Nashville, TN (January 19, 2019) – Pop singer/songwriter and former American Idol powerhouse Stevie Rae Stephens recently released her newest single, “Uneasy.” You can download the song HERE!

With touching, yet chilling, lyrics like Does it make you uneasy, when the world is in pain and the face of it looks like you, does it make you uneasy, when the women you love and the men you call friends write #metoo,  Stevie Rae manages to write a very relatable song based on unfortunate current events.

“Uneasy” is the first of four singles Stevie Rae will be releasing, preceding three EPs, Ladylike, Daydreams and Cruel Love. These will ultimately make up her upcoming album, “Ladylike,” set to be released in Fall 2019.
“As an activist for raising awareness and confronting domestic violence, rape culture, sexual violence/exploitation/trafficking in all it’s ugly forms, I do my best to address these issues in my songwriting,” Stevie Rae explains. “To call me a ‘feminist’ is an understatement.”

Inspired by pop icons like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Sara Bareilles, Stevie Rae also has deep roots in theater and composition. She is currently directing a production of The Vagina Monologues, which will take place on February 17 & 18 at Nashville’s famous Exit/In. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

About Stevie Rae Stephens:
California native, Stevie Rae, is a pop singer/songwriter whose powerhouse vocals, presented through honest lyricism and soaring melodies, create the perfect canvas for her message of empowerment, feminism, and self-love. Past achievements range from reaching the Top 75 on American Idol Season 12 to singing the National Anthem for the San Fransisco Giants. She has two full lengths albums and will be releasing a third called “Ladylike” in Fall 2019.

For more information, visit and connect with Stevie Rae on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Nashville, TN (December 7, 2018) – Nashville based pop artist Jennifer Rae released her new single today, called 22, Not in Love. You can download the song on iTunes and stream it on Apple Music.

With deep-yet-releatable lyrics like Don’t know who I am, but I know one thing, I’m not in love, Jennifer Rae’s new “non-love song” is sure to be a hit among fans. This song is extraordinarily important to me because it is about uncertainty and self-reflection,” she explains. “It is about not knowing who you are and learning to accept that. The only thing I felt I was sure of was that I wasn’t in love.”

22, Not in Love was written, performed, mixed, mastered and distributed by an all female team. “I believe songs by women about identity are crucial. There is so much pressure for us to be everything, but we are only human,” the wise-beyond-her-years artist professes.

With songs that have been celebrated as “poetry in motion” (Amelia Vandergast, A&R Factory), New Jersey native Jennifer Rae artfully composes heartfelt and honest songs that are accentuated by her velvety-smooth voice and rich piano accompaniments. She transitions between her vocal registers effortlessly, and creates lush textures and harmonies combining jazz and pop into captivating and emotional compositions. Heavily inspired by songwriter masters like Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, she is currently enamored with artists like SZA, St. Vincent and Half Waif. As a recent transplant to Nashville, TN, Jennifer started out playing numerous shows in the NYC-area, such as the NY Historical Society, Arlene’s Grocery, The West End Lounge, Smash Studios, and Bushwick Public House. Jennifer has worked extensively with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Cole Lumpkin of 300 Entertainment. She is also a founding member of Cleveland’s Sofar Sounds. She recently completed a degree in Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory with a concentration in Songwriting.

For more information, visit and connect with Jennifer Rae on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Nashville, TN (October 8, 2018) – Nashville based pop singer Alexa Kishner recently released her latest single, “Moving On,” to iTunes. You can download the song HERE!

“I truly believe that music can change someone’s world, as music has shaped me into the person I am today,” Alexa explains. “Music has always played a huge role in my life, allowing me to make sense of all of life’s hardships and triumphs and I truly hope to help others through my music.”

Alexa Kishner is a 20 year old singer/songwriter with an innate musical ability. Originally from New York, she began singing at the young age of three and started writing music when she was twelve. She has a unique capability of poetically relating harmony and lyrics to musical notes. Alexa has written a countless number of songs, some of which are available on iTunes and other streaming services.

For more information, visit You can connect with Alexa on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Spotify.



Nashville, TN (September 24, 2018) – Country star Bucky Covington will be performing live at the Main Event Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN on Sunday, October 14th. Tickets to the show can be purchased HERE!

