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Chit Chatting With Singing Duo Wild Fire


Written by Jill Sheets

I first found out about the singing group Wild Fire from my Instragram account, and decided that I would check out their music.  I am glad that I did.  These amazing sisters have been singing sense they there young and they have not stopped. Continue to read on about these talented sisters, about their music and their favorite theater acting roles.


R: How did you two get into singing?

Kelli: I started singing and taking professional voice lessons at age five, and Kayla at age six.


R: Tell us about your EP “Wild Fire.”

Kayla: Our “Wild Fire” EP is our debut record that was released in March of 2017. We wrote all of the songs on it ourselves, along with a couple other cowriters. The title track “Wild Fire” is a song about our arrival on the music scene. It is a hard-hitting, high-energy country rock song. Our song “Southern Summer” was inspired from our love of the Texas Gulf Coast. Our song “Social Media Lovesick” is a humorous song about relationships in the modern age with social media, texting and instant communication. Our most popular track is “Believe,” which is an inspirational song of hope. We wrote this song as a means to encourage others to pursue their dreams and never give up.  This has been our most popular song by far.  It has been featured on two TV shows, FM and AM radio and internet radio. We had a great time writing and recording our “Wild Fire” EP.  It took us about six months to complete it from start to finish.


R: I heard that you are recording tracks for a new album. Is that true? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it and do you have a release date?

Kelli: Yes, that’s true. We are currently working on a seven-song album. We started on it as soon as we finished our first EP. Five songs have been completed with two remaining. We think our fans will really love this album. The first single, titled “One,” will be released in early November. Let’s just say if you loved “Believe,” you will love “One.” For our fans who want to be the first to download “One,” they will be able to find it at http://www.wildfiresings.com/music. We do not have an official title for the new album yet, but will soon. Just like our first EP, you will hear elements of country, country rock and pop infused in the tracks. We are also heavy on the harmonies, of course. As far as a release date, we are targeting January 2018.


R: Not only do you sing, but you write your own music. What is your writing process and how do you come up with the ideas?

Kayla: We have different approaches. Sometimes it starts with a chord progression we come up with on the guitar, and then we begin writing lyrics. Other times, we like to write without an instrument. We hear the song in our heads, record it into our phones, and go from there. There are also times that we will overhear a conversation and that sparks an idea. Then we quickly write it down or record it. So we use various methods, but our main instrument we write on is guitar. We draw our ideas from our life experiences as much as possible. We feel it is important to be as open and honest as possible with our art. When you hear our songs, you will know that you have peeled the layer back and learned even more about us.


R: Where can people get your music?

Kelli: You can find us at all the usual distribution channels such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and so forth. We encourage our fans to purchase directly from our the music page on our website, which is: http://www.wildfiresings.com/music

If you want to connect on social media, our website etc., here are some links:

EPK:  https://youtu.be/csNpwg7Z0uw







iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/jr34g9p

Google Play: http://tinyurl.com/hcrj67f

Spotify:  https://tinyurl.com/n63yg8m

SnapChat:  wildfiresings

Musical.ly:  wildfiresings


R: What are some of your favorite songs to belt out in the car or your room?

Kayla: Anything by Sam Hunt, such as “House Party” or “Cop Car.”

Kelli: I would have to say right now it would be Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing.” Yeah, that’s my current jam.


R: Tell our readers about Upbeat Kidz Rock.

WF: Upbeat Kidz Rock is a TV show that features young artists under the age of 17 that write, record, and perform their own original music. We were selected for the show in 2016 and filmed our episode in Cleveland, Ohio. The show featured two music videos from our first EP: “Believe” and “Social Media Lovesick.” The show also featured some short interviews of us and our parents. We had a blast on the set, and the people were just awesome to work with. Our episode aired this summer in seven states and Canada. We recently were cast in another TV show called Houston’s Own Country. It is a local access show here in Houston, Texas, that also airs on cable TV. We filmed five music videos which will soon be aired on TV. We will also post these to our YouTube channel once the editing has been completed.


R: I read that you have performed in many theater productions. Is that something you would like to do in the future?

Kayla: Yes, we sure have. We began theater and dance at the age of 5 (Kelli) and 6 (Kayla) and fell in love with theater. We were cast in numerous plays up until 2016 when we started Wild Fire. I think this really shaped us as performers, as we were constantly in front of an audience speaking, singing, and dancing.

