Maddison Krebs’ Q&A!!!

1.   Hi Maddison, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

I’m originally from a small town in Alberta, Canada. I’ve had this dream for as long as I can remember, but I began pursuing my artist career professionally when I was 14. It’s crazy to look back in my old journal and see how I began working on my poetry skills before my songwriting skills ever began to develop. 

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

Since I was a little girl, I’ve always known that pursuing music was my path. I’ve never doubted that. My great grandmother introduced me to several classic vinyl records (Patsy Cline, Elvis) where I discovered my love for truly timeless music. I’m the only person in my family to ever be gifted with a passion for music, and that always brought my great grandmother and I closer. I can’t name a time that music didn’t play an influential part in my life.  

3.    Who some of your musical icons?

I have a deep admiration for a variety of artist! Just to name a few, I’ve grown up a fan of LP, Alison Krauss, Harry Style and Dolly Parton. I try and pull my inspiration from everywhere because all music makes you feel a certain way. I’m always interested in who these artists are as individuals because it is fascinating to know where they got their inspiration as well. 

4.   What is the background story behind your newest single “Real Real Thing?”

This song is about my evolving perspective on love and the experience of it. It’s about having a real connection with someone and the things that I’ve experienced. It’s a bit unconventional and lighthearted, but the beat makes you want to get up and dance! At least that’s what I hope to see from listeners! 

5.   Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?

I’ve got a lot of new music coming in 2019! I’m extremely excited to share everything that I’ve been working on the past few years. Be sure to follow me on all my socials and on my website (maddisonkrebs.com) to stay up to date on when I’m releasing everything! 

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

Thankfully, I see so many incredible things coming for my career! I really try to not get ahead of myself but I do firmly believe in the power of creating a vision for how and where you want to go in life. I’d love to see myself on tour and sharing my music with the masses. I want to make sure I continue to create music that people can truly lean on and carry with them throughout the rest of their lives. 

7.   If you would sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why?

If I had a time machine, I would love to go back and sing a duet with Elvis. He’s just one of those artists my great grandmother raised me on and that would be a dream come true! 

8.   What is one of your favorite quotes?

I collect quotes all the time. I love Elizabeth Gilbert. She is one of my favorite authors. This is a quote from her book, Big Magic: “Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” There is so much truth in everything she says. 

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

I’d love to take this chance to say thank you. I couldn’t wake up everyday and pursue my dream without the support of a lot of people and all of the fans that listen to each of my songs. This support has and never will go unnoticed.  You can also follow all of my wild adventures on all social media platforms:

FB: MaddisonKrebs

IG: @maddisonkrebs

Website: www.maddisonkrebs.com

JD Shelburne~ “Q&A”!!!

1.    Hi JD, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Grew up in a smalltown called Taylorsville, KY. After the death of my grandmother in June of 2002, I discovered a guitar in her house right after her death – my freshman year in college. Self taught while in College. Graduated college in 2007 and moved to Nashville in 2008. Performed shows from 2004-2008 and moved to Nashville. Over the last 10 years, I have performed over 2000 shows with features on CMT, GAC, NBC, Country Weekly and many other National Publications.  Also opened for 50 National Acts.

2.    How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? The first time I heard Garth Brooks in 1992.  Something about his music just pulled me in and then my parents took me to his concert in 1992 and I have been hooked ever since.  When I discovered the guitar in 2002, my life changed on an instant and I begin teaching myself to play and everything fell into place shortly after.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons? Garth, Alan, John Michael, Clay Walker etc.

4.    How did you come up the name of your newest EP “Two Lane Town?” It is lyrics from one of the songs on the album “Young Again” – Also Two Lane Town kind of described Taylorsville, where I grew up.  Once you get to know me and my music, you’ll hear a lot about a small town upbringing. The title Two Lane Town just fit. The fans selected that title earlier in the year on a Facebook contest.

5.    What is the background story behind your song “One Less Girl?” My neighbor Mark Nesler co-wrote it.  Google him – he has had a huge career. I knew the moment I heard this song it was special.  The moment I played it for the folks at CMT they told me, “that is your song” – I shot a video for it and the rest is history.  Currently going for adds now at radio.

