TexWestUs~ Q&A!!!

1    Hi Corbin & Chloe, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves before you two became a country music duo?
– I was actually working on getting my teaching certification (which I completed!) when I met Corbin! I had auditioned for The Voice, but got cut after the producer rounds. I came home from California, and I ended up taking a Songwriting class over at South Plains College in Levelland, TX, which is where I met Corbin. He helped me with my final project, and we just realized we worked really well together!
Corbin – I grew up playing guitar in church and got connected with several local Texas country bands. After playing for several years, I ended up playing lead guitar for Randall King. I did all of this while attending South Plains College where I met Chloe. After meeting her, I quit Randall’s band so we could pursue our own thing together, and the rest, as they say, is history.    

 2    How did you come up with the name TexWestus?
We were recording our song West Texas Wind late at night (like 1 AM) in the school’s studio, and in Corbin’s tired deliriousness, it came out the ‘TexWestus wind’. We looked at each other and knew it was our name!    

3    How did you guys form your group?
We kind of covered that in the previous questions – we just started working together for a school project and realized we worked really well together.  After deciding we wanted to make it a “thing,” we got a full band together! Time plays a major role in vetting band members. After 4 years of doing this, we finally have a solid group of members who are also our best friends.    

4    What is the background story behind your latest single “Lonestar?”
    As people tend to do when they’re frustrated, we were venting about our experiences with the Texas Music Scene while we were driving to a gig. In our venting session, Chloe pulled out her phone and started typing the lyrics out to what would become Lonestar. We think of it as our “Girl in a Country Song” to the TMS. 

5    What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? Well, normally we have our band record on the project with us…but our newest record coming out this summer was recorded in Nashville using wonderful session players. It was an incredible experience. Normally “pre-production” is a day or two before the recording session, and then depending on your schedule/timeline, we get in the studio 8 AM and record all day long. The instrumentation gets recorded first, and then vocals. Vocals will most likely be recorded the following day, to assure that you are well rested, as it can be tiresome! But it’s all so worth it! This process can be lengthened depending on the length of your project.
    6    What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? Buck’s Backyard in Buda, River Stage in San Angelo, Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater in College Station, Ski Hi Stampede in Monte Vista, the Lonestar Amphitheater in Lubbock, and The Blue Light Live in Lubbock. 

 7    How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Genuine, Intense, Epic. 

  8    Is there anything else you guys would like to share? Help us blow up our latest single ‘Lonestar’, and follow us on all social media platforms @texwestus! Visit us at www.TexWestus.com as well. Send us a message, we love connecting with fans.    

9    What are a few of your guys favorite quotes
Chloe – “In order to become part of the 1% you have to be willing to do what 99% of people aren’t.” 
Corbin – “People who win, do shit. People who lose, talk shit.” (Andy Frisella)

TexWestus~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Starting in Lubbock, Texas, the duo of Corbin Burgett and Chloe Fowler has started to plan their path in the country music world by combining the twang of classical country, rich harmonies, and the guitar-driven power of rock-n-roll. 

TexWestus took a chance error and turned it into a future household game. Their different sound has taken them from a simple kickoff in the hallways of South Plains College Music building to sold-out audiences on big stages.

Burgett grew up listening to 80s hair metal, so he gets a lot of his musical influence from bands like Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Journey, White Snake and Ratt. Since being introduced to country music he has fallen in love with country acts like Travis Tritt, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, and Jason Aldean. His guitar influences are Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Brent Mason and Brad Paisley. 

Fowler grew up listening to 90s country and 70s rock. She is mostly influenced by artists like Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles and Aerosmith. She then became interested in songwriting after being introduced to a 16-year-old Taylor Swift. 

The duo has built an art form of bringing their separate musical loves together to create their sound. Their song list celebrated that sound from memorable ballads, such as “Gone,” to the thick, swampy beats of “Can’t Show Us Down,” and stories of a “love em and leave em woman’ in “Houston,” “You’ve Got a Problem.” Their sound is based on the excitement of their live shows and packed with tunes that produce a “life-changing musical experience for every listener. These experiences have guided to a list of  many musical milestones- which includes playing time on Texas Regional Radio, winners of 95.9 The Ranch’s Ranch Factor in 2019, and joining the stages at famous festivals with Gary Allan, Cody Jinks, Parker McCollum, Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith and the Saints, Roger Creager, Eli Young Band, William Clark Green, The Powell Brothers, Randy Houser, Walker Hayes, Chris Colston, Kalie Shor, Sam Riggs, Dirty River Boys and Josh Abbott Band. They are also sponsored by Coors Banquet and Red Dirt Hat Company. 

