how have you grown as a country singer in 2018?

-In 2018 so far, I have had some incredible opportunities that have helped me grow as a country artist. I started the year living in Nashville, had the opportunity to play Whiskey Jam, have co-written with so many new writers, and have been able to push outside of my comfort zone to develop my own personal sound.

  1. How did you come up with the name of your new EP “Lover’s Lottery?”

-The title of my new EP comes from a song on the record called “Take a Chance”. It was actually originally released on my first record back in 2015. However, I’ve always loved the song and felt that it deserved to be re-vamped for the EP! When I was choosing a title for the EP, I was combing through the lyrics to all the songs, and “Lovers Lottery” stuck out to me because it seemed to perfectly capture the main idea of the album. Love is a game of chance, and you have to play if you want to win!

  1. What is the story behind your latest single “Oughta Be?”

-My new single, “Oughta Be,” was actually the first song I ever had the opportunity to co-write in Nashville. I had met the other writer, Patrick Thomas, at an event in my hometown, and met up with him during my next trip to Music City. I was so nervous at first, but we ended up having very similar styles of writing, and when I brought up the idea “I’m not trying to tell you who or how or what you gotta be, but you oughta be with me” it just clicked! I think the song is so relatable, because everyone has that person that they hold so close to their heart.

  1. Is there something you wish your fans would take away from your new EP that comes out on April 27, 2018?

–  I hope my fans can relate to the stories of the songs on this new EP. I’ve always gravitated towards songwriting because of the emotional outlet it provides, and I think it’s such a special thing to share love, heartbreak, and everything in between.

  1. Was there any other artists or producers that worked on your new EP?

-Zachary Manno, who is also the lead guitarist on the tracks, produced the EP.

  1. Is there anything else new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?

-Absolutely! I’ve spent the last couple of weeks creating some super fun video content that I can’t wait to share. Beyond that, I am always writing and co-writing new music, so don’t be surprised if you see more soon!

  1. Is there anything else you would like to share?

-I just want to thank everyone who has encouraged me to chase this dream, release this music, and especially to the fans that continue to buy, stream, and support it. And, of course, to publications like Dixiedee Blog who help artists share their hearts!

Campbell wrote or co-wrote and also co-produced every song on the Lovers Lottery.
Lovers Lottery Official Track Listing:
(Produced by Zachary Manno & Haley Mae Campbell)
1)    “Lose My Number” (Haley Mae Campbell)
2)    “Blisters” (Haley Mae Campbell)
3)    “Take a Chance” (Haley Mae Campbell)
4)    “Through The Door” (Haley Mae Campbell)
5)    “Oughta Be” (Haley Mae Campbell, Patrick Thomas)
6)    “No Place to Go” (Haley Mae Campbell, Ben Sewell
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Upcoming Shows:
April 13th – Music Farm (Charleston, SC)
April 14th – Wild Wing Cafe (Mount Pleasant, SC)
April 20th – Tin Roof (Charlotte, NC)
April 21st – The Windjammer (Isle Of Palms, SC)
May 11th – Dockery’s (Charleston, SC)
May 12th – My Father’s Moustache (Mount Pleasant, SC)
May 16th – Home Team BBQ West Ashley (Charleston, SC)
May 21st – Red’s Ice House (Mount Pleasant, SC)
May 25th – Wild Wing Cafe (Bluffton, SC)
May 26th – My Father’s Moustache (Mount Pleasant, SC)
About Haley Mae Campbell:
Nineteen-year-old Haley Mae Campbell is well on her way to becoming one of Music Row’s next shining stars. The young singer-songwriter was named the 2016 Independent Tone Awards’ “Country Artist of the Year” as well as “Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year” by the i93.7 Locals Only show, receiving local and regional airplay for her previous EP, Phone Home. Campbell’s recent single, “Lose My Number,” peaked as a #5 pre-order on the iTunes Country Chart and debuted at #43 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. “Lose My Number,” the lead single from her upcoming sophomore EP, Lovers Lottery, set for an April 27, 2018 release will be followed up by her second single, “Oughta Be” which will be released on March 23, 2018. 
Campbell began 
crisscrossing the U.S. at a young age, going on tour with her band, The Hardware, immediately after graduating from high school on their “Hugs & Disses Tour.” Since then, Campbell has opened for country stars including Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, David Nail, Lauren Alaina, Love and Theft, Thompson Square and Tyler Farr as well as folk stars The Avett Brothers and performing at the 9th Annual First Flush Festival in her hometown of Charleston, SC with headliner Sheryl Crow. For more information on Haley Mae Campbell visit: www.haleymaecampbell.com.
Youtube Video~  “Oughta Be” Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJNLd0-0Xuk

Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week~ April 16, 2018!!!

  1. Sykamore “We Were Alright”: Skyamore’s new song “We Were Alright” tells the story about how someone is thinking about feelings they had about a relationship that ended and how they are trying to forget that person and focus on the future.
  2. Catherine McGrath “Wild”: In Catherine McGrath’s new song “Wild,” tells the story about the emotions of unanswered love.
  3. Maren Morris “Mona Lisa’s & Mad Hatters”: In a new tribute to Elton John’s musical legacy, this two-disc album “Revamp and Restoration,” Morris got to cover her favorite song of Elton John. Morris’ favorite song is “Mona Lisa’s and Mad Hatters.”
  4. Holly Tucker “Strawberry Wine”: Holly Tucker’s does a beautiful cover of the hit song “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter.
  5. Brothers Osborne “Weed, Whiskey And Willie:”: Country duo new bluesy song “Weed, Whiskey And Willie,” shares a perfect formula for dealing with heartbreak.

Favorite New Songs of the Week~ April 9, 2018!!!

  1. American Aquarium “Tough Folks”: Lead singer BJ Barham of the country band American Aquarium, tells the story about his family’s agricultural upbringing in the band’s new song “Tough Folks.”
  2. Cassadee Pope “Take You Home”: Cassadee Pope’s new song “Take You Home,” tells the story about a new relationship that reaches the time of bringing that new person in your life to meet your family, showing them where you grew up and things that are important to you.
  3. Wild Feathers “Big Sky”: The country band Wild Feathers new song “Big Sky,” pays respect to many well known 1970s and early 1980s musicians/bands who music was a crossover of rock & roll and country music.
  4. Brothers Osborne “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)”: In Brothers Osborne’s new song “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive), tells the story about a never-ending love and a continuing romance.
  5. Miranda Lambert “My Father’s Gun”: Miranda Lambert’s does a cover of Elton John’s song “My Father’s Gun.” This song tells the story of a son of a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, who buries his father and will take his gun and go off and join the cause in battle.