Rachel Schumacher~ Q&A!!!

1. Hi Rachel, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country artist? I grew up in St. Louis Missouri and lived in Missouri my entire life until this past year. Growing up I played lots of sports, focusing more on cheerleading and dance when I got to high school. I have always loved performing and being the center of attention! I took piano lessons for a few years and then taught myself guitar. That then grew into singing and songwriting. In high school I had a job working at a doggy daycare, so I decided to pursue a veterinary path in college. I went to the University of Missouri and majored in Animal Science. I loved it at first, but after working as a vet assistant for a few years I felt very burnt out. I then decided to focus more on my music, which had been more of a side hobby my whole life. I got a new job working at a local concert venue and started performing at the bars in town.

2. What made you want a career in country music? Country music has been my favorite genre of music for a long time. I think it stemmed from listening to Taylor Swift’s early albums and then being introduced to Dolly Parton when I saw her on “Hannah Montana.” I love how country music is so diverse. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s sad, but it usually tells a great story.

3. Who are some of your musical icons? Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Reba, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood

4. What is the background story behind your latest single “Maybe I’m Crazy?” I wrote it a few years ago when I decided that I really wanted to pursue music as an actual career. I felt like everyone was giving me a side eye and acting like I was crazy for wanting to give it a shot. I also was aware that pursuing a dream like this is really difficult so maybe I was a little crazy. It’s better to just embrace it and make a song out of it.

5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Way too honest!

6. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? I usually start by recording a worktape on my phone of me singing and playing the guitar chords to a song I wrote. I then send that recording as well as the lyrics to my producers and they get going doing the instruments. We pay professional studio musicians to record the guitar, drums, piano, bass, or whatever we need for that specific track. After that, I go into the studio and do the vocals. I also usually have someone else singing background harmonies to give it a little something more. It’s very subtle, but makes a huge difference in the long run.The producers then mix and master everything and make it sound amazing. They’re honestly doing way more of the work than I am.

7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play live at? In Nashville I love to play at Casa Rosa and Jason Aldean’s. In Missouri I love “The Honkytonk Stl” and “NashVegas Honky Tonk” in Columbia.

8. What is one of your favorite quotes? “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” -Dolly Parton

9. Is there anything else you would like to share? I just got done recording a new song that I’m hoping to have out around the end of 2022 or early 2023!

Drew Fish Band~ QA!!!

• Hello Drew, can you tell us all about yourself before you became a country musician? 

        I’ve played instruments and sang since I can remember and the band formed when I was in high school. Most of hobbies from then are still my hobbies now. I’m a huge fan of the outdoors. I enjoy being outside whether it is hunting, hiking, fishing, riding ATVs, boating, scuba diving, biking… When I have time off, it’s a safe bet that I’m spending time in the wilderness.

• Who are some of your musical icons?

        I grew up listening to a wide variety of music, everything from Elvis Presley to Blink 182, Patsy Cline to Queen, and Roy Rogers to Frank Sinatra. I have a lot of respect for people who really created their own sound. There are so many iconic country artists from the 80s and 90s that when a song comes on, you know exactly who the artist is even if you haven’t heard the song before. There are too many amazing artists to name them all, but two of my favorites are Keith Whitley and Randy Travis.

• What made you decide to have a career in country music?

        Cory Morrow invited our family out to a show and asked me if I wanted to get up on stage and play “Drink One More Round” with him. I had played songs in front of a person here and there before, but had never been on a stage or played for a crowd. The rush that I got from being on stage was something that I had never experienced before. That sparked me finding a couple of friends from high school that played drums and bass and the Drew Fish Band was born.

• What is the background story behind your latest single “Friday Beers?” 

        There is an Instagram account called @Friday.beers that I have followed for a couple of years. I was sitting down with Kyle Level and David Banning one day to write and threw the idea out to make a theme song for their page. I like cracking a cold beer open on a Friday and I think that most of our fans do too. After we wrote the song, I sent it to my brother to get his opinion on it and he happened to know one of the guys who started the page. He got us in contact, they loved the song, so we teamed up with them for the release.

