#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Women Crush It Wednesdays

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Singers/songwriters Melanie Meriney and Krista Angelucci’s Women Crush It Wednesdays online show spotlights new music from female artists. Sitting in their living room, coffee mugs in hands, they share the couch with a different musician each week.

Melanie Meriney is an urban/pop country singer and songwriter based out of Nashville.  Growing up in Pittsburgh, her influences ranged from Shania Twain to Fleetwood Mac, to Miranda Lambert.  Coming from a northern, urban city gave her musical style a unique sound not normally heard in the country realm.  She attended Belmont University and began exploring the music scene in Music City.  In 2016, she signed a publishing deal with Dune Grass Music.  She has opened for acts such as Little Big TownThe CommodoresRick Vito of Fleetwood Mac, and Journey, and her current single “Lifeboat” off her newest EP Up In Lights has already charted at #2 in the UK as well as been climbing on the Country Breakout Music Row Chart.   

Krista Angelucci grew up in Billerica, MA, pop-country artist she has been out pursuing her passion for music most of her life.  With the strong support of her family, friends, and fans she has been able to build her skills as both a writer and performer.  She has performed the national anthem at various charity and sporting events including the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Nascar, and New England Revolution.  Krista has opened for and shared the stage with artists such as Phil VassarChuck WicksLee BriceJo Dee MessinaHunter HayesChris CagleJerrod Niemann and Kip Moore.  Currently residing in Nashville, Krista continues to refine her writing and performance, an effort that has culminated in her second EP, Love Me Crazy, a fun-filled collection of songs that showcases her talent as a singer, songwriter, and reflects her relatable down-to-earth charm.  The EP, which is produced by herself and Chris Parker was recently released in the Summer of 2016.  New music is set to be released 2018.

What prompted you to do WCW? 

We wanted to give a platform to female artists and writers pursuing their dreams. We know first hand how tough the business can be and our goal is to encourage and recognize their talents and hard work!  

Did the inspiration come from the Twitter hashtag #wcw?  

Yes!  We were trying to think of a name that would stick in people’s minds!

How will you choose guests for the weekly show? 

Every week, we feature a new female artist, writer, or group.  A lot of our guests are co-writers and friends, but we are also reaching outside the box to women we admire and think are awesome!

Love how real the shows are– can fans send in questions/song requests in advance, maybe on Mondays when you announce the week’s guest?  

Yes!  We’d love that- viewer interaction is huge and one of the main goals of the show!  We want our artists to connect with fans and grow their reach.  That’s why on most of our shows we try to connect fans and the artist with merch giveaways!  We also want the show to serve as a vehicle for listeners to discover new artists and music, oftentimes before certain songs or projects are released!  That way, the fans can get in on the ground floor and be a part of the process!

Might you do a ‘behind-the-scenes’ episode highlighting the steps you go through to write songs?  

That’s a great idea!  We’d love to dive in a little deeper for fans of the show and give people a taste of Nashville songwriting culture.

How do you see the show evolving? 

We’re only a couple shows in at this point, but we’re full of ideas and expectations on what it could be!  We definitely want to grow as much as we can.

Will you take the show on the road? 

One of our goals going into it was doing a combination of streamed and live shows.  Since we’re based out of Nashville and we’ve gotten to know the venue scene as artists, we think it would be fun to do little WCW takeovers around town… we will probably start there and then who knows… maybe someday on the road! (#wcw world tour)

What challenges have you faced and overcome as an indie artist?  

It’s definitely a challenge and a rollercoaster career choice.  You have to love what you do and take the setbacks in stride.  Just like any startup business, marketing, networking, and delivering an awesome product can prove difficult at times, but it comes down to persistence and passion for what you do.

What advice/motivation can you give to indie artists?  

We hope our platform will evolve into something that will give a spotlight and help with growth for our featured artists.  We’re all learning as we go and supporting each other.  Our advice would be: be confident in yourself and know that you have the support of an awesome community that will be there to encourage and lift you up.  Nobody else can do “you” better!

What would you recommend for artists trying to make Nashville connections?  

Network, network, network!  Get out, talk to people, go to shows, play shows, make friends… and play WCW!

Author: Donna Block

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