Chris Moreno~ Q&A!!!

1.     Hi Chris, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?  I grew up loving music as a kid and  playing guitar and songwriting was an outlet of expression for me. My band broke up when I went away to college and after that I got a sales job and I stopped playing for a while. Eventually I rediscovered my love for music though and I’ve been giving it my all ever since.

2.     What made you want a career in country music? I’ve always thought that seeing other people connect to songs that I’ve written was the coolest thing in the world and since music always made me feel less alone in the world, I wanted to give that feeling to others.

3.     What was one of the first country albums you bought? All of my early childhood music memories are mostly rock , pop, and hip-hop but I eventually discovered country and “Me and my gang” by Rascal Flatts was the first album I bought. 

4.     What is the background story behind your latest single “Used to This?” It’s a story about meeting someone who’s able to break down your walls. You meet them and you realize that you’re scared to fall for someone and be vulnerable but you decide that they’re worth the risk. 

5.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? honest, nostalgic, raw, hopeful

6.     What is your recording process like when creating/making new music? I like to write songs on an acoustic guitar and usually I’ll come up with a melody first and then dive into the lyrics. I’m always trying to re-write my own lyrics until every word feels right and is exactly what and how I want to say it. Once that’s accomplished, if I think it’s a strong enough song I’ll go into the studio and record it. 

7.     When you are not working on your music what do you like to do? I’m really big into fitness! Weight training has always been a very cathartic experience for me and I like to listen to music during it and really push myself. Aside from that I love spending time with friends just hanging out and I also like to travel. I try to always find some time in the day to get outdoors.

8.     What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? Middle East & the Bell in Hand in Boston. 

9.     What is one of your favorite quotes? “You’ll worry less of what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do” – David Foster Wallace – At first this might sound sad but it’s actually pretty liberating. Everyone’s focused on their own lives, go live yours!! 

10.  Is there anything else you would like to share? Thank you so much for your time and for listening to my new single 🙂 

Chris Moreno~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

Chris Moreno is a Nashville recording singer, in just a small frame of time has been creating waves an up and coming artist to look out for. Moreno is known for having a very devoted fan base which started in Boston and now is rapidly increasing to the rest of the world through many hours of touring and an involved online attendance, he plays both acoustic and with his whole band and clocked in over 150 shows in 2019. 

            Moreno was nominated for Best Country Artist two years in a row by New England & Boston Music Awards, and also best songwriter and best song for his single “Before You.” His single “When I’ve Been,” was released in April 2020, and it was shown on one of Spotify’s regularly curated playlists and the single has obtained high honor from press outlets throughout different parts of the world. His music has been streamed over a half-million times and he has over 10,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

            Moreno’s truthful sound and genuine method connect with fans on a private level and its foundation, his music is also an honest expression of his real-life experiences and realistic character. As one reviewer of Moreno’s music, shares “his songs draw in the listener as if a deep secret or universal truth is about the revealed.” Moreno’s music is a combination of different elements from modern country sound with a notable Pop/Rock tone and he fully wears the alternative rock inspirations from the 1990’s and 2000’s on his skin. The outcome is a rare sound that feels both new and recognizable at the same. Moreno continues to tour and put a constant stream of music and has worked with Nashville producers Jonathan Roye (Kelsea Ballerini) and Justin Wantz. 

            On September 4, 2020, brand new single “Used to This,” came out and it is available on all popular music platforms. If you would like to find out more about the great and talented Chris Moreno then check out his website at (https://chrismorenomusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwIQX58StpmC1zy9V3-FyKQ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrismorenoband

Conner Sweet~ Q&A!!!

1.   Hi Conner, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before becoming a country musician? Before I became a country musician, I was just a kid with big dreams, growing up in middle Tennessee. My life was centered around school, church, and learning to play guitar. 
2.  Who are some of your musical icons? My musical heroes would have to be Alan Jackson and Keith Whitley 
3.  What is the background story behind your latest single, “Times Like These?” “Times Like These” was written the first week of March 2020, just a few days after a tornado tore through Nashville. I went in for a writing session with Liz Hengber and Lance Carpenter, and we were talking about all the good coming out of people during such a hard time. The stories of helping hands and kind hearts lead to us writing “Times Like These.” 
4.   How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? It’s just Country
5.  What are few of your favorite events or venues to play at? My background of performing on lower Broadway (Nashville) has given me a real love and appreciation for the loud Honky Tonks that line the street; however, there’s also something magical about some of the quaint performance venues that plays home to so many of the intimate writer’s rounds.
6. What is your recording process like when creating new music? I love making new music. Each project is different from start to finish, and with every project, I like to take my time. I want to feel confident in every aspect of my music before I put it out. It may be nitpicky, but I always try pushing myself to create the best music I can.
7.  What do you like to do in your free time when you are not working on your music? This summer I’ve spent a lot of time on the water. I love the sun and the waves. I love making music, though so it’s hard for me to take breaks sometimes. 
8.  What is one of your favorite quotes? I love George Strait’s music, and one of my favorite quotes is from one of his songs. It says, “there’s a difference in living and living well.”
9. Is there anything else you would like to share? Just thank you to all who have loved and supported this song. I’m so honored by the impact this song has had on some people during these times.   

