Megan Dawson~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Megan Dawson is a country and pop singer and songwriter from Calgary, AB. In July of 2021, she was nominated for the YYC Music Awards “Solo Artist of the Year.” Dawson has joined many artist development programs such as Canada’s Music Incubator’s Artist Entrepreneur West professional development program at Studio Bell, home of the National Centre (2019) and the RBC Launchpad Entrepreneur program (2021).

With over 640,000 combined streams on Spotify, making the Yangroo DMDS “Most Active Indie” list on its first week at radio with “Influence” and being shown on various editorial playlists on Spotify (Live Country, New Music Friday Canada, Fresh Finds Country), “Influence” has made for a great start to 2022.

Dawson’s latest single, “Kissed Me Like That,” was produced by Dan Swinimer, and written by Madeline Merlo, Emma-Lee and Lindsay Rimes. The song showcases a thrilling sound for the artist. It also brings hooky lyrics and a lively melody expressing the feelings of happiness when falling in love. With the mixing of Dawson’s dazzling vocals, this song showcases a lively sound to the pop/country scene. 

If you would like to find out more about the talented Megan Dawson go take look at her social media pages down below. Thanks again MD, for wanting to be a part of my site! 

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Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MegDawsonMusic

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKiOGQtJQXuXHkwbY1lYTnA

Jon Edmund~ Artist Spotlight!!

Country singer/songwriter Jon Edmund is 22 years old and is from Norman, Oklahoma. Although he is new to releasing his music, he is not new to the music scene. Through playing in many different bands, writing, producing and mixing, he feels greatly thankful to get so many outlooks on how music is made and how the industry works. His first EP, “Southern Gentleman,” will be coming out on June 10th, 2022 and will feature three songs that will show what kind of artist he wants to be. 

Edmund’s latest single is “Country Girl Swing,” and it came this year. His music is available to listen on both Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more  about Jon Edmund please go check out his social media pages down below. Thanks again Jon for being a part of my site. 

Social Media Accounts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonedmundmusic

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSKRURYB_RNXRDWavffS06Q

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

Kate Cameron~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Country singer Kate Cameron is equal areas of soul, grit, and grace. Cameron’s clear and rare vocal sound lands between two places her Boston background and her Nashville icons. At times you can hear aping soul and rock vocalists such as Susan Tedeschi or Aerosmith yet she also has the song/songwriter appreciation of singers like Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert. 

In 2015, Cameron graduated from Berklee College of Music, obtaining a Bachelor of Music focusing in Songwriting and where she also got the chance to perform for and honor Doug Morris, a top industry executive who formerly was a CEO of Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. While attending Berklee allowed her to refine her vocal craft before taking on Music City. Cameron has been working in the Nashville music setting ever since moving there to release her self-written and co-producing different artist projects. 

Cameron’s latest single “Turn on Your Light,” came out this year and is available to listen on both Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about the talented Kate Cameron then please go take a look at her website at (https://www.katecameronmusic.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kate_Cameron

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcyHiQGbpn2lPoMGE48Y-SQ

Eric Lee~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Eric Lee is an American Singer/Songwriter He was raised in South Florida, and Lee grew up with wide-ranging impacts- from Dwight Yoakam, Bob Dylan, Eagles, and Dolly Parton. He has a one of kind voice in country music, creating vocally driven singles with all his heart and soul. 

His first single “Same Dirt Road,” was released in November 2020 and rapidly gained millions of streams, hit number 38 on the Music Radio radio chart and earned a steady international presence. Motivated by the concept that we’re all joined, no matter where we grew up and what “road” we walk, Lee co-wrote and produced the song. 

He’s also had success as a producer and co-writer, licensing music for TV, Film and Ads. In 2018, he produced and co-wrote the song “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Been,” performed by Kaleena Zanders which was showcased in Toyota’s segment during the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics that year. 

