Chris Moreno~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

Chris Moreno is a Nashville recording singer, in just a small frame of time has been creating waves an up and coming artist to look out for. Moreno is known for having a very devoted fan base which started in Boston and now is rapidly increasing to the rest of the world through many hours of touring and an involved online attendance, he plays both acoustic and with his whole band and clocked in over 150 shows in 2019. 

            Moreno was nominated for Best Country Artist two years in a row by New England & Boston Music Awards, and also best songwriter and best song for his single “Before You.” His single “When I’ve Been,” was released in April 2020, and it was shown on one of Spotify’s regularly curated playlists and the single has obtained high honor from press outlets throughout different parts of the world. His music has been streamed over a half-million times and he has over 10,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

            Moreno’s truthful sound and genuine method connect with fans on a private level and its foundation, his music is also an honest expression of his real-life experiences and realistic character. As one reviewer of Moreno’s music, shares “his songs draw in the listener as if a deep secret or universal truth is about the revealed.” Moreno’s music is a combination of different elements from modern country sound with a notable Pop/Rock tone and he fully wears the alternative rock inspirations from the 1990’s and 2000’s on his skin. The outcome is a rare sound that feels both new and recognizable at the same. Moreno continues to tour and put a constant stream of music and has worked with Nashville producers Jonathan Roye (Kelsea Ballerini) and Justin Wantz. 

            On September 4, 2020, brand new single “Used to This,” came out and it is available on all popular music platforms. If you would like to find out more about the great and talented Chris Moreno then check out his website at (https://chrismorenomusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwIQX58StpmC1zy9V3-FyKQ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrismorenoband

Conner Sweet~ Artist Spotlight!!!

23 years old Tennessee local Conner Sweet was raised with a guitar in his hand. Sweet was born and grew up on the borders of Nashville, he comes from a big line of singers and musicians, so it was only normal that music would be the main interest in Sweet’s life.

            The truth of Sweet’s classical country flair is that it exposes early impacts by country musicians such as George Jones, Johnny Cash and George Strait, as well as some of his new favorite artists like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. Writing songs since he was 16 years old, Sweet signed his first publishing deal in 2019 with Given Entertainments. His days are now spent writing and performing for a strong fan base that has been built by live shows where he and his band are regulars on the Nashville circuit. 

            There was a plan in action for Sweet to put out music in 2020 but when “Times Like These,” was born and it changed the schedule. A writing session was on the records with hitmakers, Liz Hengber and Lance Carpenter in early March, it just took place to be around the shocking tornado hit in Nashville. That day the writers united to share about personal tensions they were each dealing with, from a family member that was sick to other unlucky problems in their lives. Deeply crushed by big accounts, the three set out to write an inspiring motto about the value of harmony and joining together when times are rough. Little did they know they would be making an anthem that would soon have a much larger effect in a different place. On May 1, 2020, Sweet’s single “Time Like These,” was available on many popular music platforms. 

            “Time Like These, the main message is about leaning on one another and finding assurance to get you through hard times. The single is currently #50 on Billboard Indicator and in the Top 30 on the MusicRow Chart. 

            If you would like to find out more Connor Sweet then check out his website at (https://www.connersweet.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConnerSweet.SingerSongwriter/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl-yp6XdI5XYYQX6turmzKA

Tezza~ Artist Spotlight

            Tezza was born and grew up in upstate New York. As a child she was raised with love of horses, performing and country. She went to Berklee College of Music and then went to NYC to work on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. She is now living in Nashville, Tezza has had the chance to tour across the United States and be an opening act for artists like Hunter Hayes, Granger Smith, Chris Young and Charles Esten. She performed in famous venues such as The Bluebird Café, Bitter End and Nashville’s yearly CMA Fest. Her first single “Around the Truth,” became known around the world, racking up features on CMT, All Access, iHeart Radio, Fox News and getting a spot-on Spotify’s most popular playlists (Wild Country, Breakout Country, and Pop-Co). 

