Girls With Guitars
Tuesday, October 8th
Mill City Nights
Kellie Pickler, Ashley Monroe, Gloriana, Maggie Rose and Sheryl Crow will be your Girls With Guitars Presented by COUNTRY Financial – with proceeds benefittingr the Jane Brattain Breast Center!
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When they're not busy songwriting, brothers Tom and Mike enjoy trips to the local movie theatre. Tom loves to go for long walks, but really misses his walking buddy Paris- his four year old Boxer that lives back in North Carolina. Nothing beats a day at the lake for Mike, who is an avid wakeboarder. Rachel is a huge college football fan! Her two older brothers play for Vanderbilt, and UPenn. Beyond the music, her other love in life is make-up artistry. Cheyenne is having a blast driving her brand new, first car around the streets of Nashville. For Chy, it's simple: nothing beats an ipod, a pair of headphones, and some great tunes- anywhere, anytime!
Kellie Pickler: Kellie Pickler emerged as a front-runner on the fifth season of American Idol and eventually finished in sixth place. After her run on the show, Kellie Pickler established herself as a country pop-princess and is taking her music on tour. Kellie Pickler tour dates have been scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the "Small Town Girl's" tour; Use Eventful as your source for Kellie Pickler tour dates and concert schedule information.
Born into an unstable family in North Carolina, the aspiring singer was raised by her grandparents who encouraged her singing talents and provided her the strength to become a country starlet. Following high school, Pickler became a beauty queen and participated in Miss America and competed for Miss North Carolina in 2004 before auditioning for American Idol in 2005. Pickler auditioned with Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing" and she was immediately heralded as a frontrunner. While Pickler didn't win the competition, she was signed to BNA Records and toured along the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2006 which tested her live performance chops.
Picker debuted her first single, "Red High Heels", in 2005 which earned her a nomination for "Breakthrough Video of the Year Award" at the CMT Awards. She then released her debut effort, Small Town Girl, which topped the Billboard Country Albums chart. Pickler co-wrote five songs on the disc including the autobiographical tearjerker, "I Wonder". The album was eventually certified Gold and Kellie Pickler tour dates were slated on the opening stage of Brad Paisley's Bonfires & Amplifiers concert tour. In 2007, Pickler was awarded the Songwriter Award for "Red High Heels" by ASCAP and in 2008, she received the same award for "I Wonder" which also won three statues at the CMT Music Awards.
Pickler released her sophomore album, Kellie Pickler in 2008 which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album featured the hit single, "Best Days of Your Life", which became her first top ten track and earned Pickler a Platinum plaque. The single was co-written by country superstar, Taylor Swift, who is also a good friend. Kellie Pickler tour dates were scheduled on the opening stage for Taylor Swift on the Fearless Tour in 2009. Currently, Pickler is in the studio putting the final touches on her third album. A new single, "Tough", was released in June, 2011 and will certainly be her next hit. Kellie Pickler tour dates are currently scheduled across the US. She is country music's sweetest and most sincere singer. Don't miss a date on the Kellie Pickler concert schedule; Use Eventful as your source for Kellie Pickler tour dates and concert tour information.
Sheryl Crow: Since the early 1990s, very few female rock artists have experienced the success and popularity that Sheryl Crow has. Her many hit songs played almost continuously on the radio and her Grammy Award-winning albums flew off record store shelves. Ms. Crow has continuously produced wildly successful concert dates where she proficiently plays at least a dozen different instruments. Her musical style is also diverse, ranging from folk to hip-hop, but always retaining the 90's rock sound that has made her famous. If that wasn't enough Sheryl, she has a full concert schedule this summer with 2011 tour dates supporting Kid Rock on the second leg of his Born Free tour.
After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Music Composition, Performance, and Education, Sheryl Crow became an elementary school music teacher. Teaching during the week allowed her to pursue her musical aspirations on the weekends, and she eventually began recording jingles for companies like McDonald's and Toyota. Word of Crow's vocal talents spread and she soon started singing backup vocals for some of the biggest names in music on tour dates. Sheryl Crow recorded her debut solo album in 1992, but both Sheryl and the label decided not to release it as it was not commensurate with her talents or style.
Sheryl Crow soon joined up with a group of casual, bohemian musicians that called themselves the "Tuesday Music Club". The group's main function was to casually bounce songwriting ideas off each other, and the peer sessions inspired Crow's "debut" album, Tuesday Night Music Club in 1993. It wasn't until the third single "All I Wanna Do" became a breakout smash hit that fans, critics, and music execs began going Crow crazy. The album reached #3 on the Billboard 200 and won three Grammy Awards that year. It also marked Sheryl Crow's rise from backup singer to star headliner on subsequent tour dates
Sheryl Crow produced her own self-titled second album in 1996. The album won a Grammy for Best Rock Album and the hit single "If It Makes You Happy" won for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Sheryl Crow continued her hit-making streak with the 1998 album, The Globe Sessions. The record has sold well over two million copies and won Grammys for Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Non-Classical Album. Surviving breast cancer was one of the inspirations behind her 2008 album, Detours, in addition to her split with Lance Armstrong and the adoption of her son Wyatt.
On her most recent album, 100 Miles to Memphis, she chose to bypass the country and rock themes for a classic soul and southern sound that can only be described as…Memphis. The nostalgic record has been critically acclaimed and adored by fans. Those same fans can catch Sheryl Crow at 2011 tour dates on the second leg of Kid Rock's North American Born Free tour. The concert schedule begins on July 2 in Cincinnati, heads down the east coast, and will land on the west coast in Sacramento on July 26. Heading down the coast and through the Southwest, the concert schedule calls for more shows in the East before ending in Houston on September 3.
