Hunter Thomas Mounce~ Artist Spotlight

Hunter Thomas Mounce is a local of Missouri and grew up in Pleasant Hill. Pleasant Hill, is a tiny town outside of Kansas City. After graduating from the Fire Academy in December of 2012, with no luck of getting on the department, within the next year, he set his time on community college in Springfield, MO. It was thee where Mounce spent many hours in his 600 sq. foot apartment learning the fundamentals of the guitar and writing songs. Upon going back home in the Spring of 2014, he set high sights on music, a brand new passion for himself. Later in the year he co-started a local country/southern rock band, with his buddies, named Barbwire Revolt. In just a little over a year, they achieved many things in the Kansas City area. The peak of the band’s triumph was performing at Longview Lake’s 4TH of July Celebration in front of 20,000 people. Eight days later (July 12, 2016), Mounce moved to Hendersonville, TN to work full time for the Fire Department. Today, he still works for HFD and lives in West Nashville. In over two years, Mounce is making movement in the music world as a solo artist. He teamed up with #1 producer, Kenny Royster, who had a huge impact on his young career. Royster and Mounce both have made a signature sound that put a little modern spin on traditional country.

On January 13, 2021 Mounce brand new single “Alone in the Lone Star,” will be out on Spotify. If you would like to know more about Hunter Thomas Mounce then take a look at his website https://www.huntermounce.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClfEqHCuQB7W1ofi9Rrl_zw

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterTMounce

Nikita Skogen~ Artist Spotlight

Nikita Skogen is a caring Country artist and songwriter with a lot of love for her music. She began her love for music before she could even walk, but the start of a career started in 2008, with  little performances here and there. Next came a YouTube single in 2010, “I Wonder.” She had worked together with many Norwegian artists in form of playing and recording. After awhile, things slowed down due to an illness and starting her own family. But now she has found her way back to her love for music, especially country music. 

She has already grew a loyal fan base. In November 2020, she released her first single “Break Your Heart.” In February 2021 her next single “I’m My Own Person,” will be released. Skogen is working with Nashville producer Davis Branch. If you would like to find out more about Nikita Skogen then check out her website at (https://www.nikitaskogen.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClot-WXxQIzFilWg9pwAavg?view_as=subscriber

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SkogenNikita

Jade Helliwell~ Artist Spotlight

Jade Helliwell is a singer/songwriter from West Yorkshire. Helliwell’s style is noticeably British combination of pop and country motivated by artist like Pasty Cline and Dolly Parton, as well as present-day artists like Maren Morris and Cassadee Pope.

Over the last few years, she has played alongside some popular names and appearing regularly at festivals such as Country to Country (C2C), Buckle and Boots, FSA Festival and Country on the Clyde and Nashville Meets London Festival. In May 2017, a video of Helliwell singing with a busker on a night out in Leeds went viral and reached over 23 million views across Facebook and YouTube. Her 2016 EP rapidly re-entered the charts and went #1 in the country charts and #8 in the official charts. She next won the Yamaha Hoedown competition and became endorsed as a Yamaha Artist. 

In 2018, Helliwell put out “Infatuation,” proceeded by her single “Drive,” which was premiered on Chris Country Radio. The EP achieve great reviews and radio support, as well as some wonderful Spotify playlist features. Drive has collected over 100k streams on Spotify. Helliwell was also awarded “Best Song,” for single “Boom Tick,” at the 2018 BCMA Awards, and picked up “Best Female,” at the awards for the next year. 

These accomplishments can be added to an  massive list of nominations and awards, including “Best Female” and “Best Solo,” at the Box Radio Awards,” “Artist of the Year,” and “UK Female of the Year from UK Country Radio, “Best Unsigned Female,” at the Best of British Awards and “Outstanding Artist at the Yorkshire Roots Awards. 