Bucky Covington’s self-titled debut CD opened at #1 on Bilboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with the biggest first week of sales for any debut country artist that year. He went on to become the best-selling debut artist of 2007, delivering three consecutive Top 10 singles to country radio (“Different World,” “I’ll Walk,” “Good to be Us”) and a total of six charted singles.

The Country star recently released his newest single, “Probably Won’t,” which is currently #28 on the Music Row charts. You can download the song HERE!

In addition to competing on the fifth season of American Idol, Bucky’s national television appearances have included Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly!, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Doctors and Fox and Friends.

For additional information, visit and connect with Bucky on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Nashville, TN (September 18, 2018) – Electro-Pop/Rock musician SAMBO WOLF recently released the video for his latest single MOONSMOKE. You can watch the video HERE! A remix by ESCPE will be dropping on September 19, 2018.

MOONSMOKE is designed to share a moment suspended in time, a moment of pure freedom and fleeting bliss,” Wolf explains. “The lyrics are based on true events from my life – an ethereal moment between two lovers enjoying life outside the box – disregarding the rest of the world for a night of liberty in youth. The music video, directed by Samantha Hearn and starring Mila Vilaplana and Kara Nikol, furthers this idea and portrays a night of careless fun in the colorful city lights between two friends who would take on the world together. I believe everyone needs a summer when they can take some time to let life lead you to new places, kick back and blow a little smoke in the moon glow.”

Nashville native Sambo Wolf has embarked on a new journey of self-expression as a solo artist after years of touring and writing with various groups performing a variety of genres. His ethereal pop dreamscapes feature a touch of synth-wave mixed with a Nudisco backbone.

“I wanted to do something that was true to myself and the listener, something that everyone involved with can have fun enjoying, even if it’s just by overhearing the song in passing,” the musician proclaims.

Each moment of every Sambo Wolf song is designed to impress upon the listener a feeling of freedom and connection. These ideals were  brought to life with the help of  Jet Black Alley Cat members Bryant Lowry and Joe Jett, both of whom have earned production and performance credits on Sambo’s first two singles. Inspired by a multitude of pop artists across the decades, Sambo Wolf is a powerhouse of groove, with the right dash of infectious hooks and dream-like imagery.

For more information, you can connect with Sambo Wolf on Facebook and Instagram and hear his music on iTunes and Spotify.



Nashville, TN (September 17, 2018) – Country star and American Idol finalist Bucky Covington recently appeared on TV’s The Doctor’s to give an update on his daughter Kennedy’s health. You can watch the episode HERE!

Since first appearing on the show in 2015 and starting treatment with a heart medication, Kennedy’s Infantile Hemangioma, or “Angel Kisses” as the precious three-year-old calls it, has greatly improved.

“She’s quite the dancer,” Covington professes. “She just had her recital a couple of weeks ago and I noticed all of the outfits are sleeveless dresses. That could have been a very devastating moment for my daughter, but instead, it was an absolutely amazing moment for my daughter. During rehearsals, she was just able to be normal and learn how to dance.”

The Country star recently released his newest single, “Probably Won’t,” which is currently #28 on the Music Row charts. You can download the song HERE!

Bucky Covington’s self-titled debut CD opened at #1 on Bilboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with the biggest first week of sales for any debut country artist that year. He went on to become the best-selling debut artist of 2007, delivering three consecutive Top 10 singles to country radio (“Different World,” “I’ll Walk,” “Good to be Us”) and a total of six charted singles.

In addition to competing on the fifth season of American Idol, Bucky’s national television appearances have included Good Morning AmericaLive with Regis and Kelly!Jimmy Kimmel Live!The Tonight Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Doctors and Fox and Friends.

For additional information, visit and connect with Bucky on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.



Nashville, TN (September 1, 2018) – Music City’s biggest pajama party has some exciting news to share! The popular writer’s round will now be held on Tuesdays (7pm) at Frisky Frog’s, starting on September 4th. To watch the latest parody video, click HERE!

“We’ve received so many artist submissions from people who are interested in playing,” explains singer/songwriter and Jammie-host Megan Barker. “We’re moving to Tuesday nights to better accommodate everyone!”


