Anthony Pana~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Anthony, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer? Hey so its Anthony! thanks for reading my Q & A I grew up in Chicago I Have always had a silly fun side to me I enjoyed bass fishing, basketball,Cars for me its always been about spending time with the people close in my life that has always been important to me! 
  2. What made you want a career in country music? From a young age music was an incredible passion of mine I use to get home from school as a kid grab my little guitar & headset mic jump on the couch play Garth brooks live and put a show on to my parents and sister all the time! I had it down pretty good Lol. So as I grew up Country just stoled my heart I connected to it the most because of Dad raising me up on the traditional country it always stuck with me & I loved the story telling the overall sounds & great voices of Country Music 
  3. Who are some of your musical icons? Man that is tough to only say a few but the few that made me the Country artist I am today is Garth Brooks , George Strait, Keith Whitley & Brad Paisley 
  4. What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Nowhere TN?” Sat down with My Co Writer Aaron Pax Taylor brought him the idea The song originally started as a couple in love enjoying the simplistic, small town living in Tennessee, but it turned into much more “ When someone listens to Nowhere TN, I truly feel it will connect to everyone in some aspect. I didn’t grow up in Tennessee, but I’ve been here for five years and I can tell you, this song truly embodies something that can be hard to put into words. The people here have a certain set of values that I admire greatly and am working towards every day to instill in myself. It seems that there is a great sense of connection between the southern states that is hard to find any where else. They are all about helping their neighbors out in times of need and they love their Faith, Family and are proud to be an American! ” 
  5. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? Great question so for me I wanna go into the studio having a great general direction of where I want the song to be before getting there and make sure everyone In the room the producer the band understand my vision & understand me as an Artist & creating new music I just try and go into a co write with again a clear direction of what I wanna write to get things taking off efficiently & keep my songs that I put out there as Real to who I am as possible that’s important to me 
  6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Traditional, Real , relatable,Authentic & Country  
  7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? When I started playing in Nashville 5 years ago I played in this small town a little south  called Leipers Fork its a slice of Gods Country I play there quite often still at the Fox and Locke but another great venue has been the Local in Nashville & Dawghouse in Nashville as well this town has amazing venues  
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? “Believe Dreams come true Every Day Because They do” Lucas Scott
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? Yes with this first single & music video coming out just know I got more coming so please keep tuned in with me if your in Nashville hopefully we have the opportunity to say hello & you can catch me playing in Nashville or on tour soon! & thank you so much for taking your time to learn about me come join my social media & be apart of the Pana Fam I tend to post most often on instagram but I am on Facebook, twitter, YouTube & Tik Tok Anthony Pana Music God bless Y’all Anthony Pana

Brooke Moriber~ Q&A!!!

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Hello Brooke can you tell us a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? 

I am a native New Yorker, and I grew up downtown in a very close-knit artistic community in Greenwich Village across the street from Washington Square Park where I was exposed to all different genres of music. I could hear the music from the street musicians coming up through my window since I was a baby. 

I started singing before I knew how to speak, and my first professional gig was when I was 8 years old and landed the role of Little Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. It was a pretty thrilling way to get started in the business. When I was 14, I lost my eye sight for four years from a rare eye disease. That’s when I started writing music. It helped me get through the most difficult of times and has been my saving grace ever since. 

·  Who are some of your musical icons? 

Linda Ronstadt is my favorite voice of all time. My parents always played her albums. Jewel, Jennifer Nettles, and a lot of the girls right now like Carly Pearce, Maren Morris, and Miranda Lambert continue to inspire me with the amazing music they are putting out. 

·  What made you want a career in country music? 

I was always drawn to country music and felt like it was my genre even though I was born and raised in New York City. A few years back a manager of mine sent me out to Nashville for a few co-writes and I immediately fell in love with it. Now having signed with Reviver Records and finding my place in the country community I truly feel like I have made a second home there.

·  What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Down to Nothing?” 

I wrote this song with my friend David DeVaul. I had the title in my mind for “Down To Nothing” for a song about being in a relationship with someone who loves you for all your flaws and makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. We came up with a great verse but were stuck on the chorus and stepped away from it for a bit. A few months later I forced myself awake because the melody, lyrics, and chord progression all came to me in my sleep! I mumbled it into my iPhone voice memos at around 3am and thought when I woke up I’d probably think it wasn’t any good. But I played it back the next day and loved it and then played it in person for David and he was like “well, I think we’ve got ourselves a hit!” 

