Trevor Hewitt~ “Q&A”!!!

Background Story: Trevor Hewitt is a country singe and songwriter from Spartanburg, SC. He delivers a high energy to the stage with a combination of country, southern rock and witty tunes. On February 8, 2019 Hewitt put out his newest single “I’m Jumpin’ Too” and it is available to listen and download on Spotify and iTunes.Background Story: Trevor Hewitt is a country singe and songwriter from Spartanburg, SC. He delivers a high energy to the stage with a combination of country, southern rock and witty tunes. On February 8, 2019 Hewitt put out his newest single “I’m Jumpin’ Too” and it is available to listen and download on Spotify and iTunes.

1.    Hi Trevor, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Before I started my country music journey I served in the United States Marines Reserves as an Ammo Technician. After the Marine Corps I lead the praise and worship at a small local church for close to a year before I decided to take the leap and try country music. 

2.    When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? I was singing Garth Brooks at the top of my lungs when I was in grade school. He was my all time favorite. I knew I wanted to be like him at an early age. I sang “The Dance” at my first 9th grade recital. 

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?  Garth of course. I grew up on The Marshall Tucker Band who is from my hometown. I spent a few years traveling with them and opening for them when I first got started. Toy Caldwell was my hero. The way he played and sang mesmerized me. 

4.    What is your favorite song off your latest EP “It Is What It Is?” My favorite song off the EP was “Stay”. It was one of the first songs I wrote to my beautiful wife Leslie and it will always hold a special place in my heart. 

5.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019? I plan on releasing a new EP in the summer of 2019. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes trying to get this music ready. 

6.    What is your process when recording music?I like to use my own musicians in the studio. A lot of people hire big time Nashville musicians which is an awesome thing to do but I like to have the guys who grind with me week in and week out on my music. It’s a different feeling when the song comes out. It’s weird but you can just feel it. 

7.    What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?I love playing weddings the most but my favorite place I’ve played so far would be the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC opening for Marshall Tucker. It was special. 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky – Michael Scott 

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? I love country music and everything about it. I hope that shows in my music and I hope everyone enjoys the new track. …

Social Media Accounts: 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-r4PUPLDikuFBw0Ni74JOA

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/trevor_hewitt?lang=en

Andrea Vasquez~ “Q&A”

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

I’ve always been into music whether it was singing or dancing from an early age. My love of country music was discovered at an early age growing up in Virginia. (Born in California, grew up in Virginia). I was always inspired by female powerhouses in the late 90s and early 2000’s. I moved back to California when I was a teenager and for college, I studied music business and vocal performance at the Musician’s Institute: College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, CA. A few years after that I finally made the move to Nashville. I love it. 

2.    How did you start listening to country music?

My parents were always big on music of all genres. My first memories of starting to love country music as a kid was singing to Shania Twain, the Dixie Chicks and Faith Hill as a kid. From there it just evolved into me loving old school country and wanting to learn how to play the guitar. 

3.    When did you know you wanted a career in country music?

I always day dreamed about being a country music singer. I loved preforming as a kid and just always knew that’s what I wanted to do for a living. 

4.    Who are some of your musical icons?

My musical icons at the moment are Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris. Their sound is timeless, they are both country female power houses and preform the hell out of anything they sing. 

5.    What is the background story behind your latest single “Runnin’ Wild?”

Runnin’ Wild is one of those feel good songs that you can just play with your girlfriends before a night out, at a tailgate, party and it just makes you feel good and want to dance. I wrote this one with my good friend Emily Davis and it was produced by Jason Mater (Disney Publishing). 

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

I’d like to be sharing my music around the world preforming and playing stages that I could only ever dream of. I want to always strive to make better music and to grow as an artist. 

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

There definitely be a music video coming soon for Runnin’ Wild and more singles to be released later this year!

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Good things take time”. Its a simple reminder I have to always tell myself when it comes to really anything, its important to be patient and positive and trust that good things are coming your way. 

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

Be sure to follow on Spotify and social media to see what I’m up to! @dreavasquez, andreavasquezofficial.com

Chelsea Berman~ Q&A!!!

1.    Hi Chelsea, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?I always enjoyed singing, and started at around the age of 8! I used to be obsessed with Hilary duff, so my taste has definitely changed haha… I started singing Jazz, and then Musical Theatre, and then I went into a country music section in an eisteddfod I was taking part in – and won! It was then that I realised that country music suited my voice the most. It wasn’t until I started listening to more country music that I really got into it and it became my passion and the only music I wanted to play, or listen to! 

2.    When did you start to listening to country music?I attended the Tamworth Country Music Festival 5 years ago, as my parents had heard about it and thought it would be good to go. It was amazing, and I have gone back every year since! Being in that environment made me realise how amazing country music was, and ever since then it’s been all I have listened to. 

3.    When did you know you wanted a career in country music?I was in a duo for a few years when I was younger, and that was when I started gigging and actually thinking about doing music as a career. I started getting into country in the middle of that and tried to push our duo in that country direction, but I definitely had more of a passion for it than my duo partner! After school finished we decided to go our seperate ways and it was then that I had the freedom to really knuckle down and try to start a country music career.

4.    Who are some of your musical icons?Well they started off as Hilary duff haha… but have definitely changed. Of course I love traditional country artists like Kasey Chambers, Dolly Parton etc, but the ones that really influence my music are the modern Nashville girls such as Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, Carly Pearce, Danielle Bradbery etc.

5.    What is the background story behind your brand new song “Kiss Me Like You Miss Me?”We actually got the title from a Deadpool movie, I wrote the song with Troy Kemp and he came to the session with that title and we knew we had to do something with it! The songs about a new relationship where the girl is really invested and wants it to work, and the guy, being a guy, is just cruising along and not putting in the amount of effort that the girl wants. She wants him to show her that he really wants to be in this relationship. 

6.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?Definitely! This is my first release for the year, but there will definitely be some more music coming out throughout 2019.. and lots of touring. 

7.    Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?Ideally I would love to be doing this full time, and able to support myself and my music by playing festivals and touring, and of course releasing a lot of new music! 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes? If you want a million fans you have to shake a million hands~ love this as although social media is a great tool for creating fans, there’s nothing better than meeting fans in person and allowing them to really connect with your music and yourself as a person.

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? I would love if you followed me on all my social media platforms to keep in touch and follow my journey. 

Andy Chipman~ “Q&A”!!!

1.    Hello Andy, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
   Thank you for checking out my music and taking the time for the interview!  I grew up just outside of Boston, MA and I actually didn’t fall in love with country music until a little bit later in life.   I ended up going to college in Chicago and a lot of my friends were religious about country music.  The melodies and stories quickly grabbed a hold of me…I was hooked.  When I was a kid I begged my dad to let me take piano lessons. That’s where it all started.  After many attempts he finally caved, but he had one condition…I had to practice 30 minutes every day.  He held me to that for many years, and although I hated him for it then, I am in debt to him for making me stick with it because a lot of kids give it up.  Long story short, I started with a classical piano background, balanced jazz band with football in high school, played keys in a “Phish” type of Jam band in New England, and after I caught the country bug in Chicago I ran with it to where I currently reside in Arizona.  

2.    Who are some of your musical icons?
      It’s actually a very diverse list.  For country, I would say everything Chris Stapleton does gives me chills.  I also love Harry Connick Jr. & Frank Sinatra in the jazz arena (My dad raised me on that stuff).   Being a New England kid I also grew up as a Dave Matthews Band fanatic. I know people either love or hate Dave, but his live venue and ability to control the energy in the crowd is nothing short of amazing.  If I had to pick one icon, my favorite of all time would be Ryan Adams.  When I heard him play “Oh my sweet Carolina” raw and unplugged when I was in high school..that was the moment I knew I wanted to be a songwriter.  He’s the reason I picked up the guitar and started putting pen to paper.  

