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~Artist Of The Week~ (1/23/2017)

📷: @RileyDuckman IG

I was on Twitter not really doing anything. Actually I was  complaining about the new FGL song with The Backstreet Boys (that’s a whole other story!)

When someone tweeted about Riley Green. Apparently he’s Alabama’s best kept secret. Not really he won Season 5 of Redneck Island. I guess I was the only one that hasn’t heard him! That’s what I get for taking a break from social media!!

Well if you haven’t heard Riley you really need to!! 

Check out his original song “Georgia Time” it’s one of my favorites of his!!

P.S I’m working on setting up an Artist Spotlight with him!! 

P.P.S he’s also extremely handsome!! Check out what out friends over at Whiskey Riff had to say about Mr. Green!! Ladies he’s 6’4, has blue eyes and a southern drawl, plus if I was in Vegas I’d bet he treats his mama right!!

Follow Riley on TwitterIGSnapchatiHeartRadio and RileyGreenMusic.com!

📷: @RileyDuckman IG

Xoxo, Holland


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∆Artist Spotlight∆ With Sugar Ponies❣❣

📷: Sugar Ponies

Do you ever come across a new artist or band and something about them just turns you into an instant fan??

For me that doesn’t happen often (I’m just a tad picky on my music!), But when it does it’s awesome!! I was on Twitter and this new duo had just followed me first their name got me hooked; I mean if a Twitter account follows you and it’s name is @SugarPonies you check it out and boy am I glad I did!!

The Sugar Ponies are an awesome up and coming Country/Pop/Rock band from the most unlikely place to find a Country/Pop/Rock band; San Francisco!! Yes, San Fran has other things besides sourdough bread bowls and awesome hippie’s!! And no one I know that lives in California actually calls it San Fran, odd but that’s a whole other story!

So once I fell in love with their name I just had to feature them in this week’s ∆Artist Spotlight∆!

Be sure to check them out you’ll regret it if you don’t!!

INTERVIEW

Q1. Okay so I’m in love with your name, how’d y’all come up with it?

“Thank you!

Well, we were going to be the Pony Tail Girls, because Suzanne and another member of the band had pony tails, but then she left, so then we were going to be the Pony Girls, but that turned out to be a group of ladies very much unlike us (plus they owned all the good URLs), my friend suggested the Sugar Ponies and it sounded perfect!”


Q2. Being from Cali I know how country music has a strong but small fan base, how did you decide on country?

The moment that Suzanne heard Randy Travis’s “1982”, she became a country music singer. That’s all it took. She’s probably covered 200 country songs, live. She absolutely LOVES country music!!! Also the first music that Michael started playing on guitar was Bluegrass!”

Q3. Who are some of your biggest influences?

Patty Loveless, Alison Kraus, Lucinda Williams, Paul Simon, and then some you might not expect like XTC, Ella Fitzgerald, and The Who.”

Q4. How would you best describe your music?

“altPOPcountryFolkROCK That’s our tag line. But in English 🙂 … I’d say we write about love and relationships… emotions and challenges. Our songs are catchy and melodic… good driving and singing along songs!”

Q5. How do you get into the writing mood?

We often pour a glass of pinot, put on some Barry White… oh wait, that’s not right. Honestly the muse tends to visit when we’re not trying too hard to write. But once we start, we approach it as a task that needs serious focus and completion.”

Q6. What’s been your favorite show you’ve done so far?

That was probably our first show at the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC in February 2016. The room was packed with friends, family and fans. It’s so great to play to a room filled with love! Suzanne’s mom and dad were at that show, which made it the best ever!”


Q7. Besides country what other music do you like to sing?

I love to sing jazz standards and pop music from the ‘70s!”


Q8. When did you know you wanted to make music?

Suzanne: Since I can remember! I’ve been singing my whole life.

Michael started when he was a freshman in college.”


Q9. Life gets crazy especially in the music industry, what is your favorite thing to do on your days off?

Relaxing! We love having free time when we can put the phone down, stop thinking about  ToDo’s, spend time with family and friends. Michael likes BBQing and jamming with friends. Suz likes watching british detective dramas.”


