Dec. 25, 2020

Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown Week 23

Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown Week 23

14 independent artists. Each week we will have a top 10 plus new songs to try and break into that top 10 this week's artists are 10. Ryan Lunn "Embers" 9. Trailer Hippies "Damn Trouble" 8. Appalachian Monk "Dance in the Kitchen" 7. Yes M.A.M. "Cowgirl You Changed The Game" 6. Heather Ragnars "I Know I’m Bad" New Artist Jason Adams "Forbidden Fruit" New Artist World War Zach "Pieces of the Moon" 5. Art and Wick "Glass" 4. Mike Casto "A Scar on a Soldier's Heart" 3. Meagan Allen "Even Rain" New Artist Sarah Faith "Angels We've Heard on High" New Artist Autumn Helene "Stars Align" 2. Roy Saunders "Stranger" 1. Sam Roark "G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thegeorgiasongbirds/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thegeorgiasongbirds/support

Meagan Allen

Meagan Allen

Meagan is a singer-songwriter from Tennessee. She has a high influence in Jazz, and she has been chasing her dreams out in Nashville making contacts, cowriting, and soaking up as much info as she can. Recently she was in the The Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown for 12 weeks and reaching number 1 along the way. Her song "Even Rain" is available for download

Yes M.A.M.

What happens when you combine a songwriter with over 20 years of writing experience, a bassist with a love for all kinds of music who also plays the sax, a bluesy lead guitarist, a passionate drummer, and a singer with a voice that will remind you of the R&B singers from the 60’s. You get Yes M.A.M. We play mainly originals but we also do covers, but we do them the Yes M.A.M. way. Our unique mix of talent brings you a sound that is hard to describe. It’s a little jazzy, a little bluesy, a little country. There's one word to describe it, MUSIC. So listen in as four Middle Aged Men (M.A.M.) take you on a musical journey that spans a lifetime of love, heartbreak, and maybe a few bad choices. Yes M.A.M.

Sarah Faith

Sarah Faith is a Nashville-based artist/songwriter newly transplanted from southeastern Michigan, about 45 minutes north of Detroit. She draws inspiration from a diverse musical background to make a sound of her own – classic rock, americana, and country music have all played a role in shaping Sarah as an artist and writer. Her warm, soulful vocal tone delivers songs written about close-to-the-heart true stories and she carries an energy that can only be described as contagious.

Sarah’s love of songwriting began when she was very young. She would journal and write poetry, using ink and paper as a tool to cope with her difficult childhood. Sarah has always felt that writing is one of the best ways to make sense of her life. Her mother was an abusive alcoholic and ultimately lost her life to addiction in February 2017. Having dealt with anxiety and depression most of her life, Sarah aims to show her audience that she is living proof of a bold choice to change a family legacy and a firm stance to turn imperfect circumstances into light and hope. Her ambitions are ever-evolving but one thing remains a constant; “I want to show people that no matter how dark your story is or how ridiculous and crazy your family is, you have the choice and the power to turn your struggles into good things.”

Sarah has always had a unique way of carving her own path, and music has been no different. At the age of 13, she began teaching herself the guitar and piano, learning “enough to be dangerous.” All the while, she was performing in any choir or honor’s choir she could participate in or audition for. Add to that her constant habit of journaling and writing poetry as an outlet, and songwriting has evolved into a very natural fit for Sarah Faith.

In 2018, Sarah Faith was given the opportunity to audition for Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band, a Michigan-based country rock group. During her time with Alan Turner, she saw many stage lights, including The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan and numerous festivals around the Midwest, reigniting her childhood dreams of being an artist. “I think I was like a lot of seven year olds – don’t we all use our hairbrushes as microphones and make up dances in our rooms in front of the mirror?… Being on stage in this capacity really set my dreams on fire.”

Everything began to make sense over the two years that would follow – having taken up guitar more seriously, she paired musicianship with her writing skills and vulnerable storytelling and headed to Nashville to share her stories with Music City.
The choice to make the official move to Nashville came in 2019 when Sarah decided to put wheels in motion toward her childhood dream of being a musician. Sarah is currently recording music and will release a debut single in early 2020.

