Willie Shaw~ “Q&A”!!!

1.     Hello Willie, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a musician? Hey! My name is Willie Shaw and I grew up in Southern California playing sports my whole life. I ended up receiving a baseball scholarship to The College of William and Mary and graduated with a Masters in Accounting. I had been a street performer in my college town of Williamsburg and some odd connections led me to Nashville where I worked with NASA and then Northwestern Mutual with a team of financial planners. While I was working in financial planning I sang in a bar on the right night and a CAA agent introduced me to Warehouse West Entertainment which is my current home. 
2.     What made you want a career in music?I’m not sure I was dying to have one honestly. Don’t get me wrong, music has always been a deeply rooted passion of mine but I never knew how to get into the industry and most of my life was planning for the ‘real world’. After being introduced to the right people though it felt like a natural fit so I ran with it. 
3.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?Emotion enveloped in rhythmic color.
4.     Who are a few of your musical icons?It depends which decade haha. My parents are 7 years apart so I had an upbringing of vastly different eras. Typically I like to trend toward the old american song book and listen to Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and other big band war time music. However, my mom was a huge fan of the singer songwriter movement of the 70’s so I got my fair share of Beatles, Jim Croce, James Taylor, etc. Some of my favorite modern acts are Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, FKJ, Tom Misch, and lately Morgan Wallen oddly enough. 5.     What made you want to move to Nashville, TN? I visited after school and I liked the idea of moving to a city where I knew literally no one where I could try and make a name for myself. 
6.     What is the background story behind your latest single “Come Through?”During quarantine I had a ton of time on my hands and figured I’d write some more songs. It turns out it’s pretty difficult to write songs when you’re not able to live life. So- I would start sketching out a track and see where it would take me. Somewhere along that process I decided to ask my Instagram followers for input. So I would make a track- post it, and say what does this sound like? I would receive responses and then try and crank out a song as fast as I could. Some of the words in the song were actually submitted by other people and I tried to tie them together. A friend of mine actually put her name in the suggestion box and that’s why the song is saying “Anna I’ll be singing to you”. Other words were dream team, quarantine, beach, and corona. It became quite a fun project. 
I wrote the song within 30 minutes or so and stopped once I got to the end of the chorus. I sent it over to Robopop to hear what he thought and he said “send it immediately”. He turned the track into what it is today. What is so special about his production is that we didn’t trade notes at all. I sent it to him. He sent it back. That was it. 
I love this song because of the euphoric dance fantasy you feel while listening to it and then subtle smirking that happens because of the sarcasm in the lyrical melancholia. 
7.     What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at?I was able to play the Troubadour not long ago and that was pretty awesome. I also was pretty lucky that I got to play the Bluebird Cafe. I would have to say I feel most comfortable playing the Listening Room though here in Nashville. 
8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?What good is the world if you forfeit your soul. 
9.     Is there anything else you would like to share? I have written over 220 songs since September 2018 and I can’t wait to start sharing them with everyone.

Willie Shaw~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Willie Shaw is a California local and now currently living in Nashville. Shaw is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist he combines relevant pop songs from real-life stories. Covering emotion in rhythm, Shaw makes a sympathetic link amplified by boasting falsetto, smooth grooves, and having different vivid colors in the production of his music. Signed by CAA and Career Artist Management, Shaw’s independent first EP presents his stunning flair. 

            Born and grew up in Orange County, CA, Shaw first recognized the likehood of music was at his home. Having a remarkable voice of her own, his mother sang backups during sessions at the famous Capitol studio in Los Angeles. In high school, Shaw found his voice. Focusing his time on baseball, football, and basketball, he was also part of the concert choir class. To save his grade from a “B” to an “A”, he took the stage and perform Stevie Wonder’s hit song “You Are The Sunshine of My Life.” Not only did he protect his grade, his teacher asked him to join the honors choir. For the next four years, he divided his time between the baseball diamond, and choir practice, by jogging back and forth to both. 

            Attending William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, he played baseball at the college level and also at the same continue to write and perform music. Playing regular gigs at the student lodge, he sang in colonial Williamsburg, playing covers for three hours a night outside of a known restaurant that valued the impact in wine sales. In the development, he grew a delightful appearance and noticeably improved his vocal skills. 

            Upon graduation, he left California and moved to Nashville. By day, he did an accounting gig for NASA. At night, he dedicated many hours to songwriting. Getting motivation from Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong, he worked to shape his sound. Shaw did a great 2018 audition for the hit show “The Voice,” which opened up a series of many doors for him. By fate, he met Jeff Gregg at CAA and signed to the world-renowned agency. A publishing deal with Warehouse West Entertainment came next. During CMA Fest 2019, he charmed the attention of Career Artist Management (Maroon 5, Big Boi). With these sections in place, he got right to work on his first EP.

            The first single, “Falling in Love,” supports with percussive handclaps, sparkling keys, jazz-y guitar sounds, and beautiful talk box produced by Robopop (Lana Del Ray, Andy Grammer). Shaw’s voice expanses from a breathy introduction towards a joyful and charming song. Also, the EP, showcases an acoustic sound on the single “Sunday Call.” His storytelling takes the main stage as he explains a family ritual and also speaks to his mom and dad. “Every Sunday, Shaw has  a check-in phone call with his mom and dad, and shares “if he missed it, his mom would probably send a S.W.A.T. team after him.” This song is very personal to Shaw. 

            Another single from the EP called “Rhythm of a Woman,” swags from finger snaps and a doo-wop groove to a spellbinding hook about “when you realize the person you are dating is crazy, but you love it.” “I Always Knew,” is a tune that covers a bright image and speaks to undying love above unclear guitar as he embraces the “perspective of a groom on his wedding day.”

            On August 14, 2020 Shaw brand new single “Come Through,” came out and is available on all popular music outlets. If you would like to find out more about Willie Shaw then check out his website at (https://willieshawmusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillieShawMusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willieshawmusic/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whs10

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WillieShawmusic

Lisa Mary~ Q&A

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

Music has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. I went to performing arts school and even then I always had a guitar in hand and a pen and paper nearby.

2.     How have you grown as a singer in the last 3 years? 

3 years ago I released my first album and opened up for a childhood idol of mine, Toby Keith, but within two weeks of that happening I was involved in a horrific car accident that completely changed my life and the way I choose to live it today. Im not the same artist or the same person I was 3 years ago. That was the darkest time of my life. I had to take the time to re-learn how to use the muscles in my body, It forced me to take a step back, look at myself and discover who I was. I’ve matured and grown so much as a person and I think my music and songwriting has grown right along with me.

3.     What was the first country concert you ever attended?

The first country concert I remember going to was Tom McGraw and Faith Hill. I was 7 years old, I went with my mom. Tim was my first celebrity crush (as crazy as it sounds considering he’s old enough to be my dad). We had a blast!

4.     What is the background story behind your brand new single “Under One Roof?”

My boyfriend and I decided to take a huge step in our personal lives and purchase a house together. I like to say this song can came from a place of excitement, fear and optimism. Really, I went through every emotion possible and poured it all into a song that I’m super proud of.

5.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?

Personal, relatable and full of emotion 

6.     What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at?

My favorite venue I’ve ever played is hands down the Grand Ole Opry. My debut was the best night of my life up to this point and a night I’ll never forget. Being in the circle felt magical. I also love CMA Fest! I live for the caous that IS CMA week! I love the opportunity to connect with fans from across the globe. It will always be one my favorite events to participate in!