Q10. We all have bad first jobs. What were your first jobs and were they awful?

Suzanne: When I was 16 or so I worked at a one-off fast food restaurant called Aprils. It was awful. I always left work smelling like a french fry. I think I lasted one month there!

Michael: My first job after college was working as a video editor at a cable station. My first project was taking 50 hours of home made video taken by the owners of a large feedlot and editing it into training videos for butchers over a Thanksgiving day weekend.  I didn’t eat meat for many months after that.”


Q11. What was the best advice you’ve ever gotten about your music?

Start with your story, write it down, get it right, then turn it into lyrics. The story is the most important part. That’s what touches people. Keep it personal!”


Q12. How many instruments do you play and what are they?

Suzanne: My voice, guitar, flute, and some percussion.

Michael: guitars, bass, mandolin, and a little bit of keyboards. And I love to play drums. I’m terrible, but I love playing them.”


Q13. Favorite place to eat in San Francisco?

So many to choose from! Oh I know… there’s this awesome italian place up on Nob Hill called Venticello. It’s very cozy, european, and has awesome pasta!”


Q14. Besides music what else could you see yourselves doing for a living?

I’m really into decorative cabinet knobs and was thinking of starting a blog called “Hobnobbing with the Knob Snob Blog” Michael used to do visual effect and would probably go back to doing  that.”

Q15. Favorite venue to play?

Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco, or if given the opportunity, Madison Square Garden in NYC.”

Q16. Favorite movie?

“Tootsie, Some Like It Hot, Murder on the Orient Express, My Fair Lady, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Annie Hall, Touch of Evil.”


Q17. If you could duet with anyone (living or passed) who would it be?

Suzanne: Abraham Lincoln.”

Q18. What else does 2016 have in store for y’all?

We just started working with New Artist Development at Gramophone Media. The have a lot of exciting opportunities in store for us, including a super cool event happening in November in NYC. We’re going to be part of the WFUV series On Your Radar at the Rockwood Music Hall stage 3 on November 15th!

We’ll be announcing more stuff via social media as it unfolds.”

Be sure to check out their website and social media:

FacebookTwitter,  InstagramYouTube and SugarPonies.com!

All the places you can buy or stream our music:


Pandora

http://www.pandora.com/sugar-ponies/its-sign


SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/sugarponies/sets/its-a-sign


Spotify

https://play.spotify.com/album/1QmGyw7mEVqhrVAgpxOZYm


Bandcamp

http://sugarponies2.bandcamp.com/album/its-a-sign


CD Baby

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sugarponies2


iTunes

https://itun.es/us/rtNl-


Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Its-Sign-Sugar-Ponies/dp/B015TRP38M


You can also check out other interviews that they’ve done:

Grammy Award Winning Producer Ed Stasium Conjures This Duo’s Alchemy | No Depression


Chico News & Review – It’s a Sign – In the Mix – Music – Music – March 17, 2016


Elmore Magazine | Sugar Ponies Serve Up Heartbreak On A Platter With The Gorgeous “Give This Girl A Break”


INTERVIEW: Sugar Ponies –

∆Artist Spotlight∆With Eric Ondrus

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Every once in a blue moon you come across an artist that you just know is going to be huge in the near future!! Well I’m pretty sure that Eric Ondrus is that artist! 

Eric has a unique sound that if I had to compare him to another artist (which I hate doing because every artist is so unique), I’d put him somewhere between Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes! This guy is awesome and definitely one to watch and listen for!!

I was lucky enough to get to know Eric a little better last week (before he blows up!), when he did the ∆Artist Spotlight∆! 

Make sure you subscribe to Eric’s YouTube page and check out his latest single “Girl Like That” and “Summer Love“!!

Artist Spotlight with Eric Ondrus:

Q1. Everyone gets into music for different reasons, what made you want to?

​” I got into music because of the way it, not only makes me feel, but it makes people feel as well.  Making music that people can relate to, or just downright have a great time to, is an awesome feeling.”

