Monthly Archives: February 2016

#MusicMonday

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Happy #MusicMonday and Happy Leap Day!!!!

March is going to be awesome because because Spring Break is coming, I’m going camping, and it’s getting closer to Summer!!!!

So here are my #MusicMonday Q&A!!

1.What is your current go to song?
I swear I change this daily lol, but right now I can’t seem to get through my day without listening to “Home Alone Tonight”-Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild!! This song is perfect!!!

2.What event are you looking forward to attending?
I’m hoping Tyler Rich comes within driving distance of me!!!!

3.Who is an artist that everyone needs to check out? Allie Brooks, she brand new to the Nashville scene!! I am featuring her in my ‘Artist Spotlight’ today!!! Check it out here!!!

4.Monthly Question.
Favorite song about Spring Break?
“Take My Drunk Ass Home” -Luke Bryan!!! Literally best song ever!!!

Check out the other #MusicMonday posts:
upfrontNY
libromusica
NashNews15

Xoxo,
Holland

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∆Artist Spotlight∆ With Allie Brooks

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Singers come and go literally all the time and it’s very rare to find one with an amazing voice and that “It Factor”! Well y’all, the lovely miss Allie Brooks is it!!

I am super picky about music and there’s only a handful of female artists that I can listen to on repeat. Allie Brooks is now on that list.
One of the things I love about Allie’s vocals is that she makes it seem effortless.
It’s a lot like when you see Olympic athletes compete and for a few days you’re convinced you to could win Gold, because they make it look easy!!
Then you hit the slopes and you realize that your never going to win gold, ever!!
That’s how Allie makes singing look and sound!! In all of her videos she’s just sitting in her house playing guitar, sounding AMAZING! But unfortunately for me, I am not so talented. I’m so bad I am never going to attempt it, unless I’ve had a huge amount of alcohol and since I don’t drink, it’s never going to happen, (your welcome!!).

So after I about had a heart attack after hearing Allie busting out in her living room, I couldn’t wait to feature her in my ∆Artist Spotlight∆ and fortunately for me, she said yes!!!
(I did the happy dance when she did!!)

Q1. Music is such a crazy industry, what made you make that leap into it?
Why would I not want to leap into it?  I cannot imagine a better way to spend this life than to play music.  I do not know what future this industry holds for me, and the reality is it might not have a place for me.  With that said, I am very excited to find out where God intended me to use my gift.   

Q2. With so many amazing genres, where would you put your music?
Because of my odd combination of influences I have a very odd voice, I get a lot of complements on the “Irish Folk” element of my voice— I have no idea what that means but it sounds awesome.  Alongside that I also get told I have a “haunting voice” — again I am not sure if they meant that as a complement but I think it’s slightly fitting for my voice — My songs are stories and because I lack a band I always perform just me and my guitar so my music feels like that simple singer/songwriter genre. . . so basically I am clueless.  

Q3. Who is one of your biggest musical influences?
Vocally I studied Allison Krauss, Kelly Clarkson, Dixie Chicks, Cher, and Christina Aguilera when I was younger.  As I got older most of my influences became male.  Before I knew it, I wanted to be Randy Travis or Keith Whitley— a difficult task as you can imagine. 
Instrumentally, Need To Breathe is how I hear my music in my head when I image what my songs would sound like full produced.  

Q4. Where do you pull inspiration from when writing your music?
Personal events in my life.  Drew Ramsey, my songwriting professor at Belmont, said that it is our job as writers to capture emotions.  We all count on songwriters to put what we are feeling into words, into expression, when we lack the ability to do so.  I have recently realized that I try to capture people in my songs, typically people who have left, so that I can keep them close to me.  I write to preserve memories, both good and bad, as a way to always remember the events that shaped me to be who I am. 

Q5. If you could duet with anyone (living or not), who would it be and why?
Michael Jackson or Allison Krauss.  I probably wouldn’t be able to sing though, I would probably just ugly girl cry and fall into their voices like melted butter. 

Q6. Do play any instruments, if so how many and which is your favorite?
I play guitar.  I have three, their names are Charlotte, Jasper, and Aspen.  They’re very good friends of mine. 

Q7. What’s your favorite part of performing?
As a young lady I always want to feel beautiful.  This may not make sense to anyone, but when I sing I feel so beautiful. I am completely incapable of fully showing my emotions, because of this I come off very hard to people.  When I am singing I am able to be me.  You will learn more about me in one song than you will will in an hour long conversation with me. 

Q8. What was the best advice you’ve been given about your music?
My father once told as songwriters we are not writing our stories, we are writing their stories.  Because of this I have been able to write my own personal stories in a way that could relate to anyone.

