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For country music today, Olivia Lane is clearly the right girl at the right time. She’s strong, sexy, dynamic, smart and funny, whether on stage or in person.” Olivia was the first of five outstanding artists to grace the Saint Andrew’s Hall stage tonight for the 4th Annual – A Very Country Christmas: Presented by NASH FM, in Detroit, Michigan.

Sometimes sexy, sometimes defiant, sometimes vulnerably intimate”, Olivia shares her songs with the world one at a time, rather than waiting and doing it all at once”. “Like seeds planted individually and then nurtured to bloom, each song teases the listener’s imagination and makes them hungry for more.”

We got a taste of that tonight as Olivia performed a lovely sampling from several LP’s, EP’s and Singles, including her newest single Devil and You, which was just released in mid-October and One Whiskey Away that she performed live at the CMA Fest 2017, in June. She got us into the Christmas spirit with a fresh version of Brenda Lee‘s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree from her 2016 single release. Then, out of nowhere, we were all entertained with Friends Don’t, which surprisingly included a snippet from Sixpence None the Richer’s – Kiss Me. She finished her set off with just as much enthusiasm as she started it with, performing Make My Own Sunshine off her 2016 self-titled EP.

This young artist is known as a “Nashville-based country singer and songwriter mixes energetic, pop-infused twang with optimistic, inspirations lyrics.” With “pure, unparalleled optimism” Lane’s drive and determination have propelled her from her hometown of Houston, Texas to Los Angeles, California and finally landed right where she is destined to be – in Nashville, Tennessee. Tonight, Detroit welcomed not only the Christmas Spirit but also some spunky Nashville into their hearts, as Olivia Lane sets the high-spirited tone of the night!

Splice Senior Photojournalist: Mary Elliott

from A Very Country Christmas 12/15/17

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Olivia Lane keeps a diary. “Who doesn’t?” you ask. Ah, but Olivia’s is different. Unlike practically everyone else you know, each entry is a song. She records each of these with a rare conviction — sometimes sexy, sometimes defiant, sometimes vulnerably intimate. And then she invites the world to listen. Which is probably the best offer the world has had in recent memory. “That’s what music is to me,” says the ebullient Houston-born singer/songwriter/entertainer. “It’s how I categorize my life.” Not only that; rather than follow traditional strategy by packaging her most recent performances as a single EP release, Olivia is letting them loose one at a time. Like seeds planted individually and then nurtured to bloom, each song teases the listener’s imagination and makes them hungry for more. Olivia laughs delightedly at that imagery. “That’s right but, you know, the world is changing,” she says. “It’s not like how things were when I was growing up, when you’d turn on the radio and have to listen to some song over and over again. I want to bring my music direct to my fans. Why wouldn’t I?

Good question, especially music of this caliber and variety. She began sowing this crop of new songs with “Devil and You,” whose synthesizer-meets-banjo intro establishes the theme of resistance to temptation. In Olivia’s case, the winner is a foregone conclusion, as she asks “What’s a good girl supposed to do when she’s caught up in between and Devil and you?” Inevitably she sings “I’m about to be a soul that needs to be saved,” though she doesn’t seem to feel bad about that at all. By the time we get to “Wrong Girl” she’s cast hesitation aside, proclaiming to a barfly trying to pick her up, “Boy, tonight I think you’ll like the wrong girl.”

“The messages in these songs are more adult than anything I’ve written or sung before, but still fun. If you actually look at the lyrics to ‘Wrong Girl,’ it’s about a girl standing up for herself versus a typical scenario where some guy hits on her and they go home together. This one says, ‘You know what? If you want to hang out with me, it’s gonna be my night. And if you think this is going to end typically, you’ve got the wrong girl.’”

For country music today, Olivia Lane is clearly the right girl at the right time. She’s strong, sexy, dynamic, smart and funny, whether on stage, or in person. Much of her confidence is rooted in her upbringing in Texas. Her mother was a local Texas country singer who always made sure Olivia had access to any music that inspired her. She has always been close to her older sister but also challenged by the example she set.

