Alexis Taylor~ Q&A!!!

1.   Hi Alexis, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I have been writing and singing country music for so long it is hard to think about a time I ever did anything else. But before I began seriously pursuing country music in Nashville, I grew up in the small town of Huntsville, Ontario singing at local talent shows and in church. However, during a trip to Nashville in college with my best friend, I decided I needed to listen to my heart and pursue music full time. I wanted to be doing what I love: creating music, and performing full time – and I can truly say that I haven’t looked back since! 

2.   What was one of the first country albums you ever bought? One of the first albums that I ever bought wasn’t country at all. It was Avril Lavigne’s debut album “Let Go”. I spent weeks saving up my allowance, and then finally asked my mom drive me to the mall to buy it. I must have played that entire CD on repeat for hours on my walkman. I’m sure I still have it somewhere in my room!! 

3.   What is the background story behind your newest single “Bend the Truth?” I have always been a bit of a hopeless romantic with a big heart (maybe it was all of the Disney movies I watched growing up – who knows!?). When I fall for someone, those feelings are not easy for me to get rid of. While it can sometimes be great for writing songs, it isn’t always great when it comes to relationships. “Bend The Truth” is essentially about a relationship that I had where I knew I should have let go, but I kept going back over and over again.  It was obvious that both of us would be better off moving on, but neither of us wanted to admit it to each other. My heart was telling me one thing, and my head knew I should do the exact opposite – and that was the inspiration behind it all! 

4.   What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at? It is tough to pick a favorite venue or event that I have played at – each place is always different and has its own unique qualities about it.  I think anytime or anywhere my parents are in the audience… those are my favorite venues because I can always look out and see their smiling faces, supporting me. Plus they always clap and cheer the loudest

5.   Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019? Yes, I have lots of things happening with my music before this year is over!! I am currently in the process of picking the next few songs I will be releasing and I am so excited to share it with my fans! In addition to that, I also am playing a few shows out west! 019?

6.   How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?  I would describe my music as passionate, honest, and emotional.  I write what I feel in my heart, and often times I write about my own life experiences. This shows a sense of vulnerability to my fans when I am performing, and a different kind of connection with the audience.  I think it also gives people a chance to see who I really am as a person, and that they are not alone in whatever it is that they are going through.   

7.   What is your recording process like when putting out a new song? When I am working on releasing a new song, my recording process is very involved. Aside from spending lots of time in the vocal booth, I also like to be a part of every other aspect of what the producer and musicians are doing. I love watching how it all comes together, and how many layers of instruments are put into a completed song. It’s magical and I absolutely love every second of it! 

8.   What is one of your favorite quotes? One of my favorite quotes is actually lyrics from an Eli Young Band song: “Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart.” It is something I have to remind myself daily, as the music industry has some pretty amazing highs, but some pretty rock bottom lows. It has definitely encouraged me throughout the years! 

9.   Is there anything else you would like to share? Make sure you go check my website, and all of my social media platforms because I’ll be sharing new music soon!! 

Zoe Cummins~ “Q&A”!!

1.    Hello Zoe, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I grew up in small town in Southwest Oklahoma, doing a little bit of everything around me. I’m not sure if that was because there wasn’t much to do outside of farming/ranching or if it was because I was looking for something I liked as much as music. I stayed very busy with very “Oklahoma things”: raising livestock, sports, public speaking, and SISTERS. I am the oldest of 5 girls so we constantly had people over and each spent a lot of time entertaining people in various ways. 
2.    What was the first country album ever bought? I remember asking my mom to buy the Dixie Chicks album “Fly” when I was really little. I looooved the Dixie Chicks! 
3.    Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years? I’d like to at least be signed to management in the next 5 years. The songwriter in me would like to have a couple songs cut as well. I don’t look to the future too much though because I’m usually trying to stay busy booking up my short term with the steps towards my goal. I just know that I want to be writing and playing as much as I can and I want every set and every song to be better than the last. I guess the main goal right now is just finding money with my music to pay for all the songs I wanna record and time I want to spend working on my music. 
4.    What is the background story behind your latest single “Rope the Moon?” Haha. Well…. we all have exes. Me and my most recent ex broke up because we just weren’t good together. We loved each other a lot but we just weren’t meant to be in a relationship. It took us 2.5 years to figure that out because we loved so hard. About 6 months after we broke up, all my friends said my ex was dating a new girl that was really cool and they liked the two of them together. Then they suddenly broke up. So I sat on that for awhile. Then my grandad started getting really sick and my grandma had a guy best friend that I was talking about one day. I just thought it was really sweet that he would be there for her all the time and I told a friend he’d rope The Moon for her. And then I thought about the girl my ex had broken up with and wrote to the hypothetical idea that she had found the person that’d rope The Moon for her so she would feel peace about moving on. 
5.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019? TONS. I am really excited for the songs I’ve been writing and I’m excited to be trying new ones out all the time at shows. I want to pump everything with energy and constantly share what I have been working on. Also I started a Pop side project. Haha. 
6.    How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Rock, Americana, Country, singer/songwriter 
7.    Where are some of your favorite venues or events to play at? I really love True Music Room. I got good vibes from that place. And I recently played Analog with Madeleine and Olivia Rudeen and we played the best show we’ve ever played together I think. That place is awesome. We also did a fun little outdoor gig at Sandbar back at the beginning of June and that was so fun. But I find myself at Live Oak most nights of the week and I always have a good time on that stage. Also anytime we get to travel for a festival that’s awesome. 
8.    What is one of your favorite quotes? Probably any line from Step Brothers. Lol. 
9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? Hope to see everyone reading this August 22nd at The Five Spot! 







