Jess Taylor~ Q & A!!!

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  1. Hi Jess, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer? Well to start, I was born and raised in South Florida. Honestly, I don’t remember a time before I was a country singer! I was raised on country music and have always loved it, and I’ve been singing since I was 4. Singing has always been something that I’ve loved doing, especially since my dad is a musician.

 

  1. How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it? Well I would say it’s more indie-alternative country that I’m trying to break into. Again my parents raised me on country- my whole family listened to country, and my dad really inspired me to sing in front of people, and once I did I never wanted to stop.

 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons? I love Miranda Lambert, and recently my inspirations have been the civil wars, Lucie Silvas, Judah and the Lion, and Mumford and Sons

 

  1. What is the story behind your new single “Crooked Roots?” It’s basically about this girl who’s new to town. Everyone tells her to stay away from this bad boy but she doesn’t listen and gets “tangled in his crooked roots”

 

  1. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would be and why? Oh my goodness The Civil Wars for sure! Their harmonies are perfect and their lyrics and melodies are amazing.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music? I definitely want to be touring. I would love to travel across the US, and the world, selling out arenas!

 

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes? “But as for you, be strong and don’t give up for your hard work will be rewarded” 2 Chronicles 15:7

 

  1. Is there anything else you would like share? I just want to thank everyone for being so supportive on this journey so far and I can’t wait for y’all to see my new stuff!!

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Jess Taylor~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Gold-Jess-Taylor-Logo-2Country singer/songwriter Jess Taylor was born in South Florida and now lives in music city Nashville, TN. As a child Taylor was raised on listening to country music. Country music will always have a special place in her heart. Before moving to Nashville, Taylor used to put herself in the typical country genre and she would cover songs that were played on country radio stations. Moving to Nashville has opened her eyes to many different kinds of music styles and sub genres. Recently Taylor’s biggest inspiration has been music groups the Civil Wars and Mumford and Sons. After listening to both groups, Taylor decided to switch up her sound a little bit to Alternative/Indie Country.

Taylor has got the chance to be an opening act for country legend John Anderson and the 1990’s rock band Spin Doctors. Her newest single “Crooked Roots” is set to be release on Friday, October 27, 2017. If you would like to find out more about Jess Taylor then check out her website http://www.jesstaylormusic.com/home.

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Social Media Accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessTaylorMusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jesstaymusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JessTaylorOfficial

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesstaylormusic/

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Country Singer Ciara Rae Mom’s Pistachio Cake Recipe!!!

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1 pkg Duncan Hines Butter (any other brand is good, but this is best) 
1 pkg pistacchio pudding
4 eggs
1/4 lb butter
1/4 c. canola oil
1/2 pt (1c) sour cream 
Mix cinnamon and sugar together to add to the cake… 
About 1/2 c sugar and 1T cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Mix first 6 incredients well with a blender and lay down one layer of batter… Sprinkle 1/2  cinnamon/sugar mixture on top… Then repeat.
Bake for 45 min or so then let stand 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!   

Ciara Rae “Q&A”!!!

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1.     Hi Ciara, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became country musician?
       
I feel like I’ve always been a country musician. What I mean is, when I was in high school I was singing and playing lots of other genres of music… Kind of finding myself, and sometimes I was doing it because that’s what my friends were doing. When college came I went to Jazz School and always kind of felt like the odd man out because I would put this country/soul twist on everything, however, the Dean (Shelly Burg) got it. He said that I need to go and play and sing what I felt, so I found my way to get to Nashville and did.  
2.     How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
I grew up on Motown and Garth Brooks. I never discriminated against a good song, no matter what the genre. However, my heart was always drawn to the writing in country music… The stories, the messages about life, I’ve always loved it.
As far as a career as an artist and songwriter… It just happened. From piano lessons, choir, music contests, then paid performances then Music College, to Belmont in Nashville, music just kept happening. It was natural. I didn’t choose it, it chose me.
3.     Who are some of your musical icons?
I would have to credit my Dad first for introducing me to influences in my music. He personally sings terrible, haha. When he was a produce manager at Winn Dixie and he would blast Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash until everyone wanted to kill him. Next I’d credit my Grandpa for showing me the basics, and introducing me to Classical music at the age of 4. I used to lay underneath his grand piano while he played and listen for hours as a kid. 
4.     What is the story behind your new single “Girls Are Gonna Have Fun?”
I sat with one of my favorite songwriters, Aymber, from back home to write this song. From the first line “I don’t wanna see your stupid face anymore…” it just flowed out of us. We were on the same wavelength. That’s how genuine, good songs happen, that fast and that easy.
5.     What country artist has been your favorite to open up for?
No matter who I continue to open for it will always be Love & Theft hands down. I’ll always credit them for being the first big name act years ago to take a chance on me and let me open for them. That opportunity did so much for me down the road. I’ll never forget that.
 
