Azra came to America from South Korea when
she was nine years old, and was thrown
into a whole new world. Having left
everything she knew behind, she had to
adapt to a new culture, learn a new
language, and get to know new people. That
can be tough for anyone, but Azra didn't
let it phase her. She formed a music group
with other girls to learn English. She got
involved in drama at school. And over
time, she became accustomed to her new
Her debut EP is set to release March 3rd,
with 5 tracks full of inspiration for
life. "That's my passion. It doesn't
always have to be positive." Azra says
about using her songs to speak out on
various subjects. Her single "Shine" was
written in honor of the Lorendo shooting
in Atlantic City. "I want to empower
people, to let them know no matter what
you can still shine and be who you are."
She will be shooting a music video for
that in the very near future.
This young woman believes that as long as
you are progressing that you are
successful. She quotes "Music is
inspiration." and hopes to contribute to
the music industry with songs of
substance, and to help one person at a
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MEET JULIA COLE:
Julia Cole hails from Texas, where she got
her start in sports. An avid volleyball
player, Julia was always singing the
national anthem at her games. Word spread
and she began singing all of the National
Anthems in Houston: The Texans, Astros,
Dynamo, NASA, The Rodeo, you name it. She
soon realized how much she loved
performing, and everything took off from
there. In her free time, you can still
catch her out on the local volleyball
court serving up some fun!
Cole has a unique sound she calls "Country
with A Kick". Julia is all about making
music with that extra burst of energy.
When she's performing she strives to
create the momentum one usually associates
with EDM concerts. The goal is to get
everyone up on their feet singing,
dancing, and having a great time!
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Julia
studied entrepreneurship and corporate
strategy. She designed and maintains
her website, and edits most of her own
One of Julia's favorite memories is
opening up for Hunter Hayes in Wisconsin.
"He's such a great guy!" she gushes,
sharing that after the show he invited her
entire band onto his tour bus to hang out.
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MEET KENDALL BOWSER:
Meet Kendall Bowser, seventeen year old
Texas girl at heart, from Dallas.
Kendall's story began at an Easter service
at church.. She was just four years old,
standing up on that stage with a stuffed
lamb, singing her heart out. After the
performance a lady at church approached
Kendall's mom and suggested that she sign
her up for voice lessons. Wanting her
daughter to start learning the
fundamentals, she started off with
classical music training.
Miss Bowser has a big heart, and it shows
through conversation with her. She loves
giving back, and is involved in various
causes. Kendall is a co-founder of "Find
Ur Voice", a non-profit organization
raising awareness against human
trafficking. They put on concerts to raise
money in support. "A lot of people don't
realize it's in America. It's happening
all around and I think that's important
for everybody to know about."
Kendall Bowser's relaeasing her
debut EP "Hey Boy" this April and she
couldn't be more excited. When asked what
people can look forward to hearing we're
told "I wanted to capture a little bit of
everything that I like. The title track
"Hey Boy" is rock-based. Another cut "Easy
For Me" has more of a blues/jazz feel.
There are slow songs as well, but overall
I'd call it catchy pop style.Kendall is
proud to share that she co-wrote five of
She been working with PCG Nashville the
past year and a half., honing her craft.
PCG is a local organization that helps
newer artists build their careers from the
ground up. Bowser comes to Nashville once
a month for training, songwriting
sessions, and more. She credits PCG with
being so supportive and teaching her
valuable tools. The fact that they put on
shows at Opry Mills mall is an added
bonus. It's a great opportunity for new
artists to perform in front of an
audience, and hey it's a mall. What
teenage girl wouldn't love that?
We had the pleasure of sitting down with
Steevie and Jon at a local coffee shop the
other day and getting their story.
Let's flash back to the beginning of their
individual musical journeys. Jon had been
in various punk rock and classic rock
bands, but kept getting kicked out for
being too serious. He formed punk band
"The Pink Spiders" with some buddies who
were just as dedicated as he was, and his
music career took off. The band got a
record deal and were successful for
Meanwhile, Steevie was playing everything
from classic rock to R&B to blues and
jazz in her small hometown in
Pennsylvania. It would have been easy to
stay there, making a living singing
covers. But Steevie had surpassed
her small town goals and craved more. She
wanted to write music, so she packed up
her things and made the big move to
Nashville. Right away she dove headfirst
into the song-writing community. Needing
money to live off of while pursuing her
dreams, Steevie got a job as a waitress.
Jon had moved back to Nashville as well.
His band had ended, and he was looking for
an opportunity to make music. Upon meeting
Steevie there was an immediate connection.
The pair believes it was in part from
similar upbringings in like minded towns.
Funny thing is, the two discovered they
had been living right down the road from
each other years ago, but had never met.
Steevie and Jon started singing together
and it felt right.
When asked to describe their sound I'm
told it's country infused in a modern
"It's not backwoods country, but we've got
some big city pop. When you get big city
and backwoods country you have to go
through town eventually" Steevie says.
Hence the name Towne was born. Wanting to
stand out from the hordes of songwriters
in town and to tell their unique story,
the duo prides themselves on good
songwriting, honest lyrics, and real
So what does town Towne hope to achieve?
"We want success. We want to keep fighting
and pull through" Steevie enthuses. Having
seen a lot of talented friends get knocked
down by the industry, the duo is
determined to never give up on their
The band is about to hit the studio
and is totally stoked to record. "I want
to cut songs we believe in, and do the
best possible job. I want to take that and
get a lot more shows, stay on the road.
The sky is the limit." exclaims Jon.
"I hope we're welcomed somewhere in the
music world and are able to connect with
people. That's all we care about." adds
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