Katelyn Clampett~ New Song “Home for Christmas” Q&A!!!

            A beautiful singer, songwriter, and gifted producer, North Carolina native Katelyn Clampett truly is the complete package. Her lively range, genre adaptability and wonderful writing skills have taken her all around the world. Clampett was a backup singer for Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. Also she has gathered admiration from Victoria Beckham, Vince Gill and Kara Dioguardi. 

            Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers discovered Clampett at the age of 2. She next went on to receive a Songwriting and Vocal Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. After winning many songwriting awards at Berklee, she went west to compete on American Idol Season 9. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Clampett was invited to join Selena Gomez and The Scene as a backup singer. She also went on tour as a backup singer (keyboardist and acoustic guitarist) with Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande, and she also shared the stage with some popular country artists, such as Dan+Shay, Love and Theft, Frankie Ballard and Kip Moore. 

            On November 30, 2018, Clampett released her new single “Home for Christmas.” This new song was written by Clampett and she also produced the track herself in her home studio in Nashville, with the help of a all female production and recording team: Alex Kline (guitar), Robyn Dell’Unto (co-production), Sarah Emily Berrios (mixing) and Amy Marie (mastering).

            If you would like to find out more about Katelyn Clampett then check out her website at http://www.katelynclampett.com.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/katelynclampett

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

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

AJ Gatio~ “Q&A”!!!

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

For sure! I grew up in Ohio primarily just playing whatever sport was in season.  I grew up just jamming whatever my dad had rocking in the car (Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Brice Springsteen, etc.).  I got my first guitar in middle school but I never really learned how to play it until I got to college.

2.    Since 2015, you have been living in Nashville and played over 300+ live shows, what has been your top three favorite venues or shows to play at?

The coolest place we’ve played so far was the Hampton Beach Sea Shell Stage this past summer.  It’s just this really cool little out door amphitheater backed up right on the beach in New Hampshire.  I love playing at Belcourt Taps and Dawghouse in Nashville acoustically.  The Listening Room in downtown Nashville is also super dope.

3.    What is your process when writing a new song?

Honestly it depends on the day, who’s in the room.  There’s no real set way to write a song and everyone is different.  If you have 3 different people in the same writing room, it’s gonna look a little different every day.  For me, I like to have a general idea of a chorus or hook before even throwing it out in a write.  I write by myself a decent amount and then once I get to a point where I realize what that song is/could be, I sorta save it until I write it with someone I think can serve the song well.

4.    What is the background story behind your latest song “Whiskey Working?”

So we wrote that in March or so.  It was one of those songs where I had the “that’s the whiskey working” hook sort of looped and we (Davis Branch and Sean Stemaly) wrote to that.  I went through a really hard breakup over the summer and the song really started to resonate with me and I felt like I was channelling it pretty well so I just recorded it as soon as I could!

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

A LOT OF NEW MUSIC.  I’ve been working with my producer (Aaron Patrick) a lot and we’ll just record a whole song in a day, sometimes write it and record it in the same day.  We’ve probably got about 15 that we’ve done in the past few months and we’re gonna start putting some out as singles once we hit spring.  There’s also a couple surprises before then too…

6.    Who are some of your musical icons?

This is gonna be a little all over the place, but artists like Dierks Bentley, John Mayer, The 1975 and so many more. Dierks is just such a humble, relatable singer man.  I got into songwriting mostly through John Mayer.  That was the gateway drug.  The 1975 just refuse to be put in a box.  Their creativity is so inspiring to me. 

7.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  I think people have such a bad perception of failure.  You learn so much through what didn’t work.  Trial and error has been great for me.  Especially with touring and music. 

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

Come out to a show! I love to meet people in person more than anything.  Instagram and all that social media stuff is cool but there’s nothing like the real thing. 

AJ Gatio~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

        In the year of 2018 country music is home to a broad range of traits and different sounds and right in the middle of it all is up and coming country artist AJ Gatio. Gatio’s music is a cross between pop and country. He is a developing young musician that is out daily creating a name for himself with his high power performing skills.

            Since becoming a Nashville resident in 2015, Gatio has performed over 300+ live shows and has been a part of several huge events including CMA Festival and the Key West Songwriter Festival. In 2018, Gatio put out a song named “Too Hot,” and it was featured as an Apple Hot Track upon its release. He also has written many songs that were cut by other Nashville artists, including a song for country singer Spencer Crandall’s album that went Number 1 on the iTunes Country Chart upon release.

            Gatio knows that country music is all about his fans and whether it is after a show or on social media, he is as sociable and personal with his fans as he is with his friends. On October 26, 2018 Gatio put out his latest single “Whiskey Working.” The song is available on Spotify and iTunes. 

            If you would like to find out more about AJ Gatio then check out his website at https://www.ajgatio.com

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Marla’s~ Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki Recipe (I’m Greek!):

Ingredients: 

3.5 Cups Full fat Greek Yogurt (Fage)

4-5 Garlic cloves

1 Big cucumber

4-6 Tbs Olive oil

2 tbs VinegarSalt and pepper


1. Grate and drain the cucumber.

2. Mix the yogurt and the grated cucumber in a bowl.

3. Add the finely grated garlic, the olive oil and the vinegar4. Mix everything with a whisk or a mixer. Season with salt and pepper

Marla~ “Q&A”!!!

