Background Story: Trevor Hewitt is a country singe and songwriter from Spartanburg, SC. He delivers a high energy to the stage with a combination of country, southern rock and witty tunes. On February 8, 2019 Hewitt put out his newest single “I’m Jumpin’ Too” and it is available to listen and download on Spotify and iTunes.Background Story: Trevor Hewitt is a country singe and songwriter from Spartanburg, SC. He delivers a high energy to the stage with a combination of country, southern rock and witty tunes. On February 8, 2019 Hewitt put out his newest single “I’m Jumpin’ Too” and it is available to listen and download on Spotify and iTunes.
1. Hi Trevor, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Before I started my country music journey I served in the United States Marines Reserves as an Ammo Technician. After the Marine Corps I lead the praise and worship at a small local church for close to a year before I decided to take the leap and try country music.
2. When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? I was singing Garth Brooks at the top of my lungs when I was in grade school. He was my all time favorite. I knew I wanted to be like him at an early age. I sang “The Dance” at my first 9th grade recital.
3. Who are some of your musical icons? Garth of course. I grew up on The Marshall Tucker Band who is from my hometown. I spent a few years traveling with them and opening for them when I first got started. Toy Caldwell was my hero. The way he played and sang mesmerized me.
4. What is your favorite song off your latest EP “It Is What It Is?” My favorite song off the EP was “Stay”. It was one of the first songs I wrote to my beautiful wife Leslie and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
5. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019? I plan on releasing a new EP in the summer of 2019. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes trying to get this music ready.
6. What is your process when recording music?I like to use my own musicians in the studio. A lot of people hire big time Nashville musicians which is an awesome thing to do but I like to have the guys who grind with me week in and week out on my music. It’s a different feeling when the song comes out. It’s weird but you can just feel it.
7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?I love playing weddings the most but my favorite place I’ve played so far would be the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC opening for Marshall Tucker. It was special.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky – Michael Scott
9. Is there anything else you would like to share? I love country music and everything about it. I hope that shows in my music and I hope everyone enjoys the new track. …
1. Hi Andrea, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
I’ve always been into music whether it was singing or dancing from an early age. My love of country music was discovered at an early age growing up in Virginia. (Born in California, grew up in Virginia). I was always inspired by female powerhouses in the late 90s and early 2000’s. I moved back to California when I was a teenager and for college, I studied music business and vocal performance at the Musician’s Institute: College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, CA. A few years after that I finally made the move to Nashville. I love it.
2. How did you start listening to country music?
My parents were always big on music of all genres. My first memories of starting to love country music as a kid was singing to Shania Twain, the Dixie Chicks and Faith Hill as a kid. From there it just evolved into me loving old school country and wanting to learn how to play the guitar.
3. When did you know you wanted a career in country music?
I always day dreamed about being a country music singer. I loved preforming as a kid and just always knew that’s what I wanted to do for a living.
4. Who are some of your musical icons?
My musical icons at the moment are Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris. Their sound is timeless, they are both country female power houses and preform the hell out of anything they sing.
5. What is the background story behind your latest single “Runnin’ Wild?”
Runnin’ Wild is one of those feel good songs that you can just play with your girlfriends before a night out, at a tailgate, party and it just makes you feel good and want to dance. I wrote this one with my good friend Emily Davis and it was produced by Jason Mater (Disney Publishing).
6. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
I’d like to be sharing my music around the world preforming and playing stages that I could only ever dream of. I want to always strive to make better music and to grow as an artist.
7. Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?
There definitely be a music video coming soon for Runnin’ Wild and more singles to be released later this year!
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Good things take time”. Its a simple reminder I have to always tell myself when it comes to really anything, its important to be patient and positive and trust that good things are coming your way.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Andrea Vasquez is attempting to redefine what it means to be a country musician. Vasquez grew up in Virginia and she was motivated by the fresh and new country artists like Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks, but was also influenced by her Latin-American origins. She’s expanded a reviving mixture of the two genres that has allowed Vasquez to play shows and music festivals around the United States while continuing to motivate her fans through relevant songwriting and having her own unique style.
Her first radio single “Sugar Coat It,” is a great example of the new sound Vasquez can bring to the music world. It manages to poise both old-style and updated components of country/pop sound without reducing the powerhouse vocal she has to present.
