CMA GlobaLive! Artists talk Nashville, Country Music

CMA GlobaLive! Artists talk Nashville, Country Music
All photos: Kayla Schoen/CMA

Chad Brownlee – Canada

Chad Brownlee performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival.

Chad Brownlee performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival. Photo: Kayla Schoen/CMA

Tell us a bit about your career highlights so far. You have received a Juno nomination in 2013, CCMA nominations and awards – what does that feel like to be recognized by your peers?

I’ve been fortunate to have many moments that I can call a highlight so it’s definitely tough to pick a few. But touring with Dierks Bentley in 2012 was a big one for me especially that early in my career. He’s a down to earth guy with a great work ethic. He brought plenty of elements that inspired me. Another one would be my first cross Canada Headlining Tour I did in March of 2015. Pretty special to be able to go out as the main act and get the response that I did. Lucky to have built a solid fan base in my home country.

To be recognized by my peers at the level of the Junos and CCMAs is a pretty special feeling. I remember when I accepted the award for Rising Star in 2011 it made me feel like in that moment I was sworn in to the country music family. Words were definitely hard to find!

Was this your first time performing on GlobaLive? How did that show differ from your Canadian shows?

This was actually my second time on the show. The first one was back in 2011 and I have definitely come a long way since then! It’s always strange not having your own band behind you so that’s something that makes the show feel a little different for me. But the guys that learned my songs (among MANY other artists songs) were fantastic and true pros! They rocked it! And the fact that more than half the crowd seemed to be Canadian made me feel right at home! 

What other plans do you have while you are in Nashville?

I always make sure I get some songwriting in while I’m down here. Have built some really great friendships with some amazing writers that I have had success with in the past, as well as some new faces that I seem to meet each trip!

What artists do you think have influenced you professionally?

Oh man there have been a few: Garth Brooks, Gary Allen, Chris Stapleton, Jack Johnson, Dierks Bentley, John Mayer, Tom Petty, Daughtry, & Eddie Vedder. To name a few.

What are you going to be working on next?

Always working on new music so the next album is already in the works. Also, working to improve the live show as there is always room for improvement. Trying to bring something different and fresh each time!

 

Troy Cassar-Daley – Australia

Troy Cassar-Daly performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival.

Troy Cassar-Daly performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival. Photo: Kayla Schoen/CMA

Tell us a bit about yourself, we know you have a long established career in Australia, what have been the highlights for you?

I’ve been performing for the best part of 26 years and have been blessed to do this for a living!  The highlights would have to be traveling the country playing live… I love meeting the people and spending time in the towns we get to travel to.  I love my job.

You have performed at GlobaLive! before, how did you enjoy it in the new venue?

Yes I have played at GlobaLive a couple of times…the last time was 2008 when I won the Global Artist Award.  I loved playing the Stage as it was always packed and had a great vibe however the outdoor stage gave is the opportunity to play to a bigger audience which was a heap of fun.

We hear you performed at the Grand Ole Opry at the weekend, what does it feel like for you to be on that stage?

It never gets old for me… I just love the opportunity to play on the Opry Stage… it is such a privilege.

We know you have recorded and written with Nashville songwriters in the past, are you planning on doing that while you are over here this time?

We are in the studio now recording the new album.  We have done the last couple of albums in Nashville and I just love the pace and the players here.

Tell us something about your current plans. 

I’ve written a book, “Things I Carry Around”.  My personal journey in the early years: ups and downs, plenty of fun, me learning my craft – all the memories I carry around with me. The best part of writing the book was that I got to reliving my life in slow motion – a lot of it has gone by way too quickly and writing has made me appreciate some things I took for granted.  The album will be songs from those memories… a soundtrack.  So on the back of these I will be touring throughout Australia again .. which I love to do.

 

Raquel Cole – Canada

You are the reigning CCMA Discovery Artist, tell us a bit about that process and how it feels to have won that accolade?

The Discovery program was such an amazing process.  Canada offers several really great programs that nurture young talent and I felt really blessed to be a part of it.  The win in a way gave me confirmation that I’m meant to be doing what I’m doing.  As an artist you spend a lot of time working behind the scenes, whether it’s rehearsing or songwriting and when all of that comes together and you feel like you are connecting in some way… it felt good to have that feeling.