After hew Nashville Meets London performance, Helliwell was asked by tire company “Firestone,” to become the face of their international music competition. The role kept her super busy, appearing at many different events throughout 2018 on behalf of Firestone and in association with BBC Introducing presenter Abbie McCarthy. Then Helliwell started 2019 with a tour of Australia as part of international Buckle and Boots Festival motivation. The trip included performances in cities such as Brisbane, Toowoomba and Twead Heads, and ended with a spot on the International Stage at the famous Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Back in the UK, Helliwell put out her brand new single “Stormchaser on March 8th at the same of her performance at C2C. The single has had a great response and is was featured on the Wild Country Playlist on Spotify, and was downloaded over 200k streams. 

2019 was another awesome year for Helliwell with performances at some well-known festivals, releasing new singles “Put It On You,” and “Stay,” (which was shown on Matt Sprancklen’s Country Hits Brits on Country Hits <Radio>). She also became an Orange Amps Artists and won British Country Music Awards (BCMA) for the Video and Song of the Year.

On December 11, 2020, Helliwell out her latest single “Telephone.” This new wonderful tune is available both on Spotify and Apple Music. I think in 2021 will be another great year for Helliwell in her music career. If you would like to find out more about Joe Helliwell then check her website at (https://www.jadehelliwell.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jadehelliwellmusic

Instagram: https://www.jadehelliwell.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jadehelliwell2

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jadehelliwell

Joe Hanson~ Artist Spotlight

Joe Hanson is already breaking the surface, and he is brand new to the country music world. He is ready with an outstanding tenor voice and a talent for creating a melody like a painter with a brush: classy and vividly.

            Even today, Hanson understands how to write the kind of songs that stays in your head, with lyrics that reflect both negative and positive things that he has experience in his own life. While it seems that Hanson have been born to sing country music- true, he perhaps was- it took him a while to decide whether his purpose was in Christian music, on which he grew up listening to in Naperville, Illinois and also to country greats like Randy Travis, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and John Denver. After testing with many sounds and projects, Hanson knew that his calling was to make country music, so he moved to Nashville to make his country music dreams come true. 

            Since moving to Nashville, he had the chance to attend writers’ retreats, he met Keesy Timmer, who’d wrote Kelsea Ballerini’s song “Yeah Boy.” Hanson has also had the opportunity to be an opening act for some of Nashville’s finest including Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Russell Dickerson and Lindsay Ell. 

            On December 4, 2020, Hanson put out his latest single “Wishlist.” This song is a great single to add your favorite Holiday playlist. His music is available both on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Joe Hanson then please go take a look at his website (https://joehansonmusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdMLADpA1OTKA3ytNQwfcQ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/joehansonmusic

Steven Cade~ Artist Spotlight

Huston, Texas-born country musician Steven Cade has charmed and motivated audiences across North America with his unique sound. He blends contemporary pop elements into country-inspired songs, making a different kind of traditional country music. 

            Cade is now living in Nashville and is also an award-winning modern country artist and singer/songwriter. He is originally from Texas; Cade came to Nashville by way of California. His sound can be compared to Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, and Rascal Flatts. 

            His CD “I Really Want to Say,” debuted in the iTunes Top 100 Country Chart. Cade won the Durango Songwriter’s Expo for the song “Sum of Two Hearts,” and he also won “Best Country at the Wine Country Music Awards. “What I Really Want to Say,” landed #1 for 4 straight weeks on the New Country Artist Radio, and the video aired on GAC and Heartland. Cade has been considered for 6 Grammy nominations. 

            Cade has been a co-writer with industry greats like Skip Black (LoCash, Tyler Farr, Craig Morgan, Eric Paslay, Emerson Drive), Liz Hengber (Sara Evans, 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 new upcoming songs were recorded in Nashville, including new video footage from Blackbird Studios. 

            Cade is also a 4-times San Diego Music Award winner, of the Country Music Association Academy of Country Music and Grammy Recording Academy. He toured nationally and has been featured with country acts like Frankie Ballard, Eric Church, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain and Gavin DeGraw). He also went on tour to promote his single “Two Less Lonely People,” and also in 2019 he promotes for his upcoming 2019 “Boots on The Beach tour that was a total of 18 shows. 

