Cassidy Rae Gaiter~ “Q & A”:

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

Hey Danaille, Sure! Well I’ve always sung country music; it’s a huge part of my family so I basically grew up listening to and singing it. But I really decided to take my career seriously after I graduated from University with a Bachelor Of Music Theatre, I kinda detoured into the theatre world after highschool but while I was in it, felt I was really missing writing and performing my own music so returned to my ‘roots’ (country music) you could say a few years ago and have been doing that ever since!

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

I pretty much knew from the day I could sing that I wanted to have a career in country music, like I said before I took a few years off to try theatre but there was always something pulling me back to country music! I just love being about to write and perform my own stories!

3. Who are some of your musical icons?

My very first musical icon was Shania Twain! My mum used to have her “Come On Over” album on repeat when I was a kid and one of the very first songs I ever sang live was “Honey I’m Home”! So Shania is definitely the OG Icon haha along with the Dixie Chicks! But these days I take A LOT of inspiration from Laura Bell Bundy because she detoured to Musical Theatre as well and then moved to Nashville and released a country record with a super theatrical twist which I loved and made her super unique, which is what I’m trying to do! I also look up to Kelsea Ballerini and Miranda Lambert a lot because they aren’t afraid to be themselves and fight for Women in Country Music!

4. How did you come up with your latest EP name “Shake It, Don’t Fake It “ and what is your favorite song off this EP?

It’s a funny story actually! I had all the songs picked for the EP and was trying to come up with what to call it, and a had a few ideas from the lyrics in my songs but none of them were sticking and then I thought about making it self titled but that didn’t feel right either! So one day someone said to me ‘oh just shake it, don’t fake it’ and I was like THAT’S IT, that’s literally what I stand for and it comes across in a lot of the songs like ‘Shade’ and ‘Puttin On A Show’! But I had no idea if I could use it because that phrase wasn’t present at all on the EP, so when I was in Nashville to record all the songs, I ended up writing “Shake It, Don’t Fake It” the day before I went into the studio and it ended up on the record as the title track! It’s super hard to pick a favourite! But “All The Feels” has a very special place in my heart because I wrote it with my 2 favourite co writers, Hannah May Allison and John Miller! I also love ‘Shade’ because it was the first song I wrote for this record and Its kinda everything I’ve wanted to say to the people that didn’t believe I could do this for a living!

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

The rest of 2017 will just be getting everything orgainsed for my second  single release! So, I’m about to film the music video and do a bit of promo for that, which hopefully will be coming out in January next year! I’ll also be doing a few gigs leading up to the Christmas break!

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

100% Laura Bell Bundy! It would make my entire life! Or Shania twain of course! I would also love to have a writing session with Kelsea Ballerini, I think I would learn so much from her!  

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

I hope to still just be able to make and play music everyday! I also have a huge goal of moving to Nashville as well and trying it out there, so if I could make that happen in 5 years I would be extremely happy!

8. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose” – Dolly Parton

9. Is there anything else you would like to share?

Just thank-you so much for chatting with me!

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Cassie Rae Gaiter~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Cassidy Rae Gaiter grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. At the age of 5 she trained and performed as a vocal artist, both as single artist and as part of a group choir. Gaiter has a wide background in choral training and musical theatre background. She recently finished her Bachelor of Music (Music Theater) at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. While attending the Institute it has helped Gaiter to expand her vocal range and vocal genres.

Her wonderful voice has opened up many exciting opportunities, such as being able to perform in the U.S. and lead roles in many well-known Sydney musicals. In addition to singing Gaiter is also a talented actress, dancer and songwriter.

If you get a chance to please go take a listen to Gaiter debut EP “Shake It, Don’t Fake It” which is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Cassidy Rae Gaiter then go take a look at her website http://www.cassidyraegaiter.com.

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

Dixiedee’s Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: Oct 30, 2017!!

  1. Cam “Diane”: “Diane” is a response to the Dolly Parton’s popular song “Jolene” It is a sorry note that so many spouses deserve, but never get. The other woman in the song is coming clean and is ready to break the news to guy’s wife she is seeing.
  2. Mike Ryan “Sad Song”: In Ryan’s new song it tells the story about an end of a relationship. The track is uplifting and different in it’s own way.
  3. Two Story Road “Detonate”: In country duo Two Story Road new song “Detonate,” tells the story about how to people in a new relationship is starting to fall for one another.
  4. Jenny Leigh “Let It Just Happen”: Leigh’s new song “Let It Happen,” shares that people do not need to have life figured out all the time.
  5. Matt Lashoff “Stronger Together”: In Lashoff’s new song it is about and dedicated to the city of Las Vegas after the tragedy that happened after the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

 

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Steel Ivory~ Bio!!!

