Author: Kyla Pearson

Q & A: Vinnie Paolizzi Discusses his Debut Self-Titled Album, The Vinnie Paolizzi LP, the Importance of Honest Storytelling and Embracing Community

Calling Nashville, TN home is Italian-American singer-songwriter, Vinnie Paolizzi.

For those unfamiliar with the singer-songwriter, he has over a decade of songwriting experience to his name, has been the guitarist for American country star, Brittney Spencer and has shared a songwriting round with none other than Dean Dillon. In November of last year, the singer-songwriter released his self-titled, debut full-length album, The Vinnie Paolizzi LP– a 10-track project that introduces him and pays homage to the old Music Row.

Recently, I spoke with Paolizzi about how he got his start in music, his debut record and more.

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Q & A: CMAO “Record Producer of the Year” Award Nominee Shawn Moore Reflects on Career Achievements, First Moore Music Showcase and Current Client Success

Calling Waterloo, ON home is record producer, mix engineer and session drummer, Shawn Moore.

For those who are unfamiliar with Shawn and his work, he first got his start in the music industry as a session drummer, playing for artists such as Shawn Austin and Jason Blaine. Also the founder of Moore Music and a platinum award-winning alumni of Nashville’s The Blackbird Academy, he has produced and mixed hundreds of recordings for artists in the Canadian country music scene. In addition, Shawn is currently up for nomination for “Record Producer of the Year” at this year’s CMAO Awards.

Recently, I spoke with Shawn about his career achievements thus far, the first inaugural Moore Music showcase, his current clients’ success and more.

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REVIEW: Lauren Watkins’ “Mama, I Made It”

Big Loud x Songs & Daughters’ own Lauren Watkins is following up her collaboration with Graham Barham on the hit track, “STRAIGHT TO MY HEART” with her brand-new single, “Mama, I Made It”. Sharing on her socials on the May 3rd release date, “I’ve been dying for y’all to hear this one,” Adding, “Hope ya love it” (Watkins, PR team).

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INTERVIEW: Nashville’s Own “Street Cowboy” Hunter Jordan Discusses Upcoming Single, “Something To Pray About,” Solo Project and Touring with HARDY

Calling Nashville, TN home is the music industry’s own “Street Cowboy”, Hunter Jordan.​

Faith, family, friendship, personal growth and authenticity are all core pillars for this country artist, songwriter and performer.

Earlier this year, Hunter kicked off his solo project with the release of “Dark”. Within the first weekend, the track was featured on UPstar Music’s “New Music Friday” playlist and gained over 40K digital streams on Spotify alone (with over 100K digital streams on Spotify at the time of writing). As a songwriter, he’s written numerous tracks with some of Music City’s finest songwriters including Erik Dylan, Reid Isbell and CJ Solar. As a performer, Hunter has been a direct opener on tour with Big Loud’s own hitmaker HARDY. He’s also opened for other notable country stars, including Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny.

On May 10th, the rising indie artist is set to release his follow-up single, “Something To Pray About”.

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INTERVIEW: Shawn Austin Discusses Tour Life, Being a First-Time Dad and His Brand-New EP, Words

Calling Vancouver, BC home is country singer-songwriter, Shawn Austin.​

For those unfamiliar with the Local Hay Records’ flagship artist, he has amassed a collective 30M+ global streams and earned himself a gold-certified hit with “Tailgate To Heaven (feat. Chris Lane)” — which held the title of the No.1 most played country song for 5 weeks in a row. Also known for his high-energy performances, he’s toured with notable country acts such as Dallas Smith and Old Dominion.

On April 5th, the rising country star released his latest 6-track EP, Words.

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Q & A: Kalsey Kulyk on Her Latest Album, Outlaw Poetry and Her New Music Video for “Heaven, Are You Listening?”

If you’re searching for an artist with an authentic presence who’s incredibly passionate about what she does, than look no further than Canadian country singer/songwriter, Kalsey Kulyk.

This past February, the singer-songwriter released her Factor-funded album, Outlaw Poetry– a vulerable record that explores the highs & lows of life through poetic lyricism and tride & true country storytelling. 

Recently, I spoke with Kalsey about her latest album, the new music video for her moving track, “Heaven, Are You Listening?” and more.

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INTERVIEW: MacKenzie Porter Discusses Her New Record, Nobody’s Born With A Broken Heart, Being a First-Time Mom and Her Upcoming Debut Performance at LASSO Festival

Raised on a bison and cattle ranch in Medicine Hat, Alberta, MacKenzie Porter lived a true country lifestyle prior to moving to Nashville, TN to pursue a career in country music.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Canadian country star, She’s grounded, authentic and very passionate about all that she does. She also fosters a deep love for music and appreciation for the people she works with. According to her, “It’s the people that make it (the journey) all worth it” (Porter). As an artist, she has earned herself more than 900 million global streams and a 6-week No.1 platinum hit alongside Dustin Lynch for “Thinking ‘Bout You” at U.S. country radio– and that’s not even scratching the surface of all she’s accomplished. No stranger to the stage, she’s also previously opened for notable country stars such as Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Jordan Davis and Dallas Smith.

On April 26th, Porter is set to release her upcoming record (at the time of writing), Nobody’s Born With A Broken Heart. The 19-track project is also her debut release via Big Loud Records and introduces this new chapter in her career.

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REVIEW: ERNEST’S FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): TWO DOZEN ROSES

Following up on the success of his 2022 album, FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM), Big Loud’s country star ERNEST released FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): Two Dozen Roses. Released in the month of love, the 2023 album features 13 brand-new songs that weren’t included in its predecessor. Vivid imagery and poetic lyricism are found throughout the 24-track project, highlighting his strength as a songwriter. So it comes as no surprise he had songs cut by artists such as Chris Lane, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett prior to pursuing his solo career as a singer-songwriter.

In addition, country instrumentals and soothing vocals make this an album you can easily listen to from start to finish and not tire of. Devout music lovers will also appreciate its narrative structure.

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Q & A: Hunter Jordan Embarks on Solo Career with the Release of “Dark”

With small-town roots in Mercer, West Tennessee and now calling Nashville, Tennessee home, is country artist & songwriter, Hunter Jordan.

As an artist, he’s toured across the United States and has opened for notable country acts such as HARDY, Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny. As a songwriter, he’s penned tracks with some of Music City’s most renowned talents. This past February, he embarked on his new solo project with the release of his catchy single, “Dark”.

Recently, I spoke with Hunter about how he got his start in country music, his new single and more.

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Q & A: Spencer Burton Discusses His Latest Album, North Wind

Calling Northern Ontario home is country-folk artist, Spencer Burton.

This past January, the Canadian artist released his latest album, North Wind via Dine Alone Records– a 10-track project that’s inspired by the beauty of nature and Northern Ontario’s wild spaces.

Recently, I spoke with Burton about his shift toward country-folk music, his latest album and more.

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