Candi Carpenter Talks New Music, Career, Dolly And CMA Fest

We had the opportunity to go to CTK Management and catch up with one of our favorite female artists, Candi Carpenter. Candi is such an amazing person and has a personality that will take you by storm. We are so excited for her new music to be released soon. Join us as we talk to her in the beloved studio that Dolly Parton has recorded in for years. This was such a terrific experience. Thank you so much Candi!!

 

 

Cali Lightcap, One of Nashville’s Top Makeup And Hair Stylists Tells All….

We branched out from the normal singer songwriter and went deeper into the industry. Most don’t realize that there are people doing hair and makeup for every award ceremony and photo shoot. We had the privilege to talk to the amazing Cali Lightcap who has a resume that would make anyone starstruck. She is one of the sweetest people in the world and would do anything for anyone. Please sit back and enjoy her story and follow her on all social media. Cali has also has partnered in a brand of eye lashes so make sure you check out that site.

Please follow Cali Lightcap at the following on instagram and we have also attached the link to her “Cali Lashes”.

Instagram – @calijeffries

Cali Lashes Website – https://www.viragobabe.com/product-page/cali

Give us a follow @BChord615 on all socials.

It Was “Worth The Wait” for B Chord To Interview Lindsay Ell

Our love for Lindsay Ell goes back to the first time she appeared on the Bobby Bones Show. She aced every song they asked her to play and her guitar playing made me want to go out and buy a new guitar and do the same. It wasn’t that easy. I learned very quickly that Lindsay had much drive, determination and tenacity. At this point, I just had to see her play live. I had the opportunity when Lindsay came to Baltimore for the “Girls With Guitars” concert at the Hippodrome Theatre sponsored by WPOC. We had the chance to meet Lindsay and watch her perform. My first reaction when I heard her start playing the guitar and singing was, boy she can play! Months and maybe years went by and I was worried due to the stigma in country music of women not being able to climb the charts, that she would always stay the amazing guitarist that no one would ever hear. I have to tell y’all, I am so happy I was wrong. We then got to see her perform at the Million Dollar Show in Nashville and from that moment on, Lindsay took no prisoners. Her album “The Project” sky rocketed to the top of the charts and made everyone do a double take. Well, not her devoted fans! I have to say if you have not listened to Lindsay, please do. You will hear sounds of Sheryl Crow, John Mayer and Shania Twain. Lindsay developed quite a fan base on the “Weekend Warrior Tour” with Brad Paisley this past summer. We hope you appreciate this Q&A we did with her. I can’t wait to see what is next for Lindsay Ell!

Lindsay is a country music singer songwriter, and guitarist from Calgary, Alberta Canada. Her first full length album “The Project” is currently available for purchase. At the age of 6, she started playing and mastering the piano and by age 8 fell in love with music and the guitar. She went on to become Valedictorian of her high school. Lindsay studied business at the University of Calgary and then went to The Berklee College of Music. The amazing Randy Bachman discovered Lindsay when she was only 15 years old and helped her producer her first album “Consider This.” He said of Lindsay that she was “the most talented and multi-faceted artist I’ve come across in many years.” I have to say we totally agree!  We hope we’ve covered some questions that haven’t been asked of Lindsay before.

B Chord: So you have been through a whirl wind of excitement with “The Project” being released. Tell us a little of how you have been feeling over the last month since the album has been out? All while being on the Brad Paisley tour is pretty amazing!!

Lindsay Ell: It’s been a crazy past few months for sure. Getting to officially release my debut album has been amazing. I finally feel like I know what I want to sound like as an artist…and that’s a hard thing to find sometimes. I’m grateful for my producer, Kristian Bush. He really helped me through the process of discovering myself and my sound. And the Brad Paisley tour has been so inspiring. It’s amazing to get to watch one of your guitar idols play ever night on stage. I feel lucky to have toured with Brad and have learned so much from him.

B Chord: We wanted to reach out to one of your fan clubs, so we asked Jacquie who runs @LindsayEllFans on twitter to give us a question. Here you go. ..Is there any song you recorded for “The Project” that didn’t make the cut?

Lindsay Ell: Great question Jacquie! First off…Jacquie is amazing! I have the best fans. .And yes! I can think of a few off the top of my head. One called Panic Attack that I know is going to be on my next project. Hopefully I’ll start recording again next year!

