Story and a Song (May 2017)

Thanks to everyone who made our very first Story and a Song Writer’s Night at The Country a success! The night featured great performances from upcoming talent: James Hatem, Julia Capogrossi, Derek Andrew and Amy Taylor! All of the artists also got a chance to share their story onstage through interviews before their set. Everyone had so much fun, we can’t wait until the next one!

Julia Capogrossi is a fresh face on the country music scene. This petite firecracker songstress is gearing up to release a brand new single, Busch Light Budget, to country radio next month. This dynamite vocalist will also be a part of CMA Music Festival with performances and autograph signings throughout the week. With great poise and a go get ‘em attitude, this Stamford, Connecticut native is also scheduled to be performing at various places this summer for her Busch Light Budget Tour and visiting radio stations along the way in support of the single.

James Hatem has been writing music and playing live for more than a decade. He has been touring and performing his brand of pop music rooted in blues and jazz. He has played all over the country at arenas, festivals, colleges, and historic venues including Mennen Arena (NJ), The Stone Pony (NJ), Solar Expo Festival (NJ), World Café Live: Philadelphia (PA), Columbia University (NY), just to name a few.

Finding inspiration from all melodies, Amy Taylor got her first taste of the spotlight singing on the radio at the age of five, and she was hooked. This Nashville-based singer/songwriter stays true to her voice which is deeply rooted in country, bluegrass, and southern gospel. Every song that she writes has a big piece of her in it. Whether inspired by a young girl she took under her wing because she saw so much of herself in her or a song that talks about her one true love, you will find Amy. She has performed all over Appalachia, the Mid-Atlantic, the South and other parts of the U.S. From large festivals like the International Bluegrass Music Association and Vandalia to venues like Mountaineer Opry House and Tootsie’s, she has played with many great musicians as well as some of her inspirations that she only dreamed of getting to sing with!

Derek Andrew: This hot new country artist is garnering radio airplay on multiple stations across the US with the release of his latest single, Night We’re Gonna Forget, which is off his self-titled EP. Although Derek’s roots are anchored deep in traditional country music, he grew up with alternative rock dominating the airwaves. Now, with his rock-influenced country style, this Tennessee native hits close to home with his solid relatable lyrics and his uptempo alternative edge. Inheriting a love of music from his father, Derek picked up his first instrument, an acoustic guitar, at age 12 and almost immediately began writing his own songs. His years working as an EMT have given him a “no quit” work ethic. His previous releases have earned him spots opening for artists including Jordan Rager and Glen Templeton, as well as his previous release All This Time reached #1 on the Independent Music Charts