His debut album “For Who You Are,” was self-produced and mixed by six-time Grammy winner Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton and Jack White) and Mastered by Grammy-winning engineer, Pete Lyman. 

In 2022, Lee’s brand new single “Come Break My Heart,” is available both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about the talented Eric Lee then please go check out his website at (https://ericlee.live). 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ericleelive

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ericleemusic

Anthony Pana~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Anthony Pana just put out his first single and music video for “Nowhere TN,” and plans to make a stand-out report of who he is as a  Country artist and an individual. 

“Nowhere TN,” was released on March 25, 2022 and was penned by Aaron Pax Taylor and Papa in 2021. The single first started as a couple in love liking the childish, small-town lifestyle in Tennessee, but it transformed into much more. Pana’s thoughts about this song are “When someone listens to Nowhere TN, and he can feel it will connect to everyone in some aspect. He didn’t grow up in Tennessee, but he has been here for five years and he can tell you, this song truly embodies something that can be hard to put into words. The people here have certain values that he admires greatly and am working towards every day to instill in me. It seems that there is a great sense of connection between the southern states that is hard to find anywhere else. They are all about helping their neighbors out in times of need and they love their Faith, Family, and are proud to be American!” 

Pana also had the chance to work with his good friend Tim Rushlow, formally the lead singer of Little Texas, who came into the studio the cut Background Vocals. Papa felt so lucky and happy that Rushlow took his time and talent to work with him on this song. He grew up loving little Texans so this just took the song to the next level!” 

Pana was born and grew up in Chicago and is now pursuing his dream career as a Country Music Singer/Songwriter in Nashville,TN. As a child he listened to a lot of traditional Country Music from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Artists like Garth Brooks, George Strait, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley and Alan Jackson, who are some of all time favorites. He praises them to his creativity and wants to being out that traditional sound in his own music. Country music holds a important place in his heart and he can’t envision life without it. He connects with his fans through his honest and relatable lyrics and wants people to fall in love with traditional country music the same way that he has. He wants new fans and old ones to join him on his adventure and keep a lookout for more new music in 2022. Also come be a part of the Pana Family on social media, he would love to talk and connect. 

If you would like to find out more about the talented Anthony Pana please go check out some of his social media accounts for all updates about his music. Down below are links to his social media outlets. Thanks again Anthony for being a part of my site! 

Social Media Account: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anthony-Pana-Music-802269013214363/

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

Brooke Moriber~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Brooke Moriber is known for her “clarion voice,” according to (Associated Press). Moriber’s powerful vocals and passionate songwriting have joined with audiences from New York to Nashville- the two places she calls home. 

Growing up in Greenwich Village, Moriber grew up on the sounds of guitar picking and voices playing through her bedroom window from Washington Square Park and the nightclubs below. She was drawn to music at a young age and at 8 years old booked her first audition., landing the role of Young Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. That was the first big triumph on stage and screen for her. 

Moriber first turned to songwriting when she got a uncommon eye disease as a teen and to cope with the exhausting treatments and loss of sight. Moriber, would “wake up one morning and couldn’t see her face in the mirror.” To the miracle of her doctors, the disease with into remission 4 years later and Moriber was determined to share her view of the human spirit through her music. She was soon repeatedly playing to full rooms in those downtown clubs like the ones she would notably try to peak in as a child including The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, and Mercury Lounge. Her hometown star began to grow and she performed to bigger audiences at Jones Beach, opened for the Gin Blossoms at the WellMont Theater, and sang the National Anthem for her hometown New York at Madison Square Center. 

Invited by a west coast (LA-based label) executive in 2018, she joined with a number of pop music’s up-and-coming writers. But it was erased from her anthemic and soulful appearance of faith, flexibility, family and fierce love for her hometown that her heart was in country music. In a great turn of fate, Moriber was asked by a film producer during her last show in LA- brother of famous legendary Nashville record producer Fred Mollin who also happened to produce one of Brooke’s vocal icons, Linda Ronstadt. Just one phone call and a demo later, Moriber was in Nashville meeting with Music Row publishers and getting ready to record her first track in Music City. During her first trip, she would also meet her “Nashville Family,” – co-writers and musicians who quickly became her closet friends and collaborators. 

