David Bradford~ “Q&A”!!!

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

I was born in Littleton, Colorado. We then moved to Houston, Texas, then Cartagena, Columbia, and then Arlington, Texas. It was in Arlington that I started playing guitar.
I started writing music when I was 13. Before I picked up a guitar I used to write a lot of poetry as a kid. I’ve always had a penchant for writing. When I began learning how to play an instrument, I realized that I enjoyed marrying lyrics with melody. There is a magical feeling that comes with creating something out of thin air. I grew up in a very religious household. My mom was from West Virginia and my Dad grew up in Columbia. His folks were missionaries. I moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada when I was 21.

2. When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?

It’s funny because I personally listen to Hard Rock and Metal most of the time, but I write predominantly Country now. Just given all of the places I’ve lived, almost all of them (excluding Columbia) have had a very strong Country theme. Back in Texas, we grew up listening to George Strait. I would say he was my favorite artist at that time and I still love his music. My Papa (my Mom’s dad) was a huge Johnny Cash fan. So we listened to him a lot when we would visit them. As an artist, Country music was something I’ve always dabbled in since I was about 19 or so. I’ve gone back and forth with it since then. At the age of 34, I realized that Country was the place I was best suited to. Music was always my focus but for a long time I thought I might just stick with being a songwriter and try and write for other artists; just because I liked to write across all genres. It made it difficult for me to choose to wear one hat. I’ve always loved so many aspects of Country music. Nashville players are some of the best in the world. I love the story telling, the melodies, the sincerity and the humility to Country music

3. Who are some of your musical icons?

From the Country realm, I would say George Strait. I always enjoyed how genuine he seemed. Honesty is an important trait for me when it comes to music. A real rancher with a great voice and what seemed like a good heart.

It sounds strange I suppose coming from a Country artist, but Corey Taylor is one of my biggest icons. He’s the frontman for Stone Sour and Slipknot. Slipknot is one of my favorite bands of all time.

4. What is the background story behind your latest song “A Little Light?”

“A Little Light” is about how much we struggle for a piece of peace. All the trials and bad times we go through that produce the moments and gifts in life, however brief they may be. Facing so much darkness for just a little light. It seems daunting at times but when we see that bit of light, we know it was all worth the cost to create that spark of hope. There is great beauty in the sadness.

5. Where are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?

One of my favorite recent experiences was at a local coffee shop. I played with two other local artists. It was a songwriters showcase. There, we had the pleasure of telling our stories behind the songs to the audience. It was a wonderful way to connect with people and create new fans in a meaningful way.

Other than that, the best events are the ones where people strictly go for the music. Often times as struggling independent artists, we tend to be in the background. So when I get a chance to perform at events where people are just there for the music, I revel in it.

6. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not working on your music?

I am a full time musician, but in my part time I am a CrossFit coach. I’ve been in the fitness industry for the last 10 years and did some competing with it as well. I’m also a pretty big video game nerd! 

7. What is your recording process like when creating new music?

It varies. When it comes to the creative process, I feel it’s best for me to just let it flow. I don’t like to force things, otherwise, it creates dishonest music. Many times I dream songs, voice memo it in the middle of the night and then wake up and start writing/recording. I like to keep things as simple as possible. It can be easy to overdo it but the less is more approach is a good motto to keep in the forefront of the process. I always try my best to speak from the heart.

8. What is one of your favorite quotes?

I tend to write my own quotes/mantras. One of the benefits of being a writer. I would say one of my favorite quotes I’ve written is:

“Your journey does not begin with the stars, it starts in the dirt.”

It’s a reminder that most of us have to struggle quite a lot to get anywhere. Life is hard earned, especially the achievements that are worth the toil. Never expect to be handed anything. You have to fight for everything.

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

I think that pretty much covers it! Thank you for reaching out and asking more about who I am as a person and an artist. It’s always enjoyable to open up and let people discover more about who you are as a creative person.

Hannah May Allison~ (New Single: “Right Now”!!!

