1. Hi Lauren, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter? Hi!! I am from a small town in Georgia called Griffin, Ga. I grew up in the country and riding four-wheelers and fishing was a part of our daily life! I played sports growing up and developed a love for that! I also had a love for singing and music at a VERY early age. Life was simple, but it was surely beautiful!
2. How did become a fan of country music & how did you know you wanted a career in it? Growing up in the south, country music was very predominate. I grew up listening to 90’s country and was a HUGE fan of Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter, Kenny Chesney.. (just to name a few!) Like I said above, I have always loved to sing and music in general. It was something that just came natural to me. However, I knew I wanted to be a country music singer when I attended my first big concert, which was a Kenny Chesney show. I knew when I saw him on stage… looking out into the audience with our lighters up in the air.. that I wanted to feel what he was feeling in that exact moment. I was 13 at the time… and that’s when I knew!
3. What is your favorite song off your new EP “Evolution, Part 1?” Wow! I truly love every song on “Evolution, Part 1″…. however, I would have to say my FAV would be “Without You”. Just like many girls, I have had my heart broken many of times.. and it’s easy to write about that stuff. But, when you finally find a love that inspires you enough to write about… that’s when you know it’s special and that’s what happened with “Without You”.
4. Who are some of your musical icons? I have so many for very different reasons. But my top ones would be Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert, Steven Tyler, Eric Church. All of these artists are influences of mine in many ways, but the common denominator would be because of their artistry, entertainment, and uniqueness!
5. Is there anything coming up with your music for the rest of 2018? Absolutely! We will be releasing 3 more EP’s this year. 4 (total including Part One) volumes of our album, “Evolution” broken up into “parts”. Each of these volumes tell a story of somewhere that I have been in my life, and have lived/gone through! Other than new music being released, we will be touring across the south and midwest!
6. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 10 years? Even though I can’t predict the future or the time frame it takes to do things, my goals for the next 5-10 years are to be a headlining artist.. traveling the world playing my music and meeting new fans. Releasing tons of new music.. and honestly just doing what I love with the people that I love. My band, family, FANS.
7. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? It would have to be either Stevie Nicks or Eric Church (preferably both?! lol) Both of these for the same reason- these two artists are probably my biggest influences.. and to be able to sing a duet with either of them would literally be a dream come true!
8. What is one of your favorite quotes? Wow. I have so many. I would say… this quote has always stuck with me when times get hard.. ” Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock loud enough and long enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
9. Is there anything else you would like to share? Well, I would just like to thank you for your time, and to also tell everyone to follow me on social media! I love interacting with fans and following along all of your journeys! So I would love anyone who sees this to follow along and come say hello! My social media accounts are : FB- Lauren Ashley And The Trainwreckers . Insta- @laurneashley.thetrainwreckers . Twitter- @laurenashleytw
Lauren Ashley was born in Griffin, Georgia. Ashley’s music is combination of rock and country. In a few years Ashley was finding her own sound as a songwriter, performer and artist.
Some of Ashley’s musical icons are legends like Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn and Barbara Mandrell. Each of these legends paved the way for strong, independent female in the country music world. She is also a fan of classic rock like the band Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Ashley has spent the last few years touring and performing for audiences of as many as 10,000 fans. The long distance on the road have given Ashley the chance to let her moving stage performance shine while opening for musicians like Luke Bryan, Ronnie Milsap and Jimmy Wayne.
Along with her band “The Trainwreckers,” has just put out a new EP called “Evaluation, Part One.” Jasen Rauch produced the EP; Ashley’s strong-willed power is shown through her voice and songwriting. Her songs engage many listeners who can relate to everyday people with the mindset of touching them through the celebration of life and music. The members of the Trainwreckers have worked with Kelly Clarkson, Flordia Georgia Line and Kelly Pickler.
If you would like to find out more about Lauren Ashley & The Trainwreckers, then check out their website https://www.laurenashleyandthetrainwreckers.com.
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- Shotgun Rider “Steady As She Goes”: “Study As She Goes,” is an irresistible country love song that is made for dancing around to on a country-dance floor. The song is great intro for this duo who grew up listening to a lot of 90’s country and country southern rock.
- Grayson Rogers “#MissingYou”: Grayson Rogers’ new tune #”MissingYou,” gives an insight of how hard it is to miss a person because of all the social media outlets. At just the touch of a finger, memories can reappears in your head and feelings come back.
- Eric Paslay “Young Forever”: “Young Forever” is a song that rejoices what it felt to be a young child again. This song focused on the simplest things in life and not feeling the weights of adulthood.
- Adam Doleac “Bigger Than Us”: “Bigger Than Us,” is a stimulus when you are feeling down and low. It is believing in fate and in what is meant to be. It is also about finding someone you want to do life with, and letting them know that, no matter what is thrown your way, you guys can work it out together.
