• Hello Eric, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Sure thing. I’m Eric Lee and I grew up living in South Florida just outside Davie. I live with my wife, cat, and we just got a golden retriever pup named Billy the Kid. Over the years, Before I became a country musician, I mainly worked as a music producer, collaborating with a variety of artists and have made music for TV, Film, and ads. When the pandemic hit in 2020, those types of projects went on hold so I bet on myself and finally laid some of my own songs down. The immediate reception was far greater than anything I could’ve ever imagined.
• What made you want a career in country music?
I must’ve been 7/8 years old when my grandmother would play Dolly Parton and The Judds cassette tapes in her car. My grandmothers have always had a profound influence on me, instilling values I hold high to this day. One of the things I love about country music is that it’s a community of core values and southern hospitality and being able to sing about those things. During my time as a producer, I always dreamed of performing live for huge crowds of people. I was able to write for the artists I produced but it took many years searching for my unique voice as a songwriter. But then about 5-6 years ago, these songs just started pouring out of me.
• How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Country RocknRoll with Heart n’ Soul
• What is the background story behind your new song “Come Break My Heart?”
I’ve written a few songs for my wife that I’m excited to release in the near future but this one came to me during lockdown. I think a lot of couples were put through “patience building” circumstances at home in the past couple years haha – but me and my wife’s unconditional love for each other pulled us through it all. I don’t think there’s anything more special than standing by the one’s you love no matter what, through the ups and downs. It’s definitely a unique take on a love song but it feels authentic to me and I think a lot of people will relate to it after everything we’ve gone through.
• Who are some of your musical icons?
Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Stapleton, and Eagles to name a few. Those are all just phenomenal, iconic story tellers who sing form the heart and each have their own unique personas that have inspired millions all over the globe.
• What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?
Well, I haven’t had the opportunity to play many shows just yet since I’m the new guy in town but I’ve played The Troubadour once in Los Angeles with a past band which was a lot of fun. My dream is to play The Ryman, Grand Ole Opry and huge festivals to seas of people all over the world one day soon.
• What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?
A lot of my songs have came to me in random moments of life. Just sheer inspiration. Sometimes I’ll finish writing it by myself and sometimes I’ll want to collaborate with others. I always start with an acoustic guitar and the voice memo app on my iPhone. My philosophy is that once the songwriting is bulletproof with just my acoustic guitar, the song will essentially produce itself. Doing it this way gives me the freedom to imagine what the instrumentation will sound like and the ability to try different chord progressions on the fly. After that, it’s essentially paint by numbers while producing the song in Pro Tools at my home studio since most of the arrangement has already been planned in my head for the song. It also allows me to give my full attention each process of a song’s creation separately. First I put on my songwriter hat and then I put on my producer hat. I find it’s a very efficient way to work for me. When I’ve finished both my jobs on each song, I then send the sessions off to Vance Powell to mix. He’s my favorite mixing engineer, a legend, and the nicest and most generous guy (not to mention he’s worked with Chris Stapleton and Jack White and won several CMA and Grammy awards). It’s an honor and a lot of fun getting to work with him.
• What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Love thy neighbor as thy self”. I’m not a highly religious man but my grandmother took me to church every Sunday as a young boy and this was the most important value for her that I learn. There have been many experiences and different people I’ve met over the years that have taught me a lot and reaffirmed this ideal. Most recently, I watched the film 42 shortly after Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away. I realized it was the only film of his I haven’t seen yet so my wife and I put it on. The film is incredible and Chadwick gave a powerful performance. But there’s a scene where Harrison Ford, acting as Branch Rickey who managed the 1946 Dodgers, recited this famous bible verse and then proceeded to explain that it can be found in the bible 9 times and is in fact the most mentioned verse above all others… which get’s me thinkin that it’s gotta be the most important value we should all uphold in life.
• Is there anything else you would like to share?
Absolutely! Please check out my covers of “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “If We Make it Through December” as they are both benefiting great charities and I’m hoping to raise money! You can also hear a traditional country version of my song “Same Dirt Road” exclusively on songsforhope.org which raises money for many important causes.
Eric Lee is an American Singer/Songwriter He was raised in South Florida, and Lee grew up with wide-ranging impacts- from Dwight Yoakam, Bob Dylan, Eagles, and Dolly Parton. He has a one of kind voice in country music, creating vocally driven singles with all his heart and soul.