            On August 28, 2020, Tezza brand new single “Mercury Rising came out. This song is available both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about this talented lady then check out down below one of her social media pages.

Social Media Accounts: 

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.tezza/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJDr84LuwcYCfKzkRHH6VAg

Willie Shaw~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Willie Shaw is a California local and now currently living in Nashville. Shaw is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist he combines relevant pop songs from real-life stories. Covering emotion in rhythm, Shaw makes a sympathetic link amplified by boasting falsetto, smooth grooves, and having different vivid colors in the production of his music. Signed by CAA and Career Artist Management, Shaw’s independent first EP presents his stunning flair. 

            Born and grew up in Orange County, CA, Shaw first recognized the likehood of music was at his home. Having a remarkable voice of her own, his mother sang backups during sessions at the famous Capitol studio in Los Angeles. In high school, Shaw found his voice. Focusing his time on baseball, football, and basketball, he was also part of the concert choir class. To save his grade from a “B” to an “A”, he took the stage and perform Stevie Wonder’s hit song “You Are The Sunshine of My Life.” Not only did he protect his grade, his teacher asked him to join the honors choir. For the next four years, he divided his time between the baseball diamond, and choir practice, by jogging back and forth to both. 

            Attending William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, he played baseball at the college level and also at the same continue to write and perform music. Playing regular gigs at the student lodge, he sang in colonial Williamsburg, playing covers for three hours a night outside of a known restaurant that valued the impact in wine sales. In the development, he grew a delightful appearance and noticeably improved his vocal skills. 

            Upon graduation, he left California and moved to Nashville. By day, he did an accounting gig for NASA. At night, he dedicated many hours to songwriting. Getting motivation from Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong, he worked to shape his sound. Shaw did a great 2018 audition for the hit show “The Voice,” which opened up a series of many doors for him. By fate, he met Jeff Gregg at CAA and signed to the world-renowned agency. A publishing deal with Warehouse West Entertainment came next. During CMA Fest 2019, he charmed the attention of Career Artist Management (Maroon 5, Big Boi). With these sections in place, he got right to work on his first EP.

            The first single, “Falling in Love,” supports with percussive handclaps, sparkling keys, jazz-y guitar sounds, and beautiful talk box produced by Robopop (Lana Del Ray, Andy Grammer). Shaw’s voice expanses from a breathy introduction towards a joyful and charming song. Also, the EP, showcases an acoustic sound on the single “Sunday Call.” His storytelling takes the main stage as he explains a family ritual and also speaks to his mom and dad. “Every Sunday, Shaw has  a check-in phone call with his mom and dad, and shares “if he missed it, his mom would probably send a S.W.A.T. team after him.” This song is very personal to Shaw. 

            Another single from the EP called “Rhythm of a Woman,” swags from finger snaps and a doo-wop groove to a spellbinding hook about “when you realize the person you are dating is crazy, but you love it.” “I Always Knew,” is a tune that covers a bright image and speaks to undying love above unclear guitar as he embraces the “perspective of a groom on his wedding day.”

            On August 14, 2020 Shaw brand new single “Come Through,” came out and is available on all popular music outlets. If you would like to find out more about Willie Shaw then check out his website at (https://willieshawmusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillieShawMusic

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whs10

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

Lisa Mary~ “Artist Spotlight”

In just her early 20’s, this award-winning artist, songwriter and Nashville recording musician is getting the attention of the country music world with her strong vocal skills, truthful music and her thrilling stage performance.

            Country female singer, Lisa Mary put out her debut EP titled “Shades Of Blue,” at 16 years old and went to win an award for “best country/pop song” for her single “Tie Her Down,” that she received at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

            Mary is rapidly making a name for herself on the road for the nation and being an opening act for some of the most well-known country artists like Toby Keith, Chris Young, LOCASH, Uncle Kracker, Eric Paslay, Love & Theft, Drew Baldridge, Jackie Lee and Jason Michael Carroll.

