Dixiedeetop5 Favorite Songs of the Week~ July 24, 2017!!!

  1. Kaitie Wade “Don’t Wanna Miss”: Kaitie Wade new song, “Don’t Wanna Miss” is a fun, upbeat, easy-going song about letting loose and forgetting about your worries for a minute.
  2. Dustin Collins “Cold Dead Hands”: “Cold Dead Hand” was written as a theme song for any body who owns a gun in American. This song is for everyone who is sick of being the way they are living is wrong and that there is something wrong with them for having principles, values and customs.
  3. Ben Wells “Don’t Cry Mama”: In this song “Don’t Cry Mama, Wells tells the story about how it is hard for mothers to let go of their sons and how they may be so attached to them.
  4. Marie Miller “The Side of Paradise”: Marie Miller wrote this song after having a bad week. So she turned in having a bad week into a party song. The title of this song is from a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Side of Paradise. Miller is a fan of Fitzgerald.
  5. Alex Stern “Anybody’s Almost”: Alex Stern new single “Anybody’s Almost” tells the story about how there will not be any type of messing around and this song also showcases Stern being confident and how she gets to main meaning of this song early on.

 

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Dixiedee Top 5 Fave Songs~ July 17, 2017!!!

  1. Kimberly Dunn “Traffic”: This song explains about how a girl is in traffic, and that the time spent waiting gave her some perspective on her latest relationship. She finds out her lover is no good for her and she needs him out of her life.
  2. Trea Landon “A Little Bit”: This song is a great summer jam. It is perfect to listen by the pool, the river or a bonfire. This song fits just wonderful at any kind of summer party too.
  3. Alex Williams “Little Too Stoned”: This song explains the mourning and loss of the true in favor of the world’s fixation with newest trends and fads.
  4. Parker McCollum “Memphis Rain”: This song will make you want to dance and this song is about accepting change and the pursuit of one’s dream (s).
  5. Emma White “Overthink It”: This song is the perfect overview to the singer/songwriter’s. This song also picks up halfway into what appears to a growing courtship. Rather than be like a lot of other artists, White throws her into the moment and requests her boyfriend to do the same.

 

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Runaway Angel: Q & A!!

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1.     Hi Ladies, can you tell me a little bit about yourselves before you became a country music group?

We were all pursuing music as solo artists before we met! We all grew up loving music and although we didn’t know each other then, we feel like sisters now. Cadence is from Whitby, Ontario, Stacey is from Wardsville, Ontario and Ann is from Deep River, Ontario.

2.     How did you girls get into country music and how did you girls know you wanted a career in it?

For the most part we all grew up listening to country. We are all from small town Ontario, where you don’t even realize how much country you’re hearing! It’s on at the grocery store, the bank and school dances. As we got older we all appreciated it more and more. It very much influenced the kind of music we wrote. Being in this genre just felt right for us.

3.     How did you come up with your group name?

It wasn’t easy! We knew we wanted “Angel” in the name somehow and although a few other names were thrown around, Runaway Angel made the final cut!

4.     Where do you guys see yourselves in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?

We see ourselves busy with writing, performing and helping to nurture the Canadian music scene!

5.     Who are some of your girl musical icons?

There are so many! Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Shania Twain and Reba are a few.

6.     Is there anything else coming up new for 2017?

Yes! We are about to head to Europe. We have shows in Germany, Holland and Denmark. We also have our Sophomore album slated for release by the end of the year.

7.     What are a few of your favorite quotes?

“Coookkkiiie!” – The cookie monster

8.     If you girls could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?

We all love Garth Brooks, so that would be unbelievable. We would also love to sing with The Washboard Union! They are outstanding musicians and even better people.

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Runaway Angel: Artist Spotlight!!

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Runaway Angel is a modern female country group. This trio has been nominated for 8 Ontario Country Music Awards. Since 2015, the girls have played at many music festivals like Boots & Hearts, Havelock Jamboree and Lucknow’s Music in the Fields. They been opening acts for country artists like Dierks Bentley, Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel, Doc Walker and Jason Blaine.

In the Spring of 2016, Runaway Angel released their first record “No End in Sight”. The album debuted at #5 on the iTunes Canadian Country Charts and released four singles and music videos (“Run Angel Run,” “My Someday,” “June,” and “Easy.” These 2016 CCMA Discovery Award Nominees have appeared on CTV Morning Live, The Global Morning Show, and E-Talk and was recently showcased by the Toronto Star as one of six country bands on the verge of breaking through.

Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers are also about fun, style and adventure. The girls have made a known brand and loyal fan and social media following with a combined reach of over 25, 000 across major stages.

The girls are making their finish touches on their sophomore record with producer Jason Barry. Also in two weeks the girls will be heading to Europe for a Summer tour. If you would like to find out more about Runaway Angel then check out their website www.runawayangelmusic.com.

 

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Dixiedee’s Top 5 Fave Songs of the Week: July 10, 2017!!!

  1. Josh Martin “Just My Luck”: This song tells a classical country music story, but it also put on a project to display the different musical influences that makes up Martin as a singer.
  2. Tyler Braden “Little Red Wine”: This song is the first single for up and coming country artist Braden. This song is a catchy tune that will have you singing along in no time.
  3. Brandon Lay “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers”: This song praises being young and learning about life as you continue to move on in the future. Lay also shared in this song how his upbringing was revolved around church, sports and trucks.
  4. Randy Rogers Band “Meet Me Tonight”: In this song the band is reminiscing of a lost love, and wishing they could have one more night with an ex. The heartbreak and being lonely is shown throughout the entire song.
  5. Mary Sarah “Without You”: In Sarah new song, the lyrics tells a story of finding yourself after a break up.

