Nicole Rayy~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Canadian Country singer/songwriter and pianist Nicole Rayy is a lively and strong force of musical talent. Since Rayy began writing music when she was a teenager, the core of Rayy’s music has always been, first and primary, to showcase herself as being as honest as possible.

Rayy first came on the Canadian Country Music Scene in 2012 with the release of her debut EP “Only Everything.” She recorded this EP with award-winning musician, composer and producer Lance Anderson of Cherry Beach Sound and enlisted well-known country guitarist and CCMA Hall of Fame recipient, Wendell Ferguson. “Only Everything” was a strong debut for Rayy, and it showcased the various range of emotion and vocal range throughout each song. Many Country Music Association of Ontario Award nominations had invited Rayy to perform at different festivals and venues. She has also got the chance to opened up for country music artists like Aaron Princhett and also toured across the nation and been apart of known events such as Maintoulin Country Fest, The Calgary Stampede. Rayy has also got the chance to be apart of the Canadian Country Music Week, with other country artists like Alee, Genevieve Fisher and Raquel Cole. Rayy has also got the honor to perform at the World Music Festival in Shanghai, China.

Rayy’s latest album “Dig” was produced at Noble Street Studio in Toronto, where many other well-known artists has work there. It was released in Fall 2016 and the album continues in the theme of inflexible honesty and tests listeners, as well as Rayy to dig deep down to the expressive core of themselves.

Rayy feels great on stage or in a recording studio and will never stage put in one place for a long time. She enjoys learning new things and she will always keep on writing and singing. If you enjoy Rayy’s music then check out her newest single “Fireproof” which is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Nicole Rayy then go take a look at www.nicolerayy.com.

 

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Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week~ 6/5/17!!

  1. Jason Isbell “White Man’s World”: In this song Isbell takes a direct shot at one of the most argumentative topics that is happening in America right now.
  2. Kayla Woodson “Crushin”: This song is on Woodson’s debut EP and it showcases kindly romantic, mandolin emphasized and easy to sing along too.
  3. Zack Dyer “Wishful Drinking”: This song is soulful and is a down tempo single. Also this has a little bit of sad sound to it, which showcases a lot of emotion. The song’s melody is pretty and shows a serious side to Zack’s vocal pitch and songwriting.
  4. Emma Swindells “Flatline”: This song is about living life to the fullest, while not having any regrets. This song is very believable and you could picture it own your head.
  5. Nicole Rayy “Fireproof”: This showcases a strength and courage that somebody is going away. The message of this song I feel many people can relate to it.

 

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Jason Tucker~ Q & A!!!

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1.     Hello Jason, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became country singer?

I was born in Texas, raised in North Carolina and lived in Louisiana before moving to Nashville. I was always in a band either playing keys or being the lead singer. I moved to Nashville wanting to play for artists, which I did, and I steeped out to go solo 2 years ago. I have always been a car guy and honestly thought that is what I would do for a living, flip classic cars. I still flip 3-4 per year for fun.

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

I got into country music when I moved to Nashville. I listened to it as a kid off and on but dove pretty heavy in to it when I hit my 20s. I knew I wanted a career in it after living in Nashville for 2 years.

3.     Who are some of your musical icons?

Journey, Bryan Adams, Garth Brooks, Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder and so many more.

4.     Can you give a little bit of a background behind your latest single which is coming out June 27th, 2017?

I took time to find a new sound for myself. Same voice, same lyrics with meaning but a different sound musically. I have went a little more pop-ish. It is called “My Song”. It is a song about music!! imagine that. It talks about what music makes you wanna do or what it can remind you of, what mood it can put you in etc. I’m excited for everyone to hear it.

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

In a perfect world I would have 3-4 albums under my belt, a few #1s and a few #1s as a writer for others as well.

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

Well, Chris Cornell passed away recently but he was one of my Top 5. I would say Rob Thomas, Bryan Adams, Adele and maybe Dolly Parton would be a nice start!

7.     Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

I am playing at the Buckles and Boots festival in June over in Machester, U.K. I have a good following over there and I am honored to be a part of it.

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

One of my producer friends in town always says, “It doesn’t get easy until it’s easy”.

So true when you are trying to make it in the music business.

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Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: May 29, 2017!!!