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Steel Ivory is a country female duo living in Nashville, Tennessee. The members of this duo are singer/songwriters Kayleigh and Kristin Demlow. The sisters started Steel Ivory with just their acoustic guitars and their voices playing covers of popular artists and groups around known venues and events  in their hometown of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. As children music was always around them. Their father was a full time musician. He taught both girls to play the piano and bought them their first guitars at ages 15 and 17. Kayleigh and Kristin was both members of their school choirs and their performing art programs throughout high school. After graduated, the girls performed wherever they could and started to write their own songs. They have got the chance to opened for country artists like  Scotty McCreery and Tyler Farr. In 2016, they released their debut self titled EP, and in March 2017 they put out their  new single, “Tomorrow”.  Their music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon. Most recently, they were chosen to be on the Nashville Dreamin’ Country Volume 1 Album with 10 other artists through an online songwriting competition. Their original song, “Never Been Kissed” will release on the album November 24, 2017.

If you would like to find out more about Steel Ivory then check out their website: https://www.steelivory.com.

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Steel Ivory~ Q&A!!!

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Questions:

1.     Hi Kayleigh & Kristin, can you tell me a little bit about yourselves before you guys became a country female duo?

2.     How did you girls get into country music and how did you know you wanted careers in it?

3.     How is working together as sisters?

4.     Who are some of your musical icons?

5.     What is the story behind your latest song “Tomorrow?”

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

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

8.     What are some of your favorite quotes?

9.     Is there anything else you guys would like to share?

Answers:

1. We’re sisters- Kayleigh is 25 and Kristin 23. We grew up in Reynoldsburg, OH and have been surrounded by music pretty much our whole lives because our dad is a musician. There’s not a time that we can remember where we weren’t singing together or performing. Our first performance was at City center mall when we were 6 and 8 years old. Our dad taught us to play the piano at a young age and bought us our first guitars in high school. We were in choir in school and did theatre. We started learning how to write our own songs from there. We just recently moved to Nashville to pursue out our dream of being singer-songwriters full time. We’ve been here for two months and love it!

2. We always say we didn’t choose music, but Music chose us. We couldn’t imagine doing anything else with our lives, and the fact that we share the same passion as sisters is just really special to us. Singing & songwriting has always been what we love the most and has been a way for us to vent and express ourselves.
3. We know each other really well (obviously HAHA) since we’re sisters, so it actually makes things easier because we think a lot alike!! We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses when we’re working together and that actually turns out to be a nice balance. A lot of sisters also have that sibling rivalry, but we’ve never really been that way. We’ve always been best friends and super close so it’s pretty rare when we argue. And if we do we get over it in like five minutes.
4. We both LOVE Carrie Underwood. She is goals vocally and I mean have you seen her legs? Haha But in all seriousness, we love her music! We also really admire Maddie & Tae, Maren Morris, and Kelsea Ballerini. All these women are killing it in Country Music right now and we’re all about that girl power! 😋
5. A good friend of our Mom’s was diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal lymphoma awhile back and throughout her chemo she took a picture of herself every single day to document her progress. She really wanted to give hope to those who are going through the same thing or something similar , and so she created a video to share her story using the photos. She then asked us to write a song for the video, and so that’s where the idea sprouted. We wanted to help spread her message to always believe in a better tomorrow.
6. Yes! We were actually selected to be on the Nashville Dreamin Country Volume 1 Album through an online songwriting contest. Our song, “Never Been Kissed” will be on the album along with 10 other artists’ songs. The album will release November 24th! We’re super excited about it.
7. Dan and Shay! We love their music and harmonies!! We saw them live once and have become life long fans ever since!
8. We really like “She believed she could so she did” because it is so true. We’ve learned first hand, if you believe in yourself and work hard, you can accomplish more than you ever thought possible. Another quote we love is “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” A lot of people take life too serious and we like to just have fun and enjoy the ride throughout the crazy times.
9.We just wanted to thank you for taking the time to listen to our music! We really appreciate it and we want to keep making music that means something to people- that people can relate to and love.
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Dixiedee’s Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: Oct 23, 2017!!

