Layne Elizabeth Set To Release A New Single Every Month

layne elizabeth

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Layne Elizabeth may be in her teen years, but her drive, experience, personality and talent are grabbing the attention of the media and industry already!  All you have to do is listen to her music once to know, Layne Elizabeth can impact everyone with her talent and vocals. Teen Talks was happy to connect with Layne Elizabeth while she shared some of her already amazing stories with us for “Music Talks”!

Danielle Question:

Music comes so naturally for you that you’ve been told you have a perfect pitch. When did you realize your musical gift and that you wanted to be a singer / songwriter? You also play multiple instruments. Can you list the instruments you play and when you first started playing each one?

Layne Elizabeth:

My parents got me a piano for Christmas when I was six, and I would hear songs and be able to play them on the piano, so my parents decided to put me in lessons that year. Since then, I’ve learned how to play guitar, ukulele, and bass also. I got my Martin guitar a few Christmases ago and learned to play on that, and that’s when I really started getting serious about songwriting. With ukulele and bass, I’ve been able to just pick them up and play whatever I want from using the other instrument knowledge I already have.


How many songs have you written? Do you collaborate with anyone when writing your music? When you’re writing, is there a particular message you’re hoping your fans will take away from your music?

Layne Elizabeth:

girl holding guitarI’ve been writing since I was 13 and have written probably around 70 or more songs since I started. I write almost all of my songs on my own at the moment, but I would really like to collaborate with other artists in the future. When I write, I want my songs to represent the feelings of people who hear them and not just my own.


You also played in a band. Do you have a name for the band? Can you tell your fans how you and your band members met? How has playing in a band influenced your songs and live performances?

Layne Elizabeth:

The place where I used to take music lessons offered a garage band program that I joined. Eventually, a few other musicians from the program and I ended up leaving and making our own independent band called The Backup Plan. Playing with the band helped me build up the confidence to sing in front of people on my own because I was able to feel more comfortable with the band playing behind me. I stopped playing in the band a little over a year ago to focus more on my solo career.


Where was your most memorable performance? What made it the most memorable?

Layne Elizabeth:

I did a college house show with a friend of mine, Jake Scott, this past summer. It was one of my favourite performances because I got to explain the stories behind a lot of my original music, and the audience was the most attentive one I’ve ever played for, so I was able to share a little more about my songs.

Danielle Question:

While you were on the west coast, you walked into a particular guitar shop and started to play. The reaction of the owner and customers only confirmed that you belong in the music industry. Can you tell your fans the story of where you were, the reaction of everyone in the store as you were playing and singing, and what you were thinking at that very moment?

Layne Elizabeth:

I was visiting some family in California, and they wanted to take me to a place called Norman’s Rare Guitars because they thought I would like it. I was noodling on a few of the guitars, and I wanted to make an Instagram video of me playing something, so I had my mom record a little video of me playing and singing. The owner of the store, Norm, heard and asked if he could make a video of me singing for their YouTube channel. He interviewed me a little bit at the beginning of the video, and I was really shy in the video because I had never been interviewed before. When I saw the video online for the first time ever, I thought it was so cool because it had almost 10,000 views on it in the first week, which was a lot of people hearing my music!

Danielle Question:

You once described yourself as reserved or shy. So many artists and fans can relate to having a certain level of anxiety before going on stage or before a big event in their life. How did you overcome your stage fright? What advice would you give others who feel that same kind of angst before they go on stage or participate in an important event?

Layne Elizabeth:

Playing in a band for a long time really helped me with my confidence, but I still was terrified of singing without the band behind me. In the spring of my freshman year, some of my fellow band members and I got asked if we each wanted to do a solo act at a big showcase performance with a bunch of other local artists. For some reason, I said yes, and I pretty much overcame my stage fright instantly with that performance. It’s a very very hard thing to do, but I would encourage artists who are struggling with similar things to push themselves out of their comfort zone and maybe start with a small group of friends to sing for first. If you just do it and don’t overthink the uncomfortableness of it, you’ll be happy you did it and feel accomplished afterwards.

Danielle Question:

Where can fans find your music and performance information? Do you have any new songs coming out? Is there anything else you would like fans to know?

Layne Elizabeth:

People can check out my website for more information:

Also, I post about my life, my upcoming shows and new music on my social media:

I have lots of new music coming out this year! In January, I released the first single, Empty, of a 12 song album that I recorded over the summer. I’ll be releasing a new single from that album each month in 2019 and then re-releasing it as an entire album at the end of the year. Keep an eye out for the next single, The Ride, which will be out February 22. It’s about my life as a musician and how the journey can be just as enjoyable as the destination.

