Greg Rider “Q&A”!!!

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Country musician Greg Rider grew up in Waterdown, Ontario. At the age of 21 Rider was involved in a terrible car accident. The car accident made him look at his life a lot different now and it made him want to be a better person.

Music had been a big influence on Rider, but he never did anything to follow it until he was in his 20’s. He thought of himself as a closet singer and only recently learned how to play the guitar. Rider started to play locally in a duo. He next received a job as a bartender in the Cayman Islands. When he was not working he spent his time off writing and singing at open mic nights. One day, he met a person who asked him what he was doing here. This person was a woman and told Rider he needed to be in Nashville. He listened to this woman advice and made the move to Nashville.

Since moving to Nashville, Rider has put all his time into music and grown significantly as an artist and songwriter. Rider is working on the release of his debut EP. Aside from working on his music, he is also an author. His first book, “The Uneasy Man,” was released through Amazon in the beginning of 2018. His book is a self-help guide, which tells the story about his struggle with anxiety and depression. The book is geared toward teens and young adults, but can also benefit anyone who is looking to learn more this important subject.

Today on September 20, 2018, Rider just released his new single “Temporary.” This is his first single he put out since moving to Nashville and it is available to listen to on iTunes and Spotify. Rider co-wrote this song with SMASH: 30 writers John Miller and Sean Swenson. He will be celebrating the release of this tune by performing at the Music Row’s premier event at Whiskey Jam. If you would like to find out more about Greg Rider then check out his website https://gregridermusic.com/home.

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Greg Rider~ “Artist Spotlight!!”

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Country musician Greg Rider grew up in Waterdown, Ontario. At the age of 21 Rider was involved in a terrible car accident. The car accident made him look at his life a lot different now and it made him want to be a better person.

Music had been a big influence on Rider, but he never did anything to follow it until he was in his 20’s. He thought of himself as a closet singer and only recently learned how to play the guitar. Rider started to play locally in a duo. He next received a job as a bartender in the Cayman Islands. When he was not working he spent his time off writing and singing at open mic nights. One day, he met a person who asked him what he was doing here. This person was a woman and told Rider he needed to be in Nashville. He listened to this woman advice and made the move to Nashville.

Since moving to Nashville, Rider has put all his time into music and grown significantly as an artist and songwriter. Rider is working on the release of his debut EP. Aside from working on his music, he is also an author. His first book, “The Uneasy Man,” was released through Amazon in the beginning of 2018. His book is a self-help guide, which tells the story about his struggle with anxiety and depression. The book is geared toward teens and young adults, but can also benefit anyone who is looking to learn more this important subject.

Today on September 20, 2018, Rider just released his new single “Temporary.” This is his first single he put out since moving to Nashville and it is available to listen to on iTunes and Spotify. Rider co-wrote this song with SMASH: 30 writers John Miller and Sean Swenson. He will be celebrating the release of this tune by performing at the Music Row’s premier event at Whiskey Jam. If you would like to find out more about Greg Rider then check out his website https://gregridermusic.com/home.

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Ashley Scire~ “Q&A”!!!

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1. Hi Ashley, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Before I became a country musician I did a lot of theater in school plays!  I grew up in New Jersey and spent a lot of time going into the city to see Broadway shows.  I always thought that was going to be the path I would take but then I picked up a guitar and everything changed.  I literally fell in love and decided to start writing my own music.
2. Who are some of your musical icons?
My favorite musical icon is Taylor Swift.  I would not have picked up a guitar if it wasn’t for her.  Her music made me fall in love with country and songwriting.  I also really love Maren Morris.  Her story as an artist, but also as a songwriter is awesome.  The first time I saw her music and heard her play was at Belcourt Taps which is a venue I hang out at all the time.  It seats about 40-50 people.  It was just an amazing experience.
3. How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?
I grew up in a house full of guitars!  My dad plays the guitar and I remember asking him if he thought I could learn how to play the guitar.  He told me to give it a shot and sure enough I was able to pick it up and teach myself.  He was always into Rock and Roll music and I spent a lot of my childhood listening to that genre of music.  I became a fan of country music when I was just starting high school.  I remember listening to Taylor Swift’s first album on the bus ride home and really felt a connection with the songs.  I eventually started listening to all kinds of country music on my bus rides home from school.  I fell in love with the genre and love how every country song tells a story.
4. What is the background story behind your newest single “Drunk Again?”
This song has such a different background story than any other song I have ever written.  Usually when I write a song it is in a writers room and it is planned.  This song just kinda happened.  About two years ago I was having a 4th of July party at my house.  One of my close friends, John Miller, who is also a co-writer on the song showed up in a t-shirt that said “Make American Drunk Again”.  As a songwriter, I am always looking for cool song titles everywhere and I saw that and thought Drunk Again would be such a cool title for a song.  After a few jello shots we started writing the song at the party.  We only wrote the first verse but I really loved the song so Sean Spollen, who is another writer on the song,John and I finished it up a few weeks later.  I knew as we were writing it that it was something special!
5. Is there anything else new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
I am super excited to announce I am releasing a 5 song EP called Turn Up The Night at the end of this year.  This is my first time releasing an EP!  I can’t wait for everybody to hear it.
6. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
In 5 to 10 years I still see myself living in Nashville and working on music.  I absolutely love this city and there is no other place I would rather be.  I have already been blessed with so many opportunities and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
7. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
If I could sing a duet with a famous singer I would want to sing a song with Miranda Lambert.  I love how her music is her own and love all her sassy songs!  I really enjoy writing upbeat and fast tempo songs and I feel like a lot of her music is that.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Fall seven times, Stand up eight”
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am just super thankful for the opportunity to answer some of these questions and share my music.  THANK YOU!
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Ashley Scire~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Ashley Scire was born in Clinton, New Jersey. Scire grew up in a small town that is not exceptionally known for liking country music. As a kid, Scire wore cowboy boots with sundresses, much to the surprise of her teachers and classmates. Throughout the years she spent many hours singing songs and working on her acting skills, as she took different roles in many school play productions. Through Scire liked acting, music would be her first love.

Scire also learned to play the guitar. Her first guitar was bought by her dad Robert from a yard sale around the corner from their house. She first picked up the guitar at the age of 15 and has not put it down since. She does not use the guitar to just play her favorite singers and groups songs, but also enjoys writing her own songs as well.

As she was finishing high school and becoming an adult, her desire for music only grew. After graduating from high school, Scire decided to attend Lipscomb University, which is located in Nashville, TN. Once in Nashville, she felt right at home. Not only did she embrace her new college life, but she was also was able to discover her musical skills in an area where country music is king. Her talent for playing the guitar, singing and writing her own songs, has unlocked many different doors for Scire as a musician.

She had got the chance to perform for her classmates at Lipscomb and also at Tootsies Orchard Lounge, Rippy’s BBQ, The Puckett’s Grocery, Hotel Indigo, The Listening Room and The Tin Roof. It is at these different venues that she learned how to feel conformable and have fun with an audience. Scire enjoys her hometown and still visits New Jersey to spend time with her family and friends. She likes bringing her music home and playing at the Riverside Café. The Riverside Café was the first place where she performed in Clinton. She also takes part in the “Come Together” Music Festival during the summer in New Jersey.

Scire is determined and devoted to sharing her music with the world. Music will always be a part of her and sharing it with people makes her very happy. Scire’s debut single “Drunk Again” will be out on September 21, 2018 this Friday. She has also been signed to a publishing deal with Dan Hodges Music and is a part of the SMASH: 30 label. If you would like to find out more about this wonderful up and coming country musician then check out Ashley Scire website http://www.ashleyscire.com.

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