Matt Austin~ “Q&A”!!!

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1.    Hi Matt, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became country singer?

Sure.  I grew up in Southeast Michigan in a city called Woodhaven with my Mom, Dad and older brother.  I was an athlete.  Love sports!  I played Basketball, and Baseball until my Junior year of high school when I quit sports to pursue my music career.

 

2.    How did you get into country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?

Well I’ve been in music my entire life.  I grew up playing blues guitar.  My dad played guitar and was really in to the blues.  Our favorite and my childhood idol was Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Then I crossed over in to rock n’ roll for a while.  After that I took al little break from music and then when Brantley Gilbert came out, I really thought that it was a style that would fit my influences really well.  Then I started to do cover songs on Youtube and social media and the fans took to me doing country music better than anything I had ever done before.  It fit me best.  The music style, the lyrics, the fans and everything about it.  It’s really become who I am as an artist.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?  Just to name a few, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Jason Aldean, ZZ Top, Eric Church, Eminem, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brantley Gilbert and so many more!

4.    What is the background story behind your newest single “Beer Catchin & Fish Drinkin?”

It’s like one of those things that you say wrong on accident, like “Take me drunk, I’m home,” and I was out fishing one day with my friends and we were having beers and I said the words wrong and immediately thought that it was a great song title.  It’s basically about not always taking life too seriously.  Try to always have a good time even when things aren’t going as you hoped they were.  Kind of like if you’re out fishing with your friends and not catching anything, at least you’re catching a buzz and a Hell of a good time with your friends.

5.    Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?  Yes, I have at least 2 more singles coming up to follow this up and maybe even a full EP or Album to follow the singles up.  Can’t wait to get these new songs out!

6.    If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?  Man, I’m honestly not really sure on this one.  Shockingly I think it would have to be Eminem.  Another Detroit boy.  He is also my #1 favorite celebrity and I think that our styles would mash up really well!

7.    Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?  Hopefully on a bigger platform.  I’ve been doing everything as an independent thus far and there are challenges when you don’t have the help from the right team around you.   So, I hope to have the right team around me, have songs on the Billboard charts and be on major tours.

8.    What are some of your favorite places in Nashville?  Midtown is my favorite spot to hangout.  I don’t care for Broadway.

 

Matt Austin~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Matt Austin grew up in Detroit, Michigan and is a Nashville Country Recording Artist. New Music Weekly has nominated him for Best New Country Artist 2016 and his sophomore single “Bad Feelin,” have been played on national country radio. This song reached #1 for four weeks on New Music Weekly country main chart and was also part of the Top 80 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart.

Austin has toured the Great Lakes region and was an opening act for artists like Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Kane Brown, Chase Rice, John Pardi, The Cadillac Three and Sam Hunt. As a young child Austin musical influences were from music genres such as classic rock, southern rock and the blues. Some of his favorite artists and groups are Lynard Skynard, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Steve Ray Vaughn. Austin was also the former lead guitar player of the Paper Street Saints, this band was a popular Detroit Rock headliner, regularly filling houses throughout the metro area and opening for national acts as big as Bon Jovi with 20,000 fans in an sold out stadium. Austin went on to create the self-titled Matt Austin Band. Again opening for national groups (this time for Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla), this was a change in path, which changed Austin’s musical journey.

In the summer of 2011, he discovered the New Age Country genre. He was instantly attracted to this music with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, The Zac Brown Band and many more. The sound and songwriting was so overpowering to Austin, it reminded him of that same feeling when he was younger. He was obsessed and was happy to finally find his own comfort zone in the music world.

Austin’s newest single “Beer Catchin & Fish Drinkin,” came out on October 5, 2018. His music is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Matt Austin then check out his website http://www.mattaustinmusic.com/

The Band:

  • Matt Austin: (Lead Vocals & Guitar)
  • David Bradley: (Lead Guitar)
  • Rob Amatangelo: (Backing Vocals & Bass Guitar)
  • Joey Amatangelo: (Backing Vocals & Drums)

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Seth Cook~ Q&A!!!

Seth Cook Image 1.jpg1. Hi Seth, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became country artist/songwriter?                                                                                                                                  I’ve been performing music since around the age of 5, but outside of music, I played sports in high school.  Both varsity basketball and varsity tennis. I still play basketball from time to time including some games on the road between shows.  As a kid, I spent a lot of my time traveling on club teams and playing year-round sports.

2. When did you become a fan of country music and what made you want a career in it?                                                                                                                                                                 I grew up listening to all kinds of music including Motown, Pop, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Country.  I remember at a young age listening to Vince Gill and other great artists with my parents. Country music is known for its lyrics and having something to say.  Not that other genres don’t, but country ideas and lyrics align more with my life. I grew up in a small town in Indiana and although I didn’t grow up on a farm I can relate to the lifestyle that country songs talk about.  I hope that my music makes you want to dance and have a good time. Having a carer in country music has given me the opportunity to show people a good time!
3. Who are some of your musical icons?                                                                               Michael Jackson, Vince Gill, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Charlie Puth, Thomas Rhett, Prince, Justin Timberlake….just to name a few!
4. What is the background story behind your latest single “Show Em’ How It’s Done?”
I wrote that song with two great friends of mine.  In fact, it was our very first co-write together. The song idea was based around having a great time with someone you’re diggin’ on and giving them the attention they deserve for how awesome they are.  Essentially saying, let’s show everybody else in the room how to have a great time!
5. Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
Yes!  We are planning a release of some new music on November 30th that I am super excited about.  It should give people even more to dance about!
6. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
I have a really great feeling about what my producer Matt and I have been working on with this new music.  In the next few years I would love to be traveling the world, playing on big stages for thousands of people and have songs at the top of the charts.
7. If you could sing a duet with any artist or group would it be and why?
I’ve got so many influences but if I could collaborate with an artist, it’d be Charlie Puth. He’s a total music nerd and I sometimes feel the same way haha. Similar age and were inspired by a lot of the same music. I think maybe one day, we’ll get to work on a song together.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything” is my favorite quote. My mom used to tell us that every first day of school, for 13 years.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
My new single is out everywhere and I really hope you’ll check it out, maybe you’ll start dancing in your seat! It’s a fun song, and I hope that y’all dig it and will share it with.
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Seth Cook~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Seth Cook is a 25 years old singer, songwriter, musician and most prominently a performer. Cook was born and raised in a tiny town of Yorktown, Indiana. He started his musical career at the young age of 4, by sharing the stage with his mom and dad’s touring group. The first instrument he learned to play was the drums, but Cook finally moved to playing guitar at the age of 15.

