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INTRODUCING...SMITHFIELD!



The story of how Smithfield became a band is a little different than most. Trey and Jennifer have known each other since they were ten years old. Their families go back three generations, and the two would occasionally see each other at  parties. However, it wasn't until college that they joined forces musically. At the time both had been performing for awhile, Trey in a rock band and Jennifer playing country music. One Thanksgiving the two families were together. Jennifer's cousin suggested they sing together. Being a family friend and all Jennifer asked her to tell him to reach out.. After sending a message on Facebook, he came over to her college apartment. Not thinking anything of it they tried out a few songs, and right away their was musical chemistry. "We discovered our harmonies and our voices blended so well naturally. Nothing was forced. We both discovered that day that this was something special" Jennifer recalls.

Smithfield just released their brand new single When You're Gone. It is their third single on Sirius XM The Highway and the duo couldn't be more proud. "It's a little bit different from what we've typically done in the past but I feel it's a good evolution" describes Trey.

The duo is fortunate to have played the Opry on more than one occasion and holds it sacred. "It's the gold standard. When you play the Opry you've made something of yourself." Trey believes. He remembers the first time they played there, and being presented with the family album. In it was a quote "The Opry is the culmination of the blood sweat and tears you put into the moment.. I think hearing those words really drove it home for me." Trey reminisces. "It's magical out there. You have 8.5 minutes to talk and play two songs. It's crazy that we worked six years for 8.5 minutes but it was worth it. Jennifer quips.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE!


INTRODUCING...JESSIE CHRIS!



Country artist Jessie Chris is all about leaving a good imprint on the world with her music. She is proud to be part of Sylvana's Be The Light campaign, where the mission is spreading random acts of kindness."That's a really personal topic for me. I grew up getting teased a lot because I'm from Massachusetts and I sing country music." Jessie confides. So for her getting the opportunity to spread the message of kindness and compassion is especially important and close to her heart.

She just released her brand new single Burn and is stoked for everyone to hear it. The accompanying music video is not what people might expect. Instead of her throwing all of the ex boyfriends stuff into a fire, they came up with the concept where she leaves the items in a box by the fire. In the end the guy shows up there with another girl, who sees the items and ditches him, giving the song some girl power.

Jessie Chris had a huge career moment recently when she made her national TV debut on the Today show. "That was terrifying, but it was super cool." she comments, adding a story from her childhood. She grew up four hours from NYC, and would often go there to visit. One day she tells us that her mom took her and a friend to the Today Show. She remembers standing outside freezing cold and waving, hoping a camera would catch them, so they could be on the big screen. So you can imagine it was a dream come true for her to be inside, in the spotlight performing. Not only did Jessie get to sing but she was named the Artist of the Month by Elvis Duran. "It was really surreal to be their first country artist of the month." she says of the special honor.

READ OUR FULL INTERVIEW HERE!

INTRODUCING...SANDRA LYNN!



In 2010 Sandra Lynn made her first trip to Nashville. Taking a great liking to the town and it's scene, she began to do a lot more writing. And it paid off. A few years down the road she was in the studio with Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) recording her debut album. The first two singles After Party & Bar Hoppin made it onto Sirius XM Radio.
After a tour of the Midwest, Sandra was eager to release new music and dove into writing material for her second album. " I really wanted to speak to women on this new record, and what we talk about behind closed doors" she says.

This rising songwriter describes her sound as Contemporary Country with a subtle West Coast vibe. You may have heard her new single Hey California on rotation at Radio Disney Country, iHeart Radio, or Sirius XM. It's a playful track, great for cruising down the road with your top down. As a child the first records she heard were the Beach Boys, and she would play them over and over. With the single Sandra wanted to incorporate that Endless Summer album feel along with her Southern Cali roots.

As a songwriter and a human being Sandra tells us she always finds herself drawn to the hopeful thread. "Whether I'm crying through a song or dancing, at the end I feel a little bit better." She says that's the goal of her music, to make people feel better. "With this new album I really found the focus with the people I've been listening to. Some of the more fun, playful songs can speak to young women. But there are some tunes I hope that can connect with women that lived a little bit of life" she confides.

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STORY AND A SONG WRITER'S NIGHT #2 RECAP!



Our second monthly Story and a Song Event went great! Thanks to Brickshore Media, The Country, all of the artists pictured above, and the fans that came out (or tuned in online) for your support! We look forward to the next one in July!



Singer songwriter Sean Ryan from California kicked off the night with his folk style of music. He played material from his new album "Finer Things" and shared his story with us. Sean tells us onstage that he hopes to touch people with his soulful lyrics about life's ups and downs.



At  thirteen years old singer songwriter Taylor Gayle is already turning heads. I have never seen a bar full of adults quiet down so fast. She wowed everyone as she performed a few brand new originals including one called "Puppet Strings". In our interview onstage Taylor tells me that she feels motivated by the rave reviews people are giving her, comparing her to Taylor Swift and expecting her to do great things. She hopes to make others smile with her music.



Storyteller Robert Biehn from California City, California provided a unique twist as he painted a picture of heartbreak beautifully through a narrative fueled performance. His songs are usually tied into the novels or short stories he writes, as was the case tonight. In our interview Robert shares that he hopes to help and encourage people through his writing.



Country duo Endless Summer closed the night with a bang. They performed their single  "Amen For Women", two new unreleased songs, and one of their favorite covers "When You Say Nothing At All" by friend Paul Overstreet. In our interview Bob and Clint tell me they hope to keep cranking out new material we'll enjoy. Twenty years later and the songs and harmonies still sound great.

When asked about difficulties they face rebranding themselves Bob tells us it's all about consistency in this town. "Every day is a good day." he believes. They have been busy working on new music with Wrensong. Still no release date as they are taking the time to hone their sound and make things right. They hope to be able to keep doing music for as long as possible, and if people love it that's a bonus. "We're so privileged to be able to be paid a little bit of money everyday to get up and make music." Clint shares.


























 

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