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

        Fun, positive, good timing, sincere

• What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

        I was born and raised in Austin and hometown shows are always special. I went to Stubb’s to see a bunch of shows growing up. We’ve had every one of our album release parties there and we usually have my birthday show there. Coupland Dance Hall and Gruene Hall are also places that I grew up going to and will always bring back those memories. One of the coolest venues that I can think of is Old Saloon in Emigrant, MT. It’s a little place that’s 120 years old sitting just north of Yellowstone National Park in Paradise Valley. Standing on the outdoor stage and looking at the mountains around you is pretty incredible.

• What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?

        Everything comes down to the song. We are currently working on a new record and in the process of narrowing down songs and writing new ones right now. It’s all about finding the right songs that represent you as an artist, fit your sound, and compliment the record. Just because a song is a great song, doesn’t mean it’s the right song for you as an artist and just because a song works for you as an artist, doesn’t mean it’s the right song for a certain record. We start the recording process by looking at what songs we already have written, figuring out which of those songs will work for the album, and then writing what is missing.

• What is one of your favorite quotes?

        “What did you do today to set you up for tomorrow?” I’m not sure where it came from, but it has been one that has stayed with me for years. I believe that the only way that you can create success (whatever that success may be for you), is to work towards it every day and actively pursue your goal.

• Is there anything else you would like to share?

        We do a lot of work with military based charities and released a song called ’Stories Left Untold’ this past Memorial Day Weekend. 100% of the revenue from that song through the end of the year is going to Special Forces Charitable Trust to support our country’s Heroes. We have six Special Operations veterans in the video, one of whom was shot in the head in 2011 serving our country in Afghanistan. His treatments are not covered by the VA, so he has had to rely on donations and assistance from organizations like Special Forces Charitable Trust to recover from his injuries. Watch the video, stream the song, and donate if you can to support those who have dedicated their lives to preserving our freedoms.

Matthew Wayne~ Q&A!!

  1. Hello, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I’ve been playing guitar and piano since the age of 5 and the first real song I learned on piano was a country song called Rebecca Lynn by Bryan White.So I guess you could say I’ve always played country music. I was side man in a country group in 2008-2013. 2013 I started doing more pop and rnb. 2021 I was inspired to get back to the country music I loved.
  2. Who are some of your musical icons? Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, George Strait, John Coltrane, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan and The Beatles
  3. What made you want a career in country music? It’s just the music that feels right. Great songwriting and great storytelling.
  4. What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Stronger Than She Looks?” Sometimes you meet a girl that you just can’t hold on to. A wild one. 
  5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?  authentic heartfelt meaningful
  6. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?  The American Gardens Theatre at EPCOT, St Augustine Amphitheatre, The Bijou Theater, The Green Valley Ranch
  7. What is your recording process when creating and making new music? Putting together one of Nashville’s top session groups, in a top studio. Doing a lot of prep work before entering the room. That’s the most important part. Working with a vocal coach, practicing the songs, making sure I like the key and tempo. That’s most of the battle right there.
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? Luck is the moment of hardwork meeting opportunity.
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share?  New music will be out in September! Keep an eye out at @matthewwayne on instagram!

