Liz Anne Hill~ (Q&A~ New Song (“The Desert”)!!!

Bio:

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.” 

            If you would like to find out more about Liz Anne Hill then check out her website at (https://www.lizannehill.com). 

Q&A:

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.

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Charly Reynolds~ Artist Spotlight!!!

            Charly Reynolds is from Orlando, Flordia. She recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her dream of becoming a country musician. She has taken the hearts of her hometown, starting with her local performances in Orlando at venues such as the Stardust Coffee and Digital Video, Friendly Confines, Johnny’s Fillin’ Station, Night of Joy at Walt Disney World and the Walt Disney Amphitheater. She also performed her own song “Wonderland,” in the new and nationally televised Orlando Citrus Parade. Reynolds has been an opening act for musicians like Billy Dean, Montgomery Gentry, Jim Brown and Andy Griggs since moving to Nashville.

            Reynolds released her first single on iTunes, “Underneath the Stars,” on December 30, 2015, the same day, stories about her performance at Disney’s Night of Joy were released in both One Country and Taste of Country Magazine. Next, she released her three more singles in 2016, “Stupid Love Song,” “Need You By My Side,” and “Get Over Yourself.” In 2017, she released her 11-song debut album “Kickin’ Up Dust,” on iTunes, May 19, 2017. She had her first release concert that night at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre. It was a big success as about 500 people showed supporting her, along with strangers passing by who stopped to watch her concert. Reynolds sold more than half of her “Kickin’ Up Dust,” merchandise that she personally designed herself. Auto Nation Cure Bowl, GreenGrass4Me, Chloe Lane Boutique, and Douglas Crank sponsored the concert.

            About a year later, Reynolds put out her sophomore EP, “Kissed Us Goodbye,” on April 14, 2018. The album takes listeners on a trip through Reynolds’ experiences of love, heartbreak, and the importance of family. She worked with Travie Basarich (writer) owner of Winter Park Music Academy, Toby Waters, (writer) her former PE coach and Brooks Paschal (producer) on this EP. She held her second release concert at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre and it was a big success. She also sold her merchandise, took meet and greet photos with fans and shared her love for music through her songs. The lights at Amphitheatre were not coming on, but her father, Jim Reynolds, saved the night by shining his truck headlights on her.

            On January 8, 2019, Reynolds put out her new single, “Shelby’s Song,” along with the music video on YouTube as well as Facebook. The video was viewed over 25,000 times in only 3 days. The video was also shared on CMT.com’s homepage on February 11, 2019. The song tells the story of a family going through a divorce with a child, told from the mother’s perspective. When Reynolds was writing this song along with Toby Waters and Tavie Basarich, they took the vision of what unfortunately goes on with a lot of families around the world. Also even though Reynolds is not telling the story, she is a child of divorced parents, and she shared that is hard for everyone involved no matter what the circumstances are. In her free time, Reynolds likes to bake, hang out with friends, golf, dance, volunteer and play with her dogs (Benji and Dolly Pawton).

            On August 16, 2019, Reynolds new single “We Need to Talk,” came out and it is available both on Spotify and iTunes. This song is catch, upbeat and mid-tempo tune, it showcased Reynolds’s great vocal skills. The song was co-written with Kelly Seidel, Nicole Croteau and Dave Mohr. Mohr also produced this song. Reynolds in 2020 is hoping to put out a new album. If you would like to find out more about Charly Reynolds then check out her website at (http://www.charlyreynolds.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charly_reynolds

Ciara Rae~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

            Ciara Rae has been playing in Nashville for six years. She has played all over the United States (Summerfest Music Festival, Milwaukee, CMA Music Festival, Tortuga, Key West Songwriters Festival, Frontier Cheyenne Days, WY, Hard Rock, Loretta Lynne Ranch to Humphrey’s By the Bay, California). Discovered by Nashville’s Music Row Publishing for a year and half equipped her with the right people, material and skills to write, produce and release her latest EP, “Country Enough,” which has stirred up interest to land her an invite to play at the Bluebird Café on Sunday (October 20, 2019).

            Rae was formally taught at both the University of Miami (Flordia) Frost School of Music for Jazz Vocals and also Belmont University Mike Curb School of Music for Songwriting and Music Business in Nashville. She is a skillful musician in country, blues, jazz, pop, and classical genres.

            Rae has also performed to support many different charities in the United States over the last four years and has a working relationship with the Boys and Girls of America, The Mocha Club’s Women at Risk program against sex trafficking and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

            Rae’s latest EP “Country Enough,” is available listen on both Spotify and iTunes. Also her brand new music video for her single “In Love Lonely or Just Drunk,” will be released this Friday (August 30, 2019). If you would like to find out more about Ciara Rae then check out her website at (http://www.ciararae.com). 

