Kacy Moon has been putting on concerts for her family and writing funny, rubbish songs with her grandfather since she was 4 years old. Moon has always had a love for performing.
At 5 years old, she waddled into martial arts, and by 11 years old she became one of the top competitors in the world- gaining 7 world titles and competing on stage in front of 1,000. Moon shares “the adrenaline that she got from performing was unmatched. The butterflies in her stomach, the drive to go out on stage and make everyone in the audience stop and watch me and that was a feeling that she craved and chase.”
At 15 years old, Moon set her eyes and new set goals for her music career. Even during her competition days she played piano and wrote songs down in her journal. Most people did not see the connection between her career in martial arts and her music career She would tell them that it is where she got her drive, motivation and strong work ethic.
A stage is always just a stage, which means Moon has over a 10 years span of performing under her belt. She has had her fair share of good and bad times in the music business, but it has not slowed her down one bit.
On March 12, 2021, Moon put out two brand-new songs “I Don’t Miss You,” and “The Issue.” Her music is available to listen on both Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about the great Kacy Moon then please go take a look at website (https://www.kacymoon.com).
Hello Cheyenne, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?I am from a super small town in Kentucky called Science Hill. I had a typical small town country childhood where we rode our bikes all over town and came home home before the street lights came on. I met my husband when I was 19 and we started a family and got married soon after. I have two little boys and I had stayed home for 5 years with them as a stay at home mom. I have always sang and performed but took a break while raising my boys. I went 5 years without singing a note and it was a pretty low point for me in my life. My brothers surprised me one day with all new recording equipment, and I just didn’t stop from there. Music had always been in the forefront of my life growing up doing musicals, choir, shows, etc. So losing it was really hard on me mentally. Its my escape. Bringing ,music back into my life and finally perusing a musical career has made me a better mother and just an all around better version of myself.
Who are a few of your musical icons?I Have so many musicians that I look up to. I would say my top 3 would be Stevie Nicks, Miranda Lambert,and Maren Morris
What is the background story behind your brand-new single “?”I was selected to be in a breakout artist program at Off The Row Studio in Franklin, Tennessee. I had the opportunity to work with some big names and very talented people for my first single. The writers of this song are Stephony Smith and Melba Montgomery. I have been a Stephony Smith fan for years. Stephony has written some iconic number one hits such as “Big Star” and “It’s Your Love.” Melba is most known for her hit duet with George Jones. This song was pitched to me by the studio and I instantly fell in love with it.
What is your recording process like when creating new music?I Went to Off The Row fro the weekend and I tracked with the band on a Saturday, which was such a cool experience. The band that I was fortunate enough to work with has also played for some of the top names in country music. Grammy winner Mark Prentice, who played bass and keyboard on my song, has worked with Johnny Cash, Lady A, and many more.
The drummer, Matt Bubel is the former drummer for Kip Moore. The guitarist is Danny Parks who has worked with Blake Shelton and Brooks and Dunn.The second day I laid down vocals with the producer. My Producer is P.T. Houston, who was the engineer on one of my favorite songs, “If Your Going Through Hell” by Rodney Adkins. He has produced many more songs and was a dream to work with.
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?I would say Its Modern Country Outlaw Music
What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?I love doing local shows and seeing people I know there to support me. There are all kinds of local places in Kentucky where I live by Lake Cumberland but Nashville is hard to beat. I haven’t performed at Blue Bird Cafe but it is one of my dream locations, along with the Listening Room.
What do you like to do in your free time, when not working on music?When I’m not working on music I love spending time with my kids and husband. My favorite place to be is definitely the ball park.
What is one of your favorite quotes?“Your life begins where your comfort zone ends”
Is there anything else you would like to share?Being a small town girl and working with people who have accomplished so much has been the most amazing experience for me. I have been singing country music for as long as I can remember. For years, I have recorded my own songs in my bedroom and now I want to share it with the world. Most importantly I want to show other moms that you can follow your dreams and be an amazing mother at the same time.