  1. Kelsea Ballerini “Miss Me More”: “Miss Me More” is a song about understanding that, sometimes breaking up and moving on with your life is not all that tough if it is done for the correct reasons.
  2. Carly Pearce “Color”: “Color” is a relative song that results in letting your own wall down in order to see the colorful option that a relationship can have.
  3. Jason Aldean “I Won’t Back Down”: On SNL on Oct 7, 2017, Aldean, opened the show with a touching performance covering of “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty, who had passed away earlier that week. Aldean’s performance was dedicated to the Las Vegas shooting victims who were killed and hurt during the Route 91 Harvest Festival the weekend prior.
  4. Jon Pardi “She Ain’t In It”: “She Ain’t In It” is a song about Pardi trying to get over his ex. He also is ready to go out with his friends to the bar, after about month being upset about his breakup and just staying at home. He just hopes to not run in his ex at the bar.
  5. Lewis Brice “Messin’ With My Mind”: “Messin’ With My Mind” is a ballad on Brice’s new EP. The song is written from the viewpoint of the backside of a relationship where the ex is messing with his feelings and keeps coming back in his life for more.

 

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Molly Adele Brown~ Q&A!!!

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1.  Tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer?

Before stepping into the music industry I was a total theater geek. My focus and ultimate goal was to be on Broadway. I grew up just outside of NYC and loved musical theater. I was part of a youth theater company and when it came time for college I auditioned and was accepted in the theater performance program at Wagner College. In 2015 I graduated from Wagner with a B.A. in Theater Performance and have been working in music ever since! It wasn’t exactly a straight path but it certainly has been an amazing journey!

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

One of my best childhood friends, Mikey, is a big fan of country music.  Anytime we were in the car he had it blasting on the radio and it wasn’t long before I was hooked.  Once I headed off to college the interest deepened as another great friend and country music fan, Brian, introduced me to all of his favorite artists. Between the two of them and my own self discovery throughout the years, I have transitioned from belting show tunes non-stop to fine tuning my own fun loving country style. As I began writing songs I found my voice and it was a natural fit that Country Pop would be my genre of choice!

3.     What is your favorite song off your latest EP “Dancing with Strangers?”

Picking a favorite is hard, I love all of them for so many different reasons. There is a story behind each one.  One of my favorites to perform is CHUG because it’s just a simple, fun loving, party anthem! It also happens to be charting at #14 on the New Music Weekly Country Chart!

4.     How did you come with the name “Dancing with Strangers” for your EP?

“I could dance with a stranger and twirl in the comfort of his arms” is a line from my song Perfectly Lonely. I was having a hard time deciding on the album title so I narrowed it down to 4 different options, including “Dancing With Strangers”.  I did a Facebook poll so that my friends and family could be a part of the process. When the final votes were in, “Dancing with Strangers” was the favorite!

5.     Who are some of your musical icons?

Normally I say Jimmy Buffett and Carole King because that’s the music I grew up on, but more recently I have been really loving Dolly Parton. In school I was in the musical “9 to 5” and I had the pleasure of playing Dolly Parton’s part. I always loved her songs but there was something about playing the part of “Doralee” and singing Dolly’s songs through the character that gave me an even bigger appreciation of her and her music!

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

As I said earlier, CHUG is currently charting so I’m hoping as that continues to rise it will open some new doors for me.  I also just moved down to Nashville and am meeting with new writers. I hope to have another new song ready to release to radio in the spring.

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

I would love to sing a duet with Kacey Musgraves. I absolutely love her music and the way she gets her message across through her lyrics and her vibe. I think we would have a fun time on stage as well as off!

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

I have many dreams and aspirations but at the same time I know that I have chosen a career path that has a lot of unknowns.  It’s not like being an accountant where you go to college, become a CPA and join a firm.  This industry forces you to live what I like to call a “freelance lifestyle” so my journey, or path, will be windy for sure! That being said, my long term goal is that I can reach a point in my life where I am writing songs and performing all the time.  I consider myself an entertainer and if I can be up on stage playing music that people enjoy, I will consider myself a success!  Oh yeah, and maybe getting a CMA award or two would be fun!!

9.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Live the life you have imagined!”

10. Is there anything else you would like to share?

I love chicken nuggetts and coffee. = )   And I can touch my nose with my tongue!!

 

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