Taylor Tumlinson started singing and writing at a young age and taught herself to play the guitar at only 10 years old. She won the Texas State Colgate Country Showdown in 2010, and her appreciation for entertaining and playing on stage was kindled very fast as she opened for some of her favorite Texas musicians like The Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, and Jon Wolfe. Also in 2010, she traveled to Nashville to record with the help of her producer, Trey Matthews and enjoyed her first co-writing sessions with Matthews and Danny Green (known for his sit song with Chris Stapleton “Fire Away”).
Tumlinson received a lot of radio playing time and was nterviewed all over South Texas, and she and her local band played many venues around the Coastal Bend, including Brewster Street Icehouse. She attended Texas A&M University and after graduating, she decided to chase after her music dream by making Nashville her new home. She started making new friends with many skillful writers and musicians, co-wrote many songs, played regularly in writers’ rounds, and learned more than she could ever visualize possible.
She went back to Texas in 2020 and is getting ready to release a full-length record. Her soulful voice and rare lyrics draw music fans to her live performances and sessions on social media. Tumlinson’s voice has been described as being “mesmerizing,” “fierce and soulful”, and “strong with a good country sound” by different music bloggers. Her first two singles from her full length album, “Hold Your Horses” and “Bigger Than Texas” came out this year.
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Jarod Grubb is from Northwest Montana. Grubb grew up close to Glacier National Park. His love of nature and stunning places grew to oceans, beaches and palm trees where he has found inspiration for his music career. After starting his own band in Bosie, Idaho, Grubb then moved to Nashville where he was played venues like Tootsies, 4 Corners Marina on Percy Priest Lake and Margaritaville Hotel. Played these venues along with writers rounds and getting mentor from Billy Currington’s lead guitarist Gary Tackett. Tackett had guided Grubb to his first producer and after that was his freshman EP. On July 9, 2021, Grubb’s brand new single “Tiki Bar on the Beach.”
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Danielle Marie is a 2015 CCMA Spotlight artist and Ray McAuley Horizon Award winner and Jordan Pritchett guitarist of June nominated, platinum-selling band. Faber Drive met in a song-writing meeting in 2015 and fell for each other. For the next couple of years, they played together as individual artists on stage, fighting the ineluctable, until both of them finally gave in and came together into a new duo group called Cross Parallel.
They have previously got the attention in the music industry and built an online platform, with 175 + streams on Spotify and 29K + views on YouTube in their first couple of years as a duo. They played their 2nd single “Don’t,” at the 2019 BCCMA Awards Show after having a busy summer, including opening for CCMA Hall of Famer, Terri Clark. Later that year, they released a cover of the classic, “The Christmas Song,” with Jordan’s father, Aaron Pritchett, and his brothers in AtlantisOne.
Cross Parallel is on the brink of greatness, attracting attention from the music industry and fans around the whole world because of their different sound and relatable lyrics. They are honestly getting “Better With Time,” which is applicable as that happens to be the title of the first single from their upcoming EP. Lately, Cross Parallel has joined up with Records and together they plan to take the music industry by storm.
Devon Beck graduated from high school in 2020 and recently made the move from her hometown in Central Pennsylvania to Nashville to follow her singing/songwriting career.
Since moving into Music City, she has quickly gathered attention from artists, songwriters, and insiders. On June 17, 2021, Beck’s single “Mirrors,” was the “Here For This” Feature of the Day on The Ward Guenther Show (https://music.apple.com/us/station/hot-wax-hot-minute-with-dave-fenley/ra.1572043367) on Apple Music. Country artist Jimmie Allen also featured her on his Instagram for a New Artist Showcase and named her as an “artist to watch,” after the release of her EP, “One Sided Expectations.” Beck was also asked to perform at Pennsylvania 2020 & 2021 York State Fair by Scott Donato, a radio personality with Forever Media’s Froggy 107.7.
With her grown-up lyrical attitude and heartfelt vocal delivery, Beck brings you into her music. Her laidback, unique voice envelopes the likes of Maren Morris and Adele into her individual sound. She smoothly combines country and pop flavors into her work, bringing the center between country twang and soulful pop.