Background “Right Now” (Brand New Single):

            Nashville singer and songwriter Hannah May Allison put out her brand new single, “Right Now,” today on May 17, 2019. This song is a country/pop song about not falling into trap of waiting for a person who does not want to commit. This song connects to what happens to many girls- falling for a guy who is not ready to be in a meaningful relationship. Many females in this type problem will stay around because they hope in vain that the guy will eventually be ready for a serious relationship. Most of the time they will get their heart broken. “Right Down,” is a powerful message for any girl waiting around to be love. Hannah shares, “She thinks many girls need to hear that if the guy they are with is not willing to go all in, then you are better off without him. Also Hannah shares it is a easy trap to fall into, especially in our generation, to wait around in hopes of being ready for a relationship.” Hannah May Allison, Casey Cattie and Lauren McLamb wrote this song. The song can also be found on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon. 

Bio about Hannah May Allison: 

            Nashville singer/songwriter Hannah May Allison grew up in Palo Alto, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, and a half-hour drive to San Francisco. Like most California girls, Hannah May grew up listening to pop music. But she also developed a deep love of traditional country music through the influence of her mother, formerly a professional country singer who hails from the western plains of Kansas. Being a part of such a musical family, Hannah started singing and writing songs on the guitar in high school and moved to Nashville right after graduation. Hannah May’s laid back West Coast personality mixed with her southern roots makes her the definition of California country. 

            Hannah has written with some of Nashville’s best writers, played at top venues like the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, and has secured cuts with other artists. Hannah loves connecting with her fans online and has built a following through posting originals and covers on instagram. Her latest single, “Stand Corrected,” got 3000 spins on Spotify and 4000 views on the music video within the first week. The single helped her get noticed by CMT, and she is now a part of their selective CMT/Ram Trucks artist mentorship program this year. She is working on releasing her next single, “Right Now”, which will be out May 17th! Keep an eye out for her on tour and for anything new up coming next at (http://hannahmayallison.com). 

Rachel Horter (Q&A)!!!

1.    Hello Rachel, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before becoming a country singer? Hi! So I grew up singing pretty much all my life. It started with singing along to Shania cassette tapes with a little microphone around the house. Growing up, I would perform at school talent shows and sing in the children’s choir at church. Then in high school, I performed in show choir all four years and loved it. After graduation, I was set to attend Purdue University but close to the start of classes, I decided last minute to instead move to Nashville and chase my dream!

2.    What was the first country album you ever listened to and when did you know you wanted a career in country music? I think Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” record was the first one I ever listened to. Shania got me to start singing very early on. Then when Carrie Underwood released her “Some Hearts” album, I began to love singing. And that album is the reason I became a vocalist and taught me so much. But it wasn’t until high school, when I fell in love with performing that I viewed it seriously as something I would want to pursue as a career. 

3.    Who are some of your musical icons? I pretty much like any kind of music but some of my musical icons are Whitney Houston (my favorite singer ever), Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood. All of these women helped shape me into the vocalist I am. Also I credit so many artists who I look up to for helping me discover various creative sides of my songwriting and artistic direction. Taylor Swift and H.E.R. are a couple. 

4.    What is the background story behind your latest single “How Lucky?” The idea for “How Lucky” actually started when I randomly thought of the first two lines of the song one day. I made a voice memo of it but honestly never touched it for years! I so loved the idea of it and was scared that I would finish writing it and hated it. But one day I was in a write and for some reason I knew it was time. I pulled the voice memo up and we wrote it all that day! 

5.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019? I just released my debut EP, “Lucky” so I plan on playing a lot of fun shows this year, singing those songs and maybe some new ones too! A music video and new march is also in the works so be on the look out for those! 

6.    Where are a few of your favorite events or venues to play at? One of my absolute favorite events to play is Whiskey Jam. It’s such an amazing opportunity for upcoming artists to be a part of and it’s always a party! Also any writer’s rounds I get to do with friends is the best. Some of my favorite venues are Ole Red here in Nashville (I play on Monday nights there!) and also Moonshine Flats out in San Diego! 

7.    What do you like to do in your free time when not working or playing music? I love food and trying out new restaurants in town since there are so many great ones. Love spending time with friends and family. Also, the occasional lazy day watching Netflix (mostly Grey’s Anatomy) is one of my fave past times to

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes? “Good things come to those who wait.” My mom has always said this and it has given me so much comfort in many situations. 

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share with people a little bit more about who I am and what my music is like! My debut EP “Lucky” is currently out. Download it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify and give ya girl a follow! Hope you love it! 