His first single “Same Dirt Road,” was released in November 2020 and rapidly gained millions of streams, hit number 38 on the Music Radio radio chart and earned a steady international presence. Motivated by the concept that we’re all joined, no matter where we grew up and what “road” we walk, Lee co-wrote and produced the song.
He’s also had success as a producer and co-writer, licensing music for TV, Film and Ads. In 2018, he produced and co-wrote the song “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Been,” performed by Kaleena Zanders which was showcased in Toyota’s segment during the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics that year.
His debut album “For Who You Are,” was self-produced and mixed by six-time Grammy winner Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton and Jack White) and Mastered by Grammy-winning engineer, Pete Lyman.
In 2022, Lee’s brand new single “Come Break My Heart,” is available both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about the talented Eric Lee then please go check out his website at (https://ericlee.live).
Hello Anthony, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer? Hey so its Anthony! thanks for reading my Q & A I grew up in Chicago I Have always had a silly fun side to me I enjoyed bass fishing, basketball,Cars for me its always been about spending time with the people close in my life that has always been important to me!
What made you want a career in country music? From a young age music was an incredible passion of mine I use to get home from school as a kid grab my little guitar & headset mic jump on the couch play Garth brooks live and put a show on to my parents and sister all the time! I had it down pretty good Lol. So as I grew up Country just stoled my heart I connected to it the most because of Dad raising me up on the traditional country it always stuck with me & I loved the story telling the overall sounds & great voices of Country Music
Who are some of your musical icons? Man that is tough to only say a few but the few that made me the Country artist I am today is Garth Brooks , George Strait, Keith Whitley & Brad Paisley
What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Nowhere TN?” Sat down with My Co Writer Aaron Pax Taylor brought him the idea The song originally started as a couple in love enjoying the simplistic, small town living in Tennessee, but it turned into much more “ When someone listens to Nowhere TN, I truly feel it will connect to everyone in some aspect. I didn’t grow up in Tennessee, but I’ve been here for five years and I can tell you, this song truly embodies something that can be hard to put into words. The people here have a certain set of values that I admire greatly and am working towards every day to instill in myself. It seems that there is a great sense of connection between the southern states that is hard to find any where else. They are all about helping their neighbors out in times of need and they love their Faith, Family and are proud to be an American! ”
What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? Great question so for me I wanna go into the studio having a great general direction of where I want the song to be before getting there and make sure everyone In the room the producer the band understand my vision & understand me as an Artist & creating new music I just try and go into a co write with again a clear direction of what I wanna write to get things taking off efficiently & keep my songs that I put out there as Real to who I am as possible that’s important to me
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Traditional, Real , relatable,Authentic & Country
What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? When I started playing in Nashville 5 years ago I played in this small town a little south called Leipers Fork its a slice of Gods Country I play there quite often still at the Fox and Locke but another great venue has been the Local in Nashville & Dawghouse in Nashville as well this town has amazing venues
What is one of your favorite quotes? “Believe Dreams come true Every Day Because They do” Lucas Scott
Is there anything else you would like to share? Yes with this first single & music video coming out just know I got more coming so please keep tuned in with me if your in Nashville hopefully we have the opportunity to say hello & you can catch me playing in Nashville or on tour soon! & thank you so much for taking your time to learn about me come join my social media & be apart of the Pana Fam I tend to post most often on instagram but I am on Facebook, twitter, YouTube & Tik Tok Anthony Pana Music God bless Y’all Anthony Pana
Anthony Pana just put out his first single and music video for “Nowhere TN,” and plans to make a stand-out report of who he is as a Country artist and an individual.
“Nowhere TN,” was released on March 25, 2022 and was penned by Aaron Pax Taylor and Papa in 2021. The single first started as a couple in love liking the childish, small-town lifestyle in Tennessee, but it transformed into much more. Pana’s thoughts about this song are “When someone listens to Nowhere TN, and he can feel it will connect to everyone in some aspect. He didn’t grow up in Tennessee, but he has been here for five years and he can tell you, this song truly embodies something that can be hard to put into words. The people here have certain values that he admires greatly and am working towards every day to instill in me. It seems that there is a great sense of connection between the southern states that is hard to find anywhere else. They are all about helping their neighbors out in times of need and they love their Faith, Family, and are proud to be American!”
