Liv Charette~ “Q&A”!!!

1.    Hi Liv, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, and was a competitive figure skater for 11 years. I had dreams of going to the Olympics before I found music.  I started singing in high school and playing local shows. I learned to play guitar at the age of 16 and songwriting quickly followed.  I started making trips to Nashville to write and record about 6 years ago and moved to Nashville full time in 2015.

2.    When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? 

I’ve been a country fan my entire life and some of my earliest memories involve country music.  I remember dancing in the kitchen to Shania Twain songs with my mom.  I started to take performing and writing more seriously towards the end of high school and, from there, the decision to pursue a career as an artist was an easy one.

3.    What is the story behind your brand new single “Boy Crazy?”

I sat down to write with two of my really good friends, Madison Kozak and Raquel Cole. I laid  a beat and they started jamming out on their guitars and the melody for “Boy Crazy” was born.  The lyrics flowed pretty quickly as we talked about what it’s like to essentially fall for someone you’ve never actually met.  We wanted the song to be fun and cheeky to convey the crazy ideas that bounce around in a person’s head when they become infatuated with someone.  We took the silliest ideas we could (like the “Bend-and-snap” from Legally Blonde) and found fun ways to say them and once we were done, we knew we had created something really exciting that would make people dance!

4.    Who are some of your musical icons?

First and foremost, Shania Twain.  I’ve been a Shania fan for as long as I can remember and so many of her songs are timeless.  Even now, her live shows are amazing!  On the more current side, I admire the artistry of Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert, as writers and as singers. Their fearlessness in the writing room to say what they want is something I definitely aspire to.

5.    What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?

I love playing music festivals and writers’ rounds!  Festivals are always so much fun because festival crowds are always there to have a great time and get a little rowdy and writers’ rounds allow me to play songs I’ve written and sometimes haven’t recorded yet in a more intimate environment and see how listeners react to them.  Two very different sides of the same performing coin and I love both equally.

6.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?

I’m writing nonstop and looking to put out more music later this year.  I’m excited to keep playing writers’ rounds, festivals and shows and continuing to connect with fans in person and via social media!

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

I would love to sing with Lady Gaga.  She’s the epitome of a well-rounded artist.  She’s bold, brave and exceptionally talented and she always leaves it all on the stage.  

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Dream big, Work bigger.”  It’s simple but it’s true.  You can have the biggest dreams in the world but if you aren’t willing to be the hardest working person in the room, they’ll never come true.

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

I’m excited about some upcoming shows that will be announced via www.livcharette.com!  You can keep up to date with all of my adventures via social media as well!

Liv Charette~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

            Only three notes in and it is clear that Liv Charette’s voice is something wonderful. A few years ago, her singing skills caught the attention of Emerson Drive’s Danick Dupelle, who urged Charette to make the journey from her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario to Nashville, TN to work on writing and recording of her own her music. After many trips back and forth, she decided to movie to Nashville “Music City.” 

            Charette spent her first several years in Nashville improving her skill, both in and out of the recording studio. She played at writers’ rounds around town and performed shows in both the United States and Canada. She received a degree from Belmont University and studied the recording process from top to bottom. She also picked up her guitar and wrote whenever she could. Charette has confined songs with some of Nashville’s most famous hitmakers as well as a group of up and coming songwriters. Her first single “Bones,” was released in October 2018 and her single “Lips on the Bottle,” came out in December of 2018. Charette’s newest single “Boy Crazy,” is a very enjoyable and upbeat song. If you would like to find out more about Liv Charette then check out her website at (https://www.livcharette.com).

Social Media Accounts:

  1. Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/livcharette/
  2. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/officiallivcharette/
  3. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ2Uty1ydRo4CQOO4PRM0sg
  4. Twitter:https://twitter.com/livcharette?lang=en

Christie Lamb~ “Q&A”!!!

1.    Hi Christie, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

I have been a country musician since I was about 14 years old. 

I was born in England and emigrated to Australia at 6 years old where I started dance lessons and later picked up instruments and singing.

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

I started singing at 11 years old and entered eisteddfods with lots of different genres. I didn’t know many country songs. I learnt one song so I could enter the country section and each time that would be the section I would consistently get great feedback for. 

I’d come home and tell my Dad how I went. All of a sudden, my Dad came out with so many country artists and albums I should be listening to, so I got my main influences and love of country from my Dad. 

