Howdy Hoopesters! Wishing you all the best on this lovely little Sunday. This last month was absolutely wild and B-U-S-Y in both my personal and professional life. Just three weeks ago, I graduated a year early from MTSU with summa cum laude honors and got engaged on the sugar sand beaches of Destin, Florida. Now that things have calmed down just a smidge, let’s dive into all of the new and groovy things my team and I have been up to!
The best part of making this EP is having the chance to work with such incredibly talented folks like Charlie McCoy. In his 58 year career, Charlie has laid down his saucy "harp" on records for Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, and Loretta Lynn (just to name a few). It was such an honor to add my EP to his list of cuts and hear him leave his legendary mark on "Not Yet" and "What Comes Next."
I also had the pleasure of welcoming Miss Shannon McNeal, a fellow MTSU singer-songwriter with a gift for trumpet, to a session this past Friday night to lay down some funky riffs on "Complicated." In the next few weeks, we'll be adding the finishing touches to rough vocals before sending the EP off to Clarke Schleicher for mixing!
Howdy Hoopesters! I hope you've enjoyed your sneak peek of the EP and are ready to get your country groove on in two months with these songs! Speaking of songs, I thought that now would be the perfect time to introduce you to the two ladies that turned my fragments of melodies and lyrics into the living, breathing stories of "Not Yet", "Life of the Party," and "Ghosts of the Greats."
I first sat down with Lynn Wilbanks and Kirsti Manna in a SESAC writer's room in downtown Nashville last March. Lynn and I had met a few weeks prior at the CMA Triple Play Awards and bonded over our alma mater. (True Blue MTSU forever, baby!) We set up a writing appointment for the two of us on March 23 and like most co-writes in Nashville, it didn't end up being just Lynn and I. And goodness knows I am grateful for it! Kirsti, Lynn, and I began that morning scratching our heads about what to write and ended the afternoon with a song that brought tears to all of our eyes -- "Ghosts of the Greats."
In the past year, these women have inspired, encouraged, and challenged me as a writer in ways
I cannot thank them enough for. So without further ado, meet Kirsti and Lynn!
Magical. That is the only suitable word that comes to my mind to describe exactly what happened on the miry day of February 15th at Sound Emporium Studio B in Nashville.
On Friday morning, I walked into that unassuming tan building on Belmont Boulevard and stood beside six strangers who are as legendary as they come on Music Row. It is to these six strangers -- Fred Eltringham, Sam Hunter, Mike Rojas, Byron House, Dan Dugmore, and Clarke Schleicher -- and my two producers -- Biff Watson and Paul Worley -- that I owe unconditional gratitude. These incredibly talented men banded together, listened to me speak about my music's vision, and executed it take by take without skipping a beat.
Hello my lovely Hoopesters! I hope this Sunday update finds you just fine and dandy. My senior year of college at MTSU has been much more hectic than I ever thought it would be, hence the radio silence from me the past two months.
But now? This groovy tune train is rolling!
It really is the most wonderful time of the year, y'all! I am so incredibly excited to announce that the EP is officially fully funded!
There are truly no words to express how grateful I am to all of you for making this happen. Thank you for putting your faith, your dollars and your support into this campaign. I cannot wait to give y'all the retro country album you deserve, and believe me when I say that my team and I will do it.
You'll be getting updates via email and social media every step of the way, so make sure your notifications are on!
Let's do this!
To say I got the best Halloween treat of them all yesterday is a bit of an understatement! (Those Reese's I had were a close second, though.)
Thanks to all of you, we are officially 25% funded!
Your belief in and love for this EP truly means the world to me, and I can't wait to get in the studio and give y'all the music you deserve.
We've still got a bit of ways to go, but luckily we've got until November 30 to hit the goal.
In my heart of hearts I know that this EP is going to happen, but I can't and don't want to do it without you.
If you've already contributed, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
If you haven't contributed yet, take a moment and turn on your favorite country radio station. Do you really like listening to those same old pop country songs?
Hearing change in country music starts right here with this EP.
Please keep on sharing this campaign with your friends, family, and country music loving folks you know.
Let's make country groovy again!
Y'ALL. I am so blown away by how incredible our first week went. $1,000 is UNREAL. To see you contributing to and sharing this campaign with all the folks you know has been so humbling. Having your support gives me faith that this whole thing is gonna work out. This week is going to be full of special little surprises, so please stay tuned!
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