“I didn’t so much compare myself to her,” she clarifies. “But she was valedictorian, a soccer player and a book nerd. I was like, ‘I wish I could find something I could love as much as my sister loves soccer.’ So when my Mom put me in a theater group when I was in first grade – that became my outlet. I was bitten by the entertainer bug. When I got to do ‘Grease’ I wanted to know every part. I wanted to dive into the story. With my love for stories, it just made sense initially that I get into country music.”

Olivia started writing songs at age 16. She got so serious about it that she managed to persuade her mother to move with her to Los Angeles, which at the time seemed to be the Emerald City where all dreams might be realized. She finished her last two years of high school in Los Angeles, where she studied voice, dance, acting and guitar. Then, during her sophomore year at the University of Southern California, she signed up for a songwriting class.

We analyzed all the great songs, beginning with a Beatles song on our first day,” she remembers. “I fell in love with it because it helped me remember how exciting the idea of telling stories through music could be. I wasn’t being fulfilled in my acting classes because I wasn’t telling my own story. As a songwriter, I could have much more creative control.”

By this time, it was becoming clear that Nashville was where Olivia needed to be. For two summers she interned there, the first with a publishing company and the second with an agency. Then, after her graduation in 2013, she impulsively joined two friends on a road trip that ended five days later at her first place in Music City. Along the way she documented their adventures, which she posted online with the title Long Way To Go. The very next day, they all headed out to Bonnaroo. And on the day she returned, Olivia went to work writing new songs. One of the first was “Long Way To Go.”

“As the months went by I got more confident and willing to stick up for myself. It got to the point where one writer called my manager after a writing session and said, ‘You know, Olivia really needs to keep her mouth shut,’” she says, whooping with delight at the memory. “Eventually I found a happy medium of trusting and learning from people who believe in you while also staying true to and believing in yourself.”

Her self-titled debut EP stirred interest throughout and beyond Music Row in 2016. She earned opening slots with Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Kip Moore and Wynonna, and booked her own ‘She Fits’ house tour doing dates in private homes throughout the country.

From stages and writing rooms, from youthful passions for music as diverse as Blondie and Patsy Cline, Michael Jackson and Alan Jackson, Olivia Lane has already achieved an uncanny self-awareness, artistically and personally. “I’m a musical melting pot,” she declares. “If I have to categorize myself I’d have to say I’m pop country because I identify with the country lifestyle but pop music is stylistically all over the map, just like me, and that peaks my interest.”

“It’s not really a genre; it’s just what people like. It’s popular music. And I’ve played in pretty much every crevice and corner of America, doing two-hour sets and then going to the bar and talking with the customers and locals, I learned a lot that way. I learned a lot about myself from understanding what people saw when they watched me onstage.”

“So now, when people ask me who I sound like, I tell them the truth.

“I sound like myself.”

Which is a great thing. Somebody has to sound as exciting and engaging as Olivia Lane. We’re just glad it’s her.

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Olivia Lane may have sung about a “Quarter Life Crisis” on her self-titled EP, but, as one of country’s hottest new stars, there’s only sunshine on the road ahead for this native Texan with a voice as big as her home state. That’s partly because of the impact her music has already made on her fans; and partly because everything Lane does is with pure, unparalleled optimism. As evidenced on her self-titled breakthrough EP, Lane’s an artist able to effortlessly meld a freewheeling spirit with poignant, inspirational lyrics and an irrepressible drive. Because she knows as well as anyone how easily music can inspire a smile, and how a song can change a life. Lane makes her own sunshine – she’s even written a track about it – but what’s most magical is how intent she is in helping others to do the same.

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Olivia Lane is a Nashville-based country singer and songwriter who mixes an energetic, pop-infused twang with optimistic, inspirational lyrics. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she got a taste for performing from participating in community theater and choir as a child, and had early exposure to music as a profession from a singer mom who took her to visit a recording studio in her youth and played music for her by the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Patsy Cline. A driven young Lane started guitar lessons in her early teens and relocated to Los Angeles at 16 to be near an entertainment hub. She began pursuing songwriting in earnest toward the end of high school and went on to study songwriting and theater at the University of Southern California. Her love of the craft and country music prompted a move to Nashville. After settling in the city and arranging collaborations with area songwriters, she prepared a debut EP, Love Thing, which was issued by Big Spark Music Group in 2014. It included the exuberant “Steal Me Away“, which she co-wrote with Lee Thomas Miller (Randy TravisBrad Paisley) and soon-to-be regular collaborator Ilya Toshinsky. She also began hosting an itinerant Music City live-music showcase for female musicians called Diva Jam, and hit the road in support of WynonnaRandy Houserthe Marshall Tucker BandFrankie Ballard, and more. She started recording her full-length debut at Dark Horse Recording Studios in 2015.