On February 12, 2021 their latest single “Lonestar,” came out. “Lonestar,” and their other songs are available to listen on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about Texwestus then please check out their website at (https://www.texwestus.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

Instagram: https://www.texwestus.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/texwestus

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdBRTxmR6oX8_euC07cC-0g

Ashlie Amber~ Q&A!!!

  • Hi Ashlie, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Well I am from Thornton, CO and I LOVE it there. No matter where I am that will always be home. I’ve had quite the journey getting to where I am today. I was a waitress/bartender at TGIFridays for 8 years. I have a huge musical theatre background and have starred in shows like The Color Purple, Avenue Q, and Rent. And I’ve also traveled to over 70 different countries headlining my own show! I love my journey and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. 
  • What made you want to have a career in country music? Country music is a genre of music I grew up listening to and adored. I loved everything about country music and I said one day that’s going to be me on the radio! Although my journey isn’t the normal nashville journey, everything I experience is what lead me to where I am today. 
  • Who are some of your musical icons? I have so many. I am an equal opportunity listener. Good music is good music in my book. But, my all time favorite is Whitney Houston. Anybody who knows me knows I LOVE that woman. Her voice is beyond words and what she did for the black community within the music industry is incredible. She showed the world that Black Women CAN be pop icons and we are an unstoppable force within the industry.. I also love everything Taylor Swift, Shania Twain and Dolly Parton. I guess you can say I’m all about that girl power! 
  • What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Those Nights?” “Those Nights” was inspired by an incredible relationship I had when I lived in Virginia. Although we are not still together that doesn’t change the amazing memories we made together. This song is about love and passion, but it’s also about hanging out with your best friend and just enjoying every side of them. Life can be really difficult so I think it’s important to celebrate the good memories, not just the bad ones. 
  • How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fun, Positive, Catchy, Relatable, soulful and sexy! That was 6 sorry. LOL 
  • What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? After I write a song that I believe is a hit, I send it over to my manager and producer. Once we are all in agreement and have 3-4 songs that we really want to cut, it’s time to head to the studio. Day one in the studio we always lay all of the live instruments and the next day 2 days we record my vocals. I’ll record 2 songs in one vocal session including backing vocals. So within a couple hours everything is done and then my producer Jamie Tate puts it all together using his superhero producing powers. 
  • Where are some of your favorite venues to play at? My favorite venue so far was Onboard the Celebrity EDGE in their brand new beautiful, multi million dollar theatre. My show onboard that ship had 170 light cues, video projections, stage automation, costume changes, top notch sound, sweetener/click tracks AND an incredible 7 piece orchestra. It was absolutely incredible I legit felt like Carrie Underwood! 
  • What is one of your favorite quotes? Janelle Monae said “Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.” This is a quote I definitely live by. My look is not the typical “country” look but it’s me and no matter what the “industry” says, I’m going to continue be unapologetically myself, which is far from perfect, but AWESOME. 
  • Is there anything else you would like to share? We’ve covered a lot, but one thing I never get to really do is shout out my incredible team. So I would like to give a huge thanks to my Manager Don Ellis Gatlin, Producer Jamie Tate, Production Team Jerry Ghionis and Jason Neistadt, Digital Content Creator Danny Hindmarsh, and of course the incredible ladies at KORE PR. This year has already been off to an amazing start and it wouldn’t be possible without them! They all believe in me so much and it feels so amazing to have a team full of BOSSES in the trenches with me everyday. 

Ashlie Amber~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Started with becoming a part of the acclaimed Actors’ Equity Association, she started playing full time all over the world for the past decade, also including TV airtime on the 2012 Season of American Idol and also being nominated for many Henry Awards and was leading roles in renown musicals such as The Color Purple, Avenue Q, Pippin and RENT. 

Ashlie Amber wanted more and set off to create her first headliner shoe with a direction paying tribute and celebration to the great Whitney Huston named, “I Will Always Love You.” Her show became larger and one of the best show in the international waters gaining her a residency onboard one of the worlds most popular cruise lines and ships. The Celebrity Edge is a $1.28 vessel touring both Europe and the Caribbean. 

With such a different approach to the show and with her wonderful vocals and ratings, Amber was seen and invited to work on her first solo project. She is now working with Grammy and Emmy award winner, Jamie Tate, to make her very first album in the country music world. It is Amber’s dream climbing to become one of the first Black Female Country Stars to have top 40 accomplishment and continue it for many more years to come. It will help to create the way for a new generation of music, create more open-minded thinking and a fresh look at music today. 

Amber released her debut single on Spotify “Almost no Spotify and all other popular music outlets. On February 26, 2021, Amber’s put out her brand new single “Those Nights.” She is rapidly rising to international awareness and she will be putting out her first full-length album later this year. If you would like to find out more about the talented and great Ashlie Amber then please take a look at her website (https://www.ashlieamber.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AshlieAmber

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AshlieAmber

Chelsey James~ Recipe!!!

