Jackie Venson may be young, but she’s already got years of music experience behind her. The up-and-coming multi-instrumentalist started her musical career as a classically trained pianist, then moved onto guitar and songwriting. Venson’s soulful, bluesy sensibilities recently received some well-deserved attention. She won the Belk Southern Musician Showcase and earned a spot on the Belk Summer Tour.
Music journalist Schuyler Rooth asked Jackie a few questions about the experience of winning such an honorable performance opportunity. Fresh from the excitement of the Belk Summer Tour and from releasing her latest album, “The Light In Me,” Jackie expressed her gratitude about winning, her fans’ reactions, and the jumping off point this win has afforded her career.
So how has this experience with Belk affected your career?
Winning this opportunity has really flipped everything on its back. I’ve been exposed to different Artists’ careers and what different aspects of the music industry look and feel like. I’ve been able to add big names to my resume, which has landed me a ton of other opportunities. I have also partnered with Belk, and they continue to give me new opportunities. It has been life and career changing. [Read More...]
This summer, Miguel Dakota was launched from his DIY roots in Colorado to the televisions of millions, eventually reaching the top ranks of America’s Got Talent.
Guest author (and noted Los Angeles-based DJ) Jessica Gonyea spoke with him about everything from EDM and ReverbNation, to performing alongside Lenny Kravitz, and why you’ll never find him covering “Wonderwall” at a college party.
Miguel Dakota sounds surprisingly relaxed when he picks up his home phone in Monument, Colorado. After a whirlwind experience that found him in front of an audience of celebrities and squealing fans, the heartthrob of this season’s AGT is taking a breather and getting back to the reason we know him in the first place — his music.
ReverbNation: So, besides the press and exposure, how has AGT changed your life? How would you have approached your singing career without it, and what outlets and tools did you find most useful as a DIY Artist?
Miguel Dakota: It’s been amazing. Just to be able to perform on huge stages, with amazing Artists like Lenny Kravitz and make connections with a lot of people in the industry has been pretty incredible. I got the opportunity through ReverbNation; they have opportunities all the time where you can submit your profile and get played on certain stations or festivals. America’s Got Talent was one of those opportunities — it was to get a special call time in the open call. I sent my press kit in, they called me back a few weeks later. It was pretty crazy. [Read More...]