Soul Revival Boutique~ “Q&A”!!!

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1.    Hello Brooke, can you tell me a little bit about your apparel line? We carry a variety of wholesalers and also have our own vintage upcycled line called Branded by Brooke. It consists of plaids, old band tee’s, leopard, & fringe! I would say that Soul Revival’s style is “Where the Southern Gypsy meets the Western Hippie.” We love boho cowgirl style and mixing it up with some sassy southern charm.

2.    How did you decide on the name “Soul Revival Boutique,” and was there any other names that you were thinking about instead? My husband and I went on a missions trip a year before we opened Soul Revival in 2015. “Soul” is the spirit within us & “Revival” is an awakening! I just thought what a perfect saying for what SO many o f us need. We give back a portion of all sales to various missions and that idea was birthed after our life changing trip to Nicaragua. It was never meant to just be a “boutique”, but bring people closer to God and to serve others too.

3.    Where do you see “Soul Revival Boutique” in the next 5 to 10 years? WHOA – I definitely see us getting a warehouse, possibly doing wholesale orders down the road, and speaking at events (whether they are Christian Conferences or Business Summits)! I would love to eventually have a booth at the NFR & PBR events.

4.    Have any famous people worn any of your items before? We have had Tara Thompson (she is a country artist and one of CMA’s Next Women of Country) and Jenna Michelle (DJ Silver’s Wife) rock our styles. We have been SO honored to work with many of Rodeo’s & Western Fashion elite!

5.    Is there anything new coming up with your company for the rest of 2018? We have pop up shows throughout middle Tennessee in our mobile Airstream boutique and will be in Nashville for Vintage Market Days!

6.    What was the first item you made or sold for “Soul Revival Boutique?” The first item we ever sold was a denim button down!

7.    What advice would you give to an up and coming apparel company? Pray! Work it every day. Never stop learning and trying!

8.    What is one your favorite quotes? I don’t have a favorite quote per say, but I have always thought – Jeremiah 29:11 was my life verse. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. It’s a great reminder that God is always for us. He’s not going to lead me astray or abandon me. His plans are always greater than mine & to trust Him!

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Greg Rider “Q&A”!!!

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Country musician Greg Rider grew up in Waterdown, Ontario. At the age of 21 Rider was involved in a terrible car accident. The car accident made him look at his life a lot different now and it made him want to be a better person.

Music had been a big influence on Rider, but he never did anything to follow it until he was in his 20’s. He thought of himself as a closet singer and only recently learned how to play the guitar. Rider started to play locally in a duo. He next received a job as a bartender in the Cayman Islands. When he was not working he spent his time off writing and singing at open mic nights. One day, he met a person who asked him what he was doing here. This person was a woman and told Rider he needed to be in Nashville. He listened to this woman advice and made the move to Nashville.

Since moving to Nashville, Rider has put all his time into music and grown significantly as an artist and songwriter. Rider is working on the release of his debut EP. Aside from working on his music, he is also an author. His first book, “The Uneasy Man,” was released through Amazon in the beginning of 2018. His book is a self-help guide, which tells the story about his struggle with anxiety and depression. The book is geared toward teens and young adults, but can also benefit anyone who is looking to learn more this important subject.

Today on September 20, 2018, Rider just released his new single “Temporary.” This is his first single he put out since moving to Nashville and it is available to listen to on iTunes and Spotify. Rider co-wrote this song with SMASH: 30 writers John Miller and Sean Swenson. He will be celebrating the release of this tune by performing at the Music Row’s premier event at Whiskey Jam. If you would like to find out more about Greg Rider then check out his website https://gregridermusic.com/home.

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Ashley Scire~ “Q&A”!!!