Conner Sweet~ Artist Spotlight!!!

23 years old Tennessee local Conner Sweet was raised with a guitar in his hand. Sweet was born and grew up on the borders of Nashville, he comes from a big line of singers and musicians, so it was only normal that music would be the main interest in Sweet’s life.

            The truth of Sweet’s classical country flair is that it exposes early impacts by country musicians such as George Jones, Johnny Cash and George Strait, as well as some of his new favorite artists like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. Writing songs since he was 16 years old, Sweet signed his first publishing deal in 2019 with Given Entertainments. His days are now spent writing and performing for a strong fan base that has been built by live shows where he and his band are regulars on the Nashville circuit. 

            There was a plan in action for Sweet to put out music in 2020 but when “Times Like These,” was born and it changed the schedule. A writing session was on the records with hitmakers, Liz Hengber and Lance Carpenter in early March, it just took place to be around the shocking tornado hit in Nashville. That day the writers united to share about personal tensions they were each dealing with, from a family member that was sick to other unlucky problems in their lives. Deeply crushed by big accounts, the three set out to write an inspiring motto about the value of harmony and joining together when times are rough. Little did they know they would be making an anthem that would soon have a much larger effect in a different place. On May 1, 2020, Sweet’s single “Time Like These,” was available on many popular music platforms. 

            “Time Like These, the main message is about leaning on one another and finding assurance to get you through hard times. The single is currently #50 on Billboard Indicator and in the Top 30 on the MusicRow Chart. 

            If you would like to find out more Connor Sweet then check out his website at (https://www.connersweet.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConnerSweet.SingerSongwriter/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl-yp6XdI5XYYQX6turmzKA

Tezza (Q&A)!!!

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

I was born and raised in upstate New York with a love of horses, music and performing. My family owned a local ice cream shop which I worked in as a kid and then all the way through high school. My mom, sister, and I loved horses and would spend the weekends going to the barn, riding, and competing in horse shows. I still and will always have a special place in my heart for horses!

2.     What was one of the first country concerts you ever went to?

One of the very first country concerts I ever went to was at a local music venue called Magic City Music Hall. It was close to my house and we used to get all kinds of great bands that would stop and perform on the way to their next show. I remember seeing Little Big Town perform there before they really became famous. I was blown away by their harmonies, their songs, and their live show. They even had The Wreckers opening for them which was just an added bonus!

3.     What is the background story behind your brand new single “Mercury Rising?”

Mercury Rising is my brand new single and is available everywhere now! It’s country with a little twist of pop melodies and rock guitars. It all started with a little melody and title I had, “Mercury Rising”, and really just fell right out

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

Pop country with a Northeastern Twist

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

With this set of songs I went into the studio and tried to make each song unique yet cohesive with each other as a whole. I’m so happy with the way they came out. It was really important to me to focus on making and creating music that was really “me” and that I could be proud of

6.     Who are some of your musical icons?

Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, John Mayer, ACDC, Rihanna, Miranda Lambert (quite the mix I know)

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

CMA Fest and I also really enjoy when I get to travel back to NY to open up for other big country artists

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

I’m not much a quote person but I’m a sucker for a good story song

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

 The official music video for “Mercury Rising” will be available soon! It will be released in just a few weeks so make sure to follow me on social media to find out the exact release date. You won’t want to miss it! Instagram: @the.tezza

Tezza~ Artist Spotlight

            Tezza was born and grew up in upstate New York. As a child she was raised with love of horses, performing and country. She went to Berklee College of Music and then went to NYC to work on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. She is now living in Nashville, Tezza has had the chance to tour across the United States and be an opening act for artists like Hunter Hayes, Granger Smith, Chris Young and Charles Esten. She performed in famous venues such as The Bluebird Café, Bitter End and Nashville’s yearly CMA Fest. Her first single “Around the Truth,” became known around the world, racking up features on CMT, All Access, iHeart Radio, Fox News and getting a spot-on Spotify’s most popular playlists (Wild Country, Breakout Country, and Pop-Co). 

            On August 28, 2020, Tezza brand new single “Mercury Rising came out. This song is available both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about this talented lady then check out down below one of her social media pages.

Social Media Accounts: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_tezza?lang=en

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.tezza/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJDr84LuwcYCfKzkRHH6VAg