Rachel Deeb is a Nashville photographer and graphic designer. Deeb is a full-time photographer who shoots lifestyle, wedding, music, fashion, fitness and landscape pictures. She is also an artist both in the graphic and geometric design world. She has also created her own original pieces that can be found in my different stores and locations in Nashville.
Deeb is also a social media strategist. Her job as a social media strategist is to be in charged of different accounts and to build an inspiring online images and attendances for each client she works with. If you would like to find out more about Rachel Deeb then check out her website https://www.racheldeeb.com.
1. Hi Rachel, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country music photographer?
Hey! Before I was a photographer, I was a graphic designer. I moved to Nashville about 2 years ago and started my first job being a graphic designer only to find out how much I hated doing it. After 3 months, I quit my job to seek a larger dream. I started to work for TITLE Boxing Club as a filler until I found a new job. I handled all social media/digital marketing and that is how I started to get a little more into photography & videography. With a lot of help, hard work, and passion, I worked my way to where I am now!
2. How many years have you been taking photos of country music musicians and who was your first artist to take pictures of?
I have been doing music photography for about a year and half now. I don’t remember who my very first artist was, but I started out doing smaller artists who I believed in.
3. What is your process of taking photos when you are working with an artist or group?
I don’t really have a specific process. I just trust my gut and go with how I feel that day.
4. What 2018 event has been your favorite to take photos of?
Probably Maren Morris & Ryan Hurd’s wedding.
5. Is there anything new coming up with your career for the rest of 2018?
I will be going on tour with a few different artists that I am very excited about!
6. If you had to give advice to up and coming photographer what would you tell them?
Never say no to any type of job, ever.
7. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Always search for a extraordinary way to communicate the ordinary.” – Chuck Creasy (My old boss I used to intern for)
8. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Be patient and don’t go into relationships as an incentive for networking – go into them with a genuine heart expecting nothing in return.
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- Hi Dylan, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter?
Before I got into music, I played baseball. I didn’t know until my senior year of high school that I could play a guitar, much less write a song, so it was pretty cool when I started putting things together and people started taking interest in what I was doing.
- How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?
I grew up listening to Kenny Chesney, every time I got in my mom’s car after school she was playing his c.d. I fell in love with how the words were so deep and painted perfect pictures. Like I said before, my senior year of high school, nobody knew I could play or sing until our graduation ceremony. Funny story– I actually sang “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, ever since that night hearing people amazed at what kid who always sat in the back of the class could do.
- Who are some of your musical icons?
Definitely Eric Church, I have so much respect for him because he writes all of his own songs. He doesn’t follow the mainstream country; he makes his own way, and the people who like him follow him and if they don’t he doesn’t care. I also value Keith Whitley. The first time I heard his songs from a songwriter’s perspective I fell in love!
- What is the story behind your latest single “How to Say Goodbye?”
I was at a private concert for one of my friend’s birthday parties, and I wasn’t even going to go but at the last second my friends drug me out of the house to go. When I got there, one of the prettiest girls I think I’ve ever seen walked in the back of the party tent and from that night on I think I may have used my corniest pick-up lines to this day. It didn’t immediately work out but a couple months down the road we worked things out and are still together to this day! So the song is just about that first night seeing her and hearing her say my name and kind of your cliché love story.
- What is one of your favorite venues to play at?
We have a local bar in town called Gnats Landing. It always has a home crowd that never disappoints!
- Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
I am working on releasing an E.P. in the next couple of weeks!
- Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
I’m moving to Nashville in July, so I plan to have a publishing deal in the near future. In the next 5 years, I hope to come across a record deal.
- What is one of your favorite quotes?
My favorite quote is my Nelson Mandela,” When a man is denied the right to live the life believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw”
- Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would like to thank you for adding my song to your playlist!
1. Hi Ross, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you become a country musician? I come from a rodeo family. That’s how both of my parents met. I rode bareback-horses and saddle-bronc from the time I was 13 I moved to Nashville. I started playing music when I was 10, so music and rodeo have always been the two big staples in my life.
2. How did you become a country music fan and how did you know you wanted a career in it? My first introduction to country music was a George Strait greatest hits tape, then The Mavericks shortly after. Both are still two of my favorite. I don’t know if I there was ever a decisive moment regarding the decision to pursue a career in music. All I’ve ever wanted to do is write songs, so I just feel lucky that I get to build a career. It’s hard. Every day is tough. But it’s all worth it.
3. Who are some of your musical icons? In no order: Ryan Adams, Tom Waits, The Damnwells, The Mavericks, George Strait, Willis Alan Ramsey.
4. What is the story behind your new single “I Rode the Wild Horses?” It’s an homage to all the old cowboys that I grew up looking up to. A lot of times, these guys are forgotten about, and they were always heroes to me. It was my way of telling that story. I hope I turn into one of those men when I’m their age.
5. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018? The shows are stacking for the fall. So playing to as many audiences as we can.
6. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years? My biggest goal in the next 5 years is to have a family and be able to support them through my music career. I want to write the best songs I can and put out the best music that I’m able.
7. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? Would be a blast to sing some of spanish songs with Calexico. Their new album is phenomenol.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes? When we were rodeoing, my dad always told us, “take it one jump at a time”. In the simplest terms, it means: don’t get ahead of yourself.
- Hi Kayla, how have you grown as a country in 2018?
KW: 2018 has definitely been my biggest year in terms of growth and maturity as an artist. Being on The Voice earlier this year gave me the opportunity to start the new chapter that I really needed creatively. I’ve been focusing a lot of my attention on putting out music that reflects who I truly am and who I want to be as an artist.
2. How did you come up with the name of your song “Unfixable?”
KW: I co-wrote “Unfixable” with my friend and producer Andrew Peebles. He came in with the idea of a relationship being unfixable and by the time we were done writing the song a couple hours later, I fell in love with it! I knew that I had to release this song!
3. What is the story behind your new song?
KW: “Unfixable” is about being in the situation where you know that you should not be in a relationship with this person, but you love them so much that you just can’t walk away. In this moment, you’re begging that person to hurt you so badly that you can finally walk away without feeling anything.
4. Is there something you wish your fans would take away from this song?
KW: One of the main things I want people to take away from this song is the powerful message behind it and how connected I am to it. I really feel like this song is a whole new side of me as an artist because it shows a more raw, vulnerable side of me that most people really don’t see very often. It touches on emotions that most of us don’t want to talk about.
5. Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
KW: Just travelling with my band playing as much as possible! And of course promoting “Unfixable!” As of right now there is nothing set in stone music wise, but there definitely may be some new music coming your way as the year progresses! J
6. Is there anything else you would like to share?
KW: Thank you so much for supporting and sharing my music!! You can check out “Unfixable” on iTunes and Spotify, and follow me on all social media.