Your current single, “Goodbye,” is climbing The Iceman’s New Country Artist Top 40 Chart – Congrats on a Top 8 (and rising) hit! It’s also playing on stations across the U.S. and overseas – Quite impressive for an independent artist. What drew you in when you first listened to the demo for the Kelsea Ballerini, Jennifer Denmark, and Matt Alderman co-write?
“Thank you so much! When I first heard “Goodbye” the first thing I thought was, ‘wow I really relate to this right now…’ and that really sold the song for me. We all experience love and breakups, and I just want to always be relatable. The lyrics are so simple, yet they impact you in an emotional way.”
Your first single “Kill The Headlights” (co-written by Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Luke Laird)
How did that demo draw you in?
“’Kill The Headlights‘ was pretty much the same thing — relatable. It really taps into the innocence of young love and experiencing it for the very first time. I loved the lyrics, and the overall vibe for KTH, so I knew I had to record it! Little did I know Carrie Underwood was a co-writer. Which I didn’t find out until months later, and yes I totally freaked out! She’s my idol!”
You’re opening The Iceman Show Live from Alley Taps (Nashville Debut Show) this Thursday, September 21. Your acoustic set is from 7-7:45pm and it will stream live at here.
What’s on your set list for the show? Will you be previewing any new music?
“Yes, I will be previewing some new music, as well as stuff I’ve cut in the past and just never released. I’ll also be doing covers of some my favorite country jams at the moment! My set will be acoustic since I wanted to make the performance more intimate.”
For new fans, can you tell them your backstory?
“I started singing when I was 11 years old after my father, a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, was killed in action. Right before he was deployed, he asked if I’d record “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” by Carrie Underwood. Of course, I never got that chance, but it all came together in the end. At 15 I went to Nashville and recorded for the very first time, and I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Then at 18, I experienced a full circle moment, and a gift from above that I knew my Dad had a hand in — my first radio single ‘Kill The Headlights‘ was written by Carrie Underwood!”
For those new to your music, can you explain your sound in 5 words?
“Pop and r&b meets country”
What are your fondest musical memories?
“My first time ever recording in a real studio is something I’ll never forget! Also, opening up for Jerrod Neiman and Joe Diffie!”
How has growing up in Texas influenced your music?
“It definitely embedded the storytelling aspect in my writing. Every time you hear a country song, it’s like its own little story. Growing up, I would listen to country radio every single day! George Strait was and still is one of my favorites, the master of incredible storytelling!”
What five artists/songs would we see on your recently streamed/played list?
“Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Tayler Buono (current obsession), Lana Del Rey (all-time favorite artist), and Cody Johnson!”
If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?
“Oh, this is tough! I’d say Kelsea Ballerini for sure!”
What is your go-to song to play live?
“My song ‘Goodbye‘ definitely!”
What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
“This changes very often, because I re-discover old songs I used to jam to as a kid! So I’m gonna say ‘Genie In A Bottle‘- Christina Aguilera”
What song to would you pick to belt out at the bar/in the car/for karaoke?
“’Wannabe‘- Spice Girls (the BEST!)”
Next year you will be …
“Hopefully on radio tour promoting new music!”
Ten years from now you will be …
“Touring, writing new music, maybe even have some side endeavors — like maybe a…. cosmetics line!”
What albums do you consider essential for all country music fans to listen to?
“Any album by Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Patsy Cline!”
What advice would you give to those dreaming of a country music career?
“Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. It doesn’t matter if no one believes in you, if you believe in yourself, that’s more than enough. Always keep pushing forward! Everything, big or small, it matters.”
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
“This morning I put a dress on for brunch when one of the straps busted and the little piece of plastic that was holding together well…. it hit the mirror, then came back and hit me in the face. Haha”
You’re planning your next vacation, where are you traveling?
“New York is my go to vacation spot!”
What’s your motto to live by?
“If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.”
What are five things you can’t live without?
“My headphones, music, camera, hot Cheetos, and the need to always travel.”
And, in honor of Crayola’s new crayon, Bluetiful, …
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be?
“Hmm… a black crayon, with a metallic h”
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