Spotlight Artist of the Week: Jasper Charles

OTVN: Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What made you want to pursue music? 
Jasper: I was born and raised just south of Birmingham, Alabama, in Alabaster. I grew up playing sports, hunting, fishing and hanging with my friends. I started writing and dabbling with lines and rhymes at around 13 and picked up the guitar around 15/16. I started writing songs about my friends and the craziness we would get into out in the woods, riding around in jeeps, fishing and so on.
OTVN: Did a certain artist or performance influence you to become an artist?
Jasper: There wasn’t one particular artist that made me want to make music, that was just something I fell in love with on the way. But, my first country concert was actually Luke Bryan when I was 15 and I remember telling myself that I wanted to be on that stage one day, looking out at all those people and hearing them sing my songs back to me. 
OTVN: Describe your musical style. 
Jasper: My musical style is based on melody and lyrics. I love writing songs, lyrics, stories and about real life. I stick to my roots with my music and writing. What you see is what you get. Boots, blue jeans, and gravel-voiced Alabama boy with a little edge. I love the woods, water, hunting, fishing, jeep rides through the woods and bonfires. That’s what I grew up doing, it’s where I get my roots and that’s always been reflected back into my music. 
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OTVN: Who are your musical influences? Why?
Jasper: My musical influences are ranged pretty wide, to be honest, but I have a couple I always think about. I look at Eric Church, as someone that inspires me to write the things I want to write about, to be clever with my words and true to myself. I look at Alan Jackson, as someone that kept it country his whole career. He was exactly what he said he was, a country boy. Outside of my music though, my parents and my sister have been the biggest influence. They are the hardest working people I know and the most supportive people in my life. They’re the people that keep me going. 
OTVN: Who are some current artists that you would love to collaborate with? 
Jasper: This is such a hard one! So many! I’d have to say again, Eric Church. I’d love to sit in a room with him and write, or to get the chance to collaborate for an onstage performance. How rock and roll would that be?  
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OTVN: What is your favorite venue that you have performed in? What is a venue that you hope to check off your bucket list?
Jasper: So far, I think getting the opportunity to play the main stage at Zydeco in Birmingham, Alabama, has been the coolest. It’s the same stage that Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Luke Combs, and many more played on when they were on their come up, so that’s always been humbling to me. I would love to play at the Opry, that may be a cliche country singer answer, but to get a chance to stand on that circle, where so many legends have stood to sing, would be unreal. 
OTVN: Has there been a particular moment in your musical career that you are most proud of? 
Jasper: I have a couple of moments that have made me personally proud from certain songs I have written, shows I have played and spin counts on Spotify, but none of those compare to my “pre-show” tradition. My parents pray with me before every single show I play, whether it’s been 5 people or 50 people, and if it becomes 500 to 5,000 people, that’s never going to change. I know that I’ll have that for as long as I’m doing this and that means more to me than the show itself.  

 

OTVN: Finish this phrase. In 10 years from now, I would like to be…. 
Jasper: I would like to be simply, happy and successful with my life and my career. Whether that’s songwriting or being an artist, as long as I am creating music in some way and coming home to my family at night, we’ll be gravy. 
OTVN: Are you currently working on anything that you would like us to keep a lookout for?
Jasper: I am currently working on writing the last couple of songs for an upcoming EP project and wrapping up some tracks on a few others. I plan to have it done and released sometime before or near the summer of 2018. In the meantime, I have two singles on Spotify and iTunes that people can check out, as well as some of my unreleased songs with videos on my Facebook!
You can follow Jasper on his social media and other websites listed below: 
Instagram: @JasperCharles
Spotify/iTunes: @JasperCharles
Thanks to Jasper Charles for being our Spotlight Artist this week! Make sure to check out his music and social media! Help ‘On The Verge’ support the up-coming artists in Nashville!
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Here Is Our Take on Country’s Sexiest Men

After People Magazine released that this year’s “Sexiest Man Alive” was country music’s, Blake Shelton, we started thinking of other men in country music that would be a good fit for next year’s “Sexiest Man Alive” nomination.

Here are our thoughts People Magazine: Continue reading Here Is Our Take on Country’s Sexiest Men

ICYMI: CMA Country Christmas Line-Up Revealed!!!

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Where Christmas lights are going up, shopping is being done, and Christmas Specials are making their way back to our TV screens!

CMA revealed this years line-up for the CMA Country Christmas TV Special that will be filmed at the Grand Ole Opry House on Tuesday, November 14th. The show will air on ABC, Monday, November 27th at 8/7c.

Reba McEntire will be this year’s host and we can not be more excited about it! Below is the line-up of this CMA Country Christmas 2017. You will not want to miss it.  Continue reading ICYMI: CMA Country Christmas Line-Up Revealed!!!

Chris Young, Losing Sleep Album Giveaway! How to Enter!

After great success with our first album giveaway, we decided to do it again! Please Enter the information below (nobody will have access to it but us). We will then check and make sure that you have done the following listed below and put your name in our drawing to win Chris Young’s new album, Losing Sleep!