 Is this your first time in Nashville? Have you had a change to see anything yet?  Is it what you expected?  

Recently, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time in Nashville.  I started making trips to Nashville at the age of 12 and more frequently in high school, coming down to write during school breaks.  In a lot of ways, I feel like Nashville was my “college.”  Coming here helped me learn how to write better songs and become a better musician. There are still so many things I still haven’t seen and I never feel like I get to be a tourist when I come to Nashville because I’m always working.  This summer I hope to check out the Frist and the Johnny Cash/Bob Dylan museum for the first time!

How did you feel to be performing in Nashville at GlobalLive?

I felt very honored to be chosen to represent international talent during CMA Fest.  There are so many incredibly talented artists that travel to Nashville from all over the world, so I am very grateful to have had the chance to perform this year.

What artists do you think have influenced you professionally?

Shania Twain would be a big one.  I love her sassy lyrics in songs like “Feel Like A Woman” and “Don’t Impress Me Much.” She is such an entertaining live performer and puts on a fun show.  Growing up, my dad introduced me to some of his favorite bands from the 70’s; Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Bachman Turner Overdrive, I loved the lyrics and guitar work in their songs. Oh and I love me some Bryan Adams! I think he is a master at writing simple but genius lyrics, and I mean those melodies are so catchy. In my teen years I was introduced to artists like John Mayer and Keith Urban, I spent a lot of time learning how to play their songs on the guitar.

 What are you going to be working on next?

I’ve been songwriting a ton this past year with the goal to record a new EP this summer.  I’m really excited to be heading back into the studio. I’ll also be on the road.  I am opening several shows for Josh Turner, touring the NACA circuit (colleges and universities in the U.S.) and I’m so excited to be playing my first major festivals in Canada including Sunfest Country Music Festival and Boots & Hearts Music Festival.

 

Frankie Davies – United Kingdom

Frankie Davies performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival.

Frankie Davies performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival. Photo: Kayla Schoen/CMA

I’m 23, i’m from a small British island just off the coast of France called Jersey. I released my debut EP ‘Dancing All Night’ last year, with all three singles from the release receiving national airplay. I recently performed at the UK’s biggest country festival C2C – Country to Country at the O2, and last September I supported the very talented Chris Young on his sold out european tour.

How did it feel to be performing in Nashville at GlobaLive?

I had a blast, I really did have so much fun and the crowd were great and so welcoming. It’s incredible to see how much Country music has grown globally and it was amazing to be a part of something that was celebrating that.

What are your plans while you are in Nashville?

Last week we went into the studio for a few days to work on my debut album. I love recording here in Nashville, it feels like home to be working away on songs in the home of Country music, it just feels right. But this week its all about taking in and enjoying all the music at CMA Fest. I wish I could stay longer, I always do but i’ll be headed home right after the festival.

What artists do you think have influenced you professionally?

When I was 8 I found a cassette of the Dixie Chicks ‘Wide Open Spaces’ and for me that was it, i was hooked. Listening to Dolly really shaped myself as a songwriter, I love how she can tell a story so effortlessly through a song and I completely admire her honesty.

What are you going to be working on next?

When i’m back in the UK i’ll be heading out on tour with fellow UK County artist Laura Oakes on a handful of dates in July and i’ll be continuing to work on my album over the summer and will be putting all my efforts into making that really special.

 

O’Shea – Australia

We hear you have had an amazing year, tell us a bit about that.

Indeed! Things have been busy! Highlights include topping the all genre iTunes video chart in Australia with our new music video, “The Truth Walks Slowly”, performing at RODEOHOUSTON in Texas, launching our new national radio show in Australia and kicking off the 6th season of our TV show, O’SHEA USA.

You have come back to Host GlobaLive! again this year, tell us about that experience.

We’ve been fortunate to perform at GlobalLive a few times over the years and it’s such a great way to meet and discover some incredible talent from around the word. Hosting it this year was a blast and the talent did not disappoint! Dare I say, it was better than ever!

You have a show on CMC, Australia, tell us about that for those you aren’t familiar with it?

It’s a mix of what we’re up to over here in the States, be that touring different cities, attending red carpets or just catching up and chatting with country stars. We’ve been lucky to interview everyone from Garth Brooks to Motley Crue and feature cities from Chicago to NYC!

