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FOREVER IN YOUR MIND BRING THE HURRICANE TO NASHVILLE!



Forever In Your Mind brought the hurricane to Nashville last night with an energetic set that had the crowd hyped. From the moment the boys stepped onstage they owned it. We have been following their career since their very first show in LA a few years back, and are so proud of how far they have come.



Ricky Garcia, Emery Kelley, and Liam Attridge performed the songs off their EP (Whistle, Compass, Enough About Me, and Hurricane). I hadn't seen them in over a year since before they signed a major record deal with Hollywood Records and became familiar faces on Disney. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was impressed.



These guys have always had something special since day one. Their harmonies, their charisma, their ability to connect with a crowd it's always been there. Last night they raised the bar even further.



As a special treat the boys did a medley of songs from Disney Channel movies, that had everyone singing along. We had the pleasure of catching up with Ricky, Emery, and Liam before the show and fame hasn't changed them a bit. They are still the same sweet, goofy, fun young guys who impressed us years ago. We will continue to support them, and wish Forever In Your Mind continued success!

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NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: JAMES HATEM


www.jameshatem.com

When I sat down with James at a local coffee shop I expected to talk music. And while music was certainly a main component our conversation quickly turned to life and its many detours. Specifically seeking a career in the industry, and the struggles that come along with that chosen path. A lot of people look at the entertainment industry as just that, a form of entertainment. They see the lights, the parties, the awards, the money, all of the hoopla. But they don't see the other side. Let's take a glimpse into an upcoming artists journey.

James Hatem moved to Nashville from Denville, New Jersey.  He came here on a scholarship to study music education at Belmont.  While a great learning opportunity, it did not automatically catapult him into his dream job. James says he's done just about everything to pay the bills including delivering bread, being a lifeguard, dishwasher, waiter, host and working retail. "I didn't find my calling in any of those. You know what you don't want to do." Currently he teaches guitar at an after school program, and privately to help make ends meet. His most recent endeavor is on the business side. James is starting up a studio and writers retreat an hour south of Nashville. "Life's about taking opportunities." he shares, talking about the joy he feels being able to help other upcoming artists.

How did it all begin for James?  Growing up he was influenced by various genres from the 60s (Cream, Beatles, Eric Clapton, Hendrix), the 90s (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and the early 2000s (Simple Plan, Good Charlotte). He started writing when he was 12, but it was the Beatles that had hooked him.

When asked to describe his music Hatem  calls it blues/rock with a mix of jazz, pop, and funk. "If Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and  Jason Mraz had a baby that would be the band." His band, The Transfers are a high energy live band (keys/guitar/drums/sax/flute). Their first headlining show is coming up on November 18th at the End and he is totally stoked."I really like how there are no limitations to music, especially here. Music City is just that." James says about Nashville.

For him, music is all about a journey. He wants the fans that come out to a live show to feel something that leaves them coming back for more. We also talked about how we use music as a form of therapy during happy and sad times. "It's your safe haven." James agrees.

What is the ultimate goal for James? Easy. To make a living doing what he loves. Recently, he has been listening to motivational speeches and had plenty to say to motivate myself (and hopefully others reading this).

We all struggle at times with who we are, and where we want to be. "There's that breaking moment when your like I'm not happy anymore. There needs to be a shift." and James shares that struggle with all of us. "I know very soon in my life there is going to be a change, and I need to just trust and really try it because if your not trying your just sitting stagnant. Don't settle." he encourages.

"It might not be where you want it to be now or a year from now, but your doing it and it's progressing and evolving." "The only way you can truly be happy is when your doing it for you, then you can share that joy with others."

We talked about the industry and how great it is that artists nowadays truly can do it themselves and have a sustainable career. "You can sign a record deal, but are you getting what you want? Are you achieving what you wanted to achieve? Will you ever?" James asks. He believes all an artist needs is a good team with a good manager, and booking agent at the front. Then if a label offers you a deal it happens. But he wants to encourage artists "Don't bend backwards for something that is not organic."

The music industry can be a very complex and tricky thing. "If you cut all the industry things aside the music has to be good and mean something. That's the core of it all. Then the industry gets involved and I don't think the people in it know what's going on." James believes.

"It's not easy to be positive. It's very easy to be negative about the music industry, what your doing, and your passions. It's a lot easier to settle for negative thoughts, rather than push for positive thoughts." Hatem confesses. "If your going to try to do something you love don't make that the Plan B." He is a firm believer of going out there and giving your dreams everything you've got. James is doing just that, and we wish him the best.



 

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