The Cliff Notes

» Featured in Lula 1892 blog twice for songs, “Jump” and “Gun Shy”

» Featured in Female Music Nation’s Acoustic April 2019 for “Sound

of Moving On”

» Re-located to Nashville from Michigan August 2019

» Performed as part of the Summer NAMM 2019 with Gibson Guitars on the Tootsie’s Welcome Stage

» Landed a performance spot on the Southeastern International Film Festival in November 2019 held in downtown Nashville at The Valentine

» Supported David Lee Murphy, The James Barker Band, and The Frontmen as part of Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band

» Direct support for The Gasoline Gypsies and Corey Dakota as a solo artist

» Performed at The Fillmore Detroit, Coyote Joe’s – Michigan, Hollywood Casino – Toledo, Blue Chip Casino – Indiana

» Since being in Nashville, has performed popular writer’s rounds such as Revival (Tin Roof), Nashville Tour Stop (Belcourt Taps), and Women Crush It Wednesday (Live Oak), to name a few.


Q & A

Q // Where does your musical influence come from?

A // Some of my earliest music memories are singing in the backseat of my mom’s car wherever we would go. both of my parents played a very contrasting yet important role in my love of music; mom was a country fan and dad taught me all kinds of stuff about classic and 90s rock and alternative. i love it all! i can rock out to Rush, Foo Fighters, and Arctic Monkeys one minute and then go completely old school with some Motown, or mainstream with pop music. i’m always adding new stuff to my playlists and gaining inspiration from lots of different things!

Q // What does music mean to you?

A // Music has provided me with outlets in good, bad, and mediocre times – it’s the best way i know to express myself where words fall short. i really believe that my life makes a whole lot more sense when i write it in a song.

Q // What’s your earliest memory of performing?

A // My first taste and love of performing came very young when my mom forced me into karaoke singing one of her favorite songs “Forever + Ever Amen” by Randy Travis – at first i wanted nothing to do with being on that stage, but about 30 seconds in, i never wanted to come down. i performed in choir throughout my middle school, high school, and college years, earning multiple opportunities in honors choirs and a collegiate vocal scholarship.

Jason Adams

Award winning artist, Jason Adams performs acoustically and with The Jason Adams Band, locally in Middle Tennessee. Also a cohost on WFMC Jams The Midnight Madness Show.

Sam Roark

Combining energetic performance with raw talent, Sam Roark is paving the way as an influential Musician in the modern generation of music. Music saved Sam's life, now she is connecting with others through her music. Music is healing, music is POWERFUL. Sam has the most powerful vocals, that will give you chills. Since embarking on her career in 2000, Sam Roark continues to captivate fans with her signature sound, fierce passion, and unique performances. You will be hooked from the first note. Read on to learn more about this talented musician.

Ryan Lunn

Born and raised in the Niagara Region, Ryan Lunn is a self-taught composer, singer, musician and actor. He has written hundreds of songs since he began composing at the age of eighteen, when he received his first guitar from his grandfather, Harry Wrightman.
Ryan earned bachelor degree in sociology at McMaster University and his Master’s degree in education from D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY.
Composing primarily on his Guitar, Ryan also plays the Piano, harmonica and various percussion instruments. His song Ghost Rider will soon be published in ‘Leaves from the Poet Tree’, a book of poetry which includes pieces from writers all over the world.
He is currently part of two bands. – “The Ike’s” is an original band, that was nominated for two NMA’s – best new group and best original group of the year. Two of Ryan’s original songs “If Any at All” and “Colours’ are both featured on the record. The Ike’s are currently recording
their second album, in which two more of Ryan’s original songs have been recorded;
“Sleepwalker’ and Ghost Rider”.

“We Are Co-Pilots” is his debut album. Comprised exclusively of his original compositions, it is a 14-track concept album featuring many of Niagara’s talented musicians.

Along with these current projects, he has also been a part of various stage and screen productions, his most recent role being in a Horror Comedy short, 37% Pure Evil with The Skeleton Crew Productions. Ryan has been involved in 27 productions across the Niagara Region. Ryan Lunn is also an accomplished motivational and public speaker.