7.     What is your recording process like when you make new music?

The studio is always a blast! I’ll talk specially about my experience with recording Under One Roof. It was myself, my producer Kevin Sharpe and my co-writer on this song, Greg Stryker. We always have a blast working together! The process is typically music first, lead vocals and then harmonies. When Greg and I wrote this song we envisioned a melody with a heart beat type of sound, like “the heart of a home” and we brought it to life. When it comes to recording vocals, I’m a perfectionist! If there’s a word I sang that I didn’t like or if the verse sounds great but there was one line that didn’t flow well with the rest or didn’t have enough emotion behind it, I’ll take my time and record it again and again until I get it right, and this song was no exception to that! I’m very proud of the way it turned out!

8.     What do you like to do in your free time when you are not working on music?

I don’t have a ton of free time, but when I do I love catching up with friends or watching a good movie.

9.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

I have this quote hanging up in multiple areas of my home. “Follow your arrow where ever it points” from Kacey Musgraves song “Follow Your Arrow”.

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

My brand new single Under One Roof is available to purchase or stream on all major music platforms! My website is www.lisamarymusic.com and all of my social media handles are @LisaMaryMusic

Lisa Mary~ “Artist Spotlight”

In just her early 20’s, this award-winning artist, songwriter and Nashville recording musician is getting the attention of the country music world with her strong vocal skills, truthful music and her thrilling stage performance.

            Country female singer, Lisa Mary put out her debut EP titled “Shades Of Blue,” at 16 years old and went to win an award for “best country/pop song” for her single “Tie Her Down,” that she received at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

            Mary is rapidly making a name for herself on the road for the nation and being an opening act for some of the most well-known country artists like Toby Keith, Chris Young, LOCASH, Uncle Kracker, Eric Paslay, Love & Theft, Drew Baldridge, Jackie Lee and Jason Michael Carroll.

            On July 7, 2017, Mary put out her debut album titled “Everyone Has A Story To Tell,” an extremely private album written over a two-year period and songs are this album tells stories about love, heartbreak and her career. 

            Two weeks later, Mary would have a very different and unpredicted story to share. While on the first leg of her tour after the release of her album, she was hurt in a dangerous car crash. Mary was forced to step down from music to focus on making a full recovery, which Mary shares was the toughest thing she ever had to do. 

            By the end of that hard year, things started to look better. Mary was asked to make her debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Walking into the circle for her first time, Mary shared her story and exposed her true self and gave a performance that will never be forgotten. 

            Mary’s mission is to reach other crash survivors with her music in hopes to boost them up during difficult times. In May of 2019, Mary put out her encouragement anthem called “Dive,” and joined with The Crash Support Network, a team that works on providing a safe place for crash survivors, caregivers and love one’s to join, share their stories, their hardships, their recovery, their goals and inspire each other to keep moving on in life. A portion of proceeds from Mary’s single will be donated to the crash support network. Mary’s music can be found on all major platforms. 

            On August 28, 2020, Mary’s brand new single “Under One Roof,” came out. If you would like to find out more about this talented and beautiful lady Lisa Mary then check out her website  (http://www.lisamarymusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisamarymusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisamarymusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisamarymusic

Adam Rutledge~ Q&A!!!

1. Hello Adam, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

I played basketball in high school and had committed to play in college but quit to pursue music. We won a state championship my senior year and to this day that season was one of the very best times in my life. I was in a southern/classic rock band before I started playing country music. We played Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, that kind of stuff, and we played ALL THE TIME. Then I heard Keith Urban’s Golden Road record and fell in love with country music.

2. Who are some of your musical icons?

Lynyrd Skynyrd and KISS are the big 2. “Freebird” changed my life and made me want to play guitar. Soon after that, my dad took me to see KISS and that took my obsession with playing music to a whole new level. I’ve pretty much had a one-track mind totally focused on getting to that level since then.

3. What made you want a career in country music?

When I heard Keith Urban’s Golden Record, I fell in love with the sound, the songs and the guitar playing. I loved how the guitar was central to his sound. That REALLY made him stand out to me. I always envisioned the same thing for myself.   

