Musicians

CC Witt

June 29, 2016
CC Witt

From the age of 13, when she penned her first song, CC Witt has been using music to tell compellingly honest stories about life in the modern south. With her passionate lyrics, dynamic vocal range and charismatic stage presence, the Savannah native has drawn comparisons to Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and Kacey Musgraves and, in the process, established herself as an emerging artist making waves in the world of country music.

Since 2010, Witt has been the lead singer and, along with guitarist Patrick Ellington, one of the primary songwriters for five-piece country band Lyn Avenue. In 2014, the group released their first album, The Other Side, and have opened for artists including Jerrod Niemann, Adam Sanders, CMT’s Ashley Wineland, Jeff Allen and Parmalee.

In March of 2016, Witt released her debut solo EP, Down Memory Lane, a collection of catchy songs inspired by a unique blend of modern influences with deep roots in traditional country. To learn more, visit ccwittmusic.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Authors

Linda Diane Wattley

June 28, 2016
Linda Wattley

In her most recent book, Soldier with a Backpack: Living and Dying Simultaneously, author Linda Diane Wattley delves into her childhood to present a heartbreaking examination of the effect that trauma and stress can have on the human psyche. Years of mental, emotional and physical abuse left Wattley crippled by trust issues, but she prevailed, found strength in her spirituality and, over time, achieved inner peace.

Wattley’s earliest published work was a poem entitled “I Wish” that appeared in the Poetry Gem of the American Poets Society. For over 12 years, she had her own religious column in the Frost Illustrated Newspaper, in which she explored various philosophical topics and help to impart a divine message to her readers. In addition, Wattley’s writings have appeared in online magazines including Faith Writers, The Wright Side of Me Productions, The Blessed Room, and Cheers, and she also contributed to the anthologies The Triumph of My Soul and This Far by Faith.

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Musicians

TJ Leonard

June 23, 2016
TJ Leonard Country

Swedish singer-songwriter TJ Leonard was eight years old when he was given his first guitar. A gift from a loving grandfather, the guitar served as his introduction to the world of Swedish folk music and evergreens. TJ soon learned that he and his grandfather weren’t the only music lovers of their family, as TJ’s cousin – who played in a Swedish pop band of some repute – broadened his musical horizons by introducing him to pop and the blues.

Growing up, TJ sang those blues. He also fronted and played guitar for a dance band, flirted with jazz, played hard rock, sang gospel… he even dabbled in R&B. None of them, however, felt right for the young singer/songwriter.

Then TJ Leonard discovered country music – and it all began to make sense. Country music offered the opportunity to work with real instruments, and to sing about some of the things dearest to his heart – outdoor life, and the friends he shared it with. Country also shared a number of similarities with the folk music he had grown up on, and enjoyed a niche following in Sweden.

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Musicians

Nick Valentini

May 26, 2016
Nick Valentini

Born in Los Angeles in the fall of 2015, The Nick Valentini Collective is a critically-acclaimed eight-piece musical collective that blends elements of indie rock, jazz and psychedelic soul into a captivating, multi-layered melange of rich melodies and soulful, cathartic vocals. Led by Nick Valentini (singer, keyboard), the group also features Erik Shibowski (bass), Hugo Shibowski (tenor sax), Nate Schwartz (guitar), Nicolo Scolieri (flute), Nick Velez (drums), Gabriel Wheaton (string orchestration) and Tyler Wennstrom (keyboard/percussion). On the strength of their dynamic live shows, the group has garnered a devoted following since their debut.

The group’s two singles, “Carousel” and “Mr. Mister,” will both be featured on their debut album, scheduled for release in late summer 2016. In the meantime, The Nick Valentini Collective will be touring extensively during the coming months.

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Musicians

Madelyn Victoria

May 18, 2016
Madelyn Victoria

On the day she was born, the doctor who delivered Madelyn Victoria into this world had country music playing in the operating room. In the years since, country music has remained a integral part of the young Texan’s life.

Growing up in the small town of Harlingen, Texas, Madelyn joined her local church choir at the age of 13 and became the church’s lead vocalist a year later. From the age of 15, Madelyn has been performing professionally, making a name for herself across the Rio Grande Valley. Since that time, Madelyn and her band have opened for and shared the stage with acts including Easton Corbin, Zac Brown Band, The Charlie Daniels Band and many more, and they currently perform at venues and events in south Texas.

In late 2014, Madelyn released her debut EP, which showcases her rich, soulful voice and features the hit single, “He Only Loves Me On The Dance Floor.”

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