Currently Ryan is the owner of Ryan Lunn Music & Consulting and Valleycreek Craft &
Consulting. He raises his family, lives and works in Jordan Station ON, where the video of the
“The Great Wave” was filmed. Ryan composes and paints with his partner Jill Shimizu in their home studio, which is also located in Jordan Station.

Autumn Helene

Autumn Helene is a 13 year old GRAMMY considered singer/songwriter/musician from Auburn, WA, USA who performs original and cover songs throughout Washington state at festivals, fairs, pubs, parties and special celebrations as a solo performer.

Don't underestimate her soulful vocals due to her age. Once she starts singing, you'll forget how old (young) she really is.
Often compared to artists such as Adele, Lorde, Jewel and Billie Eilish, she has performed at venues such as Louie Gs, The Swiss, Jazzbones, Spanish Ballroom, Lucky Liquor, Rail Hop N Brew, and Geaux Brewing, just to name a few.

She wrote her first original song "You Won't Regret A Thing" as her response to being bullied and taking her power back.

She has since released music available on most streaming platforms with followers in 75 countries. She was nominated and finalist for USA Young Adult Artist of the Year 2020 with International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA).

Autumn Helene is one of the youngest composers ever to earn IMDb credit. Her song about being bullied is being used in the new dark thriller tv show Hunting Jessica. In February 2020, she was featured on KING 5 evening news to inspire others who have been bullied. In May 2020, she was interviewed for Seattle Wave Radio H O U S T O N podcast
and in October 2020, she was interviewed on Paul Mash TV.

She is a winner of the World Songwriting Awards Best Song by a Young Adult Artist and has been placed on the Official Ballot for this year's Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance; and has been selected as worldwide representative for International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA).

​Whether you are young or just young at heart, Autumn Helene will enchant, entertain and inspire you.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of her gigs and events have been cancelled. To show your support, you may donate to her virtual tip jar.

Appalachian Monk

Troy Underwood is not just another singer/songwriter, his talent goes beyond that. He has worked on both sides of the mixing board in studios and live performances. And he has also been haled by many songwriters and publishers in Nashville as a great writer. Troy has absorbed a multiplicity of American musical roots and it shows in some of his latest work. A stunning guitarist, a warm singer and a talented songwriter

Trailer Hippies

Sometimes when the conditions are just right groovy magic happens. It was just this kind of magical chemistry that began brewing in the winter of 2011, when Tommy & Silvia Davis first met at an open mic in Chattanooga, TN. Silvia, a homegrown singer/songwriter from Michigan quickly caught the attention of Tommy Davis a local N. Georgia award winning singer/songwriter originally from the coal mining state of West Virginia. The two were instantly impressed by the others talent and style. Each recognizing the similarities between them. The draw was inevitable, and a friendship was naturally established.
The attraction between the two was undeniable and Tommy asked Silvia if she would be interested in getting together to work on some harmonies. She enthusiastically agreed and shortly thereafter their relationship evolved both musically and romantically. Blending their talents and their lives together they became the “Trailer Hippies”. Then in September of 2017 at Tommy’s family home in the beautiful hills of West Virginia the Trailer Hippies got hitched and currently reside in their trailer in the woods in Chatsworth, Georgia.
In 2019 Trailer Hippies released their first album, “Trailer Hippies for Life”, featuring 13 original songs and they are already working on their next album. They are enjoying the ride so far and their soulful, heartfelt music is gaining a rapid following captivating audiences of music lovers everywhere they go. Tommy Davis with his rugged Arlo Guthrie style and Silvia with her Emmy Lou like resonance have been described as magically harmonious with a deep soulful sound. They are grateful to be traveling the countryside sharing their music from across North Georgia, South East Tennessee, North Carolina to West Virginia and even Michigan and they plan to continue their musical journey together as long as life allows.
Groovy Magic is the vibe that is evoked whenever the Trailer Hippies are in the house. Tommy and Silvia Davis are a husband and wife live acoustic music act. These two North Georgia singer/songwriters are keeping it real with their mountain/folk/homespun sound. They have joined their talents to create a unique harmonious blend of original music as well as covers by artists such as John Prine, Johnny Cash, Gillian Welsh, Patsy Cline and other greats. From their hearts to yours “It’s all about love, life and liberty” and feel good music.