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

Inspirational, healing, anthemic, pop country

·  What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? 

In Nashville I love playing The Bluebird and The Listening Room. In NYC Rockwood Music Hall feels like my home stomping grounds and I love the Jones Beach Bandshell

·  What is your recording process when creating and making new music? 

It’s different every time depending on the producer. The recording process for “Down To Nothing” and my first single with Reviver “This Town Made Us” was particularly unusual because they were both recorded remotely during 2020 when people couldn’t be in the studio together. It was a challenge but also incredible to see how technology can make it as if we are in the same room together. My producer Dave Pittenger and I had never met until almost a year later! 

·  What is one of your favorite quotes? 

Put on your oxygen mask first

·  Is there anything else you would like to share? 

A lot of new music coming out soon! Follow me on my socials to stay up to date! And for those who like adorable animals, follow me on Instagram and TikTok: my rabbit Sherlock makes a few cameos 🙂

Willie Morrison~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Willie, can you tell us all about yourself before you became a country singer? I grew up in Washington D.C. I went to Occidental College and The University if Miami. And before my solo career as “Willie Morrison”, I was in a band for ten years with my brother called “The Morrison Brothers Band”. 
  2. What made you want a career in country music? It wasn’t so much country as it was music. I just loved playing and writing songs. But having grown up listening to country, I think my style inevitably lent itself well to the genre, and I couldn’t be happier about being a part of the country music community. I remember being inspired by live music from a young age. Thankfully my parents took me to see a lot of live music growing up, and I always wanted to be a part of what I was so taken by on stage. 
  3. Who are some of your musical icons? Delbert McClinton, Merle Haggard, Zac Brown Band, Citizen Cope, Eva Cassidy, Otis Redding, Shemekia Copeland. 
  4. What is the background behind your brand-new single “Car?” “Car” pays tribute to young love, and the difficulty of moving on when it ends. When you fall in love in high school, one of the places you end up spending most of your time together is in the car. For me, my car served as one of the major settings where my high school girlfriend and I hung out. Whether it was our first kiss, listening to music together, driving to the movies, escaping the “no-closed doors” rule of each of our parents — my car was always along for the ride. So, when things didn’t work out, it was difficult to even ride in the car sometimes without imagining her in the passenger seat. And ultimately, the tough decision must be made about keeping the car or not.
  5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fresh, Friendly and Catchy. 
  6. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? 9:30 Club in D.C.,  The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA, The Basement East and Analog in Nashville, TN. 
  7. What is your recording process like when making and recording new music? It varies from time to time. Usually it starts with a demo, which is sometimes done in the writing session or shortly after. From there, I look at what I love about the demo or where it goes astray. I then line up a producer and go over the vision for where we see the song going. We then lineup whoever else we need to play on the song and go from there. It’s a long process. Once you are done “recording”, you then have to send to mixing, and then to mastering.  
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? “You have to fall in love with the process of becoming great”. I heard this said by Blake Griffin lol, but it really applies to what I do. If you are just in it for the stardom you are doomed. It takes too much work and sacrifice for fame to be your motivating factor. For me, it means loving what you do. Even if you still have room to improve, you have to love the work. You have to love writing, and creating, no matter what the outcome is. 
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? I’m playing a free full band show March 22 at The Analog in Nashville, TN. 

Essex County~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hi guys, can you tell us all a little bit about yourselves before becoming a country music group?

We are three brothers born in Essex county England Nate Lead vocals and drums , Mark lead vocals & guitar  ,Kieran Bass lead vocals and guitars. 

It started when Our middle brother mark Won “ guitarist of the year “ back in 1996 when he was 11 years old in front of a crowd of thousands watching along with legendary guitar players such as Brian May , Steve Vai , Eric Clapton & Jan cryka 

Not long after we ended up getting a record deal to where we were on tour with such acts as back street boys , Britney Spears , spice girls , Westlife , 911 and many more in 1998 to 2000. Our single was a song called “ 24 hours from you “ which we had a top 20 hit in the UK and a top 5 in Asia. Due to very bad managment we ended up as a casualty of the music industry, but that’s another story. 

