Country Singer Ciara Rae Mom’s Pistachio Cake Recipe!!!

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1 pkg Duncan Hines Butter (any other brand is good, but this is best) 
1 pkg pistacchio pudding
4 eggs
1/4 lb butter
1/4 c. canola oil
1/2 pt (1c) sour cream 
Mix cinnamon and sugar together to add to the cake… 
About 1/2 c sugar and 1T cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Mix first 6 incredients well with a blender and lay down one layer of batter… Sprinkle 1/2  cinnamon/sugar mixture on top… Then repeat.
Bake for 45 min or so then let stand 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!   

Ciara Rae “Q&A”!!!

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1.     Hi Ciara, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became country musician?
       
I feel like I’ve always been a country musician. What I mean is, when I was in high school I was singing and playing lots of other genres of music… Kind of finding myself, and sometimes I was doing it because that’s what my friends were doing. When college came I went to Jazz School and always kind of felt like the odd man out because I would put this country/soul twist on everything, however, the Dean (Shelly Burg) got it. He said that I need to go and play and sing what I felt, so I found my way to get to Nashville and did.  
2.     How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
I grew up on Motown and Garth Brooks. I never discriminated against a good song, no matter what the genre. However, my heart was always drawn to the writing in country music… The stories, the messages about life, I’ve always loved it.
As far as a career as an artist and songwriter… It just happened. From piano lessons, choir, music contests, then paid performances then Music College, to Belmont in Nashville, music just kept happening. It was natural. I didn’t choose it, it chose me.
3.     Who are some of your musical icons?
I would have to credit my Dad first for introducing me to influences in my music. He personally sings terrible, haha. When he was a produce manager at Winn Dixie and he would blast Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash until everyone wanted to kill him. Next I’d credit my Grandpa for showing me the basics, and introducing me to Classical music at the age of 4. I used to lay underneath his grand piano while he played and listen for hours as a kid. 
4.     What is the story behind your new single “Girls Are Gonna Have Fun?”
I sat with one of my favorite songwriters, Aymber, from back home to write this song. From the first line “I don’t wanna see your stupid face anymore…” it just flowed out of us. We were on the same wavelength. That’s how genuine, good songs happen, that fast and that easy.
5.     What country artist has been your favorite to open up for?
No matter who I continue to open for it will always be Love & Theft hands down. I’ll always credit them for being the first big name act years ago to take a chance on me and let me open for them. That opportunity did so much for me down the road. I’ll never forget that.
 
6.     Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?
YES! I’m working on my new EP! I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Everyone’s been asking “Who The Hell Is Ciara Rae?” with my last EP. This one is going to show everyone who I am and what messages I want to bring to the world to help others.
7.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?
Same place, bigger stages. Writing, producing, singing, and hoping to help more people through it.  
8.     What do you like to do in your free time?
Order in and catch up on weird documentaries. Hands down, I watch the weirdest stuff, haha!
9.  What is one of your favorite quotes?
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
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Ciara Rae “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Country singer Ciara Rae was born and raised in South Flordia. Her early music training first started with piano and voice, and then extended into the guitar and songwriting. She is considered a “triple threat” in Nashville, and is described as being a skillful singer, songwriter and musician.

Rae trained with both the University of Miami (Flordia) Frost School of Music jazz Vocals and Belmont University’s Mike Curb School of Music for Songwriting and Music Business at the Belmont University in Nashville. Rae is an expert in the country, blues, jazz, pop and classical genres.

She has performed at the Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee, Tortuga Music Festival in Key West, Frontier Cheyenne Days and Loretta Lynn’s Motorcycles and Music Revival in Nashville. Rae has also opened up for Sheryl Crowe, Darius Rucker, Jana Kramer and Lynyrd Skynyrd. She has also put out 10 songs and 1 EP. Rae newest single and one of my favorite songs from her, is called “Girls Are Gonna Have Fun” is out now.

If you would like to find out more Ciara then check out her website http://www.ciararae.com.

