Bailey James~ Artist Spotlight

            It is hard to believe that country musician Bailey James is only 17 years old. She has not only appeared and performed at the well-known Bluebird Café, the famous The Wildhorse Saloon, the home of country music (aka: The Grand Ole Opry) radio station WSM-AM and as well being a part of the big and popular CMA Music Festival in Nashville, she has also been a part of many press interviews and showcased her musical gift during the annual Country Radio Seminar in Music City.

    James is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter with a fanbase of over 145,000 people across her different social media platforms, James is a standout musician in a new country old school genre who combines features classical country with a mix of contemporary sounds and energy.

    This teenage country singer put out her first release to country radio, “Run Girl,” which spiked in the Top 40 (#36) on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart. The music video to this song has been viewed on her YouTube page over 132,000 times and made a premiere on The Country Network. Also, it was a part of many national TV affiliates such as The Heartland TV Network. James also was a co-writer for her song “Run Girl.” Her first release opened up doors for her to play at many industry places including the Music Row office and was also a part of a radio tour, she visited stations in Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, and New York.

    Both the single and video for Run Girl” were produced by Nashville entertainment expert Jeffrey Teague of Artist & Repertoire and is available on iTunes and all known retailers. Right now, she has been growing her collection by writing and recording new songs for her next single and EP.

    Also, this growing country singer and social media sensation have been selected as the first teen ambassador with The Jason Foundation for many years now. She is also a part of suicide prevention through education and empowerment on behalf of this notable non-profit organization in her shows and also with her social media. This honor showcases James alongside longtime Jason Foundation musical ambassadors, Charlie Daniels and Rascal Flatts.

    On April 3, 2020, James’ brand new single “Beck and Call,” came out. You can listen to wonderful on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Bailey James then check out her website at (https://www.baileyjamesgang.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/baileyjamesgang

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/baileyjamesgang

Mike Thomas~ Q&A!!!

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

I grew up just outside of Knoxville, TN and developed a love for music early on. My parents enrolled my sister and I in piano lessons and always encouraged us to be involved in music. My grandfather played guitar, sang and wrote songs. He was the one who bought me my first guitar long before I ever had the desire to learn to play. Whether I was pursuing it fulltime or hardly pursuing it at all, music has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember.

In addition to being a musician, and more importantly, I am a husband, a father of three, and a small business owner. Over the last couple of years, those closest to me have encouraged me to spend more time on my music. I am fortunate to have those folks in my life and I’m grateful to be at a point where I’m able to spend a little more time writing, recording and performing. 

2.     What was the first country concert you ever attended?

 I’d say the first country concert I ever attended was probably Robert Earl Keen or Steve Earle. I know those guys are on the edge of what many might consider “country,” but to me they have always been primarily country artists.

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

I have heard my music called “Eclectic Country.” I don’t think I have a better description than that.

4.     What is the background story behind your latest single “Sure Feels Right?” 

Like many folks in this town, I moved to Nashville in 2004 with hopes of making a career out of writing songs. It didn’t take me long to realize that my writing style and process were not a natural fit on Music Row. I did not listen to the modern country music of the day and therefore had no frame of reference for the types of songs that publishers and artists were looking for. I was naïve and I learned some tough lessons. I quickly decided to get a job and put my music on the shelf. Over the next several years, I hardly wrote at all until I wrote “Sure Feels Right.” This was the song that ultimately reignited my passion for writing. As I look back now, this song was a turning point for me in many ways. Our best laid plans often don’t work out like we plan and sometimes that’s exactly what we need. 

5.     Is there anything else new coming up with your music career?

I will be releasing my first studio album, “Three Reasons” in June 2020. We will celebrate the release with two shows in the Nashville area. The first will be June 19 at the Mockingbird Theater at the Factory in Franklin and the second will be at Douglas Corner Café on June 20. We had several other regional shows scheduled to help support the release, but those have all been postponed as a result of COVID-19.

6.     What is your recording process like when creating new music?

My recording process is probably quite different than most… In addition to writing songs and playing in a band, I own and operate a small business and it’s challenging for me to take extended periods of time off. So rather than blocking off a week or two to write and record, I simply just try to squeeze it in when I can. We actually recorded the upcoming record over the span of about a year. We’d often joke at the end of a day in the studio that we’d see each other in a month!

