Nashville Dreams and Viral Streams: Matt Oakley, Recording Artist

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Matt Oakley: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist

Ever wonder how a rising country star finds his voice in the midst of a global pandemic? Matt Oakley joins Jay Franze, to share his tale of musical evolution, from the spark of creation during quarantine to harnessing the power of TikTok for skyrocketing fame. We reminisce about the soul-stirring narratives that thread through his songs, a testament to legends like Rascal Flatts, and the unexpected journey that turned isolation into a launching pad for his country music career.

Strap in for a thorough breakdown of musical alchemy, where Matt spills the secrets of his fruitful collaborations with Nashville’s finest, from the seasoned pros to the young guns adding a fresh beat to the scene. Their chat navigates through the technical tango of production with industry mavens, highlighting the strategic release of singles and Matt’s anticipation for his Southeast tour. Candid revelations about embracing his unique sound underscore his emergence as a formidable force in the country music landscape.

As they round off the episode, Matt and Jay tackle the delicate interplay between an artist’s personal touch and the influential might of social media. Witness how authenticity defines Matt’s rise, from the shared moments of vulnerability in songwriting to the strategic finesse of marketing teams. This isn’t just a peek behind the curtain; it’s a deep-dive into the heart of what it takes to carve out a legacy in the beats of country music, one authentic chord at a time. Join in for a session that’s as much about the rhythm of life as it is about the twang of a guitar.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Matt Oakley
  • Recorded: May 6, 2024

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Navigating History and Publishing: Robert Schreiner, Author

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Robert Schreiner: Critically Acclaimed Author (The Wolves and the Greyhounds)

From the covert world of international espionage to the imaginative realms of historical fiction, Jay’s friend and guest, former CIA agent turned author Robert Schreiner, reveals the serendipitous sparks that ignited his novel “The Wolves and the Greyhounds.” Their heart-to-heart uncovers Bob’s three-year odyssey into the depths of the Battle of Coronel, illustrating his transformation of a WWI event into a mesmerizing story. As they traverse Bob’s unique path, they uncover how the echoes of his children’s history projects and a fervent love for military lore have woven into the fabric of his writing.

The maze that is the publishing industry is no stranger to the tenacious. Bob guides us through the rollercoaster of pursuing traditional publication—where the thrills of positive feedback meet the chills of rejection letters. Their conversation touches on the perseverance of authors and the nuanced challenges they face, especially in marketing a niche like WWI naval combat. However, their narrative doesn’t end there. Bob and Jay also chart the empowering journey of self-publishing, where the creative control and success stories are reshaping the dreams of modern writers.

In the final act, they ponder the evolution of storytelling in their digital landscape, discussing the art of captivating book covers and the finesse required for a potent blurb. They flirt with the future, considering the thrill of adapting literature for the screen or interactive media. As they close, Bob shares a heartfelt nod to the silent heroes behind every creative venture, with a special mention of his wife Diane’s steadfast support. Join us on The Jay Franze Show for a dialogue that bridges the clandestine corridors of intelligence with the boundless possibilities of fiction.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Robert Schreiner
  • Recorded: May 1, 2024

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Melodies, Family, and Memories: Chelsey Parker, Musician

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Chelsey Parker: Critically Acclaimed Musician (Kyle Fields, Kid Rock, Phil Vassar)

Join Jay Franze, as he pulls back the curtain on the world of live music with the incredible fiddler and vocalist Chelsea Parker, whose passion for performance is as captivating as her command of the strings. Feel the adrenaline of stepping on stage at Rock The Country, where Chelsea and her ‘band fam’ electrify 32,000 fans, and get an insider’s look at the rituals that ground her amidst the chaos. From the synergy of harmonizing vocals while fiddling to the backstage intricacies that few witness, this episode is a symphony of stories for the sound-obsessed and the casually curious alike.

Imagine the rush of opening for a music legend like Phil Vassar or the intricate dance of adapting your art to fit the mood of various venues, from the cozy corners of theaters to the vast embrace of open-air festivals. Chelsea’s journey through the soundscape of collaboration reveals how connections with fellow musicians like Kyle Fields fuel her creative fire and transform each performance into something uniquely memorable. Whether it’s fitting the fiddle into unconventional songs or navigating the waters of musical partnerships, Chelsea’s insights resonate with the rhythm of an artist truly in tune with her craft.

As they strum through the chords of Chelsea’s story, the conversation meanders from the resonance of family-influenced songwriting to the dynamic between formal education and the relentless pursuit of learning in the arts. Diving into the essence of Chelsea’s approach to lyrics and melody, Jay uncovers the heartbeat of her original music and the role lifelong learning plays in refining one’s artistry. For the dreamers who yearn for the life of a musician or those who simply savor the sweet sounds of dedication, this episode is a serenade to the undying spirit of musical exploration.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Chelsey Parker
  • Recorded: April 29, 2024

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