- Hi Hayden, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?I grew up in Dallas, TX. I played football all throughout high school. I decided to learn to play the guitar when I was about 15 years old, but never thought i’d have a career in music. I then went on to college at Texas A&M which is where I sang in front of anyone for the first time in my life.
- Who are some of your musical icons?A few of my musical icons are George Strait, Cody Johnson, and Jon Pardi
- When did you start listening country musician?I had listened to country music a little bit my whole life, but I really started playing it nonstop when i was about 12-13 years old.
- How did you know you wanted a career in country music? . Like I said, I never would’ve dreamed that i’d be pursuing this as a career. I was in College Station, TX one day at my apartment just practicing the guitar and singing a bit and there was a knock on my front door. It was a young lady from down the hall who said she heard me and wanted me to sing her a song. I tried my best to not do that, but between her and my roommate they talked me into it, and without me knowing it my roommate recorded me and put it out on social media. Now, here we are!
- What has been your favorite event to play at? My favorite event to play at was either The Rustic – Dallas, or opening for Jake Worthington in Brenham, TX at the 4 Star Concert Hall.
- How did you come up with the name “First Rodeo,” for your latest EP and what is your favorite song off it? The name “First Rodeo” was actually just the name of a song before it was the title to the album. When my team and I were coming up with album names, that was actually the first one I threw out and everyone seemed to like it since it’s my first album “First Rodeo” made sense. As for my favorite song, I can’t really pick one because I love them all, but my top two would have to be “Don’t Bother Calling” and “More Than Enough.”
- Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019? 2019 is going to be a huge year for me! I am getting a band together right now, so hopefully we’ll be playing some bigger shows/venues and I’ll also have new music coming y’all’s way this year!
- If you had describe to your music/sound in three to five words, what words would your choose? Authentic Texas Country.
- What is one of your favorite quotes? “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas.” -Davy Crockett
As a child, Hayden Haddock would watch the CMA Awards with his relatives and, he was fascinated by the music during the award show. He would sit so close to the TV and sing along to the performances. At the age of 14, he went to his first concert, Eric Church. After attending Church’s concert, he decided to take guitar lessons.
Just last year, he started his first year at Texas A&M University and was majoring in Construction Science. While Haddock was in his dorm, he heard a knock from a young girl. The girl had heard him playing his guitar and asked him if he would sing her a song. He tried everything he could to talk her out of it, but then his roommate came out and they both persuaded him to sing. He sang them a Luke Comb’s song and without him knowing his roommate filmed him and uploaded it on YouTube, and also sent out to people they knew. And this how his country music career started.
Whenever he had spare time, he practiced and wrote his own songs. He next played at a few local acoustic shows. Haddock is now performing every weekend around Texas with many TV appearances including Dallas’ ABC “Good Moring Texas,” “CBS Austin “We Are Austin,” and on CBS “Bryan/College Station’s Free Music Friday.” He has had also got the chance to open up for Ray Benson of Asleep at The Wheel and Casey Donahew and has played at the same events with Whiskey Myers, Cory Morrow and the Eli Young Band. Some of Haddock’s favorite musicians are rooted from his home state of Texas, with legends like George Strait and Cody Johnson and also country singers like Luke Combs, Jon Pardi and Eric Church.
Haddock debut album “First Rodeo,” was released in December 2018. On this album he worked with some famous names in the music industry, including 3 time Grammy award winning Tre Nagella at Luminous Sound in Dallas. Tre has worked with musicians such as Blake Shelton, Lady Gaga and Kirk Franklin.
As Haddock’s status continues to grow, he will be playing a lot more shows and more crowded concerts across the state and elsewhere including the event for The National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas to headlining shows in Clovis, New Mexico in March 2019.
Haddock’s music is available to listen and download on both Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Hayden Haddock then check out his website https://haydenhaddock.com.