  1. How did you come up with “Essex County,” for the name of your group and was there anything else you were going to choose instead?

Well we were in a sushi restaurant in Nashville with producer Ron Fair and Rob Beckham to where we had a discussion about the name and what we were gonna be called We had to

 move on from the name “ Next of kin “ as there was another band by the same name in the USA 

Ron asked “ where do you live in England ? “ I replied and said “ Essex county “ he said “ well that’s your name and it stuck haha 

  1. What is the background story behind your new single “Next to Me?’

Well steve dorff is a long time friend we met in Los angeles in 2011 and we spent a lot of time writing and recording music Andrew dorff his son was a prolific writer and had so many great songs we just wanted to sing and perform When Andrew passed a few years back we just thought it we would honour him by releasing this song Steve dorff produced it. So it’s like a family effort It’s heart warming. 

  1. How would you all describe your music in 3 to 5 words? If Bryan Adams , Eagles and def leopard & richard Marx’s had a baby  I think that would be us guys 😂
  2. Be What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

We’ve played the Ryman auditorium in nashville amazing venue , Franklin theatre in Tennessee outstanding place , Bridgestone arena Nashville , Wembley stadium London unforgettable, most arenas up and down the UK. But there’s a great Restuarant in nashville that has live music called pucketts. Possibly might beat most of these arenas haha 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

John Mayer , richard Marx’s , the Eagles , whitesnake , the weekend , randy travis , chris young , Brad paisley , restless heart , james taylor , Free , Bruce Hornsby, toto , Jordan Davis 

  1. What made you all want a career in country music?

When you strip away the big guitars and drums and production everyone always says we are soo country in style And wE LOVE performing acoustically, it just shows our raw ability and you can’t hide behind anything it’s you a guitar and a mic And that’s fundamentally what country music is about. 

  1. What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?

Well when you’ve got a well crafted song it’s much easier , we go into rehearsals and just play it over and over even take it out to gigs play it iron it’s out find out what’s missing and then lay those parts down in the studio and then listen back and add additional parts where you think it needs something else 

  1. What are a few of your favorite quotes?

Success is the best revenge – if you knew our entire life story you’d know why this our favourite quote 

  1. Is there anything else you all would like to share?

Please keep an eye out on all our socials as we have some exciting news coming up in the next couple of weeks and please join us on our journey as we’re heading back to nashville very soon too so this latest news might be the last gig we have e in the uk for a moment till we’re back so keep watching 

Kendra Kay~ Q&A!!!

I was born and raised in Elkhorn, Manitoba. Growing up my life revolved around all things horses and sports. My family chuckwagon raced in the summer months and I spent my winters at the rink playing hockey. I was always an outdoor kid that loved to keep busy, and I was involved in every sport and event our little town had to offer. 

What made you want a career in country music?
I always enjoyed singing, and country music was the only type of music I have ever known. I sang in front of a crowd for the first time when I was 8 years old and started entering singing competitions when I was around 11 years old. It wasn’t until an injury while I was playing AAA hockey that really turned me to the idea of music. My parents took me on a trip to Nashville to record a demo and I fell in love with the music scene in Music City. I recorded my first single later that year and haven’t looked back. 

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

Modern country with traditional elements 

What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Wild?”

Wild is a song that I was pitched. The first time I heard it, I knew I wanted to take this song into the studio. Once I seen the song writer credits (with Carly Pearce having a hand in writing this one) I knew why I loved the lyrics so much. This song is all about letting go with the person your with and letting love run Wild.

Who are some of your musical icons?

I have always loved the artist in the 80’s & 90’s. Of course I was (and still am) a huge fan of the greats like Shania Twain & Geroge Strait. But I also loved artists like Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Terri Clark – women of country in that era were so strong and really created a strong place for themselves and that’s the type of female country artist I strive to be.  

What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

I have had the opportunity to play at so many amazing venues over the years, but some of my favourites are The Burton Cumming’s Theatre and the Club Regent Casino both in Winnipeg. I think, as a Manitoban, I had set goals of venues I wanted to concur and get the opportunity to play at and I was lucky enough to perform on both of those stages right at home!

What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?