 

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Brooke Ansley~ Q & A!!!

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Questions:

1.     Hi Brooke, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became country music?

2.     How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?

3.     Who are some of your musical icons?

4.     What is the story behind your latest single “Whiskey Wednesday?”

5.     If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?

6.     Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

7.     What is one accomplishment that you are most proud of so far that has happened in your music career?

8.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music career>

9.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

Answers:

  1.  If you ask my mom, she swears I would “sing” even as a baby – she can’t remember a time that I wasn’t singing.  I started out in my school choir and would get solo’s here and there.  There aren’t really any singers or musicians in my family, so I didn’t have a model or mentor growing up, and for a while I wasn’t sure how to advance my career.  When I was in high school, I was watching an episode of VH1 “Behind the Music” on Faith Hill that inspired me – in one of her interviews, Faith said when she was younger she competed in the local Miss Tennessee competitions – not for the crown, but for the talent award.  Faith has always been an idol to me, so I followed in her footsteps.  I went to college in Memphis, TN and competed for the title of Miss Memphis and eventually won and went on to compete in Miss Tennessee.  I didn’t win Miss Tennessee, but I gained incredible experience and for me, it was really about the opportunities and exposure I gained singing.  After graduating college,I returned to Maryland where I competed and won the title of Miss Maryland and went on to compete in the Miss America Competition on national television.  That year I had the opportunity to sing at some incredible events, it was life changing. It gave me the confidence to truly pursue music.

 

  1. Growing up in Maryland, country music wasn’t always the “cool” thing to listen to, but I didn’t care! I grew up loving 90s country females like Martina McBride, Leanne Womack, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Deana Carter and Faith Hill.  I started listening originally because my brother loved country music and he was my ride to school – so he controlled the radio!  At first I didn’t have a choice, but eventually I came to love it.  And interestingly, the tone and quality of my voice lends itself to country- I could sing any pop song but the way I sing it, it just naturally comes out as a country song.

 

  1. I mentioned Faith Hill above.  Something really magical happened with my release of Whiskey Wednesday – I created artwork for the single release based on my own style and what I felt like best exuded “me”.  The night before Whiskey Wednesday was to go live on all platforms, I was listening to the “Feminist Friday” Spotify Playlist when Faith Hill’s “Wild One” came on.  I looked down at my phone and was surprised to find that the album artwork for Wild One was almost the exact same as my artwork for Whiskey Wednesday.  What’s even more serendipitous is that Wild One was the first single off her debut album (like WW for me!), which eventually reached number 1 on country music charts (see attached photos).  At that moment, I felt like it was a sign that I was on the right track.  It was so fitting that my gut instinct was to choose artwork that exuded who I am as an artist and yet it was also symbolic of the influence Faith had on me as an artist.

 

  1. I decided there are enough sad country songs in the world and that it’s time for something that is fun to sing along to and doesn’t take itself too seriously! Yes, it was inspired by a breakup- but it’s meant to be the opposite of a breakup song. It’s about making light of another relationship gone wrong.  My hope is that it gives single girls everywhere something fun to get ready to, something that inspires them to put on their heels, apply their lipstick and go out and have fun.

 

  1. Faith, obviously 🙂

 

  1. YES! On Friday, July 14th my EP “First Rodeo” will be released everywhere.  Whiskey Wednesday was the first single off the EP and the rest of the songs will be available starting the 14th.  This is a huge moment for me, not only because it’s my first release, but also because its a project that started a year ago with a fundly campaign, jokingly titled the “Help Me Im Brooke” campaign.  I raised $7,000 which allowed me to record 4 songs and two music videos.  It was an incredible learning experience, and i’ve done everything by myself up until this point.  I can’t believe the songs will finally be available to the world!

 

  1. Honestly, this EP is it.  I have truly done everything myself from marketing and branding to writing treatments for my music videos and designing my own shoes.  There were times when it was overwhelming, and honestly, I don’t always know what the heck to do next (at one point I actually asked Siri, “Hey Siri, how do you release an EP?”  !!! Ha).  But what i’ve learned is that it’s important to trust the universe and God, and to just take one step in front of the other and the rest will fall into place.

 

  1.  In the next 5-10 years I see myself headlining a national tour, standing on an arena stage, singing one of my favorite and most uplifting songs I’ve ever written called “Tower of Hope” to an audience of 20,000.  This song wasn’t able to make the cut for this EP, but I plan to record it this year and release it next.

 

  1. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – MLK.  I love this quote because i’ve held tight to it through this whole process, especially in the moments when i’ve felt in over my head or like “I can’t.” I remind myself that all I need to do is take the next step, even when I can’t see the whole staircase.

 

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Artist Spotlight~ Brooke Ansley!!!

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Brooke Ansley is from Taylorsville, Maryland. Brooke’s songs have been defined as being “honest” and also combination of real-life experiences and many of her tunes make listeners stop what they are doing and turn up her music even louder to hear the story behind each song.

Brooke grew up loving and singing country music; at the age of six she became a huge fan of country legend Pasty Cline. In 2009 Brooke won the title of Miss. Maryland, and she got the opportunity to sing and perform at more than 150 events during the year and even got the chance to compete for Miss America.

After a military performance one night, Brooke was told by Condoleezza Rice that her “singing was inspiring,” and this became a turning point in Brooke’s career and goals to pursue music.

Brooke first single “Whiskey Wednesday” came out on May 19, 2017 and is available on many different music outlets. Also her first EP “The First Rodeo” will be coming out this week on July 14, 2017 with her first single and three other songs. If you would like to find out more about Brooke Ansley then check out her website www.brookeansley.com.

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