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High Valley Headlines Sirius XM’s THE HIGHWAY FINDS TOUR

We had the pleasure this past week to catch a rehearsal of High Valley as they prepared to set out on their first ever headlining tour with Sirius XM’s THE HIGHWAY FINDS TOUR that began on October 18th.

High Valley rehearsing at S.I.R.

With just a small sampling of what to expect from the tour that I got to hear at the rehearsal, this is going to be a great tour that you don’t want to miss. High Valley is very comfortable on stage and have a great presense that is hard to not enjoy.  They’ll have you clapping along in no time.  Skilled musicians and talented singers, you don’t want to miss them if they come to a city near you. You’ll hear their original music along with the occassional classic country & bluegrass tunes from some of their musicial influences.

At S.I.R. attending a tour rehearsal. So excited to see @wmgnashville's @highvalleyofficial head out on their 1st headlining tour with @sxmthehighway's "Highway Finds" tour! Not only are these guys some of the most incredibly-talented artists around, but some of the nicest people, too. Their current single, "She's With Me", is climbing the country charts as we speak and we really hope to see them garner their first #1. They certainly deserve it! Catch them in a city near you soon & buy their newest album, 'Dear Life'. Get to know High Valley's music, you won't be sorry!💕😊 ▪ ▪ ▪ #warnermusic #highvalley #canadians #sir #tour #rehearsal #sirusxm #thehighwayfindstour #thehighway #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #musiccityusa #countrymusic #country #music #countrymusiclover #video #videooftheday #instavideo #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instadaily #instagood #cool #fun #indygrammers @indygrammers

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The 20-date North American tour will be stopping in Nashville at Mercy Lounge on October 27th headlined by the talented duo along with supporting acts/tourmates, Ashley McBryde and Adam Doleac.

High Valley is comprised of brothers, Brad and Curtis Rempel, from Blumenort, Alberta, Canada. Signed to Atlantic Records, the Canadian country duo is known for their contemporary country sound with a bit of bluegrass mixed in and strong harmonies. Their use of instruments like mandolin, banjo, and steel guitar in their music is not as common in today’s country music as it was in the past; setting them apart from many others in the genre to create their signature sound. They are heavily-influenced by the bluegrass sound, since its the genre of music they grew up on and listened to regularly.

Their current single, “She’s With Me”, is currently top 20 and rising on the country charts from their most recent album, DEAR LIFE, released November 2016.

Their most recent album remains one of my favorites nearly a year after its release, and I queue it up regularly to listen to from my phone. My personal favorites off the release are the current single, “She’s With Me”, “Make You Mine”, and “Young Forever”;all uptempo tracks. Find it at iTunes and Google Play today, and support this great duo.

Don’t forget to catch them in Nashville on October 27th, if not already sold out! Tickets for all stops of the tour can be purchased at: www.ticketmaster.com

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Song Review: Lucy Angel | “Public Pool Party”

Just in time for summer, Lucy Angel brings us a cool, new summer jam called “Public Pool Party”.

Written by Emily Anderton, Jake Anderton, Kate Anderton, Lindsay Anderton and Summer Overstreet.  Produced by Noah Gordon.

This song has a very fun, catchy groove that will immediately draw you in, and you’ll probably be hitting repeat a lot.  I know that I did.  Love the blend of their beautiful harmonies.  This infectious tune will have you wanting to head for the pool and jamming to it all summer long.   It’s the perfect summer jam.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars. 

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About Lucy Angel
-Kate, Lindsay and Emily Anderton comprise the family trio
-Debut single “Crazy Too” reached No. 51 on the Billboard/Mediabase chart
-Brand new summer single “Public Pool Party” to be released in May of 2017
-Currently in the studio recording a new EP due out the first quarter of 2017
– 13-Episode docu-series “Discovering Lucy Angel” starring Lucy Angel and their family is currently available on NETFLIX
The docu-series previously aired on AXS TV network and the UK’s SHOWBIZ TV network
-Recently performed on the 20th season of ABC’s The Bachelor
-Following The Bachelor performance, “I’d Be Lyin” from their self-titled album, reached No. 26 on the iTunes chart
-Recently launched YouTube vlog channel “Life With Lucy Angel”
-Lucy Angel’s self-titled album is available in Walmart and Target stores nationwide and debuted on iTunes as a “New and Noteworthy” album
-“Crazy Too” debuted on SiriusXM The Highway as a featured Highway Find single
-Recently opened for Jake Owen, Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, Kip Moore, Craig Campbell, Chris
Janson, A Thousand Horses, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, The Cadillac Three, Charlie Daniels, Jerrod Niemann, Casey James, Neal McCoy and more
-Have toured internationally in Japan, Switzerland and China and were honored as the very first
Western/American act to ever sing at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
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“With their impossibly close, God-given family harmonies, the Anderton women evoke comparisons to Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. After AXS TV ran a special on the family entitled “Discovering Lucy Angel” one thing was
clear: these girls were destined for stardom.”- Pepsi.com

“Family trio Lucy Angel is percolating on the Country Airplay chart with its debut hit, “Crazy Too” (G-Force/New
Revolution), as the plucky track bullets at No. 60. Comprising Kate Anderton and her daughters Lindsay and Emily Anderton, the act has become visible via AXS TV‘s docu-series Discovering Lucy Angel and is currently making
the promo rounds at country radio.” – Billboard

“Lucy Angel has a lot of potential in the country scene; vocally, they are in the same league as such country artists as Leann Rimes and Heidi Newfield.”-Markos Papadatos, Reporter at Broken Records Magazine
“Lucy Angel comes to Nashville with a ton of charisma, hook-laden songs, and more importantly – a heavy dose of talent.” –Chuck Dauphin, Reporter at Billboard
“Sprightly, brightly rocking. Their pert trio harmonies are flawless, and the lickety-split tempo tune of a guy who drives the gals nuts is ear catching, too.” -Robert Oermann, MusicRow Magazine

“It has been a while since an all-female trio graced our airwaves in country music, but if this is any indication then we are on the verge of the next trio of females doing just that.” –Editor at One Stop Country

Have Recently Been Seen In…
– Country Weekly: Two-page spread
– East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ): Cover story
-Franklin Life Magazine (Franklin, TN): Cover story and three-page spread
-Williamson Herald (Franklin, TN): Full-page story
-Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ): Full-page story
-My City Journals (Sandy, UT): Full-page story

Have Recently Been Seen On…
-ABC’s The Bachelor: Performed on ABC’s hit romantic reality show garnering millions of views
-Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family: Performed and interviewed on the national entertainment show

Find out much more about them at: www.lucyangel.com

 

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Powerhouse Vocalist, Lara Johnston, Performs At AURORA Nashville

Lara Johnston performing at AURORA Nashville.
Photo credit: Patrice Majors

California native and powerhouse vocalist, Lara Johnston, recently performed a full band show on April 26th at the beautiful AURORA Nashville hosted by Caroline Hobby from Nashville Insider and “The Amazing Race”.

With her soulful pop sound and a voice reminiscent of today’s music greats like Kelly Clarkson or Pink, Johnston entertained a packed audience inside the AURORA Nashville studio while streaming live to an audience around the country through the AURORA site.

Johnston, just recently off the road after a world tour as backing vocalist for the iconic Don Henley, is confident, entertaining and takes full command of the stage.

Photo credit: Patrice Majors

Her songs are full of soul with her own pop mixture added and inspired by her musical influences of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and many more Motown musical greats.

This is an artist to watch and one to see live as she delivers her original tunes with such an incredibly-strong voice that very few can muster.  Certainly a standout and a cut above many young artists today as she basically delivers what can only be described as a masterclass of voice & overall performance as she takes the stage.

She is a seasoned and polished performer who should be a household name already.  Think only time will tell for this star in the making who is making a buzz in Nashville.

Watch for her new album to be released very soon.

Lara Johnston and band pose with Caroline Hobby and staff member of AURORA Nashville following performance.
Photo credit: Patrice Majors

 

About AURORA Nashville

AURORA Nashville, a division of renowned audio and technology company THIEL Audio, is an entertainment solutions provider that combines award-winning production with today’s digital world for the ultimate fan experience.  AURORA Nashville owns and operates a state-of-the-art 4K Ultra HD production studio in downtown Nashville that provides a truly customizable experience.  From premiere live stream concerts to sit-down interviews, record release parties and industry events, the studio is the perfect venue for artists to connect with their fans with high-quality content.  It is also home to their own weekly live-stream concert series AURORA Live, which has featured artists such as Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina, Muddy Magnolias, Rhonda Vincent, Jerrod Niemann and many more.

About Lara Johnston

Lara Johnston is emerging as one of pop music’s most dynamic voices.

She is friendly, optimistic and driven to succeed, whether she’s performing her captivating music, touring the world as a singer in Don Henley’s band, or collaborating with Nashville’s songwriting community.

On her new EP recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles, Lara taps into her own personal and professional experiences while drawing on the R&B influences that shaped her musical aspirations.

“When I’m writing, it always reflects what I’m going through at that time,” she says. “This has definitely been a time of change for me. I’ve written and experimented with a lot of different sounds. All of them are extensions of what I love, and now I have music that I’m excited to share.”

Lara plans to release new music in the summer of 2017.

Get to know this dynamic, new artist in this video: https://youtu.be/qNKm3UI3QeQ

 

 

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10 Questions With Temecula Road: Getting To Know Them

Temecula Road: Emma, Maddie & Dawson Photo credit: Shayla Eddins

Temecula Road is a young country trio comprised of Emma, Dawson & Maddie from California.

Newly-signed to Disney Music Group’s Buena Vista Records, they are Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing featured artists.

With their fresh faces, sound and strong harmonies, this is just the beginning of their careers and we look forward to hearing much more from them.

We want our readers to get to know this talented group, so here are 10 questions with Temecula Road!

1) How did you get the name for the group?

Emma: We wanted our name to represent our roots. We’re all from Temecula, California. That’s where we met and started this crazy journey, so it speaks to where we came from.

2) How did you come together as a group? Your story for when decided to pursue a career in music?

Dawson: We all were living in Temecula, but went to different schools, so our paths first crossed at vocal lessons. We started singing together right after we met and the rest is history!

Maddie: Emma and I are sisters and our parents always had CMT on in the house when we were growing up. We would always sing-a-long and Emma would harmonize with me. That’s where it all started for us.

3) Musical influences?

Dawson: I love so many people. Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Lady Antebellum. The list goes on!

Emma: I love Dan + Shay, too! We’re all obsessed with them. Their harmonies are amazing.

Maddie: Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, and Maren Morris are my favorites. I love females with big voices.

4) How would you describe your music?

Emma: There’s a big focus on harmonies in our music. The blend of our three voices has become our signature thing.

Dawson: I play acoustic guitar and Emma plays mandolin, so those sounds are always incorporated into our music.

5) If you could go on tour with anyone, who would it be?

Emma: Dan + Shay for sure!

Dawson: Thomas Rhett or Luke Bryan.

Maddie: Carrie Underwood! I would die.

6) When not making music or performing, what do you like to do?

Maddie: I love watching makeup tutorials and Netflix.

Emma: I love photography, spending time with my boyfriend, and playing with my dog, Wilson.

Dawson: Hanging with my friends and playing any sport.

7) If you were not in music, what would each of you like to do?

Emma: I would be a neonatal intensive care nurse.

Maddie: I would be a makeup artist.

Dawson: An actor or firefighter.

8) What/who are each of you listening to?

Maddie: Maren Morris! I’m in love with her whole album.

Emma: I love Brett Young’s new album. And of course Dan + Shay.

