Category Archives: Country Princesses

“Kissin’ Frogs” 😚🐸

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Last night I was laying in bed and I was jamming out to some RaeLynn radio on Pandora and her song “Kissin’ Frogs” came on❣❣ Holy God it’s my new favorite song❣❣ I keep asking myself, “How have you not heard this song??”.
Honestly I’m in love❣❣

The chorus is so catchy,
‘So I’m gonna spend all summer long
Sittin’ on this river log,
Cause right now there ain’t nothing
Wrong with having fun and
Kissin’ frogs…..’

RaeLynn has one of the most unique voices in Country Music; I’m seriously jealous!!, (plus is one of my favorites!), I love when I hear an artist or band and I can’t compare them to another artist or band!

So if you’ve been looking for a super cute and fun summer song check out “Kissin’ Frogs”!!

XOXO,
Holland aka The Typzee Gypzee

Breaking News

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Okay y’all I really only get excited about a few thing’s, and the one thing I tend to freak about is when I find out new music is coming form my favorite Country artists!!!
So low and behold my freak out started last night and has continued through to today!!!

I was making dinner jamming to some Cole Swindle when I get a notification that Tyler Rich was releasing a new song on YouTube, I stopped what I was doing and had to listen to it!!! Let me say it is money!! It’s called ‘Rebound‘ y’all need to stop and listen to it!! He was in his kitchen and sounded amazing!! Oh and I almost brunt dinner lol!!!

Next up Chris Young announced via Snapchat that he is releasing a Christmas album!!! Yes, I said Christmas album!!  I can’t wait for this one!! Even the studio was decorated for Christmas!! It’s going to be awesome!!

Apparently Brett Eldredge is back home in Paris, Illinois on a writing retreat with Tom Douglas (he wrote Brett’s song ‘One Mississippi‘), for his THIRD ALBUM!!!!

Chris Lane’s first full length album ‘Girl Problems‘ is dropping August 5th!!! If it’s anything like ‘Fix‘ this is going going to be one heck of a album!!!

Jake Owen is releasing his album ‘American Country Love’ on July 29th you can pre-order it here!! He’s also hitting the road pretty soon here’s all the tour Info!!!

Tomorrow night CMT Crossroads is going to be fabulous because Charles Kelly is going to be killing it with Rob Thomas (Lead singer from Matchbox Twenty)!!

Chocolate Shoe Boutique

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So I was skimming around Pinterest and I came across this super cute iPhone 6 case from Chocolate Shoe Boutique!! This is so dang cute and it’s only $12.00!!! Follow this link to get it!!!

PS I am not being paid in anyway to promote this boutique!!!!

Xoxo,
Holland

Summer Shoe Game

I am pretty sure that I have a major addiction to sandals!!! Honestly I wear them all year long!!
I’m guessing it’s my inner California girl coming out haha!!
But let’s get real flip-flops, gladiator sandals, wedges the list goes on and on!! Every girl needs at least two of every kind!!
So here’s a few examples to work off of!!

Flip-flops:
These are the main go to summer shoe!! Literally everyone wears them babies to 80 year olds!! So stock up. I bought the cheap foam ones from Walmart for 50 cents!!!! But you can also go crazy and buy some for $$$$!!!
Which ever you choose buy multiples!!
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Gladiator:
These are awesome. When they first came out they were simple but lately the fashion world has went all crazy and now you can get the ones that tie all the up your leg!! They’re super sexy and way Gypzee looking!!
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Wedges:
I love these!! One because they are super cute and casual; plus when you need to dress up an outfit they work perfectly!! And best of all they’re the only heel that doesn’t hurt your feet!!
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High heel Sandals:
Okay so these are in my opinion the sexiest kind of heels!! Rock a pair of these bad boys and you’ll definitely be breaking neck’s!!!
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Check out these amazing sites to find all kinds of shoes at great low prices!!!!
Shoe Dazzle
Charlotte Russe
Ami Club Wear
Heels.com
Go Jane
Lulus
Make Me Chic

∆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:
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Soundcloud

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

~Classy Not Trashy~

~Classy Not Trashy~

∆ Artist Spotlight With Chloé Caroline∆

California has and will always be home!! There’s something about Cali that sticks to you like crazy glue. We are known for our awesome weather, Hollywood, The Golden Gate Bridge and The Walk Of Fame!! But what many people don’t know is that we have a huge country music scene!! Ever heard of Stagecoach and Buck Owens yeah that’s us!
There are so many new country artists coming from Cali that it’s hard to keep up!! One of those very talented artists is Chloé Caroline!! She’s a So Cal girl that’s been been rocking the boots since before Florida Georgia Line was making cruising cool!!

I got to know Chloé a little better and let me say that this girl is going places!!

So here is this week’s Artist Spotlight With Chloé Caroline!!