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

 I have had the privilege to play so many great places over the years, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I tend to be drawn to venues that just have a cool vibe. I like smaller rooms that feel more intimate and I absolutely love a good dive bar.

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

 John Prine was perhaps my all-time favorite songwriter and we just lost him… Kris Kristofferson once said, “If God’s got a favorite songwriter, I think it’s John Prine.” 

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

I’d just like to encourage folks to support their favorite artists right now more than ever. With the current pandemic situation, there are many musicians who have lost a huge portion of their livelihood. If you value their music, show them some love by attending their Livestreams, buying some merch or just sending a simple word of encouragement.

Mike Thomas~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

Growing up in the plush musical crossways of East Tennessee, country musician Mike Thomas started performing at a young age in some of the section’s most popular clubs. During the late ’90s and early 2000’s, he was a regular feature on Knoxville, TN’s booming music scene. Thomas moved to Nashville in 2004 to focus on his songwriting career. Rapidly, finding out that his songwriting type and process were not suitable on Music Row, Thomas took a decade off- for a long break from writing and performing to start a family and pursued a career in another trade. Never really losing the passion to write and perform, Thomas started his new band in 2017 at the urging of his close friend and current bandmate, Donald T. Bright. The band started building a following making regular appearances at popular venues such as Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor, Douglas Corner Café, B.B. Kings and at the Mercy Lounge. Next, Thomas met musician and producer, Tres Sasser, who was active in convincing Thomas to go back into the studio to start working on an album. Thomas’ music has been described as an “electric country with a vintage vibe.” His voice can be sometimes raw, growling and also sometimes tender, but is always truly honest and genuine. This June Thomas is set to release his new LP “Three Reasons.” On April 10, 2020, he released his latest single “Sure Feels Rights,” and this wonderful tune is both on Spotify and iTunes. This single was written by Thomas and it is to remind listeners of the things that matter most to them. Also, Thomas hopes his listeners find joy and are thankful for the simple things in life such as friends, family, a day of work and joining together as one community. If you would like to find out more about Mike Thomas then check out his website at (https://mikethomasmusic.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

Chloe Collins~ (Christmas Cookies Recipe)

Christmas Cookies Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 package Chocolate chips

1 package butterscotch chips

1 cup peanut butter

Directions:

Put it all in boiler pot, over medium heat, mixing constantly so it doesn’t burn. 

When all melted together, pour in 1 cup peanuts into the mixture and  stir them through. 

Place foil or parchment paper on a cookie sheet, pour out the mixture and even it out with a spatula.

Sprinkle mini marshmallows on top of the entire pan of cookies.

Place in refrigerator overnight. 

In the morning, use a sharp, thick knife to cut cookies into pieces.

Chloe Collins~ Q&A!!!

1.     Hello Chloe, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Hello, thank you for having me! I have been singing since before I could talk. I would always be humming a tune on the swings in my backyard or in the school cafeteria. My parents used to play The Beatles and The Beach Boys around the house so I grew up listening to good music. When I was eight years old I started teaching myself chords on the guitar and writing songs. I performed “The Sound of Music” at my school talent show that year and once I heard the applause from the audience I realized music was what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life. Now I am a singer-songwriter based in Nashville. One of my songs was featured on the 100th episode of the TV show Nashville, and many of my other songs have been featured on TV shows such as HeartlandThe Vineyard, Bellevue, and Hudson & Rex. My music has also been on Spotify editor-curated playlists such as Wild Country and New Music Nashville

2.     What was one of the first country album you ever bought? One of the first country albums I ever bought was “Fearless” by Taylor Swift. I was a big Taylor Swift fan when I was young, and I went to almost all of her concerts. 

3.     What is the background story behind your latest single “Didn’t Want You?” When I was writing this song with Smith Curry and Tiffany Goss, we all had this moment when we came up with the title and we looked at each other and realized all of us—and, probably, everyone else who would listen to this song—had been in a position where you want to love someone but that person’s mind is somewhere else. Every time I play “Didn’t Want You” at a live show people come up to me and share their stories and express how much they can relate to the song. Though it is a difficult situation to be in, so many people have felt that way and by putting it into a song we are basically saying, “you are not alone.”

4.     Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2020? I am currently working in the studio to create new music! I am so excited to share these new songs with the world because I feel like they share truths that people can connect with, just like what has already happened with “Didn’t Want You.” Stay tuned on social media and other platforms to learn about release dates!