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If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty

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First album I ever owned: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

My first concert was: Aerosmith at the Allen Park Civic Area in the early 70’s (real early 70’s)

The last concert I attended was: Joe Bonamassa at the Fox

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Woodstock without a doubt.

Favorite non-photography activity: I love to travel and meet interesting people

The first concert I photographed was: Eddie Money at Pine Knob…………Yes I’m that old !!

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Altamont Speedway Free Festival in 1969. What really happened there?

The first concert I reviewed was: Foreigner 40

My favorite interview was: Kelly Hansen

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? George Washington

The last movie I saw was: Insurgent

My favorite book is: The Last Calling

My favorite TV show is: The Voice. Its music-based and entertaining!

My favorite food is: Pizza. There is nothing else!

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Milk, leftovers, cheese, juices and vegetables

My favorite non-musical activity: Photographing Light Houses and working towards their preservation.

My most treasured possession is: My family. Material things can be replaced, family is forever!

My biggest phobia is: Drowning. I get goosebumps just saying that word.

My biggest pet peeve is: Procrastination

My favorite place in the world is: The mountains in the Pacific Northwest

My dream car is: Ferrari 250 GTO

My hidden talents are: That I love to cook!

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Goals/Dreams: To travel the world shooting concerts for artists

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Splice (Bucket) List: Foo Fighters, Shinedown, Seether, Queens of the Stoneage, John Mayer, Pink

Guilty Pleasures: Playing guitar

The first album I ever owned was: ELO – Out of the Blue

My first concert was: Stevie Ray Vaugh at the Capital Theater in Passaic, NJ

The last concert I attended was: Gasparilla Music Festival featuring The Roots

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Pantera

Favorite non-photography activity? Going to concerts

What was the first concert you photographed? Candlebox

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Stevie Ray Vaugh Alpine Valley Music Theater 1990 – his last concert

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Reading

The last movie I saw was: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

My favorite website is: Instagram

My favorite food is: A ribeye

My most treasured possession is: My daughters and my cameras

My biggest pet peeve is: Driving too slow in the left lane

My favorite place in the world is: In the pit at the front of the stage.

My dream car is: Ford Mustang

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I look nowhere near my age.

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Listening to music and discovering new bands

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I try to capture as much energy and emotion from the event I can. I want my photos to make you feel like you were there, and know what there felt like.

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I enjoy: Music, Art, Cold Beer

Goals/Dreams: To be a great Concert Photographer, and maybe win the Lottery!

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The first album I ever owned was: K-Tel various artists. It had Beth by KISS on it. I couldn’t buy just a KISS album, so I snuck this one past my parents.

My first concert was: Pink Floyd

The last concert I attended was: Black Label Society

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Woodstock

Favorite non-photography activity? Listening to Music

What was the first concert you photographed? Motograter

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Jimi Hendrix, anywhere.

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Talking

What was the first concert you reviewed? Motograter, it was never published

What was your favorite interview? Not many interviews yet, but chatting about music with Tyler Connely from Theory was cool!

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Jimi Hendrix

I get mistaken for this celebrity: Michael Anthony Hall

The last movie I saw was: Star Wars Episode 8

My favorite book is: Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

My favorite TV show is: Ash vs. Evil Dead

My favorite website is: Drudgereport.com

My favorite food is: Pizza

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Diet Mt. Dew, Gatorade, Eggs, Cheese, and something that is going bad.

My favorite non-musical activity: Relaxing

My most treasured possession is: My Family

My biggest phobia is: Failing

My biggest pet peeve is: People Chewing Loudly

My favorite place in the world is: Wherever I am at the time, by New York City is pretty cool!

