Nashville is home to a lot of colleges and universities. One of the staple schools in Nashville is Belmont University, a private school with a well-known music business program in the heart of Music City. Belmont also has some very talented artists at its core. Earlier this week, with the help of music business student Allen Smith, 12th & Porter presented a concert showcasing some of Belmont’s best up-and-coming artists.
First up to start the evening off right was Natalie Royal, a soulful folk rock artist from Charlotte, NC. Natalie has passionate music, and a voice with both presence and dynamics. She was joined by two backup singers and a violin player. Like many of her contemporaries, Natalie writes from experiences and thoughts that come through life events. This is a great new female folk artist with a lot of potential in the near future.
Next up was one of my favorite new local bands Foxes Have Foxholes. This was my first time seeing them perform full band and I was super impressed with their musicianship and confidence on stage. They had a tight band, great sounds, and most importantly, good songs. At the core, Foxes Have Foxholes is Kyle Sapp (vocals, guitar) and Ryan McAdoo (keys, vocals). In less then a year, Kyle and Ryan started the band and recorded a great EP available for FREE on Noisetrade.com. Check out this official music video of a song called “Whistle Blower” from their EP.
That’s some good stuff right there. I, for one, am excited to see where Foxes Have Foxholes take their music this year. Check them out and download their EP for FREE!
(photo courtesy of Travis M. Ball at TMB.Productions)
Last but definitely not least was Cameron Bedell, a fresh pop-soul artist from Wichita, KS. Cameron was joined on stage by his band called The Skunks, a ten-piece band with drums, bass, keys, lead electric guitar, rhythm guitar, trumpet, sax, trombone, and BGVs. Wow! It’s even better live than it sounds in words because every musician in Cameron’s band was excellent. Cameron’s music is exciting to watch and thrilling to listen to. His influences consist of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer. He has been writing and recording music since he was 12 years old, and released his first EP when he was 18. He says that the reason why he continues to pursue music is, “Music is the best way to bring people together, and with my music I intend on bringing joy and hope to everybody willing to listen.” Check out one of his most popular tunes called “Flower Song.”
While “Flower Song” is a laid back song, Cameron has others that will really get you out of your seat. Just remember that if you plan to see Cameron Bedell live, you better bring your dancing shoes, cause he’s gonna get you movin’! Make sure you check out these artists and give them your support if you like their music. Stay tuned for more new music and shows from Music City.
By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC