A.C. Jones~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hi A.C., can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

My family had always been a musical family, but the first time I ever really performed was when I was eight years old in church. My pastor needed a young girl to sing “Where Are You Christmas” and he asked me to do it. From there, I started playing in the worship band at church and performing in musicals at my school and in the community. I started out writing contemporary Christian music, and that sort of slowly evolved into writing country songs.  Upon high school graduation, I went to The University of Mount Union and got my degree in biochemistry all while playing shows on the weekends. I was looking at grad schools where I could get my M.D. / Ph.D., and I filled out the necessary applications, but I just couldn’t find the desire to turn them in. It was then and there that I realized that I really wanted to pursue my love for writing and performing.

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

Oh, that’s a hard one! We always had country music playing in our house, so we had a ton of albums, but I think one of the first albums that I very intentionally and specifically sought out was Sugarland’s Enjoy the Ridealbum. I heard “Want To” on the radio, and I just couldn’t get enough of Jennifer and Kristian’s writing.

  1. What is the background story behind your latest “Different Kind of Christmas?”

A few years ago around Christmas time, I was watching someone fill up a glass of eggnog, and as they (heavy handedly) poured the rum into the cup, I laughed and said, “A little less eggnog, and a little more rum, huh?” I laughed and then thought, “Oh! I need to save that line for a song!” Given that the line was about eggnog, I knew it had to be a Christmas tune. I’ve always loved the bluesy I’m-all-alone-at-Christmas type songs like “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “Blue Christmas”, so I decided that I wanted to write one of my own. I wrote that song back in 2014. It just goes to show how long it sometimes takes for music to get out into the world. I’m so glad that it finally is. 

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

I have four new songs coming out in 2020! I’ve been working with a producer at The Record Shop down in Nashville to really develop and hone in on my sound. At least one of these tunes is destined to be my next radio single in 2020. I’m so excited for everyone to hear this music, and I’ve never been more proud of a collection of works. I went through a very personal journey of discovering and rebuilding my own self-worth and self-esteem through these songs, and I really hope that they can do the same for someone else.

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

I love playing the fair and festival circuit in the summer! This past summer tour, I was so blessed to be able to play three state fairs (MN, OH, and NE) and countless other county fairs. I feel like a fair really tells you a lot about the community in which you’re performing, and expresses the uniqueness of the area. I love experiencing the sights, smells, and sounds of somewhere new and learning about each town I visit. The fair and festival setting really helps to immerse you in that. 

  1. If you could sing a duet with any singer or group, who would it be and why?

Oh my, this is another hard question! If I’m stepping outside of the country genre, it’s a toss-up between John Fogerty and Amos Lee. I’ve had the chance to see both of them live, and each of their shows were incredible. They’re both fantastic writers and performers, and I enjoy their unique vocal styles. If I’m staying within the country genre, I’d have to go withChris Stapleton. I absolutely love his voice, his writing, and his live performance. 

  1. Do you have any New Year resolutions for this year?

I don’t necessarily make a New Year’s Resolution, but I do use New Year’s Eve to assess where I’ve been and where I want to go. This year, I plan on releasing my next single to radio, touring throughout the United States, and recording/releasing the second volume EP of Campfire Sessions. I’d also love to try and set up a small Christmas tour. I host a Christmas benefit for the Salvation Army every year, and I’d love to take that show on the road as well.

  1. What is of one of your favorite quotes?

I have so many favorite quotes, but since we’re at the very beginning of the year with a blank page and a fresh start, I’ll give you the one I think about as the new year comes around. The full quote is much longer, but my favorite excerpt from it is this:

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. . . I hope you live a life you’re proud of. And if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

It’s from the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but it is frequently attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald, as he wrote the short story bearing the title, but not the quote.

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

I have a live EP out on Spotify and iTunes right now called Campfire Sessions. It was recorded around a bonfire at a KOA Campground in Waterloo, IA this year during my summer tour. I’m hoping to record a new volume every year in the same way. I’ve always appreciated the raw and real, and this EP is a very authentic reflection of my writing, my voice, and the incredible musicians I get to tour with!