            On November 24, 2020 Cade put out his brand-new single called “Still Find Christmas. It is available to listen to on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Steven Cade then please go take a look at his website (https://stevencade.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevencademusic

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/stevenybarramusic

Nate Barnes~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

Photo By: Jason Myers

            It is told that storytellers are their greatest when they write about what they know. Quartz Hill Records up and coming country artist Nate Barnes is no exception. The blue-collar power plant worker writes and sings about the work and the everyday life he is a part of in the small town of South Haven, Michigan. Barnes sings about God, family, hard-work, heartache, love and the simple kind of life. He also sings about how to get by and the blood, sweat and tears that get us there. The honestly which Barnes sings stories of the every-day life, working class Americans is sincere (because he is also one, too). 

            Barnes started working at only 13 years old, he helped at a youth camp. His work ethic was strongly inspired by his mom who had three jobs, as well as his stepdad who worked double duty at both the local power plant and on a blueberry farm to make ends meet. By 14, Barnes was working on roofs and building houses with his uncle. Then at 18, he started his stepdad’s footsteps, by receiving an entry level job at the power plant by cleaning toilets and driving buses. He worked his way up through the levels of manual labor- making scaffolding, pouring concrete, shoveling and digging trenches, putting down pipelines, and working on mechanical maintenance for sometimes 14 hours in one day, working in heavy suits, helmets, often times in high cold or heat. 

            During the long hours of manual labor, music was never far away from Barnes’ heart. The small-town boy and dreamer first started playing at church in sixth grade and later at parties and small gatherings. His mom would take him all over town and sit through each show. As time went on, Barnes started performing at bars and venues every night and weekends. 

            He was musically influenced by both of his grandparents; Barnes grew up singing with his family after Sunday dinners. Barnes and his family would join around his grandmother as she played hymns on the blues on the family piano. Barnes remembers how, after each session, his grandfather would sit in his recliner with blues on the radio and a western on TV while he amused his grandkids of stories about growing up and working in the fields in Tupelo, Mississippi. 

             When Barnes was 21, a close friend and mentor introduced him to the music and stories of Keith Whitley, George Strait, Alabama and Brooks & Dunn. As he dove more and more into the world of country music, he found out that these were the passages of his own life- the lessons he had learned, the individuals he had love, the sorrows he had tolerated – the stories speak in a way that felt like home. 

            Even though, he has spent many years playing bars, coffee shops, small venues and festivals in and close to his hometown, Barnes was discovered as result of a fluke, he met chart-topping songwriter Jason Sellers, while passing through Nashville on his way to vacation in Gatlinburg. A conversation led to a song and Sellers knew right away that he had met a true original musician. Sellers introduce Barnes to Benny and Paul Brown. Working with the Brown’s was the start of his country music career. 

            On October 30, 2020, Barnes newest single came out “You Ain’t Pretty.” If you would like to find out more Nate Barnes then check out his website (https://www.natebarnesmusic.com). 

Bear Redell~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Brett Redell is a singer and songwriter. Redell is from Solvang, California. As a teen, he played football and also took piano lessons. Redell won the 2011 Santa Barbara Teen Star Competition when he was in the 8th grade, with his own cover of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter.” While attending high school, he played at weddings, bars, restaurants, and wineries. Redell then went to UCLA, he was a walk-on football player for the Bruins. He graduated in 2019 and moved to Nashville, TN in 2020. He plans to pursue a career in the music world as an artist and writer. Redell release his single “Church & Cash,” in November 2020. 

            If you would like to find out more about Bear Redell then check out his website at (https://www.bearredell.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

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

Matt Koerner~ “Artist Spotlight”

Photographer: Justin Gill (7713 Photography)

            Matt Koerner was born in Southern California, but has been living in Nashville for six years, following his dream, writing his own music, and traveling around the country performing from coast to coast. He has shared stages with country artists like Dwight Yoakam, Chris Young, Chris Janson and Luke Combs. 