 

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Dixiedee’s Top 5 Fave Songs of the Week: Oct 16, 2017!!!

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  1. Moonlight Social “Make You Smile”: In country duo Moonlight Social new song “Make You Smile,” tells the story of two brokenhearted people noticing each other at night club, where both are trying to moderate their emotional confusion. Both of them decide to make the best of an unhappy situation.
  2. Whitney Rose “Can’t Stop Shakin”: “Can’t Stop Shakin” is the newest from country artist Whitney Rose. This song is a blue-grass country, which has a 1960’s vibe to it.
  3. Josh Grider “Good People”: Josh Grider’s new song “Good People” shows listeners that despite the every day of bad news and horrible headlines, there are “till good people in the world”.
  4. Brown & Gray: “Top Down” is a duet from singers Kaci Brown and Sam Gray. This is a classic anthem and the song also sounds like driving down the coast with a cool car and just living in the moment.
  5. Danielle Bradbery “Hello Summer”: Danielle Bradbery’s new song “Hello Summer” is a laid back song that showcases a romantic but truthful picture of the ups and downs of love with an expiration date on it.

 

Music Videos:

  1. Moonlight Social “Make You Smile”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq-0VM1Pxdg
  2. Whitney Rose “Can’t Stop Shakin”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAl9w3Cqs4c
  3. Josh Grider “Good People”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E7gUBFDA7I
  4. Brown & Gray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiRpXCUFj28
  5. Danielle Bradbery “Hello Summer”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d6eJcWYqBc

Song Q&A: “Whiskey Business”- By John Miller & Hannah May Allison

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Song: “Whiskey Business” (Q & A)

Performers: John Miller & Hannah May Allison

 

  1. Hi John & Hannah, how did guys grow since last year as being musicians and songwriters?

We both made the leap to writing full time. By having at least one, most often two and sometimes 3 writing sessions a day, we got a lot better at what we do.

  1. How did you guys decide on the name of your song?

Sean Swenson is a huge part of our writers crew, SMASH:30. He came up with the title. If I remember correctly, Sean and former lady friend used to go out separately on the weekends, but after both consuming adult beverages, would always wind up participating in late shenanigans. Somehow he started calling it Whiskey Business, brought the idea to the writing room and the rest is history.

  1. What is the background story behind this tune?

If I remember correctly, Sean and former lady friend used to go out separately on the weekends, but after both consuming adult beverages, would always wind up participating in late shenanigans. Somehow he started calling it Whiskey Business, brought the idea to the writing room and the rest is history.

  1. Is there something you wish your listeners would take away from this song?

I think it’s one of those songs that people can relate to. That somewhat toxic situation that you continue to put yourself into because it’s what you’re used to, but you usually regret in the morning.

  1. Was there any other artists/producers that helped to create this song?

Matt Erickson did a great job producing the track. We had quite the crew of writers, including Sean Swenson, Joshua Robert and Brett Stafford Smith.

  1. Is there anything else coming up with both of your music careers for the rest of 2017?

Hannah and I were cowriters on some really exciting songs that are coming out by other artists, including Lexi Mackenzie’s first single, Love’s Out Of Control and Cassidy Rae Gaiter’s All the Feels. I also cowrote a song with The Voice’s Blessing Offor called How Do You Know that will be on his album.

As artists, we both will be releasing new material in the very near future.

  1. Is there anything else you guys would like to share?

Hannah and I are both members ofSMASH:30 Songwriters. We a team of 5 songwriters/artists here in Nashville. We write regularly with each other and with some of Music City’s best rising artists.

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“Whiskey Business” Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLTCLP5SM1U

John Miller:

  • Smash:30 Songwriter/Singer
  • University of Flordia Alum

 

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Hannah May Allison:

  • New single “Back on You” available Now!!
  • Singer/Songwriter

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Tyler Brant “Q & A”!!!