Torrey McDowell~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Torrey, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer?
    Before moving to Nashville to pursue music, I lived in Georgia and worked in higher education. I loved having the opportunity to impact students and advocate for their needs, but I got burnt out from it. I was already writing in Georgia and working on my guitar skills. During that time, I knew I wanted to transition to working in the music business industry in addition to working on my own music. I applied for jobs in this industry for two years before something finally worked out. The pandemic really impacted this as many companies put a hold on their open positions.
  2. What made you want a career in country music?
    Music has always been the biggest part of my life. I was always in choir through high school and then went on to study music in college on a vocal scholarship. I lost a lot of my passion for it while in my undergrad due to some personal experiences that really stole my confidence and the joy music provided me. Once I finally remembered who I was, that joy and drive finally started to return. That is when I dedicated two years to job searching, writing, and developing my craft.
  3. Who are some of your musical icons?
    I grew up on The Chicks, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Stevie Nicks which started my love of music. I still love them all but have expanded on genres and styles. I love JoJo Levesque, Jennifer Hudson, Kelsea Ballerini, Giveon, Mitchell Tenpenny, Teddy Swims, and so much more!
  4. What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Outloud?” 
    ‘Outloud’ tells the personal story of learning to give yourself permission to love who you love regardless of what others may think. This is something I have personally experienced and worked hard to form into a story with my co-writers Caroline McGowan and Kipper Lee Linville. We dug deep into the emotions I felt as well as those that others may feel in these situations. This type of experience applies to any person who is in a consenting relationship that others pass judgement on. Kipper and Caroline understood this, and I am so proud of what we’ve created together!
  5. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?
    Once the lyrics were completed and the vibe was decided on with my co-writers, I met with my producer, Christian Harger, to develop the tracks. First, I recorded scratch vocals to send to the instrumentalists to use as a placeholder for the development process. We worked hand in hand tget the feel we were going for and were careful when selecting the addition of instruments and everything else. We then got the instrumentalists together to lay down the tracks and once those were completed, we got to work on the final vocals to send to have mixed and mastered! Working with Christian was truly a wonderful experience, and I could not recommend him more!
  6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
    Raw, personal, open, w/ country & R&B influence
  7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?
    The Bowery Vault, Winners, my room (where I feel the calmest)
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
    “If not us, who? If not now, when?”
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
    My song ‘Outloud’ is out and streaming everywhere! I have so much more in the works and will have more music out over the next several months!

Stephen Ray~ Artist Spotlight/ Q&A!!!

Artist Spotlight:

Stephen Ray is a Nashville based country singin’ songwriter & artist who was raised in both the arctic cold of Wisconsin and Michigan & the warm beaches of California. Stephen has opened for acts such as Toby Keith, Parmalee, and Chris Janson. His music is available on all streaming platforms.

Q&A:

Hi Stephen, can you tell us all about yourself before you became a country musician? 

Hi there! Yes! I started writing country music around 2010, and began taking it more seriously around 2016 when I decided to record and release music as “Stephen Ray” for the first time. Prior to that, I was working and living in San Diego, CA. I also performed in a rock band with my brother for many years! Music has always a been a big part of my life. 

What made you want a career in country music?

I was always a fan of country music and for as long as I remember (well, about 7th grade when I started playing guitar) I was in bands with my brother and friends growing up, but we played more punk and pop rock. But I remember in high school burning CD’s with Dierks Bentley and Tim McGraw, who are two of my favorite artists, and constantly making mixed CD’s with multiple genres. My CD’s would go from New Found Glory to Shania Twain to Pure Moods to Gym Class Heroes to Enya and back to New Found Glory. HA.  But by the time I was in college, and right after college I was listening and going to a lot more country concerts in San Diego, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, etc. After taking some time off from my rock band days, I eventually started to write and record more pop country style music and songs. 

What is the background story behind your latest single “Bud Light Sign?” 

I wrote Bud Light Sign with my three good friends, Ryan Sorestad, Brit Knott and Taylor Nash. (Yes, we live in Nashville and his real last name is Nash.) The day we wrote, they had been at a Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant having lunch and waiting for Guitar Center next door to open. Ryan was sitting there and saw two Bud Light signs above the bar when the idea hit him to write something about being “brighter than a Bud Light sign”. We met later that day to write and this song started to come to life when we thought of eyes being bluer than the Bud Light sign! The rest was history! 

Who are some of your musical icons?

Enya, Tom Petty, Relient K, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Dierks Bentley. All for different reasons. The way they make me feel, the time period they represent from my life when I listened to them most, their musical style, how they are/were as human beings and the sonic and lyrical styles behind them all I believe all play a major part in my own sound. 

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

Fun, catchy and authentic. 

What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

I played a few shows at House of Blues San Diego that were amazing! I got to open up for Parmalee once at HOB and also Logan Mize.I also opened up for Chris Janson at The Novo in Los Angeles, that was a blast. Tin Roofs are always fun here in Nashville and I always enjoy playing writers rounds at Live Oak, and it was a blast playing Whiskey Jam

What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?

