Brooke Moriber~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Credit~ Shervin Lainez

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. 

Social Media Accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brookemoriber

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brookemoriber/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brookemoriber

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrookeMoriber

Willie Morrison~ Q&A!!!

  1. 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”. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Who are some of your musical icons? Delbert McClinton, Merle Haggard, Zac Brown Band, Citizen Cope, Eva Cassidy, Otis Redding, Shemekia Copeland. 
  4. 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.
  5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fresh, Friendly and Catchy. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.  
  8. 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. 
  9. 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~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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. 

If you would like to find out more about the great Willie Morrison then please go check out his website at (https://www.williemorrison.com).

Social Media Accounts:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamwilliemorrison/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamwilliemorrison/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillieMorrison_

Essex County~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hi guys, can you tell us all a little bit about yourselves before becoming a country music group?

We are three brothers born in Essex county England Nate Lead vocals and drums , Mark lead vocals & guitar  ,Kieran Bass lead vocals and guitars. 

It started when Our middle brother mark Won “ guitarist of the year “ back in 1996 when he was 11 years old in front of a crowd of thousands watching along with legendary guitar players such as Brian May , Steve Vai , Eric Clapton & Jan cryka 

Not long after we ended up getting a record deal to where we were on tour with such acts as back street boys , Britney Spears , spice girls , Westlife , 911 and many more in 1998 to 2000. Our single was a song called “ 24 hours from you “ which we had a top 20 hit in the UK and a top 5 in Asia. Due to very bad managment we ended up as a casualty of the music industry, but that’s another story. 

  1. How did you come up with “Essex County,” for the name of your group and was there anything else you were going to choose instead?

Well we were in a sushi restaurant in Nashville with producer Ron Fair and Rob Beckham to where we had a discussion about the name and what we were gonna be called We had to

 move on from the name “ Next of kin “ as there was another band by the same name in the USA 

Ron asked “ where do you live in England ? “ I replied and said “ Essex county “ he said “ well that’s your name and it stuck haha 

  1. What is the background story behind your new single “Next to Me?’

Well steve dorff is a long time friend we met in Los angeles in 2011 and we spent a lot of time writing and recording music Andrew dorff his son was a prolific writer and had so many great songs we just wanted to sing and perform When Andrew passed a few years back we just thought it we would honour him by releasing this song Steve dorff produced it. So it’s like a family effort It’s heart warming. 

  1. How would you all describe your music in 3 to 5 words? If Bryan Adams , Eagles and def leopard & richard Marx’s had a baby  I think that would be us guys 😂
  2. Be What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

We’ve played the Ryman auditorium in nashville amazing venue , Franklin theatre in Tennessee outstanding place , Bridgestone arena Nashville , Wembley stadium London unforgettable, most arenas up and down the UK. But there’s a great Restuarant in nashville that has live music called pucketts. Possibly might beat most of these arenas haha 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

John Mayer , richard Marx’s , the Eagles , whitesnake , the weekend , randy travis , chris young , Brad paisley , restless heart , james taylor , Free , Bruce Hornsby, toto , Jordan Davis 

  1. What made you all want a career in country music?

When you strip away the big guitars and drums and production everyone always says we are soo country in style And wE LOVE performing acoustically, it just shows our raw ability and you can’t hide behind anything it’s you a guitar and a mic And that’s fundamentally what country music is about. 

  1. What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?

Well when you’ve got a well crafted song it’s much easier , we go into rehearsals and just play it over and over even take it out to gigs play it iron it’s out find out what’s missing and then lay those parts down in the studio and then listen back and add additional parts where you think it needs something else 

  1. What are a few of your favorite quotes?

Success is the best revenge – if you knew our entire life story you’d know why this our favourite quote 

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

Please keep an eye out on all our socials as we have some exciting news coming up in the next couple of weeks and please join us on our journey as we’re heading back to nashville very soon too so this latest news might be the last gig we have e in the uk for a moment till we’re back so keep watching 

Essex County~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Country music has hip-shaking Georgia fellas, wonderful duos and more than its good amount of tall, dark, and foreseen singing songs about one, loss and alcohol. 

The genre has never mastered anything like Essex County. Combined with  British brothers Nate, Mark and Kieran Bass, the trio’s easily one of the country music’s most crafty and nuanced groups. The band’s sound is pleasant with compact, family harmonies, joined by mixture of active vocal dimensions and expanded by putting country and rock influences that are displayed in songs that sway from soulful and heartfelt to holler-and-swaller. 