Beck’s debut EP, “One Sided Expectations,” came out on her 18th birthday in July 2020. The four-song recording is a truthful and honest impression of the heartbreak and bumpy relationships Beck has experienced; however, the lyrics are sincere and relatable at any age. The title track duplicate as track one. “One Sided Expectations,” brings the listener down a road of letting go of unhappy expectations. Track two, “Love Me or Get Lost,” will make you move as Beck sings about wanting someone to cherish her. “Forgive Me,” track three, is a piano-driven song that appeals for grace and forgiveness for errors made. The last track, “Devil in Disguise,” showcases a rock sound as Beck names out past betrayals.
One “Sided Expectations,” has been nominated for Album/EP of the Year at the 2nd Central PA Music Awards to be held in July 2021. Beck has also been nominated for Best New Band/Artist.
Beck has played in over 150 shows and continues to tour across Nashville, Tennessee and Central Pennsylvania by covering a broad assortment of everyone’s favorite covers and her own EP. All of Beck’s music is available to listen on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about the talented Devon Beck (https://devonbeckofficial.com).
With some background in the Midwest but the soul of a city girl, Gracia (formerly known as Gracia Harrison) shows her love of both through her music, by combining pop factors and lyrics with a country sparkle.
From down-to-earth beginnings singing at country fairs and festivals in the Midwest, Gracia move on to find herself on Blake Shelton’s team on NBC’s the Voice. Being the first contestant to yodel on the show, she received praise from all four of the show’s coaches, as well as many major country media outlets.
After her time on the Voice, Gracia went on to release her debut single, “Jezebel” which charted on the Music Row charts. After she found herself moving in more of a country/pop direction, and later put out her lively, summertime, upbeat single “Boys in a Beach Town.” She has headlined many Midwest fairs, festivals and NASCAR race events, as also supported artists such as Scott McCreery, the Eli Young Band, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, the Swon Brothers and Tyler Farr.
Her first self-written single “hey” was released in May 2021. The song found a spot on many Spotify playlists, such as the ACM New Music Friday playlist. Gracia has plans of putting out more new music in 2021, including an EP and a Midwestern tour to follow. If you would like to find out more about the talented Gracia then check out her website at (http://iamgracia.com).
Christian Yancey is a country singer and songwriter from McDonough, GA. The town is a little south of Atlanta, GA. Yancey started writing and recording music only a few years ago and since then he has put out 4 singles and his EP “Old Bronco,” which came out on June 11th, 2021. Yancey’s music is classical like 90’s country music he grew up on with a new modern sound.
Yancey’s music can be found on Apple Music, Spotify and Youtube. If you would like to find out more about the great and talented Christian Yancey then check out his Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/christianyancey_/).
Country music in 2021 is place to a vast array of personalities and different sounds and right in the central of it all is AJ Gatio. On the groundbreaking soundly of what is both country and pop, Gatio is an rising young musician that is out each day making a name for himself with his alive performances. His own songwriting has also gained him the privilege of being awarded the John Lennon Award for his song “Make a Hometown,” in 2019 in the country music world, which is a huge honor.
Since 2015, Gatio been living in Nashville. He has performed over 300+ shows and has been a part of numerous events like CMA Festival, the Key West Songwriters festival and many other events. He has been on stage with famous label artists like Lee Brice, Love and Theft, William Morgan, and James Barker Band. In 2018, he put out a song called “Too Hot,” which was showcased as an Apple Music Hot Track, before it was release. He has also written many songs that were cut by other Nashville artists, including a song on Spencer Crandall’s album that went #1 on iTunes country chart. Gatio even had his own songs performed by other other artist at big festivals like Bonnaroo.
Gatio knows that country music scene is all about the fans. It can be after a show, or on social media, he is very welcoming and personal with his fans as he would be with his own friends.
On May 7, 2021, Gatio put out his newest single called “Do You Miss Me?” His new song and other pervious music can be found on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find more out about the talented AJ Gatio then please go take a look at his website (https://www.ajgatio.com).
Country musician Janelle Arthur was born and raised in East Tennessee in the tiny town of Oliver Springs. She started singing and performing in the middle of the Smoky Mountains at 8 years old. Arthur performed thousands of shows in the area before moving to Nashville in 2010.