My last few singles I’ve recorded with Grady Saxman at his studios in Mt. Juliet, TN. It usually takes a few days and involves a night of pre-production where we work through the song acoustically to make sure we have the structure of the song completed and charted out. The next day we’ll bring in the session players to come in and track the song as a band. That is always my favorite part of the process to simply watch and be amazed by the talent in the room. We’re talking some of the best musicians in the world here in Nashville and I am very grateful for that. Then I’ll track the vocals, send the song out for mixing and mastering and there you go! You’ve heard the saying “it takes a village” and Nashville country music is no exception to that. 

What is one of your favorite quotes?

How do you like the food here at Camp Hope?

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

Thanks for having me! My social channels are all @STEPHENRAYMUSIC on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, etc. Go follow! 

Megan Dawson (Q&A)!!!

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  1. Hello Megan, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

Before becoming a country musician I actually attended my first year of University whilst also coaching volleyball! I definitely loved music and secretly would sing but never in front of people. I didn’t play an instrument at the time and so I would write poetry and lyrics but had never written a full song. About a year later, I met some family friends that were musical and I would do some backup vocals in their band through summer of 2016. In the Fall that followed, I went and bought my first guitar and then taught myself how to play four chords through Google and YouTube. From there, I wrote my first song and have continued writing and performing ever since!

  1. What made you want a career in country music?

I have always loved a wide range of types of music including, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift etc. In regards to writing and creating music, I have found home for me is incorporating hooky melodies with lyrics that really capture an emotion and tell a story. I feel this is where I have found the balance with a pop-country sound and where my music feels most authentic to me.

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

Shania Twain has always been one of my favorite artists of all time. Her ability to be so versatile in her sound has always really inspired me in being fearless in the pursuit of creating music that has a unique sound. Taylor Swift is definitely another artist who has inspired me from both a songwriting and artistry perspective, especially in her ability to continue to grow and enter into new chapters as an artist over the duration of a long career.

  1. What is the background story behind your new single “Kissed Me Like That?”

I first heard this song about a year ago and immediately fell in love with it. The song was written by Emma-Lee, Madeline Merlo and Lindsay Rimes and brings to life the concept of experiencing a love unlike you’ve ever experienced before. This felt so fitting to where I am at in my life and the overall vibe and sound was so on point with the type of song I wanted to record. It brings a vibrancy that really resonated with me and also felt like the perfect summer song.

  1. What is your recording process like when you are making and creating new music?

For my last few singles I have been able to work with my amazing producer, “Dan Swinimer” and it was such an amazing experience. For my first two singles this year, I had the opportunity to be the voice on these songs written by such incredible writers and it was such a great time bringing my sound and story to the concept created by the writers. The recording process was so much fun and I found it challenged me to grow into my voice and learn so much about myself as an artist. 

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

I would say; bright, relatable, authentic.

  1. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

I love playing at The King Eddy in Calgary. I have so many amazing memories of both acoustic and full band shows at this venue and I find the audience is always so present and attentive which is really special. I also loved playing at the YYC International Airport and being able to welcome people into the city, I always had a story to tell after playing here for a few hours and I always thought that was such a cool and unique way to share live music with people. 

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth. I love this quote because I have always found that getting out of my comfort zone, challenging myself and pursuing through something that brought upon a sense of fear at the beginning, is one of the most rewarding feelings.

Jon Edmund~ Q&A!!