Country musician Cheyenne Parmley brand-new single “I Can’t Stay Away From You,” came out today on March 10th, 2021. Parmley was chosen to be in a breakout artist program at Off The Road Studio in Franklin, Tennessee. She had the chance to work with some famous names and very talented individuals for her first single. The writers of this song are Stephony Smith and Melba Montgomery. She have been a Stephony Smith fan for many years. Smith has written some famous number one hits such as “Big Star” and “It Your Love.” Melba is most known for her famous duet with George Jones. They showcased their classic gift into lyrics for this song and it sparkles through as classic country.
The band that Parmley was lucky enough to work with has also performed with some top acts in country music. Grammy winner Mark Prentice, who played bass and keyboard on her song, has worked with Johnny Cash, Lady A and many others. The drummer, Matt Bubel is a former drummer for Kip Moore. The guitarist is Danny Parks who has worked with Blake Shelton and Brooks and Dunn. Parmley’s producer is P.T. Houston, who was the engineer on one of her favorite songs, “If Your Going Through Hell,” by Rodney Adkins. Houston has also produced other songs.
Being a small town girl and working with individuals who have mastered so much has been the most marvelous for Parmley. Parmley is a mother of two little boys, from Kentucky and she have been singing country music for as long as she can remember. For many years, she have recorded her own songs in her bedroom and now she wants to share it with the rest of the world. She have worked her whole life doing open mics, talent shows, contests and much more. She has always dreamt of opportunity like this. If you would like to find out more about up and coming country artist Cheyenne Parmley then check out her Instagram page at (https://www.instagram.com/cheyenneparmleymusic/).
1. Hello guys, can you tell us all a little bit about yourselves before you formed your country music band?
-Hey how are ya? Well… we’re 3 brothers from Orange County, CA. Our names are Brandon (the oldest), Brett (the middle), and Bryan (the youngest). We were raised in a town called Rancho Santa Margarita. Growing up we were pretty active in our church community. We played a lot of sports, especially basketball and baseball. Our dad loves baseball, he played in the minors for a little while. We also loved shooting short films with friends around the neighborhood when were in our teens and have always been into cars too.
We had a “racing team” when we were In High School/College. We are of Hawaiian, Portuguese, Danish, Irish, and Mexican decent and started getting into music and singing around middle school.
2. How did you guys form Holiday State?
-We had always been into music growing up, our parents always played music around the house. We were in different bands and involved in various music projects throughout high school and our early twenties, but most those bands consisted us plus friends or other musicians who just weren’t dedicated enough like we were. They really didn’t see it as being a career in the future. So that’s when we decided to start a group just the three of us and that’s when Holiday state was formed.
3. How did you come up with Holiday State and was there any other names you were maybe going to choose instead?
– We were planning on starting a clothing line and came up with the name Holiday State. Once the group started recording more material is when the clothing biz was put on hold and focused more on the music biz, that’s when we decided to name the group Holiday State. It just made sense, because of what it means and what we’re trying to accomplish with this group. We figured we could still put out Holiday State clothing as merch too. So I guess you can say we get to do both now haha! There were a few other names we thought about. One was COUNTY O, another one was SHINING CITIZEN. Obviously they didn’t make the cut. Haha!
4. Who are some of your musical icons?
-Musical icons…definitely Michael Jackson, The Backstreet Boys, Boyz 2 Men, Timberlake, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban. We really grew up on a lot of R&B music. That’s probably the first genre that was introduced to us along with island music at family gatherings.
5. What is the background story behind your latest single “Lay Low?”
-The song was produced by Andy Sheridan and written by his wife Melissa Sheridan. They pretty much crafted the song specifically for us. They sent the demo to us and we loved it! So when Andy was out in LA for a couple days we booked a studio in North Hollywood and knocked out the vocals. It’s one of those chill out, feel good records but will make you move at the same time. It’s about a couple getting ready to go out on the town for the night and then end up changing their minds last minute and decide to just hang out on the couch at home cuddling, watching Netflix and sippin’ on some wine.
6. How would you all describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?
-Let’s see…definitely the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Ga. It’s in the middle of a cool little college town, much different from where we’re from. That place is special to us cause it was the first time we saw our name up on the marquee. The Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, Ca. is another good one! Just so much history there. The Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville was amazing. Their lighting and sound system is ridiculous, and that was our first show in Nashville as well. Also Moonshine Beach in San Diego, Ca. is a great place to perform at. It’s in Pacific Beach down there where people just like to party and have fun. The staff over there are really great to work with as well.
