Georgia-Country.com Artist of the Month
On a monthly basis, Georgia-Country.com spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.
Our November Artist of the Month is Matt Rogers. Read his interview below as GC catches up with a former Georgia Country Awards winner. Then check out his music in videos at bottom of page.
GC: Matt, lets remind everyone where you were born and raised and what your family life is today?
MR: I was born in Macon, Georgia. I spent most of my growing up years in Gray, Georgia and Eatonton, Georgia. I graduated from high school in Eatonton. I currently live in Nashville.
GC: What would be your earliest memories of country music and how that influenced you?
MR: I was influenced by all genres of music. My parents listened to all kinds of music, including country music. I just was naturally drawn to the country music genre as I got older. The story telling was the hook for me.
GC: What might had been the earliest you were performing for a crowd?
MR: I sang in church at a very early age, around 3 years old. I performed at church quite often as we had an active music program.
GC: You write allot of your own songs. When did you first start writing and did you feel that came natural to you?
MR: I really started writing in college. I enjoyed putting my feelings and memories into song during that time. I think it was an outlet for me.
GC: There is ALL kind of variations of country music from now, bro country, pop country, country rock, traditional country, etc. Where do you think your music falls into?
MR: I would say modern country/americana more than anything. I do love the southern rock sound too.
GC: You won the 2015 Georgia Country Overall Artist of the Year. How did that affect your career?
MR: I think it validated for me that hard work pays off. It also motivated me to push harder. It was right about that time I moved to Nashville and started writing music for my second EP.
GC: So far, where has been your favorite place to play and why?
MR: That's a tough one. I love getting to play the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville obviously bc of the history there and the intense listening crowd, but then again, I love The Crazy Bull. It's where I see all my friends who have been with me from the get go. They keep me grounded, but also encourage me to keep going. They definitely bring the love when I come there.
GC: Whose music are you listening to these days?
MR: I try to stay diverse, but there are such good writers and people that not everyone knows. Of course I'm drawn to great songwriters like Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, John Mayer and others. But I could listen all day to my friend Ashley McBryde, Adam Wakefield, Turnpike Troubadours, and the list goes on and on.
GC: If you could go on tour with any one artist, past or present, who would that be and why?
MR: Man, I don't know if I could pick just one. I would have to say Garth Brooks or Zac Brown just due to the fact of how much I would learn from those guys. Garth is probably the best entertainer ever to do it. He understands what his fans want and how to put together a incredible live show.
GC: We are wrapping up 2017, what plans do you have for 2018?
MR: 2017 was great year! We really grew this thing and expanded our fan base. We are planning on pushing the current new record and singles off of that project. Hopefully we are in the finalizing phase of solidifying a publishing/development deal and a booking deal. With key members of my "team" falling into place, 2018 is sure to be a busy and productive year. So listen for us on a radio station and watch for us on a stage coming to you soon!