Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: Feb 19, 2018!!!

  1. Josh Abbot Band “Deep in the Heart of Texas”: The Josh Abbot Band and Bud Light have announced a brand new campaign about going huge in Texas in 2018 with a multi-faceted programming throughout the state. In festivity of the comeback to its Texan roots, the brand joined the help of Josh Abbott Band to cover the famous Texan song, “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”
  2. Mary Sarah “Just Go With It”: Mary Sarah new single “Just Go With It,” it is a catchy mid-tempo country song, about creating the most of a great moment with somebody special in your life.
  3. Josh Gallagher “How Bout You”: Country singer Josh Gallagher new single “How Bout You,” tells the story about a breakup that many people has gone through in their lives with someone. This song explains how you on a fake face during a breakup where you act like you are fine, but on the inside you are a total mess.
  4. Jon Langston “When It Come to Loving You”: Jon Langston is turning up romance and love with his newest hit song “When It Comes to Loving You.” If his ladies fans did not already love him, this sexy love ballad will make them love him even more.
  5. Brown & Gray “Top Down”: “Top Down,” is collaboration from Kaci Brown and Sam Gray (Brown & Gray). This song is an ageless anthem, describing driving down a highway with maybe a convertible with the top down and just living in the moment and worried about anything else.

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Maybe April: Q&A!!!

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1.     Hi Kristen, Katy & Alaina, can you girls tell me a little bit about yourself before you formed country music group “Maybe April”?

Katy: I grew up in Arkansas doing dance and musical theater. When I got a little bit older I started writing songs and coming back and forth to Nashville in high school to pursue my career as a solo artist before I met Kristen and Alaina.

Kristen: I busy being a metal head. I started playing guitar when I was 10 and I used to hop around on stage and head bang. Now I’m in a Country Americana group. Life is weird.

Alaina: I think I was singing before I could talk. My parents used to be in band together, my older brothers were as well, and my little brother is a hip hop dancer. I guess it’s in our blood! I did a lot of musical theater and regular theater, but I always wanted to be a songwriter so I moved here as soon as I graduated high school.

2.     How did you girls form your group and how did you come up with your group name “Maybe April?”

We formed as a trio five and a half years ago (wow time flies) at Grammy camp in Nashville at Black River. It was the very first year they had the Camp in Nashville! We were all from separate parts of the country: Arkansas, Chicago, and Simi Valley California and we didn’t have anyone else to pair up with for the end of the week project so we just started writing a song together and ended up writing a song called Loving you Still.  We performed it at the end of the camp show and everybody there gave us really great feedback on it. The band name just came from the fact that Katy and Alaina were born in April and we liked the name playing on May and April. Kristen was born December so we say she’s the maybe haha. 

3.     Who are some of your musical icons?

Our Maybe April sound pulls from a lot of our individual influences, which is kind of all over the map. Together it creates a an acoustic, country, Americana sound. Some of our favorite artists are the Civil War’s kas(who unfortunately aren’t together anymore), Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Sarah Jarosz, Charlie Worsham, and Keith Urban.

 

4.     What is the background story behind your single “Last Time?”

Alaina was in an off and on relationship all throughout high school (and beyond), and one time she came back to Nashville after seeing him back home in Chicago and was just done. She knew she couldn’t keep going back and forth and had to be strong, so this song was just about telling yourself “I can’t keep doing this. This is the last time.” She played it for him next time she was home and the reaction was interesting…

5.     Is there anything else coming up with your music for 2018?

Yes! This spring we are really focusing on writing and recording some new material, then this summer we will be touring a lot!

6.     Where do you girls see your group in the next 5 to 10 years?

We’d like to be professional touring artists all over the world, playing bigger shows hopefully on a great tour with someone (*cough*KEITHURBAN*cough*) and hopefully have a few #1s too 😉

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

We’d love to sing a duet with Dolly. She’s such an icon and we admire her so much. We’d probably cry though.

8.     What are a few of your favorite quotes?

“Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese” – Luis Bunuel

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially the negative ones, then you will never change the outcome” – Michael Jordan

“Don’t be eye candy, be soul food”

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

We’d love to see everyone out at a show sometime! We’ll be traveling quite a bit this summer, so check out our tour schedule online and hopefully we’ll get to meet you!

