Lauren Davidson~ Q & A Section!!!

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  1. Hi Lauren, if you could tell me a little about yourself before you became a country singer?

– I come from a musical family so music has always been a love and passion of mine but not so much country music.  I grew up doing theatre and have been on the stage since the age of 10.  It wasn’t until the past few years that I started focusing on my own music. 

 

  1. When did you know that you wanted to become a country singer?

– I was introduced to the country music world when I was in college. I worked for a company based out of Nashville that focus on country music and I fell in love with it.  It wasn’t until about 2 years ago though that I really knew this world was where I wanted to be! 

 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

– I have so many both country and not.  I love Carrie Underwood, Grace Potter, Alanis Morissette, Stevie Nicks and Cassadee Pope to name a few. 

 

  1. What has been one of your favorite venues to play at?

– Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ has probably been the biggest room we’ve played so far and it is so much fun!  I got to open up for Justin Moore there! 

 

  1. When you are opening up for a famous country singer or group have you learned anything from them to help with your own music career?

– Of course!  What better lesson then watching a pro perform!  With that being said I still try to be authentic to who I am. 

 

  1. If you were not singer what do you think your career would be?

– I always wanted to be a lawyer. 

 

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

– Hopefully on the road touring and making lots of records! 

 

  1. What has been one accomplishment so far in your music career that you are most proud of?

– I’ve come a really long way in a very short period of time.  Have played some major shows, opened for some big name artists and released an EP. Even I sometimes forget that I’m still the new kid on the block!

 

  1. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2016 or 2017?

– Well as I said before I just released my debut EP “Hear Me” so we are in full promo mode for that and also writing new music never stops.  We also have some shows booked as well and hope to be playing many more shows! 

 

  1. What do you like to do in your free time?

– What’s free time??? Haha no just kidding.  I love to hang with friends or binge watch TV. 

 

  1. If you have to give advice to an up and coming country artist what would you tell them?

– Well I am still one myself but I guess it would be to work hard and don’t give up.  I tell that to myself everyday! 

12. What is one of your favorite quotes?

– “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” 

 

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Artist Spotlight: Lauren Davidson!!!

 

    Lauren Davidson, a Country Music Association Artist (CMA), is a New York City and New Jersey based singer/songwriter. She has performed professionally since the age of 10. She has made a name for herself on the Regional Country Music Scene. Many different artists and genres have inspired her from Rock, Pop and Country. Davidson has received praise from many country music professionals, colleagues, music media businesses and fans.

                                    She earned the opportunity to play shows around the Tri-State Area and opened up for many well-known country artists. These well-known country artists include LOCASH, Old Dominion and Justin Moore. She co-wrote and recorded a Country-Themed Jingle for a NJ company that is played on WKMK-Thunder106 Radio. Davidson has also covered the famous classic “Route 66” and was part of the accompanying music video for the TV show “Corvette Nation.”

                                    In 2015, she released her first two singles, “Sometimes” and “Loaded Gun.” She released her first EP “Hear Me” in 2016. If you want to find out more about Lauren Davidson, then checkout her website www.laurendavidsonmusic.com.

 

Social Media Accounts:

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

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGonG8wh7IhF3_uOFZINJyA

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Brad Paisley and Brett Young~ UCLA

 

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I still can’t believe I took this picture of Mr. Brad Paisley!! 

 

     On Friday, October 21, 2016 my siblings and I attended a Brad Paisley concert at UCLA. Paisley made a visit to the UCLA campus as part of his second annual “Country Nation College Tour.” Friday was the first time that Paisley has played at UCLA and his first performance in LA since June 2015. This college tour began in Orlando, Florida, and ended Friday at UCLA.

            Paisley’s opening act was Orange County local, Brett Young. During the set, Young spoke to the audience about relationships like he was talking to a friend. He shared his own personal memories of awful breakups. The topic of breaking up with someone is very popular throughout his six-song EP called “Brett Young.” His EP came out in February 2016.

            Paisley opened up his show with his hit song “Crushin’ It.” The upbeat song began with the audio of a new beer can being cracked opened as he begins having a good time after a long work week. Throughout the concert, Paisley’s most popular songs such as “Water” from his 2009 “American Saturday Night” album and “Old Alabama” from his 2011 “This is Country Music” album played loud under a warm night as people danced in the audience.

            Paisley’s music about college life helped to keep the audience entertained. Early in the concert he described UCLA as a pretty school with a great location and with some of the best looking people. He also revealed to the audience he would have likely not been accepted into the university as he graduated from Belmont University with a only 2.5 GPA. Then he sang his song “Letter to me,” a song written to his 17 year old self. This song explained the importance of seeing the bigger picture in life.

