1. Hello Elijah, Meg and Mason, can you tell me a little bit about yourselves before you became a country trio?
The three of us have always been heading down a musical path. Mason has been writing songs since he was very young and his dad taught him how to play guitar. Elijah forfeited having a bed in his room so he could have two pianos in there instead. I spent quite a few years (prior to meeting the guys) touring with a group called The Young Americans doing music workshops all over the world and songwriting with kids.
2. How did you three form your group and how did you come up with the name of your group?
Mason was bussing tables at a four seasons in Santa Barbara and he really wanted to start a band. He posted an ad on Facebook and Elijah was the only person to answer it. When they ended up playing together they had such an immediate musical synergy that they started writing music together and playing shows. A little while later they decided to expand and posted an ad on Craigslist. In one of the submission videos I just so happened to be singing backup harmony vocals and playing guitar. So, in a sense, they accidentally found me and got a hold of me through my dads restaurant in the Midwest. I happened to be living in california at the time as well so it was quite serendipitous and when we all sat down to write our first song something just felt so right.
The name of our band is based on the idea that the world is, in some ways, like a Fairground. It’s noisy and it can sometimes feel like riding on one of those spinning rides. We get dizzy from the spin and we’re always being sold something. However, we believe that just for waking up and working hard to do whatever good you can in this world, no matter how big or small, that you are a saint. It’s a name that includes everyone. The single mother, the student, the teacher, the friend….We’re all doing the best we can to bring joy and hope to the people around us.
3. Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?
We are huge fans of the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, John Mayer, Kacey Musgraves, Elton John, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Beatles.
4. What is the background story behind your latest song “Somewhere Down the Line?”
We were living out in California where we all met for quite some time and things weren’t going exactly the way we hoped they would. So we decided that we wanted to give it a try in Nashville. We had a really good feeling about it. We sold everything we couldn’t fit in one car and drove across the country with no apartment lined up, no jobs lined up, but a strong gut feeling that it was gonna be alright. In one of our first songwriting sessions out here in Nashville the title idea “Somewhere Down the Line” came up and we related with it instantly. It’s about dropping everything, having faith and making the right change to get to where you wanna be.
5. Where do you guys’ see your music careers in the next 5 to 10 years?
We see ourselves out on the road, traveling the world, sharing our love of music with as many people as possible.
6. If you guys could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why?
It would be so fun to sing a duet with Kacey Musgraves. We absolutely love her voice. She has a magical way with melody and her lyrics are always honest, heartfelt and bold.
7. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?
We are thrilled to be releasing more of the music in early 2019. We’ve been working on over the past couple years and its a group of songs that we are very proud of and we hope people will enjoy for years to come!
8. What are a few of your favorite quotes?
“Our mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” -Ritu Chatourey
“Extravagant Love is never wasted” -Bob Goff
9. Is there anything else you guys would like to share?
Thank you so much for asking us to be a part of your blog! Our new song “Somewhere Down the Line” is available now: http://radi.al/FGSdowntheline