Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

Daniel Layus (AUGUSTANA) on his latest release: ‘Life Imitating Life’

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Daniel Layus (AUGUSTANA) on his latest release: ‘Life Imitating Life’

There’s something so special about an artist that can bring light into your life just by sharing his talent with you. When you listen to Life Imitating Life, Daniel Layus’ first mostly solo effort under the moniker of Augustana, you can feel the lightness that can only come from songs that reflect an honest and authentic songwriter.

Unlike a lot of bands, Augustana got pretty big pretty fast early on in their career. Their debut record, All The Stars and Boulevards, quickly climbed the charts as their hit single, “Boston” played on radio stations across the country. Now that Daniel is the only founding member left, he’s been able to reflect and grow from the experience and get comfortable with who he is and what he wants from his career.

The Alternate Routes on their song, “Nothing More” + interview

Monday, May 5th, 2014
The Alternate Routes on their song, “Nothing More” + interview

Two years ago, Eric Donnelly and Tim Warren of The Alternate Routes were given a very special assignment: write a song for the Connecticut non-profit Newtown Kindness that was started just after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. “We tried to keep things light and positive,” explained Tim, “because I think that was the aim of the organization.”

Their song, “Nothing More,” has since become the anthem for numerous charitable foundations across the country and continues to provide a silver lining for everyone who listens to it.

Katie Herzig’s latest ‘Walk Through Walls’ + interview

Friday, April 18th, 2014
Katie Herzig’s latest ‘Walk Through Walls’ + interview

Katie Herzig is a very inspiring person. After spending years suffering from stage fright, she kept pushing and growing and is now several albums in to her solo career. But the inspiration doesn’t stop there – Katie is an incredibly innovative artist whose sound has evolved into something that is uniquely her own.

Lindsay Ell on Her New Single and Touring with The Band Perry

Monday, February 10th, 2014

After spending her childhood listening to and learning how to play country music with her family, Nashville (via Calgary) singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell was discovered by Randy Bachman (Bachman–Turner Overdrive) when she was just 13 years old.

The Naked and Famous to join Imagine Dragons at Key Arena February 11 + interview

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

After their wildy accepted 2010 debut, ‘Passive Me, Aggressive You,’ The Naked and Famous spent the next two years touring the world and learning from the whole process. “We came to realize what worked and what didn’t in a live environment,” explains bassist David Beadle.

New favorite band alert: ATLAS GENIUS! + interview

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Australian duo Atlas Genius will make the perfect addition to your next feel-good playlist. Comprised of brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery, the band writes experimental guitar-driven melodies that will leave you wanting more. Their debut record, ‘When It Was Now,’ is in stores and on iTunes now! I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Keith about the record, the Australian music scene and what’s next.

Court Yard Hounds’ Emily Robison talks about ‘Amelita’ and the beauty of freedom

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Looking for a smooth folk-pop sound to bring you into a beautiful fall?  Look no further, I’ve got just the band for you!  

The Court Yard Hounds, comprised of sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, released their self-titled debut in 2010 and it’s been nothing but fun for them since then.  Departing from their Dixie Chicks career roots in country music, the sisters along with guitarist Martin Strayer write folk songs with a pop twist that will keep you coming back for more.

Good music to find you: Gregory Alan Isakov on his latest record ‘The Weatherman’

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Colorado-based singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov might just be the most wonderful songwriter to softly make his way into your life at just the right time.

Kodaline set to release full-length debut, ‘In A Perfect World’ + interview

Sunday, September 8th, 2013
Kodaline set to release full-length debut, ‘In A Perfect World’ + interview

When it comes to Dublin-based foursome Kodaline’s approach to writing music, there’s only one thing that defines its quality: honesty. The band, which consists of members Stephen Garrigan, Mark Prendergast, Vinny May Jr, and Jason Boland, writes songs that are unforgettably and catchy, while still maintaining real depth and meaning lyrically. “…it’s basically our diary,” explained frontman Steve Garrigan, “it’s a strange feeling putting them out there, it’s like passing around your diary for people to comment on. Hopefully people like it.”

Andrew Belle on his new album ‘Black Bear’

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Andrew Belle starting making a name for himself the second that he released his debut EP, All Those Pretty Lights. Though he lives in Chicago, he spent the early part of his career honing his craft in the Nashville music scene. He released his first full-length album, The Ladder, in 2010.

Greg Holden on “Home,” ‘American Idol’ and what’s next

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

I’m not one to assume – but unless you’ve been under a rock for the last year, chances are that you know who American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is and at some point his hit single, “Home,” has softly floated in through your ears and then gone straight to your heart. What you may not know, is that behind those poignant lyrics and that incredibly catchy melody is New York (via the UK) singer-songwriter Greg Holden – and frankly, there’s plenty more where that came from.

The Journey To ‘How Mercy Looks From Here’: Amy Grant Talks About Her First Full-Length Album in 10 Years

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
The Journey To ‘How Mercy Looks From Here’: Amy Grant Talks About Her First Full-Length Album in 10 Years

Ask Amy Grant what advice she would give herself if she could go back in time and she’d tell you, “don’t waste energy measuring yourself against somebody else… Because everybody is gifted.”

Words of wisdom from a woman who has been through a lot in her life. But it isn’t the 6 GRAMMY® Awards or the countless forms of recognition that are teaching Amy the most – though they are undeniably very important parts of her journey – on top of it all, it’s the life experience. It’s learning how to embrace blessings that come in different forms.