My dream car is: Dodge Hellcat

My hidden talents are: I am a fine artist

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I am a great cook!

My crush is: My Wife, of course!

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Either DJing a party, or relaxing with a beer.

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I would like to be a touring photographer. I enjoy music, riding horses, playing guitar, and rollerblading.

Splice (Bucket) List: Pretty much any Rock artist. It’s what I grew up listening to and what I’ll always love.

The first album I ever owned was: Fallen – Evanescence

My first concert was: Goo Goo Dolls

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Van Halen in their prime.

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My favorite non-writing activity is: volunteering at an animal shelter

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I enjoy: Officiating women’s flat track roller derby. I’ve been a non-skating official with Detroit Roller Derby for 6+ years.

Goals/Dreams: My biggest dream is to be able to travel the world. Europe, Asia, Australia, South America…

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I have pretty eclectic taste in music, so I feel like I bring an open-mindedness to the table. I’m willing to give just about anything a listen to see if I like it!

Splice (Bucket) List: The Rolling Stones, Green Day, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Guns n’ Roses, Mickey Avalon, Marillion (done!), Jack White, Eminem, George Clinton/P-Funk, McCartney, any Motown artist…

Guilty Pleasures: Being somewhat of a foodie, I’m almost embarrassed to admit my fondness for Kraft Mac n’ Cheese & Pizza Rolls!

First album I ever owned: Do I have to admit this? The soundtrack to “Grease”

My first concert was: My very first would have been Frank Zappa & the Mothers, my hippie parents took me as a kid. The first show of my choosing was my favorite band, The Rolling Stones, in Detroit 1981. I’ve seen them 10 times now, every time they’ve come to Michigan!

The last few concerts I’ve attended are: Marilyn Manson (4x), Beck, The Pixies, John 5, Wednesday 13, Nine Inch Nails, Jonathan Davis, L7

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Toss up between Ziggy-era Bowie or The Stones circa 1972 or 1975.

Favorite non-photography activity? Roller Derby

What was the first concert you photographed? Not counting cellphone cameras or point n’ shoots, I believe the first concert I shot with an SLR was Gogol Bordello in 2007.

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Altamont

Favorite non-writing activity? Reading, listening to music, roller derby…

My favorite food is: Chocolate, the darker the better!

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Coca-Cola, many varieties of cheeses, salsa, almond milk and, of course, leftovers!

My favorite place in the world is: Either on the shore of Lake Superior or on horseback.

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Most often, you’d find me at home with Emmy, (my Siberian Husky “grandpup”), goofing around online, cooking or listening to music.

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Guilty Pleasures: collecting vinyl

I work: As a freelance photographer

I enjoy: Concerts and discovering new music

Goals/Dreams: To make a difference

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Unique perspectives

Splice (Bucket) List: Blink 182, Alkaline Trio, PUP

Guilty Pleasures: Collecting vinyl

The first album I ever owned was: Blink 182 – Enema of the State

My first concert was: Billy Idol

The last concert I attended was: Future Thieves

What was the first concert you photographed? Bald Eagle Mountain and Two Cow Garage

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Volunteering at an animal shelter

What was the first concert you reviewed? The Weeks

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Tom Delonge

My most treasured possession is: My Nikon

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I enjoy alone time, photography, belly laughs, and my family

I work: Museum professional by day, photographer by night

I enjoy: alone time, photography, belly laughs, and my family

Goals/Dreams: Owning my own photography business, owning a Tiny House on some land and eventually traveling as much as my schedule will allow.

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A unique approach to my photography. I like making music portraits while photographing artists and picking up on small details others might have missed. Photojournalism.

Splice (Bucket) List: Margo Price, Nikki Lane, Lukas Nelson

Guilty Pleasures: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Craft Brews (especially stouts) and my favorite photography magazine.

My first concert was: The Judds

The last concert I attended was: The Banditos

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: The Bee Gees on their Spirits Having Flown tour

Favorite non-photography activity? Reading

I get mistaken for this celebrity: Michelle Williams

My favorite book is: Summer Sisters

My favorite food is: Mexican

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Eggs, Duke’s Mayo, Raw Milk, Berries, Cream Cheese

My most treasured possession is: My family photos

My favorite place in the world is: Grant Teton National Park

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Napping. Being a mom and a full-time professional can be tiring.