Easy Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings:
2 cans cream of chicken soup4 Tbsp butter2 cups chicken broth2 pounds of chicken1 Tbsp garlic powder1 can of 8 large biscuits Salt and Pepper to taste

Lay chicken breasts in bottom of crockpot. Add in cream of chicken, butter, chicken broth and garlic powder. Mix together. Cook on high for 4 hours or until chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.  Shred chicken and stir.  Cook biscuits according to can directions.  Cut into quarters and mix into crockpot. Salt and pepper to taste and serve! 

Chelsey James~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hi Chelsey, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I grew up on a farm in Southwest Missouri (just north of Branson). I was a competitive cheerleader junior high through college and never really got involved in music when I was in school. I stayed close to home for college and went to Drury University in Springfield. I graduated with a business degree and went into real estate when I graduated.
  2. What made you decide to have a career in country music? One night while I was in college, I was hanging out with some girlfriends and we were all getting ready to go out. I was singing along to some song on the radio and one of my friends noticed, turned the radio off and said, “Oh my gosh, sing some more!” I was totally embarrassed, but I ended up singing a Carrie Underwood song for them. I remember them all freaking out and telling me how good I was and I really didn’t believe them to be honest! I liked singing by myself in the shower or car, and maybe some church and school programs as a kid, but never really considered myself to be that good. Over the next couple of years, these same friends pressured me (which I am very thankful for!) into singing at local karaoke bars. I gained some confidence after doing that and eventually joined a cover band, having no idea what I was doing, but ended up having great success. Once I started performing, I quickly realized this was what I was meant to do. It took me some time to build up my confidence, (I was pretty terrified for quite some time every time I had to step on stage), but once I did, I started wanting to create my own sound and songs. I didn’t think I had what it took to write a good song, until one day, a song just poured out of me almost completely on its own. That definitely gave me the confidence I needed to keep writing more and more. I realized I had a lot to say and loved that I got to pair what I wanted to say with what I like hearing musically as well. I’ve always loved country music and could never imagine doing anything else after these experiences I have been blessed with.
  3. Who are some of your musical icons? I grew up listening to country music in the 90’s, so my first memories of hearing country music are Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Trisha Yearwood- all such powerful female voices. I remember when Carrie Underwood won American Idol and put out her first record. I memorized every song on that album! She was a huge influence for me because of how vocally challenging, but so profound her vocals were/are. As I got older, I started getting more into rock music as well and love bands like Journey and Shinedown. I obviously gravitate towards artists who have that huge vocal and full, dramatic sound! 🙂
  4. What is the background behind your brand-new single “The Men and the Boys?” I had the instrumental base track to this song from my producer, Mike Bailey. I loved the sound and knew I wanted to write a song to it. I took it to a couple friends of mine and said, “I’m not sure what I want to write about, but I love this sound. I want to write something that both men AND women are going to want to listen to.” Oran Thornton, one of the writers, threw out the phrase, “what separates the men from the boys,” and I immediately knew what the song was going to be about. That phrase reminded me of all the times my girlfriends and I would go out to a country bar in town and see nothing but “catalog cowboys” as they’re called in the song. You know the kind, the guys who dress up like cowboys, but had probably never worked on a farm a day in their life. I would always say, “Is there even a real country boy in this place?” (haha) So, that’s where the idea from the song came from.
  5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? High-octane, authentic, powerful, country/rock mix.
  6. What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?After I write something, I like to live with it for a little while with a track before I go into the studio to record. I’ll usually listen or sing to the track over and over in my car and figure out how I want things to sound. Once I go into the studio, I usually sing the song about 5 times through fully, then go through and fix some things I might not like. Then comes another round of listening over and over in my car to make sure nothing needs fixed again. Usually something will really stick out that I don’t like that I will have to go back in and fix. It’s a pretty tedious process, but it’s all worth it once you get that final product.
  7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? I always love playing at home, because I get to look out and see all of my friends and family. When I’m home, I play at a venue called “Southbound.” I have to say though, it’s hard to beat just singing to an acoustic guitar at a little bar in Nashville. I love playing in Nashville because everyone is there to listen to original music and you know they’re really listening.
  8. Is there anything else you would like to share? I plan to put out a new single about every 2-3 months this year. 🙂
  9. What is one of your favorite quotes? My favorite quote of all time is probably, “Success is on the other side of fear.” I’m not sure who said that, but I have found it to be absolutely true, especially in this industry.

Chelsey James~Artist Spotlight!!!

Chelsey James, is a strength and will not step aside or be looked down upon. Rethinking the way for women in country music, she is bold in her songwriting skills and performing and will not take no for an answer when it comes to outlining her value as a female musician. With no room to be hold back, James is standing to the moment of working as a lead example of power and being wicked while staying true to herself. 