This giveaway is only available to US and Canada residents at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Rules of the Giveaway:

  • You must be following our Twitter and Instagram. (If you follow our Facebook too, you will get an extra entry!)
  • Submit the information listed below, so we know how to contact you.
  • That’s it! Pretty simple!

 

The giveaway closes on Monday, November 13th at 11:59pm CST! Good luck!

We are not affiliated with Chris Young or his management company. This is just to thank all of our readers! 

Spotlight Artist Of The Week: Katie MAC

Meet Katie MAC, a girl from Kansas, who is getting ready to take Nashville by storm with her new single, “Nice Guys”. 

OTVN: Tell us a little about yourself. Why did you want to pursue a career as an artist?

Katie: Well, I’m originally from a suburban town in Kansas and I went to small Catholic schools, so I don’t have a particularly musical background, other than fronting a pop-punk band and high school choir. I started playing guitar when I was a sophomore and songwriting came super naturally. It just sort of clicked and I knew that this was what I wanted to do. I made the move to Nashville in 2014, and I’ve been making music here ever since!

OTVN: Describe your musical style.

Katie: I would call my style, Female Power Pop. I want my listeners to have fun when they listen to my music, but I also have a lot to say! Some of my songs are upbeat and empowering like, “Nice Guys”, but some are super delicate and vulnerable. 

OTVN: Where do you get your inspiration for your music?

Katie: Literally everywhere. “Nice Guys” came from personal experience, but I’m constantly writing down ideas from things I hear in conversation, in movies/TV, or read in books. 

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OTVN: Who are your musical influences and why?

Katie: My earliest memories of music are tied to older groups like The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, and the Dixie Chicks, but I grew up listening to Top 40 pop, so it’s super broad! The sound I’m going for now is definitely influenced by other pop artists like Taylor Swift, Astrid S., and Mo.

OTVN: What can we expect to hear from your single, “Nice Guys”?

Katie: I think people can expect to bop along to “Nice Guys”, and I also hope that people can relate to it. I think anyone who has fallen for someone and then discovered that person was totally not who they thought can relate to parts of “Nice Guys”. 

OTVN: What has been your favorite part of the music creating process?

Katie: Definitely taking an idea and then seeing it evolve into a fully produced song. There is so much work that goes into it, and it’s amazing to see how the right team of producers, writers, and musicians can take something simple and create something that people all over the world can relate to. 

OTVN: Who is your dream musical collaboration?

Katie: Ryan Tedder. Hands DOWN. 

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OTVN: What are 5 things you can not live without?

Katie: 1) Coffee, 2) Headphones, 3) My amazing family and friends, 4) Time alone, 5) Time spent creating

OTVN: What has been the best advice that you have received when it comes to working in the music industry?

Katie: I used to be extremely self-conscious going into co-writes, shows, meetings, etc. One time, I was having a talk with a professor and explained to her how I felt like I didn’t belong because I was never the best guitar player or piano player in the room. She sort of laughed and said, “Katie, be comfortable being good at things you’re good at and be comfortable not being the best at the things you’re not the best at”. Basically, she taught me the value of collaboration and that advice she gave me transformed the way I interact with my team. 

OTVN: Is there anything other projects that you would like us to keep our eyes and ears out for?

Katie: There will DEFINITELY be more music coming out very soon, but for now, I hope people continue to jam out to “Nice Guys”!

Below we have linked Katie MAC’s social media(s) and website if you would like to learn more! 

 

Ashley McBryde Becomes Most Added Female/New Artist to Country Radio

Ashley McBryde’s debut single, “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” is having quite the success on the radio.

Ashley McBryde has had a very successful year from touring to Eric Church, to making her Opry Debut, to having a Number 1 Radio Single on Sirus XM, and it looks like this is only the beginning for her. She was recently signed to Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville, where she able to get the platform to release her single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega”.

The New York Times stated that “What makes ‘A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega’ transcend is songwriting, songwriting, songwriting… It’s intelligently constructed and casually delivered, full of rich imagery… potent singalong moments… and words throbbing with outright lustrous feeling.” You can definitely feel all of the emotion when listening to Ashley McBryde’s music, and this is what helps set her apart from other artists in the Nashville music industry at the moment.

McBryde is scheduled to perform on Sirius XM Presents: The Highway Finds Tour in late October through early November with other upcoming country artists including High Valley.

Interested in learning more about Ashley McBryde and where you can see her? We have listed her Social Media Links here: TwitterFacebookInstagramSpotify

You can also find her upcoming tour dates on her website: Ashley McBryde

 

We Are Sold On This Duet With Keith Urban and Chris Janson at the Grand Ole Opry

On October 10, The Grand Ole Opry was the place to be in Nashville. If you were lucky enough to get a ticket that night, your line-up of artists included Brooks & Dunn, Keith Urban, and Chris Janson!!

What the audience didn’t expect though was an impromptu duet with Keith Urban and Chris Janson, and we are SOLD on this performance!

Watch Keith and Chris sing “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” by John Michael Montgomery:

 

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