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.
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.
Born and raised in Charleston, Ryan Lill has been writing and creating music almost all his life. He’s performed with Meghan Trainor, had a single featured on a MTV Artist Spot, and releases his newest single today, “Give a Damn”. Lill and I covered topics ranging from authentic songwriting, how he’s found musical success in Charleston, and which celebrity gave him $10.00. #awkward If you’re a fan of pop music that packs a punch, make sure to give Ryan’s music a spin. You will not be disappointed. 😉
It’s Charleston Music Confab time again! The fourth annual multi-genre music conference is kicking off this Thursday night. I had a chance to chat with Dave Stewart, Confab founder, yesterday to get a preview of the upcoming events. I asked Dave the following questions, and you can listen to Dave’s answers in the recording below.
Who doesn’t love a good music festival? And who doesn’t love a music festival in their backyard? This past weekend I attended the Bud Light Getaway music festival at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. I had the same WTF reaction as most people when I saw the lineup. Up-and-coming folk-pop singer, Harry Hudson, Lil’ Jon, Dashboard Confessional, and country music headliner, Sam Hunt. While this wide-genre festival left people confused, it was really a good thing for Charleston because it will lead to more festivals.
With over 3,000 tickets sold, making this a sold-out festival and a huge reason for large advertisers like Bud Light to keep hosting more large-scale events in Charleston. Charleston is becoming an ideal destination for music festivals like High Water, Be More Tea, and now Bud Light’s Getaway. There are some pros to having larger festivals setup in our Holy City: jobs for local restaurants/vendors, sponsorship deals, and profit for the city as people will be spending money.
As an avid concert attendee, my gal, Ali, and I came prepared to take in all there was at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. Bud Light made sure to take advantage of the space with pick-up trucks for seating, palettes turned into lounges, and bars conveniently placed throughout.
This would make any concert-goer pleased with the number of areas to relax, drink, and listen to music. While we did try to get an interview with an artist this year, unfortunately, due to scheduling, we weren’t able to make that happen. We did, however, we did get an opportunity to meet Lil Jon. Overall, the festival was run smoothly and efficiently. It was a good time had by all and let’s hope that more show organizers see what makes Charleston an ideal festival town.
Thanks to Bud Light for the fun day and to Ali for being my photographer.