Kayla Ruby~ “Q&A”!!!

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

Hi Dixie Dee, thanks for the chat! Before I was a country musician I loved to play sports and obviously sing. I swam and played soccer for most of my life and balanced sports practice and competitions with singing in choir concerts and National Anthems. I loved being active in more than one thing throughout my school years and staying busy!

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

I’ve been a country music fan as long as I can remember. I grew up listening to George Strait, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson and fell in love with the genre. I always wanted a career in music but I didn’t think that it was actually a possibility until my sophomore year when I got some recognition from a National Anthem I sang. After that, I really focused on bettering my voice and working towards my dream of becoming a country music singer/songwriter.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Oh man, there are so many to choose from. Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood are high on my list of icons. I have looked up to them and wanted to be them since I was really little. They are just such amazing singers and performers, but they also are such great people too. Garth Brooks, George Strait and Alan Jackson are also icons for me, they’re legends! Like I said before I grew up listening to them, and there is something about older country that will always make my heart happy.

4.    What is the background story behind your newest single “Never Really Know Somebody?”

I am so glad that you asked this because I love sharing this story. I had this idea about how there are some people in your life that you used to know so well but something happened and all you have is the memories. So I brought that to the table and from there the song transformed into what it is now. It truly is the most incredible thing to watch an idea turn into something much bigger. I also love Never Really Know Somebody because it can be relevant to any relationship. Whether it is a romantic relationship or a friendship or even your relationship with a family member, it can be applied to any situation.

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

In the next 5 to 10 years I would love to have more music out and be traveling and sharing my music with others. Singing and performing are things that I love to do, but I also want to be able to connect with the people while sharing my music. I hope what I have to give is something that makes people’s lives better.  

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

Yes! My EP Reckless and Brave will be coming out. I am so excited I can hardly wait! I also will be starting to tour and getting to share my music!

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

Garth Brooks without a doubt. For one, he is the greatest performer I have ever seen. When he came to Denver in 2015 I was blown away. The way he interacts with the crowd is so impressive, but also just his raw talent alone is unreal. Also, my favorite song ever is “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and if I got to duet that with him I would be the happiest person on the entire planet.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

My favorite quote is “I feel small, but so are stars from a distance”. I actually have it written out on my wall in my bedroom. It helps remind me that even when I feel like I’m small, that I can become something bigger than I am now if I work hard and continue to dream.

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

Thanks so much for including me on your blog! I’m so excited to be a part of it!  

Kayla Ruby~ Artist Spotlight!!

          Country musician Kayla Ruby was born in Texas and grew up in Colorado. Ruby has been entrenched in and surrounded by country music her whole life. The 18 years old up and coming singer is talented and is more mature than other girls that are the same age as her and she is just getting started in music career. Ruby’s debut single “Never Really Know Somebody,” is from her upcoming Reckless And Brave EP, which will be out soon. This EP will be a part of the Third & James Record Company and will be available everywhere music is sold online. If you would like find out more about Kayla Ruby then check out her website at https://www.kaylarubymusic.com.

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Fairground Saints~ Q&A!!

1.    Hello Elijah, Meg and Mason, can you tell me a little bit about yourselves before you became a country trio?
The three of us have always been heading down a musical path. Mason has been writing songs since he was very young and his dad taught him how to play guitar. Elijah forfeited having a bed in his room so he could have two pianos in there instead. I spent quite a few years (prior to meeting the guys) touring with a group called The Young Americans doing music workshops all over the world and songwriting with kids. 
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2.    How did you three form your group and how did you come up with the name of your group?
Mason was bussing tables at a four seasons in Santa Barbara and he really wanted to start a band. He posted an ad on Facebook and Elijah was the only person to answer it. When they ended up playing together they had such an immediate musical synergy that they started writing music together and playing shows. A little while later they decided to expand and posted an ad on Craigslist. In one of the submission videos I just so happened to be singing backup harmony vocals and playing guitar. So, in a sense, they accidentally found me and got a hold of me through my dads restaurant in the Midwest. I happened to be living in california at the time as well so it was quite serendipitous and when we all sat down to write our first song something just felt so right.
The name of our band is based on the idea that the world is, in some ways, like a Fairground. It’s noisy and it can sometimes feel like riding on one of those spinning rides. We get dizzy from the spin and we’re always being sold something. However, we believe that just for waking up and working hard to do whatever good you can in this world, no matter how big or small, that you are a saint. It’s a name that includes everyone. The single mother, the student, the teacher, the friend….We’re all doing the best we can to bring joy and hope to the people around us.
-Meg
3.    Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?
We are huge fans of the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, John Mayer, Kacey Musgraves, Elton John, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Beatles. 

