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.

Anthony Pana~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Anthony, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer? Hey so its Anthony! thanks for reading my Q & A I grew up in Chicago I Have always had a silly fun side to me I enjoyed bass fishing, basketball,Cars for me its always been about spending time with the people close in my life that has always been important to me! 
  2. What made you want a career in country music? From a young age music was an incredible passion of mine I use to get home from school as a kid grab my little guitar & headset mic jump on the couch play Garth brooks live and put a show on to my parents and sister all the time! I had it down pretty good Lol. So as I grew up Country just stoled my heart I connected to it the most because of Dad raising me up on the traditional country it always stuck with me & I loved the story telling the overall sounds & great voices of Country Music 
  3. Who are some of your musical icons? Man that is tough to only say a few but the few that made me the Country artist I am today is Garth Brooks , George Strait, Keith Whitley & Brad Paisley 
  4. What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Nowhere TN?” Sat down with My Co Writer Aaron Pax Taylor brought him the idea The song originally started as a couple in love enjoying the simplistic, small town living in Tennessee, but it turned into much more “ When someone listens to Nowhere TN, I truly feel it will connect to everyone in some aspect. I didn’t grow up in Tennessee, but I’ve been here for five years and I can tell you, this song truly embodies something that can be hard to put into words. The people here have a certain set of values that I admire greatly and am working towards every day to instill in myself. It seems that there is a great sense of connection between the southern states that is hard to find any where else. They are all about helping their neighbors out in times of need and they love their Faith, Family and are proud to be an American! ” 
  5. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? Great question so for me I wanna go into the studio having a great general direction of where I want the song to be before getting there and make sure everyone In the room the producer the band understand my vision & understand me as an Artist & creating new music I just try and go into a co write with again a clear direction of what I wanna write to get things taking off efficiently & keep my songs that I put out there as Real to who I am as possible that’s important to me 
  6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Traditional, Real , relatable,Authentic & Country  
  7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? When I started playing in Nashville 5 years ago I played in this small town a little south  called Leipers Fork its a slice of Gods Country I play there quite often still at the Fox and Locke but another great venue has been the Local in Nashville & Dawghouse in Nashville as well this town has amazing venues  
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? “Believe Dreams come true Every Day Because They do” Lucas Scott
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? Yes with this first single & music video coming out just know I got more coming so please keep tuned in with me if your in Nashville hopefully we have the opportunity to say hello & you can catch me playing in Nashville or on tour soon! & thank you so much for taking your time to learn about me come join my social media & be apart of the Pana Fam I tend to post most often on instagram but I am on Facebook, twitter, YouTube & Tik Tok Anthony Pana Music God bless Y’all Anthony Pana

Brooke Moriber~ Q&A!!!

Credit~ Shervin Lainez

Hello Brooke can you tell us a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? 

I am a native New Yorker, and I grew up downtown in a very close-knit artistic community in Greenwich Village across the street from Washington Square Park where I was exposed to all different genres of music. I could hear the music from the street musicians coming up through my window since I was a baby. 

I started singing before I knew how to speak, and my first professional gig was when I was 8 years old and landed the role of Little Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. It was a pretty thrilling way to get started in the business. When I was 14, I lost my eye sight for four years from a rare eye disease. That’s when I started writing music. It helped me get through the most difficult of times and has been my saving grace ever since. 

·  Who are some of your musical icons? 

Linda Ronstadt is my favorite voice of all time. My parents always played her albums. Jewel, Jennifer Nettles, and a lot of the girls right now like Carly Pearce, Maren Morris, and Miranda Lambert continue to inspire me with the amazing music they are putting out. 

·  What made you want a career in country music? 

I was always drawn to country music and felt like it was my genre even though I was born and raised in New York City. A few years back a manager of mine sent me out to Nashville for a few co-writes and I immediately fell in love with it. Now having signed with Reviver Records and finding my place in the country community I truly feel like I have made a second home there.

·  What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Down to Nothing?” 

I wrote this song with my friend David DeVaul. I had the title in my mind for “Down To Nothing” for a song about being in a relationship with someone who loves you for all your flaws and makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. We came up with a great verse but were stuck on the chorus and stepped away from it for a bit. A few months later I forced myself awake because the melody, lyrics, and chord progression all came to me in my sleep! I mumbled it into my iPhone voice memos at around 3am and thought when I woke up I’d probably think it wasn’t any good. But I played it back the next day and loved it and then played it in person for David and he was like “well, I think we’ve got ourselves a hit!” 

