Country singer/songwriter Hailey Miller is from Eugene, Oregon. She has been singing since before she spoke a word. She has also started writing when she learned to hold a pencil and picked up a guitar to write her first official song at 11 years old. Miller has written hundreds of songs and is chasing her musical career in Nashville Tennessee in her music. Some of her early music influences are Sheryl Crow and Fleetwood Mac and one of her favorite today country artist is Miranda Lambert. Her early introduction to variety musical genres such as country, rock, pop, and soul takes clear form in the form of her unique sound. Miller shares she writes and sings “primary Pop and Country with a splash of Soul.” She is ambitious by being truthful, having honest lyrics and loves making music that tells a story and makes individuals feel heard.
Miller’s first independent release, “The One,” came out this year and she continues to work on her upcoming EP. She has also worked with other writers’ and producers around Nashville, and played many writers rounds and shows around town.
Her brand new single “Boy Toy,” came out today (11/15/2019), it the perfect pop/country anthem. It is available to listen to both on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Hailey Miller then check out her website at (https://www.haileyemillermusic.com).
Singer and songwriter Ashley Taylor grew up in Bakersfield, California. Thanks to her grandma’s CD collection connected with the ironic musical history of her hometown and the “Bakersfield Sound,” Taylor got her first guitar when she was 17 years old and has been making music ever since.
Yet, it was not until Taylor became friends with known songwriter Clay Mills (“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”) by Darius Rucker, that Taylor made the decision to sell everything she had, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to start her country music career.
Taylor has been working constantly in different writing rooms on Music Row. She has written many songs by different recording artists including A&E TV Star & Warner Chapel Recording Artist Big SMO, American Idol’s Matt Wynn, Jenna Lea, and Ryan Larkins.
The Nashville Songwriter Association International also named Taylor “One To Watch,” Her singles have been placed in many songwriting competitions including “Write About Jesus,” NSAI pitch to a publisher, and TOP 40 and Man Verses Row. People can also see Taylor was also in many episodes of the hit TV show Nashville which used to be on the CMT Network.
In November 2017, Taylor was privileged by the Bakersfield Country Music Awards for her achievements and contributions to her hometown and the famous Bakersfield Sound. Taylor was also nominated for rising female artist and song of the year for her song “Cake,” at the 2019 Josie Music Awards. She was also nominated that year for an Outstanding 7 KICMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year and Top Female Vocalist.
Taylor put out her debut EP “Bakersfield,” on January 18, 2019. This EP had great success and charted to number 60 on the iTunes Top 100 Country Album Charts and was met with great reviews by fans and industry experts.
When Taylor is not writing songs, she is touring on the road and making new fans and friends all the country and performing in Nashville’s most popular venues such as Douglas Corner and The Bluebird Café, and also she appears on TV news segments and in radio interviews locally and nationally. Her music is down-tow-earth and has lyrics that many people can relate to. Taylor connects with her fans everywhere by bringing together the sounds and subjects of real-life situations and good people wherever she travels to.
Country duo Mercy Shine is an award winning Nashville Entertainment Weekly Records recording artist. Contained of Jason Clark and Matt Barfield, Mercy Shine is unrepentantly truthful and honest individuals. They were born and raised in the tidewater part of Virginia. Clark and Barfield have spent many years in the rock arena, performing shows with some of the biggest bands in the music business such as, KISS, Godsmack, Fuel, Saliva and Deep Purple.
They are happy to bring their country/rock alteration to many different audiences in the country music world. In August 2019, they released their single “Curves,” along with their self-titled EP, which, was produced by Kimo Forrest (guitarist for the group Alabama).
Mercy Shine has been nominated this year at the Josie Music Awards. The Josie Music Awards is a brand of The Josie Network, LCC and is the biggest independent artists awards show in the world. The nominations were for Duo of the Year and Fan Choice of the Year (Winning the Duo of the Year Award). They was also nominated for two KICMA Awards for Duo of the Year and Single of the Year. They also won the SB Productions Rising Star of the Year Awards.
