Stephen Paul~ Artist Spotlight!!

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Stephen Paul was born and raised in West Monroe, Louisiana. Paul moved to Nashville a couple years ago to chase his country music dream and has really remained to improve himself as a country musician and as well as a songwriter. Paul seems to always be himself and when he makes music he does not try sound like other artists but himself.

Paul debut EP, “Louisiana Heat”, is available now through iTunes and Spotify. If you would like to find out more Stephen Paul then check out one of his social media pages, which are down below.

 

Social Media Accounts:

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

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

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc6Gj3fBaePbKH69Mpt9iNQ

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Cowboys & Angels Clothing Brand~ Q & A!!!

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Story: Ashley Meyer started Cowboy & Angels in May 2016. The company is located in Southern California and they carry the latest country western styles for the whole family and also home goods. Make sure to follow them on instagram and Facebook for giveaways and promo codes!!

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  1. Hello, can you give me a little bit of background about your clothing line?

 

I started Cowboys & Angels in May 2016. I started it as a side job, while I worked a full-time job. Originally I had created my boutique because of my passion for country music and also to offset the high cost of daycare. It begun as a resell boutique, but over the past year it has evolved into something much bigger. Only two months after starting Cowboys & Angels, I was laid off from my regular job and with a second baby on the way it was then that I knew I needed this business to grow. I sat at my computer around the clock, sometimes 10-12 hours a day just working on Cowboys & Angels. Before I knew it, my hard work started to show and the company begun to quickly grow. Coming up on our one year anniversary not only do we carry tons of brands, but we also have started a handmade/custom section within the store. This will launch within the next couple weeks, but we will be adding to it all the time. I have hats, apparel, baby onesies, jewelry, lanyards, coozies, mugs, tumblers, and more that are being made daily!

 

  1. How did you decide on the name Cowboys & Angels and was there any other names that you were going to choose instead?

The name was probably one of the hardest choices I dealt with! It took weeks of brainstorming to figure out what name would best suit the store. I wanted the store to not only appeal to women, but men as well. The other name I came up with is Whiskey Whispers, this actually is still one of my businesses. For awhile, I have been making handmade items under this name.

 

  1. Where do you see Cowboys & Angels in the next 5 to 10 years?

I see Cowboys & Angels becoming one of the most well-known country western stores. I see us attending nearly every country music festival. We’re also talking about opening locations throughout the US.

 

  1. Has any country music worn any of your clothing items?

I don’t think so. Not yet at least. We have tons of customers so there is actually a good chance we just don’t know it yet! I do have some amazing country music artists following our social media. Sarah Ross is one of my all-time favorites. I about died when she commented on one of our photos. Ben Haggard also took me by surprise and likes our photos constantly. It is truly amazing that in just the short amount of time Cowboys & Angels has been around, that we are already being noticed!

 

  1. What have been some of your best selling items?

We have Vintage Flag Vests in stock that sell out like CRAZY! I tend to sell out of those weekly and I have already bought out all of the inventory from two of my vendors. We carry tons of bullet jewelry, which is a HUGE hit. It’s a constant cycle of our inventory. For handmade items, I haven’t released much just yet! For those that know I have always been custom making items, my custom baby onesies are one of my biggest hits. I’m expecting a lot of my handmade items to sell like crazy once it’s released!

 

  1. For the rest of 2017 is there anything new coming up for your company?

We are going to be seen in a couple magazines! We are sponsoring the Hesperia Wranglers Queen’s Contest, as well as attending a ton of events this year. We’re also looking to move the company into a new warehouse as we’ve definitely outgrown our current location.

 

  1. What was the first item you ever created for the line?

The first item I sold would be a custom baby onesie that read “Daddy’s Little Mechanic in Training”.

 

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Drink Some Coffee. Get Your Boots On. Turn Up Some George Strait, And Get It Done”.

Website: https://www.shopcowboysandangels.com

Instagram: cowboysandangelsca

 

Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week~May 15, 2017!!