After recently signing with leading US based management company, Arrow Music Agency, Vasquez is excited for the future that lies ahead. Arrow is controlled by Chris Sobonya (President), and signifies a various list of musicians from around the world.
On January 28, 2019, Vasquez newest single “Runnin’ Wild,” came out and it is available to download and listen on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Andrea Vasquez then check out her website at (http://www.andreavasquezofficial.com).
1. Hi Chelsea, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?I always enjoyed singing, and started at around the age of 8! I used to be obsessed with Hilary duff, so my taste has definitely changed haha… I started singing Jazz, and then Musical Theatre, and then I went into a country music section in an eisteddfod I was taking part in – and won! It was then that I realised that country music suited my voice the most. It wasn’t until I started listening to more country music that I really got into it and it became my passion and the only music I wanted to play, or listen to!
2. When did you start to listening to country music?I attended the Tamworth Country Music Festival 5 years ago, as my parents had heard about it and thought it would be good to go. It was amazing, and I have gone back every year since! Being in that environment made me realise how amazing country music was, and ever since then it’s been all I have listened to.
3. When did you know you wanted a career in country music?I was in a duo for a few years when I was younger, and that was when I started gigging and actually thinking about doing music as a career. I started getting into country in the middle of that and tried to push our duo in that country direction, but I definitely had more of a passion for it than my duo partner! After school finished we decided to go our seperate ways and it was then that I had the freedom to really knuckle down and try to start a country music career.
4. Who are some of your musical icons?Well they started off as Hilary duff haha… but have definitely changed. Of course I love traditional country artists like Kasey Chambers, Dolly Parton etc, but the ones that really influence my music are the modern Nashville girls such as Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, Carly Pearce, Danielle Bradbery etc.
5. What is the background story behind your brand new song “Kiss Me Like You Miss Me?”We actually got the title from a Deadpool movie, I wrote the song with Troy Kemp and he came to the session with that title and we knew we had to do something with it! The songs about a new relationship where the girl is really invested and wants it to work, and the guy, being a guy, is just cruising along and not putting in the amount of effort that the girl wants. She wants him to show her that he really wants to be in this relationship.
6. Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?Definitely! This is my first release for the year, but there will definitely be some more music coming out throughout 2019.. and lots of touring.
7. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?Ideally I would love to be doing this full time, and able to support myself and my music by playing festivals and touring, and of course releasing a lot of new music!
8. What is one of your favorite quotes? If you want a million fans you have to shake a million hands~ love this as although social media is a great tool for creating fans, there’s nothing better than meeting fans in person and allowing them to really connect with your music and yourself as a person.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share? I would love if you followed me on all my social media platforms to keep in touch and follow my journey.
Chelsea Berman began performing at the young age of 8, getting her start on the stage in musical theatre. From these modest beginnings on the Central Coast of New South Wales, her willpower to become a professional recording artist, touring constantly throughout Australia has seen her development into a talented young performer.
Now as a teenager, her warmth and friendliness as a person, combined with her durable sense of personal style, Berman has all the developing chunks for a bright and thriving music career.
In early 2018, “Better Than Ever,” the debut publication from this great new talent hit the airwaves. This independently release, is a 5-track EP, that surpassed expectations, attaining the Apple iTunes Country Album #4 Chart Position. Incredibly, Berman was both the top placed Australian artist and highest placed female artist on release.
Already a graceful songwriter, Berman has made many great opportunities on just this short journey, having already co-written with top talent including Chelsea Basham (Golden Guitar and CMC Award Winner), Rachel Fahim (Toyota Star Maker Winner), Dean Ray (X-Factor Finalist) and Melanie Dyer (The Voice). With solid plans to expand her skillset as a singer/songwriter, believe to see many more exciting writing partnerships in the future.
The rest of 2018 showcases a wonderful timeline for Berman, with her focus turning to rising her profile on the festival route and taking her own music to brand new audiences. In December 2018, her next single will done with a plan that the song will come in the early part of 2019.
On January 29, 2019, Berman brand new single “Kiss Me Like You Miss Me” came out and it is available both on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Chelsea Berman then check out her website at https://www.chelseabermanmusic.com.