In addition, Megan Barker will be hosting a “Jammie After Hours” open mic event following the 9pm set. Participants must sign up by 8:30pm in order to perform.


Where else can you wear your favorite superhero onesie, sip some Jammie Juice and enjoy some of the best songwriting talent Nashville has to offer?! Mark your calendars and we will see you (every) Tuesday!

For more information, visit and be sure to follow the show on Instagram!

About Megan Barker:

Megan Barker was born in Nashville into a music industry family. She grew up in Las Vegas and began performing on the strip as a teenager before opening for acts like Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry and more. If you follow her on social media, you’ll see Megan can’t stop rescuing cats and loves to post videos of herself acting silly.



Nashville, TN (August 3, 2018) – Legendary professional wrestler and singer/songwriter Jeff Hardy will be performing live at The Firmament in Greenville, South Carolina on August 14th. The  Tickets and VIP meet and greet opportunities can be purchased HERE!


After already achieving great success as a professional wrestler, Hardy established his band, Peroxwhy?gen, in 2003 and released two consecutive albums.  In 2016, he released his first solo project, a six song EP entitled “Spawn of Me,” that was dedicated to his daughters.  That same year, he also launched his online web store, which features an art gallery with his original paintings.  In 2017, Hardy released his latest album, “Precession of the Equinoxes.”

Hardy continues to use his natural adrenaline rush to follow his heart in both his career and personal life. “My family, pro wrestling, motocross, music and painting are a part of my human anatomy.  They are just as important as my organs.  I need them to live!”

For more information, visit and engage with Jeff Hardy on Instagram and Twitter. You can purchase a copy of Jeff’s new record, “Precession of the Equinoxes,” HERE!


Interview With Anchor Publicity: What is a Press Release?

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Tell me: Are you someone who loves creating, but feels awkward talking about it?  Do you want to be written about in blogs to extend your social reach? Have you ever sent a press release?

Here’s my ignorance.  Until I began blogging on, I had no idea what a press release was.  Nobody really spoke about them. I never thought about them at all as a tool to expand my reach as an artist.  Since beginning this crazy blogging journey, I’ve received and responded to hundreds.

I’m not knocking my blog baby, Nashville Offbeat, but I will say; we’re a lot easier to get featured on than a lot of other blogs.  We’re still pretty new, and growing, so obviously our reach does not extend as far as Rolling Stone or A&R Factory. But one thing I imagine we do have in common with those publications is that we appreciate professionalism.  I can guarantee that those bigger blogs and websites only cover artists who reach out to them in the most professional way possible 𑁋 with a press release, most likely sent from a PR company.

We recently learned from our partners at Anchor Publicity, a local PR company specializing in independent artists, that one of the most common questions they get from artists is “What is a press release?”  To clear up some murky waters, we are asking Colleen Lippert, (owner of Anchor Publicity), some press-ing questions about the subject.  We started in the most obvious way:

1. What is a press release?

“It’s along the same line as a news brief. A press release gets sent to the media (newspapers, magazines, blogs, etc.) and it answers the 5 W’s; who, what, where, when and why. In my experience, sending a press release is the best way to get people talking about your music.”

2. When is it appropriate to send a press release?

“Whenever you have something newsworthy to share with the world! If you are releasing a new single or album, announcing an upcoming tour, signed to a management or record deal – these are a few examples of when sending a press release would come in handy.”

3. How does hiring a PR company increase your odds of getting covered on a media outlet?

“It all comes down to connections. Publicists typically have already built relationships with bloggers, radio stations and magazine editors. It may only take one short phone call or email for a PR firm to lock down an interview, where as it may take someone outside of the PR field a lot longer. With that being said, there are no guarantees in PR.”

4. What are the benefits of hiring a locally-based PR Company vs a global one to send your press releases for you?


“Local press is very important. If you can’t count on your hometown to cover you, who can you count on? While there’s nothing wrong with hiring a global PR firm, locally-based ones are generally smaller and take the time to get to know their clients. This helps to discover which media outlets are the best fit to send press releases or other pitches to.

“At Anchor Publicity, I like to meet with clients in person (if possible) before we start working on any projects. The entertainment industry can sometimes seem a bit robotic, so it’s nice to share a cup of coffee and have that sense of humanity. It helps to get a better sense of who they are as a person, as well as an artist.”