3.    What is your favorite venue to play in Arizona?
   There’s a really cool country scene here in Arizona that I’m excited to tap into.  This goes along with the next question, but my band is close to finalizing our set lists for 2019 before we get into full swing.  Dierks Bentley has a row of bars out here called “Whiskey Row” which is probably a name most country fans would recognize.  A few other great Arizona venues are Santan flat, Buffalo Chip, and Denim & Diamonds. 

4.    What is the background story behind your latest single “Black on Out?”
“Black on Out” is one of those songs that wrote itself in one sitting.  It was a hit by lightning type of deal.  I purposely wrote it with an oxymoron element between the music and lyrics.  The vibe of the song is somewhat upbeat and optimistic, but the lyrics tell a deeper story. John Mayer calls this “happy sad kind of music.”  On the surface level the message is about spending your week on autopilot and when the weekend comes around wanting to just “Black it out” and escape from reality. We grind through the week so we can live for the weekend…It’s just so easy to bite on that temptation, especially here in Scottsdale, AZ!  It’s a lot of fun and I think we all at some point in our lives are chasing those short-term highs without any guard rails.  At the core, it’s really about trying to move on from the one that got away and how going out to the bars weekend after weekend becomes a vicious cycle that can be hard to escape.  Deep down you know you shouldn’t be doing it, and that partying isn’t going to fill that void, but you keep doing it anyway.  The hole you are trying to dig out of only gets bigger. I think the last line of the chorus sums it up perfectly,  ” and we binge in a lie when we say.. I ain’t ever doing this again”  Ultimately, it’s one of those songs that could mean something different to everyone..whether they are working through something or pre-gaming to it as a party anthem! 

5.    How did you start listening to country music?
  This is actually a good story.  My introduction to country were names like Johnny Cash and Tim Mcgraw, but Texas Country was actually where I started off. When I was a sophomore in college I studied abroad at Beijing University in China.  At that point I could barely speak mandarin so don’t ask me what I was thinking with that decision!  One of my roommates ended up being a guy from New Mexico that went to Colorado University and he was obsessed with the Casey Donahew Band.  I ended up wearing that album out for an entire semester (when people still listened to albums!)  Songs like “Stockyards”and “High”.  I still laugh about finding Texas country in a dorm room in Beijing!

6.    When did you know you wanted a career in country music?
   It actually didn’t fully hit me until a few years ago.  I’ve been writing songs my entire life while working in finance.  For me, I was in my late 20’s and that inner voice was really starting to scream at me to do something with my music.  I’d written so many songs over the years that were sitting collecting dust and I could no longer sit on them!  I don’t want to look back at 80 years old with any regrets and that was a powerful motivator for me.

7.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?
I’m really excited about the music coming out in 2019!  We’re taking our time releasing them and the plan is to release each of the songs every couple of months throughout the year.  I’m flying to Nashville in February to wrap up a few things, but should have the next song out by the end of March.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?
I can’t confirm if Willie Nelson originally said this or not, but “Three chords and the truth – that’s what a country song is.”
I don’t think there’s a better way to describe country music!

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share?
There’s a really cool non-profit I’m involved with called “Musicians on Call” where I volunteer once a month to deliver the healing power of music to patients  at the local Veteran’s/Children’s hospitals.   There are many musicians all over the country that participate and I always like to spread the word on how awesome of an organization it is!

Matt Rogers (Q&A)!!!

1.    Hi Matt, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you started singing career?A: After I graduated undergrad in NC, where I had really started writing music, I came home back to GA. I was pursuing a career in the medical field. I did a year or nursing school that wasn’t the right fit, followed by a lengthy job application to the GBI(law enforcement) that I did not get the special agent job offer I was after, until finally getting a degree in radiology (Medica imaging/x-ray). I was playing almost every weekend in bars throughout this process. I begin working in the hospital. It was then I was recruited to work for neurosurgeons and provide imaging for spine and brain surgery procedures. The music continued to grow, as did the gigs I was able to get. After the release of my single “I Was Raised”, I knew it was a career I wanted to pursue. I saved my money, came up with my plan, and moved to Nashville and haven’t looked back. 