Kendal Conrad~ “Q&A”

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

Hi!  Before I was a country musician, I was a kid who used to take her boombox out to the barn and perform for the chickens and the horses.  I always loved to sing, even if no one was listening.  I then segued into local talent competitions and teen idol contests.  It wasn’t until high school that I taught myself how to play guitar and started writing songs.    

2.  What was the first country album you bought?

The first country album I bought was Taylor Swift’s debut album, and boy, was that a defining moment.  I was shocked to discover that a girl my age, who grew up near me (Wyomissing, PA), wrote her own songs and played guitar.  To say I was inspired is an understatement.  “Tim McGraw” made me want to be a songwriter.

3.  What is the background story behind your latest track “Come to Your Senses?”

“Come to Your Senses” vents my frustrations with dating.  I’m basically leveling with the guy across the room: look, the ball is in your court.  Are we going to sit here and make eyes at each other all night or are you going to come talk to me?  You can’t make a connection with someone without communication. 

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

I will definitely be releasing more music from the EP that I just finished recording with Matt McVaney earlier this year!  There aren’t any songs on there as bright as “Senses,” but there is a fun dance-type track, a ballad, a song about revenge.  I’m excited to see the reaction when I put out the rest of the songs.

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

I love playing Jenks Club in Point Pleasant, NJ.  It’s on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, and the crowd is always super pumped and high energy.  I’ve played there a few times, and this year I’m opening for Adam Doleac August 21.  If anyone wants to go, message me — I have a limited number of free tickets!  

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

Vulnerable.  Empowering.  Edgy.  

7.  When you are not working on your music what do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a big horror buff, so I like to keep up with the latest horror movie releases.  I’m also an obnoxious photographer of food, so I like to try different restaurants and different kinds of food.  I’ve learned that I like escargot and grilled cactus.  

8.  What is one of your favorite quotes?

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”  This is a paraphrase from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.  I feel like it suits my mindset and the way I approach life in general.

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

Make sure to follow me on my socials!  I follow back on Twitter and Instagram.  

Patrick Carpenter~ “Q&A”!!!

1. Hello Patrick can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?Well, I’ve pretty much always been a musician. I began playing guitar around 11 and before that, I was a pretty average kid always playing soccer and stuff. Before I began pursuing the artist thing, I spent a few years as a lead guitar player for a few acts around town. In 2018, I broke off to do my own thing, but I still will join in with my friends as their guitar player here in there. Over the past few years I have also been pursuing a football-coaching career as well. I spent 3 seasons at Franklin High School in Franklin, TN and recently, I was hired at Lipscomb Academy for the 2019 season. Outside of country, I have a heart for worship music. I played at my home church St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Madison, MS my whole life and I still do when I go home. When I came to Nashville, I really looked hard for a church to assist in Worship with. That lead me to Brentwood UMC and Otter Creek in Brentwood, TN. I am very thankful for my musical gifts and playing in worship has been such a great way to give back. 

2.When did you realize you wanted a career in country music? Probably when I was really young. Almost immediately after I began playing guitar, I knew I wanted to do this. I remember watching Kenny Chesney’s “I Go Back” video one summer and saying “I wanna do that!” I remember seeing Bon Jovi and just being blown away by their presence and ability to have the crowd feeding from the whole band and I knew I wanted to be those guys. 

