You're Invited To: The New News' 2nd On The Verge Writer's Round

The Nash News is pleased to announce we will host our second writer's round with independent country artists this coming Thursday, April 21st from 7-10 p.m. in downtown Nashville at Assembly Food Hall in the Fifth and Broad complex.


Artists performing include Matt Roy, Julie Williams, October Rose, Andrea Vasquez, Grant Gilbert, and Essex County. Get to know them and their music below!


1. Matt Roy

MusicRow & BMI award-winning songwriter with cuts that include a multi week radio #1 & a Sirius XM TheHighway #1 Matt Roy, who The Nash News calls a “compelling rising artist" & “a true artist & singer-songwriter” says Country Swag, now takes off in his own artistic journey with his debut EP titled Wildflower - available now.


2. Julie Williams

Singer-songwriter Julie Williams is turning heads in Nashville’s country music scene with songs that tell the stories she wished to hear as a mixed race child. A regular host of The Song Suffragettes, Julie was named in Rissi Palmer’s Color Me Country Class of 2021, featured on She Wolf Radio’s Ones 2 Watch list and her single Southern Curls was covered by Billboard, CMT, PBS NewsHour, and numerous music publications. Having opened for acts such as RaeLynn and Mt. Joy, Julie is currently touring with the Black Opry Revue, a showcase of Black artists in country, blues, folk, and Americana music.


3. October Rose

October Rose is a country duo who is known for going viral on TikTok. Their debut EP, All In features six songs, including the motivational title track. With their unmistakable chemistry and a contagious, 80s rock-infused sound, October Rose is undoubtedly a formidable and unstoppable presence in country music. It’s clear to see that the same fate that brought them together will move them toward their mutual dream.


4. Andrea Vasquez

Powerhouse vocals and unstoppable attitude combine in the petite package that is Andrea Vasquez. She blends her love of modern country and her Latin-American roots to create a refreshing sound within the country genre. After receiving successful feature placements with her music and with several emerging Latin country artists getting their chance in the spotlight, Andrea is well on her way to becoming a success story that future generations of aspiring country artists who share her heritage will strive to emulate


5. Grant Gilbert

Texas raised singer/ songwriter Grant Gilbert is country music without the twang. From growing up pulling inspiration from TX red dirt country and mixing it with classic rock elements that he loves, Grant has landed on an authentic sound that is a great representation of him. Following his latest release, "She Goes Home" (Dirty Breakup Song) in March of 2022, Grant has continued to tour TX and surrounding areas with artists such as Josh Abbott Band, Kolby Cooper, Mike Ryan, Lee Brice and more. He plans to keep his recent momentum moving forward with multiple more single releases during this year.


6. Essex County

Essex County is a harmony-driven British brother country trio made up of Nate, Mark and Kieran Bass. The trio is easily one of country music’s most artful and nuanced groups. The band’s sound is rich with tight, family harmonies, studded by multi-octave vocal ranges and broadened by sweeping country and rock influences that are showcased in songs that swing from soulful and heartfelt to holler-and-swaller.


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