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Kevn Kinney

He’s the lead singer of the popular rock band, Drivin N Cryin. Over his 35 + years of creating music, he’s released 9 studio albums with said band and 9 solo albums.

We will dive into his relationship with music, learn how he stays creative, and what song he’s loving right now.

This is Kevn Kinney…

During our interview I got a peek into Kinney’s creative space aka his attic. The walls are adorn with paintings and sketches he’s completed during the quarantine. However, he will tell you that the true artist within their home is his wife, Anna. She even makes an appearance during our Zoom chat to bring Kinney drinks, a coffee and a gin and tonic.

Drawing hasn’t been the only activity that has occupied Kinney’s time. He’s been hosting a Facebook live show, Free Parking. The best part is that an episode is airing tonight night at 8pm. A teaser…he’s going to share a story about his time hanging with David Bowie.

The interview is plethora of topics including an impromptu serenade, Tupac’s song “California Love”, and the infamous Charleston radio station, 96Wave.

Thank you to Kevn Kinney and his team for this interview.
This was a good one. 🙂

Link Up: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify | Anna Jensen Art |
Free Parking Facebook Show

Lauren Hall

She’s a singer/songwriter that has been creating music since the age of 13. She released her first EP, “Our Time” in 2014 and will be releasing her long-awaited sophomore album this July. She’s opened for country acts like Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Gary Allan, Thompson Square, David Nail, and the list goes on.

This is Lauren Hall

This interview was a little different this time being conducted over Zoom. We pushed through the technical difficulties to cover some great topics. One item in particular was the Charleston country music community. It’s smaller compared to others around town but these artists are anything but small. Many of these musicians move to Nashville but always make a point to book hometown shows several times a year. One of these artists, Haley Mae Campbell, has been a previous interview on this podcast.

In regards to moving to Nashville, Hall is waiting for the right time. “Don’t move unless you have a reason”, she states. It’ll be vital to have a team in place and a plan. Especially in a town filled with talented musicians, it’ll be important to have a calling card which will be her new EP. Hall’s second single, “Gone” will be released tomorrow followed by the music video Friday, May 29th. The best part is that you’ll be able to see her perform live Friday, May 29th at the Windjammer.

Link Up: Spotify | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Abstract – That Rapper

He’s a two time winner of Charleston City Paper’s Best Hip Hop act in 2017 and 2018. You can find him at nearly every hip hop show in town where you can witness his commanding stage presence. He released his first album back in February, Mosaic, that highlights the range of his talent.

Julian Harrell better known as Abstract – That Rapper is one of the most humble, appreciative, and grateful humans I’ve ever interviewed. The interview touches on how Harrell’s perfectionism held him back from releasing music, Charleston’s hip hop community, and his music video for “Wu Would Never Die”.

Listen, share, and enjoy friends.

Video creds: Stephen Massar, DR. MAMBO

Link Up: Spotify | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Emily Curtis

“No one wants to get to the top by themselves.”

In this episode, I chat with local singer/songwriter, Emily Curtis, on the scarcity mindset that occurs amongst the music community. The idea is that musicians are afraid to promote and help other musicians for fear that there isn’t enough room for both acts. Besides discussing our music scene, we dive into the background of her latest single, “Ghost Stories” and how finding a mentor can make all the difference navigating the music industry. Listen to the full conversation below.


Curtis shared some great resources during our discussion for singer/songwriters.
Neverland Retreat
ASCAP Experience
Navigate the New Music Industry
Billboard 500 Club

Emily Curtis “Ghost Stories”

Link up: Facebook | Instagram | Website | Spotify | Youtube

Haley Mae Campbell

If you don’t know her name, you will soon. Haley Mae Campbell is a Charleston-raised singer and songwriter that has been bustin’ her booty booking gigs at CMT Fest in Nashville, racking up 1 million streams on her recent Spotify single, and receiving a headlining spot at Charleston’s own Coastal Carolina Fair.

As a musician, she is in constant rotation promoting her music via Instagram, pitching music to Spotify-sponsored playlists (thanks to Spotify for Artists), and networking with fellow musicians and music-industry execs. Campbell spoke about networking in the music industry, including her experience at Charleston Music Confab, our city’s only program of its kind, where she met John Marks, Spotify Country Programming, and Leslie Fram, CMT’s Senior Vice President of Music Strategy. Shout out to Dave Stewart, Charleston Music Confab creator. 🙂

Take a listen to our conversation as we bond over our love for the Old 97’s and share some of her favorite places to visit in Nashville. The best part she gives us some background on her latest single, “Ghost Stories”, which is out today.

HMC Link Up: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Youtube | Spotify

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