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My name is Granger Smith. Sometimes long, fancy industry bios are helpful, but other times you just need to hear from the guy actually living it, so here’s my story.
I was born and raised Texan, and I’m proud of that. I grew up along with 2 brothers, a couple of yellow labrador retrievers and parents that stayed together because they loved each other. My life changed when I was 14 years old and decided I would teach myself to play guitar. This was motivated by two things: I thought the guitar would make girls pay attention to me, and the fact that George Strait played one. By the time I turned 15, I was performing weekends on small town stages in North Texas, and doing my best as a fan club member to attend every George Strait concert within driving distance. Playing high school football was an important rite of passage for me, along with hunting and fishing, but the dream of a music career consumed me. At age 19, I was satisfied with enough songs I had written to make an album. As a freshman at Texas A&M, I was able to scrape together some studio money by pre-selling the album to friends around campus. For being just a kid, that album did pretty good. It landed me a songwriting deal with EMI Music Publishing in Nashville, and the following year, I took the leap to Tennessee.
My time in Nashville was important. I absorbed the craft of songwriting from some of the best, learned my way around studios and recording gear, (which paid off for me later) and cut my teeth on countless stages as both a singer and as a steel guitar player for other singers. After four years, I had a shelf full of song demos, a little bit of music business know-how and a strong conviction to move back to Texas, finish my degree at Texas A&M, and start a band.
Moving back to College Station was basically starting over. The gigs were hard to book and when they did, nobody showed up to watch. But I was happy and felt creative. I saved money by making albums out of my house and using my band. We wore out vehicles from two pickup trucks, to a suburban, to a van and then another van. The trailers we towed got bigger, and ever so slowly, so did our crowds. I learned how to use a camera & some editing software for making homemade music videos and we made lots of them.
My little brother, Tyler joined me in 2008. He traded a pretty good job at the bank to jump in an old van and sell t-shirts in honky-tonk dive bars. I think he did it not only because he shared the same vision as me, but also because his competitive nature was excited about proving a bunch of people wrong. And that’s exactly what we did. Together we conspired and worked from the ground up with the goal of not only building an artist, but a brand. We embraced social media, searched for connection with fans, studied our predecessors an
d ignored our doubters. The good shows helped pay for all the bad ones, and the songs that sold helped fund all the others that didn’t. We put communities first, knowing that without the people, we were without a job..
We created alter egos through videos to help promote the music and that’s where Earl Dibbles Jr came from in the summer of 2011. It started as a short, funny video that my brothers and I filmed where my parents live in Central Texas, but it turned out to be something that completely changed the shape of my career. I actually like to think of it as an “intentional accident” because as planned, the video went viral and became a huge promotional tool for my music, but we had no way to know if it would actually work. Especially since many of my videos before it never caught fire.
In the early morning of April 16th 2013, I woke up and checked the iTunes store on my phone with tired eyes. I was absolutely shocked to see my new album, “Dirt Road Driveway” sitting at #1. Things were rapidly changing on the road too. We were seeing sold out shows in markets we had never played, and a passion in fans unlike anything I had seen before. After independently releasing 7 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs, I finally signed my first record deal in 2015. I met some great people at Broken Bow Music Group in Nashville who sought us out, believed in my dedication and wanted to take what I was already doing, and magnify the message. We worked together not only as colleagues, but as friends on the same mission. Within only weeks of the signing, my debut single “Backroad Song” was a hit a mainstream country radio faster than any of us expected. On February 14, 2016, the single became the most played in America as it topped all the mainstream radio charts. This was a lifelong dream for me both as a singer and songwriter. The following month, my first national debut album, “Remington” hit stores.
A few years ago, I was standing with my boots in red, sandy Iraqi soil watching a beautifully majestic Middle Eastern sunset, when one of my band members asked me, “Can you believe music got us here?” No, I can’t. What a journey its been since I decided to chase this crazy dream. We’ve played 10 countries, 3 continents, even the White House a few times, and I still can’t believe it all started with a few guitar chords. I have a song called “Sleeping On The Interstate” where I wrote, “Connecting map dots like poets and prisoners, trying to live more like a lover than sinner, slave to dreams so far away.” That’s me. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the music business, it’s that you don’t really choose this life, you are this life. That’s the truth no matter if you’re selling albums or not. I do what I love and love what I do, and there’s no sweeter freedom than that.