- Ashley McBryde “American Scandal”: The song “American Scandal,” tells the story about a touching love song. It gives a direct message and powerful in its feeling.
- Shotgun Rider “Steady As She Goes”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hoQaP8ZsTc
- Grayson Rogers #Missing You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdmqs6kigDU
- Eric Paslay “Young Forever”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QudvtHhiiQo
- Adam Doleac “Bigger Than Us”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9tb88U9P4U
- Ashley McBryde “American Scandal”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uwQuhYKMoI
- 2 tablespoons butter (or use olive oil if you wish)
- 4 x 6-ounce salmon fillets (or 170 grams each), with or without skin
- Juice from half an orange (about 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic , crushed
- Kosher salt and ground pepper , to taste
- Half an orange , sliced to serve
Heat butter (or oil) in a pan or skillet over medium-high heat, Add the salmon, skin-side down, and sear on one side for 3-4 minutes. Flip salmon and sear for 2 minutes. Pour in the orange juice and allow to reduce to half the quantity (it takes about 1 minute to reduce down if your pan is hot enough). Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (30 seconds). Move the salmon to the sides of the pan and add in the honey, soy sauce and garlic; stirring well to combine all of the flavours together. Bring to a simmer until reduced to a nice syrup (this takes about another 30 seconds to 1 minute), and move the salmon around in the sauce to evenly coat. Remove from heat once the salmon is cooked to your liking.
Season with salt and pepper to your tastes. Drizzle with the sauce to serve. Best served over rice, noodles, steamed vegetables or with a salad.
1. Hi Karen, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country music singer/songwriter?
I started singing when I was 7 years old. My dad was in a choir at our church, and he encouraged me to join the children’s choir that our church offered. I remember asking, “Huh? Why?” And he just said, “I really think you’d like it.” Sometimes our parents know us better than we know ourselves, because he was certainly right. I became obsessed with singing, and I joined the choir at school and stayed in it throughout high school. We moved around a bit when I was younger, and music was the thing that really remained constant for me.
2. How did you become a fan of country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
When I was 11, my dad and I were in the car. He turned on the country radio station, and at the time, I really didn’t like country music. But in the moment, Taylor Swift’s “Tim McGraw” came on, and I fell in love with it. Looking back, I think why I didn’t really care for country music was because there wasn’t many females on the radio at the time. This was 2006, so Carrie was just exploding, Taylor made her debut, Miranda was up and coming. I fell in love with the storytelling that country music has, and I started begging my dad for a guitar. I had been writing stories in notebooks at this point, but I’d never thought to combine those stories with my musical interests. I got my first guitar when I was 13 for Christmas, and I wrote my first song that day.
3. Who are some of your musical icons?
Taylor Swift is a big one, she’s really the one who inspired me to write songs. But I love Carrie Underwood. If there was someone whose career I’d say I’d want to resemble, it’s hers. She’s balanced an incredibly successful career, great music, and having a family life. I love that about her.
4. What is your debut single “Just a Song?” about?
“Just a Song” is a story of nostalgia. For a lot of people, when a song comes on, it’s no big deal. But what we don’t realize, is that song could mean something very significant to another listener. It could be their wedding song, their breakup song, their work out song. I wanted to tell a story of a song being so much more than just a song.
5. Is there anything else new coming up with your music for 2018?
I love this question, because I’m really excited about the answer! I’m going to be heading back to Nashville this summer to record the second single. I’m excited to keep this journey going. My goal is to have two more singles out this year, and release an EP early 2019.
6. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
I’d love to sing a duet or write with Kacey Musgraves. She’s killing it right now — although she always has been. But her new music pushes boundaries and I love that she isn’t afraid to do that. She’s an incredible example of someone putting their art first.
7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?
I want to have albums out and tour someday. I think every artist/singer/entertainer/songwriter’s dream is to have their songs heard and the way to do that is to go out and do it. Write the songs, release the songs, play the songs live for anyone who will listen. That’s the dream.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’m so excited for people to hear my first official body of work.
“Just a Song” is available on all major digital platforms: Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Amazon Music, Shazam, and iHeartRadio!
Country/Pop artist Karen McCormick, is a Washington based musician/songwriter. McCormick was raised on contemporary country sounds of country singers like Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill. McCormick was only 13 years old, when she started playing the guitar and writing her songs.
After posting some videos of her performances to YouTube, McCormick caught the attention of many new fans, including the hit show “The Voice.” Terry McDermott invited her to be the opening act for one of his show. She has collective over 830,000 views worldwide and continues to interact with her rising fan base. Her fans are getting excited for the release of her debut song “Just A Song.” “Just A Song,” will be out on March 16, 2018 and her first EP is due out later this year.
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