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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

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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:

 

Mi Manchi Releases New Single, “Body Party”

Mi Manchi is a pop artist based out of Harrisburg, PA and she just released her new single, “Body Party” on Friday, October 13!

Mi Manchi started her music career after being accepted into the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU in 2006, which only a few people get accepted into every year. Mi Manchi has done previous projects under different names such as “Menya”, her college band, and as “Angi3”, for her first solo project.

Mi Manchi has had a many success in her career already including, getting recognization from major record labels, having her first single in rotation at NBC’s Today Show, and many great reviews from publications like Cosmopolitan and Blender magazines. She also has over 150k views on her Vevo account and has had multiple songs played on MTV’s Jersey Shore

Mi Manchi is currently with Smokeshow Entertainment.

You can listen to Mi Manchi’s new single, “Body Party” here. Be sure to also follow Mi Manchi on her Facebook page, which we have linked here.

Spotlight Artist Of The Week: Kate Gillespie

On The Verge: Nashville would like to introduce you to our Spotlight Artist of the Week, Kate Gillespie! Kate is a Folk/Americana singer-songwriter. She is originally from Toronto, Ontario, but now resides in Nashville, TN. Her debut EP, Pink and Gold (link to her Spotify herereleases Friday, September 29th! We interviewed Kate before the release of her debut EP, and this is what she had to say!  

OTVN: At what point in your life, did you know that you wanted to pursue being a singer-songwriter?

Kate: I have been singing since I can remember, but when I was fifteen years old, my brother, Alex passed away at age 17. A few months after the accident, I was contacted by the mother of a childhood friend, who was also the owner of a local school in Toronto. She offered me a scholarship to participate as a singer in her ensemble bands and cowrite with some of the older instructors in the group. This shift in focus allowed me to be creative and expressive so it provoked me to devote as much time as I could to songwriting, collaborating, and performing. I really fell in love with it, and ever since then, I haven’t wanted to do anything else. 

OTVN: Describe your musical style. What makes you unique?

Kate: I define my style as Folk/Americana, but I often times pull from Country and Indie as well. The bare bones of my songs always include finger-picking on acoustic guitar, transparent lyrics, and a little bit of wit. 

OTVN: Being a singer-songwriter, how do you go about writing songs? What is your songwriting process?

Kate: I wish that I could lay my writing process out step-by-step, but it is honestly a bit of a jumble. Some songs start from hearing a compelling line in a movie and jotting it down and some start by fiddling around on my guitar and trying to find melodies that fit it. My favorite way to write is to let whatever emotion I am feeling at the time drive what I create. In my opinion, my best songs have come out that way. 

OTVN: Who are your musical influences and why?

Kate: My top three musical influences include Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michealson, and First Aid Kit. They can all be classified in the Indie/Folk genre, yet their music is all different from one another’s. Brandie Carlile has the gut-wrenching lyrics and vocals. Ingrid Michaelson has a quirky but heartfelt feel to all of her songs. First Aid Kit is my favorite though when it comes to production and arrangements. I think that my music has taken influences from all of them just as a result of listening to them so consistently for years. 

OTVN: Who are some current artist or songwriters that you would love to collaborate with?

Kate: In addition to the influences I listed above, I would love to collaborate with Kacey Musgraves, to get a glimpse into that clever, witty brain of her’s would be a dream. I’d also love to write with more of my close friends who are also songwriters!

OTVN: We love your new single, “Storybook”, and it has made us excited to hear your new EP! What can we expect to hear on your EP, Pink and Gold? Does it go along with what we heard while listening to “Storybook”?

Kate: Thank you so much! I think that each one of my songs bears its own unique quality. “Storybook” let me paint a picture around a simple concept. Although it consists mostly of book-related metaphors, I came up with the idea after one of my friend’s exes cheated on them. They appeared to have this perfect storybook kind-of-love then all of the sudden there was an abrupt, surprise ending. 

The other four songs on the EP, are based on specific events and people but the references are far more obvious. This EP has some optimism, humor, a lot of heartbreak, and a lot of honesty on it. 

OTVN: What are your plans and hopes for your music in the future?

Kate: I plan to continue pursuing my artist career by playing shows around and outside of town, writing new songs every day, and working on a full-length album a little further (but not too much further) down the road. 

You can follow Kate Gillespie on her website and social media sites listed below. 

Instagram: @kategillesp

Facebook: Kate Gillespie Music 

Website: KateGillespieMusic.com