3. How did you come up with the name of your most recent album “Friday Night Hallelujah?”Haha so that’s a funny story. I had heard the phrase in another song and I thought that was such an interesting idea because it could be it’s own song and everyone has his or her own version of a “Friday Night Hallelujah.” Whether it’s a beach, a bar, a farm, everyone has their own escape. The idea then grew to were the songs on this album the songs that you would hear on your Friday Night escape? It’s a soundtrack to a Friday night party. 

4What is your favorite song off your newest album?. Ooh good question, I love so many of these songs for so many reasons. I do favor “Daydream” quite a bit. Daydream is a total beach party anthem about living your best life and forgetting about the constant drag of living a life that you don’t want. The funny story about this song was that I actually wrote the majority of the song at work while I was sitting at my desk. Haha guess I was literally daydreaming about my daydream! 

5What was the first country album you ever bought?Wow I haven’t thought about that in a while. I’m pretty sure it was “When the Sun Goes Down” by Kenny Chesney. I mentioned how “I Go Back” was the song that made me want to pursue this and that was on that album. Pretty soon after that I bought “Mud on the Tires” by Brad Paisley and that album really inspired me to hone in on my guitar skills and between guys like Brad, Keith Urban, Richie Sambora, they are why there are so many guitar antics throughout my music.

6. What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at?Well I’m fresh off playing at Duling Hall in Jackson, MS. That was my first venue to headline and I had a great buddy and talented musician, Anse Rigby, open for me. We had an incredible night. It was so cool to go back home after the success of this album and celebrate with my friends and family from my whole life. Around Nashville, I really love playing writers nights. I’m a big fan of the Bluebird Café’ and the Listening Room. Last year we hit the festival circuit pretty hard and had a chance to play at the Franklin BBQ Festival and they were so welcoming and took great care of the band and me.

7. Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?I’m working on a doing a Christmas release this fall/winter. I’m pretty sure what I’m going to do, but I can absolutely promise it’s going to be so guitar-driven it’s not even funny haha. I am working on a music video as well, that feels like the next best step for me. I’m always writing and working on new stuff, but it’ll probably be next year before I release anything new. I don’t wanna diminish the importance and the success of “Friday Night Hallelujah.” 

8. What is one of your favorite quotes?“If you see a turtle on a fence post, it probably had help getting there.”– Brad Paisley. Brad said that during his CMA Entertainer of the year speech and I’ve always loved it. I used to think that all of this was based off one person, but it truly takes a team of great people that work together and collaborate well for this to really work. 

9. Is there anything else you would like to share?I’m just grateful for where this is all headed. It has almost been a year since I released my first EP. I remember hoping that people would just like it; I didn’t think it would ever chart on iTunes and take me places like it has so fast. I’m truly grateful and blessed for where I’m at and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!

Tori Martin~ “Q&A”!!

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

I grew up a military brat born on the Eglin Air Force base in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. I lived in 5 different states before moving to Texas at the age of 7.

Even though I’ve moved around so much, Texas has always felt like home. I have 10 siblings so my life has never been boring, and oddly I don’t come from a musical family. Growing up I was very athletic, (a major tomboy) and a track star in high school. It’s funny because now I’m super-girly even though I’m outdoorsy. At the age of 14, I began singing in our church choir, which led me to pursuing my dreams in music! 

2.Who are some of your musical icons?

First and foremost, Dolly Parton is my queen. I always tell everyone she can’t go to heaven until I sing with her at least one time! I’m a huge Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James fan. Stevie Nicks is definitely my second queen. 

3.What is the background story behind your latest song “Living the Dream?”

I wrote this song with my friend, Lyndsey Highlander right when I moved to Nashville 2 years ago. Prior to moving, I had been in the music industry since I was 16 years old. We wrote this song as an anthem for ourselves and for all dreamers. So many times you are told “no” and doors are shut, but then they are opened. It takes tenacity and determination to keep going. Through the years, I’ve missed out on a lot of happiness always living for “the future” and not loving where I am at. When we got together to write a song this poured out. We realized that we’re already “doing it,” we’re already “living the dream” and that’s so easy to lose sight of. 

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

Yes! The music video for “Living the Dream” coming out very soon. I can’t wait to share it with y’all. I’m also in the studio gearing up for a new album!

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

In Nashville, so far one of my favorite venues to play at is The Listening Room. It’s kind of refreshing because people from all over come there to hear original artists and songwriters. I love that! My favorite venue I’ve probably ever played (so far) is the Chevrolet Main Stage at the State Fair of Texas. It’s a massive stage where artists like Kid Rock, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson have all played, in fact, the same year I did. The lights, the stage, and the crowd… it was nothing short of amazing! 

