Author: "MADD" Manda Walsh

Artist Spotlight: Lindsay Ell is Proof the Best Things are Worth the Wait

Lindsay Ell is a musical force to be reckoned with, and she’s about to take country music by storm. Five months in and 2017 is already shaping up to be quite a year for the 28-year-old singer/songwriter. After much anticipation, the Calgary native released her debut EP in March entitled Worth the Wait, and watched as it quickly jumped to #2 on the iTunes Country Music Charts and #7 on the All Genres iTunes Charts. Immediately after its release fans took to social media to express their excitement and love for the newly released music from Ell with multiple...

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Artist Spotlight: Cody Johnson

“I don’t want to be a dot on the radar of this industry,” Cody Johnson told me during my phone interview with him. “I want to leave my mark on it. I want to change country music to what I feel is the better.” The 29 year old singer is definitely making a dent in the genre. Johnson has over 73,000 Twitter fans, his music has been streamed over 100 million times, his latest album, Gotta Be Me, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Music Chart, and in the last 12 months he’s sold over one million dollars...

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Artist Spotlight: Jacob Bryant is Country Music’s Modern Day ‘Man in Black’

“I think it resonates with the fans when you just tell the truth and be who you really are.” Jacob Bryant is one of the most sincere people I have ever met. The 26-year-old singer has released four EPs to date, and each one is as equally honest and raw as the next. Bryant’s ability to balance toe-tapping honky-tonk tunes and gut-wrenching melodies in the key of traditional country with a modern twist is not only impressive, but also only part of what makes him exactly what country music needs right now. He’s as real as they come, country...

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Artist Spotlight: Clayton Anderson is a Must For Any Playlist

“Anytime you get to play on the same stage as your idols, it’s a huge honor and opportunity to hone your craft. Watch and learn from the best of the best.” The above statement has rung true for and applies to so many new artists in country music today. It’s probably the most obvious, but also truest piece of guidance a new artist can be given, and no doubt helps them become the rising country stars they are today. Clayton Anderson is one of those artists, has taken his own advice and is using it to his advantage. The...

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Artist Spotlight: Getting to Know Michael Ray in all his Humbleness

“We purposely waited to do a headlining tour until I felt we were ready to do a headlining tour so that fans could come and go, ‘I know him.’ and let the fans sit with the music long enough and say, ‘I want to come out to a show.’” As I sat on a couch in a dressing room at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street interviewing Michael Ray, I couldn’t help but think to myself not only how incredibly humble and genuine of a human being he is, but also how smart of an artist he is. While the...

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