3.    What is the background story behind your latest single “Hot Hot Kiss?”

I wrote thing song with 3 other Aussies on a very hot summers day in Nashville . It’s a song about that initial attraction and longing for someone.

4.    What was your first thought in your head when you won CMC Female Artist of the Year 2018 by your fans in Australia?

I was just blown away and really didn’t expect it as I was in a section with some big female names. I had to try and come up with a speech on the spot. The presenters were Adam Eckersley and Brett Young. I was also a bit over whelmed to be given the award by Brett Young as I had just told interviewers on the red carpet he was my celebrity crush! lol

5.    What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?

I love festivals best of all. The vibe and crowd just lift the performance every time.

6.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Keith Urban (who I did a duet with at Deni Ute Muster) Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton would be my biggest 3.

7.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?

I will be doing a second single mid year and a brand new album later this year.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

Its a quote from Michael Phelps

Stay in your own lane. Keep swimming forward and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. 

Christie Lamb~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

            Christine Lamb has been defined as “the full package,” a lively multi-instrumental and prize-winning singer/songwriter. Australian Country Music listeners recently chose Lamb for “CMC Female Artist of the Year 2018”.

            This gifted musician has been the recipient of a Golden Guitar for “CMAA New Talent of the Year 2016” and country music listeners also voted her “CMC New Oz of the Year 2015.”           

            Lamb is starting off 2019 with an exciting and new single “Hot Hot Kiss.” This is the first single from her eagerly anticipated third album done by ABC/Universal Music.

            After her current singing with the big major booking agent Artist Network Australia, there is new already new performing dates for 2019 which includes the Way Out West Festival Winton QLD, Hometown Festival QLD, Barooga Country Music Festival, Penrith Truck Show, Norfolk Island Festival and support for musician Travis Collins.

            Lamb has also been quite the regular face on the festival setting. She is continually impressing at live shows, she has successively been scheduled on many of Australia’s Premier Country Festivals and Events, including the CMC Rocks, Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Urban Country Music Festival, Mud Bulls and Music Festival, Cruising Country and Sydney Country Music Festival to only name a few.

            Lamb’s show at The Deni Ute Muster captured the eye of country singer/songwriter Keith Urban, who invited her back on stage to sing a duet with him in front of thousands of country music fans. She has also toured with Lee Kernaghan for three years, opening the show, playing the piano and mandolin with Lee’s band and singing the female tunes and duets with Lee from his albums.

            She has also played on “The Rock Revolution tour with Aussie Rock musician John English, “The Girls of Country tour,” with Amber Lawrence and Aleyce Simmonds, and “This Crazy Life tour,” with The Wolfe Brothers playing at many sold out concerts and constantly growing her fan base.

            Lamb closed out 2016 by signing with ABC Music and releasing her first single “Flamethrower,” which reached #1 on The Music Network for an notable five weeks and #1 on Kix Radio Network for two weeks. Her next three singles from the album “Loaded” all reached #1. Her first album “All She Wrote,” as well as her album “Loaded,” was both reached #2 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart, closely overlooking out on the number 1 spot to Keith Urban.

            Lamb latest song “Hot Hot Kiss,” came out on February 8, 2019 and it is available to listen on both Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more Christie Lamb then check out her website at (https://www.christielamb.com).

Social Media Accounts:

Facebook:www.facebook.com/christielambofficial

Instagram:www.instagram.com/christielambmusic

Twitter:www.twitter.com/christielambmus

YouTube: www.youtube.com/christielamb

Ashley Walls~ Q&A!!!

1.    Hello Ashley, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

Before I began my journey as a country musician, I was living the life of an All-American girl. I loved to go fishing in the panhandle, mudding in the Georgia clay, and cheering on the sidelines every high school football Friday night. I grew up with a hardworking twin sister named Christie Walls and loving parents and a brother who all supported me to chase my dreams.   

2.    Who are some of your musical icons?

I have a wide variety of musical icons! My icon that mostly reflects my music would be Miranda Lambert. Some other icons I draw inspiration from are Elvis Presley, Adele, Carrie Underwood, The Eagles, and Taylor Swift. I have such a wide variety because I draw from not only the musical sound but also how artists perform.

3.    When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?

I was listening to country music before I was even born in my Mom’s belly! I knew I wanted to pursue it when I got a toy guitar and fell in love with making up random songs. Then, in high school I recorded my first song and the whole process really spoke to my soul so that’s when I knew I had to go after this crazy dream!