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Sara Collins~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Sara Collins is a talented country artist and she began her career at Carnegie Hall with an opportunity to play at the famous venue as part of the Honors Performance Series. During her young career, Collins has got the chance to be an opening act and performed with many well-known country musicians including Luke Combs, Kid Rock, Tracy Byrd, Aaron Watson, Hunter Hayes and many more.

            Collins is set to play with Season 17 winner of American Idol, Lanie Hardy on September 28th, for Hardy’s Homecoming Bach. In 2017, Collins put out her first album titled “Lovesick Cinderella,” and a year later she released her second EP “Secrets.” The EP was produced by Michael Lattanzi and was recorded at Latitude Studio South, which has recorded big artists such as Jessica Simpson and Paula Abdul. Collins is also an alumnus at PC Nashville, an artist development program that was led by entertainments Bernard Porter.

On August 16, 2019, Collins put out her brand new single “Something Southern.” Her new song is available both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about Sara Collins then check out her website at (https://saracollins.com). 

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Alexis Taylor~ Artist Spotlight!!!

           

 Alexis Taylor is a Canadian singer/ songwriter. She grew up in the small town of Huntsville, Ontario. As a child, Taylor displayed love and passion for music by writing her own songs and acoustic guitar playing.

            After making her first journey to Nashville, Taylor decided to make the move to Music City. A little while later, she saw the launch of her international career in Summer 2016 with a tour throughout Scandinavia, also opening for renowned singer/songwriter Doug Seegers.

            At the beginning of 2018, Taylor put out her debut single “Blame The Whiskey,” which started her to appear live on many radio stations throughout North America and take part in events such as Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and the CMA Fest in Nashville. The release of “Blame The Whiskey,” also made Taylor taking home the award of “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the 2018 Tennessee Music Awards, playing at the USO Northwest Gala, and taking the #1 spot for 10 straight weeks on Reverb Nation’s provincially ranked country artists charts.

            After putting out her second single, “How Do You Sleep,” which received international playing time. Taylor put her third single “Bend The Truth,” on May 31, 2019 and David Browning in Nashville produced it. Her latest release was nominated for Female Rising Star of The Year,” at the 2019 Josie Music Awards, and also for many nominations for the KICMA awards.

            If you would like to find out more about Alexis Taylor then check out at website at http://www.alexistaylormusic.com.

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Zoe Cummins~ “Artist Spotlight”!!

Zoe Cummins was born and raised in a tiny city in Oklahoma. She spent a lot of her childhood trying to be like one of the musicians she saw on the one channel of her bedroom TV-CMT. Cummins knew from an early age that if she wanted to be on the stage she would have to move to Nashville. At the age of 18, she started learning what it meant to pay her fees and make the rounds of Nashville. Six years after Nashville has become home to the singer/songwriter. Cummin’s music is greatly influenced by the country music that surrounded her a child (Dolly Parton, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert and, Bobbie Gentry) and also with the music, her family passed down to her (Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Jim Croce, Bob Dylan, Prince and Carol King. Her unique Pop infused Americana flare to traditional country music contribution not only a different sound but also a stimulating viewpoint that ties listeners in. On June 28, 2019, Zoe Cummins latest single “Rope the Moon,” and it is available both on Spotify and Apple Music. 

Social Media Accounts: 

  1. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoecumminsmusic/
  2. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZoeCumminsMusic?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
  3. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoecummins/

Kendal Conrad~ “Artist Spotlight”

Kendal Conrad is a singer, actor and award-winning songwriter. Conrad has appeared on MTV and also sang with Keith Urban at one of his concerts. She was even featured on Urban’s website as one of his favorite “Raise ‘Em Up” tour moments. Conrad was titled International Miss Talent with her own original song “Girlstrong.” 

            Kendal has performed at many historic venues including the White House, Six Flags, Hershey Park and the Well Fargo Center. She has also sung the National Anthem for MLB, NBA, MMA, and NASCAR events. Conrad sang at NBC’s National Dog Show and was a contestant in the Colgate Country Showdown. She has been an opening act for country artists like Phil Vassar, Craig Morgan, Easton Corbin, Maggie Rose and Old Dominion. She even performed personally for romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. 

            Outside of her music, Conrad was an extra in the film “Silver Linings Playbook” staring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. She was a part of the Broadway production “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at the Civic Theater of Allentown. Conrad recorded her first EP in country musician Reba McEntire’s studio in Nashville. She also plays a Martin brand guitar.

On June 28, 2019 Conrad release her newest single “Come to Your Sense.” If you want to find out more about Kendal Conrad, check out her website: www.kendalconrad.com.

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

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

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KendalConrad