Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tailgate Season

Floral // Red // White // Black // Boots // Navy

Fall is here, which means football season is in full swing! Here in the United States, both collegiate and professional football is a big deal. Plus, who doesn't love tailgates? Unfortunately, my school doesn't have a football team, but that doesn't mean I won't be watching a few games. If I were to go to a football game, these are some dresses that I think would be really cute! Let me know what team you're cheering for this year, and if you'll be making it to any games!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Interview with John King

John King is the real deal. Influenced by his roots, both his parents and Georgia are part of the reason he is making his Opry debut today. His song "Tonight Tonight" has been played during multiple NFL games this year, something he says is "surreal". I was fortunate enough to talk with him on the phone about his life, career, music, and future endeavors.

1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

As a kid growing up, I started off singing in church and fell in love with it at an early age. It’s always been something that I love to do and it’ s funny because I can’t think of myself doing anything else now. My parents really had a big influence in it. My dad was a music lover; he raised me on a lot of southern rock and country. As I got older, I started to progress and had some bands in high school. Once I realized ‘Hey, we’re pretty good’ I got more serious about it. When I got into college at the University of Georgia, I started playing there and around town and got out touring a little bit – that’s when it really got serious and went to the next level.

 2. How would you describe the style of your music and where do you get your inspiration?

There is definitely a lot of rock influence. My dad raised me on a lot of Skynard and Allman Brothers and these really great southern rock bands. So southern rock was really where I drew a lot of my influence and still do. That’s still a big part of what we do. I kind of have me parents to thank for that – they were really good about playing good stuff for me.

3. I know in a few days you’re going to make your debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. How does that feel?

I’ve been trying to not think about it too much because if I do, I know I’m going to get kind of nervous, but right now I’m just really excited. It’s such a huge honor; it’s sacred ground. I mean, everybody, all the greats, have played there, so just the fact that I’m going to be there playing in the same spot as Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings and all these guys that I have always looked up to, it’s just a huge honor.

 4. Is there anything you can share right now about an upcoming album or single?

We are working on the record right now, and I’m really excited about it. There are eleven songs on there and every song I’m just so proud of. I’m proud of the whole album. We’re not exactly sure when, but we hope to have it out early next year, but there is no set date yet. All I can tell you is it’s really good and that you’re going to love it.

5. I know you’re single “Tonight Tonight” has been featured in two NFL broadcasts this year. Which team are you cheering for this year?

I’m a Falcons fan; I grew up a Falcons fan being from Georgia. It was pretty cool because last week, the song was featured during the Falcons-Buccaneers game, so that was pretty cool seeing my home team play and then hear the song in there. That whole thing is just surreal to me, that they’re using that and to hear it on NFL. Growing up a football fan, it’s crazy to hear my song on there.

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Image taken from www.johnkingcountry.com 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Interview with Chase Bryant

Chase Bryant is a rising force in the country music industry today. His debut single "Take It On Back" can be heard on radio stations all over the United States, and is currently in the top 30 at country radio. As if that wasn't enough, the Texas native is also on tour right now opening for Brantley Gilbert and has an EP coming out on September 30. Admitting that he loves to fish and hunt, this up and coming true country artist is sure to have huge success in the future.

1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

Every time I picked up a guitar or sang a note I found my comfort zone. You gotta love what   you do... Music was always what I loved.

2. How would you describe the style of your music and where do you get your inspiration?

It's very much mainstream country music. I find inspiration in all kind of places, a lot  of times I just don't talk and I listen. Most times that serves the best purpose!

3. What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

The day my first single was released.

4. I know you are about to be on tour with Brantley Gilbert. What are you most excited about the tour? 

Just getting to step on stage every night! There's nothing I love more!

5. What is a little known fact or fun fact about you?

I love to hunt and fish! They are two huge addictions!!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Interview with Josh Kerr

Almost everyone has a song that comes on the radio every now and then, and instantly takes them back in time. Whether it provided clarity, reassurance, or sympathy, it was the lyrics in that song that provided the comfort needed during that moment of tribulation. Oftentimes, it seems that the writers of those lyrics are overlooked. People become preoccupied with the artist delivering those words, forgetting that many times, it was the songwriter who was experiencing that moment of love or heartbreak. A songwriter is able to produce lyrics that unite the singer with the fans, and provide instant common ground between strangers.
This task is daunting for someone at any age, nonetheless at 22. But Hamburg, NY native Josh Kerr is proving his value in the industry, and that his move to Nashville was a risk worth taking. While many of his peers are still searching for their passion and career, Kerr has already found his, claiming, “I write because it's what I love to do”. He co-wrote Kelsea Ballerini’s hit single “Love Me Like You Mean It”, which can be heard on the radio today. Fascinated by the art of songwriting, I was lucky enough to ask Josh about his career, lyrics, inspiration, and more.

 1. How did you get started in music? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

I got started with music in the church. My dad was a worship leader and a band director for a minute growing up. Music surrounded me. I learned to play the bass because my dad needed one at church. Then came guitar. But before all that was the trumpet, if you can believe it. At one point in my life I played lead trumpet in the NY All-State jazz band. Those were the days! Now I could probably barely squeak out a note on that thing. 
I knew music was something I always wanted as a part of my life, but I never thought I could do it for a living. Being born and raised in Buffalo, I didn't even know that artists didn't always write their own songs until I visited Nashville at 18. I was going to college for Elementary/special education and switched right before my freshman fall semester. I changed to music and moved to Nashville my sophomore year. 

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

The easiest answer is just every day life. Inspiration could come from things as simple as driving with the windows down and hearing a streetlight buzzing or singing random things in the shower. There's no one way to pin point inspiration for me. People really inspire me. My friends, family, love interests, other styles of music, other songwriters etc.

3. What is the process like for you when it comes to writing a song?

Aw man, well I wish there was a special formula I could use every time to create exactly the song or idea I have in my head! Most days though, I get into a room with a friend or random cowriter (or two) and toss around ideas that we've come up with on our own time. When one sticks, we roll with it. Some days are a lot easier than others. Everyone loves when songs just fall out. Those usually end up being the best ones. 

4. If you could write a song for anyone in the industry today, who would it be?

That's such a tough question... Sam Hunt has such a cool vibe that I really really dig. Dan + Shay have some awesome grooves and melodies. Not to mention Shay could sing the phone book. Brett Eldredge's voice is the one voice in Nashville I wish I could steal. And he seems like a cool hang. Probably one of those three since I haven't written with them. 
However, Kelsea Ballerini and Ryan Griffin are two of my absolute favorite artists and people in town. Writing with them and for them is such a privilege. So I'm pumped to have written songs I love with them that the world will get to hear soon enough!  

5. What advice would you give to anyone who wants to become a songwriter?

Don't give up and don't stop writing. If people heard the songs I wrote before my publishing deal I would be so embarrassed at 99% of them. Find a champion who believes in you and will help you grow. I feel so blessed that Celia Froelig (VP of Black River Publishing) saw something in me. She is the reason for any success, current and future, I may have as a songwriter. I'm so lucky that she continues to help push me to where I want to be. I also couldn't be more excited about the addition of Dave Pacula to the BRE family. 
Becoming a songwriter with songs on the radio and cuts on a major record and #1s doesn't happen over night. Be patient. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be working towards those goals. Love what you do, and then you don't have to worry about those things. I write because it's what I love to do. The album cuts and singles and checks and #1s at the end of the day are all just a bonus (that I am and would be extremely grateful for :)] 

6. What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

Being a part of Kelsea hearing her single on the radio for the first time was incredible. I'm humbled to have even been in that co-write. Forest, Kelsea and Lance are all insane songwriters and sweet people. 
Listening to your hard work pay off is an amazing feeling. Not only did I get to have a dream come true, but I got to experience that with my best friend at the same time! Watching your friends have success is one of the coolest parts of this town. It's tough, but rewarding when things like that happen. 

