BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with musician Tyler Lee Frush. Highlights include their discussion of external and internal sources of motivational resources, the need for a dialogue on the best use of goal setting, and how much of what determines a musician’s success is beyond their control. They also discuss whether experiencing failure is more advantageous when it occurs before or after experiencing some success.
Tyler Lee Frush, Musician
Do you define your success then go for it? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren chat with musician Tyler Lee Frush about his path navigating the music industry from idolizing Johnny Cash and Eddie Van Halen to releasing his own music. He shares the impact that feeling emotion from a song had on his songwriting, the difference between the goals of wanting to be a musician versus wanting to be famous, and giving the listener the opportunity to have their own meaning of a song. Tyler also discusses the importance of taking the gigs that no one else will do when getting started and the freedom that gives you to get over the early performance mistakes.
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Lockwood Barr, Country Music Recording Artist
Is pushing yourself outside your comfort zone a theme in your life? In this episode Lockwood Barr shares her path from her first writing sessions after arriving in Nashville to becoming a successful artist. She discusses consistently pushing out of her comfort zone, fighting impostor syndrome, her first CMA festival as a performer, and touring for a living. Lockwood also shares the importance of addressing mental health needs and her efforts to bring awareness to, and advocate for, suicide prevention. Her story is inspiring and reminds us not to be deterred by rejections along our path.
BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Brandon Barnett, Songwriter and Founder of the Left of Nashville Podcast Network. Highlights include their discussion of how burnout can happen even when you love what you do, and that being extremely passionate about something possibly can lead to an even greater chance of it. Kevin and Lauren also discuss how draining the true-crime genre can be, how an idea without an investment goes nowhere, and the alliteration of Kevin’s self-designated nickname – bald Brad Pitt.
Brandon Barnett, Songwriter and Founder of the Left of Nashville Podcast Network
Would you walk away from a good living to take a shot at your dreams? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren speak with Brandon Barnett, whose path includes collaborating with one of Nashville’s best known songwriters to his true crime podcast that led to an arrest in a decades old missing person cold-case. Brandon shares his experience of not giving up, the joy and stress of podcasting about cold cases, and the importance of having fun no matter what you pursue. He also talks about the realization that he had hundreds of thousands of listeners, and his mantra of not putting out garbage just to release something.
Stephanie Quayle, Country Music Recording Artist
When you think about giving up, do you stay focused on yourself or get slowed down by focusing on the people passing you? In this episode, Stephanie shares her path from growing up on a ranch in Montana to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. She shares what Nashville has taught her about the craft of songwriting, what helped her persevere through difficult times, and her refusal to change who she is to fit the mold. This episode is full of great advice and you will never look at mile 19 of a marathon the same way again.
Garrett Jacobs, Country Recording Artist
If a door opened would you walk through it? In this episode we speak with Garrett Jacobs, who ended up writing his first single the first time he visited Nashville. Garrett’s approach to his songs is to create a connection with the listener, allowing the song to be whatever is needed in their own life. Listen to Garrett’s story to discover how hearing Chris Stapleton for the first time changed his life, how he has matured as a songwriter since arriving in Nashville, and to hear him share his father’s four keys to success that has guided him along his own path.
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Katie Cole, Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, & Touring Artist for The Smashing Pumpkins
After moving across the globe to the US from Australia, would you say “yes” when your producer says Billy Corgan wants you to play bass for the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins tour? In this episode, we hear the story of Katie Cole who arrived in Nashville via Australia, with a detour in Los Angeles. Katie’s story is full of inspiration for anyone on their own path — recognizing the fear in your gut for what it is, kicking open a window when a door closes, and what it’s like to take the stage in front of an audience of nearly 100,000.
Learn more about Katie: Instagram