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INTRODUCING CANAAN COX!



Country singer-songwriter Canaan Cox  just dropped his latest single "Lie" this month and will be following with a music video to be released next week! Cox has been getting a lot of rave reviews from independent blogs in regards to the new single. It was even featured on I-Tunes Country Hot Tracks. "That was pretty cool as an independent artist seeing your name up there between Kelsea Ballerini and Shania Twain" Canaan exclaims adding that it's cool knowing that people like what you are putting out.And people do. New fans have been reaching out from all over the US.

Cox got his first break working for Carnival Cruise Lines. "It was a great way to spend your 20's traveling. Getting paid to do what you love." He enjoyed getting to see the sights with the tourists and playing music in the evenings. "It was a blessing in disguise to help build a fan base" Canaan says, because every week you had 2-3,000 new people on the boat. It was on that cruise ship where Canaan met a few people in the industry, specializing in management. They encouraged him to move to Nashville, saying it was the first step to making his dreams a reality. Taking their advice he finished up his gig in Alaska, packed up, and headed for Nashville.

Canaan grew up in a musical family, with both parents playing and performing, so music is in his blood. He recalls that they were always singing. Even Grandma got in on the act, playing piano in a small baptist church. It was there he got his first taste of performing on a stage, singing hymns as a small child. But it wasn't until college that he began to take music seriously, pursuing Musical Theater. One of his teachers, a producer, heard Canaan singing and asked if he ever wrote his own stuff. Deciding  to give it a try  they recorded some tunes. Just like that he was hooked. Graduating from a small private college with a degree in Musical Theater, he believes has contributed to his performing abilities. "Folks say your not just up there singing. You are  putting on a show." and he prides himself on that.

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THE ROCKET SUMMER 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY DO YOU FEEL TOUR REVIEW!



The Rocket Summer celebrated the 10 Year Anniversary of  Do You Feel with a tour, and I had the pleasure of catching his show in Nashville. It blows my mind to see a performer with the stamina to deliver such an energetic infused show, especially without taking a single break in a two hour set. Yes, you heard right. From the first notes of Break It Out Bryce Avary rocked out with fans for two hours straight, giving everything he had to that stage. And you could tell he was loving every minute of it.

As a special treat for this tour Avary played (for the first time) the Do You Feel EP in its entirety, much to the delight of the audience. Rocket Summer fanatics are a devoted bunch. Not only do they know every word and at times drown out Bryce. But you can see that the words have special meaning, and they connect with the songs. I believe it's the spiritual element in the lyrics that have the power to reach deeper inside a person. And this is one artist who is all about connecting with his fans.

"Sometimes I hate this separation barrier between the stage and you. It's all about community." Bryce says before asking the audience to make a circle so he could join them on the floor for a song. At another point Bryce decided to trust fans to catch him as he fell backwards onto hands that delivered him across the floor and back up onto the stage.

"Thank you Nashville. What a night. Let's do this again next year."
Bryce exclaims, asking fans if they'd be willing to come back. The answer, a resounding cheer, this reporter included.

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STORY AND A SONG NIGHT #3!


INTRODUCING...SMITHFIELD!



The story of how Smithfield became a band is a little different than most. Trey and Jennifer have known each other since they were ten years old. Their families go back three generations, and the two would occasionally see each other at  parties. However, it wasn't until college that they joined forces musically. At the time both had been performing for awhile, Trey in a rock band and Jennifer playing country music. One Thanksgiving the two families were together. Jennifer's cousin suggested they sing together. Being a family friend and all Jennifer asked her to tell him to reach out.. After sending a message on Facebook, he came over to her college apartment. Not thinking anything of it they tried out a few songs, and right away their was musical chemistry. "We discovered our harmonies and our voices blended so well naturally. Nothing was forced. We both discovered that day that this was something special" Jennifer recalls.

Smithfield just released their brand new single When You're Gone. It is their third single on Sirius XM The Highway and the duo couldn't be more proud. "It's a little bit different from what we've typically done in the past but I feel it's a good evolution" describes Trey.

The duo is fortunate to have played the Opry on more than one occasion and holds it sacred. "It's the gold standard. When you play the Opry you've made something of yourself." Trey believes. He remembers the first time they played there, and being presented with the family album. In it was a quote "The Opry is the culmination of the blood sweat and tears you put into the moment.. I think hearing those words really drove it home for me." Trey reminisces. "It's magical out there. You have 8.5 minutes to talk and play two songs. It's crazy that we worked six years for 8.5 minutes but it was worth it. Jennifer quips.

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