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Big thanks to Josh Kerr for taking the time to do this interview. Make sure to check him out and follow him with the links above. Image taken from www.joshkerrmusic.com.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Interview with Logan Mize

Logan Mize is the real deal when it comes to country music. His down-to-earth vibe and honest, yet simple lyrics have earned him opening act gigs for country legends such as Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, and more. Today, Mize's song, "Can't Get Away From a Good Time", can be heard on SiriusXM The Highway. It is also currently in the top 80 country songs on iTunes and in the top 10 hottest country songs. I was fortunate enough to ask him some questions about his music, career, inspiration, and more.

1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

I always loved music of all kinds, but didn't know I would do it full time until I saw Kenny Chesney in Wichita, KS.  I realized then that these people were actually traveling around playing music on a tour for a living.  I was fixated on it.  It made me feel something.  I knew after I left that night that I would do that.

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

Anywhere I can get it...Sometimes I drink, sometimes I read books, sometimes I go to shows, sometimes it's a long run in the woods, or sometimes it's a simple conversation with a friend.
3. What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

Playing Buck Owens Crystal Palace for my relative Billy Mize's 80th Birthday. That and touring with Leann Rimes in Europe.

4. I know you’ve had two big singles out this year with “Used Up” and “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time”. Are you starting to work on anything new that you can share or just enjoying these singles right now?

I have a whole record to back the singles, but hopefully it will see the light of day.  I'm hoping I can perfect the project and get it just the way I want it.  So far it's self-produced, but I'm enjoying letting other producers come in and take a stab at some tracks.  

5. What is your favorite part of being on tour?

The first 50 miles leaving town. It's always exciting to take off on an adventure not knowing what you're going to get.  I hope that never gets old.

6. What is a little known/fun fact about you?

I don't like driving nice vehicles.  When I go vehicle shopping I prefer rust, dents, mismatching paint and high mileage.  I never have a car payment and could care less if someone slams into it in a parking lot or steals it.

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A big thank you to Logan Mize for answering these questions and Charly for setting it up. Image taken from LoganMize.com.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Fashion Trends and Essentials

When I started my blog in March, I had no idea what I was doing or getting myself into. I didn't know that I would be able to become part of such a wonderful community, where I could meet other people with my same interests and who support me and are willing to work with me. One of these people that I feel so lucky to have "met" through this is Katherine. She lives in Canada and I live in California, but I feel like we could be friends in real life. Her style is amazing and always so classy! I was so excited when she asked me to do this collaboration post with her. Please go check out her blog and post after you're done reading this! Without further ado, here are my fall fashion trends and essentials!

1. Army Green: I have seen this color everywhere! In the past, it hasn’t been my favorite, but I’ll admit that it has been growing on me. It goes well with the normal earthy tones and colors for fall.

2. Oversized Knits: When I think of fall, I think of comfy knits. Oversized sweaters are definitely in again this fall. They go perfect with jeans or trousers, and are sure to keep you warm on those brisk, fall days.

3. Pastels: I was a bit shocked to see this as a fall trend because usually pastels are a spring/summer thing. However, I think when paired with the right outfit, pastels can be beautiful for fall. I would stick with pastel blue or pink, but I’m sure others could work as well.

4. Booties: These make any outfit just that much better. I love the sound they make when I take a step, it makes me feel like I can take on anything. Booties are great to pair with any outfit for fall and winter. Plus, they come in so many different colors!

5. Riding Boots: They are my favorite fall shoes! I have a black, brown, and grey pair, all of which I wear almost everyday during the cooler months. I think they are so comfortable and again, look good with almost every outfit!

6. Sneakers: I was excited to see the sneakers are also in this season. Sometimes I think I need to take a break from wearing boots, but I still don’t want my feet to get cold. This is why sneakers are perfect – they still keep your feet warm, and you can do just about anything in them. They can also dress down an outfit if you don’t want to look so fancy.