            On July 7, 2017, Mary put out her debut album titled “Everyone Has A Story To Tell,” an extremely private album written over a two-year period and songs are this album tells stories about love, heartbreak and her career. 

            Two weeks later, Mary would have a very different and unpredicted story to share. While on the first leg of her tour after the release of her album, she was hurt in a dangerous car crash. Mary was forced to step down from music to focus on making a full recovery, which Mary shares was the toughest thing she ever had to do. 

            By the end of that hard year, things started to look better. Mary was asked to make her debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Walking into the circle for her first time, Mary shared her story and exposed her true self and gave a performance that will never be forgotten. 

            Mary’s mission is to reach other crash survivors with her music in hopes to boost them up during difficult times. In May of 2019, Mary put out her encouragement anthem called “Dive,” and joined with The Crash Support Network, a team that works on providing a safe place for crash survivors, caregivers and love one’s to join, share their stories, their hardships, their recovery, their goals and inspire each other to keep moving on in life. A portion of proceeds from Mary’s single will be donated to the crash support network. Mary’s music can be found on all major platforms. 

            On August 28, 2020, Mary’s brand new single “Under One Roof,” came out. If you would like to find out more about this talented and beautiful lady Lisa Mary then check out her website  (http://www.lisamarymusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisamarymusic

Adam Rutledge~ Artist Spotlight!!!

            Country-rocker Adam Rutledge is climbing to new peaks with the release of his EP, “Runaway.” Rutledge grew up in Roanoke, VA. His great songwriting skills got the attention of famous country musician Phil Vassar through a connection with longtime Vassar colleague, Jeff

Smith. This resulted in Vassar taking Rutledge under his wing as a management client and also an opening act.

            Rutledge is known for putting on high-quality live shows, so there is no shock when he lures huge crowds on the road. He has got the chance to share the stage with many popular artists, such as Chris Janson, Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Drake White, Russell Dickerson, Lauren Alaina, Chase Rice, Phil Vassar, Tyler Farr and many others. 

            His edgy, strong sound does not mix in but does fit in today’s country sound. Rutledge’s music video for his single “Love Kickin,” has premiered on CMT.com and reached #1 for most viewed video.

            Rutledge is managed by Phil Vassar and Amy Millslagle of i81 Entertainment. He has a solid social media following on all popular plat-forms with over 13.2K followers on Instagram, over 16K likes on Facebook and 4400 followers on Twitter. 

            On August 14, 2020 Rutledge brand new single “Unwind,” came out. “Unwind,” was written by Rutledge along with Jeff Smith, Phil Vassar’s long-time co-worker and award-winning ASCAP songwriter Julie Wood. 

            If you would like to find out more about Adam Rutledge then check out his website at (https://adamrutledgemusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamadamrutledge

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

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

Lindsay Adamson~ Artist Spotlight

            Lindsay Adamson began writing her own music when she was only 9 years old and at 16 she started performing her original music in her hometown of Toronto to audiences of up 5,000 people. 

            Currently, Adamson is beginning to make a name for herself in Nashville after moving to Tennessee to pursue her country music career and has also been making the rounds on the spirited live circuit journey within Music City. One thing that sets Adamson apart is not only her burning love but her energy. Her confident and strong energy is also contagious. 

            2020 has been a huge year for Adamson. In February she put out her first single “You Got Me.” Which stacked up over 150,000 digital streams in only the first 3 months. Four more songs are set to be released this year, a big voice within the scene thanks to her rising vocal range, funny personality and, notable songwriting talent. 

            On July 24, 2020, Adamson brand new single “Country Music Feels like Home,” came out and it is available on all musical outlets. If you would like to find out more Lindsay Adamson then check out her website at (https://www.lindsayadamson.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIDI82kOxFP_c_lqvXsYENQ

Shae Dupuy~ “Artist Spotlight”

Shae Dupuy, dedicated and growing as a musician, keeps pushing limits as a singer/songwriter, by taking her abilities to higher peaks. Having showcased a sympathy for music as a little girl, taking vocal and guitar lessons at the age of 8 and attending a private arts high school, it appeared likely that on the day her high school graduation, Dupuy’s would start her career. 

