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A New Legend In Country Music, Tegan Marie

Tegan Marie, is a singer who like many began putting up singing videos performing covers of her favorite songs. It didn’t take but a couple of videos for Tegan’s charm and voice to captured the attention of many music lovers. She was an instant sensation on the net.

As Tegan continued adding more videos, she also kept adding fans. They loved her voice and who she was as a person. Anyone who has known Tegan from the beginning, knows her dreams were to be a country star one day, and she loved doing things to help other kids. Her dreams are now coming true. They are coming true to an amazingly sweet and talented young lady.

Maybe a year or two after she began adding videos to the internet, Sweety High caught wind of her and things started changing in a big way. Soon after, Tegan was finding herself on Disney Radio and collaborating with some of the biggest country music stars out there. Couple of these stars include Craig Campbell and Kelsea Ballerini.  She has also performed on many stages across the country, including an amazing performance at CMA Fest in downtown Nashville. People went crazy for her at this show, Entertainer Of The Year is in her future. She also made her debut performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

With Tegan’s dream of being a country music star coming true, one of her other dreams is as well.  When Tegan was ten years old, she said she wanted to help as many unfortunate children as possible. It was her dream for people to remember her as the young girl with a great voice who helped them their treatment or who gave  them warm clothes. Tegan is now using her new fame to do just that. When her single, Lucky Me came out, she had all the proceeds go to the children’s hospital in Flint, Michigan to help kids that were affected by the water. Tegan is a person of her word.

Tegan’s legacy has now begun. At the age of thirteen, Tegan was signed to Warner Music Nashville, making her the one of the youngest females to sign to a record deal. There’s a small few who have started a country music career at such an early age. Being  signed at that age, she now falls in line with other female legends, who began early in life.  Dolly Parton had her first single, Puppy Love out at age thirteen through a label in Louisiana. Tanya Tucker was thirteen when Delta Dawn came out in 1972, then LeAnn Rimes at age thirteen as well, with her release of Bill Mack’s song Blue in 1992. Tegan, just beat out Taylor Swift who signed at age fourteen.

Now at age fourteen, Tegan began making more headlines with her brand new song that she co-wrote, Keep It Lit. This song has taken off in a huge way, people love it. The song is basically about starting a relationship and keeping that spark lit which anyone of any age can relate. On January 31, 2018 Tegan became the first artist to perform on the brand new Opry City Stage in New York City. On this stage she performed her new song Keep It Lit to a packed house.

While a small spark can turn into a flame in a relationship, it can also do the same for dreams. Tegan had a dream that she kept  lit.  Sweety High came along, threw a little gas on that spark of hers and turned it into a flame. When Taylor Swift came on the scene, she set fire to the country and pop charts with no end insight. Now there’s a new fire burning in country music, that fire is Tegan Marie. Now watch Tegan, burn a trail right past Taylor leaving her in a cloud of smoke.

 

Spain’s Hit New Pop Artist, Charlotte Summers

 

 

Spain’s new hit pop artist Charlotte Summer has been mesmerizing people from Spain to American with her magnificent voice. At just twelve years old Charlotte already has a smash hit out called, Unicorn. This song was originally written for a Eurovision entry for Malta by Greek singer/songwriter Gorgi and Swedish composers Ylva and Linda, but was not chosen for the entry. The song was then adapted for Charlotte for a festival in Italy. She has won best original song and best singer in her category. It is now out as her first single.

Unicorn is a fitting song for Charlotte. The song itself is beautiful, but “Unicorn” has always meant much more. A Unicorn is a beautiful, wondrous and magical animal, it has been known to light a girl’s heart and imagination. This also describes Charlotte. Her voice has the beauty that is needed for a song like Unicorn. She has captured the essence of the song perfectly igniting the imagination of those who listen and magically takes the listener into the story.  No other person could have delivered this song the way she has done. The song may not have originally been for her, but destiny knew who needed to sing it. This song does mean a great deal to her. “It is very special to me as it is a beautiful song and a lot of people really like it” says Charlotte. 

A stunning video was made for Unicorn which not only shows her beauty, but the beauty in the location. It was filmed in Marbella Spain by the sea. Charlotte says, it’s where the Unicorns live. The location is shown as a magical place, all one needs to do is believe and you can see the Unicorn. I believe, she “is” the Unicorn. The beauty, the magic, it is her,  she opens a person’s imagination. 

