Liv Austen~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Norwegian singer/songwriter Liv Austen grew up in a musical home and sang early on in her childhood. As a teenager she began to write her own songs, and in August 2014 she put out her first record, the four track EP, “Workin’ Man’s Dream.”

Austen started receiving approval from other musicians and bands and got wonderful reviews from blogs such as 4000 Miles to Nashville and For The Country Record.

Her first single off the EP was “Rain On My Side,” and the listeners favorite “The Guts You Always Had” followed soon afterward. Austen’s song “Don’t Regret a Single One” from her 2016 EP “Who I am Today” was her first song to be played on BCC Radio2. Just two years after her EP she is now considered a main player on the UK country scene and then her new single “Over”, was written by Ben Earle (The Shire), and was released through Decca Records.

In 2017, Austen signed a recording and publishing deal with NUA Entertainment run by Paul Hardcastle, and is currently working on her debut album.

If you would like to find out more about Liv Austen then check out her website www.livausten.com.

 

Social Media Accounts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LivAusten?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRXauZxzWESeA5gCcBorsJQ

 

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Liv Austen~ Q & A!!

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

I grew up in Norway and from a very young age I was fascinated by performing arts. I wanted to be an actor and a singer. I couldn’t really decide which of those two paths to take, so I trained to be a musical theatre performer. It taught me tons about performing, but I also realized that it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do. I wrote songs from a very young age too – it just sort of came naturally to me. That’s not to say all the songs I wrote were great from the start, I had no training in it – but I did it for myself, just for fun. It took a few years before anyone heard the songs.

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

As I got more serious about my songwriting I was looking for more inspiration and artists who sang the kind of songs I wanted to sing and write. More and more I moved in the direction of country – I had a friend introduce me to Carrie Underwood, which changed a lot for me. I was like: “this is exactly the kind of stuff I want to write!” I also started listening to country radio and found new artists to listen to. In terms of seeing myself as a country artist… It sort of just happened. The UK country scene was just about starting to wake up so to speak when I released my first EP, and I got a lot of great reactions from fans and musicians alike.

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

I have so many, in all different genres. When growing up Michael Jackson was everything I wanted to be. A writer, a performer, a singer – with a unique image. I loved Stevie Wonder, and still do. Now that I work as a singer and songwriter I am hugely influenced by the people who actually write the music, like Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby, Jessi Alexander… I could go on. Some of the performers I look up to are Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes and Cassadee Pope.

  1. What is your favorite song off your latest EP “Who I Am Today?”

It’s been really exciting to see how much people love Don’t Regret a Single One. It was a bit of a risk for me to release that song, as it is quite feminist and punchy – but people have reacted so well to it, and it was the first song I ever got played on Radio 2. However I think my personal favorite is “I Just Want to See Him.” I feel it may be one that not as many people know that well, because it was never a single. But I am proud of the lyrics and how the meaning of the words in the chorus changes throughout the song.

  1. Is there anything new coming up with your career for 2017?

Absolutely! In January I signed a record and publishing deal with a label called NUA, and I am now in the studio working on my debut album. I am beyond excited about it – it’s a lot of hard work, but seeing it all come together is a dream come true. My new music has a slightly different flavor to it. The production is inspired by a mixture of my pop and country influences, and I’m curious to see how people respond to it!

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

Being asked by Ben Earle (The Shires) to sing the song he wrote and release it through Decca Records was a big moment for me last year. It’s wonderful when someone who has had success recognizes your hard work and wants to highlight you to a new audience. Also being signed was obviously a big moment! It just felt like someone believed in me enough to spend their resources on me – and that was very motivating.

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

I have huge dreams. I want to go on big tours – not only in the UK, but also around the world. I want to connect with other great artists and collaborate and tour with them. I want to make great albums and write for other people as well. Exactly what happens at what time is not completely clear to me, but I want the next 5 to 10 years to be filled with songwriting, performing and connecting with fans!

  1. If you could do a duet with famous singer or group whom would it be and why?

I’d love to do a duet with Tyler Hilton. He has such a soulful voice and is in that perfect land between country and pop where I feel so comfortable. I guess I also feel connected to him because he is an actor as well as a singer, just like me. So that would be fun!

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

This is going to sound so cheesy, but be yourself. Every day I am learning more and more how important that is. If you are yourself – and do what you truly believe is right for you, I believe there is no way you can fail. I think the struggle for many of us is to really discover what your authentic self really is. We get so easily distracted by other people’s opinions, trying to replicate other people’s success – when really no one is on the path you are and you can only discover it yourself. You also need to have relentless faith in yourself and what you do – even on the really tough days. Which is easier said than done.

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Go where you’re celebrated – not where you’re tolerated”. I love that one. I believe that we can get stuck trying to get validation from someone who merely tolerates us, when there are people out there who are ready to celebrate you and help you move forward. Find those people instead! And through those times where you feel like you’re only being tolerated, be your own cheerleader. Celebrate yourself.