  1. Bucko & Toad “Country Strong” ~ Bucko & Toad are husband and wife country-pop duo hailing from Vancouver, BC. Their new single “Country Strong tells the story about picking yourself back up and moving on in your life to see what the future has in store for you.
  2. Maggie Rose “Love Me More”~ In this song there is a woman who finds herself getting caught up in the confusion of a crazy night out, she loses her way as she drinks more than she handle and falls for someone that can help her forget escape reality. Finally she realized in the bathroom that she is worth more than a messy hangover or a one-night stand.
  3. Ryan Griffin “Would’ve Left Me Too”~ “Would’ve Left Me Too” is beautiful, but also a painful ballad that will cut right through you with an honest lyrics. This song is also about a guy who is telling his ex she doesn’t have to feel bad about leaving him because he knows how bad he screwed up.
  4. Travis Collins “Call Me Crazy”~ “Call Me Crazy is a ballad that shares the story how we all have lost people suddenly in their life. This song also shares how it is hard to truly believe that someone is gone.
  5. Whiskey Myers “Stone”~ this song was written by Whiskey Myers’ lead singer Cody Cannon. This single is slower pace than many of the band’ s other songs. This song shines light on the less-than-glamorous features of being on the road and especially the struggle of trying to find a good woman too.

 

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Chris Bandi~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Chris Bandi grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Bandi is not your regular country singer either. Like many children, Bandi grew up listening to whatever his parents listened to. When he was with his dad he would listen to a lot of rock like Bruce Springsteen and when he was with his mom it was a lot of Garth Brooks and other well known country artists. In just a few short years, Bandi could not stand listening to the same music as his parents. Being a resident of St. Louis, that meant he had to know all the words to Nelly’s “Country Grammer”, he also started to be a fan of new artists like Usher and Fall Out Boy. His combination of pop, rock and country divided him from other musicians out there. After graduating from Ole Miss and spending a couple summers traveling back and forth from Oxford to Nashville, Bandi decided it was time to make the move to Music City.

In just a few short months after moving to Nashville, Bandi started writing with well-known songwriters like Shane Minor who wrote “Chillin” with Cole Swindell and Monty Criswell who wrote “Like Jesus Does” with Eric Church. After a few writing sessions Monty brought Bandi into the studio to help provide vocals on many of Monty’s demos. This led Bandi to be introduced to Grammy winning producer and engineer Julian King who had worked with Tim McGraw and Tyler Farr. Monty and Julian became supporters in Bandi’s work ethic and new country sound. Not long after that the three of them began working together to further promote Bandi’s music.

From almost empty bar rooms to fraternity parties to sell out shows, Bandi has been charming audiences everywhere he goes. He has also been lucky to open for bands like The Marshall Tucker Band and LoCash. Bandi’s stage presence and voice pull the auidence in and makes them want to sing and dance to his music. Recently he had also teamed up with Parodigm Talent Agency who works with Ed Sheeran, Eli Young Band and Toby Keith. Bandi has also been on the road touring all over the Midwest and southeast regions.

The last few months Bandi has put out two new singles “Man Enough Now” and “Gone Girl” and both of these songs are wonderful and I feel many people can relate to them in their own lives. If you would like to take a listen to his music it is available on Spotify and iTunes. Lastly if you would like to find out more about Chris Bandi then check out his website www.chrisbandi.com.

Social Media Accounts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisBandi

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

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/chris-bandi

Instagram: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisBandiMusic

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Chris Bandi~ Q & A!!!

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  1. Hi Chris, can you tell me a little about your background before you became country singer?

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Went to college in Mississippi where I started playing at the bars in town! Upon graduation, I moved to Nashville and have been playing music full time ever since!

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

There are so many! Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Prince are just a few!

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

I always knew I wanted to play music for a living! I started playing music at bars in Oxford, Mississippi when I was in college. On nights I would play I got a free bar tab and for a college kid that goes A LONG way ha! I started writing and falling more and more in love with playing. I moved to Nashville about a week after graduation and we’re still out doing it and I think that’s pretty awesome!

  1. If you were a musician, what do you think you would be doing?

Trying to figure out a way to be in the music industry!

  1. What are a few of your favorite spots in Nashville?

Bar Taco, Tin Roof, Martin’s BBQ, Edgehill Cafe

  1. What is the story behind your latest single “Man Enough Now?”

Growing up I was pretty stupid when it came to relationships. Man Enough Now is about learning from your mistakes!

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

Bruno Mars, Garth Brooks, John Mayer! The list could go on and on 🙂

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

We always have news and new tour dates! Be sure to keep up with us at @chrisbandimusic on Facebook and www.chrisbandi.com

  1. What are you most proud so far about your career in the music?

All the accomplishments that we’ve achieved with the release of “Man Enough Now” and “Gone Girl”! We didn’t expect to get any of the things that we have and it’s been truly a blessing!

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Kate Grom~ Q & A!!!

