Friday, August 7, 2015
Combine a lead guitarist with a modern day country singer, throw in an accomplished songwriter, mix it with a little of this and that and you may have something that resembles
one of Nashville’s hottest up and coming artists, Cody Webb.
Cody Webb was born and raised in a tiny town called Ridge Spring South Carolina. The town may be small, but it left a huge impression on Cody. His genuine small town southern roots are often expressed in his writing.
During Cody’s senior year at Clemson University in 2011, Cody played over 150 shows while managing to earn a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He began traveling to Nashville during this year as well where he would record his first independent studio album “Thing To Prove”.
In 2013 Cody partnered with an indie label, Monument Entertainment, and recorded his second studio album “I Aint No Quitter.” M.E. immediately put Cody on the road on a 9 state Cumulus radio tour. Cody’s song “Mudd Bogg”, co-written by Cody Webb and Joey Cromer, was played on many stations throughout the southeast and Cody established many great relationships with radio. Country station Eagle 92.9 out of Florence SC put the song in full rotation and it climbed there charts for several weeks and finally landed at #22.
In March 2014, Cody went back to the studio with M.E. to record a 7 song EP called “Backwoods Bucket List.” After visiting Moby in the morning in Athens GA, 106.1 WNCG quickly began playing “I Hope This Takes Forever” co-written by Cody Webb and Trent Jeffcoat. Several more stations in the network began spinning this song so M.E. sent Cody out again to visit stations in TN, GA, and FL.
Cody now lives in Nashville and writes full time for ECK publishing. He has had opportunities to write songs with writers how wrote songs he grew up listening to and admiring. He continues to travel and play shows, however, his focus is on writing a great new album and getting ready to hit the road in 2015. Cody has huge goals and is willing to work as hard and long as it takes to reach them. He loves having a personal connection with his fans and encourages his fans to reach out. You can follow Cody on twitter @codywebb155 and check him out online at www.codywebbsite.com
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Holland Marie is no stranger to the stage. She has been performing in front of audiences since the age of 10. Holland got her start performing at a local talent competition near her hometown in Smithfield, NC, taking
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.