Alanna Conaway’s love for music began at an early age, but it wasn’t until her mother began freelancing for country music magazines that she was thrown in the midst of her future career. At age 11, Conaway received praise from Billy Ray Cyrus after seeing her work as an amateur photographer, encouraging her to follow in her mother's footsteps. She then started freelancing for multiple publications as a photographer, before she began dabbling with writing. By the early 2000s, she was an published journalist for many music magazines on the market. At 29, she has established herself as a well-respected writer in the field of music entertainment and has built strong friendships along the way. Conaway currently resides in Nashville, Tenn. where she freelances full-time for Taste of Country, PopCrush, Ultimate Classic Rock, LoudWire, Guy Speed, Country Weekly and Full Access Magazine.
Josh Turner Gets Into a ‘Groove’ on the Road With Wife and Their ‘Artistic’ Sons
All Josh Turner's three sons know is music. While their father is one of country music's hottest male stars, their mother is also very musical, playing piano and singing background vocals for her husband. So life on the road is nothing new to Hampton (6), Colby (3) and Marion, who turned two on Dec. 12.
Brantley Gilbert Attempts Acting While Shooting New ‘More Than Miles’ Video
Brantley Gilbert jumped at the opportunity to shoot a new music video for his song 'More Than Miles' on the outskirts of downtown Nashville last month. The shoot took place across several location on the east side of town, including the Hard Times Bar and Grill, a convenience store across the street and an old motel nearby.
Hunter Hayes Gifts Himself to Celebrate Chart-Topping Single, ‘Wanted’
Having the first chart-topping single of your career is a very big deal. Having that song top the charts for two weeks is even a bigger deal, as Hunter Hayes experienced earlier this year with his hit song, 'Wanted.'
Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore + More Are New Faces of Country Music for 2013
After much consideration and voting, the Country Radio Broadcasters (CBR) have come to a final decision about which country music newcomers will make up the 2013 New Faces showcase, which will be held next year during Country Radio Seminar (CRS).
Big and Rich’s Big Kenny Gets Into Tennessee State Museum as Style Trendsetter
Big Kenny of Big and Rich is recognized for many things, including his musical talent alongside duo partner John Rich, his knack for songwriting, and his generous heart. Now, he can one more thing onto that list thanks to the Tennessee State Museum.
Kelly Clarkson (Featuring Vince Gill), ‘Don’t Rush’ – Lyrics Uncovered
While Kelly Clarkson's 'Don't Rush' lyrics were not intended for her originally, the song wound up in her hands and was a perfect fit. Not only did she nail the vocals, but Clarkson also had the good sense to bring in the heavenly voice of Vince Gill, which left the song's three writers -- Natalie Hemby, Blu Sanders and Lindsay Chapman -- beyond thrilled with the outcome.
Brantley Gilbert, ‘More Than Miles’ – Lyrics Uncovered
As is true with most of his songs, Brantley Gilbert's 'More Than Miles' lyrics come from a place deep in the singer's heart. The touching tune was taken straight from a page in his life which he experienced several years before making a name for himself in Nashville.
Florida Georgia Line ‘Cruise’ Into No. 1 on the Country Singles Charts
It's been a week that Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard won't soon forget. Not only is their debut album, 'Here's to the Good Times,' hitting stores on Tuesday (Dec. 4), but the album's first release, 'Cruise,' has topped the Country Singles chart.
Big and Rich’s Big Kenny to Be Honored at African Childrens Choir Gala
Big Kenny's big smile is well deserved -- the Big and Rich hitmaker just found out he will be the second-ever U.S. recipient of the African Children’s Choir Malaika award, which will be handed to him during a big event in New York City.
Jana Kramer, ‘Whiskey’ – Lyrics Uncovered
Jana Kramer's 'Whiskey' lyrics -- penned by songwriters Catt Gravitt and Sam Mizell -- were just too good to resist for the newcomer, who chose the song as the second single from her debut album. And as Mizell tells Taste of Country, the hit began as just a title.
The Band Perry, ‘Better Dig Two’ – Lyrics Uncovered
While there might not be a big story behind the Band Perry's 'Better Dig Two' lyrics, the song has been a surefire hit since hitting country radio. The latest single from the sibling trio was actually born out of an accidental writing session between Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen and Brandy Clark.
Toby Keith, ‘Hope on the Rocks’ – Lyrics Uncovered
Toby Keith's 'Hope on the Rocks' lyrics chipped away at the singer's mind for quite a while before he finally put them to paper last year. The tune is the latest single from Keith's album of the same name.