Monthly Archives: May 2021

Aimee Mayo

When I saw my name on that first record, it just lit something up inside of me. -Aimee Mayo

Meet Aimee Mayo, award-winning songwriter and survivor. In this interview, we drive down a country lane just outside of Nashville and find our way to AimeeLand, the studio where Aimee and her husband Chris write and record. Located a stone’s throw from their home originally owned by Mel Tillis, this is the place where superstars record mega hits we all know by heart. Although her life as a wife, mother of three and Grammy-nominated songwriter looks pretty idyllic from here, Aimee’s childhood was a nightmare and the story of how she survived it is chronicled in her book: Talking to the Sky. As we sat around a table Aimee built herself, in a studio where ideas and music come to life everyday, we learned how deeply gifted this woman really is. With hits that have spent 26 weeks in the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Charts, selling 155 million units worldwide, this Alabama girl is grateful for how far she has come. Says Aimee: “All my greatest gifts have come wrapped in ribbons of pain.” And to that we say: Amen, Sister-friend. For the stories behind songs like Amazed, This One’s For The Girls, Every Time I Hear That Song and more, go ahead and pour yourself a glass of wine and hit that download button.

Tony Brown 

Pay attention to trends, but never be a follower.  Be a leader, not a follower. Push the envelop, but don’t let it break. I like to stay in front of the curve, but I never like to be too cool for the room. -Tony Brown 
Just when Jacy and I think we’ve experienced the best interview EVER, another country music icon comes along and blows us away.  Meet Grammy, ACM & CMA award-winning producer Tony Brown.  A pillar of the country music scene for 40 years, Tony came to Nashville with a dream to be a session player.  The son of an evangelist minister, Tony started playing piano in church by ear and knew that music would be his life.   In this interview, he shares stories about what it was like to play piano for Elvis Presley both on tour and in the famous jungle room at Graceland. He recounts his first #1 song with George Strait, the experience of producing Lionel Richie’s live duets album and the surprise invitation to fly to Los Angeles to produce a track to be sung by Barbra Streisand.   As an A&R guy with a feel for musicianship AND hit-making, Tony rose to become president of MCA records and co-founded Universal South. His work with Reba, Vince Gill, George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Patty Loveless, Sara Evans and so many more artists has yeilded 100 #1 singles and record levels of sales over 100 million dollars.  For a tutorial on how to make it in Nashville, this episode is required listening!