6.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019? I will release my second single and continue playing shows, meeting fans and climbing the ladder to more of my goals. I am expecting big thing in 2019. It seems I always top the year prior. 2018 has been a tremendous year for us.  This one will be hard to top.

7.    If you could sing a duet with any famous singer or group who would it be and why? Garth or Goo Goo Dolls. 2 of my top bands of all time. 

8.    Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years? The music business is constantly changing but I hope see myself performing with a #1 Billboard single under my belt.  We will see – I have worked extremely hard for it. It has also been a dream of mine since finding that guitar, to have a #1 single and to play the Grand Ole Opry. I am waiting on both to happen.

9.    What is one of your favorite quotes? “Just Do It” – so simple and yet so true.  I did.

10.Is there anything else you would like to share? Currently video is on CMT. That has been exciting. Check out our website and look for us on tour in your area soon. Visit jdshelburne.com. 

Kayla Ruby~ “Q&A”!!!

1.    Hello Kayla, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

Hi Dixie Dee, thanks for the chat! Before I was a country musician I loved to play sports and obviously sing. I swam and played soccer for most of my life and balanced sports practice and competitions with singing in choir concerts and National Anthems. I loved being active in more than one thing throughout my school years and staying busy!

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

I’ve been a country music fan as long as I can remember. I grew up listening to George Strait, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson and fell in love with the genre. I always wanted a career in music but I didn’t think that it was actually a possibility until my sophomore year when I got some recognition from a National Anthem I sang. After that, I really focused on bettering my voice and working towards my dream of becoming a country music singer/songwriter.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Oh man, there are so many to choose from. Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood are high on my list of icons. I have looked up to them and wanted to be them since I was really little. They are just such amazing singers and performers, but they also are such great people too. Garth Brooks, George Strait and Alan Jackson are also icons for me, they’re legends! Like I said before I grew up listening to them, and there is something about older country that will always make my heart happy.

4.    What is the background story behind your newest single “Never Really Know Somebody?”

I am so glad that you asked this because I love sharing this story. I had this idea about how there are some people in your life that you used to know so well but something happened and all you have is the memories. So I brought that to the table and from there the song transformed into what it is now. It truly is the most incredible thing to watch an idea turn into something much bigger. I also love Never Really Know Somebody because it can be relevant to any relationship. Whether it is a romantic relationship or a friendship or even your relationship with a family member, it can be applied to any situation.

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

In the next 5 to 10 years I would love to have more music out and be traveling and sharing my music with others. Singing and performing are things that I love to do, but I also want to be able to connect with the people while sharing my music. I hope what I have to give is something that makes people’s lives better.  

6.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?

Yes! My EP Reckless and Brave will be coming out. I am so excited I can hardly wait! I also will be starting to tour and getting to share my music!

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

Garth Brooks without a doubt. For one, he is the greatest performer I have ever seen. When he came to Denver in 2015 I was blown away. The way he interacts with the crowd is so impressive, but also just his raw talent alone is unreal. Also, my favorite song ever is “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and if I got to duet that with him I would be the happiest person on the entire planet.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

My favorite quote is “I feel small, but so are stars from a distance”. I actually have it written out on my wall in my bedroom. It helps remind me that even when I feel like I’m small, that I can become something bigger than I am now if I work hard and continue to dream.

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

Thanks so much for including me on your blog! I’m so excited to be a part of it!  

Fairground Saints~ Q&A!!