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I enjoy music, video games, satire, philosophy

I work: Freelance photography (specialized in commercial, promotional, and events), I also do retouching and editing services.

I enjoy: Music, video games, satire, philosophy

Goals/Dreams: Be famous

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Splice (Bucket) List: Janelle Monae, Beyonce, Janet Jackson, and either Montebello Rockfest, Heavy MTL or Osheaga at least one

Guilty Pleasures: Sweet foods

The first album I ever owned was: Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness

My first concert was: Sheryl Crow

The last concert I attended was: Amos the Transparent

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson

Favorite non-photography activity? Reading / Video games

What was the first concert you photographed? Local Battle of the Bands

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Michael Jackson, or Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance

What was the first concert you reviewed? Psycroptic

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Janelle Monae

The last movie I saw was: Panic Room

My favorite book is: Symbolic Economy

My favorite TV show is: The Office

My favorite website is: Adrienne Row – Smith Photography

My favorite food is: Strawberries

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Sriracha Hot Sauce, Strawberries, Yogurt, chicken

My favorite non-musical activity: watching movies

My most treasured possession is: Nikon D750

My biggest phobia is: I hate snakes

My biggest pet peeve is: Not clear instructions

My favorite place in the world is: my bed

My dream car is: Tesla Model 3

My hidden talents are: I have an uncanny ability to problem solve

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Reading philosophy books, or planning out my next personal photography project.

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I work: I am a full time student working retail and an internship with Vinnie Mac. I also freelance concerts for my personal website.

I enjoy: Attending concerts, anything and everything spooky, going on hikes, and my camera.

Goals/Dreams: As of now, my goal is to graduate school and get a job in the music industry working as a tour manager or publicist.

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I believe I can bring not only my unique eye for photography and creative ideas, but also my forever growing knowledge in public relation and social media.

Splice (Bucket) List: Foo Fighters, Weezer, Knocked Loose, The 1975, John Mayer, and Modest Mouse.

Guilty Pleasures: My biggest guilty pleasures are naps and Red Bull. They don’t go together at all, but I couldn’t get through a day without either.

The first album I ever owned was: All Time Low

My first concert was: John Mayer

The last concert I attended was: Warped Tour 2018

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Spice Girls

Favorite non-photography activity? Hiking

What was the first concert you photographed? Chase Huglin

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Foo Fighters

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? John Mayer

The last movie I saw was: Heathers

My favorite book is: Cell by Stephen King

My favorite TV show is: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

My favorite website is: Twitter

My favorite food is: Sushi

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Red Bull, cheese, salsa, almond milk, cherries.:

My most treasured possession is: Camera

My biggest phobia is: Heights

My biggest pet peeve is: Loud chewing

My favorite place in the world is: Chicago

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Honestly you can find me at more concerts. Even if I’m not working, I’m still there. Concerts have such an atmosphere that I absolutely love to be in. I can never get enough.

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Trevor Redford

Goals/Dreams: Travel the world with my camera and music then eventually settling down with a home by the ocean. A simple dream, but that's good enough for me.

I work: Videographer and editor for an ice rink management company

I enjoy: Music (playing and listening), Hockey, Baseball, Video Games, traveling when I can afford it.

Goals/Dreams: Travel the world with my camera and music then eventually settling down with a home by the ocean. A simple dream, but that’s good enough for me.

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Awesome photos and maybe some video of your favorite bands and musicians!

Splice (Bucket) List: The Wonder Years, Sum 41,

The first album I ever owned was: Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

My first concert was: Green Day with New Found Glory and Sugarcult

The last concert I attended was: The Get Free Tour with Silverstein, Tonight Alive, Broadside & Picturesque

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Any Blink-182 concert with Tom during the Take Off Your Pants & Jacket era.

Favorite non-photography activity? Trying to play hockey haha. I just started a couple years ago.

What was the first concert you photographed? I honestly can’t remember it was so long ago.

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? The Green Day Blink-182 Tour

What was your favorite interview? I only filmed it, but Ian Cole from the Columbus Blue Jackets was an awesome interview.

The last movie I saw was: Ready Player One

My favorite TV show is: Scrubs

My favorite non-musical activity: Video Games

My most treasured possession is: My camera

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Filming and photographing hockey games

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Guilty Pleasures: eating fruit bowls at 3 am while watching 90's movies

I work: At Starbucks

I enjoy: Going to concerts

Goals/Dreams: I hope to become a tour photographer

Niche: Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique:
I love all kinds of music

Splice (Bucket) List: To shoot a music festival (preferably pop, rap, hip-hop, R&B type, really upbeat)

Guilty Pleasures: eating fruit bowls at 3 am while watching 90’s movies

My first concert was: Jason Michael Carroll when I was 6 years old and it was an interesting experience.

The last concert I attended was: Harry Hudson

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson or Hannah Montana when I was between the ages of 6-11

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Machine Gun Kelly currently or Woodstock

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Brendon Urie

My favorite book is: This is Where it Ends

My favorite TV show is: The Office

My favorite website is: https://annatollstam.wixsite.com/annatollstamart

My favorite food is: Avocados or bananas

My most treasured possession is: My camera

My biggest phobia is: Bugs with many legs

My biggest pet peeve is: Rude people

My favorite place in the world is: Chicago

My dream car is: Tesla

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Working or school

Locations

Michigan

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Ken Penn

My goal is to produce high-end music promotions with photo and video

I work: as a professional commercial, fine art, and entertainment photographer

I enjoy: Music, Art, Fashion, Traveling, Vegan Food

Goals/Dreams: To produce high-end music promotions with photo and video.

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Many years of experience photographing bands of all types.

Splice (Bucket) List: Guns & Roses, Depeche Mode, Metallica, Bjork

Guilty Pleasures: Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Morrissey

The first album I ever owned was: Run DMC Raising Hell

My first concert was: Red Hot Chili Peppers Live at VCU Shafer Court

The last concert I attended was: American Nightmare

Favorite non-photography activity? Drawing

What was the first concert you photographed? First major band was AFI in Charleston South Carolina

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Woodstock

What was the first concert you reviewed? Morrissey Live at Red Rocks, Morrison Colorado

What was your favorite interview? Gwar during GwarBQ

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Morrissey

The last movie I saw was: Three Billboards

My favorite TV show is: Wild’n Out

My favorite food is: Vegan “Chickn”

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Almond Milk, Hot Sauce, Tofu, Veg Chickn, Sunkist Grape

My favorite non-musical activity: Riding Motorcycles

My most treasured possession is: my photo equipment

My biggest phobia is: drowning

My biggest pet peeve is: personal space

My favorite place in the world is: Hawaii

My dream car is: Electric VW Bus

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I’m 6 foot 4 inches tall with a lot of tattoos

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Photographing conceptual fine art

last updated: 03/2018

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Ron Claus

My goal is to continuously improve my skills as a photographer. I want my photos to tell a story, pull someone in, lead them on a journey and make them smile!

I work: The week as an Engineer; My free time as a Photographer

I enjoy: Being around people and having lots of fun! Part is spending time with my family, but I really enjoy discovering music, traveling and being outdoors.

Goals/Dreams: My goal is to continuously improve my skills as a photographer. I want my photos to tell a story, pull someone in, lead them on a journey and make them smile!

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
The WOW factor. I want Splice’s audience to have the experience as if they were at the concert themselves through my lens.

Splice (Bucket) List: Oh my, such a long list here, but I’ll keep it short: Rolling Stones, Metallica, Alice In Chains, Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Mark Lanegan, Red Wanting Blue

Guilty Pleasures: Going to the movies with a large bucket of buttered popcorn

The last concert I attended was: Joe Satriani G3 Tour 2018 at the Hard Rock Rocksino

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Sex Pistols, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Chuck Berry

Favorite non-photography activity? Aside from my family, I really enjoy attending motorsport events, airshows and hot rod cruise nights during the summer. Camera in hand of course!

