Nashville TN | Rock
Life’s unpredictable purpose always seems to stem from life’s worst tragedies. That is just how Goodbye June was created. In June of 2005, guitarist Tyler Baker received the worst news of his life. His brother, PFC Shane Baker, was home on leave from the military and had been in a fatal car accident. His cousins Brandon Qualkenbush, Landon Milbourn and the rest of the family traveled to southern Indiana to comfort and ease the sting of unexpectedly losing a close loved one. For the next few weeks, the three cousins stayed together to comfort each other, reminisce about old times, laugh and cry over memories and, of course, play music together which essentially lead to the three of them writing songs to help pass the time.
In the months that followed, Landon, Brandon and Tyler, all first cousins, began spending more time together in a makeshift rehearsal space in Tyler’s basement. “Music became a healthy emotional release,” says Landon, “which helped us to start the healing process and move forward with our lives.” When songs formed, they would take them to a local studio used to record jingles and radio commercials and started recording a demo. Once the demo was ready and they had a few shows under their belt, their family and friends began asking what their band name was. “We decided to name the band Goodbye June, to honor the memory of our brother passing and encapsulate what inspired the beginnings of this band,” explains Brandon, “if he wouldn’t have passed, I’d probably still be painting and never would have pursued music as a career.”
Brandon’s father, a Pentecostal preacher, and Landon’s father, a choir director, evangelized throughout the Bible belt during their childhood. Naturally, the cousins played and sang during these fiery Pentecostal church services. However, their musical influences are not confined to only the music they played in the sanctuary. “I would go and play at the Player’s Pub [a local blues bar in Bloomington, Indiana] and sit in on songs by anyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Booker T & The MG’s,” says Tyler. “It changed the way I thought about music. The music was built around moving people, much like the gospel music I was used to playing.” During their teens, Landon and Brandon found themselves listening to the secular music that was never allowed in their homes during childhood. “I remember sneaking in Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase record into my room and playing it with the volume turned down so low I had to have my ear right next to the speaker so my parents couldn’t hear it,” reminisces Brandon. You can hear these shadows of black gospel, blues, and old country hymns mixed into Goodbye June’s brand of rock.
Over the next three years after that long summer of 2005, the boys of Goodbye June began playing their material across the Midwest. They packed up their equipment in a borrowed trailer from a close family friend, and played to whoever would give them a stage. They returned home with stories about near death experiences, sleepless, rowdy nights and a flock of new fans throughout the Midwest. Goodbye June was on the map, and they have been pushing forward ever since. In 2009, taking the advice of close friends in the music industry, the cousins made the plunge and moved to Nashville TN, and became part of Music City’s emerging rock scene.
The members of Goodbye June have spent much of the past decade honing their skill as songwriters along with their proficiency as vocalists and musicians. Although Landon and Brandon are principally identified playing acoustic guitar and electric guitar, both cousins also play piano, drums, accordion and most anything else with strings or keys. Tyler always joked that he could “just play guitar” and that made him less of a man when compared to his multi-talented 1st cousins. Clearly, however, the sum of their collective efforts makes for a much greater musical experience. They typically write together and draw off of each other’s ideas. Being strong songwriters individually, and even stronger as a unit, there is never any shortage of material to build songs around. They have no set method to the songwriting process; the only constant is that everyone gets involved at some point. The fact is, the cousins of Goodbye June are constantly working on their music and perfecting their artistry, because they know that's what it takes to make music that matters.
With the availability of a professional studio at their fingertips and veteran producer from Nashville, John Smith, guiding the recording process, Goodbye June has produced the strongest set of songs they have written thus far. “The cousins have an incredibly strong work ethic,” affirms John Smith, manager & co-producer of Goodbye June’s forthcoming album, “and they continually work at bettering themselves. Hearing cousins, who have sung and played together virtually their whole lives, brings something special to the table unique to Goodbye June.”
The guys are extremely excited for what’s to come in 2013. Their debut album Nor The Wild Music Flow has just been released with CVR (Cotton Valley Records) along with their highly anticipated debut music video featuring St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and country star Steve Holy. Goodbye June has also released a followup to the shoot-em-up "Microscope" with the "Out of Your Mind" music video. Nor The Wild Music Flow is a diverse album that brings an energetic sound to the table that is difficult to unearth. With the release of the album, the band has signed nearly 20 licenses for major television networks including MTV, Discovery, ESPN, Bravo, E!, Showtime, and more. Goodbye June is currently touring in support of the new album.