            After taking some selfies on some students’ phones and singing into their cameras, Paisley ended his show with his song “Alcohol,” a funny song about the results of drinking from alcohol’s viewpoint. It was a great night and I was happy to attend this free show with my sister AKA Brad Paisley’s #2 fan.

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Brett Young~ Opening Act

 

Karianne Jean Q & A!!

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  1. Hi Karianne, can you tell me a little about yourself before you become country singer?
  • I don’t know that there was ever a “me” before music. I have always been a singer & it’s always what I have wanted to do for my entire life. On my way to making a name in the music business I have worked in many different capacities such as working as an airbrush tanning technician, a sales girl and an operations manager in a gym. 

 

  1. When did you know you wanted to become a country artist?
  • I’ve always loved Country music & the amazing female voices like Martina, Faith, Shania, Trisha & the Dixie Chicks, but when I was about 20 I started realizing that the music I wrote was very country based & went full force toward that genre. 

 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?
  • My biggest icon, idol & inspiration is Kelly Clarkson. She is the queen of all as far as I’m concerned. Her voice cannot be matched & her honesty in her writing changed my life. She is everything lol. 

 

  1. If you were not a singer what do you think your job would be?
  • There are a lot of things I want to do including being an artist & that includes clothing lines & books but I think if I wasn’t in entertainment at all I would be a psycho therapist. I love psychology & talking people thru their emotions. 

 

  1. If you could do a duet with a singer or group who would it be and why?
  • There are so many! I would say Kelly but I think I might faint before we got through a song lol. I love Dierks Bentley & Brantly Gilbert; a duet with them would be amazing. 

 

  1. What is one accomplishment that you are most proud in your music career?
  • I recently just won my first industry award for best country song at The IMEA Awards for my song “Don’t Miss.” That was really awesome! 

 

  1. What is one of your own favorite songs that you ever wrote and recorded?
  • I think “Don’t Miss” is my current favorite. It came from such an honest & open place in me & I think that’s why I’m so favorable toward it.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years in your career?
  • Hopefully all over the radio & at the top of the charts! 

 

  1. If you have to give advice to an up and coming musician what would you tell them?
  • Be open to critique & let it make you better & stronger. You will hear NO a lot of times before you hear the big YES. Just stay patient & keeping working hard. 

 

  1. In your free time what do you like to do?
  • I enjoy playing with my puppy Titan & hanging with my boyfriend Santi. Other then that I love cooking & baking. 

 

 

  1. Is there anything new coming  up in your career for the rest of 2016 or 2017?

Hoping to get new music out soon! 

 

Artist Spotlight: Karianne Jean!!

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Karianne Jean grew up in Palmdale, California. At 2 years old, she started singing every popular Disney Princess song. Her mother, a trained classical singer, encouraged her to follow her dreams. Karianne’s mother was able to teach her the techniques of singing. At the age of 12, she started to write her own songs. She continued to pursue songwriting while in college as she enrolled into several songwriting classes. After college, she moved to Studio City, CA, where she worked with music producer Craig Stull on her song “Cactus.”

            Today, Karianne is living in Nashville, continuing to work more on her music. Also, her song “Cactus” has been playing on many online radio and podcast country stations. She has also been listed on the Reverbnation Top 10 Country Artists in Nashville Charts for several continuous months. Karianne was also nominated as “Female Country Artist of the Year” at the IMEA awards, which celebrates excellence in Independent Music and Theater.

            Karianne newest EP “Don’t Miss” as released in July 2016 and is available on iTunes and Spotify. If you want to find out more about Karianne Jean then checkout her website: www.kariannejean.com

Social Media Accounts:

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram/kariannejean/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kariannejean

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

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Alexandria Corn Q & A!!

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  1. Hello Alexandria, can you give me a brief bio about yourself, before you became a musician?

I was born in a very small town in upstate New York. I was very shy when I was younger and I was always a closet singer. But I had a passion for music as soon as I could speak. When I was about 10, my father took me to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and I completely fell in love with it. I wanted to be on that stage performing. Being so young and really feeling that rush of passion, is s feeling you don’t forget. When I was finally old enough to audition for my schools talent show, I did. It was my first time performing or singing in front of anyone. It was a packed auditorium. I’m not sure how I did it to this day, but I ended up winning. I think from that, I really felt a deeper connection to performing. I started auditioning for school and community theatre, and performing anywhere I got the chance. When I was 16, I auditioned for American Idol and was given a golden ticket, which advanced on to the producer rounds. I was sent to New York City and then New Jersey. Ending that journey, I started getting more serious about becoming a recording artist. I started working with producers from all over and was performing in Las Vegas, California and was recording in Denver. I then traveled to Nashville to attend the CMA Awards and festival and I met my writer, Jillian Farrar, who I work with now. I completely fell in love with the country music genre- It felt so genuine and true to me. For years I was trying to figure out my sound and what really got me. It was then where I found it.

