Exclusive: Songwriter Kalisa Ewing on Kelly Clarkson and Kellie Pickler cuts, grandfather’s influence and her Grand Ole Opry debut

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Kalisa Ewing is someone you need to know.

She's spent 10 years paying her dues, and this year, all her hard work is paying off. With Kellie Pickler and Kelly Clarkson choosing to cut two of her songs, Kalisa is the next big thing, as far as elite songwriters go. She's also honed her skills as a live performer. She recently performed a slew of shows during CMA week, including at the ASCAP Bubble Stage down on Broadway.

Nashville Gab recently spoke with the singer-songwriter about her Grand Ole Opry debut, having Kellie and Kelly cut her songs and how a tragic car accident inspired her to pursue her career.

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Exclusive: Australian duo Baylou dish on “Novocaine,” debut album and admiration for Dolly Parton

BaylouAustralian born duo Baylou are a force brewing just under the surface.

With such influences as Springsteen, Dolly Parton and the Dixie Chicks, the sister pairing, comprised of Victoria and Barbara Ballie, have developed a strong and rather dark brand (see their current single "Novocaine"). On their debut record, Go to Hell and I Love You, Baylou soars from the sassy "These Lips" to the tender "Sweet Red Wine."

At a recent Cornhole Challenge, an event to bring awareness and raise money for colon cancer, presented by fellow singer Craig Campbell, Nashville Gab had a chance to talk with Baylou about their upbringing, biggest influences and what's currently on their playlist.

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Exclusive: The Farm opens up about underwear, George Jones and current single “Be Grateful”

ThefarmThe Farm is a diversley unique trio that incorporates a vast collection of influences into their music, ranging from bluegrass to pop to rock. Nick Hoffman, Krista Marie and Damien Horne couldn't be more different, but it is their passsion for making music that has catapulted the group into superstardom. As they prep new material (to be released this fall), they've taken a step back to gather their thoughts and charge full steam ahead into a new era.

At a recent Cornhole Challenge, an event to bring awareness and raise money for colon cancer, presented by fellow singer Craig Campbell, Nashville Gab chatted with the trio to talk about what their future holds, strange fan interactions (invovling plenty of underwear throwing) and who they think could step into George Jones' shoes.

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Exclusive: Dean Alexander on new single, West Virginia upbringing and Roy Orbison connection

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Dean Alexander comes from humble West Virginia beginnings but has quickly gained momentum since making the move to Nashville in 2006. Within two week of doing yard work for Roy Orbison's wife, Barbara, he had landed a publishing deal. Now, he heads into the release of his Warner debut record with confidence and humility, ready to take over the world.

His first single "Sunshine On My Rain" is just a small taste of what fans can expect on the record. Nashville Gab recently caught up with the singer at Craig Campbell's Cornhole Challenge, an event to bring awareness (and raise money) for colon cancer. Dean opened up about the event, as well as his upbringing and what story Barbara shared of Roy (and much more)

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