8. What are a few of your favorite quotes?
Brandon -“If your dreams don’t scare you, than they’re not big enough”
Bryan -“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs”
Brett -“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling”
Coming from Orange County, California. Holiday State manifest Pacific Coast slow pace along with Southern appeal mixing a new sound of Country/Pop/Rock/and R&B. The trio of multi ethnic brothers growing up in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Their childhood house was built on old country land where the Oregon Trail once passed. Their parents motivated originally, faith, and family values, music was always around and provided a steady impact, developing in the brothers showing love for music starting at a young age. Similar to the surrounding OC cities, R.S.M., is a humble in size with a tiny town feel, about 25 minutes inland from the beach, and a few hours from the mountains.
The brothers grew up listening to a many different genres of music, while still being fans of Country Music. Brandon was drawn to R&B/Hiphop, Brett, Pop & Jazz music and Bryan, Punk/Rock & Alternative. Their passion for country music grew more when they came across Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, and Keith Urban, which proceeded them in going line dancing every week and going to the famous Stage Coach Festival in Indio, CA. The siblings come from a musical family, being a part of long line of dancers and singers. Their dad is from Honolulu, Hawaii, inborn in them their Hawaiian culture, as well as their Grandma, who along with her sisters was professional hula dancers for many years on Oahu. Each brother bring their individual musical flavors together and put them into one sound.
In November 2020, the brother put out their fifth single “Where I Wanna Be,” which was shown by American Songwriter. The music video was also released on the same date and premiered by Cowboys & Indians. The song was also added to Spotify’s New Music Nashville playlist as well as Apple musics New in Country playlist and also was featured in the Country Hot Tracks section.
In the spring of 2019, they released their debut single “Friday Feelin,” which was featured on Spotify’s New Music Nashville playlist and was coved by many famous blogs, Taste of Country, and The Boot. The music for “Friday Feelin,” was also shown by CMT, and also by Country Music Network in their new must hear songs of the summer list.
In February 2020, Holiday was a opening act for Logan Mize on his “Gotta Grow Up Tour,” in Spokane, WA and Kuna, ID. They also opened for mult-platinum recording group O-Town and have performed at many venues across Southern California. In 2017, they were supporting act for Sammy Adams on his National “Seniorits Tour,” playing throughout the Southeast with Grammy nominated artist Jack Harlow.
On October 1st, 2017, Brett went to the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas. The group was very shaken and a lasting mark was left on all three of them. It was needed take time off for Brett to heal, and as a part of the healing process, they thought to make the most purposeful and truthful music as possible, both melodically and musical. This process led them to Nashville in early 2018, where they wrote and recorded brand-new music with producer Andy Sheridan (Major Bob Songwriter, founder of Charlie Horse Productions and Music Director for artists like Hunter Hayes and Ben Rector). They also recorded with producer Tyler Cain (Big & Rich, Darius Rucker, Billy Currington).
The brothers continue to write and record new music and working on their live show skills and is looking forward to getting back on stage in 2021. On February 19, 2021 the trio put out their latest new single “Lay Low.” If you would like to find out more about Holiday State then please go take a look at their awesome website (https://www.holidaystate.com).
1 Hi Corbin & Chloe, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves before you two became a country music duo? Chloe – I was actually working on getting my teaching certification (which I completed!) when I met Corbin! I had auditioned for The Voice, but got cut after the producer rounds. I came home from California, and I ended up taking a Songwriting class over at South Plains College in Levelland, TX, which is where I met Corbin. He helped me with my final project, and we just realized we worked really well together! Corbin – I grew up playing guitar in church and got connected with several local Texas country bands. After playing for several years, I ended up playing lead guitar for Randall King. I did all of this while attending South Plains College where I met Chloe. After meeting her, I quit Randall’s band so we could pursue our own thing together, and the rest, as they say, is history.
2 How did you come up with the name TexWestus? We were recording our song West Texas Wind late at night (like 1 AM) in the school’s studio, and in Corbin’s tired deliriousness, it came out the ‘TexWestus wind’. We looked at each other and knew it was our name!