1. Hello Andy, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Thank you for checking out my music and taking the time for the interview! I grew up just outside of Boston, MA and I actually didn’t fall in love with country music until a little bit later in life. I ended up going to college in Chicago and a lot of my friends were religious about country music. The melodies and stories quickly grabbed a hold of me…I was hooked. When I was a kid I begged my dad to let me take piano lessons. That’s where it all started. After many attempts he finally caved, but he had one condition…I had to practice 30 minutes every day. He held me to that for many years, and although I hated him for it then, I am in debt to him for making me stick with it because a lot of kids give it up. Long story short, I started with a classical piano background, balanced jazz band with football in high school, played keys in a “Phish” type of Jam band in New England, and after I caught the country bug in Chicago I ran with it to where I currently reside in Arizona.
2. Who are some of your musical icons? It’s actually a very diverse list. For country, I would say everything Chris Stapleton does gives me chills. I also love Harry Connick Jr. & Frank Sinatra in the jazz arena (My dad raised me on that stuff). Being a New England kid I also grew up as a Dave Matthews Band fanatic. I know people either love or hate Dave, but his live venue and ability to control the energy in the crowd is nothing short of amazing. If I had to pick one icon, my favorite of all time would be Ryan Adams. When I heard him play “Oh my sweet Carolina” raw and unplugged when I was in high school..that was the moment I knew I wanted to be a songwriter. He’s the reason I picked up the guitar and started putting pen to paper.
3. What is your favorite venue to play in Arizona? There’s a really cool country scene here in Arizona that I’m excited to tap into. This goes along with the next question, but my band is close to finalizing our set lists for 2019 before we get into full swing. Dierks Bentley has a row of bars out here called “Whiskey Row” which is probably a name most country fans would recognize. A few other great Arizona venues are Santan flat, Buffalo Chip, and Denim & Diamonds.
4. What is the background story behind your latest single “Black on Out?” “Black on Out” is one of those songs that wrote itself in one sitting. It was a hit by lightning type of deal. I purposely wrote it with an oxymoron element between the music and lyrics. The vibe of the song is somewhat upbeat and optimistic, but the lyrics tell a deeper story. John Mayer calls this “happy sad kind of music.” On the surface level the message is about spending your week on autopilot and when the weekend comes around wanting to just “Black it out” and escape from reality. We grind through the week so we can live for the weekend…It’s just so easy to bite on that temptation, especially here in Scottsdale, AZ! It’s a lot of fun and I think we all at some point in our lives are chasing those short-term highs without any guard rails. At the core, it’s really about trying to move on from the one that got away and how going out to the bars weekend after weekend becomes a vicious cycle that can be hard to escape. Deep down you know you shouldn’t be doing it, and that partying isn’t going to fill that void, but you keep doing it anyway. The hole you are trying to dig out of only gets bigger. I think the last line of the chorus sums it up perfectly, ” and we binge in a lie when we say.. I ain’t ever doing this again” Ultimately, it’s one of those songs that could mean something different to everyone..whether they are working through something or pre-gaming to it as a party anthem!
5. How did you start listening to country music? This is actually a good story. My introduction to country were names like Johnny Cash and Tim Mcgraw, but Texas Country was actually where I started off. When I was a sophomore in college I studied abroad at Beijing University in China. At that point I could barely speak mandarin so don’t ask me what I was thinking with that decision! One of my roommates ended up being a guy from New Mexico that went to Colorado University and he was obsessed with the Casey Donahew Band. I ended up wearing that album out for an entire semester (when people still listened to albums!) Songs like “Stockyards”and “High”. I still laugh about finding Texas country in a dorm room in Beijing!
6. When did you know you wanted a career in country music? It actually didn’t fully hit me until a few years ago. I’ve been writing songs my entire life while working in finance. For me, I was in my late 20’s and that inner voice was really starting to scream at me to do something with my music. I’d written so many songs over the years that were sitting collecting dust and I could no longer sit on them! I don’t want to look back at 80 years old with any regrets and that was a powerful motivator for me.
7. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019? I’m really excited about the music coming out in 2019! We’re taking our time releasing them and the plan is to release each of the songs every couple of months throughout the year. I’m flying to Nashville in February to wrap up a few things, but should have the next song out by the end of March.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes? I can’t confirm if Willie Nelson originally said this or not, but “Three chords and the truth – that’s what a country song is.” I don’t think there’s a better way to describe country music!
9. Is there anything else you would like to share? There’s a really cool non-profit I’m involved with called “Musicians on Call” where I volunteer once a month to deliver the healing power of music to patients at the local Veteran’s/Children’s hospitals. There are many musicians all over the country that participate and I always like to spread the word on how awesome of an organization it is!