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Blue Moon~ Q & A!!

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  • Blue Moon Boutique “Mission Statement”: A lifestyle and clothing boutique where you will find fun things for your closet and home; located in the heart of downtown Newnan, Georgia.
  • Katherine Koran~ is a Southern Moon and Blue Moon Boutique Buyer, Blogger and Fashion Enthusiast.

Questions:

  1. Hello can you give me a little bit of background about your clothing line?
  2. How did you decide on the name Blue Moon, was there any other names that you were thinking about?
  3. Where do you see Blue Moon in the next 5 10 years?
  4. What are a few accomplishments that you are most proud about so far for Blue Moon?
  5. Has any celebrities wore any of your items?
  6. What have been some of your best selling items?
  7. For 2017 is there anything new coming up for your company?
  8. What is the first item you ever created?
  9. What advice would you give to an up and coming clothing designer?
  10. What is one of your favorite quotes?

Answers:

  1. I first opened my store after Sydney and I closed Southern Girl City Lights. I find my clothes from wholesalers at different Marts around the US. I primarily shop at Americas Mart in Atlanta, being that Atlanta is home. I also do some online shopping with some wholesale sites, such as Fashion Go.
  2. I am really into zodiacs and astronomy, which is how the name originated. I was born and raised in South Georgia and I come from a very tradition family and share many of their southern values, hence the name southern. I was also born in July, and I am a cancer, known as Moonchild, hence the name Moon. Southern Moon.
  3. My business is copyrighted as southern moons boutique but due to another company not liking the name being similar to theirs, we are doing business as Blue Moon Boutique, and my blog is Southern Moon. Right now, most of my sales are coming through my brick and mortar location( come see me in Newnan). The online portion of my store is slowly growing and I hope in ten years we will be doing all of our business via internet. Fingers crossed!!
  4. I took out a loan to start the store and the store has done so well I was able to pay my loan off in under a year. I’m really happy about that.
  5. Jessie James decker is a friend of mine and her sister Sydney is one of my closest friends. I send them my clothes all the time!
  6. I have found that true grit frosted tip pullover is our number one selling item. We cannot keep them in stock. Ever.
  7. I hope to expand my blog and have blogs posted on a more daily basis. Having a full time job makes it difficult to sit down and write at times, so I definitely hope to make more time for that. I would love to incorporate food with fashion. I love to cook and make the food look pretty. I style food just how I do clothes, lol. So much fun… so I would like to start sharing some of my recipes I’ve learned from my grandmother. Good southern cooking.
  8. I actually do not design the clothes, I buy from wholesale companies who work with the designer. That would be something I would love to do in the future though.
  9. I don’t know about a designer but I would tell an up and coming business owner to just never give up. It takes time and money and a lot of stress and tears but if you stay positive and just keep up the hard work it always pays off. You can’t fail. It’s not possible. You have to tell yourself that.
  10. “The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.” -Buddha It’s so important to focus on the present.

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Top 5 Favorite Songs~ March 6, 2017!!

  1. Karli Chayne~ “Mercy”: In this song Chayne, is asking for mercy from the guy she loves, because every time she even looks or think about him, she falls apart with love.
  2. Jess Moskaluke~ “Drive Me Away”: This song is fun to listen too and reminds listeners it is okay to shake things up sometimes and to break out of your normal routine.
  3. Robby Johnson~ “Together”: This song is about being with a love one or even more and how you will always be joined together and how lives are meant to be shared together with other people.
  4. Cody Webb~ “She Ain’t Right”: This song tells the story of a girl who may be a little bit crazy but it something’s that works for guy.
  5. Ricky Young~ “Girl Like That”: This tune is a song that a lot female country fans would love to listen or have sing to them. This song would be a perfect first dance song at a wedding too.

 

Music Videos

Megan Fowler’s~ White Chicken Chili!!!

White Chicken Chili!!!

2 chicken breasts
1 can whole kernel corn (do not drain)
1 can black beans (drain and rinse)
1 can Rotel tomatoes (I usually do the original)
1 tsp Chili powder
1Tbsp Cumin
1 Ranch dressing mix packet
1 8oz. block of cream cheese
Place the chicken breasts in the crock-pot then add the rest on top. Let it cook for 4-6 hours on low (or high depending on if the chicken breasts are frozen or not when you put them in). Enjoy!

Megan Fowler: Q & A!!!