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1. Hi Brian, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
I was born in Savannah, Ga and grew up in a small town called Springfield, Ga. Music has always been a huge part of my life, I have a lot of musicians in my family so playing music has really been all I have ever wanted to do!
2. When did you start listening to country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
I got into country music when I was about 12 or so but I grew up listening to all kinds of music but because of where I grew up I related to country music a lot more. Like I mentioned in Q1 I always knew that music was what I wanted a career in but I guess at around age 14 I found myself leaning more torwards the country industry
3. Who are some of your musical icons?
Dave Grohl (front man for the foo fighters) is for sure my #1 musical icon, his work ethic and story is inspirational.
4. What is the background story behind your latest single “Myself?”
I wrote this song a little over a year ago and I wrote it about an experience I had with an ex of mine and I felt like it was something a lot of people could relate to. I feel like everyone has had a person in thier life that is just toxic but instead of letting them go they keep them around and I have always heard people blame the other person for it saying things like ” They just wont leave me alone” or ” I hate them for doing this to me” but the honest truth is it is that persons fault for keeping them around because we all have the power to say “no” its just up to you to say it. So the point behind the song is me realizing that I was the one hurting myself not her hurting me. I was never going to put the song out but one night I played for a group of friends and they talked me into recording it and after bringing it to life I fell in love with it!
5. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?
Yes, I will be putting out some new tunes very soon, we have not set a date yet but I can say it will be with in the first 3 or 4 months in the new year and we will be hitting the road so Im hoping to see everyone out at a show!
6. What is your favorite thing about performing your own music live to a crowd?
Seeing them dance and enjoying the moment and hearing them sing the songs back to me, it gives me chills every time
7. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“No matter where the day takes you, enjoy the getting there”
Im not sure who said it but I read it on a birthday card and I loved it!
8. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you for asking me to be apart of your blog, I enjoyed answering your questions, I hope this new year is everything you hope it could be and I hope to see y’all at a show!
1. Hello Brittany, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Growing up I was involved in my church youth choir and I competed in pageants and talent competitions around the state of NC, so music has been a big part of my life for quite some time! I attended East Carolina University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work. But, my heart was with music, so two months after my college graduation I packed up and moved to Nashville.
2. What has been your favorite venue to play at so far in your music career? So far, The Stewart Theatre in Dunn, NC has been my favorite venue to play at mainly because it was my first hometown show where I performed my original music and the theatre was nearly sold out with close to 500 people in attendance. It was such a great time!
3. What goes into naming a EP? I’m sure quite a bit of brainstorming! But, the only EP I have released so far was a self-titled EP.
4. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019? I hope for more shows and more new music to be released. I do plan to film an acoustic video for my current single in the very near future.
5. Who are some of your musical icons? I have always been a big fan of the powerhouse vocalists such as Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes and bluegrass songstress Alison Krauss.
6. What is the background story behind your latest song “Playing With Fire?” This song is about having feelings for someone that you know is bad for you and will keep breaking your heart, but you still keep going back to them hoping things will change. So, in essence you’re “Playing With Fire”.
7. If you have to describe your music in three words, what would they be? Real, Catchy, JAMS 🙂
8. What is one of your favorite quotes? “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
9. Is there anything else you would like to share? I am a cat mom to a 10 year old tabby cat named Ozzy!
Country Musician Brittany McLamb is from Salemburg, North Carolina. With a whole family that enjoyed listening to country, bluegrass and gospel music, and extended members who sang in gospel groups, McLamb followed in the same direction and joined her church’s children choir where she was showcased in many lead roles and solos. She carried these abilities and love for music over to local talent shows and pageants. She also passed down her crown and title of “Little Miss Salemburg,” McLamb performed her first vocal performance at the age of 10. She dressed in a fringe and rhinestone decorated cowgirl outfit that was topped off with a matching cowboy hat and boots, she sang to the audience a cover of “If You’re Not in it For Love by country artist Shania Twain.