World War Zach

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that sings a lot about the Wasteland. Poppy, melodic, and a little sad describe my songs, which are mostly windows into stories set against some manner of apocalypse.

Heather Ragnars

Heather Ragnars is a singer-songwriter, composer and performer based in Montreal, Canada. Her first EP, Bench Warmer, came out in November 2018. The album can be described as a mix of folk and retro R’n’B with clear influences from the 50’s, 60’s and strong female vocalists like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Beth Gibbons of Portishead. Heather has twice been voted as one of the Top Ten Singer-songwriters in Montreal by the magazine Cult MTL. She has played shows in Canada, the United States, West Africa and Iceland. Recent performances include the Melodica Reykjavik festival and performances at the Wiggle Room, where she shares the stage with Montreal's finest burlesque artists.

Born in Iceland and raised in the United States and Canada, Heather was raised in a musical family. She was exposed to various types of music throughout her childhood including traditional choir music, opera, musical theatre, pop and rock’n’roll. She started taking piano lessons at a young age and soon began taking classical voice lessons in the hopes of one day performing on Broadway. When she discovered songwriting, she knew she had found her calling: her songs are heartbreaking, yet barefaced accounts of the many things we think but don't say.

While perhaps most known for her regular gigs at the Wiggle Room in Montreal, Heather has performed at various festivals and venues throughout the years including Le phare des mamelles in Senegal, Smitefest in the U.S.A. and The St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival in Canada. She maintains strong ties to her homeland of Iceland most recently performing at the Melodica Reykjavik festival in August of 2019. Heather has written two psalms for the Women’s Church of Iceland, one of which appeared on a compilation CD and book by the same name published by Kirkefondet in 2019 (Himlen og Jorden må feste - salmer og sange fra hele verden).

In the spring of 2019, Heather took a 15-week masterclass in film composition under the guidance of Mehdat Hanbali. She is currently studying Composition in the Music Department at Concordia University where she also studies Jazz Voice.

Art and Wick

Based in Atlanta, GA, Art & Wick is an indie band created from the collaboration between Christian Artieda and Amy Smithwick. Our debut album is available anywhere you listen! www.artandwick.com

Mike Casto

Mike is a dedicated singer and songwriter who is focused on traditional country music. Born and raised in small town, southern Ohio, USA, Mike cut his teeth on country music. The emotion and truthfulness of each country song he was raised listening to, carried into his adult life.

Mike has now dedicated himself to keeping that traditional country music sound alive. Doing his part to ensure future generations get to experience the heartbreak or happiness a true country song can bring.

Roy Saunders

Roy Saunders is a Southern musician who blends the sounds of country, southern rock and blues. Certain obvious influences stand out including The Highwaymen, Cody Jinx, and Blackberry Smoke. Add in a little family style flavor of The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and you’ve got a distinctly original southern sound.

Born in the mountains of North Georgia, his musical heritage goes back to North Florida with his grandfather, a professional popular pianist and Musician's Union president, and father, a touring guitarist and recording artist.

Self taught, Roy formed the Atlanta based band 11th Night in 2012 with his brother, Ryan. He then moved to Savannah where he co-founded the Garth Brooks style duo "Escaping Fate," with low country legend and musical mainstay, Jay Morelock.

While in Savannah, Roy opened for, Ian McLagan, international touring artist Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones, People's Blues of Richmond, Zack Myers of Shinedown fame, and Austin Webb.

Now based in Atlanta, Roy played 150 shows in five states in the past year alone. He also released his swampy original single ‘Stranger’ on streaming platforms with an EP to follow in 2020.

Roy has built a full band featuring guitarist Jay Morelock on guitar, his father Steven Saunders on bass and seasoned percussionist Tom Dickenson. The group recently performed at Shezmu Cellars in Marietta, GA to promote the single ‘Stranger.’

2020 sees Roy booking at new venues, working on more recordings and scheduling a pending southeastern U.S. fall tour. The best is yet to come for this rising country music outlaw.