3 How did you guys form your group? We kind of covered that in the previous questions – we just started working together for a school project and realized we worked really well together. After deciding we wanted to make it a “thing,” we got a full band together! Time plays a major role in vetting band members. After 4 years of doing this, we finally have a solid group of members who are also our best friends.
4 What is the background story behind your latest single “Lonestar?” As people tend to do when they’re frustrated, we were venting about our experiences with the Texas Music Scene while we were driving to a gig. In our venting session, Chloe pulled out her phone and started typing the lyrics out to what would become Lonestar. We think of it as our “Girl in a Country Song” to the TMS.
5 What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? Well, normally we have our band record on the project with us…but our newest record coming out this summer was recorded in Nashville using wonderful session players. It was an incredible experience. Normally “pre-production” is a day or two before the recording session, and then depending on your schedule/timeline, we get in the studio 8 AM and record all day long. The instrumentation gets recorded first, and then vocals. Vocals will most likely be recorded the following day, to assure that you are well rested, as it can be tiresome! But it’s all so worth it! This process can be lengthened depending on the length of your project. 6 What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? Buck’s Backyard in Buda, River Stage in San Angelo, Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater in College Station, Ski Hi Stampede in Monte Vista, the Lonestar Amphitheater in Lubbock, and The Blue Light Live in Lubbock.
7 How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Genuine, Intense, Epic.
8 Is there anything else you guys would like to share? Help us blow up our latest single ‘Lonestar’, and follow us on all social media platforms @texwestus! Visit us at www.TexWestus.com as well. Send us a message, we love connecting with fans.
9 What are a few of your guys favorite quotes Chloe – “In order to become part of the 1% you have to be willing to do what 99% of people aren’t.” Corbin – “People who win, do shit. People who lose, talk shit.” (Andy Frisella)
Starting in Lubbock, Texas, the duo of Corbin Burgett and Chloe Fowler has started to plan their path in the country music world by combining the twang of classical country, rich harmonies, and the guitar-driven power of rock-n-roll.
TexWestus took a chance error and turned it into a future household game. Their different sound has taken them from a simple kickoff in the hallways of South Plains College Music building to sold-out audiences on big stages.
Burgett grew up listening to 80s hair metal, so he gets a lot of his musical influence from bands like Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Journey, White Snake and Ratt. Since being introduced to country music he has fallen in love with country acts like Travis Tritt, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, and Jason Aldean. His guitar influences are Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Brent Mason and Brad Paisley.
Fowler grew up listening to 90s country and 70s rock. She is mostly influenced by artists like Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles and Aerosmith. She then became interested in songwriting after being introduced to a 16-year-old Taylor Swift.
The duo has built an art form of bringing their separate musical loves together to create their sound. Their song list celebrated that sound from memorable ballads, such as “Gone,” to the thick, swampy beats of “Can’t Show Us Down,” and stories of a “love em and leave em woman’ in “Houston,” “You’ve Got a Problem.” Their sound is based on the excitement of their live shows and packed with tunes that produce a “life-changing musical experience for every listener. These experiences have guided to a list of many musical milestones- which includes playing time on Texas Regional Radio, winners of 95.9 The Ranch’s Ranch Factor in 2019, and joining the stages at famous festivals with Gary Allan, Cody Jinks, Parker McCollum, Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith and the Saints, Roger Creager, Eli Young Band, William Clark Green, The Powell Brothers, Randy Houser, Walker Hayes, Chris Colston, Kalie Shor, Sam Riggs, Dirty River Boys and Josh Abbott Band. They are also sponsored by Coors Banquet and Red Dirt Hat Company.
On February 12, 2021 their latest single “Lonestar,” came out. “Lonestar,” and their other songs are available to listen on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about Texwestus then please check out their website at (https://www.texwestus.com).