I usually like to put a rough demo version of all the songs I have in my recording pile to see how they work with my voice and to get an idea of what they are going to sound like. Once I have nailed down the songs that make the final cut for full studio recording, I like to start with vocals. A stripped-down acoustic version of the song that lets me really focus on just my vocals. I let my producer know the vison I have on the musical side of the song and let them build the track based on that!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I always like to take the opportunity to thanks everyone who has ever supported me on my musical journey. From listening to my music, coming to my shows, following me on social media or even reading interviews like this one, you give me an opportunity to chase my dreams and I appreciate everyone for that. 

Cat Stone~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hi Cat, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before becoming a country artist? Before focusing strictly on my artistry, I was touring the globe as a corporate singer. This primarily consisted of cruise ship tours, but I also participated in a few national tours as well as local Nashville gigs. Before that, I was studying music obsessively. Singing is all I’ve ever wanted to do.
  2. What is the background single behind your brand-new single “Take It In?” Take It In was written with my good friend and fellow country artist, Janelle Arthur. We met on one of the national tours I sang on. She and I hit it off and co-wrote Take It In over zoom in 2020. I remember going into the write with the first verse just about finished but was totally stuck on where it should go from there. Janelle really grounded the song and gave it this timeless angle that I didn’t even see was there! She is an incredible musician.
  3. What made you want a career in country music? Gosh. I remember watching American Idol as a kid and looking at Carrie Underwood and thinking “that’s all I ever want to do.” Singing brings me immense joy, and I know it is what I was put on this earth to do. While I gather inspiration for many genres, country music is in my bones. It’s where I’m meant to be. 
  4. Who are some of your musical icons?  Of course ALL the great women of country music. There are too many to count, but certainly Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert are at the top of that list…and it could go on and on! 
  5. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? My producer, Luke Nagel, and I vibe really well. He understands my obsessiveness with how the vocal sounds, so he pushes me to get the best take, and I meticulously critique the edit. But what we get is a fantastic result! I’m a total nerd in the studio and love asking questions and coming up with new ideas. 
  6. What are a few of your favorite venues to perform at? I have loved playing around Nashville. Of course the Sheraton Grande Skye Lounge was the most special venue as it hosted the Take It In release party. But some of my other favorite performance venues have been Marathon Music Works, Exit/In and, last but certainly not least, Nissan Stadium for the Tennessee Titans v Kansas City Chiefs game preshow! 
  7. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Honest, Relatable, Clever, Catchy, Creative
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? My best friend always tells me “Cat! Every day in every way we’re getting better and better.” I love that. It’s exactly the standard I want to live by. 
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? Independent female artists in country music haven’t necessarily had the best luck off the bat – especially when it comes to radio play. To see my first single land on not one but two Spotify editorial playlists feels so rewarding. The platform plays such a pivotal role in the development of independent artists and I’m so grateful for the support they’ve shown me this week. 

Josh Tobias~ Q&A!!!

Hello Josh, can you tell all of us a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?“Sure! I work as a social worker in Baltimore and play at weddings and private events on the weekends. I started releasing country music at the end of 2021 and the response has been amazing so far.  Moving to Nashville to perform and record my own music is the ultimate goal.”
Who are some of your musician icons? “Randy Travis and Vince Gill are my songwriting icons, if I can write 1/2 as good as them that’d be great.” What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Kinda Man?” “I originally wrote the song from a female perspective about a girl who is being taken advantage of by a dishonest man. Then my friend suggested I switch it to a man being taken advantage of by a woman and then it became really interesting!” What made you want a career in country music?“I’ve been releasing acoustic pop since 2016 but have always loved country music, so last year I decided to start releasing country and haven’t looked back!
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? “A different take on country’. What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? I record all my music in my bedroom, which I think gives my music a unique and intimate vibe’ 
What are a few of your favorite venues to perform at? ‘Live Oak’ and ‘The Listening Room’ 
What is one of your favorite quotes? ‘It’s all about the song’ 
Is there anything else you would like to share? ‘I’m really grateful to be featured on this blog’ 

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Ashlyn Marie Q&A!!!


Hi Ashlyn, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

  • I was majoring in Elementary Education at Clemson University. I always loved kids and grew up with 5 younger siblings who I adore. I wanted to have a practical back-up plan, but when the pandemic hit, I realized I would never be fulfilled in any field other than music. I changed my major to Performing Arts Voice and decided to stop hiding my original songs from the world. I was always a singer, whether it was in church or school choir or national anthems for basketball and football games. I’d say that my inner child would be overjoyed with the path I’ve chosen and where I’m at today.