1.    Hello Marla, can tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter?
Hi! I am originally from a small town in Connecticut outside of New Haven. I moved down here to Nashville in 2010 to attend Belmont University and to pursue my music career. When I was in high school I made frequent trips to Nashville to write. The first time I ever performed was when I was four-years-old and I have been performing ever since! I’ve been writing most of my life, too. Musical theater was a large part of my life, too, but songwriting was always my main pursuit! 
2.    What is your process when you are writing a new song?
Every song seems to have a different origin story, but most of the time I prefer writing with a hook in mind.  I am constantly generating ideas so I try to make sure that I always bring one to the session. A lot of my song ideas come from me singing to myself, mostly when I am in the shower! Often times lyrics come out through the melody I’m singing. I also write a lot by myself, even though I co-write nearly every day. Solo writing is something that I have always really loved and I have been doing a lot of lately. That process tends to be a little different than co-writing because you have nobody to bounce ideas off of, so you have to really trust yourself. I’ll sit down at the piano or I’ll start playing guitar and if something sounds interesting melodically or sonically or if I like my lyric idea then I’ll run with it! Then it becomes a puzzle!
3.    What is your favorite song off your latest EP “Marla?”
Ah that is hard- it is always different! The song “Try Telling My Heart That” is a very special song to me. I wrote it with Grant Vogel and Witt Mckay. The song is a very defining song of mine. The lyric, the melody and the concept embody everything I am as an artist. We wrote it at the end of 2014 and my love for it, and other people’s love for it, hasn’t seemed to fizzle at all, which I think is telling. I came up with the title one day while I was sitting at my piano and I started writing some seriously melodramatic song that I didn’t like ha! I loved the hook, though, so I took it to Grant and Witt the next day and the chorus poured out. It took two more sessions to nail down the verses, tough. Once we figured out what we wanted to say it wrote itself. I am very proud of that song.
4.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?
I am going to start releasing a lot of demos and live acoustic videos on YouTube. I finished recording my EP a year and a half ago so I have written a ton of new songs since then! I’ve never been more excited about new music as I am at the moment. There are also lots of songs I have written in the last five or so years that I really want to get out that I love just as much!
5.    What are three things you enjoy doing in Nashville?

  1. I love spending time with my friends and my boyfriend (who is Grant Vogel) and our cat Tobias! I’m very extroverted but I am not very rowdy! I love going to places where I can hang with friends and have good conversation. The Patterson House is my go-to spot for that! Songwriter’s rounds, too!
  2. There are constantly new restaurants popping up here, so I like checking them out! 
  3. I love hiking, being active and just bopping around the city! Percy Warner and Radnor Lake are two of my go-to hiking spots. I also like to walk around all the districts!

6.    If you have to describe your music in 3 to 5 words, what words would you pick?
Heartfelt, Accessible, Energetic, Pop/rock influenced, Honest
7.    Who are some of your musical icons and if you could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why?
Growing up, my idol was Celine Dion. My music is nothing like hers but that’s ok she is untouchable! My mom listened to classic rock and my dad listened to country. Fleetwood Mac was constantly playing in our house, as well as Phil Collins, Elton John, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, just to name a few. I used to listen to George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart” incessantly, thanks to my dad! It would definitely be a dream of mine to sing that with him. The first record I ever bought was Christina Aguilera’s first album. She will always be a favorite of mine. I was always (and still am) a huge Lady A, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood fan. Currently, I am obsessed with Dua Lipa! She is a killer entertainer. 
8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?
I’m a ginormous Harry Potter fan, so this may be predictable, but I have always loved this quote.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”- Albus Dumbledore
9.    Is there anything else you would like to share?
Stay tuned for new music in 2019! I am truly so excited to put more music out there. Follow me on YouTube, Instagram (marla.music), Twitter (helloitsmarla) and Facebook! Also, check out my EP on Spotify and Apple Music.

Marla~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

           Country musician Marla is from Connecticut. She started to sing and perform at 4 years old and grew a liking for piano and the guitar. Some of Marla’s musical influences are Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Fleetwood Mac and George Strait.

            Marla left the East Coast at 17 years old and attended college at Belmont University in Nashville; TN. Marla started to like the fact that her kind of songwriting did not fit into any of the normal Nashville boxes. She spent some of her time in Nashville refining her songwriting and vocal skills by learning the art of country music, the music she became a fan of when she was a child. By the age of 21, Marla put out three EP’s; all of them were featured on iTunes and rapidly allowed her to gather a loyal fan base, reaching people as far away as Australia. She also started a fan base by spending some time on the road playing at many different colleges and universities around the country. It was not long before Nashville started to take a notice, as she has been an opening act for artists like Chuck Wicks, Kix Brooks and Lorrie Morgan.

            Marla has spent the last couple years writing and creating her team, which includes Grammy-nominated producer Brad Hill (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne) and upcoming producer/songwriter Joe Fox. Her first single, “Try Telling My Heart That,” was shown on the popular Wild Country playlist on Spotify and also the “Hot Tracks” playlist on Apple Music, along with over 400 others. This song also has already over 200,000 downloads just on Spotify. The music video debuted on CMT in the CMT’s Artist Discovery program. On September 21, 2018 Marla put out her latest EP “Marla,” on this EP there are 6 songs including “Try Telling My Heart That.” 

            If you would like to find out more about Marla then check out her website at http://marlamusic.com.       

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Maddison Krebs’ Chocolate Chips Cookies (Big Family Batch)~ Recipe!!!

Directions

2 CUPS OF MELTED BUTTER

6 CUPS OF LIGHTLY PACKED BROWN SUGAR 

6 EGGS

6 TBSP HOT WATER 

8 CUPS OF FLOUR 

3 TSP OF BAKING SODA 

3 TSP OF BAKING POWDER 

¾ TSP OF SALT 

3 PACKS OF CHOCOLATE CHIPS 

Mix all ingredients together, and stir in the chocolate chips at the end. It’s that simple!

CONVECTION BAKE: 8 MINS @375 F