4. What is the background story behind your brand new single “Unwind?”

My wife came home from a rough day at work, and I could see the second she came through the door that she was fried. Part of her job is HR and this was when the COVID thing was really getting crazy so understandably she needed a little extra love from me. So I did what any good husband would do and I helped her relax, helped take her mind off of it, helped her unwind.  

5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?

One word….”Edgy.”

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

Under normal circumstances, we play lots of festivals in the summertime and during the winter we play big clubs mostly opening for larger acts. They’re all fun, but some of those club gigs can be CRAZY fun!

7. What is your recording like when creating new music?

It starts off with texts or voice memos back and forth between Jeff Smith (executive producer, co-writer) and I. Then I’ll open up Logic Pro X and start building. Most of it is done between my home studio in VA and Jeff’s home studio in Nashville. We share the session back and forth and FaceTime, and I REALLY like doing it this way.  

8. When you are not working on your music what do you like to do in your free time?

I love Virginia Tech football. I’m a diehard fan, so during the season I’m all in on my Hokies. I also play in a KISS tribute band KISS AMERICA. We wear full costume and makeup with full KISS style production.  

9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Get all you can out of EVERY SINGLE DAY.” – My Dad

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

Just that I’m super appreciative of you taking the time to chat with me and I hope everyone likes “Unwind” and that it excites them for the upcoming full-length album that drops Sept 18!

Adam Rutledge~ Artist Spotlight!!!

            Country-rocker Adam Rutledge is climbing to new peaks with the release of his EP, “Runaway.” Rutledge grew up in Roanoke, VA. His great songwriting skills got the attention of famous country musician Phil Vassar through a connection with longtime Vassar colleague, Jeff

Smith. This resulted in Vassar taking Rutledge under his wing as a management client and also an opening act.

            Rutledge is known for putting on high-quality live shows, so there is no shock when he lures huge crowds on the road. He has got the chance to share the stage with many popular artists, such as Chris Janson, Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Drake White, Russell Dickerson, Lauren Alaina, Chase Rice, Phil Vassar, Tyler Farr and many others. 

            His edgy, strong sound does not mix in but does fit in today’s country sound. Rutledge’s music video for his single “Love Kickin,” has premiered on CMT.com and reached #1 for most viewed video.

            Rutledge is managed by Phil Vassar and Amy Millslagle of i81 Entertainment. He has a solid social media following on all popular plat-forms with over 13.2K followers on Instagram, over 16K likes on Facebook and 4400 followers on Twitter. 

            On August 14, 2020 Rutledge brand new single “Unwind,” came out. “Unwind,” was written by Rutledge along with Jeff Smith, Phil Vassar’s long-time co-worker and award-winning ASCAP songwriter Julie Wood. 

            If you would like to find out more about Adam Rutledge then check out his website at (https://adamrutledgemusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamadamrutledge

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamadamrutledge

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/iamadamrutledge

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamadamrutledge/

Lindsay Adamson~ Q&A!!!

1.     Hello Lindsay, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself become you became a country musician? 2.    What made you want a career in country music?

I’m a Canadian singer & songwriter and I’ve been singing since I was three years old, and writing music from the age of 8. 

I was 16 when I got serious into music, and 16-22 was very much so an exploration period of bouncing around to different styles, writing and recording lots of music, performing all around Toronto, and really just finding out who I am as a person, and as an artist. 

I wasn’t exposed to country music at all until my mid 20’s. I grew up in a big city, and there weren’t any country stations in my city.  But when I started listening to country, it quickly became my obsession. 

I fell in love with the stories that are told in country songs, and the realness of it.  I started attending 10-20 country concerts a year, and it inspired me so much.  I knew when I was ready to start making music again, I only wanted to record country.  It was the most natural and obvious choice in the world to me. 

My heart eventually led me to Nashville.  And I had never even been before.  But I packed up my car, and my dog Kika and I made the move down in 2019.  

I got so lucky to connect with some amazing musicians and I quickly started recording my first country EP.  I’ve released the first two singles, with plans for 3 more to come out this year! 