A.C. Jones~ "Artist Spotlight"!!!

Country musician A.C. Jones is an Ohio native but is currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. After four years of juggling a musical career and attending college in biochemistry, Jones dive into country music career full steam. Her debut single, “Buses and Trains,” peaked at #33, giving it Top 40 status on Music Row CountryBreakout Chart. Her next single, “Mr. Moon,”  also gained Top 40 status on Music Row CountryBreakout Chart and reached #57 on the Billboard Country Indicator Chart. Jones is working now on a live EP and a studio EP and is also planning a third radio release for early 2020. Throughout her music career, she has got the chance to toured in the United States and has even made a few appearances in Scotland and Canada. She has been an opening act for acts like Kentucky Headhunters, Marty Stuart, Molly Hatchet ,and The Oak Ridge Boys. 

In the summer of 2014, Jone’s infant niece was diagnosed with type one diabetes inspiring her support and advocacy of JDRF. She is also a supporter of the Salvation Army and, as of 2018, has raised over $17,000 for her hometown Salvation Army chapter through her annual Christmas concert benefit. In her downtime, Jones enjoys creating and testing new recipes for her YouTube channel “AC Jones Kitchen.” She also likes running, kayaking and cuddling up to her beagle/blue heeler mix “Andie.” 

On December 7, 2019, Jones released her latest single “Different Kind of Christmas,” and it is on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about A.C. Jones then check out her website at (https://www.acjonesmusicepk.com.). 

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Stephanie Ryann~ "Q&A"

1.    Hello Stephanie, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?I grew up in a small town in New York with music having a huge impact on my life. My mom would sing around the house growing up, which led my sisters and I to start singing and putting on shows for the family. From there, I was in every choir a person could possibly be a part of. Before pursuing my music career, I went to college to receive my Bachelors and Masters degrees, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years and I have been working in the fashion industry for 10 years. In recent past, I’ve auditioned for American Idol, Nashville Star and The Voice until I finally decided to write, record and release my music as an independent artist. 
2.    What was the first concert you ever attended? My first concert was the Backstreet Boys back in 1998. My first country concert was Rascal Flatts…best night of my life!
3.    What made you choose to record “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas?” It’s an iconic and classic Christmas song, one that reminds me of holiday past with my family and one that I hold close to my heart. So many artists have recorded it in their own way…that made it intriguing to give it my own spin. 
4.    Do you have family traditions during the holiday season? In years past, my siblings and I would go to my parents house to decorate the family tree and then come back on Christmas Eve to celebrate with the family.  I recently got married and I’m excited to see what traditions my husband and I start for ourselves.
5.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2020?Yes! I plan to keep releasing singles in 2020 while also expanding my touring reach to different states in the US. I’m excited to see where the new year takes me!
6.    How would you describe in your music in 3 to 5 words? Rocking contemporary country!
7.    What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at? I’m still a pretty new artist, but the coolest place I’ve performed thus far was at Live Oak in Nashville, TN. I had been planning to go to Nashville at some point this year, hoping to have a gig while I was in town, and thankfully, my manager Scott Lehr at B Chord Management hooked me up with that gig.  It was an awesome night and it was great to meet and interact with new people.
8.    What is one of your favorite quotes? “It’s going to be hard, but hard is not impossible.”
9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? My music is available on most music platforms so if you like it, please share it. I love interacting with fans, so please link up with me on Instagram (@stephanieryannmusic), Facebook (@stephanieryannmusic), and on my website (www.stephanieryann.com). I look forward to hearing from you and thank you Danaille for including me in your blog!

Stephanie Ryann~ Artist Spotlight

Stephanie Ryann is a singer and songwriter from New York. Her music is a combination of country, pop, and rock. Ryann is often compared to artists like Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris, her writing and different sound sets her away from other country musicians that are on the scene. With the aid of her co-writers and producers, Ryann put out her debut self-titled EP in October 2018 and has also released a “Summer Series” of songs, including “Home,” (came out on July 3rd) and “Travelers,” (came out on August 9th). Ryann has been an opening act for The Felice Brothers, Midnight North, and Jackson Dean, and has also performed as a backup singer for solo artist, Eliot Lewis, of the famous pop duo Hall & Oates. She also performs at her own shows in New York and Connecticut and she hopes to expand her touring schedule.