Maybe April~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Maybe April is a country music trio made up of Kristen Castro, Katy DuBois (Bishop) and Alaina Stacey. They are from Simi Valley, CA, Jonesboro, AR, and Chicago, IL. The three of them met in the summer of 2012. They were all attending a music industry camp in Nashville, TN. They wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play a Grammy event, along with musicians like Bonnie Riatt, Kris Kristofferson, Gavin DeGraw and Joy Williams from the Civil Wars. Since that event, the girls played over hundred shows. They have opened up for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz.

They had played at the Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival and had their video “Last Time” debut on CMT. Maybe April is known for their three-part harmonies, their gift to play different instruments and writing their own songs. These girls are a perfect fit and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been living since 2013.

If you would like to find out more about this great trio then check out their website http://www.maybeapril.com/home. Also please go take a listen to their latest single “Last Time.”

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Justen Harden~ “Artist Spotlight”!!

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Justin Harden is a country singer/songwriter. Harden has got the chance to opened for country artists like Justin Moore, Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett and Dierks Bentley. He was also a contestant on NBC’s the Voice (Season 9) and was the Champion of WJXT Jacksonville’s “Oh Say Can You Sing” contest. Harden has traveled and performed many acoustic shows in his music career.

In his job as a social media manager, Harden’s work principle and interacting skills have shown through, as reflected by his following. Harden has over 11 million plays on Vine, 786,000 YouTube views, and 370,000 followers across all social media platforms.

On January 19, 2018, Harden put out his first single “Memory Lane.” This song is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Justen Harden then take at his social media accounts below.

Social Media Accounts:

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

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

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5TzjjunFlXqwrNIkjpHkpw

 

Justen Harden ~ Q&A!!!

N1rkZPrS1.     Hi Justen, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer?   I was born and raised in Brunswick, Georgia. An all-American kid, I grew up playing sports – with dreams of being a professional baseball player – and a passion for art. I was always drawing and doodling in my sketchbooks. In 2005, I had been taking painting lessons for a few years when I decided to switch to guitar lessons – simply because I thought playing guitar was cool and something I wanted to do. I quickly fell in love with it. I played guitar for almost ten years before I first sang, which happened the night I graduated high school at a youth lock-in. From there, I continued singing in church and began posting videos online. Encouragement began to flood in from all angles, and I began to post and play more. As I found more of a love for music and expressing myself in it, I began looking for ways to spread positivity through it and writing my own songs. Fast forward a few years, and I found myself moving to Nashville last year to pursue it whole-heartedly.

2.     How did you become a fan of country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it? Music was all around me growing up. Playing sports, you listened to a lot of “hype” music, and I explored a variety of styles in my free time. I simply enjoyed discovering new things to listen to. As I developed that appreciation for music, country music struck a chord with me. It was real, true, and pure – and I loved it. It made me feel something, and I fell in love with it. Experiencing the music scene in live settings and seeing the behind the scenes here in Nashville were the convincing factors to pursue a career in country music. The music, venues, support system, and fan base is like no other genre. The single-most convincing moment came the night I saw Vince Gill at the Opry. He sang “When I Call Your Name” and I cried my eyes out. I felt it down deep, even though I hadn’t been in that situation, myself. Then and there, I knew: that was the kind of music I wanted to write and be a part of.

3.     Who are some of your musical icons? I’ve been inspired by so many artists. Growing up, I was a big Josh Turner fan. Really admired how expressive he was of his faith and was awestruck by his bone-shaking baritone voice, of course. I was always so impressed by the way Chet Atkins and Brad Paisley could play a guitar. I’m a huge fan of Marc Broussard’s style and the way he writes. Vince Gill is another favorite. The list could go on, but those are some of my “top dogs.”

4.     What is the story behind your new single “Memory Lane?”  I wrote “Memory Lane” with my friend, John Griffin. He came to me with an idea he had in college – “Lover’s Lane (the phrase) has a new name” and going from “lover’s lane” to “memory lane.” It opens with the scene of finding an old flame’s picture in a drawer and the rest of the song is spent reminiscing on that past love, wondering if the ex lover does the same. Dave Flint and John produced the song, and I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out. Brandon Steger took the photo for the album artwork, which I later designed.

