I don't get back to Ohio often...but when I do it's either to celebrate a holiday, play a show, or race. That's exactly the plan of attack next week. I was blessed enough to get to introduced to Ryan Robinette through social media, with both of us being from Ohio we had a shared interest in Homage T-shirts. We ended up getting in touch and then we both moved to Nashville. I got a chance to get into a writing session with Ryan which spawned a friendship that has turned into him cutting three songs I wrote with Him, Davis Branch, and Jess Dondero. I owe Ryan a ton for introducing me to people in this town, helping me network, working with my writing style, and just being an all around good dude. This is one of those things, Ryan cut two songs that I wrote with him for his brand new album "Obsession" and that Album is coming out next week, November 10th. And to kick that off he decided to put on two concerts, one in Columbus (my hometown) on November 9th at Bar 145, and one in his hometown Cambridge at Downtown Arena the following night. He was gracious enough to ask my band and I to be apart of it and I cant turn down a good time. The South and I are ready to finally get out and play my brand new EP "If This Is It" for everyone LIVE! I am so pumped to be apart of it. So pumped in fact we put the rush on brand new merchandise to have at the shows and here at my online store. 2017 has been a wild ride and it isn't over just yet...so I hope you're still holding on. Check out the T-shirts available in my merchandise section or follow the links below and check out all my merch. Also go Pre-Order Ryan's new album "Obsession" now and get three instant tracks including one of the ones I co-wrote "Rounds Around This Town".
I've spent the last 14 years or so writing lyrics and singing songs. I've spent the majority of my life performing music in some sort of fashion. I fell in love with music at such a young age I'd go as far as to say I was born to make music. I always thought I would hit it big. I've been telling people for years I was going to win a grammy in Country music, Pop music, and Hip hop. I've been telling people that I'm not good at much else other than making catchy ass songs that people may or may not ever hear. When I moved to Nashville last year my goal was to take the EP we had and the songs we had back-logged to a publishing company and get a publishing deal. The first meeting I had was with Warner-Chappell Records, a pretty big deal which I owe to my racing family for the opportunity. That meeting did not end with me getting a publishing deal but it did open my eyes to all the work that we had yet to complete to really be a threat in this business. So I went back to the drawing board and began hatching a plan of attack. Looking back I don't think this was the plan, but that's ok plans change. Why is this important you ask? It's important to understand why this EP is so much more than just an EP. It's the best music I've ever created. I created it with my partner in crime, my best friend Nick. My fiancé even got in on the creative side with her one liner that we put in "There's Always Vegas". I got to work with friends on the photo's, the videos, and the press releases. I put out different covers and got my friends, fans, and family involved in helping with the creative process. I spent more money on recording one song than I spent on the whole previous EP, well just because it's Nashville and the sound is just different here, and totally worth it. I got to work with top musicians in Nashville, like that is crazy just to type. This EP is a culmination of years of grinding and finding my voice. Five years ago I wouldn't have been able to write these songs, I didn't have it in me then. These songs are a reflection of my musical taste all rolled into one. This EP is a story. It starts with "If This Is It..." an ode to meeting the one that makes it different and you know in that moment you don't want it to end but you've come to terms with it if it is in fact the end. Followed by "2 AM In Nashville (Remix)" the late night text/call anthem to the one who has a significant other, even features the old me mixed with the new me. The story continues with "I Like The Way You Drink" where the tale takes a turn and the two get back together, potentially, over drinks of course. Everyone loves a feel good story and that's where "There's Always Vegas" comes in. The couple has now reunited and taking this thing to vegas in the middle of the night if need be. My favorite part of movies is where the do the flashbacks or give you the info during the credits about the future, that's what "All Nighters" is. It's the flashback song, which really made this EP so special. It's almost like it was fate that the songs we recorded worked out this way. I didn't even realize the connection until I was getting ready to post it to distribution, like an epiphany it just came out and I immediately texted Nick to see if he agreed. Now here we are, September 15th 2017. If this is it, I think I have finally come to terms with that. I have worked really hard to get to where I am and sometimes dreams don't come true but you'll never know if you don't go out and make the effort. If you would tell the 15 year old me that if you do this you may not ever make it to the top, I'd ignore you just like I ignored every person who ever doubted me along the way, because truth be told I've pretty much had the time of my life on this ride being PJ North and I wouldn't change a thing. So again if this is it, then so be it, but we if it is we are going out with a bang, so y'all ready?!?!?
There's a first time for everything. Including me getting an official lyric video for the brand new single "There's Always Vegas". Jordan's Stanley and Stanley Studios did an absolutely amazing job with this and I'm so happy to get to share it. If you dig the video make sure you like, comment, subscribe, and share! If you want to purchase the song you can do so at all the links below as well. Here's to making 2017 #TheSummerofNorth...
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