Kelli: I think in the future we would definitely love to audition for roles in theater, TV, movies and so forth. We love being in front of an audience!


R: What was your favorite role?

Kelli: I would have to say my favorite role was Gretyl in “The Sound of Music.”

Kayla: My favorite role was Alice Beineke in the “Addam’s Family.”

R: What are your future goals?

Kayla: Our short-term goals are to continue to write, record, and perform original music here in Texas and grow our fan base. There is a lot of ground to cover here in Texas. In the long-term, we plan to move to Nashville after high school and attend Belmont University. We plan to major in music and continue performing our music in Nashville.

Kelli: Our goal is to become a major artist in the country music world.


R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?  If so, which ones and tell us about them?

Kelli: The charity closest to our heart is the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Our Nana passed away from this terrible disease and we hope and pray for a cure.

Kayla: We also support St. Jude’s and Texas Children’s Hospital.  Kids are very special to us!


R: If you could go back in time, where would you go, what time period, and why?

Kayla: I think the 80’s would be fun. Yeah, I would go back to the 80’s. We love the music from that era.

Kelli: I would have to agree.


R: It is not easy being a teen. What advice would you give them?

Kelli: The most important piece of advice I would give is be yourself. Don’t try and mold yourself into what your peers think you should be. You are an original masterpiece and there is nobody like you.

Kayla: I agree and would also say don’t listen to the haters. You will encounter negativity and people saying you can’t achieve certain goals. They are either jealous or they do not have enough confidence to reach their own goals. Believe in yourself and you will succeed.


R: Anything else you would like to add?

Kayla: We would just like to thank you for this interview and we are so glad that we connected.
Kelli: I agree. We would also like to tell all our fans that we appreciate all of you! God bless!


Photo credit: Molly Young, Rob Iutzwig

Meet Up and Coming Country Singer Natalie Alexander

21-year-old California native Natalie Alexander is bursting onto the country music scene with her debut single “Cruel” and self-titled EP. You may have heard her before–another one of her songs, “Don’t Want to Catch My Breath,” is starting to gain some traction on major country music stations in the US. Be sure to go check out her official website www.nataliealexandermusic.com to stay up to date, and don’t forget to go follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


R: When did you fall in love with music? What made you want to pursue it as a career?

N: I grew up in a very musical family, so it was always a big part of my life. I think every kid playing an instrument complains about the practicing and when I would tell my mom I didn’t want to practice she’d say “one day you’ll be so glad I made you practice.” Of course she was right! I love that music is something I’ll always have as a way to express myself. I think that makes it really special. Although my love for music started young, it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that I started pursuing music professionally. I was really involved in managing my brothers’ band and there came a point where I decided it was the right time for me to explore the other side.


R: Tell us about your EP. What’s your favorite song on it and why?

N: This EP was such a fun project! I recorded it over a weekend in December and it was my first time ever being in the studio! There are 4 songs, each very different in style but still so me. I wanted to give a sampling of what I’m capable of doing and what I like to sing which is what drove me to recording those 4 songs. My favorite is probably “Cruel” because it’s such a fun song and it’s message is so important to me. It was also the first song of mine I saw people singing along to so it will always be special for that reason


R: What are some of your future goals?

N: I want to write my next album! Bucket list goal is to perform at the Opry.


R: Besides music, what do you like to do?

N: I love movies and TV, so my idea of a perfect Sunday is either spending all day at a theater to see a bunch of movies in a row, or to binge watch a series on Netflix and Postmates sushi from my bed.


R: Are there any charities close to your heart that you would like to raise awareness for?

N: CCI – Canine Companions for Independence! It’s such a great organization. I’m a big lover of dogs and so the fact that this organization uses dogs to help people is so amazing!


R: Is there anything else you would like to add?

N: Thank you to everyone who has supported me and all the people who send me sweet messages and such positive feedback on my music. I appreciate you all so much!

Chit Chatting with Singer April Kry


Written by Jill Sheets

Country singer/songwriter April Kry is already making a name for herself. With her music, she is already touching fans and making a difference in their lives. Soon, April will be coming out with more music and I am definitely looking forward to it! Read on and find out more about April, her music, and her fans. When you have a moment, just stop by her social media to hear her music.


R: Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

A: I actually grew up in a very musical home. My dad was the worship leader at our church, so growing up I remember seeing him on stage. On the weekends he had a band that we would go see and help with merchandise. I always just kind of knew music was what I was meant to do.