Nashville TN | Country
Nearly five years ago, Katie Quick was leading a double life. By day, she was a 6th grade teacher in the inner city Chicago Public Schools. But by night, she was writing songs, singing covers with her band, and dreaming of sharing her music with the world. Her students loved hearing about her music and dreams of performing in a stadium full of screaming fans. They loved it so much, in fact, that Katie started using her music in the classroom as an incentive for her students. She would bring her guitar and sing for them on Fridays, offering mini-concerts as a reward for good attendance, behavior, and academics. Despite the immense success and joy it brought to her students, her principal put her on probation for using music in the classroom and told Katie her “music would never pay the bills.” A blessing in disguise some say because she left the classroom at the end of that year and decided to SHOW her students that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.
Katie Quick has since been working diligently as an independent artist, recording two albums of her original music, touring internationally, and building up an incredible network of fans through self-promotion and strong use of social media. Country music skeptics and critics alike have fallen head over heels for Katie’s unique brand of crossover country/pop. In fact, her debut album was hailed “a masterpiece…intriguing, captivating, and compelling,” by Maverick Magazine, one of the world’s leading country music publications. The Nashville artist has garnered even bigger and better reviews with the release of her latest self-produced album, Valley Between Love, which is currently nominated for Best Country Album in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards. CountryChart.com expects her to have “a meteoric rise on the country charts…similar to that of Lady Antebellum,” and says, “she has the vocal chops to take on the divas of country music.” Maverick Magazine gave Katie another glowing review for this release calling it “absolutely inspirational work…a joy from start to finish!” So is Katie Quick truly the “next big thing?” WYCD 99.5 thinks so, along with thousands of fans worldwide. With all the buzz about this Chicago native, it’s no wonder she has been moving up at the speed of light in the independent music scene. The most fascinating aspect of her career is that she has achieved all of this success on her own. Without the help of a record label, manager, booking agent, or public relations firm, this former teacher has not only appeared on hundreds of television shows and radio stations worldwide including the Katie Couric Show on ABC, won numerous contests like the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Colgate Country Showdown, CMT Country Strong Contest, and appeared on Broadway, but she has singlehandedly launched her own groundbreaking arts and education program called The Fingertips Program. This unique inspirational concert experience (which combines live music with motivational speaking) has allowed Katie to get back to the classroom setting all while using her music to encourage students to follow their dreams. Not only has her fan base doubled since the creation of Fingertips, but the program has made Katie Quick a very unique artist with something more to offer the world than just her music.
The Shuggah Pies
Nashville TN | Country
We’re The Shuggah Pies! Us three girl’s have been singing together for as long as we can remember, it’s the best feeling being on stage and looking over to see your sister’s right beside you. We grew up in Florissant, MO a suburb of St. Louis. That’s still where most of our family lives, but now we call Nashville home. Nashville is amazing.
Music moves us. We have always been surrounded by music. Our style is influenced by a combination of the classic rock our dad played and the country we grew up with. Some shows you’ll catch us covering The Eagles or even Guns n Roses. It’s fun putting our own spin on songs we love, but more than anything we love creating our own music. Our lives, our stories, the good the bad, coming alive in a song. How cool is that!
We believe in family. Our family has fostered and encouraged our love of music from day one. Whether good or bad, family is always there and we come from a pretty big one. We love the holidays when we all are packed into our grandma’s house laughing and celebrating together. Courtney is the middle child in our family and Amy and Angela are twins, Amy’s one minute older in case you were wondering.
When we’re not on the stage or in the studio, two of our favorite places, you can probably find Courtney in the kitchen baking something amazing! Or painting her nails, she has a pretty extensive color collection. Amy might be curled up on the couch watching the history channel or an old movie. And Ang is probably sipping a pumpkin spice latte, shopping for shoes to add to her collection. Or maybe we’re all just hanging out quoting lines from Forrest Gump or another one of our favorite movies.
We all have a major sweet tooth, which is what inspired our name. Open up anyone one of our purses and you’re guaranteed to find a little shuggah inside.
We put so much time and love into our music and we are so excited to share it with all of you. Without our incredible fans none of this would be possible. We love playing for you and meeting you and we love hearing you can connect with our music. That means the world to us!
The Shuggah Pies