Neon Moon~ Q&A!!!

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DD: 1. How did you guys formed your country music group.                                                       NM– We’ve been playing music together for several years, but we formed Neon Moon in 2016 after embarking on a 52 week songwriting project that took place between 2014-2015. After we finished the project, we had several songs that we just really loved and wanted to keep for ourselves. 

DD: 2. How did you come up with your group Neon Moon and was there any other names you were maybe going to choose instead?
NM- It was a nod to the Brooks & Dunn song of the same name. We both grew up on 90’s country and wanted to incorporate something from that time period into our own project. We toyed with a few other names, but none of them really stuck the way Neon Moon did.
DD: 3. What is the background behind your song “Smoke.”
NM- During that 52 week songwriting project, we had to write a lot and we were continually trying to find ideas and inspiration in anything we could. We turned to television and movies for a lot of ideas actually! Smoke came from a line in Harry Potter (Prisoner of Azkaban) were a kid says “It’s like trying to catch smoke. Trying to catch smoke with your bare hands”. We were inspired by the line so we brought it to the table for a co-write with a girl here in Nashville named Lacy Green. 
DD: 4. Who are some of your guys musical icons.
NM- Of course Brooks & Dunn! Also Dwight Yoakam & Dolly Parton from the country genre. Aretha Franklin, Coldplay, John Mayer, and The 1975. We LOVE indie pop. There’s a group that is newer to the country scene but they are super amazing and could be the ones that usher in a 90’s country revival called Midland. They’re so great!  
DD: 5. Where do you guys see your music in the next 5 to 10 years?
NM- Hopefully still relevant and being listened to. We push ourselves to write the best songs that we can, and a truly good song can stand the test of time and be relevant forever. I just hope that in 5-10 years we’ll be fortunate enough to have people who want to listen.
DD: 6. If you guys sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
NM- Dwight Yoakam. He’s the coolest dude on the planet!
DD: 7. Is there anything coming up with your music for 2018?
NM- We’re touring some, as well as playing some hometown shows here in Nashville. We’re also writing songs and gearing up for a full length release sometime in the near future. We’d like to find a good home/label to put it out, but it’s still a long way off.
DD: 8.  What is one of guys favorite quotes?
– “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.” – Dolly Parton
DD: 9. Is there anything else you guys would like to share?
NM- Thanks for listening to our music! Check out our website, facebook, instagram, etc. We have some really cool videos available! Spread the word and share with your country music loving friends! 
  
   “Smoke” Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX_WLlPeLHg

Neon Moon~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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            Neon Moon was started in 2015. This country duo started a love of songwriting early on as group. Josh and Noelle devoted one year of their time to writing a new track every week and then posting it on YouTube. They named this project Our52Songs.

            In 2017, they chose 5 of their favorite songs from Our52Songs, and traveled to Forty-One-Fifteen in historic East Nashville’s Inglewood neighborhood and created a 6 songs album there. They name their first album 6:53 after the 52 song project plus one more they wrote and recorded on a later date to make 6 songs out of 53. While listening to album you can hear some inspiration from country musicians like Loretta Lynn, Fleetwood Mac and Dolly Parton.

            After recording their first album, CMChat exclusively showcase their music video for the song “If I Knew” and it was shared 390 times. They also played WestHaven’s Porchfest on the Lighting 100’S sponsored stage. They also played at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge for their 6:53 release concert.

            If you would like to find out more about Neon Moon then check out website https://neonmoonmusic.com.

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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.

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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