Country singer Amanda Jordan is from Smith Falls, Canada which is just outside of Ottawa. Jordan was first discovered singing Pasty Cline’s “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” when she was about 18 months ago by her caregiver. By 5 years old, she was performing at events around Ottawa.
While chasing a degree in the Singer/Songwriter Program at Carleton University, she played for a national auidence as a performer in the 2015 Teen Canada pageant before creating a series of songwriting achievements through back to back top 10 finishes in 2016 and 2018 ole Red Dot on the Spot Songwriting Competitions, and also was a part of the finals for the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition.
On stage she was one of the winners of the Kick It with Kissel contest. By winning this contest Jordan was an opening act for Brett Kissel in 2018 in Sudbury, Ontario and was one of the eight wild cards to compete for the last spot in Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase.
While her career continues, Jordan remains stays loyal to a number of social causes. She has written many songs for different organizations close to her heart, such as “Carry You” for Boots 4 Pups, which trains service dogs for soldiers fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Outside of country music, she is also a growing actress, having had two of her own songs used in 2014 Lifetime movies, “Killing Daddy (Aka: “My Father Music Die”), which she also appeared in.
Jordan divides her time between Nashville. In Nashville she has been writing with Phil Barton, Jason Matthews, Daniel Ross and Abram Dean. While living in Canada, she has been recording music with award-winning producer Jason Barry.
On August 20, 2019 Jordan put out her newest single “Driving in the Dark.” The song is available to listen on Canadian radio since September 30, 2019 and there is also a music video for this song that is available to watch on YouTube at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=946jD0NSTYo).
Amanda Page Cornett found a love for singing, writing, and performing before she turned 9 years old. Cornett was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, a mid-size town responsible for musicians, like The Marshall Tucker Band and Pinky Anderson. She played with many churches, school, and community groups as a child. After playing her first original song at the age of 13, Cornett knew that she found her true calling.
Upon graduating from the University of Flordia, Cornett moved to Nashville, TN. By working on her skills as an entertainer, vocalist, and songwriter, Cornett developed her different “southern rock n’ soul” sound, which combined country, rock, blues, and soul.
She was featured in the 2009 movie, “Junkyard Dog,” and also has acted in many films, music videos, and commercials. Also, she got the chance to work with Kristi Manna’s Songwriter Girl Camp. Cornett has also written with many known writers including Mark Narmore, Spooner Oldham, Rich Fagan, Will Rambeaux, Greg Lawson (pop), and Kristi Manna.
Cornett also volunteered with many different types of organizations such as the Salkehatchie Summer Service and participates in different fundraisers for conditions like the Cystic Fibrosis and ALS. Her band Almost Angels, features the sibling trio Sherry Peterson-Tenille, Shawn Peterson, and Randall Scott Peterson. Together they have had the honor to play with musicians including bassist Tim Lawter (Marshall Tucker Band) as well as Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame drummer Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd).
Cornett’s album “Front Porch Rebel,” was released in 2018 and was recorded at NuttHouse Studio in Sheffield, AL and features songs written at Muscle Shoals’ famous Fame Studios (Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, and Etta James).
On October 11, 2019, Cornett new single “Throw a Lil Gas,” came out. If you would like to find out more about Amanda Page Cornett then check out her website at (https://www.amandapagecornett.com).
Musician Charles Parker was born and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Parker’s mother bought him his first guitar when he was only 10 years old. His mother wanted him to perform like Elvis. It took him many years to learn to play the guitar. He spent his early years listening to 1970’s artists such as The Bay City Rollers and Partridge Family. Then Parker sawKiss Alive 2in a department store and that changed everything. His influences went from BCR to Kiss and then to Metal. In Parker’s cover bands, they can pretty much play anything that the audience is asking for. He has been able to make a living as a full-time musician for quite some time now.
Parker’s first album as a solo artist, “Bring Back The Sun,” showcased a sound that is huge yet stripped down with irresistible melodies and catchy hooks. He released this single on Country radio in September 2017 and it was charted at #81 on the Country Music Breakout Chart. He next recorded “Party Girls,” with some of the best session players in the business. The song was released to Country radio in April 2018.
