Sarah Thomas~ “Q&A”!!!

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  1. Hi Sarah, can you give me a short bio about yourself, before you became a country singer?

There isn’t really a ‘me’ before country music. I’ve lived a normal life just like everyone else, but music runs through my blood. It’s always been a huge part of what makes me, me. Both my parents were Broadway performers, and they raised my brother, Patrick, and I in a home filled with music. We grew up singing for our church as a family and performing professionally at a young age. Swimming fought for my attention for most of my youth; I swam competitively for roughly ten years. Then I headed down south from the DFW area and earned my public relations & business degree from The University of Texas in Austin before making my way to Nashville. But music and singing, that’s always been the drive.

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

Well, how music was always the heart behind my family, country music most definitely was not. Haha. My mama was an opera singer, and getting her heart to ignite about most of country music is still a bit of a struggle today. I think that helped influence my music in a more alternative country direction. My dad loved the oldies though, and actually got his start singing at a place called The Country Dinner Playhouse back in the 60s. Hearing him sing songs such as ‘Desperado,’ ‘Rose Colored Glasses,’ and ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’ (Broadway meets country), began a love so deep for country music. It’s the stories they tell, ya know? Country music had a way of making me feel so deeply. I wanted to be a storyteller too.

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

Karen Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn.   Their voices have an unparalleled quality. Someone once told me my voice reminded them of a Karen Carpenter take on country music and it’s the biggest compliment I’ve received to date. Moving to Nashville opened a whole new door of writers I admire and aspire to be as great as one day. Hillary Scott, Keith Urban, Ashley Monroe, Emily West, Lee Brice, Maren Morris, the list goes on. I admire them all for different reasons, but ultimately for their artistry.

  1. What is one of your favorite songs that you ever recorded?

‘Pretty Funny.’ I actually go into the studio to record this next week, but there’s a rough demo of it available on my SoundCloud now. I co-wrote the tune with my friend, Caroline Marquad. It’s my favorite because it’s the more vulnerable piece of art I’ve created. Something I had tried to write for almost two years but the pain was too close; I couldn’t step outside of it enough to write something beautiful. The day we wrote this song, it was effortless. It was my goodbye, my healing. My favorite song of all time to perform on the other hand is Bonnie Raitt’s, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” There’s something about the sad songs, I’ve always had a weak spot for them.

  1. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?

I’m really excited for what’s to come this year! I’ve been writing and saving my pennies like a mad woman. I plan to begin recording a five song EP this summer and hopefully I’ll be releasing that be the end of this year!

  1. Where do you see your career in the next 5 to 10 years?

Making good music and touring to sharing it with you guys! I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. I wish I could see what the future will bring, but hopefully I’ll be sharing my music nationally (and internationally) on the road and with a great team supporting me.

  1. What was your experience as a cast member on the country music reality show “Music City CMT?”

New experiences excite me! So while I had a million voices in my head going on about becoming involved with “reality TV,” I couldn’t think of a more fun way to expand reach for my music. I’d say the most difficult part was to stop overthinking how everything I said or did could be perceived and/or edited. Once I let that go and made peace with the fact that it’s all out of my control, it was just a fun ride that brought me a lot of amazing friendships and opportunities!

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

Ah that’s such a tough question! Keith Urban. The guy is so insanely talented. I feel like our voices would blend well together, plus it’d be pretty epic to stand on stage with him while he goes absolutely nuts on the guitar.

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

If you made it this far, thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me a little better! And I hope you’ll continue to follow my journey via social media!

Insta: @sarahellenthomas YouTube: www.youtube.com/sarahthomas13 SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/sarahellenthomas Oh and tune into Music City, Thursdays @10/9c on CMT!

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Sarah Thomas’ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Sarah Thomas is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter, recently featured on CMT’s new television series, Music City. Originally a native of Colleyville, Texas, Sarah was raised in a musician’s household and began performing music and theatre from a very young age. She performed and sang professionally throughout Texas while earning her degree from The University of Texas in Austin.

Shortly after, paths converged that led her to the Music City, Nashville, where she has continually focused on her writing and music career, including performances at the iconic Bluebird Café. She continues exploring creative opportunities within the arts, travelling as a featured artist for philanthropic causes like Los Cabos Children’s Organization. She holds talent contracts with AMAX Talent and MP Model Management. She plans on releasing her debut EP by the end of the year.