With a sound rooted at the intersection of country, southern rock, and R&B, Lewis Brice comes at you with high-energy stories; sounds that catch the ear and make you want to move. Born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, he grew up singing in church choir and praise bands. Lewis eventually moved to Charleston, where he began performing his first live shows and presenting his own music to a new crowd.
Lewis currently lives just north of Nashville, TN, where he spends his time writing and working on new music. He travels and performs all over the country, including regular appearances in Key West. Blessed to play shows with friends and family including Hank Jr., Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three, Jerrod Niemann, Gary Allan, LOCASH, American Young and more, he has been able to spread his original music in front of attentive audiences nationwide and continuously grow a strong fan base.
Lewis first made headlines with 2010’s “Ordinary Girl,” co-written with Dallas Rogers, and marked his first appearance on the Mediabase and iTunes Country charts. He appeared in CMT’s first season of “Can You Duet,” coming in 8th place out of the thousands. Showcasing his versatile talents, Lewis also took on the lead role in the music video for “I Drive Your Truck,” 2014’s ACM Song of the Year performed by his brother Lee Brice.
Lewis Brice’s live show is full of energy, with songs that bring a distinctive groove, narrative lyrics and bluesy soulful singing. Lewis’ band, known as The Escorts, consists of Nashville native Johannes Greer on drums, Phil Lester on bass, and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Josh Waters. Together, they bring their musical character and incredible skills to create an experience you won’t forget.
Lewis’s debut self-titled EP, produced by himself and his brother Lee Brice, was released via Pump House Music on July 14th, 2017 to glowing reviews with prominent digital & streaming placements worldwide, and quickly returned to the Top 15 of the iTunes Country chart. Since then, Lewis has been named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “New Country Artists You Need to Know” and Billboard’s “Country Artists to Watch in 2018”. Tracks from the EP have featured on SiriusXM The Highway, CMT Music, and Spotify’s New Boots & Wild Country playlists, and the EP’s lead single ‘Best Ex Ever’ has reached the Top 40 of MusicRow’s Country Breakout radio chart. With more new music and shows on the horizon in 2018, the next year promises to be the best yet for Lewis Brice!
In a world where tapping your finger summons any kind of music you’d want to hear, it takes a lot for a new artist to capture the public’s attention. It takes a compelling voice, impressive musical chops and songs that are both entertaining and insightful. It also helps to have a passion for making music that leaps from the speakers, grabs the listener by the ears and settles in their heart. Hudson Moore is that caliber of artist.
Moore is quickly earning fans with his engaging, self-assured voice and his awe-inducing musical skills. His new single, “Some Are,” off GETAWAY has people scratching their heads in disbelief when they see the video because each camera shot reveals Moore’s musical dexterity as he plays EVERY instrument in the video (drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitar, 6 string banjo, keys and harmony vocals).
“There are so many artists competing for the public’s attention these days and I feel that being a multi-instrumentalist helps set me apart,” says Moore, whose reputation as a great live performer has earned him opening slots for ZZ Top, Alan Jackson, Pat Green, Rascal Flatts and Gary Clark Jr. “I write or co-write all my own songs and do the vast majority of guitar work and musical overdubs on my albums (for better or for worse) so when you listen to my record you aren’t hearing a hired gunslinger, you’re actually hearing me” he explains. Moore has a creative hand in everything he does from the production of his albums to the arrangements, the mix you hear, and the videos you see.
For Moore, making music is as natural as breathing and it’s a passion that began when he was just a child. “I’m a musician first and foremost. I started playing the guitar and drums around 10 years old, then fell into singing and writing songs when I was about 16,” he says. Some of my earliest musical influences were guys like Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill. I remember when I was 6 years old, my dad took us to see Tim McGraw live in Dallas and Kenny Chesney opened the show. We had been wearing out Tim’s album, “Everywhere” that whole year. My brothers and I knew every word to every song. I’ll never forget the feeling of watching Tim take control of the crowd like that. It was a really powerful moment for me. I didn’t realize then that one day I’d be performing on stage as well, but I think that was when the seed was planted for me.