Q2. What’s your favorite part about performing?
“My favorite part about performing is being able to bring a ton of energy and entertainment to a crowd of people who are present at whatever event we’re playing at to have a great time.”

Q3. Who are your biggest musical influences?
“I honestly don’t have many musical influences.  I was brought up and loved the energy in pop punk music (which I still do) and then became a big country fan due to Jason Aldean and Billy Currington’s very first releases.  Today, my writing is influenced by the likes of Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, and Chase Rice.”

Q4. When you’re touring what do you miss most from home?
“We honestly haven’t done a ton of touring outside of weekend touring (Thursday-Sunday).  I miss three things: My beautiful fiance, my dog, and healthy food.”

Q5. What is a song out on the radio right now that you wish you could’ve wrote or sang?
“3 wishes by Clark Manson, written by Joshua Melton.  Both friends of mine from Ohio, the song was just released and poised to do big things.  I’m also obsessed with it.”

Q6. Growing up what were some of your favorite artists/bands?
“Pop punk: A Day to Remember, Hawthorne Heights, Hit the Lights.  Country: Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean.”

Q7. What is the worst advice you ever got about music?
“Playing for exposure will work out in your favor.”

Q8. Where do you see your in music going in 5 years?
“I see things blowing up in the next 5 years.  I see us doing some major touring, signing with management and a booking agency, and opening on tour with a large band/artist.”

Q9. Who are your biggest supporters?
“My biggest supporters are my band! and my fiance as well as my parents and my fiance’s parents and family.”

Q10. Besides your girls, what would you grab if your house was in fire?
“My dog and my guitars.”

Q11. What are is your ideal day off?
“Get up early, hit the gym, and head on out with some beers to the water on the boat!”

Q12. Favorite food?
“Meatlovers pizza from Gino’s!”

Q13. Favorite movie you can watch over and over?
“Sandlot or Law Abiding Citizen”

Q14. Single or Taken?
“Engaged!  To be married August 25, 2017.”

Q15. What else do you have in store for 2016?
“The rest of 2016 has some large shows and hopefully opening for another nationally touring country artist (or 2)!  Also included are a couple writing trips to Nashville to finish writing for the next EP as well as some fun vacation time with my fiance in Florida!”

Keep Up Eric on Twitter  InstagramFacebook and get his music on iTunes!!

Thanks again Eric I wish you all the best!!!

Momerview With Tyler Rich’s Mom Monique

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Photo Via Tyler’s Facebook

Back in August I discovered a newcomer to the Nashville Music scene, you might have heard of him, he’s the extremely talented (and handsome) Tyler Rich!!! He’s a country boy from Northern Cali and he knows a thing or two about writing music that makes you love him and country music!!
The first time I heard his music was on YouTube when I typed in the wrong thing and his song “California Grown” came on; I was looking for the song that’s played in the car commercial (I still don’t know what the song is lol)!
So I jumped on the Tyler Rich fan train, I’ve posted his music all over the place!! I feel like I have a duty as a fellow country music junkie to anyone from Cali repping country music!! I mean honestly if you’re from Cali than “California Grown” is the anthem!!
Continue reading Momerview With Tyler Rich’s Mom Monique

#MusicMonday

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It’s Monday and that means it’s time for #MusicMonday!!!!

1. What is your current go to song?
I talk about Tyler Rich a lot lol!! But his song “I Can Teach Ya” is awesome!!! Check out his EP “Valerie”, get it here!!

2. What event are you looking forward to attending?
I’d love to go to the Mid-State fair in California, all kinds of of country artists come!!!

3. Who is an artist that everyone needs to check out?
Well this morning week it’s the duo “Terra Bella”!! Their a new duo that just hit the Nashville scene!! They also just released their EP “Road To Forever” get it here!!

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4. Which artist has the best catalogue of love songs?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Chris Young lately!! Every single one of his album’s has at least three or four love songs on it!!! My favorite so far is from his latest album “I’m Comin’ Over”, ” “Heartbeat” is so romantic and way sexy!!!!