  1. Hi Jon, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Before I became a country artist, I was actually a drummer in a pop/rock band called ONE TWO TEN.  After doing that I was hooked, I knew I wanted to work in the industry, but not always as a drummer.
  2. Who are some of your musical icons? My main musical hero is Toby Keith.  I believe as a writer and an artist he has been able to not only have one of the most successful careers but able to impact so many people through the music he continues to make.
  3. What made you want a career in country music? As I grew up in Oklahoma, country music was ingrained in my lifestyle, so I think it was more of an instinctive thing to want to write country music than anything.
  4. What is the background of your latest single “Country Girl Swing?” I wrote Country Girl Swing about people always judging other people about how they live their life but when in reality everyone just wants to enjoy life even though they may go about that in different ways.  I have the dream of watching people line dance to this song.
  5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Upbeat, Driven, Storytelling
  6. What is your recording process like when you are creating and making new music?  I actually wrote these songs by myself so it wasn’t until taking it into the studio did I start involving other people.  For Country Girl Swing, I got to work with some people I really look up to like Rich Redmond (Drummer for Jason Aldean) and Trent Bell, and Chad Copelin to name a few, so it was just an amazing experience getting to have them be a part of bringing this song to life.
  7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? Some of my favorite venues are actually in Oklahoma.  I have gotten to play at some amazing venues like The Zoo Amphitheater, The Jones Assembly, and Diamond Ballroom.  All very different but such cool places.
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? The quote that I live my life by is “Don’t wait for opportunities, create them”. I’m not sure if anyone is quoted saying that so I say that I made it up (even though I am sure other people have said it too).
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? I would like to share that this is just the beginning.  I am releasing a three-song EP called Southern Gentleman in June.

Kate Cameron~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Kate! Can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country artist?

I grew up in a beach town between Boston and Cape Cod called Duxbury MA. Around age 7 I took voice lessons which eventually led to some piano lessons as well. At age 11 I taught myself guitar on a Martin my dad had in our basement which he played from time to time. Even though I did play  a lot of music growing up, I had a really cool childhood, played a lot of sports and was in a lot of different friends groups which, I believe, made me a really well rounded person. I am the youngest of 3 and neither of my older siblings can sing or play any instruments but they always had their friends over blasting music. At my core I have always loved the radio. I didn’t really get into country music until highschool but when I did it totally changed the course of my life. 

  1. What made you want a career in country music?

In highschool I changed my friend group who all LOVED country music. I’ll never forget one of them gave me a couple Miranda Lambert CD’s and I was floored. I never heard anything quite like it yet had never related to something so quickly. At the time Eric Church and Lady Antebellum were also hitting their first huge wave of success so I got really into both of them as well. I was pretty close to going to college in Nashville but ended up getting a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston which I took as a sign that I needed to be there.

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

As a musician this question always throws me for loop because I never clung to one specific artist for too long. I was constantly jumping into different genres. But several big names I took a lot of inspiration from are Joss Stone, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Miranda Lambert, Gavin Degraw, Maren Morris and you could even say Britney Spears for her attention to her performance. 

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

Soul, Style, Grit, and Grace.

  1. What is the background behind your new song “Turn on Your Light?”

In August of 2020 I received a track from a musician in town. He asked if I wanted to write to it as he had a female artist friend in mind for it. He actually told me the girl he wanted to create it for was going through quite a tough year. At that time we had all been through a tough year so I took that concept and flipped it into a comforting song of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Long story short, I then brought the song to Peter Shurkin who I have worked with for several years who produced the song with Goffrey Moore. We ended up cutting the song with more live band production which ended up being the best fit for the lyrics and melody.

  1. Where are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

Since going to Berklee I never had a typical social college experience so playing in bars and clubs in my late teens and early 20’s really became that for me. In Boston I used to play 3-4 nights a week over the summer and really gained my chops in every type of dive bar to five star hotel possible to play in town. Once I moved to Nashville, I started playing a bit Downtown but over the years really gravitated towards playing in Midtown. I have played so many songwriter nights on Demonbreun it feels like several hundred. This past year I started playing 4 hour cover gigs at Live Oak which has become quite the spot for musicians in town. I really enjoy it there, the staff and crowd are always fantastic. 

  1. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?

It really depends on the song. “Turn On Your Light” was really unique because I wrote it to a track rather than starting it on my own. Usually I can demo all my songs on my own then send them to a proper producer to create.

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?  

“Be a jack hammer” –  Billy Ray Cyrus  –   I recently heard him say this in an interview on the Bobby Bones podcast. His story really hit a note with me in the fact that he played bars and clubs for a decade before getting signed to any sort of deal. (Which essentially could be my story as well) The phrase basically means hit your daily grind from all angles and as many times as possible. 

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

I really hope most people can take one part of “Turn On Your Light” and resonate with it! Hope to stay in touch! XO

Eric Lee~ Q&A!!!