Let me know what your favorite pieces are going to be for fall this year!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Interview with Josh Dorr

“The first time I played in front of people was my last year in college, and that was when I was like ‘that was pretty fun’, but I was terrified. I was terrified to be in front of people; I never even thought about being a performer”.
Those words come from singer-songwriter Joshua Dorr, who moved to Nashville with the intent of working on the business side of the music industry. But after spending some time there, he admits the city changed him. Today, the Sony/RCA Nashville artist is signed to the same label as his childhood hero, Garth Brooks, and his hit single “All or Nothing” can be heard all across the nation on SiriusXM The Highway. On the phone, he revealed his insightful knowledge about the country music industry, where it’s headed, his fear of sharks, and more.

 1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

Starting out, I didn’t know that that’s what I wanted to do at all. I grew up playing sports, and that’s what I thought I was always going to do. Then I got into music around 9th grade and I took one guitar class, but I didn’t really learn anything. At that time, I was focused on so many different sports; I didn’t have time to play something like the guitar because I just kept thinking it wouldn’t go anywhere. And then when I moved to Nashville, I started to play the guitar a little bit more and I had a couple of publishing internships, and that was when I saw that people were constantly writing songs everyday and some of them had publishing deals and they were getting paid for it, and some of them didn’t. But the ones that did made me realize, wow, you can make money writing songs, and that can be your job. Looking back, I’ve always been a writer type. I’ve always enjoyed writing short stories and poetry, whether it was in school or on my own, even back to seventh grade, but I didn’t realize that basically is songwriting. It wasn’t until about three years ago, around 2011, when I started watching people in Nashville playing, and then I went and played, and you kind of just get hooked.

2. How would you describe the style of your music and where do you get your inspiration?

I grew up with so many different genres. Music didn’t even feel like it had specific genres; when you’re young, you don’t think about a genre, it’s just, well, this is just a different band. But I grew up with a lot of R&B and pop like Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, and Janet Jackson, but then I grew up with a lot of gospel and Christian music, too, with my mom. She loved Amy Grant. Later on in life, I really got into, which I think pulls a lot of my inspiration, Garth Brooks. He has always been my hero. Then I got older and I started listening to bands like Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, and Wallflowers. I think fusing a lot of genres is what gives you the anthem rock, country type of stuff that I’m really going for right now. Our age group was born in a digital era where we had all different kinds of music at our fingertips, one click away, and we can hear anything we want. So I think the artists coming up now are just like us, where they’re like, yeah we’re country, but you open up a CD case and you’ve got anything from Garth Brooks to Tom Petty to Dr. Dre to Eminem. We’re just trying to blend them all into one thing, and it’s fun to watch.

3. What has been the most memorable moment of your journey so far?

As of right now, just signing a record deal and a publishing deal. It was my biggest goal that I set for myself last year. I just wanted to have a publishing deal. If I could get paid to write songs, it would be the coolest thing ever. And then that happened and I was like, ‘Oh crap, now I’ve got to set more goals’. Garth Brooks got put on RCA Records and now I’m on the same label as my childhood hero. I just went and watched him play last weekend for the first time in Chicago, and it was pretty cool just getting to watch your hero and realizing oh wait, we’re on the same label.

4. I know you’re in the studio right now. What is the process like for you when it comes to making new music?

It all starts with just writing. I’ve been writing everyday, which is my number one passion. It starts with that, and then we narrow all the songs down. This session, we’re doing five songs and we’ll probably do a couple more sessions with writers, and then record them, track them, put vocals, do all that stuff, and then we’ll do that a few more times until it’s finished.

5. I know SiriusXM is playing your song “All or Nothing” right now. What was it like to hear your song on the radio?

It was weird. At first, it was just family members and friends that told me they heard it. But then people started tweeting about hearing it that didn’t even know me. It didn't feel real.

6. What is one thing on your bucket list?

I like facing my fears and stuff. My biggest fear in the world is sharks. Don’t ask me why, there are definitely no sharks in Wyoming. But I would have to say either to swim with the sharks or I want to, and this is cheesy, very standard, but I want to go skydiving. Maybe I’ll skydive, and then land in the ocean, take my parachute off and then swim with the sharks. We’ll just kill two birds with one stone.

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A huge thank you to Josh Dorr for taking the time to talk to me. Image can be found here.