Jo Smith~ “Q&A”!!!



  1. Hi Jo, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became country musician?
  2. How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
  3. Who are some of your musical icons?
  4. What is one of your favorite songs you ever recorded?
  5. Is there anything new coming  up with your music for the rest of 2017?
  6. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?
  7. If you could sing a duet with  a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
  8. What is one accomplishment that you are most proud about that happened in your music career so far?
  9. What is one of your favorite quotes?


1) I grew up on a farm in southwest Georgia.  I listened to my Daddy’s vinyl record collection!  (Will attach bio for more:)

2) Funny thing, I don’t remember making this decision because it’s just always been that way.  I was singing solos at church when I was three years old!
3) KT Oslin and Bruce Springsteen
4) Dance Dirty- it’s so motown!
5) Just found out I’m a CMT Next Women of Country for 2018!!  Also recording an acoustic record in December!!
6) I hope to have achieved the career pace of my dreams: live a little, write a little, record a little, tour a little, back to live a little.  Maybe some kids and a home on the Jersey shore.  I love it there.  Also using my International Politics degree from Vandy in some way!
7) Bruno Mars- I just love his music and his dancing and his live show.  We’d have a blast.
8) Having my grandparents who no longer travel be able to come see me perform at the Ryman Auditorium.
9) “Far and away, the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Teddy Roosevelt / “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”- JFK / “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”- FDR / “I am the way, the truth and the life.” – Jesus


Jo Smith~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!


Joanna “Jo” Smith is an American country musician. Smith joined a band called the Mustang Sally at the age of 18. After a few years she left the band and began writing her own songs and recording demos.

Smith signed a publishing contract with Big Bourassa Music and she wrote songs for other musicians. In 2007 she wrote a song for Billy Ray Cyrus called “Flying By” which was on his “Home at Last” album. Also in 2007, Smith’s version of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was included on the “Song of America” album.

In 2010, Smith signed a contract with Colombia Records in Nashville, TN. She released her debut single, “Gettin’ Married” also in 2010. The song was charted on Hot Country Songs and was made into a music video and was directed by Trey Fanjoy.

In August 2011, Sony Music Nashville shared that Smith and label mate Bradley Gaskin will move to BNA Records as part of a corporate restricting. After BNA closed, Smith moved again to RCA. At RCA, they released Smith third single, “We Can’t Be Friends.” “We Can’t Be Friends” was rated 4.5 stars from Taste of Country. Her fourth single “Girls Are Crazy,” was released to country radio on April 29, 2013.

In 2014, Smith signed a publishing deal with Shane McNally’s company Smack Songs. In 2016, she released a new EP called “Introducing Jo Smith.” Smith’s EP was produced by McAnally and Jesse Frasure. The first single off the EP “Old School Groove” was released as a Sirius XM Highway Find in early 2017. Smith has also been included in the Nashville Lifestyles’ 2017 Ones to Watch.

If you would like to find out more about Jo Smith then check out her website


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Vanessa Marie Carter~ “Q&A”!!!



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

Growing up I had a really awesome normal childhood.  I started dancing at age 3, and did that competitively until I was 18.  That kind of got me into musical theatre, and then vocal lessons when I turned 8.  Dance did so many great things for me, but it really got me comfortable on a stage and in front of crows from a young age.  I also really appreciate so many different genres of music, and I owe a lot of that to my dance background!  I then went to Wilfred Laurier University and studied Communcations, and graduated a year early to pursue music full time.


  1. How did you become a country music fan and how did you know you wanted a career in country music?

I grew up in a really large family with a lot of country/folk musicians! When I was little I used to listen to my moms cassette tape of Neil Youngs Harvest Moon, thats still one of my favourite records.  So I kind of fell into country from there.  I completely idolized Shania Twain when I was growing up….still do.


  1. What is the story behind your newest single “Bless My Heart?”

Bless My Heart was pitched to me by my producer and it immediately had my attention.  All I can say about that process is that after listening to it for 30 seconds I was hooked! That usually happens to me with music, If I love it, I love it immediately.  Its the perfect blend of sassy/badass and cool, and I love that about it!


  1. What are some of your favorite songs right now on the radio?

I love Cams new single Diane, Kelsea Ballerinis Miss Me More, & Look At You by Seth Ennis


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

I’ll be kicking off my radio tour in the next couple of weeks and that should wrap up 2017 for me! It’s been an amazing year for me.


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

This is such a tough question! I’d say Brett Eldredge because I have a massive crush on him.  But also Shania Twain…because…Shania Twain.


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

In 5-10 years I’d love to still be making music with some of the best people in the business.


  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“This too shall pass”


  1. Is there anything else you would like share?

3 Random facts about me:

1) I have 33 first cousins

2) I sleep talk (a lot)

3) When I was little I thought I was in love with Nick Carter



Vanessa Marie Carter~ Artist Spotlight!!!


Country singer/songwriter Vanessa Marie Carter was born in B.C. and grew up in Oakville, ON. Carter has been singing since she was eight years old. Her singing career started in musical theatre. Carter’s love for country music comes from her family. Her uncles and cousins are well-known musicians.

Carter graduated from Wilfred Laurier University in 2011 and signed a recording deal with independent label in 2012. In the last three years Carter has got the chance to be an opening acts for country musicians Kira Isabella, Brett Kissel and The Band Perry. While opening up for The Band Perry, Carter won the Sepoy Saloon Showdown Contest. She then went back to the studio to finish up her debut EP in the summer of 2015.

In August of 2016, Carter won the coveted Emerging Artist Competition at the significant Canadian Boots and Heart Festival, originally by winning the fan voting portion with over 47, 200 fan votes and then winning the live singing competition at the festival, beating 6 other artists. After winning the 2016 Emerging Artist Winner, she opened for Chase Rice. After the festival in August 2016, Carter received a prize package, which was a record deal contract from Universal Music.

Carter spends a lot of time now in Nashville, to work on her music and songwriting. Carter’s new single “Bless My Heart” is available both on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Vanessa Marie Carter then check out her website

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