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Video Premiere Of “Shattered Glass” By Brett Sheroky

Watch this video premiere from new country artist Brett Sheroky with the debut of his song & video “Shattered Glass” here on FOCUS on the 615.  We think you’ll like his music as much as we do!

About Brett Sheroky 

Originally from a small suburb just across the water from St. Louis, Missouri, Brett Sheroky made the move to Nashville the day after his wedding in 2009 at the request of his wife to pursue his dreams.

Leaving his past of playing in pop/rock bands behind, Brett knew the Nashville scene wasn’t going to be easy, but some unexpected news made things a bit harder for Brett throughout his early years in town. Brett was diagnosed with Cancer in November of 2009, just a few short months before making his move to Nashville. Seemingly putting his music on hold to some and spending his months undergoing chemotherapy, Brett was doing anything but resting. With any energy he had left from treatment and the frustrations of trying to start a family with his wife (which doctors said they would never be able to do), Brett devoted his time to perfecting his craft. “I take a lot of pride in my songwriting. I want to be known as a guy that writes a song. Not a guy that puts words to music.” And boy can this guy write a song. His talent has been recognized by songwriters throughout Nashville, as well as some “higher ups.” Despite Brett’s sole focus on being strictly a writer in town for the last seven years, he has recently signed a production deal with Torrez Music Group and has been working tirelessly to finish the project. It’s not easy when you’re working two jobs trying to provide for a family at home while simultaneously attempting to make a splash in the music industry. That’s right, I said family.”

Brett Sheroky lives cancer-free out in Bellevue with his three little girls and his wife, Christy, and makes daily trips to Nashville to write, work, and record. His self-titled debut album is due out Summer 2017, and with songs like “Alcoholiday,” it’s bound to not leave your speaker system.

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They’re Back! The Band Perry |

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The Band Perry recently released their appropriately-named new single “Comeback Kid” with  Universal Music Group.  It is their first new music since being signed to   their new label as they make their comeback on the country music scene.

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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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Tin Pan South: Writers Round With Tom Johnston, Lara Johnston, Paul Overstreet, & John Cowen

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Seated L to R: Paul Overstreet, Lara Johnston, Tom Johnston, and John Cowen.

During the Tin Pan South songwriters festival earlier this month, I had the wonderful opportunity to see in an intimate writers round at The Country in Nashville, one of the best acoustic rounds I have had the pleasure to experience.  In this round were classic rock legend & The Doobie Brothers’ co-founder, Tom Johnston, his equally talented daughter, Lara Johnston, hit songwriter, Paul Overstreet, and The Doobie Brothers bassist and equally talented, John Cowen.

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A Closer Look @ The California Honeydrops

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The California Honeydrops based in the Bay area seems primed and ready to explode onto the music scene with their special fusion of jazz, blues, funk, R&B, Southern soul, and American.

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“The Voice’s” Mary Sarah Wins Fans Over With “Johnny and June”

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In a stirring rendition of Heidi Newfield’s hit song “Johnny and June”, “The Voice” contestant Mary Sarah won over the audience this past Monday, and positioned herself as a real contender for the finals.  Called first this time as she was saved by America, she moves on to top 10 next week! All the while, as she continues to hold the #1 spot on the country chart on iTunes for the 3rd day in a row.  Continue Reading →

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Mary Sarah Captures The Hearts Of Viewers On “The Voice”

THE VOICE -- "Live Top 12" Episode 1013A -- Pictured: -- Mary Sarah (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

THE VOICE — “Live Top 12” Episode 1013A — Pictured: — Mary Sarah (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Texas native and country sweetheart Mary Sarah advances this week to the top 11 on NBC’s “The Voice” as she paid a heartfelt tribute to her brother with an emotional performance of Carrie Underwood’s “So Small”.

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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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Love and Theft – “Whiskey On My Breath,” Aliens and Drinking with Pets

Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft with Alanna Massey of Focus on the 615

Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft with Alanna Massey of Focus on the 615

Love and Theft is making a stand about addiction with their latest single “Whiskey On My Breath.” The duo, comprised of Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles, has dealt with losing family members to alcoholism.

“It’s a pretty heavy topic,” Stephen said. “But it’s not all about drinking. It’s just about addictions in general. Almost everyone has their own addiction. It doesn’t have to be alcohol. It could be social media.”

