By Lauren Alexander
Groove LabOct 14, 2020
#50 - Leah Jean
#49 - Leah Lawson
Her songs are crafted with rich imagery and a hint of nostalgia. Her voice is moving and intense. Often standing alone on a large stage with just a baby blue telecaster and some nervous banter, Leah Lawson’s presence captivates.
Growing up in Florida, Lawson was homeschooled throughout her formative years and raised in a sheltered, evangelical Christian home. Music became Lawson’s conduit to reckon with her religious trauma and faith deconstruction, in addition to the universal feelings of longing, loss, and love we all share.
The raw, intimate, and candid way Lawson writes makes you feel like you’re overhearing an intimate conversation between close friends. With her delicate vocals accompanied by her folky guitar stylings Lawson transports the listener to a place of comfort; like a trusted confidant simply responding, “Me, too.”
“I think when you grow up the way I did, immersed in the evangelical church, and then you decide to leave that life behind, it can feel really isolating and people may not understand,” says Lawson. “I want others to feel validated in that it’s okay to explore life beyond what you were taught and what you used to believe. I want people to know they aren’t alone and it’s okay to be honest with yourself.”
After spending several years living in Nashville, TN, Lawson is currently residing in Asheville, NC, and preparing to release her debut album, Flood House. The album was recorded at Way Out Studios in Seattle, WA, and produced by Trevor Spencer. Flood House will be released on September 16, 2022, and available for streaming/download on all major music platforms. Follow @lllawson on social media for all of the most up-to-date info and latest releases!
#48 - Rachel Burns
Pop/Soul Singer-Songwriter, Rachel Burns, is a multi-talented Washington DC-based artist who is inspired by iconic singers and entertainers such as Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, and the like. Writing songs that combine life’s humor and heartbreak, Burns infuses the influences of blues, country, and jazz with a theatrical twist in her original music.
#47 - Ryan Argast / Marina City
#46 - Music Law with Roger Notario
Based out of South Florida, Attorney and Educator, Roger Notario, represents independent artists and brands globally through his firm, Music’s Favorite Law Firm, and provides content to artists though his production and educational company, Apollo’s Counsel. https://apolloscounsel.com
Thank you to our sponsors, Kyser Musical Products!
#45 - Erica D'Aurora
#44 - Bryard Huggins
Bryard (bree-yard) Huggins is a composer, record producer, and contemporary jazz piano
recording artist from Nashville, TN. He is also founder/CEO of Muse Entertainment, a music
production company and indie record label. In addition, he tours with the Empress of Soul
Gladys Knight as her featured guest artist. Bryard stumbled upon his God-given musical gift at
the age of 4 and composed his first song at the age of 6. A former child prodigy with a gifted ear
for music, now 27, he has released 5 studio jazz albums, 1 instrumental gospel album, and
various singles. Through his company Muse Entertainment, Bryard composes and produces
musical content for diverse clientele nationwide, in the styles of film/TV, commercials, music for
podcasts, stage plays, and more. He also develops and mentors aspiring musical artists, helping
them gain knowledge, the portfolio, and the experience of the recorded music industry. Bryard
holds a bachelor’s degree in commercial music production from College-Conservatory of Music,
University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in music business from Frost School of Music,
University of Miami. He is a member of Nashville’s National Museum of African American
Music’s (NMAAM) emerging artists series and has performed as a featured artist at the Ryman
Auditorium, the Walt Disney Theatre, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and more. Bryard is
currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
#43 - SEASON 3! With Kaylee Steffel of Steffel Media
With charisma to match the images she produces, Kaylee Steffel is on the rise as one of the most in-demand photographers on the Nashville music scene. For Steffel, creativity has always been the outlet. However, she vividly remembers the first show that sparked her interest in live photography. “Carrie Underwood. The Play On Tour. She was circling the crowd in a blue truck, swinging on a swing. It was magical,” the 27-year-old says. Cutting her teeth photographing intimate country shows as well as high-energy festivals and artists in Ohio and surrounding states, she wanted more of those moments. After university, she headed into the corporate world working for a Fortune 500 company, but didn’t see a lifetime career. “I knew I wouldn’t be happy without giving it a shot at touring and creating in the music space full-time.” In November 2019, Steffel took the leap after years of waiting and relocated to Nashville, TN. By January 2020, she had a published photo of award-winning artist, Rhonda Funk, in the Nugget Newspaper (Sisters, OR.) — a career first. Unfortunately as her career was hitting a stride, the world shut down. Navigating this proved difficult; however, she pivoted into portraiture and content creating for influence marketers. Originally capturing Country artists exclusively, Steffel has expanded into a wide array of genres including Rap and Pop-Rock. This proved fruitful for her as she found her work getting placements in publications far and wide with Pop-Rock’s Eddie and The Getaway and Pop singer-songwriter, Cassandra. Currently, the Nashville-based creative works as the live photographer for country artist, Ashley Barron, as well as rapper, Hew G., along with creating for a variety of artists across the music spectrum. Thank you to our Sponsor Kyser Musical Products
#42 - Dropped In : FROST
We got to chat with the sweetest couple, Tim and Deanda Frost. If you know them, then you know. These two are pure gold. Together with their son Odin, they make up the band FROST. We got to hear about all of the cool things they've been up to, and some fun things they have coming up, Like maybe...sneaking into the Grammy's?!