As a listener, I’ve always been equally drawn to the music, hooks and melodies as I have the lyrics. Growing up listening to guys like Keith Urban and Vince Gill, I noticed the guitar was always at the forefront of their songs. That really stuck with me and I think a lot of that sound has made its way into my music.”
Moore has expanded on the musical foundation provided by his heroes and forged his own distinct sound teaming with youthful energy and anchored by memorable melodies and relatable lyrics. And though he has the musical skill and vocal talent to succeed in any genre, there was never any doubt he’d call Country Music his home. “Honestly the fans bring it home for me,” says Moore.
“Country music fans are some of the most passionate and loyal fans in the world. When I play for them, I feel like I’m playing for my friends and family. Like most people, I enjoy all different types of music: rock, pop, blues, r&b – but country music is at the root of it all for me. It’s at the core of who I am as an artist and why I got into music to begin with. “
Moore’s talent and buoyant personality have earned him a broad and enthusiastic fan base. His debut album, “Fireworks,” spawned the hit single of the same title, “Fireworks,” which soared to No. 1 on the Texas Music chart and held that spot for two weeks. His songs have appeared in TV and films,
including the 2013 western film “Sweetwater” starring Ed Harris, January Jones and Jason Aldean, which featured Moore’s “Cold Grey Light of Dawn” over the closing credits. “It was really fun to have a song featured in a film at Sundance. Especially being a western. I’ve always been a huge fan of Western films” he says. “We went up there and watched it on the big screen at the premiere and walked the red carpet and everything. It was really exciting.”
Moore has also developed a reputation as a strong live performer and has opened for many of his musical heroes as well as headlining his own shows in notable venues such as Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky tonk and Gruene Hall. “Texas crowds aren’t always the easiest crowds to win over because they have so much great music to choose from,” he admits. “It’s a great place to cut your teeth as an artist. There are so many great cities and venues to play in Texas. If you can win over Texas crowds, it’ll really help build your confidence as a performer.”
With the release of GETAWAY, Moore continues to solidify his reputation as one of country’s most gifted young artists. He co-produced his new set with Dwight A. Baker, an Austin-based songwriter/producer who has worked with Kelly Clarkson, Brandi Carlile, Bob Schneider, Blue October, Alpha Rev among others. “We really hit it off,” Moore says with a grin. “I told him I had a clear vision of how I wanted my record to sound and he said, ‘Man, I just want to help get your vision across and let you be you.’ He was really supportive and it was just a perfect fit. I have a specific sound I was going for and Dwight encouraged me to be me rather than steer me in a direction that I didn’t want to go. I was able to lead the ship and he was there to support me and push me to give my best performance.”
The lead single, “Some Are,” showcases Moore’s potent skills as a musician as well as his rich, smooth vocals. “It’s a feel good song, that’s nostalgic at the same time” says Moore. “It’s about the special people you encounter in life that managed to drive you crazy, make you open up that door and go the extra mile to get that smile or that kiss”.
Another highlight on the new project is “Sand in the Bed.” “It’s one of my favorite songs on the record,” he says of the lilting, romantic tune he penned with J.T. Hodges and Andrew Petroff. “I had the title and texted it out to the guys. Immediately they both said, we’ve got to write this!’ Everyone’s wheels were spinning and at the end of the session, we had a full work tape of the song. It’s a sexy, honeymoon song that reflects on the time you have with that special person. It’s hopefully a song that will take people to that place when they listen to it. I’m really happy with the way it turned out”.
Moore’s excitement for making music is contagious and whether on stage or off, there’s a simmering energy that makes a conversation with him a delight and a concert so galvanizing that it’s experience not to be missed. His passion fuels everything he does and it leaves a lasting impression on those who cross his path. “Life’s too short to be doing something you’re not passionate about. I’m chasing my dream and doing what I love and I hope that I’ll be able to inspire others to do what they love as well,” he says. My hope is that my music will help people get through that hard time in their life, or be that song they put on when they’re falling in love or hanging out with friends on a Friday night. In some a way, I want to be a small part of the soundtracks of peoples lives.”