5.     How was your experience as a contestant on the TV show “The Voice?” I loved my experience on season nine of The Voice and wouldn’t trade it for the world. I made so many (lifelong) friends, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the hospitality shown to me by the Voice staff during my time with the show. Although three of the four teams were full and Pharrell didn’t turn his chair for me, I was proud to have made it to the blinds – a spot in which less than 100 people of the 40,000+ that auditioned that season made it to.

6.     Is there anything else coming up with your music for 2018? For 2018, my plan is to release a song a month. They’ll be a mixture of originals and covers, but mostly originals. They’ll be available anywhere you can download or stream music!

7.     If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? If I could start a duo with any famous singer, I’d have to go with Fiona Apple. I like her style, and feel like our voices could pair well together. I’m a big fan of the sounds from duos like the Civil Wars, Birdtalker, and JohnnySwim. Also love Drew & Ellie Holcomb. When they sing together, it’s golden.

8.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years?  In the next five to ten years, I’d like to see myself as a successful touring artist, with at least one number one song under my belt. I’d also like to play the Grand Ole Opry.

9.     What is one of your favorite quotes? One of my favorite quotes is, “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” It reminds me that one will do your work for you. If you want something, you have to go out and get it – be smart, work hard, and chase it.

10. Is there anything else you would like to share? The only other thing I’d like to let people know is that they can find me on all things social: (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat) @JustenHarden. Also, I’d like to say thank you for featuring my song in your playlist and having me for an interview! This has been an enjoyable process and I truly appreciate the support you’re showing me. 

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Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: Feb 12, 2018!!!

  1. Jake Ward “Not Too Far to Reach”: “Not Far to Reach,” is a song about a girl who puts the stars close to Ward’s reach. Ward paints a picture that many of his listeners can see in their minds.
  2. Jenny Leigh “Let it Just Happen”: “Let it Just Happen,” tells the story about how we do not need to have life all planned out and to just lived life day by day.
  3. Filmore “Slower”: The song “Slower,” tells the story about how Filmore is excited to the make the most of each moment he spends with his girl and he is hoping the day does not end.
  4. Sandra Lynn “Somebody Kissed Me at a Bar”: “Somebody Kissed Me at a Bar,” explains when someone think they are over their former lover but when someone else entered their life, they find out that they are not truly over their ex.
  5. Kalie Shorr “Damn Sky”: “Damn Sky,” describes a time of declining to let others run your life and you tells them how you will make your own decisions about your life.

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Miranda Lambert~ “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour”!!!

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            On February 10, 2018 I was lucky to attend the Miranda Lambert’s “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour,” at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Lambert played songs all from her six studio albums, and focused most on her latest album, “The Weight of These Wings (2016).

       Her 2-disc “Wings”, is Lambert’s breakup album, this album was recorded after her split from husband Blake Shelton in 2015. Lambert shares a lot about pain and anger on both discs. One song that Lambert played from this album is call “Tin Man.” It is still hard to hear and see Lambert sing about hardships, but in each song from this album it is irrefutable and it has taken Lambert to the next milestone as a singer/songwriter. “The Weight of These Wings,” has Miranda on a path as someone to be remembered as one of the best country singer/songwriter of the 21st century.

            Lambert also did a wonderful cover of singer John Prine’s song “The Way The World Goes Round.” Many people in the audience were singing and dancing along to this great hit.

            Lambert then led her eight-member band back to the beginning of her career with her title hit from her 2005 debut “Kerosene.” Then Lambert went back to her latest album, and played three tracks from it. The three tracks were “Highway Vagabound,” “We Should Be Friends,” and “Vice.”

            Then Lambert performed two fast pace songs. The two songs were “Mama’s Broken Heart” (2011 “Four the Record”) and “Gunpowder and Lead” (2007 “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”). She then slow it down with her big-hit “The House That Built Me” (2009 “The Revolution”). The country artist brought her main set to a close in a pleasing way by playing her gold/platinum certified songs: “White Liar” and Automatic” as well as a smooth and easy beat cover of Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way.”

 

 

 

 

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