#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Melanie Meriney
Jun22

#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Melanie Meriney

Singer/songwriter Melanie Meriney released her sophomore EP Up In Lights this past spring. The recent Belmont University graduate has worked hard on developing her unique sound. “Up In Lights,” says EP “alludes to the journey of self-discovery” – how has your songwriting evolved now that you’re living in Nashville? Before I moved to Nashville, I wrote on my own.  It wasn’t until moving that I began to try co-writing and really hone my...

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#CMchat’s Exclusive Interview with Scotty McCreery
May15

#CMchat’s Exclusive Interview with Scotty McCreery

It’s another morning on the tour bus. 9.45AM. Location: “Northern, Northern Michigan. (We’re) almost in Canada, but still in the States.” Mike, Scotty McCreery’s manager, answers our call and makes his way back to the tour bus. In less than a minute, McCreery gets the phone.  “Hello!” The typical morning grouch seems to have got nothing on the North Carolina native, or at least I couldn’t tell. At 23, Scotty has experienced so much....

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99.5 WYCD’s Ten Man Jam Heats Up Frozen Detroit Night
Mar14

99.5 WYCD’s Ten Man Jam Heats Up Frozen Detroit Night

The dreary endless days of winter are always made more enjoyable for one night when the annual Ten Man Jam comes to Detroit. Ten artists, two hour and a half acoustic sets, and a sold out crowd made for a solid mid-February night this year as 99.5 WYCD proved again why it is Detroit’s best country station. Shows like this are unique and original because you get all sorts of fans that show up. As a win only show, you know the “front...

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American Idol Alum Josh Gracin Returns With Nothin’ Like Us, Pt. 1
Mar13

American Idol Alum Josh Gracin Returns With Nothin’ Like Us, Pt. 1

Eleven-year-old Josh Gracin was listening to Garth Brooks and George Strait, already saying that country music was the genre that best fit his life. Five years later he performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage as part of a national talent show and recorded a demo album in Nashville. Fast forward to 2003, the now 22-year-old Michigan native auditioned for American Idol’s second season with O-Town’s “All or Nothing.” The Lance Corporal in...

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Lauren Alaina Discovers New Ground With The Road Less Traveled
Jan30

Lauren Alaina Discovers New Ground With The Road Less Traveled

After her initial success as the runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol and growing a dedicated fan base with her first few singles, Lauren Alaina is back with a new album. The collection of songs on her new album, the Road Less Traveled is everything you could want from a female country artist right now. Cover art is not usually something I comment on but this album’s art was incredibly well done. The “hands on hips” power...

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