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No One Loves Christmas More Than Chris Young! ‘It Must Be Christmas’ Comes Out Oct. 14th

Chris YoungAs he spoke to a gathering of friends, family, and music industry celebrating his Christmas album release, Chris Young stated that “no one loves Christmas more than he does.”  This album is something he has wanted to make for a long time and share with his fans. Continue Reading →

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“Love Can Go To Hell” – Ashley Gearing

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Ashley Gearing’s “Love Can Go To Hell” is honest and speaks about real relationships.

“I wanted to record that song for me and all my girlfriends – twenty somethings,” the 24-year-old said. “Love happens to everyone. Sometimes it’s really great and sometimes and it’s really bad.”

Gearing and her team added “Love Can Go To Hell” to her 6-song, self-titled EP at the last minute.

“We just knew we had to put that song on there,” Gearing said. “It really represented a different side of me as an artist. It’s kind of a jarring title. And then you listen to the song and it represents something totally different than you thought it would.”

Gearing signed to Curb Records at 16. She pursued college and graduated from Belmont University 2 years ago with a major in Entertainment Business and minor in Public Relations.

“I was really anxious to get started on this new EP,” she said. “It was a really long process because I really wanted these songs to represent who I am as a 24-year-old.”

Gearing was inspired by female artists who were great storytellers like Celine Dion, Martina McBride, Carol King, Shania Twain and Faith Hill. She’s also a fan of Motown and soul artists infused with a country background.

“I was born in the time when songs were so meaningful,” she said. “That was one of our requirements when we started looking for songs. We want them to be fun songs that you can sing in your car but also meaningful.”

Gearing is writing a lot right now, building her artistry in the Nashville community and developing relationships within the music industry. She said both the competition and support can be overwhelming as a young person in the music scene.

“My advice to anyone just coming in is to keep your head down and focus on what you’re doing rather than getting distracted by everyone else’s timeline,” she said.

Ashley Gearing is just scratching the surface.

“The great part about Nashville is there are a lot of people who want to help you and succeed with you,” she said. “I think we can all succeed at the same time doing a lot of different things.”

Ashely Gearing’s signature black roses were a popular gift in February for Valentine’s Day and a perfect representation of her latest single.

Among the recipients was Bobby Bones of the Bobby Bones Show. He made a “Making a Murderer” style documentary about the anonymous roses, complete with a guessing game that finally led him to discover they were from Gearing.

Check out “Love Can Go To Hell” and the rest of Gearing’s EP on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. Keep up with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Album Review: Jordan DePaul | ‘Forces’

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With country music seeming to be more open to artists like Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton over recent months,  the timing could not be more perfect for singer/songwriter Jordan DePaul.  After getting his degree and landing an industry position with BMI, Jordan decided to leave his job and take the leap of faith to pursue making music full time. Continue Reading →

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Album Review: Chris Young | “I’m Comin’ Over”

Chris Young Chris Young is easily one of the best male vocalists on country radio today with his rich, smooth baritone vocals.  With his newest studio release, I’M COMIN’ OVER, Young storms back onto country radio with a record 3 weeks holding the #1 spot for the sultry title track “I’m Comin’ Over” and the #1 country album on Billboard.  
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Album Review: Maren Morris | Self-Titled EP

Maren MorrisSoulful country songbird Maren Morris just released her debut self-titled 5-song EP.  Morris co-wrote and co-produced every song on this release.   Continue Reading →

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Album Review: CAM | “Untamed”

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the album release party for RCA country artist CAM’s debut CD entitled ‘Untamed’  at the Cordelle in Nashville.

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Show & Album Review: Ashley Monroe ‘The Blade’

Ashley Monroe joined by Miranda Lambert on stage.

Ashley Monroe joined by Miranda Lambert on stage.

On Wednesday, July 22nd, I had the pleasure of attending Ashley Monroe’s album preview show at The Basement East, an intimate venue in East Nashville.

As soon as I stepped into the room, I noticed it was filled with a who’s who of the music industry, everyone from booking agents, publishers, media to many artists out to hear Ashley Monroe perform her new material.  Everyone anxiously awaited Monroe to take the stage.
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Album Review: Kelsea Ballerini | ‘The First Time’

Produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, THE FIRST TIME highlights Ballerini’s skillful songwriting and contagious personality on all 12 songs.

This debut effort from Black River Entertainment artist Kelsea Ballerina can be summed up in one word by me: FABULOUS!

It is rare that a song, let along an entire album captivates me so.  Since I received the advance copy last Wednesday, it has not left my CD player.  I have even worn it out to the point that it is skipping now!

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From the catchy, upbeat first song “XO” to the last song, a beautiful ballad, “Underage”, you will be drawn into Kelsea’s engaging world.  I literally can not get enough of it.  A perfect fit for summer to roll the windows down to and sing along with her fresh, contemporary country grooves.

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Album Review: Dylan McDonald And The Avians | ‘Fueled By Dreams Of The Future’

Dylan McDonald and the AviansGrab your lava lamps and your bellbottoms, this debut album from Dylan McDonald And The Avians will make you feel like you’ve taken a rocket ship ride back to the 70s in this retro-infused pop release entitled ‘Fueled By Dreams Of The Future’.   Continue Reading →

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Album Review: Jordyn Stoddard | “Like Me ‘Til You Love Me”

Jordyn StoddardCountry newcomer Jordyn Stoddard is breaking into the music scene with salty roots and sandy boots. This 16-year-old Jacksonville Beach, Fla., native released her debut single “Like Me ’Til You Love Me” on Monday, and it sums up her personality perfectly.

This carefree song will send you daydreaming about the earliest days of a relationship when it feels like you’re floating together… or maybe you’re just floating down a lazy river by yourself with a drink in your hand. Either way, this song takes you to a great place, and you’ll put it on repeat. Promise.

“You’re smiling, we’re vibing, admit it / This feeling, you’re feeling, go with it.”

Could this be a better debut single?! When Eric Paslay, Chris Wallin and Matt Nolen wrote this song, it was about a couple falling in love. But a clever Stoddard picked it up and spoke directly to her fans, who won’t be able to resist liking her until they love her.

Stoddard began singing karaoke at home when she was 3 years old. She sang a Hilary Duff song at her local fair’s competition when she was 7 and received a guitar for Christmas when she was 12. It sat under her bed for a year until she taught herself how to play from YouTube videos. She may be young, but her maturity translates through her conversation style and music.

Influenced by Stevie Nicks and Kenny Chesney, this girl has an old soul with a fresh approach. She’s been shaped by artists from other genres as well, such as the Dirty Heads and Sublime.

“I want to be country but beachy country, so you can have your windows down and just enjoy it,” Stoddard said.

She’s excited to release her album Southern Tide on March 9.

Everything’s gotta start somewhere / Might as well start right now, right here.

 

Twitter: @jordyn_stoddard

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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