Ciara Rae has been playing in Nashville for six years. She has played all over the United States (Summerfest Music Festival, Milwaukee, CMA Music Festival, Tortuga, Key West Songwriters Festival, Frontier Cheyenne Days, WY, Hard Rock, Loretta Lynne Ranch to Humphrey’s By the Bay, California). Discovered by Nashville’s Music Row Publishing for a year and half equipped her with the right people, material and skills to write, produce and release her latest EP, “Country Enough,” which has stirred up interest to land her an invite to play at the Bluebird Café on Sunday (October 20, 2019).
Rae was formally taught at both the University of Miami (Flordia) Frost School of Music for Jazz Vocals and also Belmont University Mike Curb School of Music for Songwriting and Music Business in Nashville. She is a skillful musician in country, blues, jazz, pop, and classical genres.
Rae has also performed to support many different charities in the United States over the last four years and has a working relationship with the Boys and Girls of America, The Mocha Club’s Women at Risk program against sex trafficking and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
Rae’s latest EP “Country Enough,” is available listen on both Spotify and iTunes. Also her brand new music video for her single “In Love Lonely or Just Drunk,” will be released this Friday (August 30, 2019). If you would like to find out more about Ciara Rae then check out her website at (http://www.ciararae.com).
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”.
Sara Collins is a talented country artist and she began her career at Carnegie Hall with an opportunity to play at the famous venue as part of the Honors Performance Series. During her young career, Collins has got the chance to be an opening act and performed with many well-known country musicians including Luke Combs, Kid Rock, Tracy Byrd, Aaron Watson, Hunter Hayes and many more.
Collins is set to play with Season 17 winner of American Idol, Lanie Hardy on September 28th, for Hardy’s Homecoming Bach. In 2017, Collins put out her first album titled “Lovesick Cinderella,” and a year later she released her second EP “Secrets.” The EP was produced by Michael Lattanzi and was recorded at Latitude Studio South, which has recorded big artists such as Jessica Simpson and Paula Abdul. Collins is also an alumnus at PC Nashville, an artist development program that was led by entertainments Bernard Porter.
On August 16, 2019, Collins put out her brand new single “Something Southern.” Her new song is available both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about Sara Collins then check out her website at (https://saracollins.com).
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!!
Alexis Taylor is a Canadian singer/ songwriter. She grew up in the small town of Huntsville, Ontario. As a child, Taylor displayed love and passion for music by writing her own songs and acoustic guitar playing.
After making her first journey to Nashville, Taylor decided to make the move to Music City. A little while later, she saw the launch of her international career in Summer 2016 with a tour throughout Scandinavia, also opening for renowned singer/songwriter Doug Seegers.
At the beginning of 2018, Taylor put out her debut single “Blame The Whiskey,” which started her to appear live on many radio stations throughout North America and take part in events such as Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and the CMA Fest in Nashville. The release of “Blame The Whiskey,” also made Taylor taking home the award of “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the 2018 Tennessee Music Awards, playing at the USO Northwest Gala, and taking the #1 spot for 10 straight weeks on Reverb Nation’s provincially ranked country artists charts.
After putting out her second single, “How Do You Sleep,” which received international playing time. Taylor put her third single “Bend The Truth,” on May 31, 2019 and David Browning in Nashville produced it. Her latest release was nominated for Female Rising Star of The Year,” at the 2019 Josie Music Awards, and also for many nominations for the KICMA awards.
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!
Zoe Cummins was born and raised in a tiny city in Oklahoma. She spent a lot of her childhood trying to be like one of the musicians she saw on the one channel of her bedroom TV-CMT. Cummins knew from an early age that if she wanted to be on the stage she would have to move to Nashville. At the age of 18, she started learning what it meant to pay her fees and make the rounds of Nashville. Six years after Nashville has become home to the singer/songwriter. Cummin’s music is greatly influenced by the country music that surrounded her a child (Dolly Parton, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert and, Bobbie Gentry) and also with the music, her family passed down to her (Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Jim Croce, Bob Dylan, Prince and Carol King. Her unique Pop infused Americana flare to traditional country music contribution not only a different sound but also a stimulating viewpoint that ties listeners in. On June 28, 2019, Zoe Cummins latest single “Rope the Moon,” and it is available both on Spotify and Apple Music.