1.    Hello Elijah, Meg and Mason, can you tell me a little bit about yourselves before you became a country trio?
The three of us have always been heading down a musical path. Mason has been writing songs since he was very young and his dad taught him how to play guitar. Elijah forfeited having a bed in his room so he could have two pianos in there instead. I spent quite a few years (prior to meeting the guys) touring with a group called The Young Americans doing music workshops all over the world and songwriting with kids. 
-Meg
2.    How did you three form your group and how did you come up with the name of your group?
Mason was bussing tables at a four seasons in Santa Barbara and he really wanted to start a band. He posted an ad on Facebook and Elijah was the only person to answer it. When they ended up playing together they had such an immediate musical synergy that they started writing music together and playing shows. A little while later they decided to expand and posted an ad on Craigslist. In one of the submission videos I just so happened to be singing backup harmony vocals and playing guitar. So, in a sense, they accidentally found me and got a hold of me through my dads restaurant in the Midwest. I happened to be living in california at the time as well so it was quite serendipitous and when we all sat down to write our first song something just felt so right.
The name of our band is based on the idea that the world is, in some ways, like a Fairground. It’s noisy and it can sometimes feel like riding on one of those spinning rides. We get dizzy from the spin and we’re always being sold something. However, we believe that just for waking up and working hard to do whatever good you can in this world, no matter how big or small, that you are a saint. It’s a name that includes everyone. The single mother, the student, the teacher, the friend….We’re all doing the best we can to bring joy and hope to the people around us.
-Meg
3.    Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?
We are huge fans of the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, John Mayer, Kacey Musgraves, Elton John, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Beatles. 

4.    What is the background story behind your latest song “Somewhere Down the Line?”
We were living out in California where we all met for quite some time and things weren’t going exactly the way we hoped they would. So we decided that we wanted to give it a try in Nashville. We had a really good feeling about it. We sold everything we couldn’t fit in one car and drove across the country with no apartment lined up, no jobs lined up, but a strong gut feeling that it was gonna be alright. In one of our first songwriting sessions out here in Nashville the title idea “Somewhere Down the Line” came up and we related with it instantly. It’s about dropping everything, having faith and making the right change to get to where you wanna be.
-Meg
5.    Where do you guys’ see your music careers in the next 5 to 10 years?
We see ourselves out on the road, traveling the world, sharing our love of music with as many people as possible. 
6.    If you guys could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why?
It would be so fun to sing a duet with Kacey Musgraves. We absolutely love her voice. She has a magical way with melody and her lyrics are always honest, heartfelt and bold.
-Meg
7.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?
We are thrilled to be releasing more of the music in early 2019. We’ve been working on over the past couple years and its a group of songs that we are very proud of and we hope people will enjoy for years to come! 
8.    What are a few of your favorite quotes?
“Our mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” -Ritu Chatourey
“Extravagant Love is never wasted” -Bob Goff
9.    Is there anything else you guys would like to share?
Thank you so much for asking us to be a part of your blog! Our new song “Somewhere Down the Line” is available now: http://radi.al/FGSdowntheline

Tiera~ “Love You for That” (Brand New Song Q&A)!!!

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Tiera is only 20 years old and she is already conquering the country music world with a rich, young and fiery voice. Filling in the void for African Americans within country music, Tiera has made an natural honest fan-base and mixed social media attendance of 30k followers, over 2k subscribers on YouTube and over 250 views on YouTube videos.

While performance in crowds with over 3k people, media markets such as “The Daily Country Review,” and “Queens of Country” named her one of the Top 10 Country Singers to Watch in 2018. Her style and voice have started to have a great impact on the country music scene.

On November 2, 2018, Tiera debut her brand new song “Love You for That.” The song is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to know more about Tiera then check out at https://tieramusic.com.

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1.    Hi Tiera, how have you grown as country musician in the past year?
Since moving to Nashville, I’ve written with a lot of different writers and have learned so much from them. Everyone’s style is so different, so it’s awesome getting to learn from them.
2.    How did you come up with the name “Love You For That” for your new single?
This title seemed to perfectly sum up what we wanted the song to be about. We actually went through a couple different variations for the title. I think one of them was “Love You For Loving That” haha but eventually we ended up on “Love You For That”.
3.    What is the background story behind your new song?
I wrote “Love You For That” with Hannah May Allison and John Miller. I think we all get a little annoyed by our significant other sometimes but we still love them! That’s what this song is about. I know I annoy my boyfriend so much haha, but he still loves me anyway.
4.    Is there something you wish your fans would take away from this tune?
I’ve gotten a lot of messages about how “Love You For That” describes their relationship with their significant other so I hope this song can be the theme song to a lot of my fans relationships.
5.    Was there any other artists/producers that helped to create this song?
I wrote this song with Hannah May Allison and John Miller who are both staff writers at Dan Hodges Music. Grady Saxman produced this song for me and he perfectly captured what I wanted for this song.
6.    Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2018?
I have more music that is going to be released in 2019 that I’m very excited about. I’ve really started to hone into who I am as an artist and I’m so excited to share that with everyone.
7. Is there anything else you would like to share?
On November 13th I’ll be on the new music show, Real Country, on USA Network premiering at 10/9c! I was invited to the show by Shania Twain and I got to work with some other amazing artists on the show as well!

