Katie Austin’s Artist Spotlight!!!

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Katie Austin’s music is a mixture of her tiny town roots in Louisiana and her love of Nashville’s Music City. A while after Austin moved to Nashville, she was found by entertainment director of Cowboys Dance Hall venues. Cowboys moved her to the state of Texas to become their female headliner for 2 years. She would performed for thousands of 2-stepping, beer drinking country fans and also had the honor of opening for Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Big & Rich and Chris Young. After getting irreplaceable knowledge on stage and life long friends and fans, Austin traveled back to Music City.

The next part of her music career involved a variety of opportunities such as playing on the Carnival Cruise Lines Ship “The Ecstacy” and the “Carnival Magic” along side the band Maroon 5. Austin was also the only female, out of three hundred entries, in 2012 “Battle For the Saddle” finals for the world famous Wildhorse Saloon.

In 2017, she was a top 5 finalist in the national Folgers Jingle Contest in which she co-wrote a jingle called “Rise and Shine.” Little bit after the Folgers contest stopped, Austin put out her breakout single “Broken Record,” and was chose to enter it into the national Nash Next competition which was linked with NASH FM, Cumulus Media, Big Machine Label Group and Country Inns and Suites. After many months and rounds of the competition, which included fan participation and live performing judging, she landed herself a spot in the top ten finals judged by country music artist Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn, Songwriter Hall Of Fame writer Desmond Child, chart-topping entertainer Brantley Gilbert, Big Machine Label Group’s president/CEO Scott Borchetta and Cindy Watts of the Tennessean.

Austin then put out an original fun Christmas song, “Wrap Me Baby,” and a music video that premiered on the CMT Music channel and was #4 on the 12-pack countdown. In 2018 she put out a new song “Save A Dance For Me,” and this song is available on iTunes and other Spotify.

Also on November 2, 2018 Austin released her newest EP “Wild Child.” If you would like to find out more Katie Austin then check out her website at http://www.katieaustin.com.

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Olivia Ooms~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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CMT has picked Olivia Ooms as part of the Artist Discovery program this past summer, which included her song “Thoughts of You,” in the CMT Music 12 Pack Countdown. CMT’s Artist Discovery Program is about looking for the next wave of talent, musicians who have a unique sound and are making it happen all by themselves. According to Leslie Fram (CMT’s SVP Music & Talent) shares Ooms “is a new voice with a wonderful song about young love.”

“Thoughts of You,” is the title song off Oom’s EP, which showcases her own original writing skills that continues to move audiences. In the fall, Ooms was an opening act for country trio Lady Antebellum and Old Dominion at the Coastal Jam with her band Olivia Ooms and The Resistors. On June 1, Ooms opened up for country music idol Tanya Tucker in Ashland, KY. Tucker, who trail Ooms can surely relate to as a teen musician rising to fame. Tucker invited Ooms for an encore performance of “Delta Dawn.” Also, Ooms sang and signed autographs for fans during CMA Fest.

The up and coming singer/songwriter is also the first female country artist who was featured on Radio Disney’s new station RDYou.  When downloading the Radio App, fans can listen to “Thoughts of You,” which she wrote and recorded in Nashville.

If you would like to find out more about Olivia Ooms then check out her website at https://www.oliviaooms.com.

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Kaylee Rose~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Kaylee Rose was born in Miami, Flordia. Rose grew up immersed in a zoo of different musical genres and cultures, which influenced her rare brand of country music. As a child Rose was a hip-hop dancer with ambitions of performing professionally. Her dad was the first one to see the music in her. On the first day of Rose’s freshman year, her dad picked her up from high school and took her to a local dive bar. Her guitar was in the backseat of the car. Rose took the stage at Ann O’Malley’s in St. Augustine Flordia and she sang three cover songs. After performing she was offered a paid job right on the spot.

Her dad gave Rose her first guitar at 11 years old, when they moved from Miami to St. Augustine. Rose explains St. Augustine as being a tiny town and how it was hard for her to make friends at first, so she started sharing her thoughts and making them into lyrics. She also started to take guitar lessons and just in a short time she was teaching herself to play the guitar.

At the age of 14 years old, Rose began promoting herself and booking gigs all over St. Augustine after school and on the weekends. Rose never said “no” to an opportunity while still handling her schoolwork and her titles as a Dance Tem Captain and Class President. After high school, she would play 4 to 8 hours shows every day to save enough money to move to Nashville. In 2015, she traveled to Music City (Nashville). She made ends meet by playing every week at Rock Bottom Brewery and The Row while also working in a gift shop at the Johnny Cash Museum. She also praises museum owner Bill and also Bart Herbison, the Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), as important mentors in her growing music career.

Rose’s first single, “Good Intentions,” is a combination of a rootsy acoustic guitar performance and a mid-song rap that makes the young singer’s introductory effort feel as meaningful to Country as Blondie’s hit song “Rapture,” was to 1980’s mainstream Pop. The clear-spoken story of “Good Intentions,” showcases Rose’s distinctive wordplay skills, being truthful about an argument between herself and her best friend whose boyfriend who was not a great person. That same best friend is in the official music video, which represents this tune’s storyline.