Dakota Danielle (New EP “Q&A”)

Small town musician Danielle Dakota joined the country music world in March with her debut single “One Church.” This relevant, somewhat sentimental dong is self-penned and produced by Mookie & Evan with Michael J. Clouse III (Jeff Buckley, The Rolling Stones’ Nick Hopkins, The Lizzy’s Marco Mendoza).  Artists such as Dolly Parton to Chris Stapleton and Aretha Franklin influenced Danielle, the 25 years old singer/songwriter has brought a new sound to country music.

            Danielle was born in Illinois but since has been taking Nashville by storm after finishing a degree in Commercial Songwriting at Middle Tennessee State University. Working hard to make a name for her, Dakota’s unmatched work ethic is shown with her regular appearances at Music City’s popular venues. With just a guitar in one hand and a pen in the other, her goal is to motivate and rebuild her fans through her love for music. On April 19, 2019 Danielle put out her newest EP My Mother’s Daughter” and it is available to listen and download on Spotify. 


1.    Hi Dakota, how have you grown as a country artist in 2019?

Hi! I feel like as an artist I have become more real and honest with my songwriting. 

2.    How did you come up with the name of your brand new EP “My Mother’s Daughter?”

My mother passed away almost a year ago and I wrote a song on how I felt about life with her being gone. The title ‘My Mother’s Daughter” was a nice way to dedicate my new music to her and tie it in with the song I wrote called “Growing Old.” She was always a big supporter and fan of my music. 

3.    What was your process in creating this EP?

Before I went into recording – I have been sitting on most of these songs for awhile. “Growing Old” was the only recent song written. All of the songs on the EP represent times in my life where I have learned or grown as a person. 

4.    What is your favorite song off your latest EP?

My favorite song is “Growing Old” because it relates to what I am going through right now. 

5.    Is there something you wish your fans would take away from this EP?

I hope my fans will be able to relate to the songs on my EP and genuinely enjoy listening to them

6.    Was there any other artists or producers that helped to create your EP?

Yes so many talented people! My best friend Jessilynn Kidd helped me write two of the songs “Maria” and “Small Town Talk.” My EP was produced by Robbie Artress and I had multiple musicians help me with this project: Jake Curry (electric guitar, banjo), Nathan Thomas (bass), Kirby Newman (drums), Joe Stoehr (acoustic guitar, mandolin), and Marcus Bowling (lap steel). 

7.    Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2019?

Yes! I have CD’s of this EP that I am excited to share and 2019 is going to be a year I release a lot of music 🙂

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

I am excited to share everything I have been writing this year! 🙂

            If you would like to find out more about Dakota Danielle then check out her website at (https://www.dakotadanielle.com)

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Sarah Ames~ “Q&A”

1.    Hi Sarah, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Hi! Throughout my childhood and high school years, I was involved in dance classes, musicals and plays, and singing competitions. I also sang on many demos for a local songwriter and sang at local events around my hometown of Orinda, California. I was also a really dedicated student (I got all A’s! Woo!). I then spent two years in the Popular Music Performance program at University of Southern California, where I learned a ton about being a better musician. I then decided to just go for it and moved to Nashville to pursue my dream!

2.    When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?
I started listening to country music at about 7 years old. I distinctly remember listening to Shania, Faith, and Tim McGraw as I rode in the backseat of my mom’s car. I always knew I loved to sing and write. However, I remember making the definite decision to pursue a career in music over acting in my junior year of high school. Then, it was in my first year of college that I decided I wanted a career specifically in country music.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?
I love the Eagles and Steve Miller Band. I love Faith Hill and Shania Twain. I also love a lot of the pop/rock women of the 90’s, such as Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman, and Alanis Morissette. Shawn Mullins is pretty great too.

4.    What do you like to do in your free time?
I live on 22 acres, so I enjoy working outside. I have chickens and a big vegetable garden that I grow from seed every year. All that is a lot of work, but it’s nice to get my hands dirty and be away from everything digital for awhile.

5.    What is the background story behind your newest single “Grapevine?”
I think most of us are a little guilty of loving to hear some good gossip that makes our jaw drop (as long as the gossip doesn’t involve us!). We hate to love it… whether it’s just small town talk or nationally broadcasted gossip from TMZ or USWeekly.