Keep up with them on instagram, and buy their cool merch at www.allthingsfrost.com.
#41 - Wunderful Design : Robert Woodward
#40 - Camino : Riley Owens
#39 - The Way I Am : Bee Taylor
#38 - You Can Be a Stormtrooper : The Kirby's
#37 - ROSEWOOD STUDIOS
#36 - Break My Heart : Lauren Alexander
BREAK MY HEART MUSIC VIDEO www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o7fJfGNecg
#35 - Get Over It : Minnie Murphy
Lauren & Jeff welcome Minnie Murphy into the Groove Lab to discuss her new single, "Get Over It".
Minnie Murphy was born with music in her DNA. Raised in a musical family, father Jimmy Murphy, a guitarist, mother Patricia Murphy, a piano player,
and she’s a half-sister to early-2000s country staple, Jamie O’Neal. Murphy voyaged across the country with her father to Nashville, where she had the opportunity to write songs with some of the industry’s finest and record a handful of them at the mere age of 16. She has also performed on stages like the Grand Ole Opry and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, to weekly jobs playing piano and singing cover songs with some of her originals mixed in at Maggiano’s and Sambuca in Nashville. For over a decade, she has been in Nashville, working as a writer and recording demos. Minnie’s new single, “Get Over It,” is reflective and delivers a potent mix of classic traditional country along with her unique musical ability to bring passion and real deal emotion to life, both vocally or instrumentally. Her new LP, Evergreen, is due out later in 2021.
#34 - Hillbilly Martian : Carolina Pine
Lauren & Jeff welcome country duo Carolina Pine into the Groove Lab to talk about their new music, and what it was like touring with Alan Jackson.
#33 - Clay : Becca Tremmel
#32 - Transit : Meredith Crawford
“Meredith Crawford has successfully taken something with a very definitive shape, and made it seem shapeless. Historically speaking, that kind of dreamy musical witchcraft has only been successfully accomplished by the likes of timeless wonder-women like Patsy Cline, Stevie Nicks, or the queen: Aretha Franklin; herself.” She was singing harmonies at the young age of 10 from the pew surrounded by strangers, to the Opry circuit around Texas by 16, and had fronted 3 bands by the age of 27. Just shy of 30, she has written over 200 songs, opened for Texas acts such as Hayes Carll, Sunny Sweeney, and Shiny Ribs, and has won several awards including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year (2 years running), Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for East Texas. A dark horse in the running, her pinnacle of musical strength is perched upon raw, lyrical honesty delivered through painfully elegant vocals.
#31 - Bar & R : Don Pedigo
#30 - Souldier Straps : Jen Tabor
#29 - Talking to Ghosts : Bridget Rian
Lauren & Jeff welcome Bridget Rian into the Groove Lab to talk all about her new EP and her love of sad songs.
The debut EP from Bridget Rian, Talking to Ghosts, is a delicate, dark and intricate collection of stories rooted in the bittersweet honesty about the fragile human condition. Exploring themes of mortality, loss, and nostalgia, the New York-raised singer-songwriter brings profound comfort to the listener with her ethereal vocals and contemplative storytelling.
“I wanted to name the EP Talking to Ghosts because in every song I am either talking to someone who has died, my past self, or talking about ghosts,” says Rian. “There are also some old, interesting family stories about me as a baby talking to ghosts… so it’s a topic close to my heart.”
Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.bridgetrian.com
#28 - The Woman in Black : Jenn Ford
Lauren & Jeff welcome East Texas singer/songwriter Jenn Ford into the Groove Lab. Jenn has been singing her entire life. Born and raised in East Texas, Jenn first started performing in church, school choir and marching band. She attended college as a vocal music major and was a member of several select groups and ensembles, before joining the US Army. During her time with the Military Police, Jenn was selected to tour with The United States Army Soldier Show, the 62nd Army Band; and eventually assigned to The United States Army Europe Band and Chorus.
Jenn's experience includes radio, television, and stage production, all while pursuing her career as a singer-songwriter. A vast range of musical influences from Patsy Cline to Credence Clearwater Revival to ZZ Top, gives Jenn the diversity to entertain a wide range of audiences.
Listen to her music at @ www.JennFord.com
#27 - Who is Otis? : Lee Mathis
Today we welcomed Lee Mathis into the Groove Lab. Lee is the lead singer of Lee Mathis & The Brutally Handsome, an outlaw country band from East Texas. We talked all about how he got his start in music, his incredible band, and asked the very important question... *Who is Otis?* www.leemathis.com
#26 - Matt James : Blacktop Mojo
#25 - Cashville : VOLK
#24 - KYSER MUSICAL PRODUCTS : Meredith Attebery
#23 - Reflections : Jon Pattie
#22 - Action Sound : Kelly Barber
Welcome friends! Season 2 of Groove Lab has officially begun!