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Singer Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy is a Pop/Soul artist from New Jersey who brought her stirring hooks to Nashville, Tennessee in the fall of 2017. Karen’s sound is often compared to the likes of Ariana Grande, Sza, and Tori Kelly, with a voice that’s said to be “sweet and smooth like honey”.

Karen was surrounded by music at a young age, from musicals at summer camp to her Dads love of The Beatles and Martin guitars. At the age of 15, Karen picked up the guitar herself and immediately began experimenting with writing songs. She left public high school at 16 to allow more time for her craft and got her diploma online. Karen released her debut EP “Clouds” in June of 2017 in October, she released her debut single “Never Do”.


Danielle: What got you into music? When did you begin singing, writing songs and playing guitar? When did you know this would be your passion and future career?

Karen: My dad plays guitar so we were always dancing and singing together. But when I was in the 2nd grade my mom got me a Carrie Underwood CD and from then on I knew that I wanted to do what she does. When I was 15 I tried out for the Xfactor (because I really thought that television shows were the only way to make it in the music industry). At the audition there were hundreds and hundreds of girls my age who looked just like me and wanted the same thing that I did. So when I didn’t make it onto the show, I went home and decided that I needed to make myself different. I picked up guitar and after learning a few chords, I began writing songs!

Danielle: You are compared to the sound of Ariana Grande, Sza and Tori Kelly. Are these artists some of your influences and did you have other musical inspirations in your creative path? What genre do you consider your music to be?

Karen: Absolutely! I mentioned before that Carrie Underwood was the one who kickstarted my dream of being a singer, and when I was 8 years old I really thought that I wanted to be a country singer. But once I started listening to the radio more and more, I realized that I wasn’t in love with country music, I was just in love with Carrie Underwood’s voice and the way she sang. It took me a while to figure out my sound. I started listening to more Carole King type music (soul from the 60s-70s) and then more current R&B and I was HOOKED. I’ve really found my place sonically and it just works so well with who I am, but it took my 6 years to figure it out. So – to answer your question, I would consider myself Pop/R&B 🙂

Danielle: You are originally from New Jersey, but are currently living in Nashville. How long have you lived in Nashville? What opportunities have you encountered since you moved to “Music City”?

Karen: I moved to Nashville in September of 2017! Nashville has been amazing. Literally everywhere you go you meet a musician. I feel that I’ve been able to start to assemble a small team of people who get my sound and what I’m trying to do. I’m so in love with this city. Singer Karen Hardy

Danielle: Your latest Album is called “Never Do”. Do you write all of your own songs? Can you explain what inspired you for the title of the single and the meaning behind the song?

Karen: I write all of my songs, including “Never Do”! “Never Do” started with my cowriter, Chelsea Balan, and I. She played me a voice memo of the chorus and I loved it! But then we ended up sitting there for 2 hours and couldn’t write the rest of it. We then took it to our producer/writer friend Brandon Meagher (who also produced it). We really worked for this song and I’m so proud of it. 

Danielle: If you could have your fans remember one thing about you, what would that be? If there was one message you could give to your fans, what would that be?

Karen : Thats a really hard question! I think my ultimate dream is to be a safe space for music fans. I want to create a place for fans to feel whatever they’re feeling.

Danielle: Do you have any live performances planned? Where can your fans find your music? Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans?

Karen: Next year will be filled with performances in Nashville and the New Jersey area! I’m hoping towards the end of the year I can venture out of those home bases and tour some other cities! Also a few more singles in 2019 can definitely be expected 🙂





Never Do – Karen Hardy


Indie Artist Madison Mueller
Singer Songwriter Madison Mueller

Madison Mueller

Interview with Danielle Haskell

As “Young Adult Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Josie Music Awards, this 18 year old singer/songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist from Barrie Ontario, Canada is becoming a name to remember! Maddie has been playing and studying music for twelve years, and started performing wherever possible since she was 8. Writing, performing and recording her music has become her love. Maddie is proving her dream to make music her whole life is definitely becoming her reality.


Danielle: You are about to release your fourth single called “Exhale”. Can you share with your fans the meaning of “Exhale” and how you came up with the title?


Maddie: The meaning of “Exhale”, while it has many sad lyrics and points throughout the song, was mainly to remind myself that even when things get tough, sometimes all you need to do is take in a big breath, and then exhale. It’s easy to forget that doing such a simple thing can help you take in your surroundings and figure out how to go about fixing your issue.


Danielle: Do you write all of your own songs? Have you ever collaborated with anyone when writing your music? Is there a particular theme you want your fans to relate to when they listen to your music?


Maddie: So far I have been mostly writing all my own songs. I have done a bit of collaboration with others, but have yet to release any of those works in progress. Currently I am going through a lot of changes in my life right now, and writing about each situation helps me get through them. My music tends to explain what I’m going through, and also attempts to show a resolution to the issue if there is one.


Danielle: You have recorded 4 studio songs. Can you describe what one of your days in the studio is like for fans?


Maddie: A day in the studio starts off very fast paced. I normally get into the studio and show the producer in person which song we will be tackling. From there I lay down the first instrument, which will be whatever I have written the song on. After a few takes of that, we then lay down a bunch of vocals and finally the magic happens. We start adding the next instruments and ideas that have been floating around in my head. Drums, bass and guitar are built into the song and by then, that normally covers a full day in the studio. From there it’s a lot of fine tuning and realizing where I really would like the song to go. It’s always a new experience and I don’t think I could ever get tired of watching my songs develop into their final mix.


Danielle: You not only sing, you play guitar, piano, offer vocal lessons and teach piano. How does that experience influence your own music recordings?

Maddie: Teaching is a job like no other. It is extremely rewarding, and always puts a smile on my face. It’s so amazing to see other kids finally finish a song that they have been working on for what seems like forever. What’s even more astounding is what I learn from them as well. Each time I teach a new concept, it helps me understand what it is I am teaching even better, and sometimes it helps me figure out an easier way to accomplish something. I take that everywhere with me, not just into recording. If teaching has really taught me anything, it is to be open with learning.


Danielle: You recently won the “Young Adult Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Josie Music Awards. How has winning influenced the future possibilities for your career as a musician?

Maddie : Winning any award is a push in the right direction, but winning something as highly acclaimed as a Josie Award is just incredibly motivating. It allows me to have more faith in myself that I have the ability to accomplish my dreams, and it shows that I have been working hard to reach them. I am still so honoured to have taken home that award, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the local press around my city. Overall, it just proves to me that I am on the right track with my life, and it drives me to continue working hard.


Danielle: Rumour has it that Maddie Mueller is also an amazing softball pitcher. Outside of music, what are some other interests, including softball that fans may like to know about? How have these outside influences impacted your music or creativity?

Maddie: Haha, I do love my softball! I have been playing for 10 years, and it’s my second love after music! I have a few other hobbies and interests as well. I really love to write stories. If I had the dedication to write a full book, I definitely would. That’s a trait that runs in my family through, because both my brother and sister are fantastic writers as well. On top of that, I also love to stargaze. Space really intrigues me so I like to learn all about what’s beyond our planet. And one of the things that I am truly the best at are puns. I love making them any chance I get. If you ask anyone that knows me, they’ll tell you just how annoying I can get with them. But above all that, music is my number one interest, and that is something I will never get enough of.


Danielle: You not only support your own music, but can be found supporting others via Teen Talks. How has being part of Teen Talks impacted your music career?

Maddie: Teen talks has opened my door to so many amazing opportunities, but above that it has allowed me to start conversations with some ridiculously talented young artists. Each time I interview one of them, I find myself being completely inspired. I say it all the time, but being surrounded by like minded people is one of the best feelings, and TeenTalks has opened so many doors in that respect. If I could have them all in the same place, I would! TeenTalks is for the musicians, from the musicians, and I think that automatically impacts each artists’ career.

Danielle: Where can fans find your music, performance information, merchandise…? Is there anything else you would like fans to know?

Maddie: My music is available on all streaming sites under the name Madison Mueller. I am also on all social medias:

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I am working towards getting some merchandise in the next few months and I am super excited for it. I will be playing at a showcase called Glow over the next month and the dates will be listed on my website: And finally, my song “Exhale” will be dropping on November 22nd! Make sure to check it out!


Breath Of Air – Madison Mueller


Awesome Talent Like This Is Sure To Capture Your Attention

olivia cella

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Known for her soulful sound this talented 16 year old is sure to capture the attention of her audiences. Besides singing, Olivia also plays piano and a little guitar. Olivia’s talent does not stop there. She has also stared in independent films and on TV shows. You won’t want to miss what she has to say about her music and her career! 


Your  two singles “Missing U” and “Us2” have been said to be easily relatable. When did you start writing your own songs? Can you explain what inspired you to write “Missing U” and “Us2” song?


I started writing songs when I started singing. They weren’t good songs but it was a start to a long journey. I actually wrote Missing Uand Us 2 off of a bunch of different experiences. I took the relationship issues from my mother, friends and personal experiences I had and combined them into both songs. There was really no specific event but the feeling was still expressed exactly as I felt it.


Having already performed at the Apollo Theater in NYC, can you explain what that experience was like? What has been your favorite venue for performing?


 Performing at the Apollo Theater was my favorite venue, the crowd was so hype and so big. The theatre was full to capacity 1500 people. It was such an honor and preparing for that performance was such a great learning experience and I can picture the exact moment on stage perfectly in my head.


In addition to being musically gifted, you are a talented actress. Can you share some of the acting projects you have been involved in? Do you have anything you would like to share with your fans about your future acting plans?


 My first acting gig was a short film called Bodies. I was about 9 months old so I don’t remember it. I started acting classes in NYC at age 6 and continue to study my craft.  I have worked on commercials, TV appearances and two feature films. I am particularly proud of my work on crime thriller “Blowtorch”. The film is set in Brooklyn, I play the lead characters youngest daughter. I hope to do more roles like that in the future.



When you have free time, what do you like to do for fun besides music? How do you balance your music with your other obligations such as school or any other interests you may have?


I am a typical teenage girl where I like to hang out with my fiends like anyone else my age. I also study a lot as I am in 3 AP classes this year and hope to get into a good college. This month alone I took the SA

T’s and taking the ACT’s next week. My mom wanted me to stay in regular school so it has always been a challenge to pursue my singing and acting yet be in regular school. But we have managed and I will be graduating High School this June. Something about me many don’t know is  that I am actually the youngest certified yoga teacher in the state of NJ and teach every Tuesday night at a studio in my town Aerial Yoga. I’ve been doing yoga since around age 6 – yoga was incorporated as part of my training back during my figure skating days. It helped with flexibility and focus. I always wanted to become a yoga teacher and received my certificate this summer.


What’s next? Do you have any up-coming performances? Do you have anything else you would like your fans to know?


Yes, I perform regularly in and around  the NYC, NJ area. I post my up and coming performances on my Facebook page and ReverbNation page – so please follow me on those sites to be informed on my next gig. I recently signed with a new manager. Together we are planning many new things – too soon to announce but follow my social media pages as I will be letting you know once things are official. All I can say now is lots of super great things are happening.


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It’s Impossible To Survive Off Of Talent Alone; Sansha Blue

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Chris Paraggio, better known as Sansha Blue, has captured the attention of his fans and the music industry with his ability to write, record and produce his own music. Chris also uses his creative abilities to construct his own art work.

Chris is currently embarking on a new chapter as he begins college at The New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where he will no doubt be one to follow and watch as he climbs his path to success.


You are currently the only member of Sansha Blue. What inspired you to choose the name Sansha Blue?

Chris/Sansha Blue:

That’s an interesting story. I am terribly afraid of deep and/or open water, and one day, I happened to learn about the existence of the (reportedly) deepest underwater sinkhole on earth in a city named Sansha. Sansha’s history is interesting without the presence of a giant underwater opening, but that was what really struck me; the deep blue sinkhole in Sansha. So, the name really came from something that is truly terrifying to me, and I guess I liked that. It almost feels like I’m tackling my fears head on.



You not only write, record, and produce all of your own music you also create your own art work. This gives you a great deal of diversity within the music industry. Is there one area that you consider to be your favorite and why? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

While everything I do for Sansha Blue carries near-equal importance to me, making a song come to life is the pinnacle of the process for me. To bring something out of your head into true existence is an incomparable feeling. Everything about finalising the writing, recording the song, and producing a finish product I cannot ever get tired of.



The New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where you are starting your first semester of college, is known for teaching not only music, but also performing, songwriting, recording, production and even includes a special emphasis on entrepreneurship. What do you plan on focusing on while you are attending college there? Where do you see yourself after you obtained your degree? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

 The Clive Davis Institute is without a doubt the best place for me to be. In today’s music climate, it’s impossible to survive off of “talent” alone. Someone in my field of work needs to know everything from entertaining a crowd to things like advertising, branding, and self-managing. While my focus is rooted in creating and performing my own music, I certainly need to learn how to expand my audience before that can happen fully. 



Your latest Album is called “The Grey Area”. Can you explain what inspired you for the title and the music on the album? What inspired you to create the art work on the cover of the album? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

 I think that grey areas are everywhere. If everything in life was black and white, life would be pretty straightforward. But it’s not; practically nothing is clear-cut. Grey areas are one of the core parts of life that make it difficult, but that doesn’t mean we can just pretend they’re not there. That’s how things get worse in every sense. I really wanted to draw attention to this concept with the album; I think grey areas are really important for people to acknowledge when they appear, because they are inevitable and never-ending.


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Your unique music sound is classified as new alternative / experimental rock. Who and what are your musical inspirations that lead you down that creative path? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

 I’ve always looked up to outliers. People who broke out of classic structure and created entirely new ways to be popular. I love most genres of music, but some of the many big inspirations to me off of the top of my head would be artists like Radiohead, Nirvana, Pink Floyd… They innovated, and it proves that being different can totally pay off.



You have a hairstyle that easily catches the attention of your fans. How does that play into your esthetics? 

Chris/Sansha Blue:

I like to keep it messy and natural, so I guess that could relate to my musical aesthetic. I like things in my performances being real, even if that means they may be a little flawed; that’s what makes them interesting.



Do you have any live performances planned? Where can your fans find your music? Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans?

Chris/Sansha Blue:

Right now, live performances are TBA. My fans can find me on all major streaming/download platforms and through my website ( In general, things are in the works. Sometime relatively soon, people should tune in and see what’s going on with me; new things are going to be happening soon.

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Ava Paige

At 13 years old, Ava Paige is already the talk of Nashville!

As the Junior Josie Award 2017 Vocalist of Year this guitar playing singer / songwriter has proven she has the talent to achieve her goal of playing at the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry!

Ava can already be found playing live weekly in Nashville. If you can’t catch her live, her appropriately titled EP “Having A Dream” is being played on indie-music stations worldwide and is available for sale on her website.

Follow Ava Paige’s social media sites and quickly understand why she captivates her fans with her songs about her friendships, being young, the love of the lake and fishing.



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jayna jennings


American 18 year old Jayna Jennings is one of those deep,  thoughtful souls. Who has a quiet unassuming way about her. But when you listen to her music it’s words are powerful and leave a lasting impression. Jennings latest album titled ‘Court Yard & Aviaries’ exposed us to a new genre of music we knew little about, so we naturally asked Jayna to explain what Americana music is? Her album is worth serious consideration both from those who already love Americana and those new to the genre. 

Q When were you first interested in Music? And do you come from a musical family?

I grew up with two teen sisters so music was so ingrained in my life. I was always hearing so many different kinds of music from so many different new and classic bands like The Allman Brothers, Carly Simon, Carole King, Van Morrison, Jakob Dylan, Bob Dylan, and so many more. Music has always been so amazing to me because of the ways that it can set the tone in a moment. When I was around 3, I started singing Jesus Loves Me in Church and fell in love with it. My sisters play the piano and my Dad plays guitar so watching them probably inspired me the most to start learning an instrument. 

Q What instruments do you play? 

 A I play guitar, piano, and some bass. 

Q Did you take any music classes at school?

A I did! I always loved my music class in elementary school, especially in 5th grade. I wrote my first song then and my music teacher let me perform it for the class! That was so life changing for me and her support really made me want to pursue music as a career. 

Q You have just graduated from school what are your plans for the future? 

 A My college goal is to get a degree in Music Business. I’m also going to continue recording and releasing albums! 

Q You play Americana music it’s not a genre we know much about; could you please explain what it is and how it evolved? 

A The other day someone asked me what kind of music I play and when I said Americana he said that was the safest answer he had ever heard! Yes, it is a safe answer because it is SUCH a broad genre. There are so many different kinds of music that can be incorporated like R&B, roots-rock, blues, folk, and it can be electric or acoustic. It’s so inclusive of other genres, but, according to, it’s a ” distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw.” It’s an amazing genre that offers me so much freedom with my production choices. It lets me make each song on my album different from the last while still holding one genre. Singer

Q Where do you get inspiration from for your songs? 

 A Inspiration comes from so many different places for me. I sometimes write about my own experiences and sometimes I write about someone else’s story. An example of one of my songs written from someone else’s perspective is Hold On. I wrote it after I was asked to write a song for a movie about a man who was struggling with mental illness and his sister’s battle trying to be there for him. I wrote the song from the sister’s perspective but I wanted the song to be inclusive of all situations. I wanted anyone who heard it who was struggling with something to be able to find some hope and comfort in it. Inspiration can come from a million different outlets because there are so many stories that have so much to say.  

Q You’re involved in a Twitter page called unsigned-chat could you tell us how you got involved and how it supports Indie-Musicians?

A I found #MusicHourUK on twitter and started joining in last July and LOVED IT! It was the first time I found something on twitter that was such a supportive community focused on music. I was the #FaceOfAugust on the #MusicHourUK twitter page and started doing #IndieLife vlogs on the YouTube channel. Matt, who runs #MusicHourUk, asked me if I wanted to start hosting a US version of #MusicHourUK and #UnsignedChat was born! Musicians can share their music in a tweet using our hashtag and I retweet it on our page! We have an awesome community of musicians who love to support the other artists who participate. 

Q Many musicians like to use their public platform to support a charity or organization; are you supporting any projects or fund raising that you can tell us about?

A I support a community anti-suicide organization called Change. I first found out about them when I was asked to sing at their December outreach. It is an amazing organization and I love their message of hope and Jesus. Jesus is our hope! I also support SERV International and the National Headache Foundation. 





Alyssa Lynn, Dual Finalist Nominee For Nashville Universe Awards

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This 16 year old natural born singer / songwriter has “country” in her blood. She may be growing up up in a small town outside of Knoxville, TN, but there is nothing small about her distinct vocal style. She has an EP coming soon, so make sure you check out her release plans. I had the pleasure of meeting Alyssa Lynn at the Nashville Universe Awards and I agree that her dynamic personality will carry her far! We caught up again for this interview and this is what Alyssa had to say:

Danielle: You are known for your distinct vocal style. Who are your vocal inspirations and why?

Alyssa Lynn:

Vocally my inspirations are the Dixie Chicks and Miranda Lambert because of their range and their voice characteristics fit my voice well. 

Danielle:  Like your inspiration Dolly Pardon, you are becoming a role model by finding ways to give back. Can you tell your fans more about how you sing as a volunteer?

Alyssa Lynn:

I am part of an organization called “Musicians on Call”. This organization sends artists to hospitals all around the United States to sing to the patients. The organization requires the artists to be at least 16 years old so I just started volunteering with them. I will be singing at pediatric hospitals which can range from infants to 20-21 year olds. The age group that I plan on focusing towards is people my age because teenagers are harder to reach. Little kids typically don’t fully understand why they’re in there and are just happy hearing you sing. Teenagers usually shut people out and think the worst. I know what it feels like to be hooked up to an IV and see doctors for months at a time so my goal is to show teenagers that no matter what they are going through, they can get through it and still do what they love to do because I got through it for the past 3 years doing what I love to do and that’s music.

Danielle: Congratulations, because you made the final Nashville Universe Awards nominations in not just one, but two categories, Rising Star of the Year and Song of The Year. What was your initial reaction when you saw your name on the list and to attend the awards?

Alyssa Lynn:

“Wow” was my first reaction because this was my first time being nominated for anything and my first award ceremony. I was honored to be nominated and I loved getting to meet new people and also meet some of the people that I have communicated with before. I would love to go back next year, even if I’m not nominated again or don’t win again. I would love to go back and meet more people and see the performances.

Danielle: You have participated in singing competitions since you were 4 years old. How have the singing competitions helped move your career forward and explain the excellent opportunity that you were given at age 14 when you were found at a competition by a representative from PCG Nashville.

Alyssa Lynn:

When I was four, I started singing at this really small karaoke place. That helped me figure out my career because I loved singing in front of people. When I was 7 I finally figured out that singing actually could be a career. My first biggest competition was for Taylor Swift tickets when I was 6 years old. I came in second to a 30 year old. The competitions gave me the opportunity to grow and figure out song choices. At 14 years old I was singing in a competition and one of the judges gave me a pamphlet with the information for PCG which is an artist development company. I signed with them at 15. This past January makes 1 year since I have signed with them. They have helped me a lot with my performance skills and my confidence. Before them I didn’t know how to do interviews or how to talk to people. Because of them I have been able to continuously grow.

Danielle: What’s next for you? Are you currently working on an EP? Do you have any performance dates / locations coming up that you would like to share with fans?

Alyssa Lynn:

I have been working on my very first EP album. It comes out May 27th. My song “You Keep Me Wild” is on it. I’m having a big party in Florida to release it. Also, I will have merchandise and my CD’s will be on my website soon. There will also be an option when you buy anything, that you can have me sign it before we ship it. I’m really excited because I don’t think that there’s really anything like that out there right now. As far as my tour goes, I will be doing a tour starting with my Florida release party where I will be doing a 45 minute acoustic performance of my album. Next, I’ll be in Marion Kansas for Drake White and Montgomery Gentry. After that I will be in Rich Hill Missouri for John Michael Montgomery, July 20th. Next, I will be in Hillsboro Missouri opening up for Montgomery Gentry again. I also have a couple more dates in the works but they aren’t official yet.






Alyssa Lynn, Dual Finalist Nominee For Nashville Universe Awards

epk – alyssa lynn


Wild Horse

Indie Rock BandThe rock band ‘Wild Horse’ are not just three talented lads from the UK they are also hard working, and while proactively seeking careers in the music biz, they’re still keeping academic studies a priority. With their passion for all things rock, it looks like rock music is safe in the hands of a new generation. Thanks guys for the brilliant Q and A Faith & Harry

Q Whose who and who plays what? Are you guys friends or related in someway?
A The band has three fixed members, Henry Baldwin ( Guitar, lead vocals, Harmonica, keyboard ), Jack Baldwin ( Guitar Backing vocals, sometimes lead), Ed Barnes (drums). Henry (18) and Jack (16) are brothers and Ed 17 is a friend from school. Rather than risk ruining the dynamics of the band we decided to bring in guest players rather than a fixed forth member. This role for the last five years has been mainly filled by Henry, Jack’s Dad Stephen Baldwin.

Q How and when did you form the band?
A All three of us independently but roughly at the same time, joined ‘Rock School’ at our school. This was an after-school activity to try to help students learn instruments and put bands together. Initially we each played in different combinations, Henry playing I’m a few bands first. However, without wanting to sound arrogant, it was clear that the three of us were way ahead of the others and shared the same musical tastes. Our favorites being the greats of Rock and Roll, The Stones, The Who, Clapton, Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and more recently, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, etc… It was then that we formed Wild Horse in April 2013 and played our first gig in May of the same year.

Q Are your songs original?
A Initially we played covers of rock standards, but quickly Henry and Jack formed a writing partnership that has been prolific ever since, often with plenty of input from Ed. Since 2015 Wild Horse plays virtually only original material, occasionally we do throw in one cover, but not for long.

Q Where do you record and do you have a producer?
A Luckily for us, a friend Stephen Baldwin owned a professional recording studio, ‘Cobham Sound’ and in August 2013 we had a free day to record a couple of tracks to see how we got on. The studio owner, Niall Squire was impressed and has been our engineer and producer ever since, his wife Hilary is also a mean sax player and is on a number of our recorded tracks. By the time our second album comes out in June this year we would have recorded and released over 40 original tracks. Thanks to Niall we have been able to use the studios at weekends and school holidays, which has allowed us to record extensively without effecting our school work. 

Q Do you get help from your parents to run your band?
A From the beginning we received positive feedback from the music industry, and after receiving the 2014 ‘Rock The House’ (a UK competition run by the music business with Parliament member support) nomination, and then 2016 finalists, both sets of parents got together and discussed how they could make the band work. They decided we were good enough to get somewhere and since then we have had 100% support.

Q With your Band demands how do you keep up with your school studies?
Our parents ensure school work is properly covered and we do take short breaks from the band around Exam time, although our parents are behind us they also insist that we follow a normal career path. In fact Henry is now in the first year of his degree in ‘Music Management’ at Sussex University in Brighton.

Q Is your aim to be under the umbrella of a record label?
Early 2015 ‘Wild Horse’ was signed with a New York Record Company who released mixed EPS leading to the release of their first album, ‘Its Begun’ January 2016. Now acting as our own label we recorded a further 18 original tracks, forming three EPS ‘On the Run’, ‘It’s Only Rejection’, and ‘ Timeless Dancing’. We are back in the studio this June for our next album.

Q Some music critics insist that Rock Music is a dying form of music, do you think this is true?
A Being from England we know that Rock Music is not a dying genre and ‘Never Will Be’! Good quality rock music is an essential component of life. What may have been an issue is the supply of good quality rock bands. Right now there are some great modern rock acts, Arctic Monkeys, Portugal, Imagine Dragons, Paramore, even Harry Styles has moved over to rock! Things are even better in the US and our biggest fan base is there. However if things don’t work out we are just like our school friends looking at career options. 

Q With so much competition from other musicians how will you get noticed?
we have always believed that a good Rock Band is not an instant thing and develops as you ‘pay your dues on the road’. We have played many gigs, some awful in real dives and many great ones, we’ve had nights where you could fit the audience in a phone booth and nights where all you can see is people, the one thing we always do is give the best performance we can every time. Growing a solid fan base that will actually pay to come and see you is a long hard process. We’re in that process still but each month we get bigger and better offers; 2018 is looking very positive.

Q What advice would you give to a young musician just starting out?
A Our advice to any young musician wanting to make a career in rock is this.
Firstly, ask yourself why you want to do it? If the answer is to get famous, this isn’t for you, do X-Factor, take 10 minutes of fame and get on with your life. If the answer is that you just love playing in front of an audience and thrilled when you see people enjoying your music, then maybe this is for you. But, a word of warning, this involves hard work, total commitment, dedication and massive support from family and friends.

Q If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be?
A If we could play anywhere in the world it would be the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury England. Once you have been invited to play there you have already made it, Our all time favorite ‘The Rolling Stones’ played a fantastic gig there.






unlucky in love – Wild horse


Alyssa Marie Coon

SingerAlyssa Marie Coon may describe herself as quiet and shy, but this singer/songwriter/musician from Florida is already making great strides in the music industry.

The 13 year old musician plays piano, drums, guitar and ukulele. She is so passionate about her music she plans to add even more instruments to her list of possibilities.

With music as a huge part of Alyssa’s life for as long as she can remember, she recalls entertaining her family on car rides with her singing of the songs from the Wizard of Oz by age two.

Much to the family’s surprise Alyssa was on key and had every word memorised.

Knowing music would continue to be part of her life forever, Alyssa started taking voice and piano lessons at age 6 allowing her self-confidence to grow.

Don’t mistake her reserve personality for lack of self-assurance, because Alyssa has been performing at local events and for charities since she began her formal lessons.

Enrolled in a performing arts school as a vocal major, Alyssa also sings in chorus, chorale and girls ensemble. However, Alyssa’s talents don’t end there.

Since she loves and listens to all varieties of music, Alyssa applies that to her lessons as well. Always striving to improve her voice and challenge herself she has vocal lessons in and can sing and play classical, opera, folk, country and pop music.

Regardless of genre, Alyssa loves to learn the meaning behind songs and why they were written. Expressive music encourages Alyssa to write impactful music of her own. Her accomplishments have provided her with opportunities to play at various venues, events and competitions throughout the state of Florida. Recently she became part of Phil Collins’ Little Dreams Foundation.

Music has benefited Alyssa in all aspects of her life. Music has given her the ability to memorize things quickly, site read and has given her a photographic memory.

Since Alyssa can’t stop thinking about music, she has made her motto: “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it”.

Alyssa is working towards her dreams every day. She stresses not to let anyone stop you.

Alyssa can be quoted as saying “Only you can make your dreams a reality by working and not accepting no for an answer. Focus on your dreams and don’t worry about what others are doing. Learn from others but don’t compare yourself to others. Be supportive of others and they will support you. Stay away from negativity.”

When Alyssa is not working on music, she enjoys photography, playing volleyball and getting together with my friends. One thing is definitely clear. No matter what Alyssa is doing, she is well on her way of accomplishing her goal of being a professional musician.

There is no doubt that we will continue to see Alyssa’s name more and more in the music industry.

She is definitely here to stay.






you saved me – alyssa Marie coon


Emily Lockett

SingerThrough the words she writes, the strings she plucks, and the notes she sings, Emily Lockett will have you wanting more in just one listen.

This 16 year old Singer/Songwriter from the UK has been playing guitar since the age of 5, showing off her talent at local concerts and talent shows. At the age of 12 she began to write her own music, which manages to capture the hearts of all that listen.

Her first EP was released in December of 2016, which includes beautiful songs that were written between the ages of 12 and 15.

The teen has been getting regular air play on plenty of radio stations and continues to wow everyone who gets to hear her music.

The song “Reflection of Me” includes the lines: “Wish I could dream bigger than reality, I wanna know what the world can offer me.” These lines seem to predict how Emily is currently living her life, completely dedicating herself to her music.

The young talent is studying music at a college in Manchester by day, while rehearsing and performing by night.

This year, Emily is said to be extremely busy with several shows and recording new music over the next few months.

She plans to release her next EP this year which will include the songs “Nice Eyes”; “Feel Love”; and “Where We Left Off”.

All of her music is on her website:

You can also find her music on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and more!







feel love – emily lockett


Landon wall

SingerLandon Wall is a 14 year old Country Music Artist from Trinity North Carolina. Landon regularly performs in Nashville, playing great songs like his ‘Lost Boys’ who he recently performed to Kelsea Ballerini. We are grateful to Landon for taking time to answer our questions.

Q. How old were you when you first started performing?
A. I was 7 when I first started performing musical theater.

Q. Whose your musical influence?
A. That’s a hard one …… I like the classics like Johnny Cash ,Merle Haggard . I love
Story songs like Garth Brooks sings, but I also love the new country Artists like
Chris Young , Brothers Osborne , Drake White, and Hunter Hayes .

Q. What do you like to do when your not playing music?
A. When I’m not playing music , I like chillin with friends and family, playing with my
dog ( Roscoe P Gravy-train ) playing video games and a little backyard football.

Q. If you could perform anywhere in the world what country would you choose?

A. Well , it would be great to travel the world and I’m sure I would enjoy seeing all the
sites, I would love to visit England but there’s no place I’d rather perform in
than right here in the good ‘ole’ USA.

Q. What’s your fav school subject?
A. That’s an easy one…My favorite school subject is Music .

Q. What was the last movie you saw?
A. The last movie I watched was AWESOME!! It was , “l can only imagine “ A movie
based on the life of the person who wrote the song .

Q. What’s your fav song in the charts at the moment?
A. My favorite song in the charts right now is “shoot me straight “ by Brothers
Osborne .