Arthur was a Top 5 American Idol Finalist (Season 12), advancing to the top out of 120k competitors. She not only had worldwide exposure on American Idol but also has been seen on shows like TODAY, Live! With Kelly and Michael, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
She has also been an opening act for country artists like Craig Morgan, Rascal Flatts, and has performed with The Henningson’s The Band Perry, and Vince Gill. Her lifelong dream was to play at the legendary Grand Ole Opry Stage and she has achieved that dream 22 times.
Arthur’s brand new single “Hand Me Downs,” was produced by Jen Stegall and Arthur, and was co-written with Emily Lynch. Her mom’s heartbeat can be heard throughout the song. “Hand Me Downs,” brings Arthur’s own story with Parton full circle-from acting like her as a child in Paradise Road, to singing a duet with her as an adult.
When Parton heard “Hand Me Downs,” she was so moved that she offered to sing on the song say, “Us East Tennessee girls gotta stick together.” “Hand Me Downs,” is a sentimental anthem about family, heirlooms, things you acquire from your family, and taking pride in your culture. This song also has been one of “Nashville best kept secrets,” since it was written only a few years ago.
Arthur bought in her family and friends to sing in the choir parts of the song. The musicians on the record did not know they were playing on what would become a duet with legendary Dolly Parton. If you would like to find out more about the talented Janelle Arthur, then please go check out each of her social media pages for info about her music and upcoming tour dates.
Hi Joe & Martina, can you tell us all a little bit about yourselves before becoming a country duo?
Joe comes from a farming family in the Central Valley of, CA, but music has always been the goal to achieve. He began playing in bands at the age of 13 and played the local bar scene by the age of 18. Before doing music full time Joe owned a cigar shop and worked on the family farm.
Martina was always involved with either horses or a pool. Music was a part of her life, but from the country music fan standpoint. Her journey began with singing karaoke at locals bars which then turned into a passion she never saw coming.
How did you form your duo and were there any other names you were going to call your duo?
Martina joined my band when we first started dating. We quickly realized that our journey was to take us out of CA and to Music City. We knew we wanted to brand ourselves as a duo and came up with the name “Terra Bella”. After 6yrs of being in Nashville, we found that the duo name was not a true representation of who we are. So what better duo name than the one’s our mamas gave us!
What made you decide to have careers in country music?
We really can’t see ourselves doing anything else. We have tried the whole “9-5’ work force, but our hearts always lead us back to country music,
What is the background story behind your new single “Brighter Than Neon?”
Martina and I were getting ready to head out to a writer’s night somewhere in Nashville and she walked into our living room to see what I thought about her outfit. She was wearing something that sparkled, so I said something along the lines of “Baby…You shine brighter than neon.” I knew when that came out of my mouth I had a song title that needed to be written. Luckily I had a writing session scheduled with my buddies Ray Fulcher and Dustin Huff a day or so later.. I brought the title and a few verse ideas to the table and we finished that song in about 3 hours. I knew I wanted to record it the second we finished writing the chorus.
What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?
Our workflow is kind of unique. I (Joe) am also a producer and produce a number of other acts such as Dustin Huff, Allie Colleen, Taylor Ray Holbrook and more, so it’s only natural that I produce Joe & Martina music. On our most recent work I’ve been teaming up with my longtime production partner (and former J&M band member) Ben Watts. The process starts with Martina and I listening to demos of songs we’ve written the last few months (sometimes we even go back to songs we wrote YEARS ago.) Once we find a few we feel strongly about we’ll typically record a quick guitar vocal and send it to Ben to get an outside unbiased ear on it Most the time he agrees with us and I start the tracking process. I typically start with building up a pre production demo track where I’ll play drums, guitars, bass etc. After we’re all pretty happy with that we send it to my session player buddies and have them replay or replace the parts I laid down in the pre production demo… after we’re happy with the arrangement we record vocals, mix and master it!!
How would you two describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Authentic, Cool, Relatable, Country.
Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?
Joe- Merle Haggard, Brad Paisley, Jefferey Steele, Tom Petty, Keith Whitley
Martina- The Judds, Wynonna, Garth Brooks, Reba, Patsy Cline
8. What are a few of your guys’ favorite quotes?
Martina- “Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide” – GB
Joe- “Country songs are the dreams of the working man.” – Merle Haggard
9. Is there anything else you two would like to share?