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Introducing Stephan Hogan
Country musicians are a gift that keep on giving. Country songs consist of lyrics, music and vocals, all wrapped up and presented to the fans to treasure.
No matter where your journey of life may take you, chances are there is a country music song that you could relate to. Whether these songs make you happy, sad or yell yeehaw, you will always remember the lyrics that helped carry you along.
Join me as I introduce you to another amazing artist who is as passionate about singing country music as the fans are with enjoying the ride. And what a ride I'm about to take y'all on as I introduce you to a fantastic musician from California.
Stephan Hogan was born in Placerville and he continues to call the Golden State his home.
I'm excited to share with you a contest that Stephan was a contestant in. His fans watched the competition unfold via social media. I was rooting for this cowboy and he nailed it!
Let's go y'all and meet Stephan Hogan.
Favorite Food and Drink?
I love Italian food! I'll choose something fatty and salty over something sweet most days of the week. I like all beer, black coffee and good whiskey.
Is There a Family History of Musicians?
My dad was a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He got me playing as a little kid.
How Did You Get Started in the Music Industry?
I got my first job playing music at a church and then got my songwriting career kicked off when I did a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
Favorite Ritual Prior to Performing?
I pray with my band and do vocal warm ups.
Have You Had Vocal Training?
Yes, and I continue to take vocal lessons.
Which Instruments Do You Play?
I play a few. The acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, bass and piano.
Do You Write Your Own Songs? Write For Other Artists?
Yes, I write my own songs.
No, I have not written for other musicians.
Who is Your Muse?
I'm not exactly sure, but it may be the Netflix show Longmire.
(I can relate. Longmire inspires me artistically also.)
(In addition: Nice plug for Longmire!)
A Famous Musician That You Met?
How Long Have You Been in the Music Industry?
I started playing and singing when I was 5 years old. I began pursuing it as a career when I was 18 years old.
Who Inspired Your Love of Music?
My dad mostly. Music has always been my best friend through everything in my life.
Musicians That Inspired You?
The Eagles, John Denver, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Coldplay.
Would You Want a Record Deal or Prefer to be Indie?
I would like to eventually, maybe, sign with a label. It would have to be the right thing at the right time. I'm not one of those musicians out there trying to do as much as possible to get signed. I'll let them come to me.
Advice For an Artist New to the Industry?
Practice! Learn to play the guitar or piano well! Take vocal lessons. Write songs and don't expect to be perfect. Don't be afraid to fail. Don't allow anyone to convince you to quit.
Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?
Touring with my best friends, songs on the radio, wife by my side and working my ass off!
Favorite Song That Inspires You?
Seven Bridges Road by The Eagles.
Favorite Musician, Besides Yourself?
Favorite Concert That You Have Attended?
Which Artist Would You Like to Collaborate With?
Most Memorable Career Moment So Far?
Playing with Vince Gill for Guitar Centers OnStage guitar competition.
Per Stephan's website: "Country music artist Stephan Hogan was selected out of thousands of contestants by Guitar Center and Grammy award-winning country artist and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill as one of the top five finalists in Guitar Center’s On Stage with Vince Gill."
Could You Share a Story About a Song You Are Presently Working On?
I am writing a song about a guy who discovered the biggest gold nugget in California history during the gold rush, while digging a grave for his friend. True Story!
(Very interesting! I intend to Google that story!)
Which Song That You Wrote is Most Special to You?
A new song titled, 'God You Did It Alright'
What Are Your Thoughts on the Evolution of Country Music?
I think country music has changed with the times. I like some of the new stuff and I love the old stuff. I hope it maintains the qualities that made it great.
If You Could Perform a "One Night Only" Concert Anywhere in the World, Where Would That Be?
I think I would want to sell out the biggest stadium in my hometown.
What Would You Like To Add?
I have received radio play. Performed with Vince Gill. I also opened for big country groups.
I am very excited about releasing my new songs I would appreciate donations to my GoFundMe campaign to make this happen. Thank you for your consideration.
(We look forward to following your career as you continue to kick some country ass!)
Favorite Toppings on Nachos?
BBQ Pulled Pork.
Where Could New Fans Find You?
- iTunes (Music available for sale)
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Music available on 3/17/17
Dangerous Love Album
(3/9/17) As I listen to Stephan's new songs I am once again reminded that country music is timeless. Each track is a tale that unfolds into a musical memory.
The tunes on the Dangerous Love album may remind you of yesterday, comfort you today and will be remembered tomorrow.
For all listeners that experienced unique types of love, this album is for you! For those who haven't yet had the pleasure of discovering dangerous love, never give up, your future may contain a frenzy!
Kudos to Stephan for delivering an album that will live on!
Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.
© 2016 Linda Bilyeu
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on March 17, 2017:
New music release day 3/17/17 for Stephan Hogan!
Shyron E Shenko on December 04, 2016:
Wow Linda, what a musician. love his music. I agree with Shauna it has a rock vibe to it.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 22, 2016:
I concur, Sha!!
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 21, 2016:
Sounds like Stephan Hogan can also make it in the rock n roll arena. The first video has a distinctive rock vibe to it.
Martie Coetser from South Africa on November 20, 2016:
Stephan Hogan has a lot of talent. I enjoyed all the videos in here. Thanks for introducing him to me, sunshine!
paula/effer on November 19, 2016:
Cute cute cute!!! Wow....OMG.....sigh...........I need water! How the heck can one music genre have such a huge collection of the country's most beautiful men (and women)??!
You just will not find another genre with every artist, exceptionally talented, sweet, generous & down to earth....plus be the damned best-lookers around!
This old lady can't take much more, GF.....this guy is like an explosion on the 4th of July! Looks like I'm just going to have to sacrifice my heart rhythm and blood pressure to keep on reading my girlfriend's C&W interview series.
It's tough work but someone's gotta do it! Hugs and YeeHaw!
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 19, 2016:
"Country musicians are a gift that keep on giving." Ain't that the truth... ;)
This Thanksgiving I'm grateful for Sunshine and her musical interview series.
Love you, MM