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1.     Hello Kate, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became musician? I’m from a small artist town on the Delaware River called Frenchtown, in New Jersey. Frenchtown is in the countryside, and I grew up on a horse farm. The horses were and continue to be an important part of my life. I pursued goals as a competitive equestrian for most of my life and saddle time is something I still enjoy. Being on the farm, surrounded by nature, allowed for much time spent in my imagination as a child. So I was outside, exploring the farm (forest, creeks, fields, etc.) as often as possible. In school, I pursued mainly arts in courses, and was accepted into advanced courses in drawing and sculpture. I almost went to art school but opted to pursue music. As a child, I was known to memorize songs my parents played, or whatever I could hear on the radio. Consequently they signed me up for piano lessons around the age of 7, which became my initial foundation, instrumentally. In middle school I began taking voice lessons as well as sang in as many choirs as possible.  I later went on to study music formally, in college. In college (in Nashville) I started working in the music business, through internships and part time employment.  Meanwhile, I started singing backup vocals for bands/friends in town, played in a duo band, and started playing guitar/songwriting, more seriously.

2.     How did you know you wanted a career in music? Music has always been a part of me. I’ve related to songs, and have gotten lost in the storytelling, for as long as I can remember. At some point in high school, I had this feeling that it was necessary to pursue songwriting, because of the impact music had/was having on me. I wanted to create a connection with people and their experiences, through music.

3.     Who are some of your musical icons? Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks

4.     What is story behind your latest single “Whistle Cry,” on your new album “Heroine?” The ‘Whistle Cry’ story began while I was living in London a few years back. I had been traveling all of the U.K. by train, solo, and was inspired by the solace and freedom the train offered. A series of imaginative poems and stories began on this journey. When I returned to Nashville I was nostalgic for the life I had lived, loved and left abroad. I found steady comfort in the soothing sounds of the train outside my Nashville apartment. It’s whistle cry brought memories back to life while encouraging the prospect of new ones. I often imagined following that freeing feeling…just climbing on board to somewhere new.

5.     How did you come up with the name of your album and was there any other names that you were maybe going to pick instead?  Heroine was inspired by a quote by author, Nora Ephron:  “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” This song was written after a transformative time in my life as an artist, where I left New York city and headed to France with my guitar. While there, Heroine was completed. Heroine reflects my journey toward independence, which I think is very relatable. Heroine is meant to be an inspiration and anthem to all who have experienced, or who are now experiencing changes in life.

6.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music? I can’t help but continue to create more music as the years go on. Even though the record was recently released, I still find myself writing music. I hope to share another collection of songs in the next 5-10 years, if not before!

7.     What is one accomplishment that you are most proud so far that happened in your music career?  I feel the most accomplished as an artist when an individual approaches me after a show, and tells me they resonated with a particular song(s). This is always the goal, to provide a safe place for listeners to feel something, through your song(s). This has happened a few times over the past year of performing more frequently, and it keeps me inspired.

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes? “Milkshakes” from the film “Before Sunrise”. 

9.     Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2017? In the near future, ’m looking forward to opening up for Heather Nova in May, for several shows. Also am thrilled to be releasing my first music video, this coming Friday, for the song “Whistle Cry”. 

Kate Grom~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Two years ago, singer/songwriter Kate Grom was undecided between realism and staying true to herself. Grom had graduated college after transformative time finding her true voice in music; it was then time to pursue her music dreams in New York. But in her heart there was impatience she could not let go and she had to break out of her own comfort zone to power her vision.

Grom ended up in France, where she knew no one. Alone with a rented acoustic guitar, she tackled her fears and accepted her musical gifts to the world. Grom had now put out her new album titled, “Heroine.” “Heroine,” was produced by two-time Grammy Award winning producer Stewart Lerman.

When Grom sings it is a mixed of folk, bluegrass and country. Her musical icons include Stevie Nicks, Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan, Pasty Cline and America. Growing up in Frenchtown, New Jersey a small music town boarding the Delaware River, that is where she was part of her church choir, chamber choir and women’s choir. Also she studied music at Belmont University in Nashville.

Grom’s album “Heroine” has nine songs on it and it was inspired by Nora Ephron’s quote “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” It showcases the permission and how Grom takes her own path to become her own independent woman. This album shows how Grom’s vocals show how powerful she is while singing.

Coming up next for is playing live shows to support her latest LP and just making a bigger name for herself in this crazy but wonderful music world. If you would like to find out more about Grom then check out her website www.kategrom.com/.

 

Social Media Accounts:

 

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