Mentioned that they are hoping to be the “biggest country act to ever come from the United Kingdom,” said the band’s Grammy-winning producer Ron Fair, who has produced albums that have sold more than 100 million copies. “Mark is a master on the guitar. Kieran is lockstep in all the harmony parts and a terrific dependable singer with a wonderful tone. And Nate has this old-time tone that’s old school, but also new school. It’s fancy, but it’s very manful and enjoyable.  Their pathway to Nashville started at London’s Wembley Stadium when they were kids- but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.

Six months after the brother started music lessons Mark 10, (guitar) Kieran 8, (bass) and Nate 12, (drums)- the family watched from the audience at Wembley Stadium as Queen’s Brian May, and famous guitarists Steve Vai and Eric Clapton named Mark the top guitarist in England for Guitarist magazine. 

The prize was an axe valued at more than $30,000. The instrument was stolen before he the building. The next year, the brothers were playing an instrumental set of Joe Satirani covers in a London music store when a music executive approached them and asked if they could sing. The executive shared interest in signing them a record deal- with a proposal that led them to two years touring Europe and a shady business associate who took their money and cost the family its home. “Going through all of that, makes your family bond strong,” Nate shares. “You realize the money and fame isn’t as important.”

Their father David is  an outgoing carpet fitter who showed them how to find fun in every situation. Their mother Diane, is a nurse who taught each of them how to write songs. They penned “Can’t Find Me,” with them and the song remains one of the most popular in all their setlist. On family vacations, they listened to country music. George Strait and The Eagles were part of their family vacation song list. As they got older the brothers were exposed to American rock bands, like Bon Jovi. They then expanded their country music experience with harmony kind of bands like Restless Heart, Rascal Flatts and Diamond Rio.

They married their influences into an edgy, different sounds that grabbed the attention of foreign princes, known television producers and even a cruise line chief who offered them thousands of dollars to be the house band for hision of foreign prince fleet. It was while playing on the open seas that Essex County met a couple from Indiana, who told them they should try their luck in Nashville. Their advice was the same their mother had told them since they were children. Their mother noticed that bands in Europe were having success taking songs from Nashville and turning them into pop hits. First, the idea seemed too crazy. But when the Americans offered to help pay for the trip, the trio reconsidered.“Mum was like, this is where you’re going to make it,” Nate recalled. “So you jump the ship and you go.” 

Now as adults, the men realize the family’s hard times were stepping stones on their road to Nashville. Essex County met its manager Rob Beckham on a trip to the United States in 2018. Beckham introduced them too Fair, who was responsible for producing their songs “So Good” and “Memphis,” and set up recording process sessions with their other producer, Hall of Fame songwriter Steve Droff. Droff’s work has been seen on albums selling more than 150 million copies.

The brothers jumped into the songwriting community, writing songs with top Nashville writers Victoria Shaw, Jeffery Steele, Desmond Child and Kent Blazy. “We written with all the songwriters that “Mum played for us in the car,” Kieran said. “To be writing with them is surreal.”

With multiple tracks recorded as well as three music videos, a mini-documentary and a Chevrolet commercial, the men are set to make history as country music’s first British Invasion. 

“It means a new chapter in our lives to be here now,” Mark said. “This place here suits us down to the ground. “It’s been a very long journey to Nashville,” Nate added. “Through perseverance and the love of music, we just kept going. This whole community, the songwriters, just everyone who is playing music kind of lifts you. This just feels right. It feels amazing.

On January 28, 2022 the boys put out their brand-new single “Next to Me.” This new song and other songs from the band are available on both Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about this great country trio then please check out their website at (https://www.essexcountyband.com/lads).

Social Media Accounts: 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essexcountyofficial/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essexcountymusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/essex_countyUK?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NextOfKinOfficial

Kendra Kay~ KK’s Apple Crisp

10 cups Apples (I prefer gala apples) peeled, cored and sliced

1 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup water

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup flour

1 cup packed brown sugar

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly overall.

Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes.

Kendra Kay~ Q&A!!!

I was born and raised in Elkhorn, Manitoba. Growing up my life revolved around all things horses and sports. My family chuckwagon raced in the summer months and I spent my winters at the rink playing hockey. I was always an outdoor kid that loved to keep busy, and I was involved in every sport and event our little town had to offer. 