 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

I’m all about Maren Morris right now. I really dig her style and sound. She’s got that gritty, cool girl kind of feel. I’ve always been a lover of Katy Perry. I think she is so true to her music and to her fans. If you see her in concert, you will know what I mean.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years in your music career? Right now I am continuing to grow. I never know what exactly is going to happen but I love every minute of the unknown journey. I am finishing up my EP now, which has a release date of January 2017. A goal of mine is to definitely play some bigger festivals and CMA Fest.

 

  1. What is one accomplishment that you are most proud of so far in your music career?

An accomplishment for me was moving across the Country at a young age. A lot of people don’t have the opportunity to move out of state to pursue a dream and I’m very lucky. But it’s VERY hard. It was difficult leaving my best friends and family, and everything that I knew best and was comfortable with. Once my dad dropped me off in California and flew back to NY, it hit me. I was all-alone in this complete dog-eat-dog world. I was completely out of my comfort zone but something told me to fight for it. Now, a year and a few months later, I’m here looking back at that moment. It’s amazing to see how far you can come. And to look back and see what you fought for and things you have lost and what you have gained. 

 

  1. If you could a duet with another singer or group who would it be and why? I have three. Reba, Shania Twain and Faith Hill. Shania was the first CD I bought as a little girl. And my little sister had Faith Hill. We would trade them and blast them in our bedroom. That would be my little girl dream come true!

 

  1. How did you come up with the idea for your single “Say It Again”? I wrote Say It Again with two other brilliant writers, Jillian Farrar and A. Helms. We wrote that song on Skype, while they were in Nashville and I was back in New York. We were throwing out ideas to each other and I said something and Jillian said, “YES, you can say that again!” We all looked at each other and we were like “Yup, that’s our title! Say It Again!” So we kind of took that and ran with it. 

 

  1. If you had to give advice to an up and coming country artist what would you tell them?

Stay true to yourself. It may sound super cliché but it’s true. When I moved to LA, I had many different people telling me that I should be more of this style, and I should look a certain way and act a certain way. And if I do this then I would get signed and managers would notice me. But it just wasn’t me. I think success comes from always staying true to yourself and always trusting your gut feeling. Know yourself and stay connected with yourself. It will get you further than anything that someone else tries to mold you into.

 

  1. Is there any news that you can share about your music career for the rest of 2016 or 2017?

I just released my newest single “Say It Again” which can be found on iTunes and was recently released on VEVO, which I’m super excited about! As of now, I am constantly in the studio finishing up my EP, which will release in early 2017. 

 

  1. When you are not busy with your music, what do you like to do in your free time?

I’m an outdoorsy person! I love being outside, hiking, camping, jet skiing, discovering new places. I try to travel as much as I can when I have free time. I also ride horses (Hunt and Western). I’ve been riding since I was a little girl, so I’m at the stable a lot- training and I also give trail rides at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

 

Alexandria Corn: Artist Spotlight!!

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    Alexandria Corn was born on May 16, 1993 in Upstate New York. At the age of five, Alexandria was singing and dancing around her kitchen to classic rock hits with her mother. When she was 14 years old, she had the opportunity to record music in a real recording studio. The first song she recorded was Ferige’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” She also performed the song at a talent show and from that day she learned any stage she sang on was where she belonged.

            Alexandria started to take vocal lessons with experienced singing coaches, one of which was Nicole Pryor, a recent cast member of Phantom of the Opera at The Venetian Casino in Las Vegas. At the age of 15, Pryor gave Alexandria the chance to perform in Las Vegas with “The High Rollers” band. When she turned 16, she auditioned for American Idol and received a golden ticket from the judges. She would continue onto three more rounds, but her journey would end right before the nationally televised Hollywood shows. After her time on American Idol, she was offered a gig in the Himmelstein’s Pop Academy in Hollywood. She spent two weeks with the best in the industry. After her time at the academy, she recorded her first song with Andrew Lane, a Pop/R & B producer and songwriter.

            She also took an interest in musical theater, taking vocal lessons and theatre classes with Alicia Loomis. Alexandria stared in productions of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Footloose”, “A Chorus Line” and “AIDA”. She graduated with a Theater Studies minor at Ithaca College; a school known for their performing arts. This past year Alexandria traveled to Nashville and attended the CMA awards. She met Jillian Farrar, a publisher and writer, and the two began writing songs together.

            Alexandria wrote her latest single “Say It Again” with Jillian and A. Helms. Alexandria is currently living in Los Angeles and focusing on recording an EP. Hopefully, her EP is released soon, so country music fans can enjoy some new hits by a talented artist. If you want to find more out about Alexandria then checkout her website www.alexandriacorn.com.

 

Social Media Accounts:

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

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

Instagram: https://www.instagrm.com/alexandriacornmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlexandriaCorn

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