Check out these other #MusicMonday post you’ll find them interesting!!!!

upfrontNY
libromusica
NashNews15

Xoxo,
Holland

∆Artist Spotlight with Terra Bella∆

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It’s always awesome to find new artists and bands, but when their from your home town it makes it so much better!! Plus I know their drummer he’s awesome lol, I had to give Zach a shoutout!!

Terra Bella is the next duo that’s going to take Nashville by surprise!! Their sound is a new age twist of classic country!! Plus they dress to impress!!! Every time Martina posts a pic of her outfits, I get some major wardrobe envy!!!

2016 is going to be huge for Terra Bella because their new EP ‘Road To Forever‘ is dropping February 9th!!!

I had a chance to interview Joseph and Martina (I love her name BTW!) better known as Terra Bella!!
Thanks guys y’all were awesome!!!

Q1. How did y’all get started in music?
Joseph started playing in bands in junior high. Martina on the other hand began her singing career singing karaoke at local bars.

Q2. Who are your biggest influences in music?
We are both influenced greatly by Merle Haggard, The Judds, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Bruce Springsteen, Brandi Carlile, The Eagles…this list could take a little while. Haha!!

Q3. What is your favorite part of preforming?
When you’re on stage, you have the chance to move people. Move people through words, sound and emotion. If that doesn’t give you goosebumps as a performer, you’re doing it wrong.

Q4. California isn’t always known for country music, how do you hope to change that?
Unfortunately, you are correct. CA isn’t know for country music these days, BUT, it has roots deeply planted in the central valley. There is a huge list of country stars that came out of Bakersfield, CA in the 60’s, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard being the most well known. So with respect to that I guess we hope to put California, specifically Central CA, back on the country music map by making honest, real music that stands the test of time.

Q5. I know y’all are from the 559 (which is where I live) and since we’re a little different from the rest of Cali, do you think it helped you in understanding Country Music being around all of the Agriculture?
Absolutely! Agriculture, just like country music, is not a trend but more of a way of life. You take pride in the story of your heritage, just like a songwriter does with their lyrics. You respect where you come from. With a good foundation and a passion for what you believe in, you make the world grow. Agriculture gave us both that.

Q6. What gets you in the writing mood?
A writing appointment in our calendar hahaha! We get 75% of our ideas while stuck in traffic with the radio off.

Q7. What is a song that you wish you had wrote?
Oh great question! We’re both going to agree on “The River” by Garth Brooks. 

 Q8. What was a song that best described your 2015?
Our song “Hey Mama” is the story of our last couple years.  

Q9. If you could go back in time, what historical event would you go to?
Being proud Americans, it would be really awesome to witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

Q10. Since your married, what super hero duo best describes y’all?  
Definitely Batman and Robin (if Robin was a good lookin girl haha). We are both normal people, we have no super powers, but we work our butts off to make the world a better place.

 Q11. Who is your current music obsession that you can’t seem to get off repeat?
We both can’t enough of Brothers Osborne’s new album “Pawn Shop” and Maren Morris’s self titled EP.

Q12. What is your ideal day off?
We love hiking and exploring new towns.

Q13. What are your plans for 2016? 
We just finished a new EP with Producer Johnny Garcia who plays lead guitar for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, so the next few months we’ll be shopping that around Nashville. We also plan to hit the road pretty hard this year promoting this new music. Hope to ya’ll at a show soon!!!   Cheers, 
Joseph and Martina 

Order Terra Bella’s EP ‘Road To Forever’ on TerraBellaMusic.com

Go follow, like and double tap:
Twitter: @TerraBellaMusic
Facebook: Terra Bella Official
Instagram: @TerraBellaMusic
Snapchat: terrabellamusic

Xoxo,
Holland

∆Artist Spotlight with Joey James Band∆

I absolutely love discovering new talent in music, its one of the main reasons that I started to write!!

So when I found the Joey James Band I was super excited to interview him! He’s definitely one to watch for!! I don’t know who you could find that fits into Country Music than Joey, from his sound to his pride!! He’s the real deal!!

This week I got to interview Joey and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!

PS I love his answer to question 10!!!

