- Hi Charly, Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you
became a country musician?
Hi Danaille! Thanks for having me. When I was younger, I always sang
and knew that I wanted to be a singer, but I didn’t always want to be
a country singer. I used to sing a lot of Broadway music from Wicked,
Bye Bye Birdie and Funny Girl. That is what I loved to sing. Then, it
started transitioning into Taylor Swift with “You Belong with Me,”
and “Our Song,” which definitely put the country idea in my head! It
was during the Carrie Underwood Blown Away tour back in 2012,
however, that it really hit me. It was then that I realized this was
exactly what I wanted to do.
- What is the background story behind your latest single “We
Need to Talk?”
When I sat down in a writing session with my friends, Kelly Seidel,
Nicole Croteau, and Dave Mohr, we were discussing ideas and Kelly
came up with “I Think We Need To Talk.” Usually, when you hear
someone say that, it means someone is in a bit of trouble or about to
be in an argument. But, we discussed it as a twist where it’s a good
thing where you see someone that you really want to go up to and
talk to. Sometimes girls, including myself, see a guy in public that
upon first impression looks like a great catch and is worth taking
more time to get to know. So that’s how we came up with “We Need
- Who are some of your musical icons?
I have always loved Carrie Underwood, as I said earlier. I think she
had a lot to do with me seeing a future career in country music
beginning at 12 years old. I also love Blake Shelton, I have called him
my “famous boyfriend” for probably 7 years now and he doesn’t
even know it! My biggest inspiration and icon is Shania Twain. I
started listening to her music when I was about 15 and I couldn’t
stop. Then, I learned about what a hard life she has had and the fact
that she still works so hard to do what she loves was so inspiring to
- How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Original, Country, Genuine, Relatable, and Unique.
- What was the first country concert you ever been to?
My first country concert was Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away tour
which was definitely life changing!
- What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?
I love playing at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, it is
always such a fun time and I love that there is a dance floor so people
can dance and have a great time with me! I also loved playing Song
Suffragettes at the Listening Room. It has been a goal of mine to be a
part of Song Suffragettes since I had heard of it and finally was able
to make that happen, I also love the listening room because unlike
some other writer’s rounds, people are truly there to listen to the
songs you have written.
- Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2019?
I am currently working on an album and the goal for that is 2020, but
I could surprise you!
- What is one of your favorite quotes?
I don’t have many favorite quotes, but I have a favorite Bible verse
that is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, Declares
the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a
hope and a future.”
- Is there anything else you would like to share?
I just want to thank everyone for all the love on “We Need To Talk”.
The sound is so different than my other music so I was a little bit
nervous with putting it out. But with all the overwhelming support I
am so glad to see that people seem to love it as much as I do!
About (Dome Headwear Co): Dome hats main location is in Jacksonville Beach, Flordia. Each hat is manufactured overseas and also each hat is custom made. Dome Headwear Co, Rep Derek Shampine is in charge of the there area building in Nashville, TN.
- Hello Derek, what is the background story behind Nashville “Dome Headwear?” The owners were both fortunate and opportunistic when it came to establishing a footprint in Nashville. Jason Myers, a photographer in Nashville, recommended the product to Ward Guenther when he was looking to have some hats made for Whiskey Jam. His first order was for just 24 hats, but he must’ve liked what he received because he kept ordering and we now have a wonderful partnership with Whiskey Jam. Through our relationship with Ward, we were introduced to the Calonge family of Richards & Southern Merchandise & Apparel. Terry, Sheri, Scot & Ryan gave us an opportunity to present our product line to some of their largest customers, including George Strait, Alabama & Luke Bryan. We have been blessed to be able to design & manufacture hats for these iconic bands, and many more through our collaboration with Richards & Southern. They’ve become as close as family, and we’re very grateful for their partnership and loyalty. The demand for our product began to grow beyond band merchandise, which led to me coming on board in September of 2017. I’ve worked to grow our corporate & lifestyle presence here in Nashville overall and just celebrated my 2-year anniversary with DOME Headwear Co.
- Where do you see Nashville “Dome Headwear” in the next 5 to 10 years? Bigger, but still offering the same small-business, relationship-focused service that we have built our company on. We look to open a showroom & design center in Nashville in 2020 that will allow our customers to come in and spend time with our headwear professionals and see all we have to offer.
- Has any celebs worn any of your hats? That’s one of the coolest parts of my job. You put in all this time & effort, and you look up and Luke Combs is wearing your hat on the Today Show and Jimmie Allen is wearing a DOME hat on another TV Show. Mitchell Tenpenny actually rocked a Jason Myers Photography trucker hat in an advertisement for his NBC Today Show appearance, which we thought was absolutely perfect considering how important Jason was (and continues to be) to our Nashville presence.
- Do you sell your hats at any popular venues or events? Most of our hats that are at events are being sold by our customers. We collaborate with merchandise companies to design and manufacture the hats, then the merch company sells them online and at shows. It’s fun to go to the concerts and buy the hats knowing that we had a hand in putting them on the shelf. We see pictures on social media all the time of fans posting pictures of hats they just purchased. It’s really cool to see that.
- Is there anything coming up with your company for the rest of 2019? Continuing to grind and prepping for a huge year in 2020…we have a few things up our sleeve. Check back in January.