And with that, my friends, we are educated.  I can tell you from the standpoint of a blogger that your first connection with a media outlet is one of the most important ones.  If you want to seem as professional as you possibly can, a press release is a great place to start. If you have further questions about anything PR related (not limited to press releases), Anchor Publicity is happy to talk more with you!  You can reach out to them on their websiteinstagramFacebook, or by emailing directly to:

Interview with Anchor Publicity: So What’s the Deal With PR?!

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Like many of you reading this, I’m a musician, and I’m willing to admit that I only knew two things about PR prior to meeting with someone in the industry.  Those two things were: The letters “P” and “R,” stand for Public Relations, and that my friends sometimes hire agencies like this when they want to create a buzz around their music.

We all want a buzz to be happening around our music!  When we’re featured in a blog, or on a podcast, or do a live interview on a radio station, it creates momentum.   Momentum from which we can ultimately gain new fans, book more shows, and (fingers crossed) make more money.

With that in mind, some of you may say, “but I don’t need to hire anyone to get my name out there because I know how to send an email.”  I felt the same way until I realized that this mindset caused me to miss out on opportunities to be featured by media outlets. It takes a lot of time to establish the connections, write the perfect press release, and to research the best places to reach out to – especially if you’re working a day job and writing new music in your free time.  Luckily, Colleen Lippert, owner of Anchor Publicity, has already established those relationships, done the research, and writes the press releases. So, to get us all on the same page and to widen our resourceful intellect, we’re doing monthly interviews with Colleen about PR and how it can be beneficial to you!

1. What does a PR company do for an independent artist?

“At Anchor Publicity, I offer a vast variety of services, including professional biographies, press release production, social media management, electronic press kits, tour press, album promotion, crisis management and general career guidance.

As a publicist, it’s my job to get people talking about you! I handle all media relations with bloggers, magazine editors, radio programmers, television stations, etc. and set up artist interviews. I also attend artists’ shows and ensure “meet and greets” with fans run smoothly.”

2. When is an artist ready to hire a PR company?  Are there any milestones that they should hit before reaching out to you?

“In my opinion, it’s never too early for PR. The sooner people hear your name and your music, the sooner your fan base starts growing! Releasing a new single, gearing up for a tour, promoting a new album – these are all great examples of when to hire a publicist.”

3. When an artist hires Anchor Publicity, what does the first month of that contract look like?  What results can they expect to see?

“There are two different options I offer my clients. The first one is a monthly retainer where artists are provided an unlimited amount of PR services during each month.  A monthly retainer also guarantees the artist a permanent spot at Anchor Publicity. 

The other option is “a la carte.” If an artist isn’t looking to do a long campaign or can’t afford to do a monthly retainer, they can choose to “buy as they go.” They might need a press release one month, but nothing else until a few months down the road. This option can be more cost effective, but does not guarantee that a spot will be open in the future.

With PR, you pay for effort. While an artist feature or interview cannot be guaranteed, I promise to work diligently on your behalf to get you the best results.”

4. On a personal note, what drives you (as owner of Anchor Publicity), to do this work for musicians? 

“I’ve always been fascinated with the entertainment business – especially the music industry. When I was seven years old, I attended my first concert and saw Cher at Madison Square Garden in New York City. I was mesmerized by the bright lights and fancy costumes, but what I loved even more was the power that music had. Thousands of complete strangers, of all different ages, races and social classes, bonded for one night while singing the lyrics to their favorite songs. It was if time had stopped for a few hours and that feeling still resonates with me today. I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in this business and I’m so grateful to be living out my dream while helping others achieve theirs.”

5. How can artists contact you who are interested in working together, or who may be in the future?

“I can be contacted through my website,, or through my Facebook and Instagram accounts – @AnchorPublicity. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with me! I love meeting new people and look forward to embarking on new adventures.”

As mentioned above, Nashville Offbeat will be doing monthly articles with Colleen Lippert and we would love to hear what you’re questions are about PR!  If there’s something you would like to know, please email Christine at info@nashvilleoffbeat.comand we will be sure to get you an answer.