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Country Showcase 2018 | February 3rd | Curb Event Center


Grace gonzalez

 

Grace Gonzalez is a Nashville based singer-songwriter whose sound is both Alt-country and Americana. Originally from Wisconsin, she moved to Nashville at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music and a degree from Belmont University. Since making the move, Grace has written a plethora of songs, received accolades from American Songwriter Magazine, and gained the attention of Grammy-Award winning producer Trina Shoemaker. Currently, Grace is hard at work on her debut record with Trina pulling sounds from her inspirations like Brandi Carlile, the Head and the Heart, and Mumford and Sons. Grace is also inspired by the current rise of “old-school country” artists like Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell who blend new sounds with old soul.

 

Anna Vaus

 

ANNA VAUS is a singer/songwriter who draws from her roots. "I'm guilty-as-charged when it comes to writing songs about my hometown," Vaus says, "so many different stories and emotions come from this microcosm of where I grew up. I find a dark humor in a lot of them. All of my songs tend to be a little bit true, and a little bit twisted."  But being deeply planted in her roots hasn't stopped her from finding wings in Nashville.

Most recently, Vaus signed a publishing deal with Black River Entertainment. In 2016, she was chosen by Miranda Lambert as the first recipient of the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund, awarding a female singer/songwriter forty-thousand dollars to attend Belmont University. She’s opened for artists like LeAnn Womack and Hunter Hayes, and played venues like The Bluebird Café. But no matter where she plays or who it's with, for Vaus, it’s about the song.

 

 

Nick Boyd

Showcase Winner

 

Nick Boyd is a soulful country singer/songwriter from Rock Island, Illinois, a small town in the heart of the Midwest. Growing up in the Midwest, Nick absorbed music of all genres, listening to the likes of Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, the Eagles, Michael Bublè, Frank Sinatra, Justin Timberlake, and Michael Jackson. He credits his musical talents to his family and upbringing in the Church. Nick received a keyboard for Christmas at the age of seven, and the rest is history.

Nick's vocal style has been described as "Bruno Mars meets Country Music,” and he brings a twist to the Country market through his unique piano driven melodies and his distinct musical style. Recent achievements include being selected for the Curb College’s SONY/ATV All Access program, 'ASCAP Writers Nights,’ and the School of Music’s 2018 Commercial Showcase.

Nick’s music gives insight to the good, bad, and ugly times in his young life. His goal is to share with others a common ground and story that is emotionally moving. Nick says, “Music has been able to help me grow as a person, and now I want my music to help others. That is why I am a songwriter - that is why I am an artist.”

Upon graduation, Nick plans on eventually signing a publishing deal. His end goal is to be able to be a full-time songwriter, using his unique perspectives, melodies, and lyrics. Nick will graduate from Belmont University in August of 2018. 

 

 

Madeline Enna

 

Madeline Enna's heart beats to country music. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, she was exposed to outlaw and traditional country from a very young age. Her love and roots for storytelling and honky tonk songs runs deep and her songwriting aims to keep the history of country music alive. Country music is not just something that Madeline loves, it’s who she is. In her career, Madeline has gotten to open for Neal McCoy, Sony recording artist Collin Raye, and Texas Country Giants Charlie Robison and Roger Creager. She spent the last summer on the Girls Raised in Texas tour (GRITS) alongside some of the strongest female acts in Texas where she played in many historic venues all over her home state including Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas and Tyler, Texas. For the last 3 years she has had the honor of being a featured artist at Silver Dollar at the Ranch, a national fundraising event for pediatric cancer research. Along with her solo career, Madeline has also toured as a background vocalist and rhythm player in Adrian Johnston's band as well as the historic Texas Legend Band. Whether she's in the spotlight or not, she jumps at any chance to bring country music to new ears. She is planning to release a self-produced EP this spring, which is a compilation of 6 songs that she has written throughout her time at Belmont. This EP is Madeline’s love letter to the people and the school that made Nashville a home for her.