6.     Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?
YES! I’m working on my new EP! I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Everyone’s been asking “Who The Hell Is Ciara Rae?” with my last EP. This one is going to show everyone who I am and what messages I want to bring to the world to help others.
7.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?
Same place, bigger stages. Writing, producing, singing, and hoping to help more people through it.  
8.     What do you like to do in your free time?
Order in and catch up on weird documentaries. Hands down, I watch the weirdest stuff, haha!
9.  What is one of your favorite quotes?
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
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Ciara Rae “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Country singer Ciara Rae was born and raised in South Flordia. Her early music training first started with piano and voice, and then extended into the guitar and songwriting. She is considered a “triple threat” in Nashville, and is described as being a skillful singer, songwriter and musician.

Rae trained with both the University of Miami (Flordia) Frost School of Music jazz Vocals and Belmont University’s Mike Curb School of Music for Songwriting and Music Business at the Belmont University in Nashville. Rae is an expert in the country, blues, jazz, pop and classical genres.

She has performed at the Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee, Tortuga Music Festival in Key West, Frontier Cheyenne Days and Loretta Lynn’s Motorcycles and Music Revival in Nashville. Rae has also opened up for Sheryl Crowe, Darius Rucker, Jana Kramer and Lynyrd Skynyrd. She has also put out 10 songs and 1 EP. Rae newest single and one of my favorite songs from her, is called “Girls Are Gonna Have Fun” is out now.

If you would like to find out more Ciara then check out her website http://www.ciararae.com.

 

Social Media Accounts:

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Dixiedee’s Top 5 Fave Songs of the Week: Oct 16, 2017!!!

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  1. Moonlight Social “Make You Smile”: In country duo Moonlight Social new song “Make You Smile,” tells the story of two brokenhearted people noticing each other at night club, where both are trying to moderate their emotional confusion. Both of them decide to make the best of an unhappy situation.
  2. Whitney Rose “Can’t Stop Shakin”: “Can’t Stop Shakin” is the newest from country artist Whitney Rose. This song is a blue-grass country, which has a 1960’s vibe to it.
  3. Josh Grider “Good People”: Josh Grider’s new song “Good People” shows listeners that despite the every day of bad news and horrible headlines, there are “till good people in the world”.
  4. Brown & Gray: “Top Down” is a duet from singers Kaci Brown and Sam Gray. This is a classic anthem and the song also sounds like driving down the coast with a cool car and just living in the moment.
  5. Danielle Bradbery “Hello Summer”: Danielle Bradbery’s new song “Hello Summer” is a laid back song that showcases a romantic but truthful picture of the ups and downs of love with an expiration date on it.

 

Music Videos:

  1. Moonlight Social “Make You Smile”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq-0VM1Pxdg
  2. Whitney Rose “Can’t Stop Shakin”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAl9w3Cqs4c
  3. Josh Grider “Good People”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E7gUBFDA7I
  4. Brown & Gray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiRpXCUFj28
  5. Danielle Bradbery “Hello Summer”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d6eJcWYqBc

Song Q&A: “Whiskey Business”- By John Miller & Hannah May Allison

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Song: “Whiskey Business” (Q & A)

Performers: John Miller & Hannah May Allison

 

  1. Hi John & Hannah, how did guys grow since last year as being musicians and songwriters?

We both made the leap to writing full time. By having at least one, most often two and sometimes 3 writing sessions a day, we got a lot better at what we do.

  1. How did you guys decide on the name of your song?

Sean Swenson is a huge part of our writers crew, SMASH:30. He came up with the title. If I remember correctly, Sean and former lady friend used to go out separately on the weekends, but after both consuming adult beverages, would always wind up participating in late shenanigans. Somehow he started calling it Whiskey Business, brought the idea to the writing room and the rest is history.

  1. What is the background story behind this tune?

If I remember correctly, Sean and former lady friend used to go out separately on the weekends, but after both consuming adult beverages, would always wind up participating in late shenanigans. Somehow he started calling it Whiskey Business, brought the idea to the writing room and the rest is history.

  1. Is there something you wish your listeners would take away from this song?

I think it’s one of those songs that people can relate to. That somewhat toxic situation that you continue to put yourself into because it’s what you’re used to, but you usually regret in the morning.

  1. Was there any other artists/producers that helped to create this song?

Matt Erickson did a great job producing the track. We had quite the crew of writers, including Sean Swenson, Joshua Robert and Brett Stafford Smith.

  1. Is there anything else coming up with both of your music careers for the rest of 2017?

Hannah and I were cowriters on some really exciting songs that are coming out by other artists, including Lexi Mackenzie’s first single, Love’s Out Of Control and Cassidy Rae Gaiter’s All the Feels. I also cowrote a song with The Voice’s Blessing Offor called How Do You Know that will be on his album.

As artists, we both will be releasing new material in the very near future.

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

Hannah and I are both members ofSMASH:30 Songwriters. We a team of 5 songwriters/artists here in Nashville. We write regularly with each other and with some of Music City’s best rising artists.

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“Whiskey Business” Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLTCLP5SM1U

John Miller:

  • Smash:30 Songwriter/Singer
  • University of Flordia Alum

 

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Hannah May Allison:

  • New single “Back on You” available Now!!
  • Singer/Songwriter

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