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Franklin Flannels~ Q&A!!!

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  1. Hello, can you give me a short bio about your clothing company?

Franklin Flannels™ was born purely by accident. We moved from Los Angeles to Franklin, Tennessee in August 2013. We knew no one and didn’t have work. We just knew something was calling us here. We had a very rough beginning. Moving 2,000 miles away from home and starting over is not easy and this move came with a lot of huge obstacles. Work was definitely not steady and we weren’t sure what we were going to do. One night I saw a shirt that someone was wearing in a pizza restaurant and my very talented husband said, “I can make you a shirt like that.” Next thing I knew I had a distressed flannel – wore it into a friend’s shop here in Franklin and she said she wanted one and that she wanted to sell them. The rest is history. The shirts have changed dramatically, and today we have wholesale accounts all over the country along with selling retail as well. We also have t-shirts and a signature candle. It’s been an incredible journey.

  1. How did you come up with the name “Franklin Flannels” and were there any other names that you were considering?

Franklin is a very popular town in Middle Tennessee and I somehow felt that our business was more than just flannels…it was going to become a lifestyle, so we were subtly promoting our sweet town of Franklin, Tennessee along with very cool flannel shirts. The tag line is “Come Home to Franklin Flannels.” We want people to be excited to get out of their corporate attire and put on a comfy flannel, t-shirt or light our signature candle.

  1. Has there been any country artist that has worn your flannels?

I know for certain that Craig Campbell has a couple and I’ve heard that some other country artists have them. I know Alyssa Bonagura wore one when she performed at The Grand Ole Opry.

  1. Is there anything new coming up for your company in 2018?

Yes. When you work with vintage shirts, there are naturally some that have rips or holes in them and are not useable. I hate throwing them away because it’s not good for our environment. So we have two things that we’re doing.The first are super soft t-shirts with distressed flannel pockets that coordinate with the color of the tee. It’s a different look from all the tees with sayings on them.And next we’re partnering with a friend who has an alpaca farm; and she’s weaving table linens, rugs, wall hangings out of the unusable flannels combined with her beautifully soft alpaca. The yarn is hand spun, hand dyed from garden botanicals and the weavings incorporate the alpaca and the flannel. They’re amazing!

  1. Where do you see your company in the next 5 to 10 years?

We’re battling with that right now. We’ve grown quickly but we also want to maintain the integrity of our product – meaning small batch vintage shirts that are done my hand. We don’t want to mass-produce our products. We see ourselves continuing to grow but in a reasonable fashion. Because this business came to us later in life, we want to be able to stop and enjoy life. One thing we’ve learned since moving away from Los Angeles is that it’s okay to slow down and explore life.

  1. What are a few accomplishments that you are most proud about your company?

It makes us happy to know that our products make people happy. We receive a lot of emails from customer who tell us this. We’re proud of the growth that has happened in just a couple of years.

  1. If you had to give advice to an up and coming country clothing company would you tell them?

Be very clear about who your customer is. You can’t please everyone and you shouldn’t try. Establish your Why and then stay the course. Learn and grow and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Fear will show up everywhere and you have to learn to manage it. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s the only way to grown.

  1. What is the first item you ever made or sold for “Franklin Flannels?”

The first shirt was one that I had in my closet and my husband took it and figured out how to upcycle it. One shirt – one experiment and one believer.

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

I have a lot. I’m a collector of inspiring messages, but today…this is a big driver in my life because I’m surrounding myself with the people who discuss.“ Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt.

Franklin Flannels~ Bio!!!

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Love is the founder behind Franklin Flannel and it started with family. They are family-owned and operated business founded in Franklin, Tennessee (south of Nashville). Think of Franklin Flannels as an “old chair that feel like home.”

The Artist~ Dominic is a true original person and is the artist behind Franklin Flannels. He is 100% devoted to making the best vintage flannel. When not working with flannels, you can find Dominic painting in his studio with his pets at his feet. Lastly, Dominic is a Renaissance Gentleman to his essential core.