4.    What is the background story behind your latest song “Somewhere Down the Line?”
We were living out in California where we all met for quite some time and things weren’t going exactly the way we hoped they would. So we decided that we wanted to give it a try in Nashville. We had a really good feeling about it. We sold everything we couldn’t fit in one car and drove across the country with no apartment lined up, no jobs lined up, but a strong gut feeling that it was gonna be alright. In one of our first songwriting sessions out here in Nashville the title idea “Somewhere Down the Line” came up and we related with it instantly. It’s about dropping everything, having faith and making the right change to get to where you wanna be.
-Meg
5.    Where do you guys’ see your music careers in the next 5 to 10 years?
We see ourselves out on the road, traveling the world, sharing our love of music with as many people as possible. 
6.    If you guys could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why?
It would be so fun to sing a duet with Kacey Musgraves. We absolutely love her voice. She has a magical way with melody and her lyrics are always honest, heartfelt and bold.
-Meg
7.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?
We are thrilled to be releasing more of the music in early 2019. We’ve been working on over the past couple years and its a group of songs that we are very proud of and we hope people will enjoy for years to come! 
8.    What are a few of your favorite quotes?
“Our mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” -Ritu Chatourey
“Extravagant Love is never wasted” -Bob Goff
9.    Is there anything else you guys would like to share?
Thank you so much for asking us to be a part of your blog! Our new song “Somewhere Down the Line” is available now: http://radi.al/FGSdowntheline

Fairground Saints~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

            Country music group Fairground Saints are a California-bred trio. The trio is composed of Elijah Edwards, Meg McAllister, and Mason Van Valin. They met by way of different social media networks, and Craiglist postings. They eventually packed up their lives in California and traveled to Nashville, TN. Within two weeks of moving they were buzzing around town and landed a deal with Sony Music Nashville.

            The three of them had already earned praise from NPR, Huffington Post and more as early recordings “Can’t Control The Weather” and “Turn This Car Around,” was collective millions of steams. Also they toured with popular artists and groups like the Brothers Osborne, Sara Evans, Scotty McCreery, and Kip Moore. When Moore heard them for the first time, he invited them to open for him. Advertising a killer extraordinary sound, they are paving a musical highway that is between Laurel Canyon and Music City. They are also finding a shortcut to a widespread bliss by combining country, pop and rock. These three musicians share real life stories through real instrumentation and make a real connection to the people who are listening to their music.

            On October 26, 2018, they put out their brand new single “Somewhere Down the Line.” The song is available on all popular online music outlets. If you would like to find out more about Somewhere Down the Line,” then check out their website at https://www.fairgroundsaints.com

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Tiera~ “Love You for That” (Brand New Song Q&A)!!!

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Tiera is only 20 years old and she is already conquering the country music world with a rich, young and fiery voice. Filling in the void for African Americans within country music, Tiera has made an natural honest fan-base and mixed social media attendance of 30k followers, over 2k subscribers on YouTube and over 250 views on YouTube videos.

While performance in crowds with over 3k people, media markets such as “The Daily Country Review,” and “Queens of Country” named her one of the Top 10 Country Singers to Watch in 2018. Her style and voice have started to have a great impact on the country music scene.

On November 2, 2018, Tiera debut her brand new song “Love You for That.” The song is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to know more about Tiera then check out at https://tieramusic.com.

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1.    Hi Tiera, how have you grown as country musician in the past year?
Since moving to Nashville, I’ve written with a lot of different writers and have learned so much from them. Everyone’s style is so different, so it’s awesome getting to learn from them.
2.    How did you come up with the name “Love You For That” for your new single?
This title seemed to perfectly sum up what we wanted the song to be about. We actually went through a couple different variations for the title. I think one of them was “Love You For Loving That” haha but eventually we ended up on “Love You For That”.
3.    What is the background story behind your new song?
I wrote “Love You For That” with Hannah May Allison and John Miller. I think we all get a little annoyed by our significant other sometimes but we still love them! That’s what this song is about. I know I annoy my boyfriend so much haha, but he still loves me anyway.
4.    Is there something you wish your fans would take away from this tune?
I’ve gotten a lot of messages about how “Love You For That” describes their relationship with their significant other so I hope this song can be the theme song to a lot of my fans relationships.
5.    Was there any other artists/producers that helped to create this song?
I wrote this song with Hannah May Allison and John Miller who are both staff writers at Dan Hodges Music. Grady Saxman produced this song for me and he perfectly captured what I wanted for this song.
6.    Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2018?
I have more music that is going to be released in 2019 that I’m very excited about. I’ve really started to hone into who I am as an artist and I’m so excited to share that with everyone.
7. Is there anything else you would like to share?
On November 13th I’ll be on the new music show, Real Country, on USA Network premiering at 10/9c! I was invited to the show by Shania Twain and I got to work with some other amazing artists on the show as well!