Rose has played over 1,000 live shows since the first bar gig at 14 years old. She is also not scared to speak her mind. Her brand of music is a celebration of life, love and clarity. Also her music is truthful with no limits and it is similar to her musical influences which includes Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain and Beyoncé.

Rose’s brand new EP “Upside Down,” came out on October 29, 2018 and is available to listen and download on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to know more about Kaylee Rose then check out her website at https://www.iamkayleerose.com.

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Lacy Green~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Country musician Lacy Green was born and raised in a tiny city of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina. Green grew up singing alongside her family, at school events and in the local church. At 13 years old, she started to play the guitar and writing her own songs. In the next few years she played all over North Carolina until she was a senior in college, then she traveled to Nashville to make a name for herself in a place known as “Music City.”

Since moving to Nashville, Green has completed her first radio tour, independently released 2 EPs and played over a hundred shows across the US including Nashville’s most popular venues like The Bluebird Café and CMA Fest. Green is also a great talented songwriter who signed her first publishing deal with Dan Hodges Music just a year and half after moving to town. Her music has also been recorded by other artists and featured both in film and on TV.

In November 2015, she put out her second EP, “Nice Things” at the World Famous Station Inn in downtown Nashville. The project mixtures the best of Nashville’s old and new country music while sharing Green’s wonderful songwriting and vocal skills. Also Green performs regularly with a group called Song Suffragettes. The group hosts an all girl songwriter round at the Listening Room every Monday night a 6 pm in downtown Nashville.

If you would like to find out more about Lacy Green then check out her website at https://www.lacygreen.com.

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Katy Hurt~ “Artist Spotlight”:

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Country musician Katy Hurt was born in London and her family moved to Long Island, New York when she was two years old. While living in Long Island, that is where she became a fan of country music. When Hurt was around 13, her father surprised her mother with an Elvis trip. She remembers how they followed Elvis’ life story through the south. This trip was three weeks long and they visited six states in total. When they got to Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, they took part in the museum tour. While on the tour Elvis’ hit song “Hound Dog” came on and Hurt was singing along to the song very quietly. The tour guide employee heard her singing it and came up and told Hurt to stay behind. After the tour was over the tutor guide let Hurt sing a song in the recording booth and the tutor guide employee recorded her. After recording the song Hurt knew she wanted to become a country musician.

In 2013, Hurt participated in the finals of the Live and Unsigned competition at London’s O2, the following year, she was a winner at the Rockfield Country Festival’s Battle of the Bands. Also in 2014 she put out her first EP, “Blue Snake.” This EP helped her to be a nominated at the British Country Music Awards for the Horizon Act Award.

Hurt’s single “Part Time Girlfriend,” was #2 on the UK Country Chart and also was part of the top 20 of iTunes worldwide country listening charts. She got signed as a Yamaha Artist and she also graduated from ACM’s Song-writing & Artist Development programmed and she became their first student to obtain a publishing deal, with the leading impendent company Metropolis Music.

On October 12, 2018 Hurt put out her brand new single “Revved Up.” The song is available to listened to on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Katy Hurt then check out her website at https://www.katyhurt.com.

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Madison Paige “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Madison Paige was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Paige’s first single, “Stand Tall,” tells the story behind why she is a country musician. This song is more than just a message; it is about her personal experiences. She always wears a smile on her face no matter what is happening in her own life. Paige was bullied for 6 years and she experienced being choked many times, rumors that were hurtful, many threats and continually being told she would never be worth anything. Most of the bullying happened while she was attending middle school and high school. Paige finally decided to attend online school. She graduated in 2017 from a Huston online school. She sees herself as a picture for those who are bullied and wants them to know that they not alone.

After the release of her first single Paige put out her debuted EP “Laces and Pearls.” This EP has 4 songs on it, including “Stand Tall.” The songs on this EP shared stories about heartbreak, alcohol and anger. Paige wrote each song. Stormy Cooper Media helped her in recording but she used her own money to create this beautiful piece of art.

Paige has also auditioned and accomplished many different things. At the age of 13 she audition for America’s Got Talent and at the age of 17 she audition for the Voice Season 12. She went all the way to the blind auditions on The Voice Season 12 and spent over a month in Los Angles. She was happy of the outcome from The Voice because she walked away with many new friends that also have the same dreams and the first time in a long time she felt she fit in.

Also in 2017, Paige entered the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Rock Star Competition. She auditioned in 2014 but did not make it, but went back again in 2017. When she return in 2017, she managed to win the Senior Division which rewarded her with $500 dollars, a day in the studio with Stormy Cooper and spot in the 2018 HLSR Parade in February, 2018. In the parade she rode on a float and performed.