B Chord: Kristian Bush is such an amazing person and talent. How did he help and influence you on this album?

Lindsay Ell: I’ve learned so much from Kristian throughout this whole process. Being a songwriter, artist and producer himself…he understands so many sides of this business. I feel that he was the perfect person to guide me and surround me with the right influences to help me discover my sound. The Project would not have been brought to life in the same way without him.

B Chord: Which food do you miss most from Canada?

Lindsay Ell: I have a sweet tooth…so Canadian maple syrup, Coffee Crisp, Smarties (which are not like US smarties), SKOR bars and Tim Hortons.

B Chord: What does Girl Power “GRL PWR” mean to you?

Lindsay Ell: Being fearless! Not letting people around you influence your decisions. Following your heart and your gut and going for it.

B Chord: If you could speak words of wisdom to every female artist trying to make it in the music industry, what would you tell them?

Lindsay Ell: Discover who you are, and do not stray away from it. Surround yourself with people you respect and admire. You will rise to the level of your friends, so make sure you’re making good decisions with the people you bring into your life. And lastly, hard work NEVER goes under looked.

B Chord: You are an amazing guitarist and musician. How do you keep yourself at your best while always improving? How much do you still practice during a typical week?

Lindsay Ell: Every week is different because I travel so much these days. I know that I always try to play guitar every day. Sometimes that means 4 hours and sometimes that means 10 minutes. But I always try to practice or work on something new every single day. Also, playing with musicians that are better than me helps you raise your own bar.

B Chord: I recently saw that Fender sent you a custom guitar with the paint scheme of the guitar you painted for “Waiting on You.” Are they going to release this guitar for sale? How did they send it to you and were you surprised?

Lindsay Ell: I painted a guitar for every song on my record. I wanted fans to be able to listen to The Project in its entirety and then get to see The Project in paint. I started playing the Waiting on You guitar at my shows because fans were reacting to all my guitars. When Fender surprised me with an official signature model…the first Lindsay Ell signature…I was shocked! Hopefully, one day soon I’ll have a signature guitar on the market.

B Chord: So we ask our signature B Chord question to every artist that we interview. Here it goes… you are stranded on an island and you can take just one guitar with you. What would it be and why?

Lindsay Ell: This answer has been changed recently. I name all of my guitars…At the end of the Brad Paisley tour, Brad bought me a custom 65 relic strat, and it’s now my favorite guitar – appropriately named Bradley.

B Chord: The video for “Waiting on You” was very well done. Where was it filmed and how long did the process take? Who are the background singers in the video?

Lindsay Ell: We shot the video for “Waiting on You” just south of Nashville with director, Peter Zavadill. I wanted a video that was organic and real, like the song is to me. Peter’s treatment seemed to fit everything that I wanted; as it was based around tube amps to begin with…It took us all day to shoot the video. I was able to use my own band in the video as well as hiring two incredible backup singers, April Rucker and Danelle Corbin.

Lindsay, thank you so much for doing this interview, I truly appreciate it. An interview with you has been one of B Chords desires for a long time and I am so glad we got the opportunity.

Please go get “The Project” if you haven’t done so yet. Also, below you will find links to some of Lindsay Ell’s social media and music.

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/waiting-on-you/id1276715408?i=1276716886

Website – https://www.lindsayell.com/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/4lpA7MWpQpY7hKkwfLxw2Q

Twitter – https://twitter.com/lindsayell?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lindsayell/?hl=en

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/officiallindsayell/

 

“New Beginnings” with Madeline Smith

We branched out to New Jersey for this interview and got the chance to talk to Madeline Smith! Madeline is an amazing singer/songwriter and musician that we have been following for some time. She truly has a unique sound that is unrivaled and some of the best song writing I have experienced so far. She has released two albums so far “Madeline Smith” and “New Beginnings” and both are worthy of your downloading. When we started B Chord, the goal was to provide a voice to the up and coming singer/songwriter and help them gain exposure in the different markets. So, we could not be prouder to help her and let y’all know who Madeline Smith is! I know you will enjoy.

B Chord – Tell us a little about where you grew up and how you got into music?