James’ trademark country sound is linked with a rock edge and joined by her great vocal skills, having been praised by Nashville’s veteran producer Kenny Lamb, who shares “Chelsey has a voice for big melodies and guitar skills. She is unique singer, and a wonderful performer.

On February 12, 2021, James put out her brand-new single “The Men and the Boys.’ The song is available both on Spotify and Spotify.  If you would like to find out more about Chelsey James then check out her website (https://www.chelseyjames.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDerRnY9mqiBikdl4xcBJbQ/videos

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

Steven Cade~ Q&A!!!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? 

I was a performer in an alternative rock band in California, and was able to tour nationally and gain recognition as a performer. I have previously been signed under two different record labels, and and toured all over the US, Canada and Mexico.

What made you want a career in country music?

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and I lived very close to a venue called Mickey Gillies. I was exposed to a lot of country music growing up in the South. I was influenced by a lot of different acts like Mel Tillies, Charlie Pride, and Charlie Daniels. I was basically raised in country music listening to people like Willie Nelson and a band called the Outlaws, which was a Texas band that had Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and all the other artists that inspired me. 

What is the background story behind your band new single Pinky Promise? 

There were many times when I would be working and my daughter would come up and say, “Hey, daddy, can you come outside and play Barbies with me?” I’d answer “I’m really busy right now and can’t at the moment.” She would reply “Well do you pinky promise that you can later?” If my answer was yes she would reply, “You can’t break a pinky promise.” 

That moved my heart so much that it inspired me to write a song about it. I think this song will inspire other fathers, and serve as a great message to all parents. 

How did you come up with the title “Pinky Promise?”

It is based on what my daughter had said, “Daddy, do you pinky promise?” 

Were there any other producers that worked on the song with you?

This song was produced by Ily Toshinsky in Nashville, Tennessee at Station West. 

What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? 

I start by writing the song and recording it on my phone as a rough draft. Then, I make sure the arrangement of the song is set to the key and tempo with a solid melody and cadence. Then, I get some weigh-in from any writers that I’m friends with, my family, and close friends. Once I am finished, I send it to either a producer or production team to record my song in the studio. 

How would describe your music in 3-5 words?

  • Energetic 
  • Positive 
  • Clean country Music 

Who are your musical icons?

Elivis Presley and Keith Urban 

What is one of your favorite quotes? 

“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not your own understanding, acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5:6 )

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel Steven Cade Music and go to my website stevencade.com. I also have The Cades Vlog in which I  am uploading content. Please also make sure to subscribe to all my social media channels including my Tik Tok Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Also, be sure to share Pinky Promise using the hyper follow link.  

Steven Cade~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Huston, Texas born country/pop artist Steven Cade has charmed and braced audiences across North America with his trademark sound. He is a mix of contemporary pop factors into country-influenced tunes, making a unique sound on traditional country music. Cade’s goal is to “write, create, and perform music that speaks to people about everyday life and hopefully inspires them and helps them through the challenges we face in life, while spreading a positive message.”

Cade is a Nashville resident, award-winning up-and-coming country artist and singer/songwriter. He is originally from the state of Texas, Cade arrived in Nashville by way of California. His musical sound is mostly compared to Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes and Rascal Flatts. His last CD “What I Really Want to Say,” debuted in the iTunes Top 100 Country Chart. He also won the Durango Songwriter’s Expo for the song “Sum of Two Heart,” and he won “Best Country,” at the Wine Country Music Awards. “What I Really Want to Say,” climbed the charts to #1 for 4 straight weeks on the New Country Artist Radio, and the video was aired on GAC and Heartland.

Cade has also been considered for 6 Grammy nominations. He has co-written with industry superstars such as Skip Black (LoCash, Tyler Farr, Craig Morgan, Eric Paslay, Emerson Drive), Liz Hengber (Sara Evans, Reba, Easton Corbin, Brooks & Dunn), Brian Maher (Taylor Swift, Emerson Drive, Justin Moore, Gwen Sebastian) and Jeff Cohen (The Band Perry, Sugarland, Big & Rich, Santana). His last CD and upcoming new songs were recorded in Nashville, including his new video footage from the Blackbird Studios.

Cade is a 4-time San Diego Music Award winner, a member of the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and Grammy Recording Academy. He has also toured with and has been featured with Frankie Ballard, Eric Church, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, and Gavin DeGraw. On February 17, 2021, Cade put out his newest single “Pinky Promise.” “Pinky Promise,” was recorded at Station West in Nashville, TN. The single was produced by ACM award winner Illya Toshinsky (The Band Perry, Justin Moore). 

If you would like to find out more about Steven Cade please go check out his website at (https://stevencade.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevencademusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevencadecountry/?hl=en

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiIrpJmHejoNzEv3kyGnO8g