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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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A Closer Look @ Sister Hazel As They Discuss Their 13th Studio Album, Live Performance DVD

We sat down recently with the platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, as they discuss their newest release and 13th studio album in the video interview below.

Here’s a little throwback and my personal favorite pop hit of theirs when they first came on the music scene.

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In their second showing on the country music charts this year, platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, makes another strong debut with the stunning 14-track live performance DVD, “Unplugged From Daryl’s House Club,” which features their classic hits and new offerings for a one-of-a-kind intimate live experience. The album debuted at #75 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

In February, Sister Hazel debuted “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart. First week sales of the new CD were 8,352 units.

Commenting on this year’s success of two Billboard charting albums, Ken Block, Sister Hazel’s lead singer said, “It’s crazy exciting to us that we’ve had TWO new CD’s on the Billboard charts is less than a year! Huge thanks to all the Hazelnuts – And especially to all the new fans out there who are just now discovering Sister Hazel’s music, live shows, and our signature events. We’re having a Blast!”

For more information on Sister Hazel visit http://www.sisterhazel.com. Follow Sister Hazel @SisterHazelBand, Instagram/sisterhazelband and Facebook.com/SisterHazel. **Suggested Tweet: @SisterHazelBand Debuts on Billboard Country Albums Chart at #75 with #Unplugged @DarylsHouseClub and at #4 with “Lighter in the Dark”

ABOUT SISTER HAZEL:

Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song “All for You” topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media. In their first showing on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band hosts annual events like “Hazelnut Hang,” that focuses on fan involvement and are co-founders of the “Rockboat,” a cruise featuring nonstop opportunities for fan/artist interaction. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with “Lyrics For Life.” Founded by singer Ken Block, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.

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Dolly Parton’s “Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” Available On DVD Dec. 20th

Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of LoveBeginning Dec. 20th, Dolly Parton fans can buy their very own copy of “Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” if you didn’t get a chance to see it on tv or if you just want to have your own copy to keep.  Continue Reading →

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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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[Video] A Closer Look @ Home Free | Interview & Show Review

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Photo credit: Patrice Majors

Yesterday we sat down with country sensation Home Free just before their show at TPAC in Nashville on Dec. 13th to discuss their new album, favorite Christmas memories, favorite holiday dishes, and much more!

Get to know this incredible country vocal group who first gained national attention and won fans’  hearts as the winners of NBC’s “The Sing Off” in the video below.

The show itself was a great mix of country classics with a new twist, original tunes, and Christmas favorites.  Their delivery was absolutely mesmerizing with solid harmonies all throughout their performance.  It’s pretty incredible what they are capable of doing with just their voices alone.  In-between songs, they light-heartedly interacted with the crowd keeping the concert going at a great pace and effortless flow.

@homefreeguys singing a Christmas favorite tonight at TPAC in Nashville! #HomeFree #Christmas

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A highlight of the evening was the drum solo segment minus the actual drums featuring the beatboxer of the group, Adam Rupp, that was met with a standing ovation.

Some amazing beatboxing from @homefreeguys tonight! #HomeFree Watch them tomorrow on #TheTonightShow!

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Definitely a show worth every penny that I would gladly see again!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars. 

Watch them tonight on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” as they join icon Kenny Rogers for a music performance that you don’t want to miss!

Don’t forget their new album, COUNTRY EVOLUTION, is in stores now, and available at all digital retailers.

For more information, visit their website by clicking here.

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About Home Free:
Since being crowned NBC’s “The Sing-Off” victors, Home Free has made their mark on the music scene selling more than 150,000 copies combined of their popular albums, CRAZY LIFE and FULL OF CHEER, embarking on two major national tours and amassing over 53 million YouTube views. The five-man band from Minnesota, comprised of Austin Brown (high tenor), Tim Foust (bass), Rob Lundquist (tenor), Adam Rupp (vocal percussion/beat boxer) and Chris Rupp (baritone), dropped their debut album CRAZY LIFE in 2014, which hit No. 1 on iTunes Country chart and No. 4 overall. The release of their third studio album, COUNTRY EVOLUTION has elevated the band “from auxiliary entertainment to headlining attraction” (Times Leader) and hit No. 4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Produced by longtime collaborator Darren Rust, the deluxe version includes five originals and nine new renditions of hit songs that showcase the band’s extraordinary talents, tight harmonies and intelligent arrangements that are uniquely their own. Founded in 2000 during collegiate years, Home Free has been perfecting their live show for nearly a decade performing together for packed crowds at major fairs, colleges and theatres. Their experiences on the road helped carry them to the Sing-Off victory, build a loyal fan base and bring their homegrown country style into the national spotlight.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE INDIGO GIRLS AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM

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On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, journalist Jewly Hight will interview the Indigo Girls in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater about their creative inspiration, musical influences, and recording their latest album, One Lost Day, in Nashville.

 

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[Video] A Closer Look @ The Doobie Brothers

Photo credit:  Patrice Majors

Photo credit: Patrice Majors

FOCUS on the 615 had the pleasure of catching up with Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons of The Doobie Brothers when they were in Nashville. And yes, Nicki D. definitely brought out The Red Towel (her version of The Red Carpet) for this special moment. The Doobies chat about their 14th album Southbound, which features several collaborations with your favorite country artists. Johnston and Simmons reveal what they think of Blake Shelton, things they have on their tour bus, and their secret to longevity in the music business. Plus: boxers, briefs, or banana hammocks? The rockstars answer this and more in our hilarious segment called The Doobie Deets Lightning Round!

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9 Questions With Logan Mize

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Get to know new country artist, Logan Mize, a little better with these 9 questions! Continue Reading →

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A Closer Look @ Tyler Farr | Get To Know Him In His Own Words

Tyler Farr - Suffer in PeaceTyler Farr just released his 2nd album last week entitled “Suffer In Peace”.  I personally think that it’s his best effort to date.  In stores now, be sure to check it out!

I especially love “A Guy Walks Into A Bar”.  Farr’s music always seems to come from a very authentic, honest place and that’s what I love about him.  His raspy baritone voice is one of my favorites on the radio today.  I highly-recommend his new album.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Interview With Andy Grammer

Andy GrammerWe recently had the opportunity to interview the amazingly-talented, dynamic pop artist, Andy Grammer, when he came to Nashville and performed at Marathon Music Works.

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