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. 

Cat Stone~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hi Cat, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before becoming a country artist? Before focusing strictly on my artistry, I was touring the globe as a corporate singer. This primarily consisted of cruise ship tours, but I also participated in a few national tours as well as local Nashville gigs. Before that, I was studying music obsessively. Singing is all I’ve ever wanted to do.
  2. What is the background single behind your brand-new single “Take It In?” Take It In was written with my good friend and fellow country artist, Janelle Arthur. We met on one of the national tours I sang on. She and I hit it off and co-wrote Take It In over zoom in 2020. I remember going into the write with the first verse just about finished but was totally stuck on where it should go from there. Janelle really grounded the song and gave it this timeless angle that I didn’t even see was there! She is an incredible musician.
  3. What made you want a career in country music? Gosh. I remember watching American Idol as a kid and looking at Carrie Underwood and thinking “that’s all I ever want to do.” Singing brings me immense joy, and I know it is what I was put on this earth to do. While I gather inspiration for many genres, country music is in my bones. It’s where I’m meant to be. 
  4. Who are some of your musical icons?  Of course ALL the great women of country music. There are too many to count, but certainly Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert are at the top of that list…and it could go on and on! 
  5. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? My producer, Luke Nagel, and I vibe really well. He understands my obsessiveness with how the vocal sounds, so he pushes me to get the best take, and I meticulously critique the edit. But what we get is a fantastic result! I’m a total nerd in the studio and love asking questions and coming up with new ideas. 
  6. What are a few of your favorite venues to perform at? I have loved playing around Nashville. Of course the Sheraton Grande Skye Lounge was the most special venue as it hosted the Take It In release party. But some of my other favorite performance venues have been Marathon Music Works, Exit/In and, last but certainly not least, Nissan Stadium for the Tennessee Titans v Kansas City Chiefs game preshow! 
  7. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Honest, Relatable, Clever, Catchy, Creative
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? My best friend always tells me “Cat! Every day in every way we’re getting better and better.” I love that. It’s exactly the standard I want to live by. 
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? Independent female artists in country music haven’t necessarily had the best luck off the bat – especially when it comes to radio play. To see my first single land on not one but two Spotify editorial playlists feels so rewarding. The platform plays such a pivotal role in the development of independent artists and I’m so grateful for the support they’ve shown me this week. 

Cat Stone~ Artist Spotlight!!

Nashville established singer/songwriter Cat Stone has put out her wistful debut single, “Take It In,” written with country artist Janelle Arthur (“Hand Me Downs” ft. Dolly Parton). The single was recorded at Lyra Productions in White House, TN with Luke Nagel. Stone takes her listeners through a melodic post-break-up adventure of improvement while supporting the listeners to make peace with what does not belong to them anymore. 

Before working as achieving a solo career in Nashville, Stone performed in over 80 countries as a singer on the world’s most lavish cruise ship, the Regent Explorer. During her international travels, Stone started a loyal following which expanded even past her own southern roots. Friends and fans would join at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Style Lounge for a celebratory night on January 6 at the first performance of “Take It In,” with no thought of what was going to come after. 

Stone’s debut single has collected the attention of Spotify, having three editorial playlists, a milestone for a fully independent artist. Having the support from Spotify, Stone shares, “Independent female artists in country music haven’t necessarily had the best luck off the bat- especially when it comes to radio play. To see my first single land on not one but three Spotify playlists feels so rewarding. The platform plays such a pivotal role in the development of independent artists and I’m so grateful for the support they’ve to shown me this week.”

There is currently no set date on Stone’s debut album but there is more to come from Stone in 2022. For first access to updates and releases please visit her website at (https://www.catstonemusic.com). 

About Cat Stone:
Independent country singer Stone is no overnight success fairytale. She was born in the summer of ’92, Stone was transplanted across the southeast along with her father’s military job. She went off a bit of independence in her late teens to attend a boarding school for the arts. With a straight view of Nashville, Stone attended school at Belmont University on a talent scholarship. In 2019, Stone focus on her solo career. She released her debut “Take It In,” on January 7, 2022, which earned the attention of Spotify, landing three spots on different editorial playlists, a huge achievement for a new independent artist. This is the start for Cat Stone, with more success to come this year and for many years to come. 

Social Media Accounts:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsEdpHHD37eWBUD65R6OMig/videos

Instagram: http://instagram.com/catstonemusic

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

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@catstonemusic

Josh Tobias~ Q&A!!!

Hello Josh, can you tell all of us a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?“Sure! I work as a social worker in Baltimore and play at weddings and private events on the weekends. I started releasing country music at the end of 2021 and the response has been amazing so far.  Moving to Nashville to perform and record my own music is the ultimate goal.”
Who are some of your musician icons? “Randy Travis and Vince Gill are my songwriting icons, if I can write 1/2 as good as them that’d be great.” What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Kinda Man?” “I originally wrote the song from a female perspective about a girl who is being taken advantage of by a dishonest man. Then my friend suggested I switch it to a man being taken advantage of by a woman and then it became really interesting!” What made you want a career in country music?“I’ve been releasing acoustic pop since 2016 but have always loved country music, so last year I decided to start releasing country and haven’t looked back!
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? “A different take on country’. What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? I record all my music in my bedroom, which I think gives my music a unique and intimate vibe’ 
What are a few of your favorite venues to perform at? ‘Live Oak’ and ‘The Listening Room’ 
What is one of your favorite quotes? ‘It’s all about the song’ 
Is there anything else you would like to share? ‘I’m really grateful to be featured on this blog’ 

Social Media Accounts:

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshtobiasmusic

Instagram: https://instagram.com/joshtobiasmusic/

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

Ashlyn Marie Q&A!!!


