Friday, August 1, 2014
Holland Marie is no stranger to the stage. She has been performing in front of audiences since the age of ten. Holland got her start performing at a local talent competition near her hometown in Smithfield,
North Carolina, taking home first place the very first time she hit the stage. She was instantly addicted to the applause and started on her journey to become a successful artist. She began singing in the Johnston Community College Country Music Showcase regularly, and became a very busy young lady, singing at local fairs, festivals, and variety shows. Among these shows was The North Carolina Country Music Connection, where Holland co-hosted the show with American idol runner up, Clay Aiken, at the age of 14.
Next on Holland’s priority list was to begin performing more, and that is just what she did. She signed up for the Colgate Country Music Showdown, taking home the state title in 2000 and again in 2004. Holland would go on to win numerous other awards and honors in a very short time. While performing in her first year of the Colgate competitions, Holland was introduced to a high energy singing and dancing group known as “High Steppin’ Country”, based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She auditioned and was accepted, packed her bags, and spent the summer dancing, singing, and enjoying the music. Around that time, Fox 50 was holding open calls for a new local cable TV show called “Gimme The Mic” in 2006. 1,600 people came out to do a 35 second audition and, of course, Holland was among them. She won over the judges with her version of “When A Man Loves A Woman” and was one of the twenty performers they picked to join the show. After winning the semi-final round, Holland went on to take home the grand prize as winner.
After that success, Holland kicked her music into an even higher gear, and began auditioning band members. Soon enough, she was playing local venues and benefits weekly, making a name for herself with her own band. She impressed the crowds with her powerhouse vocals and her energetic stage show. After playing with her band “Johnston County Line” for 2 years, she decided it was time to follow her dream to Nashville where she is quickly making a name for herself in Music City.
From the soulful songs she writes, to her rocking stage performances, to her stellar vocals, you’re sure to not only be entertained, but become an instant fan.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Tyler Hammond Band
Growing up, Tyler Hammond was destined to be a country music artist. As a child, growing up in Thomaston, Georgia, Hammond’s mother often put him to sleep by watching CMT, and his step dad constantly played the sounds of
southern rock legends such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. He began playing guitar in high school and also sang in church in his home town. When Hammond moved to Milledgeville, Georgia to attend Georgia College and State University, he began performing gigs in the small college town. Shortly after, guitarist and vocalist for the band, Joey Hollis, also a student from GC&SU and Warner Robins, Georgia native, partnered up with Hammond to travel Georgia playing acoustic shows together.
In early 2009, Hammond collaborated with Hollis, Thomas Archer, Garrett Hughes, and Chris Franklin to form the Tyler Hammond Band. Archer, a Milledgeville native, is the lead guitarist for the band. Garrett Hughes, from Grayson, Georgia plays the drums and Chris Franklin, from Perry, Georgia originally played bass guitar with the band.
After months of preparation, The Tyler Hammond Band performed their first show in August of 2009 at Capital City in Milledgeville. Since their first performance, the band played over 100 shows in their first year together and continues to tour. In October of 2010, the band had the opportunity to open for Luke Bryan during his Farm Tour in Macon, Georgia.
Bass player, Chris Franklin, recently left the band to pursue other musical opportunities. In his replacement, the band welcomed Caleb Johnson, also a Thomaston native as bassist.
With their unique southern rock sound, the Tyler Hammond Band has successfully revamped many country music covers, as well as collaborate to release an album of their own originals.