Gretchen Peters photo by Gina Binkley

Gretchen Peters on storytelling

This month’s featured artist is award-winning songwriter Gretchen Peters who has penned songs for Martina McBride, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Shania Twain, Neil Diamond and Faith Hill, and has co-written with Bryan Adams. A gifted storyteller, Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. Peters is not afraid to address difficult topics in […]

Peyton

Peyton, bringing down the house

After 15 years lending his distinct vocals to tracks by the world’s top house-music producers, Peyton is moving from the club scene to the mainstream. His new album, Sinners Got Soul Too, is a contemporary pop offering heavily influenced by the sounds of his youth spent in the Pentecostal churches of Virginia. He spoke to […]

No place like home for Ashton Lane

When music producers suggest Ashton Lane relocate to Nashville, as they often do, they’re given short shrift. The band wouldn’t dream of leaving their beloved Glasgow. “This is our home,” Esther O’Connor lead singer of the Americana band says emphatically. “We have everything we need right here. We’re very inspired by Nashville but nah, we don’t […]

Vocally wicked Willemijn Verkaik

Few stars are as versatile as musical theatre’s golden girl Willemijn Verkaik. The Dutch luminary has starred in the German and Dutch version of Disney’s blockbuster Frozen, and played lead roles in the musicals Tarzan, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Mamma Mia, Elisabeth, We Will Rock You and Aida. But the character she is most synonymous with is […]

Gretchen Parlato interview

Multi-award winning Jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato has performed on some of the world’s most famous stages as a soloist and collaborating with jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding. Since winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2004 Parlato has established herself as one of the most inventive of […]