Immediately recognizable, Nick is known for two distinctive gifts: his soulful voice and infectious smile. It's hard to imagine that as a young boy he was told he would never be good enough to sing in the church's youth ensemble in Columbia, South Carolina where he grew up. Today he is truly the man with a golden voice; a talented singer/songwriter who delights his audiences with soulful and inspirational performances.
It was during his childhood when Nick first acquired his passion for music; his father played guitar, while his mother encouraged him to write. Attending Baptist church exposed him to the awe inspiring power of the choir. “It was how I first learned that you can truly make people feel what you feel, by believing in what you are singing. They sang from their hearts and that is something I believe that cannot be faked.”
As a young man listening to South Carolina’s emerging musicians of the time, such as Edwin McCain and Hootie and the Blowfish, he was also drawing from the styles of legendary artists including Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Inspired by an eclectic array of influences Nick created a sound all his own.
Branching out from his home state he performed on stages all over the southeast, eventually finding his way to the Southernmost city of Key West. As his solo acoustic shows were drawing crowds, Nick’s songwriting was steadily being fueled by the artistic vibe of the island blending with his native southern roots.
In 2010, Nick collaborated with longtime friends Jon Stone & Lee Brice resulting in the recording of his first studio album Hey Cheater. This heartfelt album gave fans a raw look into the personal hardships of Nick’s life by putting his heart on his sleeve in songs such as “Libba Don’t Call” and "Varela St”. Quickly becoming a Key West anthem, “Good Whiskey” can be heard by local musicians throughout Key West on any given evening.
With the support of an expanding fan base eager to hear his original music, Nick released his self produced album It’s About Time in April of 2015. While Nick has taken on many hats through his musical career including producer, director and entrepreneur - his passion lies in live performances & songwriting.
Currently, when Nick is not on the road, he is writing and recording for new projects.
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Celebrating their 33rd Anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of 2018 on tour. In October 1985 Drivin N Cryin played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club. The band quickly gained attention for their blistering live shows, and amassed a rabid fanbase in the fertile soil of the late-1980s Southeast music scene. Now, 33 years later and releasing four full length albums on Island Records and one on Geffen Records, founding members Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen find themselves enjoying a milestone anniversary for the band, having survived the pressures of fame, a shifting musical landscape, multiple lineup changes, and miles of backroads and highways to arrive here.
With a gold record, 10 full-length albums, and a handful of EPs to their credit, the band still refuses to rest. In 2012, a documentary about the band entitled Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin' N’ Cryin' was produced. In 2015, a collection of 10 choice cuts from the band’s 4-EP “Songs” series, entitled Best of Songs, was released on Nashville’s Plowboy Records. Additionally, the band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame the same year. The following year, Drivin N Cryin released a vinyl-only album, entitled Archives Vol One, with a collection of basement recordings from the years 1988 to 1990.
With Dave V. Johnson as their drummer, and the band's newest member Laur Joamets (originally Sturgill Simpson) now being added to the lineup, Drivin N Cryin is continuing to tour the U.S. to great acclaim.
Island Records re-released their much celebrated “Mystery Road” album through Universal Music Group (2017) & Darius Rucker cut “Straight to Hell” on his new album, “When Was the Last Time”, released October 2017 with guest vocal appearances by Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley, and Jason Aldean. “Mystery Road” was recently named one of The 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All Time by Paste Magazine.
A quote from the band’s lead singer, Kevn Kinney, gives a little insight into what Drivin N Cryin is all about: “We are a band that's like your record collection.” Drawing influence from a wide array of musical elements, Drivin N Cryin has developed a unique sound over the years. Their name derives from the eclectic nature of this sound: a little drivin' rock n roll and a little country twang. Comfortable with their past and confident in their future, the band has an arsenal of songs, a full tank of gas, and no plans of stopping any time soon.
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DRIVIN N CRYIN
Born & raised in Camden, South Carolina, Joal Rush began his musical quest at an early age(singing, drumming, playing guitar & bass, as well as dabbling on piano), and has been performing live for the past two decades, sharing the stage with nationally renowned artists Zac Brown Band, Jason Isbell, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Shovels & Rope, Sister Hazel, Drivin' n Cryin', Edwin McCain, Jay Clifford(Jump, Little Children), Jakob Dylan, Styx, and Foreigner, while releasing a handful of albums along the way(Delightful Things, Imagination, Wares). Joal has been writing songs since the age of 14, and a few years ago, relocated to Nashville, TN to focus more on writing/cowriting. As a result, Rush has written a bunch of new songs, uniquely blending a combination of Folk/Pop/Rock/Soul, and studio recording 12 of them, set to be released in early 2017, on his upcoming album, entitled Kaleidoscope Emotions. Download Joal Rush's latest single release "Rose Colored Glasses" at joalrush.
With a sound rooted at the intersection of country, southern rock, and R&B, Lewis Brice comes at you with high-energy stories; sounds that catch the ear and make you want to move. Born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, he grew up singing in church choir and praise bands. Lewis eventually moved to Charleston, where he began performing his first live shows and presenting his own music to a new crowd.
Lewis currently lives just north of Nashville, TN, where he spends his time writing and working on new music. He travels and performs all over the country, including regular appearances in Key West. Blessed to play shows with friends and family including Hank Jr., Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three, Jerrod Niemann, Gary Allan, LOCASH, American Young and more; he has been able to spread his original music in front of attentive audiences and continuously grow a strong fan base.