Paige begun performing in Junior High at her local fire station, Westlake Volunteer Fire Station, this is where she performed for many different fundraisers. She also played many times at the Good Ole Boys in Katy, Texas and this is where she was able to sing on the same stage and use the same microphone as country singer Hunter Hayes. She also books all her own gigs and was an opener for her friend the Justin Taylor Band. That gig was a CD release party for Justin and musician Micah Cheatham also performed. Small shows were slowly turning into bigger shows and Paige has now opened for Mark McKinney, Flatland Cavalry, Read Southall and Sam Riggs. One of all time favorite venues to play at is Mainstreet Crossing in Tomball, Texas. Also in 2018 Paige has also been a part of Hurricane Harry’s in College Station, Texas. At the Hurricane Harry event she got the chance to sing with fellow country singers Casey Donahew and Josh Abbott.

In May 2018 Paige put out her latest song “Tell Me Why.” The song is available both on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Madison Paige then check out her website https://www.madisonpaigecountry.com/?fbclid=IwAR3WvlpEn23-pto_q5LO2Ya6MeobGz5_PxDYD6J4Ui1H6q9xbeNt9Ln9-Eo.

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Michael Pace~ “Artist Spotlight”&”Q&A”!!

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It was not until his second year of college when he started considering a music career. After obtaining a degree from High Point University in the spring of 2017, Pace packed up his life and moved to Nashville. He spent his first year in Nashville focusing on his song writing and improving his craft. Pace, has released a new song, “A Few Rounds Ago”. The song records a 3-day party that concludes in waking up with a number of issues and lack of knowledge about the pervious nights. If you would like to know more about Michael Pace then check out his instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/michaelpacemusic/.

1.    Hi Michael, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

Sure! I grew up just outside of Boston, MA in a small town called Sudbury. I was always really big into sports, especially Football, Hockey, and Baseball. I’ve always liked to stay active, and still do my best to get out and run or lift weights a little every day. Going into high school, I transferred to a boarding school in Connecticut, and from there went to college in North Carolina. Throughout my time being away from home, I experienced a lot of homesickness, and so I started reading books and poetry, and I still do today!

 

2.    When did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?

Weirdly enough, my introduction to country music actually had very little to do with music at all. My dad was a chef for a good part of his life before I was born, so as a kid, he and my mom would teach me how to cook. While they were teaching me to cook, they would take turns playing some of their favorite songs on the stereo. While most of it was Jimmy Buffett and Billy Joel, there was also a lot of George Strait, Johnny Cash, and Garth Brooks mixed in. those always ended up being the songs that I would enjoy most, and in turn also the only songs that led to me burning whatever was in the oven. As I mentioned about getting into poetry around my high school years, I also started writing my own poems and lyrics around my junior year of high school. Those poems turned into songs, and when I put those songs to music, people really seemed to resonate with the lyrics. That was really when I started exploring the possibility of a music career.

 

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Haha the list seems endless, really shrinks and grows depending on the day. If I had to pick, though I’d say Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Eminem, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Church, Cody Johnson, and William Clark Green. Kind of a broad spectrum, but each one of those artists had a profound impact on my life through their music

 

4.    What is the background story behind your brand new single “A Few Rounds Ago?”

While I was in college, I joined a fraternity. Needless to say, there were a lot of questionable decisions that I directly attribute to some of the rowdier nights I had as a student. However, beyond that, the song has a special meaning to me because it’s loosely based on the night I was introduced to my girlfriend. There are some specific references in the song that are about either her or parts of the night that really stood out when I met her. That aspect of the song is really more for her than anyone else, but people can relate to it based on their own experiences as well.

 

5.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music career for the rest of 2018?

As far as new music is concerned, I don’t have any other releases planned for the remainder of the year. With that said, I am making a trip back up to Boston in January where I’ll be playing some gigs more focused on my songwriting than just covering hit songs in bars. 2019 is already looking like an exciting year!

 

6.    Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?

Kind of a cliché answer, but it’s hard to determine where the next 5 or 10 years will take me. For the longest time, I thought by now I’d be playing in the NHL! With that said, I’m really confident in my music. By that time, I’d love to be consistently touring around the country playing all sorts of gigs in all sorts of places!

 

7.    If you could a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?

Probably Danielle Bradbury. I’ve always loved the passion behind her voice, as well as the command and confidence that she conveys through her singing.

 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Go west, young man.” I actually have a tattoo with the quote on my left shoulder! I’ve always interpreted it as “go ahead, seek your fortune.” So having it there constantly reminds me to keep chasing my dream and to keep getting better every day, either in the gym, as a songwriter, or even as a person.

 

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share?

I’m an absolute man-child. I have a full collection of Looney Tunes DVDs, Scooby-Doo socks that I wear pretty frequently, and I’m constantly listening to Harry Potter in the car or obsessing over Star Wars. I try not to take anything too seriously, and I try not to grow up too fast. Having stuff like that around allows me to keep my imagination.