On July 12, 2019, Parker’s latest single “Love is Us,” came out. If you would like to find out more about Charles Parker then check out his website at (https://charlesparkermusic.com).
Country singer Liz Anne Hill was born by the California coast and grew up both in a suburb in Los Angels and a rural mining town in Arizona. Hill learned to sing, write her songs and ride at a very young age. She is more comfortable riding a horse in muddy boots and blue jeans than being beachside in a yellow bikini and white Ray-Bans, Hill combines down-home country roots with rock energy for different and rhythmic sound. After providing her powerhouse vocals as a demo singer for top Los Angeles producers, and then toured nationwide as a bass player and backup for different pop singers.
Many songs that were written by Hill have charted on Billboard, been showcased in animated films and by many airlines. While Hill liked commercial success as in Hollywood as a pop singer she keeps writing her songs, similar to the songs she heard playing out of her grandma’s Cochise old radio. Hill grandma’s radio was located in her County kitchen.
In 2017, Hill moved to Nashville. She put out an EP under the help from the producer, Louis Nerman. On September 13, 2019, Hill wonderful brand new single “The Desert.”
1. Hello Liz, how have you grown as a country musician in 2019?
Moving to Nashville in late 2017 and immersing myself in the songwriting community here has been incredible. In the past two years, I’ve written over 500 songs and really honed in on my craft as a songwriter and my vision as an artist.
2. How did you come up with the name of your brand new EP “The Desert?”
When I began working with my producer Louis Newman, I brought him a batch of 30 or so songs that I felt pretty confident about. He listened to them all, and believed I was on the right track but could dig deeper. The next song I wrote after that feedback was The Desert, and it felt like something had shifted, like I found where I was supposed to be. The song set the tone for the entire project, both lyrically and sonically, and it only seemed fitting that it be the title of the EP.
3. What is was your process when creating this new EP?
After writing The Desert, I had a trip planned back to my hometown in Arizona. It’s a tiny mining town and has always inspired me. As crazy as it sounds, I had the most vivid dreams while I was there, and several songs (Your Ghost, Border, Feel Something) were direct results of that trip. When I came back to Nashville, I had all these ideas to bring into my cowrites, and the songs all complimented each other. We recorded the band at Black River and it was incredible to hear the worktapes come to life. After spending about a week cutting vocals, I took a month or so to plan the video concept, and flew out to California to shoot under the direction of Collective Films. They did any incredible job, and I’m so proud of how the concept came together, and much the visuals add to the EP
4. What is your favorite song off your EP?
Border or Your Ghost. There’s something about Border that gives me chills every time I hear it, and I love how Louis let me get a little “metal” on the arrangement of Your Ghost. There’s some chromatic movements in the chorus that aren’t your typical chords for a country song, and I love that.
5. Is there something you wish your fans would take away from the EP?
The four-part video series is a cycle; the first video begins where the final video ends. Without giving too much away, the visuals follow the cycle of falling in love. We pick ourselves back up from heartbreak, we catch a spark and follow our hearts, we get in too deep, and sometimes it rips us up… but then we regain composure and try again. While the lyrics of the individual songs leave room for interpretation, they’re all deeply personal and autobiographical in a sense. I feel like if you’re going to put yourself out there, you may as well be as real as it gets, and these songs are definitely raw and unfiltered me.
6. Was there any other artists or producers that helped to create your EP with you?
Yes! I was so fortunate to have a dream-team work with me on this EP. Louis Newman produced and Greg Striezec engineered the project. Hit songwriters Jen Adan and Stefanie Rydell teamed up with me on several tracks (and lended BGV’s), Robert Ford, Kris Bradley and Joe Sly also helped me pen several tunes, and “The Desert” was actually a co-write with my sister Allison Hill-Huynh. It is really special to me that she was a part of this project.
7. Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2019?
I’ll be releasing a new video from the four part saga every 4-6 weeks, and will be playing select tour dates TBD!
8. Is there anything else you would like to share?
In addition to my solo music, I also have a YouTube channel dedicated to covers. My duo partner, Greg, and I release new videos every week and it’s so much fun! You can check us out by searching B0b & NaN-Z.