Aubrey Road Q & A

 

  1. Hello Aubrey Road, could you guys tell me a little about yourself before you guys started your music careers?

Brianna: I’ve been singing since I could talk, so my “music career” has been my whole life.  My mom was a Spanish singer when she was younger, but didn’t pursue it, as she did not have support. I found an old record of hers and told her I wanted to be like her, and she immediately put me in guitar, piano, singing, and acting lessons. I wrote my first song when I was From then all of my extra-curricular activities revolved around music. I graduated from UC Davis with my degree in Political Science, and if I wasn’t pursuing this, I’d probably be doing something in the realm of politics

Austin: I remember I was five years old sitting and watching The Eagles Hell Freezes Over Concert on VHS. I had an old beat up guitar with no strings that I would pretend to play along with. My parents finally broke down a couple of months later and bought me a real one. I guess you could say that is when my music career began. From that point on, it was lessons, practicing, playing in the church band and really putting some effort into perfecting my craft of singing and playing guitar.

  1. When did you guys know you wanted to become a country music group?

We both knew as soon as we first sang together.  Austin went to High School with Brianna’s little brother, so he was hanging out around the house often. 

One day Brianna was playing something on the piano, and her guitar was laying out. Austin picked it up and started playing “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes, and Brianna just started harmonizing to it. We knew immediately that we had something special, but we didn’t really pursue it at first because life pulled us in separate directions.  Brianna moved to Nashville to pursue a solo career & returned to California in 2013 to finish college.  In 2015, once we were both in the same city again, we really started thinking about doing this professionally. 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

Brianna: I am a huge fan of Alicia Keys. I really respect her musicianship, the way she writes, and her insane vocals. In terms of country, my sister introduced me to Rascal Flats when I first started listening to country music, so they have a special place in my heart. I really like Lady A and Carrie Underwood. Recently, I’ve become a huge fan of Sam Hunt. His sound is so different and unique!

Austin: I was raised on Southern Rock, Classic Rock and old Country music. The Eagles, America, Aerosmith, Journey, Hank Sr., Garth Brooks, George Strait. Also, the Blues had a profound impact on me. Stevie Ray Vaughan was a huge part of why I started playing the electric guitar and to this day is my inspiration for playing a fusion of bluesy/rock electric guitar.

  1. What is one of your favorite songs that you had recorded and played live?

We love playing any of our own songs live, but Wide Awake is by far our favorite.  It’s such an emotionally driven song and is also a huge fan favorite!

  1. If you guys were not musicians what do you think your careers would be?

Brianna: If I wasn’t a musician I would probably still be working for the CA State Assembly. Otherwise, I’d like to get my Masters eventually in International Relations and teach at a community college.

Austin: Music is really the only plan! But if I was not involved in the music industry, I would most definitely be a sociology professor at a major university. 

  1. If you could do a duet with a singer or band who would it be?

Brianna: I can tell you, Austin would pick Garth Brooks hands down probably! I would love to do a duet with Taylor Swift, her shows are always so fun and the production is always amazing!

Austin: Brianna knows me much too well…. Garth Brooks all the way! And for a guitar duet, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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

Brianna: I think probably just the release of our EP, See You at the Next Red Light. It’s such a magical thing to write a song and then get in the studio and hear it come to life! And it’s even more special when you get the kind of reaction we’ve gotten, where people seem to genuinely connect to our lyrics and like our sound.

Austin: The biggest accomplishment of our music career is a toss up, it would surely be between releasing our Nashville-recorded EP, and sharing the stage with the likes of The Band Perry, Cassadee Pope and Michael Ray.

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

Brianna: I think the sky is the limit! We’re really just getting started. In 5-10 years, we’d like to be headlining a tour! We want our music to reach other countries! And of course, winning a Grammy wouldn’t hurt! 

Austin: I would hope that in 5-10 years time we would be selling out arenas with our very own headline tour! Maybe a couple of ACM’s and a Grammy or two, that wouldn’t hurt.

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

Brianna: I would say preparation is key! So much of this industry is based in luck, and opportunities arise when luck and preparation meet. People need to see your commitment, and that you believe enough in yourself to invest in your craft, whether that be singing, writing, playing, whatever!

Austin: My best advice would be to not give up when the going gets tough. You are going to get shot down, whether or not you get back up time after time is what sets you apart. Remember, in the great words of Garth, “I could’ve missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance.” Enjoy it while you can, be creative, and want that success as bad as you want to breathe!