  1. Jordan Davis: “Singles You Up”~ Louisiana native country musician Jordan Davis is about to make his mark onto the country music scene with his first ever single, “Singles You Up.” This song is an up-beat song, that tells a story of a man who is hoping to catch the eye of a woman who is struck in a relationship with another man who is taking her for granted.
  2. Dallas Smith: “Only One You”~ This song shows off the ever rising country sound to music in the best known way possible. This song also showcases Smith on combining rock and country music in this song.
  3. The Cactus Blossoms: “Powder Blue”~ “Powder Blue” is all about wanting your girl. This song is less about a specific story and more about feeling yourself again.
  4. Jobe Fortner: “Red, White and Blue Jeans”: “Red, White and Blues Jeans” is an all-American country song that you case raise beer too and be proud to born and living in the USA.
  5. Zane Williams: “Hello World”~ This song is describes about being thankful of being alive and the enjoyment and happy of the beauty in the nature around the world.

 

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Kalsey Kulyk~ Fruit Dip Recipe!!

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*Here is delicious recipe that would be perfect for a big get together for upcoming holidays like Memorial Day or Fourth of July. It would also be great to eat on a hot summer day to cool off or just to snack on. I also enjoy this recipe because it is fast to make and how you could enjoy it with any piece of fruit!!

Ingredients:
1 regular jar of marshmallow goo (fluffy) you can get it at my grocery store
1 block of cream cheese room temp.
Directions:
Mix together and leave in the fridge for an hour. Then dip any kind of fruit in it 🙂

Kalsey Kulyk~ Q & A!!!

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

Well to be Honest, I’ve been singing country music since I was three years old so I really don’t know how I was before then! 🙂 but music has always been apart of my life. I could never really see myself without it.

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

I grew up in a small town in Canada that had one radio station that played only Country, so I guess you could say it was that. But also, my family LOVED country music and always had it playing so I just naturally loved it as well.

3.     Who are some of your musical icons?

When I was growing up I wanted to be just like Shania! Then I got older and really appreciated the songwriters. Dolly, willie, hank and a bunch more from that time. I also have a huge love for Jackson Browne. What a poet.

4.     What is the story behind your song “Sing and Be Heard?”

Well, SING AND BE HEARD is a saying that my mom helped me come up with. I believe that every single person has a story and that they should never hold back when it comes to letting that story be told. Let your true self shine and never be ashamed of who you are.

5.     Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

Actually I was Nominated for a Canadian Country Music award, for Discovery artist so I’m really excited to play at the CCMA’s this year and be involved with that. I’ve been living in Nashville for the last year and it’s been absolutely incredible getting to write with some big songwriters as well. I’ve got a lot of that going on this year as well as some red carpet events in L.A! 

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

If I could sing a duet with anyone I think I’d love to sing a song with Jason Isbell. I just love his voice and think he’s such a great singer songwriter! 

7.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?

I just had this asked to me! I’ve made a goal list. And a few of the goals are to open up for a major country act in the next three years, be signed to a major record label with in two, release my first full length album, write a song with Travis Meadows and be a headliner in my first world tour in 7 years. Open up a dog haven for homeless dogs and give them all the love and care they need.

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

SING AND BE HEARD 🙂

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Kalsey Kulyk~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Kalsey Kulyk is a singer/songwriter, whose small-town roots and country style soul have encouraged a journey in country music that began when she was only three years old.

Kulyk is from Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, this small-town girl has taken her powerful voice and big dreams and traveled all over North America, writing and recording country music with some impressive forces in the music industry. At only 19 years old, Kulyk moved to Las Vegas to work with famous record producer Richard Dashut, who had worked with famous musicians and groups like Fleetwood Mac.

Kulyk’s music came from her own personal experiences, and her emotional bond is obvious in each song she writes. She aims to write music that links with people on an individual level. Her sympathetic behavior and cheerful personality are transmissible and those who work with her, also thinks she has the one of the best work ethic in the country music world.

Kulyk is also working with Phaymis Records in Calgary, Alberta and her debut EP was released in March 2014. Her debut EP features her single “With You” and is available on iTunes and Google Music.

“Sing and Be Heard,” is Kulyk’s chant, this chant has words that have educated her music and her everyday life. At the young age of 17, Kulyk was diagnosed with cancer and that experience drove her to live life a little bit different. “Sing and Be Heard” inspired Kulyk to go for her music dream and become a country singer and she hopes her message can show others to chase theirs too.

If you would like to find out more Kalsey Kulyk then check out her website www.kalseykulyk.com.

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/KalseyKulyk

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KalseyKulyk

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