5.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? In 3 to 5 words, I would describe my music as edgy modern country. It has a Billie Eilish pop flair with classic country themes. Besides Billie Eilish, one of the artists who has influenced both me and my music the most is Maren Morris. She took the country music scene by storm with her unique sound and honest lyrics. I wish to create songs that are as raw and real as those she has released.

6.     What are some of your favorite events or venues to play at? I have performed at such legendary venues as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the Opry City Stage and The Bitter End in New York, and the House of Blues in New Orleans. Whiskey Jam is one of my favorite events to play in Nashville because the crowd is so lively and responsive to the music!

7.     What is your recording process like when making new music? Each song I’ve written has had a different writing and recording process. I want to always write lyrics that are relatable for others, because hearing songs that seemed to be about the exact situations I was going through is the reason I fell in love with country music. I always want to make sure that the sound of the record reflects the mood of the song so it can emphasize the emotional impact of the lyrics.

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes? One of my favorite quotes is “Music is the strongest form of magic” (Marilyn Manson). There is nothing more supernatural to me than starting with a blank page and ending with lyrics and a melody. 

9.     Is there anything else you would like share? If you want to stay up to date with my music, my Instagram, FaceBook, and Twitter are all under Chloe Collins Music! My songs are also available on Spotify and Apple Music!

Chloe Collins~ “Artist Spotlight”!!

Chole Collins is a Nashville country singer and songwriter. Her single “Forget Your Name,” was played on the 100thepisode of the television show Nashville, and several of her other singles have been played on TV shows such as Heartland, The Vineyard, Bellevue and Hudson & Rex. 

            The music video for her song “Didn’t Want You,” was featured on CMT and also shown in American Songwriter Magazine. Collins’ music has been on Spotify editor-curated playlists like Wild Country and New Music Nashville. Collins was also a Nash Next top 10 finalist in 2019 and she has played at such famous venues as The Bluebird Café in Nashville, the Opry City Stage and, The Bitter End in New York, and the House of Blues in New Orleans.

            She maintains to play at many Nashville events such as Whiskey Jam and Nashville Tour Stop. Nashville Songwriters Association International named her “One to Watch” in 2019 and her music has gone to as high as #1 on New Music Weekly and the Music Row Magazine “Country Breakout Chart.”

Social Media Accounts: 

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chloecollinsmus

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNZ625Yxdfc0n08DQPYPHVQ

Alexandria Corn~ Q&A

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

I grew up in a small town in Upstate NY.  My parents divorced when I was very young, and I have a sister who is a year younger than me. I was raised in a Catholic household so family values are very important to me. I was raised to be very polite, respect your elders, and all in all, do good. I think those values have definitely set the stone for my career.

2.     What was one of the first country album you ever bought?

Shania Twain! & Faith Hill. I believe I got them both at the same time for Easter from my father.

4.     Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2020?

I’m focusing on writing a lot more during these times. I will be releasing a few more singles before releasing a full EP. I did have some shows and festivals booked for 2020, but now they are all postponed. I will share those dates with everyone as soon as I know them 🙂

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

Well, I like to think of Country, pop and alternative all compressed into one genre. I would say it’s pretty rich, and moody but it really depends on the song or the type of mood I am in when I’m writing. 

6.     What is your recording process like when creating new music?

Once the song is all written, usually that day, we create a demo. Most of my demos are just acoustic with a guitar. Pretty stripped down. Everyone does it different. I have a lot go friends who demo the track pretty fully with most instruments. But I like mine stripped down. That way I don’t feel any ties to something. Then, on the day of recording, I work with the instrumentalists on the track with the sound. We record full band first. Then I will go in and lay down the vocal track.

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

Festivals hands down. I think I am more of a festival player than anything else. I have a lot of energy on stage. I like being able to jump around. My favorite stages have the catwalk (LOL). The vibe and energy from people at festivals is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced! It really gets me amped up! But, I’ve also played many stripped down acoustic shows. Those are a lot more chill, stress free. 

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

Quote- I have a lot. But my absolute favorite poem is “Footsteps in the Sand.” My mom gave me a giant poster with the poem on it when I was in college.

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

I want to thank you so much for having me! You have always shown me so much support throughout the years and I want to make sure that you know, you are appreciated! ❤