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

Inspirational, healing, anthemic, pop country

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

In Nashville I love playing The Bluebird and The Listening Room. In NYC Rockwood Music Hall feels like my home stomping grounds and I love the Jones Beach Bandshell

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

It’s different every time depending on the producer. The recording process for “Down To Nothing” and my first single with Reviver “This Town Made Us” was particularly unusual because they were both recorded remotely during 2020 when people couldn’t be in the studio together. It was a challenge but also incredible to see how technology can make it as if we are in the same room together. My producer Dave Pittenger and I had never met until almost a year later! 

·  What is one of your favorite quotes? 

Put on your oxygen mask first

·  Is there anything else you would like to share? 

A lot of new music coming out soon! Follow me on my socials to stay up to date! And for those who like adorable animals, follow me on Instagram and TikTok: my rabbit Sherlock makes a few cameos 🙂

Willie Morrison~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Willie, can you tell us all about yourself before you became a country singer? I grew up in Washington D.C. I went to Occidental College and The University if Miami. And before my solo career as “Willie Morrison”, I was in a band for ten years with my brother called “The Morrison Brothers Band”. 
  2. What made you want a career in country music? It wasn’t so much country as it was music. I just loved playing and writing songs. But having grown up listening to country, I think my style inevitably lent itself well to the genre, and I couldn’t be happier about being a part of the country music community. I remember being inspired by live music from a young age. Thankfully my parents took me to see a lot of live music growing up, and I always wanted to be a part of what I was so taken by on stage. 
  3. Who are some of your musical icons? Delbert McClinton, Merle Haggard, Zac Brown Band, Citizen Cope, Eva Cassidy, Otis Redding, Shemekia Copeland. 
  4. What is the background behind your brand-new single “Car?” “Car” pays tribute to young love, and the difficulty of moving on when it ends. When you fall in love in high school, one of the places you end up spending most of your time together is in the car. For me, my car served as one of the major settings where my high school girlfriend and I hung out. Whether it was our first kiss, listening to music together, driving to the movies, escaping the “no-closed doors” rule of each of our parents — my car was always along for the ride. So, when things didn’t work out, it was difficult to even ride in the car sometimes without imagining her in the passenger seat. And ultimately, the tough decision must be made about keeping the car or not.
  5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fresh, Friendly and Catchy. 
  6. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? 9:30 Club in D.C.,  The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA, The Basement East and Analog in Nashville, TN. 
  7. What is your recording process like when making and recording new music? It varies from time to time. Usually it starts with a demo, which is sometimes done in the writing session or shortly after. From there, I look at what I love about the demo or where it goes astray. I then line up a producer and go over the vision for where we see the song going. We then lineup whoever else we need to play on the song and go from there. It’s a long process. Once you are done “recording”, you then have to send to mixing, and then to mastering.  
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? “You have to fall in love with the process of becoming great”. I heard this said by Blake Griffin lol, but it really applies to what I do. If you are just in it for the stardom you are doomed. It takes too much work and sacrifice for fame to be your motivating factor. For me, it means loving what you do. Even if you still have room to improve, you have to love the work. You have to love writing, and creating, no matter what the outcome is. 
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? I’m playing a free full band show March 22 at The Analog in Nashville, TN. 

Essex County~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hi guys, can you tell us all a little bit about yourselves before becoming a country music group?

We are three brothers born in Essex county England Nate Lead vocals and drums , Mark lead vocals & guitar  ,Kieran Bass lead vocals and guitars. 

It started when Our middle brother mark Won “ guitarist of the year “ back in 1996 when he was 11 years old in front of a crowd of thousands watching along with legendary guitar players such as Brian May , Steve Vai , Eric Clapton & Jan cryka 

Not long after we ended up getting a record deal to where we were on tour with such acts as back street boys , Britney Spears , spice girls , Westlife , 911 and many more in 1998 to 2000. Our single was a song called “ 24 hours from you “ which we had a top 20 hit in the UK and a top 5 in Asia. Due to very bad managment we ended up as a casualty of the music industry, but that’s another story. 

  1. How did you come up with “Essex County,” for the name of your group and was there anything else you were going to choose instead?