SmithField was founded in 2011 with a dream as big as their home state of Texas. Comprised of vocalists Trey and Jennifer, SmithField took the stage by storm with their memorable music and stunning harmonies. Having grown up together, their on-stage chemistry is undeniably genuine and natural.
Country duos are a unique breed in the music industry. Two voices have to blend perfectly together, and that combination is often hard to find, even in two great singers. Against all odds, the duo has continued to persevere with their music and develop their sound, and found that with a lot hard work and passion that anything can be accomplished. After only one year in Nashville, SmithField had already landed opening gigs for established artists including Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch, Brothers Osborne and Craig Campbell.
Mixing the heavily rock influenced background of Trey and the classical country tendency of Jennifer, SmithField creates a contemporary country sound that’s different and compelling. Proving to be the hottest emerging duo in country music, Smithfield’s current single “When You’re Gone” is in regular rotation on SiriusXM The Highway and Rolling Stone has touted it ‘Smithfield’s sexiest song yet.’
Drew Green was born and raised in McMinnville, Tennessee. At 13 he got his first guitar and started learning and writing songs. He spent his high school years playing guitar in a hard rock band, but eventually put his music on hold to attend Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Drew got his first opportunity to play again when a man came into a local bar in Cookeville and asked the owner to hear some live music. Luckily, Drew had his guitar in the truck and said he would play a few. The crowd seemed to like his songs and the 90’s rock tunes he threw in the mix as well. The bar owner offered Drew a gig there once a week and the man who got Drew on the stage happened to be Steve Smith, the owner of Tootsies Orchid Lounge on Broadway in Nashville. Steve told Drew he would get a call the next day to audition at Tootsies. “I stayed up all night learning as many songs as I could and basically shot my voice, but I went anyway and got the gig,” says Green. He played there for about 6 months and decided in order to finish his Finance degree he would need to put Nashville on hold, which he did. He continued to play shows in Cookeville, which eventually led to a decent fan base. He spent $400 on a four track demo he wrote (“Trashed”, “Grandma’s Eyes”, “Maybe”, and “Man Enough”) and ended up selling 1000 copies throughout 2011 just at TTU. He received TTU’s All Greek Most Talented Award in 2011 and graduated that fall. Drew is a Kappa Sigma.
In 2012, Drew got married and moved just outside of Nashville and started a banking job in the lines of his degree and still sang most weekends. By mid 2013 he quit banking and took on his music career full time. In addition to songwriting Drew is currently paying his dues on Broadway in Nashville back at the legendary Tootsies Orchid Lounge, as well as Rippy’s BBQ, and Honkytonk Central all throughout the week. Trying to build a committed fan base, crafting his songwriting, singing, and entertainment ability is Green’s primary route as he emerges into his country music career.
“You wanna hear a song you can drink a beer to, dance all night, cry if you want to” sings Georgia-born, Nashville-dwelling Andy Velo on “Song You Can Drink a Beer To” which is the lead single off his new album, North Georgia Pines. The song shows the honesty and feelings that not only Velo’s music brings but what country music brings to fans from all over.
Andy Velo left his hometown of Suwannee, Georgia in 2012 to officially make his move to Nashville. Early in his career, Andy started going out on the road with country artist, Corey Smith. He was able to learn first-hand from Corey what all it took, behind the scenes to become a touring artist. From there, life took him in many different directions including stunt work on the big screen in films such as The Blind Side. However, with everything, he was brought back to his true passion for music.
Velo released his self-titled EP in 2012 and his 2nd studio release EP, Blue Collar Cruise in August of 2014. It continued to provide the backdrop to Andy’s high-energy live show for the last couple years as he spent time headlining clubs and opening for several of country’s top artists including Brantley Gilbert, Granger Smith, Kip Moore, in addition to Corey Smith.
Velo is honored to be one of few artists that are Brand Ambassadors for Jim Beam Bourbon. This relationship gives fans more ways to connect and express themselves with everything from bourbon tastings hosted by Andy to free music downloads and tour sponsorship. North Georgia Pines is a 12 song LP that features songs such as “God Made a Backroad”, “Song You Can Drink a Beer To”, and “Fields”.
“All the years spent writing, recording, and touring around the country has lead me to this point where I feel like not only have I refined what I love but I also think the record, both sonically and lyrically, is something fans of country music will connect with” says Velo.