Pana also had the chance to work with his good friend Tim Rushlow, formally the lead singer of Little Texas, who came into the studio the cut Background Vocals. Papa felt so lucky and happy that Rushlow took his time and talent to work with him on this song. He grew up loving little Texans so this just took the song to the next level!”
Pana was born and grew up in Chicago and is now pursuing his dream career as a Country Music Singer/Songwriter in Nashville,TN. As a child he listened to a lot of traditional Country Music from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Artists like Garth Brooks, George Strait, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley and Alan Jackson, who are some of all time favorites. He praises them to his creativity and wants to being out that traditional sound in his own music. Country music holds a important place in his heart and he can’t envision life without it. He connects with his fans through his honest and relatable lyrics and wants people to fall in love with traditional country music the same way that he has. He wants new fans and old ones to join him on his adventure and keep a lookout for more new music in 2022. Also come be a part of the Pana Family on social media, he would love to talk and connect.
If you would like to find out more about the talented Anthony Pana please go check out some of his social media accounts for all updates about his music. Down below are links to his social media outlets. Thanks again Anthony for being a part of my site!
–Hello Brooke can you tell us a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
I am a native New Yorker, and I grew up downtown in a very close-knit artistic community in Greenwich Village across the street from Washington Square Park where I was exposed to all different genres of music. I could hear the music from the street musicians coming up through my window since I was a baby.
I started singing before I knew how to speak, and my first professional gig was when I was 8 years old and landed the role of Little Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. It was a pretty thrilling way to get started in the business. When I was 14, I lost my eye sight for four years from a rare eye disease. That’s when I started writing music. It helped me get through the most difficult of times and has been my saving grace ever since.
· Who are some of your musical icons?
Linda Ronstadt is my favorite voice of all time. My parents always played her albums. Jewel, Jennifer Nettles, and a lot of the girls right now like Carly Pearce, Maren Morris, and Miranda Lambert continue to inspire me with the amazing music they are putting out.
· What made you want a career in country music?
I was always drawn to country music and felt like it was my genre even though I was born and raised in New York City. A few years back a manager of mine sent me out to Nashville for a few co-writes and I immediately fell in love with it. Now having signed with Reviver Records and finding my place in the country community I truly feel like I have made a second home there.
· What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Down to Nothing?”
I wrote this song with my friend David DeVaul. I had the title in my mind for “Down To Nothing” for a song about being in a relationship with someone who loves you for all your flaws and makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. We came up with a great verse but were stuck on the chorus and stepped away from it for a bit. A few months later I forced myself awake because the melody, lyrics, and chord progression all came to me in my sleep! I mumbled it into my iPhone voice memos at around 3am and thought when I woke up I’d probably think it wasn’t any good. But I played it back the next day and loved it and then played it in person for David and he was like “well, I think we’ve got ourselves a hit!”
· How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Inspirational, healing, anthemic, pop country
· What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?
In Nashville I love playing The Bluebird and The Listening Room. In NYC Rockwood Music Hall feels like my home stomping grounds and I love the Jones Beach Bandshell
· What is your recording process when creating and making new music?
It’s different every time depending on the producer. The recording process for “Down To Nothing” and my first single with Reviver “This Town Made Us” was particularly unusual because they were both recorded remotely during 2020 when people couldn’t be in the studio together. It was a challenge but also incredible to see how technology can make it as if we are in the same room together. My producer Dave Pittenger and I had never met until almost a year later!
· What is one of your favorite quotes?
Put on your oxygen mask first
· Is there anything else you would like to share?
A lot of new music coming out soon! Follow me on my socials to stay up to date! And for those who like adorable animals, follow me on Instagram and TikTok: my rabbit Sherlock makes a few cameos 🙂
Brooke Moriber is known for her “clarion voice,” according to (Associated Press). Moriber’s powerful vocals and passionate songwriting have joined with audiences from New York to Nashville- the two places she calls home.
Growing up in Greenwich Village, Moriber grew up on the sounds of guitar picking and voices playing through her bedroom window from Washington Square Park and the nightclubs below. She was drawn to music at a young age and at 8 years old booked her first audition., landing the role of Young Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. That was the first big triumph on stage and screen for her.