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The single skyrocketed from #200 to #2 on iTunes with a little support from the Bobby Bones Show.

“Bobby heard ‘Whiskey On My Breath’ and really related to it,” Eric said. “His mother died of alcoholism at 46.”

Eric struggled with alcoholism and was proudly 311 days sober at the time of our interview.

“Singing about it every night when I was still drinking was almost like I was giving myself a guilt trip in a way,” Eric said. “I was getting up there singing about the one thing that scared me to death more than anything – whiskey on my breath. It’s been good to get away from it and change my lifestyle.”

Eric’s new go-to drink is soda water or Diet Coke with a few limes. Stephen still enjoys an adult beverage every now and then.

“I drink vodka and water pretty much because you’re hydrating while you’re drinking.”

Good strategy, Stephen! That’s not his only advice about drinking.

Stephen, since you’re a year older and so much wiser than Eric, give us your words of wisdom. This is your legacy!

Eric: Give us like half of a tweet – so you get like 13 characters or something. Make this count, this is it. This will live on forever. Ladies and gentlemen, Stephen Barker Liles’ words to live by.

Stephen: You’re not drinking alone if your pet is with you.

Eric: Wow.

Stephen: It’s for all the pet lovers out there.

Eric, what’s the deal with your Twitter bio: “Life coach, alien expert, ceiling fan collector…follow me”?

Eric: Oh just two things I’m really passionate about. I’m really obsessed with aliens and area 51. No I’m kidding… I just put it on there as a joke. And then I watched an episode of something on TV where this guy collected oriental fans, and I thought it was so weird and strange. So I thought I’d put it on there, too. None of that’s true.

Stephen: CMA Fest we could get Love and Theft fans… for the fans.

Eric: Oh yeah the ones where you mist yourself!

OK guys… back to the important stuff. What do you have going on this year?

Stephen: We’re traveling all year playing tons of shows. We’ve been doing about 100 shows a year for 6 or 7 years. Some years we’re gone 200 days. There’s no telling how many shows we’re gonna do this year. We’re on pace for a lot.

Eric: It’s been the busiest beginning of a year for us as far as acoustic shows go.

Stephen: I’m gonna have a Companion Pass at the end of the year if I keep flying Southwest!

“Whiskey On My Breath” soaring to the top of the charts, drinking with pets, aliens and a busy year ahead. There ya have it, folks – Love and Theft!

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Darryl Worley – Embracing Change

 

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Darryl Worley and Alanna Massey at Country Radio Seminar

Change is in the air, and Darryl Worley is embracing it.

“Country radio has been so inundated with things that I really don’t understand, like music that doesn’t speak to me on many levels,” Worley said. “I got a little bit of a hope and a hint that may change.”

Worley has a big year ahead of him – a greatest hits album, his first Christian album and a documentary of his travels to war zones.

“If that change is in the air, this would be the right time for me to try to get back on the radio,” he said. “It sounds like a good place to almost start over.”

He has spent a lot of time in Muscle Shoals, Ala., preparing to release his 2-volume greatest hits album.

“That’s kinda like home away from home for me,” Worley said. “It’s where I started out as a songwriter, so it’s sorta been like a homecoming to go down there with a bunch of folks I used to hang out with. We’re having a blast.”

Worley’s Christian album will release later this year, but don’t expect it to sound anything like his country music. He said it’s very uplifting, yet it has a nature of the blues.

“It’s coming from life’s lessons I’m passing on that could help people through tough times or situations,” he said. “It’s gonna speak to people I think on a whole different level, and we’re excited about that.”

As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Worley’s documentary “Unsung Heroes: Music and Memories” will illustrate his experiences entertaining soldiers, seamen, airmen and marines all over the world. Worley said he wanted to do something to uplift them. The raw and real footage spanning 5 years will shine a light on what American troops do for our country.

“It’s a powerful piece, and I can’t wait for people to see it,” he said. “I’m very proud of it.”

Worley left us with a little advice for upcoming musicians:

“Figure out who you are musically and don’t let anybody change that. If you know who you are, if you really know who you are, they’re not gonna want to change you anyway. They’re gonna go, ‘Man, that’s just what we were lookin’ for.’ That’s the most important thing. I believe it with all my heart.”

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