            In 2014, Dupuy debut her first single “Grandpa’s Truck,” to radio, that interested the attention of CMT Canada and naming her one of the “Fresh Face Artist.” Later in the fall of 2016, she put out her second studio EP, “Brave,” and collected several nominations from the CMAO Awards for her songs, “Tin Man” and “Drink About It.” A little bit after, Dupuy went on to get in 2017, the CCMA nomination for “Interactive Artist of the Year.”

            Dupuy has played at various festivals, including some of Canada’s famous festivals at Cavendish Beach and Lucknow’s Music in the Fields. In 2018, she went on her first tour where she performed in many cities from coast to coast across Canada. After the achievements of her first two studio RP’s, she moved south to Nashville, plunging herself in the city’s songwriting section Dupuy share time between both her hometown Toronto, Canada and Nashville. It is here that Dupuy has written a list of songs for her next recording job, as well as songs for other artists. Her music showcases refined vocal expression, sharing her own stories, and a tough sense of classifying and belief, both as an artist and as a person. 

            On July 10, 2020 Dupuy newest single “Black and White,” came out. The song is available to listen on both Spotify and iTunes. In Dupuy’s new single she is searching for purpose in a breakup. She co-wrote the song with Kyle Rife and Jeremy Bussey (Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Ashley McBryde) and was produced by Derek Wells (Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Maren Morris). In the contemplative new song, “Black and White, the singer/songwriter expresses for motive in an unsuccessful relationship that has no cause other than just not working out. Dupuy also explores the struggle in breakups that makes a logic of missing parts or the lack of closure after the relationship is over, as she shares throughout the lyrics in the song. The musician brings a painful yet still positive light on sharing a song for individuals to know a breakup can be tough, but you will come out of it stronger. 

 If you would like to find out more about Shae Dupuy please check out her website at (https://www.shaedupuy.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShaeDupuy

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

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

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

Cody Clayton Eagle- Q&A!!

Hello Cody, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you dive into country music as your career?  

I’m 18 and just graduated highschool this year.  I’m an avid outdoorsman.  I like to spend my time fishing, hunting and riding trails on my side by side.

What was one of the first country concerts you ever attended?  

The first country concert I attended was Kenny Chesney at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. 

What is the background story behind your latest single “This One’s on Me?”  

“This One’s On Me” was written for my uncle who is in the Military.  I was headed to Nashville for one of my co-writes and I was brain storming ideas to write about.  I had just learned my uncle was being deployed for his last assignment before he retired and I wanted to write a song just to say thank you for everything you have done over the last 25 years.  Really, the song has turned into a thank you to all of our Military no matter what branch they are in.

How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?  

I think I can just describe my music in one word – relatable.  I want to write songs that everyone can relate to.

What is your recording process like when creating new music?  

When I go in to the studio, I imagine how my song is going to turn out.  Having the right producer working with me on the final recording is so important.  I need someone that I can really be honest with if something isn’t turning out how I imagined as well as someone who is as excited as I am when we get it right.  It’s always a laid back and awesome time.

Is there anything else new coming up with your music?  

The pandemic has really put a damper on the fairs, festivals and shows I had booked this year, but like everyone else, I’m trying to make the best of what’s going on.  I have several songs recorded and/or ready to go to the studio, so I am really looking forward to pushing forward with those songs and continuing to write new songs.

What a few of your favorite venues or events to play at?  I love playing at music festivals.  When you perform at a music festival, everyone is there to have a great time and listen to music.  The crowd is always full of energy and that energy plays into the show.

What is one of your favorite quotes?  

One of my favorite quotes is “I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  –  Thomas A. Edison

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?  

I just want to say thank you for letting me be part of the DixieDee Blog and featuring my new single “This One’s On Me.” Also, be sure to follow me on social media and check out my #CoversWithCody series online.

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