What was the first concert you photographed? The Reverend Horton Heat was my first time photographing a concert

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Tough question, as I wish I could have photographed both Soundgarden & Nirvana

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Kristen Derr

My first concert was New Kids on the Block when I was 8

I work: software developer and photographer

I enjoy: traveling, sewing, cats, and snakes

Goals/Dreams: Travel as much as possible

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Concert photos from large venues and smaller clubs!

Splice (Bucket) List: Thursday, Circa Survive, Jawbreaker, Finch (if they ever get back together…)

Guilty Pleasures: reading advice columns

The first album I ever owned was: The Offspring- Smash

My first concert was: New Kids on the Block when I was 8

The last concert I attended was: Pianos Become the Teeth

Favorite non-photography activity? Creating anything! I draw, build things, and design and make most of my own clothes.

What was the first concert you photographed? My friends Jonathan Monument

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? I’ll always regret not getting into concert photography until after Finch broke up.

My most treasured possession is: My picture collection, going all the way back to my 35mm film camera from the 90s.

My biggest pet peeve is: When people drive slowly down the on-ramp and stop at the bottom. The ramp is there for you to speed up, not slow down.

My favorite place in the world is: New Orleans

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Leelee Hawkins

Coverage Areas

Georgia

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Temma Hankin

Goals/Dreams: A house with an avocado tree in the yard, and a garden full of tomato and pepper plants, so I can have fresh guacamole and salsa at all times.

I work: In the entertainment industry

I enjoy: Spending quality time with my dog.

Goals/Dreams: A house with an avocado tree in the yard, and a garden full of tomato and pepper plants, so I can have fresh guacamole and salsa at all times.

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Photography

Splice (Bucket) List: Andrew W.K., Chromeo, Jungle, Missy Elliott, Die Antwoord, and if you’ve got a time machine handy, David Bowie.

Guilty Pleasures: Singing songs to my dog/re-writing songs to be about my dog and then singing them to him.

The first album I ever owned was: I had a box full of Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Chipmunks cassettes. I’m sure that my parents heard “Heal the World” far more times than they ever wanted to.

My first concert was: Weird Al Yankovic

The last concert I attended was: Gramatik

My favorite book is: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Hot sauce, champagne, eggs, tofu, and garlic.

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I used to drive a Cadillac hearse.

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Kristina Kimlickova

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Canada

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Daniella Heminghaus

Goals/Dreams: to own a home within walking distance of the beach

I work: as a photographer

I enjoy: all types of food

Goals/Dreams: to own a home within walking distance of the beach

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
covering up-and-coming bands

Splice (Bucket) List: Thursday, The Gaslight Anthem, Foo Fighters, and Noname

Guilty Pleasures: coffee

The first album I ever owned was: The Gaslight Anthem’s “The ’59 Sound”

My first concert was: Against Me!’s New Wave tour

The last concert I attended was: Sorority Noise at First Unitarian

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: a Fugazi / P-Funk show in DC

Favorite non-photography activity? reading

What was the first concert you photographed? Officially— The Bouncing Souls “Home For The Holidays” show at The Pony

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? any year of the revival tour would be cool

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Allison Souchuck

I enjoy collecting vinyl records and exploring abandoned buildings

I work: As a Police Officer.

I enjoy: collecting vinyl records and exploring abandoned buildings

Splice (Bucket) List: PVRIS, Taking Back Sunday, AFI, Senses Fail, PINK, Halsey, The 1975

Guilty Pleasures: trying new craft beers

My first concert was: Backstreet Boys

The last few concerts I’ve attended are: Real Friends with Boston Manor and Grayscale, Warped Tour x2, AFI, Paramore

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson

What is your favorite TV show? The Office, Chopped, Bob’s Burgers

What was the first concert you photographed? Warped Tour

My favorite food is: Cookie Dough

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Beer, cheese, pickles, milk, cookie dough

My favorite place in the world is: Las Vegas

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? working or traveling

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Jake Dapper

I love the indie music scene - I have a desire to use photos to tell stories. I get bored taking the same kind of photo again and again. I'm really into the local indie scene in Austin, connecting with artists on a human level, not just pertaining to music.