Behind the Scenes~ Cindy is Dominic’s wife and keeps him organized, nourished and cared for. She also takes care of all the customers and running the business on a daily basis. Cindy is passionate about bringing a great customer experience and is always looking for ways to better the company.

It’s Social~ Kaitlyn is Cindy’s daughter and has a wonderful knowledge and gratitude for all things beautiful and social. Kaitlyn is the social queen and is a keen wearer of Franklin Flannels, and she lets her mom and Dominic know when they need to make a change.

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Priscilla Block~ “Q&A”!!!

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1) Hi Priscilla, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer? I am 22 years old. I come from a big family of seven and fall second to youngest. My siblings are my best friends.  I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Cheerleaded throughout grade school.
 
2) How did you get into country and how did you know you wanted a career in it?Growing up I always loved singing. It started with elementary school talent shows, to leading worship with my mom at our church. I was always so moved by music. I wrote my first song when I was fifteen on the piano. At the time, Taylor Swift was just blowing up. I read just about every single article on her and was obsessed with her music, which kind of lead me to playing guitar and writing songs. When I was sixteen I wrote, “One More Kiss,” which is on my EP that I released this past August. After writing that song, I knew that I wanted to pursue music and felt confident that I could have a career as an artist. Throughout high school I traveled a lot to audition for all the music shows like American Idol, The Voice, X Factor, and Americas Got Talent. After finishing high school, I decided to make the move to Nashville and here I am.
3) Who are some of your musical icons? Gosh, I have so many music Icons. The ones that come time mind right of the bat would be Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Hillary Scott, and Carly Pearce.I would say one of my biggest inspirations would be Miranda Lambert. I love her style and honesty in songwriting.  Ashley Monroe is one of my favorite writers. 
4) How did you come up with your name of your latest EP “Different Route” and was there any other names you were going to chose instead? Coming up with the name of the EP wasn’t very difficult for me. When I wrote “Different Route,” I immediately thought that it would be awesome album title. I thought about self titling the EP, but I felt that, “Different Route,” really described  the album in two words. I tend to write a lot of songs about about going you own route, no matter what anyone else says. Collectively and cohesively all the songs on the EP created the story I wanted for “Different Route.” 
5) What is your favorite song off your EP? My favorite song on the EP 100% is, “Over.” The second I finished writing that song I knew that I would put it on my first album.
6) Is there anything coming up with your music in 2018? I am really looking forward to what this year has in store. We are planning on hitting the road this summer/fall. I am playing my second “Whiskey Jam,” in Nashville on April 12th. We are pumped for that. I am also planning to do a college tour this fall. And obviously new music ❤ 
7) If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? That is also a tough question. I would probably say Chris Stapleton cause who the heck wouldn’t?
8) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music? In the next five years I see myself on tour opening for a big name and nominated for and ACM. The next 10 hopefully headlining my own tour.
9)  What is one of your favorite quotes? “There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.”
10) Is there anything else you would like to share? One cool thing I’ll share. When I first moved to Nashville-the first year was really tough. I was working full time and in school and found myself wondering why I moved here. I was having one of those meltdown days, and questioning everything. That same day I happened to be wearing a Taylor Swift shirt under my apron ( I was working at a frozen yogurt shop). As I was leaving work, Taylor swift was driving by. She pulled her car to the side of the road and hopped into her passenger seat and opened the door and yelled, ” I FREAKIN LOVE YOUR SHIRT.” We got to talk a little before fans started bombarding her, but It was one of those moments that I realized I’m where I need to be and one day it will all pay off.

Priscilla Block~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Priscilla Block is a new country artist with a feisty pop flare. While attending high school, Block tried out for many shows like The Voice, American Idol and X Factor. The 22 year old move to Nashville, a little while after graduating high school, to pursue a career just not as a singer, but also a songwriter. Block latest EP is titled “Different Route,’ and is available on all digital music outlets. If you would like to find out more about Priscilla Block then check out her website https://www.priscillablock.com.

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Lauren Ashley’s “Healthy” Protein PB Cookies Recipe!!!

1cup natural, creamy peanut butter 
1/2 cup truvia baking blend sugar 
1egg 
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla flavoring 
Heat oven to 350 Degrees. Mix all together and scoop out cookies with a tablespoon onto parchment paper/cookie sheet. Take a fork and press down on the cookies (before baking) both ways to make the signature “PB Cookie” marks. Place in the oven, and bake around 10 minutes or until bottom is golden brown. 