  • • Hello Eric, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
    • Sure thing. I’m Eric Lee and I grew up living in South Florida just outside Davie. I live with my wife, cat, and we just got a golden retriever pup named Billy the Kid. Over the years, Before I became a country musician, I mainly worked as a music producer, collaborating with a variety of artists and have made music for TV, Film, and ads. When the pandemic hit in 2020, those types of projects went on hold so I bet on myself and finally laid some of my own songs down. The immediate reception was far greater than anything I could’ve ever imagined.
  •  What made you want a career in country music?
    • I must’ve been 7/8 years old when my grandmother would play Dolly Parton and The Judds cassette tapes in her car. My grandmothers have always had a profound influence on me, instilling values I hold high to this day. One of the things I love about country music is that it’s a community of core values and southern hospitality and being able to sing about those things. During my time as a producer, I always dreamed of performing live for huge crowds of people. I was able to write for the artists I produced but it took many years searching for my unique voice as a songwriter. But then about 5-6 years ago, these songs just started pouring out of me.
  • • How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
    • Country RocknRoll with Heart n’ Soul
  • • What is the background story behind your new song “Come Break My Heart?”
    • I’ve written a few songs for my wife that I’m excited to release in the near future but this one came to me during lockdown. I think a lot of couples were put through “patience building” circumstances at home in the past couple years haha – but me and my wife’s unconditional love for each other pulled us through it all. I don’t think there’s anything more special than standing by the one’s you love no matter what, through the ups and downs. It’s definitely a unique take on a love song but it feels authentic to me and I think a lot of people will relate to it after everything we’ve gone through.
  • • Who are some of your musical icons?
    • Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Stapleton, and Eagles to name a few. Those are all just phenomenal, iconic story tellers who sing form the heart and each have their own unique personas that have inspired millions all over the globe.
  • • What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?
    • Well, I haven’t had the opportunity to play many shows just yet since I’m the new guy in town but I’ve played The Troubadour once in Los Angeles with a past band which was a lot of fun. My dream is to play The Ryman, Grand Ole Opry and huge festivals to seas of people all over the world one day soon.
  • • What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?
    • A lot of my songs have came to me in random moments of life. Just sheer inspiration. Sometimes I’ll finish writing it by myself and sometimes I’ll want to collaborate with others. I always start with an acoustic guitar and the voice memo app on my iPhone. My philosophy is that once the songwriting is bulletproof with just my acoustic guitar, the song will essentially produce itself. Doing it this way gives me the freedom to imagine what the instrumentation will sound like and the ability to try different chord progressions on the fly. After that, it’s essentially paint by numbers while producing the song in Pro Tools at my home studio since most of the arrangement has already been planned in my head for the song. It also allows me to give my full attention each process of a song’s creation separately. First I put on my songwriter hat and then I put on my producer hat. I find it’s a very efficient way to work for me. When I’ve finished both my jobs on each song, I then send the sessions off to Vance Powell to mix. He’s my favorite mixing engineer, a legend, and the nicest and most generous guy (not to mention he’s worked with Chris Stapleton and Jack White and won several CMA and Grammy awards). It’s an honor and a lot of fun getting to work with him. 
  • • What is one of your favorite quotes?
    • “Love thy neighbor as thy self”. I’m not a highly religious man but my grandmother took me to church every Sunday as a young boy and this was the most important value for her that I learn. There have been many experiences and different people I’ve met over the years that have taught me a lot and reaffirmed this ideal. Most recently, I watched the film 42 shortly after Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away. I realized it was the only film of his I haven’t seen yet so my wife and I put it on. The film is incredible and Chadwick gave a powerful performance. But there’s a scene where Harrison Ford, acting as Branch Rickey who managed the 1946 Dodgers, recited this famous bible verse and then proceeded to explain that it can be found in the bible 9 times and is in fact the most mentioned verse above all others… which get’s me thinkin that it’s gotta be the most important value we should all uphold in life.
  • • Is there anything else you would like to share?
    • Absolutely! Please check out my covers of “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “If We Make it Through December” as they are both benefiting great charities and I’m hoping to raise money! You can also hear a traditional country version of my song “Same Dirt Road” exclusively on songsforhope.org which raises money for many important causes.