Q1. Not a lot of people know that country music is huge in California, how does it feel to represent Cali in Nashville?
Awesome of course! It’s actually pretty funny because in high school everybody would call me the “California country girl” and I would rock cowboy boots frequently. The majority of my friends from California are huge country fans and love going to Stagecoach so I expected to find that when I came to Nashville for school and music. However, I found that there are far more kids my age coming here for more than just country which is kind of cool as there are more people to learn from stylistically especially in a cowrite. OH and cowboy boots find their way mostly on Broadway now, rarely around my school like I thought I’d see them!

Q2. What made you want to sing Country Music?
Well for starters, my first two concerts I ever saw were Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain and at age 6 I fell in love with the stories behind the songs. I got to see a proposal at the Shania Twain concert during her song “Still The One” and I was hooked. I also used to parade around the house to Dolly Parton’s “I’ll Be Home With Bells On” because I loved the simple melody. Country music is very story-based and honest and I love the vulnerability behind it. I never really intended to sing a certain style, nor do I categorize myself to this day necessarily, but everybody always has said there’s something country in my voice, little do we know where it came from! I’m a born and raised Southern California beach girl!

Q3. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Goodness this might be the hardest question haha Well, I was extremely lucky to grow up with a father in the entertainment/music industry. He grew up singing/writing and playing in bands and now works on the business side and I had no choice but to listen to absolutely every genre. I love oldies, 60’s and 70’s everything because the writing is just perfection. Bon Jovi, Carol King, The Carpenters, The Beatles, Cat Stevens… I could go on. So I think I definitely have an old soul in me that I mix with newer influences. I’m obsessed with Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Gabrielle Aplin, Liz Longley, Michelle Branch and the Dixie Chicks, all of which I sang backwards and forwards and probably grew from. I think my personal sound is definitely something I call California country. It’s different and has a bit of pop with some L.A./beach flare and production.

Q4. What is your favorite part of preforming?
My favorite part of performing is probably getting to watch the audience the moment they hear a song they relate too. It’s like they think I’ve read their diary and it’s crazy awesome because I never want anyone to feel like they are alone in whatever they have/are going through because odds are, I’ve been there too!

Q5. Who are some of your biggest supporter’s?
My parents of course, biggest fans haha but honestly, I found a huge fan base with a social media app called Pic Collage. A huge population of people that use the app are girls as young as 8 reaching to 17 and its almost like a safer version of Instagram. I’ve been able to share videos, pictures, updates, etc. and even create contests with them that they can enter. I reached 56K followers this month which is nuts and they are the BEST. I love giving them advice, chatting with them one on one and really just being their big sis and it’s made a huge impact on my life. They inspire me every day with the letters they send me and collages they make for me. The best story I have about it is when I performed a small fundraiser show in my hometown and only briefly mentioned it on Pic Collage and at least 4 girls and their moms drove 2 hours to come see me when I was least expecting them. I got off the stage and was asked to take a picture and for a moment thought they thought I was someone else! Haha it was surreal to have that kind of support.

Q6. What would tell someone that is trying to break into Country Music? Well to break into music in general, I think the first thing you need to do is sit down and figure out who you are as an artist because only you can do that. Write down your goals as well, even start out with little ones. For example, I had never co-written until I came to Nashville besides with my dad, I only had written by myself because no one I knew back home wrote. So I decided when I got to Nashville I would start cold asking people to write with me. I even ended up writing with a super talented friend of mine that I met while he was driving me and my younger sister in an Uber in Nashville! Nashville is a town all about connects so if you’re doing country especially, you have to immerse yourself in the business even if that means learning the behind the scenes business stuff first so you know what you’re talking about before you sit in that first meeting. You want to be knowledgeable about every side of the industry so you don’t run into problems later.

Q7. What is one song on the radio that you wish you had wrote?
This is another impossible question because there are too many I love, so I’m just going to answer it based on what is on the radio currently at this moment in time. I’d say right now “Burning House” by CAM mainly because I’m listening to her new album on repeat, especially the song “Village”, which is the most beautiful song I’ve heard in a while.

Q8. What is one fashion accessory you can’t live without?
Do I have to pick one? Because truthfully I just love clothes so much its unreal. But as far as accessories I would say rings, I usually wear a ton at a time but I always wear the one my mom gave me when I graduated high school that says “Nothing is Impossible”. It speaks for itself haha Oh and lip color, even if I’m not wearing makeup I have to have some sort of tint/lip color or I don’t feel myself!

Q9. If you could be any Disney Princess who would it be?
Princess Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty for sure. She’s a stunner and I’ve always thought she was the best since I was tiny and her long blonde hair is strikingly similar to mine haha.

Q10. What is one movie that you can watch over and over?
A Walk To Remember. I know the sound track by heart.

Q11. Who are currently crushing on in Country Music?
Brett Eldridge. I have no words. I have a girl crush on Maren Morris though because her EP is just genius and she’s so cool.