Q1. What made you want to get into music?
At a young age I started writing poetry and right away felt like I had a knack to bringing emotions onto a piece of paper. In my teen years I started to write my first lyrics and I watched as people reacted to my words. It amazed me that my words could move human emotions. During my time in the military I grew into my own and met others from different parts of the country. This made me grow as a writer. My love and passion to sing and perform grew with every lyric I wrote. So what got me into music is really the fact that I have so much to say and contribute to the world.

Q2. Who are your biggest musical influences?
I am a huge fan of Garth Brooks, I have always liked the way he interacted with his fans and he has performed his shows the right way, he brought in great songwriters and gave country music the spark it needed that I truly believe makes me the artist I want to be. I have a great understanding that my fans are who make me and I am blessed.

Q3. What is one song out today that you wish you had wrote?
The Dance is one of those songs that will outlive every generation and so really that is the one song I wish I could have been a part of. Other then, that I am very passionate about the words that I put down on paper and cannot wait for a bigger opportunity to share my words.

Q4. How do you get inspiration for new music?
It sounds so collage but honestly I get a lot of inspiration by everyday living. My lyrics are true and I love speaking to folks and getting several ideas from them. I mean some of my songs start off with a quote someone says!

Q5. What is the worst advice someone gave you about music?
The worst advice anyone has given me is how easy it could be to make it in the industry because of my songwriting. It’s a tough business to crack. Making it also has derived a different meaning for me then when I first started this journey. I now look at using my music to help others and if the Lord blesses me enough to make the national stage then I will feel I have made it.

Q6. How long have you been making music?
Professionally I have been on stage for a little over 7 years and I Iove every minute of it. The stage brings me so much joy!

Q7. What is one thing that you can’t live without?
My daughter, my girlfriend of 4 years, my two dogs, good friends, and God, not always in that order lol!

Q8. What is your ideal vacation?
I grew up in the sticks , in a tiny little town in Oregon. My vacation is a cabin in the woods, fishing, exploring and enjoying my loved ones company!

Q9. If you could have any super power what would it be?
I love this question! I would really like to read a persons mind, to feel a persons thoughts would definitely give me an understanding of what that person has gone through.

Q10. If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
Hmmm, who can grow a bad ass beard in Hollywood? I guess Russel Crow could do me the honors, I don’t think I have ever seen a bad movie of his. No Australian accent though, could he pull off my little drawl?

Q11. When you’re out with friends what are you normally drinking?
Well it has been a curse on me since my metabolism decided to slow down a couple years back. I love beer, almost any kind of beer. I am also a fan of Whiskey, my Grandpa’s favorite drink was Black Velvet and Sprite, so these days that’s kind of my go to drink!

Q12. What are your plans for 2016?
We are looking to record this killer EP, I am hopeful that I can have it released in the summer time! We are also looking to make some moves into the national spotlight after an investor comes through for us. Maybe even trying to get Saving Soldiers Tour off the ground, my brain child to help our veterans in need. Growing my fan support is also a continuous goal.

Thank you for your support and for helping artists like me get exposure.

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Follow Joey:
Twitter: @joeyjamesband
The Joey James Band Fan Page
JoeyJames.net
Joey James

Xoxo,
Holland

∆ 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

~Vote 4 Tyler Rich~

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Okay y’all as you can tell I’m a huge fan of country music!! I also like to promote artists that work their tails off! It’s hard and exhausting work. So any time I come across a new artist (country or not) I try and do as much as I can to get the word out about them.

So my newest country obsession is a guy from my home state of Cali!! You’d know him better as Tyler Rich!! For 2016 Tyler wants a record deal and he might just get his wish!!
He is one out of 300 other artists and Bands competing for a record deal audition from WBR Records A&R.
Here is what the TouchTunes contest is all about:

“TouchTunes Breakout Band for a chance to win an audition with WBR Records A&R, $3,000, and a national music promotion on TouchTunes.”

So follow this link and follow the instructions on how to vote!!!

So go get your vote on!!!

Xoxo,
Holland

∆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!!!

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Twitter: @SoSomkeshow
Facebook: Southern Smokeshow
Instagram: @southernsmokeshow

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Xoxo,
Holland