4.    What is the background story behind your brand new single “Don’t Drink Me Down?’

“Don’t Drink Me Down,” was written about the feelings right after a breakup with someone you love. The main hook Don’t Drink Me Down is asking your ex to not go off and get drunk just to forget about you and your love together. I hope this ballad can help those dealing with a breakup not feel alone.  

5.    What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?

Whew, this is a hard one!! Honestly, the main thing I look for at a venue is the energy of the crowd so any venues that have that always make me a happy girl.

6.    What is your recording process when making new music?

I start with the basics, guitar and voice. Next, I take a break and come back to the song later to see if anything should be changed/if I hear anything else. After that I usually test the song out in a crowd to see how fans react and if it is a positive reaction I add it to my list of songs to record in Nashville. 

7.    Do you have anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?

Yes… y’all get excited because I have FIVE new songs that I still have to release… plus some surprise music videos/covers along the way. 2019 is going to be a great year! 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Empowered Women, Empower Women,” this quote is so important to me because sometimes women are the hardest on other women and this is not OK. We need to support each other and bring each other up instead of down. Love your gal pals! 

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

Just want to thank everyone who has supported me along my journey… it has been such a fun ride and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my fans and family! Also, I encourage you to do what you love… God put you on this Earth for a reason so find your calling and don’t let anyone or anything stop you. 

Ashley Walls~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

Ashley Walls is a country singer from Georgia. Walls is a storyteller, making songs that come from her heart and own personal experiences. In life she has worked hard for her dreams to come true. Her melodic efforts started at early age when she got her first guitar.

            Today she resumes to follow her desires while going to school at University of Georgia. Walls first EP “Chasing Dreams,” came out in 2018. She has been played on 9.49 The Bull, 101.5 Kicks, college radio stations and on many electronic music platforms. She has also headlined many shows through the Southeast and has got to chance to be an opening act for country legends like Billy Ray Cyrus. She continues to write, produce and perform the songs her listeners love.

            Walls newest single “Don’t Drink Me Down,” came out on February 15, 2019 and is available both on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Ashley Walls then check out her website at (https://www.ashleywallsmusic.com).

Social Media Accounts:

  1. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashleywallsmusic/
  2. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashleywalls_/
  3. Twitter: https://twitter.com/AshleyA_Walls
  4. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv7h0CTm6vVQRs7qmK_rMmA

Montana Modderman~ “Q&A”!!!

1.    Hi Montana, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before yourself before you became a country musician?I was born in Grand Rapids, MI. I fell in love with country music at a really young age. I wrote my first song when I was ten or eleven and started playing guitar when I was thirteen. Outside of music though, I love spending time with my family.   

2.    What is the background story behind your latest single “Didn’t Mean To?” Didn’t Mean To is an unexpected love song. I wrote it about this situation where I was completely blindsided by my own feelings.  

3.    Who are some of your musical icons? Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, and Faith Hill. Taylor Swift, in particular, has been a huge inspiration to me. She’s not only an incredible entertainer but also a phenomenal songwriter. She’s so honest in her writing and that has challenged me to do the same.  

4.    How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? I discovered a few of my mom’s Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw CDs at a very young age. I would come home from school and listen to them over and over again. The thing I love so much about country music is the stories that are present in the songs.  I wrote my first song when I was ten or eleven and started playing guitar when I was thirteen. I’ve always wanted to write songs and make music. The thought of it being my career really scared me though. It wasn’t until college that I knew.   

5.    What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?Oh goodness, everywhere. I love playing at songwriter rounds here in Nashville. You get to know the other writers and it’s like playing with your friends. It’s a blast. I also love playing festivals. It’s always such a great environment.

 6.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019? Yes. I actually have a single (Mad About You) coming out this Friday. I’m so excited. It’s actually the single off of my upcoming EP I’m releasing later this year. This song is a little bit more uptempo. It’s a fun little love song. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. 

 7.    How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? “Coffeehouse Country” or “Country with a touch of pop” is how I like to describe it. 

 8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?Oh gee, I have so many. One is “Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I’ve ever been.” – Iain Thomas.  

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? “Mad About You” is available for preorder now. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mad-about-you-single/1450993999

Montana Modderman~ Cover of Kelsea Ballerini’s Song “I Hate Love Songs”!!!