  1. What country musician has been your favorite to open up for?

Brianna: Opening for the Band Perry was a ton of fun! The energy on stage was amazing.

Austin: I would say opening up for Cassadee Pope. I was a HUGE fan of hers on the voice and love her music to this day. She was so nice and interested in who we were, and where we were on our journey. 

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

Right now we’re spending most of our time on writing more songs!  And in the next few months we will begin touring the state, with shows up & down the coast.  Follow us on Facebook for updates! 

Aubrey Road~ Artist Spotlight

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Aubrey Road is an American country music group. The group is arranged of Austin Reed and Brianna Padilla. Reed and Padilla met at Central High School in Fresno, California. After meeting through a mutual friend, the two quickly began playing music together. In just one year, they began to write their own songs and play live-shows. Padilla also was a contestant on American Idol where she made it to the Vegas week in 2015.

            In early 2016, Aubrey Road released their debut EP “Red Light.” Grammy nominated producer, Brian Kolb, collaborated with the group on the EP. The EP also features musician, Rob Mcnelley, who plays the guitar. Garth Brook and Trisha Yearwood’s manager Johnny Garcia are big supporters of the group’s music. Also, this duo has been opening acts for The Band Perry, Cassadee Pope and Michael Ray. If you want to find out more about Aubrey Road then checkout their website www.aubreyroadmusic.com.

 

Social Media Accounts:

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

Instagram: https://instagram.com/aubreyroadoffical/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aubreyroadmusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLjuvrRCoTIYvnM4R5DZkQ

 

 

 

Elizabeth Lyons Q & A!!

 

1.     Hello Elizabeth, can you give me a short background about your life before you became a country singer?
I grew up in Illinois north of Chicago! I have two sisters! I didn’t just perform growing up I also played tennis, figured skated, volunteered, and hung out with friends. I spent time all over the Midwest as I have family in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. I loved driving into the city of Chicago and shopping and reading menus at restaurants I would pick to go to but also enjoyed my time in the country picking strawberries, baking in Grandma’s kitchen, boating on the lake and both sides of my family have roots in farming (Iowa family farm for over 100 years and my Grandma grew up on a farm in Illinois). I went to a big public high school called New Trier High School, then University of Wisconsin-Madison and then graduated from Vanderbilt University. My family is a big part of who I am and we’re known for having fun, talking a lot and our home-made rice krispie treats haha!
 
2.     How did you know you wanted to become a country artist?
I have always loved music and performing! I grew up playing piano for over 13 years, was in like 18 musical theatre productions (Winnetka Children’s Theatre), Kenilworth Union Church Choir, School Choir, Dance classes, if it involved performing I was involved. I’d make up songs with friends. I used to even put on performances in our backyard for our neighborhood and make my sisters and friends be in the show.
 
I grew up listening to everything! I wanted to a spice girl like every young girl my age. My Mom even let me dress up like them (the pictures are embarrassing haha)! By High School, I was mostly influenced by country music though by the likes of Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan who helped take me into the country direction and ended up in Nashville really by fate. I was down in Nashville interning at a music publishing company and saw what people like FGL and Chase Rice were doing on social media and touring and I said, “I can make this happen.” My parents have always said, “if you are going to take a hold of your career you have to do it yourself and work really hard.”
Overall, I’ve been doing the music thing my whole life, but I didn’t really start to take it seriously until senior year of college when my first album went up on the charts. Since then, I’ve been running my own record label, Roar Records LLC, and my own publishing company, Elizabeth Lyons Music Publishing, all from my couch and apartment in Nashville.
 
3.     Who are some of your musical icons?
Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Dixie Chicks, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Rolling Stones, Carole King, Madonna, Katy Perry, Dolly Parton, Earth Wind and Fire, Eric Clapton, Hans Zimmer, the list could go on…
 
4.     If you could do a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
Taylor Swift because she’s not only an incredible entertainer and songwriter but she runs her business and has a hand in every aspect of it which I admire and love.
…or Sam Hunt I got to open for him a few times and I just absolutely LOVE his music and crew.
…or Luke Bryan I wrote a song about him and his fans are the BEST. It would be fun to collaborate with him. I feel like were similar in having big personalities and genuinely love entertaining people.
 
5.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years in your career?
I hope to be put on a Spotify playlist, played on Sirius XM again, play the Grand Ole Opry stage, nominated for a CMA, ACM and Grammy. Most importantly to be happy and healthy surrounded by my amazing family and friends!
 