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Questions

1.     Hi Tyler, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer?

2.     How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career it?

3.     Who are some of your musical icons?

4.     What is one of your favorite song that you ever recoreded?

5.     Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

6.     If you could sing a duet with a singer or group who would it be and why?

7.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

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

Answers:

1. I grew up in Muskogee, OK. It was a small town and country music was pretty much the way of life. I didn’t start early as a musician just always loved music and would sing constantly. Instead in my younger years I played football and lived small town life…fishing, hunting, etc. I left my hometown to go to college and play college ball until I was injured and returned home. Shortly after I joined the US Army. It was during my 6 years in the military that I picked up a guitar and found what I didn’t know was missing from my life for so long. When I finally finished my tour of duty I immediately began to play small gigs and practice my craft until I came to a point in my musical journey where music became my full time career.

2. I think, for me, country music was always the only direction that I could’ve been successful. I did play with a rock band for a bit and even though music makes me happy there was always something missing. It became a career for me, at least in my mind, the first show I played one of my original songs. Sitting in front of a room full of people with nothing but an acoustic guitar in my hand and singing words that I had put on paper was a feeling that couldn’t be replicated. It felt like what I was meant to do.
3. When it comes to musical icons the list is way to long to list them all. The first couple that come to mind would have to be Garth brooks, John Mayer and Led Zeppelin. As strange as that mix is I think it’s important to draw influence from all styles of music rather than just one genre. Music is a learning experience for me and always evolving so drawing influence from all styles allows me to keep an open mind.
4. My favorite song I ever recorded was “Too In Love”. I wrote this song in TN and recorded it in Los Angeles, CA. The reason I guess it’s my favorite would be that it’s the first song I ever professionally recorded. Really it was my first time inside an actual studio with producers and musicians. The experience really solidified how important the whole music making process is to me.
5. The rest of the year I’m focusing on finishing the writing for my new album planned for the beginning of 2018. I just came back from Los Angeles auditioning for “The Voice” so my tour schedule was cleared. I took it as an opportunity to focus up and really try to write songs I can be proud of.
6. I would definitely sing a duet with Carrie Underwood. To me, duet has always been male/female oriented and she is one of the best in the business. She’s also from Checotah, OK which is about 20 min from my hometown. Us Okies gotta stick together lol.
7. I’m not sure where I’ll be but I can tell you where I’d like to be in the next 5 to 10 years. In 5 years I’d love to have a nationally circulated single on the radio and possibly a small intro record deal. Within 10 I’d love to be up for a country music award. I can honestly say if none of that happens I’d love to just still be making music and loving it.
8. My favorite quote is one by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It’s a simple one. “Music is the universal language of mankind”. No matter who, what language, ethnicity, anything that might separate us, Music is the one thing we can all relate to.
9. When it comes to cooking I’m fairly simple. I’m honestly the the type (no judging) to mix spaghetti noodles and bbq sauce and call it a night or make a burrito out of pretty much anything. Lol I don’t think that either qualifies as a recipe though.
10. I will be touring nationally starting the new year and there is talks of another Ireland tour mid 2018.

 

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Tyler Brant: Artist Spotlight!!!

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Tyler Brant was born in Oklahoma. While growing up in a small city, Brant listened to Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard and Joe Diffie. Brant’s career path did not start in music. He first worked in a factory up until he went to serve for his country. It was during his time in the military that he picked up a guitar and found his calling.

Many of Brant’s friends were singers, so he picked up the acoustic sound fast and succeeded in starting his own music career within in the city of Savannah, GA. Just one year after starting his singer/songwriter profession, Brant was nominated for a Georgia Music Award for “Best Country Male Vocalist.”

After living in Savannah for a while, Brant decided to move to Tennessee to continue his growth as a country music artist. In 2016 Brant put out his first two singles “Too In Love” and “Suns Come Up” both songs came out in 2016. His music is available on Spotify and iTunes. Brant has also made way for his first inaugural international tour in 2015. He traveled to the beautiful island of Ireland. Brant continues to be himself and make music that many of his listeners can relate to.

If you would like to find out more about Tyler Brant then check out his website www. https://www.tylerbrantmusic.com.

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