My first single racked up over 150,000 digital streams in 67 countries in it’s first 3 months, and both songs are building major momentum.  It’s the best feeling in the world to be connecting with new fans, and really knowing that I’m doing what I was put on this earth to do! 

3.     Who are some of your musical icons?

I grew up dancing and singing along to the cassette tapes my mom had around the house.  And quickly Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Linda Ronstadt became my early inspirations.  

These days I find myself being so inspired by Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood.  

Carrie Underwood because when she takes the stage, she shows more power and confidence than anyone else I’ve ever seen on stage, and trust me I’ve seen a LOT of musicians live.  She owns so much who she is, and you can see and feel it when you’re in her presence.  

Maren Morris, because she has carved out her own unique path in country music, and really hasn’t tried to mimic the other popular songs you hear on the radio.  She has stayed so incredibly authentic and consistently brought her own unique sound to the table, for the world to fall in love with.  

4.     What is the background story behind your brand new single “Country Music Feels Like Home?”

I wrote ‘Country Music Feels Like Home’ about a search for a place that truly feels like home, and the discovery that it’s not always found in a place, but a sound, a feeling, a vibe. And for me it was coming home to country music and the move to Nashville that became the home I had been searching for, for such a long time.  This song is a reflection of that journey & discovery. 

The journey home for me, was an owning of who I truly am, and making music on my own terms.  When I decided to truly follow my heart and pursue my love of country music, it was like the path to Nashville was magically paved for me in my heart, and I knew I had to take a leap even though I had never even been here before I decided to pack up my car and move to another country on a whim!

Everything fell into place after moving to town and I immediately knew that I’d found myself where I was meant to be, doing what I was born to do! 

This song is about coming home to who you really are.  Wherever you may find yourself.   And there’s no place on earth that can make you feel truly at home, until you find it for yourself within you.  But once you do, it’s the best feeling in the entire world!

5.     What was your recording process like when creating new music?

I had an amazing musical partner to create this first batch of songs with.  Sergio Sanchez who’s the producer on the tracks, was also my co-writer.  

It was honestly such a fun process.  I had a ton of song ideas I had been working on for quite a while.  And we were great about taking these ideas, and building on them until they became really beautiful songs. 

It was so much fun working with such incredible musicians on the tracks and learning so much from the entire process of recording the album.  

6.     How would you describe your music 3 to 5 words?

Real, authentic, soulful, emotion driven 

7.     What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at?

There’s so many incredible venues in Nashville I’m dying to play at when the pandemic is over and it’s safe to do so.  

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

Be who you are, because there’s no one in the world who can do it better than you! 

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

My latest singing ‘Country Music Feels Like Home’ was just released on July 24th! Visit https://bit.ly/2ZSWfTi to stream it!

I absolutely love connecting with fans over social media, so I’d love for you to reach out to me! @lindsayadamsonofficial on Instagram and Facebook 

Lindsay Adamson~ Artist Spotlight

            Lindsay Adamson began writing her own music when she was only 9 years old and at 16 she started performing her original music in her hometown of Toronto to audiences of up 5,000 people. 

            Currently, Adamson is beginning to make a name for herself in Nashville after moving to Tennessee to pursue her country music career and has also been making the rounds on the spirited live circuit journey within Music City. One thing that sets Adamson apart is not only her burning love but her energy. Her confident and strong energy is also contagious. 

            2020 has been a huge year for Adamson. In February she put out her first single “You Got Me.” Which stacked up over 150,000 digital streams in only the first 3 months. Four more songs are set to be released this year, a big voice within the scene thanks to her rising vocal range, funny personality and, notable songwriting talent. 

            On July 24, 2020, Adamson brand new single “Country Music Feels like Home,” came out and it is available on all musical outlets. If you would like to find out more Lindsay Adamson then check out her website at (https://www.lindsayadamson.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsayadamsonofficial/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindsayadamsonofficial

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIDI82kOxFP_c_lqvXsYENQ