Carly Tefft~ “Q&A”!!!

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1.    Hello Carly, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer/songwriter? I started writing songs in my head when I was 7, but didn’t pick up the guitar until I was 13. I started singing in a high school rock cover band and finally started to perform my original songs in front of an audience when I was 15. 

2.    When did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? When I was 17 I went to a Keith Urban show, which lead me into diving into listening to any sort of county available to me at the time on Cape Cod, MA.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons? Keith Urban, Gavin DeGraw, McFly, Sting & The Police, Sheryl Crow, Carol King

4.    What is the story behind your new single “Better Off At A Bar?” My friend Brett Gillan and I started this song of September 2017 after he overheard someone saying this at a bar.  “Better Off At A Bar“ describes an inner conflict between vulnerability and dignity; knowing that the right decision is to move on from a relationship, but still holding onto hope.

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

I’ll be releasing new music every 6-8 weeks for the rest of this year…the next single drops in July!

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

I’ll be releasing new music every 6-8 weeks for the rest of this year…the next single drops in July!
In the next 5-10 years I’d love to be consistently writing music for my artist project as well as for other artists in Nashville and beyond. I’d love to be on a tour and/or headlining my own shows as well.

7.    If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? Keith Urban because he inspired me to dive into country music and move to Nashville 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” – Marty McFly

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? Better Off At A Bar MERCH (Shirts & Tank Tops) are coming very soon! The music video is also dropping next week! Stay tuned   

Dakota Danielle~ “Q&A”!!

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1.    Hi Dakota, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer/songwriter?

Hi! Growing up I played a lot of tennis. In High School I reached a point where I needed a change in my life and I decided to learn the guitar. That is when my journey began as a singer/songwriter!

 

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

I was always a fan of music in general, but I love how country music tells such great stories. Plus, my friends listen to a lot of country so it was around a lot 🙂 I knew I wanted a career in music when my guitar and singing became my number one passion. In college, I couldn’t seem to find anything that I enjoyed learning besides music. When I found out there are actually music degrees, I was hooked.

 

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Oh wow, I have a lot of artists that I look up to so this question is difficult! I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Toby Keith, Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Alan Jackson, and Dolly Parton; but when I picked up my guitar Miranda Lambert was a big influence on me.

 

4.    What is the story behind your latest single “One Church?”

This song is about my hometown! I am from a small town where there is one church and three main bars. The verses are about all the characteristics any small town has, but the chorus is trying to state that there is something still unique about this “one church three bar town.”

 

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

Yes! I am in the process of putting together a music video for “One Church.” Also, I have another song recorded that is ready to go 🙂

 

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

In the next 5 to 10 years I see my music career really developed and established. I hope to have accomplished some of my dreams which include playing at the Grand Ole Opry, Bridgestone Arena, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and more.

7.    If you sing a duet with a famous singer/songwriter who would it be and why?

Vince Gill because his music is great and I know I could learn a lot from him.

 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Where words fail, music speaks”

 

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

I have really enjoyed my journey so far with the release of my debut single. All the support from fans of my music has meant so much to me. Thank you for this wonderful interview 🙂 

 

Wildee “Q&A”!!!

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1.   Hi Wildee, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter?

I was born and raised in Temecula, CA with 3 brothers, mom, and stepdad. I’ve always grown up around music. My grandfather was a huge influence for me and he was where I gained my love for country music. He was born and raised in the sticks of Louisiana very poor and picking cotton as soon as he could walk. He always was playing his guitar and singing the old country songs from Merle Haggard, George Jones, to name a couple, and I was always drawn to it and knew from a young age that my mission in life was to have a career in music. My mom always encouraged me to follow my dreams as well and really helped pave the way by putting me in voice lessons when I was 9 years old.

I grew up a playing basketball, joined student government, participated in school choir, and all the while getting straight A’s. I got my bachelors degree in business at the University of California in Riverside as well. Although I was a busy kid, I never stopped pursuing music and I never will!

2.   Who are some of your musical icons?

My musical icons are Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Cam, and too many more to list!

3.   What is the background story behind your newest single “Burn?”

My latest single Burn came from a place of pain but also being able to find strength through the hurt. When you’re in a relationship and somebody does you wrong, sometimes it’s best to just burn the pictures, burn the gifts, and burn the memories. It’s a starting point of moving on from somebody that just wasn’t right for you.

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

I have a few tours throughout New England and Southern California including opening for Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Turner, and Love & Theft, I am currently in the studio working on my EP that is set to release in the Fall of 2018, I am playing all around Nashville, and I will continue to work very hard to make the most of 2018 and make some magic happen.

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

I see myself with a record deal, touring and sharing my music around the world, living in Nashville, and writing and recording new music.

6.   If you could sing a duet with a famous singer/songwriter who would it be and why?

I would sing a duet with Eric Church. I absolutely love his style and his down to earth/relatable music. I feel like our voices would compliment each other as well.

