Dixiedeetop 5 Favorite Songs of August 14, 2017!!!

  1. Riley Green “Runnin With An Angel”: In Green’s new song, he hints on errors and a girl who did not stand for it. Green also explains how there are a lot of guys who do not know a good thing where they have it and he seen a lot of his own friends in this type of situation or problem.
  2. Mickey Guyton “Nice Things”: “Nice Things” tell the story of a guy who unkindly breaking his lover heart. He is abandoning the best part of his life.
  3. Alec Macgillivray “Day Jam”: This song brings you to a fun college summer party. This song can be listen to in the car, at your house, at the beach or pretty much in any setting.
  4. Honey Jack “17 Memphis”: New duo 17 Memphis released a new song called “Honey Jack.” It is a different sound if you compare it to other songs in the “country music” songs. The instrumental sound is unique and something different.
  5. Ryan Kinder “Close”: In Kinder new song “Close,” it tells a story about a guy trying to pick up a girl. He tells her that they may not fall in love but, they could get close. It is also about diving in and taking a little chance at maybe love and even if they don’t fall in love maybe they get close to that feeling.

 

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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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Kayla Woodson~ Green Bean Casserole!!

Hmm, well something most people don’t know about me is that I LOVE green beans! To me you can’t go wrong with a simple Green Bean Casserole! Here’s the recipe I use!

 

Ingredients:

2 cans (14.5 oz each) French-style green beans, drained

1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup

¼ cup of milk

1 can (2.8 oz) French-fried onions

 

Steps:

1.) Heat oven to 350°F. In 1 1/2-quart casserole or glass baking dish, mix green beans, soup and milk.

 

2.) Bake 20 to 25 minutes, topping with onions during last 5 minutes of baking, until bubbly.

Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: June 19, 2017!!!

  1. Alisan Porter “Deep Water”: This song is about having your own personal freedom and independent, but while at the same time you are letting someone else in your journey, and they are also finding themselves too.
  2. Kayla Calabrese “Me Time”: This song is a great song especially for a summer anthem for people to sing and dance along too. Calabrese is not afraid to be herself in this song and she also showcases her vocal range so beautifully.
  3. Tim Elliott “Start Pourin Whiskey On It”: This song sounds like it came out either in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. It is a mix between southern rock and country.
  4. Brandon Rhyder & Lori McKenna “They Need Each Other”: This song deals with the dynamics of a relationship and the different roles two people can play inside one.
  5. Rich O’Toole “Back to Back: This song tells the story of a couple who have just had a fight and like many, have gone to bed upset and not talking to one another. The man of the relationship knew he screw up and does not want to mad anymore at him. He wants to let her know how he much he care about her.

 

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Nicole Rayy~ Q & A!!!

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1.     Hi Nicole, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a musician?

Well even before I pursued being a singer full time I was always very musical. My mom told me I used to make up songs as a baby before I could talk. In school, I was that girl that was involved in all the school musicals and choirs. Even when I went off to University I spent my time singing in the dorm for my friends instead of writing essays. Music has always been my happy place.

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

I always knew I wanted a career in music but I grew up listening to all genres of music not just country. I always admired the story telling aspect of country music. I liked that country songs were always honest and told real stories about people’s lives. That’s what I try to do with my songs too. My songs are always stories about real life and experiences I am going through. I think that’s why I got into country music. That being said, I love being able to pull elements from pop and rock to put into my music too.

3.     What is the story behind your latest single “Fireproof?

Fireproof is such an important song to me. It’s a song with what I think is a really great message. It talks about being hurt by someone but rising above it. I think that’s a message we all need more of, something we can all relate to. We all go through hard times in our lives and it can be so easy to get down on ourselves. With this song I am trying to spread the message that we can all make it through anything life throws at us. We are all strong, we are all capable, we are all worthy and we are all Fireproof.

4.     Who are some of your musical icons?
The list is so long! I could take up a whole page talking about artists I love, look up to and admire. I grew up listening to everything from country to rap. In country, I love artists from Shania Twain to Miranda Lambert, from Jonny Cash to Taylor Swift. I also love artists like Kelly Clarkson, Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson. I’m a huge Linkin Park fan and I’ve always loved Eminem. The list really go could on forever 🙂

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

Making even better music! This career path isn’t always an easy one, there will always be setbacks or creative slumps, or plenty of people that don’t like what you’re doing. I hope in 5 to 10 years to be making even better music then I am now. I always want to grow as an artist and continue to reach people with my music. If in 5 years from now I am making great music that truly resonates with people’s lives and I can support myself, then I will be happy.

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

Another tough one because there a ton of artists and bands I’d love the get the opportunity to perform with. I was just talking with my mom recently on how cool it would be to perform with Linkin Park. They have been one of my favourite bands ever since I was a kid. They have some amazing lyrics! I think it would be pretty amazing to have a crossover in genres and perform together!

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

It’s looking like a great summer! I am heading out to Calgary for a performance during Stampede week and I am really looking forward to performing at Manitoulin Country Fest in August. I am also heading back to Shanghai, China to perform at the World Music Festival for the third time this October!

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

Well speaking of China, that has got to be one of the coolest highlights of my career so far. I’ve had the opportunity now to perform at The World Music Festival in Shanghai and I am heading back for a third time this year. I think I am most proud though when my music really touches someone’s life. Anytime I get a message from someone or someone comes up to me after a show to tell me that a certain song I wrote has really moved them or helped them get through something in their life, those are truly the best moments! That’s always been my goal with my music is to reach people. Anytime I accomplish that I am pretty proud.

9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“We accept the love we think we deserve”

I’ve always loved this one too… “Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats.”

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