R: Tell our readers about your song “While We’re Young.”

A: “While We’re Young” is a song about taking chances and living in the moment. In this day and age, it is so easy for us to get caught up in the craziness of life. Sometimes we forget to take a step back and just be. I wanted to write a song that touched on that. Of course, young love portrays the sentiment so well because of how free and innocent you are when you first fall in love, so the music video for it tells that story to the viewer/listener!

R: Tell us about any other music you have written or performed.

A: That is definitely a broad question! I’ve been writing music for a while now. Whenever I put out new music, it paints a picture of where I am in life, so I think this next wave of music from me you are going to hear an honesty and vulnerability that you haven’t heard before.


R: Do you have any plans on recording an album and/or EP in the future?

A: Yes! I will have new music out in the fall and I can’t wait for you to hear it.


R: Not only are you a singer, but you also write your own songs. What is your writing process and how do you come up with the ideas for your songs?

A: Writing music is so therapeutic for me, and it is different every time I write. That’s what I love about it so much. You have no idea what is going to come of a melody or title idea you have when you walk into a room of writers. I love watching songs come to life.


R: Where can people hear or get your music?

A: If you go to AprilKry.com there will be links to Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and anywhere else you can find my music!


R: What are your top five songs that you like to sing in the car or in your room?

A: Currently, “Helpless” by John Mayer, “Body On Fire” by Maggie Rose, “RESPECT” by Aretha Franklin, “Human Diary” by Danielle Bradberry, and “Think and Drive” by Seth Ennis.


R: What are five things people many not know about you?

A: I’m an amazing dancer (insert sacrcasm), I love to cook, I’m sometimes awkward in social settings, and I’m the worst driver I know! I’m also almost blind without my glasses.


R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

A: My dad, without a doubt. He has given up so much to help me get to where I am today. He’s so humble, hard-working, and talented. I’m quite a lucky girl to have his and my mom’s support.


R: What has been your biggest influence?

A: My faith and music. This business will either give you thick skin or make you realize you don’t want to do this. For me, music is everything. Even through the storms, I find my strength in my faith and music.


R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

A: I have to say my favorite memory so far has been performing at the legendary Apollo theater!


R: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

A: Live like you’re at the bottom even when you’re at the top.


R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

A: Hmm…I’ve been pretty lucky so far! One time I got asked if I had any tattoos and if so, where are they?


R: What is the nicest thing a fan has ever done or said to you?

A: I had a girl send me a five page letter explaining how much my music has helped her through some really hard times in her life. Those are the moments that make it all worth it.


R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

A: I love my Krybabies!! Don’t forget to check out my latest cover on YouTube!


Photo credit: Kara Roundtree

Stacie Collins: Sometimes Ya Gotta

Stacie Collins: Sometimes Ya Gotta

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Stacie Collins, relatemag.com

Stacie Collins, relatemag.com

(photo courtesy of http.staciecollins.com)

After watching the CMA’s in November, I read an article in the following days about
Toby Keith boycotting what he considers the “music industry politics of Nashville.”
Because he doesn’t play that way, he doesn’t get nominated. I mention this at the
beginning of a review of Stacie Collin’s third album because when I visit her myspace
page, I see that she is considered “unsigned,” and it baffles me. If it truly is who you
know and not what you know in the music industry, it’s not only the artists themselves
who are being cheated but the listeners as well. I consider it a great privilege when these
artists are sent to me and I can pass on their information to you.

Sometimes Ya Gotta is done Stacie’s way because it’s about nothing but her and her
music. Sassier and more energetic than Miranda Lambert at her angriest, Stacie is
country and rock in rare form. She blazes her own trail with an enviable confidence.
In “Hey Mister,” the opening track, Stacie addresses those politics and instead of being
jealous of the latest newcomer, she seems comfortable in the place she’s in. Maybe it’s
because Stacie releases these albums and tours the world for the sake of the music and
what she loves, not for the sake of being famous.

“Give it Up,” “I Won’t Do Ya Like That,” “Little Things,” and “It Hurts to Breathe,” are
the other stand out tracks on the album. Even when she slows the music down a little like
in “Little Things,” Stacie still commands attention.

On her website and in the liner notes of her cd, Stacie quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson.
She indeed has the courage to go where there is no path and leave a trail. Look her up at
www.staciecollins.com or on iTunes and enjoy the music she’s sharing as you walk your
own journey.