Moriber first turned to songwriting when she got a uncommon eye disease as a teen and to cope with the exhausting treatments and loss of sight. Moriber, would “wake up one morning and couldn’t see her face in the mirror.” To the miracle of her doctors, the disease with into remission 4 years later and Moriber was determined to share her view of the human spirit through her music. She was soon repeatedly playing to full rooms in those downtown clubs like the ones she would notably try to peak in as a child including The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, and Mercury Lounge. Her hometown star began to grow and she performed to bigger audiences at Jones Beach, opened for the Gin Blossoms at the WellMont Theater, and sang the National Anthem for her hometown New York at Madison Square Center.
Invited by a west coast (LA-based label) executive in 2018, she joined with a number of pop music’s up-and-coming writers. But it was erased from her anthemic and soulful appearance of faith, flexibility, family and fierce love for her hometown that her heart was in country music. In a great turn of fate, Moriber was asked by a film producer during her last show in LA- brother of famous legendary Nashville record producer Fred Mollin who also happened to produce one of Brooke’s vocal icons, Linda Ronstadt. Just one phone call and a demo later, Moriber was in Nashville meeting with Music Row publishers and getting ready to record her first track in Music City. During her first trip, she would also meet her “Nashville Family,” – co-writers and musicians who quickly became her closet friends and collaborators.
Her visits to Nashville became many and always longer than planned. She dived into daily writing sessions and writers’ rounds and found herself in a twister of self-discovery, falling head over heels for country music and the Nashville lifestyle that had welcomed and accepted her with open arms.
The first track became a full-length album. “Cry Like A Girl,” was independently released in 2019 with Parade Magazine celebrating Moriber for her “raw emotion, strong vocals, and spot-on delivery.” She was soon being asked to play in popular venues around Nashville like The Bluebird, the Listening Room and The Local. Many tracks from the album were showcased on Spotify’s popular “New Music Nashville,” playlist and Sirius XM’s Velvet station. Following the achievement of “Cry Like A Girl,” Moriber was signed to Nashville’s Reviver Records.
Influenced by artists like Jennifer Nettles, Ingrid Andress, Brandi Carlile and her idol Linda Ronstadt, Moriber is poised to take her place among the huge voices in country music. She recently got the chance of sharing billing with another idol, Sheryl Crow, also The Gibson Brothers and Livingston Taylor where they played in tribute to Willie Nelson for his work with Equine Advocates.
Moriber also worked in the studio with Revier and wrote with many of Music Row’s hitmakers. She has made a second home in Nashville, splitting her time between Music City and her hometown New York, and she also put out another single called “This Town Made Us.” Penned alongside Nashville stalwart Bill DiLuigi and New York based singer/songwriter Cassandra Kubinski, “This Town Made Us,” is a song about hometown pride and written in the aftermath of the 2020 tornado that tore through Nashville as well as the pandemic which deeply affected both Nashville and New York City. This song is also a full-baffle anthem that celebrates the strength and heart of two places that have shaped Moriber as a woman and an artist.
In 2022, Moriber’s brand-new single “Down to Nothing,” came out and it is streaming both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would also find out more about the great and talented Brooke Moriber then please go check out her social media accounts, which are down below. Thanks again Brooke for wanting to be a part of my site and so happy to come across your music.
Hello Willie, can you tell us all about yourself before you became a country singer? I grew up in Washington D.C. I went to Occidental College and The University if Miami. And before my solo career as “Willie Morrison”, I was in a band for ten years with my brother called “The Morrison Brothers Band”.
What made you want a career in country music? It wasn’t so much country as it was music. I just loved playing and writing songs. But having grown up listening to country, I think my style inevitably lent itself well to the genre, and I couldn’t be happier about being a part of the country music community. I remember being inspired by live music from a young age. Thankfully my parents took me to see a lot of live music growing up, and I always wanted to be a part of what I was so taken by on stage.
Who are some of your musical icons? Delbert McClinton, Merle Haggard, Zac Brown Band, Citizen Cope, Eva Cassidy, Otis Redding, Shemekia Copeland.
