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Music Artist Spotlight- Jagged Row

Posted on October 28, 2014 by admin

Music Artist Spotlight- Jagged RowWhat does winning the 2014 Enid Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?

It really is a “dream!” It’s crazy. We had no intention or thought of winning going into it. We’ve come to learn that there are a lot of competitions out there that claim to be legit out there, but they’re not.

That wasn’t the case with Dream Night. It’s the real deal! Everyone was so upfront and nice, and Wendy Kay was incredible to work with. Winning the 2014 Enid Dream Night Talent Search, to us, was reassurance that we’re on the right path. We’ve been working at this nearly six years and by winning this competition we feel that we are several steps closer to reaching our goals of being the next top rock band and winning Grammy’s and more one day! We can’t wait to begin working with all of the people we met through Dream Night and to work harder than ever to reach these goals.

What inspired you to become a band?

We all fell in love with music at an early age and knew that we wanted a career in music no matter what. Ours is not a typical story of four friends who wanted to start a band. Jaci was originally a solo artist and we became her backup band. We started writing together, realized we had good chemistry, and decided to become a band! (~Matt)

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

We were, and still are surprised at how small the music industry really is. When starting out, it seems like this huge world, but the more people you meet, you realize that everybody knows everybody else! It’s all about connections and relationships in this business.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

The biggest challenge, that I feel we have faced, is finding a bass player. We never realized how little there are out there, that are serious. Bass players are a rare breed! (laughs) We haven’t had a bass player in over a year but we haven’t let it slow us down. I record all of the bass tracks in my home studio and our drummer, Josh, runs them from an iPad behind the drums. It works great! (~Matt)

Tell us about your band.

Jagged Row will be turning 6 years old in January! Matt and I (Jaci), are the two original members and Landon and Josh came on this year. In the six years we’ve been a band, we have gotten to play over 300 shows across the nation from Los Angeles to Boston! We have released two EPs and one full-length album.

As a band, our mission is to show people, especially teens, that rock music can be fun, exciting, and intense without the “sex & drugs” stigma that always comes along with rock and roll music. We put on a high-energy show for all ages. A show without profanity, and without sex and drugs. 🙂

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

Every song is different for us. Matt and I write the majority of our songs. He usually comes up with the basis of the music and I write the melody and we collaborate on lyrics. Our process for coming up with lyrics usually goes something like this: We listen to the song over and over again and try and get a feel of the emotions that come from strictly the music. Then, we just start writing what comes to us. For a lot of our songs, we get our inspiration from our own experiences. Sometimes, we create stories and write whole songs about that!

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

We have gotten to play many shows over the years, but our favorites include: playing the famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles (knowing that so many rock legends have performed on that stage and then getting to play on it ourselves is a crazy feeling!), and getting the opportunity to play the Chevy Main Stage at the State Fair of Texas (playing in our home state of Texas on the Main Stage is a great experience- we feel so at home!).

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

We have gotten the opportunity to share the stage with some incredible artists including Hanson, Finger Eleven & Bowling For Soup!

Anything else you want to share?

We are actually in the recording studio the next few weeks recording our 4th CD! We are so excited about this EP because we really feel like these songs show who we are as people AND as a band. The EP should be out sometime after the first of the year.

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Jagged Row is:

Jaci Butler- Lead Vocals/Keys, Matt Venhaus- Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Landon Williams- Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals Josh Jackson- Drums

Check out Jagged row at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/jaggedrow

Music Artist Spotlight- Gianna Isabella

Posted on October 18, 2014 by admin

Music Artist Spotlight- Gianna IsabellaWhat does winning the ‘New York Dream Night Talent Search’ competition mean to you?

It means the world to me. It is so surreal that I had the chance to just perform in front of all of those amazing people, but to win the chance to get recognized means everything in the world to me.

What inspired you to become a musician? 

What inspired me to become a musician was my mother and grandpa. I grew up in a really musically inclined family, so being around all of the music and shows I just saw how much fun my mom was having on stage and one day I just asked her to begin giving me voice lessons and she’s been motivating me since then.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Some surprises I’ve encountered within the music business is that I actually made it to the top 40 girls on xfactor and also I’ve had the privilege to record in the studio more than most kids my age, so I am very grateful for that.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge would have to be trying to have a normal teenage life and going to high school, getting home from the recording studio at 2 am most of the time, and hanging out with friends on a normal Friday night when I have a show or having to do my homework on the road and studying to be able to keep up my grade average.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

At the moment I am just getting into writing songs with the help of my mom. She has been a song writer for Sony publishing for many years and is continuing to encourage me to start writing.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performances have to be when I was at the Cola Coliseum for xfactor and when my mom sometimes surprisingly brings me on stage to sing with her.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

No, I have not shared the stage with any musicians you may know. I am just beginning to branch out into the music industry, putting myself out there for the world to see.

Anything else you want to share?

Another thing I would like to mention is just that singing has been my dream for as long as I could remember and even if I don’t make it in the music industry, I will never lose hope of my dream!

Check out Gianna Isabella at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/chris1931

Music Artist Spotlight- Shania Fillmore

Posted on October 9, 2014 by admin

What does winning the ‘New Brunswick Young Talent Search’ competition mean to you?

Winning the 2014 New Brunswick Young Talent Search competition means that I have lived another wonderful adventure, met wonderful people, and am glad to have such a cool new title!

Music Artist Spotlight- Shania FillmoreWhat inspired you to become a musician? 

I’ve always loved singing and acting. My grandmother and I used to play around the house singing and doing little skits, and I think most of my musical creativity comes from her.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

The greatest surprise is always meeting many other musicians who love doing the same thing! It’s always interesting to hear their stories. It’s surprising how many of us there are, and how similar we may be, though we live far away.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge to date is saying goodbye to the musicians that I meet. I have been on two national televisionshows, and the separation from my new friends is ALWAYS the hard part.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

When it comes to writing songs, I choose to write about an event or feelings. I just sing and make up the words as I go and create my songs!

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performance was at the Next Star finale. It was my first time singing for a live audience, and it just so happened to have thousands of spectators and was being filmed live. I performed my very first original “Dreams” and I was just in awe. The audience was incredible.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

Dan Kanter (Justin Bieber’s guitarist/musical director), was my producer for my song “Dreams”, so he and I performed it together once! Also, Allstar Weekend, Kay and Victoria Duffield performed at the Next Star Finale, which was super cool! They were all very kind!

Anything else you want to share?

My greatest goal is to help others feel like they can achieve any dream imaginable. I believe in everyone’s ability to follow their dreams, and I am here to encourage them to do so!

Check out Shania Fillmore at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/shaniafillmore