Social Media Accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TieraMusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TieraMusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tieramusic/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkyTifbLIm0tEnCB6xp0LRA

Katie Austin’s Q&A!!!

 

1.    Hi Katie, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? My first encounters with a stage was for dance lessons and recitals! If it existed, I took it: Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Etc. Over time I started falling more in love with the lyrics of the songs I was performing to and it turned into singing them!

2.    How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? I always knew I wanted to be a performer! But the true spark in music was when LeeAnne Womack released “I Hope you Dance” … seeing that music video blew my mind cause two passions of mine collided… dance and singing! It’s was cause me to dabble in singing and my passion grew from there!

3.    Who are some of your musical icons? The list goes on and on and on! Haha. I’m inspired by so many talents … legends and new comers! LeeAnne Womack, Martina McBride, Faith Hill , Shania and Celine started the whole thing hahah! And I also love Keith urban, Randy Houser, Carrie Underwood! seriously the list doesn’t end! Lol 

4.    How did you come up with the name of your newest EP “Wild Child” and was there any other names you were going to choose instead? I’ve always envisioned a project that was “road trip worthy”… I wanted something you could roll the windows down and blare! I feel like the title track “Wild Child” encompasses this feeling so it was a given when picking the name for the whole project!

5.    What is your favorite song off your EP “Wild Child?” This is literally impossible to answer! Hahah. I love each for different reasons! Wild Child : We all have a wild Child inside of us and this song celebrates that! Got me Like: You can’t help but smile, sing and dance hearing this! Backyard: Gahh… it wrote itself! So many different meanings of this song that give me all the feels! Nirvana: Brings me back to memories of getting my first set of keys and driving up and down the roads of my small town!

6.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018? I have a few ideas of my sleeve so hopefully they pan out! 😉 But I definitely want to play some more shows before the end of the year! And we will start repromoting my Christmas single and music video after Thanksgiving! 

7.    Where do you see your career in the next 5 to 10 years? Continuing to write and record the best music I can! Traveling and playing shows on a larger scale, more radio and streaming play. And using that platform to promote positivity in the world.

8.    If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group would it be and why? This answer changes daily but right now…. probably Keith Urban. I just love everything he does and he isn’t afraid to push the boundaries.

9.    What is one of your favorite quotes? It’s probably a little cliche but oh so true: When words fail, music speaks.  Sometimes a song can better say what you want/need to express. 

10.Is there anything else you would like to share? Thank you so much for helping spread the word of country’s newest music!

Olivia Ooms~ “Q&A”:

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 1. Hi Olivia, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

     I grew up in Huntington Beach playing sports like soccer, volleyball, softball and went to a public school, which I still do. Music was always apart of my life, but I mainly was into playing sports and acting by doing musicals through my school and throughout my community.

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

     My guitar teacher and my brother first introduced me to country music. And as soon as I started listening to it and playing covers by my favorite musicians, I knew this was where I felt at home and was absolutely in love with it.

     3. Who are some of your musical icons?

     Tanya Tucker and Dierks Bentley!

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

     As of right now I still live in Huntington Beach. I definitely see myself living in Nashville within the next five years. I’ll have an album out and will HOPEFULLY be touring across the world.

   5. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2018?

     Yes!! I just finished recording four new singles, and we’re in the final processing stages for them. They will be released one by one towards the end of 2018 and early 2019.

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

     I would want to sing a duet with Chris Stapleton. His voice is SO pure and strong. I feel like our voices would compliment each other, and he seems like a really cool guy

7.  What is one of your favorite quotes?

      “Do it With Love” is one of my favorite quotes because it reminds me to always do things out of love and to love your neighbors and everyone around