Most of the world didn’t know anything of Charlotte until a video went viral. In the video she was getting her hair done and started singing her song Unicorn. The majority of us didn’t realize that it was her own song at the time. She belted out the song so perfectly that everyone instantly loved her. She then became a worldwide favorite, leaving everyone asking, “who is that girl”? It turns out that her hairdresser asked her to sing, video taped it and put it on their Instagram. Once people began learning who she was, they flocked to her music loving everything she sang. 

For many, it was the viral video that introduced them to Charlotte, but this was not the beginning.  She first started singing at about six or seven years of age. She began performing at her primary school, St. George in San Pedro de Alcantara. At school they would often do shows for their parents. The boys and girls in the class would go on stage and sing, act and dance. From this she has moved on to other great things. Charlotte was in Les Miserables in Malaga, Spain. Then she appeared on La Voz Kids then went on to win a talent contest in Malaga, Spain. After all of this she was on a program called, Fenomeno Fan, this show was shown in Spain and South America. She will be on TV in North America soon. “That was really cool to go and record in LA” says Charlotte. 

Being a singer is about bringing happiness to others as well as yourself. Charlotte is this person, the happiness and passion can be heard in each of her songs. Like most singers, she too has favorites she likes to sing. Aside from Unicorn, she likes, It’s A Man’s World and One Night Only. She likes It’s A Man’s World because, “I feel the song is so true and beautiful” says Charlotte. And One Night Only she says, “It is a very soulful, and it has lots of places where I can let out powerful notes”. 

Charlotte is beginning to take her music to the next level with her new single, Lifting Me Up. She co-wrote the song with a composer from England named Alex. When it comes to songwriting, she doesn’t really know where the ideas come from, she says things just come to her. “I play piano so I create melodies and from that the lyrics” says Charlotte. 

There’s much love for music in Charlotte’s life, but she enjoys many of the other things too. She loves gymnastics and animals. Charlotte also enjoys movies, hanging out with friends and dancing all the normal stuff anyone her age would enjoy doing. To do what Charlotte loves  takes a lot of support, and she gets tons of it from her parents and sister, Renee. 

Anyone can search through Charlotte’s music and listen to her progression, she started off good, now she is “brilliant”. Charlotte has been granted a gift, and she uses that gift to delight others in the songs she sings. The power and precision that she uses is exceptional, no one can help but be drawn into the story she is telling. She is truly magical, just like the Unicorn. 

 

Canadian Superstar Jadyn Rylee Strikes Again!

Canadian superstar Jadyn Rylee strikes again with another smash hit, “Only You”. Only You, is a song that people fell in love with the second it was released. Her new song is one that listeners of all ages can relate to. The story of the song is one of a great friendship telling each other  how they feel. The song is touching people in their hearts. Anyone who has a hard time letting a  friend, spouse or sibling know how they feel, this is the perfect song to share and express one’s true feelings for the other. The tenderness of the song, the lyrics, leaves no doubt the meaning. Whoever you share this song with, that person will understand fully how you feel about them. It’s in the title, Only You. You cannot listen to “Only You” and not be touched.  

Jadyn’s fans have known her as a girl of rock, and fearless. But with the release of her three original songs, everyone has been able to see, there’s more to Jadyn than meets the eye. This is especially true when it comes to, “Only You”. This song allowed Jadyn to showcase her tender side and add a little emotion.  According to her fans posts, they love it. To be a great artist and rise to stardom it”s necessary to be versatile, and Jadyn is good at it. Another important aspect of an artist, is to be able to connect with the audience, and Jadyn has proven herself able to do this time and again. 

“Only You” features Jadyn’s friend Brayden Ryle. Brayden was also seen in Jadyn’s video Beaches of Tofino, but it”s not his first time in front of a camera or mic. When your dad is multi gold record Curt Ryle, music is going to find it’s way into your system And it did just that with Brayden. Brayden has his own song out called, “Eye On You” and has been received well. It’s a catchy upbeat song with fun lyrics. This song shows off Brayden’s artistry and skill. Now singing together, they are a perfect match.

They both have a strong bond with each other, this is where the sincerity in the song comes from. This bond began right away. About a year ago, Jadyn was introduced to Curt Ryle, which of course led her to meet Brayden. The bond of friendship was instant and has grown unbreakable. As wittiness, they are like a modern day, Bonnie and Clyde with the exception, they are not stealing people’s money, they are stealing their hearts.

During the creation of “Only You”, it was Brayden that had the idea to add the rap. What a genius concept, it went together brilliantly. Jadyn sings with a soothing voice and then in comes Brayden with his rap. It was meant to be, like peanut butter and jelly.  Once you listen to the song, you can’t stop listening, you want more. Their individual parts draws you in, and then when they combine, it’s wow! it gives you chills. Excellent song and production, two outstanding artists. Just can’t get any better than that. It would not be surprising to see Brayden and Jadyn together in more upcoming videos. 

Jadyn is rising  to fame fast. She can be found on countless media outlets, radios, as well as hometown papers. Jadyn’s delivery of songs has captivated people right from the start. Her fan base has grown in a big way. Now it is getting ready to grow even larger. It was recently announced Jadyn has been accepted into the Mini Pop Kids. Mini Pop Kids have concerts all around Toronto. People have grown to love her from around the world through the internet, now they will get to see and meet her in person. Her fans will love her even  more, her live performances are incredible. 

One of the things that seems to intrigue people when it comes to Jadyn is; when they think they have seen all she can do, she surprises them with something different. With each new video the viewers get to see a whole new and different side to Jadyn. Day after day people tune into her music and cannot get enough. There’s been brilliant artists come out of Canada, like Justin Bieber and Shania Twain. Jadyn however, has the capabilities and the heart to rise above them in the future. What people are witnessing now, is only the beginning.

 

“Only You” was written by John Castleberry and Jadyn Rylee. It was produced by Curt Ryle of Big Matador Records. Video by Lance Goodman.

Pop Artist Caroline Grace Debuts Her Single “Show Me”

Caroline Grace has debuted her new single, “Show Me”, and stealing people’s hearts. Show Me, is a song where she throws her vulnerability out on the table. If her soothing voice doesn’t capture you, her puppy dog eyes in the video will certainly do the trick. She is a true artist to be able to project how vulnerable she can be vocally and then bring it to life on camera.  This song could be interpreted in different ways, but anyone looking for a love song for their significant other, this is it. Who could, resist!

This past July, Caroline and Poo Bear (Jason Boyd) got together to record a few singles, and Show Me is one of those singles. She said, Poo Bear had the initial idea, and they built the song from there. This song means a lot to Caroline. “There have been times in my life I have found myself deviating from my own path. Show Me is sort of intro prospective plea to remind myself of who I am and what I stand for, ” she said. She was also saying, “being such a beautiful song, it can be applied to various other circumstances”. Her thoughts are, it can be listened to as a love song between two people, a song about loving oneself, or even a worship song. “That’s the goal in all of my music, to utilize my own vulnerability to relate to other people in any way that I can and let them know that they aren’t alone,” she said. 

Throughout the process of writing and producing, “Show Me” she had the great pleasure of working with Poo Bear. Poo Bear (Jason Boyd) recently wrote and produced on Justin Bieber’s entire, Purpose, album. Caroline says working with him was incredible. “When you walk into a room to work with a guy like that, you can’t help but be intimidated. However, his kind, goofy and humble persona quickly snapped that away, and I felt like I was in the studio with my best friend,” she said. She says, his work ethic is so inspiring, you can tell how deep is passion for music goes. She hopes to continue to work with him throughout her career. 



Show Me, is a powerful single which she debuted. The song showcases different aspects of her vocals, character, realization, emotion, depth, and of course vulnerability. This gives an insight into what to expect when her first EP is released. Yes that’s right, an EP is being worked on. There will be a variety of songs ranging from acoustic to, very radio pop. She says, the consistency of the EP will be in the lyrics. “The project is a body of work that will very much relate to the place in life I am currently in and experiences I am having,” she said. There will be some great collaborations on the EP, but for now who they are, must remain under wraps. It will be exciting. She says, she wants all of her music to invoke emotion by pouring her heart into every song she records. “I truly believe that if I pour everything I have into my music, the listener will feel something too,” she said.   

Caroline had a desire  for music since she was a little kid and knew that is what she wanted to do. However, when she started at USC is when she decided to immerse herself into her career wholeheartedly. What a great decision she made, it would have been a shame for the music world to miss out on a great creative talent such as Caroline. Now that the decision was made, and her music being realized, her music will touch millions. 

 

Internet Star And Nashville Recording Artist, Jadyn Rylee

Exceptional things happen, to exceptional people, this happens to be a true fact, when talking about Jadyn. Already at her young age, she has an understanding of songs, that many people unfortunately never get. You wouldn’t think someone of her age would have the delivery, and  perception of songs, that is found and understood in her performances, but they are. The way she sings, is that of a much older and seasoned artist, but yet here she is stunning people with every song at just eleven years old. Jadyn, and the way she performs a song, has become an infection on the internet. She has gained internet stardom.

Jadyn’s fame, and audience grows larger by the day, with her videos reaching into the millions. One of these songs that has gotten a great deal of attention is, The Sound of Silence. This video has soared to well over four million in just barely three months. Her delivery of the song has a dark and haunting vibe to her voice, and people has gone crazy over it. Jadyn really liked this song. “The song was so deep and loud, it was fun trying to learn it” says Jadyn. Jadyn has been doing projects with Sina, and it was Sina’s dad Mike Wilbury and Rick Benbow who chose the song, The Sound of Silence. They felt people would love it, and they did in a big way. 

Jadyn and Sina make a good team. Jadyn says she’s glad they found each other. “She is helpful with ideas and her drumming in our songs” says Jadyn. Currently they have three recordings together, The Sound of Silence, Nothing Else Matters, and Go Your Own Way. Plans to work on more videos together, is in the works. Jadyn hopes they will start working on something soon. 



In June, Jadyn packed up and headed out to Nashville to write and record her very own songs. In Nashville she worked with legendary writer and guitarist Curt Ryle of Big Matador Records. While there they wrote three songs, and she loved the experience. “The experience was amazing because I have never had the chance to work with anyone who helped me write songs before, and I can’t believe we wrote three” Jadyn says. 

Her newest release is one of the songs written and recorded in Nashville called, Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover. This is an anti-bullying song, and it was important to her to write. “I wanted to write a song that touched people and a song that kids could look up to, especially if they had been bullied before” says Jadyn. She has been bullied herself, but not as bad as some of her friends. She wanted to let her friends and everyone to see that bullying wasn’t alright and shouldn’t be allow. “We are all human and supposed to be equal and no one deserves to be hurt like that” says Jadyn.  She hopes to do more songs like that in the future. The song has a lot of meaning that sends out a good message, and her delivery of it is unbelievable. Brilliant!

Another song they wrote is called, Virtual Reality. The song is fun and bouncy and makes you want to dance. It also mentions Arianna Grande and Jadyn hopes one day Arianna will hear it. The song is about being a kid and enjoying life. Everyone will love this song. For now her third song will remain under wraps, but I can tell you, it’s going to blow your mind. 

Writing with Curt was amazing, she says. “He helped me write the lyrics, and then recorded his guitar for all of the songs. It was so much fun” says Jadyn. While in Nashville writing with Curt they stayed at his home, and something clicked with the two of them that created a good bond. Curt was amazed at the things she was able to do in the studio, and one of the things was how high she could sing. He teasingly nicknamed her, Little Freak. “The funniest part about recording in Nashville was when we would get ready to record we would first have breakfast and then go down to the studio, every morning Curt would say “Well good morning little freak” it was so funny” Jadyn says. She can’t wait to go back. On all of her recordings, she sang all of the harmonies, and Curt said he had never met anyone who could do harmonies as well as Jadyn. 

Music means the world to her and loves every aspect of it. Jadyn has met and worked with a lot of amazing people, Curt, Mike, Rick, Sina, and Andre she loves them all. She loves her singing coach as well, Sarah Hyde. “Sarah has taught me so much and has always told me that I can do this and I do it well” says Jadyn. Her coach is correct, she can do and does it well. 

Jadyn is an exceptional person in the way she grasps lyrics, and creativity she puts in her songs. She has become well known, but not just who she is, but the way she sings a song. The people that follow her music are loyal listeners and can’t wait for a new song. With all she has accomplished in just a short time, it is obvious she will become larger than life. The world audience loves her. 

Sam Hurwitz

 Throughout time, various people have come along and made an imprint in human culture, for instance J.K. Rowling, Ron Howard, and Paul McCartney. What has set these people apart from many others is, they are visionary’s. People like J.K., Ron and Paul are dreamers who look beyond the obvious, and creates something that impacts people. Sam is one of these people who has the ability to see things differently, and create something that those who listen, can find themselves being part of his story. 

Sam’s ability to create began showing itself at an early age. At just two years old, Sam would play a toy guitar and make up songs. When he turned eight years old he began performing for others. It was his guitar teacher who invited him to his first performance, which was a songwriters circle.  

Big dreamers often demand big audiences, well Sam got just that. He got to perform a song at a NY Knicks halftime show at Madison Square Garden. Of course this was a favorite of his. “I had never played to an audience anywhere that size and it was very exciting” says Sam. Another performance that has become one of his favorite shows was at a gala for Stuttering Association for the Young. For this gala, Sam was asked to write a song just for it. “This was the first time I had to write a song on demand. I remember the songwriting process leading up to this gig well; getting ideas, scrapping them, forming melodies, until finally coming up with a song I thought was good” says Sam. For this performance, he was accompanied by a professional band, which he really enjoyed.   

The creativity Sam has as a songwriter has started to catch the attention of various people in the industry. He was an American Songwriting Magazine Daily Discovery and an American Songwriting Awards nominee for his song, Without a Rhyme. Also a weekly independent chart in the UK called, Fabchart has picked up several of his songs. 

Unlike most new artists, Sam doesn’t generally perform many cover songs, but he does like to learn them, mostly the instrumentals. However his favorite artist is Wilco. “I like them because of how memorable and unique each of their songs are” says Sam. Another favorite band of his is, Avett Brothers. He says their songs are very catchy and musically interesting, especially their album I and Love and You.  

Getting out and performing to showcase the songs he has written, is something he loves. Sam says he likes to see the feedback his songs get. “It is also fun to play numerous songs as a set, bringing together different projects that I’ve been working on” says Sam.  He also says, it is interesting seeing what the environment and location of each performance is, and who is attending.  



Sam’s dream is to always do something involved in storytelling and fiction. It doesn’t matter if it is through writing songs, writing stories or film-making. “I am fascinated by fiction; how one thought can create a whole universe, how one sentence that anyone can write can create characters and settings. I always want to be involved with stories” Sam says. He wants to harness his creative energy and always study , create, and experience fiction.    

To master the art of songwriting a person needs creativity and imagination to bring the story that is in a lyrics alive. These skills along with many others can be found in the songs Sam writes. He officially started writing songs at the age of six, he is now fourteen with sixteen songs complete. One of the songs he loves is, Without a Rhyme. He remembers the writing process and creation of the video very well. “I wrote it while I was at a creative writing camp and the process and place I was in, was very special” says Sam. The music video for this was his first and has gotten the most attention.  In four of his songs he adds harmonica and this gives a great flavor to them. His latest song, Everlasting Oak, he has combined the guitar and harmonica which brings back to life an old era from Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Sam felt this was the perfect song to add the harmonica. The guitar he used can be seen by another icon who used one like it, his name, Buck Owens. “The guitar I play in that song was a gift I received that came from the collection of my favorite musician Jeff  Tweedy of Wilco. It’s a 1969 Buck Owens American guitar and using the harmonica just felt perfect with this song and guitar” says Sam.

Creativity and imagination is not only needed in writing a song, but also, to inspire ideas. When he was younger, he said he would just pick up the guitar and start singing, and that would be the song. As he got older, his ideas came from books he was reading or more often, a theme he is interested in. “For Everlasting Oak, I thought trees and forests had a lot of great imagery and potential for thoughtful lyrics” Sam says. He also says, he likes to write his lyrics as poetry, and strive to make the audience think. “I don’t just say the theme straight out, or tell the story in a very literal way” says Sam. He likes to weave a more complex tale that will leave the listener making his or her own interpretations for it.  It is songs written like this, that stick with him. 

As of right now, he doesn’t have any up coming gigs to attend, however he is starting high school this fall. During the summers is when he works on all of his passions that he doesn’t have time for during the school year. “I was lucky that I got to attend amazing programs this summer for film-making, creative writing and music” says Sam. He also self published his first book in a fantasy series that he has been writing for two years. He hopes to publish the second this fall. 

Somewhere inside of Sam lies sort of a lake of creativeness that is growing deeper by the day. It is being fed by many tributaries of imagination, wonder, fiction and reality. It is felt in what he creates, that this is not just what he does, but who he “is”. He is the modern day Bob Dylan, much of who Bob was, can be felt in Sam’s music as well. Sam is not just an artist, he is a visionary. He looks at things at different angles, not just straight ahead like most. The stories that he tells are not empty, they are full of substance. The music he creates is what music was meant to be. This is only the beginning. Where will his name be in the future? Beside Ron, J.K., Bob, and Neil, could very well be!

Singer/Songwriter, Marisa McKaye

Singer/songwriter Marisa McKaye will steal the heart of any boy in the crowd, with her infectious smile and voice. She will get the boys attention, along with with everyone else in the audience. Marisa is a person that once you meet her, you will never forget. People will find themselves stuck to her. Her smile, personality and exquisite voice sticks to you, much like glue, once it sticks, it’s there for good. Artists like Marisa, are the ones that become stars, who others look up to. 

At just twelve years old, the maturity can already be heard in her voice. Much of this maturity could be attributed to the fact she has been sing all her life, nearly non-stop. She made her first performance early in life as well. Marisa was only five years old when she sang at the Jackson, Tennessee fair. This got it all started. 

Nashville and the surrounding areas have now become Marisa’s musical playground. Marisa can be found performing in many different places, but she also has her very own shows. On Thursday nights she can be heard at, Sopapillas and every Saturday at Margaritaville. Marisa always enjoys seeing and meeting her fans at her shows. “Most everyone that I meet at my gigs are super nice and supportive and I am so thankful for that” says Marisa. She has made appearances at The Listening Room Cafe, and the iconic Bluebird Cafe.

Marisa has had some great opportunities to sing. One of those opportunities was being part of the Song Suffragettes at The Listening Room.  The Song Suffragettes is a female singer/songwriter showcase. “They support women of country music and I love what they do” says Marisa. For this showcase, it is necessary to audition, but Marisa earned her spot and had a lot of fun.  

Marisa not only loves performing, it has become a way of life that she looks forward to each day. “Performing is so much fun, but I also love seeing people happy, dancing or singing along” says Marisa. Usually at her shows she performs, Don’t Stop Believing to help get the crowd going. She is a fan of Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride and feels they are great role models as well as being powerful singers. 

Colorful Girl is the title of one of her EP’s, and reflects her as an artist. In her songs can be found, boldness, brightness and depth each helping to bring the story to life. The story in every song is brought to life and can be felt inside. The songs were co-written by Marisa and produced by Studio 31 West. One of the songs on the EP is called, Warrior. Warrior was written for a friend of her’s who’s battling cancer to cheer her up. This song is one that people request most often as well. 

Being a singer/songwriter who inspires people is what Marisa dreams of being. This is all being realized already in her career. Her songs help take the listener to places, and makes them feel good about themselves and life around them. Writing meaningful songs to help someone else. Having the ability to lift a person up with words and plucking a guitar string. It is abilities like these that gains an artist respect, and inspires others to be like them, and do the same. 

Creativity, is what highlights her as a songwriter. Marisa is gifted in creating lyrics and the ability to deliver the lyrics in a manner that the listener can relate or dream. Her vocals are unique, people can identify her once she begins to sing. Marisa does have many things going for her vocally. There’s a wonderful character to her voice, subtle breaks, growls and squeaks, all adding to the flavor. On top of all of that, can be found a bit of, RaeLynn, Kelsea and Miranda. All of these things together makes for a beautifully tasteful voice, like a well blended coffee. They both have the ability to bring a smile to your face. Marisa is without doubt, one of the top female country artists coming up in music today. Be sure and catch her live and see for yourself. Catch her at her regular gigs, or on July 28 in Indiana for a cancer benefit called, Care For Kids and The Bluebird for Sunday night writers round on September 17.