6.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?
YES! I have a lot more music done, ready to be released. We will be releasing another song or two in the next month, and there will continue to be releases throughout the next 6 months. 

7.    Where are some of your favorite venues or events to play at? I enjoy playing at CMAfest. Nothin more fun than a bunch of awesome country music fans in one place! I played the Wildhorse Saloon last year during CMAfest and I really enjoyed it. It’s a great stage with great sound and lighting. 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” 

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? My dog lying next to me says hi.

Nate Smith~ “Q&A”!!!

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

Well, I started singing at 9 years old to Garth Brooks, and Elvis! I’ll never forget as a kid, watching Garth Brooks flying around stadiums. He’s still a huge inspiration to me, and I hope to meet him someday. Fast forward to 23, I signed a publishing deal with Centricity Music Publishing for a few years while living in Nashville and wrote songs for different artists (Royal Tailor, Phil Stacey, and Jasmine Murray). I got around writers who were way more talented them me and really helped me learn how to write at a professional level. I started writing country music during that time and when I moved back to California, I began diving in more. It really feels like I’ve found the best place home for my voice in country. 

2.    When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? I first started listening to country as a kid, because my mom blasted it non stop. She has since become a Zumba addict and trust me, it’s not my lane. I don’t have the same level of swag as Pitbull and Daddy Yankee haha. I wrote a song for Paradise, CA, when myself and so many others tragically lost our homes during the Camp Fire of November 2018. The song I wrote, with a co writer, really connected with people and kind of started this whole journey. Shortly after I did actually end up sharing a stage with Pitbull, and X Ambassadors at Golden 1 Center (home of the kings), in January of this year. 

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Gosh, where to start. Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, One Republic, all the way to Blink 182. I have a very diverse music catalog and love anything with a good hook and a good story. As far as modern country, I enjoy Dustin Lynch, Luke Combs, and Brett Young. 

4.    Will you be putting out any new songs in 2019 and will it be available on iTunes and Spotify? I recently went to Nashville and recorded 4 songs with Producer, Joel Bruyere (Ryan Larkin’s, TFK). My first single will be “Wildfire,” and I don’t have a definite release date, but it’ll be out soon!!

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

I hope to be playing still, and making an impact on others. Music is more of a platform for greater change to me, and my goal is to positively effect every listener. 

6.    What are some of your favorite venues and events to play at?

Golden 1 Center was great, but one of my favorite performances was in the parking lot of a Jimmie Allen show for 5 random amazing people!!

7.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

Less is More. Song is King. 

8.    Is there anything else you would like to share? Come follow me on Instagram @natesmithcountrymusic to stay up to date, and follow my weird sense of humor.  

Liam Mogan~ “Artist Spotlight”

            Liam Mogan is a Southern California up and coming country musician and his nickname is “The Surfing Cowboy.” His debut project “Headlights,” was released on November 16, 2018. 

            Mogan does not just sing and write his own country music, he is country to the essence in a time where that it is becoming less common in both life and a form of art. He was born and grew up in Agoura Hills, California; still to this day he is constantly around horses and waves. Mogan started joining in the care and keeping of livestock at a young age, also he competed in bull riding while attending high school (until injury), and rescues and trains horses like his adored hare, Tulsa. Tulsa was found starving in the desert. When he is not riding waves off the Pacific coast, Mogan is on his saddle or volunteering at Mini Therapy Horses in California. He showcases hard work as a member of the Local 12 Operating Engineers Union and also continues to work on his music. 

            Deeply under the influence of the stories and lyrics from the 80’s and 90’s country tunes- which shape him to embrace his own country lifestyle. Mogan’s work is different from his peers, which is shown in his latest release, “Headlights.” “Headlights,” was recorded in Nashville at Pat Lassiter’s Riverfront Recording Studio, the debut project features the smart double entendre of “Miss Behave,” the autobiography single “Workin’ Man Banjo, and four other important tracks that each showcases great content that was created by Mogan.

            Mogan’s music and great work ethic got the attention of Swedish bassist and producer, Victor Broden (LeAnn Rimes, Richard Marx, Brad Paisley, and Thompson Square); he later dedicated his chops to Mogan’s debut release as a player and producer. 

            If you would like to find out more about Liam Mogan then check out his website at (https://liammoganmusic.com). 

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