What made you want a career in country music?
I always enjoyed singing, and country music was the only type of music I have ever known. I sang in front of a crowd for the first time when I was 8 years old and started entering singing competitions when I was around 11 years old. It wasn’t until an injury while I was playing AAA hockey that really turned me to the idea of music. My parents took me on a trip to Nashville to record a demo and I fell in love with the music scene in Music City. I recorded my first single later that year and haven’t looked back. 

How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?

Modern country with traditional elements 

What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Wild?”

Wild is a song that I was pitched. The first time I heard it, I knew I wanted to take this song into the studio. Once I seen the song writer credits (with Carly Pearce having a hand in writing this one) I knew why I loved the lyrics so much. This song is all about letting go with the person your with and letting love run Wild.

Who are some of your musical icons?

I have always loved the artist in the 80’s & 90’s. Of course I was (and still am) a huge fan of the greats like Shania Twain & Geroge Strait. But I also loved artists like Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Terri Clark – women of country in that era were so strong and really created a strong place for themselves and that’s the type of female country artist I strive to be.  

What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

I have had the opportunity to play at so many amazing venues over the years, but some of my favourites are The Burton Cumming’s Theatre and the Club Regent Casino both in Winnipeg. I think, as a Manitoban, I had set goals of venues I wanted to concur and get the opportunity to play at and I was lucky enough to perform on both of those stages right at home!

What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?

I usually like to put a rough demo version of all the songs I have in my recording pile to see how they work with my voice and to get an idea of what they are going to sound like. Once I have nailed down the songs that make the final cut for full studio recording, I like to start with vocals. A stripped-down acoustic version of the song that lets me really focus on just my vocals. I let my producer know the vison I have on the musical side of the song and let them build the track based on that!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I always like to take the opportunity to thanks everyone who has ever supported me on my musical journey. From listening to my music, coming to my shows, following me on social media or even reading interviews like this one, you give me an opportunity to chase my dreams and I appreciate everyone for that. 

Kendra Kay~ Artist Spotlight!!

Couple of artists showcase the motivation of country music like the award-winning recording artist Kendra Kay. Kay was raised on the Canadian prairies and is shining bright as a “Canada’s Country Girl” (Harlton Empire), Kay has had a wonderful year including signing on worldwide with Sakamoto Agency, winning the 2019 MCMA Female Artist of the Year, also earning the MCMA Fan’s Choice Award for the second year in a row. Also, she has collected half a million streams, 17 weeks in the Top 100 Canada Country Airplay and earned a Top Ten spot in the 2020 CBC Searchlight competition. 

Known for her powerful vocals, down-to-earth charisma and high-energy concerts, Kay has solidly started herself as an artist to watch and a rising country star (Brandon Sun) in the Canadian country music scene. Her single “Steady,” is an updated take on the traditional country sound, written by a talented group of female songwriters including Madeline Merlo (NBC Songland), Victoria Banks (Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans) and Karen Kosowski (Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, with Kosowski also combining the reigns on assembly duties. Also her sophomore EP “More to Me,” co-produced by country star Terri Clark, with added production credits going to the CCMA Producer of the Year winner Murray Pulver and Juno Award winner Jeff Jones. 

Joined with her 5-piece band and love for country music, she has played shows across Canada including the CFL Banjo Bowl Halftime Show at Investor’s Group Stadium, played along with Tim Hicks on his “Get Loud: tour, and played with country legend Patricia Conroy. She has played in big festivals such as Dauphin’s CountryFest MainStage, Canadian Finals Rodeo, Canadian Music Week, Sunfest Country Music Festival, Canadian Country Music Week and gave direct help to artists such as Corb Lund, James Barker Band, Jess Moskaluke and Aaron Prichett. 

In January 2022, Kay put out her latest new single “Wild.” This song and other great tunes from Kay are featured both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about the kind-hearted and talented Kendra Kay then please go take a look at her website (http://www.kendrakaymusic.com).

Social Media Accounts:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kendrakmusic?lang=en

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0xPkmc7nXv31emdwlk3KFA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KendraKMusic/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/kendrakaymusic

Tomato Cucumber Salad (Cat Stone’s Recipe)

Directions:

1 part grape tomatoes. 1 part Persian cucumbers. 1/4 part diced red onion. Combine and drizzle with EVOO (optional) and top with feta crumbles! Let sit for 20-30 minutes and serve! Keeps fresh for about 24 hours in the fridge.