6.     If you were not a singer what do you think your career would be?
If I were not a singer I would probably be on the business side of the entertainment industry or an entertainment lawyer.
 
7.     What is one thing you are most proud of your career so far?
Music is a really powerful thing. I have the ability to make people happy which is amazing. 
One of the things I often tell my band is that at any given show we play, it’s not about how many people are there. It’s not about how great we played. It’s about how it makes people feel. 
We have the ability to make people smile and to give them big hugs. More people need love and joy and I’m able to do that. You’ll find that in all of my songs there’s that little piece of hope. A lot of my music is fun and upbeat. 
I always try to give back in everything I do. I have people who have been supportive from the very beginning. From my teachers growing up, to my family members who encouraged me to follow my dream, to the fans who have come out to watch me play. I also have a band that’s been with me for the past two to three years. 
I’m lucky to be doing what I love to do and that’s the best thing about it. But I can only do so much on my own – it takes a village to do all of this.
 
8.     What is one of your own songs that is your favorite?
I’ve Never because I Never thought I’d have recorded a second album, selected Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Top 3, sold over 75,000 songs, charted #1 Music Video, played on CMT and Sirius XM The Highway or played Major Music Festivals, or find love or be living my dreams. You never know in life. Never stop believing in hope, because miracles happen every day.
 
9.     Is there anything new coming up in your music for the rest of 
2016 or 2017?
I just released the “I’ve Never” Music Video on iTunes on October 24th! It charted #4 on iTunes All-Genre surrounded by Bruno Mars, Ariana Granda, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, The Weekend, and Pitbull and #2 on iTunes Country Music Video Charts right below the incredible “Forever Country” video shot by CMA featuring all the legends like Dolly Parton, Luke Bryan, Reba etc and above videos by Country royalty like Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Florida-Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert Its still charting and I can’t believe it! Filled with so much love and feel incredibly thankful and blessed! I shot the video at my friend Josh Lynn’s beautiful southern mansion in Belle Meade, TN exploring the property and at their baby grand piano intertwined with shots of the different cities mentioned in the song. The shoot was just me and my director Cameron Chiles, his assistant, Meg Boes who did my hair and makeup. Patrick Tohill produced the project! They did a great job!
 
10. Where is your favorite venue to play? 
Either Milwaukee Summerfest which I’ve had the privilege of playing 4 years in a row or anytime in my sweet home Chicago at Joe’s on Weed St, Joe’s Live, or Windy City Smokeout, Wrigley Field or at U.S. Cellular Field. I couldn’t pick between the two cities!
 
11. If you have to give advice to a up and coming country artist what would you tell them?
As an independent artist, I’ve had a hand in several aspects of the industry and I love helping up and coming country artists and people who want to be in the industry. I’ve been lucky to have amazing mentors along my music journey so I enjoy giving back and sharing my knowledge like I’ve recently spoken at CMAEDU chapter events giving advice. But overall my advice would be it takes “Patience, Persistence and Perseverance”! 
 
 
12. What is one of your favorite quotes? 
1 Corinthians 13
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Elizabeth Lyons!!

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  Elizabeth Lyons is a country singer who currently lives in Nashville. She is a 2013 graduate of Vanderbilt University. Lyons was also included in CMA Close Up’s “Who New to Watch in 2014” with Lucy Hale, the Swon Brothers and Chase Rice. She has played at Summerfest with Cole Swindell, Windy City Smokeout with the Eli Young Band and sang the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. She has also opened up for Joe Nicholos, Dierks Bentley, Hayley and Michaels and Josh Gracin.

            Lyons released a music video for her song “PartyRules.” She wrote the song with Canadian-based songwriter Dan Swinimer. The video was directed by Jon Chema and produced by Joel Hartz. The video was #1 on iTunes Country Music Videos chart and #6 on the iTunes Top Music Videos chart for all genres. The song also charted to #54 on the MusicRow chart. The video shows Lyons and her friends jetting off to a private location for a let loose barn party.

            In the summer of 2014, Lyons released her single “Jeep,” which is a fun and feel good song. Lyons has achieved 75,000 downloads of her songs online and has also been featured on Sirius XM Channel 56 The Highway. Her newest EP “I’ve Never,” released February 2016, is available on iTunes and Spotify. If you would like to find more out about Elizabeth Lyons then checkout her website http://elizabethlyons.bombplates.com

Social Media Accounts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eLyonsMusic

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/elizabethlyons1

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