I work: as a barista, taking photos as much as possible

I enjoy: backpacking, rock climbing, music, movies, books, all stories, and people, doing anything with friends, road trips, swimming, being outside, going to shows, or the movies, whatever.

Goals/Dreams: to tour with bands as a photographer, documenting the journey.

Niche: I love the indie music scene – I have a desire to use photos to tell stories. I get bored taking the same kind of photo again and again. I’m really into the local indie scene in Austin, connecting with artists on a human level, not just pertaining to music.

Splice Bucket List: Dawes, The National, Courtney Barnett, Noname, Bon Iver, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, The Districts, Frank Ocean, Kevin Morby, Mac Demarco, Sufjan Stevens, Phoebe Bridgers, Kanye West

Guilty pleasures: Lou Bega, ice cream and Oreos with peanut butter on them

The first album I ever owned was: The Beautiful Letdown – Switchfoot

My first concert was: Switchfoot and Relient K

The last concert I attended was: Why Bonnie and The Oysters

If I could have attended any concert in history, I would you go back in time to see: Queen

My favorite movie is: Black Klansman

My favorite book is: East of Eden

My favorite TV show is: The Office

My favorite website is: YouTube

My favorite food is: Breakfast Tacos

Five items always in my refrigerator: Tortillas, Chicken, Avocado, Eggs, Almond Milk

My biggest pet peeve is: people not understanding my wit.

My favorite place in the world is: Southern Colorado

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Being outside with friends, climbing, playing soccer, or swimming, writing, watching movies and television

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Jocelyn Killingsworth

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Allison Heimberger

my favorite non-musical activity: napping

I work: as a Lifeguard

I enjoy: Listening to music, playing my instruments, taking photos, and learning biology

Goals/Dreams: to become a doctor and/or become a professional musician

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
I capture live, energetic photos that are very in the moment and not posed or staged; strictly pure emotion

Splice (Bucket) List: The Happy Fits, Glass Animals, Hippo Campus, Freya, 3OH!3, Owl City, and Toto

Guilty Pleasures: Re-watching every season of The Office over and over

The first album I ever owned was: Led Zeppelin IV

My first concert was: Panic! At The Disco

The last concert I attended was: The Happy Fits

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Led Zeppelin

Favorite non-photography activity? Biology

What was the first concert you photographed? The Happy Fits

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Definitely any classic rock band

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Creating art of loved ones

What was the first concert you reviewed? The Happy Fits

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Hobo Johnson

I get mistaken for this celebrity: Natalia Dyer

The last movie I saw was: Super Dark Times

My favorite book is: Psycho

My favorite TV show is: The Office, Bobs Burgers, and Trailer Park Boys

My favorite website is: Facebook

My favorite food is: Pasta or ramen

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Pasta, pizza, peach tea, cheeses, fruit

My favorite non-musical activity: napping

My most treasured possession is: My instruments

My biggest phobia is: The dark

My biggest pet peeve is: Rude people

My favorite place in the world is: New York

My dream car is: G wagon

My hidden talents are: Being able to hear a popular song and tell you what movies from the early 2000’s they were in

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I can read peoples emotions really well

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Practicing all of my instruments – flute, piccolo, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, and the ukulele. I also really enjoy painting watercolor portraits.

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Kelly Harmer

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? I love exploring the city (Detroit) and taking in museums or art exhibits.

I work: Management & Kelly Harmer Photography

I enjoy: Music, wine, food, photography, art

Goals/Dreams: Travel the world and photograph it

Niche: Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
I am a portrait photographer and I specialize in urban settings. I have done senior portraits and weddings. I love capturing emotion and personality thru photography.

Splice (Bucket) List: Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Cher

Guilty Pleasures: Wine, good food

First album I ever owned: Culture Club

My first concert was: The Outfield

The last concert I attended was: Sam Smith

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson

My favorite non-photography activity is: Travel

The first concert I photographed was: Heart

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Madonna or Cher

My favorite TV show is: This is us

My favorite food is: Crème Brule

My dream car is: Corvette

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? I love exploring the city (Detroit) and taking in museums or art exhibits.

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Joe Maroon

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