The sound of the guitar led Cook to not only play other singers or groups’ songs but also he started to write his own songs. Before Cook moved to Nashville he had already got an offer for a publishing deal and he was only 20 years old at the time. Shortly after moving to Nashville, Cook started writing songs for what would become his first official musical debut. This musical debut was a 6 song EP that came out in 2015. Cook worked on this EP with award winning producer Matt McClure (Lee Brice, Kellie Pickler & Dylan Scott), Cook saw McClure as someone who listened to the young singer’s dream and letting Cook explore his own music imagination. His guitar work can be heard on all 6 tunes of his EP “Me Without You.”

Cook has many hours on the stage as being a headliner at many different venues throughout the Midwest. He explains in this quote how much he loves playing shows and meeting different types of people: “ I love playing shows and making new friends. My first love is the stage. It’s in my blood, my DNA. It’s my home away from home.”

Cook contiunes to develop his fan base by playing shows from coast to coast. In his young career, he has been lucky to open for Lonestar, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Luke Bryan and Vince Gill. He also has played at fairs, festivals, theatres and clubs all over the U.S.A. Some of his favorite musicians of all time are Keith Urban, Michael Jackson, Vince Gill, Tom Petty, The Police and Prince.

Cook newest single “Show ‘EM How It’s Done,” came out on August 10, 2018. Cook co-wrote this new song with Kellis Collins and Noah Needleman and Matt McClure produced this song. His new EP will be coming out on November 30, 2018 and Cook sang and played the guitar and drums on his upcoming EP. If you would like find out more about the wonderful and talented Seth Cook then check out his website at http://www.sethcookmusic.com.

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Lauren Jaimes~ “Q&A”!!!

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1.    Hi Lauren, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Before I was born, my parents were musicians and missionaries traveling through South America. My father bought me my first guitar when I was 11 years old, and I have been writing and playing ever since then. I have also had incredible stage fright ever since I can remember. It took a long time for me to come out of my shell and share the music I had been crafting in the background for so long. There is something really special about New York City that strips everything you think you know about yourself away and forces you to refocus on what really matters. I moved here after college and knew that I was reaching the juncture of now or never. I am so happy that I decided to take the plunge and am finally making my dream a reality.
2.    How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?
I love country music because it is so authentic and unassuming. I’m drawn to how welcoming the community is, how heartfelt the stories are, and how relatable the artists can be. There is no truer genre for me.
3.    Who are some of your musical icons?
Kacey Musgraves, Johnny, Cash, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson.
4.    How did you come up with the name of your newest EP “Here to Stay,” and was there any other names you were going to choose instead?
This album features six songs that are really six individual stories. I wanted the title of the EP to reflect and embody the fact that I am sharing a part of myself and a part of my life with the rest of the world for the first time. As an artist, I am putting myself out there with this piece of work that hits the ear like a diary being read out loud. I have so many more stories to tell and with this first project I want everyone to know that I am truly here to stay. This is only the beginning!
5.    What is your favorite song off your new EP?
My favorite song on the album is “Worn Out Memory”
6.    Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
I see myself playing at the Grand Ole Opry! That is a huge goal of mine.
7.    Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
I plan on releasing my first music video before the new year.
8.    If you could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why?
I would sing a duet with Kacey Musgraves. She is my favorite current country artist and I am in love with her new album “Golden Hour”.
9.    What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” Jacob Riis

Lauren Jaimes~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Lauren Jaimes is a country musician who recently put out her first EP “Here to Stay” in August 2018. Jaimes is currently living in Brooklyn, New York. As a child she grew up in a musical household in Miami, Flordia and is happy to share her unique voice for the first time with the rest of the universe. She enjoys mixing Nashville sound with big city living and this Flordia State Seminole and Berklee College of Music product unites elements of Country, Americana and Indie pop. Jaimes vocals and considerate lyrics find reason in a framework of a narrative and her love for storytelling showcases life in catchy verses and unforgettable songs. If you would like to find out more about Lauren Jaimes then check out her website at https://laurenjaimesmusic.com.

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Kimberly Kelly’s “Uglies Recipe”!!!

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I have a fun recipe I like to share in situations like this that people get a kick out of- “uglies.”
You brown some hamburger meat/ground turkey, whatever you prefer, maybe add some onions and spices, etc. and then some honey BBQ sauce.
Get out a can of biscuits, take them apart, and spread each piece in a muffin tin like you would the base of a cupcake.
Place the meat in each biscuit “cup” and then sprinkle cheese on top.
Bake the biscuits the normal time the can suggests, and then ENJOY!