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1. Hi Ashley, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Before I became a country musician I did a lot of theater in school plays!  I grew up in New Jersey and spent a lot of time going into the city to see Broadway shows.  I always thought that was going to be the path I would take but then I picked up a guitar and everything changed.  I literally fell in love and decided to start writing my own music.
2. Who are some of your musical icons?
My favorite musical icon is Taylor Swift.  I would not have picked up a guitar if it wasn’t for her.  Her music made me fall in love with country and songwriting.  I also really love Maren Morris.  Her story as an artist, but also as a songwriter is awesome.  The first time I saw her music and heard her play was at Belcourt Taps which is a venue I hang out at all the time.  It seats about 40-50 people.  It was just an amazing experience.
3. How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?
I grew up in a house full of guitars!  My dad plays the guitar and I remember asking him if he thought I could learn how to play the guitar.  He told me to give it a shot and sure enough I was able to pick it up and teach myself.  He was always into Rock and Roll music and I spent a lot of my childhood listening to that genre of music.  I became a fan of country music when I was just starting high school.  I remember listening to Taylor Swift’s first album on the bus ride home and really felt a connection with the songs.  I eventually started listening to all kinds of country music on my bus rides home from school.  I fell in love with the genre and love how every country song tells a story.
4. What is the background story behind your newest single “Drunk Again?”
This song has such a different background story than any other song I have ever written.  Usually when I write a song it is in a writers room and it is planned.  This song just kinda happened.  About two years ago I was having a 4th of July party at my house.  One of my close friends, John Miller, who is also a co-writer on the song showed up in a t-shirt that said “Make American Drunk Again”.  As a songwriter, I am always looking for cool song titles everywhere and I saw that and thought Drunk Again would be such a cool title for a song.  After a few jello shots we started writing the song at the party.  We only wrote the first verse but I really loved the song so Sean Spollen, who is another writer on the song,John and I finished it up a few weeks later.  I knew as we were writing it that it was something special!
5. Is there anything else new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
I am super excited to announce I am releasing a 5 song EP called Turn Up The Night at the end of this year.  This is my first time releasing an EP!  I can’t wait for everybody to hear it.
6. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
In 5 to 10 years I still see myself living in Nashville and working on music.  I absolutely love this city and there is no other place I would rather be.  I have already been blessed with so many opportunities and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
7. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
If I could sing a duet with a famous singer I would want to sing a song with Miranda Lambert.  I love how her music is her own and love all her sassy songs!  I really enjoy writing upbeat and fast tempo songs and I feel like a lot of her music is that.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Fall seven times, Stand up eight”
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am just super thankful for the opportunity to answer some of these questions and share my music.  THANK YOU!
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Danielle Johnson~ “Q&A”!!

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  1. Hi Danielle, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have a twin brother that was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome(which means he was born with half of a heart). That’s why we were born there. We are best friends and I’m so blessed to have him by my side always. I grew up in Warsaw, NC, a very small town with a population of 3,000 people. It’s the kind of town that has one stoplight and everyone literally knows everyone. I went to a private school kindergarten through fifth grade. Then I was homeschooled when I was cast in “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at Madison Square Garden in NYC and at the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. I graduated high school in 2 calendar years in order to focus 150% on my music career.
  2. How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? Music has always had such an impact on my life since I was a toddler. I’ve always had an infatuation with music. I would always sing in the car with my family. It was am everyday thing. I remember singing to Dolly Pardon, The Beatles, and the Eagles. When I was eight years old, I was asked to sing at my school event, so I said yes of course. I remember standing on the stage for the first time with no nerves whatsoever. I thought to myself, “Wow, this is my passion. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. This is me. I’ve found it.”
  3. Who are some of your musical icons? Taylor Swift has always been such an inspiration to me from the beginning  of her career and now. She’s such a wonderful entertainer. I admire how she can write such personal lyrics and pour her heart out. I also love Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Michael Jackson. They’re amazing.
  4. What is the story behind your newest single “Let It Be You?”I co-wrote the song with Jennifer Denmark and Briana Tyson. We were all just talking about past relationships and how sometimes a friend turns into something more. It was so fun to write something so common, yet exciting and risky. It’s all about taking that dive, all in.
  5. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years? My goal is to touch so many fans globally through my music. I want to be known all around the world. I always want my fans to feel connected to me and my music. I want to receive a Grammy. I want to be just as successful as Taylor Swift.
  6. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?Taylor Swift for sure. She seems like such a genuine person. She’s an amazing songwriter and performer. I recently went to her Reputation tour and I was blown away…seriously. She’s incredible.
  7. Is there anything coming up new with your music for the rest of 2018?My 5 song EP is releasing October 3rd! This EP takes you on a ride that’s courageous, fun, and real.
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? Michael Jordan has a quote and he states, “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. He has some other really awesome quotes also.
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? I have a booking agent and a band, so we are rehearsing for upcoming shows in Nashville and in other states:) I can’t wait to perform! There’s no other feeling like performing!!! I absolutely love every second of it.

“Born Southern” ~ (Clothing Line)

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The “Born Southern 74” is a clothing brand that is made up by three different morals. These morals are God, family and friends. Eric Smith is the owner, founder and is from North Carolina. Smith feel blessed by being rasied with such strong values.

“Southern 74,” is a tribute to Smith parents who got married in 1974. During the last 40 years, his parents encouraged these values in Smith and his three siblings and are now passing their Southern legacy to their grandchildren.

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Q&A: 

1.    Hello can you tell me a little bit of background about your apparel line?  Born Southern was founded in June of 2017.  The name, “Born Southern 74”, is a tribute to my parents who were married in 1974 and have raised our family with southern values and a “God, family, friends” example since birth.  I wanted to develop a line that would appeal to those who hold the southern way of life as part of their core values.

2.    How did you decide on the name “Born Southern,” and was there any other names you were going to choose instead?  I knew I wanted “southern” in the name from the start.  One other option was “Southern Raised”; however, this was not available.  “Born Southern” appeals to those who were raised with our core values.  Born Southern doesn’t mean you have to be born in the south; you just have to ascribe to the southern way of life.