In high school McLamb was signed with a local talent agency that put her as a performer on the classic live television shows like “Arthur Smith’s Carolina Calling” and “The Jimmy Snow Gospel Hour,” where she traveled to perform on the show.
After receiving her college degree from East Carolina University, McLamb made the move to Nashville to start her music career beside music industry expert and mentor, Patsi Bale Cox who had worked at many record labels as well as independent public relations companies. Cox quickly introduced herto the late Billy Block, who radio show was a Nashville gem. After working almost 3 years developing her network, improving her skills and interning for the Billy Block radio show, McLamb started writing and recording her first EP. The EP was released on iTunes in 2013.
After the release of her first self-titled EP McLamb finished a recording project in early 2015 at Omni Studios with the great fiddle master Deanie of Nashville’s best musicians and Singer/Songwriter Melonie Cannon at the helm. These unique songs display McLamb’s lively vocal talent and the way she combines country and bluegrass in her music. The songs were released in Fall 2015 and her third single, is titled “I Like Where This Is Going,” and was put out in 2016 and McLamb also co-wrote this song.
Since these three releases, McLamb has gotten the chance to open up for country singers and groups like LANCO, Parmalee, William Michael Morgan, Charles Kelley, Brooke Eden and Granger Smith. On April 20th2018 McLamb released a new single named “Lose It.” This single is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and Google Play. McLamb newest single “Playing With Fire,” came out on November 30, 2018.
If you would like to find out more about Brittany McLamb then check out her website athttp://www.brittanymclamb.com.
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A beautiful singer, songwriter, and gifted producer, North Carolina native Katelyn Clampett truly is the complete package. Her lively range, genre adaptability and wonderful writing skills have taken her all around the world. Clampett was a backup singer for Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. Also she has gathered admiration from Victoria Beckham, Vince Gill and Kara Dioguardi.
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers discovered Clampett at the age of 2. She next went on to receive a Songwriting and Vocal Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. After winning many songwriting awards at Berklee, she went west to compete on American Idol Season 9. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Clampett was invited to join Selena Gomez and The Scene as a backup singer. She also went on tour as a backup singer (keyboardist and acoustic guitarist) with Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande, and she also shared the stage with some popular country artists, such as Dan+Shay, Love and Theft, Frankie Ballard and Kip Moore.
On November 30, 2018, Clampett released her new single “Home for Christmas.” This new song was written by Clampett and she also produced the track herself in her home studio in Nashville, with the help of a all female production and recording team: Alex Kline (guitar), Robyn Dell’Unto (co-production), Sarah Emily Berrios (mixing) and Amy Marie (mastering).
If you would like to find out more about Katelyn Clampett then check out her website at http://www.katelynclampett.com.
1. Hello Katelyn, how have you grown as a country musician in the past year?
I think I’ve grown immensely as a person, which subsequently has grown me as a country musician and songwriter. I’m very comfortable with myself at this point, and comfortable with saying things that I think I used to feel too introverted to say out loud. I’ve really learned how to trust myself and my natural instincts too. It’s funny, on “Home for Christmas,” a couple of the lines that I almost took out (out of fear of being “too true”) are the ones that stand out most to people. I’ve really learned how to hone the skill of not going down the rabbit hole of second-guessing to the point of paralysis, but to really trust my abilities and be confident in my perspective’s ability to connect with others when writing. Overall, I’m a lot less of who I’m told I should be this year, and have very much grown into myself, allowing my quirks to be on full-display. 😉 I think there’s a lot of liberation in that.
2. What is the background story behind your new single “Home For Christmas?”
I wrote it one day by myself in my home studio in Nashville, after thinking about holiday plans and feeling a massive rush of anxiety about it (some members of my family like to plan Christmas wayyyy in advance- cue eye roll). I realized that most Christmas songs out there are about the joys of the holidays, and I think it can be pretty anxiety-ridden and sometimes painful for a lot of people. So I wanted to take a comedic stance on how uncomfortable the holidays can be. I feel like everyone thinks their family is crazy to some capacity, and I wanted to paint that picture and make people laugh/relieve some tension about their holiday situations, so that they know they’re not alone.