Her visits to Nashville became many and always longer than planned. She dived into daily writing sessions and writers’ rounds and found herself in a twister of self-discovery, falling head over heels for country music and the Nashville lifestyle that had welcomed and accepted her with open arms.

The first track became a full-length album. “Cry Like A Girl,” was independently released in 2019 with Parade Magazine celebrating Moriber for her “raw emotion, strong vocals,  and spot-on delivery.” She was soon being asked to play in popular venues around Nashville like The Bluebird, the Listening Room and The Local. Many tracks from the album were showcased on Spotify’s popular “New Music Nashville,” playlist and Sirius XM’s Velvet station. Following the achievement of “Cry Like A Girl,” Moriber was signed to Nashville’s Reviver Records.

Influenced by artists like Jennifer Nettles, Ingrid Andress, Brandi Carlile and her idol Linda Ronstadt, Moriber is poised to take her place among the huge voices in country music. She recently got the chance of sharing billing with another idol, Sheryl Crow, also The Gibson Brothers and Livingston Taylor where they played in tribute to Willie Nelson for his work with Equine Advocates. 

Moriber also worked in the studio with Revier and wrote with many of Music Row’s hitmakers. She has made a second home in Nashville, splitting her time between Music City and her hometown New York, and she also put out another single called “This Town Made Us.” Penned alongside Nashville stalwart Bill DiLuigi and New York based singer/songwriter Cassandra Kubinski, “This Town Made Us,” is a song about hometown pride and written in the aftermath of the 2020 tornado  that tore through Nashville as well as the pandemic which deeply affected both Nashville and New York City. This song is also a full-baffle anthem that celebrates the strength and heart of two places that have shaped Moriber as a  woman and an artist. 

In 2022, Moriber’s brand-new single “Down to Nothing,” came out and it is streaming both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would also find out more about the great and talented Brooke Moriber then please go check out her social media accounts, which are down below. Thanks again Brooke for wanting to be a part of my site and so happy to come across your music. 

Social Media Accounts:

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brookemoriber

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrookeMoriber

Willie Morrison~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Willie Morrison has always been one to see things, from a different outlook and grasp the opportunities that come his way. This tendency for “coloring outside the lines is clear on his first two solo singles, “One More Time” (2020) and “Heartbreak Girl.”

Morrison grew up in Washington, D.C. with an encouraging family who showed him not only the different aspects of government and politics, but also the value of philanthropy, a well-founded work-ethic, and most important, the love for music. His dad enjoyed all live much- blues, rock, jazz, country—and Morrison jumped at any chance he got to goes with his dad to a  show. The music of Delbert McClinton and Merle Haggard to Eric Clapton and Little Feat influenced him to attend piano and guitar lessons as a child, eventually working on his songwriting skills alongside his high school guitar teacher.

While he played college baseball at Occidental College in Los Angeles for a year, it was The Morrison Brothers Band Morrison started with his brother Truman, that became his main focus. The band would sell tickets on campus for their LA. club shows and they built a following in that location. When Morrison transferred to the University of Miami to study political science, the band worked on their touring route by going up and down the east coast covering Florida, Baltimore, D.C, Philadelphia, and New York City.

A chancing meeting music artist, Maggie Rose (another D.C. local), led to a move to Nashville in 2015. Rose signed on to produce the band’s first EP, and the band was signed to an artist development deal that started to open doors to more opportunities. The Morrison Brothers Band played on the Miss World 2017 show, wrote the theme song for the Washington  Capitals hockey team, and earned a Top 3 video on the CMT 12 Pack Countdown for their single, “Loud Love.” When the band member agreed to go separate ways after 10 years together, it started up the biggest door for Morrison so far in his solo career. 

