She’s Back!

Source: SarahBellaMusic.com

After some time away, Sarah Bella is back to writing and performing. Sarah’s journey into the music industry did not start when she was a small children. Her career started much later but that does not diminish her passion for the art of music. She was sitting quietly and listening and one day she picked up a guitar and the music started pouring out of her.

She has established a loyal fan base via YouTube, became the winner of Detroit’s Got Talent, Performed at the Detroit Piston’s halftime show, and has written music for an independent film. Sarah has recently taken a few years off to spend time with her children but she is coming back stronger than ever.

She just released a new website, new music and new blog. Her latest song “Steal the Moon” represents her everlasting love for her children.

Check out her Conquer page

LITTLE TEXAS ON TOUR!

Country Artist: Little Texas

This year, Conquer country band, Little Texas is breaking new sonic ground with the release of their 8th album, Young For A Long Time. Country fans are excited to see the band back in action. They have sold over 7 million albums over the course of their career, they received 3 Grammy nominations plus honors from both the Academy of Country Music (Vocal Group Of The Year) and the Country Music Association (Album Of The Year).

Their first radio release in 1991, “Some Guys Have All The Love,” became a Top-10 hit, as did their next single, “First Time For Everything.” After the album First Time For Everything was released, five singles reached the top of the charts.

The second album, Big Time, catapulted Little Texas. The album sold more than three million copies to date, which included three No. 1 singles -“What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “My Love” -The group received their first CMT Award, a Billboard award, a Radio & Records award and their first Grammy nomination.

Undoubtedly the band has never sounded more confident. The four band members appreciate each other and still have a ball on stage. There is a comfort level that happens when you have played together for over 20-something years.

Summer Concerts At Second & Greene

J. Marc Bailey and Donny Watts of Downhill Slide Band

Concert Review: Second & Greene Concert Series

You could definitely feel that fall was in the air on September 30th in North Carolina, but that didn’t stop anyone from attending the last outdoor concert for the summer season at  Second and Green Tavern. Donny Watts & Downhill Slide with a special performance by Conquer artist, J. Marc Bailey, were the evenings headline acts, and drew in a very diverse crowd from country fans, bikers, college students, local patrons and even a coffee shop and restaurant owner all the way down from Virginia.

Second and Green Tavern, located in Winston-Salem, is known as the neighborhood place to be and they packed in a crowd. Even though it was a chilly night, these boys certainly heated up the stage. One of the highlights of the evening was the acoustic set performed by Donny Watts and J. Marc Bailey on guitar, and Don Sr. on harmonica.

J.Marc Bailey soundchecking at Second and Greene Tavern.

After speaking with J. Marc, he was thankful and appreciative to work with incredible professionals. The Downhill Slide Band had only one rehearsal with the country artist and did an amazing job representing his original music. The band covered country western hits and original music from The Blues, Country and Rock pleasing the crowd. The last song of the evening, “I Can’t Stop You” performed by J. Marc Bailey, received an overwhelming response from the crowd which confirmed his decision to make the song his next single to be released.

LOVE CONQUERS HATE: Harvest Festival Tragedy

Two weeks today, on the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, leaving 58 people dead and hundreds injured. This happened between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m. PDT. The gunman fired hundreds of rifle rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States.

Since 2014, the Route 91 Harvest Festival has been held annually at Las Vegas Village, a 15-acre lot used for outdoor performances. The venue is 450 meters from the  Mandalay Bay hotel is diagonally across the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Mandalay Bay Road.

Everyone of us can visualize ourselves being in an open field listening to our favorite band. Whether you are a Country, rock, hip hop, pop, reggae, blues fan. We are all one. The music world is a small group of individuals that connects us all. Maren Morris, who performed at Route 91 on Sept. 30, wrote the song with Tom Douglas and David Hodges in 2015, two days after a gunman killed nine parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, but had struggled with the right time to release it. The song features lyrics by Vince Gill.

” Our hearts are broken for all the families that lost a loved one. We pray for those that where at the scene and we thank all those that ran in to help others. “ – Michele Molinaro

Country Artists React On Twitter

Country music bands together on Twitter to #PrayForLasVegas:

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: STATE OF TEXAS

Our Video of the week is Mark McKinney’s United State of Texas. The video was designed to help those affected buy Hurricane Harvey. On September 11th the video was released it has over 2,883 views and 75 shares in less than one week. This video was produced using photos and video taken from the town of Port Aransas, Texas.

United State Of Texas

The before and after content reflects the devastation this town suffered. The Mckinney’s felt they had the ability to help beyond just a private donation so they reached out to friends and peers. In a short period of time they produced a video, put together a benefit concert and created several ways to make a donation.