            On December 6, 2019, Ryann put out her latest single “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas,” which is a Christmas classic. You can find her music on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Stephanie Ryann then check out her website at (https://stephanieryann.com/home).

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Bailey Tomkinson~ "Q&A"

1.    Hello Bailey, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Well, i’ve just turned 20 years old and have pretty much always wanted to be a musician, As a child we moved around quite a lot, I’ve lived in Italy and Belgium as well as the UK before settling in St Ives, Cornwall. I’ve been performing on stage and writing since I was 11 so I don’t really know any different. When I finished my A Levels I had a pretty difficult decision to make, either go to Uni and study the music industry or throw myself right into and see if I could swim! As it turns out I was offered a record deal around that same time so I guess I’m very lucky to be doing what I love!

2.    What was the first country album you ever bought?I remember finding a Sheryl Crow CD in a fair. ‘If It Makes You Happy’ is one of my all-time favourite songs! My Dad used to play it in the car when I was like 5 and I knew all the words haha. Sheryl Crow is awesome.

3.    What is the background story behind your new single “I Wish (It Didn’t End Like This)?” I wrote this song about my old best friend and actually he’s the same guy that I wrote ‘Hey Ace’ about. I sneaked in a reference to that song in the middle 8!  Basically it was one of those “Will they, won’t they” kind of situations for a while and then we kissed…and it totally ruined our friendship!! We went from seeing each other everyday to like never! I was feeling really quite sad about the whole situation when I wrote this song and it poured out of me in 20 minutes while I sat crying on the bathroom floor!

4.    How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fearless, whimsical, narrative, emotive and nostalgic.

5.    What are some of your favourite venues or events to play at? I’ve played at some really cool places! One of them being The Water Rats in London. I also really love performing at festivals, The Great Estate in Cornwall is an upcoming festival thats getting bigger each year, I think thats the most beautiful festival I’ve played at – one of the stages I performed on was in a secret forrest with dreamcatchers hanging from the trees.

6.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2020?I’ve written a song with another female country artist in the UK, so something exciting is happening there!! I’m looking forward to festival season and releasing some more songs! Maybe another EP? not sure yet though.

7.    Do you have any family traditions for the holiday season? Because we live by the beach, we usually have a walk on Christmas day with the dog on Porthmeor, but I guess we have a pretty traditional Christmas! We have the presents under the tree, watch Love Actually and eat loads of food! Christmas Eve is really fun in St Ives too so I go out with my friends and NYE is massive here, so everyone dresses up, Im super excited.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes? “Cous cous, the food so nice they named it twice” – Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express.

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? I have some really cool gigs in London in the new year! My first being a headline at The O2 Academy Islington with my band on the 18th of Jan, the lineup is awesome! You can buy tickets on my website: www.baileytomkinson.com

Bailey Tomkinson~ Artist Spotlight

Bailey Tomkinson is a singer and songwriter from St. Ives, Cornwall. Tomkinson’s music is a combination between pop and country and she shares relatable stories that has earned her similarities to singers like Taylor Swift & Emmylou Harris on BBC Radio2 from well-known country musician Brad Paisley. 

            With her last three singles reaching #2 on the UK Country Music iTunes Charts, Tomkinson has rapidly arose as one of the UK Country scenes top singers. She has also regularly is getting 20,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, her song “Movie Scene,” has been streamed over 100,000 times and made a placement on the “Very Nearly Nashville,” editorial playlist. 

            Now at 20 years old, Tomkinson signed her first publishing deal with German Indie label FBP music at the age of 18. In 2018 she has built a strong festival status and in 2019 she has seen further development supporting KT Tunstall, earning a significant slot at Boardmasters, and making her debut at the famous 02 Academy in Islington where she will return to headline in early next year.

            On December 6, 2019 Tomkinson newest single “I Wish (It Didn’t End Like This),” and it is available to listen on both Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Bailey Tomkinson then check out her website at (https://www.baileytomkinson.com). 

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