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

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