Morrison shared “he like the freedom and the power to do what he wants 100%. It’s been nice to take it in his own direction. He is excited he can make this exactly how he want it to be.” He is not here to keep everything between the lines, it does not have to be right down the middle. He wants it to be original.” 

Morrison’s creative songwriting skills and utility have also been directed to other artists recording his songs from Ashland Craft, Brothers Osborne, and Clay Walker to 3x Grammy-nominee, Shemekia Copeland, and new country artists Tanner Stephens and Kylie Trout. 

Morrison’s second single, “Heartbreak, Girl,” is an item of those special days of songwriting magic where the fun lyrics, melody and vibe y come together.

Sonically, the start of “Heartbreak Girl,” was different from “One More Time,” because the big chorus needed a bigger production. “While they maintained a funky vibe in the verse, they let the guitars crank in the chorus, and turned up the vocal as loud as they could. They knew people would be singing along so they arranged the production accordingly,” Morrison shared. 

Morrison’s newest single, “Car,” pays gratitude  to young love and showcases a car as the setting for all of the joyful times and hardships of a past love lost. As Morrison looks onwards to bringing his new music to both his longtime fans and new listeners, he seizes this chance to stake his claim in the country music world. 

If you would like to find out more about the great Willie Morrison then please go check out his website at (https://www.williemorrison.com).

Social Media Accounts:

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillieMorrison_

Essex County~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Country music has hip-shaking Georgia fellas, wonderful duos and more than its good amount of tall, dark, and foreseen singing songs about one, loss and alcohol. 

The genre has never mastered anything like Essex County. Combined with  British brothers Nate, Mark and Kieran Bass, the trio’s easily one of the country music’s most crafty and nuanced groups. The band’s sound is pleasant with compact, family harmonies, joined by mixture of active vocal dimensions and expanded by putting country and rock influences that are displayed in songs that sway from soulful and heartfelt to holler-and-swaller. 

Mentioned that they are hoping to be the “biggest country act to ever come from the United Kingdom,” said the band’s Grammy-winning producer Ron Fair, who has produced albums that have sold more than 100 million copies. “Mark is a master on the guitar. Kieran is lockstep in all the harmony parts and a terrific dependable singer with a wonderful tone. And Nate has this old-time tone that’s old school, but also new school. It’s fancy, but it’s very manful and enjoyable.  Their pathway to Nashville started at London’s Wembley Stadium when they were kids- but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.

Six months after the brother started music lessons Mark 10, (guitar) Kieran 8, (bass) and Nate 12, (drums)- the family watched from the audience at Wembley Stadium as Queen’s Brian May, and famous guitarists Steve Vai and Eric Clapton named Mark the top guitarist in England for Guitarist magazine. 

The prize was an axe valued at more than $30,000. The instrument was stolen before he the building. The next year, the brothers were playing an instrumental set of Joe Satirani covers in a London music store when a music executive approached them and asked if they could sing. The executive shared interest in signing them a record deal- with a proposal that led them to two years touring Europe and a shady business associate who took their money and cost the family its home. “Going through all of that, makes your family bond strong,” Nate shares. “You realize the money and fame isn’t as important.”

Their father David is  an outgoing carpet fitter who showed them how to find fun in every situation. Their mother Diane, is a nurse who taught each of them how to write songs. They penned “Can’t Find Me,” with them and the song remains one of the most popular in all their setlist. On family vacations, they listened to country music. George Strait and The Eagles were part of their family vacation song list. As they got older the brothers were exposed to American rock bands, like Bon Jovi. They then expanded their country music experience with harmony kind of bands like Restless Heart, Rascal Flatts and Diamond Rio.