Lewis first made headlines with 2010's “Ordinary Girl,” co-written with Dallas Rogers, and marked his first appearance on the Mediabase and iTunes Country charts. He appeared in CMT’s first season of "Can You Duet,” coming in 8th place out of the thousands. Showcasing his versatile talents, Lewis also took on the lead role in the music video for “I Drive Your Truck,” 2014’s ACM Song of the Year performed by his brother Lee Brice.
Lewis Brice’s live show is full of energy, with songs that bring a distinctive groove, narrative lyrics and bluesy soulful singing. Lewis' band, known as The Escorts, consists of Nashville native Johannes Greer on drums, Phil Lester on bass, and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Josh Waters. Together, they bring their musical character and incredible skills to create an experience you won’t forget.
Lewis’s debut self-titled EP, produced by himself and his brother Lee Brice, was released via Pump House Music on July 14th, 2017 to glowing reviews with prominent digital & streaming placements worldwide, and quickly returned to the Top 15 of the iTunes Country chart. Since then, Lewis has been named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “New Country Artists You Need to Know” and Billboard’s “Country Artists to Watch in 2018”. Tracks from the EP have featured on SiriusXM The Highway, CMT Music, and Spotify’s New Boots & Wild Country playlists, and the EP’s lead single 'Best Ex Ever' has reached the Top 40 of MusicRow’s Country Breakout radio chart. With more new music and shows on the horizon in 2018, the next year promises to be the best yet for Lewis Brice!
Villa*Nova turns rock 'n' roll upside down. Hailing from Columbia, SC, the band distills elements of funky pop and rock into a hypnotic hybrid.
Villa*Nova prides itself on making music with solid grooves and soulful, dynamic lyrics provided by lead vocalist/guitarist/song writer BC Villa*Nova, fluid and funky bass lines by Bobby Dredd bombastic fantastic, rock solid drummer (and backing vocals) Young Sean, amazing harmony vocals and rhythm guitar by Brandon Hooker, and turntable wizadry and keyboards by DJ Able One.
Their infectious sound has earned them thousands of fans nationwide. Villa*Nova, currently independent, was previously signed to Universal Republic (now Republic) and recorded their 2012 debut "WTF the EP" in LA with super producer Howard Benson (Papa Roach, Daughtry, Hoobastank, Seether) under the band name Weaving The Fate. They have shared the stage with everyone from Korn, Shinedown, Evanescence, Slash, AWOLNATION, Staind, Chevelle, Filter, Crossfade, Dirty Heads, Nappy Roots, REHAB, and the list goes on.
They’ve been called contemporaries of break out bands such as AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons, and Arctic Monkeys where heavy rebellion meets pop sensibilities.
Noteworthy performances and accolades:
- Toured the Southeast and Midwest on a 30+ city Jagermeister-sponsored tour as direct support for Crossfade, and performed two sold-out shows with Evanescence in Kansas City.
- Played at Carolina Rebellion 2012 with Slash, Staind, KORN, 5 Finger Death Punch.
- Were named best Local Band of 2014 by the Free Times Weekly in Columbia, SC.
- Their singles "Str8 to the Bottom" and "Rack City" charted nationwide and were featured on such prominent stations as Sirius XM Octane and KROCK LA, among many others.
- Performed at Famously Hot New Year 2013/14 with ZZ Ward and Kool n The Gang.
- Sponsored by ColdCock Whiskey, Jägermeister , Tempur Surf Productions,
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Almost Kings formed out of Atlanta, GA in 2008 by vocalist Bryan Bozeman and guitarist Ryan Yunker, and immediately hit the road for 2+ years supporting Rehab. Quickly establishing a reputation for high-paced & unrelenting crowd-involved live performances, the band continued to tour independently around the U.S., performing 200-250 shows each year from 2009 - 2014. AK has headlined countless shows, and has supported a wide variety of acts from Avenged Sevenfold to Yelawolf to Sevendust to The Lacs.
in 2012, Almost Kings won a nationwide CBS-sponsored, fan-driven contest and performed at the Grammys, becoming the first independent & unsigned rock act to do so. In 2014, they landed a performance at the ESPN X-Games with Kanye West, Mac Miller, and Slightly Stoopid. The band followed up with a nationwide, nearly sold-out tour supporting Bone Thugs 'n Harmony.
After five independently successful albums and a few lineup changes, AK finds themselves at the next phase of their music career. The AK brand continues to thrive & be recognized, and the grassroots-built fanbase continues to grow hungry for more. AK tapped a new market during the Atlanta Falcons' 2017 Super Bowl run with their song "ATL Has Risen" being heard at NRG Stadium in Houston, which helped lead to AK performing multiple pre-game concerts for the Falcons during the 2017-2018 football season.
In a world where positivity is harder and harder to find, music remains the ultimate outlet of good vibes, freedom of speech & expression, and unity. AK will continue to deliver music, unity, and live performance experiences that will undoubtedly always give the fan their money's worth.
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Electronic pop trio based in Nashville, TN. We travel often, playing and making music for a living :) Follow us on instragram/snapchat/twitter: @glowcomusic
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