Madeline Smith – I grew up in New Jersey which is kinda weird for the genre of music but spent my summers and holidays down in Louisiana. All of my family is from there and we have a hunting camp in Mississippi. I grew up with strong southern roots and country music. So I was the girl in New Jersey who wore cowboy boots and sang country music. They would all ask what is wrong with you. So, I started getting into music when I was around 10 or 11 and that is when I started to play the piano as a part of school. I never thought of it as anything other than that until I was in High School and my guitar teacher said “hey you could do this for a living.” That had never even occurred to me before that moment. I then said wow that could be amazing, so I told my parents that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Their response was “Heck No!” “You need something that will be stable.” “You are going to go to college and you are going to get a good job.” I was 15 at the time and made them a deal. I said if I get all A’s and finish high school early by doubling up on all my studies will you support me in this? So, I finished high school at the end of 10th grade with a 4.0 and my parents said “Ok we see you are serious about this and we will support you.” So I have been doing it ever since.

B Chord“New Beginnings” is your recently released new album. Can you tell us a little about the album and the process of creating it? Also, do you have a favorite song on the album?

Madeline Smith – We are working on the video right now. So we will have one out this month and three more that we will scatter on the releases. We wanted to try and get them all filmed now before it gets too chilly to film outside. We finished the final draft yesterday and we are working on all the final changes. It will be on Vevo and scheduled to be released hopefully in the next few weeks. We filmed that one up north, while we were thee for shows. I have a video guy in that region who is really awesome and we shot it up there. Favorite song on the album….. Oh, I don’t know. I love each song for different reasons. With “New Beginnings” it is a bit different because every song has a story behind it, where as my first album was created when I was 16/17 and I was putting out songs. I didn’t know who I was yet and just wanted to put out music. The first album is always that way you try to figure out how does this work and I just want to put out a song. It was such a learning experience and with “New Beginnings” where I took the time to make it what I wanted it to be and personal about my life. People relate to music being more personal. So it is really hard for me to just pick one song when I love them all and they all mean something different.

B Chord – You have hit the top 20 on the U.K. charts and also attended the British Country Music Awards. How was that experience?

Madeline Smith – Oh my gosh, it was crazy! First off, we had no idea that was going to happen. We took the first three singles “Stay” “State of Mind” and “Catchin Fireflies” and decided to put them out on the U.K. scene. The radio over there is so much different than it is here in the U.S. Radio is not controlled in the U.K. so anyone can put out singles on the radio and have access to the format. It is really awesome because anyone can be heard. We didn’t do any promotion on them, rather we just gave them the songs. I then received a call from my guy over there and he said, “You will never believe this but you are in the top 20!” I couldn’t believe it. All three singles hit the top 20 and that was insane. I was then invited over to play on the British Country Music Awards. It was a different experience because it is so different from the U.S. awards. I was out of my element but it was really nice. We hopped on a tour for a little bit and had a blast.

B Chord – You have opened for some amazing people so far in your career! Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice and recently Dylan Scott. What have you taken away from these experiences and does any single one stand out for helping and mentoring you?

Madeline Smith – That’s a hard question. They have all been amazing in their own ways. Every show we have done with the amazing acts have been incredible and the fans have been absolutely incredible. It is awesome to see how the fans support not only who they came there to see, but they become my fans too. Country music fans are not about following just one artist. They support everyone in the genre and that is just amazing! So, one of the coolest experiences is when we opened for Darius Rucker and I was about to turn 17 at the time. It was the third show I ever did in my life and it was very intimidating. I had no idea how I got that job, I didn’t have a CD out, no one knew who I was, and someone just called and said hey we want you to open for Darius Rucker. How did you even find me and no one even knows who I am ha. It was so funny and looking back on that was incredible. There was 5,000-6,000 people and I remember thinking I can’t believe I am in this moment. Now those moments are more frequent and that was the first of many. We have recently played in front of 30,000 people. It is cool to see how it has grown over the years.

B Chord – So in honor of your song “Lie To Me”, which we love by the way, tell me two truths and one lie and let’s see if I can guess the lie. Ready?

Madeline Smith – Oh My Gosh. Two truths and a Lie. I have never done this before. Ok ok I got it. I can play the banjo, I can play the mandolin and I have lived in Asia.

B Chord – Ok let me think, I am going to say the lie is that you can play the banjo

Madeline Smith – Nope I can play the banjo, I can’t play the mandolin!