            After struggling and winning a battle with cancer, Koerner was reminded to treasure each day, cherish his experiences, and value the journey life has to offer, which is what his song and the title track of his new EP, “The Race,” is about. Written with his friend, Mike Bay, the song reminds all of us to try and enjoy the journey while following your dreams and enjoy the places you will go and the people you will meet along the way. 

            Koerner has spent the past months playing concerts for his fans online on his social media accounts, as well as  taking over the social media pages for many country radio stations and country music blogs. He also hosted a special event on his Facebook account called “Just An Intermission,” which gives back to The Musician’s Foundation.

            Also, Korner’s great drive and sense of adulthood were further shown during his school years while playing sports through the discipline he learned by practice and competition. Those lessons have certainly come into play as Korner promotes his up-and-coming career in country music and putting out his new single “Stayed Alive in 45,” a song which comes from a very personal place that he wrote about his grandpa, Carl Joseph Turner who at only 18 fought in WWII.

The catchy midtempo tune has a powerful message, also powerful vocal skills and production was produced by Zach Swon (The Swon Brothers). Not only is the song  a tribute to his late grandfather, but also a tribute to all of the men and women who have fought for our country and freedom. “Stay Alive in 45,” is centered around a special conversation between Korner and his grandpa remembering his time during WWII.

            His passion for life is contagious and his work principle is invincible. Koerner is currently working on new music to released later this year. His music is available to listen on both Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Matt Koerner then check out his website at (www.mattkoernermusic.com)

Photographer: Elvis Aceff

Social Media Accounts:

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MattKoerner/videos

Jake Hoot~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Don’t let his big-than-life attendance mislead you. Jake Hoot maybe 6’6, but the Season 17 Champ of NBC’s  The Voice is a combo of both kind-hearted and sincere as they come. His lively storytelling skills and strong vocals led him to a record run on the Emmy-award winning talent show. Breaking records let and tight, Hoot’s chart-topping skills landed him a record 6 songs in the Top 10 of the iTunes Country Singles Chart and a #1 song on the overall iTunes Singles Charts. With the release of his single “Dangerous Thing,” the country artist is setting up own sound.

            His debut EP with Danny Myrick at the helm  is a 5-song EP that showcases an all-star lineup of musicians and songwriters including Dan Sama, Myrick, Jenne Fleenor, Dave Pahanish, Jamie Floyd and many more. This project will also feature a duet with a well-known artist that will be revealed in December 2020. Taking inspiration from his childhood memories in the Dominion Republic, Hoot did a cover of the hit song “La Bamba,” as his first single on November 6th. Fellow Season 17 “The Voice,” contestant Ricky Duran is featured as the lead guitarist on “La Bamba,” along with 8 other contestants who lend their voices on the track from Hoot’s winning season. 

            Hoot was the 2nd of 9 siblings to Baptist Missionary. He was born in Texas and lived a gypsy kind of lifestyle as a child. He lived in Oklahoma, Haiti and 11 years in the Dominican Republic. In the Dominican Republic, Hoot learned how to play the guitar, and also became fluent in Spanish. He praises his various musical influences to his time on the island. The singer/songwriter is now living in Tennessee, at 20 years old where he started playing and attending Tennessee Tech University as a walk-on football player.

            There is no disagreeing that Hoot has the heart of a humanitarian and gives back as much as he can. During his time on The Voice, Hoot started a charitable merchandise line and was able to give more than $15,000 to local organizations in his hometown of Cookeville, TN. After the deadly tornadoes that his Middle, Tennessee on March 3rd, Hoot put out a powerful song called “Tennessee Strong,” which reached Top 10 in the iTunes Country Singles chart and Top 35 on the iTunes All Genres Chart. All of the proceeds from the streams and downloads of the song benefit Tornado survivors. Currently growing over 2.7 million Apple Music and Spotify streams, nearly 70k downloads and rejoicing his recent Grand Ole Opry.

            If you would like to find out more about the great and talented Jake Hoot then check out his one of his social media accounts down below. 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jakehootmusic

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6ahWFOSrLzAv9vDWNmgOA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jake.hoot.music