Lauren Ashley & “The Trainwreckers” QA!!!

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1.     Hi Lauren, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter? Hi!! I am from a small town in Georgia called Griffin, Ga. I grew up in the country and riding four-wheelers and fishing was a part of our daily life! I played sports growing up and developed a love for that! I also had a love for singing and music at a VERY early age. Life was simple, but it was surely beautiful! 

2.     How did become a fan of country music & how did you know you wanted a career in it? Growing up in the south, country music was very predominate. I grew up listening to 90’s country and was a HUGE fan of Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter, Kenny Chesney.. (just to name a few!) Like I said above, I have always loved to sing and music in general. It was something that just came natural to me. However, I knew I wanted to be a country music singer when I attended my first big concert, which was a Kenny Chesney show. I knew when I saw him on stage… looking out into the audience with our lighters up in the air.. that I wanted to feel what he was feeling in that exact moment. I was 13 at the time… and that’s when I knew! 

3.     What is your favorite song off your new EP “Evolution, Part 1?” Wow! I truly love every song on “Evolution, Part 1″…. however, I would have to say my FAV would be “Without You”. Just like many girls, I have had my heart broken many of times.. and it’s easy to write about that stuff. But, when you finally find a love that inspires you enough to write about… that’s when you know it’s special and that’s what happened with “Without You”. 

4.     Who are some of your musical icons? I have so many for very different reasons. But my top ones would be Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert, Steven Tyler, Eric Church. All of these artists are influences of mine in many ways, but the common denominator would be because of their artistry, entertainment, and uniqueness! 

5.     Is there anything coming up with your music for the rest of 2018? Absolutely! We will be releasing 3 more EP’s this year. 4 (total including Part One) volumes of our album, “Evolution” broken up into “parts”. Each of these volumes tell a story of somewhere that I have been in my life, and have lived/gone through! Other than new music being released, we will be touring across the south and midwest! 

6.     Where do you see your music career in the next 5 10 years? Even though I can’t predict the future or the time frame it takes to do things, my goals for the next 5-10 years are to be a headlining artist.. traveling the world playing my music and meeting new fans. Releasing tons of new music.. and honestly just doing what I love with the people that I love. My band, family, FANS. 

7.     If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? It would have to be either Stevie Nicks or Eric Church (preferably both?! lol) Both of these for the same reason- these two artists are probably my biggest influences.. and to be able to sing a duet with either of them would literally be a dream come true! 

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes? Wow. I have so many. I would say… this quote has always stuck with me when times get hard.. ” Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock loud enough and long enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

9.     Is there anything else you would like to share? Well, I would just like to thank you for your time, and to also tell everyone to follow me on social media! I love interacting with fans and following along all of your journeys! So I would love anyone who sees this to follow along and come say hello! My social media accounts are : FB- Lauren Ashley And The Trainwreckers .  Insta- @laurneashley.thetrainwreckers .  Twitter- @laurenashleytw 

Lauren Ashley & The Trainwreckers: “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Lauren Ashley was born in Griffin, Georgia. Ashley’s music is combination of rock and country. In a few years Ashley was finding her own sound as a songwriter, performer and artist.

Some of Ashley’s musical icons are legends like Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn and Barbara Mandrell. Each of these legends paved the way for strong, independent female in the country music world. She is also a fan of classic rock like the band Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Ashley has spent the last few years touring and performing for audiences of as many as 10,000 fans. The long distance on the road have given Ashley the chance to let her moving stage performance shine while opening for musicians like Luke Bryan, Ronnie Milsap and Jimmy Wayne.

Along with her band “The Trainwreckers,” has just put out a new EP called “Evaluation, Part One.” Jasen Rauch produced the EP; Ashley’s strong-willed power is shown through her voice and songwriting. Her songs engage many listeners who can relate to everyday people with the mindset of touching them through the celebration of life and music. The members of the Trainwreckers have worked with Kelly Clarkson, Flordia Georgia Line and Kelly Pickler.

If you would like to find out more about Lauren Ashley & The Trainwreckers, then check out their website https://www.laurenashleyandthetrainwreckers.com.

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