B Chord – Ah, you got me. I was trying to give you all the musical accolades so I should have known. I have seen you play piano and guitar. Ahh.

B Chord – I think you just had a pretty big birthday didn’t you? 21! Happy Birthday, has anything changed since?

Madeline Smith – Thank you. Finally, when we play bars and I can finally drink at all these venues. Nothing else has changed. I have been playing bars and clubs for the past 3 years. I was allowed in if I was playing legally but that is really the only difference.

B Chord –  You had the ability to work with Kent Wills, Dolly Parton’s producer, band leader and guitarist. How was that experience?

Madeline Smith – It was awesome! Kent is great! I worked with him on both of my albums. He is a phenomenal producer and guitarist and it shows while playing with Dolly for all these years. So he actually brought in Nashville’s top musicians for the album. He wanted to do both the albums the right way. We spent a lot of time talking about influences and where we wanted to go with it. He actually heard me and heard what I wanted out of each album and that is why we work so well together. He listened to my words and somehow made it all musical. It is so hard to create something if you don’ t have a vibe with that person. I am so lucky and blessed to have found and worked with him on both of my projects.

B Chord – A group from New Jersey that was on a T.V. show made “GTL” famous right, Gym, Tan, Laundry. I know, I know Jersey Shore. Give us Madeline Smith’s three must do’s?

Madeline Smith – Oh instead of Gym, Tan, Laundry, it would have to be Starbucks Food and being goofy. People who know me make fun of me on my Instagram because every day it is Starbucks. Then they make fun of me for the amount of food posts I do. I am a huge foodie. I am also a goof ball, so they are the three things I am known by.

B Chord – What would be your favorite venue you have played to date?

Madeline Smith – It would have to be The Arena in Orlando, Florida. We played an event there for the ECHL All Star Game. It was broadcasted on NHL Network and we played during the intermission of the game. It was a filled arena and it was broadcasted on television. We had no idea it was on until we started getting calls saying, “Hey did you know you are on TV right now?” It was so cool. That is the biggest venue we have ever played and it was terrific.

B Chord – I love your storytelling in your song writing. It is very true and real. My favorite song of yours so far would have to be “Stay”. I know, I love the slow sad songs, ha! Can you tell us a little about the writing process and where the inspiration came from?

Madeline Smith – It is actually my favorite song ever. People always think the song is about a break up and it actually isn’t.  That is one of the things I love about the song, it has such a double meaning. It can be about breaking up with someone or also about losing someone you love. I actually wrote the song about my Cousin and my Grandmom. I lost both of them in a span of a year and they were both very shocking and unexpected. The song was about losing someone I loved and then being able to get through that. Girls love this song and they come up to me after a show balling saying, “I just broke up with my boyfriend.” I love that they get that meaning too and it is just such a different meaning for me. It is great that people can find different ways for the song to touch them.

B Chord – Tell us your favorite video which you have recorded?

Madeline Smith – I would have to say, “State of Mind”. That was a really fun one to record. It was my first video that I ever made and everyone in it was either friends or family. The video director said, “Let’s get a bunch of extras and fake food and we will stage a party.” We looked at him and said “No, No, No, No, No!”. We will get friends and we will have a real party! We had all our friends and family at a farm and we had a party and that is what he filmed. I think that is why the video seemed so real.

B Chord – So, at B Chord, we have a question that we ask everyone. So much that I might not have to write it in future articles. I will ask it to you a little differently. So, you are stranded on an island and you can take one instrument with you. What would that be and why?

Madeline Smith – I would have to take my Martin guitar. It was my first guitar and it is gorgeous! It is an acoustic electric and I take it to just about every show! So that is my go to instrument.

B Chord – Do you have any exciting news or must see shows coming up?

Madeline Smith – Definitely keep an eye out for the new music videos! We are doing so many videos right now and they will be spaced out so we don’t overwhelm everybody. It will be a lot of new content and visuals to these songs. There is so much I can’t share  right now, but there is a lot coming out very soon.

Please go and check out the following links for all Madeline’s music

www.MadelineSmithOfficial.com

www.instagram.com/MadelineSmithL

www.facebook.com/MadelineSmithMusic

www.twitter.com/MadelineSmithL

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