Dawson: Dan + Shay for me, too. I also love Levi Hummon’s new single.

9) What has been your most memorable experience so far as a group and what’s next for you?

Dawson: Randomly meeting Luke Bryan and getting to talk to him at CMA Fest last year was probably the most memorable. We were warming up in an empty room that was apparently his dressing room and he just walked in. He was the nicest guy and told us to keep warming up.

Maddie: Meeting Carrie Underwood and opening up for Martina McBride. Both dreams come true!

Emma: We’ve met Dan + Shay a few times and they’re just my favorites. We got to see their set when we both performed at C2C in London and it was amazing.

10) Tell us about your new single.  

Maddie: Our current single is “What If I Kissed You” and it’s just so relatable. It’s about that moment of anticipation between two people waiting to see who will make the first move.

Dawson: It’s one of our favorites and we’re so glad people are loving it! So thankful for all the love and support.

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 Watch their video & current single below for “What If I Kissed You”:

About Temecula Road:

Named after the town they grew up in (Temecula, CA), Dawson, Maddie, and Emma are ready to bring their brand of country music from SoCal to the rest of the world. Sisters Maddie Salute, 16, and Emma Salute, 17, have been singing together for years, and joined forces with longtime friend, Dawson Anderson, 17, to form Temecula Road. Noted for their impeccable three-part harmonies, the trio writes their own original material, backed by Dawson on guitar and Emma on mandolin.

Called out by The Huffington Post as one of the top country artists to watch in 2016, Temecula Road spent the year opening for Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Sara Evans, Eli Young Band and Love And Theft and joined Jessie James Decker on a nationwide, sold out tour. They also supported Kenny Rogers for select dates on his farewell tour.

Kicking off 2017, Radio Disney named Temecula Road it’s newest Next Big Thing featured artist, one of only two breakout country acts since the program’s inception. Following in the footsteps of Next Big Thing alums Kelsea Ballerini, Shawn Mendes, and Alessia Cara, the group will be presented nationally on Radio Disney, Disney Channel, and across Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country’s digital platforms.

With talent far beyond their teenage years and an infectious, youthful energy, Temecula Road has already amassed a sizeable and loyal following online with their series of song covers. A recent mashup video of the trio singing portions of 2016’s top 20 country songs in a mere 3 minutes garnered them over 7 million views online and 89,000 shares on Facebook alone. Their covers have also earned praise from Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Cam, and RaeLynn.

Signed to Disney Music Group’s Buena Vista Records, Temecula Road’s first single, “What If I Kissed You” (written by Jimmy Robbins, Sara Haze and Mike Daly), was released on February 17.

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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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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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[Video] Watch This New Video From Home Free “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Home FreeColumbia Records’ country sensation Home Free’s new music video for the Christmas classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” has hit over 130,000 real-time views in under 48 hours. The harmony-rich arrangement of the holiday favorite is featured on the band’s Christmas release, FULL OF CHEER. The stunning video was filmed at night in the frigid cold at an ice castle in Eden Prairie, MN.

Check out Home Free at www.homefreemusic.com

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[Video] #CoversGoneCountry Series From Carissa Leigh!

wpid-screen-shot-2015-04-03-at-9.03.01-am.png.pngCheck out this fun cover from new country artist, Carissa Leigh! We’re diggin’ it! Here’s Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” from the #CoversGoneCountry series.   Please share if you’re diggin’ it, too!

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[Video] Check Out This New Rockin’ Country Band, The Last Bandoleros!

The Last BandolerosHow about a little something new from this rockin’ country band, The Last Bandoleros? We’re loving this live performance video of “Take Me To It” filmed at Webster Hall! Check it out! Just the thing to get your Friday off to a great start and your blood pumping!

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My Top 10 Picks In Country Music For 2014

FOCUS on the 615Well, it’s that time of year that I thought I would reflect on the top 10 artists in country music that I think you should be listening to and worth some time.  Obviously, these are not based on anything but my subjective taste.

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