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.
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Cravin' Melon was formed at Clemson University in 1994 after the dissolution of two other local South Carolina bands, Doghouse and The Next Move. The band gained popularity on the regional live scene, and after a self-pressed EP and full-length, they signed to Mercury Records and released Red Clay Harvest, in 1997. The album spawned a minor radio hit, "Come Undone", which peaked at #37 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. The band's style and geographical roots prompted frequent comparisons to contemporaries and tourmates Hootie & the Blowfish and Edwin McCain. After a 1998 EP, the band was dropped from the label and recorded a final LP in 2000 before breaking up on May 19, 2001; a double live CD of one of their last performances was subsequently released. The band reunited in 2008 for a reunion tour that went very well. They are continuing to do shows in 2010. Lead singer Doug Jones released a solo album in 2007 Doug Jones Everybody Doug Jones. At their December 26, 2009 concert at the Wild Wing Cafe in Greenville, SC, the band announced plans to make a new album in the near future. The band has recently regained some of its past regional popularity, headlining several events including the 2010 Rock Hill, SC 4 July Festival, the 2010 and 2011 Virginia Cantaloupe Festival. Headlined the City of Greer Freedom Blast event in 2009.
Shelby Raye is a native of Chapin, SC. Growing up on the waters of beautiful Lake Murray, the small-town lifestyle is evident in the twangy soulfulness of this pint-sized powerhouse's vocals. Never one to be put in a box, her passion for music of all genres has burned a hole in her soul which she consistently seeks to fill with new experiences and sounds.
Since she was two years old, Shelby Raye has been performing on one level or another. Her early start began with school talent shows, karaoke and small competitions in her hometown. Every opportunity to get on stage was met with great enthusiasm and resounding acclaim. Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of seven, her parents took great care to encourage her to continue to strive for her dreams and not let anything, even an incurable disease, hold her back.
At the young age of thirteen, Shelby Raye decided to pursue music as a career, and things were kicked into high gear. After sitting-in with several local musicians at live shows, she soon realized she needed to learn guitar in order to continue her pursuit. She began taking guitar and vocal lessons at Freeway Music and within a few months had enough material to play her own three-hour show. Her show-stopping good looks, combined with a sparkling personality and soaring vocals, soon began packing venues in her hometown and the lowcountry.
Winning a ReverbNation competition to be one of the opening acts for Tim McGraw and Kelsea Ballerini at The Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach was a launching pad for the young starlet to form her first band. Things progressed quickly and the group soon found themselves opening for country music legends such as TG Sheppard and headlining local festivals across South Carolina.
Shelby Raye released her first single “Guys Don’t Get It” in June of 2017. She and the band are currently touring throughout the southeast. Plans for the next single are formulating and launch date for her first EP is scheduled for early 2018.
There's seems to be no stopping this strong-willed young woman who strives to bring her unique style and quirky personality to the masses. But don’t let that pretty face fool you – this little lady knows exactly where she’s going and she won't let anything stand in her way. She has been known to say "There is no Plan B", and we believe her!Type your paragraph here.
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The fan-made man, has sold over 1 million concert tickets, 1.5 million digital singles and over 220,000 albums.
Smith has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation, simply by telling it the way it is. He has released 10 albums—including 2011’s Top 20 release The Broken Record. Corey has written every word on every album himself and he produced 9 out of 10 of the records. In Summer 2015, Corey teamed up with producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) for his album, “While the Gettin’ Is Good,” which was released on Sugar Hill Records. Smith’s concerts, which were documented on his last live record, Live in Chattanooga, regularly sell out, with audiences singing along to such fan favorites as the coming-of-age anthem “Twenty-One,” the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again” and the group hug “I Love Everyone.” Corey consistently tours, hitting around 120 dates per year and has begun releasing singles from his upcoming project, the Great Wide Underground.
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More of a Voltron, less of a supergroup.
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.
Think the name describes these five guys with half a million road miles and almost ten years together. They have weathered all types of adversity and setbacks. Some how when they should've gave up they keep on putting out music. The longevity and determination says a lot about their character and desire to make music. They have had a #1 on Sirius/XM the Highway with "Moonlight Crush". They have played some of the best venues and biggest festivals in the U.S. such as "Taste of Country" in New York and CMAfest in Nashville along with many others. They have shared the stage with Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Neal McCoy, Colt Ford, Corey Smith and Gary Allan just to name a few.
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