Friday, March 6, 2015
When Amanda Daughtry was 7 years old she heard "Digging up Bones" by Randy Travis on the radio, she began to sing and that day she fell in love with country music. That song started her on a lifelong mission to succeed.
Amanda was born in Jacksonville, NC. Her father moved the family to Raleigh when she was 5 to expand his concrete finishing company into the triangle. Not shortly after they planted roots in the small town of Cleveland School in Johnston County, NC.
Amanda always showed charisma and a spark to entertain all and any crowd. During her younger years, her hometown was small,and there were not many places for her to perform. So, like many other young entertainers she practiced in the mirror with her hairbrush, ALL of the time! Driving her parents and siblings crazy, she was determined to have perfection.
Not alone in her musical talents, her grandmother Deannie (the oldest of eight) and most of her sibilings and their decendents are all vocally talented. During the summer she would stay with her Grandmother and attend church, where her grandmother carried a first sorprano in the church choir. She was very impressed with her talent.
Yearning for any kind of involvement with music she played clarinet in middle school band and credits those years for introducing her to music theory. During high school she was a dedicated member of honors choir. After earning her drivers license she participated in theatre and country variety shows. One of her greatest memories was singing " Pink Cadillac" for her high school pageant and dazzling the crowd with her remarkable performance,vocals and rendition of the song. Michael Mozingo a judge for the pageant, leaned back in his chair during the performance, shook his finger and smiled. She received solid 10s from each judge in each category. She won! With her bright personality she is liked and loved with her friends, family, fans, and musical community!!!
Of course she had to work, go to school, and all that Jazz. In all of her spare time, she continued to sing on variety shows, weddings, competitions, showcases, and after starting a band, she began to sing at local festivals, parties and clubs. She fit right into the musical life on the go.
She kept a full time job, continued with college, and booked and managed her own band!! To say she has passion and determination is an understatement. People took her seriously and knew when she was onstage, you couldn't touch her! Some people can sing, then some people can perform, and then Amanda Daughtry can do both and very well.
The hard blow came in 2006 when Amanda was pushing for her Nashville dreams. Her father called to say her mother had left and that he needed help with her brother, himself, and the family company. Her brother Nicholas is low functioning Autistic and requires full time watch and care. Amanda quit her job and began helping her father.
Her dad has always been very supportive of her music and her band. She currently still helps with her brother and works for her father's company. All and any spare time she performs with her band, writes music daily, and creatively works with her band to make her live performances one of a kind. Her new band flows with pizzaz and the road to success is within reach. 2012 poses a great test for Amanda! Will her amazing performance, talent, and determination move her to the top.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
A native of Thomson, GA, Patrick Cooper has always been drawn to all things Southern, family and music. Appreciating the little things in life – days at the lake, cold beer and a few friends to cut up with – Cooper is a simple man with
A native of Thomson, GA, Patrick Cooper has always been drawn to all things Southern, family and music. Appreciating the little things in life – days at the lake, cold beer and a few friends to cut up with – Cooper is a simple man with endless dreams. Inspiration behind his music stems from his experiences growing up in a small town, to relationships to his motivation to “bring the real country of the old days back.”
“The 1990s to the early 2000s were, in my opinion, the best years of country music ever,” says up-and-coming singer-songwriter Patrick Cooper. “I appreciate the emotions and feelings that those songs made you feel. I’d like to bring that fire of country back!”
Cooper has been a fan of country music since childhood, idolizing performers like legendary artists George Strait, Garth Brooks and Tracy Lawrence to current artists Jason Aldean and Eric Church. His entire life, music has been the main focus, whether it’s the ear buds in his ears while exercising or hanging with friends, Cooper has always been singing along.
It wasn’t until he attended The University of South Carolina where he was able to showcase his true talent. Cooper would (intend to) sing one song at The Saloon every Thursday during karaoke night. Due to the love he received each time, these nights never ended with just one song. His peers supported him through and through, recognizing his talent and true passion for being on stage. The support that Cooper received during these crucial years inspired his move to Nashville after becoming a Gamecock alumnus.
So that was the move – Cooper sold his beloved Chevy truck for a little cash and uprooted his entire life to Nashville where he started working on his original music. Taking guitar lessons and really hammering that pen to paper, this move provided huge growth to Cooper’s blossoming career. He saw Nashville as his ticket to success and pursued the challenge with the courage and passion that the “Cooper” name stands for.
The singer-songwriter is beyond dedicated to his career, recently wrapping up his first EP album, available on iTunes now. Taking his talents on the road very soon, this is only the very beginning of what’s to come from Patrick Cooper.
"It’s an unbelievable feeling. The fact that my voice and music are worth it for people to spend their hard-earned money on and take time out of their day to listen to is incredibly humbling. The infinite amount of love and support I have received thus far is the most incredible thing that has ever happened to me. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that people are constantly sharing my music, not because I asked them to, but because they want to. That’s the coolest part, it never gets old." - Pat Cooper