What artists do you think have influenced you professionally?

Well Mark LOVES Garth Brooks and I’m a huge Dolly fan and Linda Rondstandt. Influences range from Tom Petty to Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban’s early band, The Ranch.

What are you going to be working on next?

We’re writing for our next record right now in fact and are enjoying the musical diversity and creative melting pot that is Nashville. Getting to write with the likes of Tim Nichols, Heather Morgan, Derek Rutan and Will Hoge is incredibly inspiring and always makes us lift our game.

 

Karin Page – Australia

Karin Page performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival.

Karin Page performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival. Photo: Kayla Schoen/CMA

You were recently crowned the 37th Winner of Toyota Star Maker, Australia’s most prestigious Country Music talent search – tell us a bit about the process that you had to go through and how it felt to come out the winner.

In order to enter Star Maker, I had to submit two of my tracks, a photo, my bio and then answer a couple of questions about my career to date. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be selected as a top 10 finalist let alone take the whole thing out, but I knew that the prize would be “that opportunity” that I had been working so hard for. When I got through to the top 10, I focused all my energy into winning. I gave it my absolute all, stayed positive, but was still completely shocked when they called my name out. I have been floating on cloud nine ever since! Working with such a wonderful team of people is such a great experience. 

Is this your first time to Nashville?  Have you had a chance to see anything yet?  Is it what you expected?

Yup – it’s my first time here and I am absolutely loving it! I have seen a lot… Of fried chicken!! Haha. But no seriously, it’s so much more than I expected. Even apart from all the hype around CMA week it’s just such a great place. There are phenomenal musicians everywhere you look and so many really great funky areas like East Nashville to explore. We have seen a bunch of local acts and everyone has been really impressive

How did you like performing on GlobaLive! on Monday?

GlobaLive was such a great experience. I was so chuffed that there were so many people there for the start of the show, as I was on first. Everyone was so supportive and responsive. I had a really great time and met some really lovely people. The other artists were all so lovely and talented too.

You are a singer/songwriter. Have you got any plans to write with Nashville songwriters while you are in town

I sure do – I actually have three co-writes set up here in Nashville thanks to Dan and the crew at Dan Hodges Publishing. I have done some research and all of the writers have a stack of accolades, so I’m very excited to see what will come from my sessions.

What are you going to be working on next?

My first single “Keep On” will be coming out very soon and I will be hitting the road for nearly two months when I get home to promote the new single. I am very excited to be playing 10 shows with The McClymonts as part of their national tour during this time. I am also currently recording the rest of the tracks for my Toyota Star Maker EP, which will be released shortly.  

 

Caitlyn Shadbolt – Australia

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival.

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMA World Globalive! on Monday, June 7, 2016 in downtown Nashville as part of the 2016 CMA Music Festival. Photo: Kayla Schoen/CMA

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Me.. Well I’m just Caitlyn! A 20 year old small town Aussie girl with a dream of becoming a mini Shania Twain! I’ve been singing and performing my whole life, only now am I beginning to become pleasant on the ear. I was honoured to make it to the top 5 of X Factor Australia in 2014 and since have gone on to sign a record deal, release an EP and play some gigs I’d only ever dreamt about. Oh and I won a CMC award for Best New Talent this year 🙂

What was it like being on X Factor? How has that affected your career?

Being on X Factor was life changing. It was such a learning curve and I took both the good and the bad with me. It was a long time on air and away from loved ones but I gained so much from the experience and was given the opportunity to play to millions of people world wide and gain fans that have stuck by me.

Straight after the show I performed a concert in my home town. It was huge! Thousands of people turned up to this outdoor area and I’ve never felt so loved in my life. It’s the biggest performance to have happened in my tiny town of Gympie. The community have been so supportive and it was evident on that day in particular.

What are your plans after your GlobaLive concert? Do you plan to take in the sights and sounds?

My plans for Nashville are to check the place out – be a tourist. And once that’s done I’ll be writing my little bum off! There’s a stack of incredible writers here so I can’t wait to meet a few of them 🙂

Tell us about what you are working on. What are your current plans?

What am I working on next… Writing a hit of course! Could be in the making for a while but it’ll happen ? and while I’m doing that I’m continuing to play various shows in Australia and enjoy every little thing that’s thrown at me.

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