7.   How did you get chosen to be a part of Keith Urban’s Graffiti U World Tour?

I lived in Rhode Island prior to moving to Nashville and had the opportunity to open for Eric Church, Billy Currington, Carly Pearce, Runaway June, Michael Ray, Billy Gilman, to name a few. After doing so many opening shows last year, the venues have asked me back and I’ll be opening for Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Turner, and Love & Theft. It’s an incredible feeling to have these moments of accomplishments and it assures me that I’m moving in the right direction.

8.   What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If you don’t jump, you’ll never know if you can fly.”—Miranda Lambert

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

I was a contestant on the current season of NBCs The Voice and my current single “Burn” has been on rotation throughout New England radio stations. I believe in hard work and pushing all boundaries in this life. It only comes around once. The link to my single “Burn” on Spotify is here: https://open.spotify.com/track/1zXOehFUrwgJx0U7cCe1Vb?si=f4_0xPfpQyWoXgUfmNydBA

Instagram: @wildeemusic

Website: Wildeemusic.com

Facebook: Wildee music

Twitter: @wildeeofficial

Kyle Daniel~ “Q&A”!!!

Kyle-1.jpg1.    Hi Kyle, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you started your country music career.
Before music took my world by storm, I was heavily involved in baseball. As a kid, I was on every traveling baseball team I could play on, pretty much all year long. I used to eat, sleep and breathe it. I’ll pass by a park, or go see a major league game and start reminiscing from time to time. I sure do miss it, but I wouldn’t trade my guitar strings for that baseball glove ever again.
2.    How did you become a country music fan and when did you know you wanted a career in it?
My Dad used to watch CMT before bed when I was a kid, and it was always something that was just kind of in the background. Maybe subconsciously I grew to love it because it was so familiar to my childhood. I think I knew that I really wanted to pursue a career in country music specifically, when I got the honor of playing on the Grand Ole Opry with Casey James. It was an absolutely surreal moment in my life, and hands down the most memorable gig I have played. 
3.    Who are some of your musical icons?
My hero will always be Gregg Allman. He really shaped who I am as an overall musician, at an early age. I feel like I went to the “Eat A Peach Songwriters Camp” because I religiously studied the Allman Brothers. Something about his approach, his growling vocal melodies and vivid lyrics just drew me in and wouldn’t let go. I am also a fan of Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Brent Cobb and Chris Robinson. 
4.    What is the story behind your song “Hangover Town?”
Well there is no direct story, per-say. It is more-so about the life of a touring musician. My life. It’s really easy to catch a hangover out on the road, but it can be really difficult to find love. This song kind of outlines that type of lifestyle and the trials that go with it. 
5.    Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
There are lots of “new” things coming up, but you’re gonna just have to wait and see what all we get into this year. We are really excited to get out on the road and play all of the new material out live. 
6.    Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
Hopefully I am still recording songs that I can tour with and continue to travel the world playing music.
7.    If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
I would absolutely LOVE to do a duet or sing a song with Grace Potter! She is fierce, and I think we’d be a dynamic little duo.
8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?
“I love being alive and I will be the best man I possibly can. I will take love wherever I find it and offer it to everyone who will take it. . . seek knowledge from those wiser and teach those who wish to learn from me.” – Duane Allman
9.    Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d like to thank all of my friends, family and fans for their continued support! It would not be possible to do what I do without each and every one of you, and I cannot thank you enough!

Buck Wild Rags~ “Q&A”!!!

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1.    Hi Sharon, can you tell me a little bit of background about your company “Buck Wild?” Buck Wild was started in 2010 because I had left nursing school and really needed something to do with my free time…I was LITERALLY going nuts! It was really only supposed to be a temporary thing and only to do a few local rodeos LOL.

2.    How did you decide on the name “Buck Wild,” and was there any other names you were going to choose instead? My first choice of names was Buckaroo Wild. I always wanted a business name with Buckaroo in it as it was reminiscent of the California of years ago. But…there was a “conflict” with someone over my name choice so I quickly had to find another name. Iasked my daughters and they quickly came up with Buck Wild. PS…my husband hates it LOL!

3.    Where do you see “Buck Wild,” in the next the 5 to 10 years? I would LOVE to be featured in Cowboys and Indians Magazine first off (so if you have any connections, that would be appreciated;) I would like to see my product in more high end stores such as Maverick’s Western Wear, Teskey’s, M.L. Leddy’s, Double D Ranchwear etc.

4.    What are a few accomplishments that you are most proud about so far for your company? I have met some of the most AMAZING people through my line of work…Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, Kay Barkey with Western Horseman, just to name a few.

5.    Has any celebrities worn any of your items? Some. I see lots of NFR qualifiers wearing my product while competing as well as The Junk Gypsy sisters. Most times they stay on the down low and I never know they purchased until I see it on TV.