Well we were in a sushi restaurant in Nashville with producer Ron Fair and Rob Beckham to where we had a discussion about the name and what we were gonna be called We had to

 move on from the name “ Next of kin “ as there was another band by the same name in the USA 

Ron asked “ where do you live in England ? “ I replied and said “ Essex county “ he said “ well that’s your name and it stuck haha 

  1. What is the background story behind your new single “Next to Me?’

Well steve dorff is a long time friend we met in Los angeles in 2011 and we spent a lot of time writing and recording music Andrew dorff his son was a prolific writer and had so many great songs we just wanted to sing and perform When Andrew passed a few years back we just thought it we would honour him by releasing this song Steve dorff produced it. So it’s like a family effort It’s heart warming. 

  1. How would you all describe your music in 3 to 5 words? If Bryan Adams , Eagles and def leopard & richard Marx’s had a baby  I think that would be us guys 😂
  2. Be What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

We’ve played the Ryman auditorium in nashville amazing venue , Franklin theatre in Tennessee outstanding place , Bridgestone arena Nashville , Wembley stadium London unforgettable, most arenas up and down the UK. But there’s a great Restuarant in nashville that has live music called pucketts. Possibly might beat most of these arenas haha 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

John Mayer , richard Marx’s , the Eagles , whitesnake , the weekend , randy travis , chris young , Brad paisley , restless heart , james taylor , Free , Bruce Hornsby, toto , Jordan Davis 

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

When you strip away the big guitars and drums and production everyone always says we are soo country in style And wE LOVE performing acoustically, it just shows our raw ability and you can’t hide behind anything it’s you a guitar and a mic And that’s fundamentally what country music is about. 

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

Well when you’ve got a well crafted song it’s much easier , we go into rehearsals and just play it over and over even take it out to gigs play it iron it’s out find out what’s missing and then lay those parts down in the studio and then listen back and add additional parts where you think it needs something else 

  1. What are a few of your favorite quotes?

Success is the best revenge – if you knew our entire life story you’d know why this our favourite quote 

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

Please keep an eye out on all our socials as we have some exciting news coming up in the next couple of weeks and please join us on our journey as we’re heading back to nashville very soon too so this latest news might be the last gig we have e in the uk for a moment till we’re back so keep watching 

Kendra Kay~ Q&A!!!

I was born and raised in Elkhorn, Manitoba. Growing up my life revolved around all things horses and sports. My family chuckwagon raced in the summer months and I spent my winters at the rink playing hockey. I was always an outdoor kid that loved to keep busy, and I was involved in every sport and event our little town had to offer. 

What made you want a career in country music?
I always enjoyed singing, and country music was the only type of music I have ever known. I sang in front of a crowd for the first time when I was 8 years old and started entering singing competitions when I was around 11 years old. It wasn’t until an injury while I was playing AAA hockey that really turned me to the idea of music. My parents took me on a trip to Nashville to record a demo and I fell in love with the music scene in Music City. I recorded my first single later that year and haven’t looked back. 

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

Modern country with traditional elements 

What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Wild?”

Wild is a song that I was pitched. The first time I heard it, I knew I wanted to take this song into the studio. Once I seen the song writer credits (with Carly Pearce having a hand in writing this one) I knew why I loved the lyrics so much. This song is all about letting go with the person your with and letting love run Wild.

Who are some of your musical icons?

I have always loved the artist in the 80’s & 90’s. Of course I was (and still am) a huge fan of the greats like Shania Twain & Geroge Strait. But I also loved artists like Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Terri Clark – women of country in that era were so strong and really created a strong place for themselves and that’s the type of female country artist I strive to be.  

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

I have had the opportunity to play at so many amazing venues over the years, but some of my favourites are The Burton Cumming’s Theatre and the Club Regent Casino both in Winnipeg. I think, as a Manitoban, I had set goals of venues I wanted to concur and get the opportunity to play at and I was lucky enough to perform on both of those stages right at home!

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

I usually like to put a rough demo version of all the songs I have in my recording pile to see how they work with my voice and to get an idea of what they are going to sound like. Once I have nailed down the songs that make the final cut for full studio recording, I like to start with vocals. A stripped-down acoustic version of the song that lets me really focus on just my vocals. I let my producer know the vison I have on the musical side of the song and let them build the track based on that!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I always like to take the opportunity to thanks everyone who has ever supported me on my musical journey. From listening to my music, coming to my shows, following me on social media or even reading interviews like this one, you give me an opportunity to chase my dreams and I appreciate everyone for that.