- What is the first item you made for “Dome Headwear?” For me personally here in Nashville I believe it was with Whiskey Jam, and probably a few bars downtown, however we set out to create a project in Nashville that would focus on the passionate & creative people driving the growth in this city. This was pretty much my first assignment. We called it the Nashville 100, which you can see at www.Nashville100.com and at @Nashville100 on Instagram. Our mantra at DOME is that ‘Every Hat Has a Story’, and we set out to tell 100 unique stories of these amazing people. We designed a hat for each of them, we wrote a biographical article, and Jason Myers brilliantly shot portraits of each person in the collection. Here’s a link to the ‘wrap reel’ of the project that goes a little deeper in explaining it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsZEdCOVEFo
- What advice would you give to an up and coming apparel company? Watch your margins, don’t divulge your sources, hire people that are great where you are weak, and when it’s 2AM and you’re out of money and want to quit, keep going. There’s always a way to Do Better.
- What is one of your favorite quotes? My personal is from Mantra and the quote I live by is “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion, you must set yourself on fire.”— Arnlold H. Glasgow
- Is there anything else you would like to share? We will have a booth out at the NashtoberFest, put on by our friends at Daddy’s Dogs. Come on out on October 5th from 2PM to 9PM and find me at the DOME Booth. More information can be found at www.TheNashtoberfest.com.
Derek Shampine (Business Development, Nashville): Derek Shampine was born and grew up in upstate New York, and been living in Nashville since 2005. His favorite part of working with Dome is getting to witnessed the people when they receive their hats, and knowing they got a wonderful product for their business or brand. Shampine takes satisfaction in great customer services for his clients. In Shampine free time, he likes spending time with his wife and daughter. His favorite hat is a trucker style.
1. Hello Ciara, how have you grown as a country artist in 2019?
The new EP is definitely a reflection of the growth I’ve done. 2018 was a really hard year for me… So I took all that energy and turned it into a project I’m really proud to give to everyone. For the first time in a long time, I called the shots on this one. Of course, I had everyone on my team who I could not have done it without. I just mean, this time I was the creative director. I wasn’t taking orders from anyone else except my intuition.
2. How did you come up with the name of your latest EP “Country Enough?”
The title kind of has a double meaning. First — It’s no secret that (most) people are sick of the lack of female representation on country radio. For me, I was making the statement that “Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I deserve to be here… And yes, women are “country enough” to be on the Country Radio Charts. Second — I’m also addressing that the sound of country music is changing. I will always be a country music lyricist and songwriter… That’s where my heart is. However, I grew up in a household that listened to Garth Brooks and Motown music so you’re always going to hear a sound you wouldn’t hear from a lot of other artists…. But I believe in Country Music Songwriting. Therefore it will always be “Country Enough”.
3. What is the background story behind your single “In Love Lonely or Just Drunk?”
If you’ve ever had a few too many drinks out and have ended up back at home thinking about someone from your past… This is a song you can relate to. Joybeth Taylor and I wrote this song about the kind of mind game we have in our head when we’ve had one too many of like “Damn… Do I love him? Am I just lonely and that’s why I miss him?” — And of course the usual culprit… “Am I just drunk?”
4. Your music video for “In Love Lonely or Just Drunk,” is coming out this Friday, what is your process when creating a new music video?
Usually I have a director I give the song to and they give me back a treatment to begin tweaking THEIR vision of that the video could be. Of course I had Lauren Barocas who did an amazing job producing and editing this video… However for me this time, I got to direct what was all in my head. Who CAN’T relate to not hearing from a guy you thought it was going great with ALL DAY — So you decide to go out and make it look like you’re having a hell of a night… And sometimes that’s exactly what you end up doing!
5. Is there something you wish your fans would take from your music video and latest EP?
I just hope everyone who listens gets to escape the drama of what happens when someone ghosts you…. and enjoy the good parts about being single through this video.
6. Was there any other artists or producers who worked on your last EP?
Yes! *squeels* I’m really in love with everyone who was a part of this project. Heartbreak Mistake was featured, cowritten, produced and mixed by Nolan Neal. Meet My Ex I got to co-write with Leah Sykes and it was produced by Austin Bianco. In Love Lonely or Just Drunk was cowritten as I said above with Joybeth Taylor and produced by Austin Bianco as well.
7. Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2019?
I’m already working on the next chapter of music to be released. There’s a lot of other things in the works along with that but I can’t announce it just yet.
8. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Just thank you for featuring and supporting me! Creating something like music out of thin air and having people willing to put themselves out there to support you is the fuel that keeps me running. Without you I don’t know I could’ve held out this long. So to anyone who cares enough and loves the music enough to keep pushing with me… Thank you.
1. Hello Sara, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Hey there! Growing up, I always loved music but I was a really shy kid. My parents gave me a piano for Christmas when I was six and they started me in lessons. At 8 I started playing guitar and that’s when I really fell in love with singing. I also grew up as a bit of a tomboy, so I grew up playing music, fishing, and riding four-wheelers.
2. What was one of the first country albums you ever bought?
Taylor Swift’s Fearless album. I was a big Swiftie growing up.
3. What is the background story to your brand new single “Something Southern?”
Something Southern was the first song my co-writer Thomas and I wrote together. He’s from California and I lived in Louisiana at the time and we were talking about the differences in the two places. We got to chatting about how much I love the South and then eventually we had a song!
4. What is your recording process when creating a new song?
I like to be involved as much as I can be during the recording process. The music is recorded first, then the vocals, and then we mix it until we achieve the sound we’re looking for.
5. Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?
I have another song recorded that we just filmed a music video for and my goal is to get that out as soon as possible! It’s called Ghost and should be a fan favorite.
6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Southern and sassy.
7. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not working on your music?
Spend time with my friends, go out on the lake, or stay in and watch Netflix.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”- Billy Joel
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’m originally from Louisiana, but I now live in Tennessee. Interesting fun fact, I was named after the Fleetwood Mac song “Sara”.
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!!
|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!
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.