6.    What was the first item you ever made for “Buck Wild?” Wow..that’s a stretch of the mind….It was an Annie Oakley rag…very vintage inspired..a just stopped making it this year.

7.    What is one of your favorite quotes? Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 It hangs in my office as a constant reminder of who made it all happen.

8.    Is there anything else new coming up for your company in 2018? I’ve recently began working with Ariat International. Now THAT”S exciting!

9.    Is there anything else you would like share? I’m a 51 year old woman, married to my very first crush. We have 5 beautiful kids and 5 even more beautiful grandchildren. I live in Bakersfield, California. When asked how much longer I plan on making wild rags…I usually say “until my fingers stop working”

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Ashlyn Grayce~ “Q&A”!!!

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  1. Hi Ashlyn, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a singer/songwriter?

Hi Danaille, Nice to meet you!  Absolutely! I was born in Nashville, TN and grew up around music. My parents are both in the music industry and are extremely musical themselves, so it has always been a part of my life as well as my little brother’s. Early on while in school, I played sports competitively and even took dance and cheerleading but during my middle and high school years, that passion shifted towards music and I became more involved in that and even participated in school plays like Grease,Hairspray, etc.

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

Having parents involved in the music industry, I was raised on Country music so I have been a fan as long as I can remember.  When I was about 14, I remember going to CMA Fest and had the opportunity to meet Taylor Swift (who was one of my favorites). The moment I met her and saw how down to earth and approachable she was yet also able to touch so many people with her music, doing what she loved to do, I knew that is what I wanted to do. Shortly after, that is when I wrote my first song. As I got older with demands of graduating high school and beginning college, I drifted away from my own music for a while questioning what I wanted to do with my life. During that time, I missed making music and knew that music was what I was supposed to do. I just think it is so amazing how one song can impact so many people on so many different levels.

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

Taylor Swift, Hillary Scott, Kelsea Ballerini, Colbie Caillat, Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Tomlin, Ben Rector, Thomas Rhett and most recently, Devin Dawson

  1. What is the story behind the title track of your EP, “Somethin’ Bout a Song?”  

It’s a fun, lighthearted song that incorporates two of my favorite things, music and being in love.  It is about falling in love all because of music and how a song was able to bring two people together. I believe that music is magical and has the power to do and make you feel a lot of different things.

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

Definitely doing music! Hopefully, taking it to a whole new level and growing as an artist and a writer. My ultimate goal is to move people with my songs and to make a difference.  I want to have the opportunity to help people though my music with whatever success I may achieve.

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

LOTS more songs, to write, to record, to perform and to share with the world!  I want to take my music to a whole new level and continue growing as an artist and a writer.

  1. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer/group who would it be and why?

That’s hard but probably Sam Hunt or Devin Dawson because I love their music and we are different enough that I think it would be really cool.

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“I may not be where I intended go, but I am exactly where I was meant to be.” Honestly not even sure who said this. I found it on Pinterest years ago and it has stuck with me ever since!

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

I absolutely love hearing from all of my fans and answer every message that comes in to me. I would love for everyone who reads this to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you have not already and let me hear from you!  Also, please visit my website at www.ashlyngrayce.com for the latest news, shows, etc. If you have not yet had the opportunity to check out my music, it is for sale at Apple Music, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Google Playand many other retail outlets as well as through my website where physical copies can also be purchased.

 

Kelsey Lamb “Q&A”!!!

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  1. Hi Kelsey, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter?

Well, I am originally from Little Rock, AR. I come from a very large southern family. 

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

Although I mostly grew up listening to pop, I also grew up listening to Tim McGraw & Alison Krauss. One of my first favorite songs was “Don’t Take The Girl” and to this day I still melt over that storyline and the lyrics. The storytelling aspect is what made me fall in love with country music! I knew I wanted a career in country music when I was given the opportunity to write my very song with a little boy who just needed it and we wrote a song that truly healed him & made him feel less alone and that is what really made me realize that this is what I wanted to do with my life! 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

Alison Krauss, Avril Lavigne, Tim Mcgraw, Rascal Flatts… to name a few. I have an eclectic group of musical icons but altogether what I love about each of them the most was their way to tell a story through their vocals, lyrics, & production! I think if my listeners are familiar with these artists they will be able to see a lot of their characteristics shine through in my music and I love that! 

  1. What is the story behind your newest single “Little by Little?”

“Little By Little” is the story of two people in a relationship that want to go at two different paces but can find a middle ground that works for the both of them. I wanted it to be flirty but still be true to my story. Jesse Labelle & Erik DiNardo really helped me bring this story to life!

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

Hopefully A LOT of new music but definitely a lot of shows coming up that I’m excited about! 

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

Rascal Flatts, I would love to collaborate to with them! 

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

Hopefully touring, still making new music, maybe even a CMA in there! 

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Forget what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you” Marilyn Monroe”