They married their influences into an edgy, different sounds that grabbed the attention of foreign princes, known television producers and even a cruise line chief who offered them thousands of dollars to be the house band for hision of foreign prince fleet. It was while playing on the open seas that Essex County met a couple from Indiana, who told them they should try their luck in Nashville. Their advice was the same their mother had told them since they were children. Their mother noticed that bands in Europe were having success taking songs from Nashville and turning them into pop hits. First, the idea seemed too crazy. But when the Americans offered to help pay for the trip, the trio reconsidered.“Mum was like, this is where you’re going to make it,” Nate recalled. “So you jump the ship and you go.” 

Now as adults, the men realize the family’s hard times were stepping stones on their road to Nashville. Essex County met its manager Rob Beckham on a trip to the United States in 2018. Beckham introduced them too Fair, who was responsible for producing their songs “So Good” and “Memphis,” and set up recording process sessions with their other producer, Hall of Fame songwriter Steve Droff. Droff’s work has been seen on albums selling more than 150 million copies.

The brothers jumped into the songwriting community, writing songs with top Nashville writers Victoria Shaw, Jeffery Steele, Desmond Child and Kent Blazy. “We written with all the songwriters that “Mum played for us in the car,” Kieran said. “To be writing with them is surreal.”

With multiple tracks recorded as well as three music videos, a mini-documentary and a Chevrolet commercial, the men are set to make history as country music’s first British Invasion. 

“It means a new chapter in our lives to be here now,” Mark said. “This place here suits us down to the ground. “It’s been a very long journey to Nashville,” Nate added. “Through perseverance and the love of music, we just kept going. This whole community, the songwriters, just everyone who is playing music kind of lifts you. This just feels right. It feels amazing.

On January 28, 2022 the boys put out their brand-new single “Next to Me.” This new song and other songs from the band are available on both Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about this great country trio then please check out their website at (https://www.essexcountyband.com/lads).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/essex_countyUK?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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

Kendra Kay~ Artist Spotlight!!

Couple of artists showcase the motivation of country music like the award-winning recording artist Kendra Kay. Kay was raised on the Canadian prairies and is shining bright as a “Canada’s Country Girl” (Harlton Empire), Kay has had a wonderful year including signing on worldwide with Sakamoto Agency, winning the 2019 MCMA Female Artist of the Year, also earning the MCMA Fan’s Choice Award for the second year in a row. Also, she has collected half a million streams, 17 weeks in the Top 100 Canada Country Airplay and earned a Top Ten spot in the 2020 CBC Searchlight competition. 

Known for her powerful vocals, down-to-earth charisma and high-energy concerts, Kay has solidly started herself as an artist to watch and a rising country star (Brandon Sun) in the Canadian country music scene. Her single “Steady,” is an updated take on the traditional country sound, written by a talented group of female songwriters including Madeline Merlo (NBC Songland), Victoria Banks (Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans) and Karen Kosowski (Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, with Kosowski also combining the reigns on assembly duties. Also her sophomore EP “More to Me,” co-produced by country star Terri Clark, with added production credits going to the CCMA Producer of the Year winner Murray Pulver and Juno Award winner Jeff Jones. 

Joined with her 5-piece band and love for country music, she has played shows across Canada including the CFL Banjo Bowl Halftime Show at Investor’s Group Stadium, played along with Tim Hicks on his “Get Loud: tour, and played with country legend Patricia Conroy. She has played in big festivals such as Dauphin’s CountryFest MainStage, Canadian Finals Rodeo, Canadian Music Week, Sunfest Country Music Festival, Canadian Country Music Week and gave direct help to artists such as Corb Lund, James Barker Band, Jess Moskaluke and Aaron Prichett. 

In January 2022, Kay put out her latest new single “Wild.” This song and other great tunes from Kay are featured both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about the kind-hearted and talented Kendra Kay then please go take a look at her website (http://www.kendrakaymusic.com).

Social Media Accounts:

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0xPkmc7nXv31emdwlk3KFA

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

Instagram: http://instagram.com/kendrakaymusic