Every Tuesday, Sue Bonzell highlights new up and coming Country artists....from Tik Tok!
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Check out this week's Featured Artist:
Laci Kaye Booth went from American Idol directly to Nashville to pursue her country music career. Her hushed, lulling vocal quality landed her in the Top 5 at Idol where she had the chance to do a song with Brett Young. She has opened for Midland, Riley Green and Jordan Davis and was named one of the CMT Next Women of Country. She is well on her way in country music!
Checkout past week's Featured Artists:
Country Artist Dane Louis - How Brantley Gilbert Changed His Life My interview with Dane Louis is nothing less than revealing. We talk about his new single, Whiskey Wears Off (written in just 5 minutes), his gorgeous long locks, the most embarrassing bubble gum pop song that he cranks in his big truck and Brantley Gilbert's best advice for being a new artist.
He is touring with Garth Brooks (again) and he has a new song out, "Hard Work Sucks." I sat down with Mitch to talk about the tour, the new song and being a family man.
Is it the only openly gay player in professional baseball and he happens to be a very talented country artist in Nashville. He just released his debut album Left Field and he founded his first of its kind charity, Proud to Be in Baseball, which supports and encourages LGBTQ youth in the sport.
At 15 years old, Jackson became the youngest male artist ever to sign a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Nashville. He is a great storyteller, so during the show, you'll hear stories about why he is the "luckiest" country artists in new country today. He also shares the touching and funny story behind his latest release, "I Love You Mom" before he performs the song acoustically.
Is it Chris Young or Charlie Berry? He may look like Chris Young, but Chris Young doesn't think so! Former Texas punk rock band member, Charlie Berry brings his charm, big energy and wit to our interview. We talk about his musical journey, the power of his 3 year old daughter and discuss the "Is it really a sandwich" debate from his TikTok Channel. He also does an acoustic performance of his newest release, "Be Somebody."
Meet "The Voice" Country Artist Presley Tennant
She's from Horsetown, USA (really) and was mentored by Kelly Clarkson on The Voice when she was just 16 and has shared the stage with the likes of Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery and Cody Johnson. She's a powerhouse singer, with style, grace and charm. And who knows, after this interview, perhaps there's a fashion line in her future.
Country Legend John Berry Battles Throat Cancer and Releases New Album - "Find My Joy"
If you have been a country fan for a while, you will know John Berry's music. He is a grammy winner and 2020 marked the 27th anniversary since signing a major label deal and the 41st year of being a country music recording artist. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2019 requiring 35 treatments of combined radiation and chemo. That hasn't slowed John down. He has a new album out now called "Find My Joy," a nod to putting life into perspective after his battle with cancer.
Love Classic Country? You'll Love, New Artist Randall King!! 
Randall King counts his influences as Keith Whitley, George Strait, Alan Jackson and John Anderson. He creates straight, traditional country and he really does sound a bit like George Strait. "If we can't do it live, we don't put it into the recording. It's more traditional," King commented during the interview. He set his goals alongside his dad when he was 7, one of them being to play the Grand Ol Opry....check!
Banker Turned Songwriter & Country Artist - Meet Drew Green
He had a lucrative career as a banker and was offered a promotion when he gave it all up to pursue country music songwriting in Nashville. He has written songs for Florida Georgia Line, Connor Smith, Elvie Shane and more and this past year was on tour with Mitchell Tenpenny. His latest song, "Good Ol Man" is a heartwarming song about being the best father and husband he can be for his family.
Country badass Allie Colleen joined me for a rousing interview where we discuss her music, her tattoos and her obsession with Halloween make up! She creates powerful songs with real, raw feeling behind them, combining classic country with emerging country sounds. She has just released her latest album, Halos & Horns.
The record labels said he wasn't ready, so he did it himself. He started his own YouTube channel, got noticed and signed a reality show on Netflix with over 60 million views. His music is a mix of country, pop, R&B, hip hop and worship and his song honoring our military, "Mr. Red White & Blue" went crazy viral on Tik Tok. He is an entertainer through and through with a heart of gold. I'm proud to introduce you to Coffey Anderson!
Music brought them together and when the first dance wedding song came around, Luke was nervous about his surprise song for Kaylee. We chat about their music and Tik Tok antics and what's next for the duo.
He was told he would never walk again after having a stroke. Defying the odds with the help of his strong and inspiring wife, he continues to create soulful music and play for his loyal fans. His latest song was written while he was recovering, “Power of a Woman,” an homage to his wife and other strong, independent women in the world. He has a new five-song EP called The Optimystic.
The "Right" Chase - Meet Country Artist Chase Wright Not to be confused with Chase Rice, this Chase has surpassed 50 million streams of his debut album "Intertwined." We talk about his music, singing in the shower and falling off of a boat dock. He's got the charm, the talent and the voice. Hear him play his latest song, "Drive" and play Sue's "famous" game, Truth or Truth. https://chasewrightmusic.com
He received the Horizon Male Vocalist Award and the Most Promising male Entertainer of the Year from the North American Country Music Association and has opened for the likes of Ashely McBride and Lonestar. He just had a CMT.com premiere of his music video for "Gonna Drink Again" and has a new song coming out soon, "Somebody's Somebody." We discuss Tik Tok adventures with his mom, his music, his bad habits and skinny dipping. It's a very revealing interview!
She's Tik Tok famous for "Hey Maggie, finish this lick!" dazzling us with her electric guitar and fiddle skills. From AC/DC to Charlie Daniels songs, she has mastered them all. She played Carnegie Hall at age 11, began song writing and guitar at 12 and made her permanent move to Nashville at age 18. Now dominating on country playlists on Spotify, she's also been the featured fiddle player in the country music video for "Where the Country Girls At" by Luke Bryan and Trace Adkins.
New Country with an Old Soul - Meet Jackson Chase!
He's a young man with deep country roots, bringing the classic country sound to todays country music. He has teamed up with John Anderson for his latest song, Wild and Blue as well as John Schneider for another song. He just released a new song called Falling in Love With You. Check out rising country artist Jackson Chase!
Country Artist Eric Burgett Bringing Flames to the Keyboard!
Meet Eric Burgett....rather than strap on a guitar before stepping on stage, Eric gets the crowd going with his sparkling keyboard skills. In our interview he talks about his humble performance beginnings at the Korn Krib and Sundays at church. Not only can the guy play and sing, he is also accomplished in the kitchen, whipping up heart felt treats for his wife. He has opened for Chris Stapleton, Lee Brice, Clink Black, Jana Kramer, Craig Morgan and MANY more, and he has a new single out now, Wild Girl.
Checkout past week's Featured Artists:
Country Artist Angie K Talks About Being on Team Blake
Angie K appeared on The Voice and turned 3 chairs, selecting Blake Shelton as her mentor. She talks about her experience on the voice, working with Blake Shelton, as well as how her song was played at Disneyland for the fireworks show. She has a song called Real Talk co-written by Thomas Rhett and explains how Jake Owen became another country music mentor to her.