Today, Lauren and Jeff welcome Kelly Barber into the Groove Lab. Kelly is the owner and operator of Action Sound - one of the coolest music stores in all of Texas. Kelly tells us all about how he got his start, his relationship with guitars, and his philosophy on running a music store where everyone feels welcome. Check out the store in person in Hawkins, TX, or online at www.actionsoundmusic.com
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#21 - Shake the Dust : The Highway Women
#20 - Christmas Magic : Juna N Joey
#19 - New Ink : Manny Blu
#18 - Burnin' Moonlight : Connor Christian / The Southern Gothic
#17 - Mele Kalikimaka : Ana Cristina Cash
Ana Cristina Cash is an American singer-songwriter, raised in Miami, Florida by her Cuban parents who moved to the United States in the early 1960s during the onset of the revolution. Growing up listening to a multitude of genres, Cash’s sound was influenced by an eclectic array of inspiration from gritty Blues and Jazz to Pop-Country. Writing directly from the heart, the singer-songwriter’s recordings exhibit a broad vocal range, spanning from an expressive and resonating contralto to a soaring coloratura soprano, otherwise known as the “whistle register.”
At the young age of 19, Cash was given the honor of singing “ The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2005 Presidential Inauguration, making her the first Hispanic in history to do so. Cash was then asked to return in 2006 as she was invited to perform at the White House for the President of the United States, the Crowned Prince of Spain and notable world ambassadors. That same year, she released “You Can Change the World” as a duet with Michaelangelo. The song’s bilingual counterpart, “El Mundo Puedes Cambiar,” went on to become the theme song for the World Cup Germany 2006.
Writing from her heart first, all of Ana’s projects reflect her connection to Rockabilly and gritty Blues, along with a flavor of Country and Soul.
#16 - A Life of Listening : Tim Kimsey
#15 - Sonic Storytelling : Sean Giovanni
#14 -Miscellaneous Melodies : HAGER
Recording artist and songwriter, Hager has been songwriting for seventeen years, and along the way she fell in love with learning to produce her own music. Female producers make up just 4% of the music industry and now Hager is part of that very small percentage.
Hager's music is intrinsic to who she is as a person, artist and producer. Her music displays her heart, tells the story of her journey and where she is presently. With Coldplay and One Republic dreamy/atmospheric vibes and melodies, Hager's music takes you to a place of peace, reflection, solitude and joy.
Hager truly stands out, dives deep into her music, and works everyday to improve it.
Quarantine proved to be a productive time for Hager, giving her the opportunity to produce her first full length album, releasing October 2020.
Hager is in love with melodies that grab your attention, cause you to sing along and you'll find to yourself singing later even after the song is over.
Hager writes about her own experiences in a way that draws you in, connects with your heart, and in turn, makes them your own.
Hager has always used her music as a coping agent and that clearly comes through all of her songs and it takes the listener to a whole new level.
#13 - Mossflower Pictures : Luke Harvey
#12 - Who We Are Deep Down : Heather Batchelor
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Groove Lab Song Of The Week Playlist - open.spotify.com/user/12163279759/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=TrbZXgJcTZOTkEoUi1rRQw
#11 - Witness : YEARLØVE
#10 - She's A Savage : Natalie Bailey of Lady Savage MGMT
#9 - Put A Rock On This Rolling Stone : Sarah Harralson
Pre save her new song "Get Lost In Some Rock N' Roll" - ditto.fm/get-lost-in-some-rock-n-roll
Song Of The Week Playlist - open.spotify.com/user/12163279759/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=D14StHruSbaabWMuZvP4yw
Song Of The Week : Moonlight Night - Atlantis Aquarius - youtu.be/4JJz-MdWn0A
#8 - Marshmellow Jam : Daniel Westmoreland
#7 - No Limits : Ethan Harris
Check out Ethans music on Spotify here : open.spotify.com/artist/1iZJEDqsFJTV4UxGGTI78L?si=YRMzKSBoRbGmx3qoNCaijw
Song Of The Week Playlist: open.spotify.com/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=W4ER_HUITaa34YV2P7Zrcg
#6 - Universal Language : Phillip Cardon
#5 - Mercury Rising : Tezza
#4 - Boots&Cats : Josh Rennie-Hynes
#3 - The Golden Ticket Isn't Made Of Gold : Heather Little
Be sure to check out Heather's Album ' Wings Like These' here: open.spotify.com/artist/0AI8quAUK6zGBBGJLVQJPy?si=1xFAvPbhRYWdrcQ8pinTYg
#2 - DON'T MESS WITH YOUR SOUND WOMAN : Nancy Giammarco
Lauren talks with Nancy Giammarco about quarantine life, what to do if you’re ever locked inside of a night club in Finland (Use the margarita machine, duh), and why you should never ever mess with your sound woman. Check out Nancy’s new book Under The Purple Sea: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08G18C6V2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_rYNoFbA4CC2B2