celebmix-chats-with-jolivi-02.jpg1.    Hi JoLivi, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter?

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN HAWAII AND THEN WENT TO COLLEGE AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY.  I LIVED IN LOS ANGELES PERSUING MUSIC AND THEN MADE THE MOVE TO NASHVILLE ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO. 🙂

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

I GREW UP LISTENING TO SUCH A WIDE VARIETY OF MUSIC, COUNTRY BEING ONE OF THEM.  WHILE IN LA, MY MANAGER AND I WOULD LISTEN NON-STOP.  I REALIZED THEN THAT I WANTED TO WRITE AND SING COUNTRY TUNES.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

JAMES TAYLOR IS BY FAR MY TOP.. I LISTENED TO HIS MUSIC AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE AND I LOVE THE WAY HE TOLD HIS STORY THROUGH SONG.  ALSO LOVE, BONNIE RAITT, SUSAN TEDESKI, DOLLY PARTON, SARA BAREILLES, PRINCE, MICHAEL JACKSON, AND SO MANY MORE.

4.    What is the story behind your newest single “Vinyl?”

VINYL IS ABOUT EXPERIENCING MOMENTS THAT ARE CLASSIC AND UNFILTERED. I WANTED TO DO A SONG THAT WAS MORE JUST FUN AND GROOVY, INSTEAD OF A HEARTBREAK SONG.

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

ALWAYS TOURING AND WRITING WITH DIFFERENT ARTISTS.. AND OF COURSE, CONSTANTLY GIVING FANS MUSIC THAT THEY CAN RELATE TO.

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

I’VE BEEN IN THE STUDIO WRITING AND WRITING AND WRITING, SO HOPEFULLY I’LL HAVE A FULL-LENGTH ALBUM COMING UP HERE VERY SOON.

7.    If you could sing a duet with a famous singer/band, who would it be and why?

JAMES TAYLOR.. ALWAYS!  I HAD THIS RECURRING DREAM WHEN I WAS YOUNGER THAT I WOULD BE AT A JT CONCERT AND HE WOULD INVITE ME UP ON STAGE TO SING HARMONIES FOR “CAROLINA IN MY MIND.’

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

DOING WHAT YOU LIKE IS FREEDOM.  LIKING WHAT YOU DO IS HAPPINESS.

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

NEW MUSIC TO COME!!!!

JoLivi~ “Artist Spotlight”!!

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Country singer/songwriter JoLivi was born and grew up in the Hawaii Islands. After graduating with a Theatre degree from Colorado State, JoLivi decided to move to Los Angeles, to focus on her music career full time. While living in LA, JoLivi had the chance to open for singers likes Adam Grammer, Gavin DeGraw and Lindsey Stirling. She has also release four songs and she has 670k views on Youtube and 20k streams on Spotify.

JoLivi now lives in Nashville and works with Johnny Garcia who is a music director for (Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood). She has also released two country singles “Take a Shot’ and “Crooked Crown.” “Crooked Crown,” is on regular rotation on The Country Network. JoLivi vocals is a mixed up between Maren Morris, Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Rait. JoLivi recently put out her newest single “Vinyl” on March 9, 2018. If you would like to find out more about JoLivi then check out her website (https://www.jolivimusic.com).

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Sykamore’s Guacamole Recipe!!

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2 ripe avocados
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 Tbsp of fresh lime juice or lemon juice
2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion
1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
A dash of freshly grated black pepper
1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped

*Garnish with red radishes or jicama. Serve with tortilla chips.

Sykamore~ “Q&A”

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

Hi! Originally I’m from Calgary, Alberta – I grew up on a farm outside the city so my childhood was lots of climbing trees, riding horses and floating down the river, stuff like that. I moved to Calgary to go to Ambrose University where I got my Bachelor’s Degree. It was during school that I realized I wanted to do music full time, so as soon as I graduated I went and made my first record.

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

My parents met at a rodeo, where they were both competing. They both come from ranch families, so I came by it pretty honestly. Country is what we played on the radio and my parents worship George Strait – hearing country music is home to me. That said, I love all kinds of music and have been in bands that were folk and pop/rock – but when Sykamore started to take shape it was my first solo project, so I let more of my authentic self bleed through, which happened to be more country than anything else.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Elton John, Lee Ann Womack, Keith Urban, Reba, Kacey Musgraves, Tim + Faith, George Michael, Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding.

4.    How did you come up with the title “Self+Medicine,” for your latest album and what is your favorite song from this album?

For me, writing music is very cathartic and therapeutic, so in that sense I always think of it as a kind of self medication. When it came time to title the album, it felt appropriate to call it Self Medicine, because in writing these songs, at the end of the day that’s what they are to me: a release, an outlet, a remedy.

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

I’m very excited to be playing at Big Valley Jamboree this August, and I have a few more shows up my sleeve that I’ll be announcing soon 🙂

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

I would love to collaborate with Ellie Goulding – I think our styles would vibe really well together and she’s someone I really look up to – I’d love to watch her in action.

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

I want to share the music with as many people as I can, so I would love to be able to build an arena show and headline it around the world. That would be such a blast to me and very fulfilling.

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Fortune favours the bold.”

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

My single “We Were Alright” is nearing half a million streams on Spotify, it would mean so much if we could get it to 500, 000 – so feel free to have a listen or tell your friends!

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Sykamore~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Sykamore is an artist/songwriter from Calgary, Canada. Her music career started in 2013, with the independent release of her first record “Petal.” “Petal,” was featured on the popular Canadian television show “Heartland.” Next, she started entering and winning many Canadian songwriting contests. While competing in these contests, Sykamore received a CCMA Nomination, and almost earned $100,000 of prize money in just 2 years.

On November 14th, 2017, Sykamore shared on Facebook that she had signed a worldwide songwriting contract with Home Team Publishing. Home Team Publishing is located in Nashville and after founder Rhett Akins, Akins’ son Thomas Rhett and manager Virginia Davis discovered her music on Twitter and offered her a contract.

Sykamore’s latest EP “Self+Medicine” was release on January 5th, 2018.  Her music is available to listen on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like find out more about Skyamore then check out her website (http://www.sykamoreproject.com).

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Top Favorite Songs of the Week: April 23, 2018!!!

  1. Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift “Babe”: Sugarland new song “Babe” features singer/songwriter Taylor Swift. Swift also co-wrote this song. This moderate tempo song is about a disloyal man who is awful at everything. His girlfriend keeps on forgiving him and she does not mind each time he breaks her heart.
  2. Hunter Brothers feat. Jess Moskaluke “The Middle”: The Saskatchewan musicians had a great time performing Moskaluke’s current tune “Past the Past with together, that they decided to record a cover of “The Middle” by Zedd featuring Maren Morris.
  3. Blackie Jackett Jr. “Bender”: Blackie Jackett Jr. new single “Bender” tells the story about a wicked soul who loves troubles in their life.
  4. Ruston Kelly “Asshole”: Ruston Kelly’s new song “Asshole,” is about an honest and don’t get a care kind of a guy. The song was written in a jail cell when Kelly was arrested for failing to appear in court regarding a suspended license earlier this year.
  5. Faren Rachels “Uber Driver”: In Faren Rachels’ new single “Uber Driver,” it tells the story of her late night pickup and following wish that her man was more like her an Uber driver.