Q9. What do you do when you have writers block?
I listen.  I listen to conversations around me. I look at book titles.  I talk to God and ask him to put something on my heart so that I could write something someone needs to hear.  Most importantly, I don’t force anything.  

Q10. What would you tell someone who’s thinking about getting into music?
There will always be someone who thinks you can’t sing, your songs suck, or that you won’t be successful because this is a man’s industry (specifically to girls).  Always be polite, “thank you for your time” and move on.  If you truly were made to be in music then when the time is right all those people who told you now will see what they passed on.  Also, never get caught up in what “you deserve”.  This industry is about connections and relationships and no one wants to write music with someone who doesn’t split the cowrite 50/50.  If you truly deserve something you will obtain it at the right time.

Q11. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
Betty White — that’s that

Q12. If someone made a story about your life, who would you want to play you?
Miley Cyrus (Bae) 

Q13. What is one song that best describes 2015?
Turn Down for What- DJ Snake and Lil John 

Q14. Since it seems like everyone is DVRing something, what show are you currently obsessed with?
  I do not have a TV, but I watch Netflix.  I love nature. LOVE it.  So I watch all the Nature films and totally geek over them

Q15. If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could only take one food item, one CD and your celebrity crush what/who would you take?
  I would take Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and we would listen to Miley Cyrus Bangerz album and eat Spaghetti. 

Q16. What are your plans for 2016?
  Learn.  Learn everything I can about everything.  I am not in a place right now were I am the best I can be.  My voice gets stronger every day and I cannot wait to see the artist I will be in 4 or 5 years.  I am currently finishing my 2nd year at Belmont University and I want to spend my years here learning and further finding myself as an artist.

And if you’re going to be in Nashville on
March 16th you can see live Allie at 3rd and Lindsley!! Get all the info here!!

Check out Allie’s music:
Facebook
Soundcloud

Xoxo,
Holland

Hump Day Madness

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It’s Hump Day so here’s a little jam to get it going!!!

Mr. Jon Pardi knows how to get things rolling!!!!

Xoxo,
Holland

·Live Life For You·

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Every year you hear about how
everyone is going to change their life’s for the better and how you’re going to see a change!! Well the sad part is, it never happens!! We all run around the same as we were before just really grumpy, because we failed to change!!

But 2016 is the year for me!! I’ve set some goals and I’ve already started to reach them. I went through a lot in 2014 and 2015. In 2014 I lost two of my grandpa’s within six weeks of each other completely unexpected, my other grandpa moved out of state and there was major family drama when everyone should’ve been supporting one another!! And in 2015 my mom almost died from major complicates due to fibroid tumor and I found out that I have PCOS, (Look it up, it sucks)!
As 2016 approached I started having some issues with how my life was going. I was board, my life was extremely dull!!
So I decided to change things! I couldn’t get to the end of my life and have nothing to show for it. That’s why I decided to start Southern Princess Problems!! I wanted to make my mark and what better way then in music! I love it and so far it’s been amazing!! I’ve gotten to interview some AMAZING artists and I can’t wait to see where it’s taking me!
I have also decided to get in shape!! That’s right skinny mini me is on the  way!!

Xoxo,
Holland

Live at 35!

The coolest thing happened today for a very lucky group of unsuspecting passengers on a South West Airlines flight; South West is celebrating 30 years of service in the lovely state of Tennessee and to help kick things off they had Cassadee Pope and Chris Young sing their latest hit “Think Of You” while in flight at 35,000 feet!!!

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So next time you fly you never know what might happen!!!

Xoxo,
Holland

Sam and Kaley Sitting In A Tree?!?!?!?!?

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Okay y’all so after the Grammy’s on Monday Sam Hunt was seen going to an after party with Kaley Cuoco were seen going to an after party together!!!

Let me be the first to say, yes they would be perfect together!!
First off they’re super cute together and from all the paparazzi pictures I saw, she can wear some massive heels and he’s still taller than her lol!!!
(Yes those kind of things matter!!)

Wishing them all the best if the rumors are true!!!!!

Xoxo,
Holland

Chris Young Is one of the nicest guys in country music and his latest Facebook Post proves that!!!

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Xoxo,
Holland

~Summer Is Coming~

~Summer Is Coming~

Grammy’s Baby!

Grammy's Baby!

•Antonius’ Grammy Picks•

Here are my fellow blogger friend Antonius from libromusica.com,
picks for the top categories at The 57th annual Grammy Awards:

Album of the Year:
“To Pimp A Butterfly”
Kendrick Lamar

Record of the Year:
“Thinking out Loud” –
Ed Sheeran

Song of the Year:
“Thinking out Loud” –
Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist:
Tori Kelly

Xoxo,
Holland