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

I have two golden retrievers (who just turned one) so they keep me SUPER busy. I love to cook/bake, enjoy the outdoors, and hang with the hubs! 

7.What is your recording process like when working on new material?

I really like bringing my songs to the table and to be involved in the creative process with my producer. Many times the songs are just acoustic/vocal demos and have tons of room for creativity. So, I love having a pre-production to dream and scheme. Then, hitting the studio after! 

8.What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Bukowski

Karissa Ella~ Q&A!!!

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

Hi!! Growing up, I loved all genres of music and really used music as a crutch to get me through the ups and downs of school. I’ve been singing since I was little and always dreamed of being on stage. My EP titled, “Blossom” is a prime example of this. I titled my new EP after the music venue in my hometown, Blossom Music Center. This place has been a constant source of inspiration for me. It is where I have seen my idols perform and is where I hope to someday rock the stage.

2.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Some of my musical icons include: Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, Shania Twain, Zac Brown Band,  Adele and so many more.

3.    What was the first country CD you ever bought?

I honestly can’t think of the first CD but it was probably Gretchen Wilson.  I have a lot of George Strait and Garth Brooks CD’s as well.

4.    What is the background story behind your newest single “Me and Luke?”

I was in the writing room with Leslie Satcher and Alex Seier and I started showing Leslie some of the music I released last year. As I was showing her she was like, “You are kind of like a female Luke Bryan”. I was grinning ear to ear, it was one of the best compliments I have ever received. From there we decided to write a song about Luke Bryan and his fans. All of us were Luke Bryan fan’s, so this song was easy to write. There were a lot of laughs involved in creating this song!

5.    How have you grown as a musician in 2019?

2019, was a huge growing period for me. I am releasing new music and making new friendships in the music industry. I can only hope to keep growing and learning as an artist and person. This year has been nothing but positive for me and I hope it only goes up from here!

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

In May, the first single off my EP titled “Blossom”was released called, “Vacay” and in June the second single, “Me and Luke”.  My EP will be fully released in July and I am so excited to have this project out there in the world. I have worked so hard on it and really love each song on the EP. I hope others can love and relate to my songs! The work never stops so I am still writing and playing new music constantly in hopes to keep releasing music.

7.    What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?

In Nashville, I love playing writers rounds at venues like, The Listening Room, Belcourt Taps, The Local, Douglas Corner, The Back Corner and more!

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

-Mother Theresa

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

For more information please visit karissaella.com or follow me on social media at karissaellamusic! Thanks!

Braxton Keith~ “Q&A”!!

1.    Hi Braxton, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Well when I was a little boy I took piano lessons, and those lessons lasted for about ten years. The reason I quit piano was because of my little brother, he played guitar and told me that I couldn’t play “his instrument” . Naturally being the competitive brother I am I picked up one of his guitars and haven’t put it down since. My dream has always been to be a musician, I love making music, and entertaining others. In fact it has been a running joke in my family that since I was little I would tell people “I wanna be a Rockstar”. So to answer your question I’ve always been a country musician to the best of my knowledge, the only difference between then and now is a waist size and a leg length. 

 2.    When did you start listening country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? I’ve really always listened to country music, but I will listen to any kind of music as long as it is good music. I started when I was younger listening to any country music that was on the local radio, and as I got older I found a love for the older style of country music. I was interested in the stories that these old songs would tell and the message that they were trying to convey. 3. Who are some of your musical icons? My musical icons consist of the older country stars such as: Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and some of the newer artist such as: George Strait, Dwight Yoakum, Chris LeDoux, Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, Cody Johnson, and Flatland Cavalry.

4.    What is the background story behind your latest single “Make Up Your Mind?” Make Up Your Mind was written about a girl who lived in fort worth and i was trying to date her but she was about to move out of Texas, so she was faced with this dilemma and I wrote the song because she had a difficult time trying to make up her mind, we are still friends.

5.    What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at? I enjoy playing everywhere because singing and playing is what I love to do. If I wasn’t playing at a bar or a wedding, I would be doing the same thing in my Livingroom.

 6.    Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2019? Yes, I am in the middle of a new project at the moment and I hope to release that sometime soon. I will also hopefully start the recording of my first EP this fall, so be on the lookout for some big things.

7.    How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?Meaningful, with some old school.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes? My favorite quote is really more of a statement and is the title to one of Merle Haggards most popular songs, “Mama Tried”.

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? Choose a career in life that you love, so that it doesn’t feel like work. You can follow me on all social medias and YouTube @ Braxton Keith, and keep your eyes open for my new music coming out soon.