Q12. What song best described 2015 for you?
This is so unfair! There are way too many favorites. I’m pulling open my iTunes and Spotify as we speak. I’d say “Force of Nature” by Bea Miller. I fell in love with my best friend this past year and he’s completely been a force of nature in my life ever since. I mean, how many people can say they get to make music with their boyfriend’s on the reg. He produced my last single “A Kiss Don’t Lie” and it was so much fun.

You can get Chloé’s EP ‘One Left Standing’ on iTunes!!

Get Chloé’s single ‘A Kiss Don’t Lie’ on iTunes!!

Show Chloé some love on Social Media:
Twitter: @imchloecaroline
Facebook: Chloe Caroline Music
Instagram: @imchloecaroline
Chloé Caroline.com
Spotify

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Xoxo,
Holland

~Nash Nights Y’all~

~Nash Nights Y'all~

∆New Artist Spotlight with Southern Smokeshow ∆

So its 2016 and I’m kicking things off with a New Artist Spotlight with the newest, best dressed duo to hit Nashville, since FG Line!! You would know them as Southern Smokeshow!!
They’re brand new and from the sounds of things they can’t wait to take charge of Music Row!!

I know y’all can’t wait so here it is; my Q&A with Southern Smokeshow!! And BTW Stephanie is the Brunette and Denise is the blonde!!

Q1. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

A1. Stephanie- I grew up listening to jazz and old country so some of my influences are Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash. But lately Chris Stapleton has been blowing my mind! 

      Denise – I grew up in Atlanta so there was an eclectic mix of music in my world. From Brian McKnight to Tim McGraw to Nsync to Elvis to Mariah Carey to the Dixie Chicks. Country meets Hip-Hop and R&B!

Q2. Y’alls name is awesome, how did you choose it?

A2. Stephanie is from the north and Denise is from the south, so we wanted a clever name that referenced both. We liked the word “ Southern”  because we met and live in Nashville. Smokeshow is a funny Northern term (We’ll let you google the meaning of that one)  With hours…scratch that… DAYS of brainstorming we came up with Southern Smokeshow. 

Q3. The style in Nashville is pretty crazy, what are some items you can’t live without?                

A3. Stephanie- I can’t live without a rad hat. It’s a rare occasion when you see me without one! 

      Denise – Statement pieces and fun head gear. I love crazy pants, shoes and hats! Steph and I almost always have some sort of hat on! (Maybe because our hair is always dirty? Shhh)

Q4. If you could sing a song with anyone (living or not), who would it be?

A4. Stephanie- I would have loved a chance to sing with Elvis or Frank Sinatra. 

       Denise – I’m just gonna do it – Justin Timberlake! Not sure how much singing I’d be able to do though. I’d be a hot mess! 

Q5. What country singer would you pucker up with on New Years?

A5. Stephanie- I’m not the type of person that kisses on the first date, but if Elvis asked me out to dinner first we might be talkin. 

       Denise – Well it looks like Steph and I would have our first official band fight over who gets to kiss Elvis at midnight! Back off!

Q6. What is the best advice you’ve been given when it comes to your music?

A6. Stephanie- Best advice I’ve been given is to always keep doing what I love and not let somebody else tell me how I need to sound. And to just keep pushing, nobody else is going to do the work for me. 

       Denise – “Eat beanie weenies and live music.” Seriously, a friend of mine in the industry said you’ve got to commit to your dream 100%. Go broke. Be exhausted. Work endlessly and make it happen! 

Q7. Who is your current music obsession and why?

A7. Stephanie- Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton! Their songs are clever and I love their voices! 

       Denise – Thomas Rhett is one of my favs right now! Sam Hunt! Wait for it….. Justin Bieber. His new record is pretty sick! 

Q8. Is there a song out that you wish you had wrote? 

A8. Stephanie- I would say Dirt by Florida Georgia Line and Girl Crush by Little Big Town. Both great songs! 

      Denise – Girl Crush! That song was such a game changer! 

Q9. What is your idea of a relaxing day?

A9. Stephanie- Enjoying a good cup of coffee and some vinyl to get inspired! And if there is a front porch on a sunny day, perfection. 👌🏼 

      Denise – Netflix and Cat Lady! Just got 2 new kittens so I love cuddling with them! If it was warmer I’d be outside hiking or posted up on a patio!  

Q10. What are your plans for 2016?

A10. Many plans for the new year! We are so thankful for the people we are working with and excited to release some great music! Watch out because Southern Smokeshow is going to kick ass and start taking names in 2016! 

So there is a look at the one and only Southern Smokeshow!!!

Go give them a follow:
Twitter: @SoSomkeshow
Facebook: Southern Smokeshow
Instagram: @southernsmokeshow

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Xoxo,
Holland