What is the background behind your brand-new single “Car?” “Car” pays tribute to young love, and the difficulty of moving on when it ends. When you fall in love in high school, one of the places you end up spending most of your time together is in the car. For me, my car served as one of the major settings where my high school girlfriend and I hung out. Whether it was our first kiss, listening to music together, driving to the movies, escaping the “no-closed doors” rule of each of our parents — my car was always along for the ride. So, when things didn’t work out, it was difficult to even ride in the car sometimes without imagining her in the passenger seat. And ultimately, the tough decision must be made about keeping the car or not.
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fresh, Friendly and Catchy.
What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? 9:30 Club in D.C., The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA, The Basement East and Analog in Nashville, TN.
What is your recording process like when making and recording new music? It varies from time to time. Usually it starts with a demo, which is sometimes done in the writing session or shortly after. From there, I look at what I love about the demo or where it goes astray. I then line up a producer and go over the vision for where we see the song going. We then lineup whoever else we need to play on the song and go from there. It’s a long process. Once you are done “recording”, you then have to send to mixing, and then to mastering.
What is one of your favorite quotes? “You have to fall in love with the process of becoming great”. I heard this said by Blake Griffin lol, but it really applies to what I do. If you are just in it for the stardom you are doomed. It takes too much work and sacrifice for fame to be your motivating factor. For me, it means loving what you do. Even if you still have room to improve, you have to love the work. You have to love writing, and creating, no matter what the outcome is.
Is there anything else you would like to share? I’m playing a free full band show March 22 at The Analog in Nashville, TN.
Willie Morrison has always been one to see things, from a different outlook and grasp the opportunities that come his way. This tendency for “coloring outside the lines is clear on his first two solo singles, “One More Time” (2020) and “Heartbreak Girl.”
Morrison grew up in Washington, D.C. with an encouraging family who showed him not only the different aspects of government and politics, but also the value of philanthropy, a well-founded work-ethic, and most important, the love for music. His dad enjoyed all live much- blues, rock, jazz, country—and Morrison jumped at any chance he got to goes with his dad to a show. The music of Delbert McClinton and Merle Haggard to Eric Clapton and Little Feat influenced him to attend piano and guitar lessons as a child, eventually working on his songwriting skills alongside his high school guitar teacher.
While he played college baseball at Occidental College in Los Angeles for a year, it was The Morrison Brothers Band Morrison started with his brother Truman, that became his main focus. The band would sell tickets on campus for their LA. club shows and they built a following in that location. When Morrison transferred to the University of Miami to study political science, the band worked on their touring route by going up and down the east coast covering Florida, Baltimore, D.C, Philadelphia, and New York City.
A chancing meeting music artist, Maggie Rose (another D.C. local), led to a move to Nashville in 2015. Rose signed on to produce the band’s first EP, and the band was signed to an artist development deal that started to open doors to more opportunities. The Morrison Brothers Band played on the Miss World 2017 show, wrote the theme song for the Washington Capitals hockey team, and earned a Top 3 video on the CMT 12 Pack Countdown for their single, “Loud Love.” When the band member agreed to go separate ways after 10 years together, it started up the biggest door for Morrison so far in his solo career.
Morrison shared “he like the freedom and the power to do what he wants 100%. It’s been nice to take it in his own direction. He is excited he can make this exactly how he want it to be.” He is not here to keep everything between the lines, it does not have to be right down the middle. He wants it to be original.”
Morrison’s creative songwriting skills and utility have also been directed to other artists recording his songs from Ashland Craft, Brothers Osborne, and Clay Walker to 3x Grammy-nominee, Shemekia Copeland, and new country artists Tanner Stephens and Kylie Trout.
Morrison’s second single, “Heartbreak, Girl,” is an item of those special days of songwriting magic where the fun lyrics, melody and vibe y come together.
Sonically, the start of “Heartbreak Girl,” was different from “One More Time,” because the big chorus needed a bigger production. “While they maintained a funky vibe in the verse, they let the guitars crank in the chorus, and turned up the vocal as loud as they could. They knew people would be singing along so they arranged the production accordingly,” Morrison shared.
Morrison’s newest single, “Car,” pays gratitude to young love and showcases a car as the setting for all of the joyful times and hardships of a past love lost. As Morrison looks onwards to bringing his new music to both his longtime fans and new listeners, he seizes this chance to stake his claim in the country music world.