Social Media Accounts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TieraMusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tieramusic/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkyTifbLIm0tEnCB6xp0LRA

Katie Austin’s Q&A!!!

 

1.    Hi Katie, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? My first encounters with a stage was for dance lessons and recitals! If it existed, I took it: Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Etc. Over time I started falling more in love with the lyrics of the songs I was performing to and it turned into singing them!

2.    How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? I always knew I wanted to be a performer! But the true spark in music was when LeeAnne Womack released “I Hope you Dance” … seeing that music video blew my mind cause two passions of mine collided… dance and singing! It’s was cause me to dabble in singing and my passion grew from there!

3.    Who are some of your musical icons? The list goes on and on and on! Haha. I’m inspired by so many talents … legends and new comers! LeeAnne Womack, Martina McBride, Faith Hill , Shania and Celine started the whole thing hahah! And I also love Keith urban, Randy Houser, Carrie Underwood! seriously the list doesn’t end! Lol 

4.    How did you come up with the name of your newest EP “Wild Child” and was there any other names you were going to choose instead? I’ve always envisioned a project that was “road trip worthy”… I wanted something you could roll the windows down and blare! I feel like the title track “Wild Child” encompasses this feeling so it was a given when picking the name for the whole project!

5.    What is your favorite song off your EP “Wild Child?” This is literally impossible to answer! Hahah. I love each for different reasons! Wild Child : We all have a wild Child inside of us and this song celebrates that! Got me Like: You can’t help but smile, sing and dance hearing this! Backyard: Gahh… it wrote itself! So many different meanings of this song that give me all the feels! Nirvana: Brings me back to memories of getting my first set of keys and driving up and down the roads of my small town!

6.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018? I have a few ideas of my sleeve so hopefully they pan out! 😉 But I definitely want to play some more shows before the end of the year! And we will start repromoting my Christmas single and music video after Thanksgiving! 

7.    Where do you see your career in the next 5 to 10 years? Continuing to write and record the best music I can! Traveling and playing shows on a larger scale, more radio and streaming play. And using that platform to promote positivity in the world.

8.    If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group would it be and why? This answer changes daily but right now…. probably Keith Urban. I just love everything he does and he isn’t afraid to push the boundaries.

9.    What is one of your favorite quotes? It’s probably a little cliche but oh so true: When words fail, music speaks.  Sometimes a song can better say what you want/need to express. 

10.Is there anything else you would like to share? Thank you so much for helping spread the word of country’s newest music!

Katie Austin’s Artist Spotlight!!!

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Katie Austin’s music is a mixture of her tiny town roots in Louisiana and her love of Nashville’s Music City. A while after Austin moved to Nashville, she was found by entertainment director of Cowboys Dance Hall venues. Cowboys moved her to the state of Texas to become their female headliner for 2 years. She would performed for thousands of 2-stepping, beer drinking country fans and also had the honor of opening for Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Big & Rich and Chris Young. After getting irreplaceable knowledge on stage and life long friends and fans, Austin traveled back to Music City.

The next part of her music career involved a variety of opportunities such as playing on the Carnival Cruise Lines Ship “The Ecstacy” and the “Carnival Magic” along side the band Maroon 5. Austin was also the only female, out of three hundred entries, in 2012 “Battle For the Saddle” finals for the world famous Wildhorse Saloon.

In 2017, she was a top 5 finalist in the national Folgers Jingle Contest in which she co-wrote a jingle called “Rise and Shine.” Little bit after the Folgers contest stopped, Austin put out her breakout single “Broken Record,” and was chose to enter it into the national Nash Next competition which was linked with NASH FM, Cumulus Media, Big Machine Label Group and Country Inns and Suites. After many months and rounds of the competition, which included fan participation and live performing judging, she landed herself a spot in the top ten finals judged by country music artist Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn, Songwriter Hall Of Fame writer Desmond Child, chart-topping entertainer Brantley Gilbert, Big Machine Label Group’s president/CEO Scott Borchetta and Cindy Watts of the Tennessean.

Austin then put out an original fun Christmas song, “Wrap Me Baby,” and a music video that premiered on the CMT Music channel and was #4 on the 12-pack countdown. In 2018 she put out a new song “Save A Dance For Me,” and this song is available on iTunes and other Spotify.

Also on November 2, 2018 Austin released her newest EP “Wild Child.” If you would like to find out more Katie Austin then check out her website at http://www.katieaustin.com.

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Social Media Accounts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katieaustinband

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katieaustinmusic/

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