Hi Ashlie, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Well I am from Thornton, CO and I LOVE it there. No matter where I am that will always be home. I’ve had quite the journey getting to where I am today. I was a waitress/bartender at TGIFridays for 8 years. I have a huge musical theatre background and have starred in shows like The Color Purple, Avenue Q, and Rent. And I’ve also traveled to over 70 different countries headlining my own show! I love my journey and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
What made you want to have a career in country music? Country music is a genre of music I grew up listening to and adored. I loved everything about country music and I said one day that’s going to be me on the radio! Although my journey isn’t the normal nashville journey, everything I experience is what lead me to where I am today.
Who are some of your musical icons? I have so many. I am an equal opportunity listener. Good music is good music in my book. But, my all time favorite is Whitney Houston. Anybody who knows me knows I LOVE that woman. Her voice is beyond words and what she did for the black community within the music industry is incredible. She showed the world that Black Women CAN be pop icons and we are an unstoppable force within the industry.. I also love everything Taylor Swift, Shania Twain and Dolly Parton. I guess you can say I’m all about that girl power!
What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Those Nights?” “Those Nights” was inspired by an incredible relationship I had when I lived in Virginia. Although we are not still together that doesn’t change the amazing memories we made together. This song is about love and passion, but it’s also about hanging out with your best friend and just enjoying every side of them. Life can be really difficult so I think it’s important to celebrate the good memories, not just the bad ones.
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fun, Positive, Catchy, Relatable, soulful and sexy! That was 6 sorry. LOL
What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? After I write a song that I believe is a hit, I send it over to my manager and producer. Once we are all in agreement and have 3-4 songs that we really want to cut, it’s time to head to the studio. Day one in the studio we always lay all of the live instruments and the next day 2 days we record my vocals. I’ll record 2 songs in one vocal session including backing vocals. So within a couple hours everything is done and then my producer Jamie Tate puts it all together using his superhero producing powers.
Where are some of your favorite venues to play at? My favorite venue so far was Onboard the Celebrity EDGE in their brand new beautiful, multi million dollar theatre. My show onboard that ship had 170 light cues, video projections, stage automation, costume changes, top notch sound, sweetener/click tracks AND an incredible 7 piece orchestra. It was absolutely incredible I legit felt like Carrie Underwood!
What is one of your favorite quotes? Janelle Monae said “Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.” This is a quote I definitely live by. My look is not the typical “country” look but it’s me and no matter what the “industry” says, I’m going to continue be unapologetically myself, which is far from perfect, but AWESOME.
Is there anything else you would like to share? We’ve covered a lot, but one thing I never get to really do is shout out my incredible team. So I would like to give a huge thanks to my Manager Don Ellis Gatlin, Producer Jamie Tate, Production Team Jerry Ghionis and Jason Neistadt, Digital Content Creator Danny Hindmarsh, and of course the incredible ladies at KORE PR. This year has already been off to an amazing start and it wouldn’t be possible without them! They all believe in me so much and it feels so amazing to have a team full of BOSSES in the trenches with me everyday.
Started with becoming a part of the acclaimed Actors’ Equity Association, she started playing full time all over the world for the past decade, also including TV airtime on the 2012 Season of American Idol and also being nominated for many Henry Awards and was leading roles in renown musicals such as The Color Purple, Avenue Q, Pippin and RENT.
Ashlie Amber wanted more and set off to create her first headliner shoe with a direction paying tribute and celebration to the great Whitney Huston named, “I Will Always Love You.” Her show became larger and one of the best show in the international waters gaining her a residency onboard one of the worlds most popular cruise lines and ships. The Celebrity Edge is a $1.28 vessel touring both Europe and the Caribbean.
With such a different approach to the show and with her wonderful vocals and ratings, Amber was seen and invited to work on her first solo project. She is now working with Grammy and Emmy award winner, Jamie Tate, to make her very first album in the country music world. It is Amber’s dream climbing to become one of the first Black Female Country Stars to have top 40 accomplishment and continue it for many more years to come. It will help to create the way for a new generation of music, create more open-minded thinking and a fresh look at music today.
Amber released her debut single on Spotify “Almost no Spotify and all other popular music outlets. On February 26, 2021, Amber’s put out her brand new single “Those Nights.” She is rapidly rising to international awareness and she will be putting out her first full-length album later this year. If you would like to find out more about the talented and great Ashlie Amber then please take a look at her website (https://www.ashlieamber.com).