What made you want a career in country music?

  • I grew up in the south. My family loved all kinds of music- from rock and R&B to gospel, pop, country, etc. I admired Hannah Montana and quite literally wanted to be her as a child. She was a popstar with that famous country twang and that is exactly what I’ve always aimed for in my music. I first went to Nashville when I was 17 and got to visit the Grand Ole Opry with someone who is like a second mother to me. She encouraged me to sing in the circle during a tour. I was so scared, I almost didn’t do it. But when I started to sing “I Will Always Love You”, people actually cared to hear me. I felt at home there. 

Who are some of your musical icons?

  • Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato

What is the background story behind your brand new single “Blind Horse Blues?”

  • “Blindhorse Blues” is an upbeat breakup song based on the iconic honky tonk bar in my hometown, the Blind Horse Saloon. I first went here with my boyfriend and was amazed at the history it holds. Ask any country singer about the Blind Horse Saloon in Greenville and they’ll have a story or two to tell. This place was my mom’s old stomping grounds and now I get to sing about it.

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

  • Fun, Pop, Twangy, Angsty

What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

  • Being that I started all this in the middle of a pandemic, I haven’t been able to play many live shows! I will say, the biggest place I have performed at is the Spectrum Center. I’ve sang the national anthem for the Charlotte Hornets a few times and there’s not much I can compare to singing in front of such a large crowd.

What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?

  • My favorite songwriting technique is something called top-lining which is basically humming and singing random words until you get a hook or something catches your ear. This is how my best songs are written. I like to find a catchy melody first and then pick out the words later. But sometimes it’s the other way around!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

  • “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

Is there anything else you would like to share?

  • I’d just like to say a huge thank you to my FOUR incredible parents. Not many people can say that their broken home turned into a blessing- I was raised differently than most and I am forever grateful for the different perspectives they’ve given me. My Mom & Stepdad and my Dad & Stepmom are all polar opposites and somehow managed to work as a team while I was growing up. They made sure I never went without and always did their very best in raising me. They gave me a huuuuuge family and more blessings than I can count, not to mention my love and knowledge for music. 

Lianne Kaye~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Lianne, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? So I’ve been a solo artist since I was about 16, but for the last few years I have fronted a rock/country band called Blooms. I started writing from the age of 13 and have always swayed towards writing country inspired songs.
  2. What made you want a career in country music?  I’ve always loved Country and also country rock and pop. It feels natural writing music with country nuances and it’s the music I love listening to all the time, so it inspires me to write that kind of music and become an artist inspired by that kindof music.
  3. Who are some of your musical icons? Some of my musical icons would include Hayley Williams, Avril Lavigne, Carrie Underwood & Michelle Branch. They inspire me massively as artists and songwriters.
  4. What is the background story behind your latest single “I Miss You?” My latest single ‘I Miss You’ was written about an old best friend that I sadly parted ways with years ago and wish we could have worked out our friendship, as we were very close. I think the song can be related to in different ways as it’s really a song about loss and heartbreak which is something we all go through. Saying you miss somebody is very raw and vulnerable and it’s something we all feel at some point in our lives, so I hope people can relate to it.
  5. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? The process of writing for me has usually revolved around finding lovely chords on guitar that will inspire me, and then coming up with a cool melody or a hook. However lately I’ve been getting lyrics just randomly come to me (sometimes late at night as I’m just about to go to sleep!) And I have to quickly write them in my notes, which is cool. Recording wise I have a lot of great musicians around me that I can tell exactly what I vision for the song, and they make it happen. I also have a great producer. I love hearing the finished product of a song, is a brilliant feeling.
  6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Powerful, captivating, relatable
  7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? I’ve played the Camden Barfly which is a cool venue, but I really enjoy festivals and some small but reverby venues! Is cool if it’s just me and my guitar.
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share?  I’m about to start recording my next few singles that will be released throughout next year, which I’m really excited about. You can find me on my socials at @liannekayemusic for videos, content and music updates! My recent singles including my new song ‘I Miss You’ are out now on all streaming platforms, and also featured on Spotify’s ‘New Music Nashville’ playlist.