Mark McKinney never imagined this would be the video to accompany his song “United State of Texas” but he is so proud of the HEROS of Port Aransas and through out Texas.

Mark  and  Cassie McKinney call Port Aransas, TX their second home. It is where Cassie was raised, where she went to high school and started her business Third Coast Theater along side her parents Seashell Resort. Hurricane Harvey ripped through this beautiful beach town and left devastation behind.

The McKinneys and residents of Port A are strong resilient proud Texans. They will get the job done but not with out our help. This past Saturday, Cassie and Mark Mckinney are hosting this benefit to help the citizens of Port Aransas, TX at the River Road Ice House. 100% of donations and proceeds went directly to victims.

Fellow Texas artist also donated their time & talents to help the McKinneys raise funds. You can help as well click the following:

UnitedStateOfTexas

You can purchase items such as paper towels, cleaning supplies, diapers, batteries, etc….Ship them to the address shown and Mark & Cassie will deliver them straight to hurricane victims and their families.

Visit www.StateOfTexasBenefit.com to learn how you can help.

Thank you in advance for your donations.

Hey Y’all: Celebrating Country!

Dust off your cowboy boots, pull out your hats get ready for some good country music with a side of BBQ to celebrate National Cowboy Day! July 22nd was the day for celebrating the western lifestyle, and honoring cowboy roots. We are going to the place that has it all “TEXAS”!

Country music is not hard to find in Texas. There are however some historical locations that make you feel like everybody is somebody. That is right I am talking about Luckenbach. Know for its old west style saloon, dance hall & general store located in Fredericksburg, TX. It all started back in the summer of  1973 when Jerry Jeff Walker, along with the Lost Gonzo Band, recorded the live album Viva Terlingua at the Luckenbach dance hall. The album became an outlaw country classic. Later in 1977, after Crouch’s death in 1976, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson vaulted Luckenbach in the national spotlight with the #1 country and #25 Pop charting song “Luckenbach, Texas” (Back to the basics of Love)

Texas barbecue has no peer on earth. Usually they are small establishments with little décor but the warmest atmosphere and delicious food that will have you coming back to savor over and over. Once in a while you will find them located out in a field with picnic tables seating over 800 and a barbeque sauce that has no tomatoes so it won’t burn. The Salt Lick has over 50 years’ experience cooking their slowly over an open fire fed by live oak. On a Saturday night you may have a little bit of a wait they serve over 2,000 in just one night.

The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. It features more than 100 inductees. Well-known names include country music legend George Strait and 9-time world champion rodeo cowboy.
You can also visit the Frontier Times Museum located in the Cowboy capital of the world. You certainly don’t want to miss The Fort Worth Stockyards while celebrating the American cowboy. It was named “The best tribute event” by American Cowboy Magazine. If you are ready for some live rodeo action head over to the historic Cowtown Coliseum of the Forth Worth Stockyards. There’s nothing that says cowboy better than hopping on horseback for a trail ride.

Jess Taylor – A New Sound

Jess Taylor Profile

Alternative Country Artist: Jess Taylor

Website: www.jesstaylormusic.com

GetConquer Page: www.getconquer.com/jesstaylor/

Bandtwango project page: https://bandtwango.com/projects/jess-taylor/

We here at Conquer had the awesome opportunity to interview Alternative Country artist (though one would consider her unrestricted by genre) Jess Taylor about her ongoing crowdfunding project. Hitting the ground running in High-school, Jess’s songwriting and vocal skills quickly led to a large fan following within mainstream country. 5 years later, and Jess is back in a way you’ve never heard her before.

For full in depth artist interview head to: http://www.conquerentertainment.com/conquer-artist-interview-jess-taylor/

COUNTRY ARTIST CAITLIN KOCH

Country Artist: Caitlin Koch

Caitlin Koch is a Nashville-based Country Artist best known for her performances on Simon Cowell’s production,. “The X Factor, USA” Season 1.

Originally from Orchard Park, NY, Caitlin started singing in church. Early on, she was influenced by Elvis Presley due to her parents’ musical tastes. Caitlin attended Orchard Park HS where she was a scholar athlete.

In 2011, Caitlin took her talent to the international stage when featured as the singing rugby coach on Simon Cowell’s production, “The X Factor USA” on FOX network. Caitlin received a standing ovation for her version of “Stop In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes. She ranked in the TOP 8 of Cowell’s team, but was cut before the show went to a live audience.

Caitlin Koch – “The X Factor, USA” Season 1 Auditions. Performs “Stop In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes but done a little bit different.

In 2015, Caitlin followed her dream to Nashville, TN in pursuit of music as an independent artist.

“I was at a crossroads in my life. I was not where I wanted to be in my career, so I had two choices: give up, or make a move. I made a move”, says Caitlin.

She relocated to Nashville and immersed herself in all the city had to offer.

You can learn more about her and check out her music at http://www.getconquer.com/caitlin

CAITLIN KOCH – TURNING MUSIC INTO LIFESTYLE

caitlin koch knows lifestyle marketing
caitlin koch knows lifestyle marketing

Singer/Songwriter: Caitlin Koch

How do you turn music into lifestyle? How do you turn your music career into a marketing stream of revenue? We turned to Conquer’s own Caitlin Koch for some of those answers.

As a Nashville based singer/songwriter best known for her performances on Simon Cowell’s production, “The X Factor, USA” Season 1, Conquer Entertainment caught up with Caitlin and her busy schedule long enough to examine how she is using her brand of music and her lifestyle to reach out to her fans.

“I chased my dream on my own terms. I breathed music and got into songwriting more and more. I felt like the Nashville music community opened its arms to me one friend at a time”, says Caitlin. And from that base of Nashville talent, we see that like so many doe-eyed Jersey dairy cows, musicians are the dairy cows of the music business. If you properly take care of them and milk them carefully, the music and all of its spin-offs end up producing a long commercial life of revenue with gigs, record sales, licenses, more streaming music traction, and all the merchandise and publishing royalties.

Showing her lifestyle in Venice
Caitlin with Motives look

More recently, savvy advertisers have used music and the personalities of musicians in all sorts of ways to market their stuff to the public. Some involve straight-up commercial endorsements, while others create a more subliminal connection between music and consumer. The emotional power of music is considerable, and when music is associated with a certain product or service, that emotional resonance transfers to the product or service itself.

This is largely what lifestyle marketing is about: using music to create an emotional response, which in turn influences the consumer’s choices. In return, lifestyle marketing helps artists find a wider community and potential sales base for record sales, concerts, and so on.

With Caitlin, as in the images above, she shows off her best looks with colors and shadows that mirror the best that Motives cosmetics has to offer. And check out that hot European look on the streets of Venice! Her fans can scour her trend shop on Shop.com to find a purse to match her look or discover some ‘stepping out to lunch shoes’ with those adorable half boots. Either way, her fans love her music and definitely love her look.  There she goes again, turning music into lifestyle and her music career into a marketing stream of revenue!

Check her out at http://www.getconquer.com/caitlin/

COUNTRY ARTIST KIMBERLY WOLFF

County Artist: Kimberly Wolff

Kimberly Wolff is a country artist whose combines her vocal talents with her entertaining ability to creates a show that will have you on your feet from beginning to end. Tessa Denen from Perimeter Entertainment is quoted as saying Kimberly Wolff is not what you’d expect a female country artist to be. Her show is high energy from beginning to end. Her vocals are every bit as good as any artist you hear on the radio today, if not better. She is most definitely a star in the making.”

Kimberly might remind you of other strong female country artist such as Top billboard artist Carrie Underwood performing – Before he cheats or Gretchen Wilson – Redneck women. Kimberly delivers a sound of today’s country. Edgy raw with a mix of pop and rock filtered in.

Check out Kimberly performing Martina McBrides “Anyway” In front of a packed stadium of 25,000 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVmtHMpi1Aw

Kimberly realized her passion for performing at the young age of seven, and since has taken advantage of every opportunity to get on stage.

After attending St. Ambrose University to study music, Kimberly came home to Illinois to start the career she had been working for all of her life. Kimberly quickly gained the support of some of Chicago’s biggest and best radio stations, producers and venues. She traveled to and from Nashville multiple times and was named Nashville Star Search’s “Best New Talent.” She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee

After seeing Kimberly perform, Today’s Country Magazine stated, “Kimberly Wolff is definitely a Chicago area performer to keep your eyes on.” The magazine, as well as anyone who has had the chance to see Kimberly live, was blown away by the singers ability to perform.

Things have not slowed down for this rising star and after gaining much praise and encouragement from Chicago’s industry professionals, Kimberly decided to make the move to Nashville permanently. 2012 promises to be an incredible year for this artist as there are many new and exciting things in the works. Some of Nashville’s best are already lining up to become a part of this singer’s rise to the top. Keep your eyes open because things just keep getting better and better for this up-and-coming country star!

You can learn more about her and listen to her music at http://www.getconquer.com/kimberlywolff/