3. What is one of your favorite holiday traditions?
Every year, my brother (who’s 28 years old now- a full-fledged adult, mind you) will wake me up at the crack of dawn to go see what’s under the tree. His love language is clearly “gifts,” and I always deliriously bark at him for disturbing my beauty sleep (always right on the cusp of those solid 8 hours). But his enthusiasm is so childlike it’s precious and it makes me feel somewhat like a kid again, which I think is a really important thing!
4. Is there something you wish your fans would take away from this song?
To just recognize and acknowledge the craziness of the holidays but not let it bring you down or effect you. To realize the humor and lightheartedness in potentially dark home atmospheres, and to realize that, if that’s you, that you’re not alone.
5. Was there any other artists or producers that helped to create this song?
I wrote the song and produced the demo alone in my home studio. The finished production is mostly my original demo, where I played banjo, mandolin, did the programming, engineering and editing. I’m proud to have had the help of some incredible women and musicians finish the song with me, including Robyn Dell’Unto (who helped me finish the production), SarahEmily Berrios (who mixed the song), Alex Kline (who played dobro and electric guitar) and Amy Marie (who mastered the song). Proud to have had a badass all-female production team on this song!
6. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?
You’ll just have to wait and see. 😉 But I have spent 2018 writing/producing for other artists as well, so I’m very excited for 2019!
7. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Music video is coming out soon! And if you like it/resonate with it, add it to your Spotify playlist! ❤
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1. Hello AJ, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
For sure! I grew up in Ohio primarily just playing whatever sport was in season. I grew up just jamming whatever my dad had rocking in the car (Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Brice Springsteen, etc.). I got my first guitar in middle school but I never really learned how to play it until I got to college.
2. Since 2015, you have been living in Nashville and played over 300+ live shows, what has been your top three favorite venues or shows to play at?
The coolest place we’ve played so far was the Hampton Beach Sea Shell Stage this past summer. It’s just this really cool little out door amphitheater backed up right on the beach in New Hampshire. I love playing at Belcourt Taps and Dawghouse in Nashville acoustically. The Listening Room in downtown Nashville is also super dope.
3. What is your process when writing a new song?
Honestly it depends on the day, who’s in the room. There’s no real set way to write a song and everyone is different. If you have 3 different people in the same writing room, it’s gonna look a little different every day. For me, I like to have a general idea of a chorus or hook before even throwing it out in a write. I write by myself a decent amount and then once I get to a point where I realize what that song is/could be, I sorta save it until I write it with someone I think can serve the song well.
4. What is the background story behind your latest song “Whiskey Working?”
So we wrote that in March or so. It was one of those songs where I had the “that’s the whiskey working” hook sort of looped and we (Davis Branch and Sean Stemaly) wrote to that. I went through a really hard breakup over the summer and the song really started to resonate with me and I felt like I was channelling it pretty well so I just recorded it as soon as I could!
5. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?
A LOT OF NEW MUSIC. I’ve been working with my producer (Aaron Patrick) a lot and we’ll just record a whole song in a day, sometimes write it and record it in the same day. We’ve probably got about 15 that we’ve done in the past few months and we’re gonna start putting some out as singles once we hit spring. There’s also a couple surprises before then too…
6. Who are some of your musical icons?
This is gonna be a little all over the place, but artists like Dierks Bentley, John Mayer, The 1975 and so many more. Dierks is just such a humble, relatable singer man. I got into songwriting mostly through John Mayer. That was the gateway drug. The 1975 just refuse to be put in a box. Their creativity is so inspiring to me.
7. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” I think people have such a bad perception of failure. You learn so much through what didn’t work. Trial and error has been great for me. Especially with touring and music.
8. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Come out to a show! I love to meet people in person more than anything. Instagram and all that social media stuff is cool but there’s nothing like the real thing.