2.    When did you start listening to country music?A: As far back as I remember. Definitely a product of 90s country. 

3.    When did you know wanted a career in country music world?A: When my single “I Was Raised” was so we’ll received and I heard it on the radio for the first time, I knew I wanted to do this for a living. 

4.    What is the background story behind your latest single “Peaches and Pecans?”A: I’m very proud to be from GA. I had the idea, and was then approached by Golden Pantry, after saying how much I loved their biscuits in another publication interview. They were looking to help out with a release so I was able to incorporate them into the song and the rest is history as they say. I always wanted a state pride song.

5.    Who are some of your musical icons?A: I have a vast and diverse inspiration group. I tend to lean towards songwriters though. The greats like Dylan and the Beatles obviously. But self made guys like Zac Brown, Jason Isbell, and some of these great current songwriters really give me sometime to strive for. 

6.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?A: Tons of new music and all the things that go along with that. We’re also breaking into some new markets to tour so looking forward to seeing more new places and faces!

7.    What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?A: I have several, but being where it all begin for me in Macon,GA is always great, or in my hometown of Eatonton,GA. The bluebird cafe in Nashville is always very special too.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?A: “If it we’re easy, everyone would do it”-my mother

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? A: I appreciate you reaching out!

Brett Sheroky~ “Q&A”!!!

1.    Hi Brett, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I grew up in Belleville, IL which is about 20 min from St Louis, MO. I always had an interest in music but was always steered by folks to take the practical route so I went to school and got a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. I figured it would allow me flexibility to move anywhere and work at schools or for myself in order to have as much time off to pursue music as possible. I met my wife in the program at school. We got married and moved to Nashville the next day. 

2.    When did you start to listen to country music? I’ve listened to country music ever since I was born. My mom and dad played records and cassettes of Conway Twitty, Willie, Waylon, Merle, Dolly, The Judds, Randy Travis, George Strait, etc. I was most influenced by the 90s era of country (Garth, Tim McGraw, Clay Walker, Joe Diffie, LeAnn Womack, etc). As I got older I started listening more to rock and pop but eventually came back to country. 

3.    When did you know you wanted a career in country music?    I always wanted to be a songwriter. That has been my dream career since I can remember. After moving to Nashville and getting better at the craft as well as performing, it has become my obsession. 

4   What is the background story behind your latest single “Better on Paper?”  My last single is “BETTER ON PAPER”. I had the idea for that song for a long time. My friend Andrew Peebles and I were in a co-write. He started playing the guitar lick and I mentioned the idea to him. He liked it so we went with it. We really wanted to nail the song and make sure it hit ya in the feels. I think we did a pretty good job of it. 

5.    Who are some of your musical icons?   Garth Brooks always stands out just because I grew up on him more than anybody else. But also because I am a fan of who he is as a human being. I remember when I was young, we came down to CMA Fest in Nashville (It was called FAN FAIR at that time and was nowhere near as huge as it is now). That year Garth stayed at his autograph booth signing autographs for 23 straight hours. I remember thinking, “That guy loves his fans and gets that they are the reason he is who he is.” I remember saying, if I ever get the chance, I’m gonna be just like that.  In addition to Garth, I was influenced a lot by 80’s pop and classic rock. Michael Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, just to name a few. 

6.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?   I have a bunch of irons in a bunch of fires that I can’t talk about. Who knows which ones will work out. It’s sort of like that for everybody in Nashville. I do plan on doing some more weekend touring around the country as well as putting out new music. I should be releasing something new in late Feb or March of 2019. 