3.    Where do you see “Born Southern,” in the next 5 to 10 years?  I see Born Southern growing into a household name/brand.  Anyone wearing a BoSo or Born Southern hat or shirt will be recognized as someone who holds dear the same Southern way of life.

4.    Have any famous celebs worn any of your items before?  Yes, Jacob Young (star on the Bold and Beautiful and the Young and the Restless and is also a up-and-coming country artist) and Morgan Ashley (up-and-coming singer/songwriter out of Texas), and Steve Freeman (multi-platinum album producer in TN).

5.    Is there anything new coming up with the company for the rest of 2018?  Yes, will launch our new fall apparel line in early October.

6.    What is the first item you made for “Born Southern?”  The first item created was a white t-shirt with the initial BS logo.  Since then, we’ve offered both men’s and women’s tees, hoodies, sweatshirts, performance fishing shirts, tank tops, hats, and decals.

7.    What advice would you give to an up and coming apparel company?  Starting an apparel company is hard work; it’s not as easy as just making a shirt or hat and selling it.  You need to brand yourself and identify your target audience.  You need to identify, research, and trademark your name, review market trends, look at supply/demand, and a host of other factors to get started.  Social media is very important; it helps to get the word out about your brand.  And, lastly, have some patience…Rome wasn’t build overnight.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?  “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”  ~Vince Lombardi

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Hannah Anders~ “Q&A”!!!

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  1. Hi Hannah, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country musician? Hey there! Absolutely. I grew up in a very small town in Georgia. We had horses and goats and lots of land to run around on. It was a great way to grow up. I have always been musical. My mom says I quite literally sung before I spoke. So it was clear very early on to my family that I was meant to entertain people and they supported me in that from a very young ago.
  1. How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? Well growing up in Georgia definitely exposed me to country music so I was a fan from a young age. But I really loved all kinds of music. So I wasn’t totally sure where I would end up as an artist. When I first started writing music I was about 14 years old, and I had no agenda in mind other then to put pen to paper and see what happened. Well, sure enough, it came out country. And every song since has come out country. It’s just how I wanted to tell my stories and so much a part of who I was.
  1. Who are some of your musical icons? This is always such a tough question for me to answer because I admire and respect so many artists. To give a short list…Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton on the current landscape. Garth Brooks, Shania, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, Reba…how do you stop the list?? Lol
  1. How did you come up with the name of your new album “Good Time” and was there any name you were going to pick instead? I’ll be totally honest with you, naming this album took me a minute. I had so many different ideas come through my head, but eventually landed on “Good Time” for a couple of reasons. One, the song “Good Time” sums up the feel of our band and our live show so well. We are definitely a “Good Time”! Also, as I listened down to the album in its entirety, it felt fun, and high energy, and even the slower more personal songs were “real” and honest. So once “Good Time” was a contender I was convinced that was the right decision.
  1. What is your favorite song off the album? I love them all. I either wrote or personally selected each song and so they all mean so much to me. If I had to pick a favorite it might be “I’m not 18 anymore”. It’s a very real breakdown of where I am in my life right now.
  1. If you could sing with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? Again there are so many. I love Chris Stapleton’s voice so much. I would love to sing with him.
  1. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018? Yes! There will be another single released this fall, a Christmas single during the holiday season, and a tour down to Florida and back to play the Kix Country Music Festival.
  1. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years? I hope to be touring full time, writing and recording music I love. Making an even larger impact on people though my music.
  1.  What is one of your favorite quotes? “Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods”

 

 

Dustin Collins~ “Q&A”!!!

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DD: 1. Hi Dustin, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer/songwriter?
DC: Before I did music professionally, I was just a small town kid from central Kentucky. I guess like everyone else, I was just trying to figure out what who I was and where I wanted to go.
DD: 2. How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?
DC: I’ve loved country music as far back as I can remember. I believe I was 6-years-old when I first told my mom and dad I wanted to be Garth Brooks.
DD: 3. Who are some of your musical icons?
DC: Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Jerry Reed, John Prine and more.
DD: 4. How did you come up with the name of your newest album “It’s Been Awhile,” and was there any other names you were going choose instead?
DC: We had originally thought we would go with “The Barn,” but it had been such a long time since we put out a new album that “It’s Been Awhile” just seemed right.
DD: 5. What is your favorite song off your latest album?
DC: “Cold Dead Hands” and “Pieces” for sure.
DD: 6. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
DC: We are gonna be doing a lot of shows, writing and visiting some friends at country radio.
DD: 7. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
DC: Miranda Lambert or Lindsay Ell because they are awesome.
DD: 8. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
DC: Hopefully, I’ll still be moving forward and making music for my fans.
DD: 9. What is one of your favorite quotes?
DC: “If at first you don’t succeed, bother someone else about it.” – My Buddy Dave

DD: 10. Is there anything else you would like to share?
DC: Get everything Dustin Collins at www.dustincollinsmusic.com.

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