Maggie Rose: Music is a powerful means of expression and rarely has a young performer displayed better command of the vehicle than Maggie Rose. Possessing a strong, warm voice that is alternately playful or poignant as the subject matter dictates, Maggie has a gift for penning insightful songs and delivering them with emotional punch. Working with legendary producer James Stroud, Maggie has crafted a debut album filled with potent songs, each one anchored by her riveting vocals.
With one listen to her impressive voice, it’s obvious Maggie could have chosen any musical genre and found success, but country seemed like home. “I did have a lot of influences,” the Maryland native says recalling her childhood. “My mom exposed me to great female artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Trisha Yearwood, really powerful female voices.”
Always passionate about music, she embraced a variety of different artists and styles, but felt a particular kinship with country artists, especially those with the ability to share compelling stories in their songs. “The first concert I ever went to was a Shania Twain show,” she says. “While I also admired many of the pop singers that were so popular when I was younger, when it got down to my becoming an artist, country always spoke to me. I connected with country music more than any other genre.”
By the time she was 16, she was performing regularly with a Bruce Springsteen cover band called the B Street Band. “I would do my own little introductory set and then they’d play the Bruce Springsteen cover songs,” she recalls. “They were such a good band, so it was a great experience to be backed by great musicians.”
While majoring in vocal performance at Clemson University, Maggie got a phone call that changed her life. A friend had sent some of her demos to music mogul Tommy Mottola, well-known for launching Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey, among others. “I remember getting the call from Tommy’s assistant as I was walking with my friend to economics class,” Maggie recalls. “She said, ‘Tommy wants you to come to his office and sing some original songs for him.’ It was so surreal. I didn’t go to class that day. I went back to my dorm room and tried to process everything.”
When Mottola learned of Maggie’s desire to pursue a country music career, he helped her connect with James Stroud and his wife Laura, a successful Music Row publisher, who Maggie describes as her “Nashville Mom.” Laura introduced Maggie to some of the community’s top songwriters who became friends and collaborators. James was so impressed with the demos he began hearing, he took Maggie in the studio to begin work on her debut. “I’m so much more sure of the artist I want to be today than I was when I first moved here,” Maggie says, “Moving to town, I became aware of the reality that there are so many talented people here. It gives me so much perspective. One of the reasons people move here is to be around other creative people.”
Maggie first gained a national audience with the engaging single “Maybe Tonight,” which was accompanied by a charming video that spotlighted her performance skills. Previously known as Margaret Durante, the young artist felt she really wanted fans to know her as Maggie Rose, the name all her family and friends call her. She felt it was time to hit the reset button. “Sharing the name that I’ve been called by my family and friends with my fans is just another way to open up a part of me to them that they haven’t seen yet,” she says. “I was not being untrue to myself going by Margaret Durante, but I’m giving my experiences and my stories to my fans and I wanted them to call me by my nickname. I think it’s just a nice way to honor where I’ve been and where I’m going.”
Becoming more confident in her musical gift ignited a particularly creative period for Maggie that fueled the songs on her debut album. Co-writing with some of Nashville’s most noted tunesmiths, Maggie delivers a diverse collection that examines the intricacies of life. “I feel like this music is unapologetic,” she says. “I want women to hear this and be like, ‘Yeah! Right On!’ It gives women empowerment definitely, but also I want people to be entertained by it. A lot of the music, for me, is very coming-of-age. It’s about finding out who I am, not just as an artist, but as a young woman growing up, being on my own in Nashville.”
Maggie is thoughtful, articulate and intelligent yet has a playful streak that is endearing and a dry sense of humor that will sneak up on you. Her songs have the ability to move an audience with their depth and intensity, yet she’s equally capable of delivering a light-hearted romp that will make audiences want to get up and dance. “‘Fall Madly In Love’ is just a catchy, infectious, flirty, confident song,” Maggie says. “There’s something about that song. I couldn’t stop singing it once I heard it once and it just came alive. When we recorded it in the studio with James, it just took on a life of its own. It’s an undeniable song with lots of energy and confidence, which is what I feel like my music is about right now, just being confident and sassy and having fun.”
“Preacher’s Daughter” spotlights Maggie’s ability to pen a great story song. Co-written with Connie Harrington, the eerie lyric recounts the murder of two young lovers. “We had a blast writing it,” Maggie says. “We wanted it to be sultry and a little dark, but also have a deep South, funky country sound like Bonnie Raitt. I love how she has that cool vibe about her. We were trying to channel that for ‘Preacher’s Daughter.’ I love singing it. Every time I perform it I can’t help but just to come alive because it’s a great story.”
“Better” is a compelling song that finds Maggie channeling the pain of a past break up. “I was telling James Stroud and Stephony Smith the story of this person who had just broken my heart,” she recalls. “They said, ‘Boy, have we got a song for you!’ They played me ‘Better’ and I was so moved by it. I was right there in the trenches of everything that was going on in the song in my own life. Even now when I sing ‘Better,’ it just takes me back to that feeling that I had emotionally when I first heard the song. It’s really powerful and totally honest. We didn’t compromise anything on that song.”
Uncompromising, unapologetic and unexpected--these are just a few of the words that come to mind in describing Maggie Rose. Whether she’s opening for Jason Aldean or Lady Antebellum in a large arena or performing an intimate set in a local club, Maggie has the ability to transport the listener through her music. “I love connecting with people,” she says. “There’s no feeling like it. When I go to a concert, I won’t know the person sitting next to me, but if someone puts on a great show, by the end of the night I feel connected to complete strangers because the person on stage has made us all relate to what they are saying. We all feel that common ground that we’ve bonded on. It’s incredible and magical for me. As an artist and songwriter, that’s the thrill--to be connecting with a group of people by sharing your stories. It’s pretty remarkable.”
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