7.    What has been of your some favorite live shows to play at?  I have mainly played here in Nashville. There’s a few places I really dig playing like Belcourt Taps, The Bluebird, The Local, and The Basement. 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?  My favorite quote is something my dad always used to tell me. He said, “If you can sit down and talk to the dumbest person in the world and not learn a single thing from them, then they aren’t the dumbest person in the world.” That quote has really had an impact on making me the person I am today. 

9.    Is there anything else would like to share? Just that I am so appreciative of every single opportunity and step along this journey. Ive been in Nashville for almost 10 years chasing this dream. It is so incredibly hard and demanding of your time and energy. The fact that Ive been at it and struggling for so long makes me appreciate everything so much. I feel really blessed when people like you want to learn more about me :). 

Alecia Aichelle~ Q&A

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to interview me! I was born and raised in Kelowna, BC, Canada and my love for music and performance began at a young age. I grew up singing in church and began classical piano lessons at age 8. I was also very involved in musical theatre and have always had a passion for animals as well.(I currently have many pets!!) After graduation, I moved to Alberta to attend the Red Deer College Music Program and Alberta quickly became home. 

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

My parents introduced me to country music at a young age and I immediately fell in love with the genre and the story songs that are country music. Growing up in Kelowna, country music was not cool at all and I often got teased by other kids. I didn’t let that bother me too much and I continued to be myself. I had a passion for country music and dreamed of being a country singer when I grew up. With enough hard work and determination, dreams can come true! 

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

I have many musical icons who have helped shape who I am as a country artist, including Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, and Canadian’s Shania Twain and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

4.    What is the background story behind your newest single “Doin’ Here?”

I co-wrote Doin’  Here with Joe Forte in Nashville, TN and the song was actually his idea and he brought me in as a co-writer. At first I wasn’t sure if it was a song that I would record, however we took the song in a little different direction than originally planned and I loved how the song turned out and knew immediately that I wanted to record and release Doin’ Here. I often have people ask me if I’m the feisty female in the song, and I am not haha! Sometimes as songwriters the songs are not always about us, but I can definitely relate to certain aspects of this song and it’s a fun song to perform live with my band!

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

In the next 5 to 10 years I hope to be performing on bigger stages, touring more throughout North America, opening up for larger acts, or possibly headlining my own larger shows! That is my ultimate goal and dream.

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

Yes there is! I have another new single ready for release for spring of 2019 and then I’ll be heading back to Nashville for more songwriting and recording new music to release summer and fall of 2019, I’m also currently booking shows with my band for the spring/summer and can’t wait for festival season and rodeo season to begin!

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

I would love to sing a duet with Dolly Parton or Shania Twain. Both ladies have been huge inspirations to me both as singers, songwriters, and who they are as people. 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” ~Eleanor Roosevelt~

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

Yes, I would like to share my story because I feel it can encourage others! Just before starting college as a Voice Major in a Music Program, a tumour was found on my thyroid gland and had to be removed. Long story short, I woke up with no voice and was told that the recurrent laryngeal nerve that makes the vocal cords move was severed during the surgery and I was told I would never talk normally again or sing again. I have a very strong faith, but I was very angry with God at first as to why He would give me this gift of music and the passion, only to take it away. I decided shortly after the diagnosis that I was going to have faith and hope and believe in a miracle. I went 3 months without talking and 6 months unable to sing. When my voice started slowly returning, the doctors and specialists were shocked as it could not be explained medically or scientifically. I told them that I have a strong faith and believed in a miracle. I had asked God if He wasn’t going to heal me to please take my passion for music away, but it only grew stronger. I knew I was going to be healed. After 6 months I was able to begin singing again. That experience was extremely tough, but it taught me patience, trust, perseverance, and it strengthened my faith. It made my faith real to me. Going through that was confirmation that this is what I’m meant to be doing and definitely what drives my passion as a country artist. I hope that my story will provide hope to others going through tough times. Sometimes we don’t get to see the bigger picture while we are walking through what feels like hell, but God always has a plan and that is one thing we can hold onto during the tough times.