Hi Ashlyn, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

  • I was majoring in Elementary Education at Clemson University. I always loved kids and grew up with 5 younger siblings who I adore. I wanted to have a practical back-up plan, but when the pandemic hit, I realized I would never be fulfilled in any field other than music. I changed my major to Performing Arts Voice and decided to stop hiding my original songs from the world. I was always a singer, whether it was in church or school choir or national anthems for basketball and football games. I’d say that my inner child would be overjoyed with the path I’ve chosen and where I’m at today.

What made you want a career in country music?

  • I grew up in the south. My family loved all kinds of music- from rock and R&B to gospel, pop, country, etc. I admired Hannah Montana and quite literally wanted to be her as a child. She was a popstar with that famous country twang and that is exactly what I’ve always aimed for in my music. I first went to Nashville when I was 17 and got to visit the Grand Ole Opry with someone who is like a second mother to me. She encouraged me to sing in the circle during a tour. I was so scared, I almost didn’t do it. But when I started to sing “I Will Always Love You”, people actually cared to hear me. I felt at home there. 

Who are some of your musical icons?

  • Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato

What is the background story behind your brand new single “Blind Horse Blues?”

  • “Blindhorse Blues” is an upbeat breakup song based on the iconic honky tonk bar in my hometown, the Blind Horse Saloon. I first went here with my boyfriend and was amazed at the history it holds. Ask any country singer about the Blind Horse Saloon in Greenville and they’ll have a story or two to tell. This place was my mom’s old stomping grounds and now I get to sing about it.

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

  • Fun, Pop, Twangy, Angsty

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

  • Being that I started all this in the middle of a pandemic, I haven’t been able to play many live shows! I will say, the biggest place I have performed at is the Spectrum Center. I’ve sang the national anthem for the Charlotte Hornets a few times and there’s not much I can compare to singing in front of such a large crowd.

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

  • My favorite songwriting technique is something called top-lining which is basically humming and singing random words until you get a hook or something catches your ear. This is how my best songs are written. I like to find a catchy melody first and then pick out the words later. But sometimes it’s the other way around!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

  • “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

Is there anything else you would like to share?

  • I’d just like to say a huge thank you to my FOUR incredible parents. Not many people can say that their broken home turned into a blessing- I was raised differently than most and I am forever grateful for the different perspectives they’ve given me. My Mom & Stepdad and my Dad & Stepmom are all polar opposites and somehow managed to work as a team while I was growing up. They made sure I never went without and always did their very best in raising me. They gave me a huuuuuge family and more blessings than I can count, not to mention my love and knowledge for music. 

Ashlyn Marie- Artist Spotlight

On January 14, 2022, country-pop crossover musician Ashlyn Marie, put out her debut release-“Blind Horse Blues.” The debut release was produced by Billboard famous producer Brandon Manley (RVSHVD), Chase Matthews & David Morris).

Marie wrote this song almost a year ago on the day of the release. She know the instant this hook came to her that it would be a huge one. She reached out to one of her best friends Kaeley and told her about it and could not help but cry, shared Marie. This song is an anthem for anybody who had been to the Blind Horse Saloon, which is a landmark in my hometown of Greenville, SC. I knew from the start this song had to be my launch to the music industry. 

Marie is from Simpsonville, South Caroline, she is currently a performing arts major at Clemson University, while pursuing her musical career. She is right in the studio with her producer and has more music coming out also in 2022. If you would like to find out more about Ashlyn Marie than please go take a look at her social media accounts which are listed below. 

Social Media Accounts: 

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ashlynmariemusic?_d=secCgYIASAHKAESPgo82%2BC0ddjp6vy8XOeCP%2BS82n9dBeg%2BzfJ1RhhmuDVD7IcmfyZGuoVqPnDiOAEIeb2qWNE6ARYGeM3QtgqAGgA%3D&checksum=906f1ee2b6dbd8dd8f55fe5a198860174d0795a9cc4c0916d79fc181c4f9ebf7&language=en&sec_uid=MS4wLjABAAAAhRVIVRggyvKoom-zX2JLvG2sFI6vACAVZXM2A3xBDKGh4pEJN_82M_uxQF2o1IHh&sec_user_id=MS4wLjABAAAALqxkxYDqSZ1lh8jvEgEpZVla3DSLr-XpIMD6dx2L1I7MN_mIGYmwnwk_LVue24h7&share_app_id=1233&share_author_id=6683690362333348870&share_link_id=02D3873D-CEAD-47DC-9DC5-F66C2D44A3DA&tt_from=copy&u_code=da9651h3g4ml82&user_id=6780451938887599109&utm_campaign=client_share&utm_medium=ios&utm_source=copy&source=h5_m&_r=1

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

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