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Questions:

 

1.     Hello Megan, how did you decide you wanted to name latest EP “We’ve All Got A Song?”

2.     What have been some of your favorite venues to play at?

3.     Have you learned anything from the musicians that you have opened up for?

4.     How did you decide you wanted a career in country music?

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

6.     Who are some of your musical icons?

7.     What is one accomplishment that you are most proud of that happen in your career?

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

9.     If you had to give advice to up and coming musician or group what would you tell them?

Answers:

1. I decided to name my first EP “We’ve All Got a Song” after the first single that I released off of the album. “We’ve All Got a Song” has always had a deep meaning and meant so much to me ever since I first wrote it, so it just seemed fitting to title it after this song.
2. One of my favorite venues to play at is Cox Capitol Theater in my home state of Georgia, actually in a city not too far from my hometown. Another one of my favorite venues to play is The Listening Room in Nashville. As you can probably tell from the name, it is a venue where people go, specifically, to hear live, original music. Such a cool place!

3. One of the biggest things that I’ve learned from other artists that I’ve opened for is how to really engage your audience and entertain them. Just by sitting back and watching other artists perform, you can really see how much they connect with their audience.
4. I honestly don’t think there was ever one defining moment when I decided that I wanted a career in country music. I think I just grew up listening to it, knew I had a love for music from singing in church, and decided that’s what I want to go for.
5. In the next 5-10 years, I see myself writing, recording, releasing new music, and touring, sort of like I am now, but in a much broader spectrum. To be more specific, performing at the CMA Awards would be nice!
6. A few of my musical icons include Loretta Lynn, Carrie Underwood, and more recently (because I think she’s incredibly talented), Maren Morris.
7. One accomplishment that I am most proud of to happen in my career was getting nominated and taking home the award for Country Female Artist of the Year at the 2014 and 2015 GA Music Awards. To have fans involved in something like this, where they can help to get you nominated as well as vote in awards, it honestly really means so much.
8. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from the Bible: Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse has always given me comfort in my life.
9. The only advice that I would give to up and coming musicians is to stay true to who YOU are. Don’t ever let someone change who you are, your morals, or what you believe in. Stay true to you, keep pushing, and “never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”
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Megan Fowler: Artist Spotlight!!!

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Megan Fowler is the daughter of Glenn and Tracy Fowler. Fowler and her brother Jacob grew up in Taylor Country, Georgia. She was taught to love God and family and the easygoing country life helped her to keep grounded while trying to reach her dreams of becoming a country singer.

In October 2011, Fowler started to work with PCG Institute in Nashville. She finished the PCG’s Athena Program in August 2012 and then advanced to the Emerging Artists Program when she spent two years at this level. While participating in the PCG she worked with top songwriters to write her own songs, took guitar and vocal lessons.

Fowler released her first album, “We All Got A Song” on iTunes and Amazon on April 1, 2014. In August 2015, she put out a duet called “Read My Mind” and recorded it with musician Matt Rogers. Fowler’s song “Match Made in Heaven” was played on Backyard Country on 94.9 The Bull as well as 96.5 for 10 weeks. Her duet with Matt Rogers was also featured on these two stations for 10 weeks as well.

In 2013, Fowler joined Georgia-Country.com and was picked as the 2013 Country Female Artist of the Year. On November 8, 2015, she also received the Georgia Country Award for 2015 Country Female Artist of the Year. In 2014 Megan was honored to receive the GA Music for Country Female Artist of the Year.

In spring 2015, Fowler began the process of finding musicians to become part of her band. After forming her band, they booked their first performance at the Cypress Grill on September 18, 2015. She and her band also played at the Georgia Country Awards held at The Crazy Bull on November 18, 2015. Fowler is now available to perform an acoustic set or a full band set.

If you would like to find out more about Megan Fowler then check out her website www.meganfowlermusic.com.

 

Social Media Accounts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mfowlermusic

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mfowlermusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meganfowlermusic/?hl=en

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWfeGCUyYfXqMLP4hmZpNBQ

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Nick Hickman~ New Single: “Tipsy” Review!!!

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Country artist Nick Hickman has a new single and it is called “Tipsy.” This will be the first single from Nick’s new EP “Let Em Speak” which will be available in April 2017. “Tipsy” showcases strong beats while featuring Hickman’s skill to deliver an R&B sound to his vocals range. “Tipsy” is a song about trying to get over a lover but being unable to truly forget them. It’s also relatable and can make you think of someone that may not be in your life anymore but you still think about him or her sometimes.

Some of Hickman’s favorite musicians are Justin Timberlake, Travis Gritt and George Strait. If you listen to “Tipsy” you can surely hear the his favorite influences but Hickman still puts his own style on the track making sure you know it is him that you are listening to. “Let Em Speak” has four songs and Hickman has been busy in the studio working on the last parts of his EP. I feel this EP will make Hickman stand out in the country music world and if “Tipsy” is any help of what’s to come, Hickman will probably have a very successful year to come.

If you don’t know that much about Nick Hickman, then check out his website https://www.thenickhickman.com.

 

 

Take a listen to “Tipsy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8QczQOw_PU

 

Social Media Accounts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thenickhickman?lang=en

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSaISQnNltYVwQaXE7XhOGQ

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